The book is about Childhood friends, estranged in high school, reunite years later when the popular one needs the mousy one’s help. Best Friends Forever is voted Entertainment Weekly’s Must List “Book of Summer”

“Former mousy types, rejoice! In Weiner’s delicious latest, a popular girl hits trouble long after high school and only the geeky pal she once shunned can help.” — People

“Warmly and realistically drawn….”— Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“A hilarious caper, resplendent in charm poignancy…” — Booklist, starred review


Source: Jenniferweiner, New York Times

Indigo Pearl, Phuket’s distinctive lifestyle resort has appointed Stephane Duvacher, as the resort’s new Food and Beverage Director.

Stephane began his career in the hospitality industry at various renowned restaurants in France. “It is not often that you get an opportunity to join an esteemed organization such as Indigo Pearl and be responsible for the essential planning and operations of food and beverage. I am really looking forward to working with the culinary team at Indigo Pearl to deliver a dining experience that exceeds our guests’ expectations,” said Stephane.

Other prominent restaurants Stephane has worked at include, the Michelin One-Star-rated Restaurant Hotel L’Aigle Noir in Fontainebleau, L’Auberge de L’Ecritoire in Chateauneuf, Auberge L’Oree de la Foret in Plelan le Grand and he was also part of the team opening of Grange Park Hotel in the United Kingdom.

Stephane also previously served as Executive Chef at the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza in Muscat Oman, Baguio Country Club in Philippines, Oasis Beach Hotel & Towers in Dubai and Kuwait Hilton where he catered to events for 19 heads of state and presidents.

In 2001, he joined five-star Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa in Dubai as Executive Chef and within two years he was promoted to Food & Beverage Director. Subsequently in 2006, Stephane was promoted to Corporate Director of Jebel Ali International Hotels and was responsible for the Company’s pre-openings. Prior to his appointment at Indigo Pearl, Stephane Duvacher served as the Food & Beverage Director at Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands.

“Stephane is well-known in the culinary circuit and the team is thrilled to welcome him to Indigo Pearl.  I am confident that his commitment to service excellence combined with his creative approaches to dining, will further boost our goal to become a gastronomically reputed hotel,” said Mr. Arnaud Girodon, General Manager of Indigo Pearl

Source: Indigo Pearl

L’Orée de la Forêt

Britney Spears dominates the list of World Top 20 Singles which shows the songs that have become # 1 in less than 24 hours in different parts of the world. Britney not only took the first place, but also dominated the Top 20 just as she does.

All singersHere is the list of top 20

#01 Britney Spears – Toxic = 45 Countries

#02 MADONNA – HUNG UP = 43 Countries

#03 SHAKIRA – HIP’S DO NOT LIE WICLEF JEAN = 41 Countries

#04 Britney Spears – … BABY ONE MORE TIME = 4O Countries

#05 Timbaland FEAT. ONE REPUBLIC – APOLOGIZE = 4O Countries

#06 CHER – BELIEVE = 39 Countries

#07 Britney Spears – OOPS! … I DID IT AGAIN = 38 Countries

#08 Britney Spears – ME AGAINST THE MUSIC FT. MADONNA = 36 Countries

#09 MADONNA – SORRY = 35 Countries

#1O SHAKIRA – WHENEVER, WHEREVER = 35 Countries

#11 MADONNA – 4 MINUTES FEAT. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE =  33 Countries

#12 Katy PERRY – HOT N ‘COLD = 31 Countries

#13 Katy PERRY – I kissed A GIRL = 3O Countries

#14 Britney Spears – WOMANIZER = 29 Countries

#15 RIHANNA – UMBRELLA = 28 Countries

#16 Timbaland – THE WAY I ARE FEAT. KERI HILSON = 27 Countries

#17 Fergie – BIG GIRLS DO NOT CRY = 25 Countries

#18 LADY gaga – POKER FACE = 23 Countries

#19 LADY gaga – JUST DANCE = 22 Countries

#2O Britney Spears – Everytime = 2OCountries

Source: Britneythailand

Chaowalit ThinsukuNative of Phuket, Khun Chaowalit Thinsuku was recently joined the big family of Banyan Tree Phuket as the new Director of Food and Beverage, June 9, 2009. Being an experienced director, he has over 18 years experience in Food and Beverage Department at various hotels. He has joined The Maiton Resort, Phuket since 1991 and moved to work with Banyan Tree Phuket, The Allamanda, Blue Elephant London, Grand Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok, Four Seasons, Bangkok. Before moving to Banyan Tree Phuket, he was at Four Seasons Maldives, Landaa Giraavaru for the past 2 years.

Khun Chaowalit’s responsibility is to run the food and beverage service operation including achieving departmental overall goals and objectives of the Banyan Tree Phuket. He looks after the 15 resort outlets, 3 outlets in Alllamanda Phuket, 1 restaurant in Laguna Holidays Club Phuket and an all day dining restaurant, Bites@Laguna Village, in Laguna Village Residence to enhance the quality and appeal of the all cuisines.

For more information, please visit our award-winning website banyantree.com

Source: Banyan Tree Phuket Hotel and Resort

Massaman curry paste originate from the south of Thailand, its similarity to Malaysian and Indain curry.With warm spices ingredients such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, moreover lemon glass, fish sauce and other Thai ingredients added. This curry paste can be used to make any type of dish by chicken, beef, tofu and lots of vegetables. Enjoy with Thai Food!

Preparation Time: 30 minutes                                                                 Massaman Curry Paste

Ingredients:

  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 red chillies (de-seeded, or leave seeds in a spicer curry)
  • 1 thumb-size piece galangal (or ginger), peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, outer leaves and bulb removed, then sliced thinly (save upper stems to throw into the pot )
  • 1 Tbsp. coriander seeds, ground (grind them yourself in a coffee grinder, or use a pestle & mortar)
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin seeds, ground (grind them the same way as the coriander)
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, preferably ground from whole nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamon
  • 1 tsp. shrimp paste

Preparation:

  1. Pound dried chilies and salt thoroughly.
  2. Add galangal and lemon grass, and pound well.
  3. Add all rest ingredients. Pound well after each addition to obtain a fine paste.

Need to know: Massaman curry paste can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Source: temple of Thai, Thaifood