Charlie Sheen Foo Fighters rock the Ritz

It had been a few years since I had a drink. While it was planned to commence in the very near future, with Charlie Sheen rolling into town on a private jet and the rockers Foo Fighters, it was time to throw in the towel and start at Bar Deq at the Ritz. Jasmine the knowledgeable bartender, the friendly, attentive servers at Bar Deq were ready to get the party started. The evening for me at this oasis began slowly with the Chefs new creation a cubic watermelon champagne infused compressed salad. Not only is the salad presented in an instinctively artist manner it also tantalizes and refreshes the pallet. Those visiting from South of France, Tuscany, or LA, will feel right at home with this little teaser. As the tempo at Bar Deq picked up I observed the ballet being performed by Jasmine and the servers, who kept pace without missing a beat or loosing their smiles. It was time to step up the game. The next level was Belvedere vodka on the rocks and a dozen oysters from Tom Brodi’s TOCA seafood bar. The smell of the vanilla in the vodka hitting the nasal epithelial made me wonder why stop drinking at all. After all I am not planing to live forever. After a few more Belvedere vodka’s in limited supply at Bar Deq due to shelving space and having consumed the entire bottle it was time to move on.

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A cheese plate with recently delivered cheeses arrived and was accompanied with glass’s of McManis Chardonnay with impeccable legs. It would have been sinful not to try the selection of prosciutto and carpaccio’s escorted by a variety of home made chutneys. To close off the evening my friends and I switched to the McManis Pinot and were just in time to have some empanadas also from Tom Brodi’s TOCA restaurant. The serious party people and everyone knows who they are left the Ritz to party elsewhere.  Bar Deq is a winner, food, staff, cozy feel, and the real plus the terrace. The adventure of discovering bars begins at the Ritz with MY NAME IS KHAN. Charlie Sheen and Foo Fighters have a great tour dude’s, as for Mick whatever you do don’t get Jade upset that is one serious looking Jagger Dagger by Belvedere.

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F1 Shanghai Showtime fliengenden Deutsch!

F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel die fliengenden Deutsch and the Brit Jenson Button will be joining Vettel in the front row of the grid and his team mate Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will make up the second row followed by the two Ferrari’s of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. The knights of McLaren Jenson and Lewis feel the improvements in the car, Jenson stated, “it’s my best grid slot of the year. We’ve improved the car a lot and we should be happy with the P2.” While Lewis Hamilton had problems with the tyres last race commented ” I have a very decent set of tyres for the race”. Shanghai is a great city with great restaurants, clubs, especially in the Bund district which was a British settlement in the 1800s on the outskirts of the walled-city of Shanghai. Here the the place to stay is the latest luxury hotel The Peninsula Shanghai.  While the Bund is great my preference is the Grand Hyatt Shanghai Hotel in the Pudong district.  Reception for the hotel is on the 57th floor and the view from the 87th floor leaves you with the feeling of floating on a cloud. My favorite place to dine is Art Salon restaurant on Nanchang Lu 164, this is Matisse meets Shanghai if you were making a Hollywood pitch. Don’t rush your meal here, it’s supposed to be a leisurely affair and you can buy anything that catches your eye from the table, art, chopsticks, lamps or the chair you are sitting on. Tomorrow brings “Showtime in Shanghai” and it seems that the knights of McLaren Jenson and Lewis may soon present a challenge to Deutsch F1 supremo Vettel.

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Deutsch Vettel genwinnt! F1 Malaysia

Is Sebastian Vettel  “unaufhaltsam”? It would seem so. The rain held off in the closing laps as it became a battle between the German and the Brit Jenson Button and Nick Heidfeld finishing third. It came down in the last remaining laps and the Perilli PZero’s. You can lay rubber, burn rubber, rip rubber, smoke that rubber, but in hot humid Grand Prix F1 in Malaysia, you better preserve that rubber. The Perilli’s again performed well and Vettel what can one say! ” I love what I do and I don’t think I could be happier at this stage”.The battle has only just begun and your strapped  with MY NAME IS KHAN where it’s not about the money, money, the ka-chang, ka-chang, or the price tag, it’s just about the passion for adventure and discovery.

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F1 Malaysia Countdown MY NAME IS KHAN

It’s countdown to showtime at the hot humid Sepang International Circuit, in Malaysia. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel will start of the race Sunday in pole position, followed by Lewis Hamilton, his team mate Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton’s team mate and Fernando Alonso in fifth spot. The gird girls are ready, as are the girls of Pirelli. If did not give Jenson Button enough thrills he will head off to Hawaii to compete in the grueling, demanding, Hawaiian Triathlon. COME ON MAN!! the torque is not enough for Jenson he needs the 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride, and a 10km run. “I’m really excited about this weekend. It’s going to be good,, and great to do it in this humidity as well” Jenson said about the race in Malaysia. I like Jenson and have had some good time with his father and have met all his sisters. But come on man!!! what next Tour de France? Jenson has completed the London triathlon twice. Now fight with Bull’s mate!

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F1 Pirelli and the curves of Malaysia

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A friend of mine co-wrote a film that she also directed. She sat me down to watch the film in which she had cast a young girl who caught my eye. I asked my friend, “who’s that girl?”, she informed me it was a young actor by the name of Keira Knightley, “well she’s going to be a star”, I said. Karl Lagerfeld the creative force behind the House of Chanel also saw the star in Keira bringing her to the House of Chanel. Kiera’s body can be like the circuit itself, long straights, with challenging curves glistening with sweat beads that could make the driver surrender his focus. This year Karl Lagerfeld was behind the lens shooting the Pirelli calender. If your negotiating dangerous curves, the rubber better hold. It all comes down to how you take those curves, that will determine how fast you rip through the Pirelli tyres. Today another key critical element of racing was being drilled. The pit crews tyre change. It’s hot, humid, ideal conditions for where a a drop of rain could form a river. The focus remains today on Pirelli and the tyre change. Karl Lagerfeld, Keira Knightley, the  pit crews and Pirelli offer us that exotic fascination with the adventure of discovery of F1 on MY NAME IS KHAN.

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F1 Malaysia Bravo Pirelli!

Nature, it’s a force with which there is no contest. But we try. Malaysia’s F1 Sepang circuit will present the teams and drivers with endless options for consideration. Similar to those faced by the enchanting women who sashay down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. The options are unlimited. The tyre is a critical element of any racing. While the Pirelli PZero had a stunning debut in Australia it is only starting it’s roadshow with F1. Malaysia is hot and humid, the tracks surface is unyielding, it has twists, turns, heavy break areas, straights offering the driver variable speeds to explore all a challenge for the Pirelli tyre. Then there is nature itself, which can throw a variety of elements all of its own.

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Malaysia is also where the elephants roam in their limited domain. Bravo to Pirelli for doing this photo shoot with my favorite animal and the bewitching women of Pirelli.

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