We wanted to thank Ilene for the restaurant suggestion of I’ll Pastaio. The irony is that when we arrived to the hotel and the Front Desk Manager escorted us to a temporary room, we discussed options for lunch. He said there is an excellent Italian Restaurant for lunch and dinner and sure enough he recommended this one. When we were doing our research a couple of months ago we read terrific reviews on Trip Advisor and looked at their on-line menu.
We've already passed it on a walk. It was very busy during lunch time with all of the outside tables in use. We decided this morning to change a dinner reservation from a different restaurant to this one for this evening so we will post about the dining experience tomorrow. Thank you again and look forward to sailing with you on the Holiday Cruise.
Speaking of restaurants when we returned to the hotel in the afternoon we located one of the hotel restaurants; Belvedere. Thank you Rocky and Dave for recommending it. We didn't quite understand what it looked like based on the photo on the Hotel website. We spoke with the restaurant manager and she showed us the dining area and she mentioned something unique for most restaurants. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and their hours are 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM. You can order breakfast, lunch or dinner anytime meaning at 6:30 AM you can order dinner and at 10:30 PM you could order breakfast.
We also asked about the living room which features a traditional high tea at Noon, 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm as it was full with people each time we left or returned from the hotel. She said it is fully booked through the end of the year.
We had dinner at Panini Kabob Grill. Recognizing we will be on this long adventure we are keeping our meals on the simpler side during our stay in Beverly Hills. If we were on one voyage, we would have selected restaurants offering a more formal atmosphere and multi courses.
They have several locations in Los Angeles and the metropolitan area including two in Beverly Hills. The cuisine is Mediterranean. The menu features several choices of kabob and panini wraps and offers lots of healthy choices.
We had a platter which included beef and chicken, rice and a Greek Salad. It was too much food so it was not all eaten. It has been many years since we had Kabobs. Anne Marie used to make them from-time-to-time when our children lived at home with us.
After dinner we took a nice walk enjoying seeing the holiday lights all lit up. We've included a couple of photos from outside our hotel.
This was a great day for walking. We ended the day with over 10 miles and close to 22,000 steps.
After getting a good night's sleep we began the day with some coffee and had breakfast in the room. Based on yesterday's experience we cut the quantity of coffee to one pot and the fruit plate to one plate which we shared. We each had cereal. As they say "you live and learn". LOL.
We went on another long walk in the morning. We purchased a few additional items for the cruise. We have a few items to purchase. We plan to pick those up in Honolulu on the Holiday Cruise.
We stopped by the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel to reminisce about our stay prior to the 2008 World Cruise. We also stopped by the Waldorf Astoria Hotel which is one of the newest hotels in Beverly Hills and gets rave reviews. These photos are from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
We continued our walk for a couple of hours including stopping at a few department stores to look for an items for Keith. We enjoyed a salad entree before continuing our walk.
In the afternoon we enjoyed the room, including the outdoor patio.
We will close now as in a little while we will go out again and enjoy the city and the beautiful weather.
Anne Marie & Keith