Celebrity Chef Dabbles In Scotch

Celebrity Summit passengers sick with stomach bug

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That was the thinking when The Dalmore, a whiskey with roots going back to 1839, partnered with French-born, New York-based chef Daniel Boulud on this limited-release bottle (just 1,000 will be made available, sold through high-end wine and liquor stores as well as eventually through the chefs online store ). Even though he keeps busy running 14 restaurants around the globe, serving a $32 braised rib and foie gras burger, among other dishes, Boulud was actively involved in creating the spirit, working with Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson on selecting specific barrels to create the final blend, which includes whiskies aged up to 18 years. (But its a mistake to call the final product a blend since all the whisky in it originates from a single distillery.) I wanted a generous, full-bodied whisky, but with aromas of caramel and also some candied orange and toasted praline, says Boulud. Um, who says Frenchmen drink only Cognac? Key stat: Click to Play Daniel Boulud tries his hand at Scotch After months of working with the renowned distillers at The Dalmores, chef Daniel Boulud is offering a bespoke single malt based on the cuisine of his restaurants. Charles Passy joins the News Hub for Weekend Sip. (Photo: AP) The Dalmore (and the brand name always has The in front of it) has gained a reputation for offering some of the worlds most expensive and sought-after whiskies. A case in point: The recently released Richard Paterson Collection 12 bottles of whiskies that date as far back as 1926, packaged together for $1.4 million. That makes the $200 Boulud bottle a steal by comparison. Also see: 10 things celebrity chefs wont say What we think about it: Bouluds whiskey lives up to its heavy promise at least on the nose. We especially pick up those scents of caramel and candied orange. But its not as thick on the tongue: Theres a kind of clarity to the Scotchs sweetness like a dessert wine, but one thats smartly devoid of anything syrupy or cloying. The Dalmore spokesman Chris Watt says thats probably not by accident, since the Boulud Scotch comes from whiskies aged in barrels that were previously used with dessert wines (specifically, Muscatel, Madeira and port). In all, a solid, though pricey sip. How to enjoy it: This is too good a Scotch to use in a Scotch n soda.

In response to the outbreak which the CDC said affected 14.5% of passengers and 1.5% of crew onboard a beefed up cleaning and disinfection plan has been put in place on the ship. The CDC is also working with the cruise line on how to deal with “active cases” and cleansing procedures for when the ship returns to Bayonne. Through its Vessel Sanitation Program, the CDC said it would send an epidemiologist and an environmental health officer to meet the ship and do a health assessment, as well as to monitor sanitation procedures. The predominant symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness are vomiting and diarrhea. “Those affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship,” said Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. “At Celebrity Cruises we have high health standards for all our guests and crew. During the sailing, we are taking a number of steps to prevent the transmission of the illness, including implementing enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols, and using special cleaning products and disinfectants that are proven to kill norovirus to clean throughout the ship. These activities will continue as the sailing proceeds,” Martinez explained. Ill passengers on the current sailing were confined to their cabins to prevent further spread and will be compensated for their lost vacation time, she added. Martinez said an “extensive and thorough sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal,” would also take place in Bayonne to prevent the illness from affecting the ship’s next sailing also on a Canada/New England itinerary, embarking Saturday. Passengers booked on that sailing who are uncomfortable taking the cruise for reasons “related to personal health or otherwise,” will be able to reschedule their cruise, Martinez said.

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Celebrity will include the island on three cruises the line said were created with “upscale travelers” in mind. Two nine-day cruises, Nov. 29 and Dec. 14, 2014, are round-trip from Fort Lauderdale and also include calls at Royal Caribbean’s private beach resort at Labadee, Haiti; San Juan; St. Croix; and St. Maarten. An eight-day cruise embarking Jan. 16, 2015, will visit all but St. Maarten. Fares are from $899 per person, double occupancy. The 11-year-old Celebrity Constellation was the first of Celebrity Cruises’ four older Millennium Class ships to undergo a top-to-bottom overhaul to make it more like the line’s newer Solstice Class ships, a process the line called “Solsticizing.” What’s new on the vessel? USA TODAY’s Gene Sloan offers a photo tour. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen Originally unveiled on May 12, 2002, the 91,000-ton, 2,034-passenger Celebrity Constellation was in dry dock for 15 days in 2010 to receive its “Solsticizing” makeover. Among Solstice Class features added to the ship: A Tuscan Grille steakhouse; Bistro on Five creperie; ice-topped Martini Bar; Cafe al Bacio coffee house; and Cellarmasters wine bar. Celebrity Cruises The Seaside Cafe on the back of the ship. Celebrity Cruises The back of the ship also is home to a pool and whirlpool. Celebrity Cruises The Celebrity Constellation’s adults-only Solarium offers a lap pool, waterfalls and thickly padded lounge chairs. Celebrity Cruises An iconic area of the Constellation that remains after its 2010 makeover is the Grand Foyer, which features an onyx staircase, marble floors and the first panoramic ocean-view glass elevators at sea. Celebrity Cruises Added during the overhaul, Cafe al Bacio is a centrally-located, European-style coffee house that serves specialty coffees, liqueurs and freshly baked pastries. Celebrity Cruises Also added in 2010, the ship’s new Gelateria dishes Italian ices and gelati in the afternoon and evenings. Celebrity Cruises The new Bistro on Five creperie offers a mix of sandwiches, salads, crepes and desserts in a casual atmosphere. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen The most spacious lodging option on the Celebrity Constellation is the 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suite, which includes a separate dining and living room; foyer; baby grand piano; butler’s pantry; motorized draperies, lights and security system; two interactive audio/visual entertainment systems with televisions, DVDs, and VCRs; music center; Internet station and a 1,098-square-foot balcony area with its own whirlpool. Celebrity Cruises The bedroom in the Penthouse Suite features two beds that convert into a queen-size bed and an extra dressing room with vanity. Celebrity Cruises The bathroom in the Penthouse Suite has a whirlpool tub and separate shower. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen A step down from the Penthouse is the Royal Suite, which measures 538 square feet, not including a 195-square-foot balcony area. The suite features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors; separate living room with dining and sitting area; two entertainment centers with plasma-screen televisions and VCR or DVD player; and an Internet station. Celebrity Cruises The bedroom of the Royal Suite includes a walk-in closet. Celebrity Cruises A large bathroom is attached to the bedroom of the Royal Suite and includes a tub with whirlpool jets and a stall shower. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen Slightly smaller than a Royal Suite are the Celebrity Suites, which measure 467 square feet.