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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

5/28/16

Nayara Springs – Costa Rican Luxury

 
 
Are you the type that likes to get away from it all on vacation?  To be luxuriously pampered in tropical surroundings?  To have a volcano in your backyard?

Yes, I said volcano…!

Let’s take a trip down to Costa Rica, specifically the Arenal Volcano National Park.  It is here that you will find the 16-villa adults-only Nayara Springs resort.  This place is truly impressive and has garnered top ratings from Conde Nast among others. 
So, what does this volcano place have to offer?

Seclusion is certainly guaranteed with the location smack-dab in the middle of a rain forest, and the small scale of the resort keeps crowds to a minimum.  As for relaxation, the Spa is one of the world’s best, with private open-air treatment pavilions providing exotic niceties such as a hydrating chocolate/aloe vera wrap and cocoa-bean body scrub. 
Huh?

Ensconced in your 1,500 sq. ft. villa, you can dip in your own plunge pool, which is, of course, fed by a mineral hot spring...!  An outdoor dual rain shower, indoor and outdoor seating areas and a personal host round out the features list.
Along with the villas and spa, you have 5 dining options to cover every mood from casual to fine dining.  No going hungry here.  An oversized infinity edge pool compliments your villa plunge pool and you can stay busy with the many adventure options from hikes to horseback rides to repelling down a waterfall to… 

Seclusion, relaxation, indulgence, service…  It’s all here. 
And don’t forget to say hello to the volcano…!



5/22/16

Rent a Riva – Boating Italian Style


You have to give it to the Italians.  They do know how to live.

La dolce vita…  The sweet life indeed...! 

With summertime just around the meteorological corner, the subject of water and boats comes to the fore.  So, just how does one go boating Italian style...? 
The first ingredient is water.  Italy is surrounded by the stuff, so availability is high.  Eh…  Let me dial down the salt content a bit.  Let’s talk lakes.  More specifically, I’m taking you to Italy’s Lake District.  Sure, you have heard of Lake Como (Thanks George), but there happen to be several others in the area.  Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore would be of similar size to Como, and you have several more diminutive lakes such as Orta and Iseo.

Now that we have found our H₂O, what would the second ingredient be…?
Riva

That would be the boat, with an Italian flair and pedigree.  Founded in 1842 by Pietro Riva, Riva Aquarama garnered a cult following for their luxury wooden runabouts.  The Aquarama model and various other derivatives were produced from 1962 until 1996, and they have become synonymous with a style of glamorous pleasure cruising. 
Now you know where to go, and what type of boat to cruise in.  The question is, how do you pull this off?  I have three options for you…

Matteri  -  On Lake Como, Matteri will rent you a 6 passenger Tritone and send you on your way.
Riva Charter  -  On lake Garda, Riva Charter offers day trips in a 6 passenger 1970 Super Aquarama and a driver to get you around.  Might as well drink some Champagne..!
Bellini Nautica  -  A driver and a 7 passenger Aquarama await your every boating need at Lake Iseo.

Now it’s time for some boating, Italian style…!

Cheers!
 
 
 

5/21/16

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato – 4-Wheeled Beauty!


This weekend there happens to be a minor little to-do over on the shores of Lake Como known as the Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este.  A beautiful lake, a beautiful hotel and lots of beautiful cars.

Pristine classics from years past are the primary attraction, but one will also see some current models and new model debuts.  Even the occasional concept car will be shown on the pristine grounds. 

Speaking of concept cars, famed British marque Aston Martin decided to bring their latest one-off to the show, just to tease everyone.  Long known for beautifully designed luxury transportation, Aston may have one-upped themselves.  In a long-standing collaboration with Italian design house Zagato, Aston Martin’s Vanquish Zagato might be…
…may be…

 …could be… the world’s most beautiful car!
Sure, everything Aston Martin builds is easy on the eyes.  The Vanquish Zagato Concept continues that tradition.  Per Marek Reichman, Aston’s VP and Chief Creative Officer:  The Vanquish Zagato Concept shows how our two companies can come together and push the definition of Aston Martin design.”

Powered by a naturally aspirated V12 rated at 592 horsepower, the car is wrapped in curvaceous bodywork featuring Zagato’s iconic double-bubble roofline and a wraparound “glasshouse”, giving the car an aggressive presence.  Leather and herringbone carbon fiber adorn the interior, highlighted by a “Z” quilt pattern stitched into the headrests.
So, I love this car, but there is one major problem…

They’re not going to build it…!
Unfortunately, this is a concept car in the classic sense of the word.  What you see here is the only one.  Put your wallets away people!  A true shame, as something tells me Aston Martin could sell as many as they could build.

Pity…
 
 
 

5/8/16

Dynaudio’s New Contour – Danish Speaker Excellence!



One of my favorite speaker companies, Dynaudio, hailing from Denmark, is updating an old friend.
I’m not talking plastic surgery here...!

Founded in 1977, Dynaudio has been engineering and building speakers for a long time.  Along with their own speakers, they even provide drivers for other manufacturers, as well as professional audio (recording studios) and car audio.  Bugatti even uses them as their car audio supplier…   Nice!
OK, back to that old friend, the Contour series.  These Danes have several lines of speakers, and the Contours sit in the middle of it all and for years have been some of their best sellers. 

Well, out with the old, in with the new.
A complete overhaul has occurred.  The tweeters are now Dynaudio’s Esotar 2 unit, previously seen in the company’s flagship models.  Newly engineered woofers are present as well with new aluminum voice-coils and speaker diaphragms.  Even the cabinets were reimagined, with an aluminum front baffle and heavily braced, curved multilayer enclosures.

What does this all mean?
You hear a better soundstage (depth and width), excellent imaging (placement of instruments or voices) and improved dynamics as well as deeper and more well-defined bass. 

Nobody likes muddy bass!
Four speaker models will be available in the Contour lineup:  the Contour 20 bookself, Contour 30 2-way floorstander, Contour 60 3-way floorstander, and a center channel known as the Contour 25C.  Available furniture-grade finishes are walnut satin, white oak satin, piano black and piano white.  High gloss rosewood or bubinga are available by special order.

Available at fine audio establishments in a few months, I highly recommend a listen with your favorite tunes should you happen to be in the speaker market.  I predict your ears will be impressed, in a Danish sort of way…!
 
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


5/3/16

The Honey Badger Cocktail – I Really Do Care…



By now you surely have heard of the Honey Badger and the viral video for that “crazy nastyass” critter.

He just don’t care…

The fame created here has been oddly inspirational to the mixology glitterati, as Honey Badger blends have appeared on cocktail menus near and far.  Unfortunately, I find the great majority of these creations to be incomplete.
What, somebody left out the ice..?

What two things come to mind when you talk about a Honey Badger?  Honey, of course, and a bite…  The recipes are covering the honey aspect in various creative ways, but you need the bite to complete the flavor canvas.  Unless, of course, you just don’t care…
I have finally found the blend of ingredients that fits the bill, created by the excellent mixology team at Cienfuegos in New York.  There are a couple of ingredients you need to build, so plan ahead for this one.

And now ladies and gents, without further ado, may I introduce, my definitive Honey Badger Cocktail…

·         1 ½ oz rum – use a good quality aged rum
·         1 oz Laird’s Applejack
·         ½ oz hot honey syrup – recipe below
·         ½ oz passion fruit syrup – recipe below
·         ¾ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
·         JalapeƱo slice for garnish

Combine ingredients over ice and stir to chill.  Consume.
Here are the two syrup recipes you want to make ahead…

Hot Honey Syrup

·         1 ½ cups honey
·         10 oz water
·         2 oz white rum
·         5 jalapeƱos

Combine honey and water and bring to a boil.  Add the rum and peppers and blend well.  Pour through a fine strainer.  Syrup will keep for two weeks.
Passion Fruit Syrup

·         2 cups passion fruit puree
·         2 cups white sugar

Combine and cook on low heat, stirring regularly until blended.  Let cool and refrigerate for up to two weeks.
I really do care!  Cheers!!!