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Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown at miX restaurant in Las Vegas


A Food and Drink Pairing Competition

by Bob Barnes


“The filet mignon will go very well with a dry Cabernet or a spicy Belgian saison.” Until recently you would not have heard a sommelier make the latter part of that statement, but times are changing. Proof of the leveled playing field for beer and wine was the “Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown” held on May 21 at miX amidst the stunning views from the 64th floor of THEHotel at Mandalay Bay. The event pitted beer against wine in a five-course pairing dinner, each dish served with a beer and wine selected by the respective teams. Audience participation involved voting for the libation that paired best with each course; and selecting “Team Beer” or “Team Wine” buttons to wear, some choosing to don both out of a fear of commitment.

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Introducing one of France’s newest appellations

by Michelle Kwan


France’s famous Bordeaux region comprises numerous appellations and sub-regions, from St-Emilion, Pomerol and Médoc to Entre-Deux-Mers and Sauternes. In 2007, the AOC Côtes de Bordeaux was created, combining the “terroirs” of Blaye, Cadillac, Castillon and Francs, in order to distinguish this unique region from its neighbors. The appellation also gives winemakers within the region the flexibility to blend wines from different areas within the appellation.

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  • pinitbutton L.A. Restaurants Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
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Tacos at Lotería Grill

 

Eat, Drink and Save Dinero


With Cinco de Mayo falling on a Monday this year, some of the city’s best eating and drinking spots have upped the ante with a three-day weekend full of deals, drinks and Mexican food.


West Hollywood’s Tortilla Republic is hosting their own block party on Sunday, May 4th. The booming affair runs from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. and will feature DJs, a live mariachi band and VIP suites complete with bottle service. Of course, $6 margaritas and crispy chicken flautas will also be available.

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Volvér Restaurant


Iron Chef Jose Garces Will Take the Stage at His Newest Restaurant in Philly

by Robert DiGiacomo


If chefs are the new rock stars, then Jose Garces is inviting you to a very intimate culinary jam session.


The Philadelphia-based “Iron Chef” recently opened Volvér, a high-end restaurant located in the city’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The latter is home to the city’s acclaimed orchestra and a presenter of jazz, dance, classical and pop concerts.

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“Provence in the City” wine tasting event at Lafayette in New York


Provence in the City

by Michelle Kwan


Crisp, chilled rosé is commonly considered to be a warm weather drink, but that didn’t stop Provençal rosés from coming to New York City early this year. To be precise, they arrived ten days before spring at Lafayette restaurant in NoHo on an overcast Monday in March. This year’s “Provence in the City” tasting and seminar featured more than 60 different wines. Six were paired with four Provençal-influenced courses from Lafayette.

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Crispy tuna (Thé Cool @ Berri’s Café), Chef Brian Malarkey (Herringbone at the Mondrian), Maude by chef Curtis Stone

 


The Best LA Restaurants to Eat at Right Now

 

Los Angeles is spoiled for choice when it comes to new, inventive and important places to dine. Whether it’s a beachy seafood shack, a downtown dining destination or an upscale Studio City spot helmed by a former Top Chef contestant, there are endless opportunities to eat well in the City of Angels. Presented in alphabetical order, these are GAYOT’s 25 best restaurants to eat at, right now.

 

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The Indulgence Burger (Kobe beef patty, seared foie gras, pancetta, white truffles and caviar)


When is a hamburger not a hamburger?

by David Farley


The hamburger, that culinary icon of disputed origins, has always been a sandwich for the ordinary person. Priced to sell (especially at fast food restaurants), the hamburger could be enjoyed and eaten by anyone with some change in their pockets.

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Mar

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The 2014 GAYOT.com Restaurant Awards Issue

 

by Sophie Gayot

 

Last week, radio personality David Wilson invited me to discuss GAYOT’s just published 2014 Restaurant Awards Issue on his show, “A Quick Bite.” After an introduction about GAYOT.com, we discussed at length the lists that are included in the tenth edition of GAYOT’s annual restaurant issue.

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Mar

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A look at some of GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants: the dining room at Aubergine; chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse; king crab salad at Addison


We’ve just published our Annual Restaurant Issue, which includes the highly-anticipated Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list among its awards. The 2014 edition also names chef Daniel Boulud as the Best Restaurateur of the Year.

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Mar

  • pinitbutton National Pancake Day at IHOP

by Sophie Gayot


I mostly review restaurants at dinner, sometimes at lunch, but never at breakfast. However, when I was invited to flip pancakes with Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, I got up (early) and drove to Hollywood this morning.

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