Francois Thibault, the cellar master of Grey Goose vodka, is a renaissance man in alcohol circles. He graduated from the University of Bordeaux II with a degree in winemaking in 1982, and was known for his work at cognac maker H. Mounier when he was hired by Sidney Frank, the billionaire entrepre...
POSTED 24 May, 2017 0 Comments
The word concierge has a murky etymology, but Les Clefs d'Or – the international association of concierges – prefers the French derivation, comte des cierges, or "keeper of the candles". Dating back to feudal times, he was the man responsible for lighting a palace and catering to the...
POSTED 20 May, 2017 0 Comments
Most of us remember the time before smartphones were in the pockets and purses of billions of people. Before those gadgets became the primary computer for millions of people. Before the smartphone boom made fortunes for some companies – Apple and Facebook, for example – and doomed ot...
POSTED 10 May, 2017 1 Comment
As if Hong Kong didn't already have a dizzying choice of bars, here's one more to put on the to-visit list. Opening this week is the flight-themed Runway bar. Located – where else – in the bar hotspot of Lan Kwai Fong, on Wyndham Street, the decor includes small propellers, aircraf...
POSTED 9 May, 2017 1 Comment
After Tesla reported earnings on Wednesday, Elon Musk cracked open the lid on his box of secrets. While most investors focused on rising costs and execution risk as he prepares for his most important product launch, the CEO dropped a pile of hints about what new adventures may be in store for th...
POSTED 5 May, 2017 2 Comments
BMW’s 2-Series range offers drivers sporting thrills in a compact package – with equipment and engine changes this year that replace the previous M235i, we put the new M240i Convertible to the test. Exterior While the M240i Convertible replaces last year’s M235i, the ex...
POSTED 3 May, 2017 2 Comments
Microsoft overnight added a new member to its Surface family: the Surface Laptop. Unlike the Surface Pro 2-in-1 and Surface Book, the Surface Laptop is a conventional notebook where the keyboard doesn't detach from the screen. Another wrinkle is that the Surface Laptop is built around Micro...
POSTED 3 May, 2017 5 Comments
Imagine a restaurant where there’s no such thing as a menu: instead, a map with a magnifying glass to use as you embark on a degustation journey – one of a calming day spent on a childhood holiday and centred on your own personal memories and experiences. That’d be a big ask of...
POSTED 1 May, 2017 10 Comments
Wireless headphones have become increasingly in vogue, thanks (or not) to Apple’s iPhone 7, which famously ditched the industry-standard headphone jack. However, there’s also something to be said for them as a favoured piece of tech for the fitness set, which is exactly where Sol Rep...
POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 3 Comments
The robot drivers are coming. Virtually every brand in the auto industry is bragging about its autonomous driving capabilities. In four years, some Fords will even skip the steering wheel entirely. But at least two big names aren’t jumping on the bandwagon just yet. When it comes to ...
POSTED 18 Apr, 2017 4 Comments
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