I Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans

2009 JazzFest musicians
2009 JazzFest musicians

By Jeff Hoyt


I enjoyed my first visit to New Orleans so much, that I was on the verge of renting an apartment there. But tragedy struck, and somehow, it took me more than two decades to return. I vowed to visit this year, but once again, fate stepped in.


In 1986, I drove to the Crescent City for the one-sided Super Bowl between the Chicago Bears (of Super Bowl Shuffle fame) and the New England Patriots, and fell in love with the city’s music, food, and joie de vivre. My traveling companion and I made plans to rent a place so we could stay at least through Mardi Gras.


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Best Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother's Day spa package at Argyle Salon & Spa
Mother’s Day spa package at the    Argyle Salon & Spa

by Sophie Gayot


There are many ways to celebrate Mother’s special day. This May 9th, why not take her out to brunch so she won’t have to shop, cook and wash dishes for a change? You can find our restaurant recommendations in your area, and see which restaurants made our Top 10 Mother’s Day Brunch in the U.S. list.


If Mom likes wine, pick up a bottle of one of our Top 10 Wines we’ve selected especially for her. We’ve even put together a list of Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts to make shopping for Mom easy. If you’re in the LA area like I am, let me recommend one of the Mother’s Day treatments offered by the Argyle Salon & Spa. This intimate beauty haven on Sunset Boulevard has two revitalizing and refreshing treatments that highlight the beauty of being a mom. They’re well-priced at $240 and $270, or you can drop hints that this is what you want for Mother’s Day. That’s what I did!


May all Moms get to enjoy time with their children this Mother’s Day.

World’s Best Restaurants

The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants
The S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants

By Jeff Hoyt

We’re a big fan of S. Pellegrino, both their water and their awards. For the last few years, we’ve helped judge their cooking competition for young chefs. Last year, GAYOT.com was even able to attend the gala night they announced the world’s 50 best restaurants.

We’re glad to note that many of the American selections earning a World’s 50 Best Restaurants Award already graced our choices of top 40 restaurants in the USA, including Daniel, Per Se, The French Laundry, and Alinea. (For more on Alinea, The Aqua Panna Best Restaurant in North America, read André Gayot’s description of his recent meal there.) Around the world, we’ve written extensively on the soon-to-shutter El Bulli in Spain, and reviewed many of the honored restaurants, from The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais in South Africa to Quay in Australia to Iggy’s in Singapore to Biko in Mexico. We have nearly 500 restaurant reviews each in London and Paris, including The Fat Duck, which S. Pellegrino ranked #3 in the world, and Le Chateaubriand, ranked #11. You can view the rest of the winners at: theworlds50best.com.

So keep coming back to GAYOT.com for the latest in restaurant reviews and news worldwide.

The Global Show of Savor

Samples of local cuisine
Samples of local cuisine

By André Gayot

As the world gets global and progressively engulfs its denizens into a single one-fits-all mold, it’s an encouraging sign that here and there some rebels are proclaiming a personality of their own. Interestingly enough, the affirmation of such an individualism stems from the food, not as a raw material, but from the understanding we have of it and the procedures we invent to process it.

I had the privilege to observe such a comforting manifestation where last week in Puerto Rico when I attended the third annual “Saborea” (Spanish for “Savor” or “taste) event. It takes place along a sandy beach fringed with coconut trees on this American-style Caribbean island. The tropical setting is enough to tell what is reasonable to expect under these latitudes. Indeed, location, tradition, and production determine ipso facto the limits of the gastronomy. But imagination, this essential human addition, can transcend—or not—the regional capacities.

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Don’t Wine about this Free Dinner

Grand Cru Wine Bar in Bellevue, WA near Seattle
Grand Cru Wine Bar in Bellevue, WA near Seattle

By Jeff Hoyt


They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but you can enjoy a free dinner in Bellevue, Washington, courtesy of the Grand Cru Wine Bar, even on the weekend. Make a reservation at this wine bar in Seattle’s neighbor to the east, and enjoy “Dinner on Us.” The promotion runs on Saturday nights, as well as Wednesdays.


Everyone in your party can enjoy a complimentary two-course dinner from a pre-selected menu, such as Caesar salad and Dungeness crab mac ‘n cheese, or corn and red pepper chowder followed by classic beef Stroganoff. For small parties, there’s only a small catch: an 18% gratuity will be charged based on the value of the meal. Parties greater than six must spend an additional sum of $150 on other food, dessert, or, of course, wine. See why we named this one of the Seattle-area’s top 10 wine bars, and tell them GAYOT.com sent you!


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