Renoir or Picasso? What is your choice?

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Renoir and Picasso??? What is your choice?

First thought, that comes to my mind when the word Renoir is mentioned is Pierre-Auguste Renoir, better known as Auguste Renoir the French artist who was one of the leaders of the Impressionist Style painting movement. My favorite Painting by him is the “Moulin del la Galette (1876) the other one I love is “The Umbrellas” when you see this painting instantly you know the artist is Renoir if you follow impressionist painters.

Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker and the list goes on and on. The only common denominator is that he was an artist and spent most of his adult life in France. Now my favorite master piece by Picasso comes from his early years.  “The Blue Nude” which he painted in 1902. Interestingly this period (1902-1904) is considered Picasso’s Blue Period.

Now in all fairness if I had to pair two artists, then Renoir & Claude Monet would be my choice, because they are of the same Impressionistic Period. So why on earth did I pair these two instead you might ask? (I will get to it soon please let me digress)

Most of you know that not only do I love art, books, wine but fine dining as well.

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Over the years, I have often written, how in my opinion the best chefs of the world have converged on Las Vegas and they brought their A game to this city. The best and most expensive Restaurants are now in Las Vegas.  Everyone thinks it is all about gambling in Sin-City. I admit that is a part of it, Diane and I prefer to go for the culinary experience.

Long story short, we had a family gathering in Las Vegas in the early 2000’s so Diane and I decide while we were there might as well visit one of the best culinary experiences of the time. I had a choice between Renoir or Picasso. I chose Renoir at the Mirage. Since at the time it received Mobil’s five-star rating one of only 14 restaurants in the United States to be awarded this honor at the time. Super Chef Alex Strata also had numerous AAA’s Five Diamond awards, including a James Beard award and the list goes on and on.  So, the choice was easy Renoir it was.

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It was an incredible culinary experience. The Restaurant was in the middle of the gambling floor, but it was totally soundproofed. Once you entered the Restaurant, you had no idea that there were Slot Machines clanking their coins and making the gambler favorite sounds: Bells Ringing.  This restaurant was so insulated that Diane and I whispered not to disturb any of the other diners. On the walls were original Renoir paintings, it felt like you were in Steve Wynn’s home that had a private dining room (the paintings were on loan from Steve Wynn). To me the experience was not only a culinary but a visual treat. Imagine, classic French flavors and techniques mixed with bold Italian flavors with original Renoirs hanging on the walls.

 

I convinced Diane we should have the tasting menu, in order that, we could have the ultimate “flavor” experience. The tasting menu was an eight-course meal bursting with flavors of France and Italy through the hands of super Chef Alex Strata.  The portions were properly planned, by the time we finished we were totally satisfied and did not feel that we needed another bite of something. After every course, new plates and new utensils were brought. If we happened to make a mess a new table cloth magically was replaced seamlessly.

In my lifetime, I have eaten in some wonderful restaurants all over the Globe, Germany, France, Austria, England & Hungary to name a few. This was the ultimate experience I ever had. Almost two decades later I still talk about it and compare service and tastes to this experience. I can still recall the sautéed foie gras with aged balsamic reduction. Ironically, I made one right decision and one wrong decision. I chose the right restaurant, because shortly after our visit. They closed and the Super Chef went to another one ow Steve Wynn’s Casinos with little fanfare. The decision I should have made is to do the Wine Pairing with the meals. Oh well, we all learn by our mistakes, or at least we hope.

So, fast forward to our trip this time to Las Vegas, I have become wiser over the years and lucky for us Picasso was still around at the Bellagio. Hence it was a no brainer to choose this restaurant to stop in and spend a wonderful culinary treat. Let me ask you, would you not want to eat surrounded by original Picassos? Uber Chef Julia Serrano’s French cooking mixed with Spanish influence was just the right masterpiece I mean meal to have. Having learned from my mistake at Renoir, I chose the tasting menu with the Wine Pairing. Well interestingly enough, they had two wine pairings the “out of this world” and the “standard” one. I opted for the “standard “and I am pleased to report it was not a mistake this time.

The Tasting Menu was a culinary masterpiece and it was a meal of my dreams. Comparing the two Chefs, the two staffs it is virtually a tossup which one wins. When we left, we received a gift on the way out. Very memorable and meaningful.

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Renoir was more intimate but Picasso was more casual for an astonishing meal and the views were more spectacular. Either way I am lucky to have had both experiences and had I not chose the order of picking the first restaurant I would not have the opportunity to even talk about comparing such great culinary destination places.

As far as I am concerned these two Restaurants provided us with an ultra-luxurious culinary experience. Now if you are looking for a Beverly Hills Realtor who will provide with an ultra-luxury experience in your buying or selling of properties in Beverly Hills and vicinity. Please reach out to me directly!

If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

  

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Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Dick Greenberg  the other Restaurants I did not mention are nothing to be ashamed of either... will have to write another post... on a side note we try to do Michelin rated restaurants too... Ironically Las Vegas and Los Angeles are not being rated by Michelin as of the past few years... I find that politics... but Los Angeles has quite a few Restaurants that can be rated by Michelin as well as Las Vegas...Endre

Jan 06, 2017 11:54 PM #34
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel  we go for the food experience or if we have family that wants to meet us there rather than Los Angeles... we actually like that they want to go to Vegas, less work on us and more fun for us because there are so many superb Restaurants...Endre

Jan 06, 2017 11:56 PM #35
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents  I went to the Impressionist Museum in Paris and  Amsterdam so I am partial to Renoir, Monet and Matisse... OK let's not forget Degas:))Endre

Jan 06, 2017 11:58 PM #36
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George Souto  funny you say that I can spend $600+ for dinner no problem lose $100 on the slots I cry:), Endre

Jan 06, 2017 11:59 PM #37
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 A wonderful read Endre Barath, Jr. !! I'd have a meltdown trying to choose between Renoir or Picasso. I'm such a fan of both. A very early love and tipping point for me were the Impressionists' especially the composers like Debussy, Ravel, Satie, etc... So you had me with the title! I love the fact you remember an exceptionally good meal like a favorite novel. A great meal is like a great story! 

Jan 07, 2017 10:01 AM #38
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After reading your post, that leftover soup I just had for lunch doesn't seem quite so satisfying. 

Jan 07, 2017 11:59 AM #39
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Endre Barath, Jr. I was wondering where you were going with the Picasso and Renoir comparison. Again my friend we are spot on Bob and I got married in Vegas as you know so we spent our 10th anniversary there and we went to Picasso's which was a splurge for us....and we too chose the wine pairing. It too date has been the best meal and experience ever we even took a picture with the maitre d by a  Picasso.  Great minds....

Jan 07, 2017 01:28 PM #40
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Endre Barath, Jr. We too do not go for the gambling and my 2 favorite artists are Monet and Van Gogh! 

Jan 07, 2017 01:31 PM #41
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Sounds like a wonderful taste treat experience though all those courses would mean a few sittings for me !

Jan 07, 2017 02:28 PM #42
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George Souto I agree with you 100 % I work hard for my money too and the only problem with Vegas is, that there is a $$ amount that you will spend no matter  what you do, Shows, Fine Dining or Gambling at the end of the trip you end up with the same amount... I feel good when I see a Show or when I have a fantastic culinary  experience do not feel so good if I lose a few hundred $$ gambling... Endre

Jan 07, 2017 08:11 PM #43
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Lou Ludwig  indeed it is, Endre

Jan 07, 2017 08:11 PM #44
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Jeff Dowler  I went to the Musee-orsay in Paris and loved all Impressionist work, I have always had a soft spot for impressionist painters:) Endre

Jan 07, 2017 08:14 PM #45
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Rene Fabre  indeed I love Ravel and yes a good story indeed:)Endre

Jan 07, 2017 08:39 PM #46
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Debbie Laity  we can not eat and drink superb meals and wine, then we would not appreciate the special treats:)Endre

Jan 07, 2017 08:40 PM #47
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert  for most people it is a splurge and that is what makes it even more memorable:) Endre

Jan 07, 2017 08:42 PM #48
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Hi Endre... Renoir sounds like my kind of restaurant... mixing elements of French and Italian cuisine... my favorites! Lucky you to have been able to experience this.

Jan 08, 2017 02:21 AM #49
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Good morning Endre Barath, Jr. ,

Loved your post and the detailed description of your dining experience. I'm with Nina Hollander "Renoir" sounds good to me..I like the French and Italian cuisine (although I would be happy with both).

Jan 08, 2017 06:37 AM #50
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson  they were all very small portions with flavors bursting you would have wondered if you will be satisfied at the end... and the answer is Absolutely, Endre

Jan 08, 2017 12:00 PM #51
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Nina Hollander  I am very lucky indeed and grateful for both experiences, Endre

Jan 08, 2017 12:01 PM #52
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Dorie Dillard  we are on the same page Renoir was a notch more to my liking....Endre

Jan 08, 2017 12:02 PM #53
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