Haute Author

  • NAME Valerie Friedrich
  • BIO Food and fashion writer/blogger Valerie Friedrich developed her fervor for dining out and shopping from her father, who introduced her to Duck a l'Orange and the Kiehl's counter at Barney's at a very early age. Thanks to a delicious and fashionable childhood, the Los Angeles native acts as Beverly Hills magazine's dining guide aficionado and oversees her quirky lifestyle blog, I'm Starving.

Articles By Valerie Friedrich

Los Angeles

Haute Spot: The Market at Santa Monica Place Opens on Friday

The city of Santa Monica has forever changed. Sedentary, sit-down lunches are now a thing of the past and on-the-go gourmet, cafeteria-style feasts are all the rage. That's right; a bit of New York noshing has trickled down to the West Coast thanks to the highly anticipated grand opening of The Market at Santa Monica Place. Read More

Los Angeles

Save the Date: Todd Reed Trunkshow at Altered Space Gallery on Abbot Kinney

Up until now, Jewelry designer/sustainable practitioner Todd Reed has stuck to icing some pretty famous fingers, including those of Mrs. Obama. But, from May 6 through May 7, thanks to Abbot Kinney's intimate Altered Space Gallery, anyone can try on (and purchase) the Colorado-based artist's innovative treasures with their own two hands at an upcoming trunkshow. Read More

Los Angeles

Haute Event: LA Fashion Collective Presents Fall 2011 Cocktail Party

On Wednesday night, LA Fashion Collective corralled fashion PR forerunners, showroom owners, and taste-making hipsters inside Stone Rose Lounge at Sofitel Hotel to witness some of the city's most impressive, budding design talent. Styled by Amy Nicole Bernstein and Alison Carreon of Wardrobe Wear, models exhibited fall womenswear from Katie May, Alexx Jae & Millk, and Pleasure Doing Business. Read More

Los Angeles

Haute Dining: Crazy for Crudo in Los Angeles

My days of slurping soup during lunch have come to a close, as one of my go-to daytime staples, Crudo, the Italian version of Sashimi, is now available throughout the city. Lightly laced with olive oil, sea salt, citrus, and Italian herbs, the dish is candy to seafood lovers, who don’t mind departing from soy and sesame flavors. Los Angeles chefs pretty much do it best thanks to locally renowned purveyor, Santa Monica Seafood, who supplies all kinds of daily catches 24/7. Here are our top picks: Read More

Los Angeles

Haute Dining: Perch Arrives at Pershing Square Building in May

Las Vegas is beginning to reopen its infamous set of outdoor playgrounds; Downtown Los Angeles is quick to follow. But, this year don’t expect just the usual rooftop suspects to welcome an overwhelming amount of patrons in search of a night under the stars. A few new “kids” are expected in town, including Perch, located inside the age-old Pershing Square Building. Read More

Los Angeles

Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Now Available Poolside

Frozen vodka lemonade just received stiff competition! Moët & Chandon—life elixir for debutantes and posh sun bathers everywhere—has released something special for the tepid spring and summer months ahead. Now available at a variety of outdoor social gathering spots in Los Angeles, including Drais at W Hollywood, the pool at SLS Hotel, Michael Mina's XIV, and Gladstones Malibu, Moët Ice Impérial “bursts with fruit flavor.” Read More

Los Angeles

Hautels: Beverly Wilshire Hotel Celebrates Four Seasons’ 50th Birthday with a Lavish Amenities Menu

Yesterday, the ubiquitous Beverly Wilshire—home of many milestones, including Vivian and Edward’s miraculous love affair in Pretty Woman—began a special celebration to honor Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts’ 50 years of impeccable service. Designed to let guests in on the fun, a splurge-worthy menu of services is being offered at the famed digs for a total of 50 days. Read More