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3 Michelin Starred Chef Guy Savoy at top of his form .

From our man in Paris- David Lawrence:
Among the galaxy of Michelin-starred Chefs, one name shines, sparkles with an undying light – Guy Savoy! In a recent interview when asked what is most responsible for his amazing success, the Chef responded with “The pursuit of perfection and attention to details. I let my heart tell me how to cook and share this way of thinking with my teams.”

Guy Savoy has more ‘teams’ than the National Football League; in Paris alone the Chef presides over the brilliant restaurant bearing his own name while the teams he has trained work his magic at Atelier Maitre Albert, La Butte Chaillot, Les Bouquinistes, and Le Chiberta.

I was told I would be served a menu of nine courses requiring about three (gasp!) hours. My stomach stuffed; my bum sore; my heart happy it only took two hours and fifty minutes!

My special tip: you can experience the atmosphere and the fab food with an exclusive menu at lunch time at a remarkably low price if you book online.

Restaurant Guy Savoy ***
18, rue Troyon 75017 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 80 40 61
Fax: +33 (0)1 46 22 43 09
E-mail - WebSite

Featured Summer Recipe
from France

Eggplant Capunatina

Eggplant CapunatinaFrom the new executive chef Ronan Kervarrec of the two Michelin starred restaurant Chevre d'Or in Eze Village high above the Mediterranean coast, comes this refreshing and multi-seasonal antipasto dish with marinated vegetables & honey lemon vinaigrette. Recipe is for both the "haute" version and the faster, easier lunch time version. Click here to go to the recipe. But wait, we have a video showing him preparing the dish! Click here for video. See the full story on the hotel and the restaurant with more videos - see featured stories on the right.

 

 

 


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USA

Remodeled and Re-opened in Spring 2013
Quail Lodge**** & Golf Course!

Quail Lodge**** & Golf Course, Carmel Valley, California

Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5Located in the heart of the Carmel Valley, California, on the sunny side of Carmel-by-the-Sea on the spectacular Monterey Peninsula, the Lodge is approximately 120 miles south of San Francisco and 330 miles north of Los Angeles. It reopened in April 2013 following an extensive renovation of its guest accommodations and public spaces. As well as the world class golf course, it is a lovely inn and hotel that includes 77 guest rooms and 14 suites. The decor is a combination of clean, modern, frills free clarity and "Craftsman" furniture. It sports hardwood floors and most rooms and all the suites have their own a balcony or patio.

A great new chef, Ken MacDonald, world traveler but once from Scotland, has joined the kitchen and is producing superbly garden fresh cuisine at "Edgar's" the restaurant.


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FRANCE

Charming converted family farm, now a luxury hotel almost on the beach out side St. Tropez

Hotel le Pigonnet*****, Aix-en-Provence, France

Hotel le PigonnetThis is a lovely five star hotel within a stone's throw of the center of that charming Provencal town Aix-en-Provence. Still owned and run by the most delightful and elegant Madame Roselyne Swellen (she welcomes you personally in this video), the hotel provides a traditional look with beautiful and tranquil large gardens in the back while hosting brand new modern rooms and suites with all the comforts that implies. There is also a spa, fitness center and refreshing pool not to mention the world class cuisine of Michelin starred Chef Mickaël Féval (see his video interview).

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Luxury hotel in Antibes

Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel*****, Antibes, Cote d'Azur.

Cap d'Antibes Beach HotelSet right on the sands of its own private beach, this new, ultra modern hotel is perfect for a family holiday or a quick getaway. The sounds of the lapping wavelets, the bird song in the garden and the water fall from the pool, all sooth away worries and stress. The beach bistro "Le Cap" and "Le Patio Bar" with its deck "board walk" dining means you never have to leave the sun, sea and sand. Even in the winter months where sunbathing is not always possible, the sea views are spectacular. Located in a protected cove on the edge of the peninsula with the marina behind but within walking distance of Juan les Pins village, paradise is upon you. Did we mention their Michelin Starred Chef Philippe Jégo?

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Right on the Beach in Nice, France.

Hotel La Pérouse ****, Nice, France.

La PerouseIn the heart of Nice, near the Saleya walkway and its flowers market, stands the 4 star Hotel la Perouse. From the hotel, you have a view over the Promenade des Anglais and the famous Baie des Anges (Bay of angels), on the Mediterranean sea. There is a restaurant that offers the charms of Provencal cuisine, and a swimming pool on the hillside to refresh your body and mind. For relaxation: a Jacuzzi, a solarium, a sauna and fitness room.

A straight 10 minute drove from the Nice Airport, its location is perfect for exploring the old town of Nice as well as a direct access if you are arriving or departing my air.
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ITALY

One of Rome's finest hotel restaurants

"Hotel Splendide Royal***** & Restaurant Mirabelle", Rome, Italy.

Hotel Splendide RoyalFor my journey through from Milan to Rome, I chose to go my whole way by Rail. A great way to not only see the countryside but catch up on some reading as well. I was on my way to the fabulous grandeur of the five star luxury Hotel Splendide Royal right in the center of things in Rome. Elegance is the theme and elegant it was from the interiors to the marvelous food.

Their "Mirabelle Restaurant" is one of Rome’s finest eateries and so they proved to me in no uncertain terms.

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One of Rome's restaurant finds

"Brunello Lounge & Restaurant", Rome, Italy.

La Meridiana HotelRome can be justly proud of one of its very best restaurants, "Brunello Lounge & Restaurant", located in the elegant "Regina Hotel Baglioni". Chef Luciano Sarzi Sartori has cooked for George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Silvio Berlusconi, and the Dalai Lama who gifted him with the Scarf of Peace. Just one of the many prizes accumulated by Chef Luciano for his Mediterranean cooking which combines tradition with originality.

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UK

New Hilton****+ at London Heathrow Airport in 2012!

Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5 ****

Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5If you do have to pass through LHR, then the brand new and excellent Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5, as it is called, is a great place to spend the night. Perfect sound proofing, modern interior in great taste, and speaking of taste, they bake their own breads! Outside unprepossessing but the interior excellent. Even swans in the small river in front. Beautiful views of Windsor Castle in the distance.

(Its name is a bit misleading. It is near but not right by Terminal 5. You have to take a Hoppa Shuttle to get to it.)

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Sheraton Heathrow Hotel**** at London Heathrow Airport

Sheraton Heathrow Hotel****

Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5One of the better airport hotels at the London Heathrow Airport is the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel**** just a few minutes from most terminals by the LHR shuttle known as the "HOPPA". The rooms are comfortable, the public areas pleasant but it is the restaurant, The Orchard Restaurant, that is special with really good food and superb British beers! Pets are accepted too.

Limited free wifi, computer stations, fitness center, cafe for snacks and they offer long term parking packages with their 237 space car park.

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