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At Meet Restaurant

on May 25th, 2012
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Hélene Ségara, Mathieu Lecat (front), Sébastien Cornic with Sophie Gayot


After watching the French movie “Intouchables” a few weeks ago at COLCOA City of Lights City of Angels, the French Film Festival held in Los Angeles, what better way to finish the evening than by dining with my French friends at a French restaurant?

We all headed to Meet restaurant in Culver City and dined on the restaurant’s specialty, mussels, which are prepared there in twelve different ways.

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At Paris Las Vegas

on May 16th, 2012
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The Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas wrapped by Gordon Ramsay's image


A British chef’s photo on a French monument? I captured this only-in-Vegas moment by striking his signature pose. I hope you are ok with this Gordon… (At Paris Las Vegas, for the opening of Gordon Ramsay Steak.)


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House of Blues general manager Dave Meyers with Sophie Gayot


As I was judging the 2012 competition of Cochon 555 in Los Angeles held today at the House of Blues Sunset Strip, I got to tour the house with general manager Dave Meyers. He made me discover “Table 945” located within the Foundation Room, the private club. It was a real discovery for me.

This table, lighted at night in blue by a lamp fixture made of empty bottles of Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka, is an ultra private one, on a covered terrace with a corner of view of Los Angeles. It could well be the nec plus ultra of the romantic dining rooms in LA.

At Picca Restaurant

on May 05th, 2012
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Last time I had dinner at Picca, one of GAYOT’s 2012 Top New Restaurants, I did not go to the kitchen, but instead headed behind the bar. I wanted to know many different brands of pisco — the national drink of Peru — bartender Mark Grubb had there to create his ten house-made pisco cocktails. The answer is: 42!