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Recipe: Thai Basil Wraps

Thai Basil Wraps

By Chef Todd Webster

2 stalks of lemongrass
2 Tbls Ginger
1 can coconut milk
2 Tbls Chopped Cilantro
2 Tbls Chopped Mint
1 pound Ground Beef Chuck
2 Tbls Minced garlic
3 Tbls Sriracha
1/4 cup picked cilantro leaves
1/4 cup julienne scallions
1/4 cup julienne radish
1/4 cup julienne carrots

Steep Lemongrass and Ginger in coconut milk.  Do not boil, only simmer for at least 5 minutes to infuse flavor and fragrance.

Brown Ground Beef and strain off fat.  Add garlic, sriracha and coconut milk.  Allow to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes until thick.  Stir in chopped mint and cilantro.

Spoon over a thai basil leaf.  Topped with scallion, cilantro, carrot and radish.  Drizzle chili oil over top.

Todd Webster

Art Basel Embraces the Novo Globalization

December – Week 1 2011.

Art Basel-Miami gleefully celebrated its first decade as decidedly the world’s most jubilant and fresh gathering of contemporary Art found anywhere on this planet.  Que la fete commence!

Art Basel is feeling the push and pull of the ‘novo’ globalization.  At its inception Art Basel filled a small muted corner of the Miami Beach Convention Center.  It was a staid and hushed affaire.   As America’s Gateway,  Miami was the obvious location for the Art Basel incarnation.

The bridge was built to link Latin and North America, where obscene gobs of Venezuelan petrol and white gold were looking to buy into (or at least underwrite) the elusive American Dream and Art Acquisition.    What better way than drop a cool mil on an Enrique Grau or a zaftig Enrique Grau?

Shara Cristal_is book ended by Global Artists_Vipictures Countless artists, collectors, curators and the ‘paint-by-numbers’ curious make an annual pilgrimage to SoFla in early December.  The local canvas is transformed into a maelstrom of exhibit tents, lavish cocktails and unbridled hoopla.  Permeated with the intoxicating aroma of turpentine, rampant commercialism, horn blaring grid lock and eateries jammed like clown cars; let there be no mistake, ‘a cultural road show has come to town’.

With its hold on POP culture, Art Miami is in the cross hairs of emerging nations everywhere.  As a nation the United States continues to exert enormous power over opinion to steadily diminishing returns.  Art Basel is a world in micro with la crème of every continent represented.

Bolt Gets Bad Wrap As He Spins Olympic Gold On The Green & Behind the Deck…

 South Florida —If the headlines are to believed Usain Bolt’s has transformed himself into a bolder version than the one he evidenced at last year’s Hollywood Hard Rock luncheon that was  sponsored in part by the bling bling  (and now defunct) Silver Dagger apparel line. 

As Bolt bandies about that he is ‘the world’s greatest athlete’ one is reminded of James Cameron’s claim “I am king of the world! ”.  Upon accepting his eleventh Oscar for the tent pole epic ‘Titanic’ that is now in re-release  ‘King James’ brandished the golden statuette while simultaneously holding himself up to the derision of press and audiences alike.

Bolt, may be getting a bad rap from former Olympiads, like Bruce Jenner’s who smirked that Bolt  is “delusional”.

However this observer (having spent countless hours with Bolt and his entourage at the Hard Rock’s luncheon and concert last year) can confirm, “That this rapper does not deserve a bad rap. Bolt (the tallest in blue at the back of this photo) is a soft spoken Jamaican;  modest to a fault, gracious and a crowd pleaser.  Whether a sprinter on the green or deejay on the deck he is dignified and unassuming.  Get him on the mic is another story.  He packs them to the sound of raucous applause.

After all Bolts bragging rights are well deserved , unlike Cameron who had the backing of  a cast or crew in the thousands, Bolt sprinted to fame with only a pair of track shoes to support him.

His solo act lays claim to the only athlete in history to have ever won consecutive gold medals in London and Beijing in the 100 and 200 meters and in the 4×100 relay in two consecutive Olympic Games.  Go Ahead Bolt brag a bit, you deserve it!

Submitted August 15, 2012 by Cristiane Roget

(left to right) Usain Bolt, Cristiane Roget, Gino  of Local Hotspots.

 

Genius On Hold & Cocktail Reception Honoring Walter L. Shaw

SAVE THIS DATE . SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 5:30-7:30PM
Scroll Down for Media Alert. By-invitation-only Press, Media and VIP cocktail commemorates GENIUS ON HOLD, and Official Entry in the 17th Palm Beach Int’l Film Festival.

You are invited to meet Walter T. Shaw. at a cocktail reception and press gathering Sunday, April 15, 5:30-7:30 PM at Yaacov Heller's Gallery 22, 320 Esplanade located @ Royal Palm Plaza, East Boca Florida, 33432

Palm Beach County/FL . April 11, 2012-For Immediate Release
The 17th Palm Beach Int’l unspools a Genius On Hold with VIP Press Cocktail Reception to follow Sunday, April 15, 2012 Honoring the late Walter L. Shaw with Guest of Honor Walter T. Shaw http://www.pbifilmfest.org/

As this 17th edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival unspools; one film in particular speaks volumes about the current chipping away at First Amendment rights to Free Speech.
The recent public outcry (as evidenced during the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and the defeat of proposed, web based legislation /Stop On Line Piracy-SOPA and the ProtectIP Act-PIPA) attests to the fact ‘Privacy and Free Speech’ at best may be misnomers. That said infringement on Privacy and Free Speech are red hot buttons and burn bright a half a century after the saga of Walter L. Shaw, inventor and American icon.

Shaw is the key subject in the searing documentary, Genius on Hold, a true ‘David and Goliath’ tale. It is the epic story of Walter L. Shaw, an engineering genius who was taken down by Senator Joe McCarthy and his henchmen.

“Just as Las Vegas is the only sizable city on earth that exists on one invention -air-conditioning, without Walter Shaw’s multiple inventions; advanced communication technology would not exist today as we know it.”

The maligned subject of this explosive documentary, Shaw has 39 patents to his credit that include the burglar alarm that automatically calls the police, hands free speaker phone, a black box toll free calling device, voice recognition, call forwarding and the predecessor to the touch tone key pad.

The awesome power of popular movements in the face of tyranny whether on a soap box, Shaw’s 1950’s rotary phone, or today’s super speed web all attest to the awesome power of populist movements.

 

See festival schedule at http://www.pbifilmfest.org/ for screening details.

Hosted by Be Advanced- Phoenix Capitol, Potions in Motion and the Steinway Gallery invited guests include the Festival’s Press Corp, Media Representatives, Publicists, Filmmakers, Festival Executives and Festival Team Volunteers, Frank Vincent, Nicole Shelly Models and representatives from Tony Bonjiovi’s Record Label. Appetizers and liquid libations by SX Liquors and Potions in Motion, Soprano Wines. Dress appropriate.

 

Typography & Art – Words on Canvas A Duality in Expression | Art Basel 2011

I listen to the ocean and all I hear is you” was twisted in white neon by Tracey Emia.

Two prevailing influences distinguishing this year’s Art Basel over prior editions  was the marriage of Typograph and Art and the insignificance of the written word as displayed by sculptural artist  Marco Roundtree.  Of Mexican and Irish descent he alters books from their original structure and binding.  Text and type are incidental and form supercedes content to great effect.  Marco Roundtree signals the end of books, civilization as we know it.  A death by a 1000 cuts.

The blue chip selections available within the price range of the vilified 1% bookend the  show.  A cache of Calder’s and Miro Sculptures at Helly Nahmad and swan necked Modigliani’s made those attending imagine they were miraculously transplanted to the Met, the Louvre or Prado all in a setting that is part luxurating Botanical Garden and sugar sand beachfront.

And to appease the other 99% was Mary Boone opining in a blaring billboard “Money Makes Money”.  The show’s standout performance was created by Paulo Nazareth in turban and workman’s cinched pantaloons.   Both brought Social Realism (read disparity) up short and in your face.

Paulo Nazareth – Things are not always what you think

His broken and rusty van held festoons of ripe bananas for “Banana Market/Art Market”.  He embodied the role of a disenfranchised street vendor who for a dollar would submit to a soul searching photo by what ever stranger passing by. A van, a man  and a bounty of fresh bananas, a sweet little play was set in motion. Language, ideas, actions and objects  converged with Nazareth teasing the bonds between people and their surroundings.  Especially the clash of the ’have’s too much’  with the  ‘have not’s’.

Nazareth depicts human nature in all its glory: revealing its creations, inner architecture and pathos – he creates a portrait of extraordinary people. What makes one rich? A nickel over what they need.   Smile.

Zarko Milijasevic, Buried relics at Ground Zero, Soon to be excavated

Zarko Milijasevic would not answer to “conceptual artist” more likened to a man recording history in the making.  He exhibited recently at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.  He  is a man of extraordinary eye sight, he walks and creates a presence no unlike a halo where ever he goes.   He described another socially relevant undertaking.  He admitted to burying sculptures at Ground Zero for many years and with plans to excavate them soon.

Sublime in its simplicity.

 

Art is Everywhere, If You SEE – Art Basel

Art Basel 2011December – Week 1 2011. Art Basel-Miami gleefully celebrated its first decade as decidedly the world’s most jubilant and fresh gathering of contemporary art, “in lower case” found anywhere on this planet.  Que la fete commence!

Now in its 10th year Art Basel is feeling the push and pull of the new globalization.  At its inception Art Basel filled a small muted corner of the Miami Beach Convention Center.  A staid and hushed affaire.  Miami was  the obvious  location;  as America’s Gateway.  The bridge between Latin and North America, where obscene gobs of Venezuelan petrol and white gold were looking to buy into (or at least underwrite) the elusive American Dream.  What better way than drop a cool mil on an Enrique Grau or a zaftig Botero?

Countless artists, collectors, curators and the paint-by-numbers curious make an annual pilgrimage to SoFla in early December.  The local canvas is transformed into a maelstrom of exhibit tents, lavish cocktails and unbridled hoopla.  Permeated with the intoxicating aroma of turpentine, rampant commercialism, horn blaring grid lock and eateries jammed like clown cars; let there be  no mistake, ‘a cultural roadshow has come to town’.

The USA and Art Basel as its cultural harbinger; embrace the ‘Novo’ globalization.  With its hold on pop culture the event is in the cross hairs of emerging nations everywhere.  As a nation the United States continues to exert enormous power over opinion  to steadily diminishing returns.  The world is a Globe as round as a spinning top …it turns and turns. It’s not one way any longer.  Art Basel is a world in micro with la crème of every continent represented.

Art Basel 2011

Who’s kicking who

The event is a more sophisticated version of  ‘Burning Man’ than TEFAF Maastricht-Netherlands.  Recognized as the world’s leading art and antiques fair;  Art Basel evidences the kind of Globalization that could be mistaken for a souk in Khartoum, a high style brocante in Paris or the proverbial Persian Market place.

The influence of European, Asian, Mediterranean and all the Americas is prevalent.  Cultural distinctions were linear, from high brow to street cred.  The conflag is euphemistically referred to by the New York Times as the “Art Cosco for Billionaires”. One discovers a growth industry that has outgrown its early elitism in the most wonderful ways.  If you are attending Art Basel in its many postures and poses, you are “meant to be here”.  Galleries were exhibiting not from Hong Kong but free wheeling Beijing.  Case in point, the ironically named Long March Space, Curated and Director David Tung.     The Asian influence reflected not only the calibur of the reemerging  availability of the art but one more  push pin in the planetary culture map.Art Basel 2011

With 260 Galleries represented from China to Tierra del Fuego, video and sculpture installations and impromptu performances, combined  attest to a world class revitalization of Miami’s art scene.  In evidence,  Miami Beach is Back.  Recovering from a self inflicted bout of over hype in the 90’s there is a new wisdom that comes with hindsight. From North Miami’s Moca, the burgeoning Winwood District and pop up galleries and vibrant street art mushrooming throughout the 4 day confab, the lines are blurred between ‘art appreciation and ‘”art, as an excuse to party”.

Art Basel 2011

Social Realism is not a pretty picture

South Beach with its sun dappled watercolor hues beckons. Art Basel satisfies both the craving for Art to indulge in a jubilant celebration of museum quality art satisfies one item on the bucket list; that is to experience all the finer things in life.

Two prevailing influences distinguising this year’s Art Basel over prior editions. One, the marriage between Typography and Art.  Words on canvas create a duality in expression.

I listen to the ocean and all I hear is you”

Art Basel 2011was twisted in white neon by Tracey Emia.  Conversely the insignificance of the written word may be the unintentional statement by sculptural artist Marco Roundtree.  Of Mexican and Irish descent he alters books from their original structure, where text and type are incidental and form supercedes content to great effect.  Marco Roundtree signals the end of books, civilization as we know it a death by a 1000 cuts.

The blue chip selections available within the price range of the vilified 1% bookend the  show.  A cache of Calder’s and Miro Sculptures at Helly Nahmad and swan necked Modigliani’s made those attending imagine they were miraculously transplanted to the Met, the Louvre or Prado all in a setting that is part luxurating Botanical Garden and sugar sand beachfront.

And to appease the other 99% was Mary Boone opining in a blaring billboard “Money Makes Money”.  The show’s standout performance was created by Paulo Nazareth in turban and workman’s cinched pantaloons.   Both brought Social Realism (read disparity) up short and in your face.

His broken and rusty van held festoons of ripe bananas for “Banana Market/Art Market”.  He embodied the role of a disenfranchised street vendor who for a dollar would submit to a soul searching photo by what ever stranger passing by. A van, a man  and a bounty of fresh bananas, a sweet little play was set in motion.  Language, ideas, actions and objects  converged with Nazareth teasing the bonds between people and their surroundings.  Especially the clash of the  ‘have’s too much’  with the  ‘have not’s’.

Nazareth depicts human nature in all its glory: revealing its creations, inner architecture and pathos – he creates a portrait of extraordinary people. What makes one rich? A nickel over what they need.   Smile.

Art Basel 2011

Zarko Milijasevic, Buried relics at Ground Zero, Soon to be excavated

Zarko Milijasevic would not answer to “conceptual artist” more likened to a man recording history in the making.  He exhibited recently at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.  He  is a man of extraordinary eye sight, he walks and creates a presence no unlike a halo where ever he goes.   He described another socially relevant undertaking.  He admitted to burying sculptures at Ground Zero for many years and with plans to excavate them soon.

Sublime in its simplicity.

RBC Conference

The Style File -Annals of the Retail Beverage Conference by Cristiane Roget October 9-11 The Florida Retail Federation Annual Meeting…

The Skinny on ‘My Skinny Senorita’, Sugar-Free, Guilt-Free, Alcohol-Free, Five Calories

by Cristiane Roget

 

Boca Raton, FL. My Skinny Senorita ™, the world’s first sugar free, guilt free, five calorie Margarita, Daiquiri and  Mojito Mix is set to debut from partners Howard Helfant and James Guistolisi. Effective August 15, 2011, My Skinny Senorita ™ will be available for national and international distribution through Hot Shot Beverage, LLC or may be purchased online at www.skinnysenorita.com.  My Skinny Senorita ™ joins the company’s growing portfolio of ultra premium, non alcoholic, cocktail mixers that features the award-winning, Howie’s Ultra Premium Hot Shot Tomato Slammer.

 

Leveraging over two decades in the highly competitive restaurant and product development industries, the My Skinny Senorita ™ co-founders aim to set a new standard of excellence in the premium non-alcoholic mixer category.

 

Intent on replicating the recent success of Howie’s Hot Shot Ultra Premium Tomato Slammer, the makers of My Skinny Senorita ™ anticipate a meteoric rise in demand among bartenders, mixologists, chefs and tastemakers  as the ‘must have’ Margarita, Daiquiri  and Mojito Mix.  Sales of their superlative, naturally flavored Bloody Mary Mix and marinade tripled every quarter since its launch in 2010.  Howard and James are confident that beverage gourmands, diet and health conscious imbibers and non-drinkers will embrace the My Skinny Senorita ™ brand.

 

Unlike other brands that include sometimes lower grade alcohol, the makers of My Skinny Senorita ™ invite the customer to add their favorite alcohol with the added benefit of only a five calorie increase.  Whereas the average 3.3 oz. margarita has a whopping 740 calories the My Skinny Senorita equivalent tips the scale at 98 calories for the tequila and the My Skinny Senorita Margarita Mix.

 

“Creating My Skinny Senorita, was the next logical brand extension for our portfolio,” states Howard.  Marketing Director, Maleah Gluck, confirms “My Skinny Senorita is a perfect complement to Howie’s Hot Shot Slammer.  We are striving  to corner the ‘mixer market’  by providing superlative ingredients for the world’s four most popular cocktails, Bloody Mary’s, Daiquiri’s, Margarita’s and South Florida’s unofficial cocktail, the Mojito. Our version has the fresh mint mulled right in the bottle”.

 

With distribution throughout the United States, the roll out of the Hot Shot Brand is straight forward.  “We bring to the market a consumable luxury at a cost that is accessible to everyone. With innovative, alluring packaging that includes a distinctive, non-breakable bottle combined with the highest level of craftsmanship and a taste that is indistinguishable from the sweet syrup recipes; style and substance are perfectly blended.” according to Guistolisi.

 

Spearheaded by Helphant’s team of industrial strength promoters and publicists combined the creation of visual assets by Vector International Pictures (vipictures.com) and a point of purchase rollout by Potions in Motion  (potionsinmotion.com) a robust marketing campaign includes Skinny Senorita Blast Bars ™, tastings for the March of Dimes Chefs Extravaganza in September, a showcase at the luxury fashion and media confab, Funkshion/Miami Beach,an ongoing Beauty Bar in association with Dr. DiGeronimo Plastic and Reconstructive Medical Center and appearances in South Florida’s au courant clubs.  The makers are currently casting about for My Skinny Senorita Brand Ambassadors with a national talent search in the works. Visit myskinnysenorita.com for details.

 

National Association of Television Production Executives (NAPTE)

National Association of Television Production Executives (NAPTE)  A Feeding Frenzy Of New & Re-Purposed Content MIAMI BEACH, FL (January 28, 2011) – NATPE-Content First, Conference and Exhibition…

Socialism

GLOBALIZATION AND ASIAN INFLUENCE

A more sophisticated version of ‘Burning Man’ than TEFAF Maastricht-Netherlands.   Recognized as the world’s leading art and antiques fair;  Art Basel is ‘Globalization’ that could be mistaken for a souk in Khartoum, a high style brocante in Paris or a proverbial Persian Market place.

Who’s kicking who?

The influence of European, Asian, Mediterranean and all the Americas is prevalent.  Cultural distinctions were linear, from high brow to street cred.  The conflag is euphemistically referred to by the New York Times as the “Art Cosco for Billionaires” , Basel  is a growth industry that has outgrown its early elitism in the most wonderful ways.

If you are attending Art Basel in its many postures and poses, you are “meant to be here”.  Galleries were exhibiting not from Hong Kong but free wheeling Beijing.  Case in point, the ironically named Long March Space, Curated and Director David Tung.   The Asian influence reflected not only the calibur of the reemerging  availability of Chinese Art  adding one more  push pin in the planetary culture map.

Social Realism is not a pretty picture

With hundreds of  Galleries represented from China to Tierra del Fuego, video and sculpture installations and impromptu performances attest to a world class revitalization of Miami’s art scene.  In evidence,  Miami Beach is Back.  Recovering from a self inflicted bout of over hype in the 90′s there is a new wisdom that comes with hindsight. F rom North Miami’s Moca, the burgeoning Wynwood District and pop up galleries and vibrant street art mushrooming throughout the 4 day confab, the lines are blurred between ‘art appreciation and ‘”art, as an excuse to party”.

South Beach with its sun dappled watercolor hues beckons. Art Basel satisfies both the craving for Art to indulge in a jubilant celebration and fulfills the desire to experience all the finer things in life.