Wow. where to begin. I last blogged in 2012. Seriously?? Left LA, moved everyone back to my CT country homestead, spent a small fortune updating it to sell, and turned down a HUGE job as executive chef of New York City’s #2 catering company. Basically spent a few years just hibernating, recovering from the deaths of my parents and trying to figure out where to live, what to do next. Stay in CT where I own the home?, move to Manhattan, or head back west. Aspen, Denver, Boulder, Jackson Hole all crossed my mind. Arizona and New Mexico also made the list. Seattle and San Francisco were number one contenders, but I kept feeling the pull of LA. Our year there was wonderful. In retrospect, we didnt stay long enough and the New Yorker in me was like, um nope. Im a born and raised New Yorker, East Coaster, we are perfectionists! But after 3 visits back to LA in the past year, I knew it had to be LA, for now or maybe forever.
So we’ve been enconsed in our new little house since April. Its a triplex, only 3 units, set way back off the street on North Hamilton in Beverly Hills. its a 2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom with formal dining room, huge living room, fireplace, sitting area and good sized kitchen. House was built in the 30″s and has freplaces, high ceilings and crown moldings, its loveley and about 1,500 square feet, and has 7 count them, 7 closets! And 4 of those are walk in size. Its as if im living back on my 3 acres in Wilton, CT its so quiet! My 2 neighbours are quiet, lovely, and keep bringing me presents, (welcome doormats, plants, etc) I in turn am feeding them! its a great trade off.
We can walk to the Beverly Center, Sushi Roku, Joans on third and Son of a Gun in less than 10 minutes, LACMA is a 15 minute walk and The Grove a good 20-25 minute hike, or a 5 minute drive. All in all the location is amazing. Restaurant row (La Cienga) is the next street over.
Gordie who scared the crap out of us at first, cause he got sick, is doing brilliantly under the care of Dr Jeff Werber. Mans a genuis , thinks our 17 yr old “old man” has lots of time left. Incredible.
All in all, this was THE right decision. Im looking at lovely craftsman bunglows in Larchmont Village, Beach houses in Venice and Marina Del Rey, and eyeballing houses in my old neighbour hood, Cheviot Hills. Its out there, the perfect home, waiting for me and Lauren, though eventually she will fly the coop, but i will have loads of guest space! So for now Beverly Hills is home and it feels like one too!
Next up I get back to blogging weekly, foodie issues, recipes, restaurant reviews and see where that takes me, I hope you, all my friends, come along for the ride.