El Bulli no longer number 1 restaurant, now it’s NOMA

28 04 2010

It was a huge surprise that first place from the S Pellegrino World’s best restaurants went to the Danish eatery NOMA, located in Copenhagen. The winner of the most prestige food award is picked by over 800 restaurateurs, chefs and food writers from all over the world and El Bulli from Spain on years in a row and now was number 2 just for The Fat Duck from the UK. My boyfriend and I are big foodies and were curious to see to how many places in the top we have been too. Let’s say we still have a long way to go. We ate at number 8 Daniel and number 15 Le Bernadin both in NYC. Then number 34 Aqua in Germany and my personal favorite The Librije in Zwolle, the Netherlands ranked 37. Then number 52 Jean Georges and 57 De Karmeliet in Brugge. Another favorite of us Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence ended up at place 87. The chef from the Librije, Jonnie Boer was on TV yesterday and he as very happy with his place 37, I think he deserves even more. On saturday night the restaurant is booked until July 2011. Luckily we always go on a different day!

Gay news; Washington gay law blocked, Outgames homophobia, El Paso backs gays

28 07 2009

The Washington domestic partnerships law, scheduled to go into effect Sunday, was blocked by anti gay groups who turned in signatures to put a referendum on the ballot that would repeal the “everything but marriage” measure.  I saw clips on how they gathered those signatures basically by scamming people into signing something they are not in favor of. 

At the Outgames in Copenhagen three men were attacked by a 28 and 33 year old after the opening on Friday night. The men were called faggots and ended up in the hospital with their injuries. They have since been released. The attackers are being held into custody until the games are over next weekend. Awful that things like that happen even in an open-minded county. I guess idiots are everywhere.

Some good news from the Outgames as well. Jack Mackenroth from Project Runway won a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle swimming. I bet he looks hot in a speedo. I have seen him work out in my gym multiple times and he seems like a great guy with a super hot body! Update, he won to silver medals as well today.

And the El Paso city council has unanimously approved a resolution reaffirming the city’s dedication to tolerance and acceptance of gays. This was necessary after the confrontation between a few gay men and security guards at Chico’s tacos restaurant, a story  have blogged about a few weeks ago. The police department has made a promise to teach more about diversity as well following the reaction of an officer that tried to charge the gay men with “homosexual conduct”

gay news

23 07 2009

The oldest independent gay bookstore in the U.S., Giovanni’s room in Philadelphia needs help to guarantee its survival. A wall has to be rebuilt from the ground up costing $ 50.000. The store will stay open during the construction because it can’t survive without customer revenue around that time. Hope it does not end up like Oscar Wilde bookstore in New York, one of my favorite stops in the village until it closed earlier this year.

There have been many gay people on Big Brother’s all over the world and some of them even won. But this year in Britain they have the first gay couple in the 10 years the show is on. I have not seen clips but I think it’s good for straight people to see a gay couple falling in love on live TV. Just to show we are just like them!

This weekend the World Outgames begin in Copenhagen, nearly 200.000 participant are expected. It brings back sweet memories to the Gay Games in Amsterdam back in 1998. I was still in my teens, clubbing and  partying. I really had a great time there with some many gay people visiting from all over the world.