You know Young Guru as the super-engineer knob-twiddler behind hits from Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Drake, but last week he steeped out from behind the boards to deliver a lecture at N.Y.U.'s Clive Davis School of Recorded Music as part of his Era of the Engineer tour. In tandem with Grammy U, the session ... More >>
We caught up with Chef Ho Chee Boon, the executive chef of Hakkasan New York, who talked about his 24 years of experience at several of the world's most renowned Asian restaurants. Chef Ho has been with the Hakkasan brand since its conception, and was the chef behind the original Michelin star rated ... More >>
Arabesque, a Morrocan restaurant and lounge, has just opened in Midtown. [Diner's Journal] A new branch of Hakkasan, a trendy restaurant chain with outposts in Dubai, Mumbai, and Miami, has just opened in Midtown. [Zagat] The Franks have turned the delicatessen and provision store next to Prime Me ... More >>
In it for the love of art
Dubai rang in the new year last night by shooting flames out of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. If you ever wondered what a half-mile-tall sparkler looks like, watch the above video.
Earlier today, Maura offered a list of the 47 songs on her "2011 Awesomeness" Spotify playlist; to complement that, here are the 53 songs from my less cleverly named playlist, "2011." As is the usually the case with these mega-lists, I compiled mine a bit haphazardly, throwing together a substantial ... More >>
Thanks to a tweeted comment from @P2H3K9, we have this astonishing video of a camel dairy in Saudi Arabia. It follows up on a piece posted earlier this morning about why there is no commercial source of pig's milk.
The bald and rotund hamburger guy welcomed generations of boardwalk strollers to Astroland, itself in danger of extinction. Coney Island as we know it is clearly on the way out, as real estate interests given the green light by the Bloomberg administration prepare to turn the place into th ... More >>
SmashburgerEat up, Dubai. Looks like Brooklyn was a mere pit stop on Smashburger's road to world domination: Three months after opening its first New York location in a Fort Greene condo tower, the Denver-based chain has announced it will expand to the Middle East.
via Marshall StrabalaFrom our Religious Observances in Skyscrapers department comes an interesting story from the United Arab Emirates. The Washington Post reports that Dubai's top Muslim cleric told residents living above the 80th floor of the 2,717 foot Burj Khalifa to "wait three extra min ... More >>
bearbooandyumyum/FlickrSoon, world, this will all be yours.Although you could be forgiven for thinking that Magnolia Bakery had already achieved worldwide domination, its reach extends only to New York, Los Angeles, and Dubai. But that's about to change.
Now that Derrick Praileau, the 31-year-old veteran housekeeping manager at the upscale Jumeirah Essex House, has finally admitted in court that he strangled financial bigwig and hotel guest Andree "Sara" Bejjani in September 2009, what has happened to the cockamamie theory raised at the time by r ... More >>
We reported earlier this week on the New York man who beat an M15 bus crosstown while riding a big wheel. It looks like he's finally met his match; The Huffington Post reports that awesomely named Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels has dreamed up a 23-person, 155 MPH electric "superbus." Sure, only old p ... More >>
Is that butter on the Shack Burger's bun? When the first Shake Shack opened in Madison Square Park in 2004 - with some grumbling about public space being appropriated for private uses - it was a revelation and an instant hit. Burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard, all like you might find ... More >>
via Gulf NewsSaudi Arabia will soon be home to a mile-high building, dubbed "The Kingdom Tower." Gulf News reports that it will be erected (you can say that about a building in Saudi Arabia, right?) in the Obhur Gulf, just outside of the port city Jeddah. Kingdom Holding Company is funding th ... More >>
Energy Kitchen, the "healthy" fast-food chain that operates 10 restaurants in the New York City area, is looking to take over America with its ostrich and bison burgers and plans to expand to a whopping 1,000 locations over the next 10 years.
Then one day, the cupcakes started eating us.The cupcake cartel that is Magnolia isn't just opening five new locations around the country. It's priming itself for world domination with a new 5,200-square-foot production facility in Harlem, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new factory ... More >>
While uncluttering the house one day, I found a Michael Jackson chocolate bar -- dark chocolate, mind you -- on a shelf, though I have no idea where I'd originally attained it. Must be the Jesus juice. Wherever the thing came from, this discovery had me moonwalking for joy, and I assumed I ... More >>
Britain's health chief openly attacked Jamie Oliver for the campaign he inspired to make school lunches healthy, claiming that the number of kids eating school meals dropped since the menu overhaul. [NY Daily News] Paolo Urbani, known in Italy as "Re del Tartufo" -- the king of truffles -- d ... More >>
If you're the kind of person who sometimes asks themselves why some people hate Sex and the City so much, you are either (A) not living in New York or (B) one of the imported creatures or various changes in New York City that Sex and the City is responsible for. Well, in the new movie, Carrie ... More >>
America isn't the only place print publications are in trouble, and online news organizations aren't the only one threatening them. To find evidence of this abroad, one must look no further than Facebook...in the Middle East.
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Earlier today, it was widely reported that Dubai was cracking down on enforcement of a 2003 law that forbids alcohol to be used in cooking. Alcohol is available at restaurants and clubs in Dubai, and the rule against using it in food had been mostly ignored until recent complaints that devout ... More >>
Flirty Kitty/flickrBack in October, Magnolia announced it would be bestowing buttercream upon the Middle East by opening a store in Dubai.
HarkavySerenity now: Tiger's first designed golf course, in Dubai, features a "30-foot depression" on the 12th hole, a pit much smaller than what he's trapped in right now. Tiger Woods may be lucky that his adulterous behavior surfaced now instead of next year. The first golf course he has designed ... More >>
Costco will start accepting food stamps nationally after it started to accept them in New York earlier this year. The program should be operational in half the company's 407 warehouse-style stores by Thanksgiving, according to company officials. [NY Times] Small corner grocery stores in Newa ... More >>
Flirty Kitty/flickrDubai is starting to resemble a New York dentist's worst nightmare: The Chocolate Bar is already there, the Shake Shack is on its way, and now, it appears, Magnolia is about to follow. According to the cupcake capo Steve Abrams, the bakery will open a store there inside the ... More >>
CurbedThe future location of the city's fourth Shake Shack outpost. The Shake Shack will open its fourth outpost in Nolita, according to an announcement from the Union Square Hospitality Group. The new location will be at 47 Prince, at the corner of Mulberry Street. It's not quite as exotic a ... More >>
Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch did not let the fact that the last video on his YouTube channel was "Perils Of Government-Run Health Care" deter him from recording a hastily written homage to his good friend Ted Kennedy. Let's just do this verbatim, shall we?
Balducci's, next to Zabar's probably New York's best known gourmet food shop, has closed its local stores at West 66th Street and at the corner of 14th Street and Eighth Avenue. The Times eulogizes, though one interviewee says, "Do you really need chipotle raspberry finishing sauce?... People don't ... More >>
A study in Japan has found that eating 2.5 ounces of baby broccoli per day for two months may help stave off a stomach bug that is linked to several more serious problems, including gastritis, ulcers and even stomach cancer. [Reuters] Downing a banana smoothie before bed could help sufferers of sl ... More >>
This'll break you up: Revisiting the January 2007 Facebook parody from USC, directed by Mu Sun While you're waiting for the stimulus bill to hook you back up: It's not you, it's my social-networking. Further confirmation in this morning's Daily News of something that thousands of you alre ... More >>
Could use more humans, though
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