Historic Gourmet Escape At Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

The MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK, LONDON is offering a new HISTORIC GOURMET ESCAPE. Guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation at London’s premier address overlooking Hyde Park, dining at two Michelin starred DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL, and a copy of Heston Blumenthal’s new Historic Heston book signed by the Chef.


With bustling Knightsbridge on its doorstep and leafy Hyde Park at its rear, MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK is London’s most prestigious address. Blending sumptuous guestrooms with a world-leading spa and a stylish bar, it is the definitive destination for a luxury escape. And with two award-winning restaurants including BAR BOULUD, LONDON and DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL, the first London restaurant for one of the UK’s most renowned chefs, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park stands at the culinary centre of the capital.

HISTORIC HESTON, reveals for the first time the Chef’s years of research into Britain’s historic gastronomic past that has resulted in such iconic dishes as Meat Fruit, found on the menu at DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL. The book charts a quest for identity through the best of British cooking that stretches from medieval to late-Victorian recipes.


DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL, located at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, opened to outstanding acclaim in January 2011 and is ranked 7th in the World in The S. Pellegrino ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013’. The restaurant received its second Michelin star in September of this year. HESTON BLUMENTHAL and FAT DUCK GROUP EXECUTIVE CHEF ASHLEY PALMER-WATTS worked with food historians and from research at the British library to rediscover recipes from celebrated British culinary history. The result is a contemporary menu offering simple modern dishes, inspired by recipes dating as far back as the 14th century. The Tudor inspired Meat Fruit dish is a particular favorite with diners worldwide. The restaurant interiors, designed by Adam D. Tihany, combine a magical array of bespoke historic detail while the origins of the word ‘Dinner’  in the English language, typify Heston Blumenthal’s precise, playful and innovative approach to dining.

The new Historic Gourmet Escape is based on two adults sharing and includes

  • One night accommodation in a Knightsbridge Room with indulgent amenities
  • Full English breakfast
  • A reservation for lunch or dinner for two at DINNER by Heston Blumenthal with a GBP 200 credit per room (timings for lunch or dinner will be confirmed by the reservations team on receipt of the reservation and are subject to availability)
  • A signed copy of Heston Blumenthal’s new Historic Heston cookbook

The HISTORIC GOURMET ESCAPE AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK starts from GBP 899, inclusive of VAT and exclusive of a 5% discretionary service charge, and is subject to availability, blackout dates may apply. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +44 (0) 207 201 3773, via email molon-resevations@mohg.com, or through the direct online reservations service, www.mandarinoriental.com/london.

Carrera y Carrera Announces New Additions to their Acclaimed BAMBÚ COLLECTION

New Pieces Includes Elegant Pieces And Cocktail Rings With Dazzling Colored Stones In The Asian Harmony Of Bambú. Carrera y Carrera has added to the line new pieces that extend the Bambú Collection. Following the collection’s prior success, the pieces have been reinvented, maintaining their style and creativity. Bamboo is considered a symbol of good luck in the Far East. DA11809_0305 The graceful and refined new designs feature a new concept of lines fused with vibrant precious stones that seem to melt into the carefully carved yellow gold of the bamboo stalks and the white gold paved with diamonds that create the delicate leaves. The pieces maintain their inspiration drawn from Eastern philosophy that focuses on harmony, tranquility, and balance.


Carrera y Carrera has introduced five new models: Two dynamic rings with colorful precious stones – amethyst and rose quartz, where generous volumes contrast with the delicacy and rich detail of the bamboo. A new set comprised of a ring, pendant, and earrings crafted in yellow gold and white gold with diamonds is ideal for daily wear by a woman as delicate as these designs.

Celebrate the Holidays at Horseshoe Bay Resort with fun seasonal events for the whole family

Holiday dinner concerts, photos with Santa, Horse drawn carriage rides highlight festive December schedule

Celebrate the Holidays at Horseshoe Bay Resort by attending its heralded annual Holiday Dinner Concert Series. The resort welcomes The Rat Pack Now Tribute show on December 7th and a special holiday performance by Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland on December 14th. Prior to each concert the resort is showcasing an award-winning children’s laser light show that is complimentary to all overnight guests. Each show will feature magical lights and familiar holiday characters through the magic of lasers, smoke and lights. In addition, Horseshoe Bay Resort will be offering Horse drawn carriage rides and photos with Santa at Santa’s Workshop every Saturday through Christmas.

The award-winning Rat Pack Now tribute show comes to Horseshoe Bay Resort on December 7th. Dinner and admission is included with each package. For reservations call 877-611-0112 or book online at hsbresort.com. (PRNewsFoto/Horseshoe Bay Resort)

The award-winning Rat Pack Now tribute show comes to Horseshoe Bay Resort on December 7th. Dinner and admission is included with each package. For reservations call 877-611-0112 or book online at hsbresort.com. (PRNewsFoto/Horseshoe Bay Resort)

The Horseshoe Bay Resort is Texas’ original lakeside resort. Located in the picturesque Texas Hill Country, a short 45-minute trip from Austin, 90-minute trip from San Antonio and a few hours drive from Dallas and Houston, the 7,000-acre, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort sits along the shores of constant-level lake LBJ. The 349-room resort is home to three championship Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf courses, a newly opened Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, par 72 dwarf Bermuda grass putting course, The Waters 50-room condominium towers and a full-service marina. Horseshoe Bay recently opened Summit Rock, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course Community, while a private airport, 16 tennis courts, bike rentals, hiking trails, spa and fitness centers all add to the extraordinary experience of Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Direct from Florida, Rat Pack Now is one of the most successful tribute shows in the industry.  A regular special events act at such world class venues as The Fontainebleau on Miami Beach, Universal Studios Orlando, and The Breakers in Palm Beach, The Rat Pack Now travels nationwide and arrives at Horseshoe Bay Resort on Saturday, December 7th.  Nationally acclaimed tribute artist, Art Poco portrays Dean Martin and directs the show.  He is teamed with world-class vocalist, Bob Hoose as Frank Sinatra, and virtual Sammy Davis Jr. clone, Dezhon Fields.

Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland arrive at Horseshoe Bay Resort on Saturday, December 14th and will join both their talents and rockin’ bands to bring back the magic of their annual holiday shows. Guy Forsyth is best known for his unique Americana/Blues sound and his fantastic live performances. Carolyn Wonderland is known to have the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray.

From originals like “You’re Not Gonna Get What You Want for Christmas” and “Christmas in Prison” and unique versions of classics like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Silent Night,” this duo is sure to spice up your holidays.

Tickets for each show are available through the Resort’s Holiday Concert Package that includes:

    —  Classic Accommodations

    —  Signature buffet dinner for two

    —  Admission for two

    —  20% off for up to 2 select spa services at Bayside Spa

    —  50% discount off golf green fees after 11 a.m.

Guests are encouraged to book early. Reservations can be made online at 877-258-4512 or online at www.hsbresort.com. For reservations and information, call-877-611-0112 or book online at http://www.hsbresort.com.

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC Debut Muze Restaurant

The Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. has announced the launch of Muze Restaurant on December 2, 2013. The all-day dining restaurant, formerly Sou’Wester, will highlight the hotel’s oriental heritage and feature approachable cuisine that blends the best of local bounty and produce with flavors from South East Asia. Developed under the direction of Executive Chef Didier Pouzier and new Chef de Cuisine Mark McDonnell, the menu will include an international collection of familiar and flavorful dishes presented with a distinctive Asian-inspired twist.

Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC

Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC

The hotel’s unique location on the southwest waterfront makes Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. the only hotel offering views of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument, Tidal Basin and Washington Marina. In addition to exceptional accommodations and gracious service, the hotel features the Forbes Four-Star Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Muze, with locally sourced, Asian-inspired fare and fabulous views, and the AAA Five Diamond CityZen.

We are thrilled to debut Muze to our guests, local clientele and the dynamic DC food scene,” said General Manager Adriaan Radder.  “After much consideration, and in response to our guests’ preferences, we do believe that Muze will provide a diverse menu that showcases cuisine that reflects our ‘East West Kitchen’ concept, complemented by universal dishes that our leisure and business travelers can enjoy.”

Menu highlights include: Confit Lamb Shoulder & Soy Roasted Sunchoke, Black Bean Veal Cheek & Heirloom Carrot, Ahi Tuna Crudo, Rockfish Miso Cauliflower & Dill Juice and Tempura Blue Prawns.  Hand-crafted cocktails and a diverse wine selection complete this engaging dining experience.

We are fortunate to welcome Chef McDonnell to help drive the new concept for Muze,” said Director of Food & Beverage Andreas Wieckenberg.  “I am confident that his creativity, leadership and international experience will further ignite the excitement for Muze among our colleagues and guests.”

Chef McDonnell joined Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. in mid-September 2013. Previously, he was the Chef de Cuisine at Rogue 24 in Washington D.C. and was instrumental in managing the day-to-day kitchen operations, menu creation and supervision of all off-site events, including dinners at the acclaimed James Beard House.  His experience also includes culinary positions at Vue de Monde Restaurant in Australia, L’Ecrivain Restaurant in Ireland and Tom Aikens Restaurant in London.

Featuring a dynamic, modern setting that includes indoor and outdoor seating with vistas of the Washington Marina, Muze will complement the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, CityZen by Eric Ziebold

For reservations, please contact the hotel directly at +1 (202) 787-6140, toll free (888) 888-1778, or visit www.mandarinoriental.com/washington.


Absolut Originality Sets A New Standard For Limited Editions

Following its long-standing tradition of introducing cutting edge designs, Absolut presents Absolut Originality. This elegant limited collection features four million individually designed bottles, each made into a one-of-a-kind work of art with a drop of cobalt blue infused into the molten glass during production.

Absolut Blue Velvet

Absolut Blue Velvet



Absolut has always experimented with new techniques and gone off the beaten track to develop innovative and artistic products. Following last year’s spectacu­lar launch of Absolut Unique, the journey continued in order to find a daring new concept for the next limited edition. The ambition was to capture the soul of Absolut, expressing creativity and quality as its cornerstones – and the experiments paid off.

Absolut Originality presents our iconic bottle in its most classy form to date,” says Mathias Westphal, Global Brand Director at Absolut. “We took inspiration from traditional Swedish glass craft, and made it available to the world. When we watched a drop of cobalt sink into the hot glass the first time, we didn’t know what it would look like. But the very first bottle looked amazing, and what started as a playful experiment ended up as four million one-of-a-kind pieces of art.”

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Releasing a drop of cobalt blue into the glass only takes a millisecond. It’s added just as the molten glass goes into the mould at 1100°C. At that temperature, the cobalt is invisible, but as the glass cools off, a beautiful and unique blue infusion appears inside the glass of each bottle. Continue reading