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The Tiato Kick

on July 30th, 2010
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by Sophie Gayot


Last weekend, I went to have a family brunch with my brother at Santa Monica’s Tiato, the latest restaurant from the An family. Also known as the House of An, they own Crustacean in Beverly Hills, molecular gastronomy-influenced AnQi Gourmet Bistro in Costa Mesa, and Thanh Long and Crustacean in San Francisco, which is where it all started in 1971 after they moved from Vietnam.

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Ferrari Style

on July 29th, 2010
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Ferrari F430 engine

A Day in the Life of a Ferrari Rally

by Alain Gayot


Once upon a time we had a chance to participate in a Ferrari Rally, which is one of the many events that the prestigious Italian manufacturer of GT cars gets involved in.
The mostly red cars with the prancing horse have crossed deserts and ascended mountain passes in all sorts of conditions over time to demonstrate the capabilities of the automobiles beyond racetracks. Their lead in wins at the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is a testament to their performance and endurance, and a billboard for sales. Continue reading “Ferrari Style” »

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FIJI Natural Artesian Water

Just Add Water [and a Bit of Cash]

by Alain Gayot

Anyone with discerning taste wants to arrive in a brand new luxurious environmentally-friendly Lexus hybrid, sport a Christian Dior suit, be able to give you the time from their Cartier watch. . . and be seen drinking out of a FIJI Water bottle. We were exposed to this luxe lifestyle recently at Galerie Half in the company of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LA City Council President Eric Garcetti, a bunch of distinguished guests from fashion houses, local chefs—courtesy of Lynda and Stewart Resnick of Teleflora, POM Wonderful fame—and owners of the crisp and pure FIJI Natural Artesian Water.

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Inside Towne Stove and Spirits in Boston

by Becky Sauer

Boston restaurateurs—and best buds throughout their culinary careers—Lydia Shire (Scampo, Locke-Ober) and Jasper White (Jasper White’s Summer Shack) are teaming up to open Towne Stove and Spirits in the Back Bay on July 30. Globally inspired dishes will include Peking chicken & pot pie and tandoori meats, while a special lobster menu will feature a dozen preparations of that New England seafood staple. And with three dining rooms, three bars and an expansive outdoor patio, there should be plenty of room for all the curious Beantown foodies looking to get their fill at this newcomer.

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LudoBites: Take 5

on July 27th, 2010
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by Sophie Gayot


It took me four days to get a reservation for LudoBites, which began its fifth incarnation last week, and even when I arrived last night I had to wait almost an hour to get seated—a party of two who had arrived at 6 p.m. (and finally left five hours later) was enjoying themselves so much that they would not free my table. But they weren’t the only ones there having a good time. Gram & Papas, the café Ludovic Lefebvre is renting for the second time, was completely packed with patrons on a Monday night. (And this in an area of downtown Los Angeles that’s desolate after dark.)

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Farshid Hakim, owner of La Provence Pâtisserie & Café with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

The winning dish at Concern Foundation’s 36th Annual Block Party, held on July 10 at the Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, was the sweet corn agnolotti by Savore Catering. But honestly, I could not try every single one served on that fun night. Out of the 63 restaurants and refreshment stations, an increase of six from last year, I only had time and room to try ten. My apologies to the rest.

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The signature cocktail for Atlanta Restaurant Week is the Bacardi Torched Cherry Blossom

by Meryl Pearlstein 


Atlanta’s Restaurant Week will take place in the Downtown Dining District from Monday, July 26 through August 8. The multicultural cuisine at Atlanta’s Restaurant Week includes that of traditional steakhouses, seafood restaurants, Irish pubs and Mexican cantinas. Choose a 3-course meal at any of the 26 participating restaurants for a price of either $25 or $35. No coupon, voucher or reservation needed.


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The city sets its restaurant week apart from the rest by incorporating a signature cocktail; this year’s cocktail is the Bacardi Torched Cherry Blossom created by W Hotel Atlanta Downtown’s DRINKSHOP. 

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There were no villains last night at the opening of Villains Tavern, located in the middle of absolutely nowhere in the industrial part of downtown LA. But there was a happy crowd discovering this new bar owned and designed by famous interior decorator Dana Hollister, who has worked with top clients like Madonna. I spoke with her in the small kitchen where bar food will be prepared to accompany the long list of hand-crafted cocktails.

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Aquavit restaurant in New York City

by Jeff Hoyt

People in NYC, rejoice! You’ll still be able to enjoy inexpensive lunch and dinners at more than 170 restaurants until Labor Day. NY Restaurant Week has been extended through the end of July, and the entire month of August! In fact, this money-saving “week” won’t end until September 6.

That means residents and visitors can enjoy inexpensive summer meals at top restaurants. The prices—$24.07 for three-course prix-fixe lunches and $35 for three-course prix-fixe dinners—haven’t increased in the past five years.

Visit on Monday, July 26, to view the complete list of NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2010 extension participants and make a reservation online. And keep coming back to for the latest NYC restaurant reviews!

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The River Café in Brooklyn, NY

by Meryl Pearlstein 

Diners in NYC and Charlotte are currently enjoying Restaurant Week, when many top spots offer meals at a discount. Like a baker’s dozen is actually 13, not 12, a Restaurant Week often consists of more than seven days.

New York City
: The second week of NYC Restaurant Week is here! Partake in fine dining at more than 275 restaurants throughout the city until July 25. Check out Nobu, Blue Water Grill, and The River Café. Choose either a 3-course prix-fixe lunch for $24.07 or a 3-course dinner for $35 (drinks, tax and tip excluded, as well as Saturdays). As a bonus, American Express is offering a $15 statement credit when you use your eligible, registered American Express card at three or more participating restaurants. For more information, visit Keep up with the NY dining scene with New York Restaurant News, Culinary Events and Wine Dinners. Continue reading “Celebrate Restaurant Week in NYC and Charlotte” »

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