Untitled Document Home
Chef & Hotel Profile
Publisher's Page
Gift Guide
Travel Adventures
Epicurean Events
Health Minded
Spa Baby Secrets
Book Bites
Culinary Coup
Sense of Style
Kids Kaleidoscope
Tinsletown Tidbits
Radio Show & Links
Contact Us

WHEELS . . .


The Jaguar XE has been revealed to the world during a star-studded event held at Earls Court, London.

A true driver's car, the rear-drive Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the sports saloon thanks to its advanced lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior, and outstanding ride and handling. The XE goes on sale in 2015, with the high-performance S model at the top of the range.

The XE S rewards drivers with the responsiveness and refinement of its supercharged 3.0-litre V6. Generating 340PS and 450Nm of torque, this high-revving engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls, giving the driver immediate access to the vehicle's incredible reserves of power. Accelerating to 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds, the XE S has an electronically-limited maximum speed of 155mph.

Further Information and a series of web videos can be downloaded or embedded from this link:  http://www.digitalnewsagency.com/stories/8635-jaguar-takes-over-london-to-launch-the-new-xe-to-the-world


TW Steel Unveils Brand New Yamaha Factory Racing Line-Up

Fan Friendly Value Range Offers Six New Models ‘By TW Steel’


TWS-yamaha movistar -collage-9214 photo TWS-YAMAHA-COLLAGE-WEB_zps9572d45a.jpg 

Just as Movistar Yamaha MotoGP™ continues to perform on-track this season courtesy of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, the team’s partnership with TW Steel keeps pace with the global lifestyle brand choosing last weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Round 12 of the 2014 MotoGP™ Championship, to unveil its latest timepieces in honour of the partnership.

Celebrating the shared synergies of passion, power and performance, TW Steel has produced a dynamic new six-piece watch collection to showcase the Yamaha Factory Racing brand.  Naturally sporty in their appearance, the new designs, available in 40mm and 45mm sizes, are priced to appeal to fans of the team retailing for only $99.  Offering features usually reserved for more expensive timepieces, the ‘By TW Steel’ moniker on each watch is representative of the DNA of these exciting and unquestionably affordable models.

With each design founded around a genuine carbon case, the new watches incorporate an appealing carbon fibre design dial featuring the Yamaha Factory Racing logo.  A steel case back also features the brand logo while a gun plated, steel crown further enhances the more expensive look and feel of each model, as does the use of reinforced mineral crystal.  Each piece houses a Miyota 2115 3-hand movement with the dial encompassing a 24-hour indicator and date display.

Highlights of the new Yamaha Factory Racing Collection ‘By TW Steel’ are the colour presentations of the silicon straps, which include editions featuring Yamaha blue, retro yellow, black, grey, green and white all with a steel gun plated clasp.  Finally, each model is 10 ATM water resistant.

TWS-Yamaha-SOLDIER-9214 photo TWS-YAMAHA-SOLDIER-9214_zpsd0f0f217.jpg 


“We really wanted to embrace a collection that would reflect Yamaha Factory Racing’s heritage and also be widely obtainable by the brand’s phenomenal global fan base,” commented TW Steel co-owner and CEO, Jordy Cobelens.  “With that in mind we created the ‘Yamaha Factory Racing - By TW Steel’ range in order to produce a value-focused timepiece but one, like our main TW Steel offerings, which also packs in items befitting more expensive watches. 

“Offering features like a genuine carbon case and reinforced mineral crystal ensures consumers are getting an outstanding watch to show their support for Yamaha Factory Racing, but at an easily affordable price point.  As with all our models, the designs are bold, appealing and in this case, all attractive to fans who want to show their support for the team.  I’m confident these will be extremely popular thanks to our combined global reach.”

“I’m tremendously excited with the addition of these new ‘Yamaha Factory Racing - By TW Steel’ watches,” commented Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing.  “We know our fans are continually looking at ways to show their support for our team and of course the Yamaha brand. We worked together with TW Steel to develop this new collection with three very important targets.

“First, to make an attractive sports design using the colors that symbolize Yamaha Factory Racing and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team.  Secondly, to use top quality materials and provide the high performance and reliability that will be expected by Yamaha’s fans.  Finally, to provide these exceptional timepieces at a very affordable price.  TW Steel hit all of the targets and produced a great watch that I, and all members of the Yamaha Factory Racing program, will be proud to own and wear.  I am sure that these watches will be a great global success.”

The new Yamaha Factory Racing ‘By TW Steel’ Collection will be available in October.

For further details and to pre-order please log on to: www.yamahafactoryracingwatches.com

TW Steel is a private, family-owned company founded in Amsterdam in 2005 now retailing in over 100 countries and counting worldwide.  In addition to its partnership with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP™, TW Steel is also the ‘Official Timing Partner’ to the Sahara Force India Formula One™ Team and enjoys a stellar brand ambassador portfolio including Mick Doohan, Kelly Rowland, David Coulthard and Emerson Fittipaldi.

About TW Steel:

With its name meaning ‘The Watch in Steel’, TW Steel is firmly established as a big, bold, global lifestyle brand. Its timepiece collections are reflective of, and available for all tastes and occasions with innovative design and luxurious styling paired together with Swiss build quality and an exceptional price point. TW Steel offers a defined sense of individuality and shows to the world that as a bold and ambitious personality, you wear a statement watch that truly reflects who you are.  

Proudly Dutch, TW Steel is led by its entrepreneurial CEO and co-owner Jordy Cobelens – whose talents have been recognized with Ernst & Young’s ‘Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2011’ in The Netherlands.  While Jordy Cobelens oversees the building of the TW Steel brand, his father and co-owner, Ton Cobelens, serves as the Chief Design Officer.  Having launched in 2005, and now with 140 models, TW Steel has attained a global appeal while creating an internationally recognized and respected brand name offering truly affordable luxury available in over 100 countries.


About Movistar Yamaha MotoGP™:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP™ is the official designation of Yamaha Factory Racing, Yamaha’s wholly-owned full-Factory Team in MotoGP™.  The team was founded in 1999 and is now based in Gerno de Lesmo, close to Monza, in a brand new state-of-the-art facility with all technical, logistical, managerial and communications departments housed under one-roof.  Masahiko Nakajima is President of Yamaha Motor Racing with Lin Jarvis serving as Managing Director.  Since 2013 multiple MotoGP™ Champion, Italy’s Valentino Rossi, has partnered with Jorge Lorenzo, the Spanish rider a two-time MotoGP™ Champion.




 Four friends are set to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space with Land Rover’s Galactic Discovery  competition, a ground-breaking on-line search for a group of aspiring astronauts to go on the ultimate adventure. 

The incredible Virgin Galactic space flight prize was announced to audiences around the world through a film featuring a group of the world’s greatest-living adventurers and personalities, including Sir Richard Branson, Bear Grylls and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

It will be the first time that a competition has offered the chance for a group of four friends to win a trip to space.  The winners will be among the first pioneering travellers to view the earth from space and experience out-of-seat zero gravity.

The extraordinary opportunity is being offered by Land Rover and Virgin Galactic to mark the reveal of the New Discovery Sport, a compact and versatile SUV and first of a new Discovery family. The car was unveiled to the world in a film shot at Spaceport America, New Mexico, which will be the base for Virgin Galactic’s sub-orbital space flights. The film forms part of Land Rover’s biggest ever digitally-led campaign, debuting the New Discovery Sport exclusively to an online audience for the first time.   Over the next four months, the brand will harness the power of social media, PR and digital marketing across 40 countries to launch the New Discovery Sport and seek out the world’s most adventurous spirits.   The campaign will culminate with the announcement of the four winners in December 2014.

British adventurer and Land Rover ambassador, Bear Grylls, will play a hands-on role in helping the winning group prepare for their voyage beyond the final frontier.

Land Rover has assembled a group of experienced adventurers and personalities to back the Galactic Discovery mission, including legendary British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes; entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson; and former actress and wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna. Each of the stars brings their adventurous spirit, gravitas and wisdom to the launch film, which can be viewed at:www.landrover.com/gotospace

To enter the competition, aspiring astronauts from across the globe are being asked to produce a 30-second video, or a still image, that demonstrates their spirit of adventure, choose three friends to join them on their space adventure and submit it via Land Rover’s website (http://www.landrover.com/gotospace). Land Rover expects to receive tens of thousands of entries from over 40 countries across the globe.

The Galactic Discovery collaboration signals the next phase of two pioneering companies – Land Rover and Virgin Galactic – working together to push the boundaries of travel and adventure for the next generation. A global partnership between the brands was announced in New York in April this year, and when flights begin, a fleet of Land Rovers will play a key role in Virgin Galactic’s space experience, with future astronauts driving in the vehicles from the spaceport in New Mexico to the spaceship to begin their trip across the final frontier.

Land Rover and Virgin Galactic are now exploring potential collaborations, projects and the development of immersive experiences for customers. They are also actively working together on joint STEM education programmes, which encourage young people to aspire to a future in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Both brands see the huge potential to develop their partnership to inspire others and motivate more young people to pursue careers in these vitally important fields.

Land Rover Galactic Discovery has been launched in celebration of the unveiling of the New Discovery Sport, the world’s most versatile premium compact SUV, and the first member of the new Discovery family.



The first all night weekend London Underground services will run from 12 September 2015 - in time for the Rugby World Cup in England.

The Mayor and London Underground (LU) today announced that 24-hour 'Night Tube' services at weekends will begin operation from the early hours of 12 September 2015, transforming night time journeys across London for millions of people.

The announcement comes as independent research into the economic benefits of the Night Tube found that the new service will boost jobs and help maintain London's status as a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit.

The Night Tube will cut night time journeys by an average of 20 minutes, with some cut by more than an hour. It will also play a vital role in opening up London's night-time economy to a host of new opportunities, supporting around 2,000 permanent jobs and boosting the economy by £360 million, the research found.

The Mayor confirmed that Londoners and visitors to the capital will be able to take the Tube home at any hour of the night on Fridays and Saturdays, supporting London's businesses, jobs and leisure opportunities. As the most visited city in the world, London will join just a handful of other top world cities, including New York and Berlin, which also provide underground services through the night.

Demand for a 24-hour Tube service is clear - late night Tube ridership has increased at double the rate of daytime trips and night bus usage has risen by 270 per cent since 2000. In order to meet the expected demand for Night Tube services, there will be six trains per hour through central London on all Night Tube lines, including the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines. On the Northern line, there will be eight trains per hour to meet demand at busy stations between Leicester Square and Camden Town.


BY AIR . . .

With Signature Dishes, a Rejuvenated Inflight Magazine, and Lomalagi Duty Free Shopping
Los Angeles, CA (September 4, 2014) – Fiji Airways unveils the latest suite of changes to its onboard passenger experience, which includes a new Signature Dish, designed by renowned Fiji-based chef, Lance Seeto, an updated FijiTime in-flight magazine, and Lomalagi Duty Free. These enhancements were introduced aboard all Fiji Airways international flights on September 1st.

The new Lomalagi Inflight Duty Free shopping brings passengers world-class inflight retailers, from local Fijian names to well-known international brands. The inflight magazine, FijiTime, has also been redeveloped to include compelling destination stories and striking imagery to inspire all types of travelers.

Headlining these onboard experience enhancements is the Business Class Signature Dish, inspired by the tropical flavors and artisan cooking techniques of the Fiji Islands and designed by Fiji Airways Culinary Ambassador, Chef Lance Seeto. 
The meat option of the Signature Dish features a charred beef fillet with masala chai tea rub and herb buttered prawns, with a side of sweet potato duchess, Fijian organic vegetables, and tempered cardamom jus; the fish option presents seared wild fish poached in coconut herb buttered prawns, coriander, and pineapple rice pilaf, along with Fijian organic vegetables and red papaya curry sauce. There is also a vegetarian option of the Signature Dish.
Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways’ Managing Director & CEO comments, “As Fiji Airways continues to expand its fleet and network, so does our onboard experience. What sets us apart is our cabin crew, who, like the people and country we represent, is renowned for its unique and genuine Fijian hospitality. With the improvements brought onboard, we have empowered our crew members to elevate this outstanding service and deliver an experience that is fitting of a world-class boutique airline.”
Chef Lance Seeto remarks on the new menu, "The national airline of any country is the first and last point of contact for its visitors, especially here in Fiji. There's an opportunity to showcase the destination, its people, and its diverse culture through the inflight food. Fiji Airways has joined the culinary renaissance that is now underway across our resorts, hotels, and restaurants. The new Fiji Airways Business Class menu is inspired by the flavors and techniques of all the cultures that influence its food, not just the native iTaukei but Indian, Chinese and colonial British as well. Fiji's tropical island cuisine is no longer just presented on the plate but is now also in the skies.”
Along with the introduction of the Signature Dish, the new Business Class restaurant-style catering concept offers new menu and service elements, such as the Yadra Vinaka (good morning) sleeper service, an hors d’oeuvre service, and an ‘a la carte’ dining option for premium travelers. A Signature Welcome Cocktail and Mocktail, designed to reflect a Fijian sunset, have also been introduced in partnership with Fiji Rum.


Top destinations by train (in order): France, Italy, United Kingdom

Traffic between Paris and Barcelona increased by a whopping 86% due to the introduction of the new high-speed line via the TGV Train. Passengers can now transport between France and Spain, from city-center to city-center, in just over 6 hours.

With more high speed lines and tickets available at lower costs, Italy sales saw a 35% increase this year. Italian hotspots include: Rome, Milan and Venice – also known as the Golden Triangle. 

Spain and Switzerland are also among the leading European destinations, with an increase of roughly 30% in sales from the same time last year. North Americans are flocking to Zurich, Bern, Geneva, Lucerne, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Cordova

Top 5 city-center to city-center journeys this summer:

* Rome to Milan (via the high-speed Italo train)

* Rome to Venice (via the high-speed Italo train)

* Paris to London (via the high-speed Eurostar train)

* Paris to Avignon (via the high-speed TGV train )

* Paris to Amsterdam (via the high-speed Thalys train)

Rail Europe is the largest distributor of European rail products for North American travelers. A one-stop shop for rail travel planning and booking, the company offers a wide range of rail passes, premier high-speed train tickets, local and regional tickets (from over 50 European train companies), and e-ticketing options for many top destinations. Bookings can be made by visiting raileurope.com.

For more information on Rail Europe, please visit their newsroom: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7157831-rail-europe-inc-newsroom/

March 08 | April 08 | May 08 | June 08 | July 08 | August 08 | September 08 | October 08 | November 08 | December 08 | January 09 | March 09 | February 09 | April 09 | May 09 | June 09 | July 09 | August 09 | September 09 | October 09 | October 10 | November 09 | December 09 | January 10 | February 10 | March 10 | April 10 | May 10 | June 10 | July 10 | August 10 | September 10 | November 10 | December 10 | January 11 | February 11 | March 11 | April 11 | May 11 | June 11 | July 11 | August 11 | September 11 | October 11 | November 11 | December 11 | January 12 | February 12 | March 12 | March 12 | April 12 | May 12 | June 12 | July 12 | August 12 | September 12 | October 12 | November 12 | December 12 | January 13 | February 13 | March 13 | April 13 | May 13 | June 13 | July 13 | August 13 | September 13 | October 13 | October | November 13 | December 13 | January 14 | February 14 | July 14 | March 14 | April 14 | May 14 | June 14 | August 14 | September 14 | October 14 | November 14 | December 14 | January 15 | February 15 | March 15 | April 15 | May 15 | June 15 | July 15 | August 15 | September 15 | October 15 | November 15 | December 15 | January 16 | February 16 | March 16 | April 16 | May 16 | June 16 | July 16 | August 16 | September 16 | October 16 | November 16 | December 16 | January 17 | February 17 | March 17 | April 17 | May 17 | June 17 | July 17 | August 17 | September 17 | October 17 | December 17 | January 18 | September 18 | February 18 | March 18 | April 18 | May 18 | June 18 | July 18 | August 18 | October 18 | November 18 | December 18 | January 19 | February 19 | July 20 | February 19 | March 19 | March | April 19 | May 19 | June 19 | July 19 | August 19 | September 19 | October 19 | November 19 | December 19 | January 20 | February 20 | March 20 | April 20 | May 20 | June 20 | August 20 | September 20 | October 20 | November 20 | December 20 | January 21 | February 21 | March 21 | April 21 | May 21 | June 21 | July 21 | August 21 | September 21 | October 21 | November 21 | December 21 | January 22 | February 22 | March 22 | April 22 | May 22 | June 22 | July 22 | August 22 | September 22 | October 22 | November 22 | December 22 | January 23 | February 23 | March 23 | April 23 | May 23 | June 23 | July 23 | September 23 | October 23 | November 23 | December 23 | January 24 | February 24 | March 24 | April 24 | May 24 | June 24 | February 08

© 2008 Bonnie Carroll, All Rights Reserved