Brunch & Bubbly

Israeli couscous at Silks restaurant in San Francisco
Israeli couscous at Silks restaurant in San Francisco

by Tiffany Maleshefski


What’s the best thing about brunch? Mimosas. And the best thing about mimosas? Champagne. So thanks be to the brilliant minds at Silks, the stunning dining room inside the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, which has given the world the build-your-own Champagne cocktail bar. For $20, guests can enjoy endless Champagne cocktails they’ve designed themselves at the restaurant’s Sunday brunch. Guests can create their cocktails from a rather lengthy list of recommended recipes or go rogue and put together their own bubbly concoctions with an impressive spread of accoutrements.


We took the bar for a spin and started out with the more traditional: a sugar cube, a few dashes of bitters, and a lemon twist.

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Grey Goose Vodka at Nic’s Beverly Hills

by Sophie Gayot


A few weeks ago, I headed to Nic’s Restaurant & Martini Lounge (aka Nic’s Beverly Hills) for a special dinner in which each course was paired with cocktails made exclusively with Grey Goose vodka, which graces our Top 10 vodka list. That was the perfect place to host the event, as Nic’s Beverly Hills is the only restaurant west of Las Vegas that has what chef/owner Larry Nicola and his son Luke, creative director, like to call the “VodBox,” a walk-in freezer filled with some of the best boutique vodkas in the world.

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Italian on my Mind

by Sophie Gayot


While I was writing my just published review of Scarpetta Beverly Hills, I had to go over my notes and my photos (see below). Luckily I was not doing so on an empty stomach, as the flavors that kept coming back were only in my mind and not my mouth. To make it clear, I had a very tasty dinner at the restaurant in the hotel Montage Beverly Hills. It appears I am not the only one to think so, as the room was almost filled on a Monday night, including celebrities like American Idol judge Randy Jackson. By the way, Jackson is truly a nice person, and a regular there.

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2011 COLCOA – A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood

by Sophie Gayot


Last night was the coup d’envoi (kick-off) of the 15th edition of COL•COA, City of Lights City of Angels film festival. The festival has now grown to be the largest French film showcase outside of France. Over sixty films will be shown at the DGA movie theaters on Sunset Boulevard from April 12 to April 18, including two world premieres.

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50 Years of Four Seasons

Executive chef Ashley James, Sophie Gayot, Hotel General Manager Mehdi Eftekari
Executive chef Ashley James, Sophie Gayot, Hotel General Manager Mehdi Eftekari

by Sophie Gayot


Even though my plane from Paris arrived late, I was not going to miss celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts that was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills last night.


The story started in Toronto way back in 1961 with a modest motor hotel run by Isadore Sharp, who is still the chairman of the company. Now with 84 hotels and resorts in 34 countries, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is synonymous with luxurious service, elegant spas, and fine restaurants. Key decisions that led to their success include a focus on managing only medium-sized hotels of exceptional quality; to manage, rather than own, those hotels; and to make service the brand’s distinguishing edge.

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