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on August 14th, 2009
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14

Aug

Chef Michael Fiorelli from mar'sel restaurant holding fresh hearts of palm

Chef Michael Fiorelli from mar'sel restaurant holding fresh hearts of palm

By Sophie Gayot

Every week, we at GAYOT.com select a restaurant to be highlighted as our Review of the Week in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

 

This week, after my dinner at the signature restaurant of the new Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, I chose mar’sel for a few reasons.

 

Of course, the main one is the California cuisine of chef Michael Fiorelli. It is obvious that he uses very fresh ingredients—he even has fresh hearts of palm for the salads stored in the fridge. But, I also made the choice because of the prime location of the restaurant, which features a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.

 

The restaurant also made our Los Angeles Top 10 Romantic Restaurants and Top 10 View lists.

   Continue reading “Dine with the Pacific” »



13

Aug

Chef Laurent Quenioux (in a white tee-shirt) from Bistro LQ and his team

Chef Laurent Quenioux (in a white tee-shirt) from Bistro LQ and his team

By Sophie Gayot

 

I think you will agree with me after looking at the photos below, taken during my dinner at Bistro LQ last week (click on them to enlarge), that Laurent Quenioux’s new venture on Beverly Boulevard is more of a serious dining destination than the word “bistro” implies.

 

But judge for yourself: Dine at Bistro LQ and if you don’t agree, let me know, but also if you do!

  Continue reading “More a Restaurant than a Bistro” »



10

Aug

Frank Mottek in the KNX1070 studios with Sophie Gayot

Frank Mottek in the KNX1070 studios with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

If you missed my appearance last week on Frank Mottek’s Business Hour on KNX1070, here is another chance to hear about the Los Angeles restaurants that are perfect for dining during these summer days and thereafter.

 

 
 

You can listen to

last week’s interview here

previous interviews on KNX1070 here.

 



Julia Child brings inspiration to a young woman through her cooking in the film Julie & Julia

Julia Child brings inspiration to a young woman through her cooking in the film Julie & Julia

By Alain Gayot

How about a cute movie which is certainly going to deliver good laughs if not a bunch of chuckles sans the Hollywood special effects craze? Should you be a foodie or other type of gourmand head to see Julie & Julia, a movie based on the book by fellow blogger Julie Powell, who you can read more about at Eatizen Jane. In celebration of the film, some restaurants, like Chef Mavro in Honolulu, are offering movie-themed dinner menus, and the executive chef of The Ocean Bistro at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach in Florida, will be recreating his favorite Julia Child recipes. To learn more about the movie check out the review by clicking on the link at the bottom of this blog.

In this day and age when people are educated about food and wine, mastering the art of French cooking might not be your first priority, but what Julia Child started doing in the 1940s was monumental for food in America. Some of us might prefer Japanese food or, why not Mexican cuisine, but all of us owe thanks to a few key masters like Jacques Pepin and of course Julia Child with their TV shows.

Continue reading “Julie & Julia Brings the Culinary Greats to Mind” »



05

Aug

Sam Nazarian with Sophie Gayot at XIV restaurant

Sam Nazarian with Sophie Gayot at XIV restaurant

 

By Sophie Gayot

Last night, as I was at Michael Mina’s XIV restaurant checking out its mini burgers and floats, perfect for a casual stop on the way back home from the office, I ran into Sam Nazarian who was having dinner (no surprise since he owns the place). Once again I had the pleasure of speaking with him about his new ventures in the restaurant world.

 

Good news for Angelenos: Nazarian has partnered with the owners of Gladstone’s restaurant, right on the beach off Pacific Coast Highway, to manage the spacious location and transform it into a west coast Nikki Beach.

 

We can’t wait!

Gladstone's 4 Fish on Urbanspoon



The Nautilus shell, 450 million years old is still a mystery and an inspiration for mathematicians

The Nautilus shell, 450 million years old is still a mystery and an inspiration for mathematicians

By Andre Gayot

 

Usually, hotel meeting rooms bear grandiose names like “The Imperial Room” or “The Majestic Room.” But in The Indigo, a San Diego boutique hotel, their modest function space is dubbed “The Fibonacci Room.” Many visitors would immediately assume the Italian name in such a location refers to some variety of pizza.

 

Shame on us! We should be taught in first grade to pay respect to the genius Fibonacci (1175-1250), whose real name was Leonardo Pisano, who changed our lives when he changed the way we represent numbers way back in the XII, I mean 12th century. Fibonacci helped the world to adopt Arabic numerals instead of the Roman numbers that were then in use. He also popularized the use of the figure zero despite the resistance of the traditionalists, who, as usual, did not understand the concept and were up in arms against it. Hey! Zeros and ones: does that ring a bell for you, computer nerds?

Continue reading “Of the Good Use of Math in the Hospitality Industry” »



01

Aug

Chef Stefan Richter with chef de cuisine Leandro Bongarra with Sophie Gayot
Chef Stefan Richter with chef de cuisine Leandro Bongarra with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

The kitchen team must have received lots of training by chef Stefan Richter and chef de cuisine Leandro Bongarra to turn out the delicious hors d’oeuvres that were served during last night’s opening party at Stefan’s at L.A. Farm. The noise in the dining room was such that I stood in the kitchen to try the lemon grass/coconut lobster bisque, the fried risotto, veal meatballs and crème brûlée.

 

If you think you have heard the name Stefan Richter before, it is because you would have seen him on TV during season 5 of “Top Chef.” Richter was born in Finland, and then cooked in Germany, Switzerland, Thailand and Canada, before arriving in the U.S. and working in Michigan, Nevada and then California. He chose the old location of the celebrated L.A. Farm to open his first restaurant, and mixed the two names.

 

 

Stefan's at L.A. Farm on Urbanspoon



Owner/chef Larry Nicola at his new restaurant Mexico in West Hollywood

Owner/chef Larry Nicola at his new restaurant Mexico in West Hollywood

By Sophie Gayot

Want to go to Mexico for its food and ambience but don’t have the time for it? Just drive to the heart of West Hollywood and push the green doors of Mexico Restaurante y Barra open.

As soon as you see the patio, the décor will make forget you’re on Santa Monica Boulevard. Owner Larry Nicola, who is also the proprietor of Nic’s Martini & Lounge in Beverly Hills, has created a number of specialty cocktails, and a menu based on a tasty, home-style Mexican cuisine.

Mexico Restaurante y Barra is our Los Angeles Restaurant Review of the Week.

Mexico Restaurante y Barra on Urbanspoon



30

Jul

Chefs Frank Toshi Sugiura (middle), Jonathan Wood (right), and

Chefs Frank Toshi Sugiura (middle), Jonathan Wood (right), and

By Sophie Gayot

 

It looks like we don’t always have to be surrounded by a Japanese décor to eat sushi. The InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Century City has partnered with chef Frank Toshi Sugiura to offer sashimi, rolls and sushi in the hotel’s cozy lounge.

You can trust the expertise of Sugiura since he is the CEO of the California Sushi Academy and the chef-owner of Bar Hayama on Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

  Continue reading “News from Avenue of the Stars” »



Partner-owner Lee Maen on the patio of new BOA Steakhouse on Sunset with Sophie Gayot

Partner-owner Lee Maen on the patio of new BOA Steakhouse on Sunset with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

When I went to dinner last week at the relocated BOA Steakhouse on Sunset, I was expecting to get a table inside to immerse myself in the vibrant décor of the room and the bar.

Partner-owner Lee Maen kindly showed me the way to the patio. And yes, he was right: that is the place to be. It is one of the largest restaurant patios in town (except for maybe those in some hotels), and a hip, ritzy, glitzy clientele has already made it one of heir favorite spots for lunch, dinner or drinks.

BOA Steakhouse is our Los Angeles Restaurant Review of the Week.

Boa Steakhouse on Urbanspoon



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