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Welcome to Connoisseur Corner - Luxe Consulting and Executive Services

Marty Feldmann, The Connoisseur, is the highly sought after consultant who assists businesses and individual clients with the acquisition of the finer things life has to offer. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to wine country, selecting audio equipment to outfit your home, planning your dream vacation or purchasing your ultimate transportation, Marty is your personal connection to the good life…

Marty can be contacted at: 916.952.9529 Marty@ConnoisseurCorner.com

3/7/13

Mélisse – L.A.’s Best Restaurant



Hungry?  Good… I’ve got just the place for you..!
Owner of two Michelin Stars and accolades from Zagat, Gayot and Forbes Travel Guide, Mélisse is a true standout of the California dining scene.  Chef/Owner Josiah Citrin has elevated this Santa Monica-based restaurant into the stratosphere.  Everything from Josiah’s work in the kitchen, to his customer service philosophy makes a dinner at Mélisse one to remember.

The food is prepared with French technique and California flair, making it at once elegant and comfortable.  The highlight is the ten-course tasting menu, available with wine pairing, which will delight even the most critical gourmand. 
Topping off the dining experience is the service provided by an unparalleled wait staff.  Chef Citrin recently explained to the folks at Forbes that a month-long training process is used to bring the servers up to speed. Cross training at all stations in the restaurant is used to give a full perspective of the workings of the business.  The staff even experience trips to the local farmer’s market for hand-selected ingredients. 

It all adds up to a seriously memorable meal..!  Whether you are a foodie looking for that next great experience, or looking for a way to mark a special occasion, put Mélisse at the top of your list.  You won’t be disappointed..!

3/6/13

Ooh La LaFerrari


 
I think my first reaction was “why the heck did the call it that?”
LaFerrari…   Really?

President of Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, frankly says that this car “is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence.  Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, styling and the sheer thrill of driving.”

OK then…
Fortunately, for Ferraristi everywhere, Luca is not exaggerating.  The specs on the ”La” are off the charts.  Let me begin with the powerplant, Ferrari’s version of a hybrid.  (Prius owners may want to look away.)  Start with a 6,262cc V12 engine that revs to 9,250 rpm and add an electric drive unit contributing 161 bhp and you end up with 950 horsepower and 664 lb ft of torque.  Geez!  All that juice gets the red lightning to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds, and to 124 mph in less than 7..!  Keep your foot down and you will eventually see 217 on the speedometer. 

More tech tidbits:  A second electric motor is present and controls other ancillary functions.  You also have active aerodynamics including active diffusers at the front and rear of the car, and also an active rear spoiler. 
As for looks, the LaFerrari is not in the same stunner category as their front-engine coupes.  Every line, crease and curve on this body is in place for the strictest of performance requirements.  Let’s call it a purposeful beauty…

You had better get in line now if you want one, as only 499 examples of the LaFerrari will be built.  The price has not been released, but if you have to ask…