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Nov

  • pinitbutton Chatting with Chef Rick Tramonto

by Sophie Gayot

 

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I think when restaurateur/hotelier Michael Zislis created The Strand House Culinary Masters Series, he had a very good idea. Every time I have attended one of the events, the restaurant has been completely full. I didn’t see a single empty seat; instead I saw lots of people enjoying the cuisine of Josiah Citrin, Michael Cimarusti, Nancy Silverton, Alain Giraud, Douglas Keane or Tory McPhail to name just a few of the participating chefs. To top it off, diners can eat the fine food while watching the sun set over the Manhattan Beach pier and the Pacific.


During one of the dinners, where Trefethen wines were served, I finished the evening talking with chef Rick Tramonto who had flown in from Chicago. In the above video, you can watch as we flip through the pages of his autobiography together. Tramonto is a true success story; TRU restaurant under his direction was named one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007. And Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans, where he has partnered with chef John Folse, made GAYOT.com’s Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. list this year.

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Dining Out for Thanksgiving

on November 19th, 2013
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Frank Mottek of KNX1070 News Radio

by Sophie Gayot


Thanksgiving is a tradition that started in 1621. As it is “a day off of work on the fourth Thursday of the month of November,” it is not easy to find restaurants that are open.


We have compiled lists of restaurants in your area so you don’t have to make numerous phone calls to find where to dine out that evening. Listen to my radio interview that aired Monday on KNX1070 News Radio on Frank Mottek’s Business Hour to find which ones you can head to in Los Angeles. For the rest of the country, consult the Best Thanksgiving Restaurants Near You and the Top 10 Thanksgiving Restaurants in the U.S.

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Chef Curtis Stone is opening his very first restaurant


by Sophie Gayot


If Aussie Curtis Stone has become famous in the U.S. through the 81 episodes of TLC’s “Take Home Chef” TV show, he is at his roots a REAL chef. His passion and love for food started when he was just four in the kitchen of his grandmother, Maude.


At 18, he becomes a professional chef at the Savoy Hotel in Melbourne. After touring the gastronomic countries that are France, Italy and Spain to perfect his culinary education, he ended up in London with none other than the extravagant Marco Pierre White at three venues: Café Royal; Mirabelle where Curtis was the sous-chef; and Quo Vadis as the head chef. Talk about a learning experience, especially since I know how nice and courteous Curtis is!

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Oct

  • pinitbutton Truffle Extraordinaire Part 1

by Sophie Gayot


This is not the first time that the endless creativity of chef José Andrés compelled me to my computer to write a piece after sitting at the table of one of his restaurants.


This time, it is about the second annual Truffle Season Dinner Series at SAAM, the chef’s private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. This series presents a great challenge as the key ingredient is what Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called “the diamonds of the kitchen“. Using truffles reduces dramatically Andrés’ range of action and forces him to express himself in one direction.

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  • pinitbutton Peru in Marina del Rey, CA: A Great Trip

by Sophie Gayot

Recently, a gourmet friend of mine asked me to recommend a restaurant in Marina del Rey, which is on the water just outside of Los Angeles and where surprisingly there are not too many good options. Since I dine at so many restaurants, I rarely steer friends to places I haven’t been to myself. But having enjoyed Ricardo Zarate‘s cooking at Picca as well as Mo-Chica, I suggested she try his new restaurant Paiche even though I had yet to visit.

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Oct

  • pinitbutton The Four Seasons Hotels Food Truck?


by Sophie Gayot


When the Four Seasons Hotels take it to the streets, they take it in the form of a food truck! The Four Seasons Hotels Food Truck is an idea developed during a corporate meeting that was two years in the making. The truck is currently touring cities in the western United States which are home to Four Seasons Hotels, starting in Palo Alto and ending in Santa Fe.

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  • pinitbutton American Airlines Introduces Nonstop Flights between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo   Travel News
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Morumbi in Sao Paulo, home to Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo, one of Brazil’s famous soccer stadiums

Winter is coming, and what better way to escape the cold than with a trip to South America? Starting December 16, 2013, American Airlines travelers can book nonstop flights to and from Los Angeles (LAX) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU), as well as between Miami (MIA) and Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA), beginning November 21, 2013.

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Sep

  • pinitbutton Oregon Pinot in the City of Angels
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Pinot in the City: Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Los Angeles


by Barnaby Hughes


It’s not every day that representatives of 65 Willamette Valley wineries leave Oregon, especially to come to Los Angeles. Besides distance (about 1,000 miles), Oregon wineries face stiff competition from California wineries, which tend to be older and larger and have better brand recognition. At “Pinot in the City,” a tasting event organized by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, hundreds of Oregon winemakers and proprietors brought a selection of their finest wines to The Ebell of Los Angeles, an historic women’s club.

 

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  • pinitbutton Big Bear’s 48 Hour Fall Lodging Special
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View from a lodging at Big Bear Lake, CA


Nothing says fall like the changing of the leaves, perfect weather, Oktoberfest and the great outdoors. And what better way to experience this magical time of year than by saving money while you do it? But you have to move fast.

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Flyboarding

on September 16th, 2013
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Jeff Hoyt gets airborne via flyboard at Big Bear Lake, CA


Above Big Bear Lake Without a Net


To speed across the water, first came surfboarding, then sailboarding, paddleboarding, wakeboarding and kiteboarding. Now there’s a way to speed across and above the water: flyboarding.

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