STORY: A menu of gourmet dishes, 50 meters (164 feet) high in the sky while suspended on cables, makes for a memorable dinner date.
“Dinner in the Sky” is celebrating its 10th anniversary with 10 tables, accommodating a total of 220 guests, suspended high in the Brussels skyline above the Atomium built for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair.
Once the diners are all strapped, the tables are lifted simultaneously by cranes, until the city of Brussels is in full view.
Guests are treated to haute cuisine from a host of Michelin starred Belgian chefs, with the menu by Antwerp chef Wout Bru including pork belly, salmon sashimi and goose liver.
“We make all these special dishes because you know it’s not so easy to cook here, 50 meters high.wholesale nfl jerseys from china So it doesn’t have to be too complicated as well. It has to be tasty of course,” said Bru, chef at Brasserie Bru.
Guests at the sold out gastronomic event paid 275 euros (307 US dollars) for a five course meal, including wine and champagne.
The unique dining experience was created in Brussels by David Ghysels in 2006 and has now expanded to 56 countries across the world.
A driving enthusiast can’t wait for self
As a kid a full decade before he got his own driver’s license my dad could name the make and model of any car that drove past his house just by the sound. The year he finally did get his license, he also managed to pull off one of the most notorious coups in our family’s history: talking my “cars are appliances” grandfather into buying this new two door model from Ford called a Mustang.
If my old man’s enthusiasm was the tinder, access to middle of nowhere roads in upstate New York was the spark that sent me into full fledged car nerd status. Somehow, I was able to finagle a career indeed, a livelihood out of driving cars and writing about them.
The 5 , 10 , 20 year old versions of me were there every time I felt the pull of a Bugatti Veyron’s acceleration or the ear stomping roar of a Corvette Z06.
So what do I say when I hear people talk about cars that drive themselves?
I can’t wait.
After a decade in Southern California and the drudgery of driving the biggest source of stress, anger and danger in my day to day life I’m ready for it all to be over.
Car pulls up. I get in the back and work, sleep, daydream or play “Fruit Ninja” while car drives itself. We both arrive safe at destination. Sounds perfect.
I’ve never understood why most enthusiasts turn into Charlton Heston every time they hear “self driving,” muttering that the industry can have their manually driven car only when it’s pried from their cold, dead hands.
Driving for fun when you want and letting the car take over aren’t mutually exclusive ideas. We need to stop treating them like they are.
I don’t care if you’re Mario Andretti or Ed Begley Jr. There’s nothing fun about gridlock on the 405 freeway on a Thursday afternoon. Mercedes Benz had the right idea when it showed off that silver jellybean shaped F 015 concept car at CES last year: In the 21st century, the ultimate luxury will be time. Any car that can give that back to me is a blessing.
At the same time, manually driven cars will still exist. Thirty years from now, rubber riding escape artists will still be able to fire up their favorite machine and head out onto the same ribbons of asphalt that give me goose bumps today.
A different kind of friendship
“I had the feeling that I could investigate and discover something and show people how somebody can be really involved in a different kind of friendship.”
She looked around on Facebook for other subjects who lived near her in Turin, Italy. She also connected with animal sanctuaries such as Animal SOS.
Ricky, the man holding the lamb in the first photo above, is an activist with Animal SOS. So is Lorena, who is seen with the pig in the fifth photo. http://www.cheapnfljerseysonlineus.top They’ve dedicated their lives to rescuing animals that have been abused or abandoned or just destined for the slaughterhouse.
“It surprises me to see how much feeling and intimacy can be between people and animals and how many people there are that really care,” Bagnoli said.
Bagnoli said she has always loved animals. She grew up with two dogs and three cats, as well as rabbits and hamsters.
In her portraits, she tried to portray all the animals in a human context.
“What was important for me is that all the animals really live very happy lives and they live in open spaces,” she said. “Well, maybe not the snake. I don’t know.”
Diana Bagnoli is a photographer based in Turin, Italy. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Visura.