Is 2023 The Breakout Year for Nigerian Cuisine?
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by Tolu Awodipe
1y ago
Nigerian music and even our movies may be popular all over the world, but this is not a fame our cuisine enjoys; although more people know more about African dishes than they did 10 years ago. With recent events, however, it seems that this is set to change, and it has got us wondering: is 2023 the year of the Nigerian cuisine global takeover? Can African dishes be considered haute cuisine? When we say haute cuisine, we do not refer to the classic French definition but are rather more focused on dishes that incorporate its principles. It is not impossible to incorporate the principles of haute ..read more
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ASPIRE Velentine’s Edit: Say ‘I Love You’ with Deliciously Decadent Dishes
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by Tolu Awodipe
1y ago
Let’s face it: as we grow older, themed celebrations like Valentine’s Day lose their lustre and with life constantly getting in our way, the magic of riding on the platform of a universal day to treat that special person to a beautiful, romantic experience fades away. But, challenges are never-ending, which is why it would always be a great idea to take advantage of special days to celebrate love, whatever that means to you and whether or not you choose to direct it to someone other than a romantic partner. Valentine’s day provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the most universal emotio ..read more
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Emirates ups the ‘Flight Game’ with its In-Flight Exclusive Champagne Rights
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by Tolu Awodipe
1y ago
There are many reasons why people choose to fly premium, and perhaps while this might not feature on their top ‘5 reasons why’ list, it is undeniable that the epicurean delights in this cabin are a perk that makes the flights more memorable. This is why top offerings like champagne and caviar are included in the menu of leading airlines from Emirates to Singapore airlines. Emirates now holds 1-year exclusive rights to serve Dom Pérignon and other top champagnes on its flights. Image courtesy of FoodsGuy Only recently, Emirates obtained exclusive rights to serve top champagne on its flights; s ..read more
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Effervescence Events: Moët & Chandon illuminates the Holidays with Sparkling Champagne and Lights
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by Tolu Awodipe
1y ago
Moët & Chandon, the French Maison whose champagne is synonymous with celebrations, is hosting the ‘Effervescence Events’ for the second year in a row, heralding an exciting new chapter in the centuries-long history of generosity and ‘savoir-fête.’ The series of events will start off with friends of the House around the world raising a glass of Moët Impérial in keeping with the House’s tradition of generosity through the Toast for a Cause tradition and culminate in a grand spectacle of lights. An Icon of Celebration since 1743 A long history of grand and festive events has made Moët ..read more
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The Macallan x Bentley Horizon is Perhaps the Most Beautiful Decantar You’ll See this Year
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by Tolu Awodipe
1y ago
Recently, seemingly unrelated brands have come together to create truly iconic, one-of-a-kind pieces that are sure to outlive their era. So when The Macallan and Bentley Motors announced a new partnership back in 2021 that they said would see them share insights from their respective industries on both luxury and sustainability, it did not sound unusual. However, their first creation, The Macallan Horizon, is anything but usual. The Macallan Horizon: a design like no other A little over a year after announcing their partnership, The Macallan and Bentley Motors have unveiled the design and visi ..read more
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A Michelin Guide to the Top Restaurants to Dine at in Dubai
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by Tolu Awodipe
1y ago
For the first time, Michelin has unveiled its selection of Dubai restaurants for its 2022 Dubai Guide in celebration of the city’s vibrant, diverse and energetic culinary map. A total of 69 restaurants covering 21 cuisine types were selected, with two receiving 2 Stars, nine getting 1 Star restaurants and 14 receiving the Bib Gourmand title. Visiting Dubai this year? Here’s a list of some of the selected restaurants to dine at Il Ristorante – Niko Romito (2 Stars) Situated at the Bulgari Resort in Jumeira Bay Island, Dubai, Il Ristorante – Niko Romito is the expression of Italian culture and h ..read more
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From the Editor: The Best of ASPIRE in 2021
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by Bella Ikeme
1y ago
Happy New Year!!!! May 2022 grant us all the best of life and its blessings! You might be right to say that it’s too late in the year for new year greetings, but then again…just one more from a brand you love should not be too much, right? 2021 was definitely an interesting year! We all went into it with boundless expectations and tonnes of enthusiasm. Maybe it was because we were all grateful to be alive having escaped mortality from Covid 19, or was it because we all had a renewed awareness of what was truly important in life and therefore had more zeal for life and living? To start the new ..read more
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The World’s Only Hotel Clicquot pops up for the Second Time in Australia
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by A.L.M
1y ago
Last year, Veuve Clicquot launched a unique hospitality experience dubbed Hotel Clicquot. In the coastal town of Byron Bay which is located in the far northeastern corner of New South Wales, Australia, the champagne house set up a pop-up hotel, where for a fixed period (2 nights), guests could immerse themselves in the brand and its products while enjoying specially-curated activities spanning from wellness activities to food and wine tastings, all amidst tasteful, top-tier luxury. Now, the French champagne Maison has announced yet another Hotel Clicquot pop-up. The location is once again Aust ..read more
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We may all need to ‘Spill the Tea’ for a Healthier and Diabetes-Free Life
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by A.L.M
1y ago
Actually, the more appropriate phrase here would be ‘pour the tea.’ But regardless of whichever one you choose to go with, it appears that drinking tea daily has an additional benefit: the aromatic beverage may help in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. The study that made the discovery Research shows that drinking several cups of tea daily reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Image courtesy of Everyday Health Xiaying Li, a researcher at Wuhan University of Science and Technology, alongside his colleagues, reviewed 19 studies, which included more than 1 million adults across 8 countries. Th ..read more
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In Conversation with Charles de Pontevès, Business Development Director AFME & GTR, Moët & Chandon
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by Tolu Awodipe
1y ago
Moët & Chandon is a brand rooted in legacy, but one whose strong anchor to tradition has not stopped it from moving with the times. It is no wonder that it remains the number one champagne in the world. Including here in Africa. Currently, the Business Development Director for the region Africa, Middle East and Global Travel Retail for Maison Moët & Chandon, Charles de Pontevès, is touring the continent following his appointment back in March 2021. We sat down with him when he came to Lagos to learn more about the Moët & Chandon brand and why it is loved globally. In conversation w ..read more
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