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The bedroom of the Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine: The "Blue Suite" at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

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.

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Cadillac, the iconic car of GM

Cadillac, the iconic car of GM

When GM means Grand Marriage


by André Gayot


I love reunions, reconciliations, rapprochements, consolidations, alliances, coalitions, engagements and weddings. They all contain a sign of peace and while they are not always evidence of love, in many cases they demonstrate the power of reason. That’s why I find myself rejoicing at the announcement that American General Motors plans to acquire 7% of French Peugeot. It’s the nicer side of globalization: a marriage of convenience and — even better — perhaps also a marriage of love.


GM (which in this instance could stand for Grand Marriage) has always loved things French. Perhaps this is because it was co-founded by William C. Durant who also co-founded Chevrolet with Louis Chevrolet of French –Swiss descent. Chevrolet later merged with GM, which baptized its prestigious machines with French names like DeVille, Biarritz, Orléans, LaSalle, Pontiac and Corvette. The name of its iconic brand Cadillac, synonymous the world over with luxury, elegance and quality, is borrowed from the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac who founded the city of Detroit — another French name.

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Buick Food & Wine

on January 25th, 2012
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Buick Discovery Tour

Buick Discovery Tour

The General’s Art


by Alain Gayot


The automobile is not only a favored mode of transportation but also an objet d’art. Cars are designed not just to be driven, but to be looked at and admired. They often come in flashy, eye-catching colors, adorned with shiny chrome and festooned with insignia, spoilers and racing stripes. Some are even displayed in museums and art galleries.


In the right hands, food and wine can be art as well. Emphasizing the artful connection between gourmet food and wine and fine automobiles, Buick has hired top chefs to help them market their line of cars. Together with sponsor Food & Wine magazine, Buick is taking its Discovery Tour around the country. We had the pleasure of playing “art critic” when the tour pulled into the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills this past weekend.

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Kia Design Experience

on December 05th, 2011
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The Kia Soul in Seoul, South Korea

The Kia Soul in Seoul, South Korea

A Design DNA that Started with a Soul

by Alain Gayot


Kia, the South Korean automobile manufacturer, is on fire, having come a long way from their early days when they simply manufactured bicycles. The name itself means “arise out of Asia,” and that’s exactly what’s happening. Sales of the well-priced cars are up as consumers are taking a liking to the style, performance and value offered by the brand. Not long ago, sophisticated buyers would have frowned at the thought of settling for a Kia automobile. Today, many are proud and consider their purchase a wise investment.


Kia Motors started producing steel tubing and bicycle parts in 1944 and their own bicycles in 1951, then graduated to scooters and motorcycles and manufacturing trucks and automobiles designed elsewhere. Over time, the company gained more expertise in building engines. It was not until 1994 that the Kia Sephia, an entry-level sedan, was offered in the United States, followed a year later by the Sportage, a small SUV with off-road capabilities. From there, things grew exponentially.

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Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte's 35th anniversary logo

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte's 35th anniversary logo

35th Anniversary Party

by Alain Gayot


If you need an excuse for a party or a reason to celebrate, turn to Nicolas Feuillatte. The man himself who created a new Champagne label in the twentieth century was a master at haute parties in the Big Apple, entertaining the likes of Jackie Onassis, Shirley MacLaine, Sophia Loren and Lauren Bacall to name just a few. We took part in the celebrations at a famous John Lautner-designed triangular house perched high in Beverly Hills; a modern house, yet older then the Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne label. The very happy few sampled passed appetizers washed down with the Brut, the Rosé and some Palme D’Or 1999. At 35 years old, the brand is selling more bottles each year than ever before. Today owned by the Centre Vinicole de Champagne, you may find the beverage at a retailer near you, on a restaurant wine list or on your favorite airline. For the occasion, they have created a 35th Anniversary Keepsake Canister, a classic Keepsake Gift box by 2009 Artist of the Year Aspassio Haronitaki for the Rose, and for the holidays, a box of Brut NV with two flutes. We’ll toast to the brand’s achievements: holding the #1 spot in France and #3 worldwide.

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Carmageddon Did Not Happen


by Sophie Gayot


Today my favorite pilot, my brother Alain, flew me over the closed 405 freeway to see the progress on the demolition of the Mulholland Bridge. Over the past few days, this Los Angeles event has become nationwide news.


I have to say it was very impressive to see the 405 empty of regular traffic. I hope that the drivers of the few cars and trucks that were circulating on it enjoyed their ride, and must feel privileged — and they should. Watch my video to get some great views of the almost demolished bridge.

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A colorful display in the new Sony store at the Westfield Century City mall

A colorful display in the new Sony store at the Westfield Century City mall

by Alain Gayot 


Consumers have been spoiled by the Internet, allowing them to buy thousands of dollars of the latest technology from virtual stores like Amazon without even getting dressed. Smart retailers realize they have to offer shoppers more and more in order for them to spend the time, gas money and energy to visit a brick-and-mortar store. Responding to the heightened competition, Sony is rebranding its retail stores while making them more fully interactive.
 


Opening today at Westfield Century City shopping mall in Los Angeles is the first newly branded Sony store in the U.S. Seven more are poised to open later this year, with a vast roll out scheduled for 2012. Steve Krajenka, VP for Retail Stores at Sony, is proud to showcase to visitors and buyers what the new Sony stores are all about. “Yes, the design of our retail stores is important,” says Krajenka, “but it’s more about having the product stand out so that customers can touch, feel and play around with pieces of electronic merchandise.” Moreover, the store is staffed with Sony sophisticated users, not just salespeople.
 

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Ferrari Style

on July 29th, 2010
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Ferrari F430 engine

Ferrari F430 engine

A Day in the Life of a Ferrari Rally

by Alain Gayot

 

Once upon a time we had a chance to participate in a Ferrari Rally, which is one of the many events that the prestigious Italian manufacturer of GT cars gets involved in.
 
The mostly red cars with the prancing horse have crossed deserts and ascended mountain passes in all sorts of conditions over time to demonstrate the capabilities of the automobiles beyond racetracks. Their lead in wins at the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is a testament to their performance and endurance, and a billboard for sales. Continue reading “Ferrari Style” »


FIJI Natural Artesian Water

FIJI Natural Artesian Water

Just Add Water [and a Bit of Cash]

by Alain Gayot


Anyone with discerning taste wants to arrive in a brand new luxurious environmentally-friendly Lexus hybrid, sport a Christian Dior suit, be able to give you the time from their Cartier watch. . . and be seen drinking out of a FIJI Water bottle. We were exposed to this luxe lifestyle recently at Galerie Half in the company of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LA City Council President Eric Garcetti, a bunch of distinguished guests from fashion houses, local chefs—courtesy of Lynda and Stewart Resnick of Teleflora, POM Wonderful fame—and owners of the crisp and pure FIJI Natural Artesian Water.

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Top Chef, Season 6 Winner Michael Voltaggio

Top Chef, Season 6 Winner Michael Voltaggio

Volte-face from one of the Voltaggio brothers


by Alain Gayot

 

A sports recruiter standing on the sidelines can pick out a young athlete and get a feel for his potential performance and ensuing achievements. Meeting Michael Voltaggio was a bit like that. Instantly, we felt that his performance would deliver continued success in his culinary career. He is a tremendous creative asset for any kitchen, and his food is something you look forward to eating time and again even if not all the dishes are successful one hundred percent of the time.

 


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