November 10, 2011

Day One of my Recent California Book Tour

Yesterday, I blogged about my recent trip to California and my visit to the wonderful Google headquarters in Mountain View.  Let me back up a bit and share with you some of my activities on the first day of my book tour.  My plane departed from White Plaines Airport in New York at 9:00 AM last Wednesday, November 2nd.  After a 6-hour flight, we landed in Santa Monica, California at 12:00 PM, where we met our driver.  There is a 3-hour time difference.  We drove to Los Angeles, and because we were hungry, we stopped for a bite at Pizzeria Mozza,  a wonderful collaboration of Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, and Joseph Bastianich.  Following lunch, I taped a radio segment at ‘On Air With Ryan Seacrest.’  We then drove to nearby Burbank, where I rehearsed and taped another appearance on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’  After that, we checked into our hotel and got ready for an intimate book-signing event at the renowned Perrin Paris 1893 Boutique in Beverly Hills.  You may recall seeing my good friend, Michel Perrin, on my television show a couple of years ago, discussing his chic line of handbags and gloves that he and his wife, Sally design.  They even created one and named it after me!  After cocktails, we moved on to dinner at Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro.  What a great day!