There is no doubt that Vettel of Germany is a talent. None. Team Red Bull have got their act together but come on guys! this is now getting really boring. You can’t have all that torque and testosterone around the track and have the same old,same old, the attention will wander, need I say more. Today Vettel had no challenge, none what so ever, there was no charge of the light brigade by Hamilton, Button or for that matter anyone else. Even Bernie was caught praying for some drama. Vettel finished first, with his Aussie team mate Mark Webber finishing second, Alonso third followed by Hamilton, Rosberg and Button. Now one can go lokum at Egyptian Bazaar shisha café and mint tea,then make a beeline for Erzincanlilar (shop No.2), one of the finest delis in the world, known for its delicious honeycomb and hard Turkish cheese. The adventure of discovery never stops at MY NAME IS KHAN.
Kate’s wedding dress yet again enforces the comments in my post of April 6. Bravo! to Sarah Burton and the sixty people who worked on Kate’s wedding dress at the House of Alexander McQueen. Sarah Burton unleashed her creative spirit, her softening touch, elegance in simplicity with intricate style embodying Kate’s personality. William and Kate’s wedding today and Sarah Burton shows us all how life can flow through tragedy, such as beams of sunlight can pierce through clouds. Welcome to a new era. The discovery of light, joy, love, and peace on MY NAME IS KHAN as Canada awaits to welcome the newlyweds.
As Global Ambassador for Om Magazine it gives me great pleasure to introduce this luxury, the art of time. Both online and in print it opens another world of fashion, that timeless piece the wrist watch. Recently an acquaintance of mine the Formula 1 impresario Bernie Ecclestone was mugged in London losing his expensive time piece. Next time Bernie will have a bigger time piece and this time it could become a weapon. A watch can be a captivating fashion item. I once walked into an office and the Chairman of the company was wearing a watch that captured my attention. He admired my Mont Blanc Meisterstuck LeGrande in 18k gold also used in the 007 film “Octopussy” , staring Roger Moore as James Bond. This was my very first barter deal, I gave him my pen in exchange for his Tiffany Breguet watch. Welcome to the luxury of time with Om and some of the people who have crossed my path and the wrist watches they have worn. The adventure of time begins at MY NAME IS KHAN.
How sweet it is, Champagne and victory. McLaren’s Knight in Shanghai was Lewis Hamilton. McLaren has been tweaking it’s car’s each race and Hamilton was confident that his team had selected the right tyres for Shanghai. Having made one more pit stop then Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. The win was thrilling as Hamilton overcame a pre-race mechanical drama and with his crew performing a ballet in the pit stop to perfection with rond de jambe at rapid speed against all the laws of gravity and with a quick succession giving him a fresh set of tyres. “It was one of the best races I have experienced,” said Hamilton. Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who started 18th was man and machine, grafted, with speed and skill charged to the front to finish 3rd behind his team mate Vettel, while the Knight of McLaren Jenson Button finished fourth. The win was a product of collaboration and the champagne flute’s will be overflowing at McLaren.
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.
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.