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  • pinitbutton GAYOT.com Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.

by Sophie Gayot


We are always happy to see the addition of new restaurants to the culinary scene. You will find the ones that impressed us the most in GAYOT’s just-published Annual Restaurant Issue. Check out our 2012 list of the Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S., which includes notable newcomers like GT Fish & Oyster Bar in Chicago, then watch my exclusive video interview with its chef/partner Giuseppe Tentori. Perhaps some of these places will grace a future list of Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.

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Step Up To The Plate (Entre les Bras), French documentary about chef Michel Bras

by Sophie Gayot


The 16th edition of the French film festival “COLCOA, City of Lights, City of Angels” will start next week in LA. This year, Director & Programmer François Truffart and his team have selected fifty-five movies.


One of the documentaries, Step Up To The Plate, Entre les Bras, directed by Paul Lacoste, caught my attention. And if you are a foodie, you should try to see it as well. It is the story of chef Michel Bras at his Le Suquet restaurant in Laguiole in France. How talented is he? In 1988, we crowned him “Chef of the Year” and awarded him a rating of 19.5 (yes 19.5, even better than GAYOT’s top rating of 19 out of 20). Among his emblematic recipes is the Gargouillou, a dazzling mix of vegetables, leaves, fruits and flowers. Bras has decided to retire and let his son Sébastien take over Le Suquet. That will be a difficult task for Sébastien, who must honor his family heritage yet keep innovating as a chef, as his father has done for many years.


For more information, visit http://www.colcoa.org



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Hollywood Meets Haute Cuisine at a Much-Anticipated Las Vegas Hotel


Nobu Matsuhisa‘s name graces many fine restaurants from coast to coast, including his flagship restaurants, Matsuhisa in Los Angeles, Nobu New York and Nobu Las Vegas. Now the Japanese chef’s name is going on a Las Vegas hotel. “The idea of a Nobu hotel has always excited me,” says Robert De Niro, an early investor in Nobu’s restaurants. Continue reading “Nobu Hotel to Open in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas – Travel News” »



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Fredericksburg, Texas (photo credit: Mary Ann McClain)

Enjoy a wine tour Texan style


If you think Texas is all about big hair and barbecue, you got it all wrong. Texas can be quite sophisticated, and it also boasts a fabulous wine country! In fact, the Texas winemaking tradition is the oldest in the country. You’ll find half of the state’s wineries in the Texan Hill Country, and the charming town of Fredericksburg has become a bona fide destination for fickle foodies and oenophiles.


Our favorite must-visit destination in this German tradition-soaked locale include Becker Vineyards with its 46 acres of French Vinifera vines that grow eight grape varietals; Der Lindenbaum restaurant for German schnitzels and konigsberger klopse; and August E’s Fine Dining — perhaps the most un-Fredericksburg place in Fredericksburg with pan-continental cuisine such as the scallop hand roll, which recreates a burrito with seaweed instead of a tortilla.

Continue reading “72 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas” »



  • pinitbutton The Los Angeles Winners from the GAYOT 2012 Restaurant Issue
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Patita, a pig trotter stew made with homemade chorizo, potatoes and cherry tomatoes at Picca restaurant, the LA winner of Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S. list

by Sophie Gayot


If you missed Frank Mottek’s Business Hour radio show, which aired locally in LA on KNX1070 AM last Friday, April 6, here is another chance to listen to it. On the program, Mottek interviewed me about the Los Angeles restaurants which made the lists featured in the GAYOT 2012 Restaurant Issue.


The issue, which covers the US, includes lists in the following categories:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. – a tribute to the finest dining destinations in America

Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. – great places that opened recently
Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – which chefs serve the best steak?
5 Rising Chefs – American chefs 30 and under who are making their mark
Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. – appearing in the Restaurant Issue for the very first time
Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S. – reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times
and the U.S. Best Restaurateur of the Year.



  • pinitbutton Saguaro Palm Springs Opens in the California Desert
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The pool and courtyard at Saguaro Palm Springs in California

A Splash of Color Lands in Palm Springs


The February 1 opening of Saguaro Palm Springs, the second hotel in the collection of Saguaro hotels by Joie de Vivre, brought 249 colorful and vibrant guest rooms and suites to Coachella Valley, at the site of the former Holiday Inn Palm Springs City Center. Described as a bold Southwestern palette, the color scheme was created by renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of New York-based Stamberg and Aferiat Architecture and was inspired by the tones found in desert wildflowers. Continue reading “Saguaro Palm Springs Opens in the California Desert” »



  • pinitbutton GAYOT.com Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S.

by Sophie Gayot


We have to nurture the younger generation as we rely on them for our future. Since the same is true when it comes to our palates, we recognize and reward five young chefs on the rise every year as part of GAYOT’s Annual Restaurant Issue. See who the winners are this year, and check out the rest of the issue. Watch my exclusive video interview with Top Chef contestant season 9 Chris Crary who made the list, after a very promising dinner he had prepared recently.


Other lists and features included in this year’s issue:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. – a tribute to the finest dining destinations in America

Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. – great places that opened recently
Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – which chefs serve the best steak?
Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. – appearing in the Restaurant Issue for the very first time
Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S. – reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times
and the U.S. Best Restaurateur of the Year.

Continue reading “GAYOT.com Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S.” »



  • pinitbutton The Peninsula Beverly Hills Completes Year Long Renovation
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The bedroom of the Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine: The "Blue Suite" at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Pretty in Pink, Blue, White and Green Suites


by Alain Gayot


Princes are graduating to kings thanks to The Peninsula Beverly Hills‘ recently remodeled suites. The year-long renovation transformed 193 guest rooms of the hotel, including luxurious villas and four individually designed suites – The Peninsula Suite, The Royal Patio Suite, The Grand Deluxe Suite (all three designed by Forchielli Glynn) and The Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine. Each features its own color palette and style – The Peninsula Suite, or The Green Suite, has an “East-meets-West” feel; The Royal Patio Suite is nicknamed The White Suite for its cream-toned backgrounds and drapery; The Grand Deluxe Suite is also called The Pink Suite; and The Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine, or The Blue Suite, showcases an ice blue palette accented with Venetian silver, cream and white, as well as Corzine’s signature line of furniture, textiles and lighting designs. Reservations begin at $6,000 for The Grand Deluxe Suite (Pink Suite), $6,795 for The Grand Deluxe Suite (Blue Suite), $7,000 for the The Peninsula Suite (Green Suite), $8,000 for The Royal Patio Suite (White Suite) and $9,700 for The Peninsula Villa.

Continue reading “The Peninsula Beverly Hills Completes Year-Long Renovation” »



The Best Easter Brunch

on April 04th, 2012
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Peacock Alley at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York, one of our Top 10 Restaurants for Easter Brunch in the U.S.

by Jeff Hoyt


If you haven’t made reservations for Easter Brunch yet, you’re running out of time. Consult our lists of the best Easter Brunch available in your area. We also feature the Top 10 Restaurants for Easter Brunch across the U.S. At many of these fine restaurants, you can make reservations for Sunday, April 8, with a few clicks on the GAYOT.com website.


If you’re invited to brunch at someone’s house, or hosting one of your own, consult our list of the Top 10 Brunch Wines. They’re good on Easter and year-round.


Our current issue of Tastes features other money-saving wine lists, including Top 10 Wines Under $10, Top 10 Wines Under $20, Top 10 Value Wines and Top 10 Cheap Champagnes that are true Champagnes from France. The newsletter is focused on value, since this is the month we have to do business with the IRS. GAYOT.com can save you money with its informative lists of Top 10 Value Cars, Top 10 Value Spas, and the Best Value Restaurants, Cheap Eats and other Meals on a Budget Near You. And if you want to laugh all the way to the bank, check out our picks for the Top 10 Movie Comedies of All Time!



  • pinitbutton Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa   Travel Special

 

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The exterior of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort


Enjoy the Treasures of Hawaii at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Big Island


Treasure hunters, rejoice! With the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa‘s Island Treasure package, you’re invited to seek out savings in the way that best suits your holiday style.


Designed to allow Big Island’s Kohala Coast travelers to customize their vacation spending, the four-night Island Treasure package features daily breakfast for two, plus a $300 credit to be applied toward any of the following Continue reading “Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa – Travel Special” »



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