Jaguar Suite at 51 Buckingham Gate

Jaguar Suite living room at 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences in London
Jaguar Suite living room at 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences in London

The Night of the Jaguar


by André Gayot


Undoubtedly, we are a car civilization. The automobile is an ordinary object in our spoiled world, a dream in the barren parts of the planet and a nightmare at a quarter to nine a.m. on the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles. We find cars a convenient instrument to go to the stores and take back home the stuff of which probably we bought too large a quantity at our local Costco. A car is more practical than a backpack and a bicycle, but more polluting — as we are told by ecology — and more expensive, as we can see by the price soaring at the pump.


OK, it’s our way of life. But some of us are in love with automobiles. They admire the beautiful machines, their engineering, their design and their power, regardless of the speeding tickets and hefty insurance premiums they may have to face.

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Celebrating the 2012 Oscar Winners

Sophie Gayot sabraging a bottle of Champagne on the bow of Serene, Yury Scheffler's yacht
Sophie Gayot sabraging a bottle of Champagne on the bow of Serene, Yury Scheffler’s yacht

by Sophie Gayot


Yesterday was Oscar day. Even though, the biggest night in Hollywood had not yet started, I decided to celebrate the winners while cruising on the Pacific Ocean.


There was only one way to do it for me: sabraging a bottle of Champagne with a backdrop that was worthy of the stars walking the red carpet. Yury Scheffler, the Russian vodka tycoon (Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, among others), made it easy for me: his 134-meter (440-foot) yacht, Serene, was anchored in Santa Monica Bay.

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Did You Say Donuts?

Vermont maple-glazed French cruller with candied bacon
Vermont maple-glazed French cruller with candied bacon

by Sophie Gayot


I recently found myself in the Loop in Chicago in search of breakfast, a vital part of my three-daily-meal routine. I can recommend a tiny place which just opened: Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee.


For donut lovers, it is a paradise. For others, it’s a good way to rediscover the treats. Since they offer so many flavors, you’re sure to find one to your liking, or one so good that you will want to return. Add a cup of coffee, and you’ll have a good way to keep you warm in the Windy City. That’s all they have; in fact, the entire menu of Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee is in its name!


Go to the photo gallery to discover some of their exotic flavors (Vermont maple-glazed French cruller with candied bacon, anyone?), and read the review for more information.

It’s Always Time for Romance

A table set for Valentine's Day at Everest, Chicago
A table set for romance at Everest, Chicago

by Sophie Gayot


If you weren’t able to book the restaurant of your dreams for Valentine’s DayGAYOT.com’s Romance section can still help you plan the perfect evening, no matter what day it is. There you will find romantic restaurants, as well as chocolates and gifts, sexy cookbooks, romantic movies and more.


If you are one of our LA readers, you can listen to my radio interview, which aired February 14 on Frank Mottek’s Business Hour on KNX1070, that includes suggestions on intimate places to take your valentine all year long.

Sushi, Zen and Shizen

Chefs William Siew (left) & Maswin Sukotjo with Sophie Gayot
Chefs William Siew (left) & Maswin Sukotjo with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


Many Vegas visitors never leave The Strip, and don’t realize what they’re missing. There are peaceful places to stay just a short distance away. One of these relaxing spots I got to experience recently was the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Spa & Golf, located in Summerlin. The spa, the gardens and the golf courses surrounding the property are certainly a good way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Vegas Strip.


You don’t have to fight the traffic jams to eat well, either. I dined at Shizen, one of the four on-site restaurants. Chef William Siew oversees the menu while teppanyaki chefs handle the spatulas and fire at the grills. Sitting at one of those tables is for sure some Sin City excitement. And unlike sitting at a craps table, you can’t lose!

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