Category Archives: Restaurants

Nobu- Malibu, California

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista

Nobu Malibu is located on the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. On a warm Southern California day (which is quite often), it’s ideal for a relaxing day of lounging on the patio with a table spread of chef Nobu’s signature drinks and dishes. They also offer breakfast on Friday through Sunday.

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista

Glasses of Louis Roederer, Brut Champagne

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista new style sashimi

Nobu’s famous New Style Sashimi. See the recipe and make at home here: http://bit.ly/1O3Ojo9

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Lobster Shiitake Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing – a must-order dish.

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi

Being fed lobster isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon. Just remember to bring sun glasses and wear sunblock if you plan on sitting on the patio. Although breezy, it can get toasty out there.

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Ocean view from the patio

 

Nobu Malibu

Address: 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Phone: (310) 317-9140

Kendra Scott Jewelry Comes to Northern California

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I was just off a flight from Paris and needed to fight the jet lag, so headed down south (from San Francisco) to sunny San Jose’s Santana Row. Kendra Scott fashion jewelry was touring California with their airstream, and dropped by for a one day show. I wasn’t familiar with Kendra Scott previously, so was excited to check out their accessories and learn more about them. I was especially intrigued by their Color Bar in which you could design your own jewelry. You just pick out the stone and accessory style of choice, and voila, they make it right there for you. It’s a fun and quick way to create a unique, personalized piece that’s all your own. And, it’s very affordable with most price points in the $50-$75 range. I’m big on the power and energy of crystals and natural stones so was pleased to see some of my favorites including pyrite and rose quartz in the mix.

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Just put on a tee and pair of denim and throw on one of these Kendra Scott necklaces and you’re good to go…

Mika Takeuchi - Food Fashionista Santana Row Kendra Scott

Nothing beats jet lag like a good dose of sun rays with that vitamin D and some exercise to get the blood pumping. Just remember to wear your daily sunscreen.

Santana Row Kendra Scott Village California Bistro

One also needs fuel to shop, so I grabbed a tasty lunch at Village Bistro – which is located smack dab in the center of Santana Row with its breezy courtyard seating. This is their Tomato Bruschetta with fresh mozzarella pearls, Franchessi bread, basil pesto, baby heirloom tomatoes and balsamic reduction.

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This Phyllo Baked Brie isn’t the most photogenic, but was seriously satisfying with its mix of sweet and savory with caramelized apples and toasted almonds. I could not stop eating it.

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Although the Kendra Scott airstream was a one-day visit, they will be opening a permanent store in Santana Row this year. They also have plans to open up in Walnut Creek and eventually in San Francisco.

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Thank you, Santana Row for helping fight the jet lag. You definitely succeeded. I’ll see you again soon.

Visit Kendra Scott.com to see all their fab jewelry styles

 

Little Gem – San Francisco, California

Little Gem Salad

Little Gem in Hayes Valley is a big, bright neighborhood gem. They’ve only been open since December 2015, but it’s one of those places that makes me wish I lived even closer. I’d be there all the time – breakfast, lunch, dinner. It’s just the kind of vibe that makes you feel welcomed at “home”.

During the day, the contemporary space’s expansive windows shine a glowing natural light upon the entire restaurant interior. You order at the counter and are given a number on a pastel ombré piece of reclaimed wood before choosing a seat at a barstool or table.

The menu is gluten, dairy and sugar free. I tend to mostly cook this way at home, so even before my visit, many friends and colleagues asked me if I had tried Little Gem yet. They knew it was a place that mixed in well with my daily at-home lifestyle and I was pleased when I finally visited. The people and space had a sincere, warm energy and the menu ingredients are all mindfully sourced from local farmers and artisans. It’s always refreshing to have a place that shows healthy, high quality dining options can also be affordable and satisfying.

Founders Eric Lilavois, John DiFazio and Chef Dave Cruz were all physically and presently working at the restaurant behind the counter and in the kitchen during my lunch visit. Lilavois was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group so it’s no surprise that Little Gem, although approachable and casual, had a clear and polished professionalism about it.

Little Gem Hayes Valley - Food Fashionista

Napa Valley Honey Lemonade prepared with local Marshall’s Farm Honey

Little Gem San Francisco Chef Dave Cruz

Window view of Chef Dave Cruz in the Little Gem kitchen. Before this new endeavor, Chef Cruz worked at several restaurants in New York and California including serving as the opening chef for Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc in Yountville.

Little Gem San Francisco - Food FashionistaGrilled Trumpet Mushrooms on Beans & Rice w Rancho Gordo beans, Tuscan kale,  tomato-bacon stew.

Little Gem Flat Bread - Food Fashionista

Mixed Vegetable Flatbread with caramelized carrots, cauliflower, broccolini, kale, almond-onion puree

Little Gem Salad

Asparagus & Radish Salad with pea shoots, soft boiled egg, romaine lettuce, celery, green goddess dressing and addition of King Salmon

Little Gem Hayes Valley

Little Gem

Address: 400 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone:    (415) 914-0501

Gyoza Bar – Paris, France

Gyoza Bar, Paris France - Food Fashionista

They focus on one thing and they do it well. Gyoza.

At Gyoza Bar, you’ll find the style of gyoza called yaki gyoza which are pan fried Japanese dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables. Gyoza Bar gets its ground pork from star butcher Hugo Desnoyer. The exterior bottoms are slightly crispy and chewy while the interior is very hot and juicy, so be careful when taking your first bite. You may want to initially chew off a small bit at the edge and let some of the heat out so you don’t burn your tongue.

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Gyoza Bar’s menu offers a choice of either eight or twelve pieces of Gyoza with a few additional menu items including rice, edamame, nitamago (flavored boiled egg) and soy. They also had two desserts which at the time I visited were from Passage 53 and Patisserie Ciel.

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And speaking of Passage 53, Gyoza Bar was opened by Guillaume Guedj and Chef Shinichi Sato of the Two Michelin-starred restaurant which also happens to just be a few steps down the passage.

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Gyoza Bar 

Address: 56 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, France

Phone: +33 1 44 82 00 62

Website: GyozaBar.com

Alléno Paris by Yannick Alléno, Le Pavillon Ledoyen – Paris, France

Ledoyen Paviilion, Alléno Paris Champagne

Starting off lunch at Alléno Paris with Moët & Chandon, Grand Vintage Collection Rosé 1996 and a Yann Alexandre, Sous les Roses, Blanc de Noirs from  the wonderful Champagne cart. I would’ve been perfectly comfortable if it sat beside our table the entire meal.

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Amuse Bouche from left to right:

Brioche Beetroot Bahn Bao  with wild black rice, seaweed jam, ponzu

Hibiscus Tuile with sweet onion cream and wild sorrel leaves

Yellow beet ravioli stuffed with mashed carrots and cumin seeds

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Butter at Yannick Alléno Parisand the butter with choice of salted and unsalted.

Alléno Paris Iberico Ham

Iberico ham, iberico jelly, fermented rye bread mousse, kalamata olives

Yannick Alléno Ledoyen Paris Food Fashionista

This next course came in two components – “Unusual fine fish soup w marinated sardines” with a Dulce seaweed mayonnaise, red mullet on crushed ice with lemon zest and olive oil and…

Yannick Alléno Paris Ledoyen Fish Soup

Cappetlletti ravioli with butter and sole milk with dry sole skin salt

Ledoyen, Paris - Langoustine

Plain poached langoustine with bitter almond mousse in a tomato and parsley oil broth

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Yannick Alléno Cookbook Paris France

Chef Yannick Alléno’s massive cookbook with 500 recipes, 1,500 photographs, and over 1,200 pages greets you at the Ledoyen entrance

Alleno Paris Pike Mousse Food Fashionista

Pike fine mousse in Vienna bread with celery extract

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The view from the main Allenó Paris dining room

Ledoyen, Paris - Lobster

Roasted blue lobster on a peppered olive oil with stewed green cabbage and slightly tangy turnip jelly

Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi Chef Yannick Alléno Ledoyen

Chef Yannick Alléno during service at Three Michelin Star Alléno Paris at Le Pavillon Ledoyen

Ledoyen, Paris - Duck

Duckling cooked with malt presented tableside before being served in two various preparations…

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Alléno Paris Relais Chateaux Michelin Guide

Paris mushrooms and liver tart with an eggplant beer

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The duck concludes the last of the savory courses and now on to dessert…

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Map of Paris adorns the walls in one of the private Pavillon Ledoyen rooms

Chef Paul Feybesse - Alléno Paris

Sous Chef Paul Feybesse was the French regional finalist for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015.

Alléno Paris Desserts

Aloe soaked with dates and vanilla, yuzu & jelly, Candied Mango with hay, arabica tuile and Milk Mousse with piemont hazelnut, saffron orange

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Black sesame meringue with strawberries and shiso chlorophyll

Ledoyen, Paris - Coconut Dessert

Surprise coconut in a meringue with strawberries . One of my favorite desserts from 2015. The “shell” was edible and made with chocolate.

Alléno Paris, Ledoyen Mignardises

Coffee, tea and mignardises conclude our meal at the Relais & Châteaux Alléno Paris

Alléno Paris Ledoyen Kitchen Food Fashionista

In the kitchen at Alléno Paris at Le Pavillon Ledoyen

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All photos from summer 2015

Alléno Paris – Pavillon Ledoyen 

Address: 1 Avenue Dutuit, 75008 Paris, France

Phone: +33 1 53 05 10 00

Website: yannick-alleno.com