FIREBIRD Restaurant & Caviar Parlor: Food Fit For a Tzar

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The Enchanting Ballroom, One Of Many Options For Dining

365 West 46th Street, Open seven days a week, from 5pm to 9pm Sunday through Tuesday, and 5pm to 11pm Wednesday through Saturday, with a pre-theatre prix-fixe menu available. Lunch is served Monday – Saturday from 11:45am–2:30pm. For more information,  call (212) 586-0244, visit their website at Website, Click Here, follow them on Twitter at @Firebirdnyc or Like FireBirdRestaurant on Facebook


FireBird, a Hell’s Kitchen mainstay, heralds a new era of Russian dining. The double-townhouse, vision of Baroness Irina von der Launitz, was conceived in opulence. Yearning for St. Petersburg, the Baroness implored her millionaire husband to recreate the magic of her homeland in a restaurant styled like a true Tzar’s manor, built around the theme of her beloved Russian Firebird ballet. From the imported furnishings to the walls of fine art and military portraits of the Baroness’ own family—and more than one baby grand piano—the manor transforms history into modern-day grandeur. Finished throughout with costumes and art from the 1910 Paris production of Firebird, it’s a resplendent celebration of culture—and cuisine—poised and polished for the next chapter.

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Our Favorite Room: The Civilized Library

It’s all led by Joe Valentine, just the Renaissance man to guide FireBird into its own rebirth. A true New Yorker, Joe’s life before food as a classically trained musician allowed him to see the world. When his family purchased FireBird, Joe returned to New York City with a vision to bring new sparkle to the family restaurant, and reawaken the classic space for a new generation of diners—while retaining the authentic beauty that made this a baroness’s dream realized. In his new role at the helm of FireBird, Joe has breathed new life into the celebrated space with vibrant new colors, patterns, upholstery, and of course, the menu.

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A Parlor Like No Other

Where else but in New York City can a few steps transport you to another world?

Sweep open the door and your eyes will go straight to the stately bar and its extraordinary array of crystalline vodka bottles—more than 200 types from around the world. You’ll then begin the tour of the manor: just as a St. Petersburg Tzar’s home would feature numerous rooms for all kinds of entertaining, each with a style all its own, FireBird, too, boasts an array of unique spaces. Head first for the opulent green-and-gold China Room, outfitted throughout with fine china and art. The Library Room lies beyond, centered around the golden apple tree of the Firebird fable, a focal point for dining in comfortable elegance.

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The Opulent Green-and-Gold China Room

Ascend to the Parlor, where you’ll find impeccably refinished period furniture, a baby grand piano, and a cocktail, champagne and caviar lounge—just the place for an after-work cocktail or a post-theater bite. The Blue Room is bedecked in original 1910 Firebird ballet costumes won at a Sotheby’s auction, while the Ballroom sparkles in mirrors, crystal chandeliers and moonlight, streaming in from the skylight above.

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The Blue Room

Hold your most exclusive private events on the manor’s third floor, where you can dine under a portrait of Baroness Ivana herself in the richly decorated Red Room, or “Jewel of Russia” room, flooded in rosy light, or host in grand proportions in the LV Room—with access to a private roof garden with glittering city views.  FireBird will work with you to commission customized menus for each event— from à la carte to Russian family-style—live music, and even a private entrance with keys for your guests.

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You’ll Dine Like Modern Royalty, When You Start With FireBird’s Caviar Tasting

There’s no more refined Russian experience than a indulging in a flight of caviar, so begin with FireBird’s caviar tasting menu, ranging from classic to high luxury, served with traditional accoutrements: red onion, egg white, egg yolk and crème fraîche on mother-of-pearl spoons, and updated with buckwheat blini. Choose from selections like the Siberian Sturgeon, dark eggs with nutty, rich and grassy notes, or the rare Grinnel, a deep aubergine-colored roe with a fresh, citrus finish. To heighten the adventure, choose a Vodka Caviar Pairing, like the red or the black tasting.

The extensive vodka selection at FireBird—from rare imports to unparalleled housemade infusions—is a backbone of the manor’s destination-worthy status. Unique selections include an array of house-infused vodkas, such as the favorite Honey-Infused Vodka, opaque and golden with a long finish reminiscent of sweet herb and spice. Or sample rare imports like the Kazakhstani “Snow Queen”, or elite, small-batch Beluga Gold from Russia—all served in eye-catching spiral-cut frozen glass flutes.


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And Now a New Chef Elevates The Kitchen To New Heights

Executive chef, Paul Joseph retained classic Russian recipes, but contemporizes them with modern riffs and quality ingredients. Never throwing the baby out with the bathwater, Chef Joseph maintains a steady hand with seasoning, presentation and a passion and care that is sure to bring Firebird to the forefront of the Manhattan dining scene, with one of the most serious kitchens in the theater district.

The modern Russian meal starts with zakuska, Russian for small plates, each an exquisite balance of lush and light. Start with Herring Under a Fur Coat, a beet-blushed tower of herring, carrots, potatoes and egg. An updated Olivier, a creation of Lucien Olivier of the 1860 French-influenced Hermitage in the center of Moscow, is a comfort-chic mélange of carrot, pickles, potato, and sausage, done decadently in mayonnaise.  Gravlax, house-cured with beets, is a striking red, and melts away under a drizzle of dill aioli.

FireBird reimagines Russian classic entrees like a Faberge-like rendition of Chicken Kiev, plated in a modern fashion and brought alive with ultra-tart cranberries and filled with butter, herbs and arugula purée, on a bed of kasha. Ours was part of an extensive tasting menu and was cleverly split in two, the shells brimming with glorious spring vegetables, displaying chef Joseph’s respect for lovers of the earth.

We also adored  Wild Black Bass, sided by  plump Marinated Prawns, Grilled Asparagus and a silky Parsnip Puree, sitting in a puddle of Roasted Pepper Sorrel Coulis. A new dish, Fennel Pollen Dusted Muscovy Duck Breast, in a Mashkitchiri, Honey Vodka Fondue was tender, moist and medium rare. The unctuous sauce was an incorporation of the house’s acclaimed Honey Vodka, a marriage made in Moscow.

Another heirloom recipe, the puff-pastry Salmon Kulebiaka, arrives as a luscious filet, baked with egg, sorrel spinach sauce and topped with a brilliantly flavorful citrus-fennel slaw.Our final entree was Armenian Lamb Rack & Filet Duo with a Potato Lardon Cake, Caramelized Root Vegetables and an intense Marchand de Vin Sauce. Perfectly grilled, no seasoning was required.

Naturally, the manor boasts an extensive wine cellar, with more than 200 bottles to choose from in the red cellar and over 100 whites. Wine selections draw from around the world, featuring both old and new world selections by the bottle and the glass. While big spenders can order the last bottle of a vintage Dom Per for about $1,200 bucks, value seekers will rejoice in the discovery of some pleasant Spanish bottles under $40 and the terrific presentation beer in grand chilled glasses.

Finish with a classic dessert performance: Bananas Foster bring a tableside show to the end of the night, flambéed to rich, caramel sweetness and served over ice cream. Or try FireBird’s reinvention of a favorite Russian candy, the Ptichva Moloko, or Bird’s Milk: think mallomars, served atop delicate almond cake.

Whatever you do, don’t miss a tall glass of piping hot Russian tea, accompanied by a pot of thick cherry jam.

Besides nightly dining and exclusive event rooms, Firebird will soon offer brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays, afternoon High Tea service, and guided weekend caviar tastings.

For an of evening class, civility, superb service and food worthy of the occasion, not to mention the delightful woman who greets you at the entrance and the hands-on management, Firebird is the Theater District’s Stravinsky of luxury dining.

 

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FIORINI RESTAURANT OFFERS NEAPOLITAN FESTIVAL

FIORINI RESTAURANT

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209 East 56th Street New York, NY 10022T: 212.308.0830F: 212.308.9399

www.fiorinirestaurantnyc.com

On Monday, April 16, Fiorini, the regional Italian midtown restaurant (209 East 56th Street — between 2nd & 3rd Avenues) owned by acclaimed restaurateur/chef Lello Arpaia, will launch a month-long Neapolitan Festival, the first in an ongoing Regional Italian Culinary Series. Lello, a native of Naples, will offer a unique 4-Course $55 Neapolitan prix fixe menu (also available a la carte) during dinner hours (5:00PM – 10:00 PM), Monday-Saturday (closed on Sunday). This authentic Neapolitan Menu is also available with paired Neapolitan wines for $75.
For reservations, call Fiorini at 212-308-0830 OR e-mail the restaurant at fiorinirestaurant@gmail.com.

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NEAPOLITAN PRIX FIX MENU

$55 or $75 (with paired wines)

Appetizer (choice of)

Fritto Misto with Zucchini

Or

Polipetto Affogato

Pasta (choice of)

Scialatilli Amalfitani with Eggplant

Or

Linguine alla Vongole with Zucchini

Fish / Meat (choice of)

Scallopine alla Pizzaiola

Pollo Scarpariello

Branzino Acqua Pazza

Dessert

Baba o Rum

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Girasole Vineyards: Made with organically grown grapes & Vegan friendly.

Girasole Vineyards releases 2010 wines in a bright new package. Organically produced, here is great value for under $20.

The chardonnay displayed surprising balance, good acidity and subtle fruit. Unexpectedly full-bodied for a chard, it was a charmer.


2010 Chardonnay2010 Girasole Vineyards Chardonnay

New Release!

Light straw in color with alluring aromas of lemon-lime, kiwi and Granny Smith apples. A creamy entry fills the mouth with vanilla custard and shortbread cookies, which are framed beautifully by just a slight kiss of toasty French oak.  This clean, fruit driven wine is sure to please even the most discriminating palates.  Serve slightly chilled with seafood, creamy pastas and poultry dishes. SRP: $13.

Made with organically grown grapes & Vegan friendly.

Wine Specs

Vintage2010

AppellationMendocino

Vineyard DesignationEstate grown/CCOF certified organic

Acid.56

PH3.53

FermentationStainless w/ minimal oak influence

Bottling Date11/11

Alcohol %13.5

Wine Profile

Production Notes100% Chardonnay

Food Pairing NotesThis lightly oaked wine is perfect with egg dishes, also with seafood, creamy pastas and poultry. Pair it with your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, and be sure to try it with a spinach dish.

Production2,000 cases


2010 Girasole Vineyards Pinot Noir2010 Girasole Vineyards Pinot Noir

2010 Pinot Noir
Their newest release in redesigned packaging! This 2010 Pinot Noir offers wonderful aromas of strawberry, cherry and clove give way to sweet red cherries on the palate.

This 2010 Girasole Pinot Noir exhibits hues of red roses and ruby jewel tones. Wonderful aromas of strawberry, cherry and clove give way to sweet red cherries on the palate. A touch of new French oak lends texture and helps frame the wonderful sweet red fruit that radiates from this wine, and that classic Mendocino mineral backbone carries it to a long and lingering finish. This wine will pair wonderfully with braised duck breast with a cranberry reduction, or plank grilled salmon with garlic mash potatoes. Of course, pulling a cork and having a glass or two on the porch would work too!  SRP: $16.
Made with organically grown grapes & Vegan friendly.

Wine Specs

Vintage2010

VarietalPinot Noir

AppellationMendocino

Vineyard DesignationEstate grown/CCOF certified organic

Acid.56

PH3.75

Alcohol %13.5

Wine Profile

Food Pairing NotesThis fruit-forward wine pairs well with lean beef, lamb and pork dishes, especially grilled or roasted, and is a natural with ahi tuna. Try it with grilled mushrooms, too.

 

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Restaurant Loi Transportes The Sunny Cuisine of The Aegean to The Upper West Side In Style

Restaurant Loi

208 West 70th Street

212-­‐875-­‐8600,

www.restaurantloi.com

Chef Loi’s Blog

October 2011 opening,

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The scent of Spanakopita straight from the oven, freshly wrapped grape leaves and the sweet aroma of Baklava wafts its way onto West 70th Street, as one of Greece’s top chefs, Maria Loi, works her magic in the kitchen at her new restaurant . . . Loi.

Formally Compass, the well reviewed venue with a bevy of revolving chefs and menus, Loi has garnered attention from some of the city’s most well respected foodies and critics alike.Chef Loi aims to offer guests a blend of her warm personal charm combined with her modern approach to authentic Greek cuisine in a casually elegant setting starting with a trendy bar with twinkling votive candles, followed by two glass-enclosed private rooms, leading to the square bi-level main dining room,with its comfortable seating and earthy beige color scheme. The space has subtle lighting and is sectioned with high pillars of beige and purple. Terracotta floors, striped fabric armchairs and walls hung with pictures of sea-scenes complete the picture. Maître d’ John  oversees the operation with obvious professionalism.

At a chef owned and run restaurant (well co-owned in this case with managing partner Don Evans),food is an extension of the cook’s persona, and should be the focus. And so it clearly is at Loi. While perusing the menu, you are served gratis stuffed grape leaves with a zesty yogurt sauce and assorted bread to dip in fragrant olive oil. The breads are addictive (especially the homemade flat bread and a thick, grainy wedge with a hint of sweetness). The Dolmades (grape leaves) are the best we have ever tasted . . . and that includes experiencing them in numerous trips to Greece.

Other small plates that deserve signature acclaim, include Maria’s ahini sea urchin appetizer. Beautifully presented on a series of large porcelain spoon, in a heady lemon-oil sauce, they are divine. More earthy and described as baked meat “patties,”  keftedaika meatballs,In Caramelized Tomato Sauce With Feta Mousse Sauce were honest and delicious.

In the entrée department chef Loi’s “traditional” moussaka, delicately prepared with Eggplant, With Minced Meat, Topped With Bechamel Sauce, and Slow Cooked is a must. It was light and very much like the contemporary Greek food one would have experienced at  trendy, restaurants in Athens.Indeed, much of the food is updated to today’s taste, and  fortunately, flavor is never sacrificed. We also enjoyed Braised Lamb Shank With Anthotiro & Kalabokisio (Corn Puree), which tasted rather like a refined version of grits. Roasted, marinated beets were very good and although we didn’t get a chance to sample the Fresh Fish, Baked in Sea Salt “For Two” Accompanied With Charred Grilled Seasonal Vegetables, the people at the next table ordered it and  appeared delighted.

The formidable wine list of Compass has been replaced with a shorter, mostly Greek version offering well priced bottles, many in the $40 to $60 range. Our waiter suggested a chardonnay from chef Loi’s personal selection: a 2009 Karapidis, from organic grapes and aged 6 months in oak ($75). It was delicate, with subtle fruit and great balance. Probably the best buy on the list. Brothers Lazaros and Pantelis Karipidis began their wine venture as a hobby in 1985. Their decidedly cosmopolitan wines and upmarket image have made them leaders in the industry.

Don’t miss the desserts. Besides the obligatory Baklava, go for the unusual Ekmck KatJifi. Ek-mek Ka-tai-Ifi: Shredded Phyllo Soaked in Honey Topped with Custard, Toasted Nuts and Light Crème. Reminiscent of a Greek tiramisu, we loved it..Finish with wonderful Greek coffee and an ouzo and you have the ideal dinner.

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The Giveaway Stuffed Grape Leaves (Above) Set The Stage

 

Other Appetizer Teasers (Below)

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Until recently, Maria hosted her very own cooking show, which ran for years, on Greece’s most successful morning program, and the country’s leading TV network, Mega Channel. She is also the author of several cookbooks, including the highly coveted “Ancient Dining,” the official cookbook of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She visits each table, during the evening and stopped at ours briefly.

Small wonder Loi has quickly become a neighborhood favorite and is a destination worth seeking, out, for those seeking elevated, Greek cuisine with a personal touch. Our visit preceded Easter and there was a lamb on a spit, cooking in front of the restaurant. It was a Saturday evening and business was booming. The fragrant lamb must have been a metaphor for the sweet smell of success.

Interestingly, of all Manhattan’s luxury Greek restaurants, Loi offers attractive value. There is even a pre fixe dinner (5 to 6:30 PM) for $40. Reserve well in advance. It’s standing room only.

 

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5 Tips for Booking a Private Jet Flight for Your European Vacation

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              Private travel expert outlines important differences from commercial travel

Where will your vacation take you this summer? London? Paris?The French Riviera? If you want to fly by private jet, it’s not too early to start planning. Booking a private jet flight to Europe requires very special expertise. There are dozens of fees, permits and other considerations that you or your travel consultant need to know about to ensure a successful trip.

The XOJET Blog spoke with Clayton Smith, senior charter sales representative, to compile a list of five tips to ensure a smooth flight experience and a great vacation.

1.      Plan in advance. The more advance planning you do, the more choices you’ll have. “For example, if you plan 6 months out, you could have twice the aircraft options available to you,” says Clayton. “A good rule of thumb is that the longer the flight, the further out you should plan.” Foreign-flagged aircraft typically need several permits to enter other countries, which can take time to obtain, especially if you’re travelling to multiple destinations. Try to book at least eight to 12 weeks in advance.

2.      Be flexible. “Flying privately to Europe is quite different from flying on a commercial airline,” explains Clayton. “Some airports have customs offices, some don’t. We have to take this into account when we plan, especially with customers who want non-stop travel.” The more specific you are about your trip, the fewer cost-saving options will be available to you. However, if you can also be flexible on things like jet type, aircraft year of manufacture, date and time of travel, and airport, we can find the best price and options available. For example, flying into a general aviation airport like Paris’s Le Bourget could be much less expensive than flying into Charles DeGaulle.

3.      Tell us everything. When you call to book your flight, we’ll start by asking you not only for the dates and times of your trip but also your requirements and preferences. The more you let us know up front, the more options we can deliver. When we have complete information such as the size of your party (including pets!), aircraft preferences (if any), if you are willing to consider options that require a fuel stop, dietary restrictions and the like, we can deliver options to meet your exact needs—and a customized flight experience in the air. Again, being flexible your requirements can dramatically impact the options and prices available.

4.      Remember Customs. You’re no doubt aware that when you travel internationally, you’ll need to go through Customs when returning home. But where you clear customs depends on whether you are on the aircraft operator’s Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) program. Getting you an operator’s BOE could take as long as two to three weeks, and you’ll need to provide passport information for every passenger—so allow enough time. “The BOE is particularly important for non-stop flights,” adds Clayton. “Check to see if your provider offers a BOE program. Otherwise you’ll have to stop to clear customs at the first point of entry into a country, possibly delaying your return home.”

On a related note, if a minor child is traveling with just one parent, the other parent will need to provide a notarized letter authorizing the child to leave the country. This can be important if your spouse and kids are planning to join you in, say, Paris, after you finish your business trip.

5.      Pick the right aircraft for your flight. If you want to fly non-stop, consider a large-cabin heavy jet. For flights from the East Coast, the Gulfstream G-IV series is the smallest heavy jet that flies nonstop to and from Europe in either direction; other options include the Bombardier Challenger 600 series or the Dassault Falcon 2000 series. All of these jets can typically fly from the northeast United States to most destinations in Western Europe nonstop. However, for the return flight to the United States, these aircraft will likely require a fuel stop.

For flights from the West Coast, you’ll need to upgrade to ultra-long-range aircraft like the Gulfstream V or G550, the Falcon 7X or the Bombardier Global Express/5000. Super-mid-size jets like the XOJET Citation X and XOJET Challenger 300 will need to make a fuel stop (usually in Iceland, Canada or Maine) when flying to and from Europe. Watch this blog for an upcoming in-depth comparison of these aircraft.

At XOJET, we can arrange any of these aircraft for you through our own fleet and through the XOJET Preferred Partner Network, a carefully vetted list of the best operators.

Bottom line: it’s the little details that can affect your flight experience. Work with a private aviation consultant who has booked international travel before and can handle all the details. Make sure your consultant has the trip management capabilities to handle a European trip and can give you an all-inclusive price, including fuel (measured by the liter, fuel is much more expensive in Europe).

The XOJET team has extensive experience arranging for private jet trips to Europe and the rest of the world. They know what airports have the tougher permits and the most traffic, and which have customs offices. They also know the airports that charge less for fuel and landing fees. For example, flying into London Luton can possibly save you thousands in fuel costs, permits, and landing fees over flying into a high-volume airport like Heathrow or one that requires special permits, like London City.

A good aviation consultant will give you those options, make suggestions, and handle all of the details for you. Bon voyage!

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Merlot di San Leonardo, Demonstrates Italy’s Excellence With This Grape

Merlot di San Leonardo

Merlot di San Leonardo
Wine: Merlot di San Leonardo

Region: Trentino

Oenologist: Carlo Ferrini

Grapes: 100% Merlot

Vineyards location: Adige valley

Extension: 20 ha

Orientation: south

Altitude: 750 ft

Vine training: Guyot and Pergola

Soil: well-drained gravel and soil

Total production (btls): 45,000

Vinification: Grapes are destemmed and soft-crushed, with minimal use of sulphur dioxide. The juice ferments and macerates on the skins for a long period of time, during which the cap is punched down daily. The must is cold-clarified by allowing the lees to settle.

Ageing: For 18 months in 60-hectolitre Slavonian oak barriques. In the bottle for at least four months before release onto the market.

This wine has a  brilliant ruby red, with attractive depth and decent length. The aromas are alcohol and fruit-rich when the wine is young, later mellowing with bottle age into ripe plum fruit layered over a faintly grassy background note. Dry, soft and well-balanced on the palate, it reveals a pleasing bitterish twist in the finish. Good aromatic length. A classic food wine with rice and pasta in tomato or meat sauces such as lasagna, and meat or cheese filled pasta, as well as grilled and stewed meats, poultry, white meats and soft cheeses.

LOVELY IN EVERY WAY!

WINE ON LINE RATING: A MINOR

 

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THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS

Here’s a bundle of exclusive luxury with links included

Hotel Les Mars – Healdsburg, California, USA

Hotel Les Mars Evokes Romantic French Charm in Sonoma Wine Country, California

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Hotel Les Mars is the finest destination for travelers who want to experience California wine country in lavish comfort. Resting among the hills of the Russian River Valley in Northern California, Hotel Les Mars evokes the charm of a romantic French maison retreat. The hotel, which is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux that recognizes some of the world’s best hotels, boasts superior European-style service for both corporate and personal getaways. Opened by the Mars family in 2005, Hotel Les Mars provides elegant spa services from world-famous spa company Francis & Alexander, even in the comfort and privacy of each of its 16 elegantly decorated rooms. For more information on Hotel Les Mars, please visit www.hotellesmars.com.

27 North Street

Healdsburg, California, 95448

Tel: (707) 433 4211

www.hotellesmars.com

Rock Creek Cattle Company – Deer Lodge, Montana, USA

Montana’s Rock Creek Cattle Company is Your Gateway to the American Great Outdoors

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Rock Creek Cattle Company in Deer Lodge, Montana is nestled on 30,000 acres of diverse and gorgeous countryside including Rock Creek, an alpine lake, lush forests, rolling hills, an 18-hole golf course designed by golf course architect Tom Doak and 18 miles of rivers and streams. Ideally situated, Rock Creek Cattle Company features 22 luxurious accommodations from 12 one-bedroom cottages, five three-bedroom cabins, four four-bedroom cabins and one five-bedroom home. In addition, Rock Creek Cattle Company offers its members and guests state-of-the-art facilities including a restaurant with an outdoor terrace on the banks of Rock Creek, a private dining room, two bars, a library, an outdoor pool, hot tub, kids pool, fire pit and game barn, fitness center and massage rooms. Rock Creek Cattle Company provides members and guests an array of exciting activities including Golfing, Fly-Fishing, ATV Excursions, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, and Hunting. Rock Creek Cattle Company’s fabulous food, wine, accommodations, facilities, activities and service makes the private club the perfect destination for family vacations, weekend getaways and more. To learn more about Rock Creek Cattle Company, please visit www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com.

105 Pauly Drive

Deer Lodge, MT 59722-9634
Tel: (406) 846-3474

www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com

 

Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort – Barra de Sao Miguel, Alagoas, Brazil

Private Luxury in a Tranquil Paradise at Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort in Brazil

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Resting 20 miles from the charming city of Maceio on the eastern coast of Brazil, Kenoa Beach Spa and Resort is a private sanctuary of tranquility and balance where each guest’s experience is carefully handled to expand their journey and ensure their privacy. Kenoa Resort rests along miles of virgin Atlantic outback and the enchanting turquoise sea, a relaxing and wondrous escape where luxury is defined by its earth-given beauty. Kenoa Resort is a first wave eco-chic resort comprised of luxury suites and bungalows with private pools, and the Kaamo restaurant, under the supervision of the renowned Brazilian chef César Santos, provides excellent dining for discerning guests. Expert service executed by impeccably trained attendants who deftly capture guests’ preferences and whims is one of the many ways the Kenoa Resort delivers a world-class hideaway experience for the traveler who wants only the absolute best. For more information please visit www.kenoaresort.com.

Barra Mar Rua Escritor Jorge de Lima nº, 58

Barra de São Miguel

AL, 57180-000, Brazil
(800) 337-4685

www.kenoaresort.com

 

Hotel Christopher – St. Barth, F. W. I.

Experience the Caribbean’s Intimate Side at Hotel Christopher St. Barth

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One of the best locations in St. Barth, the recently renovated Hotel Christopher offers luxurious soon to be five-star accommodations and amenities and houses two remodeled restaurants, newly redesigned spacious rooms and the largest pool on the island overlooking the Caribbean Sea. A favorite destination for jet setters from America and Europe, Hotel Christopher is located at the secluded Pointe Milou on St. Barth–only a 10-minute flight from St. Maarten. The hotel features 42 rooms and suites comprised of Ocean Poolside, Ocean Garden, Ocean Classic and Ocean Deluxe rooms as well as the Ocean Junior Suite, Ocean Balcony Junior Suite, Ocean one-bedroom Suite and Aloes Suite. The hotel’s two restaurants, Taino and Mango, provide guests with perfect menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spa treatments, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, surfing and boat rentals are all available through Hotel Christopher’s concierge. For more information on the wonderful opportunities awaiting guests at Hotel Christopher, please visit www.hotelchristopher.com.

Pointe Milou

97133 St. Barthélemy

Tel: (590) 590 27 63 63

www.hotelchristopher.com

 

Montpelier Plantation – Nevis, West Indies, Caribbean

Montpelier Plantation: A Sanctuary of Beauty Far from the Stresses of Modern Life

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Set in a 60-acre estate 750 feet up in the hills of Nevis in the Caribbean, the Relais and Châteaux and AAA Four Diamond Montpelier Plantation offers sea-views from each of its 19 simple yet beautiful and elegant rooms where guests will find a perfect balance between historic plantation style and modern amenities. A private beach, mosaic swimming pool, tennis court, extensive wine cellar, and personable and discreet hotel service along with delightful dining are some of the many opportunities made available while staying at Montpelier Plantation. Open and airy, the hotel invites its visitors to effortlessly experience the beauty of both the nature of Nevis and the Plantation itself. Whether they want to relax and unwind with spa treatments or hike through the rainforest, Montpelier Plantation transports its guests to a place of utter tranquility. For more information on Montpelier Plantation, please visit www.montpeliernevis.com.

PO Box 474

Nevis, West Indies

Tel: (869) 469-3462

www.montpeliernevis.com

Domaine de la Bretesche – Brittany, France

Allow Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France to Transport You into Old-World Tranquility

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The Relais and Châteaux Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France transports guests into an elegant and distinguished suspension of old-world tranquility. Comfort combines with both traditional and contemporary styles in 32 luxurious rooms comprising the hotel that sits mere steps from La Baule. Adorned in fabulous fabrics and custom color schemes, each room is a serene spot for repose and relaxation. The warm, natural setting helps guests relax in the hotel’s spa, Cour Carré, offering a wonderful range of treatments imbued with authenticity and ceremony that all guests will appreciate. Domaine de la Bretesche offers its guests the fine cuisine of Le Montaigu, where Chef Ludovic Le Forestier creates gourmet surprises for even the most difficult of palates. Sheltered by an ancient forest, the 18-hole Bretesche golf course is among the most beautiful of France, The course is majestically overlooked by the castle towers and ramparts and bordered by the most beautiful varieties of trees. A compact 9-hole course, designed similarly to the 18-hole course, welcomes amateurs and pros alike to practice at peace. For more information of Domaine de la Bretesche and to book a stay, please visit www.bretesche.fr.

Missillac 44 780

Missillac, France
Tel: +02 51 76 86 96

www.bretesche.fr

 

Hotel Bel Ami – Paris, France

Hip Luxury in the Heart of Paris at the Hotel Bel Ami

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Located right along the main boulevard in the Southern Half of Paris, Hotel Bel Ami combines a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with a contemporary address. Only steps away from the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots in the very heart of Paris’ St Germain des Prés district, Hotel Bel Ami renew the Avant Garde spirit of Parisian travel accommodations. The spacious, contemporary, trendy and relaxing atmosphere of the area is duplicated at Hotel Bel Ami—its pragmatic luxury, as well as its friendly and peaceful climate, makes it one of the most wonderful places to stay in Paris. The Bel-Ami Hotel’s 111 rooms, including two junior suites and four regular suites, give priority to a spirit of laid back but chic comfort. Guests can also enjoy fantastic food from Bel Ami Café, receive body and skin care for him and her at the Wellness Center by Payot, and socialize at Bel-Ami Bar’s intimate lounge and its warm tonalities. For more information on the hip Hotel Bel Ami, please visit www.hotel-bel-ami.com.

7-11 Rue St Benoît – 75006 Paris
Tel: +33 1 42 61 87 13

www.hotel-bel-ami.com

 

Hotel Edouard 7 – Paris, France

Revel in Classic Parisian Ambiance at Hotel Edouard 7

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Hotel Edouard 7 is a premier couture hotel located in the heart of Paris in the central 2nd Arrondissement. Comprised of 70 rooms and suites throughout seven floors, Hotel Edouard 7’s lavish furnishing and luxe designs recall a traditional Paris in a modern era with contemporary amenities. Each room is entirely unique, elegant and intimate with custom carpets and lights, in addition to fantastic fabric and designs. Each of the Hotel’s suites were recently renovated, and all overlook the Opéra. Hotel Edouard 7 is the perfect luxury hotel, located within walking distance from many of Paris’s main attractions, including superb shopping, world-famous museums, world’s-best restaurants, renowned cabarets, and exquisite galleries housing extraordinary works of art. Guests at Hotel Edouard 7 can relax in a refined and elegant ambiance at Bar l’E7, or enjoy the talent of the French gastronomy scene with a menu changing throughout each season. Its excellent concierge is prepared to arrange any adventure for guests and answer to any requests they may have. For more information on Hotel Edouard 7, please visit www.edouard7hotel.com.

39, Av de l’Opéra – 75002 PARIS

Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 61 56 90

www.edouard7hotel.com

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa – Tuscany, Italy

Incredible Design Meets Luxury Sport at the Argentario Golf Resort & Spa

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A chic luxury resort with a golf course and wellness center located in the heart of Tuscany, Argentario Golf Resort and Spa lies in a protected Mediterranean oasis that offers a unique panorama of extraordinary Italian beauty. The impressive design of Argentario extends to every area of its facilities, including its 73 suites and world-class spa, Espace, as well as its meticulously planned golf course. Each suite at Argentario features a terrace with views of the golf course or Monte Argentario. With 18 championship holes and a driving range, the Argentario Golf Club occupies 190 acres and earned an environmental certification from BioAgriCert, the international certification body of organic productions based in Italy. The course offers a Club House and the Buvette pro shop, as well as the Blue Team Golf Academy, a prestigious golf school. The Dama Dama Restaurant at Argentario Resort offers Tuscan and Italian cuisine, with particular attention paid to the culinary traditions of the Maremma region that Argentario calls home. Argentario Resort’s beautiful aesthetic is illustrated on its panoramic terrace, in and around its spectacular swimming pool with solarium, and its three exquisite tennis courts. For more information on the Argentario Golf Resort and Spa in Tuscany and to book your trip, please visit www.argentariogolfresortspa.it.

Via Acquedotto Leopoldino – 58018 Porto Ercole (GR) Italy
Tel: +39 0564 810292

www.argentariogolfresortspa.it

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate – Featherston, New Zealand

Indulge in Spectacular Outdoor Opportunities at Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate in New Zealand

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On a 5,500 acre haven located just a 40-minute drive from Martinsborough at the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island along Palliser Bay, Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate makes any outdoor activity dream a reality. Wharekauhau boasts 15 comfortable, spacious and luxurious cottages and two additional guest homes, all with access to exclusive activities including hiking and mountain biking, a Wharekauhau sheep farm tour, a tour of the region’s wild coastal environment, the Cape Palliser Seal Colony and Lighthouse tour, as well as wine tours, jet boating, horseback riding, ATV adventure tours, clay target shooting, archery, and a luxury golf tour. Other activities include swimming with dolphins, whale watching, and walking tours of the immense estate with completely customizable routes for difficulty and timing. Wharekauhau was rewarded for Best Ambience and Design by Condé Nast Traveller magazine in 2011, and received the award for Best in the World from Condé Nast readers in 2008. For more information on Wharekauhau, room rates and availability, please visit www.wharekauhau.co.nz.

Western Lake Road

Featherston 5773, New Zealand
Tel: + (06) 307 7581

www.wharekauhau.co.nz

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VENUS IN FUR ANNOUNCES HOT NIGHTS ON BROADWAY PACKAGE

SELECTED WEDNESDAY EVENINGS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

AT LYCEUM THEATRE (149 WEST 45TH STREET)

SPECIAL $99 VALUE PACKAGE INCLUDES TICKET TO ACCLAIMED HIT PLAY,

POST-SHOW CREATIVE CONVERSATION WITH RELATIONSHIP EXPERTS,

& POST-EVENT DRINKS AT NIOS RESTAURANT (146 WEST 46TH STREET)

VISIT WWW.BROADWAYOFFERS.COM OR CALL 212-974-8844

AND USE CODE “TALKFUR”


Hugh Dancy and Nina Arianda

Photo by Jason Bell

    VENUS IN FUR, the acclaimed new play now at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), announces HOT NIGHTS ON BROADWAY a special $99 value package that includes a ticket to the hit play, a post-show creative conversation featuring some of the country’s leading relationship experts speaking with members of the VENUS IN FUR creative team, and two complimentary post-event drinks at Nios Restaurant (146 West 46th Street).

    HOT NIGHTS ON BROADWAY will be held on selected Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday, April 25 and each creative conversation will be moderated by publisher, producer, and talk show host Judith Regan (“The Judith Regan Show” on Sirius/XM’s Stars channel).

    The HOT NIGHTS ON BROADWAY package can be purchased at www.BroadwayOffers.com or by calling 212-974-8844 and using code “TALKFUR.” The offer is valid for select Orchestra and Front Mezzanine seats during the evening performances of April 25, May 2, and May 9 only. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be modified or revoked at any time without notice.

    Below is the schedule of experts and creative team members currently scheduled to appear:

     

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