If you ever tried to order a piece of grilled fish without butter or oil in Paris or London, or for that matter in Kansas City, only to be faced with a waiter’s peculiar sneer, you know health conscious dining out is pretty much unique to L.A.
Our belief was confirmed when we saw an early menu for Planet Hollywood, which orbits into Beverly Hills on Sept. 17. In addition to the usual array of burgers, pizzas, fajitas and chocolaty desserts, the B.H. branch will feature a low-fat menu entitled: “For the Industry.”
It includes appetizers such as seared sesame- and pepper-crusted tuna served with field greens and a soy rice wine vinaigrette, grilled fish (no doubt, sans buerre ), turkey meatloaf and the “Industry Salad,” composed of organic lettuces, artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, cucumbers and mushrooms.
In case you’ve been on another planet and didn’t know, the Planet Hollywood chain is owned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and other Hollywood investors.
Camel Impersonator: A chap who identifies himself as Joe Camel--not a dromedary, but a 40ish man in a suit--has tried to crash several summer parties.
He opens his coat, revealing an array of cigarette samples and coupons. He tried to enter the opening party for the Ermenegildo Zegna store on Rodeo, but as his name--Camel--wasn’t on the list, he didn’t make it.
The folks at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., maker of Camels, are not amused. Spokesman David Fishel says the man couldn’t possibly be one of the company’s reps. “It doesn’t sound like anything we’d do to begin with,” he said, adding that Camel does not hand out samples at parties.
The Lunch Mob: We’ve already reported about the regularity with which some of O.J. Simpson’s defense lawyers dine at The Grill.
Now comes the word that attorney F. Lee Bailey and Simpson’s one-time house guest Kato Kaelin both are lunch regulars at Corleone’s in Beverly Hills.
No, they don’t dine together. They never even see each other, says owner Jill Sharma. Bailey comes in early, and usually alone; Kaelin comes in late, usually not alone.
By the way, the restaurant (one of four in Los Angeles) is named for a city in Italy, “where 90% of the Mafia people live,” says Sharma. Originally, it was named Don Corleone’s, but Sharma said Paramount, the studio that made “The Godfather,” had an offer she couldn’t refuse.
The studio “told us we couldn’t call it that and they said they’d kill us with little paper work until we changed the name.”
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