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Sushi Special

on November 17th, 2008
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by Sophie Gayot

My dinner on Friday was a deluge of sushi at the new Hamasaku location on Melrose; a legendary spot that once housed Ma Maison (where Toshi Kihara got his first job in the US).

Toshi must have figured out that my birthday was close and came from the kitchen with a gorgeous decorated plate filled with mochi ice cream. And yes, we all ate the caramel sugar sculpture!

Here it what I can report on the dinner I had the following week.

Listen to what I said about Hamasaku on KNX1070.

Watch me on The Insider, aired in Dec, 27, about the restaurant.

 

 

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

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Sushi in Century City

on November 14th, 2008
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What a better way to eat sushi than when it is prepared by the CEO/President of the California Sushi Academy, chef Toshi Sugiura—who is also the first of the only four certified sake Masters Emeritus in the United States.

After Hama in Venice, he is now at the helm of Bar Hayama on Sawtelle, south of Santa Monica boulevard. Sugiura has partnered with the InterContinental Los Angeles, and executive chef Vincent Cachot from Park Grill restaurant.

Every day from 5:30pm to 10pm sit in the lounge and indulge yourself in raw fish, rice, nori, soy sauce, wasabi without forgetting sake. Irasshaimase!



Birthday in High Style

on November 13th, 2008
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Chef Yannick Alléno with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

The Dorchester Collection, which includes the
Plaza Athénée in Paris,
Le Meurice,
The Dorchester in London,
the New York Palace,
The Beverly Hills Hotel
and the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan,
has taken over the Hotel Bel-Air, located in one of the most exclusive cities in the world.

This week, chef Yannick Alléno from Le Meurice had prepared a series of lunches and dinners for a lucky few at the hotel’s restaurant. Yesterday, I attended one of his lunches and, for the first time, (as I have dined here many times before) I enjoyed an “haute cuisine” experience. In short, this was the best meal I ever had in Stone Canyon, and one of the best of the year. Continue reading “Birthday in High Style” »



Dining with Curtis Stone

on November 12th, 2008
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Take Home Chef Curtis Stone with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

 

We all know TLC’s Take Home Chef Curtis Stone, who made the 2006 People magazine’s list of sexiest men alive. (And I can confirm it is still very true).

Last night, instead of him coming to my kitchen to cook, I was very lucky to go his house. He prepared dinner in front of my eyes: lobster ravioli, mushroom soup, white truffle risotto and a few more dishes. 


My Dinner at XIV

on November 11th, 2008
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Victoria Recano, executive chef Steven Fretz and Sophie Gayot at XIV in Los Angeles

by Sophie Gayot

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of sharing my dinner at the new Los Angeles restaurant XIV with Victoria Recaño, the correspondent to the daily CBS show The Insider.

You can now read my review of the restaurant on site.

XIV is Michael Mina’s first restaurant in Los Angeles, and it is attracting many celebrities. The night we were there Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was dining at the next table!



Soeurs Chocolat book talk

on November 11th, 2008
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Tomorrow I will be attending a book discussion held by L’Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles with author Catherine Velle. Catherine, a French fiction author and communications manager at Marie Claire, is well known for her thriller novels Le Silence des Sources and La Vallée des Mensonges.  

Her new book, Soeurs Chocolat, promises to be just as exciting.



Magical Moment

on November 05th, 2008
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Last night, during Election Night, I was very lucky to meet Lord Howard Posener. Howard is a “Master Magician By Royal Appointment”. Yes, ”Royal”, because he is Prince Charles’ private magician.  Howard’s card tricks made him famous, and he has performed them for presidents, celebrities and audiences all over the world.

Continue reading “Magical Moment” »



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Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts & Spas and Pueblo Bonito Executive Chef Antonio de Livier hosted PacifiCooks July 12-30 at Pueblo Bonito’s Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Los Cabos, Mexico. The event showcased authentic Mexican dining through the craftsmanship of some of Latin America’s most popular Master Chefs, as well as culinary artists from Mexico.
Continue reading “Redefining Mexican Cuisine” »


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