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Hassle Free Summer Sips: Premium Canned Wine from ON Y VA

As recently as a few years ago, the concept of wine in a can wasn’t exactly a luxurious one. No more! Canned wine has only increased in popularity in recent years, and as the demand has increased, so has the quality. Now, consumers can have delicious, high quality wines in a convenient canned package. No more need for corkscrews and cups, just open the can and go! Exceptional wine can be enjoyed anywhere you are, without the hassle. That’s what French wine importer David Milligan Selections is aiming for with their entry into the canned wine market, ON Y...

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Luxury Fashion Sneakers Worth Spending Your Money On

Italy is the world’s fashion capital where top footwear designers are headquartered.  It is no wonder when a fashion trend begins in Italy and hits the rest of the world at a later time. From fitness shoes to a high-end fashion staple, the sneaker’s move up the ladder in the fashion world depicts the most significant developments in our society in recent years. This is the case for P448 Italian fashion sneakers. The first collection of P448, which combined ferments of streetwear culture and pop spirit, placed this brand on the fashion map alongside other high-end contenders. Unlike other...

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Eat Your Way Through Italy: The Best Locations to Indulge in Italian Cuisine

There are many ways to experience true Italian culture, including cultural hotspots like Rome and the must-try Bolognese sauce from Bologna. But with so many culinary tastes to enjoy – where would the best places be to explore? Citalia has recently created an interactive tool that explores the best Italian locations to visit, to truly indulge in these culinary masterpieces. Italian holidays are popular among tourists for a wealth of reasons, from the archaeology and architecture of the mainland to the clear blue water and hot, white-sand beaches of the islands – but there’s always something new to uncover, be it Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy, or the Roman ruins...

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UK’s Honest Burgers: Succulence in Every Bite

Taking a bite of an Honest Burgers hamburger changed my life. It’s been over five years since UK’s best burger chain rocked my world, and I’m still dreaming about the succulent delicacy in every bite. It was my first trip to London, and I was traveling with a dear friend, chef Katherine Frelon. Katherine is a Brit, living in France, and we were in town for a cooking class she was giving in the city. Katherine is an incredible tour guide, and she insisted there was one stop we had to make. Honest Burgers in Brixton Market. Forget Big...

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Joachim Splichal’s Domaine De CALA

I was recently invited to celebrity chef Joachim Splichal’s Southern California home for an exquisite dinner paired with his new wines made at Domaine de Cala. We watched an informative power point presentation about how this esteemed chef purchased a run down Domaine located outside of the medieval town of Brignoles, in the  picturesque Coteaux Varois AOP in the heart of Provence.  Joachim’s culinary career began in Provence, where he worked at La Napoule and Antibes, a two and three-Michelin star restaurant. He fondly remembers visiting a truffle supplier near this area, and dreaming of one day buying a...

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Chelsea Flower Show: Egerton House Hotel

Every year the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea are transformed with stunning horticultural displays for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 21-25).  World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits. This year, in honor of the event, the  five-star Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge has received a complete floral makeover inside and out. To celebrate two new garden installations, the hotel has launched a variety of floral inspired experiences including; a new Summer Garden Afternoon Tea, a selection of botanical cocktails and a flower arranging workshop with...

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Heading to London? New Interactive Map Reveals Fashion Influencers’ Favourite Spots

With summer break fast approaching, many are planning their next trip abroad. But, with so much to see, do, and taste, how are we to know which are the best things to experience? E-commerce platform and fashion experts SilkFred have created an interactive map of London that explores the fashion, food and culture of the capital – illustrating not only a few fan favourites but also some hidden gems to add to your travel bucket list. The top 5 hotspots include: Rank Location Hashtag No. of Uses 1 London Eye #londoneye 2,762,343 2 Tower Bridge #towerbridge 1,931,009 3 Italian...

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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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