When Best Friend opens in Las Vegas in late December, it will represent one of the city’s time-honored traditions: a sure thing. The restaurant, inside the Park MGM, is the brainchild of Roy Choi, the soulful chef who jump-started the food truck trend around 2008 by tweeting locations of his Kogi BBQ Taco Truck in Los Angeles. The timing is as good as it gets in Vegas. Best Friend’s opening will coincide with the beginning of Lady Gaga’s residency at the neighboring Park Theater, which starts on Dec. 28, and ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show, kicking off on Jan. 8. “If I can crush it in Vegas, it opens doors that normally I wouldn’t be looking at, like Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Korea,” Choi says. It’s a change of heart for the guy who’s said no to Vegas projects for years while being recognized by the likes of the late Anthony Bourdain as a chef who personifies L.A.’s multicultural … [Read more...] about First look at Roy Choi’s Vegas spot, opening in time for Gaga
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‘Forever’ and what else keeps Gladys & Chris together? It’s a cliché, all right, but besides “forever” what else keeps Gladys Reyes and Christopher Roxas (real name: Christophe Sommereaux) together all these 25 years (11 years as “boyfriend-girlfriend” and 14 years as married couple, an event of “togetherness” which they celebrated with renewal of vows several weeks ago)? Food, yes, glorious food! “We both love to eat,” said Gladys, 40. “Chris is a Culinary Arts graduate and he loves to experiment. He mixes this and that at kapag tinikman mo, ang sarap! I am a Kapampangan and you know that we Kapampangan are noted for — food! By the way, did you know that Chris (half-French) once worked as chef at the Monaco Palace?” (No wonder Gladys was enlisted as endorser of two food companies, Mang Inasal [with Aiko Melendez] and Del Monte.) The couple on a small stage with … [Read more...] about ‘Forever’ and what else keeps Gladys & Chris together?