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Jan

  • pinitbutton What to do on Valentines Day?

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by Sophie Gayot

There are many things you can actually do, but being who we are, we strongly advocate for a romantic night out with the person you hold most dear. We have put together a list of Valentines restaurants that will help with romance, and many of them are offering a special Valentines menu.

For more suggestions of where to host an intimate dinner for two, consult our lists of romantic restaurants in various cities.



12

Jan

  • pinitbutton The Best French Fries in Los Angeles
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Chef Ashley James with Sophie Gayot


 

Look no further! We have found them for you, at Windows Lounge, the bar at the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills. The chef, Ashley James, insists on calling them “Real Fries,” because they are made the way they should be made: from fresh quality potatoes (opposed to frozen), fried twice in vegetable oil that is thrown away every day. They only come with the grilled cheese sandwich and the beef sliders, but they were so good that I ordered more of them. The bar, which has always drawn crowds, has been redecorated. The huge marble chimney in the central room brings a touch of modernity.

 



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Stephan Samson, Sophie Gayot, David Myers

by Sophie Gayot

David Myers surprised us all with his latest venture. We were anticipating the opening of Comme Ca in Costa Mesa.

Instead, we got Pizzeria Ortica which he opened last night with chef Stephan Samson, who was formerly at Valentino. Expect simple Italian fare with thin-crust pizzas, pasta and much more.

Florent Marneau of Marché Moderne, who I went to visit after, told me that “We are glad to see David coming here”—meaning that the Orange County culinary scene is climbing one step higher.

Myers has more projects in the works: Ortica in front of Sona, a catering service, and providing upscale bread to restaurants. And Comme Ca in OC will open soon.

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  • pinitbutton RH, a New Restaurant on the Sunset Strip
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Sophie Gayot with chef Sebastian Archambault, his team, and general manager Michel Morauw

 by Sophie Gayot

Last night I experienced the latest Sunset Strip restaurant, located in the new ANdAZ hotel, a reincarnation of the Hyatt on Sunset made famous by the memorable parties thrown by rock ‘n’ rollers like Led Zeppelin. These intense blow-outs earned the hotel a nickname, “Riot House.” The restaurant, RH, pays tribute to that part of the hotel’s history, which has even seen a TV fly out of its window.

Chef Sebastien Archambault prepares a clean, home-style cuisine. I liked the vegetables—lots of them—that accompanied the red snapper, and the Kurobuta pork, which were also served as an amuse-bouche.

Both the restaurant and the hotel will officially open on Thursday, Jan. 8. General manager Michel Morauw’s motto is “Everyone can be a VIP at the hotel.” By the way, “andaz” is an Urdu (a Central Indo-Aryan language) word meaning “style”. ANdAZ is a new brand operated by Hyatt Corporation. The first ANdAZ opened in London in November 2008; the property in West Hollywood is its American debut, to be followed by two in New York and one in Austin.

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Celebrity Dining Hot Spots

on December 27th, 2008
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Dec

  • pinitbutton Celebrity Dining Hot Spots
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Sophie Gayot on The Insider

Tune in tonight to The Insider, the CBS nightly, half-hour entertainment newsmagazine, where Sophie Gayot will reveal the top five Hollywood dining hot spots.

December 28th.
If you missed the show, see the restaurants where celebrities like to dine.



  • pinitbutton What’s New on the Los Angeles Dining Scene?
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Frank Mottek & Sophie Gayot in the KNX studios

 From wherever you are, listen to Sophie Gayot today on KNX1070 during Frank Mottek’s Business Hour between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. In the LA area, tune your radio to 1070AM; otherwise you can listen from your computer at http://www.knx1070.com/.

Sophie will help you discover Los Angeles’s latest restaurants.

You can listen to

- today’s interview here knx1070121608

- Sophie’s previous interviews here.



  • pinitbutton Sneak Peek at The Bazaar at SLS at Beverly Hills

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by Sophie Gayot


A third blog posting about the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills in one month? That may sound excessive, but there is much to report about Sam Nazarian’s first luxury hotel—we’ve hardly even mentioned the food!

Here’s a sneak peek at chef José Andrés’ cuisine at The Bazaar. Some of his dishes, like his foie gras wrapped in cotton candy, are as extravagant as Philippe Starck’s design. But by the end of the night, you’ll have had, for sure, quite a different dining experience!

Listen to what I said on KNX1070 about The Bazaar.

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Dec

  • pinitbutton Ireland, A True Land to Discover
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Her Excellency Mary McAleese, President of Ireland & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

During her current visit to the United States, Her Excellency Mary McAleese, the President of Ireland, hosted the Tourism Ireland luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

 

The guests, including myself, thoroughly enjoyed the President’s speech, a moving and heart-felt description of her country. With warmth and compassion, she illustrated the importance of the people, the landscape and the culture of Ireland, inspiring us to visit and discover the beauty of this rich island with breathtaking scenery, cultural delights, and captivating cities.



The Human Fortress

on December 12th, 2008
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Dec

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Artists Gaia Melikian and Evangelos Stolidis with Sophie Gayot under one of their creations


 

EVAIA artists Gaia Melikian and Evangelos Stolidis are creating beautiful pieces of art that emerge from their understanding of the human form. Not only are Melikian and Stolidis the artists but they are also the subjects, having taken photographs of themselves that are then printed on canvas.

 

The lure in these images pulls you in with a gravitational force of another realm, surrounded in mystery, seized by emotion, you find your self in a subconscious battlefield of an erotic suspense. This series of silhouettes, entitled the Human Fortress, capture such intense human emotions and allow for a multitude of interpretations.



Los Angeles’ Men of Style

on December 10th, 2008
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Dec

  • pinitbutton Los Angeles Men of Style
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Olimpia Garabet, Store Director & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Last night, Louis Vuitton and GQ magazine honored Los Angeles’ Men of Style. And the winners are: chef/owner of Sona and Comme Ça David Myers; PGA Tour professional Anthony Kim; recording artist Ne-Yo; and actor Ian Somerhalder.

The reception took place at the Beverly Hills store, where the 2008-2009 Louis Vuitton Men’s Collections were displayed. Of course, we also checked out the famous LV monogrammed bags (the most popular selling bags in the world), their fine jewelry as well as the Women’s clothing line. Moët et Chandon champagne was flowing all night, as well as delicate canapés from Bread & Wine and macarons (my favorite was the Earl Grey) from Myers’ pastry shop, Boule.

Sophie is dressed by Paule Vasseur (www.paule-vasseur.com)



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