Feast of Food and Art Through Morocco

October 31, 2014 on 10:10 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Dine Drink, Morocco, Webbandstand | Comments Off

wickers.com COUPON 10% OFF all ordersBorn in Morocco of French-Jewish parents Nadine Abensur draws on this heritage, her many travels and her own imagination to create her fantastic recipes.

She began her career by working in restaurants around the world, then set up her own vegetarian catering company Culinary Arts, which soon aquired a famous clientele ranging from Paul and Linda McCartney to Annie Lennox. For five years she was Food Director of the prominent UK vegetarian restaurant group, Cranks.

Nadine now divides her time between London and Australia, where she runs cookery courses and promotes Australian art. She writes for magazines in both countries, including BBC Good Food and Delicious.

As a child Nadine spent time with her parents and grandparents in Casablanca.

You are invited to join Nadine on her rediscovery of her native Casablanca to the houses she stayed in, the ice cream shop where she used to go and the beachside restaurant where she ate sardines and shoestring chips!

Then journey with her to the spiritual capital Fes to cook in a secret garden, Marrakech to get into the atmosphere of the souks and visit designer workshops, artists’ studios and galleries.

Cook, fish and paint in Essaouira, and of course ride a camel.

Price AUD $8850 per person includes all accommodation, transport, meals, sightseeing with English speaking guides, cooking and art classes.

Please contact Carol Prior on 0415 637 985 or email moroccobypriorarrangement@gmail.com

Numbers are limited to 12.

Lake Louise high dining

October 31, 2014 on 8:24 am | In Alberta, Canada, Dine Drink, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineIn Lake Louise, Lake Louise Ski Resort this summer revealed a new ‘high’-dining experience with the launch of Whitehorn Lodge Restaurant. At an elevation of 6700ft (2042m) above sea level, this is the first on-mountain dining option of its kind in Lake Louise, offering an upscale menu for summer scenery-seekers complete with rustic, Canadiana dining delights, as well as refined signature cocktails and deluxe hot beverages. Diners can satisfy their tastebuds as they take in Lake Louise Ski Resort’s legendary 365 degree mountain panorama. Hikers can also take the challenge of reaching the summit of Mount Whitehorn or for the less-extreme, there’s the opportunity to explore a trail or two with one of the resort’s knowledgeable mountain guides. www.SkiLouise.com

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If only Daniel Boulud planned your Thanksgiving feast…oh wait, he did…‏

October 30, 2014 on 11:38 am | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe prix fixe menu boasts the taste of the holidays from famed chef Daniel Boulud

LAS VEGAS –– As with every dish he touches, Chef Daniel Boulud of db Brasserie at The Venetian Las Vegas, leaves his signature French flair and never disappoints. These Thanksgiving creations have the perfect special touches to elevate your holiday dining experience.

The three course Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu is $48 per person and is available Thursday, Nov. 27 from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Reservations are recommended 702-430-1235.

Appetizer (Choice Of):

Fall Squash Soup – Crème fraîche, celery salad, pomegranate OR
Heirloom Beet Salad –Herb goat cheese, pistachio, black quinoa, sherry vinegar


Turkey Dinner – Buttermilk poached breast, foie gras stuffed leg, Yukon pomme puree, apple-chestnut stuffing, cranberry compote, giblet gravy

Dessert (Choice Of):

Candied Pecan Tart – Spiced chantilly
Pumpkin Pie –Vanilla bean gelato
Baked Apple Tian – Caramelized apple, crème fraiche chantilly, cranberry gelée, green apple sorbet

In addition to the prix fixe dinner, additional items such as the Tarte Flambée, Gougères with Truffle Mornay, Charcuterie Board and Salmon Rillettes will be available a la carte.


db Brasserie, from acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, features a selection of brasserie favorites with Boulud’s signature French-American flair. With a menu created in collaboration with Executive Chef David Middleton, flavors from around the globe give an inspired and unique flavor to dishes with a menu that changes seasonally. The spacious restaurant seats 280 diners, including two private dining rooms, as well as a casual bar and lounge. Designed by Jeffrey Beers International (JBI), the group took inspiration from classic brasseries in France to create a welcoming and convivial atmosphere.

Located at the start of Restaurant Row, just off the casino floor, db Brasserie is accessible from both The Venetian and The Palazzo, with easy access from The Palazzo parking garage.

db Brasserie is open 7 days a week for lunch, happy hour and dinner beginning at 11:30 a.m. and weekend brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Reservations are recommended 702-430-1235.

Follow db Brasserie on Twitter and Instagram at @dbBrasserie.

Boyd Gaming kicks off the holiday season in November with dining specials

October 30, 2014 on 11:34 am | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

LAS VEGAS – Celebrate November at Boyd Gaming properties in Nevada with great dining specials and exciting gaming promotions all month long.

Valleywide Promotions:

Boyd Gaming wishes to thank our veterans and active duty military personnel this Veterans Day by inviting them to dine for free all day at French Market Buffet at the Orleans, Ports O’ Call Buffet at Gold Coast, St. Tropez Buffet at Suncoast and Firelight Buffet at Sam’s Town Las Vegas. Just show a military ID or DD-214 and B Connected Card to enjoy a free breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet on Tuesday, November 11.

Take home up to $40,000 in the Avalanche of Cash Drawings in November at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town. Guests can earn entries by playing their favorite slots and table games and earning points with their B Connected card from Sunday, November 2 until Saturday, November 29. The progressive top drawing prize ranges from $5,000 up to $40,000. Saturday drawings will be held twice nightly on November 8, 15, 22 and 29 at all four properties. For complete rules, see the B Connected desk at participating properties. .

4500 West Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89103

French Market Buffet will present special buffet items from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving (November 27). Enjoy cider-glazed turkey, honey-baked Virginia ham, encrusted New York sirloin, rotisserie chicken, center-cut pork chops and trout almandine, along with other holiday staples and buffet favorites. $14.99 with B Connected card ($19.99 without).

Canal Street will offer two Thanksgiving prix fixe menu options from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Start with a crab-stuffed endive with blood orange and truffle oil, then choose either a roasted pumpkin bisque or winter harvest salad. Entrée selections include a holiday turkey feast for $26 or short rib and rosemary shrimp for $24. Finish with pumpkin cheese cake torte for dessert. The regular menu will also be served.

Prime Rib Loft will offer two Thanksgiving prix fixe menu options from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Start with white bean and kalamata olive bruschetta, then select a Loft salad or butternut squash soup. Entrée selections include traditional turkey dinner for $26 or filet mignon and jumbo crab-stuffed shrimp for $32. Finish the meal with pumpkin pie. The regular menu will also be served.

Big Al’s Oyster Bar will serve a three-course Thanksgiving menu item from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Start with a cup of Boston or Manhattan clam chowder; enjoy Big Al’s Seafood Boil as your entrée and finish with pumpkin pie for dessert. Get it for $21. The regular menu will also be served.

Courtyard Café will serve a traditional turkey dinner, holiday baked ham dinner or crab-stuffed rainbow trout dinner for $12.99. Each includes a soup or salad and dessert. The regular menu will also be served.

4000 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Monday Senior Bonus Days are more fun for guests 50 and over! Earn 10x points on reels and 5x points on video poker; a free entry into the weekly $2,500 Video Poker Tournament (held 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays); and play bingo with a free Bingo blue pack! Must be a B Connected member to get these great deals. Come back on Wednesday to enjoy the perks of being Young at Heart at Boyd Gaming properties across the Las Vegas Valley.

Thanksgiving is the day to play Bingo with the $500 Gobble Ball! Win on anything ending with “1” in all sessions and get a $500 bonus on top of the regular game prize payout.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowCortez Room will offer a prix fixe two-course Thanksgiving menu from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Start with harvest winter soup, pumpkin bisque or holiday salad; enjoy a roasted turkey dinner for $27 or pan-seared lamb chops for $38. Add on a special seasonal dessert of classic apple or pumpkin pie for $7 or brown sugar-glazed pumpkin crème brule for $9. The regular menu will also be served.

9090 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89145

The $38,000 Bingo Weekend means you win big at Suncoast Bingo on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9! Enjoy double and triple pay at the 7 p.m. session. Four lucky winners will take home $1,000 for a coverall – guaranteed! At the 9 p.m. session, 15 players will take home $1,000 if they are playing on a $15 pack.

Cash Time $20,000 Video Reel Slot Tournaments will be held every Tuesday in November from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Win up to $1,500 per session with 15 winners each day. Get entries with points earned on slot or video poker, then swipe at a kiosk to get your entry ticket.

St. Tropez Buffet is offering an unlimited lunch buffet in November for only $7.99 on Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy all your favorite delicious items for a low prize. $7.99 for B Connected members; price without B Connected Card is $12.99.

The $15,000 Table Games Electronics Drawing will be held every Friday in November at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Start earning entries on Sunday, November 2 by playing your favorite table games and collecting stamps on your drawing ticket. Forty winners will take home a 50” TV, Best Buy® Gift Card, Microsoft Surface™ tablet or $300 in cash.

Café Siena will offer special Thanksgiving entrée choices of roast turkey with apple-pecan cornbread dressing, baked ham with peach glaze and sautéed rainbow trout. Each dish comes accompanied with potatoes and vegetables and a choice of dessert: pumpkin pie, pecan pie or apple pie. Get all this for $14.99.

SC Prime will offer a Thanksgiving Day prix fixe menu, starting with chicken and sweet potato chowder or Boston Bibb lettuce wedge; entrees include traditional roast turkey for $28.95, grilled Alaskan salmon for $29.95 or smoked pork loin medallions for $28.95. Finish the meal with either pumpkin cheesecake or an apple tart.

5111 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV 89122

Sam’s Town is the Locals Place to Play with 20x points on “Buffalo” machines, 11x points on slots and 7x points on video poker on Fridays and Sundays in November. Additionally, every Tuesday, 500 local Sam’s Town guests will win a free buffet. Swipe at a kiosk on Tuesdays to reveal your prize.

Earn Free Slot Dollars on Thursdays through Sundays in November. Play your favorite machines and earn bonus Slot Dollars for use the following day. For every 500 base points earned, receive $5 in bonus Slot Dollars – up to $50 per day.

At Willy & Jose’s Mexican Cantina, enjoy the November margarita of the month: the Cranberry Margarita. This tart and tasty drink features EXODO Lime tequila, fresh cranberries and orange liqueur. Get it for only $7 during the month of November.

Enjoy a traditional holiday dinner on Thanksgiving at both Billy Bob’s Steakhouse and Willy & Jose’s for only $20. From 3 p.m. to closing, get tender roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, including side dish choices of oyster dressing, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, chateau potatoes, fresh asparagus, vegetables or Brussel sprouts. Meal includes soup or salad to start and pie for dessert. Get it for $20.

12 East Ogden Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Market Street Café will serve traditional roast turkey or ham steak with fruit sauce dinner on Thanksgiving for $11.99.

Redwood Bar and Grill will serve a Thanksgiving prix fixe menu option for $25, which includes entrée choices of roast turkey, baked ham or pan-seared sea bass, all accompanied with sides and dessert.

200 North Main Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Garden Court Buffet will serve all your Thanksgiving favorites with Garden Court classics like oxtail stew from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $15.99 with B Connected card, $17.99 without.

Triple 7 will serve a traditional roast turkey or baked ham dinner with all the trimmings and dessert for $12.99.

200 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Paradise Café will serve Thanksgiving entrees roast turkey, salmon Florentine or roasted lamb chops, all for $13.99.

Paradise Buffet will serve a special Thanksgiving buffet with holiday favorites and buffet staples from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $13.99 with a B Connected Card ($14.99 without). Special dishes include Cornish game hen coq au vin, lamb chops Seville and roasted pork loin.

Second Street Grill will offer a prix fixe three-course Thanksgiving meal of herb-roasted turkey with all the fixings for $27 or herb-crusted prime rib for $29. Both dishes include choice of soup or salad and a chef’s special dessert.

Andis Wines on Hawaiian Airlines‏

October 30, 2014 on 9:53 am | In Airlines, Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Hawaiian Islands | Comments Off

Crafted by Andy Friedlander, and his wife, Janis Akuna, who split their time between Sacramento and Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines is proud to offer these wines which have garnered numerous awards and 90+ point scores from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle and Sunset Magazine, among others.

More about Andis Wines

· With a focus on crafting delicious wines with balance, character and complexity, Andis Wines has garnered numerous awards and 90+ point scores from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle and Sunset Magazine, among others.

· Andis Wines is located in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County, one of California’s oldest grape growing regions – vines were planted by the gold miners in the 1850’s.

· The name Andis is a combination of the first names of Andy and Janis, who are local, well known husband and wife owners: Andy Friedlander and Janis Akuna. They both still work and live in Honolulu.

· The winery building is a state-of-the-art winemaking facility built with a “green” design, comfortable picnic areas and picturesque vineyard views of the surrounding foothills.


Vegas food and beverage entertainment gift guide

October 30, 2014 on 9:51 am | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off


· Gift cards at some of the newest restaurants in town make for a great “dine around” gift –

Whether you spice up the holidays with a Mercadito gift card for loved ones to enjoy the signature guacamole, ceviches, award-winning tacos and more (available in denominations $25 – 400 and sold online at www.MercaditoHospitality.com ) or give them a little French flair at db Brasserie – a gift card to db goes great with a copy of one of Chef Daniel Boulud’s books. Purchase the book Sat. Nov 15 between 3-6 p.m. and Chef Boulud will be onsite to sign!

· Tired of stale fruitcake? Who isn’t?! Gimme Some Sugar Bake Shoppe in Henderson features a fresh, seasonal menu of desserts including cakes, cheesecakes, cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, and an assortment of their oversized signature macarons in sweet and savory fun flavors. Select vegan and gluten free items are also available daily. Stop by to pick up treats to go or stay and pair your dessert with their tasty selection of champagne, specialty wines and craft beers in addition to coffees, teas and sipping chocolate. Special orders and gift cards are also available.

· Hash House A Go Go brings farm-fresh food with a funky, modern twist to food lovers. The well-known restaurant is famous for its unusual décor and enormous portions. In addition to placing 8th overall in the World Food Championships “Best Burger” category in 2013, the restaurant has garnered dozens of local and national accolades and has been featured on the Food Network, “Martha Stewart,” “Rachael Ray” and most recently, the popular Travel Channel program, “Man v. Food.”

· Elizabeth Blau & Kim Canteenwalla dine around! Not familiar with the culinary power duo?! They are the minds behind so many fantastic restaurants in town including the west side’s Honey Salt, newly opened Made L.V. and with their partner Buddy “the Cake Boss” Valastro’s Buddy V’s Ristorante at the Venetian. Enjoy this talented groups grub with a gift card to each restaurant.


· Terry Fator has been entertaining the city and its visitors for more than five years at The Mirage and for fans, a copy of Fator’s new DVD “Terry Fator: Live in Concert” features his 2012 version of the Las Vegas show and makes a great gift. Pair it with tickets to the show for an even bigger impact!

· Four-time GRAMMY Award®-winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men has extended its residency at The Mirage Hotel & Casino into 2015. The trio continues to perform in the Terry Fator Theatre on select dates in 2015. Tickets for performances scheduled January through May are available now at www.mirage.com. Pick up their latest studio album release, Collide, available now. Guys, this makes a great gift for that special lady in your life!

· The amazing Carlos Santana has announced dates for his intimate House of Blues residency through May 2015. The guitar great also just realized a memoir “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light” which makes a great accompanying gifts with tickets to the live performance.

· For the family friendly! Dedicated to thrilling audiences with spectacular illusions while increasing awareness for preserving wildlife and the environment, master magician Dirk Arthur stars in a new show at the Starlite Theatre inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino, Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions! In this fast-paced show, breathtaking big cat magic is interwoven with comedy, beautiful dancers and large-scale effects. Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions! is set to open on Monday, Dec. 1 and will run Saturday through Thursday at 7 p.m. (dark Fridays). Tickets are available now at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-634-3420.

· Another family friendly gift idea…Disney is bringing an all-star lineup of your favorite characters to the ice in a sensational live production. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!, presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they celebrate holidays and festivities throughout the year around the globe with your favorite Disney characters. This new ice spectacular visits Las Vegas from January 14 – January 18, 2015 for eight performances at Thomas & Mack Center. Opening night tickets start at just $10 and make for the perfect holiday gift for the little prince or princess in your life!

· Concert tickets!!! You can never go wrong with giving concert tickets to an upcoming show and with the fabulous venues in town from The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort to the multitude of venues at any Station Casinos property, there is music from every genre to explore! A great stand out – master blues musician Joe Bonamassa coming for two days in May to The Pearl – pair the tickets with his brand new studio album that was recorded at Studio at the Palms!

· For some old school entertainment, The Riviera provides the feeling of going back to the great days of the Strip. Shows like Forever Motor City and Forever Doo Wop take a trip back in time, Crazy Girls brings the heat and 40 Is Not The New 20 will have baby boomers rolling in the aisles!


· The Knuttel Gallery, located in the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian|Palazzo Las Vegas, exclusively exhibits the work of the “Irish Picasso” Graham Knuttel – including all of his new paintings, sculptures, tapestries, limited editions and items from his Tipperary Collection – an affordable way to have a little Knuttel in one’s life! Knuttel also is offering pet lovers the opportunity of a lifetime…for a cost! A commissioned painting of their pet. If money is no object when it comes to the pet lover in one’s life, memorialize the precious pup, cuddly cat or even loveable lizard in a lap of true luxury. Knuttel is known for capturing the spirit of the most discerning cats, dogs, horses, birds and even sheep, in his sculptures and paintings and now fans can commemorate their pet by the master artist. Private sittings begin at $25,000 and packages can be customized with wardrobe styling, a hair and accessories artist, a playroom equipped with choice of toys, on-site catering specialized to meet the dietary needs of the pampered pooch or coddled kitten and more.

· The World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn, home of HISTORY’s Pawn Stars also has lots of gift options; whether you are looking for a unique gift item in the shop, including their exclusive line of Gold & Silver designed rings, or you can hit the show’s swag section and pick up an Old Man bobble head or a Chumlee t-shirt!

· And for those who simply want for nothing, give them the gift of giving and make a donation on their behalf to one of the city’s various charities including Easter Seals and JDRF!

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Celebrates Spice with Chefs from around the World in New Assouline Book, Epicurean Journeys‏

October 30, 2014 on 8:45 am | In Dine Drink, Hotels | Comments Off

Available for Holiday 2014, the Limited Edition Book will Retail with a Set of Custom Spices, Created by Lior Lev Sercarz and Inspired by Famed Global Explorers

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), unveils its latest collaboration with Assouline: Epicurean Journeys, a hardcover collection of original recipes by renowned chefs, including: Chef Jose Andres, Geoffrey Zakarian, Stephanie Le Quellec, Daniele Turco, Manjit Gill and more. Available for Holiday 2014, the limited edition book will retail with set of five exclusive spices created by Lior Lev Sercarz, owner of La Boîte in New York City, and inspired by the brand’s destinations around the world.
A celebration of global cuisine, Epicurean Journeys features recipes from The Luxury Collection’s re …

A celebration of global cuisine, Epicurean Journeys features recipes from The Luxury Collection’s renowned chefs around the world (Photo: Business Wire)

“Like The Luxury Collection, spice blending is all about storytelling; so I was thrilled to create a collection of custom spices that bring treasured travel memories to life for global travelers, without having to leave the kitchen,” says Lior Lev Sercarz. “Each of the blends is inspired by the explorers that played a pivotal role in the history of the spice trade – transporting new flavors to curious palates and paving the way for travelers to dream of faraway places.”

The five spice blends, developed exclusively for Epicurean Journeys, celebrate travel and are inspired by great global explorers of the past, including: ‘Marco’, a blend inspired by Marco Polo’s voyage through the Malacca Strait and the Indian Ocean; ‘Magellan’, a blend inspired by the varied curries of Asia and the explorer who first opened these flavors up to the western world; ‘Colombo,’ a tribute to one of world history’s most fortuitous accidents, a versatile blend of fragrant wild herbs including oregano, and thyme, with red chilis, to conjure the marinated meats and the stews and sauces of the region; ‘Vasco’ celebrates Vasco da Gama’s monumental voyage which opened the wealth of India, bringing together allspice, ginger, and cinnamon, marrying sweet and savory in intricate and mysterious ways; and ‘Veneti’ is a tribute to Venice, the crossroads of the Eastern spice trade, blending the high-quality gray salt harvested around Europe with the orange citrus of the south and the heat of the Basque Espelette pepper.

“The Luxury Collection has always celebrated exceptional culinary experiences as a way to transport travellers and bring a location to life,” says Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and W Hotels Worldwide. “We are excited to introduce Epicurean Journeys to our guests, who we know have an insatiable appetite to travel, explore and discover.”

In addition to vibrant recipes from The Luxury Collection’s acclaimed roster of chefs, Epicurean Journeys is punctuated by passages from a group of high-profile global explorers, including revered food critic Ruth Reichl, who opines on the flavors that define her home city of New York; Elettra Wiedemann, who shares her most memorable meal from an unforgettable trip to Peru with her husband; acclaimed author and model, Sophie Dahl, who shares her love of Indonesian cuisine; Helena Christensen, who recollects her love affair with Italian food; and acclaimed singer and songwriter, Jamie Cullum, who explains the way two of his passions – music and food – intersect in London.

With inspiring recipes, culinary tips, and captivating stories, The Luxury Collection’s Epicurean Journeys brings to life the brand’s mantra, “Life is a collection of experiences. Let us be your guide.” Exclusively offered at Assouline boutiques around the world and www.luxurycollection.com/assouline

Epicurean Journeys will retail for usd $150 beginning in October 2014.

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® is a collection of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent decor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 85 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information, please visit www.luxurycollection.com

What’s Cookin’ at Fairmont

October 29, 2014 on 9:32 am | In Dine Drink, Dubai, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off

- Fairmont’s collection of luxury hotels embraces the latest culinary trends -

SINGAPORE, October 2014 – An integral part of any travel experience is the enjoyment of fine food and memories made discovering something unexpected. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide are always seeking new ways to entice and excite curious epicureans, finding creative ways to integrate current trends and create buzz-worthy culinary adventures.

Eating well continues to be of importance to Fairmont guests, and travelers are seeking more: they want to be fully immersed in local experiences, whether it be eating homegrown produce or tasting authentic dishes. In fact, research done by The National Restaurant Association indicated that 81 per cent of the respondents (all professional chefs) identified locally sourced meats and seafood as the number one “hot” food trend. The same survey revealed that 79 per cent of chefs counted the “nose-to-tail” trend as one of the hottest of this year. And the cocktail craze isn’t going away, with more guests wanting to try something unique to the destination, the culture and the cuisine. At Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, we embody the notion of a wholesome foodie adventure by presenting a truly local experience that is still reflective of the latest culinary trends.

From embracing the craze of using “new” cuts of meat to reinventing the pop-up bar, Fairmont chefs have been busy introducing unique ways to satisfy the curiosity and cravings of our guests.

Some recent trends making news at Fairmont include:

Dining with an Air of Mystery

Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza welcomes the Secret Supper Club Dinner series, exclusive dining experiences taking place in the 140 Supper Club. Formerly a restaurant called the Copenhagen Room, this space has gone relatively unused for more than 50 years. Accessed via a separate entrance and down a century-old stairway with barrel vaulted ceilings, the 140 Club – part wine cellar, part speakeasy – is the venue for intimate dinners (30 people max) which feature a four-course seasonal tasting menu paired with wines. Upon arrival at 140 St. James Avenue, guests are given a password to access the 140 Club below. Upcoming events take place on October 14 and November 11, 2014 and winter series dates will be announced later this fall. For more information and to be added to the invite list, email OneFortyBoston@Fairmont.com.

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Fairmont Dubai offers an intriguing event that encourages guests to enjoy other heightened senses as they voluntarily take the visual element out of their dining experience. Noire features a fully fitted and blacked out restaurant setting, resulting in greatly diminished sight for 1 ½ hours. Daring diners put their trust in the hotel’s culinary team, who prepare a feast fit for royalty. Noire is available from Monday through Friday, and 10% of proceeds are donated to Sightsavers, an international organization that advocates eye health and the prevention of blindness.

Snap, Crackle, Pop-up!

Fairmont Pittsburgh recently hosted a very successful one-day pop-up barbecue stand called “Meat Us at Andys”, named for its signature wine bar. The limited menu made for a perfect casual lunch and featured the hotel’s house-smoked brisket, pulled pork sandwiches and sides. All items were available to-go and on a first-come first-served basis. Based on the event’s popularity, more pop-ups are planned, with another BBQ slated, as well as a soup selection to welcome the cooler months ahead.

Following a recent, very popular run with Samuelsson at HP, a pop-up restaurant by acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson, Bermuda’s Fairmont Hamilton Princess is now featuring its own pop-up bar called Intermission. With an enviable location by the Harbor, the new venue offers sophisticated cocktails and a menu that ranges from appetizers to three-course meals.

Bees, and bee-inspired menus are “popping up” too! As solitary bee populations continue to decline due to loss and fragmentation of habitat, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is adding a pollinator bee hotel to its collection of rooftop honeybee hives next spring. To launch this new initiative, the hotel is displaying a “Pop-Up” Pollinator Bee Hotel in the lobby, and serving an exclusive pollinator menu in Juniper Restaurant with a highlight being a delectable ‘salad in a jar’ featuring honey and goat cheese mouse, greens, edible flowers and a zesty lemon thyme vinaigrette. A portion of the proceeds from the menu and the hotel’s signature cocktail, the BeeTini, will support the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Junior Beekeepers initiative.

Classic Comforts and Small Bites to Share

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowAmidst the grandeur of luxury hotels, guests are seeking the warm, hearty nostalgia of comfort foods, and going back to the basics…with a modern spin, of course. At Fairmont San Francisco, guests can enjoy Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken and Sticky Toffee Pudding. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is “re-INSPIRING” French classics, with new twists on dishes like Poularde en Vessie and Caneles. A stop at Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park can include settling down with Sesame & Herb Fish & Chips, Lamb Burgers and Mac & Cheese six ways.

Complementing the comfort food interest is the movement toward more family-style dining, or shared plates and tasting platters. This more casual, friendly and interactive style of dining has caught on at places like Quebec’s Fairmont Tremblant, where guests can dig in and share items like mini apples stuffed with foie gras, mini brioche, or pressed duck confit with a kumquat marmalade. At Fairmont Baku in Azerbaijan, guests enjoy a mixed kebab platter, with salad and lavash (bread). After a sleigh ride at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, a cheese fondue with vegetables, Fondue Chinoise with beef tenderloin, prawns and salmon and a decadent chocolate fondue make the perfect trio to share.

Cocktail Culture Is Still King

London’s The Savoy recently celebrated its 125th anniversary, and marked it in grand style with the introduction of The Savoy Collection: 48-year old Macallan. The hotel is the spiritual home of the cocktail, and decades ago, created The Savoy Collection, a range of spirits bottled exclusively for the hotel and enjoyed by the most discerning imbibers of the day. The tradition has been revived with the introduction of the extremely rare single malt scotch whisky, bottled in an exclusively designed, hand-made decanter and made available as a limited edition, with just three bottles available for purchase at a value of £18,500. Only the most dedicated connoisseurs need inquire.

Local herbs, often grown onsite at hotels, are a standout ingredient being highlighted in cocktails. Fairmont Singapore’s Anti:dote features handcrafted concoctions cleverly disguised as “cure-alls”, made with premium spirits, market-fresh ingredients, herbs and flowers like cinnamon basil and marigolds, and Chinese medicinal herbs and ingredients including ginseng, smoked lapsang, souchong and sarsaparilla. Newly opened Le Sam Bistro at Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers Shrubs, a blend of modern mixology and a common tonic from the colonial era. This refreshing, tart drink features vinegar for good health, balanced by the sweetness of pineapple, raspberry or Thai basil.The Pyramid Bar at Fairmont Dallas features the Acai Mojito, made with Acai berry, PAMA Pomegranate liqueur and fresh mint grown in the hotel’s terrace herb garden.

Where’s the Beef?

Fairmont hotels are making the most of the “nose to tail” trend and purchasing whole animals. The Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Fairmont San Jose procure student-raised hogs from the Sonoma Valley High School Agriculture Department, and proudly serve them in restaurants and employee cafeterias. At The Fairmont San Francisco guests of the Tonga Room may sample a roasted pig, and the different cuts of meat are used for specials each day of the week, making use of all of the flavorful pieces like the shank, tail and neck, while also reducing waste.

The Fairmont Banff Springs (as well as Fairmont Pittsburgh and Fairmont San Francisco) cures and smokes meat in-house, keeping traditional practices alive. Beef and bison brisket and pulled pork are smoked in-house for approximately 18 to 20 hours. The recently opened Stanley’s Smokehouse at the resort’s golf course serves up the noted smoked meats Texas BBQ-style and the Grapes Wine Bar features cured venison, buffalo, and beef.

BBQs remain a popular offering, with hotels highlighting offerings from local farms. Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in Quebec’s Charlevoix region partners with Oiseau Bleu Farm, a nearby all-natural, free range farm, to serve guests savory, organic burgers that are low in saturated fat and contain no additives or preservatives. The hotel’s terrace provides the perfect venue to enjoy this tasty treat while admiring the St. Lawrence River.

AboutFairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, reflecting each locale’s energy, culture and history. Passionate travelers choose the luxury hotel brand for its ability to deliver memorable travel experiences, personalized and thoughtful service, and hotels that are one-of-a-kind. Serving as genuine gateways to their destinations, Fairmont hotels offer locally-inspired cuisine and spirited bars and lounges, distinctive design and décor, and a steadfast responsibility to environmental and social priorities. With more than 65 hotels globally, and many more in development, landmark hotels in the Fairmont collection include The Plaza in New York, London’s The Savoy, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company with over 110 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residence clubs, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties. For more information or reservations, please visit www.fairmont.com.

Legendary Miami Bar Finds New Home on Cruise Ship

October 28, 2014 on 8:36 am | In Beachbooker, Cruise Boats, Dine Drink | Comments Off

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The legendary spot at 626 S. Miami Ave. was issued the very first liquor license in Miami over a century ago and has hosted countless musical performances over the years. At times, it also operated as a strip club and gambling hangout for Al Capone.

But, in recent weeks as redevelopment plans moved forward, the bar announced plans to close its doors for good in the wee hours of Oct. 26 (after a sure-to-be-memorable farewell bash scheduled to last until 5 a.m.).

A Kickstarter campaign was launched on Oct. 18 by employees and patrons to raise money to move furnishings and memorabilia to a new location, which the fund-raising plea pinpointed as 69 SW 7th St. in Brickell, a few blocks away. The campaign seeks to raise $50,000 in donations by Dec. 2, and had received pledges of $1,862 from 31 backers in the first four days.

On Oct. 22, however, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that Tobacco Road will be reborn on the Norwegian Escape, the 4,200-passenger ship that will be based year-round in Miami starting in November 2015.

The bar will incorporate elements of the original Tobacco Road, including the iconic neon sign, memorabilia and photographs. It also will feature cocktails created by Tobacco Road’s resident mixologist, Leo Holtzman, including the Chili Mule, featuring ginger puree, Cointreau and vodka topped with a sliced serrano pepper, and the Gateway, a rum-based drink with yuzu juice, elderflower syrup and Prosecco.

It won’t be the same as the history-soaked walls of the original, but it’s a way to preserve a piece of the legendary institution at risk of disappearing.

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Brew-Cation at Paradise Point During San Diego Beer Week‏

October 27, 2014 on 2:10 pm | In Beachbooker, California, Dine Drink, San Diego | Comments Off

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Breweries Offers Beer Week Activities and Hotel Package

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 24, 2014 – Happening November 7-16, San Diego Beer Week is a 10-day celebration of the city’s innovative and internationally-recognized craft beer culture. With a variety of on-property events, proximity to San Diego’s top tasting rooms, and an exclusive overnight package with all the basics for a brew-cation, Paradise Point, A Destination Hotel, is nothing short of a beer lover’s paradise.

The Beer Lover’s Paradise Package is a chance for local beer fans, as well as visitors for Beer Week to delight in the beer culture and beach life that San Diego has to offer. The hotel package includes the following with rates starting at $236 per night:

Bungalow-style San Diego hotel room with garden or bay views
Two pint glasses from the legendary Barefoot Bar & Grill
60 oz growler filled with beer from your choice of over a dozen local breweries
Signature 16” pie from Caveman Pizza Company
Complimentary beer and pizza delivery to the beach outside your room

Option to add tickets to San Diego Beer Week events

“Brews by the Bay” on November 8 at 4 pm at Tidal: A 5-course pairing dinner with Hess Brewing led by brewery founders Mike and Greg Hess and Chef Amy DiBiase
“Pints & Paddles” For a Cause with Ninkasi Brewing on November 15, 10 am – 2 pm at Barefoot Bar & Grill: A two-mile paddle around Vacation Isle followed by a bayside after-party, all benefitting Team River Runner’s veteran rehabilitation efforts

About Paradise Point Resort, By Destination Hotels & Resorts

Paradise Point, A Destination Hotel, is a AAA Four-Diamond 462-room bungalow-style resort set on Mission Bay in the heart of San Diego. Established in 1962 by famous Hollywood Director Jack Skirball, this 44-acre island getaway features over one-mile of beach encircling the resort, five swimming pools, tranquil lagoons, and lush tropical gardens. Among the resort’s various amenities are a luxurious island-themed spa, an 18-hole putting golf course, private marina, beach bonfire pits, and five dining venues including two waterfront restaurants. Secluded yet centrally located, Paradise Point is next door to SeaWorld and just minutes from the airport, downtown San Diego, and top attractions like Old Town, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. For more information, visit www.paradisepoint.com

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 19 indigenous spas, and 130 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com . Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

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