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10 Examples Of The Worlds Best Plating.


When you hear the words “goose liver”, not too many pleasant images come to mind, and I highly doubt the picture above is one of them.   The beauty of plating food is that you can make art out of food, and yes, the photo above is actually goose liver.  I was attempting to plate some ground lamb, rice, and zucchini, recently, and I considered the difficulty involved with making food look as beautiful as it can for the people who will be eating it.  EliteTraveler has compiled a photo gallery of 10 of what they consider the most beautiful plates in the world.  Check the method.


Poached Scottish lobster tail with lardo di colonnata, vegetables ˆ la grecque and coral vinaigrette

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Marjoram Roasted Rack with Morel Panna Cotta and Fava Beans prepared by Daniel Humm, Executive Chef of Eleven Madison Park in NYC.

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The New Movie Theater.

We don’t go to the movies to admire the theatre, but would it kill theatre owners to build even one with an edge? Time and time again, we are disappointed in the new, mega multiplexes that are boring beyond belief in their sameness and recycled ideas. So, we must admit that there is not much to celebrate but are seeing little glimmers of hope and ingenuity once in a while. One example is the AMC Pacific Place Cinema in Hong Kong refurbished by Hong Kong-based James Law. The entrance areas to the six auditoriums seating 600 in 1.2-meter wide leather seats plus the a VIP theatre for 39 offer some unusual eye candy, but I’d love to see more.  Check the method.

The World’s Strongest Beers.

I’m not really a beer person, but after doing a bit of research, I just may become one after finding out about some of these ridiculously intense beers.

Sam Adams Utopias

Brewery: Sam Adams
Location: USA
ABV: 27%
Price: $150/Bottle

Many aficionados may debate whether many of the other beers on this list are in fact “beers” since they gain their insane alcohol levels through freeze distillation (a process where the liquid is frozen and then ice crystals are removed), well for the sticklers Sam Adams offers Utopias. Like the name suggests, this beer will leave you in paradise (if paradise is in bed with a throbbing headache). It’s much easier to over do it with the surprisingly drinkable Utopias. After aging in casks for almost a decade the taste is both sweet and oaky and, unlike a lot of the 40%+ options, not thick like old engine oil.


Sink The Bismarck

Brewery: BrewDog
Location: Scotland
ABV: 41%
Price: $100/Bottle

This quadruple IPA resembles some kind of sweet soup and was crafted as part of another brewski battle BrewDog got into. The name of the beer, an obvious reference to the sinking of the German battleship, was chosen because at the time it was produced it knocked off a German beer as the world’s strongest. A Berlin lab claims the brew only clocks in at 29% alcohol by volume however, using our basic knowledge of remedial geography, we take these reports with a grain of salt since Berlin is in fact in Germany.



Brewery: Schorschbrau
Location: Germany
ABV: 43%
Price: $155/Bottle

The second Schorschbock created in the battle with BrewDog (the first being the 40% version that Sink The Bismarck, well, sank), this Eisbock boasts intense fruit notes and enough alcohol to knock Shaquille O’Neal on his ass.

End of History

Brewery: BrewDog
Location: Scotland
ABV: 55%
Price: $760/Bottle

Sure, you could start describing BrewDog’s End of History by mentioning its strong whiskey taste and subtle hints of juniper berry but that would be like starting your description of Denise Milani with her beautiful smile.  The first thing you’d notice about End of History is that it’s served in a bottle tucked inside a dead animal.  Yup, a roadkill koozie.  Named after the work of philosopher Francis Fukuyama, End of History held the title of world’s strongest beer for one week.

Start the Future

Brewery: ‘t Koelschip
Location: Holland
ABV: 60%
Price: $45/Bottle

Currently the world’s strongest beer after taking the title from the aforementioned End of History, Start the Future not surprisingly has to be sipped cautiously – at 120 proof it may burn off your larynx.  You’re talking absinthe levels here.  While never confirmed, rumors have swirled that ‘t Koelschip added whiskey to this jet engine fuel to take the title away from BrewDog.

The World’s Deepest Swimming Pool.

Feel like doing some deep scuba diving without visiting an ocean? Then go take a trip to Nemo 33, the deepest pool in the world.  Located in Brussels, this swimming pool is perfect for learning how to dive or for fine-tuning your skills before you hit the deep ocean. It’s 105 feet (33 meters) deep with 2.5 million liters of chlorine-free warm water. But the pool isn’t just used for practice; it’s also a tourist attraction. Everyone is welcome to test dive with instructors who will provide training if you are a beginner.

The pool was created by Belgian civil engineer John Beernaerts 13 years ago.  He was sitting in a Belgian bar one day with a pen and a napkin and just started drawing. What he eventually sketched amazed even him. He envisioned a giant indoor diving complex, full of underwater tunnels and chambers. An almost byzantine maze was what Beernaerts had in mind, and that’s essentially what Nemo 33 is.  The type of pool you can get lost in if you’re not careful.

Why is the water in the pool 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees F)?  Well,  John’s vision was to create an environment that would mimic deep-sea diving in the Caribbean.  He felt that type of an experience would be the kind that locals and tourists would enjoy the most, and given the number of people who have turned out to swim in or tour his facility since its inception, he seems to have guessed correctly.

Since 2004, over 100,000 divers have visited Nemo.  So, far, they all have come back alive.  No sharks or terrifying octopuses to contend with in these waters.  No stingrays to pinch you as you explore deep sea passageways.  No jellyfish to make you squeal as you try to make your way back to shore. No, what Mr. Beernaerts built in Brussels is nothing short of a scuba utopia. It’s one of the most unique tourist attractions in the world, and truth be told, if you’re a scuba fan, you’ll probably want to give Nemo a taste test before you die.

Top 25 Women in Mainstream Media.

All of the women featured on this site on a regular basis are incredibly beautiful, and have a ridiculous appeal, especially to someone in my industry.  But when it comes to those more saturated into mainstream media, the look of the women begins to change.  Some people have a different opinion of beauty than I do, (although Alexis Lugo is hot any which way you spin it.)  but I’ve comprised a list, with a little help from a colleague, of the 25 hottest women in mainstream media.  The list is comprised of faces like Miranda Kerr (who isn’t on this list ONLY because she’s already been featured on this blog) and features actresses, supermodels and entertainers in alphabetical order, because I don’t want to hear any crap about why someone is on the list higher than someone else.  So check the method below, but if you think there is someone who should or should be on there, let me know.

Adriana Lima

Aishwarya Rai

Allessandra Ambrosio

Angelina Jolie

Bar Rafaeli

Beyonce Knowles

Carolyn Murphy

Charlieze Theron

Claudia Lynx

Denise Richards

Doutzen Kroes

Emanuela da Paula

Gabrielle Union

Halle Berry

Jennifer Aniston

Jessica Alba

Jessica Biel

Kate Beckinsale

Katherine Heigl

Megan Fox

Monica Belucci

Rosario Dawson

Tyra Banks

Zoe Saldana

Burj Al Arab: The World Most Luxurious Hotel.

Burj Al Arab, also known as “Arab Sail”, is the most expensive and luxurious hotel in the world. The are no “standard” rooms here. Each one of the of 202 rooms is a deluxe suite. All rooms are two-storied, the smallest being 1830 square-feet large, and the biggest – 8400 square-feet. The cheapest suite will cost you $1500 per night. Claiming to be the world’s first 7-star hotel, it has truly become the symbol of Dubai.  Before the economic crisis, one could only book a room number half-a-year in advanced. Right now, rooms are usually available within a week or so.

Sheikh Mohammed – the ruler of Dubai – perfectly understood that his emirate needs a recognizable symbol. Same as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York. For that purpose, he hired the British architect Tom Wright. The idea of building a Sail-shaped hotel came to him accidentally.  You can’t just walk in on Burj Al Arab territories just like that. The hotel stands on an artificial island, only accessible through a secured bridge.  Two city tour options are available at the airport: a simple guided tour for $55, or a tour to the Burj Al Arab for $175. I, of course, refused to drink tea with cookies for $120.

On entering the hotel, you would face the staircase fountain, with an escalator on each side. The fountain periodically starts to play, spitting short streams of water.  Burj Al Arab has the highest hotel lobby in the the world: 180 meters. The hotel is shaped into a triangle and the front side actually looks like a taut sail from the inside.

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.

The new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong will be the tallest hotel in the world and there will be an infinity-edge pool on the top floor.  The current record for the highest hotel pool is the infinity pool on the edge of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, an open-air pool perched 55 stories up.  Like the Marina Bay Sands, the Ritz-Carlton pool will also be an infinity pool, but it will be located indoors on the 118th floor.

The hotel in the making will be the flagship property for the Ritz-Carlton in Asia, occupying levels 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre.  At the base of the ICC tower, the Elements shopping mall offers some of the finest luxury shopping in Hong Kong with brand names and international fashion brands fighting for space in this world-class location.

The building sits directly across Victoria Harbour and offers magnificent views of the harbor, Hong Kong Island and The New Territories.  The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is set to open March of next year. Rates at the hotel will start at 4,500 HKD, or $580, a night.