When Nothing Goes Wrong

by Sophie Gayot


When dining at a restaurant, things can sometimes go wrong. It could be a small detail, such as a fingerprint on the border of a black plate, or a big mistake, like the server accidentally spilling something on a customer.


When I dined recently at Café Pinot, I kept looking, searching, waiting for something wrong to pop up… and nothing happened. It was just a flawless evening, from the food of executive chef Kevin Meehan to the service. Watch my exclusive video with chef Meehan, and read the newly-updated review of Café Pinot, and learn why we raised the rating. The downtown Los Angeles restaurant now has a rating of 15 on our 20-point scale.

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Oktoberfest: Coming to a City Near You

German oompah band
German oompah band

by Barnaby Hughes


When Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig I married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in Munich, Germany, back in 1810, he probably couldn’t have imagined that he was beginning a new tradition – Oktoberfest. The original lasted for sixteen days and gave the world a new style of beer – Märzen, now often simply called Oktoberfest. Subsequent wedding anniversary celebrations evolved into Oktoberfest as we know it today, attracting millions to Munich every year. Fortunately, those of us on this side of the Atlantic don’t have to go all the way to Bavaria to observe Oktoberfest, since it is now celebrated in hundreds of cities throughout the U.S.
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Andrea Restaurant – The Resort at Pelican Hill

by Sophie Gayot


Pure Luxury & Pasta

The Resort at Pelican Hill, located in Newport Coast, California, between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, is just pure luxury. Hidden away from the busy southern California buzz by 50,000 acres of permanently protected, natural open space, parks and trails, the resort makes you feel like you have arrived worlds away. There is no big hotel structure, but 204 bungalow guest rooms and suites, 128 villas (two-, three- and four bedrooms), and two Tom Fazio 18-hole golf courses on the 504-acre secluded property. Continue reading “Andrea Restaurant – The Resort at Pelican Hill” »

L’Abeille Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

The Eiffel Tower on Your Plate


by Sophie Gayot


There is a French expression: “avec des si, on mettrait Paris en bouteille,” which means, “with ifs, you could fit Paris in a bottle.” But how can you fit the Eiffel Tower on a plate? Watch the exclusive video interview with executive chef Philippe Labbé of L’Abeille restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel Paris, to see how he does it. You will find out why Labbé is paying a tribute to La Grande Dame, as about half of the hotel’s 27 suites and 54 rooms have unobstructed views of the monument built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the World’s Fair.

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NYC Fashion Week Offers Up Prix-Fixe Dining

Porter House New York in Time Warner Center
Porter House New York in Time Warner Center

by Meryl Pearlstein


Along with haute couture, Fashion Week in NYC is also bringing special restaurant deals. Nearly two dozen New York City restaurants are serving it up in style, offering prix fixe meals for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week from Thursday, September 8 through Thursday, September 15. Enjoy a bistro break from the excitement with Bar Boulud’s three course prix-fixe lunch ($29) or go all out in elegance with Picholine’s four-course tasting menu ($92). The bad news: you may have trouble fitting into your clothes after Fashion Week is over! For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit: http://lincolnsquarebid.org/news/view/fashion-plate-prix-fixe-2011
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