Category: Interviews

Getting to Know Luxe Beat Magazine’s Kaitlyn Phillips

Luxe Beat Magazine’s Assistant Production Editor Kaitlyn Phillips has always aspired to be a writer. Her fondness for literature is just one reflection of that desire. “If words are involved, I tend to love it.” Kaitlyn said. As a senior studying English at Lee University in Tennessee, Kaitlyn is a member of the English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta. She’s also been a staff member for Lee University’s annually produced literature and art journal, Lee Review, since 2013. Among other responsibilities for the Lee Review, Kaitlyn is working on the judging board, proofreading, and editing; she has also contributed...

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Sree Sreenivasan: America’s Tech Guru

When Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) was appointed Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013, that was the latest step in what he calls “a three-decade, one-way love affair with one of the world’s great museums.” Since his appointment, a lot has happened at the Met, reflecting Sree’s expertise in all things digital, especially social media. In April 2014, the Met’s Instagram account was selected as the Webby Award Winner in the Social Arts & Culture category in the 18th annual awards program. (The Webby, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the...

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Debbie Stone Travel Writer and Columnist

This month we are featuring Debbie Stone, whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, ranging from newspapers and magazines to travel-related websites. Additionally, she has served as a travel specialist for the NPR-affiliated, talk radio show, “2 Boomer Babes,” as well as for local T.V. stations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also writes a monthly travel column for Luxe Beat Magazine called Put a Pin in it! Debbie came to travel writing after working in a number of different careers: as a play and dance therapist, an ESL teacher (both in the U.S. and abroad), an airline sales and...

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Chef Damien Jones of Lydiard in Ballarat

While visiting Ballarat, I had dinner at the Lydiard Wine Bar, winner of a number of Golden Plate Awards, with Head Chef Damien Jones in the kitchen. After dinner, there was time for a brief interview, during which he shared one of his favorite recipes, salad of pomelo and prawns with lemongrass. The featured image is just one of the dishes I enjoyed at Lydiard during my visit. Maralyn: How did you get started? Damien: I always knew I wanted to be a Chef and I consider myself lucky that I when I applied for my first job (at only...

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Luxe Beat Exclusive: Interview with “Cigar Czar” Richard Carleton Hacker

If  there is one person who knows a lot about cigars and cigarettes, it’s Richard Carleton Hacker. Known as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subjects of cigars and cigar smoking, he was given the nickname “the cigar czar” by several media outlets. He has written more than five hundred articles on the topic for publications such as The Robb Report, RobbVices, Collection Magazine, The Tasting Panel, Somm Journal and In 1994, he was knighted by the Internationales Tabakskoliegium in Germany for his numerous writings on the subject of tobacco. His book, The Ultimate Cigar Book...

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10 Fun Facts About Real Housewife of New York City, Kristen Taekman

The Real Housewives Of New York City’s newer member is Kristen Taekman. Not only is she a reality star, but also a wife, mother, professional model, philanthropist and blogger. I met her in California with her husband Josh to introduce EBOOST to Southern Californians shopping in Whole Foods. Josh’s company EBOOST has two new EBOOST products: Spruce, an on the go green juice and POW, a pre-workout powder. After standing for hours in front of Whole Foods, Kristen was happy to sit down with me to talk about her marriage, family, being on The Real Housewives of New York...

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Luxury Designer Jonathan Rachman

Jonathan Rachman is an internationally-acclaimed designer, soon to open an eponymous store of custom made goods, J. Rachman, in San Francisco, recently featured on HGTV, ELLE DECORATION and C MAGAZINE. He is about to open a store in San Francisco which will showcase many of his custom-designed goods in addition to serving as a showroom for my design business. In addition to his work as a designer, he is the editor-in-chief of a little magazine called DiSini DiSana, which means “here and there” in Indonesian, he says, “my heart is here and there all the time.” In a recent interview with Luxe...

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Ten Fun Facts About Chef Nancy Silverton

Recently I had lunch with James Beard Award winner Nancy Silverton at her Chi Spacca restaurant on Melrose. It was an informative afternoon that also included Cheryl Forberg, the nutritionist for the popular television show, The Biggest Loser in a promotion with the American Pistachio Growers. I learned a lot about celebrity chef Silverton and pistachios as I sipped a flute of Prosecco and nibbled on falafel with pistachios, bacon terrine with pistachios and a pizza with pistachios, red onion, Castelvetrano olives, thyme and fennel pollen. Silverton offered a cooking demonstration on how to make two salads: a market...

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Passion’s Meritxell Lecha Vinuesa

Before assuming her current role as the Manager of Passion, Paradisus Palma Real, Dominican Republic, Meritxell Lecha Vinuesa worked with Martin Berasategui for seven years in managerial positions at Restaurante Enoteca, Hotel Art (two Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona) and Restaurante Lasarte (two Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona), and Restaurante Gaig (one Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona).

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