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Comfort Food Haute Cuisine from Alex Hitz, Perfect for Christmas! via [dailytruffle]

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Comfort Food Haute Cuisine from Alex Hitz, Perfect for Thanksgiving & Christmas

by: Our little Truffle Hunters –

Here at the Truffle, we enter that time of year when we must make decisions about where to go on each various up-coming holidays. Between divorce and re-marriage and birth family and new family, and the growing tradition for Jewish Angelenos to celebrate Christmas, it has become all the more daunting to make plans.

But regardless if you are the host or if you are a guest, we have an idea to make your holidays a little more comforting this year …

May we direct your attention to The Beverly Hills Kitchen a high-end line of southern-style comfort food you can buy online for all these occasions. The meals are a perfect fit for the holidays and include items like ham biscuits, lemon bars, bread pudding, brownies, potato pie, beef bourguinon, and more.

So who is the brains behind this welcomed addition to the Beverly Hills status quo? A new friend to the Truffle, Alex Hitz, whose name we repeatedly heard for years, always in connection to his fried chicken dinner parties for fancy friends.

So who goes? Everyone from Nancy Reagan, the former First Lady, to Wendy Stark, daughter of Ray Stark (who now has a cafe named after him at LACMA) and West Coast editor of Vanity Fair to Frank Bowling, the international Ambassador for the Montage Beverly Hills. There are two major dinners every year; one the night before the Oscars and the other at the end of each summer (the photos below are all from his most recent fete in summer 2010).

I first met Alex at a book signing he hosted for his friend Susan Fales-Hills to celebrate her new book “One Flight Up”. When I told my mother about his 20 ft high ceilings in his marble kitchen, the uniformed staff and white table clothes – along with the bacon wrapped figs and macaroni and cheese, she remarked that this town hasn’t seen such a personality behind comfort food since Maude Chasen closed her restaurant (now Bristol Farms) who use to be famous for serving mashed potatoes and chili alongside the most elegant of cuisine.

Alex learned to cook from his mother’s cook, Dorothy, while growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, and from his classical training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Alex cooks everything himself for his dinner parties, and even designed his whole kitchen from scratch; he says the only thing he regrets is not installing commercial equipment.

Alex owned a restaurant in Georgia before moving to Los Angeles where he came to produce films. He is also the beneficiary to some Coca Cola shares wisely purchased by his grandfather before Coke was Coke. But most of all, he is a recipient of good breeding, taste and a lot of know-how; which is why we at The Daily Truffle are so excited he will be including the do’s & dont’s of serving and party etiquette in his cooking show, currently in the works.

1. How many parties do you have a year?

2 major parties – one in the summer and one the night before the Oscars and then 2 more along with several 8-to-10 people dinners throughout the year for birthdays or guests in from out of town

2. What do you serve at your parties?

Southern comfort food: fried chicken, grits, cole slaw, ham biscuits, lemon bars.

3. What is a good entertaining tip?

Keep a schedule and stick to it.

4. Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Anytime I had 3 days off at school, my mother would take take us [my brother and me] to our vacation house in France.

5. Where did you go to school?

Washington & Lee, University College London, and the Sorbonne in France for culture and civilization. And the Cordon Bleu in Paris later. I also went to Avon Old Farms in Connecticut for boarding school.

6. Where do you live now?

I spend half the year in New York, half in Los Angeles, and one month in Atlanta.

7. Where did you first learn to cook?

From my mother’s cook Dorothy.

8. I love your kitchen; did you build it?

I designed my whole house including the kitchen! My one regret is not putting in commercial equipment.

9. What is your background?

I was a restaurant partner in Atlanta.

10. What is Beverly Hills Kitchen?

A line of southern meals you can buy to entertain at home.www.thebeverlyhillskitchen.com



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“I’m Not Britney” starring Ndoema, Directed by Philip Christon via [IMDbPro]

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I saw this short film at the 2009 Women of Color Arts & Film (WOCAF) Festival in Atlanta that was presented by Mojisola Sonoiki of Iyalode Productions; and I fell in love with it on the spot. I never get tired of watching it and it never fails to leave me wanting more. The beautiful Ndoema is ferocious and fearless!

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I’m Not Britney //

Global beauty Ndoema stars in this socially defiant and visually dazzling film boasting sixteen wardrobe changes, eight international leading men, a host of young women spanning five continents and a blistering send-off to Hollywood‘s stereotypical booty-girl syndrome. A masterful blending of art and activism, music video style and spoken word performance, ‘I’m Not Britney’ is a highly stylized visual feast that pushes the boundaries of cinematic language and captures the powerful words of Ndoema’s empowering stance.

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Added BONUS: Here is a Sneak peek Trailer of THEGLOBALGIRL.COM – The first Fashion, Entertainment and Lifestyle destination for the global generation. Hear what people across the globe are saying about Ndoema’s powerful message.

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Ndoema  //

Trade Mark

Big natural hair

TriviaMade her screen debut at age three in a documentary that aired on National French Television.

Is an accomplished fashion designer. Taught fashion at Parsons, New York. Was featured in Variety’s Designing Hollywood Special Issue and produced large-scale multimedia fashion shows sponsored by Japanese cosmetic giant Shiseido, Vespa and Wilhelmina Models.

Graduate of the French National School of Music, Dance and Dramatic Art.

Received her first law degree at the age of nineteen. Has a Bachelors Degree in Law (Université Jean-Monnet, Paris), a Masters Degree in International Law (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva), a Masters Degree in International Relations (École des Hautes Études Internationales, Paris) and was a PhD candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland before moving to Hollywood and becoming a producer.

Became temporarily blind at the age of seventeen.

Recipient of Harvard Law School special invitation to conduct research on the interconnectivity of Human Rights, Women’s Rights and AIDS in Africa under the mentorship of Harvard Professor and former Director of the United Nations World Health Organization’s global AIDS program, Prof. Jonathan Mann.

Is raw vegan.

Is a lifelong human rights activist. Did extensive work on behalf of refugee women and children in Africa (Malawi and Mozambique) and was personally responsible for one of the most successful repatriation operations in the history of the United Nations. Also worked as a legal advisor to the Tibetan Government in Exile in Dharamsala, India and authored reports on the activities of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Grew up under house arrest with guards literally stationed in her living room.

World’s only former Parisian catwalk model with two law degrees.

Loves languages. Studied Sanskrit while living in India and started learning ancient Greek at thirteen.

Born in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic and raised between Central African Republic, France, Cameroon and Switzerland. Lived in India, Cameroon, Switzerland, Spain, Malawi, Mozambique, France, Panama, Central African Republic, the UK, Italy and the US.

Also known as The Global Girl.

Has triple citizenship.


Travel Photo Tour: The World’s Most Beautiful Aquariums. via [Quality Junk]

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7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

This is really amazing. Most beautiful and breathtaking aquariums around the world. never seen something like this. hope you will agree with me.

1. Dubai aquarium in the Dubai Mall

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

Stingrays swim in the Dubai aquarium in the Dubai Mall, which covers the area of 50 soccer pitches. The Dubai Aquarium – vast, entertaining, an engineering marvel, three storeys tall and featuring glass ‘walk-through’ tunnels that contain exotic marine life.

2. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

World’s Largest Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium,Atlanta, a wonderful home for more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species (notable specimens: whale sharks, beluga whales, manta ray) and with a capacity of 8.1 million US gallons (31,000 m³) of marine fresh water

3. Churaumi Aquarium

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

World’s Second Largest Aquarium , Churaumi Aquarium,part of the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park located in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan; capacity: 7,500-cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water; one of the few places where visitors can see a great variety of sea creatures including sharks and manta rays.

4. The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

AQWA, an unbelievable journey to the underwater world of Western Australia, “from the icy waters of the southern ocean to the tropical wonderland of coral reefs in the Far North”The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is a privately owned aquarium in Hillarys, Western Australia. It opened as Underwater World, Perth on April 13, 1988 and was acquired by the current owners, Coral World International and Morris Kahn, in 1991. It changed to its current name on January 1, 2001. The facility holds approximately 400 species of marine life.

5. UShaka Marine World

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

Largest Aquarium in Africa – UShaka Marine World, located on the strip of land between the beachfront and the harbor in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; a beautiful amusement park and at the same time the worlds fifth largest aquarium with 32 water tanks. The sea creatures found in the aquarium range from small sea horses all the way through to sharks and dolphins. The Aquarium is built to look like an old wreck.

6. AquaDom, Radisson Hotel Aquarium

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World’s Largest Cylindrical Aquarium , AquaDom, Radisson Hotel Aquarium, Berlin; 25 meters high aquarium, with a capacity of 260,000 gallons of water and over 2,500 fish (56 species); visitors can travel through the aquarium using an encased elevator and get to the top where there is a restaurant and an open view of the city; hotel rooms can also experience the underwater view.

7. The 32 million dollar Virtual Aquarium

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

World’s Largest Virtual Fish Tank, 30 by 250 meters LED screen or 32 million dollar Virtual Aquarium mounted at about 80 feet in the air between two shopping malls in Beijing.


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