In-flight fine dining: Is it really possible?

first_img 86 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Food & DiningLifestyleTravel In-flight fine dining: Is it really possible? by: – July 10, 2014 (CNN) — More and more airlines are teaming up with world-class chefs, hoping to solve that ultimate #firstworldproblem: how to serve a top-rate meal in the air.The strategy seems to be to throw glamorous, big-name chefs at the problem and hope that they can recreate on planes that same gastronomic magic they do at their restaurants.Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal helped British Airways with a special Olympic in-flight menu in 2012; Joel Robuchon and Air France have made headlines with their collaboration, which began in 2011.The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong has also been tasked with creating a first-class menu for Cathay Pacific.Their Italian restaurant, Tosca, is famous for creative Italian cooking and recently received one Michelin star after Pino Lavarra took over as executive chef.Lavarra was asked to whip up a gourmet menu that will work at 30,000 feet above sea level.He went one step further: Lavarra is serving the same in-flight meal at Tosca as a special four-course “first class menu” costing HK$1,400 ($180) per head.Airplane food served at an expensive restaurant?Lavarra admits it’s not the easiest sell.“I agree that in-flight food has a bad reputation. I also find most of it terrible,” says the chef.Lavarra says the idea of recreating gourmet restaurant experiences in the air will only ever be a concept.In reality, it will never be replicated.“The meal served on the plane, it’s cooked by somebody else, it’s prepared eight to 12 hours ahead of time, it’s mass production,” says Lavarra.In other words, it isn’t the personalized, fussy cooking of a top-notch restaurant.But the biggest problem is an airline’s concern for food safety, which trumps the customer’s desire for deliciousness.“Everything has to be pasteurized, and you can’t use raw tuna or raw beef,” says Lavarra.The chef serves high-quality beef carpaccio on both his in flight and restaurant menus.The one at the restaurant is a traditional Italian appetizer of thick slices of tender raw beef paired with ricotta and a perky tomato jam.The same dish on the plane has to be tweaked to get around food safety regulations: the beef is seared first, so it isn’t really a carpaccio anymore.For connoisseurs, it would be the equivalent of adding water to aged whiskey.CNN Travellast_img read more

Defending Champs Down MMA

first_img Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest Posts admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 NEWTON CENTRE, MA — On senior day, the Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse team captured their sixth victory of the season in an 18-4 stomping against visiting North Atlantic Conference (NAC) foe Maine Maritime Academy on a wet and wild Saturday afternoon in Newton, Massachusetts.  The Mustangs improve to 6-6 overall and notch their fourth NAC win of the season (4-1).  The Mariners get knocked out of second place in the conference standings dropping to 5-2 on the year, 5-2 in NAC play.The Mariners will travel to Gorham to face the University of Southern Maine this coming Wednesday for a non-conference meeting with the Huskies at 4:00 p.m.last_img read more

Cricket News Australia aim to ‘bounce’ back in Perth against supremely confident India

first_imgNew Delhi: Whenever teams came to Perth, they would be encountered with the two words – pace and bounce. The WACA wicket, which was heaven for the fast bowlers thanks to their springboard bounce and extra zip under the hot sun, would test the mettle of the finest batsmen. Aided by the Fremantle Doctor, the wind that would blow across the stadium to help pacers get swing in the air, the WACA was an intimidating proposition. Just ask Sachin Tendulkar, who made a mark in international cricket only after scoring 114 on a fast Perth wicket in 1992. However, the second Test between Australia and India will be played at the New Perth stadium, which has a capacity of close to 60,000. With a closed stadium, there is no Fremantle Doctor. There is a drop-in wicket which promises pace and bounce. For Australia, this is their best chance to level the series after losing the Adelaide Test by 31 runs.The year 2018 has been woeful for Australia, having won just two Tests in Sydney and Durban. The batting has not been able to overcome the void left by the bans on Steve Smith and David Warner. Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Travis Head have all chipped in but their contributions have been inconsistent. The tail-enders batted with much better assurance and application than the top order and this could boost Tim Paine’s batsmen to step up.Read More | Get more excited than nervous seeing green pitches: Virat KohliThe bowlers remain Australia’s trump card. Nathan Lyon showed his class in Adelaide and he was ably supported by Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Mitchell Starc lacked rhythm and struggled for control but he still managed five wickets in the Adelaide Test. He has not had best returns in 2018 and he will be determined to come out on top in Perth.Read More | Ashwin, Rohit Sharma ruled out of Perth Test against AustraliaVirat Kohli fearlessThe Indian cricket team skipper has said he is more excited than nervous when he sees green on the wicket. His bowling unit has taken 162 out of 170 wickets in nine Tests against South Africa, England and the Adelaide game against Australia. When one has the bowling arsenal to take 20 wickets regularly and when one is not fazed about the conditions, it shows the confident mental space Virat Kohli and his side are in.Read More | India’s current fast bowling group best ever: Bharat ArunThe fact that Perth could have a green and bouncy wicket should not faze Virat Kohli. In the past, India’s three major victories in the last five years have come on such wickets. Lord’s in 2014 and Johannesburg in 2018 were instances when the batsmen stood up and changed the course of the game. In Adelaide, Cheteshwar Pujara was the difference and he will be the key yet again. India openers, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, struggled in the first game and they have one more chance to redeem themselves. However, the injuries to Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin are a big blow. Hanuma Vihari will slot in Rohit’s place but the final place in the XI will be possibly determined by the conditions.Kohli, in the press conference, has said he is lucky that the bowlers are in such good form. “If you don’t get 20 wickets you don’t win a Test match, regardless of whether you scored 600 or 700 or 800. It is insignificant. If you get 300 on the board and you have guys who can get 20 wickets then you are fine as a team. The way they have bowled in the last three tours, it is amazing. They are hungry for wickets and are not giving easy runs,” Kohli said.It is the bowlers that Kohli will turn to if India are to achieve an unprecedented feat of winning two Tests against Australia for the first time since 1977/78. A win in Perth will also help them retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Angels’ Mike Trout says he was ‘shocked’ to learn cause of Tyler Skaggs’ death

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Trout said he had no idea that Skaggs was having any kind of issues that could have led to him using those drugs.“Obviously, if I knew I would have definitely said something or done something,” said Trout, who was Skaggs’ close friend since the two were drafted together in 2009. “It’s tough. You love Tyler. We didn’t know he was going through this. Just a tough situation when this came out. Tough to put your mind to it.”Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room on July 1, just before the Angels were to open a series against the Texas Rangers. Police determined at the time that it was not foul play or suicide.Trout and the rest of the Angels had spent nearly two months grieving, and Friday’s news brought back tough memories.“Every time you talk about anything Tyler has done, or did, it definitely reopens it,” Trout said. “We’re always thinking about him. It’s been a tough year for us emotionally, and obviously mentally. Anytime this pops up or anything related to Tyler, it’s going to open that wound.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Southlake, Texas, police and Major League Baseball are still investigating the case. Skaggs’ family said in a statement that they believe an Angels employee had a part in the tragedy.“That was a shock to me,” Trout said. “I knew nothing about it. It’s disappointing, but I don’t know anything about that.”BEDROSIAN TO ILCam Bedrosian was placed on the injured list on Saturday because of a right forearm strain. Bedrosian, who had Tommy John surgery while he was in the minors, said he underwent an MRI exam on Saturday that showed no damage to his ligament.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — Nearly two months after the pain of Tyler Skaggs’ death, Mike Trout felt the pain again of learning how it happened.A day after the news broke that a Texas medical examiner determined that Skaggs died because of a mixture of opioids and alcohol, Trout reacted to the revelation on Saturday.“I was kind of shocked when the news came out like that,” Trout said. “That’s tough, but it doesn’t change the feeling I have for him and the way it impacted my life.”Skaggs was found to have fentanyl and oxycodone in his blood, along with an alcohol level 50 percent higher than the limit to determine impairment. “It doesn’t feel like the same thing,” Bedrosian said. “It feels different, a different spot. I’m not worried about it.”Bedrosian said going on the injured list was a precaution, and he expects to be shut down for five or six days. He said he expects to pitch again in September.The Angels recalled José Rodriguez to take Bedrosian’s spot on the 25-man roster.ALSOA day after playing all 15 innings and collecting four hits in the Angels’ 7-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox, Albert Pujols was back in the lineup at first base. Ausmus said Pujols assured him that “his legs feel good.”…Justin Anderson, who is out with a right upper trap strain, threw off the front slope of the mound on Friday. He is scheduled to throw from the top of the mound on Sunday…Tommy La Stella is hitting in the cage and throwing, and it’s possible that he will join the Angels for workouts during their week-long trip starting on Tuesday, Ausmus said. La Stella is expected to be playing within two weeks.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 3-3, 3.95) vs. Red Sox (LHP David Price, 7-5, 4.36), 1:07 p.m., Fox Sports Westlast_img read more

Mourinho joins ‘foreign agent’ Russian TV for World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has signed up to present World Cup coverage for the Kremlin-funded RT channel © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMoscow, Russian Federation, Mar 5 – Jose Mourinho is coming to Russia for the World Cup to provide analysis for a Kremlin-funded news channel branded a “foreign agent” in the United States.RT television announced the signing on Monday without disclosing the payment Mourinho will receive for appearing on a broadcaster that pushes Russia’s take on news to a foreign audience. The international channel does not have the television rights to show World Cup matches but says it will provide “live text commentary” and reports.The Manchester United boss appeared in a jaunty video accompanying the announcement in which he pretends to coach an RT crew about how to cover the World Cup.“Guys, I know you are nervous. This is a huge tournament and a huge amount of pressure,” Mourinho said to the stunned-looking RT journalists in the whimsical clip.“We will show the world a great game — the greatest game.”Mourinho added in a statement that he was “very happy to join the team at RT” and share his insights into the five weeks of matches that kick off in Moscow on June 14.The signing is set to give RT a ratings boost at a difficult time for the Kremlin-backed project that was launched in 2005 and originally called Russia Today.RT has been dropped by a number of American TV providers after being wrapped up in the controversy surrounding the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election.It was forced to register as a “foreign agent” by the US Justice Department in November for being part of “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine” — a charge RT denies.Russia forced nine smaller US media outlets to register as “foreign agents” in retaliation.RT has several foreign language services besides English and is particularly active on YouTube.It is also trying to expand further into Europe and in December launched a Paris-based French-language channel.That decision came despite French President Emmanuel Macron labelling RT a spreader of “deceitful propaganda” in May 2017.RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan welcomed Mourinho into the fold.“We continue to put together the RT dream team. Now we have a coach,” she said.The channel already has two former Premier League players as presenters: ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore.RT has a history of hiring high-profile but controversial presenters.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange conducted his own show from inside Ecuador’s London embassy in which he has been cooped up since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault claims.RT currently airs programmes hosted by former British MP George Galloway and one-time Scottish Nationalist Party leader Alex Salmond.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more