Chinn prepared a dish using certified tuna caught using specially designed hooks which do not threaten endangered turtles. His menu also includes clams which have been farmed using environmentally friendly and sustainable methods. The pre-dominant message was overfishing, but the event also highlighted a problem facing Vietnamese consumers often aired in the local media. What Im experiencing as a chef of 18 years is I have no idea where any of the products are coming from. You can say the beef is from the U.S. and has a stamp on it but it might not be,” he said. “Recently in Vietnam we discovered that 80 percent of the noodles were laced with toxic chemicals to keep them white. So its really time for a change. Vietnam is one of the worlds top seafood exporters, with exports of catfish accounting for 90 percent of the global market. While not all exported goods are labeled with information which includes whether that product is certified or not, industry experts recognize that labels with more information are more popular with consumers, said Ngo. Tien Chuong, Aquaculture Coordinator at the World Wide Fund for Natures Vietnam office. He said the general trend is for authorities to make production for export more sustainable while less attention is paid to domestic consumption. Lack of information on food sourcing and ingredients is a big issue for Vietnamese consumers, many of whom worry about the overuse of pesticides in vegetables, and excessive use of antibiotics and formaldehyde in meat. Last month some residents in Lao Cai province were hospitalized after eating dried fish, which was later found to contain high levels of histamines, local media reported. Poisoning cases have been blamed on poor enforcement of hygiene standards but so far there is no certification process in place for consumers at home.
Ship review: Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 4 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Ship review: Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection Cruise Log Gene Sloan, USA TODAY 1:25 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 The exterior of the Celebrity Reflection, the fifth and final ship in the Solstice Class line that began in 2008. Michael Wessels The exterior of the Celebrity Reflection, the fifth and final ship in the Solstice Class line. The ship made her North American debut on Dec. 1 with a sailing out of Miami. Michael Wessels The outdoor pool on Deck 14 has a pool bar, two pools, and Jacuzzis. Chairs were added to the deck of the Reflection to accommodate more guests. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY An extra 245 loungers were added to the expanded pool deck to accommodate more than 1,000 additional guests than the Reflection’s predecessors in the Solstice line have had. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Pool Bar is located on Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Weather permitting, the Mast Grill on Deck 15 is a casual dining spot where guests can have grilled specialties while overlooking the pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests take a Zumba class by the outdoor pool on Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The iLounge has 22 computers that guests can use to surf the Internet. The lounge is also a licensed Apple reseller, one of the first at sea. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The expanded Aqua Spa offers a wide range of services including massages, 24K gold facials, and a full Medi-Spa where guests can get acupuncture and other treatments. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The enhanced AquaSpa by Elemis has a number of specialty areas such as a hammam, infrared sauna, steam rooms, and sensory showers. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY A treatment room at the AquaSpa where guests can get a variety of types of massages including a bamboo massage. Therapists experiment with lights and scents to help create different moods. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The AquaSpa has an expanded 883 square-foot Persian Garden with six more curved, heated tiled beds. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The cold room at the AquaSpa is kept at 52 degrees F to tighten pores that were opened and cleansed in the infrared sauna or aromatic steam room. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests can get manicures, pedicures and haircuts in the salon. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY A state-of-the art fitness facility features cardio machines, spinning studios, and private workout areas. Classes and bootcamps are also available. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The fitness center is equipped with TechnoGym equipment that is available for trial and purchase. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The fitness center has been expanded to include four new studios. Personal training sessions are also available. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests who don’t want to swim outdoors have the option of swimming in the indoor pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Deck 14 has whimsical seating such as this cushioned hammock by the pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Sky Observation Lounge is one of more than a dozen drinking establishments on the Reflection. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY By day, the Sky Observation Lounge is a place to relax over a cocktail. At night, the dance floor gets packed. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Sky Observation Lounge offers expansive views from Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Oceanview Cafe on Deck 14 gives guests the options of a buffet meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Oceanview Cafe has buffet-style dining in an indoor and outdoor setting for 885 people. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests have a variety of options at the buffet-style Oceanview Cafe, including complimentary pasta, pizza, soups, sandwiches, sushi, salad, and frozen yogurt. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Cafe al Bacio offers pastries and specialty coffees and seats 54. Nancy Trejos Cafe Gelateria offers an assortment of traditional gelatos. Nancy Trejos Live music is played at the low-key Ensemble Lounge on Deck 5. Nancy Trejos The Ensemble Lounge has comfortable seating for pre- or after-dinner drinks. Nancy Trejos Qsine is one of the specialty restaurants and seats 90 people. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, has an eclectic menu that includes lobster and escargot fritters and sushi lollipops. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, has whimsical items such as chocolate-covered strawberry lollipops. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, seats 90 people. Nancy Trejos Tuscan Grille is another specialty restaurant that offers Italian cuisine and steaks and seats 144 people. Nancy Trejos Tuscan Grille is another specialty restaurant that offers Italian cuisine and steaks and seats 144 people. Nancy Trejos Murano, one of five specialty restaurants on the Reflection, offers modern Continental cuisine. Nancy Trejos Murano offers items such as lobster bisque, caviar, lobster and duck breast. Nancy Trejos Murano, a specialty restaurant that seats 76 people, has an extensive wine collection. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five is Celebrity’s creperie, with tableside service for lunch and dinner. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a creperie, seats 72. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a 72-seat creperie. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a 72-seat creperie. Nancy Trejos Blu is Celebrity’s healthy food eatery designed for guests in AquaClass suites. Elizabeth Ashwell Blu, a specialty restaurant designed for AquaClass guests, seats 152. Elizabeth Ashwell Molecular bar is one of more than a dozen drinking establishments on the ship. It is located on Deck 5. Nancy Trejos Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 is a popular pre- and post-dinner bar. Elizabeth Ashwell Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 is a popular pre- and post-dinner bar. Elizabeth Ashwell Martini Bar & Crush has an ice bar. Elizabeth Ashwell The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Nancy Trejos The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Elizabeth Ashwell The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Elizabeth Ashwell There are eight private cabana-style alcoves on the Lawn Club on Deck 15 that are available for a daily fee. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club is a half-acre of manicured, real grass on the top of the ship. Guests can play bocce ball or croquet on the lawn. Elizabeth Ashwell Oversized lawn chairs are located on the Lawn Club. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club is a half-acre of manicured, real grass on the top of the ship. It is designed to evoke a country club feel. Elizabeth Ashwell The Porch is a casual dining spot overlooking the lawn that offers breakfast and lunch paninis.
Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Photo tour: The charm of a Celebrity Cruises ship Cruise Log Gene Sloan, USA TODAY 1:20 p.m. EDT October 10, 2013 Celebrity Cruises 71,545-ton Celebrity Century is by todays standards a mid-sized classic but when introduced in 1995 as the Century, it was one of the worlds largest, most technically-advanced cruise ships. Peter Knego Fullscreen The Celebrity Century enjoys a loyal following and will remain with the Celebrity fleet through at least 2013. Currently plying Alaskan waters, the ship will be offering a season of cruises to Hawaii, the South Pacific and Australia in late 2011 before returning to Alaska in the summer of 2012. Peter Knego Shown here as built, the ship was given an extensive re-fit in 2006 at Fincantieris Palermo shipyard that saw the addition of new venues as well as two decks worth of balconies. Peter Knego The Celebrity Century has 11 passenger decks and a double-occupancy capacity of 1,814 passengers. The ship was built by the acclaimed Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany, the same yard that has delivered the lines cutting-edge Solstice series of ships. Peter Knego The uppermost of the Celebrity Centurys 11 passenger decks is Deck 15, a platform at the base of the funnel offering an excellent view of the midships pool area. Peter Knego Deck 15 features a netted-in basketball and tennis court as well as an observation area. Peter Knego The forward portion of Deck 14 is an open terrace overlooking the bow. Peter Knego Fourteen laps around the jogging track on forward Deck 14 equals one mile. Peter Knego This is the view facing aft from the forward portion of Deck 14, showing the midships pools and lido. Peter Knego Deck 14 starts again aft of the pool area with more sunning space that continues all the way aft to a platform that overlooks the stern. This is a view facing starboard on aft Deck 14. Peter Knego The exterior portion of Deck 12 encircles the pool area on Deck 11. Peter Knego The al fresco Mast Bar is situated on the forward Deck 12 terrace directly above the Pool Bar on Deck 11. Peter Knego The exterior portion of Deck 11 is home to the two midships pools (the aft pool is heated), four whirlpools and plenty of open and sheltered deck space. Peter Knego Although the Celebrity Century does not have a full wrap-around promenade, it does have wide, teak-lined walkways on either side of Deck 6 with shuffleboard courts and a proximal view of the sea. Peter Knego The uppermost of the ships public rooms, Hemisphere is a beautiful observation lounge with a nautilus-shaped layout inspired by the Fibonacci mathematical sequence in which each successive numeral is defined as the sum of its two predecessors. Peter Knego Fullscreen Hemisphere was designed by British architect John McNeece, seats 447 guests and provides a spectacular view over the bow and off to the starboard side of the ship. In addition to an observation lounge, it functions as the Celebrity Centurys adults-only nightclub. Peter Knego Next to Hemisphere Lounge on the port side of Deck 11 is the Teen Center, which was fitted during the ships 2006 upgrading. Peter Knego An arcade adjoins the Teen Center on Deck 11. Peter Knego Deck 10 begins with the AquaSpa and its very well equipped gymnasium, which overlooks the bow and contains a large selection of free weights, weight machines, cardio machines and a stretching area. Peter Knego Immediately aft of the gym on the starboard side of Deck 11, there is the Persian Garden thermal suite with heated mosaic-lounge chairs and access to an aromatherapy steam room and dry sauna. Peter Knego A central passageway in the AquaSpa connects the gym, Persian Garden, therapy rooms, barber shop and beauty salon. Peter Knego Treatment rooms in the AquaSpa, which was significantly expanded in 2006, have a dramatic sea view and offer a variety of therapies from massages to teeth-whitening. Peter Knego A large beauty salon is now located on the starboard side of the AquaSpa. Peter Knego The AquaSpa even has its own barber shop. Peter Knego The Celebrity Century now has a 45-seat AquaSpa Cafe located at the aft starboard end of the AquaSpa with additional al fresco seating adjacent to the pools. Peter Knego The AquaSpa Cafe serves lighter, healthy fare for breakfast and lunch. Peter Knego The casual, 638-seat Islands Cafe is located on aft Deck 11 and has a variety of food stations offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner selections. Peter Knego There is additional seating in the aft portion of the Islands Cafe as well as the al fresco Sunset Bar on the aft terrace where there is a view over the ships wake. Peter Knego Islands Cafe buffet selections are seemingly endless and feature a carvery, sandwich bar, fresh fruits, seafood, pasta, ice cream, desserts, Asian cuisine and (shown here) salads. Peter Knego For those wishing to create their own salads, there is an excellent salad bar with cruets of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as well as a selection of prepared dressings at the end of the counter. Peter Knego Sushi fans also have a large, colorful selection in the Islands Cafe to choose from along with plenty of ginger, wasabi and soy sauce in which to douse it. Peter Knego Two full levels of public spaces begin on Decks 7 and 6 with the 921-seat Celebrity Theater, the Celebrity Centurys main showroom. The state-of-the-art venue has excellent sightlines, a large stage and the latest sound and lighting effects. Peter Knego In addition to guest magicians, singers and comedians, there are three Broadway-style productions per week in the Celebrity Theater. Dance Around The World features an international array of songs and colorful costumes. Peter Knego “A Touch Of Broadway” offers a sampling of Broadway shows, including “Hairspray,” “Nine” and (shown here) “The Producers.” Peter Knego Fullscreen On Deck 7, just aft of the Celebrity Theater, Michaels Club is an elegant piano bar named for Michael Chandris from the Greek shipping family that founded Celebrity Cruises. Seating 45 guests, it has a homey ambiance well suited for cocktail parties and after dinner drinks. Peter Knego The 47-seat Martini Bar is adjacent to Michaels Club. Another 2006 installation, it has chairs upholstered in white hide, a textured bulkhead and fiber-optic lighting that perpetually changes color. Peter Knego The upper level of the Celebrity Centurys beautiful three-deck-high Grand Foyer is a shopping gallery. Peter Knego Fullscreen When built, the foyer featured a cyber waterfall on a series of LED screens but in 2006, it was given its current look with a textured silver surface and giant curtains, evoking the atria aboard the lines quartet of Millennium Class ships. Peter Knego Immediately aft of the Grand Foyer on Deck 7, Fortunes Casino occupies 7,539 square feet and accommodates up to 265 gamers. Peter Knego Fullscreen The aft portion of Deck 7 is home to the 332-seat Crystal Room, a handsomely decorated space that has a raised central alcove surrounded in frosted glass panels. At night, it is home to the ships orchestra for Big Band, jazz and other musical events as well as a weekly gala dessert extravaganza. Peter Knego On Deck 6 another line-up of public rooms begins aft of the Celebrity Theater on the port side with OnLine@Celebrity, the ships internet room. Peter Knego On the starboard side, the Future Cruise Sales Desk is situated in a gallery that has an escalator leading up to Deck 7. Peter Knego Inboard of OnLine@Celebrity and the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a small theater and conference room. Peter Knego The first of two card rooms follows on the port side. Peter Knego Here is the main card room, which seats 50 guests.. Peter Knego On the starboard side following the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a 30-seat library with a large selection of books and DVDs. Peter Knego The Deck 6 balcony of the Grand Foyer is home to the Cova Cafe coffee bar, offering a full menu of specialty coffee drinks and cocktails, tea and wine. Peter Knego Cappuccinos are artfully presented and priced at $4.00. Peter Knego The Cova Cafe is also a great place to grab a quick snack or treat, offering a revolving selection of pastries, croissant sandwiches, tapas and cookies at varying times of day or night. Peter Knego A photo gallery is located on the port side of Deck 6, just aft of the Grand Foyer. Peter Knego Fullscreen The Rendezvous Lounge is a favorite hub for karaoke and live music performances. It is cleverly configured around an X-shaped passage that is another tribute to Celebritys Chandris family roots.
Celebrity Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. Brings Tips For Kidney-Friendly Foods and Football Tailgating to H
Eno, who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his one-man show Thom Pain (based on nothing) also wrote Middletown, Title and Deed and Oh, the Humanity and other exclamations, a collection of five short plays. Collette has a Golden Globe and Emmy Award for United States of Tara, Hall earned a Golden Globe with Dexter, Tomei won an Oscar with My Cousin Vinny and Letts has won Tony Awards for acting in Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and writing August: Osage County. CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS Singer Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts is 71. Singer Gary Puckett of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap is 71. Actor Michael McKean is 66. Actress Margot Kidder is 65. Actor George Wendt is 65. Country singer Alan Jackson is 55. Actor Grant Shaud (Murphy Brown) is 53. Animator Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead) is 51. Comedian Norm Macdonald is 50. Singer Rene Dif (Aqua) is 46. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 45. Singer Chris Kirkpatrick of N Sync is 42.
Photo tour: The charm of a Celebrity Cruises ship
Celebrity Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. Brings Tips For Kidney-Friendly Foods and Football Tailgating to H by Business Wire via The Motley Fool Oct 17th 2013 8:33AM Updated Oct 17th 2013 8:34AM Celebrity Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. , host of Food Network’s cooking show ” Big Daddy’s House “, are bringing the “flavor of bold” to Houston on Tuesday, Oct. 22. With more than 32,000 dialysis patients in Texas and football season in full swing, McCargo will visit Houston as part of a five-city, cross-country tour to meet with dialysis patients and their families and tell them about kidney-friendly tailgating foods that are affordable, easy to make and enjoyable for the entire family. An estimated 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which is a progressive, usually permanent loss of kidney function. When CKD leads to kidney failure, the only treatments are a kidney transplant or dialysis, a filtering process that removes waste products and extra fluids from the blood. To stay healthy, people on dialysis also have to limit their intake of potassium, phosphorus, salt and saturated fats. While that can make their meals bland and boring, McCargo and FMCNA have developed a collection of mouth-watering kidney-friendly recipes to put variety and bold flavors back in their diets. Free and open to the public, McCargo’s appearances at two of the 36 FMCNA clinics in the Houston area are intended to share cooking tips and delicious tailgating recipes developed for dialysis patients in collaboration with the company’s dietitians. McCargo will offer samples from some of his tastiest tailgating recipes, such as honey-chipotle chicken wings and fall harvest orzo pasta salad, at the following locations: Fresenius Medical Care Museum District 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.