first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSwissôtel Sydney’s new Head Pastry Chef, French-born and trained Tracy Allesina, is creating sumptuous desserts and decadent pastries using fresh, seasonal produce as her inspiration to put a modern twist on beloved classics.A pastry chef, chocolatier and confectioner, Tracy worked in her native France before moving to Switzerland in 2008 to further her training and work in both Geneva and the exclusive Swiss ski resort town of Morgins. After arriving in Australia in 2012, Tracy has worked at some of Sydney’s most celebrated restaurants such as Quay, Regatta, Wildfire and Manta.Tracy is whipping up exquisite desserts and cakes for dinner in the hotels Jpb restaurant, as well as for High Teas being served at Crossroads Bar, Swissôtel Sydney’s all-day venue set beneath a glass atrium ceiling which allows views of the city skyline – with both part of the hotel’s recent refurbishment with stunning new interiors by leading design firm CHADA.Jpb is the signature restaurant featuring fresh, seasonal dishes, highlighting superb local produce all created under the guidance of executive chef, Joshua Askew. Diners may indulge in luscious desserts prepared by Tracy, such as mandarin panna cotta and triple chocolate cake with fresh berries and vanilla cream.A delectable High Tea is offered at Crossroads bar every day, with Tracy creating a selection of exquisite pastries and cakes such as hazlenut profiteroles, salted caramel panna cotta and popcorn, white chocolate and vanilla slice, chocolate chip scones complemented by a selection of fragrant T2 Teas. On weekends the high tea is served buffet-style and offers a magnificent selection of treats prepared by Tracy and her pastry team.Known for bringing an element of surprise to her desserts, Tracy enjoys a little subtle trickery when presenting her dishes.“I want people be surprised when they look at the plate. I like to play around with colours and textures so they think it might look simple and straightforward, but the flavours are amazing!” she says.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgShare3TweetShare1Email4 SharesNames of those who died due to gun violence this last year, in Michigan / Deb NystromDecember 14, 2016; Los Angeles TimesLast week marked the horrific four-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 people, including six staff members and 20 children, lost their lives in the most ghastly way. Since the shooting, loved ones of the victims, school staff, and the Newtown community have searched for ways to cope with their unimaginable grief. Four years later, family members of those killed, while still bearing the great burden of their loss, continue to turn their pain into action through the nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise.The organization, formed in the days following the shooting, aims to “prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child,” according to its mission statement. Through advocacy, community outreach, and educational program development the group hopes to change the way our nation views gun legislation and engages in gun violence prevention.In the organization’s most recent effort, it delivers via a now-viral PSA a shockingly powerful message on recognizing the signs of gun violence. The 2:28-long video, simply titled “Evan,” takes the viewer through a supposed love connection between two young students, all while another student, left in their shadows, displays an unsettling obsession with guns. Although woven throughout the video more subtly, other themes are apparent as well, like bullying, challenges in the classroom, and generally antisocial behavior. In addition to leaving the watcher feeling completely jolted and somewhat ashamed for not noticing the student in the background, the video concludes urging us all to “know the signs.”While the organization’s core purpose is to advocate for stronger gun control laws, its founders believe that in order to influence policy, you must first effect a change of heart and mind.“It’s about influencing attitudes and behaviors,” Mark Barden, co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise whose son Daniel was one of 20 first-graders killed, told the Los Angeles Times. “If you do that, the policies will follow.”Sandy Hook Promise aligns its strategy with those of other organizations that have successfully shifted attitudes toward certain societal issues, like drinking and driving and marriage equality, and in turn have helped gain big policy wins. Despite the impact gun-related violence has had on our nation (over 13,000 deaths caused by gun violence this year alone) the debate over whether to institute stricter gun laws remains a contested topic and one that will likely continue to face numerous hurdles during the upcoming Republican-led administration.The creative grassroots messaging created by Sandy Hook Promise is nothing short of compelling. But is it gripping enough to make important strides in influencing policy and shake up the way citizens think about gun violence and the prevention of it? Here’s hoping.—Lindsay WalkerShare3TweetShare1Email4 Shareslast_img read more

first_img UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card More From White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Bloody Elbow Good Night Tee More: Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars View all 16 stories Latest From Our Partners Gloves White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Sale Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione previews, live results, play-by-play, analysis, highlights, and more Meathead won’t wait for Fedor re-booking Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Coker: ‘We ran out of time’ to book late-replacement for Fedor Standard Ranked Rashguard In this Storystreamcenter_img Bellator 172 video recap: Pitbull upsets Thomson with uppercut Fans heading to Bellator 172 on Saturday to witness MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko take on Matt Mitrione in the main event were left hugely disappointed when the bout was scrapped at the last minute.Emelianenko’s opponent, ex-UFC vet Matt Mitrione, was forced to withdraw from the fight due to kidney stones. ‘Meathead’ was admitted to a local hospital on Saturday morning but Bellator didn’t announce the cancellation until 3 p.m. local time.Bellator CEO Scott Coker, the former president of the now-defunct Strikeforce, said they looked at alternative options but just didn’t have the time to book a new fight.Several fighters opted to fight ‘The Last Emperor’ on short notice, including Chael Sonnen, Tito Ortiz and Muhammed Lawal, but Coker said things got too complicated.“We have other plans for Chael and it would have interfered in that,” Coker said at the post-fight press conference at SAP Center in San Jose, California (h/t Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting). “It just got complicated and then the timeframe. I feel like we ran out of time. We set a deadline internally. … We had an obligation to the consumer to let the know this fight was going to be off.”Emelianenko, who was present at the post-fight conference, wasn’t a big fan of fighting a short-notice replacement either.“It’s not really right to change the opponent just a few hours before the fight at such a short notice,” Emelianenko said through a translator. “That’s why my decision and the decision of Bellator was to postpone the fight.”It’s looking like Emelianenko’s Bellator debut will be pushed back to May or June, and the promotion hasn’t decided whether he will still fight Mitrione.“He’s looking forward to getting back in the cage,” Coker said. “And we’re looking forward to having him fight. So I think in the next couple months, Fedor will be in the cage for Bellator against an opponent.”Coker announced the bout cancellation a few minutes before Bellator 172 started, to give fans a chance to get a refund, and admits that the unfortunate news was a big blow to the event.“The fans of San Jose came out to support us,” Coker said. “I feel really good about that and we’ll see on Monday or Tuesday how the ratings do. But let’s face it. This is a big, big fight for us and it didn’t happen. So, is Fedor happy about it? No. Are we happy about it? No.”Bloody Elbow will keep you updated on the latest news surrounding Emelianenko’s next fight. Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Lockdown duffle bag Esther Lin Apparel Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Standard BJJ Gi Accessories Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Latest From MMA Warehouse Top Contenders for Fight of the Year ProMax 440 BJJ GI Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attack UFC 240: Fights to makelast_img read more