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  • pinitbutton Right Under the Space Shuttle Endeavour


They were very emotional seconds this morning on the beach in Santa Monica, when the space shuttle Endeavour made her graceful entrance at 11.51 a.m. for its last voyage. Just listen to the crowd on the video I filmed with my left hand while I was taking photos with my right.

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  • pinitbutton At Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air
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Executive chef Sonny Sweetman, Director of Food & Beverage Stephane Lacroix with Sophie Gayot


The Original Nancy Reagan “Chopped” Salad is back at the Hotel Bel-Air! Introduced in the 80s as the “Spa Salad”, it became Mrs. Reagan’s favorite lunch item, and was named after her circa 2000. The former first lady still comes once a month.


But the classic dish disappeared from the menu when the renovated hotel reopened in November 2011. It has been revisited by Wolfgang Puck’s team, and tastes better than ever. Composed of finely chopped romaine, baby gem lettuce, diced tomato, grilled Jidori chicken, diced turkey bacon, avocado and Point Reyes blue cheese tossed in homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing, it is a full meal by itself. It’s not just for ladies who lunch; even businessmen order it!


More lunch menu news: the return of Thai style chicken salad and the Japanese BBQ salmon salad, and the arrival of signature pizza and sandwiches.



  • pinitbutton Une Soirée Toujours Parfaite
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Hélène Segara avec Sophie Gayot


Pour avoir passé plusieurs soirées avec la chanteuse Hélène Segara, où elle a même fait la cuisine, j’envie les candidats de l’émission diffusée sur M6 à 20h45 qui auront passé cinq jours avec elle pendant le tournage de “Un Dîner Presque Parfait”.


Pendant toute cette semaine, nous les voyons dînant les uns chez les autres, où chacun à son tour est l’hôte, en charge du menu, de sa préparation, de son execution et de la décoration de la table. Tout est noté par des invités. L’animation de la soirée est aussi très importante dans l’attribution des points. On peut penser que pour cela Hélène doit avoir un peu d’avance…

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With Chef Daniel Roberts

on September 06th, 2012
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  • pinitbutton With Chef Daniel Roberts
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Executive chef Daniel Roberts with Sophie Gayot


Café del Rey in Marina del Rey, CA, may be a classic (it has been here since July 1991), but some desserts served there certainly are not. Have you tried pastry chef Charles Yoder’s bacon ice cream?


This sweet item caught my attention and my taste buds. That’s why I wanted to feature it in the photo with executive chef Daniel Roberts. It is actually quite good. Could the red sugar twist, coming from the bread pudding plate that I am holding in my right hand, be the tail of the pig?


See photos of the dishes served at the restaurant at Café del Rey photo gallery

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