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Patricia Clarkson

Patricia Clarkson’s New York Confidential

DISH:  The pommes frites at Café Loup.  “I’ve been going there for 20 years and I practically have a cot there. It does have the best pommes frites in town.  They also do an incredible vegetable plate.”

Café Loup
105 West 13th Street

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The High Life

July 23rd, 2011

The High LifeIn a teeming celebrity hotspot, a private massage beside a rooftop pool may be the most leisurely way to feel famous. Such is the allure when booking a massage at West Hollywood’s The Andaz hotel. Choose your fragrance — “energizing,” “detox,” or “nurturing,” — and relax as Patricia gently irons out all the knots. One requisite: After emerging from behind your canopy’s hidden curtain, take a dip in the inviting pool — and don’t be surprised if you turn a couple heads in the process.

8401 Sunset Blvd.

Bathing Beauty

October 22nd, 2010

Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles spa travel

The bath butler at the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles means never having to sully your own hands as you take the plunge in your luxury room. In fact, you don’t have to do a thing but soak, since an attentive personal assistant sets up everything. The specialty menu lists diverse options on how to luxuriate in your giant tub with a downtown view, so choose from the Champagne and Shimmer treatment for the diva who likes old Hollywood beauty remedies (like cucumbers for the eyes and a chilled glass of Champers) to the Wine and Roses bath, ideal for the romantic with its cache of candles, foaming aromatherapy bubbles, and tub full of petals. Even tots get in on extravagant bathing action with the Ritz-Kids Bubbly Bliss; not only do little ones get clean without fussing, but they have fun in the tub, accompanied by a rubber ducky and a Shirley Temple with cherries on top. Bottoms up!

900 W. Olympic Blvd.

Vintage Comfort

April 27th, 2009

The Moroccan-inspired El Leon Spa, complete with Buddhist chants, offers an entire list of services under the heading “Aphrodite’s Delights.” And those are offered amid an interior forest of wooden ceilings and vintage chandeliers as you soak in an old-fashioned claw-foot tub — smack dab in the middle of West Hollywood. The Thai massages are rendered in curtained-off rooms — adding so much privacy to the solitude that some clients have been known to drift off, blissfully. Thanks, Aphrodite.
8217 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles

Singing Spa’s Praises

April 27th, 2009

Simon Cowell, the Dixie Chicks, Avril Lavigne, Gladys Knight, Reba McEntire and — when she’s not busy making headlines — Britney Spears have been known to frequent the unique spa inside Le Merigot Hotel in Santa Monica. A semi-private elevator from the lobby delivers you directly to the tranquil and serene enclave, where services and treatments include massage, body treatments, skin care, hand- and footcare, personal training and complete spa packages. Among the specialties: Epicuren’s Chai Soy Mud Wrap. In all, there are ten different body treatments, seven skin treatments, six massages and five facials, as well as a full gym (with cardio and weightlifting equipment — and a beautiful pool). No wonder the spa’s motto is “Escape to Blissful Oblivion.”
1740 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica

The Real O.C.

April 27th, 2009

Orange Country may boast the region’s best beaches and amusement parks, but one true escape is Spa Gregorie. Ease into your robe and slippers, meander into the steam room and enjoy any of 21 different spa packages. Hydrotherapy, facials, body wraps and wellness packages are also on the menu, and, while men are most welcome too, Gregorie specializes in treatments for pre- and post-natal moms.

200 Newport Center Dr. Suite 100, Newport Beach

Make Yourself at Home

April 27th, 2009

Step inside the stone-floored Elegance Boutique Spa and you’ll feel as though you’re inside a vintage country cottage — very rare for Manhattan Beach. (Its slogan is, “A Spa with a Garden by the Sea.”) Sit by the fireplace, gaze up at the chandeliers, take a walk in the backyard garden, soak in the ocean breeze. Then the real treatment begins: settle in for a facial, massage or wax. It’s a getaway for celebrities and a welcome home for visiting out-of-towners.

3516 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach

The Yellow Envelope

April 27th, 2009

Willow Spa in Santa Monica has earned its wide fan base thanks to its tropical vacation atmosphere: exotic flowers, streams, waterfalls, even an indoor cabana. Such a backdrop for Willow’s holistic/wellness packages is highlighted by the signature Japanese Enzyme Bath.
3127 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica

Arch Support

April 27th, 2009

Tibetan Herbal Feet Soak, on the second floor of an unassuming strip mall just east of L.A. in freeway-close San Gabriel, will leave your toesies feeling rosy. “Our soaking base contains more than 30 different herb extracts. Our herb extracts all come from hand-picked, highest quality wild Tibetan herb,” explains the foot-massage spa’s informative Web site. “A good foot massage session will help you exfoliate the dead skin layer and stimulate ancient reflexology points, relieves aching feet and stimulates the whole body.” Sit down, dip your feet in the soothing, herbal water, then enjoy a rubdown and massage with oil. Watch a movie on the flat-screen TV, sip some tea — and don’t forget to bring friends. Afterwards, you’ll be kicking up your heels.

227 W. Valley Blvd., No. 218A, San Gabriel

Skin Is In

April 27th, 2009

Those who decry Los Angeles as a collection of suburbs searching for a city need to re-think their outlook. The Aroma Spa & Sports, on the third floor of an Über-modern megaplex in the heart of the Wilshire district, is a city unto itself. A total health and fitness facility, the urban oasis offers among its attributes specialized spa treatments, advanced equipment, top-notch trainers, an indoor Jr. Olympic-size swimming pool, racquetball and a 4-level, state-of-the-art indoor driving range. One tempting indulgence: the Korean Body Scrub, an exfoliation treatment that even attracts stars, given its $30-for-30-minute bargain price. Keep things Korean afterwards, too, with Koreatown’s best barbeque within easy walking distance outside.
3680 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

The Whole Nine Yards

April 27th, 2009

What Sam Walton is to “one-stop shopping,” Dr. Howard Murad, known for his “Murad Method” of skin treatment, is to “one-stop spa-ing.” The Murad Inclusive Health Center and Spa opened last year and customizes treatments specifically for the client’s needs. Begin by filling out a 34-page lifestyle survey before embarking on a personalized journey toward total wellness, including those involving FDA-approved laser technology. Or, perhaps you want only a little wellness – a facial, a massage or, perhaps, a haircut. Murad’s spa has you covered there too, with a battery of quick and affordable treatments using their popular line of skin-care products. After you’re revitalized, you’ll find yourself not that far from the beach. Breathe in.
2141 Rosecrans Ave, El Segundo


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Louisville: Where History and Goodies Collide

April 16th, 2010

By Paula Conway

My last-minute trip to Louisville was also my very first — guaranteeing one delightful surprise after another.
As a neophyte, I was urged by a friend to try a Hot Brown (an open-faced turkey sandwich, smothered in cheese, with bacon), to sample a Derby Pie (a cookie stuffed with chocolate chips, walnuts, hot fudge, [...]

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September 7th, 2009

RUMBAR, inside The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, lays claims to being Miami’s only live Latin music venue. On weekends, a four-piece band in white dinner jackets will take you back to Old Havana with rhythms of vintage Cuba. Order a rum flight for a vertical tasting of Miami’s largest selection of rums from Trinidad, Barbados, [...]

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August 28th, 2009

Keep customers happy by serving them sushi and master the skills of a Sushi Chef!

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