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Jul

  • pinitbutton Cooking with the Schaffers

 

by Sophie Gayot


I first met husband and wife chefs Charlie and Kathleen Schaffer when they catered a movie premiere I attended. Not only was I impressed with their falafel, but I learned their cooking had also pleased many celebs both in Hollywood (Barbra Streisand, Eddie Murphy, Martin Scorsese, Kate Beckinsale, Julie Andrews) and elsewhere (Martha Stewart, Heidi Klum, Tom Brokaw). They even cooked for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who probably didn’t know the two former busboys first met while working at the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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13

Jul

  • pinitbutton Formaggi, Salumi or Pasta?

by Sophie Gayot
 

Most of the time, when you find a retail section in a restaurant, it has been added so you can bring home some of the products you’ve had while dining. In the case of Cube restaurant on LaBrea avenue in Los Angeles, also known as Cube Market Place, it’s the other way around. From a retail store, first for pasta from The Divine Pasta Company, then imported cheeses and charcuterie, wines and olive oils, it has became a full restaurant with a chef. Continue reading “Formaggi, Salumi or Pasta?” »


06

Jul

  • pinitbutton B. B. B. B. in Beverly Hills

by Sophie Gayot
 

Enjoy a “bon” beef burger at Bouchon in Beverly Hills.  After all, Bouchon is a French bistro, and “bon” is French for “good.” In fact, I’d say it is a “très bon” burger. Though of German origin, the hamburger has now become an American food staple that chef Thomas Keller had to add to his menu next to the steak frites, le croque-Madame and les moules au safran.
 
Originally, it was only supposed to be offered Thursdays through Saturdays after 9pm at the bar of the bistro, but it is proved so successful, it is now also available for lunch from Monday to Friday. What makes it “très bon?” Watch our exclusive GAYOT.com video to see executive chef Rory Herrmann explain how it is made. Of course, it starts with quality meat, a combination of prime cuts of sirloin, brisket and chuck. It ends with the house-made brioche buns made in the bakery area of the kitchen. Continue reading “B. B. B. B. in Beverly Hills” »



09

Jun

  • pinitbutton Cuisine from the Iberico Sun

by Sophie Gayot


There are many dining options at the new Aria Resort & Casino located at the impressive CityCenter in Las Vegas, but I feel that Julian Serrano at his eponymous restaurant offers the “sunniest” experience. As evidenced by the photos below, from the food to the décor, dining here is all about colors. That’s not really a surprise coming from a Spaniard, but it is very well done. For more, read my review.

 

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Tennis Uncorked

on May 25th, 2010
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25

May

  • pinitbutton Tennis Uncorked

 

by Sophie Gayot

 

While I am in Paris enjoying escargots, fresh baguette, Camembert, and the glittering Eiffel Tower, I am also following the 2010 Roland Garros tennis tournament on the television channel France Televisions. Hopefully, I will have time to go see the players compete at the stadium, between my visits to Parisian restaurants.

 

If you are in the U.S., you can do the same by tuning your television to the Tennis Channel or TV5 Monde. In New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Washngton, D.C. and Chicago, we have selected a few French restaurants, bistros, brasseries and cafés that will bring true French tastes to your palate. Enjoy the games and the food!

 

Go to our Restaurant News, Restaurant Events, and Restaurant Search pages to find out what is happening in the culinary world from your city to Paris!



18

May

  • pinitbutton Making Pasta at Culina

 by Sophie Gayot

 

 

I just published my review of Culina Modern Italian restaurant, which recently opened at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills with an impressive décor. Now listen carefully to what Chef Victor Casanova says during my exclusive interview, and you will learn the secret of his tasty spaghetti that I just enjoyed.

 

The noise you hear in the background of the video is not a faulty microphone, but what the chef has to endure when he makes pasta twice a day for Culina’s satisfied diners. I also tried many more items on his menu, and particularly appreciated his wheat crust margherita pizza (see photos below).

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20

Apr

  • pinitbutton French Romance in Hollywood

 by Sophie Gayot

The Gayots celebrated the opening night of the 2010 City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) Film Festival last night at the DGATheater on Sunset Boulevard. The 14-year-old COLCOA is the second entirely-French-language film festival in the world.

Due to the volcanic activity in Iceland, some key figures could not make it, but French Consul General David Martinon welcomed the packed house watching the North American premiere of Heartbreaker(L’Arnacoeur), a romantic comedy starring Vanessa Paradis (Johnny Depp’s life partner) and Romain Duris, and directed by Pascal Chaumeil.

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  • pinitbutton Gayot Visits Hell’s Kitchen for the Finale of Season 6

By Jeff Hoyt

 

Our own Alain Gayot appeared as a judge on the season finale of Hell’s Kitchen on FOX-TV on Tuesday October 13, and showed that his taste matched that of chef and host Gordon Ramsay. In the first showdown between the final two competitors, filmed outside of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles, Alain preferred Dave Levey’s rack of venison with sour cream and chive parsnip purée over Kevin Cottle’s petite clambake with poached lobster and clam pudding. Despite fracturing his wrist during the production, Dave went on to win this sixth season of competition, and the position of head chef at Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia.



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