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What Chefs Ride and Drive

Dec 30, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

"The bike is literally a dream come true because it allows me to escape the daily reality and get away from everything once in a while," says Chef Hubert Keller, possibly one of the coolest chefs around. Seriously, look at the photo and try to argue it. As for a culinary memory associated with his Fatboy, "I love to ride up north on Highway One and stop at Nick's Cove to enjoy the freshest oysters and look out over the water. It's a wonderful experience and one that I enjoy very much."... Read More

10 Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

Dec 20, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Use creamy Greek-style yogurt as a base for easy savory or sweet dips and sauces in place of mayonnaise, sour cream, or processed store-bought dips. That classic artichoke and spinach dip will never be the same!... Read More

9 Super Green Christmas Decorations

Dec 19, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

If you don't have the space for a real holiday tree in your home (or the storage space to keep all the ornaments when not in use), opt for a miniature tree made of rosemary. Set it atop your kitchen counter and decorate it with red ribbon garlands and homemade ornaments made of dried apple and orange slices - who knew decorating could be so delicious? Widely available at garden stores or online.... Read More

The Ultimate Food Lover's Gift Guide

Dec 16, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Five chefs, five pigs, five wineries - they all come together in a cooking contest where the chefs are each given a whole pig before the event and given about a week to prepare them. Cochon 555 starts in January, kicking off a 10-city culinary competition and tasting tour for which "50 chefs are selected to prepare a 'snout-to-tail' menu created from heritage breed pigs." The 10 local winners then battle at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen at Grand Cochon.... Read More

European Christmas Traditions

Dec 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Europe's winter holiday traditions date back before the dawn of Christianity, and incorporate many belief systems and cultural eras under the umbrella name "Christmas." From Roman festivities to peculiar legacies like the giant straw yule goat of Gavle, Sweden (pictured), a European Christmas is actually a rich and varied mish-mash of festivities. Here's a gallery of our favorites.... Read More

12 Extreme Concierge Requests

Dec 13, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

After taking a helicopter tour to a glacier, this very excited couple came back carrying a large cube of ice in a brown box. He requested that we ship it back to South Carolina, perfectly intact. So, we went to work finding a freezer box to hold the huge cube and arranged pickup of the box (with military precision) to make sure Vancouver was the cube's last stop before South Carolina. The guests called to say it arrived in perfect condition! - Hana Lynn, Chef Concierge at Four Seasons Resort Whistler... Read More

The World’s Coolest Food Museums

Nov 29, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Who doesn't love Pez? You get to break open a colorful character dispenser's neck and out pops a little fruity candy in a classic range of flavors like grape, orange, cherry, and strawberry. The Pez Museum in Burlingame, Calif., takes candy nostalgia to the next level with the world's largest Pez dispenser and an exhaustive collection of new, vintage, and rare dispensers dating as far back as the candy's initiation in 1927.... Read More

Locally Inspired Hotel Dining Programs

Nov 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Ten years ago, the flagship restaurant in a five-star hotel would proudly advertise Russian caviar and Maine lobster. With the local-seasonal-sustainable dining movement gaining momentum every minute, those restaurants now point out produce from their kitchen gardens and organic eggs from the farmer down the road.... Read More

11 Unique Ideas for Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Nov 17, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

A simple stroll through your neighborhood grocery store can inspire your arrangements. For example, consider the greens and fruits used along with astilbe, at left, like Smith did here.... Read More

8 Most Elaborate White House State Dinners in History

Nov 10, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Dressed in a flaming red Alexander McQueen dress, first lady Michelle Obama pulled out all the stops for this 2011 Obama State Dinner in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao. An all-American menu featuring dishes like D'Anjou pear salad with fresh goat cheese, poached Maine lobster, and dry-aged rib-eye with buttermilk-crisped onions was served on gold-rimmed plates. One of the first lady's favorite sweets was served for dessert - pastry chef Bill Yosses' classic, old-fashioned apple pie ? la mode.... Read More

8 Spectacular Restaurant Fireplaces

Nov 8, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

This date night hot spot serves an array of tapas-style dishes inspired by a host of Mediterranean cuisines, from Spanish to Greek. The romantic vibe is reflected in the décor as well, with a stone, wood-burning fireplace serving as the central focal point of the restaurant.... Read More

7 Most Over-the-Top Halloween Parties

Oct 27, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Every year, the renowned actress hosts an over-the-top Halloween party where the dress is "costumes or else" to raise much-needed funding for her New York Restoration Project, but the dancing diva outdid herself in 2008. During cocktails, guests like Martha Stewart, John McEnroe, Pink, and Jimmy Buffet were treated to an assortment of appetizers prepared on-site by chefs like April Bloomfield, David Chang, Tom Colicchio, Fergus Henderson, and Jonathan Waxman. Michael Kors, as always, judged costumes; Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame was awarded the "Wind Beneath My Wings" award, and Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine finished off the night with an unforgettable concert. This year, you too can attend and rub elbows with guests like Carmelo Anthony, enjoy a menu crafted by the one... Read More

10 Most Extraordinary Parties in History

Oct 26, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Nicholas and Alexandra were famous for many things as rulers of Russia, not least of which was their sweeping love story. But their 1903 ball, held in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, is legendary for two reasons: the opulent fancy dress, and the rumblings of the Russian revolution outside. A concert was held in the Hermitage Theatre, the feast was so large it spanned three rooms, and iconic photographs were taken to document the bright, jewel-encrusted 17th-century costumes. The Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich called it the last spectacular ball in the history of the empire.... Read More

Champagne Cocktails to Celebrate Labor Day

Aug 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

There's nothing like popping a bottle of bubbly to celebrate an occasion, so why not for Labor Day? Just because the summer is ending doesn't mean the fun has to. Invite your friends over to enjoy the long weekend and serve them some refreshing Champagne cocktails. They are sure to impress without ever letting on how easy they really are to make!... Read More

8 Most Lavish Celebrations in Sports

Jul 13, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

We see athletes play hard on the field and on the ice, but these sports stars and their team owners know how to party hard, too. Case in point: When the Lakers won the 2009 NBA Championship, there was no stopping them from putting on a two-million-dollar parade, even amidst a city budget crisis. The festivities started at the Staples Center and ended at the Coliseum, which had been rented at great cost, for a celebratory rally with 95,000 Lakers fans. Was it worth the cost?... Read More


Mar 31, 2011  |   Contributor: Danika Garlotta

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Top Ten Most Expensive Cars in the World

Mar 16, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

There are several car companies that pride themselves in manufacturing only the highest quality luxury products on the market. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, and so many more go head-to-head to be the best of the best in a highly competitive industry. But who's putting out the MOST expensive luxury cars in the year 2011? Check it out...... Read More

The World's Best Beds: Where Daydreams Do Come True

Feb 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

To commemorate Valentine's Day, we've searched the world to find a collection of the most lavish, over-the-top, amazingly cozy and unique beds a couple could ever wish to spend 48 hours in. Consider it a "bucket list" for romantic getaways-with pictures to inspire.... Read More

Super Bowl XLV: How VIPs Enjoy the Big Game

Jan 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Bigger, richer and flashier than almost any city in the country, the Dallas/Fort Worth area is the perfect locale for a larger-than-life Super Bowl. The brand new Cowboys Stadium is adding an extra frisson of excitement, as people crane for a glimpse inside its vast, gleaming steel-and-glass shell. Here's the insider's guide to the best parties, restaurants, nightlife and VIP stadium suites for Super Bowl XLV 2011...and beyond.... Read More

Valentine's Day Cocktails

Jan 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

This Valentine's Day, no matter whom you celebrate with, friends or lovers, single or with a group, there's a cocktail for that. Browse through our Valentine's Day Cocktails for the concoction that best fits your February 14th.... Read More

Concept Cars: Futuristic and Eco-Friendly

Jan 10, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

According to Motor Trend, the automotive landscape in this country is going to change profoundly over the next decade. With these changes come some serious fuel-consumption regulations as the price of gas will inevitably increase and the government will be strongly encouraging consumers to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles. Car companies are quickly coming out with ideas to keep their brands at the forefront of the ever growing auto industry. Here's a look at some futuristic concept cars that will potentially be hitting the highways sooner than we might think.... Read More

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