Talking About Good LA Restaurants…

Co-host Denice Fladeboe, Susan Irby The Bikini Chef with Sophie Gayot
Co-host Denice Fladeboe, Susan Irby The Bikini Chef with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Besides writing about restaurants, I frequently get the opportunity to talk about them on radio and television. On September 11th, I was a guest on chef Susan Irby’s radio show on 790 KABC-AM Los Angeles. If you missed it, here is a chance to listen to the conversation I had with The Bikini Chef about new restaurants in the Los Angeles area

If you take the time, you will find out which local chefs impressed me recently: Ricardo Zarate at Picca Peruvian Cantina, Jeff Mahin at Stella Rossa Pizza Bar, David LeFevre at M.B. Post, Adam Horton at Raphael and Scott Conant at Scarpetta at Montage Beverly Hills.

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Celebrating All Things Pork

Bacon-in-the-batter waffles
Bacon-in-the-batter waffles

by Bob Barnes


The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas recently hosted the inaugural All-Star Cochon, bringing together leading chefs, butchers and 14 different heritage breed pigs for the best of all things pork. A snout-to-tail menu was prepared by the chefs, which showcased over forty unique pork dishes like proscuitto cotto tremazzini and braised pork & peanut soup. The event also featured cured meats, a butchery demonstration, craft brews, cocktails and a variety of pig-infused desserts such as the bacon-in-the-batter waffles, bacon cotton candy and pork belly + pineapple tarte tatin. Continue reading “Celebrating All Things Pork” »

When Nothing Goes Wrong

by Sophie Gayot


When dining at a restaurant, things can sometimes go wrong. It could be a small detail, such as a fingerprint on the border of a black plate, or a big mistake, like the server accidentally spilling something on a customer.


When I dined recently at Café Pinot, I kept looking, searching, waiting for something wrong to pop up… and nothing happened. It was just a flawless evening, from the food of executive chef Kevin Meehan to the service. Watch my exclusive video with chef Meehan, and read the newly-updated review of Café Pinot, and learn why we raised the rating. The downtown Los Angeles restaurant now has a rating of 15 on our 20-point scale.

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Andrea Restaurant – The Resort at Pelican Hill

by Sophie Gayot


Pure Luxury & Pasta

The Resort at Pelican Hill, located in Newport Coast, California, between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, is just pure luxury. Hidden away from the busy southern California buzz by 50,000 acres of permanently protected, natural open space, parks and trails, the resort makes you feel like you have arrived worlds away. There is no big hotel structure, but 204 bungalow guest rooms and suites, 128 villas (two-, three- and four bedrooms), and two Tom Fazio 18-hole golf courses on the 504-acre secluded property. Continue reading “Andrea Restaurant – The Resort at Pelican Hill” »

L’Abeille Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

The Eiffel Tower on Your Plate


by Sophie Gayot


There is a French expression: “avec des si, on mettrait Paris en bouteille,” which means, “with ifs, you could fit Paris in a bottle.” But how can you fit the Eiffel Tower on a plate? Watch the exclusive video interview with executive chef Philippe Labbé of L’Abeille restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel Paris, to see how he does it. You will find out why Labbé is paying a tribute to La Grande Dame, as about half of the hotel’s 27 suites and 54 rooms have unobstructed views of the monument built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the World’s Fair.

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