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Jan

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the La Brea Bakery Café

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the La Brea Bakery Café


25th Anniversary Grand Opening Ceremony


by Alain Gayot


It was a big deal when the original La Brea Bakery Café opened twenty-five years ago at Campanile Restaurant (now République). La Brea Bakery became a very BIG deal over the years with worldwide distribution of their tasty bread and other bakery products. The new, warm and inviting café designed by Stephen Francis Jones has set up camp where Rita Flora had been at the corner of La Brea and 6th Street, a block away from its original location. Continue reading “La Brea Bakery Café Ribbon-Cutting” »



The Volvo Drive-E engine offers improved performance and efficiency

The Volvo Drive-E engine offers improved performance and efficiency


Gambling on the Superturbo Engines

Since taking control of the Swedish brand several years ago, Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Geely has been hard at work reinventing Volvo as an automobile for the 21st century. The product of several years’ and billions of dollars’ worth of research and development, Volvo’s new line of Drive-E powertrains is the first step toward that goal, utilizing forward-thinking technology to provide improved performance and fuel economy. Continue reading “Volvo Introduces New Drive-E Powertrains — Car News” »


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MyGoFlight Flight Bag PLC Duffel

MyGoFlight Flight Bag PLC Duffel


Tools for a Paperless Cockpit 


Developed around the unique needs of general aviation pilots, MyGoFlight’s PLC Duffel is a solid, durable bag that will streamline any aviator’s life. Functional and light, it is made out of water-resistant material and has a spacious center section.

Continue reading “MyGoFlight PLC Duffel — Review” »



Aluminum Overcast taxiing

Aluminum Overcast taxiing

Time Traveling with Aluminum Overcast


by Alain Gayot


Soon, we’ll be able to purchase a flight on Virgin Galactic for a twenty minute trip to space. But for nostalgic flyers who prefer to travel back in time, a WWII era B-17 Flying Fortress is the ticket.


For about $400, you’ll be able to sample, for twenty minutes, what brave men experienced as they went on bombing raids over Europe. No first class, no business class, not even premium economy here. These aluminum war machines took ten svelte men in a very noisy, rather uncomfortable environment featuring cat walks, cramped spaces and no facilities.


However, thanks to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s devotion to promoting all things aviation past and future, a happy few will be able to board the Aluminum Overcast, a pristine and fully functional aircraft, during its inaugural 2010 national tour. Stopping at an airport near you, enthusiasts can simply take a ground tour ($5) and chat it up with the crew or embark on their very own mission. You’ll also be able to purchase memorabilia and learn about aviation overall.

Continue reading “Experimental Aircraft Association’s B17 Flying Fortress” »


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23

Jul

 

Talisker on Main's white theme meant appropriately decorated tables

Tables decorated according to Talisker on Main’s white theme at Savor the Summit in Park City, Utah

 

A Gourmet Feast in the Middle of the Street

by Alain Gayot


Long gone are the silver mining days in Park City, Utah. Today, locals, part-time residents and visitors flock to partake in an array of sports and activities, winter and summer. There is Bob’s annual film festival and they once held the Winter Olympics here. For the past six years there has been another reason to position yourself at 7,000 feet of altitude and partake in a culinary journey with 2,500 of your closest friends. All that is required is that for one Saturday night, the city shuts down Main Street, enabling three dozen restaurants to set up a ten-block long table.

Continue reading “Savor the Summit in Park City” »



Mama Walker's Maple Bacon liqueur

Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon liqueur


Pernod Ricard Launches Quirky Spirits


by Alain Gayot


Bacon, bacon everywhere: in your ice cream, chocolate and your Brussels sprouts; restaurants just can’t seem to stay away from that part of the pork. But what’s a bacon-lover trying to live the vegetarian lifestyle to do? Try Mama Walker’s new Maple Bacon liqueur, brought to you by the Pernod Ricard group. Far from the exotic Pernod and Ricard spirits with roots in France, the multinational decided to create three liqueurs with American comfort breakfast foods in mind. Like the Blueberry Pancake and Glazed Donut versions, Maple Bacon is totally vegan.

Continue reading “Mama Walker’s Breakfast-Inspired Liqueurs – Review” »



Bibimbap Backpackers

on July 12th, 2013
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12

Jul

Bibimbap, a signature Korean dish

This version of the signature Korean dish bibimbap was made with corn flakes

 


PSY recently put South Korea on the charts with his worldwide pop hit “Gangnam Style.” Now he’s trying to put South Korean food on the map as well.

Continue reading “Bibimbap Backpackers” »



08

Jun

Tents await lunch and bidding at Auction Napa Valley 2013 at the Meadowood resort

Tents await lunch and bidding at Auction Napa Valley 2013 at the Meadowood resort


The American Wine Classic – 33rd Annual Wine Auction


2013: The Marvels & Miracles


Event Chairs: Garen and Shari Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard


Beneficiaries: Programs benefiting healthcare and child development in Napa County


***   Raised: $16.9 million   ***


SCHEDULE


–  Saturday May 26, 2013: E-Auction


Opens for online bids on 170 lots. Raised $430,000.

Continue reading “Auction Napa Valley 2013” »



Moraga Vineyards 2005 Red Wine

Moraga Vineyards 2005 Red Wine

Price: $125

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Los Angeles, CA

Varietals: 56.1 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.7 percent Merlot, 0.2 percent Cabernet Franc

Production: 1,200 cases

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: The 2005 Red from Moraga Vineyards shows excellent balance of fruit, acidity and tannins. Its complex flavors are primarily of blackberry and boysenberry with some herbal and mineral notes. This finely crafted Meritage finishes full and long.


Food Pairings: Grass-fed beef, black truffle pizza


Other Meritages we have tasted

Check out GAYOT’s Los Angeles Travel Guide

Continue reading “Moraga Vineyards 2005 Red – Wine of the Week Review” »



Arthur Newman movie poster

Arthur Newman movie poster

 

Two and a half stars


Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rated: Not rated
Directed by: Dante Ariola
Starring: Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Anne Heche
Released by: Cinedigm
Run time: 101 minutes
Year: 2013

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by Alain Gayot


Romantic comedies aren’t what they used to be – and that’s not a bad thing. Gone are the days of the sugary-sweet stories that made actresses like Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts household names. “Arthur Newman” is the latest example of the shift in the genre towards more plausible plots involving flawed characters, such as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “(500) Days of Summer.”

Continue reading ““Arthur Newman” – Movie Review” »



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