Wednesday, October 29, 2014

US Officials to Israel PM Netanyahu: “Coward!”

 “Coward!” a high ranking officer of the Obama administration said. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” the rough comment quoted from this Obama officer as conversations were delivered with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldsberg in anonymity.  The officer also said Netanyahu “was afraid to start wars.” Further claiming Netanyahu has Asperger’s Syndrome,to add more insult to the Israeli PM. These comments by Obama’s officers stirred anew ripples on the ever hot issue about the raging gulf war.
Despite the cross fired comments, this does not serve anything on Iran and ISIS.
The one outraged on Israel’s camp was Naftali Bennet, Israrel’s Minister of Economy and Leader of the religious Jewish Home Party.
Despite the accusations, National Security Council Alistair Baskey disclaimed the comments does not reflect the views of the administration. Saying further, “We think such comments are inappropriate and counter-productive. Despite the extremely close relationship between the U.S. and Israel, we do not agree on every issue.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Star was born in Australia’s X-Factor!

Ever since Marlisa’s audition for Australia’s X-Factor, Judge Ronan Keating couldn't help but all praises and standing ovation for the 14 year old Australian X-Factor finalist Marlisa Punzalan. Keating was in awe as he told her, “Who you are now is so endearing,”  after singing ‘Stand By You’ earning her another round of standing ovation from the panel of judges of X Factor Australia.
Redfoo astounded by Marlisa’s performance said, “I think you got yourself a hit there. You got a hit there lady. Now all you need to do is win this thing.”
Danii Minogue on her part was all praise telling Marlisa’s superb performance, “Great title, and great performance. A style queen, as I’ve said, all throughout the competition, you have absolute style and grace, stuff you can’t teach people. I’m sure all your friends, your family, and everyone else that’s grown to love you.”

Watch Marlisa on her all judges standing ovation performance of the song ‘Stand by You’

Humbled by the praises and good things being said to her singing talent, Marlisa remained soft spoken and shy. Raised from humble beginnings, the daughter of a Filipino couple living in Australia balanced her time attending school and her X-Factor stints. A true and real inspiration indeed to her schoolmates, family and friends.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Small Plates

[video grab from NY Times YouTube channel]

The New York Times Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue features a dining experiment entitled, ‘Small Plates’ to see what happened when six second graders are treated to a $220 per person seven-course tasting meal.
For Brooklyn second graders Maya Colombo, Amira Patrick, Chester Parish, Rohan Gelber-Higgins, Caylan George and Phoebe Spickler it was an exciting experience not only to because it was a new place and new taste they've experienced. But for these six schoolchildren, that Saturday afternoon it was a discovery of fine dining experience at its best from one of New York’s best French fine dining restaurant – Daniel. World renowned French chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud delighted his young guests with his signature French cuisine menu his restaurant was famous for.
Their amazement started from the moment they entered the French inspired restaurant’s revolving door, on to the waiting doorman greeting and receiving them cordially. The waiters made them sit leisurely on the table even arranging throw pillows rested on their backs to accommodate them on the high back dining chair supposedly meant for adult dining guests.
The $220 seven course menu which include a trio of canap├ęs and an amuse-bouche, naturellement was a moment of extraordinary small plate discovery of flavors, layers and texture spectacle that were out of their ordinary and everyday home and school meals. Witnessed by Chef Daniel Boulud himself, the exquisite dishes earned him remarks from the young diners ranging from ‘the most foreign thing for them of the Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi to ‘This is, like, the only good course. It’s yummy.’ remark of 7-year old Chester Parish on the custom made non-alcoholic cocktail served to them. Chef Daniel toured them through each of the course explaining in details what each were made of.
Of the prepared dishes presented to them, the Crispy Japanese Snapper was among those they loved to see. Whereas, the Wagyu Beef Rib Eye was “a big success” to them. But just like most kids dining as and each course was served to each of them, they are so anxious to wait for the desert to be served. The fine dining experience of these schoolchildren was captured for The New York Times by Director Jeffrey Blitz of the Oscar nominated documentary "Spellbound."