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Apr

  • pinitbutton Ninth GAYOT Dinner Series

by Sophie Gayot


Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, which opened in November 2011, is spearheaded of course by chef Michel Richard, one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 U.S. chefs. The restaurant is so well-regarded that it made GAYOT.com’s 2012 Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. and is also one of our Las Vegas Top 10 24-hour restaurants.


May I suggest two ways to discover the restaurant: watch my exclusive video interview above with executive chef Todd Harrington, or, better yet, join me at the GAYOT Dinner Series to be held there on May 10th. I will be there along with the debonair Michel Richard.

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  • pinitbutton Sir Richard Branson to Open the First Virgin Hotel in Chicago   Travel News
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Virgin Hotels logo

Virgin Brand Continues to Expand


With the opening of PUBLIC Chicago, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago and Longman & Eagle, the Windy City seems determined to prove itself as the new mecca for hot hotel openings. This reputation is cemented with the announcement that Sir Richard Branson’s first Virgin Hotel is set to begin construction this May. Taking over the 1928 Old Dearborn Bank building, the sure-to-be-hip hotel will include 250 rooms, a pool and a rooftop venue — with terrific views, we assume, given the location. Continue reading “Sir Richard Branson to Open the First Virgin Hotel in Chicago – Travel News” »



  • pinitbutton Jordan Winery Celebrates 40th Anniversary   Wine News
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Jordan Winery's 40th anniversary celebration at the London West Hollywood

Top Form at 40


It was 40 centuries ago that the production of wine took place in what is today Armenia and Iran and, yes, China most probably had been making fermented fruit juices another 40 centuries earlier. At 40 years young, John Jordan and Jordan Winery are following in our ancestors’ footsteps and more recently his Mom and Dad, Sally and Tom Jordan, who gave birth to the winery and their son forty years ago. And what an enterprise it is. It took a fortune made in the oil and gas exploration business to power its development. Tom, a geology engineer, had to keep his hands and feet underground to satisfy his thirst.

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Apr

  • pinitbutton Mt. Brave Wines   Wine News
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Mt. Brave wines

A Brave New Wine


Native Americans and early settlers hunted animals with bows and arrows so they could feed themselves and their families. But a lucky few wielding those old-school weapons were able to enjoy a gourmet wild game meal on Sunday, washed down by fine Napa Valley red wines, no matter how badly they aimed.


The occasion was the exclusive launch party for the new Mt. Brave wine label at the Houdini Estate in Los Angeles, where three wines and a mini-archery range magically appeared. Mt. Brave winemaker Chris Carpenter, who has worked on other top Kendall-Jackson Napa mountain vineyards such as Lokoya and Cardinale, introduced the inaugural 2008 vintage, which includes 1,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon ($75), 100 cases of Merlot ($60) and 100 cases of Malbec ($60).

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Apr

  • pinitbutton “Dream” Big with Carnival
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Carnival's The Dream, launched in 2009

Size Matters on Carnival Cruise’s Dream


by Patricia Mack


The music plays, the drinks flow and Port Canaveral, FL — The Dream’s modern and ever expanding home port — fades from view as the massive ship gets underway for a seven-day Caribbean cruise. There are lots of revelers on board and the ship, one of the largest in Carnival’s fleet, has a lively staff to entertain them with everything from the hoary “hairy chest contest” to “Cupid Shuffle” dance lessons — and that’s just in the first 30 minutes of the voyage.

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  • pinitbutton Stack Wines Introduces Innovative Packaging – Wine News

Wine on the Go


The term ‘stacked’ takes on new meaning thanks to the creative folks behind Stack Wines (originally marketed as STACKED Wines). Their nifty invention offers a practical way of bringing vino to places — such as the beach or park — where you don’t want to bother with stemware, a corkscrew and the glass bottle itself. The Stack Wines “tower” consists of four individually packaged wine containers (they look like stemless govino wine glasses) that are stacked and separated by a peel-away seal. These are made of a lightweight and shatterproof plastic called Vinoware, and each container holds a serving of 187.5 ml for a total of 750 ml, which is the size of a standard wine bottle. To imbibe, you simple pull one of the cups away and sip! Stack Wines are available in three varietals, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio, and a red blend called Charisma, all sourced in California. The price is about $12 per tower. Stack Wines can be purchased online or at select locations across the United States.

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  • pinitbutton Another Day at the 2012 COLCOA Edition

by Sophie Gayot


Yesterday, six movies were shown at COLCOA (City of Lights City of Angels), the French Film Festival in Los Angeles. I chose to watch “Les Adieux à la Reine” (Farewell My Queen) by director Benoit Jacquot. I am not sure it was the best choice…


Farewell My Queen takes place in Versailles over four days, starting with the decisive date of July 14, 1789. Through the eyes of Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux), we follow queen Marie-Antoinette (Diane Kruger) during the beginning of what will become the French Revolution. Sidonie, who is the queen’s reader, walks us through the magnificent Hall of Mirrors of the castle of Versailles, through the dirty private hallways and shows us the intrigue between Marie-Antoinette and the infamous aristocrat Gabrielle de Polignac (Virgine Ledoyen).

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  • pinitbutton Bostons The Colonnade Hotel Overnight Romance Escape   Travel Special
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Boston's The Colonnade Hotel rooftop pool

Romance is in the Air at Boston’s Colonnade Hotel


With today’s hectic schedules and busy couples in mind, Boston’s The Colonnade Hotel has created a great opportunity to slip away and savor an intimate overnight escape for two.


When it comes to couples in need of a little time away, The Colonnade Hotel has just the thing in the form of its Overnight Romance Escape Package. Think dinner à deux, roses, Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries — all intended to help you rekindle the flame or perhaps ignite a few new sparks. Continue reading “Boston’s The Colonnade Hotel Overnight Romance Escape – Travel Special” »



  • pinitbutton Dancing with Cloclo at the Opening Night of the 2012 COLCOA

by Sophie Gayot


The opening night of the 2012 edition of City of Lights City of Angels, the 16th time this French Film Festival has been held in Los Angeles, was explosive! While we enjoyed Nicolas Feuillate Champagne, the attendees were treated to an exceptional performance by Belgian actor Jérémie Rénier in the movie “My Way”, a biography of the singer/songwriter Claude François directed by Florent-Emilio Siri. Every French citizen is familiar with François, who is known by the nickname “Cloclo” (which is the French name of the film). For those who are not familiar with him, Frank Sinatra’s song My Way, written by Paul Anka, was based on François’ song Comme d’Habitude.

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  • pinitbutton La Fête de la Gastronomie 2012 in the U.S.

by Sophie Gayot


To celebrate the rich diversity of the French gastronomic tradition, Frédéric Lefebvre, French Secretary of State for Trade, SMEs, Services, Tourism, the Professions and Consumption, created La Fête de la Gastronomie last year. I had met Mr. Lefebvre at Les Etoiles de Mougins, during the 6th Festival International de la Gastronomie, in September 2011.


This year, for the second edition of La Fête de la Gastronomie, Mr. Lefebvre wants to expand to the U.S. Watch my exclusive video interview with Mr. Lefebvre to get a very first taste of what will take place on September 22, 2012.

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