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With Chef Luke Mangan

on February 24th, 2013
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Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan with Sophie Gayot at Hinoki & the Bird


Oscar fever has taken over the City of the Angels. Parties are everywhere in restaurants, bars, clubs and at homes. Celebrity Australian chef Luke Mangan was flown in from Sydney to cook in a private home tonight. I tried to learn who he was preparing a feast for and what dishes he had in mind, but the only thing I got was a big kiss. I can’t say I did not like that answer!


I run into Mangan at David Myers’ new restaurant Hinoki & the Bird in Century City while I was reviewing the restaurant, one of Top 10 New & Notable restaurants in Los Angeles.

With Kristen Doute

on February 11th, 2013
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Kristen Doute, cast member of Vanderpump Rules, with Sophie Gayot


Did you see Stassi Schroeder’s birthday party turns sour and wet on Vanderpump Rules episode 4, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Lisa Vanderpump’s new TV show airing on Bravo? To make a long story short, Stassi had disinvited her now ex-boyfriend Jax Taylor, but he showed up. After rounds of insults and “I dare you to ruin my birthday like this,” drinks were thrown.

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Psychic medium Thomas John with Sophie Gayot


Back in December, I wrote that I spent time with psychic medium Thomas John. For about 30 minutes he gave me personal predictions that I can not reveal. Today, John has sent me who he thinks the winners for the 85th Annual Academy Awards will be. These predictions I can reveal.

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