Heli-Dining Is One Way To Have An Unforgettable Meal Experience

OC Helicopters is taking fine dining above and beyond by bringing it to the skies.

There are some moments in life that raise the bar on what qualifies as a memorable experience to a whole new level. This is the goal behind Heli-Dining, a service offered by Santa Ana-based OC Helicopters. Veteran owned and operated, the company provides six exclusive tours showcasing the coastlines of Newport Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Beach among other Southern California beach towns. Recently, the company expanded its operations to include helicopter flights to dining destinations of your choosing in locations stretching from San Diego to Santa Barbara. OC Helicopters seeks to transport guests from their everyday lives, even if only for a day or night. The team transports small groups and couples to dream locations more than a hundred miles away in a matter of minutes. And there are options within the Heli-Dining experience that cater to a variety of interests. Here’s a sampling.

Getting Your Feet Wet

If you’re a first timer when it comes to helicopter travel and just want to get a taste of the skies, OC Helicopters offers this premium ride. The ride consists of a shorter flight designed to whet your appetite, departing and returning from where you started, while still obtaining an exclusive view of the Orange County coastline. After landing back at the terminal, you then can dine in any of your choice of Orange County’s luxurious ocean-side restaurants that you just flew over. The 10-minute airtime adventure is perfect for those wanting to try out the experience of flying in a helicopter without committing to an entire evening in the sky.

Dinner and A View

If you’re looking for a night out, with dining at a restaurant in a dream location, OC Helicopters’ Heli-Dining experience picks you up at the terminal and drops you off in locations such as Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Diego or Santa Barbara. All of these places typically take hours to reach by car, but a helicopter can get you there in just a matter of minutes. And in this case, the transportation becomes a main attraction of event. Just a few of the frequented destinations OC Helicopters has flown its VIPS to nearby helipads to then dine include Dana Point’s Monarch Beach Resort, the famed Nobu in Malibu, The Montage in Beverley Hills and the Hollywood Roosevelt boutique hotel.

A Day in Paradise

If you’re in the mood for a day-trip excursion, OC Helicopters offers flights to destinations that can afford clients five to eight hours at their destination. You can take a day trip to Santa Barbara, eat along State Street, lounge by the beach and be back in time for a comfortable dinner at home. For more of an extravagant occasion, OC Helicopters offers a lovely trip to Temecula for a day to sip wine on the countryside. The helicopters can land at the neighboring helipad or land directly at the base of beautiful remote champagne caves. Guests then have the option to sample wines, stroll through the vineyards or eat their way through Temecula’s renowned culinary delights and top restaurants.

OC Helicopters staff are known for their friendliness, and the team works to connect with their customers before and during the flight in order to create OC Helicopters staff are known for their friendliness, and the team works to connect with their guests before and during the flight in order to create a sense of trust and comfort. So, the moment you walk through the office doors to the second you land back onto the tarmac, you are only thinking about the experience, leaving all worries and stress on land. The fleet of helicopters have been a site for numerous wedding proposals, fun surprises and memorable moments. The team runs the operation out of passion, and the concept of Heli-Dining stemmed from a love for unique foodie experiences shared by the staff. So, keep reaching for the sky!

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Fast Food

There’s A Secret Yoshinoya Location That Serves Up Wagyu Beef Bowls

Photo Courtesy of SoraNews24

Every time I think of Yoshinoya, my mind returns to the endless beef bowls I would devour in college at the local restaurant near campus. I’ve seen the chain placate many a college student, but I would have never thought Yoshinoya could be something that dabbled in decadence.

Turns out there’s a single Yoshinoya location in Japan that offers a luxurious wagyu-beef bowl, reports English-speaking Japanese news site SoraNews24.

Photo Courtesy of SoraNews24

Nestled inside Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, the Yoshinoya is found within the food court just before you hit the security checkpoint.

There, you’ll find what’s called the Wagyu Gyuju (Japanese Beef Box) on display in front of the restaurant. At 1,500 yen, about $15 USD, the bowl features made-to-order wagyu beef over a bed of hot white rice served with a bowl of miso soup and a side of pickled veggies.

A hearty order to replenish the spirits of weary travelers.

SoraNews24 notes that this is the only location available to the public that serves wagyu beef. The only other spot that offers this quality of meat lies inside the National Parliamentary Diet building, which is only accessible to government officials or civilians on a tour.

If I ever end up flying into the Haneda Airport, I’ll have to give this place a shot. It’s not every day you’ll be able to taste a Yoshinoya bowl that’s made with wagyu beef. I can gorge myself on ramen after.

Alcohol Beer Culture Feel Good Hit-Or-Miss

The World’s First Beer-Themed Hotel Will Have a Brew-Filled Hot Tub

Start planning your next vacation. The world’s first beer hotel is opening soon in Columbus, Ohio, courtesy of Scotland-based BrewDog — yes, the same brewery that gave us the beer stuffed inside a dead squirrel. Forget Disneyland — this is the Hoppiest Place on Earth.

This tipsy resort is set to have an IPA hot tub, minibars in the shower, beer on tap in each room, and beer pairings with every meal. It will be a brewster’s paradise — that is, if the project can raise enough crowdfunded money on Indiegogo. (Right now, they’re only $13,000 short of the $75,000 goal.)

“This hotel will provide a complete experiential environment in which to truly immerse yourself in the world of craft beer,” the Indiegogo campaign reads. “From waking up to a view of our sour beer foeders and the smell of freshly mashed malt, to hop-infused spa treatments and beer breakfasts, and even amazing craft beer on tap in your bedroom — this hotel will have it all.”

If crowdfunding is successful, the hotel will open sometime next year.

Original post written by Joanna Fantozzi for The Daily Meal


Rich People In China Are Buying Bottles Of Fresh Air From Canada Because The Air Is So Bad


China’s air pollution is so bad that many of its wealthier citizens have turned what was once a gag gift into serious business for the Canadian startup behind it.

The one-year-old Vitality Air company only began selling their bottled air in China less than two months ago but has already seen its first shipment of 500 bottles sell out in four days, founder Moses Lam told the Telegraph in an interview.

According to Lam, another 4,000 bottles are en route to China but most of that shipment has already been purchased.


Lam’s Edmonton-based company sells aluminum cans containing either 3 or 7.7-liters’ worth of hand-collected, fresh Canadian air. The company’s 7.7-liter can containing air taken from Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains sells for 100 yuan ($15.45), which is more than the cost of 50 bottles of mineral water combined in China, according to the Telegraph.

Lam isn’t the first to sell air in China. In 2013, multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao famously soldcans of fresh air for 5 yuan (75 cents) apiece.

Although Vitality Air is selling briskly nowadays, Lam admits it first began as a joke. He and co-founder Troy Paquette first sold air when they sold a plastic bag full of it on Ebay for less than 75 cents. Their second bag of air on the site, however, sold for a whopping $160.


“That’s when we realized there is a market for this,” Lam said.

While the company sells its cans in several countries, most of Vitality Air’s customers are wealthy women from heavily polluted northeastern and southern China.

“In China fresh air is a luxury, something so precious,” Harrison Wang, the company’s China representative, said.

Lam believes the concept of bottled air, which raises many people’s eyebrows, will take off the way bottled water, once also mocked, did. Even though his company is doing well, however, he continues to work his bank job.

“My parents told me not to quit my daytime job,” he said.

Written by NextShark


Inside Gucci’s First Luxury Restaurant In China


There’s no doubt Asian people love their brand name wallets and designer handbags. Now they have more of a reason to flaunt their assets with the opening of the world’s first Gucci-themed restaurant in Shanghai. Apparently, that’s a thing now.



With the recent explosion of luxurious fine dining cafes in Shanghai, Gucci is the newest addition to the list.


After two years of eager anticipation, the 1921 Gucci Cafe has opened its doors to the public.


The restaurant sits on the fourth floor of the exuberant IAPM mall in Shanghai.



Guests are able to make their way to the fourth floor restaurant by an elevator located inside the Gucci retail store.


Gucci lovers are served a slice of heaven in the Gucci restaurant as its decked head to toe in the 1921 Gucci logo.


Everything, from the silverware to the menus, is branded with the Gucci logo.



Consumers are surrounded by premium velvet, showcased merchandise and fine handwoven napkins.


The authentic Italian menu offers items such as basil pesto linguine and grilled red snapper fillets.


The two-course luncheon starts at $24 per person (150 yuan), but the dinner course is double the price.


The Gucci restaurant should be a dining hit in prosperous Shanghai — a survey of wealthy Chinese from December of last year found Gucci to be the second most preferred luxury brand.


Written by Laura Dang of NextShark || Source: Shanghaiist, Tencent


This Is What A $100 Donut Looks Like


How much would you pay for a warm, freshly fried donut? If you’re in West Kelowna, Canada, you could shell out a few extra bucks and grab yourself a “Donutopia” from Dolicious Donuts.

The $100 donut is made with Bling H20 luxury water, at $39 a bottle. The breakfast pastry itself is covered in 24-carat gold flakes and sugar “diamonds.” The luxury donut is served in a carefully molded sugar bowl.

Apparently it takes about five hours to make one, and while it’s a hefty price, the donut is said to be pretty delicious.

The good news is that all the proceeds from Donutopia will go towards building a soup kitchen in West Kelowna. So it’s definitely an admirable cause.

Photo: Facebook


The Ultimate Birthday Present – a $900 cupcake?


Earlier this year we wrote about a sundae that costs $1000. Now the bakery gods have gone berserk again, this time with a $900 cupcake.

The owner of Toronto’s Le Dolci bakery, Lisa Sanguedolce, was approached by a client who wanted an extravagant cupcake created for his wife’s birthday.

So what exactly goes into a cupcake with a $900 price tag? Well there was a pastry cream filling, flavored with champagne that costs about $1,000 a bottle. Buttercream frosting, made with butter from Normandy, chocolate from luxury Italian chocolatiers, specialty coffee, French sea salt, organic cane sugar, and Tahitian vanilla beans. Obviously. Tiny champagne bubbles sprinkled over the cake were created using molecular gastronomy  and “diamonds” carved out of sugar were placed around the edge of the cupcake.  Fondant flowers  etched in edible gold and stylized gold strips crisscrossed the sides of the cupcake, complete with edible gold branches and leaves. And finally, because the previously mentioned items weren’t enough, there was a pipette of the Courvoisier cognac, to be drizzled on top before it was eaten.

The cupcake required the work of two pastry chefs, a cake designer, two days of labor and many hours of planning.

Whether the lady thought her husband was absolutely brilliant for doing this for her or absolutely furious for wasting all that money, no one knows.

H/T The Globe and Mail + PicThx The Province


$1000 Sundae Puts a Ring on It, Literally


We thought we’d seen it all with the $175 Richard Nouveau burgers, containing gold flakes and black truffles from the Wall Street Burger Shoppe in New York City and then again with the $1000 pizza, topped with six types of caviar, from Nino’s Bellissima, also in New York City. But no, we were wrong. There was still something more extravagant and more decadent to come.

Chef Sebastien Chamaret at swanky Meatpacking district restaurant Bagatelle, takes pricey menu items to a whole new level with the $1000 ice cream sundae.

The ‘Mauboussin Mega Sundae,’ also referred to by the restaurant as the ‘Jay-Z of desserts,’ costs $1,000 a pop. The over-the-top dessert consists of vanilla ice cream (that’s the normal bit), chocolate truffles, homemade macarons, Dom Perignon Rose sorbet (which costs around $300 a bottle) with gold leaves (yes, real gold) and chocolate vodka sauce, gilded brownies and fresh whipped cream. No big deal right?

The epic creation is served in a giant martini glass alongside a white gold steel Mauboussin ring made exclusively for Bagatelle.

Warning, if you are a sweet tooth, don’t go near this. Bankruptcy over ice cream sundaes is not good.

H/T  Zagat