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Food today, as every-day

Hot news of the week includes an ongoing MICHELIN STAR FOR ROSEWOOD SAND HILL near Menlo Park CA and Rosewood’s RVP, Philip Meyer, couldn’t be most ecstatic: he now oversees company properties in New York, Vancouver, Miramar Beach, Washington DC, and, to come, Kona HI and San Francisco – plus, it is rumoured Calistoga.

Coming up in Anguilla, FOUR SEASONS prepares to host Kerth Gumbs – above – 12-18 November. He will be cooking at the resort’s signature bluff-top restaurant SALT, named in honour of the island’s history of salt production.  Gumbs will do three- and seven course menus. Highlights will include INNOVATIVE TAKES OF CLASSIC DISHES, say Jerk Coronation Chicken with sweet potato & oregano; Ox Cheek & Tail with Mac N Cheese, and a ‘Eat and make a (Eton) Mess’ dessert combining Lemon Verbena Meringue, fennel pollen, raspberry & rose.

Coming up, too – on 21st October – is the opening of Madame Rêve Café, Paris, the ALL-DAY PARISIEN EATING VENUE in the hotel of the same name. Madame Rêve Paris,  GM, Frédéric Le Gallois,  is restaurateur Laurent Taïeb’s conversion of the four-floor Louvre post office: it’s financed by NOVAXIA DÉVELOPPEMENT  and designed by DOMINIQUE PERRAULT ARCHITECTURE. Best room is the 78sq m Grande Suite Jardin, overlooking an organic vegetable garden. GIRLAHEAD THINKS ITS NOTEWORTHY THAT AN EXPERIENCED RESTAURANT OPERATOR – his Groupe includes Kong, high above Samaritaine – merely chooses, now, a simple all day café.

Meanwhile, it seems, the foodie world cannot get enough of Jason Atherton – read about his Mykonos Social, shortly.  Girlahead loves his Pollen Social, in London’s hard-to-find Pollen Street, a few metres from Oxford Street. START LUNCH OR DINNER WITH AFTERNOON TEA. Yes, instead of usual canapés you are brought a curate’s stand of tiny-bite savouries, and whereas at ‘real tea’ you get a tealeaf-tea beverage, here a cream-topped magnificent broth is poured into the tea cu that is accompanied, natch, by that flute of Krug. Or whatever. GO ON,  to roasted Brixham turbot (200 miles with warm roe butter sauce and summer peas, and then Cumbrian suckling pig (296 miles)  with crushed Jersey Royals. SEE WHAT FUN A SOCIAL IS.

And what fun it was DINING AT ELECTRIC LEMON in New York’s oh-so-popular Equinox Hotel. GIRLAHEAD WAS WITH EQUINOX HOTELS’ CEO CHRIS NORTON. She nibbled cruditées with a dip of carrot juice and fermented soy sauce, and her 44 Farms’ prime ribeye was complemented by Tyler 2017 Pinot Noir. Hear the dinner host here: