We'll be coming from the East Coast to visit our daughter for Christmas for the first time. Could use the LA 'hounds help on several matters:
1) Any suggestions on great places to shop for groceries for "splurge" meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Our tradition is usually seafood (shellfish) on the Eve and a big roast or bird on the Day. Maybe some caviar, too? Daughter lives in Brentwood, we'll be in Beverly Hills, but we're willing to drive most anywhere in the general LA area.
2) To go with #1, how about wine shop suggestions? Christmas Eve is generally a sparkling wine (if we were home, it would be a selection from the NY Finger Lakes region: try 'em!). Christmas Day is menu-dependent.
3) We're not much for baking, but love our breads and pastries. Any bakeries that are particularly worthwhile?
3) Should the cooking spirit not be present, any dining places of note that will be open on Christmas Day? A man still paying off two daughters' college tuitions has no business saying this, but high-end prices are OK if met by high-end quality.
Any other comments or recommendations are most welcome, too. Thanks for your help.