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SUR Restaurant & Lounge server Stassi Schroeder, bartender Jax Taylor with Sophie Gayot


During the second episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Lisa Vanderpump’s new TV show “Vanderpump Rules”, we watched girlfriend/boyfriend Stassi Schroeder and Jax Taylor break up after a two-year relationship. The show is filmed at SUR Restaurant & Lounge, located in West Hollywood, CA. It follows the staff ruled by Lisa Vanderpump, co-owner of the restaurant with her husband Ken Todd and Nathalie & Guillermo Zapata.


I recently dined at SUR Restaurant & Lounge. As you can see Stassi (who is a server) posed with Jax (who is a bartender) with me. I can tell you that it did not end up in a cat fight. Are they back together? I don’t know more than you. Only way to find out: watch the next episodes airing on Mondays on Bravo.

With Tom Sandoval

on January 13th, 2013
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SUR Restaurant & Lounge bartender Tom Sandoval with Sophie Gayot


Even though I fed SUR Restaurant & Lounge bartender Tom Sandoval with some Starlette Cake™ last night, I was not able to get one single world out of him of what is going to happen on the next episode of “Vanderpump Rules to air on Bravo on Monday. He is one of seven the cast members of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Lisa Vanderpump’s new TV show .

I insisted and told him that this cake, created by French restaurateur Michèle La Porta, was fat-free, sugar-free, flour-free, egg-free, and therefore had almost no calorie. Only answer Sandoval gave me: “Just watch the show.”

You, too, can now try the Starlette Cake™ at SUR Restaurant, in West Hollywood, as it has just been added onto the menu. A perfect sweet ending in Hollywood where everyone wants to stay slim, but still be able to enjoy delicious bites.



  • pinitbutton Wearing Jewelry by Colette Kahn
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The all set from the Starbuck line by Colette Kahn


While sipping on “Salt Air” Margarita at The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, a sbe collection restaurant… I just love it! (Both the jewelry and the margarita).

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Axel Cruau, French Consul General in Los Angeles; Sophie Gayot; Francois Delattre Ambassador of France to the United States


Los Angeles a eu l’honneur de recevoir (sous la pluie) mercredi et jeudi François Delattre, notre Ambassadeur de France aux États-Unis.


Hier soir, lors d’une réception à la résidence du Consul Général de France Axel Cruau, Monsieur l’Ambassadeur a souligné l’importance de l’amitié et des relations franco-américaines. Il a aussi tenu à remercier Elie Broad pour ses différences actions et son implication avec sa femme Edythe dans la recherche sur les cellules souches (stem cell research).


Petite note historique: L’ambassade américaine à Paris, avenue Gabriel, fut le premier bâtiment que le gouvernement américain construisit à l’étranger pour réunir sous un même toit ses différentes activités diplomatiques en 1932. Dessiné pour être en harmonie avec la place de la Concorde, l’ambassadeur Walter Evans Edge voulut voir dans cette complémentarité architecturale un exemple de l’harmonie franco-américaine : « Lorsque cet édifice sera terminé, il parachèvera les projets de Jacques-Ange Gabriel, l’architecte de Louis XV, contribuant ainsi à la symétrie et à la perfection du cœur romantique de Paris, la place de la Concorde. Puisse-t-il aussi […] contribuer à la perfection et à la symétrie des relations franco-américaines». Source Wikipédia

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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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