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The evolution, then the process, of re-imagining one thing into another can be a lengthy process. And when it comes to the creation of a new hotel based on the foundations of an established one, the process can be even more complex on multiple levels. The levels often involve repurposing, redevelopment, and rebranding combined. The renowned Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, opened in 1996, is a recent example. Its process of redevelopment began in 2015, and now by March of 2018, will officially be recreated into a new entity: the new Park MGM Las Vegas. Recently, we saw what had been done and what was planned. Most of the hotel’s 2,700 rooms have been renovated. And, the property’s 290 guestrooms on its upper floors will be rebranded as the NoMad Las Vegas. This project will be completed by the end of 2018. NoMad is a boutique brand, whose original hotel is…

This recipe for Smoked Duck and Summer Truffle Salad with Truffle-Honey Mustard Vinaigrette is easy to prepare, very flavorful, and unique. The smoked duck breast, duck bacon and baked ricotta salata cheese give the salad substance, making a perfect summer meal. There are only a few weeks left for French summer truffle season, so make this recipe while truffles are still available. If you miss the window for summer truffles, you could easily substitute Burgundy truffles. Italian summer truffles can also be used, however, French summer black truffles are more flavorful than Italian summer truffles and they generally have a more pleasing aroma. Summer truffles from Italy tend to be a lighter color inside, though they sometimes look almost identical. In our experience, summer truffles with a very light beige, almost cream colored interior have less truffle flavor than summer truffles which have a darker beige or tan interior. Before…

The Belgian Endive, a mystical vegetable with its distinctive tangy flavor of each leaf. The mystique of the Belgian Endive mystique has endured. Since its accidental discovery in…

The 2013 MICHELIN guide Switzerland lists 100 starred restaurants, a record number that reconfirms the country’s high level of gourmet cuisine. The new edition of the guide confirms the three stars awarded to Schauenstein in Fürstenau and Hôtel de Ville in Crissier. The latter establishment was cited by Michelin inspectors for the outstanding accomplishments of Benoît Violier. After serving as Philippe Rochat’s assistant for many years, Mr. Violier took over as head chef in April and maintained Hôtel de Ville’s standing as one of the world’s leading restaurants. A Rare Honor, Woman Chef Earns Stars Another highlight of the 2013 selection was the attribution of a second star to two restaurants offering modern, creative cuisine: Stucki in Basel, where Tanja Grandit, one of the very few “starred” woman chefs in Europe, serves a wide variety of highly aromatic dishes, and Ecco on Snow in St. Moritz. Already awarded a star…

There is something so romantic about a family-owned business with a rich history and an influence that spans generations. This is one of those families. The Ospina coffee family, whose dedication to excellent coffee carries on and the current members whole-hardheartedly embracing the tradition bringing it to the modern age while holding strong to their history and provenance. It is a great privilege to know and interview Mariano Ospina V, CEO of Ospina Coffee. Editor in Chief Angela Tunner, spoke to the coffee czar himself and asked him these questions: What is it about excellent coffee that you love so much? Excellent coffee or ultra premium coffee, such as a Premier Grand Cru wine from Bordeaux, is something to rave about. It exhilarates your senses, because of its extraordinary aroma, body and taste. It gives you the ecstasy of a rare delicacy. Exquisite refinement is so rare, that when you…

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck was founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck. Since its creation, Champagne Piper-Heidsieck has always been associated with the greats and the goods…from Marie Antoinette, Queen of…