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Even though he keeps busy running 14 restaurants around the globe, serving a $32 braised rib and foie gras burger, among other dishes, Boulud was actively involved in creating the spirit, working with Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson on selecting specific barrels to create the final blend, which includes whiskies aged up to 18 years. (But its a mistake to call the final product a blend since all the whisky in it originates from a single distillery.) I wanted a generous, full-bodied whisky, but with aromas of caramel and also some candied orange and toasted praline, says Boulud. Um, who says Frenchmen drink only Cognac? Key stat: Click to Play Daniel Boulud tries his hand at Scotch After months of working with the renowned distillers at The Dalmores, chef Daniel Boulud is offering a bespoke single malt based on the cuisine of his restaurants. Charles Passy joins the News Hub for Weekend Sip. (Photo: AP) The Dalmore (and the brand name always has The in front of it) has gained a reputation for offering some of the worlds most expensive and sought-after whiskies. A case in point: The recently released Richard Paterson Collection 12 bottles of whiskies that date as far back as 1926, packaged together for $1.4 million. That makes the $200 Boulud bottle a steal by comparison. Also see: 10 things celebrity chefs wont say What we think about it: Bouluds whiskey lives up to its heavy promise at least on the nose. We especially pick up those scents of caramel and candied orange. But its not as thick on the tongue: Theres a kind of clarity to the Scotchs sweetness like a dessert wine, but one thats smartly devoid of anything syrupy or cloying. The Dalmore spokesman Chris Watt says thats probably not by accident, since the Boulud Scotch comes from whiskies aged in barrels that were previously used with dessert wines (specifically, Muscatel, Madeira and port). In all, a solid, though pricey sip. How to enjoy it: This is too good a Scotch to use in a Scotch n soda.

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 29: Israeli President Shimon Peres places a tulip on the wall during his visit to the Dutch Theatre (Hollandsche Schouwburg) on September 29, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The theatre was used as a location to deport Jews in the second World War and is now a monument. Peres is on an official four day visit to the Netherlands. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Ramone of The Ramones is 48. Actress Karyn Parsons (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) is 47. Singer Teddy Riley is 47. Actress Emily Procter (CSI: Miami) is 45. Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is 43. Singer Byron Reeder of Mista is 34. Actor Nick Cannon is 33. Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars is 28. Actor Angus T. Jones is 20. Oct. 9: Actor Fyvush Finkel (Boston Public, Picket Fences) is 91. R&B singer Nona Hendryx (LaBelle) is 69. Singer Jackson Browne is 65.

Teresa Giudice breaks silence after indictment charges: Most clueless celebrity?

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 4 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity Cruises to launch ship-wide gaming Cruise Log Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:50 p.m. EDT September 26, 2013 Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free app. (Photo: Celebrity Cruises) Alaska SHARE 81 CONNECT 67 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE For those who want to play poker at the pool and slots at dinner, Celebrity Cruises has teamed with Las Vegas-based Cantor Gaming for a cruise industry first mobile gaming you can access ship-wide. Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free application, Cantor Mobile Casino, to their smartphones or tablets via the ship’s Wi-Fi. PHOTO GALLERY: Tour a Celebrity ship After creating a “virtual wallet” at the ship’s casino desk to activate and fund their accounts, cruisers will be able to choose from games including slots, table games and video poker to play anywhere onboard. One caveat: The ship needs to be in international waters. “This state-of-the-art technology allows guests to play outside of the action-filled casino, whether relaxing by the pool, or waiting for their partner to get ready for their night of onboard dining and drinks, and will be an excellent addition to the edgy entertainment we offer onboard,” said Celebrity Cruises’ senior vice president of operations Greg Purdy, in a prepared statement. The Cantor gaming app is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The new technology will be installed on Celebrity’s five Solstice-class ships and four Millennium-class ships in coming months, Celebrity officials said. Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call.

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Courthouse after a court appearance, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J.AP This Sept. 13, 2009 file photo originally released by Oral-B Pulsonic shows “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars, Teresa Giudice, left, and her husband Joe Giudice at the Caravan Fashion Show in New York. Teresa and Giuseppe Joe Giudice were charged in a 39-count indictment handed up Monday, July 29, 2013, in Newark, N.J.AP Next Slide Previous Slide Teresa Giudice has been pretty silent about her legal woes after she and her husband, Joe, were charged with fraud. But the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star finally broke her silence in an interview with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” SODAHEAD SLIDESHOW: Most clueless celebrities Teresa and Joe Giudice appeared on the typically light and bubbly Bravo show on Sunday night, but the atmosphere was anything but light-hearted this time around. After some comments about having “anxiety” over the fraud charges, Teresa broke down and cried, saying “We’re good people. I don’t understand why this is happening to us.” The Bravo reality star continued: “I can’t fall apart Andy I have my daughters… I’m asking, like, ‘Why is this happening to me?'” Together, the Giudices have been indicted on 39 counts of money fraud and tax crimes, and could face up to 50 years in jail, if found guilty. Do you think Teresa Giudice is actually innocent — or is she just acting clueless in order to get some slack from the court? Is the New Jersey Housewife the most clueless celebrity out there? Or are there other stars who act more oblivious?