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Enjoy A Delicious Easter Dinner in New York City and Southampton

Celebrate Easter Sunday with a delicious Easter Dinner. Make it a special holiday. In this year’s Easter Dining Guide, you will find a selection of restaurants in both New York City and the Hamptons. They are all simply ideal dining choices for a feast with all your family and friends.

You know restaurants are going to be extremely crowded. Don’t take the chance to dine at a restaurant and be disappointed. You deserve a delicious Easter Dinner. Do your DD (due diligence) and make it a special day.

New York City:

T-Bar Steak and Lounge

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

This Easter, under the watchful eye of Restaurateur Tony Fortuna, T-Bar will offer a special Easter Menu as well as their regular a la carte menu, which features its signature prime beef steaks along with a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads and pastas.

A long list of perfectly-prepared side dishes, like the Sautéed Haricot Verts with garlic, or the Roasted Brussel Sprouts with bacon, complement each entrée on the menu. Pair your meal with one of the restaurant’s specialty cocktails or a glass of wine from T-Bar’s carefully selected wine list. Swoon over the decadent desert menu crafted by Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, which includes the famous Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce.

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Demarchelier

Authentic Family French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier (brother of famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier), is sure to deliver this Easter. 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.

This 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 rendez-vous, or a simple family meal. The traditional French menu is paired perfectly with a wide range of predominantly French wines.

This Easter, Demarchelier will be serving its regular Sunday Brunch for those coming from their Easter Sunday church celebrations with dishes such as their Organic Omelettes and the Smoked Salmon Platter. Demarchelier’s traditional a la carte menu will be served throughout the day with signature menu items. For example, the Moules Mariniere au Vin Blanc; Duck Confit served over a hearty mix of tomato and tarragon scented flageolets; and Pan Sautéed Sole Meuniere, accompanied by mixed vegetables.

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Russian Samovar

This elegant eatery is the perfect spot to celebrate Easter. 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 Russian cuisine in New York. Located in the Theater District, Russian Samovar boasts a 19th-century feel, complete with picturesque green and red shades and Russian folk prints.

Russian Samovar offers their a la carte menu for Easter Sunday. Delectable appetizers from the a la carte menu include Beluga and Osetra caviar, Blinis filled with salmon or caviar, the Assorted Fish Platter (in-house cured Salmon Gravlax with dill. There is 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. In addition, feast on veal or chicken with sirloin tips in a creamy mushroom sauce.

It is its signature entrees, however, that have put Russian Samovar on the culinary map. House specialties include Shashlik Karski (rack of lamb marinated in Georgian spices), Beef Stroganoff, Veal Pojarksi (ground veal and breast of chicken cutlets), Chicken Kiev and Pelmeni (veal, beef and chicken dumplings). Aside from its authentic Russian dishes, Russian Samovar is known for its 26 flavored vodkas prepared in-house, including ginger, horseradish, lemon and cranberry.

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Southampton:

Union Cantina / Union Burger Bar

For those who spend Easter on Long Island’s beautiful East End, Union Cantina offers a warm and friendly 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, and features a festive atmosphere, combining dark woods balanced by the bright cerulean colored walls, which are also decorated with Mexican artwork.

This Easter Sunday, diners can choose between the popular bottomless brunch (with 2 for 1 brunch cocktails) or dinner. Delectable dishes will be served such as Avocado Fries, Hearts of Palm Salad, Baja Tacos, Skirt Steak Tacos, and their widely popular house specialty Deconstructed Enchiladas.

Do not miss the popular Guacamole En Molcajate, prepared mild or spicy. In the mood for a gourmet hamburger or a delectable milkshake? Try their newest dining hotspot, Union Burger Bar. The restaurant extension is co-located with the contemporary Mexican restaurant, offering an assortment of specialty gourmet burgers, fresh hand-cut fries, maniacal milkshakes & desserts. Of course, enjoy 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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Southampton Inn / Claude’s

Enjoy Easter at the Southampton Inn and Claude’s Restaurant, with breakfast from 7:00am to 10:00am, or Sunday Brunch from 10:00am to 3pm. Children under 12 will have the opportunity to participate in the Inn’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, a free event for the community.

This popular tradition will take place on the South Lawn at 10:00am on Easter Sunday. Book an overnight stay for two on Saturday, April 20 for $195, plus tax, and receive breakfast or Brunch for two at Claude’s on Sunday April 21. If you choose the Brunch option, Southampton Inn offers a late checkout of 1:00 PM.

Claude’s Restaurant at the Southampton Inn is open daily for breakfast, Sunday brunch, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 5:00pm-9:00pm on Friday and Saturday. Executive Chef James Carpenter creates delicious dishes year-round featuring locally sourced seafood and vegetables.

With several acres of manicured lawns and gardens in the heart of the Village of Southampton on Long Island’s stunning East End, Southampton Inn provides an idyllic, year-round escape for visitors from all over the world. Winner of numerous awards, including “Best Breakfast,” “Best Brunch,” Best Dessert,” Best Hotel,” and “Best Wedding Location,” Southampton Inn is a warm and welcoming haven with an exemplary reputation.

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Photo: T-Bar Steak and Lounge




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.

Photo: Bobby Van’s Steakhouse




New Herringbone Restaurant Coming to Hawaii

Herringbone is a popular ocean-to-table restaurant concept. Tropical Hawaii will become the latest destination for a trendy Herringbone restaurant.

Hakkasan Group is a respected, global hospitality company. This international brand has opened establishments in United States, Europe, Asia, plus the Middle East. The very first Herringbone restaurant opened in La Jolla, California near San Diego. There is much anticipation as the Herringbone Waikiki nears it grand opening.

The new Herringbone restaurant in Hawaii is scheduled to open later this spring. It is being designed by Ocio Design Group. They are utilizing elements from both the La Jolla and Santa Barbara restaurants. What is exciting is the inclusion of a fresh, indoor-outdoor design that will represent the tropical feel of Hawaii.

The restaurant’s ocean-to-table concept is being created by Chef Brian Malarkey. The result is spectacular. The interior design creates a coastal restaurant vibe. The building was a brick warehouse but cleverly utilizes its bow truss ceiling. Hanging down are a series of upside down boats and canoes. But not just for show, they have been morphed into light fixtures. The fixtures use vintage Edison bulbs and are surrounded by olive trees that are imported.

The goal of this new ocean-to-table concept restaurant is to source line-caught fish, in addition to the freshest products. Coming from the ocean, ranch and field, all menu ingredients will be obtained within only 350 yards from the Pacific Ocean. Now that’s fresh!

The Herringbone Waikiki restaurant will provide wonderful views. It can be found on the open-air, third-level of the Grand Lanai of International Market Place in Waikiki on the island of Oahu. Enjoy the incredible hanging gardens that will surround the expansive, 2,000-square-foot lanai. The wood and flora “walls” are made from weathered wooden boxes. Each include fragrant herbs, that literally hang from the ceiling at different heights.

The dining atmosphere will be spectacular. The majority of the seating will be on the lanai. The Herringbone Waikiki ambiance will definitely be relaxed. Enjoy your fine dining experience with leather wing back chairs plus teal-colored metal chairs. The chair cushions pair perfectly with the tables. They are made from blackened steel and zinc, weathered oak, butcher block, as well as white-washed teak. As a result, the feeling while you dine at the Herringbone restaurant seems un-rushed.

Plan a visit to Hawaii and be sure to dine at the new Herringbone restaurant on Oahu. Vacation in luxury on the islands of Hawaii. Be sure to come back again and follow this luxury blog for more luxury travel stories.

Photo: Herringbone Waikiki




Ultimate VIP Dinner – World’s Most Expensive Dining Experience at $2,000,000

The affluent continually look to push the boundary of luxury living. It’s not just about keeping up with the Joneses, but beating them. Now you can enjoy an incredible opulent event and partake in the world’s most expensive dining experience for a jaw-dropping $2,000,000!

The WORLD OF DIAMONDS Group is Russian conglomerate and one of the largest privately held diamond mining corporations. They have been involved with some of finest diamonds and jewelry pieces sold around the world. In addition, WORLD OF DIAMONDS Group introduced The Royalé Dream. It was the world’s most expensive perfume collection and was sold last year in Singapore.

Now in 2016, Singapore again is the place where a new record will be broken. Two people can be part of world’s most expensive dining experience for $2,000,000. WORLD OF DIAMONDS Group collaborated with CÉ LA VI Singapore. This ultimate fine dining restaurant is owned by L Capital Asia. The Asian private equity business is actually part of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) Group. This VIP experience is actually much more than simply a romantic dinner for two.

The luxury package also includes an exhilarating helicopter ride, the ambiance of 10,000 roses adorning the private venue, plus a delicious, 18-course degustation dinner menu. But that’s not all! You’ll be treated to pairings of 44 and 55-year old vintage wines, plus eat with diamond-encrusted chopsticks. While dining, relax in custom-made designer furniture. As you are served your decadent dessert, be presented with a gorgeous 2.08 carat celebrity Blue Diamond ring. The night to remember ends with a fantastic fireworks display.

The exclusive culinary experience for two is a dream come true. The world’s most expensive dining experience takes place at CÉ LA VI Singapore. The high-end restaurant is located on the 57th floor of the luxurious Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. The Director of the WOD Group is Mr. Karan Tilani, He was quoted, “CÉ LA VI is a diamond in the sky. This could be the ultimate proposal, an exceptional occasion, or simply a celebration of life.”

luxury helicopter

No details have been overlooked and this 8-hour retreat is opulent from beginning to end. You’ll commence your journey with a scenic 45 minute helicopter ride. Take in the beauty of Singapore from the air. Once you land, you will be whisked away VIP style, in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce. Next get on board a luxury yacht for an amazing private cruise. Take in the coastal sites before arriving at CÉ LA VI.

As you step out of the hotel’s elevator, you become immersed in literally a sea of 10,000 fresh roses. Gaze out the large windows of the restaurant for stunning 360 degree views of Singapore. As the sun sets, your anticipation continues to build. It’s time to begin your 18-course Modern Asian meal. The degustation menu was carefully created. Each culinary item will delight your taste buds as you dine in ultimate privacy.

We want to share your mouth watering menu. We’ve also listed each of the 44 and 55 year-old vintage wines that will be paired with your delicious meal.

* New Zealand Langoustine with Black Sesame Cornet – Avocado, pearl onion crème fraiche
* Fresh Belon Oyster – Champagne foam, ikura
* Almas Caviar – Blinis, egg yolk, white
* Blue Fin Otoro Sashimi – Sekai ichi apple salad
* Jamon Iberico – Yubari melon
(Paired with – Salon ‘S’ 1988 from Champagne, France)

* Gewürztraminer-Poached Foie Gras- Oven dried figs, gewürztraminer rudy roman grapes
*Veal Liver – Raspberry vinegar
* Lamb Sweetbread – Braised endive, morel mushroom sauce
(Paired with – Domaine Leflaive, Chevalier Montrachet 2008 from Cote de Beaune, France)

Bresse Poulet Consommé- Scallion, radish salad
Line-Caught Striped Seabass- Artichoke barigoule, soy dekopon orange glazed
Air-Flown Alaska Wild Salmon – Braised rhubard
Verjus Sorbet – Poached peached
(Paired with – Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Romanee St. Vivant 1996 from Cote de Nuits, France)

* Slow Cooked Pigeon – La bonnotte potatoes, red wine sauce
* Glenvale Pork Loin – Northern territory mango
* Pan-Roasted Graham Morrison Lamb Tenderloin – Cassoulet bean, sage sauce
* Apple-Wood Grilled Mishima Sirloin – Golden chanterelles, pommes anna, bordelaise sauce
(Paired with – Haut Brion 1961 from Pessac-Leognan, France

* Whipped Brie De Meaux – Aged balsamic glazed, baby mache
* Decadence of Valrhona 70% Dark Chocolate Croquembouche – Saffron, Iran pistachio, tahitian vanilla white chocolate ganache
(Paired with – Oremus, Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 1972 from Tokaji, Hungary)

The dinner guests will enjoy their lavish meal using diamond-studded chopsticks. Each pair are actually customized and engraved with their respective names. Dining in ultimate comfort, enjoy your culinary voyage while seated in custom-made designer furniture. Both luxury, grand armchairs were fabricated by The Plush.

The Jane Seymour blue diamond ring

How can you top this over-the-top candle-lit affair? As your dessert is being served, you will be presented with The Jane Seymour ring. This rare 2.08 carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ring was actually presented and worn by British actress Jane Seymour in April. The event also took place at CÉ LA VI Singapore. The Blue Diamond ring is absolutely stunning and has a mesmerizing blue hue. We provided a recent review of the The Jane Seymour ring. Please read it here at –
Sensational Blue Diamond Ring – “The Jane Seymour”

The Jane Seymour blue diamond rin

As your world’s most expensive dining experience nears its climatic end, there’s another surprise in store. When the clock strikes midnight, a spectacular fireworks display begins. The sky lights up, capping the , enjoy the smooth taste of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac.

Mr. David Sarner is the CEO of CÉ LA VI Singapore and stated, “At CÉ LA VI, we live to create unique experiences that stimulate the senses, elevate the spirit, amplify passion and fuel the pursuit of pleasure. This ($2,000,000 dining experience) done conjointly with our esteemed partner, WORLD OF DIAMONDS Group, is the zenith of all experiences.”

One last note, simply having $2,000,000 is not enough. If you are interested in the world’s most expensive dining experience, only “qualified individuals” will be approved. This unknown criteria will at the discretion of both WORLD OF DIAMONDS Group and CÉ LA VI.

The Life of Luxury wants to make dreams come true. Our luxury concierge specialists can put together incredible VIP experiences for any occasion. For example – a honeymoon, anniversary, birthday and more! The sky’s the limit. Let your imagine go wild and let us make it happen.

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Photo: CÉ LA VI Singapore / 2011 Rory Daniel




Excellent Italian Food at Bencotto Italian Kitchen in San Diego

The phone receptionist at Bencotto Italian Kitchen said we were very lucky to get a reservation for two at 7:30 pm (the same day), but that she just had a reservation cancellation. Good sign or bad sign? — We’ll just have to see … but we expect a wonderful fine dining experience.

Arriving, we were promptly seated at a table for two overlooking the restaurant on the second floor, (good table to view the goings-on). We were ushered through a vibrant scene that seemed to grow by the minute. Animated conversation permeated the atmosphere, as everyone seemed to really be enjoying themselves – (a good sign).

Our Bencotto Italian Kitchen server, a young lady named Corrie welcomed us and gave us the low-down on their specials. A Napa Valley Alias Chardonnay ($11) and a Birra Moretti (Italian beer) ($7) were ordered to start things off.

A shared appetizer of eggplant parmigiana ($14), was ordered and was delicious. My son then ordered the Bencotto house lasagna alla bolognese, (meat and besciamella sauce) ($18), and I ordered house-made gnocchi al formaggi, (excellently prepared potato dumplings in a beautiful Alfredo-type sauce)($16). Both were excellently prepared. — All pastas are freshly made on the premises, which is definitely a plus.

Lastly, a complimentary after-dinner offering of Lemoncello topped the evening off. Unfortunately, there was no room in our satisfied tummies for dessert.

This wonderful place must be a gold mine! Food this delicious served in such an electrically vibrant atmosphere has to be a recipe for success.

If you’re looking for a quiet intimate atmosphere where hearing every spoken word is important, you may want to consider another restaurant. However, if you desire some of the most excellently prepared Italian food in San Diego, Bencotto Italian Kitchen is a must!

Buon Appetito!

Enjoying a fine dining experience is always a great time to spend with friends and family. When in San Diego, be sure to eat at Bencotto Italian Kitchen restaurant. If you need help booking your next luxury travel itinerary, contact us today. Be sure to stop back to follow this luxury blog and read more fine restaurant recommendations.

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Carbone Restaurant Grand Opening at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

Last week Carbone restaurant, the hot New York City establishment in Greenwich Village, opened in Las Vegas at the ARIA Resort & Casino. Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick are the top brass at Marking Major Food Group, and this is their first venture outside of the Big Apple.

The new Carbone restaurant strives to bring that classic Italian-American cuisine and merge it with top notch, Captain tableside service. The restaurant will use only world-class-sourced ingredients plus award-winning, culinary craftsmanship.

ARIA Resort & Casino is a luxury AAA Five Diamond resort, located on the world famous Strip in Las Vegas, widely known as the entertainment capital of the world. The luxury resort in Sin City offers its guests only the best in concierge services and endless luxury amenities. Enjoy your stay in VIP style!

When asked about the opportunity to open Carbone restaurant in Las Vegas, Chef-partner Mario Carbone was quoted, “It is very exciting to be a part of the booming food scene happening on the Las Vegas Strip. We are committed to bringing Las Vegas a truly memorable dining experience that is unlike anything this city has seen.”

Adding to the excitement of the restaurant’s grand opening, managing partner Jeff Zalaznick stated, “The glamour, history and attitude of Las Vegas make it a perfect fit for Carbone. We are not just replicating the New York City restaurant; our guests will experience a Carbone specifically for Las Vegas.”

The space within Carbone restaurant is carved into various rooms. Ken Fulk is a San Francisco-based star designer and created the unique atmosphere that combines theatrical edge along with Italian culture.

One of the new rooms is named The Blue Room. It’s available for private dining and is reached via a series of elliptical arches. Once inside, you are mesmerized by the stunning blue decor. The Blue Room features high, vaulted ceilings that are accented with golden-tipped lighting. A unique New York City touch is utilizing NYC subway station tiles on the room’s walls. Enjoy your favorite cocktail at the mahogany bar with an antique mirror.

The goal of Carbone restaurant is to deliver the best Italian-American cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere. The restaurant’s dishes only use the finest products sourced from around the world. Restaurant guests will enjoy their choice of indulgent dishes that has made Carbone the popular choice in New York City for the ultimate fine dining experience..

Several of the Carbone dishes that are expected to be the most popular are the famous Spicy Rigatoni Vodka, Veal Parmesan, Lobster Fra Diavola and Meatballs. The menu will offer seasonal specialties, and look forward to being treated to new additions that will be unique to the Las Vegas location at the n the menu along with seasonally changing specialties. The menu will continue to evolve and introduce dishes entirely exclusive to the Las Vegas location at the ARIA Resort & Casino.

Wine connoisseurs will enjoy Carbone’s vast wine selection to pair with their favorite dish. The wine collection consists of 550 labels, including top wines form Italy, France and the U.S.explores the best-of-the-best from Italy, America and France.

You can find Carbone in the luxury ARIA Resort & Casino, on the promenade level next to Jean Georges Steakhouse and BARDOT Brasserie. The new restaurant will be open between 5:00pm and 10:30pm Monday through Saturday.

If you are visiting Las Vegas, be sure to dine at the new Carbone restaurant for a terrific, Italian-American cuisine meal. The Life of Luxury can help book your luxury travel reservations and deliver a VIP experience during your Las Vegas stay. Come back again to read our luxury blog for new travel industry announcements.

Photo: Carbone




Enjoy a Delicious Summer Cocktail – Luce del Sole

For a fine dining experience in downtown SoHo in New York City, consider the Osteria Morini restaurant. Chef Michael White serves great tasting Emilia-Romagna cuisine and after a wonderful meal, try a Luce del Sole cocktail.

Summer is the ideal time to enjoy a delicious summer cocktail. The Luce del Sole means “sunlight” in Italian and is made with FACUNDO NEO. The cocktail also includes honey syrup, Montanaro liquore in addition to a bit of floral flavors from the Dandelion Burdock bitters.

Osteria Morini is a casual Italian restaurant that’s a very popular place to dine for both visitors to New York City as well as locals. The establishment is perfect for either a romantic couple or large groups.

Whether you meet friends for a drink after work, or want to try a cocktail during or after your Italian meal at Osteria Morini restaurant, enjoy a Osteria Morini cocktail.

If you would like to make this cocktail at home for your next party or social gathering, here is the recipe.

Luce del Sole by Osteria Morini

– 2 parts FACUNDO NEO
– ¼ parts Honey Syrup (4 parts honey, 1 part water)
– ½ part Montanaro Liquore alla Camomilla
– Dash Dandelion Burdock Bitters
– Lemon twist
– Orange twist

Method:
Combine ingredients in a glass shaker, stir and strain over large ice in a double Old Fashioned glass. Express oils from lemon and orange twists and trim to rectangles. Garnish twists as an X.

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Renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay to Head Up Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa Restaurant

The luxury Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa has partnered with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The restaurateur and respected chef will head up the property’s Le Pressoir d’Argent restaurant.

Prior to closing, Le Pressoir d’Argent was a popular, Michelin-starred restaurant that was run by chef Pascal Nibaudeau. The restaurant was famous for using a lobster press that was one of only five anywhere in the world.

Chef Gordon Ramsay also overseas the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace in Versailles, which has been awarded two Michelin stars. Born in Scotland but raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, England – Gordon Ramsay has trained with many of the world’s top chefs. Several include: both Marco Pierre White and Albert Roux in London, plus Joël Robuchon and Guy Savoy in France.

Accolades are not foreign to Gordon Ramsay. In London, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is the city’s longest-running restaurant to received the coveted three Michelin stars. Ramsay is just one of only four chefs to hold three Michelin stars in the UK.

Gordon Ramsay was quoted, “I’m thrilled we are opening our second restaurant in France, following on from the two Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay au Trianon in Versailles. To open a restaurant in the wine capital of France with its world-class vineyards and glorious regional produce is extremely exciting. Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa has an incredible history dating back to 18th century and we are really looking forward to working with the hotel team at this incredible listed property in the heart of the City’s golden triangle.”

rand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa
Photo: Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa

Chef Ramsay plans to develop seasonal dishes to be served at Le Pressoir d’Argent restaurant, utilizing the best, local ingredients. He is known for his delicious dishes that use spices and BBQ-style smoky flavors. We can’t wait to see what gastronomic creations he comes up with. It should be a fine dining experience like no other.

The incredible Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa is located in central Bordeaux, in the south-west area of France. For those who desire pampering and a truly relaxing experience, be sure to try Les Bains de Léa spa. You can choose from various spa treatments using leading, French beauty brand NUXE.

Michel Ohayon is the owner of Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, and commented on the Gordon Ramsey announcement, “Le Pressoir d’Argent at Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa has forever been a timeless centerpiece in the Bordeaux community for fine dining. To me it felt most natural for Gordon Ramsay to take part in this project, which we have finalized in order to announce today. We are honored to be one of the two restaurants in France to work with this internationally acclaimed chef, a real sign of the confidence that he grants us.”

Interested in a luxury travel package to France? Contact The Life of Luxury and we can help book all your travel reservations. Consider staying at the elegant Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa. Dine at Le Pressoir d’Argent restaurant and you may actually see renowned chef Gordon Ramsay in person! Follow this luxury blog for interesting luxury travel news.

Photo: Gordon Ramsay Group




Ciera Steak + Chophouse – Lake Tahoe’s Only AAA Four Diamond Restaurant

During a recent visit to the beautiful Lake Tahoe area, we had dinner at Ciera Steak + Chophouse restaurant, which is located on the ground floor of the luxury MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

Simply stated, Ciera Steak + Chophouse offered superb service and a truly exquisite fine dining experience. The restaurant is only AAA Four Diamond restaurant in all of Lake Tahoe. The establishment has won that prestigious award eight years in a row, from 2008 to 2015. They have also been voted as Lake Tahoe’s Best Restaurant for Dinner, as well as the Best Steakhouse.

As we entered the restaurant’s luxurious lobby, we were greeted by a welcoming hostess, who led my wife and I to our private booth. The center of the restaurant’s dining room is surrounded by booths that are decorated with red drapes for privacy. The booth’s seating is red leather and the soft lighting produced a relaxing ambiance.

Ciera Steak + Chophouse offers a full menu of enticing choices including steak, fish, poultry and even vegetarian entrees. In addition, they offer a popular $35 Prix Fixe menu with 3 courses. The Prix Fixe menu is offered every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights, except for major holidays.

The steakhouse features a stunning glass display of over 300 wines and champagnes from around the world. There’s bound to be something to meet everybody’s personal taste. In addition, you can choose your favorite spirit.

Ciera Steak + Chophouse restaurant - Filet Mignon

I ordered the Caesar Salad with white anchovy fillets to start. My entree was the Filet Mignon – 6oz center cut. The “certified angus beef” steak was served with red wine demi-glace and bearnaise sauce, roasted garlic mashed and blistered asparagus. My wife chose the French Onion Soup with three cheese grantine and Caesar Salad with white anchovy fillets for her first course, followed by Grilled Alaskan King Salmon. It was served with mango and papaya salsa, fried wonton skins with cilantro cream, along with with roasted garlic mashed and blistered asparagus. Both our entrees were cooked to perfection.

There were several desserts that all sounded amazing. I picked the Chocolate Lava Cake. It’s a decadent chocolate warm ganache, with white chocolate spire and served with fresh berries and sauce framboise. It was outstanding! My wife chose the Seasonal Tasting of Berries. It came with an array of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries plus strawberries and Chantilly cream.

We received a special treat when the two Chocolate covered strawberries ice where brought to our table. They were complementary and the perfect way to end our fine dining experience at Ciera.

We both felt the entire meal was delicious and perfectly prepared. From the time we were first seated, the meal service was impeccable. The White-coated waitstaff was both attentive, professional and friendly. We also appreciated the maitre d’ Tommy Walker, stopping by our booth several times to make sure everything was to our liking.

The restaurant is open for dinner Wed through Sun, between 5:30pm to 10pm. The bar is open at 5pm.

Overall, it was a wonderful fine dining experience and I would highly recommend Ciera Steak + Chophouse in the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa for anybody visiting scenic Lake Tahoe.

The Life of Luxury can help plan and book your travel itinerary, including a stay in the alpine beauty of Lake Tahoe. Be sure to enjoy dining at Ciera Steak + Chophouse. If you enjoy reading about luxury travel destinations like Lake Tahoe, return often to read our popular luxury blog.

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Ultimate Gourmet Dining – The World’s Best Private Supper Clubs

Today, private supper clubs are helping make the world of fine dining a more welcoming and enjoyable, family experience. Long gone are the days of the traditional “dress up, book up, turn up, pay up. ” Taken its place is a new and popular style of dining. It’s exclusive but this intimate, gastronomic experience can be shared by new friends, usually around the same dining table.

It’s no surprise that new, private supper clubs are helping to revive the idea of eating out and enjoying a friendly, rather than forced experience.

We searched the world to locate the best private dining experiences available. Take a look and consider your next meal at one of the private supper clubs.

Casa Saltshaker is a very intimate affair: (photo above)
New York Chef Dan Perlman, who has been in the Argentinean capital for nearly 10 years, organizes these very special house parties. Dan hosts the dinner parties from his apartment (AKA Casa Saltshaker) from Friday to Sunday cooking dishes being dependent on his mood that day.

The Five Course meals take influence from the Mediterranen and are carefully matched with local vinos for a mere $70. Expect your taste buds to be tantalized by wonders such as Dans famous  ceviche, served over a corn puree, fava beans, red onion, rocoto peppers cilantro,  cherry tomatoes and crushed tortilla crumbs.

There is room for ten people, who all gather around Dan’s open kitchen table to watch his culinary skills and hear his stories. As this is a very intimate affair, Dan likes to chat with all of his guests beforehand to make sure they’re the right kind of person for this amazing experience.

Aronia de Takazawa, Tokyo:
Chef Yoshiaki Takazawa and his wife, Akiko, run this hidden restaurant in Tokyo’s Akasaka district. Yoshiaki is well known by the world food trade for his imaginative creations which include Foie gras crème brûlée with mango; smoked Ezo venison; curry ice cream to name a few.

Fresh seasonal ingredients and artistic flair make Aronia de Takazawa a must visit. The establishment serves a maximum of 10 diners per sitting and serves an 11 course meal, and with a 3-6 month waiting list of people prepared to pay $270, this is one of the hardest reservations in the county. Expect dining at it’s very best.

The emphasis is on fresh seasonal ingredients and the concept is based on the traditional domestic Japanese tea ceremony where the experience is shared with the family.

Angelika Apfelthaler’s dinners are now legendary in Vienna:
Chef Angelika Apfelthaler (and her friends) makes room for guests in her home each week to sample masterfully cooked international dishes such as hazelnut and chestnut soup followed by zucchini mint quiche with goats’ cheese, a pasta course with pumpkin gnocchi topped with truffle salt and a main of duck breast with risotto and saffron.

Despite the high quality of the food prepared this highly informal open kitchen has become legendary in the city and is a great place to meet new friends, business associates or fellow foodies to discuss your next gastronomic adventure.

The Dining Room only takes small tables (maximum 5-6 per table, but preferably not more than 4) and has definitely focused on being a “romantic” hotspot, they now also offer very stylish dinner boxes for a truly elegant take-out.

Craig Thornton’s Wolvesmouth Dinners, Los Angeles:
This well-known private supper club institution is the brain-child of Los Angeles chef Craig Thornton.

Regarded as one of the toughest reservations in Los Angeles the club is hosted at Craig’s loft apartment with an open kitchen and communal seating for twenty-four. If you are lucky enough to get a booking expect to mix with a plethora of unique personalities from UFC fighters, technology entrepreneurs, food bloggers and Hollywood royalty.

The word on the street is that the famous eatery will soon be heading above ground to keep up with demand. Expect to dine with some amazing characters at Wolvesmouth Dinners

Verjus (Previously The Hidden Kitchen), Paris:
This well-known supper club is frequented by Hollywood A-listers, business leaders and foodies who travel the globe for a seat at this food heaven run by Seattle transplants Braden (a chef) and Laura (a baker) who were worried about making friends after their move to Paris last year. Their solution, host dinner parties at their apartment – all the time!

Verjus has become known the world over by foodies. Braden and Laura use local produce from their local market, Marché d’Aligre, to create their renditions of great American dishes such as root vegetable pot pie with white truffle béchamel; kale-wrapped heirloom pork; butternut squash bread pudding.

12 guests, for a very reasonable $100, enjoy a 7- to 10-course meal with wine pairings. Each meal starts with an aperitif and ends with petit fours.

The Loft Project, London:
The well-known Loft Project is the creation of Nuno Mendes, the freethinking chef now working at Viajante in Brick Lane.

The worlds top chefs frequent this high-end supper club in London so make sure you book in advance. Prices vary depending on Nuno’s menu but be prepare to pay $160.

Gitone Fine Arts, Hong Kong:

Terance Lee, famed Chinese artist, has run this ceramics workshop and gallery since 1995. Gitrone transforms into a private dining experience specializing in dishes from Shanghai in the evenings.

Gitrone has become a tough booking to get with their eight appetizer and eight main course ‘Grand Dinner’ now renowned throughout the islands foodies with plates served such crab roe served in egg cups, abalone in tangerine and wine sauces and grouper with asparagus.

Booking in advance is essential for a minimum of four people paying $150 each.

Zuhause, Berlin:
Berlin is still relatively new to the private dining club scene, but the multi-course menu and wine list for a recent supper club at Zuhause did not disappoint.

Zuhause, which means “at home” in German is operated by husband and wife duo, Canadian Kristi Korotash and Irishman David O’Reilly.

“The Irish and German influences at this club, usually result in the guests joining the chef in a few glasses of wine, often into the “wee hours of the morning” states Kristi.

This super “hush” private supper club likes to keep things far more secret than the masses of “private” supper clubs popping up all over the world. Like the exclusivity? Hush requires their guests to complete questionnaires and provide photos of themselves before they can request an invite to the supper club in the capital’s fancy U Street neighborhood.

Expect organic and extravagant Indian vegetarian fare on offer here with an enjoyable spice tour from the chef.

FRANK, Dallas:
FRANK is an covert, private dinner party experience where Ben Starr (the ex-MasterChef Season 2 finalists) invite their guests into their world cuisine which is influenced by their extensive travels, the arts, music and life.

Guests enjoy multi-course meals with wine, beer and cocktails included within the usual donation of $100. All of Jennie and Bens creations are made with the freshest local ingredients. Seated round FRANK’s massive communal and reclaimed wood table, guests are treated to classically inspired recipes with no flashy tricks to confound or befuddle your palate as you take in the natural dinner party setting.

To experience FRANK, get on their email list at least two weeks in advance of each dinner party. Jennie and Ben’s serve classically inspired recipes at FRANK.

You are interested in learning more about fine dining, VIP experiences such as trying out one of the best private supper clubs, contact us today for reservations. Come back often and follow this luxury blog for the latest dining and luxury restaurant news.

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Fine Dining at Andrea’s in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Andrea’s in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas has become one of the newest, hot fine dining spots in all of Las Vegas. Now be treated to a romantic, Valentine’s experience like no other.

This exclusive Valentine’s Day package is only available Saturday, Feb. 14 and is a luxury VIP experience to the max.

“The Rose” package from Andrea’s in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is priced at an eye popping $30,000 but is worth every single penny. You will have secluded seating in one of Andrea’s opulent private dining booths. Yes, this is the same place mega music star Lady Gaga and her beau Taylor Kinney once made out.

To tantalize your taste buds, enjoy a delicious tasting menu was was created by Executive Chef Joseph Elevado. In addition, you each receive a His and Her 18kt Rolex Datejust Rose Gold and Stainless Steel Fluted Bezel Diamond Dial/Jubilee Bracelet.

Be sure to pour a glass of fine bubbly from a bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé that is also included in this romantic package for Valentine’s Day.

The incredible tasting menu will showcase exhibit the mastery of Asian flavors by noted Chef Elevado at Andrea’s. Indulge in – spicy tuna roll with snow crab, arare crackers, yuzu boban-jan sauce; petite filet mignon with blood orange, sweet soy and mustard miso; edamame with truffle salt; oyster tempura lettuce cups with oshinko remoulade. End this amazing fine dining experience with a decadent chocolate dessert.

If your budget can’t handle the $30,000 price for “The Rose” package, then consider either “The Kiss” or Lover’s Lane.” “The Kiss” includes the above mentioned tasting menu plus an Aphrodisiac Sparkler toast for only $85 per person. The other “Lover’s Lane” package option includes the tasting menu, a foie fras for two and delicious chocolate covered strawberries. Enjoy the VIP experience in a private booth seating. Pricing is $120 per person.

If interested in booking one these romantic, Valentine’s Day packages at Andrea’s in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, contact us today. Enjoy reading our luxury blog to learn about other luxury travel packages that share with you.

Photo: Andrea’s in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas