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Perfect Pairings (SM) Menu Campaign to benefit Meals-on-Wheels programs

By Sophie Gayot


We are happy to announce a partnership with the Perfect Pairings (SM) Menu Campaign, a new, pairing-based fundraiser taking place this October benefiting Citymeals on Wheels, Meals-on-Wheels of San Francisco and The Cooperative Feeding Program.

Restaurants in New York City, San Francisco and South Florida, almost 100 in total, will feature special food-and-beverage pairings on their menus, flagged by the Perfect Pairings logo. Each time one of these pairings is ordered, a donation ($1) is automatically made to local Meals-on-Wheels programs that deliver food and other vital services to thousands of people in need every day.

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Dine Out For Less

on September 25th, 2009
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who loves food and good wines, changed his packed schedule so he could announce the launch of the third dineLA/Restaurant Week at this morning’s press conference at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at L.A. Live.


The last two editions of the program have been so successful that it is now being conducted twice a year instead of just once in January. The participating number of restaurants has also grown from 175 to 260.


Mayor Villaraigosa pointed out that the diversity of Los Angeles’ palates is due to the diversity of the many cultures found in the City of Angels. He also added that he will try to eat at as many restaurants as he can during the two-week period, October 4-9 and October 11-16, 2009.


dineLA is a good way to discover or rediscover restaurants in the Los Angeles area through specially priced three-course meals, ranging from $16 to $28 for lunch, and $26 to $44 for dinner. For a complete list of participating restaurants go to


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Fashionable Wine

on September 22nd, 2009
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Marian Jansen op de Haar, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Alain Gayot at the Ferragamo Wine Dinner

By Alain Gayot


Most of us, especially women, associate the name Salvatore Ferragamo with a high-end designer of shoes and handbags. And for the right reasons. It was for noted actors that Salvatore originally designed the pieces. “Next time you see a photo of Marilyn Monroe with her skirt flying in the air, pay attention to her shoes,” says Salvatore Ferragamo, the designer’s grandson in charge of the Il Borro wine program back in Tuscany.


We had the opportunity to sample new releases from the estate at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at LA Live. A new era for sure, but the wines are crafted with the very same care and quality as the fashion items. The good thing, though, is that the pricing is actually quite reasonable, delivering a good value.

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Jeff Probst, best reality host Emmy winner, with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot




If you were looking for Susan Feniger last night, she was nowhere near her restaurants (STREET, Border Grill, Ciudad). She was too busy cooking for 1,000 guests at CBS Television Entertainment Tonight’s Emmy Awards Party downtown at Vibiana—a former church now transformed into an elegant event venue.


Her worldwide cuisine was offered at four different buffets, each with a geographical theme, with more selections passed on trays such as Japanese shizo shrimp, Moldavian meatballs, and Indian semolina cakes.


Feniger’s food was so different from what caterers usually present, that it made the evening that much more stellar.


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And the Legend Continues

on September 16th, 2009
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Milk sorbet with strawberries from pastry chef Jean-François Suteau

By Sophie Gayot

A recent dinner at The Polo Lounge, a Beverly Hills legendary restaurant, made us rediscover the dining room of The Beverly Hills Hotel. Chef Alex Chen and pastry chef Jean-François Suteau prepared a very elegant dinner that raised our rating of the restaurant an additional point (from 15/20 to 16/20), which put it on our Los Angeles Top 10 Food Rating list.


Besides the Los Angeles Classic Restaurant Top 10, it also cracked the Los Angeles Top 10 for celebrity-spotting and Los Angeles Top 10 French Restaurants list. The Polo Lounge will be a good replacement option when the Bel-Air Hotel closes its doors at the end of the month for its two-year-long renovation.


The restaurant is our Los Angeles Review of the Week. You can enjoy the dinner in pictures below.


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The patio at La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica

By Sophie Gayot

Before I sit down at my computer to write the full review of La Cachette Bistro, I want to share with you, right away, my dinner there last night in our blog section—view it in the pictures below.

After many years of offering fine dining at La Cachette in Century City, chef Jean-François Meteigner is now doing “bistro” cuisine in Santa Monica.

Both the food and décor, whether enjoyed inside or on the patio, will surely attract diners.



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Chef Brian Redzikowski (middle) with his sous chefs

By Sophie Gayot


After two very unpleasant dinners foodwise, I decided to give BondSt Beverly Hills another chance. The result was a definite gourmet treat.


The décor and the service were unchanged, but right after the first course, it was obvious that there was somebody new in the kitchen; someone talented, very talented.


Young chef Brian Redzikowski, who hails from Le Cirque, Alain Ducasse, Nobu and Robuchon, has infused his talent and expertise to the place. He has completely turned around the cuisine, and serves smart and elegant dishes, (see pictures below).


Whoever found Redzikowski and trusted him to become a chef with his own kitchen should be proud of this discovery.

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A Prime Setting

on September 04th, 2009
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Chef Andreas Nieto (right) and his team

By Sophie Gayot


Our current Los Angeles Restaurant of the Week is the highest restaurant in Los Angeles. Located on the thirty-fifth floor of The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, L.A. Prime offers a 360-degree view of the city and fine cuisine and steaks from chef Andreas Nieto.



L.A. Prime has earned a spot on our list of Top 10 Penthouse Restaurants in the US, as well as our Top 10 Los Angeles Restaurants with a View list, and Top 10 Los Angeles Steakhouse restaurant list. Don’t miss the revolving lounge right below it.

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Virgin Mobile FreeFest Express

by Becky Sauer


As if giving away 35,000 tickets to a concert headlined by Blink 182, Weezer and Franz Ferdinand weren’t enough, Virgin Mobile also went above and beyond to provide an extra-special Virgin Mobile FreeFest experience for a few dozen music fans on the West Coast.

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