TY KU Adds Coconut Nigori to Sake Lineup

TY KU Coconut Nigori Sake
TY KU Coconut Nigori Sake

You may have seen Cee Lo Green on TV’s “The Voice”, but don’t be surprised to see him at a sushi bar near you. The recording artist and self-proclaimed “sake professor” is the new spokesman for TY KU Sake & Spirits, praising their beverages as naturally low-calorie and gluten-free alternatives to wine, beer and spirits. He sees it as a good opportunity to educate the American public about sake, which is sometimes incorrectly described as rice wine, and soju, a Korean spirit traditionally distilled from rice.


TY KU’s current color-coded lineup of sakes includes the ultra premium White (Junmai Daiginjo), the super premium Black (Junmai Ginjo) and the premium Silver (Junmai). In mid-August, TY KU will release its Coconut Nigori in a cream-colored bottle. Made from Junmai sake infused with coconut, TY KU Coconut Nigori is partially unfiltered, giving the beverage a cloudy appearance and a creamy mouthfeel. Enjoy it chilled or in a cocktail, such as the Lo-Cal Colada. Simply mix 2 ounces of TY KU Coconut Nigori and 2 ounces of pineapple juice over ice and garnish with a slice of pineapple.

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Bastille Day – 14 Juillet 2012 Los Angeles

by Sophie Gayot


The anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison which led to “La Révolution Française” on July 14, 1789 has become the French National Day. This year in Los Angeles, the French people also celebrated the inscription in November 2010 of “The Gastronomic Meal of the French” on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


With Consul General David Martinon, I invited local French and French-trained chefs to display their cuisine at a special Bastille Day event in Santa Monica. The crowd was able to enjoy dishes from:
Frédéric Castan, Motif of St. Regis Monarch Beach, who prepared a perfect boeuf bourguignon
Josiah Citrin, Mélisse in Santa Monica, rillettes de canard
Alain Giraud, Maison Giraud in Pacific Palisades, goat cheese mousse with pesto and toasted hazelnuts and assorted cookies
Akira Rose, Maison Akira in Pasadena, cauliflower mousse with bay shrimp and tomato vinaigrette; duck pâté maison with green peppercorn and raisin; roasted marinated bell pepper oni crispy toast, and house smoked salmon with caper on mini crispy toast
Olivier Rousselle, On Sunset at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, pains bagnat and gazpacho.

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Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Reopening – Travel Special

Newly renovated guest room at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
Newly renovated guest room at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Debuts Fresh Look and Special Reopening Offer


Following an extensive refurbishment, including a new brasserie, the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco is celebrating its silver anniversary with a sumptuous “Fresh Look” package.


As part of the Mandarin Oriental’s fresh new look, each of the 158 guest rooms and suites has been completely redesigned by local interior designer Michael Booth of BAMO. The new custom-designed furnishings with hints of French Deco style help to create a memorable setting for the hotel’s special reopening offer Continue reading “Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Reopening – Travel Special” »

Spago Closed, but Only Temporarily

Spago Beverly Hills
Spago Beverly Hills under (re?)-construction – Copyright © GAYOT.com

by Sophie Gayot

UPDATE 9/17/12: Only a few more days of patience for the fans of Spago before the restaurant reopens!

Even if you are an A-list celebrity or know one of the owners, über-chef Wolfgang Puck or designer Barbara Lazaroff, there is no way you will get a table at Spago in Beverly Hills tonight… or even for the next few weeks. Just look at this photo. The restaurant had announced that they were undergoing a renovation, but it looks like we are going to get a totally new Spago.


For those who are familiar with the space, they will be happy to learn that the olive trees adorning the patio have been saved by Lazaroff and will be replanted soon. Smaller ones will also be added. The bar and the open kitchen will remain, while the private room will be enlarged. How the rest of the restaurant will turn out is a total mystery. You will have to wait until mid-September to see how Spago has been transformed.

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Oceania Restaurants

Christening Riviera Cruise Ship Barcelona
The christening of Riviera cruise ship in Barcelona

It’s Easy to Book a Cruise — It’s Hard to Pick the Right One


by Andre Gayot


What’s the right cruise for you or me? Let’s start with the size of the ship: Big? Not so big? Small? Big is beautiful, some say. But small can be also, I think. I have tried it all, including a 25-foot schooner, and they all have their charms. How much you will enjoy your voyage depends on many factors: age, temperament, dependence on comforts, openness to adventure, aptitude to control sea-sickness, etc.

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