Magical Moments Along the Pacific

by Sophie Gayot

Yesterday, I found a great way to finish my weekend. I drove along the Pacific on Route 1, also called Pacific Coast Highway or PCH by the locals, heading to Beau Rivage restaurant in Malibu, California. You are saying, “Another restaurant?” Yes, but not quite. I was going for a night of “Magic & Wine.”

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The Best Deal in Town

by Sophie Gayot

After a taste of Spain at Jaleo, part two of my culinary trip to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas took me to Greece for lunch at Estiatorio Milos. I was looking forward to it; I knew that the restaurant featured a shaded terrace overlooking The Strip, as I had toured it back in the December when the hotel opened. Take a video tour with Adam Rand, the Director of Operations of Estiatorio Milos restaurants, which was shot at that time.
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Lines for Chef Zarate’s Peruvian Cuisine

by Sophie Gayot

The first time I discovered chef Ricardo Zarate’s Peruvian cuisine was at his original restaurant Mo-Chica which was lost somewhere in downtown Los Angeles. It looked more like a food court than an actual restaurant. But when I saw the plates of other patrons as they passed by my table, I knew it was going to be good. At the end of dinner, Zarate told me that he was going to open another style of Peruvian restaurant in West Los Angeles. After my dinner at Mo-Chica, I had high expectations for his new place. A few weeks ago I headed to Picca on Pico Blvd., and I was not disappointed at all. Watch my exclusive video interview with chef Zarate to get a first glimpse at what he has created at his new restaurant. Also, read my just published review of Picca restaurant.

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¡Más Tapas Por Favor!

by Sophie Gayot

After my very good tapas dinner at José AndrésJaleo restaurant at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas last week, I wanted to try more Spanish small plates. I decided to head to Bar Pintxo, chef Joe Miller’s restaurant in Santa Monica, California.

I had a disappointing meal when I first visited soon after its December of 2007 opening, but hadn’t been since the arrival of chef David Plonowski about a year and half ago. On my return, I just did not want to leave and wanted to try more and more of his dishes. They are small, so it is easy to ask for more.

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Barbecue on the Beach for Charity

Barbara Lazaroff - Sophie Gayot
Barbara Lazaroff & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


UPDATE 7/10/13: This year’s event will be on August 1, 2013. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Culinary Events calendar

UPDATE 7/23/12: This year’s event will be on July 26th. To buy tickets, go to


For the past few summers, event manager Joan Wrede has been gathering Los Angeles chefs for “An Evening on the Beach.” The toques bring their barbecue grills right on the sand at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. The evening finished around a huge bonfire where the attendees roasted marshmallows which no less than pastry chef Sherry Yard of Spago combined with graham crackers and chocolate to make s’mores.

We were also able to enjoy the cuisine of:
Celestino Drago, Drago Centro
Michael Fiorelli of mar’sel at Terranea
Mark Gold, Eva
– Tim Guiltinan, The Raymond
– Michael McCarty, Michael’s
– Joe Miller, Joe’s
– Mark Peel, Campanile
Piero Selvaggio, Valentino
– Mako Tanaka of Robata-Ya

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