The Tiato Kick

 

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

Ferrari F430 engine
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” »

FIJI Water’s A Dinner with the True Tastemakers of Los Angeles

FIJI Natural Artesian Water
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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3 Rooms, 3 Bars and 12 Lobsters

Inside Towne Stove and Spirits in Boston
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

 

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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