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Nov

  • pinitbutton High Rolling Dining Experience

by Sophie Gayot


While there are many restaurants in Las Vegas, some offer dramatic views that can make your dining experience even more exciting. Top of the World at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is one of them. Perched on the 108th floor of a tower from which you can jump (don’t worry, the SkyJump is safe, as guests are tethered) on a 180-degree revolving platform, the view is just breathtaking.


Even better, Top of World is not what we call a “tourist trap” as the food is quite good. The chef, Claude Gaty, is French and has traveled around the world. He has brought back flavors from all over that he combines well in his dishes, such as his roasted pork belly with chimichurri. To discover more, watch my exclusive video interview with Gaty and hotel executive chef Rick Giffen.

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Nov

  • pinitbutton The First Lady of Napa Valley

by Sophie Gayot


Who can talk about Margrit Mondavi’s exciting life better than herself? I recently attended a dinner with the second wife of the late Napa Valley iconic vintner Robert Mondavi. Besides the meal we shared at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air restaurant, I also was lucky enough to have a private discussion with the gifted storyteller.


Allow me to share a few words about the lady from Switzerland who brought so much to the Valley and is now the Vice President of Cultural Affairs of Robert Mondavi Winery: generosity, joie de vivre, witty, artistic, colorful style and simplicity.

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Fruits de Mer in Paris

on October 20th, 2012
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Oct

  • pinitbutton Fruits de Mer in Paris

by Sophie Gayot


The InterContinental Paris Le Grand is celebrating its 150th birthday. Famous for its shellfish platter, the hotel’s restaurant Le Café de la Paix is offering its monster “le plateau de fruits de mer” at a price of €150 for two until the end of November.


Brush up on your culinary French or start practicing it by watching my exclusive video interview with executive chef Christophe Raoux. You will discover the wonders of the sea that will come to your table, and even get a lesson on how to open clams!

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15

Oct

  • pinitbutton The Recipe for Tahitian Raw Fish

by Sophie Gayot


I was lucky enough to enjoy a trip to the paradise of Tahiti. But if you are craving Tahitian raw fish but can’t get away to the islands, don’t worry: you can make it at home! Watch my exclusive video with Hotel Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort executive chef Pierre Sudre filmed on location right on the resort’s beautiful beach. The chef will show you how to prepare this simple but lovely dish step-by-step. The ingredients are simple:
- raw fish
- diced vegetables: carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions
- coconut milk
- lime juice
- salt and pepper.

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Bring on the Bubbly!

on October 05th, 2012
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Oct

  • pinitbutton Bring on the Bubbly!

by Sophie Gayot


My sabraging of a bottle of sparkling wine last night was even more fun than usual, as the person whose name was on the bottle was next to me. It was chef Michael Mina, GAYOT’s 2011 Restaurateur of the Year, in person at his restaurant Stonehill Tavern at The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Orange County, CA. I had the honor of kicking off the evening’s festivities by opening a bottle of Iron Horse 2004 Cuvée Michael Mina.

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Calories Vs. Cocktails

on October 02nd, 2012
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Oct

  • pinitbutton Calories Vs. Cocktails

by Sophie Gayot


If you’re a calorie counter who enjoys cocktails, it’s time to try Voli Light Vodkas. Made of superior French wheat and natural ingredients, Voli’s line of vodkas — Lyte, Lemon, Espresso Vanilla, Raspberry Cocoa, Orange Vanilla and Mango Coconut — are on average between 25 per cent and 40 per cent lower in calories than their counterparts.  It is a first in the spirit industry. They are produced in Cognac, France, where they are distilled five times and filtered four times. The flavors of the vodkas are enhanced by electrolytes, so you can eliminate the high calorie sugary mixers — that is the trick.

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A Cognac Lesson

on September 15th, 2012
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Sep

  • pinitbutton A Cognac Lesson

by Sophie Gayot


I am not going to give you that Cognac lesson myself; Maurice-Richard Hennessy himself is doing it in the exclusive video interview above. I got lucky as the class took place in Beverly Hills in a private dining room of Crustacean restaurant. Among the other “students” were French Consul General of France Axel Cruaumy father André and my brother Alain. Hennessy is the eighth generation of Hennessy, so you can be sure he knows what he is talking about.


Here are just a few things that we did not have time to discuss:

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Long on Short Order

on September 11th, 2012
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Sep

  • pinitbutton Long on Short Order

by Sophie Gayot


Despite its name, Nancy Silverton’s Short Order restaurant does not cut corners to prepare its burgers nor other dishes. You can read my review of the restaurant which I wrote after my first visit in July. You can also watch my exclusive video with executive chef Christian Page to find out how he gets it done.

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Sep

  • pinitbutton Meaty Memories from Tampa, Florida

by Sophie Gayot


I recently enjoyed my longest dinner ever: after arriving at the restaurant at 8:30 p.m., I didn’t leave until 2 a.m. Where was that? At Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, Florida. Why? Because I wanted to get a real feel of the oh-so-famous steakhouse, one of the GAYOT.com Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S.

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Dining by the Pier

on September 01st, 2012
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Sep

  • pinitbutton Dining by the Pier

by Sophie Gayot


Michael Zislis’s latest achievement is The Strand House, the beautiful restaurant overlooking the pier in Manhattan Beach, CA. Before that, he put his energy, and he has quite a lot, into restaurants ROCK’N FISH, Rock & Brews, and Mucho Ultima Mexicana, as well as the Shade Hotel.


Not only does he like to invite guests to his restaurants and hotel, but Michael, who is obviously in the hospitality business, also has created a Guest Chef Series at The Strand House where chef Greg Hozinsky cooks and creative exec chef Neal Fraser comes by a few times a month.

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