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Mandarin Oriental Exclusive Travel Experiences

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Mandarin Oriental Exclusive Travel Experiences

‘Hats Off’
 
  • Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London – The Mandarin Oriental’s exclusive collaboration with British couture milliner Emily Baxendale to create the first ever Royal Enclosure collection of fashionable hats and specialized headpieces is inspired by the hotel’s own history and oriental influences. The capsule collection will be unveiled on May 24, 2016 during the launch of The Royal Enclosure Afternoon Tea in The Rosebery Lounge, which will be highlighted with a special performance by the Tootsie Rollers, wearing the hats for Royal Ascot 2016. Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/ for more information.
Mandarin Oriental London

MO London

 

M-OHMents of Wellness
 
  • Mandarin Oriental, New York – Escape to New York City for M-OHMents of Wellness June 10th – 12th, 2016. The M-OHMents of Wellness weekend journey are four 90-minute guided meditation sessions led by Shivangi Van Gogh based on 5,000 year-old wisdom derived from the Vedas, or sacred texts, of India. Over the course of the weekend, guests also enjoy specialized treatments as well as organic vegetarian cuisine and fresh-pressed juices designed to detox and complement the meditation practice. To further provide an oasis of tranquility an array of experiences have been designed to encourage internal quiet and self-reflection, including a signature Calm Mind Retreat spa treatment and a group yoga lesson. Prices for the M-OHMents of Wellness experience begin at $1,800 per night. The experience is designed for sequential expansion  of  knowledge  with  each  session  building  upon  the  last. As the guests consciousness evolves and  their  meditation  practice  continues  following  the  weekend,  they  will  enjoy  a  deep  state  of  inner peace, increased awareness and focus, and sustainable happiness” said Shivangi Van Gogh. Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for more information.
MO New York

MO New York City

 

 Legendary Milestones… The New & The 140 Year Old
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok

MO Bangkok

 
  •  Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok -In celebration of 140 years, the Mandarin in Bangkok will host a series of bespoke music, art, fashion and culinary events throughout 2016 such as: a production of famous Italian Arias by Italian opera singers, accompanied by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, in the Royal Ballroom on May 30th and an exhibition  featuring  works  from  renowned  Thai  contemporary  artists, recently featured in Thailand Eye: Contemporary Thai Art book, currently on display until the end of May.  http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/
MO Milan

Mandarin Oriental Milan

 

  •  Mandarin Oriental, Milan – The Mandarin Oriental’s  newest hotel welcome’s guests for a fashionable suite escape to experience their new suite in the worlds top city and newest location.Guests booking Milans Style My Suite package will have access to exclusive accommodations in the city’snewest suite, a pair of sunglasses per person, designed by Italia Independent exclusively for Mandarin Oriental, Milan, a bottle of Champagne, Oriental Essence Massage for two guests at the spa and more year round. http://www.mandarinoriental.com/milan/

 

Mandarin Oriental Vegas

MO Las Vegas

  • Mandarin Oriental, Las VegasCelebrate the Stars 2016 package includes a one-night stay in a luxurious guestroom or suite, two unlimited-access passes to the revitalizing Tian Quan Thermal Experience at The Spa and a four-course tasting menu for two at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. Pricing starts at $549. Offer valid through December 23rd, 2016.  http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/hotel-offers/celebrate-the-stars/

 

 Wig Out in Prague
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Prague

MO Prague

 
  • Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur and Mandarin Oriental, Baroque Prague – Join the Mandarin Oriental in Kuala Lumpur or Baroque Prague for a romantic getaway. Couples booking the Romantic Rendezvous package in Kuala Lumpur will indulge in luxurious accommodation, an intimate dinner for two and spa treatments and more. This package is valid through Dec. 29, 2016. Couples booking the Baroque Romance package will enjoy an opportunity to immerse themselves in a Baroque style romantic weekend in 18th century Prague. The package includes: accommodation in the Baroque Deluxe Suite Baroque Boudoir, a welcome drink and complete makeover for guests to experience the Baroque period, with costumes, make-up and a wig, a private horse-drawn carriage tour with a photographer, a romantic dinner in the hotel’s Wine Cellar and more. This package is valid year round.  http://www.mandarinoriental.com/

 

 


Celebrity Cruises Presents A Taste of Film

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Celebrity Cruises Presents A Taste of Film

Celebrity Cruises A Taste of Film

CELEBRITY CRUISES CELEBRATES ITS LATEST ONBOARD DINING AND MOVIE EXPERIENCE WITH ‘A TASTE OF FILM’ CULTURAL-CULINARY EXPERIENCE AT THE RECENT NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

The historic Port Theater was the sumptuous backdrop to an afternoon of perfectly paired film and food prepared by Award-Winning Chef Pascal Olhats. Once again, Celebrity Cruises breaks new ground by bringing its latest onboard experience to land. The modern cruise brand’s new “A Taste of Film” launched with a special “sailing” at the recent Newport Beach Film Festival held April 21-28, 2016.

Celebrity Cruises Taste of Film

Rooftop Terrace for Taste of Fim

Now, guests onboard Celebrity’s ships can experience a multi-sensory journey in the ships new Rooftop Terrace where passengers enjoy a specific cultural, culinary or destination-based film, while dining on exquisite cuisine that brings the movie’s scenes to life through guests’ taste buds. Onboard, the specially crafted, multi-course tasting menu for “A Taste of Film” is designed by Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher, Associate Vice President, Food and Beverage Operations, Celebrity Cruises.

To celebrate this exciting culinary and film addition to Celebrity’s top ships, Celebrity Cruises hosted a screening of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a film that tells the story of a feud between two adjacent restaurants in a French town: one operated by a recently relocated Indian family and the other a Michelin-starred French restaurant. To enhance the film viewing experience and to simulate what passengers will be enjoying onboard, guests savored eight courses prepared by award-winning Chef Pascal Olhats, Chef/Owner Pascal Restaurant, Café Jardine and Pascal Catering. The menu, which guests will enjoy throughout the film, is inspired by the acclaimed film’s French and Indian cuisines. Each course was perfectly paired with fine wines from Jackson Family Wines.

“A Taste of Film activates all the senses to create a fully immersive and transportive experience,” said Scott Clifton, Director of Sales, Western Region. “We launched with ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ because it emphasizes – through both story and visuals – the power of food to bring people together, and to evoke memories.”

Among the menu items delightfully prepared by Chef Pascal Olhats:

Course #1: Warm lobster bisque with uni and spices served when the Kadam family’s restaurant in India burned down and the mother Haddam dies.
Scene Details: As a child, Hassan Kadam regularly goes to market to buy uni for his parents’ restaurant and his mom taught him how to cook and to appreciate uni in the broth she would make.

Course #2: Pate and cheese on artisan bread
Scene Details: When the Kadam family moves to London, then to France where their van breaks down, a young French woman (a sous chef named Margaurite) rescues them and serves them cheese and pate, bread and vegetables from her garden. The family soon opens an Indian restaurant called Maison Mumbai across the street and 100 feet from a 1 Michelin star French restaurant run by Helen Mirren (Madam Mallory) called Le Saule Pleureur. There are continuous fights between the Kadam dad and Madam as cultures and cuisines clash.

Course #3: Curried marsala chicken with naan bread
Scene Details: Hassan’s father gives him his deceased mother’s prized spice rack. His dad says “food is memories.”

Course #4: Barbecue sweet corn with béchamel
Scene Details: Hassan masters the 5 sauces basic to any classic French cooking (bechamel, veloute, tomat, espagnole, mayonnaise). Margaurite explans that Madam interviews potential chefs by having them make an omelette for her.

Course #5: Baked breast of quail with truffle sauce and fine herb omelette
Scene Details: Hassan is offered a 6 month apprenticeship at Madam’s restaurant after he makes her a baked breast of quail dish like what she serves in the restaurant (which she pretends to hate). During the competition between the 2 restaurants, the head chef at Madam’s restaurant sets Maison Mumbai on fire and Haddam’s hands get burned. He can’t use them, but asks Madam if he can make an omelette for her with her help. So she does, following his instructions to add Indian spices; she loves it.

Course #6: Mushroom veloute with coriander and boeuf bourguignon with special spices
Scene Details: Le Saule Pleureur gets its 2nd Michelin star and Hassan masters boeuf bourguignon

Course #7: Special plate with Indian delights (garbanzo beans, Indian puff pastry)
Scene Details: Served after Hassan moves to Paris and is one of the hottest chefs on the scene but one night eats Indian food with a fellow restaurant employee and gets homesick

Course #8: Chocolate truffle and fruit tartelette
Scene Details: Everyone lived happily ever after!

Celebrity Cruises

A Taste of Film is available onboard Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit and will arrive onboard Celebrity Millennium in May 2016, when the ship emerges from a brief refresh drydock. Along with the new Rooftop Terrace, complete with its large screen, lounges, cabanas, soundscape and decorative lighting, additional drydock enhancements include a significant refresh of the ships’ Penthouse and Royal Suites, and the conversion of both the Normandie and The Olympic specialty restaurants to one of Celebrity’s signature dining venues, Tuscan Grille, which will offer a new, modern experience.

About Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 10 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, or call your travel agent. Visit: CelebrityCruises.com


Los Angeles Chocolate Salon

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Los Angeles Chocolate Salon is HERE!

LA Chocolate Salon

Chocolate Lovers… The 9th Annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon takes place Saturday, September 26 in Pasadena. Immerse yourself in everything chocolate at this one-day event featuring world-class Chocolatiers, celebrity guest speakers, tastings of artisan and premiere chocolates, chocolate liqueurs, and enjoy chocolate demonstrations by noted Los Angeles Chefs and Pastry Chefs.

Participating Chocolatiers will be judged in this prestigious event based on flavor, artistic style, design, overall quality and more judging categories.

chocolates at the LA Chocolate Salon

No stranger to the prestigious Chocolate Salon is Amy Jo (Valenza) Pedone, founder of Valenza Chocolatier, who shares that luxury chocolates are a true art form that takes a lot of patience. Recently, Amy Jo stopped by Bikini Lifestyles for a chat about all things chocolate and her recent success at the International Chocolate Awards.

Amy Jo Valenza Pedone

Amy Jo Valenza Pedone

BL: Why chocolate, Amy Jo?

AVP: Passion. It comes from passion. In 2008, I was working in a corporate job that wasn’t “me”, I lost my cousin to ovarian cancer and my world just caved in. I remembered the times I cherished most were making chocolate truffles and holiday cookies with my mom. Chocolate comes from my soul.

BL: That’s a good soul to have. What did you do?

AVP: I had no kitchen or culinary experience so I studied with an accredited chocolate program for one year and then journeyed back to my roots to Italy for my apprenticeship. From Milan to Torino, I worked with master Chocolatiers in the Piedmont region of Italy which is known as the capital of chocolate. I also learned to make traditional Italian chocolate pieces from the areas largest Italian chocolate maker ICAM Choco Scuola. [For Amy’s full story, read ABOUT at ValenzaChocolatier.com]

BL: Your chocolates are amazing. What is your favorite part about it?

AVP: Seeing the expressions on people’s faces when they taste my chocolate… that is the ultimate satisfaction. Each of my chocolates has a story behind it. They are hand-rolled, made to order with no preservatives, no additives, no machines… just quality ingredients including the finest Italian ingredients and a lot of love.

Valenza signature chocolates

Valenza signature chocolates

BL: What tips do you have for the home-chef?

AVP: There is a science and skill behind chocolate. The easiest to make at home is to make a Dark Ganache because there is no tempering required. Use a 2 : 1 ratio; 2 dark chocolate, 1 heavy cream. You can steep the heavy cream in fresh herbs, citrus to get different flavor profiles.

BL: A lot of home-chefs get frustrated when they do everything the same but their chocolates come out differently. Any tips?

AVP: Many factors are involved in getting chocolate tempered just right. Room temperature, humidity, quality of the chocolate are just a few of the elements that can vary and must be on target to get consistently good results. And, patience. If there is anything chocolate has taught me, it’s patience.

Amy Jo’s Valenza Chocolatier chocolates took “Best of Salon” at the 2014 Los Angeles Chocolate Salon. This year she will be showcasing some of her Italian specialties. Stop by, taste some of her incredible chocolates and say hi to Amy Jo at the 2015 LA Chocolate Salon on Saturday. And, visit ValenzaChocolatier.com for more on where to buy Valenza Chocolatier chocolates.

Valenza chocolates logo

Valenza Bon Bons of Gold are the signature artisan chocolates for the Golden Foodie Awards and recently advanced to the World Finals of the esteemed International Chocolate Awards. Her one-woman chocolate business will compete as the only United States company in a nut-based category next month, taking place October 17 in London on the main stage at The Chocolate Show at Olympia National Hall. With the submission of only this product from their collection, Valenza Chocolatier® was awarded SILVER for their Gianduiotti Maximo in the Nut/Gianduiotto category in the 2015 Americas Competition of the International Chocolate Awards. Made with 100% imported Piedmontese hazelnuts and 61% dark single bean Venezuelan chocolate, their Gianduiotti are truly authentic, based on the traditional Italian rules dating back to 1865 in Torino, Italy from the shape, percentage of Piedmontese hazelnuts, method of forming and foil wrapping by hand. With this win, a formal invitation was granted for these handmade chocolates to journey across the world to compete at the World Final, against the Italians who are known for award-winning Gianduiotti (Gianduia).

“To have the opportunity to compete against the Italians in this category is truly an unbelievable honor. This brings a high-level of authenticity and validation for my business mission, which is to create Italian inspired artisan chocolates and confections in the United States” said Amy Jo.

Valenza Chocolatier® was awarded the 2015 Six Star Grand Master Award for Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America by The International Chocolate Salon and TasteTV based on cumulative awards during the 2014 year, included Gold Award for Best Salon at LA Chocolate Salon plus twenty-two other awards.

tastings at the LA Chocolate Salon

The Los Angeles Chocolate Salon this weekend… Celebrating chocolate lovers in Southern California, meet Amy Jo Valenza Pedone and other participants including chocolatiers, confectioners, and culinary artisans, among these:

Get your tastebuds salivating with a look at participants here, LAChocolateSalon.com (go to PARTICIPANTS)

•Marco Paolo Chocolates
•Valenza Chocolatier
•Amara Chocolate & Coffee
•Mignon Chocolate Boutique
•Taza Chocolate
•Sweet Milalani
•Choctal
•Droga Chocolates
•Copper Cauldron Candy Co
•Chocxo Bean to Bar Chocolatier
•Marti Chocolatt
•Tequila Alquimia
•Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
•Meetup.com
•Chocolate Television
•Chocolate-themed art creations from Eye Heart Art
•and more…
•Amano Artisan Chocolate
•Amella Caramels
•The Tea Room Chocolate Company
•David Bacco Chocolatier
•Truffles N Toffee
•Fera’wyn’s Artisan Chocolates
•Pacari Chocolate
•Chocolatier Eve
•Les Beaux Chocolats
•Dove Chocolate Discoveries
•Gourmet Blends
•Monterey Chocolate Company
•The Gourmandise School
•New Orleans Bill
•TasteTV

Guest Speakers, Authors, and Presentations:
• Demonstrations from Le Cordon Bleu instructors
• Award-winning KABC Radio Host and creator of The Bikini Chef® Susan Irby on healthy eating and chocolate
• The Gourmandise School from Santa Monica.
• Lee Scott Theisen Ph.D.
•Amy Reiley, Author Fork Me, Spoon Me & Romancing the Stove
•Dave Shelton, Actor/Screenwriter
• Jessica Ferraro, Bar Cacao
and more!

Just what is a salon? SALON:
1.An assembly of guests in such a room, esp. an assembly, consisting of the leaders in society, art, politics, food, etc.
2.A hall or place used for the exhibition of works of art.
3.A shop, business, or department of a store offering a specific product or service, esp. one catering to a fashionable clientele
4. Or, a fabulous place to taste gourmet, luxury, award-winning chocolates!!!!

Chocolatiers at the Los Angeles Chocolate Salon

Chocolatiers at the Los Angeles Chocolate Salon

WHEN:
Saturday, September 26, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Full details at: LAChocolateSalon.com

WHERE:
The Pasadena Center, Conference Building
300 Green Street
PasadenaCenter.com

TICKET INFORMATION:
*All Tasting & Events Included with Entry*
Adults: $20 Advance Purchase
Adults: $25 Door
Children under 6: Free*
Children, 6 to 12: $10
*Applies to 2 children per adult. Each additional child under 6: $10

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