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by Sophie Gayot

Enjoy a “bon” beef burger at Bouchon in Beverly Hills.  After all, Bouchon is a French bistro, and “bon” is French for “good.” In fact, I’d say it is a “très bon” burger. Though of German origin, the hamburger has now become an American food staple that chef Thomas Keller had to add to his menu next to the steak frites, le croque-Madame and les moules au safran.
Originally, it was only supposed to be offered Thursdays through Saturdays after 9pm at the bar of the bistro, but it is proved so successful, it is now also available for lunch from Monday to Friday. What makes it “très bon?” Watch our exclusive video to see executive chef Rory Herrmann explain how it is made. Of course, it starts with quality meat, a combination of prime cuts of sirloin, brisket and chuck. It ends with the house-made brioche buns made in the bakery area of the kitchen. Continue reading “B. B. B. B. in Beverly Hills” »

Dining by the Beach

on July 02nd, 2010
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Mayor Richard Riordan, Sam Nazarian and Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Almost a year ago, I ran into Sam Nazarian at XIV restaurant where he informed me that he had just taken over the management of Gladstone’s in Pacific Palisades, which is owned by former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan.

The 35-year old restaurant had become a Los Angeles classic, NOT for its forgettable cuisine but for its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. But over the past year, the food has markedly improved, now making Gladstone’s pleasing to the tongue as well as the eyes.

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Food on the Move

on July 02nd, 2010
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The popular Kogi food truck in the LA-area serves up a fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisine

by Martha Burr   

Food trucks, especially of the gourmet variety, have become a recent fixture on the gastronomic landscape of LA. While neophyte hipsters may think that Kogi invented the taco truck, we can really trace it back to both Mexico and the Western “chuck wagons” that stretched from Texas to California in the 1860s.

Cultural historian Cyrus Farivar notes, “Given their origins in Mexico, a dash of Americanizations and a kitchen on wheels, taco trucks are the perfect trans-cultural metaphor for California. While taco trucks exist in other parts of the country, their presence originated (here). Raul Martinez is believed to have opened the first taco truck—converting an ice cream truck—outside of an East Los Angeles bar in 1974. He went from $70 in sales that first night to controlling a small empire of 10 King Taco restaurants and trucks around Southern California.”

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Bikini Summer

on July 01st, 2010
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Bikini Chef Susan Irby and Denice Fladeboe with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot 


If you missed my appearance last week on The Bikini Chef Susan Irby’s radio show on KFWB News Talk 980 in Los Angeles, here is another chance to hear us discuss the L.A. area restaurants that are perfect for outdoor dining during these summer days. (Click on The Bikini Chef Susan Irby link above.)



Readers can also consult our lists of the best outdoor dining in other parts of the country. Enjoy!

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