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Happy New Year 2012!

on January 12th, 2012
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Our Best Wishes for 2012!



Wishing you all good health for the New Year for more culinary adventures!


For Healthy Tips, go to just released January Tastes Newsletter.



  • pinitbutton At Drago Restaurant in Santa Monica
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From left to right: executive chef Evan Gotanda, Sophie Gayot, Hell's Kitchen maître d' James Lukanik, Celestino Drago


I am glad I got to dine recently at Celestino Drago’s eponymous Drago restaurant in Santa Monica, as it is closing its doors at the end of the month.

I went there with James Lukanik, the maître d’ of the TV show Hell’s Kitchen. Even if he were like the foul-mouthed Gordon Ramsay, (but don’t we love Ramsay for that?), he would not have had to curse out the chef as the meal was all good!

For more about the closing of Drago, go to’s blog at



  • pinitbutton Home made Galette des Rois
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La Galette des Rois: before and after



Last night, I baked a Galette des Rois for the first time, after I finally got the recipe from a friend girl of my son. The Galette des Rois is traditional French cake served on Epiphany day, January 6th, (sorry, I was one day late). It is made of puffed pastry, and mine had a frangipane filling. A small “fève” is hidden inside. Whoever gets it is crowned the queen or the king, and then has to choose her/his mate.


Since the recipe is not mine, I can’t give it away, but you can go on Recipe section to inspire yourself to cook.

With Chef Jamie Gwen

on January 08th, 2012
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Chef Jamie Gwen with Sophie Gayot




Listen to me Sunday January 8th at 8.30 a.m. PST live on chef Jamie Gwen’s radio show, on KFWB 980 AM if you are in Los Angeles, or from her website if you are elsewhere. We will be discussing restaurants of course!












Previous radio shows with chef Jamie:

With Chris Crary

on January 07th, 2012
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Chef Chris Crary with Sophie Gayot




My first “offical” dinner of 2012, at Whist restaurant at the Viceroy in Santa Monica. Special “Wild Game” AMAZING dinner prepared by chef de cuisine Chris Crary, Top Chef Season 9 contestant.

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