That was Bobby Flay’s philosophy when he decided to open a burger joint. And he decided to open a burger joint after years of seeking great burgers with other chefs late at night after service was over at their fine food restaurants.
“We may have been offering foie gras and caviar on our menus, but fine food isn’t what chefs are looking for after work,” said Flay, who owns well-regarded restaurants such asBar Americain in New York City and Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT and Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City.
Europe’s second-largest airline, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, is giving budget travelers reason to celebrate. The company has announced plans for a selection of its European short-haul operations to join forces with low-cost airline Germanwings. The collaboration is slated to begin in January 2013 with approximately 90 planes and is expected to fly eighteen million passengers annually on all domestic and European short-haul flights outside Lufthansa’s main hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. While the goal of this strategy is companywide cost-reduction, passengers will benefit, since the as-yet-named new airline will broaden the options for low-cost flights in Europe now offered by airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair.
Parisian Bobos Discover Brunch at Bread & Roses and Claus
The one-stop-shop meal of the weekend, brunch — the melding of breakfast and lunch — is an all-American invention. This common habit traveled to Britain at the end of the nineteenth century. A hundred years later it crossed the Channel and is now the rage among French Bobos. The term Bobo applies to a class of young, hip Bourgeois who are open-minded and quick to jump on new fads. Les Bobos put aside the traditional family Sunday lunch leg of lamb and vote for brunch: sweet or salty, eggs Benedict or brioche, brunch offers the liberty to enjoy all of the above.
Bread & Roses, the former Hermès canteen, has been transformed into a tea lounge, bakery and épicerie, and stylish Parisians nibble on quiche, smoked salmon and delicious pies. Brunch is served daily (30 euros). 25, rue Boissy-d’Anglas, 8th arrondissement, 01 47 42 40 00, www.breadandroses.fr
The Volkswagen Group of America once again took the top spot in Strategic Vision’s annual Total Quality survey, which measures overall customer satisfaction with new car purchases. The marketing and consulting firm cited consumer favorites like the Audi A4 and A8, as well as the Volkswagen Golf, Eos and Tiguan as factors in VW’s ranking. The Chrysler Group and Ford Motor Company followed close on Volkswagen’s heels in a tie for second place, with the Ford Flex and F-Series pickup, as well as the Fiat 500, all earning high marks in the Total Quality survey. Along with its namesake brand, the Volkswagen Group also owns luxury car badges Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche and Lamborghini.
After an extensive renovation, Wolfgang Puck‘s flagship restaurant Spago in Beverly Hills will reopen tonight. I drove by and based on what I saw from the outside, I expect many changes inside.
As I am headed there tonight for dinner, come back in a few hours to see exclusive photos of the new interior of this iconic Beverly Hills restaurant.
UPDATE 9/21/12: Yesterday I wrote that I was heading for dinner at Spago Beverly Hills which has been closed for renovations for three months. I declared that I would post pictures of the new décor a few hours after I dined. But as it is not completely finished, I was asked not to put any photos online. The ones I have will have to stay on my computer. Hopefully, I will go back when the renovations are complete.