• The price of pigging out in Prague is set to skyrocket

    The gut-busting Bohemian delight of pork, dumplings and stewed cabbage, which takes the blame for the quaffing of many a Pilsner - and the sneaking of many an afternoon nap - has never been more expensive. Known as ‘Vepro-knedlo-zelo’ for its three basic ingredients, the go-to Sunday...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2019 0 Comments

  • Project 8 is the fastest Jaguar road car ever made

    Usually when I review a car, fleet managers just toss me the keys and wave goodbye. But with the 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 — the reigning sedan champ for fastest lap time around Germany’s feared Nürburgring track — I had some “best practices” emailed over as w...

    POSTED 18 Jun, 2019 0 Comments

  • Road test: Audi RS 5 Sportback

    What we’re driving: Audi RS 5 Sportback  What it costs: $157,700 (plus on-road costs); as tested, $167,050 (plus costs) Why we’re driving it: The RS designation has a special symbolism with fans of German luxury marque Audi. The initials stand for RennSport, which translat...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2019 1 Comment

  • Remarkable rise of rosé entices luxury group LVMH

    The maker of Louis Vuitton handbags and Veuve Clicquot Champagne is taking aim at a form of luxury consumption that’s spreading worldwide: day drinking in the summer months with a bottle of rosé. LVMH announced it would buy Chateau du Galoupet, a 17th-century estate in the Provence ...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2019 3 Comments

  • Here are California's hottest Michelin-rated restaurants

    As if further proof were needed that California has become the center of America’s food universe, consider this: Michelin historically bestows its famed stars only once a year. Last November, the international food guide showered the Bay Area with stars. Seven months later, Michelin is back...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2019 2 Comments

  • Porsche's 2019 Cayenne Coupe is an SUV with style and spirit

    Porsche's 2019 Cayenne Coupe puts some overdue style and spirit into the same-same SUV scene. The result will be music to many family motorist's ears: finally, an SUV that looks and drives more like a sports car than a truck. It even has a retractable 911-style rear wing that punches 135 mill...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2019 2 Comments

  • Shaking things up: the case for pre-mixed cocktails

    Order a martini at the Grill in New York City’s midtown Manhattan, and a strange thing happens. Instead of reaching for a bottle of gin, the bartender opens a freezer drawer. Inside resides a selection of variations on the classic cocktail, pre-mixed and funnelled into rounded bottles that...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2019 12 Comments

  • With new iPad OS, Apple wants its tablets to replace your laptop

    Your iPad or iPad Pro is about to get more powerful, more capable and, Apple hopes, more likely than ever to make you think twice about leaving your laptop behind. Towards the tail end of this year Apple will release a new edition of its iOS software that's been tailor made for your tablet. Dub...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2019 6 Comments

  • Road test: Infiniti QX30 Sport

    Lexus is the name that first springs to mind when one thinks of Japanese luxury cars, but there is another lesser-known rising gun that’s been quietly chipping away here since 2012, and that brand is Infiniti. As Lexus is to Toyota, so is Infiniti to Nissan – and while still a rela...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2019 1 Comment

  • Ferrari SF90 Stradale: the prancing horse goes plug-in hybrid

    The future has arrived at Ferrari with the unveiling of the Italian supercar company's first plug-in hybrid, dubbed the SF90 Stradale in a nod to the 90th anniversary of the founding of Ferrari. The SF90 Stradale can run for up to 25km on battery power alone but, because it is still a Ferra...

    POSTED 30 May, 2019 3 Comments

  • Road test: Range Rover Evoque 2019 looks smart, drives smooth

    In the me-too herd of suburban SUVs there is only one Range Rover Evoque. As much a fashion accessory as a transport tool, despite its deeply-rooted four-wheel drive DNA, the second-generation 2019 Evoque (starting around $65,000) still stands out in any pack and proves there's always room for g...

    POSTED 30 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • How Apple plans to rev up its OS software at next week's WWDC 2019

    Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off on June 3, with the tech giant planning to unveil new software features across the board. No Apple operating system will emerge untouched from the keynote speech. Here's what to expect for your iDevice of choice. What’s coming f...

    POSTED 28 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Test drive: Aston Martin Vantage, a 'best of British' bruiser-cruiser

    These are exciting times at Aston Martin, with everything from a revitalised showroom line-up to front-running Le Mans racers and a born-again continuation build of the original DB5 spy car that was driven by James Bond. The $299,950 Vantage is the newest of its new cars and is a rorty driv...

    POSTED 28 May, 2019 3 Comments

  • Monaco Grand Prix 2019 preview: the roar, the riches and the race

    Each year in May, 200,000 of the human beings with the world’s most outward-facing wealth engorge a city the size of New York’s Central Park. They’re here to imbibe Formula One’s dizzying Monaco Grand Prix – this year the sixth race in the sport’s 21-stop glob...

    POSTED 21 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Rolls-Royce Cullinan: just how insanely luxurious can an SUV be?

    What we’re driving: Rolls-Royce Cullinan What it costs: from $685,000 Why we’re driving it: 2019 marks the 115th anniversary of the first meeting between Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, and the Cullinan is an uber-luxury SUV representing the storied company's answer to the growi...

    POSTED 20 May, 2019 4 Comments

  • Road test: Range Rover's Vogue P400e plug-in hybrid

    What we’re driving: Range Rover Vogue P400e What it costs: $210,000 (as tested, $232,155) Why we’re driving it: Beloved by country squires and Royals alike, Range Rovers have been wafting across the world’s paddocks and back-roads for nearly half a century. But the luxury off-...

    POSTED 17 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Whisky review: Tasting Old Pulteney’s new-look and new-taste range

    Scotland’s Pulteney Distillery has given its core range a dramatic refresh with new ages, new labels, new names and in many cases new whisky. It's always a risk for any distillery to make major changes to its foundation line-up, especially when that means discontinuing long-time fan favo...

    POSTED 16 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Aston Martin's DB5 James Bond tribute is packed with spy gadgets

    While actor Rami Malek is rubbing his villainous hands together and promising to give Daniel Craig hell in his fifth and last James Bond film, Aston Martin is going back to 007's earliest days with a bespoke special edition DB5 made for the most die-hard and deep-pocketed 007 fans....

    POSTED 15 May, 2019 4 Comments

  • Brazil eyes Rio F1 with new racetrack named after Ayrton Senna

    Brazil hopes to move its slot on the world's Formula One calendar to a dedicated racetrack at Rio de Janeiro which will be named after Ayrton Senna, the celebrated Brazilian racing car driver who died in 1994. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has signed an agreement with Rio de Janeiro&rs...

    POSTED 14 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Renault Alpine A110 is an updated blast from a racer-inspired past

    What we’re driving: Alpine A110 Première Edition What it costs: RRP $97,000 (as tested, $106,500) Why we’re driving it: We love it when a car company does something a little off-the-wall and Renault’s decision to revive the renowned Alpine nameplate by building a 2...

    POSTED 13 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • These Tokyo-inspired HiFi cocktail bars combine music and mixology

    Hi-Fi cocktail bars aren't just for Tokyo anymore, as a new breed of bar aims to please your ears as much as your taste buds. Walk into Bar Shiru, a cocktail lounge that opened three months ago in uptown Oakland, California, and the first thing you notice is the back wall, where about ...

    POSTED 13 May, 2019 3 Comments

  • Penfolds' new Champagnes make a sparkling debut

    With a cheeky 'coals to Newcastle' pitch, Penfolds chose Paris for the overnight international launch of a trio of Champagnes. And yes, these are Champagnes – not just sparkling whites – produced in France's Champagne region using grapes grown from local vineyards under a collaborati...

    POSTED 10 May, 2019 5 Comments

  • Test drive: BMW M850i redefines the luxury coupe (and convertible)

    What we're driving: BMW M850i What it costs: from $272,900 Why we’re driving it: The top of the BMW tree has taken a twist with the arrival of the born-again M850i. Most makers choose a four-door luxury limousine as their headline act, which is where BMW pitches the 7 Series, but th...

    POSTED 10 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Test drive: BMW Z4 roadster celebrates the selfish two-seater life

    What we’re driving: BMW's all-new 2019 Z4 What it costs: from $84,900 Why we’re driving it: BMW's third-generation Z4 roadster is now roaring onto Australian roads, and it's a powerful antidote to the dramas of life in 2019. Put the top down and put your foot down, then watch a...

    POSTED 10 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • London's hottest restaurant, Gloria, is about to gain a sibling

    When Gloria opened in East London in February 2019, the queues to dine at London’s new hottest restaurant started on the first day. Now Gloria's French owners plan to open a huge second trattoria in June. Named Circolo, and serving Italian cuisine inspired by summer days in Sicily, it will...

    POSTED 8 May, 2019 0 Comments

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