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Cocktails at Sunset

on August 28th, 2012
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Aug

  • pinitbutton Cocktails at Sunset
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Sophie Gayot pointing to the American white oak barrels in which cocktails are aged for 2 to 3-weeks


by Sophie Gayot


There are other reasons to head to Santa Monica’s Casa del Mar hotel besides needing a room for the night: the cocktails and cuisine.


Casa del Mar now offers unique cocktail options inspired by pre-Prohibition. Two debut cocktails, The Brooklyn and The Negroni, are aged in white oak barrels for two to three weeks. These small barrels add depth to the cocktails with hints of spice, caramel and smokiness. The Negroni follows the classic recipe with gin, sweet vermouth and Campari; The Brooklyn is a mixture of corn whiskey, Maraschino, orange bitters and sweet vermouth. In the coming weeks, more new cocktails will be added to the menu. The cocktails are available in The Veranda and Lobby Lounge every Tuesday through Saturday.

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08

Jun

  • pinitbutton Celebrate Father’s Day

by Sophie Gayot


Throughout 2012, restaurateur Piero Selvaggio will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Valentino, one of Los Angeles’ first fine dining restaurants, featuring Italian cuisine. Watch my exclusive video interview above with Selvaggio to learn some culinary history. You can also watch another video with Valentino chef Nico Chessa
. Valentino will celebrate Father’s Day by offering three “No Corkage Nights” on Thursday, June 14, Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16, so diners can bring in their own wine for no additional charge. (Valentino is closed on Sundays.)

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  • pinitbutton GAYOT.com Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S.

by Sophie Gayot


We have to nurture the younger generation as we rely on them for our future. Since the same is true when it comes to our palates, we recognize and reward five young chefs on the rise every year as part of GAYOT’s Annual Restaurant Issue. See who the winners are this year, and check out the rest of the issue. Watch my exclusive video interview with Top Chef contestant season 9 Chris Crary who made the list, after a very promising dinner he had prepared recently.


Other lists and features included in this year’s issue:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. – a tribute to the finest dining destinations in America

Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. – great places that opened recently
Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – which chefs serve the best steak?
Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. – appearing in the Restaurant Issue for the very first time
Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S. – reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times
and the U.S. Best Restaurateur of the Year.

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Cooking with Citrin

on November 16th, 2011
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by Sophie Gayot

buynow Cooking with Citrin


After twelve years of being the chef in his own restaurant, Josiah Citrin of Mélisse in Santa Monica has just published his first cookbook: In Pursuit of Excellence. Watch our exclusive video interview with Citrin to learn more about the book from the chef himself.


Mélisse restaurant has been named to GAYOT.com’s Top 40 US Restaurants continuously since 2006. The restaurant is also featured on our lists of the Top 10 LA Food Rating Restaurants, Top 10 LA Business Restaurants, Top 10 LA French Restaurants, Top 10 LA Romantic Restaurants, Top 10 LA California Cuisine Restaurants, Top 10 LA Wine List Restaurants, Top 10 LA Special Occasion Restaurants, Top 10 LA Thanksgiving Restaurants, and Top 10 LA New Year’s Eve Restaurants.


For more cookbooks on GAYOT.com, visit the Cookbook Reviews section.

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Oct

  • pinitbutton Some Truth About Healthy Food

by Sophie Gayot
 
As we should all know, the food we eat is a great part of what make us healthy or unhealthy. The quality of the ingredients, meat, fish and produce used, the way they are processed/prepared, and the quantity that we eat all play a role. We should always encourage and support people who show us the way to healthy living. Watch the exclusive video with healthy-living author Dr. Andrew Weil about his new venture: True Food Kitchen restaurants.

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¡Más Tapas Por Favor!

on August 15th, 2011
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Aug

  • pinitbutton  ¡Más Tapas Por Favor!

by Sophie Gayot


After my very good tapas dinner at José AndrésJaleo restaurant at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas last week, I wanted to try more Spanish small plates. I decided to head to Bar Pintxo, chef Joe Miller’s restaurant in Santa Monica, California.


I had a disappointing meal when I first visited soon after its December of 2007 opening, but hadn’t been since the arrival of chef David Plonowski about a year and half ago. On my return, I just did not want to leave and wanted to try more and more of his dishes. They are small, so it is easy to ask for more.

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  • pinitbutton And Chef Jeff Mahin Re Invents Pizza

by Sophie Gayot


UPDATE 05/13: Stella Rossa Pizza Bar has changed its name to Stella Barra.

When I read the bio of chef Jeff Mahin, I was intrigued. By the age of 27, he had trained at The Fat Duck in England, Nobu in New York and Arzak in Spain. Mahin is now making pizzas in Santa Monica, Calif., for the reputable restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (among 41 dining concepts, they own Everest, a 2011 GAYOT.com Top 40 US Restaurant, and L2O, a 2010 GAYOT.com Top 40 US Restaurant). He is also a partner in the company. I decided to head to Stella Rossa Pizza Bar and see what these pizzas were all about.

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  • pinitbutton French Tapas, Crêpes & Bastille Day

by Sophie Gayot


Chef Jean-François Meteigner is attached to his French roots, which is great for diners, as La Cachette Bistro is one of the few remaining true French restaurants in the Los Angeles metro area.


He has been jazzing up his menu with a line of French tapas for a while now. They are playful, and create fun interactions at the dining room table as tapas do. Watch my exclusive video with Meteigner who explains his tapas, and enjoy pictures of the dishes below.

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Dec

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French actress Line Renaud between chef Josiah Citrin and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

Line Renaud, one of the most revered and talented French actresses, is undoubtedly France’s favorite lady. Line has accomplished so much in her career that it would be impossible to list all of her appearances, but her role last year as an authoritarian mother in the comedy ‘Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis‘ made her even more loveable to all. At 81, she’s still going strong. Last week, she was in Los Angeles, before touring throughout France for the play, “Très Chère Mathilde,” Michèle Fitoussi’s French adaptation of the work of American playwright Israel Horovitz. Despite her busy schedule, she still found the time to spend hours at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills at the bed of French crooner Johnny Hallyday talking sweetly to him while he was in a coma.

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Sep

  • pinitbutton It’s all Good Jean François!
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The patio at La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica

By Sophie Gayot

Before I sit down at my computer to write the full review of La Cachette Bistro, I want to share with you, right away, my dinner there last night in our blog section—view it in the pictures below.

After many years of offering fine dining at La Cachette in Century City, chef Jean-François Meteigner is now doing “bistro” cuisine in Santa Monica.

Both the food and décor, whether enjoyed inside or on the patio, will surely attract diners.

 

 

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