Trumpeting the Trumps

Trump International Hotel & Tower Waikiki Beach Walk
Trump International Hotel & Tower Waikiki Beach Walk

By Jeff Hoyt

 

Is Donald Trump trading the boardroom for board shorts? November 16 marks the opening of the Donald’s 38-story Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk, featuring 462 guest rooms and suites, with the largest exceeding 2,000 square feet.

Since Trump always strives for the best, the hotel’s Penthouse accommodations boast full gourmet kitchens with granite and marble countertops and travertine flooring, and will be outfitted with appliances by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch as well as under-counter wine cellar storage, affording guests the option to have the hotel’s chef prepare a meal in the privacy of the suite. Other guests will have to make do with the Honolulu branch of Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Steak scheduled to open December 16 on the street level.

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Raising the Bar Again

The contestants and the judges (from left to right): Josh Renfree/BOA, Judge Michael Cardenas/BOA, Sophie Gayot, Clint Johnson/Comme Ca, Judge Nile Park/Comme Ca, Stacy Street/Church & State, Judge Yassmin Sarmadi/Church & State, Hector Bury/Joe's, Judge Joe Miller/Joe's
The contestants and the judges (from left to right): Josh Renfree/BOA, Judge Michael Cardenas/BOA, Sophie Gayot, Clint Johnson/Comme Ca, Judge Nile Park/Comme Ca, Stacy Street/Church & State, Judge Yassmin Sarmadi/Church & State, Hector Bury/Joe’s, Judge Joe Miller/Joe’s

By Sophie Gayot

Come join us this Sunday, Nov. 15th, at 3:30p.m. at David Myers’ Comme Ca restaurant where the second part of Raising the Bar will be held.

 

 

Raising the Bar is a free cocktail competition that I will be judging, along with Victoria Recaño (anchor of KTLA’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts), between the bartenders of Joe’s in Venice, Comme Ca, BOA Steakhouse and Church & State. They will be required to make three rounds of drinks: a classic cocktail, a themed drink using a certain spirit (Bourbon) and a creation of their own.

 

Stacy Street from Church & State won the first part of the competition held at Joe’s in October. The classic was a Negroni; round two was made with Zaya Rum. For the freestyle, Hector Bury from Joe’s came up with “The Jean Genie” (Tuata, Vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice), Clint Johnson from Comme Ca with “Dominicana”, Josh Rentree from BOA with “Pumpkin Cream” and Street wowed the judges with her “Crémant de la Poire”.

 

Expect the atmosphere to warm up as time goes by. And, don’t worry, I will leave Comme Ca under the legal alcohol limit. Note that the event is free, so please come to Comme Ca.

 

 
 
 

Photo by John Meng

 

A Pink Moment

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa serving chili cheese dogs to Pink's fans with Sophie Gayot
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa serving chili cheese dogs to Pink's fans with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

What were Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and I doing around a tray of hot dogs yesterday? As my jacket indicates, we were at Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood, where the Mayor had to elect the “LAX International Dog,” the signature hot dog at the soon-to-open Pink’s location at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.

 

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Taste of Carnaval

Three girls with leopard spots
Three girls with body paint

by Stephen Volkamer

 
Last Wednesday evening we enjoyed an authentic taste of Carnaval, sans the plane tickets to Brazil, at the grand opening night of Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge at Universal CityWalk. When we got there, we saw a lively parade of samba dancers—clad in glittering bikinis and colorful feathers—shaking to the beat of booming drums.

 

A Wall of Freedom Today

German chanteuse and actress Ute Lemper with Sophie Gayot
German chanteuse and actress Ute Lemper with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

The fall of the Berlin Wall was a big deal in Los Angeles last night. The sister city of Berlin commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall with the ceremonial breaking of a symbolic foam one installed across from LACMA on Wilshire Boulevard. To mark the occasion, the boulevard, a major LA artery, was closed for the event between Fairfax and Spaulding Avenues.

 

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