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Feb

cecile-bonnefont

 

 

 

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.

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KAHLÚA, Old and New

on February 04th, 2015
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Feb

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.

 

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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” »



21

Jan

Black Sea tells the story of a crew of men on a submarine looking for lost Nazi treasure

Black Sea tells the story of a crew of men on a submarine looking for lost Nazi treasure

Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
 Kevin MacDonald
Starring:
 Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Jodie Whittaker
Released by:
 Focus Features
Year:
2015

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“Black Sea” is an underwater heist film with an allegiance to blue-collar values that cruises along like a submarine unable, or unwilling, to rise to the surface or dive deeper into the depths of cinematic inspiration. For every clever plot twist or genuinely strong performance in “Black Sea,” there is a strong helping of predictability which counteracts the surprise and at times leaves the film feeling reluctantly inert.

 

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Foie gras

Marinated foie gras ready to go into the oven

 

by Sophie Gayot

 

This morning at 11:45 a.m., chef Ken Frank of La Toque was in a meeting when he received a phone call from Michael Tenenbaum.
Frank: “I am in a meeting, I cannot talk to you.
Tenenbaum: “Shut up, Ken. We won!

 

This was the second phone call Tenenbaum placed to announce the news: the sale of foie gras is now legal in California.
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21

Dec

the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show

by Sophie Gayot

I think that in the world of sweets, there are two categories of people: those who love chocolate and those who don’t. Very rarely, we run into the second category, and when it happens it’s good because it leaves more for us —- you will understand that I am part of the first group.

 

So, if you are not one of these rare specimens, and will be in the Los Angeles area on December 28th, 2014, there is only one place you’ll want to be: the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show.

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Birthday at The Bazaar

on November 24th, 2014
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Nov

Bazaar Birthday Cake

by Sophie Gayot

 

 

One thing I will never have in common with Owen Wilson is an Oscar nomination, as I have no intention to become an actress. But this year to celebrate our birthdays (which are one day apart), we both had the same cake: Bazaar Dessert Graffiti. He shared his with actor Woody Harrelson at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills; I shared mine with the creators — chef José Andrés himself and executive pastry chef Kriss Harvey.


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White truffle dinner sls la

by Sophie Gayot

 

 

Truffle lovers are happy: The season has started! It means special dinners around what Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called “the diamonds of the kitchen.” Über-chef José Andrés even started a Truffle Season Dinner Series at SAAM, the chef’s private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. It is now in its third year.
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Cognac Louis XIII video

by Sophie Gayot
To celebrate the 140th birthday of Louis XIII Cognac, The House of Rémy Martin came out with a surprise that’s destined for Cognac connoisseurs — for advanced ones, considering the price tag of this very special bottle: $16,000 (plus tax).

 

 

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Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles, California

Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles, California


Defining Paso Robles


On October 9th, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published a final ruling establishing 11 new viticultural sub-areas nested within the greater Paso Robles American Viticultural Area. The decision marks the conclusion of a seven year process that will help to better define the diversity of Paso Robles’ wine region, which until this ruling had existed as the largest undivided AVA in California.

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