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  • pinitbutton The Prince, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, & My Saber



The only drops of Veuve Clicquot Champagne left last night at the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee Holiday party, held at Prince Frederic von Anhalt and Princess Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Bel-Air estate, were the ones I dropped in the snow after sabraging a bottle. Yes, you read correctly: the snow! Just watch the video, and you will see that it was real snow.

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  • pinitbutton With François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States
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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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Thanksgiving & Champagne

on November 27th, 2012
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  • pinitbutton Thanksgiving & Champagne

Thanksgiving is an American tradition. My tradition with Champagne is to sabrage the bottle to open it (en français: sabrer la bouteille). So this past Thursday, before indulging in a turkey, I took my saber and popped the top of a Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, of Top 10 Value Champagnes.


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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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  • pinitbutton At Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air
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Executive chef Sonny Sweetman, Director of Food & Beverage Stephane Lacroix with Sophie Gayot


The Original Nancy Reagan “Chopped” Salad is back at the Hotel Bel-Air! Introduced in the 80s as the “Spa Salad”, it became Mrs. Reagan’s favorite lunch item, and was named after her circa 2000. The former first lady still comes once a month.


But the classic dish disappeared from the menu when the renovated hotel reopened in November 2011. It has been revisited by Wolfgang Puck’s team, and tastes better than ever. Composed of finely chopped romaine, baby gem lettuce, diced tomato, grilled Jidori chicken, diced turkey bacon, avocado and Point Reyes blue cheese tossed in homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing, it is a full meal by itself. It’s not just for ladies who lunch; even businessmen order it!


More lunch menu news: the return of Thai style chicken salad and the Japanese BBQ salmon salad, and the arrival of signature pizza and sandwiches.

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