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Gucci Osteria Opens in Tokyo

Gucci announced the opening of the third Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura in Tokyo on 28th October 2021. Located on the top of the Gucci Namiki flagship store in Ginza, this will herald the contemporary Italian restaurant’s second global outpost outside of Italy, after Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, USA.  

Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura are contemporary restaurants with the same values and principles under one Gucci Osteria umbrella. Adding creativity, elegance, playfulness and sensuality to traditional Italian cuisine, guests in Tokyo will enjoy a unique dining experience that will also incorporate the diversity and identity of its location.

Seating 48 guests in the main dining room and 12 on the terrace, the new restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and Italian aperitivo. The kitchen will be led by head chef Antonio Iacoviello, bringing the youthful energy and philosophy of the original Gucci Osteria in Florence to Tokyo.

The menus have been developed by internationally acclaimed chef Massimo Bottura (owner of 3 Michelin Starred Osteria Francescana, voted The World’s Best Restaurant in 2016 and 2018), Karime Lopez, head chef of Gucci Osteria in Florence, Italy (awarded its first star in the Michelin Guide Italy 2020) and head chef Antonio Iacoviello. 

The à la carte menu will include Gucci Osteria signature dishes such as the legendary Emilia burger and Tortellini with Parmigiano Reggiano cream. There will also be creative takes on Italian-centred dishes and new seasonal Japanese-inspired creations. These will include Parmigiana Ramen and Milanese Wagyu.

Massimo explains, “Like Italy, Japanese food and produce are so intertwined in its culture that it has rightly become one of the greatest global cuisines. Japan holds a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to be able to welcome everyone to our little piece of Tokyo.”

A wide variety of drinks will also be available, including a wine list of over 350 bins and a cocktail offering. Guests will also be able to enjoy champagne and light snacks as a traditional Italian aperitivo from 4-6 pm daily, served on the restaurant’s rooftop terrace. 

The carefully curated interiors at Gucci Osteria Tokyo take inspiration from the original Florence outpost, with references to the Italian Renaissance and the eclectic mix of aesthetics embraced by Gucci. At the private lift entrance on the ground floor, a mysterious enfilade sets the tone for the upstairs. Gucci Décor’s Tian wallpaper enriches the trellis woodworks, resembling the dream-like atmosphere of winter gardens. Once inside, a vibrant green palette defines the spaces through each room, where rich peacock velvet banquettes complement the pea-green panelling, marble dining tables, wicker chairs and the Gucci Décor tableware.

Unique elements that distinguish the Gucci Osteria Tokyo include its wood flooring, hand-painted with a pattern inspired by antiques collected by Creative Director Alessandro Michele. The recurring symbolism of the star appears both in the ceiling lights of the hall leading to the main room as well as in the mosaic floor in the terrace, adorned with traditional Japanese plants. In addition, hidden behind patio doors, is an ornate private dining room named Room of Mirrors, which hosts up to 8 guests, where antique European mirrors, ebonized boiserie, and the Radura wallpaper from the Gucci Décor collection provide a truly intimate and exclusive dining experience. The exterior glass façade of the entrance facing Namiki-dori street is designed to allow a fluid perspective–offering a view of the linden trees on the roadside, the symbol of Namiki-dori Street.

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Ferraro’s Taste & Learn Event

FERRARO’S ANNOUNCES TASTE & LEARN EVENT SEPT. 18 FEATURING LE FALEZZE WINERY

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar invites guests to experience the next Taste & Learn on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring the wines of Valpolicella, Italy’s Le Falezze. Taste & Learn is Ferraro’s popular, monthly wine-tasting and education event that provides illuminating wine education along with a menu of expertly prepared, authentic Italian small plates crafted by Chef Mimmo Ferraro.

Every Taste & Learn offers a tour through Italy’s most esteemed wineries, and Le Falezze is a family-run company in Valpolicella, Italy with three generations of winemaking tradition. September’s event will allow guests to explore the wines of its centuries-old vineyards, which embody a family history cultivating the Earth with devotion.

We are always excited to teach our guests about Italian wines and look forward to our monthly Taste & Learn events, said Gino Ferraro, owner of Ferraro’s. With Chef Mimmo’s thoughtful pairings, it’s not only an incredible wine education experience, but also a wonderful culinary one. 

The full menu of wine and food pairings follows:

Lugana Selva Capuzzo

Risotto Pescatore

Vialone Nano risotto, clams, lobster, scallops, calamari, shrimp, light tomato

Falezze, Valpolicella Superiore

Gnocchi di ricotta con ragù di anatra

Ricotta gnocchi with duck ragù

Falezze, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore

Coniglio all Cacciatore

Rabbit braised in tomato sauce, bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, carrots and fresh herbs

Falezze, Amarone della Valpolicella

Torta di Cioccolato Fondente

Dark chocolate cake with red wine glaze

Tickets for the all-inclusive experience are $90 and space is limited. To make reservations, please call (702) 364-5300.

ABOUT FERRARO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & WINE BAR

Founded in 1985, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is Las Vegas’ longest running, family-owned and operated restaurant offering authentic, five-star Italian cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere. Specializing in freshly made pastas and sauces, legendary osso buco, savory risottos, expertly prepared all-natural meats, Safe Harbor® seafood, as well as an extensive award-winning wine list, Ferraro’s is famous for its attention to detail, welcoming environment and passion for food that runs in the family. The Ferraro family members devote themselves to ensuring each guest has a memorable experience, whether for lunch, dinner, late-night or private parties and events. Ferraro’s is open for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Sunday and from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Ferraro’s is located at 4480 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 (across the street from Virgin Hotels Las Vegas). For reservations, call (702) 364-5300. 

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MGM Grand Announces Reopening of Joël Robuchon’s Restaurants

The pinnacle of French fine dining will make its return to Las Vegas as MGM Grand announces the reopening of its restaurants by the late legendary chef, Joël Robuchon this July.  The namesake destination, Joël Robuchon – Las Vegas’ only Three Michelin-starred restaurant – will welcome guests back beginning July 1 with a menu celebrating beloved dishes from over the years. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchonthe creative countertop workshop, will open its doors July 15 experimenting with simple ingredients to create dishes new to Robuchon’s restaurants while maintaining its impeccable standards.   

“It is an exciting day for us to bring back Joël Robuchon’s award-winning establishments back to MGM Grand’s dining portfolio and the Las Vegas restaurant scene overall,” said MGM Grand Vice President of Food & Beverage Andreas Reich. “For nearly two decades, Chef Robuchon’s restaurants set the standard for French culinary innovation on The Strip, and we cannot wait to enter this new era, carrying on the master’s legacy.”  

Inside Joël Robuchon’s Reopening – July 1 

  • Overview: Epitomizing the pursuit of the perfect fine dining experience, Joel Robuchon will reopen with its heralded degustation menu – 15 courses of edible masterpieces conceptualized by Chef Robuchon through his years. Additionally, guests will see the return of favorite tableside moments including its cherished cheese, bread and mignardises carts roaming the luxurious Art Deco space complete. 
  • In the chef’s words: “We’ve felt an immense outpouring of love from Robuchon fans looking forward to the moment they’ll be able to dine with us again. In the spirit of reembracing those we have missed dearly, we’re cultivating a menu of the most beloved dishes in honor of each of our guest’s memories over the years.”  – Christophe de Lellis, Executive Chef of Joël Robuchon

     

  • Menu Highlights:  
    • Le Caviar Imperial – Osetra caviar served atop king crab in a crustacean gelée dotted with cauliflower puree.  
    • La Langoustine – Truffled langoustine ravioli served with simmered cabbage and foie gras sauce.  
    • La Rosa – Delicate gelee of Dassai “39” sake topped with white chocolate rose and orange coulis.  

Inside L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon’s Reopening – July 15 

  • Overview: Chef Robuchon’s rebellious concept built to challenge the status quo of fine dining will continue its purpose through experimental new dishes that blend approachable ingredients with boundary-pushing cooking techniques. Guests can enjoy Pre-Fixe and A La Carte menu options while dining at L’Atelier’s countertop, wrapping around its open kitchen and framing the precision, mastery and artistry of its culinary team.  
  • In the chef’s words: “The downtime provided us the opportunity to brainstorm ways to revive the daring spirit of L’Atelier. Guests will be wowed by the way we will transform commonly used ingredients into dishes never-before-seen at a Robuchon restaurant or elsewhere. The menu is both recognizable and approachable for newcomers, as well as a stimulating challenge for gourmands. I cannot wait to introduce our year’s worth of conceptualization into action.” – Jonathan Doukhan, Executive Chef of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon 

     

  • Menu Highlights:  
    • Le Saint Pierre – John Dory à la plancha on a “sambol” of tomato, confits lime zest and cilantro puree.  
    • Le Grenouillle – Caramelized frog legs on creamy spelt risotto. 
    • La Framboise – White chocolate sphere with fresh raspberry and yuzu ice cream.

Hours of operation for both restaurants will be Thursday – Monday from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. To make reservations, visit MGM Grand’s website or call 702.891.7925.  

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What’s New In Mendocino

As the weather in Mendocino warms up, with sunny days and starry nights, hiking and camping are at their peak, organic gardens are bursting with goodness, bees are buzzing around copious blooms, outdoor dining is all the rage, and indoor pampering goes to another level. This Spring and Summer, an array of gracious inns on the Coast and a heritage campsite in the redwoods will launch new guest offerings, while exciting changes are afoot at the Skunk Train, one of the County’s most popular attractions.

In June, the much-lauded Brewery Gulch Inn will begin offering a CBD package for guests that includes a CBD massage for two, a welcome amenity basket, and a private consultation with a cannabis expert to determine what CBD product is best for the guests’ personal health and wellness needs (Pricing and full details have not been fully confirmed yet, so stay tuned!). And because spring is a time of growth, the Inn is adding the planting of a redwood tree to their Celtic Handfasting Vow Renewal ceremony, as a real and growing symbol of a couple’s everlasting commitment. The thousands-of-years-old tradition of Celtic Handfasting is a moving way to seal a compact of forever love. A celebrant helps craft a memorable interlude in a serene setting, and the ceremony includes a photographer, flowers, a Celtic pastry, and sparkling wine for $1,300. The Brewery Gulch Inn is an arts and crafts gem fashioned from eco-harvested recycled redwood. Their 10 romantic rooms overlook wild and wonderful Smuggler’s Cove and the mighty Pacific. The thoughtfully appointed rooms feature all the amenities of a first-class hotel, including plush Sferra linens, gas fireplaces, and comfy throws. Full-time Executive Chef Stephen Smith prepares a complimentary daily cooked-to-order breakfast for all guests, as well as an array of delectable appetizers during the nightly Wine Hour, using locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Iconic Little River Inn is taking advantage of the warming weather and planting their very own garden to supply fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs for Executive Chef Marc Dym’s award-winning restaurant. A sampling of items grown will include heirloom tomatoes, specialty greens and Costata Romanesco zucchini (perfect for summer grilling)! They also plan to pickle and preserve some of this precious bounty for guests to take home with them. Later this Spring, Little River Inn will start construction on an ocean-view seating area in front of the property, with a fire pit and small tables, for a casual seafood shack-like experience. And in keeping with the theme of re-invention, their most popular oceanfront Van Damme rooms are getting a refresh. The historic Inn has been in the same family for five generations and generations of families return each year to delight in this luxurious home away from home. In addition to their chef-driven restaurant, the Inn boasts a nine-hole Audubon-certified golf course, professional tennis courts and a day spa. Perfect for the whole family (and pet-friendly as well), they have 65 guest rooms ranging from the economical to the opulent – all of which have ocean views.

Come summer, the area’s most popular attraction — the Skunk Train – will launch a new a 3.5-mile hiking trail out of their Fort Bragg Depot. The flat, groomed trail runs along the train tracks, and weaves between soaring redwoods and across scenic waterways. After riding the train out to the Glen Blair Junction turn-around point, riders can choose to return to the Fort Bragg depot on foot, and savor the picturesque walk back along the new trail. The Skunk Train is a 135-year-old heritage train line that once moved enormous Redwood trunks to the rugged Mendocino Coast. Today passengers travel along estuaries and over bridges into the heart of the redwoods, through terrain that has remained essentially undisturbed for centuries, including trees that are more than 1,000 years old. Riders can observe deer, blue heron, egrets, osprey, ducks, turtles – and even the occasional river otter – all from the comfort of their seat or an open-air-car.

The new Spa at Noyo at the stately Noyo Harbor Inn promises an incredibly indulgent idyll. Launching in May, the Spa will offer massages, facials and other spa treatments in a charming setting overlooking Noyo River. Patrons of the Spa will receive 10% off at the restaurant, hotel or gift shop on the day of their treatment. Their restaurant, HarborView Bistro & Bar, features a seasonally changing menu of pre-Prohibition era cocktails and California Coastal Cuisine, including fresh wild-caught fish and herbs and vegetables gathered from their Chef Fabrice Jean-Pierre Dubuc’s garden. The new Spring cocktail list includes many unique offerings, such as the Mendocino Mermaid (El Dorado Demarara White Rum, Blueberry-Lavender Simple Syrup, Guava Purée, Lime Juice and Star Fruit). Meals and libations can now be enjoyed on the Inn’s expansive tented patio with sweeping views over quaint Noyo Harbor to the Pacific beyond. This world-class destination from 1868 has refurbished and updated rooms throughout, providing spacious comfort while retaining some of the exquisite features left by the Norwegian shipbuilders who embellished the inn. Many of the elegantly furnished rooms have fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private balconies.

The bees are abuzz at The Inn at Newport Ranch! The Ranch has big plans for the honey from the five new hives, including using it in their bakery and in the cheese course served nightly at dinner. The new arrivals are happily buzzing around the extensive organic gardens, promising delicious treats to come. At The Inn at Newport Ranch, they are all about sustainable agriculture and stewardship of their land. Denizens of the Ranch have just planted 3,500 new redwood trees with 500 additional trees set aside for guests to plant when they take an inspirational and educational UTV tour of the property. They are also expanding their regenerative ranching practices and minimizing their carbon footprint to ensure their 2,100 pristine acres will be unspoiled for future generations. Guests have exclusive access to this vast property that encompasses virgin redwood forests, grasslands, beaches, and cliffs with 50-mile panoramic views across the Pacific. Executive Chef Adam Stacy – whose résumé includes Michelin-starred restaurants Per Se and Saison – cooks using locally sourced ingredients (much of which comes from their own organic gardens). The Ranch’s interior spaces are designed to enhance the natural beauty of the location and each room is a bespoke masterpiece filled with handcrafted objects and items from the owner’s world travels. Recycled redwood trunks soar to cathedral ceilings, local wines as well as offerings from afar are poured in front of a 20-foot fireplace, and stunning views abound.

Starting in May, the Glendeven Inn & Lodge and its sister property, The Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk, will be offering a deluxe private Wine Hour service for two. Guests will get exclusive use of the spacious Farmhouse Lounge, which features a large brick wood-burning fireplace and glorious ocean views. Provided are a bottle of local wine, a charcuterie spread, a loaf of fresh house-made bread, and dessert. In addition, guests have a key to the Lounge for the entire afternoon and evening on the day they’ve reserved. The experience is $150 per couple. And beginning in June, they’ll offer an interactive art exhibition in the gallery. Using a vintage typewriter, guests will be able to memorialize on parchment paper their experiences of the day (all musings will begin with “On This Day….”). The guests can then either take the paper away as a keepsake or pin it on the wall of the gallery for future guests to read and enjoy. Glendeven Inn & Lodge and The Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk are adults-only European-inspired properties encompassing 16 acres total, with easy access to 1,800 acres of state park lands and pristine nature reserve trails. Surrounded on three sides by lush Van Damme State Park, both properties offer beautifully appointed rooms (some with dramatic ocean views) with wood-burning stoves and access to pastures of roaming llamas and colorful chickens. Every morning, a three-course breakfast is delivered in a basket to each room, which includes a dish made with eggs from the Inn’s more than 75 free-range hens.

This July, for the first time ever, people will be able to book a “Weekend in the Woods” at Camp Navarro. Previously, this secret hideaway under the redwoods was only available for private events and festivals. Now, guests can book select weekends in July, August or October (Thursday through Sunday nights; minimum three-night stay) at this ideal version of a nostalgic summer camp. Guests can choose from a variety of cozy cabins, deluxe glamping teepees or East Coast-style three-sided Adirondack cabins. Lodging includes daily activities, access to nature trails, lawn games and nightly campfires and s’mores. Revel in hiking, games, and gazing at the stars – or find a hammock under the perfect tree and just take it all in. Hearkening back to a traditional camp, guests must bring their own bedding, although down bedding rentals are available if guests forget anything. Situated in the lush wine country of Northern California’s Anderson Valley, Camp Navarro comprises over 200 acres of ancient forest nestled along the Navarro River and bisected by Neefus Creek. They offer gourmet cuisine (guests will sign up for a Meal Plan at the time of booking to cover breakfasts and dinners), and world class local beer and wine, as well as a staff that caters to guests’ needs, meticulous accommodations, and hand-built redwood-milled outdoor showers, allowing guests to be as rustic as they choose while communing with nature in its purest form.

The businesses above have all been self-certified to host visitors to the utmost safety standards and strictest cleaning protocols, above and beyond what is mandated by the Mendocino County Public Health Office. Masks must be worn in the county when not eating and drinking and people are asked to stay six feet away from anyone not in their household group.

 

 

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE

Rolls-Royce Whispers

A DIGITAL WORLD OF CURATED LUXURY

“It is with pleasure that today we introduce to the world an Application named Whispers; an innovative, digital House of Rolls-Royce, conceived and deployed over two years ago. Whispers is completely unique. It is a digital gateway to a fascinating world beyond, where the exceptional and the extraordinary come together and are tailored to meet the demands and tastes of our eclectic and highly valued community of clients. Whispers offers transformative experiences, rare and desirable products, whimsical treasures and exclusive Rolls-Royce previews that are curated by Rolls-Royce and delivered directly to the fingertips of our global community.” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Rolls-Royce patrons are a unique subset of society – entrepreneurs, visionaries, heads of state, royalty, founders and the brightest stars of the entertainment industry. These clients are global denizens, connoisseurs, patrons of the arts, philanthropists, collectors of fine and exquisite items; individuals untethered by common constraints such as time and money.

These individuals have complete confidence in Rolls-Royce’s ability to delight and inspire them. However, due to their highly mobile international lifestyles, they have been seeking a means to have more regular personal involvement with the marque – more experiences, more access, and more immersion in the luxury world open to Rolls-Royce as the world’s leading luxury brand.

Of course, these individuals have existing access to concierge services, personal shoppers and consultants to support various aspects of their lives, but they wanted something different from Rolls-Royce – something above and beyond.

This rarefied group of individuals wanted Rolls-Royce to facilitate a coming together of the extraordinary people who make up the marque’s worldwide client fraternity. Like-minded individuals, they sought to unlock the inimitable treasures that abound within the global Rolls-Royce community and wanted to share their interests, their tastes, their products and collections and their thinking amongst each other.

This is Whispers. A digital House of Rolls-Royce, Whispers acts as an entrepôt to a world that Rolls-Royce intimately and uniquely understands – a digital gateway to a curated world of luxury.

Over two years ago, under a cloak of secrecy, Whispers was launched to a select group of globally distributed clients. A test-phase followed and after garnering a positive response, Rolls-Royce continued to evolve and adapt Whispers in close collaboration with its users. Today, Whispers is fully deployed in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, with large numbers of Rolls-Royce clients already enjoying the benefits of belonging to this exclusive group of exceptional achievers.

Membership is limited to owners of a new Rolls-Royce motor car. Whispers is indeed, the most exclusive members’ club in the world.

A Global Community of Like-minded Individuals

Through Whispers, Rolls-Royce offers, to the delight of its clients, access to an amazing and sometimes whimsical collection of luxury offerings, transformative experiences, exclusive Rolls-Royce previews, inspiring articles and thought pieces, undiscovered destinations and perhaps most importantly, the ability to securely contact and privately commune with some of the world’s greatest minds.

Whispers offers patrons the opportunity to liaise securely with fellow Rolls-Royce patrons, the Chief Executive and members of the Board of Rolls-Royce, to share ideas and networks, business opportunities and social contacts that fortify and inspire those who change the world.

An Inspiring and Sometimes Whimsical Collection of Luxury Offerings

An ever-changing collection of beguiling products has been curated to surprise, delight and intrigue. Members can create their very own bespoke experiences or products. They are invited to work with experts to design and build their own personal racetrack, or commission a personalised Monopoly set incorporating one’s own properties and assets. Need entertaining? – book a private performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Commission a beautiful portrait of your favourite pet or design your very own minaudiere.

From truffles to caviar or crafting your own Cognac, patrons can peruse and purchase a diverse and eclectic selection of luxurious products and curiosities – all on the Whispers platform, in the comfort of their own home.

Transformative experiences

Whispers provides Rolls-Royce clients access to transformative, inspiring and entertaining experiences. From backstage-access at the Grammys, front-row seats at Fashion Week, walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards, VIP previews of Art Basel, to meeting artists at Coachella, players at Wimbledon or athletes at the Olympics, Whispers unlocks a world of exclusive access.

Worldwide luxury travel experiences are offered. An expedition to Antarctica or an African Safari can be facilitated at the touch of a button. And, of course, Whispers members are invited to join Rolls-Royce at exclusive, hosted experiences, for example, an Art Weekend visiting the private collection of one of the world’s most prestigious collectors, or a weekend at the sumptuous Villa D’Este Concours D’Elegance. Members may receive an invitation to an intimate dinner on the production line at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England, or even a private, curated tour of luxury goods manufacturers in the capitals of global luxury. Additionally, members of the Whispers community receive exclusive world-previews of new Rolls-Royce products and offerings before they become public knowledge.

Hidden Gems

As global denizens and owners of a Rolls-Royce, the marque’s patrons are accustomed to effortless luxury travel. Now, drawing on Rolls-Royce’s global presence and unique immersion in the world of luxury travel, clients receive recommendations, via Whispers, of new or little-known but highly recommended hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs around the world – many of which are endorsed by fellow-members who have come across them on their own world travels. Assistance is available to plan itineraries and ensure the very best seat or suite is secured.

Inspiring Greatness through Evocative Thought Pieces

Whispers collates inspirational ideas and creative thinking gleaned by Rolls-Royce’s own Luxury Intelligence Unit from around the globe. Inspiring thought pieces are tailored according to the patron’s personal choices and interests. Philanthropic endeavour, sporting achievements, artistic excellence and cultural idiosyncrasies feature in editorial content designed to enlighten and inspire the reader.

Whispers is an exclusive, digital home for Rolls-Royce clients around the world. Constantly adapting and refreshing to always ensure that its content remains current, relevant and in-line with the client’s interests, Whispers draws together many of the world’s most affluent and interesting people. Private, curated, inspiring and lovely, Whispers is truly the most exclusive Members Club in the world.

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Lithuanian Fine Dining

Trend of Going Back to the Roots Praised by Michelin-Starred Chefs

Michelin-starred chefs from Italy were impressed by fine dining and food traditions they have discovered in Vilnius – the capital of Lithuania. The chefs pointed out reliance on roots and authenticity as the main strength of Lithuanian cuisine. They saw this as a trend that other countries are likely to follow.

The restaurants, food markets and delicacy shops of Vilnius attracted considerable attention of Michelin-starred chefs Andrea Aprea and Anthony Genovese, who visited the Lithuanian capital to attend the Lithuanian Gastronomy Forum. Both chefs agreed that a combination of authentic elements with modern cuisine sets Vilnius food tradition as an example to follow.

“Authenticity is important for the new generation of chefs we see coming at the moment. It is quite easy to get caught up in what the rest of the world is doing without figuring out who exactly you are as a chef and learning about your own heritage. Once you have this base understanding of yourself and your roots, your food will continue to evolve and thrive,” said Chef Genovese from the restaurant Il Pagliaccio, **Michelin Guide 2019.

According to Chef Aprea, when people make their traditional dishes they save and share memories of authentic food. People then learn from each other by making or tasting food of other cultures.

“I don’t have any memory of Lithuanian food, I don‘t know what is authentic Lithuanian cuisine, but the food itself and chefs who made it were telling stories. They combine the contemporary approach towards food with local traditional food elements. I think that coming back to the roots, saving and sharing memory is the way everybody should and will follow,” explained Chef Aprea from the restaurant VUN, ** Michelin Guide 2019.

During his food exploration trip, Chef Aprea was introduced to food served in Lithuania during the Middle Ages. He tried traditional cottage cheese, smoked pork fat, kvass and spit cake.

“I’d definitely recommend Vilnius as a gastro tourism place. It’s interesting to discover both the modern cuisine with traditional elements and an authentic food experience tasting the food that Lithuanians served on the table in the Middle Ages. Not only I’d recommend Vilnius to my friends or other chefs but I also plan coming back here again myself,” reflected Chef Aprea.

Vilnius’ restaurants focus on seasonal cuisine, improvisation, and unique culinary experiences. And though they differ in flavours, concepts and traditions, they’re all contributing to the city’s budding food scene, which takes guests on delicious flavour filled adventures.

Most of the top-grade restaurants in Vilnius have some traditional Lithuanian elements in their menus. For example, restaurants Nineteen 18 and Sweet Root both base their cuisine specifically on a modern interpretation of Lithuanian culinary tradition. These restaurants were  listed second and third, respectively, on the 2019 Top 30 Baltic restaurants list and given the Global Master Level by the White Guide Nordic. The best Lithuanian restaurant (according to a local ratingDžiaugsmas also serves creative reinterpretation of local food.

The menu of such restaurants features original interpretations of such Lithuanian everyday dishes as carp, schnitzel, beetroots and potatoes. Mushrooms – the must-have of the ordinary Lithuanian kitchen get into unexpected combinations as in dried boletus ice cream with hazelnut biscuit and fourteen months oak-aged apple vinegar served in Džiaugsmas. The fine-dining restaurants use local supplies of Lithuanian farmers or even develop their own farms.

Chef Aprea thinks that the popularity of local produce and food markets also adds to the high quality of food in Vilnius restaurants.

“When I visit foreign countries I first try to find out where people from that country are buying food. It helps me in understanding their approach towards food. It‘s important because food is our gasoline. Finding a nice and lively food market in a city or country is an important sign for me,” he said.

The trends and lessons of contemporary Lithuanian cuisine were further discussed at the second Lithuanian Gastronomy Forum which this year focused on multiculturalism as the foundation of the new Lithuanian gastronomy. Throughout the history Lithuanian cuisine was influenced by French, Italian and German gastronomic traditions as well as Jewish, tartar and other oriental cultures that reached Lithuania through its ethnic minorities. This mix of cultures and the cuisine that grew out of it were the main topics of all presentations and discussions at the forum.

ABOUT GO VILNIUS

Go Vilnius is the official tourism and business development agency of the City of Vilnius. The agency provides visitors, investors, relocating talent, entrepreneurs and businesses with all the essential information they need to know about the Lithuanian capital. Go Vilnius offers information on everything from real estate to leisure activities in Vilnius, simplifying the process of travelling, relocating to, or investing in Vilnius.

*Photo Credit: Irmantas Gelūnas

Morro Bay, 360 MAGAZINE, California

5 Ways to Enjoy Morro Bay

The crowds are gone, the sunsets are as breathtaking as ever, and the weather in this seaside town of Morro Bay is extraordinary – which is why locals call October and November Morro Bay “Secret Season”. In the fall the coast is clear, sunny, and warm, and this years Secret Season is infused with new ways to enjoy Morro Bay. The opening of Port House, a new waterfront restaurant, the new Fire Pits at Morro Rock, and the new Estero Adventures are bringing smiles to everyone’s faces this fall. On top of miles of beaches and the unavoidably beautiful 576-foot tall volcanic rock sitting at the front of a bustling harbor filled with sailboats, kayakers, pelicans, sea lions and otters, here are 5 new and fun ways to enjoy Morro Bay this fall.

1) Dinner with a Sunset View at the NEW Port House Restaurant

Soak up the amazing sunsets while you drink hand crafted cocktails and dine on California coastal cuisine with an Italian flairߞand really great steaksߞat the new Port House Restaurant. That’s how executive chef Joe White describes the menu at this new eatery that recently opened on Morro Bay’s Embarcadero at 885 Embarcadero, the former site of Otter Rock Cafe. The location has been completely renovated with a nautical theme throughout, expanded waterfront seating, overstuffed couches and a beautiful bar, this restaurant is a new addition to the fine dining establishments in the middle of the Embarcadero. Don’t miss out on the Port House’s weekend brunches or rent out the entire location for your holiday party! Specialty drinks recipes like this one called the Port House will make any occasion special. Port House Cocktail, basil Hayden’s bourbon, 20 yr port, bitters, luxardo cherry, straight up. Delish!

As well as renovating the entire building, there’s also a NEW marina waterside at the Port House. The marina consists of five new docks, and a newly installed kayak and standup paddleboard launch area. Tiki bar tours, whale watching excursions, a charter boat company offering deep sea fishing excursions, and boat rentals are located only steps away from your delicious Port House. There’s even space for transient boaters, so you can cruise over for excellent food and a table by the window.

2) Enjoy the NEW Morro Rock Fire Pits

An excellent way to witness the stunning sunset is to take your surfboard at dusk and surf Morro Rock’s epic waves. Afterwards, enjoy an evening bonfire at the city’s new Morro Rock Fire Pits that overlook the beach or the bay, where you can stargaze to the sound of the waves cashing on the shore or enjoy watching the sea otter families in the harbor as they dive and dine on local shell fish. Sprawling from the base of Morro Rock to the north, Morro Beach is perfect for playing, beach combing or taking a cruise on a beach cruiser from Beachfront Kites and Surreys. Morro Bay’s Harbor Department also offers beach wheelchairs for people who are mobility challenged. Call the harbor department at (805) 772-6254, let them know when you’ll arrive and they will bring the equipment to you at the Morro Rock parking lot.

3) Cruise the Bay or the Boardwalk with the NEW Estero Adventures

Estero Adventures is a one stop for active adventurers offering a large selection of outdoor activities including electric pontoon boats, kayaks, standup paddleboards, and fat-tire beach bike rentals. Perfect for making memories and going on adventures, Estero Adventures is conveniently located along the Embarcadero inside the Estero Inn. The dock is located right in front of the Inn, close to the sand spit with an easy launch area perfect for all skill levels.

4Romantic Engagements abound in Morro Bay

We must mention that in Morro Bay, being home to two oyster farms that deliver local oysters to restaurants throughout town, romance and getting paramours in the mood for love is kind of our thing. Romance reaches new heights at the iconic Morro Rock, especially if you or your future someone is expecting a “big rock” for their engagement ring and want the perfect Insta location. The blufftop of Black Hill is a memorable location to pop the question, and with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Morro Rock Éc;Yes!Éd; will definitely be the answer. Or, take the engagement to the water on a tour of the bay while cruising the harbor with Chablis Cruises, a 50-foot, two-story riverboat serving up elegant brunches and beautiful views, perfect for dropping that ring in a glass of champagne. Want something more traditional? Windows on the Water or the Galley offer beautiful waterfront settings for any engagement, offering floor to ceiling views of the bay from their restaurants, patios and lounges. For those who’d like to say “I do” at any of Morro Bay’s amazing venues, Toes-In-the-Sand Weddings will help take care of everything.

5) FUN Outdoor Patios Great for Dining and Sunsets

Morro Bays restaurants serve up a bounty of produce and award-wining California wines grown in nearby farms and vineyards from Paso Robles to Edna Valley, not to mention the abundance of fresh local seafood caught by Morro Bay’s multi-generational fishing families. Find a plethora of great places to eat and drink featuring outdoor patios like Bayside Cafe, a hidden gem located next to the Marina in Morro Bay’s own California State Park, or Dorn’s Original Breakers Cafe, a Morro Bay favorite since 1942. Downtown, Pizza Port has an amazing yard for family games and outdoor dining and Shine Cafe, offers vegan and vegetarian street side patio dining under the city lit trees that line Morro Bay Boulevard. Blue Sky Bistro sits right on the water’s edge above the Morro Bay Marina and, offer al fresco dinning. And, let’s not forget Morro Bay’s local seafood markets that double as fantastic seafood restaurants: Tognazzini’s Dockside, Too and Giovanni’s Fish Market & Galley. They offer fantastic menus and patio seating with views of wildlife, kayakers, and fishing boats coming in from a long day at sea. Additional waterfront locations with patios that offer a wide variety of cuisine include Thai Bounty & MIlanes Cuban Cuisine, Lil Hut, Hofbrau and Beach Burger, so donߣt wait any longer if you are hungry for great patio dining, Morro Bay is the spot!

For more information about visiting the seaside town during the secret season, check out www.morrobay.org !

THAI DISHES

By: Vaughn Lowery

About 24 years ago, Tom Wynter moved from Thailand to America with a dream to open his own commercial enterprise. He started working at Thai Dishes restaurant, the old location. And moved on to a California Pizza Kitchen location for almost a decade and became a licensed bartender where he functioned at a popular bar in Hollywood. After becoming managerial staff at various establishments, he begins to act in tandem with Thai Dishes in Santa Monica when it was located on 2nd Street. The owners decided to call it quits as the rental for their location was coming up for renewal. Wynter decided to extend the legacy of this authentic Thailand franchise and discovered a vacancy at 123 Broadway in Santa Monica which fulfilled his imagination – a restaurant with a bar and patio which mimicked the likes of cafes in Paris. This time around he wanted to make sure that his restaurant had all of the key ingredients which he really felt engaged him as a patron – great food and drinks with a decor to match.

Soon After, Thai Dishes on Broadway was born. An unassuming and unpretentious venue which would be perfect for a quick drink/bite or a spot where you celebrate your birthday. Wynter obviously struck gold being a half block away from Ocean Boulevard, the newly renovated mall and the last stop on the Expo Line. For this area, everything is moderately priced and holds all the right offerings for a romantic date or simply a place to recharge your batteries while you people watch in the sidewalk seating. The ambiance is stellar: mosaic tiling near bar, warm fall colors, bespoke wall paper, faux ostrich wrapped table tops and unique Thai ornaments sprinkled throughout. The most sought after menu items include: BBQ pork over rice, spicy green bean tofu, roasted duck over rice and red curry chicken (presentation is very reminiscent of an authentic Thai dining experience).

Specialty handcrafted cocktails like their Mai Thai cocktails made with Thai whiskey will keep you coming back, but customer service contributed by his general manager, Leila Regalado, is a key component to TDOB’s success. She will have you seated within seconds and constantly will check in to see if you require anything else. If her smile isn’t enticing enough, serving size, happy hour specials and bottomless mimosas on Saturday/Sunday from 12 to 3 pm) should reel you back in.

Wynter asserts, “I’m constantly checking on the quality of food that comes out our kitchen and my staff sometimes needs me during holidays and weekends, which leaves little or no time for a life outside of this place.”

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One thing’s for sure, Tom Wynter and all of his personal sacrifices have made Thai Dishes On Broadway a slam dunk within the Santa Monica Pier/Downtown area.

For additional info, please visit http://thaidishessantamonica.com

Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards

Attention, wine lovers around the world! Wine Spectator has released the winners of the 2017 Restaurant Awards, which recognizes the world’s best wine lists. This year, the Restaurant Awards program honors 3,592 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 75 countries internationally.

The Restaurant Awards began in 1981, and there are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award, with 2,335; 1,168; and 89 winners this year in each respective category. Five of the Grand Award winners—Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in New York, Grill 23 & Bar in Boston, Les Climats in Paris, PM & Vänner in Växjö, Sweden, and Wally’s Beverly Hills—are first timers.
“Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year’s winners,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor & Publisher, Wine Spectator. “As wine becomes more important to diners, the Awards program is thriving—with an increasing number of entries, as well as growing print, digital and social audiences. Wine Spectator congratulates each and every award winner.”

All winners are profiled at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com and in the Restaurant Awards app—both of which were launched last year, and have since been updated with improved features, visuals and performance. The app, available free on the App store, allows iPhone and iPad users to easily find nearby award-winning restaurants, with maps, plus helpful information about cuisine, wine and pricing.

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The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.

The Grand Award is the program’s highest honor. This elite group comprises the world’s best wine programs, which deliver serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vantages, excellent harmony with the menu and superior presentation. Wine Spectator carefully assesses each Grand Award candidate, including rigorous independent, on-site inspections of the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant.

The full list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August 31 issue, on newsstands July 18; online at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where visitors can search and access exclusive content; and on iOS via the Restaurant Awards app.
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About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (Wine Spectator Official), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.