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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants: French ‘Mirazur’ At The Top

Mirazur, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the resort town of Menton, on the French Riviera, has been awarded the coveted title of World’s Best Restaurant and Best Restaurant in Europe 2019. The other top positions were given to restaurant Noma , @nomacph, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo, Spain.

The title was given to the French restaurant run by chef Mauro Colagreco, by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 organization during an award ceremony sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on Tuesday, featuring star chefs from around the world.

This is the first time in the award’s 18-year history that a French restaurant has received the top prize. Mirazur took over the No.1 position from Osteria Francescana, in Modena, Italy. Mirazur appeared as No.3 in 2018 and No. 4 in 2017.

Osteria Francescana joined a new category created for former winners, the “best of the best” group, a sort of restaurant hall of fame. Included in the list are El Bulli, The French Laundry, The Fat Duck, Noma (in its original incarnation), El Celler de Can Roca and Eleven Madison Park.

In this year’s event which is considered the biggest night of the international culinary world, 26 countries from five continents won a place in the list of World’s Best 50.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has been ranking the top 100 fine dining destinations around the globe every year since 2002, with the winners chosen by a panel of more than 1,000 chefs, restaurateurs and food writers.

A week ago, ahead of the awards ceremony the World’s 50 Best Restaurants organization revealed the first cut of restaurants in this year’s special 120 winners list that included the restaurants placed from number 51 to 120 

Mirazur’s selection “is a testament to Chef Colagreco’s love of local produce, most of which is grown in the restaurant’s three-tiered garden just meters from the dining room, complemented by a stunning French Riviera backdrop,” explained the organizers.

“This year we are thrilled to see Mirazur claim the No.1 spot after rising through the ranks since making its debut on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No.35 in 2009, it’s been brilliant to witness its progress,” said William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “This has been a wonderful, progressive year for the list as a whole, with so many new entries from all corners of the globe.”

Spain got the biggest number, with seven restaurants in the World’s 50 Best, many of them in the Basque country. including three in the top 10: Asador Etxebarri (No.3); Mugaritz (No.7); and Disfrutar (No.9).

France has five restaurants in the top 50, including Arpège (No.8), Septime (No.15), Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (No.16), Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (No.25), and Mirazur.

The USA got second place in the number of restaurants with six in the list, including Cosme (No.23) in New York, which is helmed by The World’s Best Female Chef 2019, Daniela Soto-Innes, and two new entries: Atelier Crenn (No.35), and Benu (No.47), both in San Francisco, California.

This year Denmark has two at the top-five honors for the new incarnation of Noma (No.2) and Geranium (No.5), both in Copenhagen.

Peru also makes the top ten list with entries from Lima including Central (No.6), once again voted The Best Restaurant in South America, and Maido (No.10). Mexico claimed two spots in the upper echelons of the list: Pujol (No.12), which is named The Best Restaurant in North America, and Quintonil (No.24), both in Mexico City.

The UK, Italy, Japan, China, Thailand and Russia are also each represented with two restaurants on the list.

Alain Passard of Arpège in Paris, France (No.8), won the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm, voted on by the world’s leading chefs in the list and awarded to a peer who has made a significant impact to the culinary world in the past year.

The Art of Hospitality Award, sponsored by Legle, went to Tokyo’s Den (No.11). The restaurant is highly regarded for its holistic approach to service. Other Asia-based restaurants in the list include Gaggan (No.4), in Bangkok, which is closing next year, named The Best Restaurant in Asia, and Odette (No.18) from Singapore.

The Test Kitchen (No.44) from Cape Town is The Best Restaurant in Africa.

UK, which has seen its share of top 50 establishments drop from four to two.

Only four restaurants at least partially led by women — New York’s Cosme, Slovenia’s Hisa Franko, Colombia’s Leo in Bogota and Atelier Crenn — made the list of 50.

Here is the full list of the 50 best:

50. Schauenstein, Switzerland

49. Leo, Colombia

48. Ultraviolet, China

47. Benu, USA (San Francisco)

46. De Librije, Netherlands

45. Suhring, Thailand

44. The Test Kitchen, South Africa

43. Hof Van Cleve, Belgium

42. Belcanto, Portugal

41. The Chairman, Hong Kong

40. Tim Raue, Germany

39. A Casa do Porco, Brazil

38. Hisa Franko, Slovenia

37. Alinea, Chicago

36. Le Bernardin, USA (New York)

35. Atelier Crenn, USA (San Francisco)

34. Don Julio, Argentina

33. Lyle’s, United Kingdom

32. Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

31. Le Calandre, Italy

30. Elkano, Spain

29. Piazza Duomo, Italy

28. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, USA (New York)

27. The Clove Club, United Kingdom

26. Borago, Chile

25. Pavillon Ledoyen, France

24. Quintonil, Mexico

23. Cosme, USA (New York)

22. Narisawa, Japan

21. Frantzen, Sweden

20. Tickets, Spain

19. Twins Garden, Russia

18. Odette, Singapore

17. Steirereck, Austria

16. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, France

15. Septime, France

14. Azurmendi, Spain

13. White Rabbit, Russia

12. Pujol, Mexico

13. Den, Japan

10. Maido, Peru

9. Disfrutar, Spain

8. L’Arpege, France

7. Mugaritz, San Sebastian

6. Central, Peru

5. Geranium, Denmark

4. Gaggan, Thailand

3. Asador Etxebarri, Spain

2. Noma, Denmark

1. Mirazur, France

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Meals And Manicures: Inside A Billionaire’s Booming—And Unconventional—Restaurant Empire

This past fall was pretty hectic for Zhang Yong. His popular restaurant company, Haidilao, was entering the public stock market, and he was also determined for the business to keep up its frenetic growth. A second Hong Kong location of Haidilao was debuting, and shortly after its doors swung open for the first time, Zhang dropped in for an inspection. As he walked through, servers and cooks rushed out to meet him, eager to greet Zhang da ge, or “big brother Zhang……..”

Source: Meals And Manicures: Inside A Billionaire’s Booming—And Unconventional—Restaurant Empire

Michelin Announces New York Stars for 2019: The Guide Awarded New Stars to 16 Restaurants – Karla Alindahao

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Gabriel Kreuther, Ichimura at Uchū, and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon are this year’s new two-star spots. But I can’t say that I’m surprised—the restaurants are right up Michelin’s alley in terms of food, ambience, and service. They’re all notable, for sure. But none are exactly groundbreaking or deeply exciting. Michelin, after all, is known for its relatively “safe” and staid choices. There is one anomaly, though: Masa Takayama’s now-closed Tetsu Basement is technically one of the city’s two-star restaurant additions……..

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/karlaalindahao/2018/11/06/michelin-star-restaurants-new-york-2019/#674cbb73170c

 

 

 

 

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Why The Bull Market Could End in 2020 – Ben Levisohn

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All of us, at some point, must confront our mortality. So, too, must investors prepare for the demise of a bull market that began in the depths of the financial crisis in 2009. Yes, predictions of the end of this record run have been made before—and have been proved wrong. The rally has so far seemed almost indestructible, thanks to stable economic growth and the Federal Reserve’s easy-money policy. But many market strategists and economists see powerful forces converging that could finally trip up the bull. For one, the economy has been juiced by the tax cuts and fiscal-spending package that Congress passed at the end of 2017………..

Read more: https://www.barrons.com/articles/why-the-bull-market-could-end-in-2020-1530317447?mod=barpkt19

 

 

 

 

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America Is Drowning in Milk Nobody Wants – Deena Shanker & Lydia Mulvany

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A decade ago, Greek yogurt was ascendant in America. In New York state, the hope among farmers and politicians was that their fortunes would benefit as well. In 2005, Hamdi Ulukaya spent less than $1 million buying an old Kraft yogurt processing plant in New Berlin, 150 miles northwest of New York City. Within two years, the native of Turkey was already a success. His yogurt brand, Chobani, was in supermarket refrigerators everywhere, pushing aside older, big-name brands while making Greek yogurt a staple of the American diet. Rich but also healthy, it made its way into recipes for everything from smoothies to muffins and even popsicles.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-17/america-is-drowning-in-milk-nobody-wants

 

 

 

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In-N-Out Billionaire Lynsi Snyder Opens Up About Her Troubled Past And The Burger Chain’s Future – Chloe Sorvino

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Hamburger Lane is a quarter-mile, palm-lined stretch of Baldwin Park, California, 30 minutes east of Los Angeles. Halfway down the block, a low-slung building covered in gray siding sits behind a security fence. Knowing what’s inside the little structure helps explain the street’s unusual name. It’s the top-secret corporate test kitchen for In-N-Out Burger, the iconic West Coast chain. Lynsi Snyder, the company’s billionaire president, hovers over a set of double fryers and stove-top griddles…….

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/chloesorvino/2018/10/10/exclusive-in-n-out-billionaire-lynsi-snyder-opens-up-about-her-troubled-past-and-the-burger-chains-future/

 

 

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Cheapest Michelin Starred Meals In The World Revealed – Monica Houghton

 

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Michelin has long been considered the authority on fine dining. Chefs at the best restaurants around the world work hard to achieve Michelin star ratings. Food lovers often have Michelin star restaurants on their bucket list. Given Michelin stars are so coveted, you may be surprised that you don’t have to shell out thousands of dollars for a high-quality meal. In fact, you can enjoy delicious Michelin-star meals for under $50 around the world.Most foodies will spend a significant amount of time researching the most attractive and innovative meals. They stay on top of trends, restaurant openings, and new chefs on the scene…….

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/monicahoughton/2018/09/25/cheapest-michelin-starred-meals-in-the-world-revealed/#385c6371c876

 

 

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Carrot Cake & Food Photography — Live Laugh RV

I enjoy all kinds of photography. It’s a hobby that I’m passionate about and continues to challenge me in more ways than I ever imagined. I think my passion for photography stems from my father. He was an avid photographer during his younger years and was even a professional photographer for a short time after […]

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How to Open a Bed and Breakfast Business – Annie Pilon

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If you’re interested in starting your own B&B, here are some essential steps you can use to get up and running.

Evaluate the Market

Before you actually set up your bed and breakfast, it’s a good idea to look at your area or the area where you plan to set up shop and determine whether it can support such a business. Is it a popular area with tourists? What other lodging options are available? Will you be offering something that travelers can’t find with those other options?

Marcus Smith, owner of Chez Vous, Chez Nous writes, “Starting a B&B in a location with minimal hotels and accommodations would be the best idea as competition would be less compared to an area flooded with the same. Therefore, you need to do some home work and especially remember that the mere fact there are many hotels in an area does not necessarily mean they offer B&B.”

Secure a Location

Once you’ve chosen a general location that you think will work for your business, it’s time to secure an actual property. Aside from the basics like price and the ability to accommodate your ideal number of guests, you’ll also need to check with your local zoning board to make sure that any location you consider is zoned for commercial use.

Get Licenses and Permits

You are also likely to need a business license and permits from your local government. The exact requirements vary from city to city. But check with your local governments about general business licenses, food service permits and any other pertinent forms you may need to submit.

Customize the Space

People who are looking for a generic hotel room to crash in don’t often stay in B&Bs. So your target customers probably expect more of a unique experience, which should extend to the design and decor of your space as well. Many B&Bs offer some kind of theme, like country cottage for rural properties or a nautical theme for houses in beach communities. But even if you don’t choose an outright theme, it is important to have a layout that’s conducive to receiving guests and setting up breakfast each morning, along with an aesthetically pleasing vibe.

Create a Daily Tasks List

Once the actual property is up and running, you need to be prepared to actually run the day-to-day operations. This can be a fair amount of work, so it helps to be organized beforehand.

Susan Poole of The B&B Coach says in a post for BedandBreakfast.com “In order to stay on top of everything, I have a daily to-do list that includes 15 daily tasks that take 15 minutes or more to complete.”

The most time consuming tasks on her list include preparing breakfast, cleaning rooms and making sure rooms are booked.

Calculate Finances

Take a look at your books to determine the investment required to get up and running and then what your operational costs are likely to be. This can help you determine what you need to charge per night in order to keep your business going strong.


List Your Rooms

From there, you should be about ready to accept guests. But first, you need to allow people to actually find your business online. You can list rooms on your own website. But especially when you’re just getting started, it’s important that you also list on popular travel sites that people are more likely to be familiar with, including Airbnb and Kayak.

Encourage Customer Reviews

Customer reviews are becoming increasingly important for all businesses. But they’re especially relevant in the travel industry, since consumers want to ensure their safety and happiness while in another location. Sites like TripAdvisor can make a major impression on potential visitors, especially when you have a business that’s relatively unknown.

 

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McDonald’s Is Spending $6 Billion To Play Catch-Up – Micheline Maynard

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For years, you’ve been able to drive up to California Pizza Kitchen and have someone run your order out to your car. At many Panera Bread outlets, there are parking spots for people running inside to pick up mobile orders.

Now, McDonald’s is swiping these ideas and more from fast casual restaurants in a bid to remake its fast-food image.

It plans to spend $6 billion at its 8,700 restaurants in the United States and Canada to implement new ideas. The renovations will run through 2020. And if the speed of innovation in the industry is any indication, McDonald’s probably won’t stop there.

But the fast-food giant is way late on many of its concepts, which have been widely applied at fast casual chains, not to mention independent restaurants and other fast-food competitors. Still, McDonald’s is giving them a try, knowing it has to get more modern, or lose more customers.

Last year, when it implemented mobile ordering, McDonald’s acknowledged that it has lost half a billion potential transactions, aka guests, since 2012. That’s as many customers as it had from 1955, the year it was founded, through 1961.

The ideas unveiled on Tuesday include an expansion of the mobile ordering kiosks that McDonald’s has already installed in a number of its outlets. McDonald’s also plans to modernize its dining rooms and adapt them to local tastes. Some will get table service and bigger areas for McCafe beverages, and it plans to install digital menu boards inside and in its drive-through areas. That presumably will allow McDonald’s to update more easily when it adds menu items, and to change prices to match any special deals that it offers.

 

 

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