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Russia in ‘partial’ border pullout


Russian President Vladimir Putin tells Germany’s chancellor he has ordered a “partial troop withdrawal” from Ukraine’s eastern border.

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Musharraf charged in treason case


A court in Pakistan charges former military ruler Pervez Musharraf with treason, the country’s first army chief to face such a prosecution.

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The Leading Hotels of the World Feature Menus with Homegrown Produce

The Leading Hotels of the World Feature Menus with Homegrown Produce

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 25, 2014

Farm-to-table is all the rage on the current culinary scene, and a host of Leading Hotels offer guests the opportunity to savor the produce that comes fresh from their own gardens. Here is just a small cross section.

A few years ago, the Chatham Bars Inn purchased an eight-acre farm for the production of all of its produce. Located about ten miles from the hotel, it is exclusive to the hotel, but guests are allowed to walk the grounds and even select items that the chefs will then prepare specially for them. Currently the farm produces a wide variety of lettuce, kale, summer corn, squashes, carrots, eggplants, and just about any other herb or vegetable that you can think of, including more than 30 varieties of tomatoes among them Pink Tiger, Purple Bumblebee, Green Zebra, and Scarlet Red. There are many specialty items that the chefs prepare with the produce from the farm, including the Baby Carrots with White Truffle Honey and Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad. The hotel helps guests get the day off to a good start with a breakfast-inclusive arrangement, priced from USD 289 per night, single or double occupancy, which includes accommodations and breakfast.

Some travelers may already think of Mauritius as the Garden of Eden, and Shanti Maurice – A Nira Resort embodies the metaphor. The resort cultivates an herb garden that produces aromatic herbs such as rosemary, marjoram, lemongrass, mint, parsley, basil, and coriander, as well as vegetables including lettuce, white and red radish, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, sweet corn and chili, and fruits such as banana, papaya and mango. Several of these tempting ingredients are incorporated to create menu offerings like Obrime in Banana Leaf – Cape Malay marinated obrime grilled in a banana leaf with Thai basil and tomato salad; and Yellow fin Tuna with Garden Herbs – spice-crusted yellow fin tuna with rosemary and honey scented herbs. Last year, the resort introduced a private dining experience in the heart of the garden: the Herb Garden BBQ which includes a special tasting menu, tailored wine flight and service by a personal butler and chefs. Guests as well as non-residents can enjoy the five-course gourmet menu, which is available year-round. A special bed and breakfast offer, valid until April 30, 2014, includes daily breakfast and 15% reduction on room rate. Rates already adjusted to reflect savings, start from EUR 385 per night, single or double occupancy.

At Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, the secret behind the hotels light but tasty dishes is the flourishing organic kitchen garden produce that uses the philosophy of well-being to give a twist to the best of Tuscan gastronomic tradition. So pleasure becomes the key to rediscovering the joy of healthy eating. Located on-site for the exclusive use of the hotel, the garden produces a significant amount of ingredients supplying the two restaurants and the staff canteen. Inaugurated in 2010 and since enlarged, it yields items such as zucchini, cauliflowers, tomatoes, eggplants, different varieties of lettuce, fennel, cucumbers, artichokes, peppers, herbs such as basil and parsley, as well as raspberries, strawberries and blackberries for delicious desserts. The hotel also produces olive oil from its own trees. Among the resulting dishes are Broccoli Soup with Anchovies, Cauliflower and Tomatoes; Zucchini Noodles with Clams and Tomato Sauce; and Cheesecake with Raspberry Dressing. Valid until January 10, 2015, a breakfast-inclusive package is priced from EUR 195.50 per night, single occupancy, and EUR 280.50 per night, double occupancy; and includes buffet breakfast; use of the thermal pool; access to the sauna, steam bath and gym; tax and service charge.

Almost the entire menu for Saxon five hundred, the fine dining restaurant at Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in Johannesburg, South Africa, is harvested from the hotels organic rooftop garden; save for the meat and cheese items. The garden produces all varieties of herbs, including lemon thyme, lemon verbena and five types of basil; rhubarb; beans; lemons, pears and apples; tomatillos; gooseberries; purple broccoli; globe artichokes; 25 varieties of tomato; asparagus; yellow marrow; beetroot; fennel and fennel flowers; parsnips; gem and butternut squash. On the restaurants six-course menu, there is a first course of Green Tomato Soup, Garden Beans, Tarragon, and Bean Flowers, while the four-course offering features a vegetarian option of Seasonal Squash With Steamed Yellow Marrow with Pine Nut Chutney, Gem Squash Yoghurt, and Butternut Brule, all from the hotels garden. Upon request guests can take master classes with the chefs, where they spend the morning with the chef in the garden and then have a cooking demonstration in the restaurant kitchens on how to prepare those items in a variety of ways, including fine dining techniques. Guests can also enjoy a seasonal barbeque out in the garden with the head chef David Higgs, with salads being picked fresh and prepared right on their plates. Ongoing through 2015, a breakfast-inclusive package is available starting from ZAR 4,950 per night, single or double occupancy, which includes daily English buffet breakfast, mini-bar soft drinks and use of the hydro facilities at the spa.

Gardens also thrive in urban environments, and one of those is, perhaps a little surprisingly, in Stockholm where The Grand H

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The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World Resort: How to Get the Most Out of the Best Disney Has to Offer

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The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World Resort: How to Get the Most Out of the Best Disney Has to Offer

The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World Resort: How to Get the Most Out of the Best Disney Has to Offer

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR SOPHISTICATED TRAVELERS TO TRULY ENJOY THEMSELVES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD® RESORT? ABSOLUTELY! Whether you’re planning a family trip or a romantic getaway for two, The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World® Resort tells you exactly how, without sacrificing luxury and style. With this detailed and thoughtful guide anyone can plan a visit in which each day comes with the best Disney has to offer. Written by Disney authority, Cara Goldsbury, the pages are overflowing with informatio

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Climate impacts ‘overwhelming’ – UN


Global warming’s impact is likely to be “severe, pervasive and irreversible”, the UN warns in its most comprehensive assessment yet of climate change.

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US-Russia deadlock on Ukraine crisis


US Secretary of State John Kerry announces no breakthrough on Ukraine, after four hours of “frank” talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

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Freed journalists home from Syria


Two Spanish journalists taken hostage in Syria are welcomed home by their families in Madrid after being held for six months by Islamist militants.

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Russia and US set for crisis talks


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sets out demands for a neutral and federal Ukraine, ahead of crisis talks with his US counterpart in Paris.

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Turkey PM faces local election test


People in Turkey go to the polls in local elections that analysts say could determine the political future of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Turkey PM faces local election test


People in Turkey go to the polls in local elections that analysts say could determine the political future of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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