9021Pho Quits Beverly Hills…

I didn’t see this coming…  It appears that Beverly Hills’ long-standing purveyor of Southeast Asian food has pulled up stakes.  A for lease has gone up on the front of cleverly named 9021Pho indicating that they are vacating their location at 490 N. Beverly Dr.  Yelp confirms that they are indeed closed.  No word on what happened or what may be taking their place, but I’ll keep watching…

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Ladurée Opens In Beverly Hills: You’re Welcome.

To the great many of you who have been carefully tracking the progress of LA’s second branch of Paris’ cult macaron shop comes this welcome news:  Ladurée threw open its doors at 311 N. Beverly Dr. on Saturday.  While I haven’t seen the recently opened outpost at The Grove, this one has a different look and feel than the branches I’ve visited in Paris, London, or New York.  The tiny jewel box space is bright and airy with large flowers and lattice on the walls, not paneled and heavily Gallic in theme like many of the others.  A cursory glance at the menu shows many of my old favorites, including the Club Champs-Elysees (tomato, eggplant, zucchini, mozzarella, parmesan, and basil on wholemeal bread).  And the pastries, cakes, and macarons are as gorgeous as always, and prettily displayed in glass cases, beckoning you to forget all about that New Year’s resolution you recently made…

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Boozy Shopping At Santa Monica’s New Whole Foods

Santa Monica is about to get its fourth Whole Foods.  But this one has a difference…  According to the notice of pending requested applications attached to the fencing at the front of the new Whole Foods Market complex being built on the corner of Cloverleaf and Pico, not only with they be selling alcohol, but they will also be having “instructional tasting”, and “beer and wine on premise consumption”.  Organic shopping in Santa Monica is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

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J & T Deli Closed In Santa Monica

Local institution J & T Gourmet Deli has apparently vacated their 1128 Wilshire Blvd. space.   Long a favorite  among the Polish and Eastern European communities, I had been hearing whispers that the quality had changed somewhat after a recent ownership change.  Not sure what will replace the deli, but I’ll keep watching…

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Vanilla Bake Shop Finally Closes In Century City

One of the last holdouts in the rapidly developing Westfield Century City Shopping Center, Vanilla Bake Shop has finally closed.  Apparently, they may not be returning to the glitzy new mall once it opens sometime later this year.  The website states that the upcoming Pasadena location is where they are relocating.

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