Abigaile Kitchen Takeover

Tin Vuong, Tony DiSalvo, sous chef, Dean McDermott, Jet Tila, Amy Veraldi, Emily Collisson, Jorge Valines
Tin Vuong, Tony DiSalvo, sous chef, Dean McDermott, Jet Tila, Amy Veraldi, Emily Collisson, Jorge Valines

by Jeff Hoyt


You’ve heard of a Kitchen Makeover, but how about a Kitchen Takeover? Chef Tin Vuong of Abigaile hosts a monthly Kitchen Takeover at his American restaurant in the heart of Hermosa Beach, California, close to the sand. He invites a group of chefs to help him prepare the special menu available for one night only, with each toque preparing a different course.


We were lucky enough to attend his last gathering in the historic, rustic building. We made our way past the large vats where the house-brewed beer is made to a large, casual table across from the lively bar. The theme was global cuisine, and it didn’t disappoint.

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World’s Tallest Hotel JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Opens – Travel News

The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai


In addition to holding records for the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa, 2,723 feet) and largest shopping mall (The Dubai Mall), Dubai is now home to the world’s tallest hotel – the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, which opened February 26. At 1,164 feet tall, the hotel took the Guinness World Record from its Dubai neighbor, the 1,093 foot Rose Tower.


The hotel comprises 72 floors, 684 rooms, 120 suites, 24 meeting rooms and 55,488 square feet of meeting space. Its fourteen dining venues run the gamut of cuisines, from Indian and Thai to French and Japanese. Room rates begin at $326 per person, per night.

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Koi — Feeding Stars and Stargazers for More Than a Decade

Interior of Koi restaurant
Interior of Koi restaurant

by Jeff Hoyt


In Los Angeles, restaurants come and go. In fact, we have a list of more than 1,100 of them that we have reviewed that are no longer open for business. Restaurants that hope to capitalize on the feeding of celebrities seem to fail at a greater rate. This could be due to a variety of reasons, including:

• higher costs for design and decor, as celebs can’t be seen just anywhere;

• higher operating expenses, as extra staff are required to deal with publicists, paparazzi and the like;

• fickle trendsetters moving on to the latest and the greatest, as they abandon yesterday’s place for the next restaurant opening;

• freeloading stars who expect meals for their posses and themselves comped believing proprietors should be thrilled that they even showed up;

• the simple fact that celebs don’t eat that much or they’ll wind up starring in a Weight Watchers commercial instead of a TV series.


Consult our list of the Top 10 Star Spotting Restaurants in LA and you’ll see quality restaurants where you’ll find a good meal even if you don’t spot an Academy Award winner. On that list is Koi, which we have been enjoying for more than a decade.

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The End of the Rules

SUR Restaurant & Lounge business partner Nathalie Zapata (center), general manager Peter Madrigal (right) and two wait staff
SUR Restaurant & Lounge business partner Nathalie Zapata (center), general manager Peter Madrigal (right) and two wait staff

by Sophie Gayot

Bravo TV series Vanderpump Rules started airing in January with a happy cast. It stars the wait staff and bartenders at SUR Restaurant & Lounge, who work under the firm hand of restaurant partner Lisa Vanderpump, one of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”.

By the end Season One almost everybody is crying or has cried, except Vanderpump. As the finale is airing tonight, I think business partner Nathalie Zapata and general manager Peter Madrigal will have lots on their hands to keep the boys and girls working together as a team until Season Two starts.

And since SUR Restaurant & Lounge is one of GAYOT.com’s Top 10 Sexy Restaurants in Los Angeles, maybe the atmosphere will foster a surprise.

What Guests Will Be Drinking at the Oscars Governors Ball

by Sophie Gayot


From Montage Beverly Hills Luxurious Private Residences, 90210


Last night I got together with our special reporter inside Wolfgang Puck’s kitchen, where the master-chef was preparing the feast for the 1,500 guests who on Sunday will be attending the world’s ultimate after-party: the Oscars
® Governors Ball.


As that connection I mentioned was Alison Crary, the red winemaker of Sterling Vineyards, she first told me about the wines that will be poured to the A++ crowd. Watch the exclusive video above to hear about the selections and how Crary paired them with the food and desserts.

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