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Armand de Brignac Dynastie Champagne Collection Sells For $501K

May 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

How much would you pay for a Armand de Brignac Brut Gold collection featuring one especially massive bottle of champagne? What if that bottle was so big you needed two buddies to help you hold it? Does £330,000 (around $501,798) sound about right? That's exactly how much Charles Shaker, a British entrepreneur and business advisor to the affluent, paid last weekend during a party for the Monaco Grand Prix.... Read More

10 Amazing Moonlight Dining Experiences From All Over the World

May 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

Dancing in the moonlight may make the best song lyric, but dining in the moonlight is just as romantic...and this is the season for it. Whether you're headed to a stunning Maldives island or a Southwest desert on vacation, here are 10 dining experiences that make the most of gorgeous summer nights.... Read More

Grilled Kurobuta Pork Belly on a Stick From Stix on Grace Bay

May 29, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

This easy recipe for grilled Kurobuta pork with BBQ syrup and sweet potato straws comes to us from Stix on Grace Bay, the first pop-up restaurant in the Caribbean. Found on Grace Bay Beach, this establishment is the handiwork of Grace Bay Club, the first five-star hotel in Providenciales.... Read More

The Ultimate 12-Layer Coconut Cake From Famed Peninsula Grill

May 24, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  2 Comments

It's hard to beat a good coconut cake, especially if you live in the South, but the actual baking can be a pain on your own. It's not because the cake is necessarily hard to get right, it's just that it may take more time than you're used to. If you're in the South — let's say Charleston — and you're in need of a decadent coconut cake, you probably won't find anything better than what comes out of the Peninsula Grill.... Read More

Tamdhu Whisky Comes Back to Life in Speyside Scotland

May 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph

Scotland's glens, hills and islands are pocked with distilleries and while most are hard at work producing whisky, not all of them are active. Once-active distilleries like Banff, Rosebank and Port Ellen are what insiders classify as "silent stills." It's not every day that a silent still comes back to life, but that is precisely what has happened with the re-inauguration of Tamdhu.... Read More

Discovering Buenos Aires’ Hidden Kitchens: Puertas Cerradas Worth Finding

May 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

It’s evening in Buenos Aires and the city is just coming alive as diners seek out their tables at the city’s hottest spots, but you’re headed deep into a residential neighborhood – perhaps unassuming Villa Crespo near Palermo, or maybe leafy Belgrano or the dignified avenues of Recoleta. You double check the address on your phone or the slip of paper you wrote it on and approach an apartment building that looks just like any other. After finding the correct apartment number you press the corresponding buzzer and wait.... Read More

Kilchoman: The Little Whisky Farm Distillery That Could

May 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph  |  1 Comment

Whisky connoisseurs enamored of the peated style will be familiar with the usual suspects from Islay. The Hebridean isle is home to some of the best in the business, including Ardbeg, Bowmore, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. But excellent as their whiski... Read More

Sommeliers: They're Not Just for Wine Anymore

May 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Typically when you think of a sommelier, you think of wine — even Wikipedia defines a sommelier as someone trained and specializing in the wine profession. After all, wine is a complex drink of sophistication, usually used for celebratory occasions (and often accompanying a nice meal). To be a wine sommelier you have to spend years studying every nuance of the field, including the history of different varietals and the merits of specific glasses. You can ask a wine sommelier anything you want about wine, whether it be which type you should drink with pasta or with meats, and they can answer your question and more. Though wine sommeliers are the most popular type of expert, they're not the only ones out there. More and more people are branching off into different areas, from beer and whisk... Read More

$26,000 Glendfiddich Shoplifted from Toronto Liquor Store

May 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph

The principle that single malt whisky gets better with age is generally true, but only up to a point. Past that point, older doesn't necessarily mean better. But when a major distillery releases a malt that's been aging for several decades, you can expect two things: One is that the distillery won't release it unless it quite literally stands the test of time.... Read More

Diageo Bets Big with Scotch Distillery Expansions

May 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph

Many of the nearly 100 whisky distilleries in Scotland operate independently, but a large number of them are owned by major brands. Williams Grant & Sons owns a handful, as do United Spirits, Bacardi, Edrington, Morrison Bowmore and Inver House. But the largest groups are owned by Pernod Ricard and — above all — Diageo.... Read More

Culinary Students Compete Live for $20K at Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge

May 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

For the marquee-name chefs in town for Vegas UnCork'd by Bon Appetit, a live cooking demonstration held onstage in front of 300 discerning foodies is all in a day's work...but for two of Vegas' brightest culinary students, it's the chance of a lifetime.... Read More

10 Specialty Mother's Day Brunches

May 6, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Have you been thinking about putting an up-to-date spin on traditional Mother's Day brunches? You're in luck because plenty of top dining establishments from the Cape to the California coast are planning to offer much more than a standard buffet and bubbly for 2013. From beer brunches in LA to Asian fusion in Manhattan, here are ten specialty brunches that your mother is sure to remember!... Read More

Did Your Favorite Restaurant Win World's Best?

May 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Everyone has a go-to favorite restaurant but the chance of your dining pick being chosen by 900 of the world's dining experts as the best in the world is pretty slim. Unless you chose El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, of course, because it was just announced this past Monday that Can Roca has won the world's best title by the World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards.... Read More

 
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