Putting the Ritz into the Ritz Carlton with McLaren – MP4-12C Spyder

If there where two brand in luxury that are meant to be paired then Ritz Carlton and McLaren are meant to be a global force of luxury where living meet the luxury of speed and elegance.

Ritz Carlton for me and McLaren have also allowed me the luxury to participate in magic.

There was the stay at Ritz Carlton Montreal, and my weekend with McLaren when it was launched in Canada by the sterling team of Chris Pfaff’s, Pfaff Auto in partnership with Ron Dennis.

That weekend of mine with Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger (who with A.R. Rahman, and The Pussycat Dolls performed Jai Ho in 2009 the selected video for My Name Is Khan), provided for a victory for Lewis Hamilton, thus becoming the King of Montreal at the Canadian Grand Prix 2012. It was a splendid weekend with Chris Pfaff’s team all of whom are the greatest people you will meet, where service is the key element, and most importantly for me they are all fun.

Keeping in the flow of things the teams that of the Ritz Carlton Toronto, and Pfaff McLaren came together last night to make for a mind blowing ( it was really windy ), for the launch of the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder.

Guess what folks, I gave the word this morning to my guys in Europe “we need to get this baby”. The McLaren MP4 – 12C Spyder is one sweet, fast, and most important for me sexy car.

I cannot wait to drive it from Monte Carlo on my favorite route, Monaco to Milan, Como , Geneva, Berlin, that folks you can do in this car because it is very comfortable. Hey, if Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button can do in spell-bounding speeds then this drive would be nothing.

Top up or top down, the car is a super-charged erotic performer and should have no trouble keeping up but then again who wants to keep up, what’s behind you does not matter. How much of a performer? McLaren promises 0-60 mph acceleration in just 3.1 seconds and a quarter mile elapsed time of 10.8 seconds at a speed of 134 mph.

That performance is courtesy of a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which houses a potent twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine tuned to deliver 616 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Come of folks that should already get you salivating.

In preparing for the launch the Ritz Carlton did a massive overhaul of the bar now the very warm inviting space knighted the ‘Ritz Bar’ day before the McLaren MP4 – 12C Spyder launch, the Ritz Carlton Toronto team of Nathaniel, Christian, Duncan, and crew where like the McLaren pit crew, in a race to get the bar up and running, while Daniel was working on all the other logistic’s, the team was humming. Resulting in producing tables that are the right height for cocktails, ( I learned about this from Arrigo Cipriani and son Giuseppe Cipriani of Harry’s Bar ) who are very particular about table heights, and the Ritz Toronto got this spot-on. The seating is now cozy, comfortable, and ideal for conversation, with the addition of the improvement’s to the outdoor deck it has created a new dimension previously not available to the Ritz Carlton Toronto.

The evening was how can I say it “scintillating”!.

Two teams, Pfaff Auto McLaren, and Ritz Carlton bravo!

Now bring on Hollywood and the Toronto International Film Festival 2012. The McLaren’s will be waiting as will the team of the Ritz Carlton Toronto, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Madonna, Megan Ellison, Johnny Depp discover the city like real rock stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in a McLaren.

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Magic At The Ritz Montreal – Canadian Grand Prix

My Weekend with McLaren, continued with the hospitality of the luxurious and friendly Ritz Carlton Montreal.

The Ritz Carlton has always been my favorite hotel in Montreal ever since I was growing up. It recently opened a week prior to the Canadian Grand Prix and this is perhaps the best time to see the hotel at work. The pressure is on.

Jetting in early I was given a warm welcome from the hotel team and in desperate need for a coffee I was escorted into what I call the magical kingdom managed by the renowned Executive Chef Daniel Boulud and his restaurant Maison Boulud and introduced to Rachid Mallis. Rachid greeted me with a big smile and assured me he will make for me a coffee “strong” personally.

It was quite when I arrived the coffee was yes, strong, and every detail was looked after by Rachid, the basket of breads, to the amazingly light and so good french toast. Cafe after cafe, slowly the beat picks the chefs arrive, the Executive Chef himself in arrives, and the pace starts to pick up. The team in the kitchen starts to move as if in a ballet. The very petite sommelier, she now busy carrying cases of wine and checking her inventory.

Monday after the Canadian Grad Prix and still on a high from the win by Lewis Hamilton and late night of parties I returned for more strong coffee, and this time Joe, and Rachid looked after me it was a day when Lewis Hamilton was pronounced King of Montreal and trust me the King will be staying at the Ritz in Montreal because I will tell him so. The Ritz delivers, for me they made the impossible happen. That alone speaks volumes for a hotel and it’s team.

King of Montreal the Ritz.

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Rhubarb Ritz Mojito – “RR” – Ritz Carlton Toronto

Mojito is the order of the day at the Ritz Carlton patio bar in Toronto.

The new Bacardi bar, or that is what I like to call it and this patio deck is a little secret place, where you can sit and chill, have a drink, snack, all the while with the CN Tower gazing down on you, but you will never think that you are in the city.

Recently Ritz Carlton, introduced the Mojito menu of various cocktails, and while I could go on and on about how delicious they are and refreshing, nothing speak’s like a video clip.

Visiting or living in the city, this is a great spot, with food that is as delicious as the amazing cocktails. The magic of the Mojito is happening at the Ritz Carlton Toronto.



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Gucci Made to Measure – Oh così bello

I spent most of my youth working in a men’s fashion boutique to make extra cash for a very bad habit of mine, clubbing.

Having worked with some of the great artist’s and designers I have always appreciated the beauty of made to measure suits and shirts. My uncle who lived in London only shopped on Savil Row in Mayfair and his suits, shirts, ties always looked immaculate.

This is fashion orgasm. The opportunity to select the fabric that will be grafted onto your body.

The Italian fashion house Gucci is extending its menswear offerings to include Made to Measure, an in-store tailoring service that it is offering in 11 cities worldwide.

In addition to offering fabrics from an exclusive selection, the service provides for customizable options with finishes and details and allows for personal tailoring according to the client’s individual measurements.

The range of exclusive, top-quality materials includes nearly 82 textiles which allow for 178 possible combinations of colors and fabrics – wool, cashmere and mohair in classic shades of gray, navy blue and brown, alongside silk satin, velvet and baby lama for evening, with Diamante embroidery and jacquards featuring the House’s iconic horsebit in tone-on-tone combinations.

The Made to Measure service is completed by a customized selection of shirts from which the client may choose a fit from a complete existing proposal of recognizable Gucci silhouettes in a wide range of fabrics and colors.

In addition, Gucci offers a Made to Order service for signature men’s shoes, allowing for selection of the material, color, width, as well as embossing of one’s initials.

Gucci is offering the one-on-one Made to Measure experience in cities such as New York, Paris and Tokyo.

James Franco stars in Gucci Made to Measure advertising campaign, named “All the World’s a Stage” and shot by Nathaniel Goldberg in Rome’s movie studio Cinecitta’.



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