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Graffiti that’s not only temporary (and easily removable), but that also illuminates and inspires?! It’s called Digital Graffiti, and it’s an artistic revolution in festival format that’s returning soon to your new favorite gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.
This one-of-a-kind projection art festival is truly at the intersection of art and architecture, using tech to showcase original works on the all-white stucco walls of the homes and buildings in Alys Beach, one of over a dozen beach neighborhoods of burgeoning South Walton, Florida.
Alys Beach serves as the ideal blank canvas for Digital Graffiti and the kind of cutting edge creativity that transforms the town during its three day schedule each May, happening this year May 18-20th.
Whether guerrilla (or urban) projection is something you follow, or even if it’s totally new to you, make plans to be in South Walton’s Alys Beach in mid-May so you can peek, probe — or even participate (many installations are interactive) — in the most dazzling digital graffiti to be found.
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While a number of chefs can lay claim to the title “rock star in the kitchen,” there is one who truly looks and acts the part. Meet Anne Burrell, the famed chef and TV personality that embraces the rock star title with her famous spiked blonde hair and vivacious personality. Burrell developed her skills at the Culinary Institute of America, expanded her talent in Italy and then moved to a number of top restaurants in New York City. From there she also began her career on the Food Network, with a number of shows including Secrets of a Restaurant Chef which presents viewers meals that are easy to make at home. On her show Chef Wanted, Anne helps find the right fit for top restauranteurs and experienced chefs. Then, showing how truly versatile Burrell is, she stars on Worst Cooks in America, which takes on the task of mentoring cooks who are hopeless in the kitchen and seeing how they manage in a culinary boot camp.
Through all her success, Anne had one dream, which came true in 2017 with the opening of her first restaurant, Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge. Located in Brooklyn, Burrell calls it “comfortable” food for a good time. The Overhead Compartment was lucky enough to chow down with the passionate Anne Burrell to learn about her new place and her remarkable life.
The Overhead Compartment with Anne Burrell begins now….
OC: You finally just opened your first restaurant Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge. What made this the right time and opportunity?
AB: The real estate deal came to me and I had known for a really long time that I wanted to open a restaurant and I always said the universe will make it apparent when it was time, so as this deal was brought to me, I knew It was time!
OC: What’s the vibe of Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge?
AB: Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge is a cool, comfortable neighborhood joint.
OC: How often will your fans find you there?
AB: Very regularly.
OC: What is the one dish everyone must try at Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge?
AB: Meatballs with Ricotta and Diced Dill Pickles.
OC: You are known as the “cool and fun” chef in a world full of ‘demanding’ talent. How has that attitude helped you achieve your success?
AB: I think everyone likes to be around fun people. You aim to be fun and cool and then use that to teach people how to cook better! Why not?
OC: What’s one piece of advice all new chefs should know?
AB: Work hard, keep your eyes open. Learn as much as you can and be a sponge.
OC: How about one piece of advice for people who love to cook and aspire to be better at it?
AB: Practice, practice, practice, taste, taste, taste, and have fun!
OC: What’s the one piece of equipment all cooks should own?
AB: A great knife.
OC: What’s your favorite dish to make?
AB: Anything pasta!
OC: Is there anything you refuse to make?
AB: Mistakes … but I do make them all the time!
OC: You have been on the Food Network for many years, what was your most memorable moment?
AB: Winning Chopped All Stars or beating Bobby Flay.
OC: What would you be doing if you were not a chef?
AB: I would be a therapist because I feel as a chef you kind of play that role. Food is related to so much, whether that is family, holidays, traditions, emotions, and it is cultural. There is so much wrapped in food.
OC: You live in New York City, top three favorites restaurants in NYC?
AB: Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge of course! Missy Robbins restaurant Lilia is also one of my favorites and Smith and Wollensky.
OC: Favorite place to travel?
AB: Anywhere, I would go to the opening of an envelope! I love to travel because there is always something new and fantastic to experience and that’s the type of adventures I live for!
OC: First thing you do when arriving at a hotel in your room?
AB: Check out the mini bar!
OC: Complete the following sentence: I never leave home without:
AB: My phone, my keys, my wallet and my headphones!
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The House of Harry Winston, the legendary “King of Diamonds” and international luxury brand, opened its first San Francisco salon earlier this month.
Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, Chief of Protocol of the State of California, Michael Moser, Harry Winston VP, and Matthew Coleman, Harry Winston San Francisco salon manager, were on hand for the ribbon-cutting and opening reception.
Located at 200 Post Street in the city’s iconic Union Square, the 5,806-square foot salon houses Harry Winston’s exquisite jewelry and timepiece collections, including some of the finest diamonds and rarest gemstones of the world.
(Above: Bar manager Alessandro Palazzi created two signature James Bond martinis at the Dukes bar in London, where Sir Ian Fleming is said to have coined the phrase, “shaken, not stirred.”)
As Sir Ian Fleming’s former watering hole, Dukes bar in London is a pilgrimage site for James Bond fans. After all, legend has it that it’s here where Fleming coined the catchphrase “shaken, not stirred” for his 007 British Secret Service agent, a slogan that would define Bond beyond simply his taste in cocktails.
Just ask Dukes bartender Alessandro Palazzi, who is as passionate about his trade as his fondness for the spy thriller series, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film to hit the silver screen. In honor of the spy hero, Palazzi created two martini recipes in Fleming’s honor since arriving at the bar five years ago: the Fleming 89 and Fleming’s Classic Vesper.
According to Palazzi, the fact that Bond drinks his martinis “shaken, not stirred,” serves as a larger statement on the international man of mystery.
When Fleming wrote his first book in the 1950s, everything in society was strictly prescribed, including drinks and cocktail hour, Palazzi explains. Martinis were only ever served as an apéritif before dinner, drinks were never mixed with two white spirits and, moreover, cocktails were always stirred.
But not for Bond. James Bond. In the first installment of the series, Casino Royale, 007 doles out specific instructions to the barman on how to prepare his drink, a cocktail that would later become known as the Vesper, after Bond girl Vesper Lynd. The recipe: three measures of Gordon’s, one measure of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet, with a slice of lemon — shaken.
Rules and conventions are thrown out, as Bond marches to his own drum and drinks what he likes, Palazzi says. “He likes to show off.”
‘Fleming and Bond-inspired martinis’
At Dukes, Palazzi has recreated the Vesper by using No. 3 London Dry Gin, Lillet Blanc, Angostura bitters, and Potocki vodka, a Polish vodka, in honor of the real-life inspiration for Vesper Lynd, Polish-born Christine Granville who was a wartime spy and reportedly Fleming’s lover.
It’s the most requested Bond-themed martini at the bar, where Palazzi serves about 50 a night at £16.95 (€21) a pop. It’s a steep pricetag, but Palazzi points out that drinkers get a cocktail and a show with their order, as drinks are executed with the pomp and circumstance expected of a former Fleming hangout: guests watch, seated at their tables as Palazzi wheels out a trolley laden with bottles of spirits which have just been pulled from the deep freeze.
The Fleming 89, meanwhile, was created in partnership with London-based perfumery Floris whose No. 89 Eau de Toilette was Bond’s signature scent. Inspired by tonka beans used in the cologne, Palazzi infuses 750 ml of Russian vodka with a handful of the vanilla-scented beans to create his special elixir. In a frosted martini glass, he adds a sugared rose, the infused vodka, English vermouth, Lillet, a few drops of chocolate bitter, tops it off with Russian vodka and as a final touch, gives it a spritz of rose liqueur, to create a chocolaty, dessert-like cocktail for £18.95 (€24).
With the Bond franchise celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first movie release, here are a few tips from Palazzi on how to clink to the milestone with the kind of martini Bond himself would approve of.
* Keep spirits in the freeze to make sure they’re ice cold.
* If you like you’re drinks slightly diluted, do it like Bond and shake the martini mix. Otherwise, stir.
* If you want to make it with ice, make sure to drain the water first.
* Work fast.
* Use an organic lemon as you want the oils from the peel, not the wax, to penetrate the drink.
Rancho Paraiso is a popular neighborhood in the Northgate area of Walnut Creek that is located near Arbolado Park and sports fields and is nestled in the foothills of Mt. Diablo.
This four-bedroom home is located at the end of a court.
The gorgeous two-story foyer opens with hardwood floors and an updated staircase with rod-iron rails. The formal living room has a cast stone fireplace and mantel, hardwood floors, plantation shutters and high ceilings. The formal Dining Room has beautiful hardwood floors, plantation shutters and a chandelier.
The over-sized family room has a fireplace, high ceilings, custom entertainment center, surround sound, built-in two-drawer beverage fridge, and French doors leading to patio & pool area for easy outdoor entertaining
The beautifully updated kitchen offers new cabinetry and hardware, quartz countertops with tile backsplash, and a center island with pendant lighting and a veggie sink. The property also includes a bonus room and a master suite with a double door entry and bay window sitting area.
The backyard includes a pool with waterfall, a custom dyed and stamped concrete patio, outdoor speakers, and raised vegetable beds.
Today’s home in Darien, Connecticut began as a three-room hunting lodge in 1850.
The home is located high on a hill at the end of a cul-de-sac and has been transformed into a five bedroom beauty that incorporates the charm of the hunting lodge.
Enter into an open stone floor foyer surrounded by windows to the original living room with huge fireplace.
The back porch was walled in to create a four-season piano nook.
Possibly the most striking room in the home is the formal dining room with stone fireplace, built-ins, paneled walls and custom millwork on the ceiling. A butler’s pantry leads. to the kitchen with island that is open to the vaulted family room and eating area. A bonus room and ensuite guest room sit over the three-car garage. There is a first floor master suite with huge dressing room/closet, marble bath and sitting area, and a castle-like wine cellar.
The pool is surrounded by decks, and has a hot tub and a 52ft waterslide swirling its way down to the pool. The pool house mimics the architecture of the house and includes a living room with fireplace, kitchen, full bath with its own entrance and outdoor grill area.
Today’s residence is new construction designed to be one of the finest estates in Boca Raton, Florida.
The east-facing architectural marvel sited on an Intracoastal Waterway point lot provides a perfect panoramic experience of the best views living on the water has to offer.
The home’s 35’ tall rotunda revealing panoramic waterfront vistas from nearly every room.
Dramatic views of the Intracoastal Waterway fill the Grand Salon through 24′ wide pocket-back glass doors flowing effortlessly to the waterfront loggia and the Infinity edge pool and spa.
The gourmet kitchen features top of the line Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances opens to the resort style poolside retreat.
The Master Bedroom and spa like Master Bath exudes luxury living while providing maximum privacy to family and guests. Majestic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the mangrove preserve surround this serene sanctuary.
The Club Room beckons to entertain with a state of the art sound system, custom built-ins and wet bar, capturing a 180 degree view of the Intracoastal Waterway.
The Private Office adjoining the Club Room is equipped with the latest in technology and a wall of custom cabinets and a built-in desk.
Sweeping water views filter into the Dining Room’s elegant entertaining space which are serviced by the Butler’s Pantry and the Wine Station equipped with two Thermador wine chillers.
From the South Gallery, ascend the stairway finished with slab marble risers and custom European White Oak treads which blend perfectly with the hand forged Champagne Mist railing of StarBright curved glass overlooking the Foyer.
Upstairs you will find five en-suite Bedrooms each with coffered ceilings, custom built cabinets, and spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway.
All of the graciously appointed Guest Bedrooms have access to the outside balconies where waterfront vistas abound.
The upstairs Media Room hosts an 82” TV, a 110″ auto remote movie screen, 5 theater seats and a large sectional sofa with chaise seating for your viewing pleasure. Down the hall from the Media Room is the Upstairs Study.
The waterfront loggia features expansive entertaining areas with breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Guests will enjoy the oversized heated Infinity edge pool and spa, lounge on the sun shelf, or gather by the summer kitchen to enjoy alfresco dining at this resort style retreat.
Surrounded by 202’+ of waterfront, this Intracoastal Waterway point lot estate is outfitted with two 50′ concrete batter docks.
The four -car stall garage with one car lift has the capacity to park 7 cars and Ferrari red built in cabinets.