Archive for October, 2011

Hudson Valley Foie Gras President: “California Ban Ridiculous”

Monday, October 31st, 2011

How Can You Enforce It? . . .   Matter Of Time Before Repeal . . . Backing By Animal Activists With Millions

There has been so much talk, both pro and con, going on about the upcoming (July 2012) foie gras ban in California.  Farm Sanctuary (basically a well funded Animal Rights lobby) was the instigator of the Chicago ban on foie gras (later repealed) and is also behind the California ban signed into law by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was instrumental in the Wolfgang Puck (Spago) ban on foie gras a few years ago and the veggie burger addition to Burger King’s offerings among others.

California Chefs Consider Foie Gras Ban Challange  Article

Michelin restaurant takes foie gras off menu after vandalism attack  Article

Fighting for Foie Gras at Animal


The Living Room, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Richard Shelton Singing Sinatra Classics, 30 Oct – 6 Nov 2011 – Bangkok

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Orchid Cafe Package
– Dinner buffet for 2 persons at Orchid Cafe 
- Show for 2 persons and 4 standard drinks 
- Complimentary 1-night stay in a Deluxe Room for 2 persons on the night of the performance 

Baht 5,885 net for 2 persons
Rossini’s Package
– Set Dinner for 2 persons at Rossini’s
- Show for 2 persons and 4 standard drinks 
- Complimentary 1-night stay in a Deluxe Room for 2 persons on the night of the performance 

Baht 6,356 net for 2 persons
*Book now and our reservation team will send your complimentary room confirmation number to the email address supplied. 

October 30 – November 3 & 6, dinner starts at 18.30 hours. Show starts at 20.30 hours. 

November 4 and 5, dinner starts at 18.00 hours. Show starts at 19.30 hours and second show starts at 21.30 hours. 

For further infomration, please call 02 6498303. 

The Living Room – It Simply Swings!

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Favola, Le Meridien, Chiang Mai, Collavini, Wine & Dine, Fri. 11 Nov. 2011 6:30pm – Chiang Mai

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Suki Bar, Sukhumvit Soi 24 – Bangkok

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

By Carole Chung

Suki Bar

Tel. 02-260-0992
2/17-19, 1/F, Terminal Bldg., Sukhumvit Soi 24, next to the Emporium, Bangkok
Opening Hours: 10:30am-9:30pm daily

This is not a typical Hong-Kong style suki as claimed, and was more to the Thai taste than Chinese. I will most likely not return, however judging from the enthusiastic dining crowd when I was dining there, they will not have to worry.

Old Pulteney From Wick, Scotland: World’s Best Whisky According to Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible

Monday, October 24th, 2011

A single malt whisky distilled in one of Scotland’s most remote areas, has been named the world’s best whisky by a leading expert.  According to Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible a single malt from Wick called Old Pulteney has won the title of the World’s Best Whisky.

Mr. Murray said: “The 21-year-old Old Pulteney absolutely exploded from the glass with vitality, charisma and class, and I hope that this award helps one of Scotland’s great unsung distilleries to become discovered around the world.”

Firriato Winemaker Night at Niu’s on Silom – Bangkok

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Eric Ripert’s Westend Bistro, Blue, 10 Arts At The Ritz-Carlton

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.
1150 22nd Street,
N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20037
Tel. 202-974-5566
Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sunday – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Eric Ripert the 3-star Michelin chef and co-owner of New York’s famed Le Bernadin restaurant specializing in seafood, has partnered with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to open venues in their various outlets. Westend Bistro is a vibrant, casual American-style bistro where Ripert believes in using only the freshest and highest quality produce he can find supplied by local farmers from surrounding states. Westend Bistro offer a bar menu and inventive cocktails accompanied by the cool sounds of up-tempo music from the lounge.

Pre-Theater Dining at Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert

Available seven days a week from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Westend Bistro is the perfect place for an unforgettable meal before a show at the Kennedy Center. Enjoy a three-course dinner from select menu for $35 per person, not including beverage, tax and gratuity.

For reservations, please call (202) 974-5566 or email

Westend Bistro is closed Saturday and Sunday for lunch.

In addition there are other restaurants partnered by Eric Ripert & the Ritz-Carlton: 10 Arts by Eric Ripert at the Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia and Blue by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton, Cayman Islands on the incredibly beautiful Seven Mile Beach, which is one of the most spectacular beaches I have ever seen however, it was a few years back and I hope that that things have not changed too drastically since then. Of course, the Ritz Charlton is a magnificent structure and would certainly be an exceptional inclusion no matter what!

Champagne Dinner at Beccofino Restaurant, Epernay vs Reims – Bangkok POSTPONED DUE TO FLOOD

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Dia De Los Muertos and Halloween – Los Angeles

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

John Rivera Sedlar spent his formative years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He worked as an apprentice to legendary French chef Jean Bertranou of L’Ermitage in Los Angeles, mastering classic techniques while evolving his own approach to food. While cooking at his first restaurant, Saint Estephe, in the South Bay area of Southern California, Sedlar began to combine the traditional food of his childhood with the classic French techniques he had learned, developing what he termed “Modern Southwest Cuisine.” Saint Estephe gained a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Southern California. He now owns Rivera and Playa restaurants in Los Angeles.

Dia De Los Muertos

Chef John Rivera Sedlar’s New Restaurant – Playa

Perks from Urban Daddy at Rivera


The Larder – Beverly Hills

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011


Pilgrim sandwich

The Larder

245 Maple Drive
Beverly Hills
Tel. 310 248 3779
Opening Hours: 8am-4pm Monday-Friday
Breakfast 8-10:30am; Lunch 11am-4pm

Suzanne Goin along with partner Caroline Styne are opening a take-out-centric operation called The Larder in the Beverly Hills “industrial district” serving breakfast $3-$14 & lunch $5-$15. (look for an opening around early November)