By Cathrin Bradbury StarMetro Fri., Nov. 2, 2018 “I’m thinking of writing about going vegan,” I said to a good pal. “I think you should,” he said in a sweet, singsong voice. “Because then you can tell everyone what a drip you’ve become.” I’d like to say that this is a rare response, that most people take to my vegan news with delight and curiosity. But no. If you want to do something contentious this holiday season, if you want to make dinner guests act as crazy as Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing, tell your longtime friends you are now a vegan. I’m in my fourth month, and plan to quit after my sixth, in January. My motivation for starting out was not super honourable. I like to get a jump on things, trend-wise, and veganism is suddenly deeply cool. What began as a hardline animal activism movement is now a snuggly wellness choice, and everyone from Beyoncé to Will.i.am (#VGANG) are cosying up. I … [Read more...] about How do you tell your dinner party host you’re now a vegan? Hint: There’s only one correct way
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Lifestyle Sinfonia Ristorante's Chef Simone Depalmas created a special five-course dinner for the latest in a series of exclusive CNA Lifestyle events. 29 Jun 2018 01:22PM Bookmark Follow our CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for exclusive access to upcoming events and performancesSINGAPORE: It is not usually a good thing when a dinner party goes up in flames. But when it’s a question of a whole fish being set alight in front of you, you know it’s not just a dinner – it is an event in the true sense of the word.Thanks to Sardinia-born chef Simone Depalmas, almost 100 guests at Sinfonia Ristorante on Jun 28 enjoyed the fresh Mediterranean flavour of sea bass flown in from Italy as part of CNA Lifestyle Experiences’ exclusive, one-night-only, five-course dinner – complete with off-menu items.As guests arrived and began to mingle amidst the Corinthian columns of the restaurant located at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, the … [Read more...] about CNA Lifestyle Experiences: An Italian feast for 100 guests featured a gorgeous flaming sea salt-crusted sea bass
caption First lady Nancy Reagan and former President Ronald Reagan hosted epic parties at the White House in the 1980s. source Getty For over two centuries, presidents and first ladies have welcomed guests to the White House for lavish parties. Some first families have been known for hosting awe-inspiring gatherings, while others were not expert entertainers. But the presidential couple that stood out from the rest was former President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan. The 40th President of the United States and his wife were known for throwing elegant, star-studded soirées. Given his Hollywood connections, Reagan’s parties were filled with some of the biggest Hollywood celebrities, in an era when fabulous people reigned supreme. Step inside the Reagan White House parties: As the nation saw an increase in millionaires and billionaires, the Reagans hosted parties in gilded surroundings with superstar guests, such as Frank Sinatra. Source: AP … [Read more...] about The Reagans hosted the best White House parties of all time
SINGAPORE: What may have sounded like an impassioned rant by Artichoke restaurant’s Bjorn Shen was a risk-it-all attempt to spotlight a real problem faced by many restaurants, said the 35-year-old chef and restauranteur.In a post on his personal Facebook page on the evening of Mar 24, a Saturday, Shen wrote that one-third of Artichoke’s revenue for the night had been lost thanks to reservations that had not been honoured.Also in the post, which was shared more than 400 times, Shen lamented the “wasted food”, “wasted effort and money” and “over-rostered staff” that the restaurant saw “every week”. He then announced that from this month, the restaurant would begin taking credit card details for group bookings of 10 or more people.Credit card pre-authorisation is a common practice at restaurants around the world. In order to reserve a table, customers must provide their credit card details, and those who do not honour their … [Read more...] about Should you pay for cancelling your dinner reservation at the last minute?
Thailand once again is under the international spotlight. A global report has pinpointed Thailand as a country with high consumption of shark fin, which is popular in Chinese food and traditional medicine but which raise conservation concerns. In its recent report, Sharks in Crisis: Evidence of Positive Behavioral Change in China as New Threats Emerge, environmental advocacy group WildAid said some 57% of those polled in urban Thailand have consumed shark fin. This usually occurs at weddings, family dinners at restaurants and business meetings.Sharks in Crisis -- released shortly ahead of the Chinese New Year, a time when family members reunite and celebrate the occasion together -- also found that more than 100 restaurants in Bangkok alone serve shark fin. Restaurants in several high-end hotels put the controversial dish in their Chinese New Year menus.Other countries with growing levels of shark fin consumption are Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia, the report said. Shark fin soup is … [Read more...] about Take shark fin off the menu for good