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Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, Prince Frederic von Anhalt with Sophie Gayot

 

At Zsa Zsa Gabor and Prince Frederic von Anhalt’s 26th wedding anniversary party held at their Bel-Air estate last week, Veuve Clicquot Champagne was flowing (watch me sabraging a bottle), as well as Stella Artois beer to pair with potato latkes topped with crème fraîche and caviar, Hungarian goulash, spätzle, sausages, German wieners (I had mine with mustard), and the famous roast beef sandwiches with horseradish sauce from Lawry’s The Prime Rib.

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With Johnny Hallyday

on April 26th, 2012
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Johnny Hallyday with Sophie Gayot


French rocker Johnny Hallyday started his last world tour last night at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. It was symbolic to him to start here, as Johnny got very, very sick in Los Angeles two years ago, and had to cancel a tour in France.

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With Chef Chris Crary

on April 20th, 2012
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Sophie Gayot with Chris Crary

 

Both chef de cuisine Chris Crary and I did not do it on perhaps to be color coordinated for that picture taken after dinner at Whist at the Viceroy Santa Monica: in grey and white in front of the outdoor grey and white wall of china of the restaurant.

 

Watch an exclusive video with Crary, one of GAYOT’s 2012 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S.



With Vinnie Malcolm

on April 03rd, 2012
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Vinnie Malcolm, owner of The Shave of Beverly Hills with Sophie Gayot

 

Last week, I made it to the men’s paradise The Shave of Beverly Hills. I did not get to shave the owner Vinnie Malcolm, nor got a treatment: the boutique only offer services for men in an old America atmosphere, (shave, hair cuts and facials).

 

The only thing women can do is to buy presents for their men, which include hats from London. We are not even allowed to enter the second room of the store where men relax while being taken care of by licensed practitioners. The evening I went it was to listen to young R&B singer Tommy Johnson. Thanks Tommy, as I was able to get a full tour of the shoppe.

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Maestro Cortador Paco Carrasco,, Saul Sola, VP Sales/Marketing 5J with Sophie Gayot

 

Last night when I went to Fig &Olive Melrose Place to celebrate their first anniversary, we were greeted with ham. A few words of Spanish and I was able to get more of the 100% pure breed Iberico de Bellota brought to us by the company 5J, and cut by “maestro cortador” Paco Carrasco. Hmmm, that was good (of course, it is one of the best cured ham in the world)….

Chef Pascal Lorange prepared a special menu for the occasion. See the pictures below.

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