The Walking Vine, and Winter in Venice in Vegas

This lovely photo by TasteTV of “DiVine the Living Vine” (actually a ballet dance on stilts) was taken at a luncheon to celebrate the Winter in Venice culinary festival taking place in Las Vegas at the Venetian and Palazzo resorts.

The Venetian and The Palazzo® Las Vegas are home to Winter in Venice™, the third-annual celebration of the winter holiday season on the Las Vegas Strip, called “A Gift of the Venetian.” With 49 days of seasonal experiences throughout both resorts, Winter in Venice is the ultimate destination for a holiday getaway, running Nov. 18 through Jan. 5, 2014.

The schedule of Italian-inspired experiences will include a new nightly entertainment spectacle, whimsical character performances, a stunning 3D light projection show, a romantic skating rink, and an elaborate Winter in Venice fantasy scene in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens. New this year, there will also be several weekend events featuring world-class experiences for “foodies,” including the new La Cucina Italiana Food and Wine Festival (Dec. 5-8) and the Culinary Clash Weekend (Dec. 13-14). For more:

Divine the Living Vine provided by Living World Entertainment

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Duck Confit: Mundaka Carmel

Chef Brandon Miller (below) of Mundaka restaurant has taken confit to a new level with his spiced duck. The dish is marinated overnight in a variety of herbs, then slow roasted, and finally sauteed so the skin is crispy, and oven-baked to complete the preparation.

The confit is also paired with a Petite Sirah from Twisted Roots vineyards.

Named after a surf town in northern Spain, Mundaka is one of Carmel, California’s most popular restaurants, especially among chefs because of its late night hours.

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LAUREN ELAINE SWIM 2014: Official Campaign Film

TASTE AWARDS Red Carpet regular Lauren Elaine has released her new ‘grindhouse’ inspired Campaign Film for this season’s swimwear.

Take a look.



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  • Forbidden Taste Pop-up restaurant in Prague

    First Prague´s pop-up restaurant Forbidden Taste ( popped up for the first time last week. It opens every time in a different location (not known to the guests until the very evening)

    Their pop-up restaurant is called Forbidden Taste and its first pop-up was on May 30th, 2013 for only one evening.  The guests are not invited automatically; first they need to write why it´s them who should be part of the next Forbidden Taste and whom they would take along. 

    First forbidden menu: 
    • Amuse bouche: Veal tartar with zucchini salad 
    • First course: Grilled crawfish tail with pea purrée 
    • Soup: Asparagus cappuccino with confit tiger prawn and pecorino cheese 
    • Cranberry granite 
    • Sous vide pork Tenderloin with puy lentils and thyme juice 
    • Dessert (homemade by the host – Ivon): Cabernet & Camembert cake 

    + homemade bread and bread sticks baked by Ivon, the host 
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    Big in Japan: Miranda Kerr for Lipton Limone

    They say that Japan Inc. pays Western celebrities well for product endorsements, so making it big in Japan is a good way to go if you can get the work.

    Case in point, this incredibly cute ad by Miranda Kerr for Lipton Limone

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    “Destination Beirut” comes to St James’s as first pop-up restaurant

    From 1-4 May 2013, St James’s will be hosting its first pop-up restaurant experience with Mile High’s “Destination Beirut”, based in a secret location within this unique part of London’s West End. A return trip is then scheduled from 8-11 May.
    This event will take place in a hidden location on Regent Street St James’s. The intimate space will replicate interiors of a 1950s Lebanese café reminiscent of the “Paris of the Middle East”.
    Anthea Harries, Portfolio Manager for St James’s at The Crown Estate, said: “St James’s is the ultimate blend of elegant heritage and cutting edge trend. As part of our £500m investment vision for the area we’re looking to enhance the existing restaurant offer by attracting acclaimed culinary talent. Mile High is the perfect example of this, as a pop-up restaurant which seeks to combine world class food with special and unique locations, making for an unforgettable experience. We’re delighted they chose St James’s as the next destination on their tour.”
    For more information on St James’s visit:

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