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Entries by Jay Weston from 08/2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Academy

| Posted 08.01.2011 | Los Angeles

After the filming of Breakfast at Tiffany's ended, they previewed the movie in San Francisco and a top executive at Paramount barked at the assembled filmmakers, "That f--king song, 'Moon River,' has got to go."

Peking Duck Is a Standout at Philippe's Restaurant!

| Posted 08.03.2011 | Los Angeles

Until recently, I was convinced that the best Peking duck (outside of Hong Kong) was served at Wolfgang Puck's WP 24. Now I have a new candidate for one of the best in L.A., at a much more convenient location.

Should Oprah Get an Honorary Oscar? Yes!

| Posted 08.05.2011 | Los Angeles

There is a fierce controversy racking Hollywood over the announcement this week that Oprah Winfrey had been selected by the Academy to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Mezze's Marvelous Middle-Eastern Menu

| Posted 08.09.2011 | Los Angeles

Travel to the Middle East can be pretty dicey and even perilous these days (apart from Israel), so if you crave a visit there, why not head down to this Mediterranean town house on La Cienega instead.

Do Monkeys Make Good Pets?

| Posted 08.16.2011 | Los Angeles

Returning from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I was sleepless and distraught at the effect the film had upon me. What captured my attention was so many memories of the 11 years in which I had two squirrel monkeys as pets.

Thomas Keller's New Bouchon Bakery Opens in Beverly Hills

| Posted 08.22.2011 | Los Angeles

I am given to grandiose statements of excessive enthusiasm. So here goes another... the best piece of pastry I have eaten in years.

"Best in Show" at Pebble Beach Won by Peter and Merle Mullin!

| Posted 08.29.2011 | Los Angeles

The winning car was a 1934 French-made Voisin C-25 Aerodyne. Knowing that Peter is kind of a fanatic about actually driving the cars in his collection, I asked what it was like to drive this Voisin.

Petrossian Caviar's Restaurant Is Affordable, Excellent

| Posted 08.31.2011 | Los Angeles

We marveled at the exquisite attention to detail and flavor of the various offerings as we ate our way through the menu.