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A Guide to the Home of the Masters Tournament


Augusta, Georgia, home of the Masters Tournament, has long been a mecca for golf lovers

Discover the history and culture of Augusta, Georgia


Every April, the golf world turns its eyes to the historic Southern town of Augusta, Georgia, when the Masters Tournament gathers top professionals from across the globe to battle for the sport’s most prestigious article of clothing — the green jacket. Continue reading “Exploring Augusta, Georgia” »

Boeing's Sky Interior as debuted at flydubai airlines

Boeing’s Sky Interior as debuted at flydubai airlines

Air travel need not be an insufferable purgatory between heaven and earth — and with this airline’s in-flight entertainment offerings, it won’t be.

Dubai’s low-cost airline, flydubai, is the first carrier in the world to show HD movies from all six major Hollywood studios.

Continue reading “Flydubai Offers HD Movies from All Major Hollywood Studios – Travel News” »


The exterior of a Dassault Falcon 2000

The exterior of a Dassault Falcon 2000

Lufthansa Private Jet, German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s charter service, is offering direct flights to more than 1,000 destinations within Europe, the Russian Federation and North Africa, along with 6,000 North American destinations.

On board Lufthansa Private Jets, which can be booked on short notice, passengers can enjoy catering and entertainment suited to their personal preferences. On the ground, Lufthansa Private Jet guests will be chauffeured to and from the airport via limousine service and will have access to VIP services and First Class lounges at all major departure and arrival airports.

Continue reading “Lufthansa Private Jet Service – Travel News” »



Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and crew return for the seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" series

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and crew return for the seventh installment of the “Fast & Furious” series

Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
James Wan
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
Released by:
Universal Pictures

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By Alain Gayot

The latest installment in the “Fast & Furious” series, “Furious 7” embarks on a high-speed adventure through the streets of Tokyo, Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles as Vin Diesel and crew face off against an alliance of international terrorists. Continue reading ““Furious 7” – Movie Review” »



Andrés foie gras cotton candy

Chef José Andrés foie gras cotton candy




by Sophie Gayot



SLS, Savor Liver Slowly

Come celebrate the return of foie gras to California’s tables at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on April 14, 2015.
You will enjoy foie gras in many shapes and forms in the peaceful and intimate décor at SAAM, chef José Andrés’ tasting room hidden away from the busy and bustling Bazaar restaurant.

Continue reading “Fifteenth GAYOT Dinner Series” »

Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner.

Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner of LA 2015 Cochon 555 competition. From left to right: Kris Morningstar of Terrine, Steven Fretz of The Church Key, Ricardo Zarate, Toni DiSalvo of CAST, Ray Garcia 2014 Grand Cochon winner, Brady Lowe founder of Cochon 555.

by Sophie Gayot


UPDATE, MARCH 29TH: And the winner is chef Walter Manzke of République. Congratulations! But I have to say that all the chefs put lots of time and efforts to create tasty dishes, and served them putting on a show. See all the photos below.


There are many cooking competitions, but Cochon 555 is a special one — so much passion! The participating chefs start getting crazy a month before, and the frenzy keeps building as the event gets closer. (The event has gained so much momentum that the winner now includes the title in his bio.) Brady Lowe started this traveling culinary competition and tasting event, which includes five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers, and throughout its seven years of existence more than 11 tons of heritage pork have been served around the country.

Continue reading “2015 Cochon 555 Competition in Los Angeles” »

The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

No Nonsense Luxury Hotel in San Francisco

Enjoying a convenient SoMa location just blocks from Union Square, the Four Seasons San Francisco offers a retreat for both business and leisure travelers. Guests enter from Market Street or a quiet cul-de-sac, then check in with the personable staff at the fifth-floor lobby, granting them access to all the hotel’s impressive features, such as the luxurious accommodations, 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space located on the floor just below and 127,000 square feet dedicated to fitness and wellness on the second and third floors. The 277 guest rooms and suites provide guests with creature comforts such as down duvets and pillows, thick terry bathrobes, twice daily housekeeping, an iHome alarm clock, multi-line phone with voicemail, in-room safe, refrigerated private bar, Wi-Fi and floor-to-ceiling windows. On-site amenities include a 75-foot junior Olympic pool, a 24-hour business center, a private art collection of 90+ works and MKT Restaurant – Bar. The menu features a local, California-inspired cuisine of steaks and small plates, as well as artisanal cocktails, craft beers and California wines.

Continue reading “Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco – Review” »







by Sophie Gayot


Who better to tell us about the Champagne that will be served this Sunday at the Oscars® than the President of la Maison de champagne? This afternoon I had the pleasure to meet with Cécile Bonnefond, who is the head of PIPER-HEIDSIECK. Cécile Bonnefond took me on a bubbly tour and presented the wines that will uplift the atmosphere of the 87th Academy Awards® to be held at the Dolby Theatre® in Hollywood. Watch my exclusive video interview with Madame Bonnefond.

Continue reading “The Champagne of the Oscars®” »

KAHLÚA, Old and New

on February 04th, 2015
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Kalua coffee liqueur

KAHLUA coffee liqueur

We grew up with the iconic coffee liqueur, and remember walking back across the border with a newly-purchased bottle the first time we visited Mexico. But we were surprised to learn that the more-than-70-years-old brand had diversified greatly.

While the original flavor has been around since 1936, there are currently five other KAHLÚA’s available for cocktails, spiking coffee and even cooking. (Not to mention two pre-mixed cocktails for lazy bartenders).

We enjoyed a dinner at the Lotería Grill in which each of the dishes was prepared with KAHLÚA, including a flaming cheese and chile botana on which KAHLÚA Especial had been poured and set aflame.


Continue reading “KAHLÚA, Old and New” »

SAAM Black Truffle Dinner

by Sophie Gayot



Truffles are in season in autumn and winter. When the calendar changes to a new year, the black ones populate the market — and they are doing the same at SAAM, chef José Andrés’ private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

Continue reading “Truffle Extraordinaire 2015 – Part 2” »

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