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With Three Musketeers

on March 04th, 2012
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Chefs Chris Crary, William Bradley, Tony DiSalvo with Sophie Gayot

After getting a shopping lesson at the famous Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market by chef William Bradley, we decided to pose at the Viceroy hotel. Chefs Chris Crary and Tony DiSalvo greeted us at the door.


This time there were only three musketeers, not to defend me but to carry high the torch of fine and good cuisine: Chris Crary, chef de cuisine at Whist at the Viceroy, and who we have seen on season 9 of the TV show Top Chef; William Bradley, of the Addison restaurant at The Grand del Mar, a Top 40 Restaurants in the US; and Tony DiSalvo, executive chef at the Viceroy.

(Sophie’s hair & makeup by Hair by Violette. Photo by Joseph Switzer.)

With Gail Simmons

on March 03rd, 2012
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I don’t know where Oscar winner Jean Dujardin had dinner last night, but if he tried to dine at at Jordan Kahn’s restaurant Red Medicine in Beverly Hills, even he would have been turned away. Gail Simmons had the entire place to herself to launch her new book. Since it’s titled “Talking With My Mouth Full”, the silent movie star may not have been interested.


The restaurant was packed to see the “Top Chef” judge in the flesh. As Red Boat Fish Sauce helped making the evening possible, Kahn, one of’s 2011 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the US, used the sauce in preparing the appetizers, including pork chaud froid and 36 hour braised beef brisket wrapped in charred lettuce topped with lettuce stems. Mixologist Adrian Biggs created two drinks for the occasion; my favorite was the “Red Sapphire” made of Bombay Sapphire, raspberry syrup, Earl Grey syrup and maraschino liqueur topped with a mint leaf.

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Executive chef Seakyeong Kim with Sophie Gayot

On the road between San Diego and Los Angeles, I got hungry for a burger. And it had to be good because the night before I had dinner at William Bradley’s restaurant Addison at The Grand del Mar, one of’s Top 40 Restaurants in the US.


I decided to stop at Charlie Palmer’s restaurant, DG Burger, at the luxurious South Coast Plaza shopping mall. It was the right choice, as, as its name promised it was damn good!


Click here for the photo gallery of DG Burger restaurant.

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