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Food & Wine at L.A. LIVE

on October 14th, 2011
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sophie Gayot, Wolfgang Puck and his guest, Randy Jackson at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Food & Wine

by Sophie Gayot


Last night was the opening of the first Los Angeles Food & Wine which was held at L.A. LIVE. To celebrate the evening, mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Randy Jackson took the stage. They are both food lovers, and are great supporters of restaurants and the hard working people they employ.


The event was truly red carpet, as the entire area where the chefs and wineries had their booths was completely covered with it, which was great for those wearing high heels. It made the setting quite elegant for sampling Daniel Boulud’s charcuterie, Kerry Simon and Nona Sivley’s tuna tartare with caviar (SIMON L.A.), Lissa Doumani’s savory Japanese pancakes (Terra) and Michael Ginor’s escargots, to name just a few. Kristen Schaefer, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ mixologist, was serving “The Alameda cocktail” (Hangar One blueberry vodka, green Chartreuse, blueberry and pomegranate juice, fresh lemon, and thyme-infused honey), and not too far away, Maison Marques & Domaines was pouring Louis Roederer Cristal 2004.

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Celebrating All Things Pork

on September 26th, 2011
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Bacon-in-the-batter waffles

by Bob Barnes


The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas recently hosted the inaugural All-Star Cochon, bringing together leading chefs, butchers and 14 different heritage breed pigs for the best of all things pork. A snout-to-tail menu was prepared by the chefs, which showcased over forty unique pork dishes like proscuitto cotto tremazzini and braised pork & peanut soup. The event also featured cured meats, a butchery demonstration, craft brews, cocktails and a variety of pig-infused desserts such as the bacon-in-the-batter waffles, bacon cotton candy and pork belly + pineapple tarte tatin. Continue reading “Celebrating All Things Pork” »



Do Not Try This at Home

on August 26th, 2011
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by Sophie Gayot


After stops in Spain (Jaleo) and Greece (Estiatorio Milos), my culinary tour of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas took me to Japan at the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill. I decided to sit at the sushi bar in the back dining room so I could be close to the sushi chef and watch him cut elegantly through the flesh of the fishes that are flown in daily from distant places like Japan and the Atlantic. After a while, I had to tell him to stop so we could try dishes from the grill, prepared by another chef. Watch my exclusive video interview with both of them, and read my just published review of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill to learn more.

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The Best Deal in Town

on August 19th, 2011
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by Sophie Gayot


After a taste of Spain at Jaleo, part two of my culinary trip to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas took me to Greece for lunch at Estiatorio Milos. I was looking forward to it; I knew that the restaurant featured a shaded terrace overlooking The Strip, as I had toured it back in the December when the hotel opened. Take a video tour with Adam Rand, the Director of Operations of Estiatorio Milos restaurants, which was shot at that time.
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Tapas & Zapatos

on August 12th, 2011
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From left to right: Sophie Gayot, pastry chef Quentin Welch, sous chef Mario Medina, Lucas Paya

by Sophie Gayot

 

I just returned from an intense culinary trip at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Part one of my eating journey started with dinner at chef José Andrés’s restaurant Jaleo. As it’s an Andrés restaurant, you can expect Spanish cuisine, but be sure that something unusual will happen during the course of the evening.

 

Find a seating area to suit your mood — note that the bar is not for sushi but for tapas. One of the dining tables is actually a foosball table with players from F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid all dressed up.. The choices on the menu are quite numerous, so let the staff guide you in making your selections.

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by: Sophie Gayot

We are always sad to see restaurants close, but we are always happy to see more opening to please our palates. For the GAYOT.com 2011 Restaurant Issue, we have selected 10 new restaurants that opened in 2010 and for which we foresee a great future, either for their cuisine, ambience, location, or a combination of all three.


Watch my exclusive video interview with chef David Myers who made the list for his French brasserie Comme Ca, which opened at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in December.


The other awards listed in the GAYOT.com 2011 Restaurant Issue are:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Nine of these did not appear on last year’s list, and three of those are gracing the list for the very first time,
U.S. Restaurateur of the Year
- Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S. – good choices for the budget-conscious
5 Rising Chefs – American chefs under 30 who are making their mark
Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – which celebrity chefs make the best steak?
Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in the U.S. – Only 3 remain from last year
Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S.published for the first time, this list reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times
Culinary Trends for 2011.

 

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So Long, Sona

on May 11th, 2010
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Chef de cuisine Kuniko Yagi, pastry chef Ramon Perez, chef David Myers with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

After many months of swirling rumors, David Myers’s fine dining restaurant Sona will be closing its doors after a last service this Saturday, May 15th.

We were impressed with the restaurant from its 2002 opening, and recognized the talents of the then-twenty-eight-year-old chef. At 17/20, it was one of our highest-rated restaurants in Los Angeles, and even made our Top 40 Restaurants in the US list in 2007. Even today, it graces many of our Top 10 lists, including: Top 10 Los Angeles Wine List Restaurants, Top 10 Los Angeles Business Restaurants, Top 10 Los Angeles Food Rating Restaurants, Top 10 Los Angeles Romantic Restaurants, Top 10 Los Angeles California Restaurants and Top 10 Los Angeles Special Occasion Restaurants.

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