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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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As the world did not end on December 21, and a new year is around the corner, do we know what our future will be? We cannot tell; we can only work for a better one. But Thomas John says he can!


John is a psychic medium, and I am a skeptic. But he did a reading of me that left me feeling strangely, as he told me things about myself that there was no way he could have known, even if he had done some research. His predictions for my future? I cannot tell you what they are as they are very personal. The only thing I can reveal is that they made very good sense in the context of my life. I will keep you posted as to their accuracy, but it might take a while.

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  • pinitbutton Sabraging Champagne with Santa Claus



If last week I sabraged a bottle of Champagne with Prince Frederic von Anhalt, this weekend it was with my Princess Maximilienne and Santa Claus who came to town.


You can click on the photo to enlarge. All photos © Sophie Gayot.

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