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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!

At Mercato di Vetro

on April 28th, 2012
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General manager Andrew Adams (left), manager Kwesi Dei of Mercato di Vetro with Sophie Gayot

On my way to the Johnny Hallyday opening night of his world tour at The Orpheum theater downtown Los Angeles, I stopped at Mercato di Vetro for what has now become a classic cocktail there: the truffle salt margarita.

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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