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  • pinitbutton Chatting with Maestro Plácido Domingo

by Sophie Gayot
Those who know me know that I don’t really get intimidated. But last night when the time came to speak on camera with maestro Plácido Domingo, I was. The “King of Opera” had just finished conducting the world premiere of opera Dulce Rosa at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

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Wine and food combination at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

by Michelle Kwan


The region of Burgundy (English for “Bourgogne”), situated in the heart of France, contains five wine-producing areas: Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais. Primarily comprised of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the wines grown here are noted for their quality, diversity and adaptability to virtually every type of fare. To prove this, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) selected some top New York City restaurants to serve as testing grounds for the compatibility between Burgundy wines and various international cuisines.

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  • pinitbutton The New Persian Kitchen    Book Review

The New Persian Kitchen

By Louisa Shafia

(Ten Speed Press, 2013)

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The New Persian Kitchen by Louisa Shafia

In The New Persian Kitchen, Louisa Shafia draws on her Iranian heritage to create modern dishes that blend Old World Persian cuisine with contemporary farm-to-table cooking. The book’s 75 recipes combine time-honored Iranian ingredients like pomegranates and pistachios with non-traditional foods such as amaranth and quinoa.

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  • pinitbutton Divine Vintage   Book Review

Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age

By Randall Heskett & Joel Butler

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

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Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age by Randall Heskett & Joel Butler

What wines would Jesus drink? Would he choose a classic French Champagne, a cult Napa Cab or perhaps a kosher wine from Israel? The authors of Divine Vintage speculate that if Jesus were alive today he would drink wines flavored with resin, spiced with honey or mixed with seawater — ancient styles with which he would already be familiar. Mas des Tourelles in France, for example, makes such wines today under the guidance of archaeologists.

Despite the title, Divine Vintage is less a book about religion than about eastern Mediterranean wine. Randall Heskett, a biblical scholar, and Joel Butler, a Master of Wine, each bring their own expertise to bear on the region’s ancient winemaking history as well as its contemporary wine industry. The first half of Divine Vintage is primarily concerned with references to wine in the Bible, which are put into a wider historical context and illustrated by archaeological finds, such as earthenware wine jugs and stone winepresses.

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  • pinitbutton Dingač Vinarija 2008 Postup   Wine of the Week Review
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Dingač Vinarija 2008 Postup

Price: $28

Rating: 14/20

Region: Southern Dalmatia, Croatia

Varietal: 100 percent Plavac Mali

Alcohol: 14.5 percent

Tasting Notes: Like its cousin Zinfandel, the Plavac Mali varietal makes bold red wines characterized by black fruit flavors and high alcohol content. The Dinga
č Vinarija 2008 Postup is a bright, intense wine showing firm tannins and complex mineral notes.

Food Pairings: Olives, anchovies, meaty stews

Other red wines we have tasted

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The Negrosky is one of six bittersweet cocktails on offer at Poggio’s new Negroni Hour. Photo courtesy of Poggio.

by Anneli Rufus

Happy hour just got happier at Poggio. The Sausalito trattoria has launched its new Negroni Hour — serving six different types of Negroni for just $5 each at its bar every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Poggio’s Negroni Hour was inspired by owner Larry Mindel’s many trips to Italy and his favorite bar, Harry’s Bar, which makes a mean Negroni,” explains the restaurant’s managing director Amy Svendberg.

Harry’s Bar is in Florence. Legend has it that the Negroni was invented at yet another Florence bar, Caffe Casoni, in 1919, when a local nobleman — Count Camillo Negroni — asked the bartender to fancy up the count’s usual Americano by replacing its seltzer water with gin. And the rest is gin-, vermouth-, and Campari-flavored history, give or take a few variations.

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  • pinitbutton Ñandú 2010 Malbec   Wine of the Week Review
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Ñandú 2010 Malbec

Price: $21

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Varietals: 98 percent Malbec & 2 percent Cabernet Sauvignon

Production: 2,300 cases

Alcohol: 13.9 percent

Tasting Notes: The Ñandú 2010 Malbec features intense flavors of blueberry and blackberry with a touch of sweetness reminiscent of an Amarone. In the mouth, it shows a bright acidity, supple tannins and an expressive finish.

Food Pairings: Steak, empanadas, sausage ravioli

Other Malbecs we have tasted

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Joshu-Ya Brasserie’s chef-owner Jason Kwon honors moms with a special four-course prix-fixe menu

by Anneli Rufus

Bay Area Restaurants Offer Mimosas, Prime Rib, Sashimi and More

There are a lot of places in the Bay Area to make Mom’s day even more special. Allow GAYOT to be your guide this Mother’s Day.

Chaya Brasserie in San Francisco will offer a three-course chef’s menu with bottomless mimosas and Champagne. Options include smoked trout, rainbow sashimi, buttermilk-fried organic chicken breast, soy-marinated flatiron steak, five-spice duck-confit hash, Japanese cheesecake, coconut-kale sorbet and more.

The lofty-ceilinged, Belle Èpoque-outfitted Grand Cafe in San Francisco’s Hotel Monaco will serve a Mother’s Day brunch buffet featuring an omelet station, a seafood station, a pastry station and more.


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  • pinitbutton “Terracotta Warriors” Package at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco – Travel Special
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Terracotta armored military officer, Qin dynasty (221-206 BCE) at the Asian Art Museum

You don’t need a time machine to travel back to ancient China with Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco’s “Terracotta Warriors” package. In celebration of the opening of China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy, the hotel is offering accommodations for one night, an 
exhibit keepsake and two VIP admission tickets to the Asian Art Museum. The exhibit features 120 objects from the tomb complex of China’s first emperor Qin Shihuang (259-210BC), including eight life-size terracotta warriors and two horses.

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