Ethiopian Airlines Begins Flights to Los Angeles

Ethiopian Airlines' Dreamliner
Ethiopian Airlines’ Dreamliner

Saturday June 20, 2015 marks the inaugural Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles with a stopover in Dublin. This celebrates a momentous occasion for the fast growing airline ( and already the largest in Africa) since it is the first direct service connecting Africa to the West Coast of the United States. 

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A Q&A with Elizabeth Blau: One of Las Vegas’ Most Respected Culinary Visionaries

Elizabeth Blau, a restaurateur and culinary queen. Photo credit: Bill Milne
Elizabeth Blau, a restaurateur and culinary queen

 

By Robert Barnes


Elizabeth Blau began her career with famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni. Widely credited with transforming Las Vegas into a world-class culinary destination, she was instrumental in building the gourmet repertoire at several MGM Mirage properties, at Wynn Las Vegas and at the Palms with celebrity chef Kerry Simon.

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100 Things For Every Gearhead To Do Before They Die

100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die

By Jason Fogelson

(Reedy Press, LLC, 2015)

 

 

100 Things For Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die
Jason Fogelson’s new book is a grand bucket list for gearheads


Automobile aficionados must add this book to their collection. Although the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of “gearhead” can be broad, the word means “a person who is very interested in mechanical and technical things (such as cars and computers),” t
he book will appeal to anyone who’s somewhat interested in automobiles, motorcycles, their history, how they are made and where you can see them perform.

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Cocktails: Fancy & Delicious Recipes for all Tastes – Book Review

Cocktails: Fancy & Delicious Recipes for all Tastes

By Eliq Maranik

(H.F. Ullmann, 2013)

Cocktails: Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes
Cocktails: Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes


What’s summer without cocktails? Well, any time of the year is a good time for a stiff mixed drink, but rising mercury really puts us in the mood for Mojitos and Mai Tais.


If you’re a cocktail aficionado, it’s likely you already know how to mix a stand-up dry Martini. But why not ramp up your bartender repertoire with the creative concoctions in Cocktails – Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes? From a girly Pink Summer to a manly Hemingway Special or seductive Blackberry Bellini, simple recipes in this new book cover long drinks, short drinks, frozen ones, shooters and more.

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Nouvelle Cuisine Pioneer Roger Vergé Passes Away

Roger Vergé
Roger Vergé presenting artistically prepared dishes


Renowned French chef Roger Vergé passed away at his home in Mougins, France on June 5. He was 85.


Vergé was best known as one of the founding fathers of the cooking style nouvelle cuisine (cuisine of the sun), a term coined by Henri Gault, Christian Millau and André Gayot at GaultMillau/GAYOT Publications in the early ’70s. The style takes elements of French cooking and emphasizes fresh and flavorful ingredients presented in simple but artfully prepared dishes.

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