Truffle Extraordinaire Part 2

by Sophie Gayot


It seems that chef José Andrés and his culinary team love truffles — and I am glad that they do. Last October, SAAM restaurant, the chef’s tasting room at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, started the second annual Truffle Season Dinner Series with a meal featuring white truffles.


But since black is beautiful, last week the restaurant started offering the black truffle experience. Throughout the 18-course prix-fixe menu, priced at $250 with wine pairings available, diners can discover the culinary creativity and talents of José Andrés, R & D chef Aitor Zabala, chef de cuisine Holly Jivin, and pastry chef Kriss Harvey.

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Truffle Extraordinaire Part 1

by Sophie Gayot


This is not the first time that the endless creativity of chef José Andrés compelled me to my computer to write a piece after sitting at the table of one of his restaurants.


This time, it is about the second annual Truffle Season Dinner Series at SAAM, the chef’s private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. This series presents a great challenge as the key ingredient is what Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called “the diamonds of the kitchen“. Using truffles reduces dramatically Andrés’ range of action and forces him to express himself in one direction.

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Where to Dine Out for New Year’s Eve

Sophie Gayot - Shanon Ferguson - Christian Philippo - Philip Spee - Holly Jivin - Aitor Zabala - Heather Denehy
In the kitchen at The Bazaar at SLS Beverly Hills – From left to right: Aitor Zabala (Assistant Director R&D Think Food Group); Holly Jivin (SAAM Chef & The Bazaar Sous Chef); Christian Philippo (General Manager The Bazaar), Philip Spee (F&B SLS outlet); Heather Denehy (Server); Shanon Ferguson (F&B Director SLS); with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


Since there are so many restaurants offering dinner to celebrate 2013, we have put together lists of the best restaurants near you. The best of the best made GAYOT’s Top 10 New Year’s Eve Restaurants in the U.S.!


Last night I headed to The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills to see what they were planning for the big night: be prepared for a Spanish Masquerade Ball. For $250, you will have unlimited access to the tapas and desserts that make Andrés’ cuisine so different, as well as drinks. Quite a deal for this restaurant!


If you choose to stay at home, make sure to pick the right bubbles with our sparkling wine guide.


HAPPY NEW YEAR and may you enjoy CONTINUOUS CULINARY DELIGHTS IN 2013!

The Ritz-Carlton Debuts Dorado Beach Luxury Hotel in Puerto Rico – Travel News

Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Su Casa hotel
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Su Casa hotel

You’ve always wanted to live like a Rockefeller — and now you can. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel has just opened on the former Laurance Rockefeller estate in Puerto Rico.


This 1,400-acre property, boasting 100 guest rooms and fourteen beach suites, offers a unique mix of luxury, nature and culture in a one-of-a-kind, open-air enclave for the most discerning of travelers. The indoor space blends seamlessly with its surroundings, melding well-appointed accommodations with an immersive natural experience.

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Desserts by José Andrés

"Gin and Tonic" José's favorite cocktail
“Gin and Tonic” José’s favorite cocktail

by Sophie Gayot


The title of Roger Vadim’s 1956 film, “…And God Created Woman” starring Brigitte Bardot, comes to mind as we propose that José Andrés created — or at least recreated — desserts at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.


I had dinner there a few weeks ago. At the end I was forced by general manager Shannon Ferguson to try the new desserts — I say “forced” because chef de cuisine Joshua Whigham had already sent enough dishes to satisfy my appetite.

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