The Southern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue

by Sophie Gayot

For those of you who want to learn more about the chefs who are the recipients of the 2013 U.S. Restaurant Awards, watch the video above. It was filmed during Chef Jamie Gwen’s radio show Food & Wine, which airs every Sunday morning in the Los Angeles area on KFWB News Talk 980.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving at a Top Restaurant

by Sophie Gayot

For those dining out on America’s harvest holiday, we’ve put together a selection of the best restaurants near you. Simply visit’s main Thanksgiving page and select your city.

If you happen to be in the San Diego area during this time and want a luxurious Thanksgiving, head to Addison at The Grand Del Mar hotel.

Given Addison’s distinction as one of’s Top 40 Restaurants in the US since 2010, you can be sure that chef William Bradley has prepared an award-winning dinner. The six-course menu, priced at $180 per person (or $290 with wine pairings), will of course include turkey. The salt-roasted bird will be served with butternut squash, brioche and Brussels sprouts — and you can add white truffle for $65.

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Panoramic View from a suite in the Park Hyatt Aviara
Panoramic View from a suite in the Park Hyatt Aviara

by Jeff Hoyt

How could anyone turn down free airfare? That was the choice I recently made when American Express offered me 250,000 Membership Rewards points to plan my family summer vacation. If you’ve never had to wake a sleeping child from a nap to fold up their stroller to get through security; if you’ve never had to prove to the TSA that milk in a baby bottle was truly milk in a baby bottle; if you’ve never had to submit to the complete pat-down inspection because you wanted to carry milk in a baby bottle onto a flight; if you’ve never had a child screaming on a descending airplane because the tyke was too young to alleviate the pressure in her ears; if you’ve never had to wrestle ill-fitting baby seats into a rental car in the rain at the airport while the pint-sized passengers lustily vented their frustrations; then you would never understand why I would take my family via car to San Diego rather than accept free flights anywhere else.

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San Diego Brewery Tours

Brewery Tours of San Diego minibus
Brewery Tours of San Diego minibus

by Barnaby Hughes

When you think of where American beers are made, your thoughts may go to Milwaukee, but San Diego? This Southern California city has more than 30 craft breweries, as well as multiple tour operators whose mission it is to provide safe and convenient access to them.

My friends and I joined Brewery Tours of San Diego for a Saturday excursion which included nearly unlimited beer samples and a pub lunch. Once we caught up with the minibus at 10:30 a.m. — they offer multiple pick-up points including downtown San Diego and Mission Bay — we were quickly delivered to Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits for a brewery tour. We saw the mashing tuns, fermenting tanks and kegs waiting to be shipped to a pub near you. Our bus driver and tour guide, Mae, gave us a brief lesson in how beer is made and then escorted us back into the tasting room.

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Eighth Dinner Series

Bruno Serato and his "motel kids"
Bruno Serato and his “kids”


by Sophie Gayot

Chef/owner Bruno Serato of the Anaheim White House restaurant and I are joining forces for the next event in the GAYOT Dinner Series on April 26th to benefit Caterina’s Club.

Caterina’s Club is a non-profit organization, founded by Bruno Serato in 2005, that focuses on feeding the youth of America. Serato’s mission has expanded to feeding nearly 300 kids, 7 nights a week, 365 days a year. More than a quarter of a million meals have been served to date in Orange County. His dedication earned Serato the honor of being named one of the CNN Heroes 2011. Each year only ten people, selected from more than 4,000 candidates, are awarded this prestigious recognition.

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