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  • pinitbutton Truffle Extraordinaire 2014   Part 1

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by Sophie Gayot

 

 

Truffle lovers are happy: The season has started! It means special dinners around what Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called “the diamonds of the kitchen.” Über-chef José Andrés even started a Truffle Season Dinner Series at SAAM, the chef’s private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. It is now in its third year.
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  • pinitbutton Louis XIII, the Cognac, is 140 years old

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by Sophie Gayot
To celebrate the 140th birthday of Louis XIII Cognac, The House of Rémy Martin came out with a surprise that’s destined for Cognac connoisseurs — for advanced ones, considering the price tag of this very special bottle: $16,000 (plus tax).

 

 

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  • pinitbutton SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Now Open

by Sophie Gayot

At the stroke of midnight on Friday, August 22, the SLS Las Vegas hotel opened its doors — after a massive five-minute fireworks display, that is.

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  • pinitbutton Sunday Brunch at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

by Sophie Gayot

 

A decadent weekend brunch is never out of season. With newly appointed hotel executive chef Cyrille Pannier at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the Sunday feast has become bigger and better, with some ten different stations to choose from. Pannier has also joined forces with Mette Williams, the chef de cuisine of the hotel’s on-site restaurant Culina Modern Italian, to add a few of Williams’ dishes to the already expansive brunch menu.
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  • pinitbutton The 25 Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Summer 2014


The Best LA Restaurants to Eat at Right Now

 

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Cioppino (Ristorante al Mar), Chef Salvatore Sodano (Nikita, Malibu), A.O.C. by chef Suzanne Goin

 

Summer is now in full swing in Los Angeles, with diners enjoying the famous weather that has drawn so many outsiders to the city over the years. Even with the mild winters that make patio dining a possibility year round, there’s something special about eating al fresco this time of year. From sandwiches in Hollywood and pizza in Long Beach to upscale al dente shrimp over the roar of the Pacific in Malibu, here are twenty-five restaurants that feature their outdoor space as much as the cuisine of the chef inside. Presented in alphabetical order, these are GAYOT’s 25 best restaurants to eat at, right now.

 

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  • pinitbutton When a Party Becomes a Real Feast

by Sophie Gayot

 

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Taming the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking

Chef Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station has brought partying to the next level, and has become famous for that. Ford prefers the get-together to be a big one — one where you roast a whole pig or serve paella for eighty.
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  • pinitbutton The 25 Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Spring 2014

 

 

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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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  • 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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  • pinitbutton Truffle Extraordinaire Part 2

by Sophie Gayot


It seems that chef José Andrés and his culinary team love truffles — and I am glad that they do. Last October, SAAM restaurant, the chef’s tasting room at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, started the second annual Truffle Season Dinner Series with a meal featuring white truffles.


But since black is beautiful, last week the restaurant started offering the black truffle experience. Throughout the 18-course prix-fixe menu, priced at $250 with wine pairings available, diners can discover the culinary creativity and talents of José Andrés, R & D chef Aitor Zabala, chef de cuisine Holly Jivin, and pastry chef Kriss Harvey.

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  • pinitbutton Celebrate the Year of the Horse

by Sophie Gayot

 

If the New Year celebration based on the Gregorian calendar only lasts for a single day, it is not the case for the Chinese New Year, as it lasts fifteen days.

 

For the Gregorian calendar, celebrations are held on December 31, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day is a holiday. The lunisolar Chinese calendar determines the date of Chinese New Year, so it changes every year. For 2014, it started on January 31st under the sign of the horse, so you have until February 14 to celebrate.

 

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