New Restaurant, Sid¹s Cafe, to Open at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

December 18, 2014 on 2:29 pm | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas | Comments Off



High-end cafe pays homage to owner David Siegel’s father, Sid Siegel

LAS VEGAS – – Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino announces the opening of Sid’s Cafe, named after owner, David Siegel’s father, Sid Siegel. The restaurant, offering a creative approach to homestyle cooking, is scheduled to open on Wednesday, December 17 at 5 p.m.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Sid’s Cafe is a 200-seat, eatery in the heart of the casino.

The restaurant is awash in elegance, offering large marble columns and rich tones of warm gold and brown, as it sits in what was once was the casino’s former High Limit room.

In addition to the ambience, Sid’s boasts attentive service and large plates of freshly prepared food. The restaurant’s slogan states that “we treat everyone like a high roller.”

“My father would come to Las Vegas twice a month from Florida and loved how he was always treated like a high roller,” said David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts. “Everyone knew his name and catered to his every need which made him feel important.

At Sid’s, everyone will be treated with the same level of customer service that my father received.”

Menu options range from appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, main plates and desserts. Chicken Lollipops, tender chicken lollipops deep-fried and tossed in your choice of sauces; The Best Chopped Italian Salad in Vegas, made with finely chopped greens mixed with sliced salami, diced turkey breast, and mozzarella cheese, tossed in a signature herb-mustard parmesan dressing; New York Reuben Burger, grilled tender sliced pastrami, crisp sauerkraut, sliced Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing, all topped on a signature blend burger between two thick cut slices of Jewish rye; North Shore Lobster Roll, tender lobster tossed in just the right blend of spice and enough mayo, served on a butter toasted roll; Mom’s Meatloaf and Mashed, homemade meatloaf made with roasted peppers and onions. For dessert, guests have many options including a tribute to “The King” himself with The Elvis Sandwich, made with peanut butter, grape jelly, sliced bananas all battered and fried.

For more information or to book accommodations at the new Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to www.westgatelasvegasresort.com

ABOUT WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO

The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, a legendary world-class destination, offers a unique blend of amenities and excitement with all your favorite table games, hottest slots on the market, incredible restaurants, endless entertainment, more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space and the world’s largest race and sports SuperBook®. The Westgate Las Vegas provides a range of culinary adventures including exhibition-style Japanese cuisine at the world-famous Benihana, fine steaks at TJ’s Steakhouse, mouth-watering burgers at Burger Bistro, Pan-Asian dining at 888 Noodle Bar, authentic Japanese sushi at Teru Sushi, a traditional buffet that features tastes from around the world and more. The property boasts entertainment in the main theater, as well as a variety of on-going headliners and production shows in the Shimmer Cabaret. Its proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center and its designation as a Monorail station (connecting it to the Las Vegas Strip) makes it the ideal hotel for conventions and visitors alike. For more information or to book accommodations, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to www.westgatelasvegasresort.com


“The Grinch” and other holiday-themed cocktails at 17°South inside Tahiti Village‏

December 17, 2014 on 2:54 pm | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas | Comments Off



Las Vegas locals who use the phrase “Tahiti Holiday” will receive 50% off all holiday cocktails

17° South Egg Nog, “The Grinch,” the 17°South Old Fashion and others offered throughout holiday season

LAS VEGAS -– Celebrate the holiday season in a Tahitian paradise with 17° South’s festive new specialty holiday cocktail menu at Tahiti Village. Including six specialty cocktails and unique twists on holiday classics, the 17° South holiday cocktail menu is and offered daily until Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. All cocktails are available for $9 per drink and guests must be 21 years or older. Las Vegas locals who use the phrase “Tahiti Holiday” will receive 50% off all holiday cocktails.

The new 17° South holiday cocktail menu includes:

· 17° South Egg Nog

1oz. Brandy

1 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

Grand Marnier Float

· The Grinch

1.25 oz. of melon liqueur

.25 oz. Vodka

.25 oz. lemon juice

Splash of Simple Syrup

Garnished with a maraschino cherry

· Christmas Punch

1.25 oz. Rum

Simple Syrup

Cranberry juice

Lemon juice

Garnished with cherries, an orange slice, a lemon slice and chunks of pineapple

Finished with a splash of lemon lime soda

· 17° South Champagne Cocktail

5 oz. Champagne

1.25 oz. Bombay Gin

Splash of cranberry juice

Garnished with a lemon twist

· 17° South New Year’s Martini

1.25 oz. Raspberry vodka

Pomegranate liquor

Garnished with a lemon twist

· 17° South Holiday Old Fashion

Knob Creek Bourbon

Muddle cherries and oranges

Simple Syrup

Angostura Orange Bitters

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLocated in the floor-to-ceiling windowed eastern corner of the main lobby of Tahiti Village, 17° South offers a gorgeous outside deck (complete with televisions so you will not miss your favorite game) along with spectacular views of the immense main pool and lushly landscaped courtyard. 17° South’s new design and décor is welcoming and relaxing and also includes table top gaming and two slot machines if that is more your gaming style. The restaurant/bar seats 80 indoors and another 30 on the outdoor deck.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and the bar is open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily. A daily happy hour for non-Las Vegas residents is available Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 17° South will operate from noon to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 25. For more information, please visit www.17SouthBar.com. Find 17° South on Facebook and Twitter.

About Somerpointe Resorts

Somerpointe Resorts is a leading developer of vacation ownership with twelve resorts in its network including Club De Soleil, Tahiti and Tahiti Village, its flagship. Headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, the Somerpointe Resorts portfolio encompasses more than 100,000 owners and 2,000 guestrooms in some of the world’s most desirable locations including Las Vegas, Hawaii and Orlando. For more information, please visit www.somerpointeresorts.com

About Tahiti Village

Escape to the sights and sounds sun-kissed shores of a luxury Tahitian paradise, right on the Las Vegas Strip! Tahiti Village Vacation Club is 20 acres of pure pleasure that excites the senses and rejuvenates the soul. Tahiti Village amenities include a resort-style swimming pool with 24-hour hot tub, full-service tiki bars, a lazy river waterway stretching 1/8 mile, full-service Mahana Spa, state-of-the-art exercise rooms, retail shop, casual dining and in-room massages. For more information, please visit www.tahitivillage.com


2015 Food & Wine Festivals Worth Traveling For‏

December 17, 2014 on 2:42 pm | In Dine Drink, East Coast, Festivals, New York City, Webbandstand | Comments Off



If beer is more of your scene then don’t miss The Big Apple’s Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival on January 24th for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, and barbeque eatin.’ Book a stay at the TRYP by Wyndham Times Square to stay in the heart of New York City’s best attractions. The Wyndham Garden Chinatown is another great option that not only offers modern amenities, but impressive views of midtown Manhattan too!

· South Beach, FL –South Beach Wine & Food Festival is the ultimate go-to for any Food Network fanatic. This star-studded event, February 19 – 22, showcases the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach is the perfect place to stay to experience a beautiful ocean view and direct beach access.

· Charleston, SC – If you’re looking to experience southern hospitality and the famous food culture of Charleston, don’t miss out on the Charleston Wine + Food festival, March 4-8. This festival infuses home-grown flavor with top chef, winemakers and more. Stay at the Wingate by Wyndham Charleston University Boulevard, conveniently located less than 30 minutes from downtown Charleston, this hotel provides first-class amenities designed to keep travel simple.

· Las Vegas, NV – Go big and go Vegas for the ultimate wine and food experience at Vegas Uncork’d. To mark its 9th year, an unparalleled collection of celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and cutting-edge mixologists will be taking over the strip April 23 – 26. Super 8 Las Vegas Strip Area at Ellis Island is located just one block from the famous Las Vegas Strip and offers guests the convenience, amenities, and services of an expensive Las Vegas hotel at a more affordable price.


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Pop the Cork and Toast the Holiday Season with Sheraton Hotels’ Spotlight on Champagne!‏

December 17, 2014 on 2:39 pm | In Dine Drink, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Global Survey Says Bubbly Tops Everyone’s Wish List this Holiday Season – 67% Consider Champagne the Most Important Part of a Holiday Party

What Are You Toasting To? Share with Sheraton at #SheratonToastPromo for a Chance to Win Champagne Toasting Kits, World-Class Trips, and More

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Sheraton® Hotels invites you to raise a glass and toast! In continued celebration of Sheraton Social Hour, Sheraton is making the holidays sparkle with a special spotlight on Champagne. Guests and consumers are invited to raise a glass and toast the season with highly-rated Champagnes at participating Sheraton hotels and resorts around the world, and to share their celebratory toasts using #SheratonToastPromo for a chance to win exclusive Sheraton prizes.

The global festivities kicked off at the Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center with a toast and performance by platinum recording artists, Capital Cities. Additional celebrations are popping up around the world including Beijing and Dubai. In North America, Champagne will be the third installment of the successful Sheraton Selects Spotlight offering. The program includes two Champagne options out of the eight highly-rated wine options on the Sheraton Selects menu, and participating hotels are offering compelling programming including wine flights, food pairings, guided tastings and more.

Share Your Toast for a Chance to Win a Sweet Sleeper Bed, Trips to NYC, Maui, and More!

What are you toasting to this year? Sheraton recognizes that toast-worthy moments can happen anytime, anywhere, and encourages revelers to share these special cheers virtually with #SheratonToastPromo. Follow the hashtag to find toasts from some special tastemakers as well.

Several lucky celebrators who share their toast will have the opportunity to win exclusive and premium prizes each week, including Riedel’s Veritas Champagne glasses, Sweet Sleeper beds, five-night stays at The Sheraton New York Times Square and a trip for two to the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. For more information on Sheraton’s Spotlight on Champagne and the exceptional prizes for select virtual toast-makers, please visit www.sheraton.com/SheratonSelects.

Sip, Snooze or Shop?

A recent global survey commissioned by Sheraton shows Champagne is the “must-have” beverage for this holiday season and a cornerstone of any good holiday party. 67% of respondents named Champagne as the most important element to a holiday celebration, beating out other festive musts like décor and food. Bubbly also took first place as the number one holiday beverage of choice (47%) overruling other holiday classic favorites like mulled wine (14%) and spiked hot chocolate (16%). If they had to choose, respondents would be most likely to choose champagne over chocolate (41%), sleeping in late (32%), and shopping (18%).

“During this time of year, there’s no better way to celebrate great wines than with the must-have holiday staple, Champagne,” said Hoyt Harper, Global Brand Leader for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. “Sheraton is the world’s gathering place, and we’re inviting guests from all over the world to grab a glass and come together for a celebratory toast.”

Sheraton Selects Shine in North America


In North America, the Sheraton Selects Spotlight on Champagne follows the successful launch of the wine program with recent features on the Riesling grape and the wines of New Zealand. Each installment features Sheraton Selects, an upgraded premium wine menu comprised of a rotation of eight or more Wine Spectator-rated wines by the glass. The Sheraton Selects Spotlight program includes two Champagne offerings on all participating Sheraton Selects menus, and hotels may also offer Champagne flights and food pairings. Sheraton Selects Spotlight on Champagne features top Champagne house Nicolas Feuillatte, which is the preferred pour for Sheraton Selects Spotlight on Champagne, and renowned glassware designer, Riedel.

Sheraton Social Hour’s Continued Success

Sheraton Social Hour provides travelers with access to premium wines through weekly evening tasting events. Nearly one year following the global rollout of the program, hotels around the world have reported higher bar RevPOR (revenue per occupied room) and have seen an average 20 percent increase in YOY (year over year) beverage revenue in their lobby bars. Join the celebration on social media by following #SocialHour and @sheratonhotels on Instagram.

For more information on Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.sheraton.com  or Facebook. Follow Sheraton on Twitter and Instagram.

About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

Sheraton helps guests make connections at more than 400 hotels in nearly 70 countries around the world. The brand recently completed a $6 billion global revitalization and is now in the midst of an $8 billion global expansion over the next three years. Sheraton is owned by and is the largest and most global brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com


LOVE IS IN THE AIR WITH TREVI’S ‘THAT’S AMORE’ MENU THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

December 17, 2014 on 2:19 pm | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas | Comments Off



LAS VEGAS – TREVI Italian Restaurant, located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars, will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a specialty ‘That’s Amore’ couples’ menu along with a festive themed cocktail available exclusively on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Priced at $70 per couple, Executive Chef Peter Scaturro’s three-course menu will begin with the choice of a traditional Caesar salad, made with chopped romaine tossed in a homemade Caesar dressing and topped with shaved Parmesan and croutons; or fresh field greens mixed with tomatoes and crisp Italian crostini tossed in homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Available entrées will include: classic lasagna made with a hearty meat sauce, ricotta and mozzarella; penne diavolo served with grilled chicken, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes tossed in a spicy tomato cream sauce; or fettuccine al pesto con gamberi tossed with sautéed shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and basil in a pesto cream sauce.

TREVI’s signature spaghetti ice may be shared for dessert. The unique gelato presentation is made from vanilla and chocolate flavors topped with a sweet strawberry sauce and shaved white chocolate to mimic the classic Italian pasta dish.

Guests will also have the option to pair the ‘That’s Amore’ meal with a bottle of Dark Horse Wine, available for an additional $30, or sip on the Love Potion No. 9 cocktail for $9 each. The martini is a blend of Sobieski Citron, Raspberry Torani, sweet and sour and pomegranate juice, shaken, chilled and served with a slice of lemon.

ABOUT TREVI:

TREVI is located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars next to the ‘Fountain of the Gods.’ TREVI has been voted “Best of Las Vegas” for Italian cuisine by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The restaurant offers classic and contemporary Italian fare, a gelato bar featuring fresh gelato made daily and a dynamic atmosphere. Through a recent acquisition by Landry’s Inc., TREVI has introduced an entirely new menu by executive chef, Peter Scaturro, new cocktails and more to showcase the stunning restaurant. The laid-back restaurant and bar is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday. More information and reservations are available on TREVI’s website or by calling 702.735.4663. Follow TREVI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TREVILV.

ABOUT LANDRY’S, INC.:

Landry’s, Inc. is a national, diversified restaurant, hospitality and entertainment company principally engaged in the ownership and operation of high end and casual dining restaurants, primarily under the names of Landry’s Seafood House, Rainforest Cafe, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, Chart House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Claim Jumper and Saltgrass Steak House as well as a fine dining signature group of restaurants: Mastro’s Restaurants, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony’s, Oceanaire, Grotto, Willie G’s and others. The Company is also engaged in the ownership and operation of gaming, hospitality and entertainment businesses, including the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, Atlantic City and Biloxi, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, the Kemah Boardwalk, the San Luis Resort Complex, and the Downtown Aquariums in Denver and Houston. Landry’s, Inc. and Tilman Fertitta’s affiliated companies generated approximately $3 billion in revenues in 2013.


Tropic Offers New Gourmet Cooking Classes at Ecuador’s Finest Restaurant

December 17, 2014 on 8:49 am | In Adventure Travel, Dine Drink, Ecuador, South America | Comments Off




QUITO, ECUADOR, Ecuador’s leading purveyor of extraordinary experiences,Tropic (http://www.destinationecuador.com/), is passionate about sharing the stories and products of Quito’s finest artisanal workshops – and now culinary stars.

“May We Introduce You” is a campaign of award-winning ecotourism company Tropic that creates unique memories through visits to the country’s finest boot maker and chocolatier. And now guests can engage in a gourmet cooking class at the Relais & Chateau-designated Zazu Restaurante as the centerpieces of Quito tours, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“Tropic has its finger on the pulse of what we consider the crème de la crème of experiences in Quito and beyond,” Says Jascivan Carvalho, President. “For an establishment to make it onto our elite and privileged “May We Introduce You” list is a commitment that owners of these select companies make to provide Tropic guests VIP status through special tours and amenities.”

The third addition to the list is Zazu Restaurante, considered to be the finest restaurant not only in Quito but in all of Ecuador. Tropic’s guests may engage in a private cooking class that concludes with drinks, appetizers and the company of one of Zazu’s accomplished Master Chefs. See: http://www.destinationecuador.com/quito-ecuador-culinary-and-cooking-classes.html

This will be the first gourmet Relais & Chateau cooking class to be offered in Ecuador. Tropic’s clients enjoy a private dinning and kitchen area for an intimate interaction and exchange with the chef. The cost is $100 per person for the two hour experience.

Zazu Restaurante emphasizes fresh and locally sourced ingredients served in the subdued elegance of a grey and white décor. Since opening in 2007, its contemporary Latin menu is regularly updated. Guests may learn how to prepare – and then sample — among others, Ecuadorian-style ceviches, yellow potato gnocchi with truffles, and Pangora (stone crab) and avocado salad seasoned with lemon foam.


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Tropic’s “May We Introduce You” campaign also guides guests to La Mundial, a luxury custom boot company which now offers a factory tour in Quito, and to Pacari, an internationally recognized and award-winning chocolatier. While focusing on boots, chocolate and now culinary techniques, guests tour Quito’s Colonial Center with its historic churches, narrow cobblestone streets and main plaza.

About Tropic

Established in 1994, Tropic is an award–winning ecotourism company specializing in responsible, community-based tourism in Ecuador.Programs combine life-changing, active-but-cultural ecotourism experiences focusing on nature, conservation, diversity and sustainability.

For information and reservations contact:Tropic / Phone: +593-02-2234-594 / 202. 657.5072 (US) / 593. 2. 222. 5907 (EC)/ US Toll-free: 1.888.207.8615 / Website: http://www.destinationecuador.com


EXPLORE SYDNEY’S TOP TASTEMAKERS‏

December 17, 2014 on 8:39 am | In Australia, Dine Drink, New South Wales, Sydney | Comments Off





TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR TASTE OF SYDNEY 2015

Foodies rejoice! Taste of Sydney is returning to the stunning surrounds of Centennial Park from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 March, 2015. Grab your tickets now and start dreaming of the personalised tasting menu you’ll create from over 60 dishes from 15 of Sydney’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants.

The full 360° foodie experience will be yours for the taking at Taste of Sydney 2015, which will bring together Sydney’s hottest new restaurants, chef collaborations, artisan producers and a host of exciting new attractions to take part in. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Sydney’s unique dining scene!

Tickets are on sale from today through Ticketek, with limited edition Christmas packages available for purchase until midnight 25th December. Got a food-lover in the family who’d delight in a day spent sampling a variety of different fare at Taste of Sydney? It’s the perfect Christmas gift!

The Christmas packages are as follows:

2 General Entry tickets for $35 (save $25*)
2 Platinum Passes for $160 (save $40*)

* savings based on door prices and exclude Ticketek booking and transaction fees

Purchasing a Platinum Pass will also entitle you to $30 Crowns per ticket, 3 complimentary drinks to get you started, fast track festival entry and exclusive access to the completely new Platinum Garden Bar private enclosure.

Recently awarded NSW’s Best Exhibition in the Australian Event Awards, Taste of Sydney is absolutely unmissable for food and wine enthusiasts, and anyone who enjoys dining out in Sydney’s hottest spots for culinary delights. The 2015 event is set to be the biggest and best yet with more learning opportunities and masterclasses, more restaurants, and more entertainment.

“The Taste Festivals team continue to push boundaries, with the 2015 Taste of Sydney shaping up to be the best yet,” said Hannah Pike, Managing Director of Brand Events Australia. “Without revealing too much yet, I’m so excited about the new restaurants that we have taking part this year, and also the variety of classes, workshops and other hands-on experiences everyone can get involved in.”

A global phenomenon, the first Taste was held in London, UK with just one event over 10 years ago. Since then, Taste has rapidly grown to become part of the social season for foodies, restaurant lovers and chef groupies in 24 different cities around the globe.

Wherever it is in the world, Taste represents foodie heaven: stunning food prepared in the city’s greatest restaurants, world-famous chefs, superb drinks and outstanding entertainment, set in picturesque outdoor surroundings. Taste is really part of a global movement of festivals, with the most recent additions being in Paris and Perth.

So take advantage of the early bird Christmas priced packages for tickets and secure yours today! This is Sydney’s must-attend foodie festival.

WHAT: Taste of Sydney 2015

WHEN: Thurs 12 – Sun 15 March

WHERE: Centennial Park, Sydney

TICKETS: On sale from TODAY through Ticketek Australia – www.ticketek.com.au/tasteofsydney

Christmas presale until midnight Dec 25

General on sale Fri 26 Dec

INFO: www.tasteofsydney.com.au

Follow Taste of Sydney’s social media channels for all the latest updates:

Facebook: facebook.com/tasteofsydney

Instagram: instagram.com/tasteofsydney

Twitter: twitter.com/tasteofsydney

Book Your Beach Resort at a Discount

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort goes top class

December 15, 2014 on 3:29 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, British Columbia, Cabinweb, Canada, Dine Drink, Relais Chateaux | Comments Off




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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort has been announced as one of the newest members of the Relais & Châteaux association of properties, increasing the well-respected brand’s collection to five locations in British Columbia and eleven in Canada.

The decision to add Clayoquot Wilderness Resort creates a unique experience for Relais & Châteaux travellers, providing a West Coast destination that embraces nature and holds a very high standard of service for guests. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort marks a new trend for wilderness experiences for the well-established association as they move to offer additional destinations to match their outstanding hotel properties around the world.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia to the Relais & Châteaux family,” says Patrick O’Connell, the president of the North American Delegation. “This rugged, but refined property offers a unique approach to luxury in a serene and sensual atmosphere. Glamorous camping in a natural setting provides a perfect therapeutic escape for our adventurous guests.”

Known for instilling a sense of place in the wilderness, reminiscent of late 19th Century Great Camps of the Adirondacks and safari camps of Africa, the eco-resort offers accommodation in a series of luxury ensuite tents. The guest tents are surrounded by an open kitchen concept dining cookhouse, outdoor fireplace and seating area, a luxury spa, yoga studio, a billiards tent, library tent, art tent, fly-fishing tent, and three hot tubs and two saunas – all linked by cedar boardwalks under the rainforest canopy.

wickers.com COUPON 10% OFF all orders“For us, Relais & Châteaux was an association that we felt would further establish Clayoquot Wilderness Resort as a outstanding option for guests with a sense of adventure and a discerning eye for the highest levels of service and experience,” says Caton.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort joins the additional Relais & Châteaux properties in British Columbia, which include the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Wickaninnish Inn, Sonora Resort and Hastings House Country House Hotel.

Established over half a century ago, Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality. Relais & Châteaux has redefined luxury hospitality by emphasizing holistic experiences that transport its guests, taking them on a sensual journey and introducing them to a deeper, truer understanding of the Art of Living. Today, there are more than 520 members that are a part of Relais & Châteaux.

For more information, visit www.wildretreat.com

About Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Surrounded by glacial mountains and lush rain forest, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is located in British Columbia’s fragile Clayoquot Sound Biosphere reserve, right at the mouth of the Bedwell River, approximately 40 minutes outside of Tofino, BC. One of the first to be named a Canadian ‘signature experience’ by the Canadian Tourism Commission, the all-inclusive eco-resort opens annually from May to September. It offers three, four and seven night packages, starting at $4,750 per person in shoulder season and $6,353 in peak season.

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineGuests experience safari-style tent accommodation (many with ensuite washrooms) gourmet cuisine and the Healing Ground spa. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, ocean and fresh water fishing, whale and bear watching, a Wild Side First Nations Interpretive Trail, a natural rock climbing wall, an archery range, a ten-stand sporting clays course, kayaking, canoeing and heli-exploring. Always innovating, the resort’s new “Over the Top” accommodation experience is located on the top of Mt. Ursus and comes with a private guide and chef for an unforgettable overnight excursion. Access to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is typically via floatplane from Vancouver’s International Airport or water taxi from the docks at Tofino.

New for 2014, the Resort added their “Over the Top” experience, which guests were able to book as an add-on to their trip. The experience includes one night on the top of Mount Ursus in the lap of glamping luxury, with a beautifully appointed private tent complete with breathtaking views. Tents mirror the experience at Bedwell River basecamp, with a four-poster bed, down duvet, antique furniture, fireplace, and hot shower. A lounge and dining tent also provides every comfort needed for the dream night away. Guests are flown up to this romantic pinnacle via helicopter, along with their own guide and chef, who have their own accommodations a discreet but safe distance away.

For more information, visit www.wildretreat.com

About Relais & Châteaux

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 530 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 64 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for, and a personal commitment to, ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches of the Fiji Islands, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and the best way to discover a wide range of distinctive destinations. The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: “ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.” Information or reservations at www.relaischateaux.com


Culinary Award For Solihull Hotel

December 15, 2014 on 10:22 am | In Dine Drink, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off




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A luxury hotel in Solihull is celebrating its first AA rosette for culinary excellence – and is already aiming to achieve two in 2015!

The Bar8 Brasserie at Hogarths Hotel & Restaurant in Four Ashes Road, Dorridge, has gained the national accolade under the direction of head chef Alex Alexandrov.

An inspector from the nationally renowned scheme visited the restaurant to judge everything from the standard of the service and food to its cleanliness.

Steven Quick, general manager at Hogarths Hotel & Restaurant, said gaining an AA rosette for culinary excellence was a tremendous achievement.

“We are extremely proud of all the staff because it is a collective effort to have secured an AA rosette,” he said.

“This was one of our aims at the start of the year so we are very pleased to have been successful.

“It is testimony to the dedication, hard work and commitment of everyone from the kitchen staff to the waiters and waitresses and it needed a significant contribution from each member of staff in a huge team effort.

“We take great pride in sourcing our food locally whether that is eggs, beef or pork because we know we are using the freshest possible ingredients and we are supporting local businesses.

“Bar8 Brasserie has been refurbished to a high standard with the interior and lighting highlighting the care we take in everything we do at Hogarths.

“Our owners Helena and Andy Hogarth are committed to continuing to raise standards in every aspect of the hotel so having achieved one rosette, we are now working towards gaining two rosettes.


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“Staff training is also continuing towards gaining the AA’s red-stars – there are only 150 hotels in the UK and Republic of Ireland to have the accolade so we would be among the elite if we were to achieve this.

“It takes between 18 months to two years to be in a position to ask an AA inspector to come along to judge whether a hotel is worthy of achieving red-stars so there is still a great deal of work to be done.

“In the meantime, we are committed to providing high levels of customer service in every area of the hotel and we look forward to receiving our AA rosette plate to hang in a prominent place for our visitors and staff to see.”


Urban Turban, a Bombay Kitchen and Tapas Bar, Brings Its Fresh Take on Indian Cuisine to Las Vegas‏

December 10, 2014 on 10:50 am | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas | Comments Off



Las Vegas – Urban Turban, a Bombay Kitchen and Tapas Bar, is bringing its fresh take on authentic Indian fares to Las Vegas. Scheduled to open by the third weekend in December, Urban Turban has created a unique dining dynamic by fusing authentic Bombay-style cuisine with a modern dining ambiance.

Urban Turban owners Jasmine and Bhushan Arolkar, along with a professional culinary team from Bombay provide a menu that includes a wide array of flavors unique to Bombay (Mumbai) style cuisine. Menu items include the Bombay bites (tapas style offerings) such as, Lamb Sliders, Masala Cup Corn and Gin Chicken. Also included on the menu are the famous Bottomless Curries and a wide range of Indian west coast seafood delicacies like the Gunpowder Shrimp. Moreover, Urban Turban will offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Patrons can enjoy local craft beers on tap, well-matched wines and a specialty cocktail menu that includes the Bourbon Turban, Indian Mule and Cobra Kiss just to name a few. The 4,450 square ft. bar and restaurant accommodates group dinners and private parties upon request.

With its success in New Zealand, Urban Turban has led to the expansion of its first location in the United States. The executive chef for the group’s New Zealand concept, Chef Kedar Anthwal, will be in Las Vegas to assist in the opening of the new location. The Urban Turban Las Vegas location’s head chef, Vijay Deokar, has over 15 years of experience working as a chef and manager in kitchens for the Taj Group, Oberoi, Royal Caribbean Cruises and more. Chef Vijay believes in keeping the authenticity of flavors intact and blending it with modern fusion cooking. He is passionate that food needs to not only to look, smell and taste delicious, but it should also heal, soothe and rejuvenate.

“We are excited to introduce our one-of-a-kind take on Bombay cuisine to the Las Vegas culinary industry,” said Urban Turban’s Chief Operating Officer, Bhushan Arolkar. “We hope that our exceptional menu and our extensive wine list will be warmly welcomed by both Las Vegas locals and tourists.”

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Scheduled to open by the third week in December, Urban Turban outdoor signage lights up Las Vegas. Located on Paradise Rd, Urban Turban offers Bombay bites, bottomless curries and more.

About Urban Turban
Urban Turban transports the flavors of India direct to Las Vegas. Urban Turban owners, Jasmine and Bhushan Arolkar, drew inspiration from their hometown of Bombay (Mumbai), India to create an innovative restaurant that fuses a modern dining experience with a wide variety of cuisine styles from all regions of India and across the globe. At Urban Turban guests can enjoy a traditionally international menu of Bombay bites (tapas style) and an extensive wine and cocktail menu in a modern dining ambiance. The culinary team, lead by Head Chef Vijay Deokar, is a team of professional chefs who integrate classic Bombay flavors and spices with contemporary Indian fare favorites. Urban Turban is located at 3900 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169 and is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. until late. For more information on Urban Turban visit urbanturbanlv.com  or call 702-826-3216.

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