Whoa! What a stellar role food plays, here in the land of beauty, glamor and eternal youth. I report from a charmed frontier (Hollywood, where else?) where every square inch bristles with style and star power. Here fantasy is blending into reality and luxury is dripping in every practical detail in the legendary Beverly Wilshire (Pretty Woman) hotel on Los Angele’s stunning sun-drenched, Rodeo drive designer boulevard to the world Here, two of my passions come together in a sacred union, cutting edge food and plenty of vibrantly healthy fare too. Not only does Americas leading chef Wolfgang Puck have a restaurant here but the French genius Thomas Bellec along with his spectacular fare serves up equally spectacular healthy fare.
And so by the deep blue of the pool (it’s the shape of Sophia Loren’s pool in her villa ) I taste Chef Bellec’s healthy Spa menu. Here, fragrant lemons hang from trees, flowers bloom and the vibrant sun shine warms the cool air.
The sunbronzed Greek gods with their six packabs and la-di-da babes with endless legs swim and lounge around the pool. It is here that I can feel eight decades of Beverly Wilshire’s elegant history tangoing with youthful energy. The grace of stately centuries melds with high octane new age gusto. Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen have all lived in the Hotel. And then ofcourse the Hotel shot into global fame when 25 years ago it was the the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere was shot here. I have dined here with Anil kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Gulshan Grover and many others in the BeverlyWilshire. Both Hollywood and Bollywood lives and dines here.
Today I sample Chef Bellec’s amazing energizing dishes and chat with the lovely Audrey Slade, globetrotting communication dynamo. The patissseur extraordinaire Chris Ford’s unique chocolate Christmas tree ornaments (a mallet is with the ornament so guests can have some fun breaking it and sharing it) delight. I love his cool modern versions the bûche de Noël – there’s a Caramel Fruits log with vanilla genoise, caramelized berries, and vanilla cremeux, and a Chocolate Peppermint version with salted caramel mousse.
And to balance the sheer chocoholic indulgence I trip out on the healthy and delicious wrap…Chef bellec shares the recipe with us \
Interestingly, Chef Bellec’s simple yet sophisticated dishes are marked by fresh ingredients and seasonal producS
EGG WHITES DELIGHT
We are know that eggs are very rich in protein but did you know that egg whites contain more than half (four of the six grams) of an egg’s protein? And that is because of the the biological function of the egg white is to keep the yolk in place, and to provide water, protein and other nutrients to the developing embryo. Other than protein,
Riboflavin, selenium. Potassium and sodium. Sodium too. Theres more good news, whites are a low-calorie food, with just 17 calories — opposed to 71 per whole egg. The news gets better cause egg whites, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. So if you’re on a diet or watching your ccholesterol or have diabetes or heart disease. Then the choice of egg white is the right one for you. To have a healthy and delicious recipe for egg whites, please try Chef Bellec’s BW Spa wrap/
RECIPE : BW SPA Wrap
For one wrap
3 egg whites, 1 table spoon diced shallots, 2 oz sun-dried cured tomatoes (julienned), 5 oz raw heirloom baby spinach (cleaned), Fresh goat cheese (crumbled), Whole wheat tortilla wrap (12 inches), 1 table spoon extra virgin olive oil, Salt & pepper to taste.
In a non stick frying pan sauté add the baby spinach, cook of quickly at high heat, add sun dried tomato and seasoning.
Add egg white and scramble until the egg white are fully cooked, fold in crumbled goat cheese and set aside.
Warm up quickly the whole wheat tortilla on the micro wave oven for 10 seconds, in the center pour the scrambled egg white mix and fold the tortilla wrap.