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Denmark Wins the Bocuse d’Or 2019

As many of you know, I’ve attended and followed Bocuse d’Or for a decade. It is everything you would expect and more in a true “Olympics of Chefs and Fine Dining.” Norway and Sweden have been in the winners circle at least since 2009. It is wonderful to see Denmark join this year by earning the gold. Because the press release is so well written, we are including it to give you a sense of the excitement that is generated and view the various competition plates. I want to thank again French Master Chef Herve Laurent for introducing me...

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Gennadi Grand Resort: Eco-friendly Luxury

Sustainable and eco-friendly living transcends everyday life at home and is becoming more than just a trend in the luxury hotel market. Travellers can enjoy a luxe life while exploring destinations around the world, that embrace the sustainable and eco-friendly mindset. Gennadi Grand Resort in Greece is a new luxury resort that is raising standards for five-star family hospitality in the Greek islands. With 288 spacious rooms many with plenty of outdoor space and private pools, eco-minded architecture that subtly blends into its Rhodian surroundings, excursions that engage with its locality and with emphasis on traditional Greek dining – it...

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Celebrate the Holidays with Chandon

While up in the culinary town of Yountville in Napa Valley, I met Pauline Lhote, one of the top California winemakers and Director of Winemaking at Domaine Chandon. She and her team are excited to debut two new festive, limited-edition Brut bottles – one in silver and gold and the other in hot pink and gold. JW: These new bottles are so pretty and perfect for the holidays. Was that your plan? CHANDON: The Chandon Brut enhances a tablescape for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebration. It’s elegant gold foil neck and effervescent label takes any holiday gathering to a new...

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Britain makes acquaintance with Korean tradition of ‘Temple Food’

The Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism will hold various events to introduce temple food, which is rooted in Korean traditional culture, from October 22 through 26 at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (hereinafter referred to as the Korean Embassy), the Korean Cultural Centre UK, and Le Cordon Bleu in London. Kim Ji-young, the Head Chef of Balwoo Gongyang, a one-Michelin-starred restaurant in Korea for 2017-2018, will host the three-day event.   Korean temple food categorically bans the consumption of all meat and animal by-products, but what is less known is that it also shuns the use of five...

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October Wellness Fest at Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort

This October, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, located on the beautiful coast of Kassandra in Halkidiki, Greece, has launched the new October Wellness Fest programme. Designed to detox, de-stress and promote relaxation in line with the resort’s wellness philosophy, throughout the month of October, guests of Miraggio will be granted free entrance and unlimited access to the Myrthia Thermal Spa and are invited to join the 5-day ‘Discover The Myrthia Thermal Spa’ programme. Miraggio’s Wellness Director, Victoria Yanakova, was kind enough to share with us the idea behind this month-long wellness celebration and some of the benefits of the thermal...

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The Penthouse Lifestyle Barcelona

Situated at the highest point above the Catalonian metropolis, guests of the exclusive Penthouses which sit atop Hotel Arts Barcelona can indulge in a collection of distinguished experiences. From cocktail mixology classes by talented mixologist Diego Baud, a privately catered fine-dining meal or sky-high yoga and massage sessions; each one of the truly unforgettable Hotel Arts’ Penthouse bridges the gap between the desires for transformation and relaxation. With unbelievable views over the city and Mediterranean, each Penthouse is an unapparelled setting for unrivalled pampering. From bright sunrises to soft pink sunsets, guests of the Royal, Presidential, Barcelona or Arts Penthouse can...

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Garden-inspired Hotel in Madrid: An Oasis of calm in the Spanish Capital

VP Plaza España Design 5* is one of Spain’s newest five-star properties characterised by its unique design concept and its garden-theme offering an oasis of calm in the Spanish capital. In keeping with VP Hotels defining characteristic whereby all properties feature an interior garden, dramatic greenery is displayed throughout the Madrid property from the basement, right up to the 17th floor. On the twelfth floor, the Ginkgo Restaurant and Sky Bar is inspired by the extraordinary strength and character of the ancient Ginkgo biloba tree, undoubtedly one of the most distinct and beautiful of all deciduous trees and one...

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North American Visitors Drive Record Tourism in London

The latest official data shows London welcomed a total of 5.5 million international visitors in Q2 (April-June) an increase of 10 percent on the same period in 2016 and a record for the period.  Overall visitors spent £3.4 billion during their visits to London between April and June, 15 percent more than the same period last year.  But in the same period the number of visitors coming to London from North America rose by 30 percent to 976,000 and the amount of money they spent rose by 23 percent to £764 million.  It means that between April and June 18 percent of...

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Cycle Tour de France With Trek Travel

Trek Travel offers thrill seekers a last-minute summer adventure in its Tour de France “Alps & Alpe d’Huez”  – – a six-day, five-night bucket list experience that invites guests to cycle an actual leg of the 2018 Tour de France just days before the pros hit the road. As Official Tour Operator for both the Tour de France and the Trek-Segafredo Racing team, Trek Travel offers this exclusive VIP trip with unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to the world’s premier cycling race. Highlights include an exclusive reception with the Trek-Segafredo Racing team, tour of the team bus and an up-close view of their ultimate Trek racing bikes...

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Ibiza Concludes Its 2018 Edition

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Ibiza, showcasing one of Spain’s biggest resort collections has drawn to a close, marking one of Spain’s most successful fashion events of the year and establishing itself as a leading platform for Spanish fashion. The event featured a catwalk around the iconic Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel swimming pool featuring Spanish designers Alvarno, Andrés Sardá, Jorge Vázquez, 2nd LAB by The 2nd Skin Co, Custo Barcelona and London based designer Melissa Odabash. Organised by Mercedes-Benz Spain and Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, together with Madrid’s international trade fair institution, IFEMA, following Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Ibiza welcomed more than 500...

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5 Luxury Hotels in East London

East London is a fascinating marriage of old and new. Not only is it home to a flower market established in 1869; it’s also the site of the UK’s tallest building and some of London’s trendiest places to be. There is so much to see, shop, eat, and experience, with London’s East End offering some of the finest Luxury Hotels in the capital. Here’s our rundown of the best places to stay in East London. Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London Magnificent views and sumptuous luxury define the London iteration of this famous luxury hotel chain. In their review...

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding Cost

Modern weddings as we know it starkly resembles the white wedding theme that originated in 20th Century England. Queen Victoria was not only an empire builder but also a cultural trendsetter. Considering how her wedding (1840) shaped the world’s perception of traditional modern nuptials, the royal weddings that followed still garners a popular global audience.   This May 19, 2018, the American actress Meghan Markle will officially join the most important family in the United Kingdom as the wife of Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales. His wedding could never be as extravagant as that of his beloved parents’ $110...

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