Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Pages

Categories

Archives

Raising the Bar #4

on November 01st, 2010
Print This Post Print This Post

01

Nov

  • pinitbutton Raising the Bar #4
sophie gayot michael cardenas 300x179 Raising the Bar #4

From left to right: Christopher Hennessy, Comme Ca general manager; Yassmin Sarmadi, Church & State owner; Tim Loden, Comme Ca mixologist; Sophie Gayot; Charlotte Cramer, BOA mixologist; Claudia Smith, Joe’s Restaurant; Hector Bury, Joe’s Restaurant mixologist, Victoria Recano, TV personality; Dave Ferney, Church & State mixologist; Michael Cardenas, BOA owner.

by Sophie Gayot


Join me at Church & State on Sunday, November 7th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the fourth edition of the cocktail competition Raising the Bar. Along with Church & State owner Yassmin Sarmadi, chef/owner of Joe’s Restaurant and Bar Pintxo Joe Miller, Comme Ca General Manager Christopher Hennessy, and newcomer The Raymond Restaurant General Manager Chris Mangandi, I will be judging cocktails created on the spot.


Four mixologists, Mat Greis (Church & State), Jennifer Zerboni (Joe’s Restaurant), Eugene Shaw or Tim Loden (Comme Ca) and Lacey Murillo (The Raymond Restaurant) will have to create three different cocktails: a classic, another made with Starr African Rum, and one freestyle. Audience members will also enjoy a choice of special menus from chef Jeremy Berlin. Ask for details, including pricing, when making your reservation at 213-405-1434. Continue reading “Raising the Bar #4” »



My A– !

on October 25th, 2010
Print This Post Print This Post

25

Oct

  • pinitbutton My A   !
all asses not equal 300x116 My A   !

“All asses were not created equal"

by André Gayot


I was puzzled the other night when a brightly illuminated billboard promoting pants over the boulevard drew my attention. It read: “All asses were not created equal.”


True enough! All of a sudden, as I was so far relatively satisfied with that part of my anatomy, I felt uncomfortable in my mind to have ignored this important issue and its intricacy. I did not feel guilty, though, because no trace of the lower back problem could be found in my favorite readings, that of Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin. Reflecting on the human condition, and on the research of equality among men, they were – it seems – mostly concerned by the inequality of the heads and by the difference it could make at the end of the day if nothing was done to take care of natural or acquired imbalances.
Continue reading “My A– !” »



  • pinitbutton Dining Out More, but Enjoying it Less?
dining out enjoying less Dining Out More, but Enjoying it Less?

FLIP Burger Boutique in Atlanta, one of our Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S.

by Jeff Hoyt


Americans are dining out more, but spending less per meal. That’s the conclusion of payment processor First Data. Comparing September 2010, to a year earlier, food service establishments posted a 12.7-percent jump in transactions, the highest increase in 18 months. However, they also suffered a 4.5 percent decrease in the average check for the month, meaning customers were ordering less and taking advantage of promotions. Perhaps diners are sharing appetizers and desserts, or forgoing the steak for the hamburger.


To make your dining dollars go further, check out our Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S. and Best Value Restaurants near you. In our GAYOT Economic Stimulus Plan, we list the Top 10 Value Hotels Worldwide which can help you save on your vacation, and even the Top 10 Value Automobiles to help you get there. And if dollars are so tight that you’re stuck at home, why not try one of our Top 10 Wines Under $10? Cheers to better times ahead.



No Ghost Vodka

on October 08th, 2010
Print This Post Print This Post

08

Oct

  • pinitbutton No Ghost Vodka

by Sophie Gayot


Although he’s best known for comedy, from Saturday Night Live to The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters (to name just a few), making vodka is no joke to Dan Aykroyd. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting the Canadian comic actor last week at The Blvd restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Watch my exclusive video interview with him, and you will see the passion he puts into his Crystal Head Vodka.


07

Oct

  • pinitbutton Serving the Community Plate by Plate
4 300x209 Serving the Community Plate by Plate

The Chop Stix Restaurant of NYC booth at the Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City

by Michelle Kwan  


Attendees raised their glasses, not to mention their forks, spoons and chopsticks, in support of healthcare and social services to the Asian community at the Project By Project annual Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit held October 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The Tasting Benefit featured over 40 participants from some of New York City’s finest restaurants and bakeries coming together to showcase their culinary skills with samplings of their signature creations, along with a host of wine and spirit purveyors, brewers, tea and coffee companies, all ready to do their part to keep the evening festive for the approximately 650 guests in attendance.
  

Continue reading “Serving the Community Plate by Plate” »



A Toast to Fall

on September 22nd, 2010
Print This Post Print This Post

22

Sep

  • pinitbutton A Toast to Fall
main 283x300 A Toast to Fall

Check out the Top 10 Fall Beers in our Quarterly Wine Newsletter for autumn

by Jeff Hoyt

 

Sure, it’s great to knock down an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day, but there are certain beers that really shine as the days go brisk. Check out our top 10 fall beers list and learn about pumpkin ales and an amber lager named after crime-fighter Eliot Ness! Our Quarterly Wine Newsletter, published today, also profiles the best Oktoberfest celebrations for next month, and the top 10 Thanksgiving wines for the following month. For those looking to fall in love this fall, we’ve even got the top 10 bars for a first date. The issue also contains information you can use year-round, including the restaurants near you with top wine lists, the best wine bars in your area, and an inexpensive tequila that’s 100% blue agave. Skoal!



Hip Hop Cognac, part 2

on September 02nd, 2010
Print This Post Print This Post

02

Sep

  • pinitbutton Hip Hop Cognac, part 2
hip hop cognac ti part 2 300x213 Hip Hop Cognac, part 2

T.I. in Takers

by Jeff Hoyt


Was it just last week that I questioned the judgment of Remy Martin Cognac for naming rapper T.I. Global Creative Consultant after his last stint in prison for felony weapons charges? Seems the rapper may have decided to celebrate his latest movie “Takers” opening #1 at the box office with something stronger than cognac, as his newlywed wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and the musician-actor-producer-troublemaker were busted last night in Los Angeles for felony possession of a controlled substance. That could result in a probation violation, landing him back behind bars, but rapper and noted legal advisor 50 Cent tweeted the following plan: “Man TI and tiny done got picked up agin for methamphetmines and ecstacy dam man,” 50 tweeted. “Tiny gotta take that charge. Say it was yours, Baby.” That’s heroic! If she does take the rap for the rapper, may I suggest he thank her with a trip to one of our World’s Top 10 Honeymoon Hotels? Don’t worry, T.I.; there are a few domestic choices if you’re not allowed to leave the country. Continue reading “Hip Hop Cognac, part 2” »


Tags:

Hip Hop Cognac

on August 26th, 2010
Print This Post Print This Post

26

Aug

  • pinitbutton Hip Hop Cognac
t.i. remymartin 197x300 Hip Hop Cognac

Rapper T.I. has been named Global Creative Consultant to Rémy Martin Cognac

by Jeff Hoyt


A few years ago, General Motors hired rapper T.I. to promote their line of cars, but they dropped the deal when the Grammy-award-winner pled guilty to felony charges after trying to buy guns and silencers from an informant. If you think his days of big endorsements are over, think again. After serving nearly six months in prison and a stint in a halfway house on federal weapons charges, he has been named Global Creative Consultant to Rémy Martin Cognac.

Tags:

04

Aug

  • pinitbutton In N Out and Cabernet Sauvignon?
turning leaf takeout 167x300 In N Out and Cabernet Sauvignon?

Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon

 by Jeff Hoyt 


A chocolate shake makes a wonderful complement to a fast-food burger, but I’m really enjoying this Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon with my In-N-Out burger. “Wine doesn’t need to be reserved for fine dining,” says Turning Leaf winemaker Nicole Hitchcock, who also suggests pairing the Cab with pizza and a meatball hero. She hopes that more people will pair her very inexpensive line of wines with takeout food, and has even conducted a survey of America’s takeout habits, with some surprising results.
 


Have you ever pretended that takeout food was something you actually made? 34%, more than 1 in 3, pled guilty. I’ve never done that, but I do admit sneaking a bite of food before bringing it home, along with 61% of the respondents. Continue reading “In-N-Out and Cabernet Sauvignon?” »



  • pinitbutton Let’s All Drink to Atlanta’s Restaurant Week
atlanta restaurant week 154x300 Let’s All Drink to Atlanta’s Restaurant Week

The signature cocktail for Atlanta Restaurant Week is the Bacardi Torched Cherry Blossom

by Meryl Pearlstein 

   

Atlanta’s Restaurant Week will take place in the Downtown Dining District from Monday, July 26 through August 8. The multicultural cuisine at Atlanta’s Restaurant Week includes that of traditional steakhouses, seafood restaurants, Irish pubs and Mexican cantinas. Choose a 3-course meal at any of the 26 participating restaurants for a price of either $25 or $35. No coupon, voucher or reservation needed.

 

For more information, visit www.atlantadowntown.com/fun/restaurant-week.

 

Keep up with restaurants in the ATL with our Atlanta Restaurant Reviews, News, Culinary Events and Atlanta Wine Dinners. 

  

The city sets its restaurant week apart from the rest by incorporating a signature cocktail; this year’s cocktail is the Bacardi Torched Cherry Blossom created by W Hotel Atlanta Downtown’s DRINKSHOP. 

  Continue reading “Let’s All Drink to Atlanta’s Restaurant Week” »



« Newer PostsOlder Posts »
Page 21 of 24« First...1920212223...Last »