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New-Vehicles Improve × J.D. Power

New-Vehicle Initial Quality Improves Again, J.D. Power Finds

Genesis, Kia and Hyundai Are Three Highest-Ranked Brands

New-vehicle quality has improved for the fourth consecutive year—by 4% from 2017—and has reached its best level ever, according to the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS),SM released today.

Initial quality is measured by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership, with a lower score reflecting higher quality. In this year’s study, quality improves across six of the eight categories measured, with 21 of the 31 brands included in the study improving their quality from 2017. The industry average of 93 PP100 is 4 PP100 better than in 2017.

“There’s no question that most automakers are doing a great job of listening to consumers and are producing vehicle quality of the highest caliber,” said Dave Sargent, Vice President of Global Automotive at J.D. Power. “That said, some vehicle owners are still finding problems. As vehicles become more complex and automated, it is critical that consumers have complete confidence in automakers’ ability to deliver fault-free vehicles.”

Following are some key findings of the 2018 study:

• Most vehicle areas improve: Of the eight categories measured, vehicle exterior improves the most, now at 15.2 PP100, compared with 16.6 PP100 in 2017. Improvements include less wind noise and fewer paint imperfections. Significant year-over-year improvements also occur in the seats (8.0 PP100 vs. 8.7 PP100) and vehicle interior (14.3 PP100 vs. 14.7 PP100) categories.

• Porsche 911 posts best score of any model: The Porsche 911 has the lowest overall problem level (48 PP100) of any model this year. This is also the lowest level recorded in this generation of the study (2013-2018). The U.S. Initial Quality Study, which was first published in 1987, is currently in its fourth generation.

• All domestic corporations improve faster than the industry: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (7 PP100 improvement), Ford Motor Company (5 PP100 improvement) and General Motors (5 PP100 improvement) all outpace the industry average rate of improvement (4 PP100).

• Infotainment problems are decreasing: Audio/Communication/Entertainment/Navigation (ACEN) remains the most problematic category for new-vehicle owners. However, this area has improved for the third consecutive year, led by fewer problems with built-in voice recognition systems.

• Globalization of auto industry continues: Vehicles in the 2018 study are manufactured in 25 countries, 11 of which weren’t present in the study five years ago. Those 11 countries include Brazil, China, Finland, India, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey. The other 14 countries include Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.

• Increasing problems with driver assistance systems: As automakers add more advanced driver assistance systems to their vehicles, more consumers are experiencing problems. The level is still low (3.5 PP100 on average) but has been increasing by about 20% a year for the past three years.

“As we look to the future, avoiding problems with safety and driver assistance technology is critical,” Sargent said. “In an era of increasingly automated vehicles, vehicle owners have to be comfortable using foundational technologies like lane keep assistance and collision avoidance. Otherwise, automakers will not easily overcome consumer resistance to fully automated (driverless) cars.”

Highest-Ranked Brands and Models

Genesis ranks highest in overall initial quality with a score of 68 PP100. Kia (72 PP100) ranks second and Hyundai (74 PP100) ranks third. This is the first time that three Korean brands are at the top of the overall ranking, and it is the fourth consecutive year that Kia is the highest-ranking Mass Market brand. Porsche (79 PP100) ranks fourth and Ford (81 PP100) ranks fifth.

Mazda is the most-improved brand, with owners reporting 25 PP100 fewer problems than in 2017. Other brands with strong improvements include Mitsubishi (20 PP100 improvement), Cadillac (15 PP100 improvement), Infiniti (15 PP100 improvement), Hyundai (14 PP100 improvement) and Lexus (14 PP100 improvement).

The parent company receiving the most model-level awards for its various brands is Ford Motor Company (five awards), followed by Hyundai Motor Group (four), and BMW, General Motors and Nissan (three each).

• Ford Motor Company models that rank highest in their respective segments are Ford Expedition; Ford Mustang; Ford Super Duty; Lincoln Continental; and Lincoln MKC.

• Hyundai Motor Group models that rank highest in their segments are Genesis G90; Hyundai Tucson; Kia Rio; and Kia Sorento.

• General Motors models that rank highest in their segments are Buick Envision; Chevrolet Silverado; and Chevrolet Silverado HD.

• BMW models that rank highest in their segments are BMW 4 Series; BMW X1; and BMW X6.

• Nissan models that rank highest in their segments are Nissan Altima; Nissan Frontier; and Nissan Maxima.

Other models that rank highest in their respective segments are Acura ILX, Dodge Grand Caravan, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Toyota Corolla.

Plant Quality Awards

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Yoshiwara plant (Japan), which produces the Lexus LX and Toyota Land Cruiser, receives the Platinum Plant Quality Award for producing models with the fewest defects or malfunctions. Plant quality awards are based solely on defects and malfunctions and exclude design-related problems.

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Cambridge North (Canada) plant, which produces the Toyota Corolla, and Georgetown 3 (Ky.) plant, which produces the Lexus ES, each receive the Gold Plant Quality Award in a tie for the Americas region. BMW Group’s Dingolfing 02 (Germany) plant, which produces the BMW 6 Series and BMW 7 Series, receives the Gold Plant Quality Award for the Europe/Africa region.

The 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study is based on responses from 75,712 purchasers and lessees of new 2018 model-year vehicles who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study is based on a 233-question battery organized into eight vehicle categories designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate the identification of problems and drive product improvement. The study was fielded from February through May 2018.

Find detailed information on vehicle quality, as well as model photos and specs, at jdpower.com/quality

For more information about the 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study, visit http://www.jdpower.com/resource/us-initial-quality-study-iqs

See the online press release at http://www.jdpower.com/pr-id/2018086.

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices serving North/South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. J.D. Power is a portfolio company of XIO Group, a global alternative investments firm headquartered in London, and is led by its four founders: Athene Li, Joseph Pacini, Murphy Qiao and Carsten Geyer.

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LOUIS VUITTON × FIFA 2018

Louis Vuitton opens Pop-Up Store dedicated to The FIFA World CupTM Official Licensed Product Collection at Miami Design District

Louis Vuitton opens a special pop-up store at Miami Design District dedicated to the FIFA World CupTM Official Licensed Product Collection. The pop-up store will be open to the public from June 14th through July 15th and designed with the collection’s inspiration in mind.

Since 2010, Louis Vuitton provided a travel case for one of the world’s most sought-after, legendary trophies of the world: the FIFA World CupTM Trophy. For FIFA World CupTM Russia 2018, Louis Vuitton’s relationship with FIFA World CupTM has grown to encompass a new leather good collection: the Louis Vuitton 2018 FIFA World CupTM Official Licensed Product Collection.

The pop-up store features unique versions of Keepall and Apollo bags, and a selection of small leather goods inspired by the legendary Official Match Ball of the 1970 FIFA World CupTM. Made with the House’s iconic Epi leather first introduced in the 1920s, the styles will be proposed in up to three colors combinations.

The hexagon design is created using a three-stage embossing procedure that is both innovative and based upon the House’s historic savoir-faire, allowing each coloured hexagon to have a richly textured feel, reminiscent of classic footballs.

For a more exclusive version, a “Made-To-Order” Keepall is proposed in a rich palette of 8 pentagon colors. Each of them can be associated with one of the 5 colors of trimmings to create a Keepall in the colors of almost any national flag. Completing this sophisticated offer, an Epi leather luggage tag could be embossed with one of 35 national flags, including the nations taking part in the competition.

The new pop up store will present a unique, limited-edition FIFA World CupTM Official Match Ball Collection Trunk that is set to become an instant collector’s item. Based on the House’s traditional wardrobe trunks, it opens to reveal a stunning collection of 14 footballs: 13 reeditions of the Official Match Balls used at FIFA World CupTM tournaments since 1970, all fabricated especially for this project by adidas, and one Louis Vuitton designed football.

 

LOUIS VUITTON MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT POP-UP STORE

Paradise Plaza, 151 NE 41st Street, Miami FL 33137

Open to public from June 14th to July 15th

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11am to 8pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm

For information: (305) 573-1366

In addition, there will be live streaming of games open to the public at Paradise Plaza.

#LouisVuitton #WorldCup

 ABOUT LOUIS VUITTON

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. Today, the Maison remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton,  who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories  which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Since then,  audacity has shaped the story of Louis Vuitton.

Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects,  artists and designers across the years, all the while developing disciplines  such as ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry and stationery.  These carefully created products are testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment  to fine craftsmanship.

For further information :  www.louisvuitton.com

SIX SENSES BHUTAN

Six Senses Bhutan Prepares for October 2018 Opening

Reservations now being accepted for booking from November 3 onward with special opening offer

Six Senses Bhutan, which is gearing up for an October 2018 opening, is a collection of five boutique lodges set in the western and central valleys of Bhutan, each with its own character, environment, and experiences.

Beginning with the capital and the largest of the lodges, Six Senses Thimphu places a strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds, giving it the name of Palace in the Sky. The second is Six Senses Punakha, located in the relatively low-lying valley of Punakha which takes inspiration from the farms and vegetable terraces across the valley and the traditional cantilever bridges of Bhutan to create a Flying Farmhouse amidst rice fields.

Moving further towards central Bhutan is the quaint glacial valley of Phobjikha, famous for being the winter residence of black-necked cranes. This valley is home to Six Senses Gangtey which is fondly called the Traditional Birdwatching Bridge due to its main bridge-like building with a large glass area overlooking the valley where these sacred birds roam freely.

Traveling further east, but still in the central area of Bhutan, is the Kingdom’s spiritual center with its stunning landscape and beautiful monasteries. Six Senses Bumthang is located in an evergreen pine forest and with its immersive tree and garden interior design theme, it is fondly referred to as the Forest in a Forest. The fifth resort in the collection is Six Senses Paro. Located at a stunning elevation overlooking the Paro Valley and next to ancient dzong stone ruins, this lodge is affectionately called Stone Ruins.

The Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha resorts will open in October 2018 with reservations now being accepted for stays starting on November 3, 2018. The Gangtey and Bumthang resorts open in early 2019.

Rates & Reservations and Special Opening Offer: Suite rates start at $500 USD for double occupancy and as a special opening offer until February 28, 2019, Six Senses Bhutan will offer an inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinner (restaurant dining or picnic). For stays between November 3, 2018 and February 28, 2019 for five consecutive nights at one or more of the resorts, Six Senses Bhutan will offer guests a car and driver plus a guide during their stay at Six Senses Bhutan.

“There is so much to explore in this mystical Himalayan Kingdom, with its cultural, natural, and spiritual beauty making it a compelling destination. With the nation’s driving force being Gross National Happiness, the Kingdom has protected its identity while progressing with the world. Compassion is a way of life in Bhutan and it extends to the protection of nature and sustainability. Six Senses Bhutan shares these values and has become an integral part of the local fabric,” said General Manager Mark Swinton.

“Activities have been designed to showcase the best of Bhutan. The emphasis on experiences and service is brought alive by our GEMs (Guest Experience Makers) who act as guides and assist guests in every manner possible to create an authentic Bhutanese and true Six Senses experience. Meditating at the prayer pavilion in the reflecting ponds overlooking the giant Buddha statue across the valley; hiking up to Chorten Ningpo in Punakha; participating in local farm activities in Gangtey; treehouse dining at Bumthang; and a private dinner in the 15th century stone ruins at Paro are just a few of the magical experiences created for guests of Six Senses Bhutan.”

Each location will have its own Spa & Wellness Center with extensive facilities and treatments reflecting the valley in which they are set. Therapies range from hot stone baths in Thimphu and Bumthang, to a pyramid meditation room and swedana treatment at Gangtey, to a dip in the heated outdoor pool at Punakha or treatment in a spa room overlooking the ruins in Paro. The focus on well-being is emphasized with programs that include Six Senses Integrated Wellness, Sleep With Six Senses and Eat With Six Senses.

Getting There: Bhutan is served by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. International destinations on scheduled flights are Bangkok, New Delhi, Kolkata, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Gaya. Domestic flights are available between Paro and Bumthang. Helicopter charters are available from Paro airport and private jet assistance is offered by Bhutan Air Services.

For more details, reservations and travel arrangements, contact the resort’s reservation team at reservations-bhutan@sixsenses.com.

Six Senses Thimphu, the capital, places a strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds.


Six Senses Paro is located at a stunning height overlooking the Paro Valley.

About Six Senses Bhutan

Six Senses Bhutan will move you – to pause and think. This colorful Himalayan Kingdom lives by its ethos of Gross National Happiness. Journey through western and central valleys, and you can’t help but find meaningful and uplifting experiences at every turn. That’s why our guest suites are distributed between five intimate lodges: Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. Each has a unique character and all embrace our Six Senses guiding principles, which include a Six Senses Spa and Wellness Center, mindful eating, sleep and self-discovery. Visit one, or any combination, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s spirituality, heritage and hospitality. 

About

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 16 hotels and resorts and 31 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. The portfolio will triple over the next five years with resort, hotel and spa openings underway in Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, St. Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

Six Senses properties share a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the enduring purpose is to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.

Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 16 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.

Evason follows the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and the community. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love. 

KEY WEST LOBSTERFEST

Key West Lobsterfest to Feature Luscious Local Seafood Aug. 9-12

Seafood lovers can chow down on Florida’s clawless lobster during the annual Key West Lobsterfest Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-12, featuring temptations ranging from a lobster boil to a lively street fair starring the tasty crustacean.

Now in its 22nd year, the festival celebrates the bounty of the Florida Keys lobster season that opens Aug. 6.

Famous for its sweet and tender meat, the Keys’ spiny lobster often is served steamed with drawn butter, paired with a seasoned stuffing or in innovative dishes conceived by local chefs.

Festival events are to kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, when lobster aficionados can gather for a traditional lobster boil at The Roof, 201 William St. at the Waterfront Brewery. As well as lobster, plates are to be piled high with shrimp, andouille sausage, crawfish, corn on the cob and new potatoes. Other attractions include live entertainment and libation specials. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Friday’s schedule features a “Reef & Ritas” catamaran sail and snorkel trip beginning at 1 p.m., plus a lively nighttime Duval Crawl with stops at establishments in Key West’s popular downtown and harbor areas.

The festival’s anticipated highlight is the Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair in the 100 through 500 blocks of Duval Street. From noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, seafood fans can sample local chefs’ and restaurants’ lobster specialties from tempting appetizers to full dinners. Offerings feature fresh crustaceans caught by Florida Keys fishermen.

A free outdoor concert is slated for 1-10:30 p.m. with Alphonse, Cool Breeze and The DurtBags performing from a stage at the intersection of Duval and Greene streets.

Other street fair attractions include art, crafts and merchandise from a wide variety of vendors.

Lobsterfest is to end Sunday, Aug. 12, with a lobster brunch buffet at First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery, 301 Whitehead St. Reservations are suggested.

Event, reservation and ticketing information: keywestlobsterfest.com

Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY

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Beirut × “The Heart of Lebanon”

Written by Rana Salloom

Known as the Paris of the Middle East Beirut, Lebanon is a city that never sleeps and is rooted in its traditional Middle Eastern culture dating back thousands of years.

Lebanon is a small country spanning 110 miles off the Mediterranean coast and its capital, Beirut is the 3rd oldest city in the world. Many westerners know little about this eclectic country, but this tiny country has been standing strong for thousands of years. Beirut, the heart of Lebanon, prides itself with its irresistible cuisine and its insatiable nightlife. People from all over the Middle East, come to Lebanon especially Beirut to unwind and relax at countless restaurants and nightlife excursions. This destination city prides itself with its food with numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs offering food 24/7.

It’s a foodie nation showcasing the best of the best of Lebanese food and culture. Each borrow within Beirut has its own twist on traditional Lebanese cuisine such as Shawarma, Chicken Tawook, Manaeesh, and etc.. These delectable items can be found at many hotspots such as Barbar, Maroushe, and Zaater w Zeit. But the best food finds, in my opinion, are at the local shops on every block in this mini metropolis. These shops offer a more traditional take on Lebanese food and are usually made in a more customary fashion.

Side note: most of the shop owners at these places do not speak English so it’s important to have someone who’s a native speaker be present helping you order your goodies. 

Other than its food, Beirut is known for its irresistible nightlife. Beirut, in recent years, has been ranked as the #1 party city in the world mixing both traditional Arabic music and current hits in every nightclub and bar in and around the city. What makes this city so special is it’s night owl effect. People just don’t sleep in Beirut. Visitors and natives alike stay up all hours of the night at lavish nightclubs such as Iris, February 30, Skybar, Music Hall and etc..

If you’re looking for a more mellow bar scene, Mar Mkhayel is the place to be. This street has multiple bars aka pubs and restaurants within walking distance of one another. This street has both the dive bar vibes and the classy rooftop appeals for your visiting pleasure. Basically whatever you are in the mood for, there is a bar for you on this street. What makes this street more interesting is how each bar and restaurant is westernized. For instance, my friends and I walked past this one bar that’s specifically a dive bar for motorcycle enthusiasts and right across from it is a classy rooftop bar called Fabrk (it doesn’t get more diverse than that).

Overall Beirut, Lebanon combines both eastern and western culture in a euphoric twist to keep any party-goer and foodie elated for days. It’s a destination city enveloped in a traditional culture for each traveling enthusiast.

BLAKE ANDERSON GIFTS GSW

As the Golden State Warriors continue their celebrations as Kings of the city, Warriors super fan and actor/comedian Blake Anderson, gifted bottles of Crown Royal XR to the entire 2018 championship team. The bottles of $130 whisky come enclosed in a velvet, blue bag that were embroidered to reflect the team’s achievement.

The team received the bottles from Anderson this week, and he had the following to say about their accomplishment:

 

“Congratulations on a season fit for a king. As a California native and a Golden State Warriors super fan, I’m stoked to gift every member of the organization with a bottle of Crown Royal XR to celebrate your back-to-back championships like royalty. Cheers, champs!”

BOOHOO MAN

Boohoo MAN presents Illumanate Festival

WHO: boohoo MAN

WHAT: UK retailer, Boohoo Man presents the Illumanate Festival hosted by DJ Khaled with a special performance by Rich The Kid

WHERE: At The P 832 N. Cole Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

WHEN: Monday, June 11, 2018

8PM – 11PM

WHY: The festival themed party featured an A-List special performance from Rich the Kid hosted by DJ Khaled and carnival activations throughout the space including childhood favorite carnival games, a ferris wheel, games, balloons and custom stations.

NOTABLES: DJ Khaled, Rich The Kid, Saweetie, Brittany Furlan, Elisa Johnson, Mack Wilds, Shaun Ross, Nick Joseph & Dan Rue, Terrence J, French Montana, King Bach, Steph Lecor , Brittany Sky, Jazz Anderson, Lyric, Christina Milian, Myles O’Neal, ETC.

SIR NIKOLAI HOTEL × IZAKAYA

Sir Nikolai Hotel and IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar celebrate one year anniversary

A year ago, Hamburg lined up for the grand opening of Sir Nikolai and IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar. Well established in the city’s growing hotel and fine dining scene, Sir Hotels and THE ENTOURAGE GROUP celebrate a successful first year with the presentation of a 7-story high artpiece by acclaimed artist Steve Tepas.

Liran Wizman, owner and founder of Sir Hotels and Yossi Eliyahoo, owner and founder of THE ENTOURAGE GROUP commissioned Los Angeles-based artist Steve Tepas to create an artpiece for one of the building’s inner courtyard’s walls. The eye-catching 250sqm painting is titled “Collective Ascension” and shows nine abstract male faces looking upwards towards one abstract female who is bending down with her eyes closed. Inside each male head, boldly outlined in black on white background, the artist painted black staircases.

I created this piece in reflection of all the many journeys we take in life. We all have the same goal: rising to a higher level,” artist Steve Tepas explains.

The artpiece is visible through the retractable glass ceiling of the patio on the groundfloor, as well as from the hotel rooms facing the courtyard.

Sir Nikolai & IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar

The  seven-story Kontorhaus,  orginally  used  as  a  warehouse  for  seeds,  encompasses  94  rooms  and  suites  with  views  of  the  canal  and  the  Old  Town,  the  Speicherstadt  and  HafenCity  or  the  hotel’s  inner  courtyard.  The  open  and  inviting  public  spaces  on  the  groundfloor  stretch  from  The  Study,  a  cosy  lounge  where  guests  check-in,  over  The  Patio,  the  hotel’s  glass-roofed  courtyard  where  IZAKAYA  Asian  kitchen  &  bar  begins. The restaurant includes an open kitchen, where diners can watch the chef and his team artistically prepare the dishes at the kitchen counter, a 360-island bar overlooking the canal and two balconies,  floating over the water.

IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar defines skills and techniques of the Japanese cuisine with South American influences. The first IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar opened 2012 in Amsterdam and is one of the city’s most established fine dining spots. This success led to the opening of IZAKAYA in Hamburg, Ibiza and Munich. The  menu  features  fresh  sushi,  sashimi  and  a  variety  of  exquisite  meat  and  fish,  prepared  on  a  traditional  Robata-grill  or  in  a  Hibachi-fire  bowl.

A successful first year in Hamburg

Keeping with its philosophy of building meaningful relationships and offering extraordinary services to guests, Sir Hotel’s kicked-off two special initiatives throughout its first year in Hamburg. On Instagram, Sir Hotels launched travel guides that repurpose the social platform to provide an  innovative  way  for  locals  and  visitors  to  experience  the  city. Sir  Nikolai’s Hamburg guide is  an  easy-to-use  city  guide  highlighting  local  favourites  and  hidden  treasures. In addition, the recently launched program, Sir Explore, offers bespoke experiences to out-of-town guests and the locals alike. The collection of custom tours and workshops gives access to unique experts. Each host leading a Sir Explore experience represents an intriguing aspect of their community and culture; Sir Explore allows for a truly authentic insider perspective to each city.

At IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar time-honoured techniques blend together with innovative signatures, with spectacular dishes as the end result. Executive Chef Hariprasad Shetty composed a sophisticated menu of a variety of small, unconventional dishes and specialities of the Robata grill, always daring the guest to try something new.

Shortly after it opened, IZAKAYA Hamburg was awarded 15 points by the renowned Gault-Millau restaurant guide, making it one of the city’s top ten restaurants already in its first year.

Along with redefining Asian culinary classics, IZAKAYA Hamburg gives a cutting-edge twist to the classical Japanese and English tea ceremony by serving a totally new kind of ‘Afternoon Tea’ with an exclusive selection of extraordinary light bites, one of the best tea selections of the town.

www.sirhotels.com

www.the-entouragegroup.com

About Sir Hotels

Sir Hotels is a boutique hotel brand, founded in Amsterdam in 2013 with the opening of Sir Albert, located in a former diamond factory next to the city’s Museum Square. In 2016, Sir Savigny opened in the heart of Berlin’s district of Charlottenburg, followed by a second outpost in Amsterdam, Sir Adam, located in the iconic A’DAM Tower. Following the opening of Sir Nikolai in Hamburg, Sir Hotels headed to Ibiza: Sir Joan opened in July 2017. Sir Hotels cater to those who are looking for authentic stories and distinctive locations. Each hotel has stunning interior design, exceptional restaurants and bars and specializes in providing guests unique experiences on and off property. Sir Hotels are created and managed by the award-winning Amsterdam-based hotel development and management company Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC).

About THE ENTOURAGE GROUP

THE ENTOURAGE GROUP is an unrivalled hospitality empire, renowned for creating internationally acclaimed food and beverage concepts across the world. Their wide range of expertise has been cultivated extensively through years of hospitality management, operations and fine dining experience. Owners and founders Yossi Eliyahoo and Liran Wizman, along with the group’s CEO Stephanie Pearson, inspire THE ENTOURAGE GROUP to continually set the new standard for modern hospitality. The currently owned portfolio includes MOMO Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar (Amsterdam, Hamburg, Ibiza and Munich), THE BUTCHER, THE BUTCHER West, THE BUTCHER Nine Streets, THE BUTCHER Social Club, THE BUTCHER Berlin, THE BUTCHER Ibiza and THE BUTCHER On Wheels, SHIRKHAN, MR PORTER, awarded by Michelin THE DUCHESS and MAD FOX club Amsterdam. The upcoming cities include Barcelona, Dubai and Milan. Due to the success of the group, founder Yossi Eliyahoo was awarded ‘Hospitality Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the prestigious Entrée Hospitality Awards 2015.

About Steve Tepas

Steve Tepas is a painter and sculptor in the Neo-Purism movement, based in Los Angeles and Spain. He has shown his work at Art Basel Miami and at the Marrakech Light Festival. His first solo exhibition will take place in July. Before he dedicated his life to the arts, he was a creative director in Fashion and Interior Architecture.

“BIZARRE FOODS” RETURNS

TRAVEL CHANNEL’S ‘BIZARRE FOODS’ WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN RETURNS ON TUESDAY, JULY 3 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT

SERIES SHARES FOOD AND CELEBRATES DIVERSE CULTURES ALONG ICONIC ROUTES STEEPED IN HISTORY

Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods,” with Stan Van Vleck at Van Vleck Ranch in northern California (Featured photo); and sharing a cup of tea with Donna Cossette and family near the Pony Express Trail in western Nevada (Above).

Andrew Zimmern continues his epicurean exploration of the food that celebrates cultures and connects communities around the world in the new season of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern,premiering on Tuesday, July 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The seven-episode season brings bold new adventures in Zimmern’s global culinary quest along some of history’s most iconic routes, revealing the food and cultural impact on each region. On this leg, he samples deer haggis while traveling in the footsteps of William Wallace in Scotland, chows down on squirrel and pond frogs along the escape route of the Underground Railroad in northern Kentucky and dines on authentic World War II rations on the Battle of the Bulge site in Belgium.

“This season of ‘Bizarre Foods’ offers up some of the best story telling I can remember, with amazing characters who honor their local food customs in unique and delicious ways,” said Zimmern. “Being able to take viewers inside these worlds is what makes this collection of episodes so exciting for me.”

In the season premiere, Zimmern rides the last 200 miles of the Pony Express Trail to its terminus at Sacramento, California, exploring the thrilling mail delivery service that had a short (just 18 months) but profound impact on America. He rides the very same path and enjoys foods that the young riders would have eaten, like son-of-a-gun-stew, fire-roasted duck hearts, boiled elk tongue and pine nut soup. He also discovers fresh foods created by this land’s new generation, including sturgeon skin chicharron and cowboy sushi (wagyu beef filet over vinegar-seasoned rice).

A four-times James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world.

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BAWAH RESERVE

Bawah Reserve appoints JG Black Book for PR & Trade Services

JG Black Book, a leading full-service consulting firm specializing in integrated PR, sales, marketing, and branding services to clients in the luxury travel sector, announces the addition of one of 2018’s most exciting openings – Bawah Reserve – a pristine archipelago of six private islands located in Indonesia’s Riau Islands, to their expanding portfolio. JG Black Book will handle the brand’s media and trade relations in North America.

“We are thrilled to represent the new Bawah Reserve off the coast of Singapore and leverage our industry expertise in Southeast Asia and private islands,” shares Alexandra Avila, President of JG Black Book. “We are excited to have the opportunity to unveil this spectacular property and share its unparalleled offerings with sustainably-minded travelers of the world.”

Located 150 miles northeast of Singapore on the Anambas Archipelago in Indonesia, Bawah Reserve is a remote paradise of six private islands where explorers can be immersed in a rare ecosystem and enjoy true barefoot luxury. Covered in lush jungle canopy, the private islands feature three crystal-clear blue lagoons and 13 powder-white beaches, offering access to world-class adventure and diverse wildlife in an intimate setting. Bawah Reserve’s pristine waters and unspoiled terrain allow avid travelers to enjoy adventurous island experiences, such as marine-based activities and treks through the jungle, while also indulge in downtime at the Bawah’s beachfront infinity pool and holistic wellness center.

Accommodating up to 70 guests, Bawah Reserve consists of 35 private suites thoughtfully designed to coexist with the surrounding jungle canopy and offer superior style, comfort and privacy. Adorned with luxury wooden interiors and expansive verandahs, the resort offers 11 overwater bungalows overlooking the aquamarine lagoons, 21 safari-like tented beachfront suites and three garden suites nestled amidst the island’s lush green flora.  The canvas and bamboo interiors of the suites create a contemporary and tropical setting that is in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape.

Bawah Reserve is a passion project designed to integrate people with nature and share the wonders of a diverse ecosystem within an untouched archipelago. With a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and ocean conservation, the recently launched Bawah Anambas Foundation has been established with the mission to preserve and protect marine life, indigenous flora & fauna and local communities living within the surrounding 200 islands.

Commenting on the appointment, Marketing Manager of Bawah Reserve Georgina Bullworthy shares, “We are thrilled to appoint JG Black Book as we launch integrated efforts to introduce Bawah Reserve in North America – one of our most important and growing markets. We look forward to working together to raise awareness of our unique setting and guest offering, in the heart of the South China Sea”.

Bawah Reserve’s amphibious private seaplane takes guests on a 75-minute journey from Batam and lands directly in the clear blue waters of the luxurious outpost. The all-inclusive nightly rate (based on two sharing) starts at US $1,780 for a Garden Suite and includes full round-trip transfers from Singapore, villa accommodation, daily meals, laundry, soft drinks, access to treatments and classes at the wellness center, surface water sports and snorkeling equipment.

For more information on Bawah Reserve, please visit www.bawahisland.com