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Winter Wine Newlsetter
Our new Winter Wine Newsletter features the best of the festive season so you can toast your family and friends in style. We've compiled lists of the Top 10 Value Champagnes for budget-minded revelers and Top 10 Prestige Champagnes for sippers who go all out when selecting beverages. We've picked the Top 10 Holiday Wines and best Winter Beers as well as ten gift ideas for your favorite oenophile. Read tips from a wine auctioneer and more in the Winter edition of our Quarterly Wine Newsletter. Sign up now for our Spring newsletter. (12/14/07)

Top Dining Spots for New Year's Eve

Celebrate the New Year in style! We've chosen the Top Dining Spots for New Year's Eve as well as the Top New Year's Eve Travel Destinations so you can welcome 2008 with the best food and amazing surroundings. We've selected the Top 10 Holiday Gifts and Top 10 Holiday Spa Gifts to make shopping a breeze and compiled the Top 10 Ski Resorts Worldwide for all the snow-lovers out there. You’ll find restaurants, travel, cars, movies and more in our latest edition of Tastes. Sign up now for our January issue! (11/29/07)

Beachside Resort & Conference Center in Key West
Find out what's hot in the world of luxury lodging in our recently published 2007 Hotel Issue, which includes our picks for the Top New U.S. Hotels and the Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in the U.S. Read about the top hotels in the world, the best stays in your area and current trends such as Green Hotels, Stays for Pet-Lovers and Hotel Automobile Packages. (11/26/07)

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Jane Butel's Cooking School began its announcement of its 25th year in business with the news that its Satellite School at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona, had been named one of Gayot’s Top 10 Hotel Culinary Schools for the third year running. We’re thrilled we can honor this silver anniversary with yet another gold. (11/12/07)

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We are proud to announce the publication of our highly anticipated Annual Restaurant Issue. Check out our choices for the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., which include Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia, Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, Per Se in New York and many more. Peruse our lists of the Top 10 Steakhouses and the Top 10 New Restaurants as well as our picks for the Top Rising Chefs and Pastry Chefs. (10/24/07)

Dining Out on Thanksgiving

Let someone else do the dishes this year! In the November issue of Tastes, we’ve picked the best restaurants for Dining Out on Thanksgiving so you can enjoy the feast without the fuss. If you're doing the cooking, our list of the Top 10 Thanksgiving Wines will suggest what to sip with your turkey, and our holiday cookbooks can help you plan a menu. If you’re watching your calorie intake, check out our health feature on carrots or take in Thanksgiving at a spa, where you can be pampered with cranberries and pumpkin. (11/08/07)

Sophie Gayot and Jessica Holmes in Paris

KTLA-TV’s Jessica Holmes took advantage of our own Sophie Gayot’s native expertise when they were both in Paris recently. Watch clips of Sophie on KTLA’s Morning Show and check out our guide to The Best of France. (10/18/07)

Best Seafood Restaurants Near You

Savor the flavors of the sea with our October Tastes newsletter. If fish is your favorite dish, check out our lists of the Best Seafood Restaurants Near You. If you want to meet underwater creatures face-to-face, make a reservation at one of our Top 10 Diving Hotels. Staying home for the weekend? Cook a grand meal with one of our seafood cookbooks. You’ll find restaurants, travel, cars, movies and more in our latest edition of Tastes. Sign up now for our November issue! (10/08/07)


In the Editor's Picks section of RealTravel, we were proud to see our list of The Best Spas in Hawaii recognized as the real deal. Offering advice on where to find "the world's most lavish and relaxing spas," we're pleased they chose to say "Aloha Gayot." For more about where to find the most exclusive, luxurious spas, check out our featured spas and top spas around the world. (09/21/07)

Fall Beers
Discover the best of the beverage world with our Autumn Wine Newsletter. Sip one of our Top 10 Fall Beers, learn about Absinthe or Resveratrol supplements, shop for wine books and gifts, and peruse our list of the Top 10 Wine Spas for vino-inspired pampering. Sign up now. (09/21/07)

Best Steakhouses

Our September issue of Tastes has something for everyone, whether you’re a cowboy, a wine-lover, or you just like a good steak on occasion. Find where to meet for meat with our Best Steakhouses lists; kick up your spurs at our Top 10 Ranches in the U.S. and Worldwide; cheer for your Wild West heroes on our Top 10 Western Movies list; sip on a glass of the good stuff at the Top Wine Bars Coast to Coast; and enjoy the fruits of the land at our Top 10 Wine Country Inns Coast to Coast and Worldwide. You’ll find restaurants, travel, cars, movies and more in our latest edition of Tastes. (08/30/07)

Our review of Cassis by Chef Mavro was announced on The Honolulu Advertiser's website, "following a visit by Gayot chief Alain Gayot." Rated 15 points out of a possible 20, the Honolulu restaurant features Hawaiian regional cuisine blended with French influences. For the best places to dine, check out our other restaurant reviews in Hawaii and around the world. (08/23/07)

Ice cream

From ice cream to European travel, our August issue of Tastes covers the best of late summer fun. You’ll scream for ice cream when you visit one of the parlors or restaurants on our Best Ice Cream lists. If you can’t get enough of the frozen treat, read about how to make homemade ice cream or take an ice-cream-themed soak in the tub. Check out our guide to Europe and our list of the Top 10 Casino Hotels in the World for summer vacation ideas. You’ll find restaurants, travel, cars, movies and more in our latest edition of Tastes. (08/07/07)

Sophie Gayot on KABC 790

Our own Sophie Gayot has been out and about in the Southland recently. On Saint Patrick's Day, 2007, Sophie was interviewed by chef Jamie Gwen on her celebrated radio talk show on KABC 790. The conversation focused on's Hot 10 restaurants in Los Angeles and the opening of Hadaka Sushi on Sunset Blvd. On July 13, 2007, Sophie co-hosted a special Bastille Day segment on KTLA's The Morning Show, during which chefs from local restaurants La Cachette, Abode Restaurant & Lounge, and Campanile displayed some of their favorite French dishes. If you missed these events, you can listen to Sophie's other radio interviews on KNX1070 and watch her television segment online. (07/18/07)

Beautiful views from the balcony of of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Whether you're a first-time visitor to the islands or already a fan of the Aloha State, you will find our second annual Hawaii Issue full of dining tips, luxurious hotels, vacation ideas, luaus, spas, food and more. We introduce you to The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, an opulent hotel just steps away from the ocean. Take a tour of the Maui Pineapple Company, cruise around Oahu on a Segway or sail the Pacific with the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association. Whether you're in the mood for relaxation or adventure, our Hawaii Issue will help you make the most of your visit to this tropical paradise. (07/03/07)

A Time to Grill

The July issue of Tastes will help you make the most of the season of backyard barbecues and long, sunny days. Become master of the grill with our favorite sauces and tools, have some of Carson’s famous ribs delivered to your door, sip on one of our Top Barbecue Wines, or visit one of our picks for the best barbecue restaurant in your area. If your warm weather dreams lean more towards getaways than grills, plan a trip to fabulous Florence or take the whole family to one of our Top 10 Family Resorts. Whatever your plans for the season of sun and fun, the latest edition of Tastes is sure to put some sizzle in your summer. (07/03/07)


Because we pride ourselves on providing honest, up-to-date reviews and information on the top restaurants in the world, we were thrilled to see our restaurant reviews praised by New York Magazine’s "Grub Street." Editors Josh Ozersky and Daniel Maurer described our "detailed, well-written reviews" and complimented our "distinct sensibility" in our selections for the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. (06/20/07)

J Vineyards & Winery

Just in time for the warm weather, our Quarterly Wine Newsletter has arrived to bring you the best of summer sipping. Beat the heat and crack open a cold brew from our list of the Top 10 Summer Beers, or find the perfect accompaniment to your grilled foods with Top 10 Barbecue Wines. Learn about rum, Pinot Grigio and how to make the perfect sunny day margarita, and shop for wine books and accessories. (06/19/07)


Savvy gourmands know that the best online dining advice is always just a click away on the pages of And now visitors to partner can benefit from our expertise as it reveals our selections for "The Best of" the best—from the hottest haunts to romantic destinations and the top places to seal a deal. Our editors narrowed the field to offer the recommendations that matter: the Top 10 OpenTable restaurants in their markets that distinguish themselves in one or more categories. To find our picks for the top restaurants in your area, click on your location on OpenTable, and you'll find "The Best of Gayot" on the right side of that city's page. (06/05/07)

Spring 2007 Wine Newsletter

Our Quarterly Wine Newsletter has arrived just in time to help you prepare for the arrival of brunches and warm weather celebrations.  Help ease the pain of tax season by relaxing with one of our Top 10 Value Wines, or find the perfect accompaniment to your Easter brunch with a selection from our list of the Top 10 Brunch Wines.  If casual gatherings are more your style, take advantage of longer days and warmer temperatures by kicking back with a few friends and cracking open a cold Maibock, the signature beer of spring. You can also learn about sake varietals or use our events guide to find a wine tasting in your area. Read the Spring 2007 Newsletter here (03/13/07)


She's fed you and pampered you, so this Mother's Day, let her know you care with a gourmet meal, a spa vacation, or a special gift. Browse our lists of the Top Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants, Spa Hotels, Mother’s Day Wines, Gifts for Mom, and more in our latest edition of Tastes. (05/10/07)


Those who say, "You get what you pay for," obviously have not read any of our Top 10 Value Lists. But you should! Learn about Value Hotels, Value Restaurants, Value Wines, Value Spas and more. Find these and other features in the latest edition of our Tastes Newsletter. (04/10/07)

Easter Brunch
Our March edition of Tastes highlights two holidays. Find out where to celebrate on St. Patrick's Day at bars and pubs around the country, and take a look at our Easter brunch recommendations to plan your extravagant meal now. Spots fill up quickly for this daytime dining event! To round out the brunch theme, we've come up with a list of top wines and another for the best brunch hotels. In this volume you can also read about the innovative 2007 Volvo S80 V8 and its great safety options as well as the manifold health benefits of the ginger root. Read the March 2007 edition of TASTES!

Join the Gayot Community!

For years, you've taken our advice from our books to our online guides. Now we want to know what you think about restaurants, hotels, travel, and all the pleasurable topics that we cover that make "The Guide to the Good Life." We've launched an online community with an interactive forum where you can share your thoughts with us and our readers around the world. Jump in on ongoing discussions such as where to find the best pizza in New York, the best sushi in Los Angeles or the best burgers in San Francisco or start one of your own. We look forward to hearing from you, so join the Gayot Community today!


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure Cupid shoots his bow and arrow straight into your lover’s heart. We’ve put together sure-fire ways to heat up your hubby (or whoever else sets your pheromones on fire) and make sure your heart day sizzles. Our sultry gift guide will help set the mood while our Valentine’s Day dining guide is sure to treat the senses. The top 10 aphrodisiacs and wine lists will fire up your palate before you settle in and shack up with one of the top 10 sexy movies or top 10 romantic films. Whatever the ingredients, we’re making sure your potion spells passion. Read the February 2007 edition of TASTES! (01/30/07)


Just like everyone else, we at take January as an opportunity for a healthy fresh start into the New Year. We’re not talking about diets and slavish exercise. Our approach is all about wellness, from heart-healthy dining to spoiling body and soul at health resorts and yoga retreats. We also believe in the power of food to heal, as in the case of fennel, wine and tea. Want to learn to think and eat like a food writer (and fit into that little black dress forever?) Get The Skinny. It’s got a pink, chick-lit cover but is full of wisdom. Finally, for the boys who could care less about dress sizes, here’s an earth-friendly new toy: the 2007 Lexus GS 450h, going green at high speed!
Read the January 2007 edition of TASTES! (01/04/07)

TRAVEL EXPERTS: "No Spa, No Stay!"
Being at the forefront of worldwide travel trends, we weren’t surprised to see ourselves quoted in an article in the Star-Telegram titled "7 places t go in '07." Cathy Frisinger writes on Dec. 31, 2006, about "what the experts predict will be the new year's travel trends." Brice Gosnell, regional publisher for Lonely Planet Publications, sends people to Morocco and Finland, while our own Alain Gayot, “founder of the travel Web site,” thinks spa vacations are the future. He kept his advice short and sweet: "No spa, no stay!" (01/04/07)

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