From Gayot to The New York Times

Fresh-picked garden peas
Fresh-picked garden peas

by Jeff Hoyt


We are very pleased with our international team of reviewers who write about restaurants, hotels and more from Sydney to the Galapagos. We are especially proud of one of our Paris correspondents, Jean-Claude Ribaut, who is the food critic for the French newspaper Le Monde.


Mr. Ribaut recently worked with Elaine Sciolino, a Paris correspondent for The New York Times, for an article on eating fresh peas. The two of them traveled to L’Oustau de Baumanière, a top restaurant in Provence where Queen Elizabeth has dined, to eat peas picked fresh that morning from the restaurant’s own vegetable garden.

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Ciroc Vodka with Sean Combs

Sean John Combs, brand ambassador for Ciroc Vodka
Sean John Combs, brand ambassador for Ciroc Vodka

by Jeff Hoyt


Most personalities do their best to make their name a household one, reinforcing their “brand” repeatedly by getting their name out there, via their performances, TV appearances, CDs, DVDs, clothing lines and every media that will have them. But singer/rapper/actor/ producer/mogul/businessman Sean John Combs has bucked that trend, changing his name over and over again while continually staying in the public eye: Diddy; P. Diddy; Puff; Puffy; Puff Daddy; King Combs. Even his clothing lines utilize two different names based on his birth name: Sean John and “Sean by Sean Combs.”


But the multiple Grammy Award winner has only one name for his vodka: Ciroc. When he became a brand ambassador in 2007, the French vodka was only selling about 10,000 cases per month. With the entrepreneur pushing the product, and sharing in the brand’s profits, sales were about 400,000 cases in 2009, and reportedly close to 1,000,000 cases last year. No wonder the singer now refers to himself jokingly as “Ciroc Obama.”

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The Best Easter Brunch

Peacock Alley at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York, one of our Top 10 Restaurants for Easter Brunch in the U.S.
Peacock Alley at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York, one of our Top 10 Restaurants for Easter Brunch in the U.S.

by Jeff Hoyt


If you haven’t made reservations for Easter Brunch yet, you’re running out of time. Consult our lists of the best Easter Brunch available in your area. We also feature the Top 10 Restaurants for Easter Brunch across the U.S. At many of these fine restaurants, you can make reservations for Sunday, April 8, with a few clicks on the GAYOT.com website.


If you’re invited to brunch at someone’s house, or hosting one of your own, consult our list of the Top 10 Brunch Wines. They’re good on Easter and year-round.


Our current issue of Tastes features other money-saving wine lists, including Top 10 Wines Under $10, Top 10 Wines Under $20, Top 10 Value Wines and Top 10 Cheap Champagnes that are true Champagnes from France. The newsletter is focused on value, since this is the month we have to do business with the IRS. GAYOT.com can save you money with its informative lists of Top 10 Value Cars, Top 10 Value Spas, and the Best Value Restaurants, Cheap Eats and other Meals on a Budget Near You. And if you want to laugh all the way to the bank, check out our picks for the Top 10 Movie Comedies of All Time!

Hawaii’s Best

Manele Bay on Lanai, one of our Top 10 Beaches in Hawaii
Manele Bay on Lanai, one of our Top 10 Beaches in Hawaii

2012 Hawaii Newsletter Published


by Jeff Hoyt


Sure, spring is starting to appear, but wouldn’t you rather be in Hawaii right now? Let us be your guide!


We just published our annual Hawaii Newsletter that can work as a blueprint for your island getaway. We proudly present the Top 10 Beaches in Hawaii, offering readers ten great spots from Maui to Molokai for surfing, swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. The issue also boasts a perfect five-day itinerary for tackling the islands with kids. Besides this family-friendly guide, travelers can find savvy escapes such as Kauai Honeymoon, Hawaii’s Volcanoes, Hawaii 101 for first-time visitors and Historic Hawaii.

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St. Patrick’s Day Edition of the Tastes Newsletter

Boston boasts the oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world
Boston boasts the oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world

Go Green!


by Jeff Hoyt


When we encourage readers to go green, we usually steer them to our articles on eco-resorts and organic wines. But now we’re referring to our favorite unofficial holiday.


Last month, we celebrated St. Valentine. Tomorrow it’s St. Patrick’s turn. Because March 17 falls on a Saturday this year, you’ll have an entire weekend to party. Let GAYOT.com be your guide to the best parades, Irish beers, St. Patrick’s Day restaurants, and even the Top 10 Irish Pubs in the U.S. We published a newsletter today that should help you make the most of the weekend, and even answers the question, who exactly was St. Patrick?


Check out our special St. Patrick’s Day edition of the Tastes newsletter!