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Chocolate recipe to remember Lewis Burke

Lewis Burke was a deckhand on our yacht, M/Y Elixir, part of a special “golden crew” this time last year. I was saddened to hear of his recent death. Lewis …

Top Shelf: Bing Lee cooks quintessential Thai street food

You will not find a Thermomix, sous vide cooker nor flash foam maker here. No powders, espumas, crumb nor slow-cooked food in a plastic bag. You will not find …

Top Shelf: Kermit’s àpres sorbet show

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim McDonald Often overlooked by charter chefs is the “easy money” period post main course. More often than not, overstuffed punters …

Top Shelf: Chop’s Trifle Show

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim McDonald No crewmate previously encountered in my 10 years of floating around has been more dramatic, theatrical and over-the-top than …

Top Shelf: Smoke-and-mirrors performance never fails to impress

Top Shelf: by Chef Timothy MacDonald Nothing more than a disassembled pot noodle snack, this Porega (remember that “poor man’s Porsche” of …

Top Shelf: Mod Oz cuisine, à la Andrew Blake

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald The single greatest influence on my career was undoubtedly Andrew Blake. It goes far beyond the pressed salad. Back in the …

Top Shelf: Out of the Box

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald 4:30 p.m. … middle of nowhere … Tortola … late December … I am on my fifth coffee and trying to hack …

Top Shelf: The Birth of Aki-Maki

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald Many years ago on Huntress, I was taught about the theory of “POP”’ on a yacht. The owner insisted that at least once a …

Top Shelf: Big Alvin’s Antiguan Mahi Ceviche

Top Shelf: by Chef Timothy MacDonald With our yacht about to cross to the Caribbean, visions of hot sauce, barbecue ribs, jerked chicken, mac ‘n cheese and …

Top Shelf: Bugs Bunny Death Row Dinner Box

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim McDonald I am a disciple of Anthony Bourdain’s loves and fascinations – simple pasta cacio e pepe, Italian women with …

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Boats and brokers in the news: Lady Sara goes to auction

Boats and brokers in the news: Lady Sara goes to auction

M/Y Lady Sara, a 187-foot Trinity Motor Yacht, will be auctioned for sale by the U.S. Marshal on Sept. 6 in Fort Lauderdale at 12:00 …

Popular yacht crew ‘dive bar’ to close after 23 years

Popular yacht crew ‘dive bar’ to close after 23 years

By Dorie Cox Jeff Rudd looked for a place to move his “dive bar”. But, realistically, he cannot. He has run the The Treasure Trove, …

New Caledonia, a gem in the South Pacific

New Caledonia, a gem in the South Pacific

By Jenifer Rosser Crossing the South Pacific offers a multitude of dazzling countries, islands, lagoons and reefs to enchant even –the …

Capt. Mike “Iowa Mike” Bryan dies

Capt. Mike “Iowa Mike” Bryan dies

By Dorie Cox Iowa-born Capt. Mike Bryan died on Aug. 2 of cardiac arrest in Fort Lauderdale. He was 53. His yacht work included M/Y …

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