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Emirates, the Dubai-based international carrier, has underlined its commitment to the United States by announcing the launch of second daily flights to Los Angeles and Houston.

The award-winning airline, which recorded a significant increase in revenue for the Americas in 2009-10, will soon offer over 15,000 seats on 98 return flights per week to the United States.

Starting October 31st for Los Angeles and November 1st for Houston, Emirates will fly non-stop to both cities twice a day on Boeing 777 aircraft.  The services will provide the highest standards of passenger comfort, with luxurious private suites in First Class, lie-flat beds in Business Class and generously-sized Economy Class seats.
Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “Emirates has experienced very strong demand across all of its U.S. gateways this year, including very healthy premium and business traffic. We are delighted to meet this increased demand with the start of second daily services to both Houston and Los Angeles.”

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Sacré Tomate!

Heirloom tomatoes are back. This summer promises a bumper crop of these juicy red jewels so to celebrate, Tour de France Restaurant Group will offer a sumptuous selection of specialty dishes featuring heirloom tomatoes grown by local farmers.  The nine Tour de France eateries will allow diners to taste the gamete of  French cuisine from Paris to Provence. For the third annual Tomato Festival, each restaurant will offer their unique regional interpretation of tomato favorites.  The festival will take place from August 18 – August 29 and the highlight will be the signature tomato cocktail Fiery Heirloom “Bell:”

Fiery Heirloom “Bell” ($12)
4 pieces of 1 inch squares of red bell pepper
3 heirloom cherry tomatoes (2 halved for muddling, 1 for garnish)
1/2oz honey syrup (equal parts of honey and hot water combined, stirred and chilled)
3/4oz fresh lemon juice
1/2oz Orange Curacao
2oz Crop tomato infused vodka (certified USDA organic)
Pinch of chili pepper flakes for finishing

In a mixing glass, muddle the red bell pepper and 2 of the cherry tomatoes in the honey syrup and lemon juice to infuse flavor, add remaining ingredients (except chili), add ice and shake well, strain into an ice filled highball glass, finish with the pinch of chili and garnish with the remaining cherry tomato on a cocktail pick. Serve with a straw.

Created by Aviram Turgeman (beverage director Tour de France) and Ali Boyd (Mixologist-Nice Matin)

Below is a list of the Tour de France restaurants with brief descriptions.

Cafe D’Alsace– Alsacienne Cuisine
1695 2nd Ave @ 88th Street-
Chef Philippe Roussel interprets the cuisine of his father’s native Alsace with a contemporary New York flair. Complementing the cuisine is one the city’s most distinguished beer selections – including a dedicated beer sommelier to assist you in selecting the perfect lager, ale or bock to compliment to your meal.
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French Roast Downtown– Parisian Cuisine
78 West 11th Street @ 6th Ave

French Roast is always open for anything from drinks to brunch to dinner. With the lively atmosphere of a Parisian bistro the restaurant pays homage to this most lively and cosmopolitan of cities.

French Roast Uptown-Parisian Cuisine
2340 Broadway @ 85th Street

French Roast is always open for anything from drinks to brunch to dinner. With the lively atmosphere of a Parisian bistro the restaurant pays homage to this most lively and cosmopolitan of cities.


Le Monde– Cuisine Loire Valley
2885 Broadway Btw 112 & 113 St. NYC
Le Monde celebrates the convivial bourgeois lifestyle with its warm atmosphere, welcoming service and delicious food. The Loire Valley is home to some of the best-loved French dishes such as Coq Au Vin and Potato, Goat cheese and Caramelized Onion Tart.


L’Express– Lyonnaise Cuisine
249 Park Ave South @ 20th Street
L’express, a Lyonnaise bouchon, merges the traditional southern and northern influences of French cooking. The menu celebrates the meat and dairy products of the region, with daily Sausage selections, Charcuterie and Cheese plates, Sautéed Tripe, Pike Dumplings, and plenty of beers and Beaujolais.
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Maison– Cuisine of Brittany
1700 Broadway @ 53rd Street
Maison is an experience in the coastal flavors of Brittany. Maison the menu focuses on the fish, shellfish, and crepes that are found in quaint restaurants dotted along the seaside towns of Brittany. The casual setting and evocative flavors make for an authentically French meal.

Marseille– Marseillaise Cuisine
630 9th Ave @ 44th Street-
Chef Andy D’Amico creates exciting, flavorful, and authentic cuisine celebrating Marseille’s mix of French, Italian, Greek, and North African influences. Popular yet unique dishes such as Bouillabaisse, savory tagines, perfect steak frites, gourmet "five-napkin" burgers, succulent shortribs, fresh pastas, and a wide variety of tasty hors d’oeuvres are served daily.

Nice Matin– Nicoise Cuisine
201 West 79th St. @ Amsterdam
While researching their latest project, partners Simon Oren and chef Andy D’Amico traveled and ate their way through Nice in the fall of 2002. The result was the opening of Nice Matin, a delightful destination destined to enchant each and every visitor with unique and delectable cuisine.


– Cuisine of the Southwest
790 8th Ave @ 48th St.
Pigalle offers dishes from South West France that make use of ingredients which the region has in abundance, such as wild mushrooms, truffles, duck, foie gras, walnuts, chestnuts, hams, cheeses and wines and armagnac.

Tapas Festival Special at NY’s Finest Spanish Restaurant: El Porrón

Spanish Food is IN & No Restaurant in NY Does it Better Than El Porrón

Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. The Tomato Fight has been a well-known Spanish tradition for as long as we can remember, and while we can’t exactly be throwing tomatoes at each other on the streets of New York, there’s no reason we can’t still partake in the celebration.  El Porrón on the Upper East Side has designed a Tapas Festival Special to honor this annual food fight.

One Night Only, August 25th, while Spaniards are busy getting dirty, you can enjoy a hearty spread of 6 of chef Gonzalo “Mr. G” Bermeo’s classic and signature tapas with 2 glasses of any wine of your choice, like a vibrant Rioja or a sparkling Txakolina. 

This special was designed for two, so bring a partner along to share in the eating.  The offerings include Classic hearty golden ‘omelet’ of eggs, potatoes, onions and Spanish ham. Fresh tiger shrimp sautéed in garlic and white wine sauce. Roasted red peppers & asparagus. Littleneck clams baked in a mildly spicy tomato & herb sauce and Grilled chicken breast with eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, tomato & onion. Spanish food is IN, & no restaurant in NY does it Better Than El Porrón, 1123 1st Avenue, at 61st Street. For reservations for this special, call Diego at 212-207-8349. That’s 212-207-8349. .

On August 25th Only


Here’s what’s on the menu:

$80 for 2 people

1 glass of wine per person


sharing of the following tapas:

Tortilla Espanola

Classic hearty golden ‘omelet’ made with farm fresh eggs, sliced potatoes & sweet onions


Jamón Serrano

Thin slices of dry-cured Spanish country ham served with toasted garlic bread & fresh tomato


Gambas al Ajillo

Fresh tiger shrimp sautéed in garlic, EVOO & Albariño white wine sauce – served sizzling in an authentic

ceramic cazuela


Pimientos Del Piquillo

Roasted Navarra red peppers & asparagus in silky, mild sweet pepper sauce


Almejas Marineras

Littleneck clams baked in a mildly spicy tomato & herb sauce


Pollo con Pisto

Grilled chicken breast served with a classic Spanish Ratatouille of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, tomato & onion

Anyone interested in this special should make a reservation with Diego at the restaurant, 212-207-8349.  El Porrón is located at 1123 1st Avenue, at 61st Street.

Great Food . . . Great Value. Don’t Miss This One!

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What better way to view the spectacular Alpine scenery of St Moritz than from Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s sailboat, recently acquired for guest use. The Badrutt’s Palace, a sleek new 26-ft Blu26, can be chartered with a skipper or without, to sail Lake St Moritz. New for summer 2010 Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has created a three-night Sail and Spa offering, combining the sailing experience with a spa treatment at the brand new Palace Wellness luxury spa.

Sailing on the 1.6 km long and 0.6 km wide Lake St Moritz throws in the additional challenge of the Maloja, a thermal wind that blows across the Engadine around midday, adding excitement to any sailing excursion. At 6,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by towering peaks, sailing in St Moritz is an exhilarating pursuit.
After adventures on the lake, guests can head to Palace Wellness, the new luxury spa and wellness centre, for a 50-minute full body massage, and time to relax in the Wet Zone’s saunas, mist rooms and steam rooms, or dip in the pool with a view. Dinners (two are included) can be taken in cosy Chesa Veglia or one of the Palace’s many fine restaurants. Tickets are included for all mountain railways and public transport in St Moritz and the surrounding area, adding plenty of opportunity for sightseeing and alpine adventures.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s new vessel adds sailing to the activities that the Palace offers to its guests. In a resort town known for its outdoor adventures and gorgeous scenery, experiencing the Engadine from the waters of St. Moritz Lake shows off the Swiss Alps from a fresh perspective.

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Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is a celebration of style, sports, cuisine and fashion, with discreet service and traditional elegance evoking an atmosphere of pampered luxury for all. An ideal destination in both winter and summer, the hotel is located in one of the most challenging ski areas in the world and offers a host of summer alpine activities. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has 159 guestrooms, including 38 suites and junior suites, is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Swiss Historic Hotels. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel opens its doors to guests this summer from 25th June 2010 to 11th September 2010.

Willow Club Offers Revolutionary Private Membership Club in NYC

Revolutionary private membership club debuts in new york city

Willow Club, a first-of-its-kind revolutionary New York City private membership club, today announced its official launch.  Combining the ultimate in benefits and privileges with upscale lifestyle hotels in the city’s best locations, Willow Club allows members to experience the best of New York City – and the world – with exclusive insider access and ease.

Willow Club is unique in that it offers members entrée to events and lifestyle experiences typically inaccessible or cost prohibitive. Examples of club benefits include: season tickets to all major New York sports teams, including the club’s luxury suites at select venues; use of the club’s private yacht; the club’s tickets to premier Broadway shows and performing arts; insider access to New York Fashion Week; use of  limited-edition, luxury and high-performance cars;  complimentary entry into New York City’s most celebrated and internationally-noteworthy cultural attractions and museums; member golf and tennis; and insider shopping and fashion experiences with personal stylists.  Members have the very best New York has to offer, all in one place, and all included within the price of membership.

“In creating Willow Club, we drew upon our extensive understanding of travelers who visit New York City to secure and acquire an incredible and unparalleled selection of benefits for our members – including great hotels – the outcome was the creation of a private club product never seen before,” said Willow Club President John Yoon.  “Every benefit was selected to provide members with the ability to enjoy some of the most sought after city experiences, with the flexibility to enjoy the world."  

Willow Club is a points-based membership whereby members redeem points to reserve club benefits and amenities, which include hotel and international exchange benefits at an unprecedented value. 

“Willow Club is a completely new product resonating with sophisticated consumers who understand both luxury and value. The club already has generated a tremendous number of membership inquiries and pre-sale reservations,” said Jay DiGiulio, Managing Director of Membership Sales.  “Willow Club offers premiere access to the finest New York experiences through a single membership – truly an “Urban Country Club” in the world’s greatest city.”

Members can choose from lifestyle hotels in premiere locations throughout New York City, as well as hotel and resort stays internationally, with no additional room night charges.  Willow Club’s New York City hotel properties currently include The Mansfield on 44th Street and The Shoreham on 55th Street, both located just off Fifth Avenue, and The Franklin, on the Upper East Side at 87th Street and Lexington Avenue. Willow Club members also become preferred members in an international travel exchange program, allowing use of Willow Club points to stay at more than 2,500 properties in 75 countries.

Willow Club memberships and membership preview packages are currently being offered on an introductory basis.  For more information call (877) 330-9650, visit willowclub.com on the Web, or visit the club’s interactive and technologically-advanced membership gallery at 33 West 55th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York City.

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