Must See this Movie!  Racing is Heating Up!
Race fans will recognize the familiar sound of a Verizon IndyCar Series car when heading to theaters after  Feb. 27 to catch the opening of "Focus," a Warner Bros. Pictures film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.
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Actor Will Smith arrives at the premiere of Focus at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA -- Photo by: Richard Dowdy
Will Smith attends the premier of the Hot movie FOCUS.  
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Actor Will Smith with his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, arrive at the premiere of Focus at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA Photo by: Richard Dowdy
Scenes with Verizon IndyCar Series cars were shot at NOLA Motorsports Park, which hosts the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 12, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Indianapolis 500-winning team owner and former Indy car driver Bryan Herta of Warren, Mich., and Carlos Muñoz, the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year from Colombia, made their feature film debut.

"Obviously, movie driving is a little different than racing, but it was still good to get out there and feel the downforce, the power and all those sensations again," Herta continued. "I think the contract said we couldn't go over 100 mph. I'm not going to say we didn't though."

Muñoz, 23, who resides in Miami, said he's eager to point out the racing scenes to his friends on the big screen.

Leading up to the movie opening, several Verizon IndyCar Series race markets played host to private screenings organized by Warner Bros. Show cars were present at screenings in Tampa, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Detroit. Drivers Ed Carpenter and Jack Hawksworth  imtroduced the movie in Detroit and Milwaukee, respectively. Bryan Herta, Autosport driver Gabby Chaves and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' James Hinchcliffe attended the Indianapolis screening.
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Gabby Chaves and James Hinchcliffe outside the AMC Castleton Theater prior to an exclusive screening of Focus -- Photo by: Chris Jones
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Graham Rahal on course during the team test at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana -- Photo by: Chris Owens
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal and his fiancée, Courtney Force of NHRA fame, will join the star-studded red carpet premiere at the famed TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Rahal, son of Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, and Force, daughter of NHRA legend John Force, announced their engagement and the joining of two of racing's most well-known families in November. The No. 15 Midas Indy car, which Rahal drove in 2013, is featured in the movie.

"Aligning the stars and cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series with the stars of a major motion picture like 'Focus' made a lot of sense to us," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Warner Bros. and the entire 'Focus' production staff have been great partners throughout this process, and we look forward to positioning our brand with more of these opportunities in the future."

"Focus," written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ("Crazy, Stupid, Love.") centers around Nicky (Smith), a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Robbie). As he's teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes race car circuit. In the midst of Nicky's latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop and the consummate con man off his game.
The Movie FOCUS just came out!  You should definitely check out this short making of the movie video!  
 Nicolas Jordan, Head Teacher of  Le Cordon Bleu Paris, received the title of Glacier, one of the Best Craftsman of France.  This is an outstanding achievement  I look forward to hearing more about this absolute artist.
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Vonnes, France
So many accolades!  He was pastry Chef, chocolate and ice cream specialist atPâtisserie Lachuer in Vannes, France, as well as, Certificat d’Aptitude Professionelle   I loved the Village of Vonnes.  Beautiful Architecture and rich history.To learn More about this exciting young Chef
The recent competition on February 22, 2015, on the theme of Versailles, Chef Nicolas Jordan exercised his talent by performing two ice sculptures and sculpture to represent the nougatine Buffet, frozen desserts.
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Fabulous sculptures from Le Codon Bleu copyright Le Cordon Bleu International 2015
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The Paramount Cafe is celebrating 30 year's of serving delicious food!  Paramount is a fabulous restaurant located in the Kittredge Historic Theatre Building, on the 16th Street walking mall in Denver, Colorado. It prides itself in being Denver's original Rock and Roll Theatre.  Charm and character abound, featuring  Art Deco terrazzo tile floor and hand crafted ornate trim. 
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The Main bar and Epicenter of activity
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Beautiful trim Work
Paramount emphasizes local sourcing, which we love! Known for their famous burgers with Colorado Beef, Bison and Elk and in the midst of Burger wars, I had to try their Bison Burger with mushrooms, bacon and gorgonzola.  It was loaded with flavor.  So delicious!  
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Bison Burger Courtesy of Paramount Cafe, Denver, Colorado
Dining outside in the warm sunshine, while watching passers by on the 16th Street Mall was very enjoyable.  A rich tradition, outstanding food, fun promotions and relaxed service make this an excellent place to enjoy your time in Denver. The Paramount Cafe was an outstanding dining experience full of history and tradition.
Check out this link to see their menu and calendar of events.!
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Flowers in France on a window sill
During our last European Tour, we found some lovely flowers in France.  While daydreaming of Spring, I thought I would share these beautiful flowers.
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A beautiful scene in Senlis, France
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Absolutely Beautiful
My favorite Cafe, Cafe de Flore, has some amazing displays of flowers.
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Cafe de Flore
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The official logo of the show
The First Look for charity was held at the beautifully designed McCormick Place situated on Lake Michigan,  Billed as one of Chicago's greatest one-day fundraisers, First Look For Charity benefits 18 area nonprofits.  
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Photo Courtesy of CAS15. McCormick Place.
A Fabulous way to have a wonderful evening and raise money for many worthy charities.
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Delicious tapas available at this elegant event
For schedule of events and to see more of these amazing vehicles click here.
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Courtesy of #CAS15 I will take one to go Please
So much fun all!  Check out the largest Auto Show in North America today!
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Flags of the Nations at Beaver Creek Resort plays hosts for various events
The site of the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships are being held on Vail Mountain.  Congratulations to our US Ski Team for their successes.
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Go Team USA
GO Team USA!
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Heart of town in Vail Colorado
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Love Vail
The Dessert Lounge at Food and Wine's Beaver Creek Weekend featured many decadent desserts!  Beautiful edible art sat on the shelves!  Perfect day to share this deliciousness!
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Clever way to display beautifully prepared desserts
Amazing presentations of each dessert!
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Mushroom dessert anyone?
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A wall of dessert just waiting
Edible Art
I loved the way the macaroons were displayed.
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Striking colors and precision!
Happy Valentine's Day All!
It's that time of year again.  Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching.  It was perfect timing to find a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Denver.  My favorite fun chocolate store didn't disappoint.  
Case after case of beautifully decorated apples captivated my attention right away.
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Apples, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory way
Delicious candy and boxed gift sets for your Valentine.  
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From Caramel to Toffee, every bite is excellent
Check out my prior post for even more photos
To shop online or find your nearest store click here
So many wonderful scenes in Denver.  The Denver Performing Arts Complex has wonderful sculptures spread throughout the area.  
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Denver Performing Arts Complex
I wanted to check out the view from atop a parking garage.
While there, I met this young lady, soaking up the sun and reflecting on the day.
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16th Street Mall Downtown Denver
The 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver was a great place to spend the warm day.  A variety of shops and restaurants along a walking mall area.  You will see an eclectic mix of modern and western architecture.  
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16th Street Mall, Denver
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Hard Rock Cafe Denver
A beautiful day spent downtown soaking up some sun with my favorite color blue sky as a backdrop.
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Courtesy Chicago Auto Show
So excited to be covering the Chicago Auto Show again this year.  We love the innovations, the Super  car garage and the First Look for Charity Event.  This event has raised close to $40 Million for Chicago area nonprofit groups.
One of my favorite cars from last year
Can't wait to see this year's cars!
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This Rolls is built like a tank.
Tickets are only $12 for adults!  
Check out the Schedule of Events 


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