Lisa Vanderpump

Lisa attempts to make sense of the many hurdles at her Sur opening.

on Jan 17, 20120

Well Hello.

Here we are again touching down in the middle of my construction zone -- that began Sur Lounge. We always have a series of soft openings to iron out the teething problems, of which there were many. This was the first, mainly for friends and no press, just a small gathering to see if all the kinks can be ironed out. . .

I don't know if it is my inability to schedule things properly, but it's always right down to the wire! I am thrilled with the venue. Visually you will just have to come and see for yourselves -- the garden and the private dining room (none of which you saw) are almost ethereal, and I am so proud of its success.

Anyway, that evening, there was a smorgasbord of glitches and the event was filled with so many complications. I am going to have to gloss over some. I felt like a horse in a hurdle race. . .

Firstly Scheana alerted me to the fact that she had been involved with Brandi's ex-husband whilst she was married to him. I didn't know the details, but I didn't have to. Although I didn't know Brandi very well, she was my guest and I wanted her to feel at ease so Scheana had to go. She could work at the restaurant next door. . .OK, one down.

303 comments
Cynthia Cuevas
Cynthia Cuevas

Lisa, you are AWESOME! You and Kyle are definitely my favorites! Why is Brandi in the show? Keep staying classy like always! :]

Bibemax
Bibemax

Lisa, I must admit watching this episode for the first time I was surprised to see Kyle and Adrienne let the uninvited get close to them to even say hello to him. You clearly see there is no loyalty for you according to their actions. After watching the reunion I now get it. This two hypocrites were no longer your friends at that point or maybe earlier. I mean its not about un-friend someone just because you had issues with that person, but come on, this person is despicable. It was your territory and they smile at him like if he was invited instead of asking him to take off. Regarding Adrienne's chef, cant believe he had the B---s to go Sur's opening. Its clear that Adrienne was the enabler to his mean comments.

Dorothy Herzfeld
Dorothy Herzfeld

Lisa, you are my favorite personal on that show. Should they ever eliminate your role, I will no longer watch the showl Your the best......

Favors Kitties
Favors Kitties

Lisa, YOU are simply divine. Love your fun energy, insightful remarks and sense of humor. I took "the Maloof Hoof" as something said purely in fun as you were excited about your good friend's new endeavor. I'm sorry you are attacked for having a fun-loving spirit (your humor being so misunderstood), but I have an opening for a new friend . . . LOL Just keep on being your ever-lovin' self. You're wonderful, beautiful and such an inspiration in your attitude.

barbara Lauria
barbara Lauria

Lisa-you are so beautiful--Kyle blew you out for Taylor no tears so fast i thought you were diseased. Kyle is a troublemaker because she is jealous.---jealous of your looks----jealous because shes short & squat & Brandi is built. All that crying she learned in the movies (what movies?????) she & her ugly sister claim to be famous---maybe they ride Paris' coattails. Whats the problem with Taylor no tears kid---she seams to hate everyone.

Ms. Meow
Ms. Meow

Lisa you are my favourite! I love everything you represent. So gracious and elegant! Truly a first class Lady! I am so excited to see Pandy's wedding. I see the love you share with your daughter and it makes me full of emotion. I never knew that with my Mother and Pandora is definitely a very lucky girl! I can't wait for the final episode! You have such a great man in Ken too.

Cristina E.H.
Cristina E.H.

I find Lisa's humor charming, and it looks as though the rest of the viewers agree! I was quite shocked to see so much fighting (and over such frivolous things!) in the reunion preview. It seemed as though this group of women might actually have the capacity for true friendship off camera, but lo! Fighting over "Maloof Hoof".... ridiculous! It was clearly a joke, not meant maliciously. The other ladies seem to be grasping at straws, their envy getting the better of them. They should take a page out of your book--focused on the important things in life, have a laugh, move forward!

RH viewer from Miami
RH viewer from Miami

Lisa: Congratulations on your well deserved title as the favorite Beverly Hills housewife . Your one liners crack me up . Listen up Bravo, not all us want drama!!! You have exquisite taste,loved that the season ended on a high note with your daughter's stunningly beautiful wedding. Can't wait to see you next season with your hilarious sidekick Brandi. Your comments on camera as she innocently flirts with Ken are priceless "I'm going to have to put-out"...LOL.

Teresa Nitti
Teresa Nitti

Dear Lisa,

Love everything about you and your family. You never disappoint me, you are true to yourself from season to season. I admire your wit, strength and how much you love your family, pets, home, business and friends. When it comes to friends it's sometimes to a fault. Of course, Cedric was a mistake, his charm and beauty, is quite disarming. Only Kyle saw that guy a mile away,. Wonder why? In her blog she is confused how what is so obvious to others you were oblivious to. What is your Dear, Dear friend suggesting. Lisa, Kyle is NOT your friend. She never was to you or anyone else.

Kyle, needs people like Kim and Taylor around her to keep the drama going and she is the strong one saving everyone. That's why she didn't care Taylor started the fight between her and Camile, or the fight between her and Kim. She needs weak trouble making Taylor hanging on to her. You have done nothing but adore that girl and her family. You have defended her time and time again, and she has the nerve to say no one has every help her fight her fights. Give me a break. And, then after all that she has done and allowed others to do to you, you defend her in you blog about Kim. Kim's troubles are about Kim, not Kyle. Kim is in real trouble and your worried about how Kyle feels. Wake up Lisa. It's sad to say but these people are no in your league and you can't change that. They actually don't like you because you don't stoop to their level and their is no way in hell they can rise to yours.

One more thing, the wedding is just beautiful! Your daughter was a vision and you gave her a fairly tail wedding.

xoxoxo

bchie
bchie

Lisa, loved the results of WWHL poll! Queen Lisa it is! You clearly reign supreme with the voters & simply are a cut above the rest in just being you! Loved the kind & adoring looks Pandora bestowed your way as well as the tiara, Well done Pandora...your mum wore it well. Lisa you are sooooooo the Alpha female of the hills bunch! You should get to pick who comes back next season...Bravo

DM
DM

Lisa, I adored Pandora's wedding. It was absolutely beautiful. I am also a lover of pink and now I wish I had used more of that color in our own wedding. I have read your book and find your advice and recipes so inspiring. The photos are gorgeous. I really enjoy them. As I care for our family, I'm now looking forward to adding more beauty to our meals and our home.

I am sorry to hear of the your dog Buki passing away. I know how sad that is. Like you, I love being a mom to our kids and pets. One of my favorite quotes from your book is, "It's an honor to be a caretaker..." So true. You are beautiful both inside and out. Thank you for sharing that beauty and thanks for sharing Pandora's wedding. Simply Divine!

GD
GD

Hi Lisa,

You are my favorite of all of the housewives from Bravo.

The wedding was gorgeous. Pandora looked so beautiful. It was great to see Pandora and her dad dancing. Your restaurants are great with fabulous services.

It is SO SAD to see the disloyalty of Kyle. I am not surprised about Kyle's action, as she has been so cruel to her own sister. Please drop Kyle as a friend. Kyle does not understand the love of a friendship.

It is so OBVIOUS how jealous is Adrienne of you. Adrienne Maloof is jealous of you because Bravo gave a lot of attention to your family and business.

Lisa, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person walk with a high head. You do this great. Don't let the mean spirit people take your confidence down. Adrienne has show her true colors this season.

Best wishes always,

GD Newport Beach

April Haneklau
April Haneklau

Lisa, your large, cascading diamond earrings you wore at the white party are absolutely breathtaking! Who made them?

peachykeen911
peachykeen911

Lisa, you are by far my favorite housewife - across the brand! Sorry to see such disloyalty toward you, both this season and last. I have to conclude that envy is really the root cause.

Such a beautiful wedding, and what a lovely family you have raised! Be nice to Ken though, he's such a good man as you know.

In summary: no season 3 without Lisa and Giggy!

PS - You need a new sidekick, a la Cedric, minus the sly. Maybe a kept, house-hubby type with his own allowance?

Lynn Autumn
Lynn Autumn

I'm disappointed my post never showed up. I wrote one yesterday. In short, I appreciate you, Lisa. I feel as though you had reason for your doubts about Taylor, in the beginning. Out of the kindness of your heart, you accepted her pleas for friendship, and that does show you to be a class act.

However, it was inappropriate for the "therapist" to conduct "group therapy" at your party. I wonder if he is a "real" psychologist or psychiatrist? Also, I question the sudden appearance of "bruising" around Taylor's eye. The way she acted when with Russell was so contrary to the way she talked about her relationship with "the girls." I too was in an abusive relationship, in my first marriage, and I'm sorry, I find Taylor to be inconsistent. However, I'm sorry for the tragedy of her husband's death, and wish her and her daughter well. I hope she might find a therapist who can help her to love her genuine self.

Congratulations on a beautiful wedding, and your lovely daughter and new son-in-law. Before, I felt you handled the situation very well when Cedric showed up, univited, at the Sur opening. Take care. I hope to see you next season. I also hope Bravo will allow Taylor and her daughter time to heal, out of the spotlight.

beagraham
beagraham

I just saw a clip from the reunion, and found it quite shocking that there was so much distress about the "maloof hoof" (to the extent that it inspired me to write here). It was clearly not intended as an insult and it seems everyone was rather uptight about it all. I am from Australia (living in the US) and regularly struggle with a similar cultural clash ... the maloof hoof is fun! Sigh .. Incidentally, Ian Stuart also designed my wedding dress 10 years ago. Pandora looked divine. xxx

casey3
casey3

The wedding was beautiful, I had a lump in my throat the whole time! My favorite part was Giggy in his tux!! Oh my gosh, he is sooo gorgeous!

Mominatl
Mominatl

Love ya! You are sooooo amazing!

Mominatl
Mominatl

Lisa, you are truly worth watching the show for. You are so truthful, funny and truly down to earth. Its good to see that someone that has soooo much money....you can still treat others so good. You are amazing! Xoxo from Atlanta.

Juniper72
Juniper72

You need your own show these women don't get your sense of humor at all. Or maybe it's that they have no sense of humor themselves and take themselves way to seriously. You are amazing wife, mother, decorator, business woman. I so look up to you. Love love you.

BeataC
BeataC

You are my favorite!!!! Extremelly inspiring and hard working. When are you going to promote your book in Tampa bay fl?

Love Lisa
Love Lisa

Lisa, You looked stunning at Pandora's Wedding! She looked so beautiful in her Wedding Dress. Your whole family looked so happy. I just adore you! I have really enjoyed watching you this year. Till next time, keep the witty humor and stay being you!

Wifey56
Wifey56

Hi Lisa,

Your family is so wonderful! The love you all feel for each other is inspiring. I am still crying from your baby's beautiful wedding. I just celebrated 22 years of marriage with my wonderful husband and remembered my own wedding (which emptied a box of tissues in the process). Ken's comment after the officiate asked "Who gives this woman?" (Answer: "I'm not giving her away, only sharing her") made me go through another entire box of tissues! Congratulations to your family and hope that the two "lovebirds" will have every happiness they wish for and more!

shophop
shophop

Lisa, I had a dream about you last night - not in a freakish way - I dreamt that everything in my life was "just so", like your's. I watched the season finale last night and a little bit of the "Live" show with you and Brandi on it. And I admire the way you put together everything so perfectly, like Pandora's wedding. Considering my mother passed away 2 weeks ago and the fact that I am the last surviving member of our family, my life has been far from "just so". The dream was a welcome comfort and I didn't want to wake up. But of course, that isn't meant to be, so I decided that today I would deal with whatever is thrown at me today like you would. With dignity, thoughtfulness, strength and class. Thank you for that....

Viewerteresa
Viewerteresa

lisa, i've loved you from the beginning. i'm so happy to see someone understanding the need for a battered woman to leave, but only when she can do it safely. you offered both. you are her true friend, whether either of you realize it or not. i love that you don't engage in her anger at you. you have every right not to explain it to the world, or even to her. you proved to her that you were the only one to come to her aid. she HAD to take it out on you, otherwise, she would have to face the fact that she was in such a horrific situation. that can be overwhelming for the victim, and must be treated with respect. you are such a class act, with a naughty wit. i love it.

p.s. all victims of violence lie about it. trust me.

JenniferLamon
JenniferLamon

Hello Lisa, I realize I'm a bit late in responding to this but I just now joined the Bravo TV website. I joined for the sole purpose of telling you how much I admire you. I just starting watching this season and never missed an episode. During each one, I was just completely inspired by your beauty, grace, elegance, strength, humor & loyalty. You are such a loving mother, a wonderful wife & smart business woman! I think the thing I like most about you is that you are genuine. Even though we are worlds apart in many ways, you seem like the kind of woman whom, if I ever had the pleasure of meeting, would just be welcoming and make a person feel like they've known you for a life time. Lastly, the way you handled the situation when "he" had the audacity to show up at your party was pure class, pure you. I have been deeply hurt in my past and though I don't know you, I can say we have that inner strength in common. I wish you all the best & hopefully soon, a beautiful grand baby for you to shower love on.

LoRaineecandice
LoRaineecandice

Lisa! You are my favorite each season! your humor and light heartedness is something that everyone needs in their life! Best wishes!!

TheBlondeBombshell
TheBlondeBombshell

You're a class act Lisa! I've enjoyed watching you and your family this season. Thanks for sharing!

Sam64
Sam64

Pandoras wedding was beautiful. You have raised great kids. I'm kind of nervous seeing the previews of the reunion show. it appears that Kyle throws you under the bus. I hope not...but she did before telling Taylor that you are full of yourself this season. I think she is just jealous that you are so classy and much richer than her.

Sandra Dee
Sandra Dee

Lisa

You are the epitome of who I want to be. Your class shines thru in everything you do!!! I rarely disagree with your reactions and usually salute you for handling such craziness with sophistication and class. Hugs

patriciad13
patriciad13

Lisa,

After watching you this season it is apparent that you are an incredible woman. I think your demeanor is always in check - in spite of the crazy drama of the ladies with whom you associate. Thank you for your manners, being a lady and your wonderful concern for your friends - even though sometimes I don't think they deserve it. I think there is a bit of envy of you on the part of the other ladies... I don't know if a girl from Jersey can ever be like you but I'll give it a go. I will try to be kinder, less caustic and critical and not SWEAR. Wearing pink will be the easy part...I love pink! Keep being yourself...you Brits sure give American women a lesson in class; thanks for that because after watching all the Housewives, regardless of city, county or state, it is very apparent it is lacking in their behavior. Patricia

L.
L.

Lisa, I agree that the fights have gotten out of hand (hopefully the producers of the show are listening). I watch the show to see the "Bling" not the fighting. I wish all the ladies would show more of what the inside of your homes look like,as well as, a better understanding of how to get the Housewives look... makeup, clothes, home decor,etc. Best wishes to you and Ken...and of course Giggy. God bless. L

TiredViewer
TiredViewer

First I have to say Lisa, that I love the class that you and Ken bring to the show. I have never left a comment on any blog but here goes - After watching the show last week, and reading the blogs with viewers questions regarding Taylor and the therapist "dr.". I think instead of asking why did Taylor decide to have this session during Lisa and Ken's opening, the question should be what makes a therapist "dr." think that this opening of Sur would be a good time to gather the ladies to discuss Taylor's issues??? What "DOCTOR" does that?? Not to mention even going with Taylor to the opening? Another thing I find odd is the injured or I should say swollen eye that Taylor had. Her past injuries were in question or lack of in the past and now she suddenly has an injury for all to see?? Hummm? At this point Taylor has shown to be too out of control emotionally and I think should not be on the next season if their is one. Tooooo much drama and I am not interested in watching a person unravel on a show. Just not healthy.

Speaking of unhealthy their is Kim. Seriously, what is interesting about Kim and her life? We have her sister Kyle who has no problem voicing her opinions about her sister or anyone else. But then cries like a baby afterwards??? Give me a break. Getting real old real fast. Kim clearly is not in a healthy place. Two very unstable women whose return if another season is in the works should be in question here.

Lisa, Adrianne, and Camile have interesting lives with a lot less drama. They are so much more together in their work and homes. Classy ladies. Just sayin'

LuvsU
LuvsU

Lisa I think (Like so many others!) that you are great! You are everything I wish I was and would love to be. Class isn't something that can really be learned. You are born with it I believe. And you are the true meaning of CLASS! The BH housewives is my favorite. I love watching and seeing things in a life I won't ever even get close too. I really hope Bravo don't turn it into a "Jerry Springer" type thing like the other HW shows. I understand also that Drama sells but after a point it just gets hard to watch. Some of the rest of us that really are HW day in and day out like to think that real friends are true and we don't all enjoy people being crazy acting and mean! I'd love to see more of the women really being Mom and Wives. Like you Lisa. All jokes aside it's easy to see the strong Love between you Ken. You seem to have a blessed life and I wish the same for your little girl. God Bless and thank you for sharing such a huge part of your life with me.

MsTowanda2You
MsTowanda2You

Once again Lisa shows us what it truly is to have class and a heart. I can't believe (well, yes, I can) how Taylor and Kyle attempted to derail your special night with their high school girl antics. Honestly. Their behavior was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. Almost as bad as the bullpucky Adrienne gave you regarding Pandora's bachlorette party (she's really disappointed me this season...but that's another story). Brava, Lisa!

Lesha773
Lesha773

Wow Lisa SUR is wonderful, I live in the South but if I ever visit Cali as I have been planning to do, I will check it out in person. I think it was a nice gesture to ask Scheana to leave after learning she had an affair with Brandi's ex, Eddie Cheatbrian even though you had not known Brandi all that long, you knew it was the corret thing to do. Kudos. I think you handled Cedric well also. I cannot believe he showed up, even if asked by Bravo, which I am hoping they did not do. Shame if they did. You've extended frienship to Taylor which I admire but it is clear Taylor has emotional problems and does not know what is the proper time to address certain things. For instance, you don't call friends who are on vacation to announce your divorce and you don't bring your counselor to an opening and have a theraphy session at the table. I'm not sure if she was abused by Russell or not. That is a serious matter and I cannot comment about something I do not know for certain, but I will say that things she has said and done this season do not add up and I do not believe she is telling the complete truth. You are a delight on this show, you, Brandi, Camille and Adrienne are my favorites, but you and Brandi my TOP favorites! Can't wait to see your lovely daughter's wedding tomorrow!

William O'Kelley
William O'Kelley

Lisa, My admiration for how you stepped up and helped Taylor. You are so anti drama. Bravo!..lol...Keep up that trunk! Bless you and family.

wellwisher
wellwisher

Is it true you are getting your own show on Bravo? I hope so. The way you love your family and the care you put into every detail of your life shows how much you love life and inspire those around you. I can't wait to see your daughter's wedding , she is so sweet, polite and funny like her mom. I wonder if she reminds you or yourself when you were her age? I hope if you get your own show it is inspirational and funny not stressful. I fastforward through Kyle and Kim and Taylor since its too awful to watch. I was horrifed by Taylor drunk crawling across a table ruining poor Brandi's party. It was so much fun before she came and then Taylor recalls it as walking into a "lions den". She was the lion, the ladies were laughing and belly dancing. I don't like Kim who has obvious nervous problems being put down all the time, its mean. But I love the rest of it and style inspirations and the joyful moments and the sad too, normal sadness like when a traitor like Cedric walzes in uninvited to SUR. You handled it very well and so did Ken. I feel bad opening night turned into a psychiatric sessions but I guess you all were ok with it. To me , SUR's private opening should have remained a fun opening night not all about Taylor again, its exhausting. Of course I feel bad for her but she ruins so many shows, her problems are legit and should be handled anywhere but at everyone's parties.....

TanyaFrmNJ
TanyaFrmNJ

Lisa, I am SHOCKED that Taylor had this "meeting" at YOUR party on YOUR night! Again, she had to take away the drama. I think she managed to wiggle into your life and is taking advantage of your goodness. Why not let YOU and Ken have a wonderful night? You guys worked so hard and waited for this to be done and Taylor decides to have a therapy session. Hmmmmm....very selfish and narcissistic behavior. When can a show NOT be about her? I do not buy her abuse stories, but someone who is abused does not go around telling EVERYONE EVERYTHING. Many abused women keep it a secret. And she was worried about her husband finding out?! Then she should have kept her big lips shut. I really hope Bravo does NOT bring her back. She is ridiculous, it is pathetic for a woman her age to engage in those behaviors.

BTW, that was unprofessional and unethical for her therapist/shrink/doctor (however she addresses him), to 1. be in public with a client, 2. demand for others to engage in a therapeutic dialogue; and 3. tape this session for the world to see; without the ladies being prepared.

sunshine lover
sunshine lover

Lisa- Before your blog is done- PLEASE tell us what lipstick/gloss brand and color you wear!! It looks absolutely beautiful and we would all like to look that way!!

; ) xx

1momalisa
1momalisa

lisa, u r a class act all the way. i would have thrown cedric out on his ear..thanks 4 showing us u have class & cash! i love 2 watch u on the show because u r real & very funny & always try 2 lighten the mood with ur humor. stay true 2 who u r lisa. please b very weary of taylor. it seems very fishy 2 me that she came out with these stories of abuse after her estranged husband was dead. i dont like it when ppl disparage the dead, if u r going 2 make those allegations u should have done it when he was alive so he can defend himself & say weather it is true or not..i just dont trust what she is saying..i am not saying she wasnt abused, i just dont trust all she is saying..b careful around her because she is a person that idk if u can trust. i wish u & ur family all the best..loved watching u the past 2 seasons, love ur home, ur animal & all the love u show 2 ur family & friends..please sign on again lisa..u r so much fun 2 watch..take care, good luck with sur.

njjw
njjw

You really did handle everything that night with such class. Does anyone else think it was strange for Taylor to bring her therapist and have that session at an event? This should have been done in private, or "for the cameras" on another night, not at a party were there were other guests everywhere. Taylor shouldn't be on TV anymore she needs help.

Nama
Nama

I can't wait to see the wedding! I am worried that Kim or Taylor might ruin some part of it. Could Taylor stand to not be the center of attention for an entire ceremony and reception? Could Kim manage to keep herself together? For your sakes I hope so! Sur looks gorgeous! Congratulations!

Viewer1234
Viewer1234

Lisa, you handled bad situations well as always. You're kind hearted and always being considerate, I hope that you've seen thru Taylor and Kyle and keep an eye on them. As for the blue under Taylor's eye, Russell didn't do that as the blue don't stay for weeks long; Taylor's own words they had fight and had been separated for weeks. The blue you saw probably was something else recent, rumor has it that Taylor was kicked by Kennedy in the eye... and of course Taylor wants everything be Russell's fault. Be aware of Taylor's manipulation, some HWs have doubts of T's stories, you need to rethink don't let crazy T take advantage of your kindness. Congrates on the big SUR!

Harriecharlie5
Harriecharlie5

You're so lovely; we're lucky to have a small window into being Lisa!

NYCViewer
NYCViewer

I just remembered that some episodes back, Taylor did not invite you to her event because it was "her day" and she didn't want drama. So, how did she think it was OK to have a therapy session in the middle of the grand opening of a project you had worked so HARD on???

MadgePadge
MadgePadge

I found it very odd that Kyle seemed so unfazed by Kim's behavior. At one point in Kim and Kyle's conversation, Kim seems to drift off, and Kyle tells her to "focus". To me, Kyle didn't seem at all confused by Kim's behavior. It appeared as though Kim's inability to concentrate if something that Kyle is very familiar with.

I am so tired of seeing Taylor drama. It doesn't make any sense to me as to why she brought her therapist to your restaurant. The whole "scene", and I say "scene" seemed so fake...

fanfrumdayone
fanfrumdayone

I adore you, your husband, your entire family! It was too weird for words the whole Taylor brings her therapist to the opening of Sur and the therapy session in the back room tho. Taylor's therapist should have suggested a group session in the privacy of her own home. At least or I truly hope the Taylor drama stays home for Pandora's wedding day....xoxo

imagination
imagination

Lisa, I like most choices you have made so curious.... what is your choice in wines - French, American...etc. H

Libby64
Libby64

Lisa, I truly love your wit! What the hell is up with Kyle crying so much this season. I mean following Taylor and Russell to the limo and crying. Then all this mess with Kim, I would love to know what you guys actually know about Kim. After the show my conclusion is she's really sedated! Someone should put Kyle and Taylor in a show of their own....Drama in Beverly Hills!