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Lexus Performance Driving School, 360 MAGAZINE, Lexus, Toyota, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Vaughn Lowery

LPDS

A life-changing and immersive experience!’ 360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery

As of late, we caught an opportunity to attend the Lexus Performance Driving School [LPDS] in Monterey, California at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. This is the 4th year of this program helmed by legendary Nascar driver Scott Pruett alongside of world-class driving instructors. Under his direction, consumers as well as car enthusiasts can learn to become more confident and cognizant drivers with personalized coaching.

We flew into the Monterey airport to take in our cobalt blue RC 350 and headed straight to our accommodations at the Portola Hotel. The following dawn, we showered and worked out at the hotel gym. Within minutes, we pulled up to the prolific track to indulge in a snack bar-style breakfast. Upon check-in, we split into four teams which consisted of 10-12 people. Directly after, we met in a larger hangar to watch a video and were greeted by Mr. Pruett. Shortly after, we learned about the proper seating position, steering, throttle technique and helmet fitting.

The 8-hour course taught us about braking, line position, skid pad, autocross as well as lead and follow. Of course, like most AMG, BMW and Skip Barber racing platforms, we got to delve deep into how to drift (on wet asphalt) and ‘hit the apex.’

Towards the close of the day, all teams took to the slalom test to see who had the best time within their group for an assortment of prizes, including an F Sport watch and/or a hot lap with Pruett. After the announcement of the top three times, we were granted a certificate of completion which makes for a keepsake.

All in all, this was an awesome opportunity to learn more about dynamic performance vehicles in a safe and controlled environment. The LC 500 proved to be nimble, the RC F had a melodic exhaust note and the GS F was surprisingly agile (with its widebody).

In short, this is one of the best driving colleges offered on the Western Hemisphere and would constitute a memorable present for a celebratory moment and/or Christmas.

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Lokal Eatery & Bar, Vaughn Lowery, Jersey City, New Jersey, 360 MAGAZINE, Abraham John ARCHITECTS, Mona Panjwani, Walter Donadio

Lokal Eatery & Bar

By Vaughn Lowery

Jersey City officially opened up one of the swankiest restaurants on their waterfront with magnificent views of Manhattan. Mona Panjwani is the proprietor and visionary of this establishment. After 12 days of having their doors opened, they have built a team of individuals who are personable, approachable and possess a strong sense of ownership. Literally a recipe for prosperity.

With sufficient space, Lokal Eatery & Bar can comfortably sit up to 200 customers and is the perfect destination for a rehearsal dinner, trunk show, celebratory engagement and/or corporate gathering. Towards the rear, there’s a semi-private area with its own seating, lounge and sound system to drown out the clutter of what’s taken place in the main arena. “Lokal” murals, perfect for social engagement, are sprinkled throughout the spot which were constructed by a local commissioned artist. Adding an element of youth and elegance similar to its milieu. Overall the architecture and intent of this eclectic eatery have an industrial yet modern feel. Iron gates frame the bar and above the 30-foot island hangs a custom lighting installation.

Nestled in the heart of a rising luxury neighborhood within JC, this venue is destined to become one of the area’s most popular draws. Executive Chef, Walter Donadio, has managed to fabricate a tantalizing menu of appetizers, small plates and entrees which are certain to keep you coming back. Some of his best infused tapas and items include succulent scallops, rock shrimp, sauteed mushroom bowls as well as a vegan surf and turf packed with savory lentils. Most of their components are locally sourced and fresh from the Garden State – right down to the blueberries featured in some of their signature drinks.

Often times, you inflict a new place and the waitstaff is uncertain on what to recommend. That’s not the case for Lokal. Many of their squad members were well-informed on what they offer and even had ample recommendations for their handcrafted cocktails. Our favorites were their Elliott Stubb (reminiscent of an old fashioned) and Jerry Thomas – cucumber water iced cubes make this drink refreshing.

The future is bright for Lokal Eatery & Bar. And, with a strong location, menu and bar, it’s set to be one of the most prestigious brunch/dinner spots for global foodies, making it a firm contender for three Michelin stars and a James Beard Award. Subsequently, it’s extremely apparent that Mona and her crew are meticulous and pay close attention to details.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*Brunch is Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3pm. A perfect place to relax and kick back with friends as well as family before the week starts. If you eat meat, be sure to try the lamb burger. The Bloody Mary and Margarita are sure to get almost any party started.

**Happy Hour is daily from 5-7pm.

ABOUT TEAM LOKAL:

CHEF: Walter Donadio will serve as Lokal’s Executive Chef.

Donadio is a Michelin star kitchen trained chef with over 17 years of versatile culinary professional experience managing the provisions of fine dining for hotels, restaurants and country clubs. His experience spans the globe from various chef positions at Richy’s DMCC and Café Habana in Dubai to The Smith, Nobu Fifty Seven, Le Circ and Brasserie in New York, along with supervising kitchens at Hilton and Marriott in New Jersey. Passionate about food since growing up in his grandmother’s own restaurant, he loves combinations of flavors from different cuisines and is always searching for the perfect balance. He is a graduate from the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center).

OWNER: Mona Panjwani

Panjwani opens Lokal as an events industry vet in the Northern New Jersey region. She launched an events production company in 2014 and came across the idea to create Lokal more recently while seeking a venue for her own company. The gorgeous waterfront eatery in Jersey City – which will primarily serve as a full service restaurant and bar is also complete with event and private dining spaces – combines all of Panjwani’s skills, passion, experience and goals into one. Panjwani is a member of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Hudson County Women Rising and LadyDrinks South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Networking Professionals. She has been a Jersey City resident for a decade.

ARCHITECT: Abraham John ARCHITECTS

A multidisciplinary architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban planning firm founded in 1967. Abraham John & Alan Abraham are the Joint Principal Architects of Abraham John Architects. Abraham John Architects’ design approach is to re-connect architecture with nature, make optimum use of space, natural materials, lighting & landscape to reinvent and transform living environments and urban spaces. The firm works at multiple scales and with various organizations right from private clients to corporates & NGOs allowing itself to experiment and diversify its work.

LOCATION: Crystal Point Condos

2 2nd St, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302

PHONE: +1 201-222-6800

Lokal Eatery & Bar, Jersey City, New Jersey, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, waterfront

Lokal Eatery & Bar Joins Jersey City Waterfront

Eat, Drink and Stay Local at New Restaurant

Local bites meet big city sights as Jersey City welcomes its newest waterfront addition with the opening of Lokal Eatery & Bar. Keeping to its namesake, Lokal’s food and cocktail menus spotlight fresh ingredients sourced from the Garden State. The 6,000 square-foot spacious new restaurant also boasts panoramic Manhattan skyline views.

“Our mission at Lokal is to showcase the best the state has to offer and provide a place that reflects the culture of Jersey City,” said Mona Panjwani, owner of Lokal and Jersey City resident for over a decade. “We recognize the changing spirit of the area and are excited to create a hub that makes locals feel welcome. That, coupled with good food and drinks, contemporary design and gorgeous views, we are certain staying local will not disappoint.”

At the helm of the kitchen, Executive Chef Walter Donadio takes his nearly two-decade career of working in Michelin star kitchens around the globe to design a Modern American menu with options for everyone. Utilizing ingredients from the state as much as possible, the fare includes small plates made to be shared tapas-style—including crispy oysters, pan seared scallops, homemade hummus, mushrooms al ajillio and rock shrimp—a flat bread section and more. There are various vegetarian and vegan options.

Behind the beverage program is consultant Tess Sawyer. Taking her experience from creating innovative drinks at renowned NYC cocktail lounges including The Up&Up, Mother’s Ruin, Holiday Cocktail Lounge and The Happiest Hour, Lokal will offer a robust list of craft cocktails, including the signature Elliot Stubb, made with honey from New Jersey, yuzu juice, lemon juice, aquafaba, vermouth, and blueberry, which is the state fruit and the state’s most lucrative crop. Several spices in the other cocktails are locally sourced as well. Lokal will also offer an extensive wine program.

Designed by award-winning Abraham John Architects, the dining area accommodates approximately 200 guests. There is a large bar area, an indoor lounge section, plenty of private dining spaces and an airy outdoor patio which will expect to open by next spring. With floor to ceiling windows, the jaw dropping views of the Manhattan skyline are a stunning backdrop no matter where you stand. The overall design and concept were created and executed by restauranteur Hemant Phul.

Another fun addition, Lokal has a selfie wall in the back lounge area, and another designated wall to showcase accomplished artists from the neighborhood. The first iteration, on display now, was created by Dominika Zajdel.

The timing of Lokal’s opening is fitting—Jersey City has been experiencing a revitalization, becoming a culinary hub drawing in locals and tourists alike.Conveniently located just steps from the Newport PATH station, Lokal gives Manhattan dwellers the perfect excuse to cross the Hudson River and New Jersey residents a new reason to explore the beauty of their own backyard. While Lokal has private dining spaces for special occasions, the restaurant aims to become a neighborhood mainstay where, true to its name, locals feel welcome.

Kali Recieves Michelin Star

Amazing News here at Kali, the Michelin Guide just came back to LA and sprinkled some love for the Kali team. We were awarded a star, this is a huge achievement and we want to share it with everyone that works ,worked and supported us through the years. It has been a lifelong goal of Chef Kevin and Drew, and to manifest it is amazing. We want to thank all of our loyal clients and patrons over the years, we are humbled and honored by this award and let it be known it would not be possible without you all. Thanks so much. With this, expect a new chapter from Kali restaurant, one that is full of inspiration, creativity and growth.

Join us Tuesday June 18th for our Next Kollaboration Dinner

Please help us welcome Chef Teresa Montano of Otono Restaurant and Chef Shannon Swindle of The Lucques Group for our next Kolloboration dinner on Tuesday June 18th. With June being national pride month, we wanted to celebrate and do something special for our amazing community. Proceeds will be donated to the  Los Angeles LGBT Community Center . We will be serving a five course collaborative tasting menu this evening for $105 Food & $40 Wine. Make your reservations today for this event,as seats will sell out quickly. Opentable will not be available for reservations. Please call Kali 323-871-4160 to book your table.

 

SUMMER IN ALPS × FREE NIGHT OFFER

Those looking for a luxury break with a difference this summer should head to the Swiss Alps and take advantage of a free night offer at The Lodge, Sir Richard Branson’s beautiful mountain retreat in Verbier.

 

With Switzerland fast becoming a ‘must-visit’ destination and no town showcasing the beauty of the country more than Verbier, the spectacular Alpine views and an unrivalled variety of activities during the summer months make it the perfect summer getaway.

 

 

Between June and September 2019, The Lodge welcomes individual room bookings and its latest free night offer on stays of four nights or more makes it a must stay this summer. 

 

An outdoor Jacuzzi, stunning mountain views and flowing bubbles await when booking one of the chalet’s nine beautiful bedrooms. Stays at The Lodge are inclusive of all meals and drinks, and the Swiss and International cuisine, prepared by Michelin-trained chefs, is guaranteed to be one of the highlights.

 

Get to know the area with a gentle hike, or simply soak up some alpine sunshine from a hammock on the picturesque lawn. Those looking to unwind can enjoy a treatment in the capable hands of the resident beauty Relax and unwind with a treatment in the capable hands of our resident beauty therapistRelax and unwind with a treatment in the capable hands of our resident beauty therapisttherapists, or breathe in the mountain air during a refreshing morning yoga session. The buzzing town of Verbier is just a five-minute walk away and offers a wealth of designer boutiques for shopaholics looking for some retail therapy. 

 

The Lodge has an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, spa, a steam room, a party room, two bars and an award-winning Head Chef. There are plenty of activities on offer around the area from hiking to canyoning, to mountain biking to paragliding and much more.

 

Rates start from CHF 940 (approx. $930.00 at today’s exchange rate) per room, per night based on two adults sharing and guests staying four nights or more will be treated to their final night for free.

 

For bookings please call T: 877 577 8777 (US toll free). Alternatively e-mail enquiriesusa@virginlimitededition.com.

Sweden Turns Into World’s Largest Gourmet Restaurant

To highlight healthy and natural food available in nature, Sweden, together with four Swedish Michelin-starred chefs, is launching The Edible Country – a 100-million-acre-DIY gourmet restaurant. The restaurant, with a menu created from ingredients found in Swedish nature, is free of charge and open for reservations.

In this new global initiative, Sweden is showing the world how easy and accessible healthy food can be. The Edible Country consists of a nine-course menu that visitors can prepare and cook themselves – in the wild. It is co-created by Swedish Michelin-starred chefs Titti Qvarnström, Niklas Ekstedt, Jacob Holmström and Anton Bjuhr.

As part of the initiative, seven handmade wooden tables have been placed across the country with ready-to-use kitchen kits and cooking tools. The tables are bookable between May and September through visitsweden.com/ediblecountry or bookatable.co.uk/theediblecountry. And if they are fully booked, it is still possible to visit The Edible Country and prepare the dishes at any other preferred location in Swedish nature.

“Sweden is 96 percent uninhabited and yet easily accessible for everyone. Our nature is filled with edible ingredients and we want to invite the world to enjoy them, and at the same time wind down in nature like us Swedes do. By using our star chefs’ menu, this new and innovative DIY culinary experience makes it possible for visitors to explore and transform nature into gourmet food themselves,” says Jennie Skogsborn Missuna, Chief Experience Officer at Visit Sweden.

Highly processed foods have become everyday food for people all over the world, with healthy alternatives often perceived as complicated and inaccessible. With The Edible Country, Sweden proves how natural and healthy food can be just as tasty and easy to make as anything else, with ingredients available in nature.

“For me, Swedish nature has always been my biggest source of inspiration when cooking. The hours I have spent in the forest have turned into the realization that cooking outdoors, with the ingredients right in front of me, is the core of Swedish cuisine. The Edible Country is a symbol of how easy, close and uncomplicated food can and should be,” says Niklas Ekstedt.

The dishes on the menu vary depending on the season, so the ingredients can be found in nature almost all year round. Among the dishes is forest broth with poached perch and broiled herb butter, and freshly smoked char with chanterelles and wood sorrel. This and much more is found in The Edible Country, which is now open for reservations.

“At Bookatable we help diners find great restaurants to create memorable dining experiences, so we are absolutely delighted to help with this innovative idea. Discovering a new restaurant is always exciting, but getting to forage for food in Sweden’s beautiful countryside and then cook a dish created by a Michelin-starred chef is an opportunity not to be missed. My only advice would be to book up quickly!” says Michel Cassius, CEO Bookatable by Michelin.

> More information about the restaurant: visitsweden.com/ediblecountry

> Make your reservation at visitsweden.com/ediblecountry or bookatable.co.uk/theediblecountry

STUTTGART × MICHELIN RESTAURANTS

With 23 Michelin Stars and Local Producers, Stuttgart Reveals its 

Depth as a Food and Wine Destination

  

Stuttgart, the capital of the German federal state of Baden- Württemberg in the southwest of Germany, is emerging as a culinary destination. This cultural and delicious city is stocked with 23 Michelin stars but more important are the regional culinary traditions, wine producers and food companies that have been around for years and set the stage for Stuttgart’s tasty presentation today. #tastystuttgart highlights the delectable experiences, restaurants, food and wines that Stuttgart has to offer. Join us in this whirlwind tour of Stuttgart’s delectable culinary region and experience.    

  

Of SouthWest Germany’s 85 Michelin-starred restaurants, 23 of them are located in and around the capital city of Stuttgart and eight of them in the capital itself. Only two hours from Frankfurt and three hours from Paris, the city of Stuttgart is easy to get to by train or plane. The Stuttgarters’ embrace of the high tech of the future is equal to their love of tradition and local culture and is just as evident in the factories of Mercedes and Porsche as it is in the restaurants and kitchens of the region.

The first stop on your culinary tour of Stuttgart is the Wielandshöhe Restaurant on the Alte Weinsteige (the old wine road). Not only is this a Stuttgart gourmet institution led by one of the city’s most popular chefs but it also gives you a beautiful view of the city. The Wielandshöhe is considered a traditional establishment, but Chef Klink’s cooking is state-of-the-art: “We deliberately do not modernize our dishes, but rather aim for authenticity and goodness, not for flashy effects.” This self-image, eschewing ostentation and “plate tattoos,” is a modesty appreciated by Stuttgarters. In 1978, Vincent Klink, who grew up near Stuttgart, earned a Michelin Star, which he still holds to this day.

Chef Klink suggests that the second stop on your gourmet tour is Feinkost Böhm as THE place to go for all gourmets. Since 1889, the delicatessen has been producing specialty foods and it has a long tradition in the heart of Stuttgart. Located just around the corner from the modern art museum close to the Market Square and Palace Square, it is a perfect jumping off point for your second, third and fourth stops: the over 100-year old Market Hall, the Palace Square and the Schiller Square where you will find culinary experiences all year long.

Stuttgart’s Market Square is a historical site which dates back to the year 1304, and it is typically a hive of activity during the week. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings many of Stuttgart’s inhabitants pick up their shopping lists and head for Stuttgart’s Marketplace and Schiller Square for delicious local products. In late August, the square is dressed with bowers as it plays host to over 350 wine purveyors and 500 different wines from the region. At Christmas time, the square is abuzz with shoppers going from one beautifully decorated cabin to another for charming gifts and decorations.

Next door, the Palace Square is the heart of the city and you will get a special treat if you are visiting this September when the Stuttgart Beer Festival will be celebrating its 200-year jubilee. From 26th September to 3rd October, in the middle of the Palace Square, people will commemorate the festival’s founding by King Wilhelm I of Württemberg and his wife, Queen Katharina. The “historical Festival” will have nostalgic fairground rides and showmen in the tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Parallel to this, the popular Stuttgart Beer Festival will of course be held as usual on the Cannstatter Wasen fairground, where Stuttgart’s large breweries keep the beer flowing freely in the festival marquees.www.cannstatter-volksfest.de

The Palace Square is where you will find the Stuttgart legendary beer maker: Dinkelacker. Synonymous with the city’s reputation for hospitality and conviviality, Carls Brauhaus is home to Stuttgart’s famous Dinkelacker beers. Alongside typical Swabian specialities, the pub’s wide-ranging menu offers a number of German and international dishes. A visit is rounded off with the beer specialties from the family brewery. www.stuttgart-tourist.de/tastystuttgart

Another home-grown Stuttgart institution is the coffee manufacturer Hochland Coffee Roaster Hunzelman. Started in 1920 in Stuttgart, this company remains in family hands and has grown and diversified into producing delicious chocolates and sweets and packaging coffee for all of Germany. With a charming café over looking the small palace square, Hochland is a must-stop for a morning or afternoon coffee break. Not far from the city center, the company offers tours of its coffee roasting factory.

The fifth stop on your tour is 15 minutes from Stuttgart’s city center on the S train in the half-timbered town of Esslingen. This is one of the most charming cities in all of Germany with houses crowded around cobblestoned streets and squares. At the center of it all is the award-winning sparkling wine producer of Kessler. Once the advisor to France’s Veuve Cliquot, Kessler returned to his native roots all those years ago and started his own sparkling wine cellar. To this day, Kessler offers tours of its exquisite cellar, tastings in the old house and an always popular sparkling wine bar. http://www.kessler-sekt.de

The sixth stop is the wine hills that encircle the city.Wine has been grown in the region since around 300 A.D. Still to this day, the city’s municipal vineyards cover an area of some 60 acres – more than in any other German metropolis. In the 19th century steps and paths were built order to cultivate Stuttgart’s steep terraces more efficiently – the famous “Stäffele” (steps). During the wine months, the locals go out to the Besen, or broom pubs. These are the temporary wine bars run by Swabian vintners, where you can enjoy wine and food for 16 weeks each year. A broom at the door shows that the tavern is open for business. Throughout the year there are wine walking tours, Segway tours, the Museum of Viniculture and seasonal festivals for gourmets on the go.

The seventh and eighth stops on your whirlwind weekend tour is the chocolate town of Waldenbruch, only 20 minutes from Stuttgart. This is where they make the famous Ritter Sport, the square, fit-in-your-pocket chocolate bar created back in 1912. Visit the store to taste and buy a wide range of flavors. For adults, there is the company’s totally hip art gallery (Museum Ritter) and kids get the chocolate exhibition and workshop! www.ritter-sport.de/en_US/Visiting/If you are visiting during the Christmas season, then it is highly recommended to drive just one hour south from Ritter to the charming university town of Tübingen where the chocolate market, Chocol’Art, presents an extraordinary display of artisanry with objects made of chocolate that look as if they were real. www.chocolart.de/english-info/

The ninth, tenth and eleventh stops on your culinary weekend tour include insider tips from the top culinary experts. For example, Gutbrodstraße 1 is the address for a little enclave for the great art of patisserie called “tarte & törtchen;” the beloved TV Tower has the Panorama Café way up high and Leonardt’s Restaurant at the bottom; at Ludwigsburg Palace, you can have coffee with the duke in full costume and a full tour of the castle in English. And, you can visit the world’s only airport restaurant with one Michelin star, top air, at the Stuttgart Airport. A perfect ending to your weekend whirl! www.restaurant-top-air.de