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March 8, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
The world's most expensive wrist watch, encrusted with 1,282 diamonds, was unveiled by Swiss watchmaker Hublot, according to a report by AFP . The price? $5 million. The white-gold watch was revealed this week at the world's biggest watch show, Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show in Basel, Switzerland. According to the AFP report, it took 17 people at Hublot 14 months to set the more than 140 carats of diamonds on the watch. Jean-Claude Biver, president of the watch company, told AFP that it would be difficult to make a more expensive watch "because the surface of the watch is limited.
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FOOD
May 8, 2002
Rankings are based on a Times poll of national and independent cookbook sellers. *--* Last Week Weeks on List 1 "The Healthy Kitchen" by Andrew Weil 1 6 and Rosie Daley (Knopf, $24.95). Healthy recipes from a doctor and Oprah's former chef 2 "I'm Just Here for the Food" by Alton 2 4 Brown (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $32.50). A hip textbook from another Food Network personality 3 "Cooking Thin With Chef Kathleen" by 5 7 Kathleen Daelemans (Houghton Mifflin, $27).
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Jay Z has met with Barneys New York officials to discuss an internal advisory council that is to be formed to deal with the isse of racial profiling, WWD reports. [WWD] John Galliano, fired as creative director at Dior in March 2011 for making anti-Semitic comments, won the right to have his wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employers heard in a French labor court. [WWD] The Duchess of Cambridge wore an Alice Temperley cocktail dress and Jimmy Choo heels to present an award Thursday night at an event for the SportsAid charity.
NEWS
August 18, 2012
Everything Nancy Silverton touches seems to turn to gold. After working for years as pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck's Spago, she and then-husband Mark Peel opened Campanile in 1989, and it quickly became one of Southern California's most important restaurants. Pursuing her passion for bread, she started La Brea Bakery the same year, and it quickly became the benchmark for fine sourdough before she sold it in 2001. In 2006, she joined partners Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich in opening the Mozza Restaurant Group , owner of the overwhelmingly popular Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza and Mozza2Go.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Coravin , a company founded by medical device inventor Greg Lambrecht, has introduced a game-changing gadget for preserving wine that allows you to pour a glass of wine without ever removing the cork  - and without oxygen ever touching the wine. A thin, hollow needle is inserted through the cork to extract the wine. As it's poured out, it's replaced with inert argon gas from a small, neat canister so that oxygen never touches the wine. Remove the needle and the cork reseals itself.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
When the focaccia emerges from the oven at Chi Spacca , it resembles a blistered and bubbly moonscape. Cheese bubbles up between gashes in the thin, crackling crust. I take a bite: This may be the single best thing I've put in my mouth all year. It tastes of olive oil, salt and tangy molten cheese all at once. This isn't the typical bready focaccia from Liguria, but a very particular version from Recco, a little hill town near Genoa. The focaccia is the result of two years' research by Nancy Silverton and Chi Spacca chef Chad Colby.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | By Dominic A. Riley
For those inclined to wake up really late and really hungry on the weekend, Roy Choi has launched a new brunch menu at Sunny Spot, his Caribbean-themed oasis in Venice. The space's teal hues, gold and crystal décor, gaudy mirrors and floral stools may read dainty, but the West Coast hip-hop, reggae tunes and big portions of spicy brunch eats epitomize Choi. Highlights include banana French toast with whipped rum crème, shrimp and grits with a spicy "diablo" rum sauce, mofongo -- Sunny Spot's take on the Puerto Rican mashed plantain dish -- served with sunny runny eggs, and a grilled steak sandwich with tangy pickled red onions and thick-cut yucca fries with house-made ketchup.
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila and Russ Parsons
NEW YORK -- Some of the most notable prizes given at the James Beard Foundation awards Monday night were those that were most overdue. Sonoma winemaker Merry Edwards won Wine and Spirits Professional for the first time after six nominations. Wylie DuFresne of WD-50 was named the best chef in New York after seven nominations. Dan Barber's Blue Hill won best restaurant after 14 years. San Francisco legend Cecilia Chiang won the lifetime achievement award at 92 years of age, and Maguy LeCoze won outstanding restaurateur - the first woman ever.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
David Rosoff, longtime general manager for the Mozza group of restaurants, has resigned. But he's not gone yet. He'll be in command at the restaurants owned by Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich until March 7. In an email, he states: “It's been an amazing 8 years. Like being the GM of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. But rather than a toad, it's 3 titans of the industry.” “It's all very amicable,” he stressed. “I love Nancy to death and am very proud of what we built there.” Silverton praised Rosoff in return.
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