Foie Gras Under the Splendor of Baccarat Chandeliers

Foie gras de canard des Landes
Foie gras de canard des Landes, cuit en cocotte lutée – Pot-roasted duck liver from the Landes

by Sophie Gayot

UPDATE 10/30/12: The Crillon will close its doors for its renovation end of March 2013. That will leave you more time to try chef Christophe Hache’s cuisine.

After a recent dinner I experienced at Les Ambassadeurs at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, we awarded the restaurant a new rating of 17/20 which means the food is “Excellent”. You have a few more days to discover or rediscover chef Christopher Hache’s cuisine, as the hotel is about to close its doors for a two-year renovation.

 

Under light emitted by majestic Baccarat chandeliers, wall and side table lamps, diners can indulge in his good value dinner menus priced at € 150 or € 180, tax and service included. You can see below the photos of the dishes that composed my dinner. Le Foie Gras de Canard des Landes, cooked in a glass “cocotte”, is a Hache classic and requires a table side ceremony not to be missed in the magnificent eighteenth century dining room decorated by marble marquetry, paintings and mirrors, with views of the Place de la Concorde. For Californian foie gras lovers, this is a spectacular way to enjoy the delicacy, which has been illegal to sell in the Golden State since July 1st.

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Fruits de Mer in Paris

by Sophie Gayot


The InterContinental Paris Le Grand is celebrating its 150th birthday. Famous for its shellfish platter, the hotel’s restaurant Le Café de la Paix is offering its monster “le plateau de fruits de mer” at a price of €150 for two until the end of November.


Brush up on your culinary French or start practicing it by watching my exclusive video interview with executive chef Christophe Raoux. You will discover the wonders of the sea that will come to your table, and even get a lesson on how to open clams!

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Royal Caribbean’s New Cruise Menus

Royal Caribbean International is unveiling new restaurant menus throughout its entire 22-ship fleet
Royal Caribbean International is unveiling new restaurant menus throughout its entire 22-ship fleet

by Patricia Mack


To embark on a Royal Caribbean International cruise is to embark on a culinary voyage. This month the line unveils its new main dining room enhancements with an extensive and innovative menu on its entire 22-ship fleet.


The new dining program, the result of a multi-million dollar investment, focuses on freshness, contemporary preparation, increased dining choices and dishes inspired by regional flavors found in many of the cruise line’s ports of call. It is a veritable passport to some of the world’s best foods.

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Culinary Experience – Travel Special

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Terrace Suite
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Terrace Suite


Fans of the hit Bravo cooking TV show “Top Chef Masters: Season 4” may be lamenting that the season has already ended. And if you just can’t wait for the next season to begin, consider making a pilgrimage to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the place where chefs Missy Robbins, Chris Cosentino, Sue Torres and Art Smith, among others, attempted to cook each other off the show. Just to fire up your burners, the hotel is still offering a Top Chef-themed deal — book two nights at The Cosmopolitan and you qualify for the Top Chef Masters Culinary Package, which includes Continue reading “The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Culinary Experience – Travel Special” »

All About Germany

Axel Cruau - Sophie Gayot - Bernd Fischer - Tom LaBonge
Consul General of France in Los Angeles Axel Cruau, Sophie Gayot, Consul General of Germany in Los Angeles Dr. Bernd Fischer, Los Angeles Councilmember Tom LaBonge

by Sophie Gayot


One of Germany’s national holidays is the Day of German Unity (Tag der deutschen Einheit). It has been celebrated since October 3rd, 1991. It commemorates the anniversary of the German unification in 1990, a highly important event not only for Germans, but also the rest of the world.


As I was in Los Angeles that day, I attended the reception held by Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer and his wife Mrs. Jutta Fischer. “The day of unification is one of the happiest in the history of the German people. Germany’s political miracle and the country’s unity also laid the foundation for the unification of Europe, all which would not have been possible without the help of the United States,” declared Dr. Fischer.

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