The Best Deal in Town

by Sophie Gayot


After a taste of Spain at Jaleo, part two of my culinary trip to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas took me to Greece for lunch at Estiatorio Milos. I was looking forward to it; I knew that the restaurant featured a shaded terrace overlooking The Strip, as I had toured it back in the December when the hotel opened. Take a video tour with Adam Rand, the Director of Operations of Estiatorio Milos restaurants, which was shot at that time.
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Lines for Chef Zarate’s Peruvian Cuisine

by Sophie Gayot


The first time I discovered chef Ricardo Zarate’s Peruvian cuisine was at his original restaurant Mo-Chica which was lost somewhere in downtown Los Angeles. It looked more like a food court than an actual restaurant. But when I saw the plates of other patrons as they passed by my table, I knew it was going to be good. At the end of dinner, Zarate told me that he was going to open another style of Peruvian restaurant in West Los Angeles. After my dinner at Mo-Chica, I had high expectations for his new place. A few weeks ago I headed to Picca on Pico Blvd., and I was not disappointed at all. Watch my exclusive video interview with chef Zarate to get a first glimpse at what he has created at his new restaurant. Also, read my just published review of Picca restaurant.

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¡Más Tapas Por Favor!

by Sophie Gayot


After my very good tapas dinner at José AndrésJaleo restaurant at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas last week, I wanted to try more Spanish small plates. I decided to head to Bar Pintxo, chef Joe Miller’s restaurant in Santa Monica, California.


I had a disappointing meal when I first visited soon after its December of 2007 opening, but hadn’t been since the arrival of chef David Plonowski about a year and half ago. On my return, I just did not want to leave and wanted to try more and more of his dishes. They are small, so it is easy to ask for more.

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Barbecue on the Beach for Charity

Barbara Lazaroff - Sophie Gayot
Barbara Lazaroff & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

 

UPDATE 7/10/13: This year’s event will be on August 1, 2013. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Culinary Events calendar

UPDATE 7/23/12: This year’s event will be on July 26th. To buy tickets, go to http://www.eveningonthebeach.com/

 

For the past few summers, event manager Joan Wrede has been gathering Los Angeles chefs for “An Evening on the Beach.” The toques bring their barbecue grills right on the sand at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. The evening finished around a huge bonfire where the attendees roasted marshmallows which no less than pastry chef Sherry Yard of Spago combined with graham crackers and chocolate to make s’mores.


We were also able to enjoy the cuisine of:
Celestino Drago, Drago Centro
Michael Fiorelli of mar’sel at Terranea
Mark Gold, Eva
– Tim Guiltinan, The Raymond
– Michael McCarty, Michael’s
– Joe Miller, Joe’s
– Mark Peel, Campanile
Piero Selvaggio, Valentino
– Mako Tanaka of Robata-Ya

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Tapas & Zapatos

From left to right: Sophie Gayot, pastry chef Quentin Welch, sous chef Mario Medina, Lucas Paya
From left to right: Sophie Gayot, pastry chef Quentin Welch, sous chef Mario Medina, Lucas Paya

by Sophie Gayot

 

I just returned from an intense culinary trip at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Part one of my eating journey started with dinner at chef José Andrés’s restaurant Jaleo. As it’s an Andrés restaurant, you can expect Spanish cuisine, but be sure that something unusual will happen during the course of the evening.

 

Find a seating area to suit your mood — note that the bar is not for sushi but for tapas. One of the dining tables is actually a foosball table with players from F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid all dressed up.. The choices on the menu are quite numerous, so let the staff guide you in making your selections.

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