Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery has signed for Fiorentina, the Serie A club announced on Wednesday.The 36-year-old, who won a record nine Bundesliga titles during his stay in Germany, has penned a two-year deal with the Florence-based side to take him through until 2021.The former France international brought the curtain down on a 12-year stay with the Bavarian giants last season after helping them to another domestic triumph. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Having started his career with his hometown club Boulogne in 2000, he spent spells with Ales, Brest, Metz and Galatasaray before moving to Marseille in 2005, where he made his name, helping the club to back-to-back Coupe de France finals.He subsequently moved to Bayern two seasons later, in 2007, for a then club-record fee of €25 million (£22.9m/$27.7m), where he helped the club dominate German football for the subsequent decade, winning his first title in his maiden season.Along with his domestic league triumphs, was also a six-time DFB-Pokal Cup winner and, in 2013, was a member of the Bayern team that memorably achieved the treble after they lifted the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.In 2008, he was named German Footballer of the Year, making him one of only five foreign players to date to be awarded the honour, while he came third in the Ballon d’Or race in 2013.At international level, Ribery was called up to the national team for the first time in 2006, playing a part in their World Cup near-miss against Italy in Germany, and he would go on to become a consistent presence until 2014, when he retired from representative football following the World Cup in Brazil, which he missed through injury.All in all, he won 81 caps for his country and scored 16 goals.Ribery becomes Fiorentina’s seventh arrival of the transfer window, joining players such as former Bologna midfielder Erick Pulgar and ex-Sassuolo striker Kevin-Prince Boateng in signing for Vincenzo Montella’s outfit.The former Viola boss took the reins in Florence for a second time in April, following the resignation of Stefano Pioli, with the club just avoiding a close shave with relegation from Serie A last season.
Unai Emery says Arsenal need Mesut Ozil at his very best as the German prepares to return to the squad for the first time this season.After enjoying a promising tour of the United States this summer where he showed glimpses of his best form, Ozil has endured an incredibly difficult few weeks – on and off the pitch.He and Sead Kolasinac were the victims of an armed robbery attempt outside the latter’s house last month and although both escaped unharmed, there have been incidents since which led to the two players being withdrawn from the squad to face Newcastle on the opening weekend of the new campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Kolasinac has since been integrated back into the fold, but illness saw Ozil miss out against Burnley and Emery did not feel his playmaker had recovered enough to feature against Liverpool last weekend.But the former Real Madrid star has now had a full week’s training ahead of Sunday’s north London derby and has been declared fit to play a part when Spurs visit the Emirates.And Emery believes having the 30-year-old available will be vital to Arsenal’s chances going forward.“Mesut Ozil, it’s the same message to him that I can say to you: we need him,” said Emery.“We need him first to be consistent in training and to be available in each match.“Last week he wasn’t ready to play 100 per cent in Liverpool. This week, he is getting better with each training and I think physically he is now better. He is closer to helping us.“We need him because he is a different player in our team. We have different ways to prepare one match thinking to win and different qualities with the players, different characteristics from them.“Really, for us, we need him to be available and he can help us with his quality.”Arsenal go into Sunday’s game on the back of their defeat at Liverpool last time out, but they still sit above Spurs in the table and would open up a five-point gap on their rivals with victory in the derby.It’s been a frustrating start to the campaign for Tottenham, who slumped to a shock home defeat at the hands of Newcastle last weekend – with boss Mauricio Pochettino admitting his squad felt unsettled.Meanwhile, there is a mood of optimism around Arsenal – mainly due to the work that was done during the transfer window when six new faces arrived.Two of the new additions, William Saliba and Dani Ceballos, could have joined Spurs – but ultimately decided that a move to the Emirates was the better option.So does that mean that Arsenal remain a more attractive proposition than Spurs, despite the fact they can only offer Europa League football?Emery is not so sure.“We signed the players we wanted and we are very happy with those players,” said the Spaniard. “They [Spurs] signed as well very good players, Ndombele and Lo Celso, I know him good.“I think our capacity and their capacity is very similar. The last year they are getting better in the table than us, but our challenge is now to reduce [the gap] and have the possibility to become better this year than them.“Sunday is the first match, the first challenge for them and for us. Really I am looking forward to seeing our team with our supporters, how we can respond, how we can do that test against them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of first half action as the Idaho Vandals and Florida Gators play at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)October is here and the 2019 college football season is heating up. Expect to see some teams separate themselves over the next few weeks.Both major polls have been updated before Week 6. Clemson is no longer the No. 1 team in the country, while there were some new teams cracking the top 25 this week.Every week, there are a handful of schools rated just a little bit higher than we feel they should be. That is the reason for this post.Here are the three “most overrated” teams in the updated Coaches Poll.Note, we listed the three teams in the order they were ranked in the poll, not necessarily by which we think is most overrated: No. 8 FloridaListen, we’re fine with the Gators being ranked in the top 10 right now. But first, we’d drop them behind No. 9 Wisconsin. That’s only a one spot drop, two if you think Notre Dame deserves to be ahead of them like AP voters do. So why is Florida on this list, you ask? We’re looking ahead and projecting losses to Auburn, LSU and Georgia. The Gators are a good team, but we don’t think they will be in the top 10 when all is said and done.No. 20 Wake ForestHey, the Demon Deacons are 5-0, and Dave Clawson continues to prove he can coach. Wake might be the second-best team in the ACC. But top 20? It doesn’t seem like it, considering how weak the league is this year and the fact Wake’s most impressive W is either a road victory over Boston College or a home win over UNC. However, if the Deacons can win two of their next three (Louisville, Florida State and NC State) at home and be 7-1 or 8-0 before playing Clemson, they will have proven they deserve to be one of the top 20 teams.No. 21 Texas A&MNot to pick on the Aggies, who make this list for the second week in a row, but this team probably doesn’t deserve to be ranked at 3-2. A&M definitely shouldn’t be higher than 24 or 25 at the very least. There’s no shame in losing to Clemson and Auburn, but when your three wins are against Lamar, Texas State and a squeaker against a bad Arkansas team, you aren’t No. 21. Plain and simple.You can view the full Coaches’ Poll here. The latest AP top 25 is here.
Hirving Lozano was stretchered off in Mexico’s Concacaf Nations League match against Panama on Tuesday after suffering an ankle injury.The Napoli forward was brought down from behind by Abdiel Ayarza on the hour mark, and Panama defender Fidel Escobar then stepped on Lozano’s ankle as he was falling to the ground. It was Escobar’s challenge that appeared to injure Lozano, who was down on the ground for several minutes receiving treatment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The 24-year-old eventually had to be stretchered off the field and was replaced by Jose Juan Macías with the match tied 1-1.While Lozano iced his ankle on Mexico’s bench, Macias made a major impact by scoring the game-winning goal on 75 minutes. Rodolfo Pizarro would add another goal in stoppage time as El Tri defeated Panama 3-1 at the Estadio Azteca. It was Mexico’s second win from two Nations League matches after El Tri defeated Bermuda 5-1 on Friday.With the international window over, Napoli will now face a nervous wait to find out the extent of Lozano’s ankle injury. Lozano has become a regular for Napoli this season after completing a summer move from PSV for a reported €42 million (£38.5m/$47m).After joining PSV from Mexican side Pachuca in 2017, Lozano became a star in the Netherlands by tallying 40 goals and 23 assists in 79 appearances.In eight appearances for his new club, Lozano has scored one goal, which came on his debut for Napoli against Juventus on August 31. That goal continued a remarkable string of debut goals for Lozano, as the El Tri star also netted in his first game for Pachuca and PSV, as well as on his competitive debut for Mexico.Lozano also scored on his Champions League debut with PSV, as well as his World Cup debut for Mexico in a win over Germany in last summer’s tournament in Russia.The Mexican will now be a major doubt for Napoli’s first game back from the international break, a home match against Verona on Saturday.Carlo Ancelotti’s side currently sit in fourth place in Serie A, six points behind table-topping Juventus.
Manchester United vs Liverpool is one of football’s most historic rivalries and one of the longest-running of all-time.The North West Derby is considered to be the biggest rivalry for both clubs and their supporters, so what happens when a player decides to swap Anfield for Old Trafford – and vice versa?Goal takes a look at players who have swapped loyalties between the two clubs during the Premier League era and beyond. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Which players have played for both Man Utd & Liverpool in the Premier League?Only Michael Owen and Paul Ince have played for both clubs during the Premier League era, though neither transferred directly from one club to the other.Owen is the most notable example, having cemented himself as a Kop idol during his eight seasons at Anfield in which he scored 158 goals in 297 appearances.At the height of his stardom, Owen completed a move to Real Madrid in 2004, though ended up being a flop. A knee injury sustained during the 2006 World Cup never allowed him to reach the heights he achieved at Liverpool, and after a spell at Newcastle, found himself signing for Liverpool’s deepest rivals, Manchester United, in 2009.Owen has maintained that he had been looking to return to Liverpool ever since leaving the club, even asking former defender Jamie Carragher to convince then-manager Rafael Benitez to sign him, but the move never materialised – and so he snapped up the chance to sign for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side as he believed the only other option was to hang his boots.“I spoke to Carra and tried to get Benitez to do something. I wanted to try to put it right somehow,” said Owen in Simon Hughes’ Ring of Fire.”When it became clear Benitez didn’t want to do a deal, I spoke again with [Sir Alex] Ferguson. He was very positive about me. I was 29 years old. Should I have decided to retire there and then?”Owen remained at Old Trafford for three seasons before retiring in 2013, with Liverpool fans never really quite forgiving him for signing for the Red Devils – viewing his decision as an act of betrayal due to their deep rooted rivalry.Ince is the only other player to have featured for both sides in the Premier League era, though had a stint at Inter in between. The ex-England midfielder spent six seasons at Man Utd from 1989-95 and spent two seasons in Serie A, before signing with Liverpool and turning out for two seasons at Anfield.There are tales of some almost-signings, however. In 2007, Man Utd received a bid from Liverpool to sign Gabriel Heinze, but Ferguson’s side refused to allow the transfer due to the rivalry. United claimed that their agreement was that Heinze would only be able to sign for a foreign side, should he decide to leave Old Trafford.Heinze, however, went public with his desire to join the Merseyside club, which didn’t go down too well with the Old Trafford faithful. The Argentine was eventually sold to Real Madrid.“It’s clear he’s a player we like and he’s a very good player,” Reds manager Benitez said at the time. “That’s the reason why they don’t want him to leave for us.“We made an offer which they rejected.”Which players have played for both Man Utd & Liverpool before the Premier League era?There are many more examples of players signing for Liverpool from Man Utd and vice versa before the inception of the Premier League in 1992.Tom Chorlton was the first player to have transferred to Man Utd directly from Liverpool, though Phil Chisnall’s move from Old Trafford to Anfield is the last time a player has been directly transferred between the two North West sides.Peter Beardsley played just once for Man Utd in 1982-83, but became a key player during his four seasons at Liverpool from 1987-91 following spells at Vancouver Whitecaps and Newcastle.Players who have transferred directly from Liverpool to Man Utd and vice-versa Year Name From To 1912 Tom Chorlton Liverpool Manchester United 1913 Jackie Sheldon Manchester United Liverpool 1920 Tom Miller Liverpool Manchester United 1921 Fred Hopkin Manchester United Liverpool 1929 Tommy Reid Liverpool Manchester United 1938 Ted Savage Liverpool Manchester United 1938 Allenby Chilton Liverpool Manchester United 1954 Thomas McNulty Manchester United Liverpool 1964 Phil Chisnall Manchester United Liverpool Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Executives from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, along with Norwegian Joy’s Godfather Wang Leehom and Hull Artist Tan Ping, joined VIP guests for the bottle breaking moment to officially christen the ship during a gala ceremony onboard the vessel in Shanghai. SHANGHAI, China – June 27, 2017 – Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market, was christened today in a lavish ceremony held onboard the vessel in Shanghai that featured an over-the-top performance by the ship’s Godfather, singer songwriter, music producer, actor and film director, Wang Leehom. At 167,725–gross-tons and accommodating 3,883 guests, Norwegian Joy features an innovative design, world-class finishes and amenities tailored to provide a “First Class at Sea” experience for Chinese guests, along with Norwegian’s signature cruising style that offers guests the freedom and flexibility to design their perfect vacation experience. “After years spent carefully designing this amazing vessel, my team and I are both proud and thrilled to finally christen the world’s first cruise ship custom-designed for the wonderful people of China,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This is truly a special moment for the entire Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings family, our valued travel partners, honored guests and dedicated officers and crew across our fleet.” In homage to Norwegian Joy’s eye-catching hull art, designed by famed Chinese artist Tan Ping and featuring a majestic phoenix, the christening ceremony began with a performance by renowned dancer and choreographer Yabin Wang, with her interpretation of the spirit of the phoenix through dance. Tan Ping, who also made a special guest appearance at the ceremony, selected the phoenix as the focal point for the ship’s hull artwork, as the iconic bird represents beauty and good luck in Chinese culture. The pinnacle moment of the christening ceremony came as Wang Leehom, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings executives and local Chinese government officials simultaneously smashed bottles of champagne against the side of a replica ship hull, which released an oversized bottle of Veuve Cliquot that shattered against the ship’s actual hull, signifying the maritime tradition of bringing good luck to all who sail on her. Wang Leehom, who serves as Godfather and brand ambassador for Norwegian Joy, ended the ceremony with an electrifying performance that wowed the crowd of VIP Chinese and Western guests. “I’m honored to officially welcome this incredible ship to China and share the cruising lifestyle with Chinese guests as the Godfather for Norwegian Joy,” said Wang Leehom. Norwegian Joy’s christening marks the end of a month-long grand inaugural tour where she has been showcased through events at the ports of Singapore, Qingdao, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, as well as VIP partner cruises from Norwegian Joy’s homeports of Shanghai and Tianjin. Norwegian JoyNorwegian Joy is Norwegian Cruise Line’s first purpose-built ship customized for the Chinese cruise market. The ship was designed to provide First Class at Sea experiences with onboard amenities that cater to the unique vacation desires of Chinese guests. Norwegian Joy offers a multitude of VIP accommodations including The Haven by Norwegian®, the brand’s exclusive, ship-within-a-ship luxury suite complex, and a Concierge level, an all-new accommodations category that provides a VIP experience that includes an exclusive Concierge Observation Lounge with 180 degree breath-taking views and larger balcony staterooms. Accommodation choices also include staterooms designed specifically for families, with a multitude of connecting staterooms for extended families traveling together, as well as a wide array of mini-suite, balcony, ocean view and interior staterooms, many with virtual balconies. Norwegian Joy boasts engaging and innovative activities including a first-at-sea two-level competitive racetrack; an open-air laser tag course; the Galaxy Pavilion that features thrilling simulator rides, Oculus virtual reality technology and interactive video walls; and two multi-story waterslides. In addition, Norwegian Joy features 28 dining options that range from traditional Chinese cuisine to upscale French, Italian and Steakhouse fine dining restaurants, along with a tranquil open space park, as well as the line’s largest upscale shopping district, complete with everything from exceptional duty-free shops to world-renowned global luxury brands. For more information on Norwegian Joy, please contact an authorized Norwegian travel partner or visit www.goncl.cn (in China) or https://www.ncl.com/norwegian-joy (in US) or follow Norwegian Joy’s official wechat: NuoWeiZhen.
Renowned Lifestyle Brand Opens First Central America Resort on the Costa Rican Coast Guanacaste, Costa Rica – December 6, 2018 – Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo celebrated its opening in Costa Rica with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, November 30. More than 100 special guests gathered at the property to mark the successful completion of its multi-million-dollar rebranding. The 120-room destination resort is ideally located on a Blue Flag Certified ecological beach in the Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica, just minutes from some of the area’s best attractions. “Today is an exciting day for Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo – one we’ve been anticipating for quite some time, and we are thrilled to officially welcome Margaritaville to Costa Rica in the best way possible, with food, drinks, and fun,” said Pedro D’oñas, general manager of Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo. Throughout the ribbon-cutting celebration, attendees enjoyed light bites and tropical drinks from the resort’s new dining concepts, including 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, along with live entertainment. A program of remarks featured D’oñas, along with Carlos J. Rodriguez, Chairman & CEO of Driftwood Acquisitions & Development, which owns the resort, and Rick Cunningham, Vice President of Hotel Development for Margaritaville. “It’s an honor to welcome travelers from near and far to the new Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo,” said Rodriguez. “We’re proud to have overseen the successful renovation and rebranding of the resort and are confident it will make a great addition to Costa Rica’s booming hospitality scene.” Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo made its debut under the Margaritaville brand with several new signature restaurant concepts, updated guestrooms, a completely redesigned lobby, a refreshed exterior, and new activities for kids and adults. The resort features 120 guest rooms with casual-luxe décor that instantly transports guests into a vacation state of mind. Guests can enjoy countless amenities, including a water sports center with equipment rentals, a spa, lighted tennis courts, and a family center that includes foosball, ping-pong, and a movie theater screening the latest movies in Spanish and English. For some fun in the sun, the resort has three outdoor pools including one with a swim-up License to Chill Bar, a children’s pool and an activity pool. To make a reservation, or for more information, visitwww.MargaritavilleBeachResortCostaRica.com or call 1-844-569-8851.Follow Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo on www.facebook.com/MargaritavilleCR/, and @MargaritavilleCR on Instagram. About Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa FlamingoOverlooking the golden shores and crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo is a 120-room destination resort inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett. This new tropical escape transports guests into a vacation state of mind, blending Margaritaville’s authentic “no worries” vibe with Costa Rica’s laid-back Pura Vida philosophy. The beachfront resort offers multiple diverse restaurant concepts, three pools including one with a swim-up bar, live entertainment, a full-service spa, 24-hour fitness center, a family entertainment center with an in-house theater room, water sports rentals and more. Perfect for small corporate groups and beachfront weddings, the resort also boasts 3,264 square feet of indoor event space and multiple outdoor venue options. Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo is a part of Margaritaville’s growing collection of hotels and resorts. Today, the global lifestyle brand features 15 lodging locations with more than 20 additional projects in the pipeline.
This year’s proceeds will provide full scholarships for needy students to attend the University of the West Indies This prestigious event will bring together just over 1,500 Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Professor Stephen C. Vasciannie will be the guest speaker Story Highlights Jamaica’s independence celebrations in the New York tri-state area will come to a climax on Saturday, August 17, when the Jamaica Independence Celebration Foundation, Inc (JICFI) stages the annual Independence Ball in commemoration of Jamaica’s 51st year of independence.This prestigious event will bring together just over 1,500 Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica at the New York Hilton Hotel in downtown Manhattan, where the island’s colors, and music will be on display.The ball, which is being held under the distinguished patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica to New York, Herman G. LaMont will have as its special guest speaker, Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Professor Stephen C. Vasciannie. Noted Jamaican actress Sheryl-Lee Ralph will compere the event.Two distinguished Jamaicans, Heather Foster, Office of Public Engagement at the White House, and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Answorth A. Allen, along with Irie Jam Media, will be honored this year. Patrons to this year’s ball will dance to music provided by the Fabulous Five Band.Speaking at the media launch held at the Jamaican Consulate in New York, Chairperson of the JICFI, Paulette Willoughby said that over the years, proceeds from the ball have been used to support several organisations.Among them are the New York City Rescue Mission, Good Shepherd Foundation, Early Childhood Foundation, Ward Theatre Foundation, Boys’ Town Foundation, Alpha Boys’ House, American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI), American Cancer Society, Mission for the Poor and Mustard Seed Communities.Ms. Willoughby informed that this year’s proceeds will provide full scholarships for needy students to attend the University of the West Indies, as well as support for an early childhood institution.The JICFI, a non-profit organisation, dedicated to celebrating Jamaica’s independence, seeks to bring together Jamaicans in the Diaspora to a signature ball, held in New York annually. The gala will showcase Jamaica’s food and culture.Contact: Derrick Scott
Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Steak in the Oven 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Valentine’s Day is almost here and, because of that, we here at The Manual have ensured that you’ve got everything you need in order to properly celebrate the day. We’ve got you covered if you need a few cocktails to shake up for your lady (or maybe even some wine for after cocktails) — and you can’t forget the gifts.What we haven’t covered yet is what to do when you’re staying in and making a meal. It’s Valentine’s Day, so you don’t want to cook any old thing. On this night, you’re going to want something to stimulate not just the senses but … other things. You want aphrodisiacs — you know, those foods that are purported to get that libido running like a ’67 Mustang. Luckily, there are a number of foods out there that will do the trick.We’ve selected four foods widely considered to be aphrodisiacs — caviar, chile, scallops, and chocolate (because who could say no to more chocolate?) — and provided a corresponding recipe for each. All you’ll have to do is light a few candles, put on some Barry White, and prepare to have the best Valentine’s Day ever.CaviarMatt Taylor GrossWith so many types of caviar out there (Do you get Beluga? Kaluga?) and so many options for what to serve with it (Are blinis the best bet? What about cheese?), we thought we would go to an expert to see which caviar to choose and what to pair with it. Here are recommendations from chef Rich Torrisi of The Pool Lounge in New York City:“After tasting dozens of caviars, we found Baeri to be a great French [sturgeon] caviar. We loved the mild flavor and firm texture. The trout roe and uni are equally popular as well,” Torrisi says. “That said, we wanted it to be about the accouterments, which is why you can have it with uni, trout roe, caviar, or anything else great in season. It includes soft-boiled jidori eggs, potatoes, blinis, crème fraîche, and chives, which is our favorite way to enjoy caviar. The potatoes are confit in duck fat first and then roasted in the oven. They are a specific type of potato that we work with a farmer to grow that taste the best when cooked this way. The blinis are made à la minute for each order.”Chile-Rubbed Hanger SteakOleksandr Briagin/Getty Images(Created by Floyd Cardoz, Flavorwalla)Ingredients:4 guajillo chiles, seeds removed4 dried chipotle chiles2 ancho chiles, seeds removed3 lb trimmed hanger steak, cut into 5-6 ounce pieces1 c boiling water.25 c canola oil6 tbsp cider vinegar2 tsp sugar2 tsp dried Mexican oregano1 tsp black peppercorns.5 tsp cumin seeds8 garlic cloves4 whole clovesKosher saltFinishing salt, such as MaldonMethod:Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Place the ancho, guajillo, and chipotle chiles in the pan and toast, turning once, until slightly colored on both sides (about 5-7 minutes).Remove and submerge in boiling water. Let soak for 10 minutes.Meanwhile, in a spice/coffee grinder, finely grind the oregano, peppercorns, cumin seeds, and cloves. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.Place the chiles and their soaking liquid in a blender. Add the garlic, vinegar, oil, and sugar, and blend until smooth.Transfer to the bowl with the spices and stir until well combined.Rub the marinade over the steak and seal in a Ziplock bag. Place in refrigerator to marinate for 24 hours.Prepare a medium grill. Remove the steak from the marinade and season generously with salt. Let stand at room temperature while the grill heats.Grill the steak for 5-7 minutes per side for medium-rare, or to desired doneness. Transfer to a cooling rack and let rest for about six minutes.Slice steak against the grain, sprinkle with finishing salt, and serve.Manchester Sea ScallopsTomekbudujedomek/Getty Images(Created by Andrea Correale, Elegant Affairs)Ingredients:1 lb large sea scallops6 slices thick-cut bacon4 tbsp butter2 tbsp Vermont maple syrup1 tbsp olive oil.25 tsp cayenne pepperKosher salt to seasonFresh thyme to garnishChives to garnishMethod:In a large cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Thoroughly pat scallops dry and season with kosher salt.Sear scallops in the pan until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes). Turn scallops and cook for 1 more minute. Remove to a plate.Add bacon to the pan and stir to cook. Allow bacon to crisp slightly (about 4-5 minutes). Remove bacon to a plate and drain the fat.Turn heat to medium-low and add the butter to the pan. Stir butter over heat until slightly browned (about 2 minutes). Add maple syrup, cayenne, and bacon. Stir to combine. Season sauce with a pinch of kosher salt.Add the scallops back to the pan and spoon sauce over scallops until heated through (about 2 minutes).Garnish with thyme leaves and chopped chives. Serve alone or over a complimentary risotto dish!Chocolate BrunoPhoto by Steve Hill(Created by Eric and Bruce Bromberg, Blue Ribbon Restaurants)Ingredients:18 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped5 oz white chocolate, chopped2 oz graham crackers (1/2 sleeve or 4 full crackers), crushed (1 cup)1 cup + 3 tbsp unsalted butter3 tbsp brewed espresso1 tbsp sugar8 large egg yolks8 large egg whites*Method:Line six 8-ounce ramekins with parchment or wax paper.In a double boiler or in a bowl set over simmering water, melt the white chocolate. Stir in the graham crackers.Divide equally among the prepared molds, using a spoon to spread evenly on each base. Refrigerate until firm (about 2 hours).In the top of a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the semi-sweet chocolate and butter with the espresso. Let cool for 2 minutes. Stir in (do not whisk) the yolks until just incorporated.In a mixing bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the whites until foamy. Slowly add the sugar and increase the speed. Beat until the whites form soft, floppy peaks.Fold a little bit of the whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, then gently fold in the remaining of the egg whites.Spoon the mousse into the molds and level the tops with an offset spatula or spoon. Chill until set (about 3 hours or overnight)To serve, gently dip the bottoms of the ramekins in a bowl of hot water for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Run a spatula along the edges of the ramekin (outside the wax paper) and pop out mousse. Remove the paper. Transfer the desserts to plates and serve.*Note: Pregnant women, the elderly, and people who have compromised immune systems should exercise caution when consuming the raw egg whites in this recipe.Death by Chocolate Avocado BrowniesElegant Affairs(Created by Andrea Correale, Elegant Affairs)Ingredients:1 bag of Baker’s Chocolate1 c dark chocolate chips.75 c cocoa powder.75 c flour.75 c pure maple syrup.5 c vegetable oil1 tsp vanilla extract1 tsp baking powder.5 tsp Kosher salt1 egg1 ripe avocado mashed smoothMethod:Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray an 8×8-inch pan with non-stick spray.In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, avocado, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Mix well until smooth.Gradually add the flour mixture to the avocado mixture and blend well. Gently fold in chocolate chips and pour into prepared pan.Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.Melt Bakers chocolate on the stove top. Pour over the top of brownies. Allow to and top to harden, and serve.If Barry White is your jam, take a gander at our playlist of romantic music that isn’t too cheesy.Article originally published by Amanda Gabriele on February 13, 2017. Last updated by Sam Slaughter in February 2019.
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Forget working on a deep sea oil rig, crabbing in Alaska, or risking life and limb fighting wildfires. Airline PR Rep has to be the toughest job in the world. Daily responsibilities include convincing customers that your client is not, in fact, the devil. Americans are happier dealing with the IRS than with most airlines. Now, we have one more reason to mistrust — or downright loathe — airlines. It turns out many airlines have technology installed in every seat with the capability to “see” their passengers.CNN recently reported on a Twitter user who posted photos of “an interesting sensor” he noticed aboard a Singapore Airlines flight. He found the device, which looked suspiciously like a camera lens, embedded just below the inflight entertainment system (IFE) on the headrest in front of him. The airline confirmed that it was indeed a camera, but went on to clarify, “These cameras have been intended by the manufacturers for future developments … [They] are permanently disabled on our aircraft and cannot be activated on board. We have no plans to enable or develop any features using the cameras.”CNN reached out to several domestic and international airlines, including Delta, United, American, and JetBlue, who all confirmed their cameras are dormant. Most agreed with American Airlines’ response that they are “a standard feature” that’s part of every stock IFE system. However, none has plans to do anything with them. While the news might surprise most air travelers, the technology has been an “open secret” for some time. Two years ago, Panasonic Avionics proudly debuted a high-tech version of their new IFE for Emirates airlines which included a camera, speaker, and microphone.Still, in an age where it seems public restrooms are the only remaining place not under surveillance, these cameras are sounding a few alarms. Most air passengers agree that heavy camera use is a necessary evil to bolster airport security, but is there really a need for anyone to be spying on us while we’re sleeping on a cross-country red-eye flight? It’s raised enough eyebrows that two U.S. senators — Louisiana’s John Kennedy and Oregon’s Jeff Merkley — are probing major domestic carriers for answers. They want concrete data on the number of cameras being used and “the type of information that is collected or recorded.”At a time when many airlines are barely turning a profit, it’s unlikely they could afford or would even care to hire a secret cadre of surveillance workers to spy on passengers’ in-flight routines. What is a concern, however, is whether and how nefarious third parties might hack these cameras. The senators are calling this potential misuse of “a serious breach of privacy.”That might sound like a bunch of Alex Jones-level conspiracy theory nonsense, but consider that just this year, Apple realized that hackers could easily spy on your FaceTime calls without your knowledge. If you own an Amazon Alexa-enabled device or any Android smartphone, it’s likely recording everything you say and sending it to the cloud. So, if some ne’er-do-well can hack those devices, they can easily listen in on your most private conversations.While this all might sound scary, the best method to defeat camera snooping — whether from your laptop or your airline’s IFE system — is surprisingly old-school: electrical tape. Mark Zuckerberg does it, and you probably should too. It’s cheap, simple, and works every time. Editors’ Recommendations Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight? What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020 Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind
Hello, day drinking, one of our oldest and closest friends. We’ve chilled with you on holidays, during countless tailgate parties, and really, a bunch of times we probably shouldn’t have but did anyway because screw it, it was a hard week and we needed to crack a beer at 9 a.m. With spring here and summer just around the corner, it’s time to dust off those drinking muscles and get ready to do it all day long again.When you think about it, day drinking is the true sport of kings. Yes, sports like basketball, football, soccer, and hockey take athletic prowess, but no sport (sans cricket, perhaps) lasts as long as a good bout of day drinking. That being said, day drinking ain’t easy. You can’t just go in blind and expect to have a good, enjoyable time. To think otherwise is bush league. If you go too hard too fast, you’re going to be passed out by noon, giving your friends ample time to give you some new Sharpie tattoos.With these tips and tricks, we’ll make sure that you can start and end any day drinking session like the Last Action Hero that you are.Create a Strong FoundationIf you plan to drink from morning to night, you need to start off strong. Make a good, hearty breakfast to give you a good base from which to work from. Bacon, eggs, anything fried — all of this will help pad your gut for when you start your day. Not a chef? Go to Denny’s. Drink your coffee, eat your hash browns, and get ready to be a champion.If you are a chef, we recommend these Hatch chili recipes or cooking up some of these protein-packed waffles. Don’t forget plenty of bacon.Plan Your PlaylistEver been at a party where the music blows? The dude hosting the party would give anything to spend four minutes with Coldplay and his music reflects that. Even if you’re amped up and ready before you get to the party, after about 20 minutes, you’re looking at your watch or trying not to pass out on the couch. If music is going to be part of your day drinking adventure — and it should be, because good music makes any event better — make the playlist good. Make it something people can shout along to, something they can “dance” to, something where after 11 beers people believe they actually are part of the band, taking the bottle of Cuervo and using it as a microphone to belt out off-key renditions of Bon Jovi’s greatest hits.Lucky for you, we’ve got both a day drinking playlist as well as a summer barbecue playlist to keep the tunes going strong all day long.Know Your BoozeKnow the booze you’re bringing and make sure you’re keeping track. It’s one thing to drink Bud Lights all day long. It’s a whole different ball game if you think drinking straight whiskey from morning to night is a smart idea. Think about the alcohol by volume of what you’re drinking and string the drinks along in proper amounts for your tolerance. Remember, they’re called session beers for a reason.Here are some great Baseball-themed beers to try out. Feeling spirits instead? Check out the best mixers to have on hand for both gin and vodka.Pace YourselfSeems obvious, right? Everyone has heard this from the first time they ever showed up at a frat party, worrying if the cops were going to storm it and steal their Solo cup. Don’t go hard right at 8 a.m. If you’re going to have a shot, great, do it up, but multiple shots before 10 a.m.? Probably not the best idea. Again, think about the ABV of the alcohol you’re drinking for the day and try and plan around it.Water, Water EverywhereStay hydrated. You may not want to drink water but do it anyway. It’ll prolong your day and, hell, it’ll help with the next day, too. Future self will thank you.Want something with bubbles? Check out these sparkling waters.Plan Snacks and MealsSame thing as step No. 1. Food is essential for a long day of drinking. You don’t want to take away from your buzz by having anything too heavy, but you need something in your stomach. Snacking on things like chips and salsa or guacamole are great as they are carbs and fats, but if an actual meal like burgers or hot dogs or ribs is going to be served, get yourself a plate. If you’re not hungry, tell your drunk self you need it and eat something anyway.You can pick up these healthy drunchies or you can go the unhealthy route and make up a bunch of homemade chocolate tacos.Put Your Phone Somewhere SafeThey say that nothing good happens after midnight, but when you are day drinking, your midnight might be 3 p.m. Friendships, relationships, and phone contracts have all been rent asunder by long days of drinking. Not only is it a practical thing — Do you really want to spend all of the next day waiting to see if your iPhone dries out in a bag of rice after you dropped it while playing beer pong? — but you can avoid some serious drunk-text idiocy if you just put it somewhere safe. Think back to those college parties: How many times did it really work out for you to drink and text?Now, what are you waiting for? Get out there and day drink!Originally published August 13, 2017. Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy
Alex BottleThis stylish bottle will keep your beverages hot for six hours and cold for 18 hours. The modular construction makes it ideal for doubling as a cocktail shaker or short tumbler (simply unscrew and use the bottom half). It also comes with a convenient carrying strap, a silicone sleeve for added protection, and a handful of trendy colors. Oh, and it’s dishwasher-safe!Takeaway:Available in 26 ounces.The modular design really is unique among the competition. A proper water bottle is an essential piece of the modern man’s ensemble. Whether working the office hustle or hustling outdoors, the right water bottle can provide all your hydration needs — hot, cold, or anywhere in between. We compiled a list of the best insulated water bottles on the market according to price, functionality, and aesthetics.If you’re still unsure about the need for a reusable bottle, consider the two-fold benefits. Not only is using a water bottle economical, environmentally conscious, and just plain useful, but it also lets friends and coworkers know that those are principles you value. Do yourself and your beverage of choice a favor and buy an insulated bottle that works for you.Best OverallHydro Flask BottlesGreat insulation, simple design, bold color choices, an easy-to-carry handle, a lifetime warranty — what else could you want? What about a company that cares about our green spaces? Through its Parks for All program, Hydro Flask provides grants to non-profit organizations focused on building, maintaining, restoring, or providing better access to parks. Couple this with a long-lasting design that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours, and you’ve got a bottle that can work for everyone.Takeaway:Available in 18 ounces, 21 ounces, 24 ounces, 32 ounces, 40 ounces, and 64 ounces, as well as regular and wide mouthsThe wide variety of sizes, colors, and matching lids are hard to beat.Starts at $30 from Hydro FlaskBest Buy Vremi Stainless Steel Water BottleThis insulated water bottle has all the basics: stainless steel, double wall insulation, a 16-ounce carrying capacity, and the ability to keep drinks cold or warm for up to 12 hours. For just over 10 bucks, it will get the job done. The not-so-great details of the bottle is that it’s not particularly attractive, has a small mouth, and has a cheap quality about it — but it works!Takeaway:Available in 16 ouncesAlthough it’s not as pretty or persistent as the other options on this list, it is your best bottle on a budget. Best for the Office Klean Kanteen Insulated WideWhen it comes to keeping beverages warm or cold at the office, Klean Kanteen makes a bottle that is fresh and functional. With double-wall vacuum insulation, stainless steel construction, and attractive colors to choose from, your Klean Kanteen should follow you to all of your staff meetings. The best part is the Cafe Cap, which is leak-proof, easy to drink from, and just all around clean.Takeaway:Available in 12 ounces, 16 ounces, and 20 ouncesThe Cafe Cap matches the wide mouth, which makes it easy to fill with ice or clean. OtterBox Elevation 20 TumblerLike its Yeti counterpart, the Elevation is stainless steel in construction but can be dressed up in a few bold colors. If that wasn’t enough, you could also add a sleeve for more color options and added grip. Add to that a sweat-resistant design, an OtterBox lifetime warranty, and a range of compatible lids, from a shaker to a French press, and you have a multi-purpose bottle that can make your coffee and store it, too.Takeaway:Available in 20 ouncesDid we mention the Otterbox lifetime warranty? $30 from Amazon $20 from Amazon Best Heavy-Duty Options Yeti RamblerUse the Rambler to keep your hot chocolate hot, your cocktails chilled, and your water from spilling on all sorts of adventures, whether it be a simple commute to the office or an extended car camping trip. The cap screws on tight, providing a tougher seal than Yeti’s popular tumbler. It comes in six colors, plus the classic stainless steel. The double-wall insulation is dishwasher-safe, as well as damage- and rust-resistant.Takeaway:Available in 18 ounces, 26 ounces, and 36 ounces.The Rambler boasts the same durability that Yeti is known for. $10 from REI $11 from CampSaver.com $9 from Amazon 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Nalgene Tritan Wide-Mouth Bottle with Insulated SleeveThis is insulated spin on a classic water bottle. Nalgene is known for its 32-ounce water bottle that is great for, well, water. If hydration is your goal, carry this lightweight water bottle around with you wherever you go and measure your liquid consumption as you gulp through the day. To keep your drink cool, add the neoprene sleeve that has a simple and attractive design.Takeaway:Available in 32 ounces.Both the bottle and sleeve are interchangeable and easy to customize (and wash). $33 from Alex $30 from OtterBox $30 from YETI Best Lightweight Options CamelBak Podium Big ChillWhether you’re crushing the pavement on a road bike or tossing a frisbee at the park, you can take down the heat with CamelBak’s Podium Big Chill insulated water bottle. Constructed with BPA-free plastic, this double-walled bottle with closed cell foam technology should replace any standard water bottle you’ve got stashed alongside your outdoor gear. On a hot day, the Podium Big Chill will keep you and your drink cooler for longer. The self-sealing Jet Valve cap allows you to you hydrate without pause and, once you’re done for the day, can keep your drink from leaking in your bag with a secure lockout. With a handful of different color and design options, this bottle can fit both your active and style needs.Takeaway:Available in 25 ounces.This bottle is easy to carry via hand or bike and can story well in a backpack. $22 from Klean Kanteen S’well Stainless Steel BottlesMany insulated bottles are double-walled, but S’well takes it a step further with triple-wall insulation. That not only means your cold drinks will stay cold (for 24 hours) and your hot drinks hot (12 hours), but you won’t get any pesky condensation on the outside. The best part: there are so many color options.Takeaway:Available in 9 ounces, 17 ounces, and 25 ounces.Personalization is key — imagine a color or a pattern and S’well is bound to have it.Prices Start at $25 from S’wellArticle originally published June 2, 2017. 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Travel Professional NEWS® speaks with Joni Rein, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Scenic US With 2017 upon us, what new things can we expect to see this year? Scenic Luxury Cruises is well known as an innovator in the Luxury River Cruise market. Scenic is the only river cruise company to offer 6-star service, unparalleled luxury and all at a truly all-inclusive rate. The company is focused on delivering quality and excellence to both our travel partners and the guests they entrust to us. Each innovation takes the best interests of both in mind. Here is what our travel partners can expect for 2017: A River Cruise Guarantee. You will find this guarantee only with Scenic and, a first in the industry. We have partnered with a well-known global insurance provider to offer cruising travel insurance. On every Scenic river cruise guests are automatically covered once the cruise begins. Our river cruise guarantee is designed to insure for unforeseen events rather than minor delays or deviations. Our guests are covered for any delays or cancellations that occur due to weather, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or strikes. In the event a claim is required, instead of the industry standard of future cruise credits, guests will be refunded in the manner in which they paid for their cruise. It’s another way of showing our appreciation for your booked guests by providing this extra peace of mind. And best of all, it’s at no additional charge as it another benefit of their all-inclusive rate. Smooth sailing down the Douro River. Scenic has staff and has operations established in Porto. Our travel partners know that this means that we own, operate and have full control of our ships that cruise the Douro. Our guests get the same unparalleled luxury and 6-star service no matter where we are cruising. Having an operational presence in Portugal also gives us the advantage to offer longer cruises and to include additional stops that guests wouldn’t find on any other river cruise line. At Scenic we are very appreciative of our travel partner relationships. This year brings about a significant increase in our capacity. This growth is a testament to the support that we receive each and every day from you, our travel partners. We are consistently working to make it easier for you to do business with us. With that said, in Q3 we will be launching a new Agent Portal. This portal will house all of the tools that will help you successfully market and sell more Scenic Luxury Cruise products. And, at an average commission of $1,500 per booking, this is a place that you will want to become familiar with. What do you expect to be your most popular ships in 2017? It is very hard to select a most popular ship. All our Scenic Space-Ships are intimate and luxurious. If it wasn’t for the ever-changing scenery, you would believe that you were staying in a stylish 6-star hotel. What do you expect to be your most popular itineraries in 2017? (I left the cruises that Bill selected, just wrote around them and then added the paragraph about the Eclipse) Scenic’s itineraries are all very popular, however, we are seeing a little more interest this year in these 5 sailings:Gems of the Danube (8 day cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest)Rhine Highlights (8 day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel)Jewels of Europe (14 day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest)Gems of the Seine (11 day cruise from Paris to Paris)Breathtaking Bordeaux (12 day cruise in Bordeaux) As with all our programs, these incredible journeys include luxurious accommodations, 6-star service and are inclusive of all meals and beverages aboard one of our Scenic Space-Ships. Additionally, guests are entitled to private butler service, shore excursions, exclusive Scenic Enrich events, our Tailormade GPS program and even our Scenic Sundowners – our exclusive cocktail receptions hosted at some of Europe’s most majestic locations. One price, one incredible journey. Bookings are also very strong for the Scenic Eclipse, the world’s only Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic, set to debut next year. World-class innovation meets luxury with this 6-star, ultra-luxury mega yacht. She will carry 228 guests in 114 all-veranda suites and offer the same signature brand of all-inclusive luxury Scenic is known for. Guests will enjoy the highest level of inclusions – all meals (no surcharge at any onboard dining venue), complimentary top-shelf beverages all day every day, butler service with an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio and onboard entertainment and lectures in the 240-seat theater. As with all Scenic cruises, all tips and gratuities are included as is complimentary Wi-Fi, expert local guides for included shore excursions, a choice of included Scenic Freechoice activities to personalize the guest experience plus numerous Scenic Enrich special events. Adding even more to the uniqueness of the product, the Scenic Eclipse will take guests to places previously thought inaccessible by using its two on-board helicopters as well as a seven-seat submarine, offering a whole new dimension of wonder. While these twin-engine helicopters take guests beyond the horizon, the custom-built submarine will be providing optimal sightseeing to the rarely-visited world below the water surface. The Scenic Eclipse will launch in the Mediterranean in August 2018; her maiden voyage season will include The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords. For more information, visit scenicusa.com. With Travel Professionals on the rise, will you be offering any new training or incentives for Travel Professionals to focus on your line? Since my arrival at Scenic I have been visiting and speaking with many travel partners. Our travel partners are very important to our success and growth, and we are committed to providing the training and tools to help them market and sell more of our products. Scenic SpecialistBecome a Scenic Specialist. Travel partners can best how to describe the features and benefits of luxuriating onboard a Scenic River Cruise. A series of online courses are available to help them:Position our 6-star, truly all-inclusive river cruises with unparalleled luxury featuresLocate potential clients who fit the profile of our guestsNavigate our website and other resources to better market the Scenic family of products The modules are quick, they are easy, and upon completion of the training, travel partners are eligible for up to a $100 per passenger incentive when booking their next Scenic river cruise. This Specialist training is located at http://sceniccruisescourse.com/.Free Luxury Cruise Giveaway Not only can our travel partners earn an average of $1,500 per booking, we are also offering them the opportunity to enter to win a FREE cruise including roundtrip business class airfare on our brand new, discovery yacht, the Scenic Eclipse. Every booking made for 2017 departures now through the end of April qualifies them for entry. More details can be found at www.scenicusa.com/agent-portal/eclipse-competition.Truly All-Inclusive River Cruise A Scenic river cruise is the only truly all-inclusive river cruise. Everything is included: From unforgettable excursions, fine dining and complimentary beverages throughout your cruise to traditional musical performances and fascinating natural history presentations. Demand for river cruises is at an all-time high. With our River Cruise Guarantee and commissions averaging $1,500 per booking, there is no better time than now to start selling. What three things do you feel set your product apart from the competition? Scenic has always been known as an innovator in river ship design and guest experience among travel partners, guests and the cruise industry in general. Here are my top three:One of my favorite features onboard our “Space-Ships” is the Sun Lounge. The Sun Lounge functions both as a solarium and an open-air balcony. The design is ingenious. With just a gentle press of a button, the folding glass door smoothly glides open and your balcony seamlessly converts into our exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge allowing you to enjoy the luxury of extra space as well as the unfolding landscape. It’s your own private oasis where you can enjoy breakfast, read a quiet chapter, or sip a glass of complimentary wine as you admire wondrous scenery. Next, I would have to say our new Scenic Eclipse. It is the World’s First and Only Discovery Luxury Yacht and our first ocean cruise ship. Due to come on line in August 2018, guests on each sailing will enjoy a choice of six onboard dining options – from contemporary fine dining with French cuisine, to Pan Asian, Italian and steak to casual al-fresco dining on the Pool Deck or in the Ocean Cafe Lounge. The ship also features a nearly 5,000 sq. ft. spa offering an extensive menu of luxury treatments, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and plunge pools. We continue to set the standard for unparalleled luxury and guest comfort. And finally, the fact that we are truly all-inclusive. Everything is really included from airport transfers, shore excursions, all drinks, even our exclusive Scenic Enrich and Sundowner events. Additionally, our offer of our exclusive River Cruise Guarantee. Another first for Scenic and, again, included in the overall price of the cruise. A key selling point especially if you have first time river cruise clients. There has been a big increase in active River Cruising, what activities are currently being offered on your line? What may be next? Scenic offers a wide range of activities from an easy paced to a more active cruise experience. As a matter of fact, Scenic has a full range of exclusive cycling itineraries that cater to our guests who want to spend more time being active while onshore. We have standard and e-bikes available, dedicated cycling guides, a bike mechanic and even a dedicated support vehicle that follows the group in the event that participants choose to walk some of the itinerary. We handle all the transporting allowing guests to relax and “enjoy the ride”. More information about these cycling itineraries can be found by visiting this link. The one exclusive port feature that everyone comes home talking about is our Exclusive Scenic Tailormade Program. From the moment a guest steps onboard their luxury Scenic Space-Ship, they have access to their very own personal Tailormade GPS device. Acting as a private guide throughout your journey, this state-of-the-art device lets them navigate Europe’s famous cities and towns with complete ease — helping them negotiate winding city streets at the touch of a button. Our exclusive Tailormade touring devices also feature an interactive map and commentary function, so guests can learn more about the destinations they’re passing as they float gently downstream. This commentary functionality can also be useful when participating in tour-guide led outings, allowing the guest to tune in to the guide’s microphone and hear them clearly, no matter where they’re standing. What generational market do you see your line focusing on as the capacity continues to grow? Do you have plans to focus on any specific market segment of River Cruise passengers? We have 16 ships and the new Scenic Eclipse joining us next year. Our luxury cruise product resonates with consumers who expect an active and adventurous journey. As such we deliver sophisticated and exclusive shore excursions, onboard lectures by local experts and award-winning Sundowner events. The design of our Space-Ships allows for a full immersion into the countryside. We are a young and growing company in the US market. This has afforded us the opportunity to educate our travel partners and consumers that we are the only TRULY all-inclusive river cruise choice. Our target demographic is active, well travelled, has high disposable income and very discriminating. They are between the age of 50 and 70 and travel international several times per year in luxury accommodations. To attract guests who want a delightful gastronomical experience, we offer our exclusive Scenic Culinaire experience. Scenic has transformed our Crystal Dining venue into a private cooking emporium. This dedicated area features cooking stations, a cheese and wine cellar, fresh ingredients sourced from local markets. Here our cooking instructors will introduce our guests to regional recipes. These exclusive cooking classes are a major highlight during French River Cruises with Scenic. Many of the Rivers in Europe are being said to be a bit crowded, what are your plans to overcome that? Are there new itineraries and or destinations that you are looking into? While we do offer many river cruises in Europe, we also offer cruises in Asia along the Irrawaddy and Mekong Rivers. But what makes us even more unique is that our ships are built for the rivers they sail and designed to reach specific ports along each. Our cruises tend to be longer and we offer unique and exclusive events ashore such as our Sundowners and our Scenic Enrich programs. What three things would you like to share with our Travel Professionals to assist in selling your line? Remember that Scenic Luxury Cruise products are truly all-inclusive and come with our River Cruise Guarantee.Average commission on a single booking is $1,500; we value your partnership and are here to assist you with product training, sales tips and more, just give us a call. Also, look for our new agent portal to launch in Q3 of this year.If your clients are looking for unparalleled luxury and 6-star service levels, book them on a Scenic River Cruise. Many Travel Professionals have found their niche in River Cruising, what advice can you offer to a Travel Professional looking to break into this niche? Here’s my advice:Read the fine print. Scenic is the only truly all-inclusive river cruise.Contact your Scenic BDM to set up a training session and learn how to best utilize our sales and marketing materials. Your knowledgeable BDM will assist you with understanding our brand and our product offering; which clients would be ideal river cruise travelers; and how to leverage Scenic’s wonderful marketing assets like video’s, emails, and our cooperative marketing mailers. Your BDM can also assist you in setting up a river cruise night so you can invite your clients to learn more about river cruising and Scenic.Take your own trip down a river. The best way to sell a product is to experience it firsthand. Contact your BDM to assess availability for a FAM trip. At an average commission rate of $1,500 per booking, it is worth your time and effort. Predicting the future is difficult, but what do you think is next for the River Cruising market? The river cruise segment is still very young. Scenic is only 3 years old in the US market. It has been my initial observation that the river cruise market has and will continue to grow rapidly over the next 3-5 years. During that critical time it is in the best interest for Scenic and my fellow suppliers to educate our partners to help them differentiate our products and offerings. Today, it is difficult for our travel partners to articulate the differences with confidence making it more complex than necessary when marketing river cruises. It can become confusing… From combining a classic European bike tour with an elegant river cruise to theme cruises featuring culinary expertise to intergenerational departures that bring together families of all different ages for an unforgettable journey, river cruise lines are sending a message for all different types of travelers. The more we can do to assist our travel partners the better for all of us.
ARC Recognized for Second Straight Year ARLINGTON, Va. – August 28, 2019 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) is pleased to announce that it has been presented the Technology and Transaction Partner of the Year award by the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA). The award, given to ARC for the second straight year, was presented yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. during ASTA’s Global Convention 2019. The ASTA awards program recognizes both individuals and organizations who make lasting contributions to the industry. ASTA’s individual members voted to select ARC as the Technology and Transaction Partner of the Year based on its dedication to, and support of, the travel advisor community.“We are grateful to be chosen by ASTA members for this award for the second year running,” said ARC Managing Director of Customer Success John Pittman. “ARC is dedicated to continued collaboration with travel advisors to ensure the ongoing growth of the entire industry. This award confirms the value of our collective efforts and the investments ARC is making to support travel advisors.” About ARC: An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC provides channel-agnostic tools and insights to help the global travel community connect grow and thrive. ARC enables the diverse retailing strategies of its customers by providing flexible settlement solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air transaction dataset. In 2018, ARC settled $94.8 billion in transactions between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. For more information, please visit arccorp.com.©2019 Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). All rights reserved.
The hotel brand continues to expand their luxury resort portfolio establishing The Fives Hotels & Residences as a leading hotel brand in Mexico. Quintana Roo, (Oct. 14, 2019) – The Fives Hotels & Residences, a collection of luxury hotels focused on the sensory experience of guests, celebrated its ten-year anniversary on Saturday, October 12th, 2019. The event, complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayan dance rituals, Mexican food and drink stations, was hosted atThe Fives Beach Hotel & Residences. Under its unique All Senses Inclusive concept, the brand’s portfolio of one, two and three-bedroom resorts go beyond traditional lifestyle brands. Situated in Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos, The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences, The Fives Downtown Hotels & Residences, and soon-to-open The Fives Oceanfront Puerto Morelos, deliver authentic local experiences that invigorate the five senses. “We are thrilled to celebrate 10 successful years in Mexico as we evolve into independent hotel operators. My dedicated team continues to deliver unparalleled experiences that have transformed traditional vacations,” said Joaquin Serna, CEO of TM Real Estate Group, parent company of The Fives Hotels & Residences. “Our expansion is a symbol of our prospering resort portfolio and commitment to enhancing our unique All-Senses Inclusive concept.” Guests of the luxury resorts can experience the beauty of Mexico’s Riviera Maya and find refuge at the upscale properties that boast modern Mexican design and chic coastal style. Visitors can savor gourmet international cuisine led by award-winning chefs, unwind in suites featuring private terraces with plunge pools and relax at private beach clubs on the Caribbean Sea. The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences, located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, is strategically located steps away from lively restaurants, bars, and boutiques of 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences is the brand’s largest property with 650 rooms, sitting on the warm shores of the Caribbean Sea. Lastly, The Fives Oceanfront – Puerto Morelos, the 115-suite property opening in 2020, will offer a laid-back atmosphere for lounging on the white sandy beach. Among its many recognitions and accomplishments, The Fives Downtown and The Fives Beach hotel are both AAA’s Four-Diamond Award recipients, proudly joining an elite group of hotels. A favorite among travelers, The Fives Beach Hotel climbed to a top spot on the coveted TripAdvisor Hotel Index, currently sitting at 21 of 245 hotels in Playa del Carmen. The Fives Downtown has also been recognized for its unique design and one-of-a-kind attributes with the Best New Property Award by Chris Nassetta, CEO of Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Looking forward to 2020, The Fives Hotels & Residences will independently operate the complete Fives Hotel portfolio and debut their third property, The Fives Oceanfront – Puerto Morelos. The 115-suite will be situatedin a quiet fishing village only 15 minutes away from Cancun International Airport offering a laid-back atmosphere for lounging on one of Mexico’s most captivating white sand beaches. For more information or to book your stay visit https://www.thefiveshotels.com/ About The Fives Hotels & Residences The Fives Hotels & Residences is a collection of luxury hotels focused on the sensory experience of their guests. Visitors will experience the beauty of Mexico’s Riviera Maya and find refuge at the upscale boutique hotels with modern Mexican design and chic coastal style. The three resorts in Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos deliver authentic local experiences that awaken the five senses. Visitors can savor gourmet international cuisine led by award-winning chefs, unwind in suites featuring private terraces with plunge pools, lounge by the pool or relax at private beach clubs on the Caribbean Sea. The Fives Downtown is steps away from lively restaurants, bars, and boutiques of 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. The Fives Beach sits on the warm shores of the Caribbean Sea and The Fives Oceanfront – Puerto Morelos offers a laid-back atmosphere for lounging on the white sandy beach. Under its unique All Senses Inclusive concept, the brand’s portfolio of one, two or three-bedroom residence resorts go beyond traditional lifestyle brands. This year The Fives Hotel and Residences celebrate 10 years of operation in Rivera Maya, Mexico. The Fives are a subsidiary of TM Grupo Inmobiliario, one of Spain’s largest private real estate developers and one of Europe’s most trusted brands in the resort residences market. For more information, visit www.thefiveshotel.com and follow The Fives on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 2 oz Nosotros Blanco .5 oz agave syrup3 muddled cucumber slices5 muddled mint leavesMethod: Build in shaker with ice, shake, and strain over ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice and mint sprig. Corralejo Tequila Tropical 1.5 oz Sesión BlancoBarspoon of peach liqueur2 oz Ginger beer.75 oz Lime juiceDash Angostura bittersLime wedge, for garnishMethod: Half-fill a highball glass with ice. Build drink in glass, adding all ingredients except for Angostura. Stir with bar spoon for 10-15 seconds to chill. Fill remainder of glass with ice, and top up with ginger beer (if required). Dash Angostura bitters on top and garnish with lime wedge.Reposado Old Fashioned(Courtesy of Jose Cuervo Tradicional)2 oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado.25 oz agave syrup3 dash molé bitters1 dash pomegranate molassesGarnish: orange peel disk expressed over drinkMethod: Add 3 dashes of bitters, 1 dash Pomegranate Molasses, and .25 oz agave to a rocks glass. Add ice and Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado, stir, and garnish with orange peel.Matcha Made in HeavenJaime Salas(Created by Jaime Salas, National Milagro Ambassador)2 parts Milagro Silver.75 part matcha green tea syrup.75 part lemon.5 egg whiteMethod: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with mint leaf.Nosotros Eastside 2 oz Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila 1 oz Watermelon Juice.5 oz Hibiscus Syrup.5 oz Lime JuiceSmoked paprika salt for rimMethod: Shake all ingredients over ice. Pour into a chilled rocks glass with a smoked paprika salt rim. Garnish with lime wedge.Chicken Chaser(Created by Kyle Fengler, Bridgehampton Inn Restaurant, Bridgehamton, New York)2 oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila1 oz fresh lemon juice1 oz maitake syrup*1 egg white, from 1 large egg1 piece fresh maitake mushroom for garnishMethod: Add the ingredients to a shaker tin. Dry shake first to emulsify the egg white, shaking hard for approximately 30 seconds. Fill with ice, seal, and hard shake for ten seconds to dilute and chill. Double strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with the maitake mushroom perched on the rim of the glass.*Maitake syrup8 oz cane sugar8 oz water28 g fresh maitake mushroomMethod: Dice the mushroom small to expose more surface area. In a medium saucepan, heat all the ingredients to boiling, stirring to prevent scorching. Remove the pan from the stovetop and cover, allowing the mushrooms to steep for 2 hours, Strain through a fine-mesh sieve before bottling. Keep for 10 days in refrigeration. Mule’s Hind Leg 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 2 oz Corralejo Añejo1 oz pineapple juice1 oz lime juice.5 oz simple syrup5 dashes aromatic bittersMethod: Add all ingredients except the bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass over crushed ice. Top with aromatic bitters. Garnish amd enjoy! Twisted Maria Editors’ Recommendations 1.5 oz DeLeon Platinum Tequila1 oz watermelon juice.5 oz lime juice1 tsp agave syrup3 cherry tomatoes on vineLime wedge and tomato, for garnishMethod: Muddle 3 cherry tomatoes in a shaker. Blend 3-4 pieces of watermelon or 1oz of watermelon juice into a shaker. Add in remaining ingredients and pinch of salt. Shake, strain and pour over ice.Sayulita Sunrise 1.5 oz 21 Seeds Valencia Orange Tequila2 oz pineapple juice1 oz pomegranate juice2 oz club sodaMethod: Place pomegranate juice at bottom of wine glass. Fill glass with ice. Slowly pour in club soda, followed by tequila, and finally pineapple juice. Garnish with wedge of fresh pineapple or round slice of orange.Rosa Picante(Created at Bodega South Beach, Miami)1.75 oz Casamigos Tequila1 oz watermelon juice.75 oz lime juice.75 oz agave3 dashes Hellfire bitters1 muddled jalapeño1 watermelon sliver, for garnish1 basil leaf, for garnishMethod: Combine the lime juice, agave, tequila, watermelon juice, muddled jalapeño and bitters in a shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour into a salt-rimmed rocks glass over ice cubes. Garnish with basil leaf and a sliver of watermelon. First MowPhoto: Greg Davis(Created at Watershed Kitchen + Bar, Columbus, Ohio)1 oz green bean-infused Avua Prata Cachaça1 oz Espolòn Reposado Tequila .75 oz N. Mattei Cap Corse Blanc.5 oz lemon juice.25 oz simple syrup3 dashes Bittermen’s Winter Melon bittersMethod: Shake all ingredients with ice until well chilled, then strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a tuft of mint.Il Ponentino(Created at Antica Pesa, Brooklyn)1.5 parts Reposado tequila.5 part Green Chartreuse.75 part ginger liqueur1 part lime juice.5 part agave1 dash chocolate bitters per part of lime juiceMethod: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass with ice.Paradise City(Created at Intersect by Lexus, NYC)1 oz Control c Pisco.75 oz Cimarron Tequila.25 oz Campari.25 oz Pamplemousse (grapefruit liquor).75 oz lime juice.75 oz hibiscus lavender grapefruit agave syrup3 dashes of Rhubarb Bitters3 dishes of Regans Orange BittersMethod: Shaken, double-stained, and served in a coupe with two lime triangles. Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Another day, another boozy holiday. This time around, we come once again to everyone’s favorite agave-based holiday, National Tequila Day. Not to be confused with National Margarita Day or any other such day, National Tequila Day allows us to expand our palates when it comes to what can go with tequila. Turns out, tequila makes pretty much everything better.Below, you can find some of the best tequila cocktail recipes you can whip up to celebrate the day. Busy because it’s a weekday? We won’t tell if you wait until the weekend to try these beauties out.(And, if you need a bottle of tequila, you can find these affordable bottles for under $20 or these splurge-worthy options over $50)El Ángel Caído(Created by Eric Hobbie, Clique Bar & Lounge at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas) 1.5 oz Casamigos Blanco.5 oz Ancho Reyes Liqueur1 oz blood orange juice1 oz Fever Tree Aromatic tonic..25 oz lime juiceBlue corn tortilla chip dipped in chili-chocolate sticking out of cotton candy, for garnishMethod: Shake ingredients together in a shaker with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with cotton candy and tortilla chip.Hibiscus Daisy