Ways to Safely Dine Out in Germany with Food Allergies

About 11% of American adults suffer from food allergies. As a result, they must be careful when eating out or traveling to avoid the danger of negative reactions. Fortunately, visitors to Germany have countless suitable options to choose between different cuisines.

In most restaurants, ingredients that could trigger an allergic reaction display on the menus. We encourage dining guests to consult the restaurant staff regarding food allergies. As many employees in the hospitality industry receive specific training on this topic. Thus, they will be able to help guide the guest towards the best food choices.

Many visitors to Germany will even be able to find “allergy-friendly communities.” For example, there are especially considerate of the needs of those with allergies and intolerances. Thus, the European Center of Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) awards qualifying regions with a seal. It validates the product or service has been fully adapted to the needs of persons with food intolerances. On a regular basis, a review reflects the latest scientific findings.

A popular example of an allergy-friendly community for travelers with food allergies is the island of Borkum. It is located in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea area. Hence, the coastal climate is ideal for those who suffer from pollen sensitivities. Therefore, you will find many allergy-friendly offers, including supermarkets, bakeries, cafes, vacation rentals, and hotels.

If you plan to stay in Borkum, be treated to numerous accommodation options. Plus, other parts of Germany also offer special bedding. They use pollen filters in their air conditioning systems and vacuum cleaners.

Another charming allergy-friendly region is Schmallenberg. This town is the Sauerland in North-Rhine Westphalia. The historic town center consists of original half-timbered houses and small businesses. It invites visitors to enjoy unique shopping experiences with many options for allergy-sufferers in terms of both, retail and hospitality.

If you have interest in traveling to Germany or have food allergies, please contact us. We can assist arranging all your luxury travel reservations. We offer amazing VIP experiences all around the world.

Do your research when traveling with food allergies. Don’t make a mistake and ruin your whole vacation. There are safe dining options available.

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Delicious Swiss Chocolates for the Holidays – Beverly Hills teuscher

The incredible chocolates of Switzerland are desired by millions of people globally. Now you can savoir delicious Swiss chocolate from award winning – Beverly Hills teuscher. For over 35 years, Teuscher chocolates has been a big part of the local Beverly Hills community.

The Teuscher Business

The Teuscher family began hand-crafting fine truffles and chocolates in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Keeping with a 90 year tradition, Beverly Hills teuscher offers extraordinary truffles that are produced and flown in fresh from Switzerland. As we all know, Switzerland is synonymous with chocolate.

All of Teuscher’s Swiss Chocolates are made in their factory, located in Zurich, Switzerland. Teuscher is world renowned for the care and craftsmanship that became the cornerstone of their company.

Beverly Hills teuscher - Chocolate Gift Box

History of Swiss Chocolates

Switzerland is one of the first countries to have produced chocolate. Back in the 17th century, chocolate tasted nothing like it does today. It was both chewy, gritty and didn’t taste good. A far cry from the luxurious eating experience it delivers today.

In 1819, the first chocolate production factory opened in the town of Vevey, Switzerland. In 1836, the Sprüngli family opened a new shop in Zurich. Eventually, it merged with the Rodolphe Lindt’s Bern based factory in 1892. Today, we know it as the popular Lindt brand.

Daniel Peter was a Swiss confectioner, who developed the first solid milk chocolate using condensed milk in 1875.  Interestingly, milk chocolate was invented by his neighbor Henri Nestlé. Skipping forward to the 1930’s, Nestlé launched its iconic, white chocolate Milkybar.

Beverly Hills teuscher - owners Tom and Tara

Owners Tom and Tara

Actor-turned chocolatier Tom Gallop (Will & Grace, Seinfeld, Bourne Trilogy) and wife Tara Margolin (aka Tom & Tara Truffles), proudly continue the old-world artisan quality brand and perfect for Holiday entertaining and gift giving. In addition to their Beverly Hills location, the owners ship their amazing, Teuscher chocolates to customers all around the world.

Tom and Tara stated, “Serving the teuscher family’s hand-crafted Swiss truffles and chocolate is a great honor. We look forward to making new memories and new friends who cherish the small batch, fine Swiss chocolates as much as we do!”

Beverly Hills Teuscher is proudly celebrating its 3rd Anniversary in business and their signature Champagne Truffles are the perfect gift for chocolate lovers anytime of the year – holidays, hostess, New Years Eve, weddings, birthdays, etc ….

Tom continues, “Sometimes a little chocolate goes a long way. Other times, you need a lot of chocolate. Fine Swiss Chocolate made by the hands of Swiss chocolatiers. So whether you simply need a little lift to your day or the chocolate ride of your life, we have you covered!”

Beverly Hills teuscher - truffle plate

Chocolates and Truffles

Indulge in the numerous Signature Holiday delights that include: Christmas truffle trees and Santas, as well as Champagne Truffles. They are made exclusively with a Dom Perignon cream center. Belle Époque Truffles include Grand Marnier infused ganache. In addition, you can also enjoy their World Class teuscher drinking chocolate and coffee.

Many of Hollywood’s leading tastemakers have discovered Beverly Hills teuscher. Some of their well-known customers include:  Kris Jenner, Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon, Terrance Howard, Lisa Rinna and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Megan Hilty, SNL’s Cecily Strong, Chrissy Teigen, David Hockney and Gayle King.

Beverly Hills teuscher
371 N Camden Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(833) 247-9477

Open Mon – Sat, 11am – 5pm

St. Barths Gourmet Festival – Foodies Rejoice!

Make your plans to visit tropical St. Barths in November. The popular St. Barths Gourmet Festival is an experience every foodie should have on their personal bucket list. Enjoy a delectable display of culinary prowess by Michelin-rated French chefs. Plus, experience a weeklong dive into the highly curated barrels of the world’s best rums. St. Barths has much to offer curious taste buds.

St. Barths Gourmet Festival is back to remind us why this French isle is the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Since 2014, the St. Barths Gourmet Festival has highlighted the best of the best in French cooking. Top chefs fly in for four nights of multi-course tasting menu dinners. Next, these chefs each team up with local chefs and work in the kitchen of St. Barths’ top restaurants.

The patron chef this year is highly respected Pierre Gagnaire. He has been awarded three Michelin stars for 20 consecutive years. Hence, it is no wonder he was elected “the best-starred chef in the world” by his peers. As a result, Gagnaire has invited a “Dream Team” of chefs to St. Barths for the event.

Meet the Chefs

The invited chefs flying in to participate in the St. Barths Gourmet Festival event, represent the best of the best in the world of fine French dining. For example, several run the most revered restaurants in France. Plus are proud owners of multiple Michelin stars. Here is the list:

Pierre Gagnaire – Patron Chef and ambassador of the St. Barts Gourmet Festival and 3-Michelin star Chef at Pierre Gagnaire Paris
Eric Frechon – 3-Star Michelin Chef at Hotel Le Bristol Paris
Arnaud Lallement -3-Star Michelin Chef at L’Assiette Champenoise
Jean-Rémi Caillon – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Kintessence, K2 Palace, Courchevel
Sébastien Vauxion – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Sarkara Restaurant, K2 Palace, Courchevel
Dimitri Droisneau – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant La Villa Madie, Cassis
Nicolas Beaumann – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant Maison Rostang
Marcel Ravin – 1-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant Blue Bay, Monte-Carlo Bay Hôtel & Resort, Monaco
Juan Arbelaez – Chef and Businessman, owner of 10 restaurants in Paris
Matthias Marc – Chef at restaurants Substance et Liquide
Jean Imbert – Chef at Hôtel Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

The Caribbean Rum Awards

The Caribbean Rum Awards has quickly become the Caribbean’s most exclusive celebration of rum. Each year, a team of judges from the Caribbean and around the world descends upon St. Barths. They judge a coveted selection of the Caribbean’s best rums. For example, try “Uber-Premium” categories of rum, such as Rhum agricole.

Now in its fourth year, this event gathers the most expensive rums on the market for an unparalleled competition. It is hosted in Gustavia, definitely the heart of St. Barths. The Caribbean Rum Awards packs a punch with nightly events ranging from tastings to workshops to exclusive gala events.

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Ultimate Father’s Day Gift – Savernake Knives

June 21 is Father’s Day. Men from all around the world will be celebrating this popular holiday to give thanks to all the wonderful fathers. Savernake Knives make the perfect gift for that special dad in your life.

More men are cooking. Studies show that men spend 15% more time in the kitchen than they did 50 years ago. Like their female counterparts, men also desire the best cooking products. Savernake Knives crafts perfect kitchen companions – the top choice of gift for fathers who love to cook!

Savernake Knives is the only knifemaker to offer completely bespoke knives. Each and every one is individually handcrafted to order. Therefore, it’s the ultimate luxurious gift entirely tailored to the penchants and proclivities of its end user.

Taking you on a unique journey of creation, Savernake hand customizes at each stage of the production process. The result is to produce world-class kitchen tools, created with loved recipients in mind.

Savernake Knives are the top choice of several first-class chefs across the UK.  From Tom Aikens, the youngest double – Michelin star winner to Emily Scott, the standout star of the Great British Menu.

Ultimate Carving Set

The Ultimate Carving Set (£1500) is a first-class Father’s Day present. Fully customizable, it features:
– Supreme performance carving board, which also serves as a canvas to be customized and engraved with any distinctive design, motif or family crest.
– The kitchen essential knife & tool set includes handles made of beautiful African Rosewood with contrasting blue linings.
– This too offers an exciting opportunity with personalized engravings. From dates and names to images, where there really is no limit. As a result it creates a very special individualized gift for Father’s Day.
– Includes a handstitched leather knife roll.

The Ultimate Carving Set is perfectly suited for family gatherings and celebrations!

The bespoke handles of Savernake Knives have become works of art in themselves. By customizing the handle of your Savernake knife, it adds yet another level of individual personalization. There’s a wide range of unique and striking materials to choose from. For example, English Walnut Wood or carefully crafted layers of colored G. F Smith paper stabilized in resin. The individualized and elegant finish of a Savernake knife belies its world class capabilities. Therefore, it makes them a stand-out, excellent Father’s Day present!

Classic Chef

The Classic Chef (pictured right £300) is an impeccable all-rounder knife. A must-have for home cooks and professional chefs. As with every Savernake Knife, the Classic Chef is precision engineered from the highest quality. Made with high-tech 14c28n Sandvik steel and sharpened by hand. They come with the ultimate cutting edge and features Savernake Knives’ trademark incredibly light, and easy to hone concave blade. As a result, it allows for smoother cutting and slicing with less sticking. Used for everything from finely chopping herbs to veg prep to boning a chicken.

The Classic Chef is modeled on the classic French design which boasts a deep, long blade, with a tapered end. The belly of the blade has a gentle curve, supporting the rocking chop motion favored by classically trained chefs. Lastly, it’s light, durable and incredibly sharp. The Classic Chef sees you through even the trickiest dinner party prep and the most arduous of kitchen shifts.

Sergeant Classic Knife

The Sergeant Classic Knife (£400). Designed in collaboration with Michelin star chef and acclaimed restaurateur Mark Sargeant. Savernake Knives has created the perfect everyday knife. They feature a rounded heel to the blade and a contoured handle. The end result is exceptional comfort, while cooking.

A proud father to his two young girls, Mark Sargeant loves sharing his passion for cooking with his children and wife. As a result, this knife makes a superb Father’s Day present. It is clearly a definite essential for any kitchen!

Good Chopper

The Good Chopper (£275) a is sublimely lightweight utility knife. It’s for those who appreciate a little Japanese influence in the design of their knives. Do you want wafer thin onions or have a mountain of spuds to tackle? No worries. Therefore, Good Chopper will cut, slice and dice with feather – like exactitude.

Each and every Savernake knife is handcrafted in the heart of Wiltshire on the outskirts of Savernake Forest. These knives use a combination of the best in aerospace manufacturing technology. They are also paired with meticulous hand-craftsmanship. As a result, Savernake Knives are able to produce bespoke, world-class knives for day-to-day use in the kitchen.

Savernake’s blades have been rated “Outstanding” for both sharpness and retention by top international standard independent assessors. Hence, the ranking places these well-made, British-made knives in the top 2% of all knives tested.

Their ease of use turns routine cooking into an enjoyable activity. Thus, it guarantees a Father’s Day present that will last a lifetime! Simply put, a Savernake knife cuts better and weighs less than any of its competitors. Along with being married with full customization pioneering innovative designs, it makes them a matchless Father’s Day gift!

On the present-giving front, the brand’s Carving Set is pretty unbeatable (£550). Engraved with anything you’d like Savernake Knives will also work with you to create the perfect handle. The Savernake Knife features a stylish handle, with fused layers of dyed pink wood.

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Fine Dining Portfolio at the Luxurious Wynn Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for popular sayings like “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” and “Sin City”. In addition, Las Vegas is also known for its numerous fine dining options. The Wynn Las Vegas currently offers eight fine dining options, including several world class restaurants.

You can find Wynn Las Vegas at the northern end of the world famous, Las Vegas Strip. Although, some feel that this modern luxury hotel is somewhat far from the Vegas Strip action. But it’s spectacular and for foodies, a true delight for your taste buds.

Wynn Las Vegas is a huge resort complex that consists of two, side by side hotel casino resorts. The first is the Wynn and the other is the Wynn Encore. Therefore, they both provide Vegas visitors, luxury air-conditioned rooms. All rooms and suites feature posh interiors with large flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms. Plus, enjoy gorgeous Vegas Strip and mountain views.

Wynn Las Vegas is proud to have won more awards for their restaurants, than any other resort found in North America. The eight current, fine dining restaurants include – Cipriani, Costa Di Mare, Lakeside, Mizumi, Sinatra, SW Steakhouse, Tableau and Wing Lei. In March, Elio will become the 9th fine dining restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas.

Wynn Las Vegas introduced a new level of luxury to the world when it opened on April 28, 2005 and it has continued to exceed hospitality standards ever since. As a result, an integral component to the resort’s success is the award-winning dining portfolio. Wing Lei is the first Chinese restaurant in the country to be awarded a Michelin Star and the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Chinese restaurant in North America.

In addition to Wing Lei, the resort’s fine dining portfolio also includes Costa di Mare, Lakeside, Mizumi, Sinatra and SW Steakhouse. That’s a total of Six Forbes Four Star restaurants for guests to experience. This fact definitely makes Wynn the ultimate dining destination in all of Las Vegas.


Wynn’s Fine Dining Portfolio includes:

Wynn Las Vegas - Mizumi restaurant

Mizumi (photo above) – Looking out over private Japanese gardens surrounding an idyllic koi pond with a 90-foot waterfall. Mizumi takes an innovative approach to Japanese cuisine with a robatayaki bar, teppanyaki room and ocean-fresh sushi and sashimi.

Wing Lei – The first Chinese restaurant in North America to earn a Michelin star. Wing Lei serves Cantonese, Shanghai and Szechuan flavors, featuring delicacies. Try tableside-carved Imperial Peking duck and wok-fried Maine lobster under the leadership of Chef Ming Yu.

Sinatra – Paying tribute to the iconic singer, Sinatra serves sophisticated riffs on classic Italian cooking. Choose from spaghetti and clams and osso buco, surrounded by mementos and swinging music.

Costa di Mare – Chef Mark LoRusso creates authentic Italian coastal cuisine with seasonal fish and shellfish flown in daily from Italy. Be delighted with Venetian soft-shell moleche, red shrimp from Naples and sea urchin from Sicily.

Lakeside – Hawaiian seafood (line-caught by family fishermen in Hana, flown to Wynn and served fresher than even restaurants in Maui). The food is prepared by Chef David Walzog, alongside an exotic variety of oven-roasted lobster and crab and aged prime steak.

SW Steakhouse – Steaks are the star at Chef David Walzog’s award-winning steakhouse. Think A5 Japanese Wagyu, dry-aged tomahawk chops and a chile-rubbed double rib eye. Enjoy popular main courses such as pan roasted sea scallops with English pea risotto and black truffle sauce.

For more information about all of the fine dining restaurant options at Wynn Las Vegas, please visit: https://www.wynnlasvegas.com/dining

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Delicious Valentine’s Day 2019 in New York City and the Hamptons

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday the 14. Don’t forget to treat your special someone to a delicious Valentine’s meal. So demonstrate your love by giving that special person in your life an unforgettable, dining experience.

Enjoy a wonderful, fine dining experience is tops on many couple’s wish list. Candy and flowers are of course nice. In addition, a fantastic dinner is always the ideal way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Here are some of the best dining ideas in New York and the Hamptons this February 14th, 2019.

New York, NY


MAMO Restaurant, one of New York City’s leading Italian restaurants, is back. The renowned SoHo restaurant celebrates the flavors and sensibilities of Italian cuisine and brings those to New York City. MAMO has reopened after a fire closed its doors this past Summer.

While the unfortunate event could signal the end of many dining establishments or a departure to a new location, the team at MAMO, headed by restaurateur Mike “Mamo” Mammoliti and Executive Chef Salvatore Marcello, remained firm in the belief that the 323 W. Broadway location, its ambience, and the style of cuisine were a winning combination unrivaled by many.

This Valentine’s Day, MAMO NYC will delight couples looking to dine in a rustic chic atmosphere, with a Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu. It includes: Tonno e salmone scottati, lamponi e Carciofi (Seared tuna and salmon, artichokes, raspberries), Raviolini al tartufo, their signature fresh truffle raviolini. In addition, be treated to Capesante arrosto, broccoli, cavolfiori, salsa all’astice (Roasted scallops, broccoli, cauliflowers, lobster sauce).

MAMO is comprised of two distinct spaces, an intimate downstairs lounge and a comfortable 100-seated dining room upstairs. The multi-level space boasts rustic Provencal décor with old family images and movie posters that make guests feel instantly transported to the French Riviera. The extensive wine list includes hand-selected bottles from Italy and France, and the cocktail list features special concoctions with an Italian twist.


Russian Samovar

This elegant, lively, eatery is the perfect spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her two sons Michael and Nicholas. This upscale establishment offers some of the finest authentic Russian cuisine in New York. While located in the Theater District, Russian Samovar boasts a 19th-century feel, complete with picturesque green and red shades and Russian folk prints.

Aside from its authentic Russian dishes, it is known for its 26 flavored vodkas prepared in-house, including ginger, horseradish, lemon and cranberry. Delectable appetizers include Beluga and Osetra caviar, Blinis filled with salmon or caviar and the Assorted Fish Platter (in-house cured Salmon Gravlax with dill. Plus there is delicious Smoked Atlantic Salmon and Smoked Butterfish), Vol-au-Vent (a wild mushroom puff pastry), traditional Borscht, a Pate Russe laced with brandy, and Pelmeni Stroganoff. Lastly, enjoy veal or chicken with sirloin tips in a creamy mushroom sauce.

However, its signature entrees that have put Russian Samovar on the culinary map. House specialties include Shashlik Karski (rack of lamb marinated in Georgian spices) and Beef Stroganoff. In addition, try Veal Pojarksi (ground veal and breast of chicken cutlets), Chicken Kiev and Pelmeni (veal, beef and chicken dumplings).



A Taste of the City of Love, Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier (brother of famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier), is sure to impress your date this Valentine’s Day. Demarchelier brings a little piece of France to New York City. Every meal that leaves its kitchen aims to capture the essence of authentic French bistro fair.

The family owned and run Upper East Side restaurant radiates a comfortable, colorful, warm and familial spirit that has made it a neighborhood fixture for a quarter-century. Ideal for a quick bite to eat, a romantic rendezvous, or a simple family meal. The traditional menu is paired perfectly with a wide range of predominantly French wines.

This Valentine’s Day, Demarchelier is serving a special Prix Fixe menu for you and your loved one at $48 per person: Appetizer, Salmon Pastrami or Terrine de Foie Gras; Main Course, Lamb Chops with String Beans and Tomato Provençal or Filet of Halibut with a Sorrel Sauce; Desert, Valentines Cake served with a complimentary choice of Prosecco, Chardonnay or Merlot


Bobby Van’s The Original

For the steak lover, visit esteemed Bobby Van’s Steakhouse this Valentine’s Day. Bobby Van’s has earned its place as a venerable New York dining institution. It’s as a result of continued commitment to cooking techniques perfected years ago by the founding fathers of New York steakhouse cuisine.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this 2019, Bobby Van’s grew from its original home in Bridgehampton. It’s first New York location near Grand Central Station “The Original. Finally, it now includes a repertoire of fine restaurants that offer the refined style of a classic New York City steakhouse.

Bobby Van’s a la carte menu features favorites such as Crispy Calamari, Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Maxie’s Meatballs for Starter and Veal Milanese, Chilean Seabass and N.Y. Sirloin Steak for Entrée. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of dining options outside of prime beef and seafood, including supremely-prepared pastas, wood-fired pizzas and freshly tossed salads. To accompany the meal, diners have a choice of delicious sides, which include Cauliflower Carbonara, Thick Cut Applewood Bacon and Sautéed Mushrooms.


T-Bar Steak & Lounge

T-Bar Steak and Lounge is the popular spot for couples looking for a romantic dinner with outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space. The restaurant’s charm is brought to life by a stylish, dark-wood accented dining room, frosted glass details and subtle back lighting.

This Valentine’s Day under the watchful eye of Restauranteur Tony Fortuna. T-Bar will offer its regular a la carte menu, which features its signature prime beef steaks along with a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads and pastas. Plus, swoon over the decadent desert menu crafted by Executive Chef Ben Zwicker. In addition, the menu includes the famous Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce.


MarieBelle New York & Cacao Bar

In New York’s famous Soho District is the world-renowned, luxurious bean-to-bar chocolate company, MarieBelle Chocolates. This winter the flagship retail location at 484 Broome Street offers patrons a sumptuous shopping experience. Therefore it’s for the eyes and appetite to enjoy with lavish window displays, which aim to warm the heart.

MarieBelle Chocolates’ signature artisanal ganache, lavish truffles and tantalizing chocolate bars are promptly placed throughout. The result is to inspire the appetite for giving and eating this Valentine’s Day. Nestled at the back of the Soho store is the Cacao Bar which features a menu of desserts and pastries.

Each is perfect for any tea time in addition to their exceptional hot chocolate drinks to enjoy this season. MarieBelle New York is artfully wrapping and customizing luxury candy confections. Relish in the sweetest gift for any occasion, available in-store or delivered same day anywhere in the Manhattan area.

Also this Valentine’s Day, MarieBelle has the sweetest gift for that special chocolate lover in your life with their Valentine’s Day Lace Collection. MarieBelle’s new Valentine’s Lace Collection of ganache boxes is accentuated by a soft pastel pink, enchanting lace details and closed with a delicate lacy garter that would make Marie Antoinette proud.


Southampton, NY

Union Cantina

For those who spend Valentine’s Day in the Hamptons, Union Cantina offers a romantic, intimate atmosphere, combined with a modern Mexican menu crafted by award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf. The year-round eatery sits in the iconic Bowden Square. Also, it features a festive atmosphere, combining dark woods balanced by the bright cerulean colored walls, which are also decorated with Mexican artwork.

Valentine’s Day couples craving Mexican with a spin will enjoy Union Cantina’s A La Carte Menu. It features delectable dishes such as Avocado Fries, Hearts of Palm Salad, Baja Tacos, Skirt Steak Tacos, Spicy Guava BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Adobo Chicken Deconstructed Enchilada and Charred Shrimp. Do not miss the popular Guacamole En Molcajate. It is prepared mild or spicy. A selection of Chef Specialties will also be offered on the day. Union Cantina’s winning Everyday Happy Hour is offered as usual from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

If you and your special someone are fans of delectable hamburgers, Union Cantina recently opened their all-new Union Burger Bar. The restaurant extension is co-located with the contemporary Mexican restaurant. The establishment offers an assortment of specialty gourmet burgers and fresh hand-cut fries. In addition, maniacal milkshakes & desserts and of course an elaborate craft beer and small batch bourbon selection. Union Burger Bar is first come, first served, no reservations, and is open for both lunch and dinner.


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VIP Experience: Luxury $2 Million Dinner & Vivid Blue Jane Seymour Diamond Ring

Last year, we covered the Ultimate VIP Dinner – World’s Most Expensive Dining Experience at $2,000,000 event in Singapore. For a jaw-dropping $2,000,000, you could partake in the world’s most expensive dining experience. PLus, you will receive the Jane Seymour diamond ring. Well now you may be the luck winner in a unique fractional ownership model.

The US $2 Million Dinner was launched last year by World of Diamonds Group. The event has held at CE LA VI Singapore. The dinner is accompanied by a blue diamond ring, that is both endorsed and named after respected actress Jane Seymour. For an idea of just how valuable this ring is, a few facts. The 2.08 carat, VS1 Fancy Vivid blue, Jane Seymour diamond ring is set in 18-karat rose-gold-plated platinum. In addition, it features beautiful floral motifs. As a result, the ring embodies the beauty, grace, and talent of Hollywood actress, Jane Seymour.

The Jane Seymour diamond ring is the first and only piece of jewelry named after the former Bond girl, celebrating her illustrious career. The Emmy and Golden Globe award winner designs her own “Open Hearts” collection and is the brand ambassador of Signet Jewelers, the world’s largest jeweler with nearly 3,600 stores in the US, UK, and Canada. However, none of those jewelry pieces bear her name.

The US $2 Million has just been sold to Ville Oehman, a cryptocurrency veteran and founder of V Diamonds. The $2 Million Dinner, which Ville bought comes with the Jane Seymour diamond ring and the full dining experience. As to why World of Diamonds Group decided to sell this dinner to Ville Oehman, we have an official statement: Director of World of Diamonds Group, Karan Tilani was quoted “Having received applications from people who value the exclusivity of the ring and the dinner experience, we faced the dilemma of concluding on a single buyer. We embraced Ville Oehman’s concept of opening up the highly exclusive blue diamond market to a fractional ownership model by using blockchain technology”.

The Jane Seymour diamond ring will be sold in many parts or fractions. The dinner is being given away randomly as a prize to anybody who buys a part of the ring. There will be 1 million parts of the ring, and each part will be priced between US $2 and US $3. Ville’s concept provides the working class the opportunity to invest in blue diamonds since this is an asset that has traditionally only been available for the ultra-wealthy. Blue diamonds today cost over US $2 million per carat and are rarely available for sale. The reason is simply that they are so rare.

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Ville is relaunching the US $2 Million Dinner, as he is now the owner of the whole experience. He wants to make the experience accessible and not only reserved for the rich and famous. Ville has separated the ring from the dinner experience. An ICO (initial coin offering) is being launched, backed by the blue diamond ring. This is among the world’s first ICOs that is asset-backed, by an asset that is continually appreciating in value. Therefore, people can actually invest in shares of a company. However, this ICO which V Diamonds will be launching is not an offering of any shares of the company. Rather, it’s an offering of being able to own a part of the blue Jane Seymour diamond ring.

So if you want the status and the chance at a VIP experience, then please read on. Anyone can buy a part of The Jane Seymour ring for between US $2 and $3 million. The ring’s exact price will be available during the ICO launch on the ICO website. Even after the ICO is completed, the ring will be owned by all the collective investors of the ring. However, it will be kept and stored by V Diamonds.

The ring will still be available for sale to a single buyer or through an auction house, and the proceeds of the sale will be distributed to all the owners of the ring when the eventual sale takes place. All the investors will be able to decide if and when it goes to auction or gets sold to a single buyer – there will be an online voting system for all the investors to participate in, periodically. Just like a public company has an AGM organized annually for its shareholders.

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One of the investors of the ring will win The Ultimate Dinner. Ville’s concept was to ‘democratize’ the dinner and make it accessible to everyone around the world. So now, anyone around the world can get invested in a celebrity blue diamond ring and at the same time, stand a chance to win a once in a lifetime dinner experience. Each part of the ring they buy, they get 1 chance to win the dinner. They can buy as many parts as they want as it is very affordably priced, and they will get more chances to win the dinner.

The entire luxury dinner experience concept has been relaunched, since it has been bought by V Diamonds. V Diamonds has its boutique at the private Commercially Important People (CIP) terminal at Singapore’s Changi Airport, and so V Diamonds relaunched the dinner concept in line with the airport theme. As the dinner is not taking place at CE LA VI Singapore, this dinner is not called the $2 Million Dinner anymore, but rather: The Ultimate Dinner.

The dinner will take place in Singapore. The winner will be provided return first-class tickets from anywhere in the world, provided complimentary hospitality at a presidential suite of a 5-star hotel (this will be Swissotel The Stamford (Singapore), which will have its revamped Presidential Suite available in 2018. The hotel was formerly the tallest in the world. We also offer the option of Fairmont Singapore for the winner, for their selection. Both Swissotel The Stamford and Fairmont Singapore are under AccorHotels, and they both have stunning Presidential Suites.) The winner will also enjoy other exclusive privileges such as VIP hospitality at various spas & clubs and other Michelin-starred meals.

The sale of the ring will begin toward the end of 2017. The winner will be announced in early 2018. The lucky winner gets to enjoy the dinner with someone of his/her choice. This VIP dinner experience is for 2 people. The Ultimate Dinner will take place during a 4-hour flight on a US $30 Million private jet with an 18-course cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred restaurant Jaan. But there is much more! A luxury yacht cruise and Rolls-Royce journey takes place before the dinner, and the winner and his/her partner will each dine with diamond chopsticks, worth US $17,000 each for a total of $34,000. They become the world’s most expensive chopsticks! Adorned with 84 high-quality colorless diamonds in total and weigh almost 8.5 carat. Don’t worry, you will be able to keep the chopsticks after the dinner is done. The winner and his/her partner will also enjoy 10,000 roses and vintage wines. To end your magical evening, there will be a fantastic fireworks display after the dinner.

To learn more, please contact The Life of Luxury. We can provide additional details about this unique opportunity. Our respected luxury concierge service offers your dream VIP experience. Attend a red carpet award show or a enjoy a celebrity “meet and greet”. How about attending a famous fashion shows in New York City, Paris, London or Milan? Take a luxury vacation and celebrate an anniversary, birthday or a romantic honeymoon. The possibilities are endless.

Now it’s time to live big. Enjoy the Ultimate Dinner and the chance to own the beautiful Jane Seymour Diamond Ring. Please stop by again and follow this luxury blog. We share the best news in the luxury industry.

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Fine Dining at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse in New York City

Each night in New York City, popular Bobby Van’s Steakhouse fills up with a variety of celebrities, sports athletes, Wall Street tycoons, as well as New York politicians. This fine dining restaurant is located on 40 Central Park South, near the world famous Plaza Hotel.

Bobby Van’s opened its first steakhouse in Bridgehampton, NY, 48 years ago. The iconic family of steak restaurants now totals ten. The Central Park South location opened earlier this year in March. Bobby Van’s Steakhouse offers a fine dining experience for dinner. In addition, enjoy a weekday Breakfast and Brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.

Chef Robert Dickert is the great-nephew of steakhouse legend Peter Luger. In 1996 when this restaurateur joined the Bobby Van’s team, Dickert brought a wealth of family knowledge and cooking tradition. These traditions include and of course, high quality food. The combination is impressive and has become the hallmark of Bobby Van’s dining experience. Robert Dickert can still be found at Bobby Van’s. He assists and oversees the selection and dry aging process sued in their quality prime beef.

Executive Chef Ted Rozzi has created a selection of delicious dishes. The restaurant’s menu includes Crispy Calamari, Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Maxie’s Meatballs for Starter and Veal Milanese, Chilean Seabass and N.Y. Sirloin Steak for Entrée. In addition, be sure to try a variety of dining options outside of prime beef and seafood. Choose from wood-fired pizzas, supremely-prepared pastas plus freshly tossed salads. Pick from delicious sides to accompany your dinner. For example, Thick Cut Applewood Bacon, Cauliflower Carbonara and Sautéed Mushrooms.

There’s no denying that Bobby Van’s Steakhouse is respected as a premier, authentic steakhouse. The newest restaurant offers incredible views of Central Park. The interior of this steakhouse restaurant is elegant but offers a warm ambiance. You’ll find white table cloths and gorgeous wood accents. A perfect place to enjoy a fine meal for a romantic couple, or larger groups and special occasions. We like the Central Park location a lot. Not only for the New York City views, but central location and convenience.

Everybody loves Breakfast. You will love the morning meals here. Both Breakfast and Brunch dishes include the perfectly prepared Buttermilk Pancakes with fresh berries and maple syrup, Homemade Granola with yogurt and berries, Bobby Van’s Bananas Foster (battered brioche, sliced bananas, toasted pecans, vanilla ice cream and Fosters sauce).

Continuing, there are Hearty egg dishes include Bobby Van’s Steak and Eggs (sirloin steak, two eggs and home fries), Jumbo Lump Crabmeat and Spinach Benedict with home fries, and the Egg Whites Farmers Scramble (spinach, tomato, mushroom, sweet potato and Swiss cheese). Diners can also opt to add a number of freshly bakery items such as croissants, bagels and English muffins, as well as fresh seasonal fruits and berries.

When visiting or working in New York City, be sure try eating at one of the other steak restaurants. They can be found at Bobby Van’s Park Avenue on East 46th Street, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse and Grill on Broad Street in the Financial District and Bobby Van’s Grill on East 54th Street. In addition, there are two Times Square locations on West 45th Street and West 50th Street. If you are headed to Washington D.C., there are two location there. A convenient airport restaurant in JFK’s Terminal 8, a take-out burger joint, BV’s Burger. There is another in New York’s Times Square. Of course there is the newest restaurant on 40 Central Park South in the Big Apple.

Steak lovers, be sure to dine at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse in New York City for great tasting steak. Our travel concierge specialists can help you plan your next vacation or business travel needs. We hope you return soon and follow this luxury blog. Read the latest luxury travel news right here.

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Enjoy a Glass and Savoir the Wonderful Wines of Chile

When discussing the top wine producing countries, Chile isn’t a name that often comes up. The current top 5 countries are Italy, France, Spain, United States and Argentina. Chile is surprisingly number 6 and higher than Australia, South Africa, China and Germany. Given that wine industry fact, what a treat to be able to sample the wonderful wines of Chile.

In Chile, four unique climactic regions can be found. What makes them all so interesting, is the diversity of the four regions. These areas are very popular for vacationers as well as producing some of the top wines.

Enjoy a light pinot noir while laying under the sun on a Pacific Ocean beach. How about a crisp sauvignon blanc while you take in beauty of the steep Patagonia glacier. Enjoy the the Atacama desert with a dry chardonnay. Go high into the mighty Andes Mountains and taste a glass of full-bodied cabernet.

In addition to their fabulous taste, the wines of Chile have been receiving much deserved attention. Of course receiving a perfect score of 100 is the dream of every wine producer. One particular Chilean wine named Viñedo Chadwick by Errazuriz was scored 100 points from James Suckling, who is a respected wine critic. This achievement was the first a wine from Chile received a perfect point score. As a red blend, Viñedo Chadwick comes from one of most famous wine regions in Chile – Puente Alto in Maipo.

Le Cite du Vin is the new wine museum in Bordeaux, France. It hopes visitors will experience the amazing world of wine firsthand. The wine industry has a long and rich history. The new wine museum showcases all of the major wine producing regions from all around the world. Many wines of Chile were part of the large scale, Le Cite du Vin inauguration.

Achieving the title of Best Sommelier is long battle of the world’s best. The competition to be the best in your own country is tough enough. Then the best from 58 different countries square off. Marcelo Pino was the top Chilean Sommelier and was proud to take 24th place overall in the world competition.

Asia continues to be a lucrative target market for wine producers. At the recently held VINEXPO Hong Kong event, fifty different wineries were present and shared the best wine of Chile to the world.

For those interested in trying some wonderful tasting wine from Chile, we wanted to share four bottles that won’t break your bank.

William Cole Albamar Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley 2014 (Suggested retail price of $12 per bottle)
Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley 2012 (Suggested retail price of $14 per bottle)
Garces Silva Boya Pinot Noir Leyda Valley 2014 (Suggested retail price of $20 per bottle)
Errazuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay Aconcagua Valley (Suggested retail price of $20 per bottle)

We have access to many of the most expensive and rare wines in the world. Our concierge specialists can help you. Please also consider the wines of Chile for your next social event. Follow our luxury blog and keep up on more wine industry news.


The Regal Lion Wine and Decanter Stoppers – Simply Stunning!

The Regal Lion Wine & Decanter Stoppers are also stunning, Art Deco-inspired sculptures. Not only practical for wine lovers, but also as a gorgeous art sculpture. Each piece is carefully designed with precious metal and gems.

Featuring a custom designed base, The Regal Lion Wine & Decanter Stoppers sits beautifully atop your favorite wine bottle. It can also be used with a crystal decanter. Many wine drinkers simply shove the original cork back into the bottle or use a cheap store bought cork. No more people! It’s time to add some style to your wine drinking.

Each of The Regal Lion Wine & Decanter Stoppers are made to custom order. You can choose from a variety of options. For example, decide between 18K Gold, sterling silver or even 950 Platinum. Then accent with either shimmering diamonds or golden sapphires.

There is no denying that The Regal Lion is a true piece of art. So who is the target audience for this unique product? Someone who has the means to acquire it and appreciate its beauty. Someone with a refine taste for the best life has to offer. A person who can see the artistic allure of this piece. It’s a perfect gift for that special friend or family member. Or simply buy one or more for yourself and wow guests at your next social gathering. If you are an animal art collector, The Regal Lion Wine & Decanter Stoppers are perfect for you as well.

The Regal Lion Wine and Decanter Stoppers

Pick form 3 different sizes of The Regal Lion:
– as a Wine Stopper
– as a Fine Decanter Stopper; designed for a median-size neck, it will fit many fine decanters
– as a Baccarat Decanter Stopper for Baccarat’s three Square Whiskey Decanters; The Regal Lion can be purchased by itself or as the perfect companion with one of these magnificent decanters

Be sure to order fast. These rare products from Cameron-Zemtsov Design Associates (CZDA),are strictly limited. As a result, each is individually numbered. Pricing for The Regal Lion ranges between $6,300 up to $25,150 each.

Cameron-Zemtsov Design Associates have a strong belief in helping save endangered wildlife. Therefore, they will contribute 5% of the company’s sales to Born Free USA. This respected organization is a real global force in wildlife conservation.

Contact The Life of Luxury today if interested in purchasing The Regal Lion Wine & Decanter Stoppers. Be sure to return soon and follow this luxury blog. We enjoy sharing the best the world of luxury has to offer.

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Why Argentina is the Ultimate Destination for Wine Lovers

Argentina is quickly becoming one of the world’s most popular and is a top destination for wine lovers and with good reason. More commonly known for its dominating Malbec varieties, Argentina also has a vast array of superb Cabernet Sauvignons, Pinot Noirs, and unique Torrentés.

Below are just a few of the reasons why the South American country of Argentina is the ultimate destination for wine lovers. Enjoy a true VIP experience and sample some great tasting wines.

Breathtaking Elevations Make For Exceptional Wines

Argentina is home to the the world’s highest commercial vineyard, at an astounding 9,800 ft above sea level. Most of the country’s vineyards are located at roughly 5,000 ft above sea level. The grapes grown at those high altitudes create wines with sumptuous flavors, and intense colors.

Wines That Won’t Break The Bank

Some of the world’s best Malbecs come from Argentina. Many of the country’s celebrated Malbecs, and other types of wine can be purchased for just $13-$20 per bottle.

Innovative Methods, Innovative Wines

Argentine winemakers are aware of the country’s supremely vast landscape and micro-climates that allow for a wide range of varieties.

Wineries are working with weather stations to better understand their micro-regions in order to grow the best grape for a particular area’s soil and climate. By using grapes from varying elevations, some families are creating rich, and complex wines that are pleasantly rediscovered with each sip.

World’s Best Malbecs

Argentina is arguably home to the some world’s best Malbecs. In fact, in the 2016 Malbec Master Series, Argentine Malbecs took home 70% of the awards given. Because Malbecs are a fickle bunch, they tend to thrive better in the Argentine climate, and make for pure and lush black-fruit batches.

Tantalizing Torrentés

Argentina’s Torrentés variety is unique to the country, and makes for many light and aromatic blends. Torrentés are the perfect summer sipper, with smooth floral notes that are light on the tongue and tropical. Argentine Torrentés are unlike anything you’ve had before.

Dependable Bonarda

Once the wine staple of Argentina, the medium-bodied Bonarda variety is a welcome red at any dinner table. A solid choice, it offers many fruit notes, including dark cherry, plum, and even strawberry. If oaky flavor isn’t your favorite, then the Bonarda is the red for you as many see little to no oak.

Picturesque Patagonia

Not only do Patagonia’s frosty creeks and piney timberland make for spectacular views, the vineyards near them make rich and complex Pinot Noirs.

Winds that gust year-round produce thicker grapes with higher levels of acids and tannins. The cooler climate of the area also allows for many international white grape varieties to thrive, such as Riesling and Semillon.

For more information why Argentina is the ultimate destination for wine lovers, check out the below infographic by Tango Tours, an Argentina wine tour company.

Make your plans now to visit Argentina in South America. It’s definitely a top destination for wine lovers. Return again soon to follow this luxury blog and read more wine industry articles.

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