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Party at the Palms

on October 30th, 2009
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Oct

Owner of Palms Casino Resort George Maloof on the deck of Ghostbar

Owner of Palms Casino Resort George Maloof on the deck of Ghostbar

By Dylan Nugent

 

Earlier this month, we were invited to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, owner George Maloof gave us a guided tour of the themed suites. The newest is the Barbie Suite, which fans of the iconic doll will love. The 2,350-square-foot space features unique artwork, and is well-suited for bachelorette parties.

 

For bachelors, the Playboy Suite, our favorite, features a cantilevered deck and Jacuzzi with panoramic views of the city. The suite was approved by Hugh Hefner himself, and is filled with a personal massage room, sauna, and seductive artwork and furnishings. There’s also a Playboy Club on the property.

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Shots All Around!

on October 28th, 2009
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Oct

A new Arizona law allows permitted gun owners to carry loaded weapons into bars

A new gun law passes in Arizona

By Jeff Hoyt

 

Better be careful about rooting too loudly for your favorite World Series team Wednesday if you’re in an Arizona bar… especially if someone favoring the other team isn’t drinking.

  

Just in time for the first World Series game between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, a new law in the state of Arizona takes effect Wednesday, October 28, that allows patrons with concealed weapons permits to carry their loaded guns into bars.

 

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Chef/owner Marc Gold (right) of Eva Restaurant and his kitchen team

Chef/owner Marc Gold (right) of Eva Restaurant and his kitchen team

By Sophie Gayot

 

Our Los Angeles Restaurant Review of the Week is the newly opened Eva Restaurant on Beverly Boulevard, in the space left vacant by Quinn and Karen Hatfield. Hatfield’s is moving to Melrose Avenue to the former Citrus location where mega-chef Michel Richard started.

 

Marc Gold, the chef/owner, likes to run the show—both in the kitchen and in the dining room—with lots of enthusiasm. View our dinner in pictures below and read our review of Eva Restaurant in our Los Angeles restaurant section.

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By Jeff Hoyt

 

Our own Alain Gayot appeared as a judge on the season finale of Hell’s Kitchen on FOX-TV on Tuesday October 13, and showed that his taste matched that of chef and host Gordon Ramsay. In the first showdown between the final two competitors, filmed outside of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles, Alain preferred Dave Levey’s rack of venison with sour cream and chive parsnip purée over Kevin Cottle’s petite clambake with poached lobster and clam pudding. Despite fracturing his wrist during the production, Dave went on to win this sixth season of competition, and the position of head chef at Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia.



Time to Cover Kobe

on October 13th, 2009
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Oct

Kobe Bryant with chef Philippe Chow and Sophie Gayot

Kobe Bryant with chef Philippe Chow and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

Kobe Bryant took a break from Lakers training camp to attend the opening of Philippe Los Angeles last night. Was it due to his love for contemporary Chinese food, which flowed generously out of the Melrose Avenue kitchen? No, Kobe was celebrating his appearance on the cover of L’Uomo Vogue magazine, and his new watch collaboration, the Black Mambo, by Nubeo.

 

We’ll give you a further report on the new Philippe Chow restaurant after we have dinner there next week. And, as for Kobe, we think his taste in jewelry is more along the lines of another NBA championship ring!

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12

Oct

Saam general manager Felix Meana with Sophie Gayot enjoying "Dragon's Breath" popcorn

Saam general manager Felix Meana with Sophie Gayot enjoying “Dragon’s Breath” popcorn

By Sophie Gayot

Due to overwhelming response for the GAYOT dinner at The Bazaar on November 6th, we are pleased to offer two additional evenings at Saam, the chef’s tasting room at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills: Friday, November 13th, and the following Thursday, November 19th. If you were not able to make a reservation originally, here are two more chances to join us. Call 310-246-5545.

 

 

 

From modern American cuisine at SIMON L.A. for the first GAYOT Dinner Series in September, we move to the even more modern style of chef José Andrés at The Bazaar for the next GAYOT Dinner to be held on Friday November 6th at Saam, the chef’s tasting room, located within The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

 

Saam is an intimate space with its own décor separated by glass walls from the lively action of The Bazaar. For this occasion, chef José Andrés and his team will create a very special prix-fixe menu of twenty-plus “tastes” for $95 that will include delightful surprises and a complimentary glass of cava for each guest. Wine pairings come in four different categories — Sparkling, Spanish, Global and Sherry — and start at $45 for a flight of four tasting portions.

 

Among the items to expect on the menu are: olive oil bonbon, Dragon’s Breath (popcorn), Sea urchin with pomegranate air, tournedos Rossini,

 

During the evening, which will also be the celebration of the first anniversary of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, I will be at Saam to discuss the meal, and why chef José Andrés’ inventive dishes are the talk of the town. I hope to see you there.

 

Space is limited. Please call 310-246-5545 for reservations.

 

 



12

Oct

Chef de cuisine Jorge Chicas of The Bazaar with Sophie Gayot eating cotton candy foie gras

Chef de cuisine Jorge Chicas of The Bazaar with Sophie Gayot eating cotton candy foie gras

by Sophie Gayot


In my eyes, any excuse is good enough to go to The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills for a cube of foie gras wrapped in cotton candy.

So I was especially pleased to find executive chef Jorge Chicas serving it at the second Los Angeles March of Dimes Annual Chefs Event.


Over 300 guests gathered last week on the private patio at the SLS to taste food and wine from more than 25 restaurants and wineries.

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Chocolate Only

on October 11th, 2009
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Pair the chocolate from Republica del Cacao with Pinot
Pair the chocolate from Republica del Cacao with Pinot

by Sophie Gayot

It was obvious this afternoon at the 3rd Annual Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon held at the Pasadena Convention Center that chocolate is not a standard foodstuff. It provokes a passion and love that not too many products can claim.

Each of the 35-plus exhibitors had a different story. Bernard Duclos from República del Cacao likes to tell you to pair his organic chocolate with Pinot. Chocolatier Christopher Michael makes its chocolate bacon bar sizzle (fun). Travel with the round metal tins of The Chocolate Traveler, which you can have customized with your own design. We also tried the chocolate-dipped pretzels hand-rolled in English toffee (not bad); and the leopard-printed chocolates from Susie Norris of Happy Chocolates. Helen Grace’s old-fashioned chocolates include truffles, specialty confections, assortments, and even dessert toppings. There were even chocolate body products from Sweet Beauty Organic Chocolate Spa Treatments.

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09

Oct

Chef Alex Reznik from Ivan Kane's Café Wa s in Hollywood

Chef Alex Reznik from Ivan Kane's Café Wa s in Hollywood

By Sophie Gayot

 

When dining at Ivan Kane’s Café Wa s, there is little chance that you will actually find the chef at the piano—though in the French culinary world “piano” is a nickname for gas range.

 

Last night I discovered chef Alex Reznik’s escargots for the first time. I have to admit they were the best I had tasted in a long time. The secret is the sauce, which is not the usual butter and garlic combination. Reznik has created a butter, lemon confit, capers and garlic confit mixture, which has a very distinctive taste. I discussed the recipe with him and figured out that the easiest way to taste it again would be to just come back to the restaurant.

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Chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Thomas Keller with Sophie Gayot

Chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Thomas Keller with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

 

Fresh off the plane from Paris, I had only a few minutes to change before heading to Spago Beverly Hills for the 10th Annual Chefs Grand Tasting Dinner, held last night. Benefiting Meals-on-Wheels Programs of Los Angeles, it is one of the most prestigious charity dinners in the country.

 

Wolfgang Puck, Lee Hefter & Barbara Lazaroff, along with chef de cuisine Thomas Boyce and executive pastry chef Sherry Yard, welcomed six very fine chefs into their kitchen to prepare an elegant six-course dinner.

 

 

 

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