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In 2014, the words ‘travel’ and ‘glamour’ rarely end up in the same sentence. Gone are the days of men in sleek suits and women in proper outfits ready to board a flight in style and then elegantly sip a whiskey from a real glass. Instead, we have velour tracksuits and cans of Bud Light. But there’s still one area where luxury prevails and the retro romance of air travel remains.
Grey Goose VX and 11 Other Only-in-Duty-Free Delights (Slideshow)
That delightful little corner of the airport is the duty-free section.
It’s a magical place where comically large Toblerone bars are stacked up next to local delicacies (like ostrich paté from South Africa) and expensive cosmetics. This tax-exempt, international land of goodies also stocks our most indulgent vices, like high-end tobacco products and top-shelf liquor. The selection is so vast that brands now create cigar collections and liquor lines sold exclusively at duty-free (or for “travel retail” in industry speak) shops. It’s enough to make you book a flight just for the chance to taste test the new Grey Goose VX (a blend of vodka and cognac) or sip on each of the whiskies in the Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club collections.
And don’t pretend you’re not curious enough to test the claim that the freeze-filtered Smirnoff White is exceptionally smoother than its more commonly found counterpart. Suddenly, the TSA scans and endless check-in lines seem totally worth it. You might even be hoping for a long delay just to have more time to peruse the shelves. Luckily for you, we took out the guesswork and narrowed everything down the 12 must-try, exclusively duty-free liquor and tobacco items you can purchase now.
There’s really no time to waste, as some of these rare treats are only available for a limited time, such as Absolut Karnival, which celebrates the beauty and culture of Brazil. This special bottle — along with 25-year reserves, single malt exclusives and Chinese astrology-inspired cigarettes — can serve as the perfect present upon arrival or addition to a home bar. Suddenly, “glamour” and “travel” belong in the same sentence again.
Heading to an airport sometime soon? Keep reading for more on the most exclusive-duty free finds you can buy.
Emily Sher is a contributing writer to The Daily Meal. You can follow Emily on Twitter @shershare.
Monteith’s Brewing Co. Beer
You’d have to be living under a rock not to notice the skyrocketing ascent of craft beer. The only problem is that by its very nature, craft or "indie" beers often can’t cross state lines. Luckily, beer giant Heineken brought small batch taste to a wider market: the duty-free shop. Try this New Zealand brew and prepare to renounce your previous favorite.
Grey Goose VX
Vodka and cognac together? It’s so crazy that it actually works seamlessly. The pioneers at Grey Goose dared to make this cross blend a reality and even used influences from both in the bottle with its cognac shape and vodka transparency. We recommend trying it at the first Grey Goose concept store at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to get the full experience.
10 Most Popular Brands of Premium Vodka
Vodka is arguably the most popular liquor in the bar. It remains a top choice for many drinkers and offers excellent versatility in cocktails. While there are many vodkas to explore, a few vodka brands have risen to the top. They are reliable, reasonably priced, and appear on nearly every liquor store shelf and back bar across the globe.
Names like Absolut, Ketel One, Van Gogh, and Tito's are among the most popular premium vodkas on the market. Their portfolios often include impressive flavors, and they rarely disappoint when it's time to mix up a great vodka cocktail.
#DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic – Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Today is National Grilled Cheese Day … one of my favorite days of the year! Last year, we shared the insanely delicious Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich from Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land on Disney Parks Blog. This year, we are again celebrating and sharing another ooey, gooey sandwich recipe, this one from ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
Our chefs have taken the grilled cheese to the next level and created a cheesy, melty sandwich with just a hint of heat from the buffalo sauce. This sandwich has the perfect combo of buffalo chicken, Monterey Jack, provolone, cheddar, and cream cheese between grilled sourdough. If you want the full ABC Commissary experience, serve this sandwich with steak fries or an arugula-farro salad, and have a side of extra buffalo sauce at the ready. Or go old-school with a steaming bowl of tomato soup for dipping. Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!
BUFFALO CHICKEN GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH from ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
BUFFALO CHICKEN FILLING
- 1 cup whipped cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup buffalo hot sauce, plus more, to taste
- 2 cups shredded chicken
BUFFALO CHICKEN GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH
- 8 large slices sourdough bread
- 8 slices non-smoked provolone cheese
- Buffalo chicken filling
- 8 tablespoons mayonnaise
FOR BUFFALO CHICKEN FILLING:
- Combine cream cheese, Monterey jack cheese, and cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until combined. Add hot sauce and beat until incorporated.
- Add chicken and beat for 30 seconds. Add additional buffalo hot sauce, if desired.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
FOR BUFFALO CHICKEN GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH:
- Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
- Place 4 slices of sourdough bread on a large cutting board and top each with one slices of provolone cheese. Evenly divide buffalo chicken filling among the 4 sandwiches. Top with remaining slices of provolone and bread.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise on both sides of each sandwich.
- Cook on preheated skillet for 1-2 minutes per side, until desired doneness.
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We’ve all got less time on our hands, or at least it feels that way, so when a shopper journey is made easier, more convenient or simpler, it is generally a very good thing.
This week something that seems to tick all three of those boxes is grocery retailer Asda’s announcement that they’re placing click-and-collect hubs in tube stations on the London Underground.
After tying up a deal with TfL, shoppers will now have the option to collect orders they place before lunchtime as they arrive home from their commute.
A simple, yet different way of providing a response to shoppers changing behaviours as they move away from traditional larger shops to smaller more frequent, convenience shops. With the difference here that Asda have located themselves where their shoppers are, rather than expecting their shoppers to come to them, as you would have to with other competitor click-and-collect offerings.
This signals a differing, more practical approach to a shopper channel that is still really in its infancy, and what we love about this is that Asda’s offering is very clear as to how it will make their shoppers’ life easier. Click-and-collect will no longer be click-and-drive-to-the-store-to-collect but click-and-collect-as-part-of-your-normal-daily-routine.
So we’re look forward to collecting our angel delight from Angel, our seasonal veg from Kew Gardens and of course our fresh loaves from Baker Street.
The Vodka Wars
To better understand the products being compared in this article it is important to have descriptions for each. This can make sense of the claims of its maker and would be a good foundation on the latter head to head comparisons of these leading brands.
- is the world’s number one at least that is what its maker claims. The identity of this drink is from its classic taste, an authentic Russian inspired flavor that also inspired the birth of many varieties around the world. Considered to be the first one to popularize the said spirit worldwide, this brand is hard to beat on its claims.
- The Grey Goose brand on the other hand claims to use only the finest ingredients and the highest standard of craftsmanship of its distillation process. Both of these they claim produces liquor that is smooth and with a very distinct character. This is a result of the passion behind its making. The commitment is to produce a drink that is of the highest quality. is a Swedish spirit that is made from natural ingredients. Unlike the others it does not have any added sugar in its contents thereby giving drinkers a very clean taste of their favorite alcohol. But even with its clean distillation it still has the rich and full bodied flavor with that complex but smooth character from the fermented grain. Drinkers swear to catch a hint of dried fruit on their every sip of Absolut. This is what the brand calls the true taste of vodka.
Best Overall: Kamado Joe Classic Joe III Charcoal Grill
Ceramic body retains excellent heat
Smoke chamber is included
Three-tiered cooking system
Changing temperatures takes time
The folks at Kamado Joe certainly don’t rest on their laurels. While the previous Kamado Joe Classic was a high-quality grill that rated well in our tests, the Classic Joe III has reached another level of cooking perfection with the patented SlōRoller insert that creates cyclonic airflow that controls both the heat and smoke for low and slow cooking, all the way up to 500 degrees. When it’s time for higher temperatures, which can reach up to 750 degrees, the SlōRoller can be swapped out for heat deflector plates for the perfect sear on a steak or an amazing restaurant-style pizza.
The integrated thermometer makes it easy to monitor the internal temperature, while the top vent makes it simple to control the smoke and heat. The heavy-duty wheeled cart makes it easy to move into the perfect place for grilling, and the ash pan makes cleanout a breeze when cooking is done.
Like the Classic Joe II, this grill has the three-tier Divide and Conquer cooking system that allows cooking in layers, which provides more cooking space closer or further from the coals, as well as different cooking surfaces for different types of food. The total cooking space with the system is 510 square inches, so it’s great for family dinners as well as parties. Another benefit of Kamado Joe grills is the variety of accessories available to further customize the cooking experience.
While it's definitely a splurge, the Kamado Joe Classic III is a worthwhile upgrade from the Classic II thanks to its larger cooking area, SlōRoller insert, superior smoking abilities, heavy-duty cart, and dual-zone charcoal basket.
Cooking Area: 510 sq. in. | Weight: 262.5 lbs. | Dimensions: 46.5 x 50.5 x 30 inches
"I was impressed with how it reached searing hot temperatures of over 700 degrees Fahrenheit for grilling, and the heated dome made it especially useful for making pizza." — Renu Dhar, Product Tester
Best Overall: Forty Creek Confederation Oak
This is an excellent expression from the Grimsby, Ontario distillery. Confederation Oak was created to commemorate Canada’s 1867 Confederation. It’s a blended whisky that is finished for up to two years in new Canadian oak barrels, which the distillery says have a tighter grain because of the colder climate. Look for notes of praline, honey and dark fruits on the palate.
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Hennessy GOLD VSOP PC5
A collaboration between Hennessy and designer Peter Saville has birthed the creation of a limited-edition, beautiful gold bottle, Hennessy V.S.O.P by Peter Saville, in part celebration of the cognac’s 250th year, which includes a ‘world tour’ by the brand.
Our price: $500 (3 litres)
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Make Your Night Shine.
The Belvedere Silver Saber is a silver luminous bottle with laser etching. The epitome of owning the night, this truly innovative design enables the eye-catching silver bottle to remain luminous while dancing the night away. It is a true feast for the eyes, and the perfect décor for the VIP table in exclusive nightclubs. Experience the same luxury Belvedere Vodka, in a unique, special edition bottle.
DALMORE QUINTESSENCE World’s first scotch aged in five different RED wine barrels
Created by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson, as a celebration of his five decades in the industry, this Dalmore expression showcases Paterson’s artistry in maturation. Combining one of his own passions with his work, Paterson has travelled to California to select casks of five different red wine grape varieties in which this Highland Single Malt has been matured for an unprecedented five years. The result is the only single malt in the world with a unique five variety red wine finish.
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Where To Eat In Edinburgh By Caroline Phillips
Image courtesy of Danii Vnoutchkov
Where offers the best dining experiences and ingredients north of the border? Edinburgh. It’s renowned for its fine food scene. If Michelin accolades are your thing, then the city is home to four restaurants with a star. But if the prissiness of such eateries is not your bag, then there are few places better for unpretentious fare than Fhior, which opened last year. Fhior lives up to its name, which means ‘true’ in Gaellic. It offers an excellent and interesting modern Scottish menu with Nordic overtones. Everything’s super fresh, seasonal and local and the chef, Scott Smith, is big on the use of unusual herbs such as nasturtium capers (made from nasturtium seeds) and sweet cicely.
Additionally, hoorah, they only do one sitting: so you can eat in a leisurely way. The vibe is, anyway, casual: blond tables, banquettes and a simple space with (mostly) white walls. ‘Please give my condiments to the chef,’ reads one illustration that hangs there. Plus there are friendly, knowledgeable staff sporting white aprons and white T-shirts. Diners share plates (one-off ceramics with organic forms inspired by Norwegian nature) which simply arrive when the kitchen’s ready, and people just keep on and on ordering.
I love the beremeal bread — an ancient form of heritage barley from Orkney. The Caledonian oysters (£2 each) are a winner, so too the Tamworth ham and leek croquettes (£5.50). The deboned mackerel is succulent — with the sea a very recent memory — and it comes with hispi cabbage soaked overnight in buttermilk, with onion puree and toasted buckwheat with grated pecorino (too many tastes and textures, perhaps).
Then there’s a great bavette (skirt, so a deliciously strong flavour), with a chimichurri sauce of parsley, garlic and oregano plus poppy seeds and shallots (£11). Finally the Maurangie Brie stuffed with truffle, and Lanark blue ewes’ milk cheese. Oh, and chocolate cake with sweet cicely gel with a hint of damson, all caramelised and piquant. And everything (apparently) accompanied by an unusual wine list of smallholdings: I wouldn’t know as I don’t drink. The food is delicious and also competitively priced (we ate lunch but even the dinner of four tasting courses is just £40) and unmissable.
Another place you must hot-foot it to is the new Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage, which is open seven days a week and offers Scottish New Wave food. The Lookout has a sister, well, a step-sister really — having opened in partnership with Collective, which promotes contemporary art in the City Observatory and in a neighbouring purpose-built exhibition space. The restaurant is also within the City Observatory walls — so, with a visit, you tick off one of the tourist spots too.
The Lookout is a glass house that’s light-filled, airy and partially suspended over Calton Hill — it’s built on a cantilever. It has unbeatable views (not just of the Georgian city and the Castle but right across to the Firth of Forth) through its glass ‘walls.’ The décor’s unstuffy and Scandi — with a beechwood pyramid ceiling, café-style tables, a polished concrete floor and an open kitchen. If the view is unbeatable, the food is even better. After a rhubarb martini, and bread with butter churned with cream (sooooo light), try the crab with sorrel and scurvy grass (a herb like horseradish) or the Isle of Skye skate (£24) or the Orkney beef with bone marrow hollandaise (£28), then the salted caramel pud — and then you’ll know what they eat in culinary heaven. Actually, I’m not going to tell you any more: just go….if you can get in.
If there’s sibling rivalry going on, the new-born Lookout is definitely Mummy’s favourite. But the Lookout’s older brother, the original Gardener’s Cottage — which, as the name implies was a gardener’s cottage, and is still surrounded by a sweet garden of lovage to fennel — is still an essential go-to eaterie (although my most recent meal there was not excellent, as it was on previous occasions). But it’s just so quaint, eccentric and gorgeous. You walk up the garden path to the 1836 cottage and then….
It has large Kilner jars in the entrance (containing everything from garlic oil to pickled beetroot), industrial lights, and a rough wooden floor. It offers rustic, seasonal fare (like its younger sister), but made in its teeny open kitchen, and served at communal tables in two rooms. The homemade sour dough’s a winner (baked at Quay Commons, another family member, which also provides the Gardener’s Cottage with butchered meats and filleted fish). The cod with lobster bisque, Jerusalem artichoke, fennel and cauliflower hits the spot. The set lunch of three courses is a mere £22. The restaurant also offers breakfast (think porridge and tea-soaked prunes).
Finally no visit to Edinburgh is complete without dining casually on flipping-fresh fish and shellfish at one or both of the two Fishers Restaurants. (I haven’t tried their third restaurant, the Shore Bar and Restaurant.) If you’re sightseeing, Fishers Leith — which opened two decades ago — is seconds from the Royal Yacht Britannia in the docks at Leith. If you’re into character in your restaurants, Fishers Leith is also in a 17th century watchtower — and, somehow, always feels as if it’s night in there. Plus there’s a mermaid above the bar (wood, not real) and a blackboard with daily specials. I love everything there, starting with their fish soup and a mean moules marienière and working my way through the menu. Who (apart from a pescatarian) could resist fillet of Shetland monkfish Saltimbocca, with spelt, beetroot, hazelnut and bramble salad, topped with butter milk herb dressing? (£26) Think solid, homely food.
Meanwhile, Fishers in the City is, as the name implies, in the city: in the centre of old Edinburgh. It’s the junior of Fishers Leith by about ten years, although the food is better in Leith, the older one. But Fishers in the City is definitely worth a visit for friendly service and brasserie-style meals on simple marble or wood-topped tables, midst decorative rowing boats and oars. It draws a cheery, buzzy crowd. They also sell some of the world’s best scallops: hand-dived Orkney ones with brown shrimp butter (£24) and they make a dependable fish curry with coley and prawns (£20). ‘Life is good,’ as the sign reads here.
If you want fancy Michelin eats, there are four restaurants with a star and at least two wannabes that are almost there. If you hanker for such haute eating, book restaurant 21212 in Royal Terrace — which has the distinction both of being located in the longest Georgian terrace in Europe and also having first earned its star in 2010. Or try The Kitchin (now in its 12th year with a star), The Balmoral’s Number One (one star for its 16th consecutive year) or….cue for drum roll….Restaurant Martin Wishart (19th year). There are other Scottish restaurants such as Timberyard (contrary to anything its name might suggest, it’s an old brick warehouse with a wood-burning stove) that’s probably also in line for a You Know What. (For what it’s worth, Inspectors, I like their cured trout, tomato, lovage, wild leek, roe and also the hen’s egg, asparagus, hen of the woods, goats butter and hemp dish). Timberyard aside, there was also local dismay that the Castle Terrace was omitted from the 2019 Michelin guide.
Caroline Phillips is an award-winning freelance journalist who contributes to publications from Sunday and daily newspapers to glossy magazines and various luxury websites. To see more of her work, go to www.carolinephillips.net.
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