Bye, bye belly

Close your eyes and visualize this: A toothpick that swallowed a lemon. Now open them and you will see how I see myself, which is why I have decided to have tumescent liposuction today. I'm 50 years and three days old. But the decision to do lipo didn't just hit me because of my age. Those of you who know me have put up with me complaining about my belly for years. When I texted the news to a girlfriend in Chicago whom I've known since the 80s, she texted back: "Awesome Girl!!! I'm surprised … [Read more...]

Sinning in Sin City

Kelly E. Carter and Michael Mina at Seablue Las Vegas

When it comes to fine dining, I'll bet that Las Vegas wins hands down over any other city in the country based on the number of fantastic restaurants within close proximity of one another. Any takers? Since gluttony is a sin, I admit I've sinned plenty in the city known as Sin City. In Vegas I've gorged at the restaurants of some of the most notable celebrity chefs around the country (and even world in some cases), including Michael Mina,  Jean-Georges Vongerichten,  Masa Takayama, Joël … [Read more...]

Cheers to the best brunch in Los Angeles

I told Chef Jose Andres that he's lucky he's married, because otherwise I'd propose to him. I had just finished devouring his delicious brunch at the The Bazaar by Jose Andres at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills yesterday and was caught up in the delectable culinary experience that I imagined him serving me the exact same brunch in bed every weekend. Okay, so it won't happen. That means I'll just have to become a regular at brunch, offered on Saturdays and Sundays. I first met Chef Jose (and his … [Read more...]