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Summer Travel with Mandarin Oriental

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Summer Travel with Mandarin Oriental, tantalizing pricing packages at MO around the world…

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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

MO Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental’s newest package, La Table de Rosanjin, pairs a delectable eight-course menu of fine French cuisine and beverages prepared by Chef de Cuisine of Signature, Nicolas Boujéma, where each dish is carefully presented in beautiful ceramics handcrafted by Japanese ceramicists inspired by Rosanjin.

Through June 26, includes a one-night accommodation for two starting at $1,256.00. Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/tokyo/

•Mandarin Oriental, Geneva

Mandarin Oriental Geneva

Geneva MO Rasoi by Vineet

Mandarin Oriental announces new seasonal pop-up, La Riviera by Mandarin Oriental, transforming the hotel’s Café Calla into a lively Côte d’Azur restaurant with a touch of Provence.

Open every day for lunch from 12-2:30 pm, dinner 7-10:30 pm through September 30th.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/geneva/

Art & Beauty
•Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Mandarin Oriental Boston

Boston MO Bar Boulud

Explore urban sculptures from eleven international artists with the Artful Moment package featuring five star accommodations and admission to the new Megacities Asia exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Through July 17
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/boston

•Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Mandarin Oriental Atlanta spa double treatment room

MO Atlanta spa double treatment room

In Partnership with Bloomingdale’s, the Girls Southern Sojourn package includes “Beauty Lunch,” hosted at Bloomingdale’s, complete with champagne, makeover and a gift bag.

A two-night stay and spa indulgence with steam, sauna, vitality pool and 80-minute Oriental Essence Massage.

Valid year round, double occupancy starting at $1,500 US dollars.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/atlanta/

Indulge
• Mandarin Oriental, Milan

Mandarin Oriental Milan

MO Milan

Experience our newest location in the world’s top city with Milan’s Style My Suitepackage. Exclusive accommodations in brandnew suites, a pair of sunglasses per person (designed by Italia Independent exclusively for Mandarin Oriental, Milan), a bottle of Champagne, Oriental Essence Massage for two guests at the spa.

Available year round, starting at $1,520.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/milan/

•Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

MO Las Vegas Poolside

Pamper yourself with the full Las Vegas experience. By booking any suite, guests will receive a complimentary cabana by the pool Monday through Thursday.

Offer valid through September 8th, 2016.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/hotel-offers/suite-cabana/

Love is in the air
•Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur and Mandarin Oriental, Baroque Prague

Mandarin Oriental Prague

MO Prague fine dining wine cellar

Kuala Lumpur * Couples booking the Romantic Rendezvous package in Kuala Lumpur will indulge in luxurious accommodation, an intimate dinner for two, spa treatments, butler-drawn bath, and more starting at $1,183 per night for a Deluxe City View.

Prague * Couples booking the Baroque Romance package will enjoy an opportunity to immerse themselves in a Baroque style romantic weekend in 18th century Prague. Accommodations in the Baroque Deluxe Suite Baroque Boudoir, a welcome drink, complete makeover for guests to experience the Baroque period with costumes, make-up and a wig, a private horse-drawn carriage tour with a photographer, a romantic dinner in the hotel’s Wine Cellar and more starts at $3,956. These packages are valid year round.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/


Capri, Italy Comes to Warwick Los Angeles

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Capri, Italy Comes to Warwick Los Angeles
Warwick LA

Warwick, the chic after-bar and night club in Hollywood celebrates its Summer re-design by bringing the beautiful and playful island of Capri to Los Angeles. The Italian-inspired décor and cocktail menu debuted at the beginning of the Summer season and will continue til Fall.
Welcome to Warwick

Seen at the Summer launch event were LA fashionistas, top LA media such as KTTV FOX 11’s Susan Hirasuna and the quintessential Summer Diva herself, Donna Summer. Guests enjoyed small bites such as Raspberry Tarts, Petit Chocolate Eclairs, and an Ice Cream cart.

Ice cream girls at the Warwick LA

Ice cream cart and “Capri” girls at the Warwick LA

Warwick, the season-themed after dark bar and lounge transforms its décor several times a year and offers delightfully attentive service with a smile from some of LA’s most chic and savvy hostesses.

Service Capri style at the Warwick LA

Service Capri style at the Warwick LA

This Summer’s Capri theme creates an inviting, sultry Amalfi Coast vibe with shades of oceanic blue, limoncello yellow, fresh pink florals so luscious one is easily transported to the romantic, luxury destination. Patterned canopies, true-to-life lemon trees, twinkle lights and delicate swaying lanterns surround the lower level which boasts two enchanting fireplaces and spacious, comfy seating where guests can enjoy bottle service of some of the finest wines, champagnes, and spirits or sip on refreshing craft cocktails made in the spirit of Capri.

Warwick Summer 2015 Capri

Fresh menu additions include the Cocchi Sangria made with Cocchi Americano, strawberry, vanilla, lemon, and soda; Raspberry Poloma with tequila, raspberry, grapefruit, lime, vanilla sea salt, soda, and agave; and Limoncello Slushy to lighten the palate with Capri’s staple liqueur.
the bar at the Warwick

Upstairs, the loft-type room has been transformed into the Rose’ Room. Ensconced in flirty shades of pink amongst the pearl white walls and décor, the Rose’ Room is accented with alluring fresh roses and serves everything rose’. From prosecco to champagne, the Rose’ Room has sumptuous wines and bubbly including Dom Perignon Rose’.
The Rose Room at the Warwick LA

Since its opening in 2013, Warwick has become an ever-evolving gathering place for Los Angeles nightlife. Its seasonal, thematic redesigns are crafted to keep guests on their toes and transport them to different cultural experiences around the world. Past incarnations at Warwick include a playful nautical motif in Spring 2014 and a nod to 1940s Hollywood through Film Noir in Fall 2014. With this summer’s total remodel, guests can expect to be swept away to Southern Italy where they will experience the flirtatious lure of a bright and whimsical Summer hideaway.

the Warwick LA

Warwick
6507 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
warwickla.com323.460.6667
Open Wednesdays through Saturday, 9pm to 2am
Reservations, email reservations@warwickla.com or call (323) 460-6667
www.Facebook.com/WarwickLA
Twitter: @Warwick_LA
Instagram: @Warwick_LA

Capri style at the Warwick this summer


Sofitel and Trimbach Wines – The Perfect Pairing

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Trimbach Winemaker dinner

Sofitel and Trimbach Wines : The Perfect Pairing

Sofitel Wine Days

As Sofitel closed out another successful celebration of wine and food during Sofitel Wine Days, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the premiere featured winemakers at the Trimbach Winemaker dinner. Trimbach wines are harvested and bottled in the Alsace region of France, which is located along the fartherest eastern border of France. Situated along the Wine Route, the Ribeauville village is sheltered between the Vosges Mountains and the vineyards and has been home to the Trimbach family wines and neighboring vineyards since 1626.
Trimbach wines

Now, that’s what you call vintage wines! Twelve generations of winemakers have put their passion into producing these highly acclaimed wines just as their family founder, Frederic Emile Trimbach, received the highest distinction at the International Wine Fair in Brussels in 1898.  And on this night in 2014, these highly acclaimed wines were to be selectively paired with the cuisine of Chef Marius Blini of Softel.

Champagne beginnings

I was invited to dine by Nilou Rahmani, the Esterel Restaurant Manager and a woman very engaged in working with the culinary and wine team to bring the freshest foods prepared in the highest quality and pairing with fine wines. To my delight and in true French fashion, I began my evening with a social chat with friends over a glass of champagne in the Sofitel lounge preparing my tastebuds for the delectable dinner ahead. With Executive Chef Marius Blin and Trimbach wines at the helm for the evening, I knew I was in good hands.
Chef Marius Blin

Upon entering the elegant Esterel restaurant, I was greeted by another Frederic ~ Frederic Zemmour, the Sofitel Los Angeles’ Food and Beverage Manager who seated me and my guest in a luxurious booth with a Chef’s table-like view of the kitchen. Perfectly poised to see the Chef at work. Frederic shared that the Trimbach wine Ambassador, Anne Trimbach, would be arriving shortly and I gleened in anticipation. And thus, dinner began.

Chanterelle Mushrooms stuffed bone marrow
The first course was a Roasted Marrow Bone “stuffed” with chanterelle mushrooms and garlic puree served with persillade toast and paired with Trimbach Pinot Noir. Persillade is a seasoned mixture of fresh parsley, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and customarily some seasonings all finely chopped together to create a delicious paste of sorts which, in this case, has been paired with chanterelle mushrooms. YUM! The Trimbach Pinot Noir features red fruit and blackberry aromas and comes from the best terroirs and is only produced “in the very best years”.

Anne Trimbach and Chef Marius Blin

About this time, I had the pleasure of meeting Anne Trimbach. As mentioned above, Anne is the Trimbach family wine ambassador and the grand niece to family founder, Frederic. “Does the Trimbach family use steel casks to age the wines?” I ask. “Never, never,” replies Anne. “We use nearly ancient oak barrels – some dating back to 1717 – that are so old they have neutral flavors.” Anne went on to explain that she grew up at the winery, what fun that must have been, and that they keep a close track on the measure of sugar in the grapes to determine when to harvest. Curious, I inquire, “When harvesting, do you use machines to pick the grapes or hand harvest?” Anne proudly exclaims, “Trimbach grapes are hand-picked, hand-harvested lending to the quality of the harvesting process.” Oooooh, I’m intrigued. Next course, please.

Chef Blin preparing the branzino

Chef Marius Blin chose Seared Branzino for the entree. Branzino, if you are not aware, is a white fish that is usually grilled or pan seared whole or fileted with the skin on. Chef Marius opted for pan seared white fish filets served with braised leek and fennel, California sunchoke puree, and yet Chef took the dish to a whole new dimension by adding a poached oyster and local caviar polished with his classic beurre blanc sauce.
Plating the branzino and Esterel

Wow, talk about a dance party in your mouth. The piece de resistance? A wine pairing of Trimbach Riesling. Well balanced subtle flavors and fruit, this elegant wine was perfectly paired with Chef Marius’ Branzino and Anne also recommends pairing with other fish such as smoked, grilled, or fried fish and white meats such as pork.

Branzino with oysters, caviar and tomatoes

The Cheese course arrived with a delicious pairing of Trimbach Pinot Gris. Let’s start with the wine first… one of the most remarkable Alsace grape varieties, the pinot gris combines full-bodied, dry fruitiness with a hint of smokiness that appropriately pairs with foods that possess depth of flavor. You can’t get anymore depth of flavor than an array of flavor-forward cheeses. When it came to cheese, Chef chose the Schloss Marin Farm cow’s milk cheese, Bay Blue Pointe Reyes Farmstead (cow), San Andreas Bellwether Farm sheep’s milk cheese accompanied by roasted red grapes, chocolate macadamia tuiles, and fresh honeycomb. Ummmmm, we could stop here and my tastebuds would be thriving in happiness. But, there was one more course to come. Dessert.

The Cheese plate

Strawberry Basil Sorbet highlighted the end of a savory evening and was accentuated by almond meringue, hibiscus flower, micro mint, a macaron shell and one of the most revered Trimbach wines – the Trimbach Gewurztraminer “Reserve”. Pair with spicy dishes, Asian-inspired cuisines, strong cheeses and featured here, fruit-based desserts.
Sorbet

If “the accidity of a reisling keeps you alive”, as Anne Trimbach states. Then, we shall all be alive indeed. Cheers!

For reservations at Esterel restaurant at Sofitel LA, visit SofitelLA

For more information about Trimbach wines, visit Trimbach.com


Spook-tacular Halloween in the OC

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Spook-tacular Halloween in the OC
How lucky are we that Halloween falls on a FRIDAY this year?! Stay up to the Hallo-“wee”-n hours. Sleep in on Saturday. Perhaps even keep the Halloween-weekend going with a party on Saturday like my crazy, fun neighbors do. Dressing up and going out? Hire a car to drive you around to these not-to-miss events in the OC – Orange County, that is:

Yelloween

If “Yelloween” makes no sense to you at this moment, trust me when I say when my day is done, I want to go out sipping the deliciously decadent “yellow label” Veuve Cliquot through a straw in a marble bathtub. But, you don’t have to wait until that scary day to sip this anything-but-scary champagne, Veuve Cliquot, on a Halloween sort of day. Head to Fig and Olive Newport Beach for their “Yelloween” Spook-tacular night.

In the spirit of Halloween, FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is partnering with Veuve Clicquot on Friday, October 31 from 9:30pm – 1:00am to host an enchanted “Yelloween” party. Orange County residents are invited to Fashion Island to celebrate the spooky holiday in style with Halloween cocktails, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, special décor, and a Yelloween photo booth. The bewitching bash will be amplified with soulful house and new Downtempo music by St. Tropez‘s celebrity DJ Julien Nolan.

Guests can sit in the lounge—complete with Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a complimentary dessert plate (limited seating available)—or reserve a table in the dining room to enjoy a prix-fixe menu ($45) or à la carte options. Walk-ins are welcome to enjoy the spirited festivities, though reservations are strongly encouraged. Lounge reservations can be made by emailing: yelloween@figandolive.com. Dining reservations can be made by calling 949.877.3005;  Or, experience the…

**Costume Contest…

If Newport Beach is not your spook-tacular locale of the night OR, if you are ready for a “two-party” Halloween evening, head just a few miles south to the newly opened Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach where Executive Chef Chris Tzorin and his team are hosting the first-ever “Boo Ball” complete with spooky-yet-tasty fare:

Tortilla Republic Halloween

With ocean views and breezes from nearly every seat in the house, Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach hosts its Inaugural Boo Ball. Offering a costume contest at midnight and an “Adult trick or treat” and photo booth all night long beginning at the eerily hour of 8pm.

From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tortilla Republic will provide a Boo Bites menu, which includes Seared Albacore Tuna Bites with ancho Chile crusted, mango & radish slaw, avocado, and salted chili lime; Huarache de Hongos Bites with crispy corn flatbread, cremini & oyster mushrooms, roasted shallots, baby arugula, and Monterey Jack & Manchego cheese; TR Boo Sliders with three mini hamburgers featuring premium American Wagyu beef, roasted poblano, caramelized onion, chipotle aioli, watercress, and sweet potato fries with cilantro & lime zest; and Prime Tenderloin Steak Taco with fajita rub, salsa de mesa, and tequila slaw.

Whether a one-party, two-party, or group night out event, please don’t drink and drive. Call Uber, have a friend drive, hire a limo for the night, dress up and let someone else do the driving. Spooky-fun is fantastic. Anything else… not worth it. Safety first, fun second!

Fig and Olive Newport Beach
151 Newport Center Drive
Fashion Island
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005

Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach
480 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 393-4888


Ment’or Young Chef Competition Series

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Ment’or Young Chef Competition Series… the inaugural Ment’or Young Chef Competition series comes to Los Angeles on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Presented by Chef Thomas Keller, Jerome Bocuse, and Daniel Boulud, this rigorous cooking competition is designed to recognize outstanding young professionals in America and give them the opportunity to earn stagiaires at some of the nation’s most well-respected restaurants.
Bouchon BH

The public is invited to purchase tickets to attend this exciting culinary event to be held at the beautiful Bouchon restaurant in Beverly Hills. Guests will enjoy champagne, canapes, caviar, and more while enjoying the young chef cooking competition.

Not only will guests be pampered with incredible food from Bouchon, they will enjoy fine wines from Galerie and Mt. Brave in Napa Valley, WindRacer and Maggy Hawk in Sonoma County and Anderson Valley, and they will be treated to a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Bouchon kitchen, where competitors will be hard at work preparing their dishes for an esteemed panel of judges.

The judges for this inaugural young chef competition include: Chefs William Bradley (Addison), Josiah Citrin (Melisse), Timothy Hollingsworth (Broad), Roland Passot (La Folie), and Richard Rosendale. Chef Thomas Keller will be the host for the evening.

For VIP ticket holders, the evening begins at 6pm with an exclusive one-hour canapé and Champagne reception at Bar Bouchon.

Then, all ticket holders will be welcomed into the event at 7pm with specialty hors d’oeuvres and wine. Judges will lead guests on kitchen tours throughout the evening for a first-hand experience to see the competitors in action. After judging has ended, the winners will be announced during a live awards ceremony.

100% of the proceeds from the ticket price will benefit ment’or, and guests may purchase tickets online.

Menu for the evening:
Snake River Farms’ Steak Tartare with Potato Milles Feuilles
California Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar
Sea Urchin with Cucumber and Lemon Oil
Santa Barbara Spot Prawns
Applewood Smoked Petit Jambons with Maple Glaze
Mentor

The Los Angeles young chef competition is the second in the series of four Young Chef Competitions taking place across the country. Beginning at Emeril’s in New Orleans on October 19, the competition then comes to Los Angeles. Afterward, the third competition in the series will take place at Johnson & Wales in Miami on November 8, and the fourth and final competition in the seriesw will be held at the International Culinary Center in New York City on November 15. The first and second place winners of each city will receive a $15,000 and $10,000 award in the form of three and two month stagiaires.

Who is competing in Los Angeles…
Michael Dengelegi, Vallejo, CA
Sous Chef, Bouchon Bistro Yountville

Soleil Ho, New Orleans, LA
Line Cook, Bayona

Jason Sipe, Tacoma, WA
Line Cook, Pacific Lutheran University

Lyn Wells, Orem, UT
Line Cook, Canyon Park Café

This live event takes place October 30, 2014 with VIP at 6pm.

Bouchon Beverly Hills
235 N. Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

COST: VIP: $100; Non-VIP $75
Purchase tickets here: Ment’or BKB


The Palm West Hollywood Closes Its Doors…

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The Palm West Hollywood Closes Its Doors… but don’t fear, it will re-open soon in Beverly Hills. Here’s my story. Bar beginnings at The Palm West Hollywood

The time is New York City, 1926. Two Italians from Parma, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi, opened their first restaurant at 837 Second Avenue in Manhattan. Immediately, The Palm restaurant was a hit with the New York elite attracting journalists and cartoonists from the New York Daily Mirror, Hearst and King Features, among others. It was the cartoonists who set the stage for the caricatures on the walls as Bozzi and Ganzi had no money to decorate their new restaurant. In exchange for meals, cartoonists would draw cartoons and caricatures of the restaurant regulars and successful cartoons such as Popeye, Batman, and Beetle-Bailey. It wasn’t long before the caricatures became tradition at every Palm restaurant to follow.

Caricatures at The Palm West Hollywood

The original menu featured crowd-pleasing Italian meals and fine cocktails, yet staying true to their philosophy – treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations – just as family would do. Bozzi and Ganzi added steak and in later years, lobster, to the menu by request. The restaurant was such a huge success the duo decided to expand. First to D.C. and then to the west – West Hollywood that is. Opening October 1975, Hollywood stars and studio execs embraced the beloved dining establishment. The walls began to fill up with caracitures of celebrities, studio executives, and loyal patrons alike, which has served as a tribute to stories of Hollywood past and present.

Everybody is welcome at The Palm

It was these esteemed Hollywood drawings that first intrigued me upon my inaugural visit in the mid-90’s. As a new arrival to Los Angeles, I had never heard of The Palm restaurant nor sunk my teeth into the now famous three-pound lobster, my favorite dish, of course. Dimly lit with a modest and welcoming bar, I felt like I had stepped into someone’s home drawing room or library. Dining with friends had never been more spectacular. The food was some of the finest I had ever eaten. I sat in a booth absorbing the ambiance like a neophyte Angeleno. It was exciting and comfortable, all at the same time. That’s the way The Palm in West Hollywood will always be remembered, even as the restaurant served its final meals on Tuesday, September 30th.

The Palm Established 1926

I recently stopped in to enjoy my final meal at what will go down in my personal culinary history as one of my favorite restaurants of all time. It’s not just that my friend, the former good-looking leading guest-star actor of the 70’s, Dennis Cole, and I shared chardonnays and filet mignon there together and that his caricature is right in the front of the restaurant next to his former wife and Charlie’s Angel, Jacquelyn Smith. Nor is it the memories of eating 4 of the three-pound lobsters and enjoying 2 bottles of champagne with my second husband (and luckily neither having to drive). Nor the dinners with clients and friends and nightcaps after a local play. It’s more than just those memories. It’s the hospitality, the inviting personalities that greet you when you walk in the door no matter if you are an A-list celebrity or the guy or gal who loves LA and chooses to live there. It’s the servers that have been a part of The Palm family some for 10, 20 or 30 years. It’s the way they aim to please and welcome special requests like extra char on a filet, and asking the chef just how does he get those lobsters grilled to perfection yet not overdone? What a thrill to be invited into the kitchen — pre-professional-culinary-expert-days — to view his technique firsthand. It’s not just those memories; it’s the feeling of being in a place where you belong with perhaps a hundred other diners you don’t know. Those are the memories I will treasure.

I miss my friend, Dennis Cole

On my last visit, I sat down, in true Palm fashion, with my friend, Genevieve Morrill of the West Hollywood (WeHo) Chamber of Commerce and asked her to share what The Palm in West Hollywood has meant to her and to the City of WeHo. Right out of the gate she blared, “they are making a huge mistake, huge!” which I immediately flashed on another icon, Julia Roberts, in the film “Pretty Woman”. You know the scene. “The Palm is such an institution,” shares Genevieve. “All this nostalgia is going away.” I agree. Even though generations will be able to enjoy the new Palm in Beverly Hills, there is no re-creating the nostalgia experienced in West Hollywood. “This is the Melrose Triangle”, states Genevieve. The Melrose Triangle, she explains, is one of the most significant gateway developments between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, both signature cities within the Los Angeles community, and both well loved by celebrities, visitors from around the world, and locals alike. “The Palm West Hollywood has been a relevant part of that era,” states Genevieve. “It will surely be missed.”
Crabcakes at The Palm

“But I don’t expect West Hollywood to crumble when The Palm closes,” Genevieve continued. “There is a big demand for locations here. West Hollywood is exploding with notable stars like Oprah, Drew Barrymore, and Will Ferrell establishing offices and more.” Add to the celebrity factor, high pedestrian traffic, spurring economic growth, and more parking development makes WeHo a community to contend with. West Hollywood is not just holding its own among dining and retail establishments but making its mark as a true destination for everything hip, tasty, and fun.”

The Three Pound Lobster at The Palm

While we will miss The Palm in West Hollywood, we will look forward to crossing through the Melrose Gateway into Beverly Hills to make new nostalgic moments at their new location. But, for Genevieve and others like me, we will hold dear to our hearts our memories of the first “west” palm location – The Palm West Hollywood. When I asked Genevieve what her favorite meal was at The Palm WeHo, a broad smile came across her adorable face as she replied, “lobster, of course! And the waiters – their professional career is to be your server! Where can you get service like that?!” And so, The Palm has closed and yet, lives on.

Bar beginnings at The Palm West Hollywood

Visit the new The Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills opening November 2014. >> ThePalm.com


Sofitel Wine Days : A Month of French Wines

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SOFITEL WINE DAYS: A MONTH OF FRENCH WINES |FOUR REGIONS IN FOUR WEEKS began Monday, September 29th and runs through Thursday, October 30th, 2014.

French champagne being served at Sofitel for Wine Month

During #SoWineDays, guests and everyone can visit the Sofitel L.A. at Beverly Hills to celebrate French elegance, wine and food. Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the French brand’s flagship west coast property participates with more than 120 other Sofitel hotels in a global celebration of French vintners. The program is dedicated to the wine harvest that takes place in the Northern Hemisphere each year, a French tradition called “vendanges.” The month-long celebration showcases French “Art de Vivre”, “Wine Down Wednesdays,” weekly wine pairing restaurant menus, wine-based cocktails in the bar, and a culminating a winemaker dinner. Each day from Monday to Sunday, a Sofitel sommelier will be on hand to guide visitors on a journey through the featured wine-producing regions.

Sofitel Wine Days will feature an exclusive sampling of wines, a tour of some of France’s best known wine regions, in “WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS” occurring each week (Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29) from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., with Sofitel’s
Sommelier in the hotel lobby.

In the lush Riviera 31, guests are invited to visit the lounge|bar for wine tastings and wine based cocktails from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

French wine month at Sofitel

The gorgeous Estérel restaurant offers a modern French offering menu from Chef Blin. Chef will be highlighting new menus each week during #SoWineDAys to complement the wines which will cover numerous regions and locales beginning on October 5th with Burgundy, then Alsace, Champagne, and closing in the last week with Bordeaux. Some of the wines include Roederer/Maisons Marques, Domaines, USA, Palm Bay/Esprit du Vin, and Trimbach.

Menu pairings with the weekly wines feature a diverse offering of appetizers to desserts:

Burgundy – week of October 5th

• Sweet bread bourguignon, pearl onion, button mushroom, brioche
• Roasted duck breast, truffle celery puree, Weiser farm fingerling potato, golden parsnip, tiny carrots
• Red wine poached pear, pear sorbet, raspberry almond croquant

Alsace – week of October 12th

• Seared diver scallops, cannellini beans, shaved heirloom carrots, brussel sprouts leaves, garden coriander
• Espelette shrimp white asparagus risotto, ricotta salata, green pea shoot
• Warm Laura chenel goat cheese salad, frisee, grapes, fennel, caramelized walnut

Champagne – week October 19th

• Half dozen California oysters, champagne apple mignonette
• Crispy skin Loup de mer, fondant potato leek, tomato concasse, local caviar
• Strawberry basil sorbet, almond meringue, hibiscus flower, micro mint, macaroon shell

Bordeaux – week of October 26th

• Roasted marrow bone, chanterelles, garlic puree, persillade toast
• Ribeye bone in (for 2), truffle mashed potato, grilled asparagus, bordelaise sauce
• California cheese platter, Schloss Marin farm (cow), Bay blue Pointe Reyes farmstead (cow), San Andreas Bellwether farm, honeycomb and more

The grande finale will occur on Monday, October 27th in Estérel restaurant with a Robert Parker Winemaker’s Dinner. For costs, menu and other details, please contact Esterel restaurant at 310.358.3979.

Christophe Bouskela, Director of Food & Beverage, has meticulously choreographed with Executive Chef Marius Blin a masterful matrix of unique and exclusive wines to this area. Bouskela says, “We welcome guests to an interactive week to learn, taste and experience wine not available elsewhere in Los Angeles. The Sofitel Wine Week is designed to accommodate the most discriminating connoisseurs palate while simultaneously providing a sensory awakening for the novice.”

For more info on Sofitel go to www.sofitellosangeles.com and for more info on Sofitel Wine Days, #SoWineDays.


The 3rd Annual Golden Foodie Awards 2014

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Golden Foodie Awards
The 3rd Annual Golden Foodie Awards 2014
winner Cathy Thomas
On September 28, 2014, Orange County’s culinary elite don their red carpet attire – or in this case, golden carpet attire – for the 3rd Annual Golden Foodie Awards to be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach. Produced by Pamela Waitt, the Golden Foodie Awards celebrates the best in local food, restaurants, chefs, and culinary writers. Each year, attendees enjoy a pre-awards reception filled with signature dishes and cocktails from restaurant nominees and sponsors followed by the awards gala event and post-awards reception.
taste at the Golden Foodie Awards
The Golden Foodie Awards features over 28 categories including Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Burger, Best Happy Hour, Best Bartender, Best OC Food Writer among others which are awarded by public voting which took place during the month of August. Other top categories are the Golden Chef award, Golden Pastry Chef, and Best New Restaurant which are voted on exclusively by the Golden Foodie Awards guild.
with Vicki Gunvalson at the Golden Foodie Awards with Vicki Gunvalson at the Golden Foodie Awards
This years celebrity presenters include OC Housewives’ Heather Dubrow, Vicki Gunvalson, and Shannon Beador, Los Angeles’ Charm City Cakes owner, Duff Goldman, Mercedis “MJ” Javid of “Shahs of Sunset”, and comedienne Frances Dilorinzo will host the gala awards event for the 3rd year in a row. Guests will enjoy sweet “golden” treats from Valenza Chocolatier “Bonbons of Gold”, Casey’s Cupcakes “Golden Velvet Cupcakes”, and gold kissed spheres of Golden Chocolate Rochers by Fairmont Hotel pastry chef, Jeffrey Kahle all designed specifically for this red carpet evening.
with Duff Goldman at the Golden Foodie Awards with Duff Goldman at the Golden Foodie Awards
Sponsors of the Golden Foodie Awards: Fairmont Newport Beach, Sub-Zero and Wolf, Kanantik Belize, Celebrity Cruises, Orange Coast Magazine, 95.5 KLOS and 790 KABC, KOHLER, Melissa’s Produce, Travelzoo, Ketel One, Orange County Register, Kean Coffee, Code Four, La Crema, Patrón, Sadie Rose Baking Company, The ACE Agency, The District at Tustin Legacy, Aloha POS, Surfas Culinary District, Greer’s OC and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.
Chefs Yvon Goetz and Pascal Olhats Chefs Yvon Goetz and Pascal Olhats
The public is welcome to attend but seating is limited so purchase tickets as soon as possible for a taste of and inside look at the OC culinary scene. For tickets and more information, visit goldenfoodies.com
presenter Wing Lam presenter Wing Lam


Summer Cocktails at Tommy Bahama

Posted on by Bikini Lifestyles in Food

450 Indigo

It’s officially summer, which means extended daylight, warm afternoons and some leeway to relax and take-it-easy. Tommy Bahama restaurants help in the pursuit to celebrate the season with three unique and refreshing cocktails to enjoy all summer long. These drinks feature the brightest flavors of the season, ranging from blueberries to white peaches to titillate taste buds.
The complex and sophisticated Tommy Bahama 450 Indigo offers a combination of exotic ingredients. Start with Reyka Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower, lemon juice and simple syrup, mixed with lightly pressed blueberries to give the drink its vibrant indigo color. But the real secret however is the Giffard Crème de Violette Liqueur which adds a hint of violet and lavender. The drink is finished when it’s poured into a glass rinsed in absinthe.

South Shore Sipper South Shore Sipper

The Tommy Bahama South Shore Sipper is a nice update to rum cocktails mixing Flor De Cana Four year with Scratch Sour mix, Passion Perfect Puree, Orgeat, and two dashes of Cherry Bitters. One sip of this tangy blend of flavors and it’s like you’ve escaped on a summer getaway. This is sure to become a classic among rum drinks.

White Peach Bellini White Peach Bellini

For something “easy like Sunday morning” and ideal for brunch, the Tommy Bahama White Peach Bellini hits the spot. It’s light, tasty and simple to make at home for friends and family. Start with some White Peach Perfect Puree and add peach liqueur. Shake it up and strain into a champagne glass and top with sparkling wine. The result is a fragrant and mouthwatering cocktail that is best enjoyed on a balmy summer day. Enjoy the recipe here:  White Peach Bellini 
These creative cocktails along with a full menu of other signature drinks and island-inspired cuisine are available at the 13 Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar locations across the country.


Bikini Lifestyles “Wine, Dine, and Workout” Promo 3

Posted on by Bikini Lifestyles in Bikini Lifestyles Videos

Internationally acclaimed cookbook author and an award nominated radio host, Susan Irby The Bikini Chef is joined by co-hosts, Denice Fladeboe and Steve Valentine during the 6-episode, half-hour television series Bikini Lifestyles “Wine, Dine, and Workout” launching on National Public Television and independent cable networks April 2012.

In its first season, Bikini Lifestyles heads into the kitchens of celebrity chefs to cook healthy, delicious “bikini cuisine”~ foods that make you look and feel confident. When these entertaining and energetic hosts have wined and dined, they head to the gym, Pilates, and the outdoors for workouts with top fitness experts. Susan, Denice and Steve share fashions from internationally acclaimed designers to finish off the show with a champagne toast sending “gourmet wishes and flattering waistlines.”

Bikini Lifestyles season one features: 2011 CNN Hero Chef Bruno Serato, Anaheim White House, Iron Chef contestant Victor Casanova, Culina Modern Italian at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, Food Network champion Chef Richard Ruskell, Montage Beverly Hills, James Beard nominated Chef Brendan Collins, Waterloo and City, and Award-winning Chef Celestino Drago, Drago Centro. Top fitness experts include: author Dr. Levi Harrison, celebrity trainer Marco Reed, Skinnylates creator Amy Cady, internationally acclaimed fitness expert JJ Virgin, tennis pro Randy Myers, and celebrity trainer Paul Jurevich. Bikini Lifestyles is underwritten by Fortun Finishing Touch Sauces, visit: http://www.fortunfoods.com