Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Latest Restaurant In The World Is Coming Soon

 The Latest Restaurant To Open At The Thompson Hotel Wabora  -      

Minsoo Kim proudly sets one of his sushi creations, the South Beach roll, on the table. Nestled next to a set of rice-free rolls wrapped in cucumber are two slices of bluefin tuna, the sashimi mother lode, marbled with fat like a steak. “That is the best tuna in the entire world,” Kim says of the rare, contentious delicacy. “As soon as it’s available, I get the first phone call.” Kim is a schmoozer, clearly, as well as a former minor league pitcher and the owner of Wabora, the latest addition to the Thompson Hotel’s arsenal of restaurants.

Opened earlier this month, the place is a culinary playground for Kim, who says that he could be struck with inspiration for a new sushi creation at any time. He’s been known to offer his customers samples of his decadent inventions (he’s not afraid to add cream cheese or all five of Wabora’s secret house-made sauces) before putting them on the menu. When he brought Wabora’s first incarnation to Bracebridge in 2005, the selection of rolls was around 30. Now both restaurants offer over 60.

Wabora is not just sushi. The restaurant features one of the only Robata grills in the city, stocked with bincho; the meticulously crafted and highly sought-after white charcoal from Asia burns longer and more evenly than its black counterparts. On it, such fare as duck breast ($25, served with foie gras) and whole calamari rubbed with salt ($18) sizzle away.

Decor is suitably opulent for a Thompson restaurant (limestone masonry, original artwork from Shawn Westlaken and Young-Moon Kim), and so is the wine selection: manager and sommelier C.C. Simmons spent two months at the Muskoka location coming up with a matched wine list. As for Kim, his goals are high. Not only does he aim to have the city’s best bubbly selection (nothing’s better than a beautiful champagne with a nice spicy roll, he says), but he wants to have the city’s best sushi lists, too. With competitors like Sushi Kaji and Ame, it’s a good thing he has ambition to burn.

Wabora, Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W. (at Bathurst), 416-777-9901.

Australia's largest teppanyaki table has landed-

26 Oct 2010 - Epicureans alert - Wharf Teppanyaki, a new restaurant from the creators of Kobe Jones, is adding extra flare and flavour to Sydney’s King Street Wharf.

Leading modern Japanese restaurant, Kobe Jones, has just launched Australia’s largest teppanyaki table. Comfortably seating 46, gaze at the chef’s knife in action and expert cooking skills live while your meal is being prepared. The restaurant has 12 cooking stations, and teppanyaki plates are apparently the most environmentally friendly way to cook. Head chef Nyoman Suarta has designed a sizzling menu and a range of inspiring set menus using prime Australian produce, including rock lobster, king prawns and wagyu beef, as well as à la carte options.

15/11/10Dude Ranchers Association is 85 years old next year
2 cowboys on horsebackIn 2011 the Dude Ranchers Association (DRA) will celebrate 85 years of "Horses, Hats, History, and Hospitality".

Created in 1926 the DRA, is now the governing body of the West’s Dude Ranch industry. Over 100 ranches have passed the rigorous two year inspection and approval process and are current members of the DRA.

The first official DRA meeting was held in late September 1926 and attended by many ranchers, railroad officials, and even national park officials. Initial objectives included standardising practices, and discussing transportation and proper care of guests. Over the years public vacation expectations have shifted and the DRA and its members have evolved their experiences to fit with changing times.
Cowgirl looking over plains at cattle trail and ranch in distanceNew options from multi-day children’s camps and a wide range of extreme outdoor adventures to themed adult weekends and meditative spa treatments are now offered at many ranches.

08/11/10New airport hotel for Gatwick
Gatwick Airport's new owners have signed a contract for a new 192-bedroom 3-star 'Hampton by Hilton' hotel in the North Terminal.

The hotel will be aimed at both business and leisure travellers, and will have conference & event facilities.
Subject to planning permission, the redevelopment work is expected to start in early 2011 and open its doors to passengers in time for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Emma Rees, Head of Property at Gatwick Airport said: “This new hotel development will be fantastic news for passengers who will have the choice to stay in one of the existing four star hotels in the North and South Terminals or stay in this more affordable but luxury three star hotel when it opens in 2012.

20/10/10Air New Zealand invent 'cuddle seats'
Economy SkycouchWhile some airlines have been looking at ways to make passengers less comfortable but more profitable, Air New Zealand have been moving in the opposite direction. The result, part of their Long-Haul Redesign, is the Economy Skycouch - a radical new approach to airline seating that is about to go into service

The Skycouch is a trio of three Economy seats that together create a flexible space for whatever passengers want it to be – to relax and stretch out in, or for the kids to use as a play area. "It’s like having your very own couch on the plane". The downside is paying for an extra seat if you are less than 3 people.
Air New Zealand is installing twenty sets of Skycouch seats - the first 10 outer rows of the Economy cabin - in their Boeing 777-300 longhaul fleet. They were unveiled back in January but are now about to go into service. They will be available on flights between NZ and Los Angeles from next month, however passengers travelling between NZ and the UK will have to wait till 02 April 2011 to use them.

New Hotels-

Classic British Hotels, the hallmark for quality independent 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotels, is pleased to announce the following new hotels in excellent destinations across the UK.

St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire
New hotel member. For more information or to book, please call 0845 0 70 70 90. St Brides Spa Hotel in Saundersfoot is the highest rated 4 star hotel in Pembrokeshire, located on a headland with breathtaking views of Saundersfoot harbour and sea views over the beautiful Carmarthen Bay directly below. Enjoy the luxury of St Brides' cliff top marine spa & hydro pool, and fine dining in their Cliff Restaurant designed around stunning coastal views. St Brides Spa Hotel in the village of Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, boasts an idyllic location on the coast path that forms part of Britain's only coastal national park. This coveted region of South West Wales is just over an hour away from Swansea by car and under two hours away from Cardiff. What's more, Bristol is less than two and a half hours away along the M4. Each of the bedrooms at St Brides Spa Hotel in Pembrokeshire is individually styled. The majority of the bedrooms within the hotel benefit from a picturesque sea view and balcony. Furthermore, just across from the main St Brides Spa Hotel building are six two-bedroom luxury apartments. There is WiFi internet access provided throughout the hotel. St Brides Spa Hotel offers its guests three uniquely different dining experiences. Both the Cliff Restaurant and Gallery Bar are located within the hotel and have dramatic sea views over the harbour.


The Cliff Restaurant provides fine dining with a contemporary, seasonal menu that uses the freshest of local Pembrokeshire ingredients. In the village of Saundersfoot, the Mermaid on the Strand Restaurant overlooks the golden beach and specialises in locally caught seafood, whilst The Marina is a contemporary fish and chips restaurant with healthy eating options available. Perched on a cliff top within the hotel is St Brides' marine spa with single and double treatment rooms and wet relaxation lounge overlooking Carmarthen Bay. The spa offers treatments using marine products such as seaweed, mud and clay, and using the natural healing properties of the sea to aid relaxation. The treatment rooms and relaxation areas surround a sublime infinity hydro pool overlooking the bay with a stimulating thermal bathing suite offering, amongst other things, a salt infusion room, a steam room, sensation showers and an ice fountain. St Brides Spa Hotel also features a fitness suite for those who want to keep fit whilst they detox and relax. The spacious, generously lit rooms of St Brides are the perfect place to house a contemporary Welsh art display. St Brides Spa Hotel is delighted to offer its guests a gallery that exhibits some of the finest contemporary art that the country has to offer. The coastal location of St Brides makes it an ideal setting for conferences and events. The serene sea views are conducive to a creative environment. Indeed, the Cliff and Harbour Suites have floor to ceiling glass walls that overlook Carmarthen Bay. St Brides Spa Hotel offers state of the art conference facilities for up to 120 delegates. St Brides Spa Hotel is right next to Britain's only coastal national park, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. With spectacular landscape, rugged cliffs and wooded estuaries provide a sanctuary for wildlife. There are also tombs and castles, cottages and quarries to explore. The National Botanic Garden of Wales and Ffos Las Race Course are only an hour away by car. There are also a number of superb golf courses in the Pembrokeshire countryside to choose from.
Manor Hotel at Meriden, Birmingham Airport / NEC
The Manor Hotel at Meriden is in the heart of the West Midlands, to the south-east of Birmingham and west of Coventry. It is located just off Junction 6 of the M42 and is convenient for Birmingham International Airport, Birmingham NEC and the LG Arena. The Manor Hotel at meriden is the highest rated hotel in the area, offering spacious bedrooms, two excellent restaurants, 6 meeting rooms and ample free parking.

Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Chester
Rowton Hall is a magnificent country house hotel set in award-winning gardens, 2.5 miles from historic Chester and within easy reach of the M56, Liverpool, Manchester and North Wales. The hotel retains its period character with oak panelled corridors, a carved staircase and an inglenook fireplace. Bedrooms are beautifully decorated and offer modern amenities including free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs. The Langdale Restaurant serves outstanding cuisine, with freshly picked ingredients from its own kitchen garden on the menu. The Spa at Rowton Hall features a stunning indoor pool and a full range of spa treatments are available. There are 4 meeting rooms seating up to 170 delegates.
Classic British Hotel

Gourmet Dining-

Gourmet dining is a pre-requisite at all Classic British Hotels where the finest, freshest ingredients are used to prepare delicious food. The majority of our hotel restaurants hold AA Rosettes for their high standards of cuisine.

Both seasonal and local produce feature prominently on the menus at Classic British Hotels. Experience the lake views from the Tower Restaurant at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, where much of the lamb and game comes from the 24,000 acre estate that surrounds it. Savour culinary masterpieces at Bohemia - The Club Hotel & Spa - which holds 4 AA Rosettes and a Michelin Star.
In addition to award-winning restaurants, many hotels have alternative dining options on-sitem including contemporary brasseries, cafes, coffee shops or traditional style pubs.

Award-winning Restaurants-

Gourmet Dining, The Metropole, Llandrindod Wells, Wales
The majority of our hotel restaurants hold one, two or more AA Rosettes in recognition of the fine food that they serve.

The Cellars-

Gourmet Dining, The Cellars
Fine wine can be an integral part of the overall gourmet dining experience. All Classic British Hotels offer a good selection of wines to accompany their restaurant menus, and some are of particular note.

Private Dining-

Hatherley Manor Hotel, Gloucester, Cotswolds
Whether it be a family celebration, a wedding reception or a corporate event, Classic British Hotels are highly experienced in catering for parties of private diners.

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