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What to do on friends bday?? She's on pregnancy bed rest!!!

Amanda Enclade Nov 18, 2006 05:19 PM

My closest friend's bday is coming up December 10. She is on permanant bed rest until baby arrives- sometime hopefully next year. We always go to super fabulous restaurants on our bdays (4 of us). We have recently gone to Spago, Grace and Jar. What should we do for her?? We want to cheer her up and do something great. Maybe hire a personal chef bedside? Help!!

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    Jesdamala Nov 18, 2006 05:35 PM

    Ohhhh, so many great places to pick up, take in. What a better gift than her baby? So, think about what she can/will want to eat....pregnancy sometimes complicates desires...I remember not being able to even look at broccoli! I NEVER had such an issue!

    I don't know where you live, but Clementine's has some terrific items...from soups to salads to entrees and check them out...and take it in and cheer her up! You can take your own dishes/plates...or re plate!

    I personally don't think you need a bedside chef...

    I live in WLA, and while some do not agree, Clementines has some terrific food. How about a tea party? A dessert party?
    A sweet and treat party? Salads, soups? A lunch? A brunch?

    http://clementineonline.com/

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      cookgirl Nov 18, 2006 08:31 PM

      Even high-end restaurants are no stranger to the occasional "to-go" order...
      I suggest that you call a restaurant of your choice, explain your situation, and ask them if they would do a to-go order for such an occasion. I'm sure they would be happy to accomodate! Just pick some things that might hold or reheat a little better than others. I've done it.
      Worst case scenario, the restaurant politely refuses, best case, you have fine dining in your home!

      1. russkar Nov 18, 2006 09:49 PM

        Hire Chef Joshia(Melisse) or Josie (Josie) to come over to cook for you?

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          Amanda Enclade Nov 19, 2006 05:42 PM

          is that actually possible? it must cost a fortune? have any idea how much?

          1. re: Amanda Enclade
            russkar Nov 19, 2006 09:21 PM

            I always estimate about Double the cost of going to the Restaurant.

        2. amandine Nov 19, 2006 05:54 PM

          Or put together afternoon tea service at her bedside with friends and family there for something different.

          1. SilverlakeGirl Nov 19, 2006 07:55 PM

            I just got back from a short run to the Silverlake Cheese Shop and returned with splendid loaves of fresh bread, various Spanish & California cheeses, a large container of Luques olives, a large bag of Little Flower Sea Salt Caramels and a couple of homemade cupcakes.

            What could be better!

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            1. re: SilverlakeGirl
              westsidegal Nov 19, 2006 10:30 PM

              one caveat:
              as i recall, pregnant women are advised against eating cheeses made with raw milk

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              AquaW Nov 20, 2006 08:52 AM

              I agree with the afternoon tea service, easier on the stomach than a rich, heavy meal and it's something you can easily arrange at her home and at a leisurely pace, so she doesn't have to get out of bed or worrying about napping while outside, etc. Of course, run this by her to see if this is something she'd actually enjoy.

              ~AquaW
              http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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                glutton Nov 20, 2006 02:33 PM

                You could do a "best of LA" eats in picnic form...

                Bread from BreadBar
                Cheeses from Beverly Hills Cheese Store
                Charcuterie from Cube
                Red velvet cake from Doughboys
                Salads from Joan's on Third

                Or... you could just cook at her house.

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