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  • pinitbutton I Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
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2009 JazzFest musicians

By Jeff Hoyt


I enjoyed my first visit to New Orleans so much, that I was on the verge of renting an apartment there. But tragedy struck, and somehow, it took me more than two decades to return. I vowed to visit this year, but once again, fate stepped in.


In 1986, I drove to the Crescent City for the one-sided Super Bowl between the Chicago Bears (of Super Bowl Shuffle fame) and the New England Patriots, and fell in love with the city’s music, food, and joie de vivre. My traveling companion and I made plans to rent a place so we could stay at least through Mardi Gras.


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  • pinitbutton Best Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day
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Mother’s Day spa package at the    Argyle Salon & Spa

by Sophie Gayot


There are many ways to celebrate Mother’s special day. This May 9th, why not take her out to brunch so she won’t have to shop, cook and wash dishes for a change? You can find our restaurant recommendations in your area, and see which restaurants made our Top 10 Mother’s Day Brunch in the U.S. list.


If Mom likes wine, pick up a bottle of one of our Top 10 Wines we’ve selected especially for her. We’ve even put together a list of Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts to make shopping for Mom easy. If you’re in the LA area like I am, let me recommend one of the Mother’s Day treatments offered by the Argyle Salon & Spa. This intimate beauty haven on Sunset Boulevard has two revitalizing and refreshing treatments that highlight the beauty of being a mom. They’re well-priced at $240 and $270, or you can drop hints that this is what you want for Mother’s Day. That’s what I did!


May all Moms get to enjoy time with their children this Mother’s Day.



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The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants

By Jeff Hoyt

We’re a big fan of S. Pellegrino, both their water and their awards. For the last few years, we’ve helped judge their cooking competition for young chefs. Last year, was even able to attend the gala night they announced the world’s 50 best restaurants.

We’re glad to note that many of the American selections earning a World’s 50 Best Restaurants Award already graced our choices of top 40 restaurants in the USA, including Daniel, Per Se, The French Laundry, and Alinea. (For more on Alinea, The Aqua Panna Best Restaurant in North America, read André Gayot’s description of his recent meal there.) Around the world, we’ve written extensively on the soon-to-shutter El Bulli in Spain, and reviewed many of the honored restaurants, from The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais in South Africa to Quay in Australia to Iggy’s in Singapore to Biko in Mexico. We have nearly 500 restaurant reviews each in London and Paris, including The Fat Duck, which S. Pellegrino ranked #3 in the world, and Le Chateaubriand, ranked #11. You can view the rest of the winners at:

So keep coming back to for the latest in restaurant reviews and news worldwide.



  • pinitbutton The Global Show of Savor
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Samples of local cuisine

By André Gayot

As the world gets global and progressively engulfs its denizens into a single one-fits-all mold, it’s an encouraging sign that here and there some rebels are proclaiming a personality of their own. Interestingly enough, the affirmation of such an individualism stems from the food, not as a raw material, but from the understanding we have of it and the procedures we invent to process it.

I had the privilege to observe such a comforting manifestation where last week in Puerto Rico when I attended the third annual “Saborea” (Spanish for “Savor” or “taste) event. It takes place along a sandy beach fringed with coconut trees on this American-style Caribbean island. The tropical setting is enough to tell what is reasonable to expect under these latitudes. Indeed, location, tradition, and production determine ipso facto the limits of the gastronomy. But imagination, this essential human addition, can transcend—or not—the regional capacities.

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  • pinitbutton Don’t Wine about this Free Dinner
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Grand Cru Wine Bar in Bellevue, WA near Seattle

By Jeff Hoyt


They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but you can enjoy a free dinner in Bellevue, Washington, courtesy of the Grand Cru Wine Bar, even on the weekend. Make a reservation at this wine bar in Seattle’s neighbor to the east, and enjoy “Dinner on Us.” The promotion runs on Saturday nights, as well as Wednesdays.


Everyone in your party can enjoy a complimentary two-course dinner from a pre-selected menu, such as Caesar salad and Dungeness crab mac ‘n cheese, or corn and red pepper chowder followed by classic beef Stroganoff. For small parties, there’s only a small catch: an 18% gratuity will be charged based on the value of the meal. Parties greater than six must spend an additional sum of $150 on other food, dessert, or, of course, wine. See why we named this one of the Seattle-area’s top 10 wine bars, and tell them sent you!


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  • pinitbutton A Weekend Full of Puerto Rican Flavors
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Samples of local cuisine

By Yaira Solis Escudero


The third annual Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza!, the creative food event, was just held at the famous beach Punta del Escambrón in the The Millenium Park in Old San Juan.


Besides having a good time and eating well, the purpose of Saborea is featuring Puerto Rico as an unparalleled culinary destination throughout the Caribbean. The island tourism has been strengthened by the notable growth and development of the gastronomic sector. The event also served to present the new generation of Puerto Rican chefs.



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  • pinitbutton Ramps, Morels Usher in Chicago’s Spring
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The Bristol is one of several Chicago restaurants featuring ramps on its menu. Photo courtesy of Neil Burger.

by Jennifer Olvera


In Chicago, spring has sprung! We’ve had a few warm days, and ramps—among the season’s first edible indicators—are at-the-ready. (Cue the swooning sound.) We just love these wild, potently flavored beauties, which are foraged locally in cool, forested areas. And we’re psyched to share where you can find them around town.


Blackbird’s Mike Sheerin will serve puréed ramps with halibut; upping the ante further, they’ll also be pickled, alongside.

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 by Sophie Gayot

The Gayots celebrated the opening night of the 2010 City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) Film Festival last night at the DGATheater on Sunset Boulevard. The 14-year-old COLCOA is the second entirely-French-language film festival in the world.

Due to the volcanic activity in Iceland, some key figures could not make it, but French Consul General David Martinon welcomed the packed house watching the North American premiere of Heartbreaker(L’Arnacoeur), a romantic comedy starring Vanessa Paradis (Johnny Depp’s life partner) and Romain Duris, and directed by Pascal Chaumeil.

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  • pinitbutton The Besh Is Yet To Come
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Chef John Besh of Restaurant August in New Orleans

by Becky Sauer


Chef John Besh is known for his New Orleans establishments: Restaurant August has previously been named one of our top 40 restaurants in the country; The Besh Steakhouse at Harrah’s is one of the Top 10 Steakhouses in New Orleans; La Provence is one of the most romantic restaurants around; and he also serves up fine food at Lüke, Domenica, and The American Sector.


But now the James Beard award winner wants to cook deep in the heart of Texas. The new Embassy Suites San Antonio Downtown Riverwalk Hotel will feature a restaurant from the former “Iron Chef” competitor when the hotel opens in August.


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  • pinitbutton Dockers Debuts Premium Khaki at American Rag Cie in Los Angeles
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The Dockers K-1 Khaki display at American Rag Cie

by Emily Tsay

Could khaki pants actually be cool? It definitely appeared so at a recent Dockers event we attended at the fashion-insider retail mecca American Rag Cie in Los Angeles. Launching the brand’s first-ever premium offering in the U.S., Dockers debuted its K-1 Khaki Collection (priced from $150 to $250) to a hipster crowd at the laid-back event. The theme seemed to be vintage Americana with a modern twist: Rob Roy was the cocktail of the evening, and for entertainment, there was a pool table and a DJ spinning a mix of hip hop and indie tunes. A retro hors d’oeuvre of pigs-in-a-blanket was served, standing out from the other Asian-inspired bites from AN Catering by Crustacean. Continue reading “Dockers Debuts Premium Khaki at American Rag Cie in Los Angeles” »

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