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Shitanes 61: VTR Customs’ outrageous BMW R nineT

There’s a lot to be said for elegance and subtlety. And there’s also a time and place for going completely over the top. Dani Weidmann and his crew at the Swiss shop VTR Customs can play it both ways. This time, they’ve turned the volume up to 11 and built a BMW R nineT that’s about as subtle as an AC/DC riff. It’s got 136 hp, a stonking 145 Nm of torque, and it’s called ‘Shitanes 61’—a reference to the famous Gitanes motor racing livery from the 1980s. The story starts at the last Swiss ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Michelin, Bmw, Dani, Monza, Magura, VTR, Kellermann, Equipe Ligier, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, BMW R nineT, VTR Customs, Dani Weidmann, Benken


Best winter day trips near NYC

Winter in New York City can be brutal; temperatures can drop into the negatives, and you’re likely to see people resembling the Michelin man with all the layers they’ve packed on. While there are plenty of activities to do within the five boroughs during this time of year, such as outdoor sports or cozying up somewhere to avoid the cold, sometimes you just need to get away and maybe even see some real, clean snow. Luckily, the Big Apple is in a great location with easy access to other places...
Tags: Travel, Mirror Lake, Utah, New York, Colorado, NYC, New York City, Canada, Michelin, Lake Ontario, All, Big Apple, Upstate New York, Poconos, Lake Placid, Hunter Mountain


2020 Mustang Shelby GT500: One Slick Snake

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Capable of mid-three-second zero to 60 times and sub-11-second quarter-mile scores, says Ford. Aerodynamics, downforce, and race-tuning the chassis were among the priorities during development. Ford drove all the way over to Detroit from Dearborn the other day, and decided to show off this: The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. It’s about what you’d expect. Big, mean, capable, lots of bang for your buck, (but s...
Tags: Ford, Autos, Michelin, North Carolina, Detroit, Torino, Ford Motor Company, North American International Auto Show, Henry, Shelby, Ford Performance, Dearborn, Brembo, Miko, Mustang Shelby, Car News


Sonoma County, CA: 3 itineraries

3 travel itineraries that take in the best of Sonoma County Sonoma and Petaluma Heart of Wine Country Westward into Nature Photo: Wildly Simple/Sonoma County Tourism #wedge-0 { background-image: url('https://d36tnp772eyphs.cloudfront.net/blogs/1/2018/12/Sonoma-vineyard-Wildly-Simple-Sonoma-County-Tourism-560x420.jpg') }@media(min-width:560px){ #wedge-0 { background-image: url('https://d36tnp772eyphs.cloudfront.net/blogs/1/2018/12/Sonoma-vineyard-Wildly-Simple-Sonoma-County-Touri...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, California, Nature, Michelin, Mission, Sonoma, Pacific, City Hall, All, Wine Country, Northern California, Santé, Francis Ford Coppola, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park


American Express acquires restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge

The Japan-based service helps book quality restaurants, including those that are Michelin-starred and others that have months-long waitlists for reservations.
Tags: Japan, Hotels, American Express, Michelin, Pocket Concierge


2020 Toyota Supra: It’s Finally Here!

The 2020 Toyota Supra debuts at the North American International Auto Show. After a long wait – 21 years in fact – Supra fans finally receive their unicorn. Zero to 60 times are solid and the chassis setup is impressive.     Okay, just calm down, calm down I say! The 2020 Toyota Supra is here. You will get your chance to bask in its glory, including tons of specs and performance numbers, in due time, but until then, you are going to have to calm down. You have been frothing at the mouth for t...
Tags: Sweden, United States, Autos, Toyota, Michelin, Bmw, Fernando Alonso, Yota, Nurburgring, Supra, Brembo, Akio Toyoda, Standard, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Magna Steyr, Graz Austria


American Express acquires Japan-based restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge

American Express has made an acquisition in Japan after it picked up restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge in an undisclosed deal. The acquisition was announced in Japanese and in English by James Riney, the head of 500 Startups Japan which invested in Pocket Concierge as one of its first deals in the country. The service was launched in 2013 to help book quality restaurants, including those that are Michelin-starred and others that have months-long waitlists for reservations. It curren...
Tags: Cake, Fundings & Exits, Asia, Chef, Japan, Money, Finance, Funding, Tech, Economy, American Express, Michelin, 500 Startups, Head, James Riney, Opentable


My Rich Life in Thailand: Street food, luxury, and $21 strawberries

Here are some photos from the final stop of my honeymoon, which we started in Italy, then Kenya, India, and now — Thailand! We wanted to create our Rich Life in every place, so we planned our dream trip: In the Italian part of our honeymoon, we shared a rare travel experience with our parents, as we took pasta-making classes together and more… Kenya showed us amazing animals and got me pumped about getting back into photography. Then on our visit to India, I was thrilled to have Cass see ...
Tags: Asia, Singapore, India, Marketing, America, Thailand, Italy, Kenya, Michelin, Bangkok, Cass, Rich Life, Nahm, Gaggan, Kenya India, My Rich Life


'Food porn star' Indian chef gives fine dining a twist

Gaggan Anand, the executive chef at Bangkok's Michelin-starred restaurant Gaggan, has brought Indian cuisine to new heights.
Tags: News, Michelin, Bangkok, Gaggan, Gaggan Anand


Ford just unveiled the most powerful Mustang ever to hit the streets (F)

Ford said the new Mustang Shelby GT500 is the "most powerful street-legal Ford ever." The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a handmade 5.2-liter V8, making 700 horsepower. It can be configured to be a drag strip or racetrack weapon, Ford maintained. DETROIT — At the 2019 Detroit auto show on Monday, Ford pulled the cover off what it called the " most powerful street-legal Ford ever," a beastly Mustang Shelby GT500. With a 5.2-liter, supercharged V8 roaring away a louvered hood scoop, the mo...
Tags: Facebook, US, Trends, Ferrari, Ford, Michelin, Detroit, Le Mans, Chevy Colorado, Mustang, Carroll, Shelby, Ford Performance, Ford Mustang Shelby, Carroll Shelby, Mustang Shelby


How to Visit and Enjoy Washington, DC In Spite of a Government Shutdown

No matter where you live, by now you have no doubt heard about the shutdown of the Federal Government across the U.S. The effects of this closure are many and widely felt but today I’m not going to talk about the politics of it. No, instead I want to share why now is actually a great time to visit Washington, DC and what the city has to offer in spite of the shutdown. Believe it or not, there’s a lot to experience and since 1) it is January and 2) visitors may think there’s not much to experien...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Washington, US, Washington Dc, National Mall, Michelin, Dc, Destinations, Metro, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, District, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, U Street Corridor


The Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium

If you are looking for the best restaurants in Brussels, Belgium, look no farther. We’ve rounded up our top picks from 15 years of dining in Brussels to bring you those with staying power. Don’t read while hungry! The Brussels restaurant scene is always changing. New hot spots appear and disappear seemingly overnight, especially in hip neighbourhoods like St. Gilles and Ixelles. While we love taste testing what’s new and popular, for us, the best restaurants in Brussels are those with staying ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Japan, London, Morocco, Paris, Italy, Belgium, Tokyo, Michelin, Brussels, Tripadvisor, Alison, Waterloo, Best Restaurants


Eating raw chicken sashimi in Tokyo

When it comes to eating sashimi in Tokyo, fish is by far the most ubiquitous offer. But it’s not the only one. Restaurants also serve shikasashi (deer), basashi (horse), and — perhaps most hotly debated of all — torisashi (chicken). The name loosely translates to “raw bird,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like: thinly sliced raw chicken breast served with a flavorful salt or sauce. I never thought I’d order raw chicken sashimi-style. Like most Americans, I grew up deeply terrified of salmon...
Tags: Travel, Food, Japan, New York, US, Tokyo, Michelin, States, Salmonella, Anthony Bourdain, Japanese Food, Berkley California, Birdland, Ginza, Minato, Sukiyabashi Jiro


Best waffle shops in Brussels

Embracing the local food and eating traditions while you’re traveling is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to understand another culture. In Belgium, that means eating waffles the Belgian way — or, one might say, the right way. It’s not all about shoving a deliciously warm waffle in your face. While there may not be an exact set of rules, it’s clear when visiting Brussels that there’s a specific way to experience the “real deal.” Before explaining what that means, though, it’s important ...
Tags: Travel, Belgium, Michelin, Brussels, North America, All, Liege, Waffles, Belgium Brussels, Bruxelles Belgium, Belgium Culture, Bogoshipda Shutterstock Real Brussels, Maison Dandoy Facebook Maison Dandoy, Rue Charles Buls, Galeries Royales Saint Hubert Facebook Mokafé, Bozar Restaurant Facebook Bozar Restaurant


Best food markets in Europe

There’s something magical about discovering the local food that every country has to offer. Finding it isn’t always easy, though. You can search for Michelin-starred restaurants or try to find what’s popular on Yelp, but the best way to have an authentic, delicious, and cost-effective gastronomic adventure is to check out a local food market. Travelers to Europe are in luck as there are markets located in popular destinations all over the continent. Some are well known and have been establish...
Tags: Travel, Food, Europe, Greece, France, US, Georgia, Barcelona, Budapest, Hungary, Paris, Amsterdam, Michelin, Copenhagen, Kiev, Les Halles


Otonali, a Japanese-Inspired Restaurant in Brittany

New from French chef Bertrand Larcher, owner of the Breizh Café empire of Breton-style crêperies: Otonali, a restaurant in St.-Malo, Brittany, which combines traditional Japanese dishes with Breton ingredients and influences. Larcher opened his first crêpe restaurant in Tokyo back in 1996 and has since expanded to nine locations across Japan plus three in France: in Cancale, Paris, and St.-Malo. Though the crêperies are unabashedly in the Breton style—they use the traditional buckwheat batter an...
Tags: Books, Japan, France, Restaurants, Paris, Tokyo, Michelin, French, Japanese, Black, Brittany, Bertrand, Breton, Alki, St Malo, Restaurant Visit


Michelin-starred Chef and Restaurateur, Fabio Trabocchi to Unveil Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia, an Exclusive Epicurean Experience at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

W Marriott, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced that award-winning chef and restaurateur, Fabio Trabocchi will take over the operations of JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa's fine-dining restaurant. Set to open in April 2019, the hotel's existing fine-dining culinary concept will be reinvented as 'Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia,' featuring a sophisticated yet luxurious ambiance coupled with striking architectural details that date back to the 1920s.
Tags: Travel, Marriott, Michelin, Marriott International Inc, JW Marriott Venice Resort, Fabio Trabocchi, Dopolavoro Venezia, JW Marriott Venice Resort Spa


Best alcohol-free retreats

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of overindulgence over Christmas, but as the new year dawns, we often find ourselves looking for something to help us re-energize. Cutting out alcohol is one of the best ways to feel instantly refreshed. Going teetotal increases energy levels, improves sleep, reduces depression, and revives lackluster skin and hair. But signing up for a “dry January” can be difficult without some encouragement and motivation. These alcohol-free trips will help you stick to you...
Tags: Travel, Wellness, Asia, England, London, Thailand, Michelin, Kent, Sri Lanka, Bangalore, Suffolk, All, Koh Samui, Retreats, Wellness Retreats, Alcohol Free


Impressive champagne saber fail at Michelin-starred restaurant

Below is New Year's Eve video of Michael Minnillo, general manager of Yountville, California's legendary French Laundry restaurant attempting a dramatic saber opening of a $2,000 bottle of Billecart-Salmon brut. French Laundry disinfecting their kitchen floors for the new year with some questionable technique from r/wine (r/wine)
Tags: Post, News, Restaurants, Michelin, Wine, Champagne, Billecart Salmon, Yountville California, French laundry, Bubbly, Michael Minnillo


Crystal Cruises: What The Luxury Cruise Experience is Really Like

In 2003, I boarded a large cruise ship on a sailing of the Western Caribbean. I call this itinerary a training wheel cruise for would-be travelers because they offer a good first insight into what the experience is all about. Since then I’ve been on many other cruises in nearly every corner of the world, averaging at least one or two a year. It’s not how I always decide to travel, but it is a style I enjoy and over the years I have fine-tuned what it is I like and don’t like about certain compa...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Los Angeles, Antarctica, San Diego, Michelin, Cruising, Pacific, Caribbean, Crystal, Crystal Cruises, La Paz, Baja California, Puerto Vallarta, Planes Trains Ships, Cabo San Lucas


The story behind Phuket's first and only Michelin-starred restaurant

As one of Phuket's top luxury resorts, Trisara continues to reinvent itself. Among its latest offerings is Pru, Phuket's first and only Michelin-starred restaurant.
Tags: Cnn, Michelin, Phuket, Trisara, Pru Phuket


An ex-Googler who was hired at age 19 says on her first day in 2005, people were playing MC Hammer and throwing footballs on a campus that felt like a resort

Falon Fatemi, the founder and CEO of the tech startup Node, was the youngest person Google ever hired when she got a job at age 19. The entrepreneur said she remembered how awe-struck she was the first time she toured the Google campus. Fatemi worked on global expansion and strategic partnerships for Google for six years, often learning skills on the job while also taking college classes in the mornings and evenings. Most college sophomores are focused on passing their exams, getting good g...
Tags: Google, London, Microsoft, Africa, Trends, United Kingdom, Michelin, Imperial College London, Bay Area, Mountain View California, DON T, Santa Clara University, Falon, Fatemi, Falon Fatemi, Google Fatemi


Rise to the spiritual and physical challenge of the Camino de Santiago

It is a big decision when you decide to go on a pilgrimage, and the Camino de Santiago is no exception. This pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle St James is perfect for both spiritual growth and the physical challenge. It is the epitome of soul food and a chance to get away from the busyness of day to day life and do some real reflection in beautiful surroundings. However, logistically this type of trip can be quite difficult to plan and organise. It is not just one route, there are severa...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain, Santiago, Portugal, Michelin, St James, Travel Blog, Camino De Santiago, Atlantic Ocean, Northern Spain, Spain France, Sarrià, Camino del Norte, San Sebastian San Sebastián, Galicia Sarria


Chef Dominique Crenn: 'Everything I Do Could Have ... Impact' For Other Women

In a restaurant world dominated by men, Crenn recently became the first female chef in the U.S. awarded three Michelin stars. It's "showing young girls you can achieve a lot in your life," she says.(Image credit: Cayce Clifford for NPR)
Tags: News, Michelin, Dominique Crenn, Crenn, Cayce Clifford


22 Michelin stars over Andalusia

Every November, with much anticipation and fanfare, the Michelin Guide announces its updated list with what is widely considered the authoritative voice on the world’s best restaurants. With ideal growing conditions and plentiful produce, Michelin stars in Andalusia have been ascendant over the past decade as the gastronomy of the region gains more and more […] The post 22 Michelin stars over Andalusia appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Europe, Restaurants, Spain, Food And Drink, Michelin, Andalusia, Regions, Going Out, Western Europe, Travel Miscellany, Michelin Guide


A Michelin tire expert explains why winter tires are worth the extra cost

We asked a tire expert at Michelin why winter tires are worth the investment. Winter tires a specially designed to deal with snow, slush, ice, and low temperatures. A good set can cost more than $500, before installation. Winter has officially arrived, with the solstice on December 21. In much of the US, that means it's time to prepare for snowstorms, large and small. Many drivers use year-round, all-season tires, and that's usually fine. These tires are designed to handle much of what nature...
Tags: Facebook, US, Trends, Michelin, Carter, Federal Highway Administration, Tom Carter, Insurance Information Institute


Do-ahead Christmas dinner: 10 tips for preparing your food early

We all know the feeling. It's Christmas Day, but rather than enjoying a glass of wine or catching up with family, you're peeling carrots, boiling Brussels sprouts, and hoping you'll have time to get the bread sauce out of your hair before the turkey needs basting. Dinner will, of course, taste delicious – but by the time you sit down to it, you'll be so exhausted you'll barely have the strength to pull a cracker. With a little pre-planning, such chaos can be a ghost of C...
Tags: News, Turkey, Yorkshire, Heston Blumenthal, Michelin, Brussels, Wilson, Stephen Harris, Diana Henry, Michael Powell, Clodagh McKenna, Stevie Parle, Tara Fisher, Marcus Waering, Andrew Twort Annie, Kirstie Young Christmas


5 Destinations For An Easy Weekend Away — According To A Travel Expert

Weekend getaways can end up being more difficult to plan than a lengthier trip. With only two to three days at your travel disposal, strategic time-management is vital. Plus, not all cities are short stay-friendly. Unless, that is, you're equipped with expert travel knowledge. Collette Stohler, from award-winning travel blog Roamaroo, just so happens to be an expert in getting-the-hell-out-of-dodge for short stays — so, we hit her up for a weekend-getaway game plan.Stohler outlined her top five...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Singapore, Los Angeles, Netherlands, Arizona, Amsterdam, Michelin, Newark, Keukenhof Gardens, Savannah, Marina Bay Sands, Los Angeles San Francisco, Scottsdale Arizona, Collette Stohler


5 Hot & Heavy Fragrances That Make Winter Kind Of Sexy

Taken at face value, winter is not sexy. It is melted snow and perpetual hat hair, chapped lips and Seasonal Affective Disorder, SantaCon and coming to terms with how shitty you are at wrapping presents. This year, even Christmas trees have lost their festive appeal, now that we know a single Douglas fir could be harboring up to 25,000 invasive insects.But peel back the layers — starting with the puffer coat that makes you feel like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, then the wool-blend sweater tha...
Tags: Nordstrom, Fashion, Music, China, Barneys New York, United States, Broadway, South America, Michelin, Santacon, Tiffany, Saks, Fujian province, Wuyi, Le Labo Tonka, Neiman Marcus Consumed


Money Dials: Why you spend the way you do

Do you ever wonder why people spend their money the way they do? Why take an expensive Uber when you can walk 20 minutes to get to the same place? Why pay for first-class tickets when we’re all going to the same place anyway? Growing up in Sacramento, I used to see guys who loved buying old cars and repairing them. I didn’t get it. Why spend money to create more work for yourself? Later I realized I was looking at it all wrong. In fact, now I completely understand why people would pay money to ...
Tags: Google, Personal Finance, Europe, Marketing, Disney, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Stevie Wonder, Va, Michelin, Las Vegas, Vegas, Fiji, Travel Health, Ezekiel