Touring the Freezer in 90210

by: Sophie Gayot


A trip to the Vodbox at Nic’s Beverly Hills restaurant is a dream for vodka lovers. But there are some rules to follow before entering the 28-degree freezer: you must wear a fur coat, (faux, waiting for you right there); and don’t think you will be able to drive away right after your 15-minute tour. Luke Nicola, restaurateur Larry Nicola’s son, will guide you through 80 of the best boutique vodkas available from over 20 different countries, while never leaving 90210.

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GAYOT.com 2011 Top 10 New Restaurants in the US

by: Sophie Gayot

We are always sad to see restaurants close, but we are always happy to see more opening to please our palates. For the GAYOT.com 2011 Restaurant Issue, we have selected 10 new restaurants that opened in 2010 and for which we foresee a great future, either for their cuisine, ambience, location, or a combination of all three.


Watch my exclusive video interview with chef David Myers who made the list for his French brasserie Comme Ca, which opened at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in December.


The other awards listed in the GAYOT.com 2011 Restaurant Issue are:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Nine of these did not appear on last year’s list, and three of those are gracing the list for the very first time,
U.S. Restaurateur of the Year
Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S. – good choices for the budget-conscious
5 Rising Chefs – American chefs under 30 who are making their mark
Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – which celebrity chefs make the best steak?
Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in the U.S. – Only 3 remain from last year
Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S.published for the first time, this list reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times
Culinary Trends for 2011.

 

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A Sneak Peek at the 2011 SAG Awards Dinner

Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques restaurant in front of the CNN camera, discussing the dinner she will be serving at the 2011 SAG Awards
Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques restaurant in front of the CNN camera, discussing the dinner she will be serving at the 2011 SAG Awards

by: Sophie Gayot


Chef Suzanne Goin was the star yesterday at her restaurant Lucques in West Hollywood. More than fifteen television stations fought to get her to describe the menu that she will be serving at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, January 30th, at the Shrine Exposition Center for the A-list guests.


Ingredients for her antipasto plates include a whopping 150 pounds of Parmesan, 175 lemons, 1,900 dates, 8 pounds of Feta, 400 shallots, 4 gallons of yogurt, 120 pounds of salmon, and 140 pounds of lamb. I got to try four of her creations (see photos below), which was great because I unfortunately will not be attending the event. They were quite refreshing. There’s no movie magic needed to liven up Goin’s cooking!

A Cheesy Time on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills

Partner/owner Norbert Wabnig of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills preparing raclette
Partner/owner Norbert Wabnig of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills preparing raclette

by: Sophie Gayot


If you walk into The Blvd, the other restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire hotel besides CUT (one of 2011 Top 10 Steakhouses in the US), on Thursday nights between 6 and 8 p.m., you will certainly wonder what is the unusual smell in the room.


At least until the end of February, Norbert Wabnig or Tony Princiotta, the partner/owners of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, invade the center of the room with their cheese and their “melting machine.” That means there is no need to go to the Alps to savor the Swiss delicacy raclette. The warm, melted cheese comes with the usual fingerling potatoes, charcuterie and cornichons, with a Californian addition of heirloom cauliflower, romesco and peppers. Each plate costs $15.


If you prefer your cheese cold, come on Tuesday or Wednesday, between the same hours of 6 to 8 p.m., for tasting plates priced at $20 or $35.

 

 

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GAYOT.com 2011 Insider Picks

by: Sophie Gayot


Inspired by a very savory and pleasant dinner at chef Paul Prudhomme‘s restaurant, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, in the French Quarter in New Orleans, we decided to create a new list for our 2011 Restaurant Issue called “Insider Picks.” It reveals where to go for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times, if you only have one night to dine out in a particular city.


Watch my exclusive video interview above with one of the winners, chef José Andrés, for his Los Angeles restaurant The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.


The other awards listed in the GAYOT.com 2011 Restaurant Issue are:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.
U.S. Restaurateur of the Year
Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.
Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S.
Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S.
Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in the U.S.
5 Rising Chefs.


We look forward to your feedback and suggestions in the “Leave a comment” area below (click on the “Continue reading” link, if necessary) or in our Top 40 Restaurant forum.

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