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Russian Director Konchalovsky Shoots Scene in Leading Thai Restaurant.

Famed Russian film maker, Andrey Konchalovsky, shot the last scene of his new movie, Gloss, starring his wife, Yuliya Vysotskaya and Aleksandr Domogarov, in the beautiful setting of Moscows Blue Elephant Royal Thai cuisine restaurant. The restaurant is renowned as the best Thai cuisine in Moscow, but this is the first time it has appeared in a movie.

The owner of the restaurant, Mrs. Milka Kresoja, said that Elephant means protector of culture, science and art in the East and probably that is the very reason the famous Russian movie director decided to shoot a scene in our restaurant.

I am very proud we were chosen for the location and we hope this film will be a big success, not only in Russia but at the international film festivals.

In the film, Vysotskaya plays a seamstress who dreams of being a top model. Working for designer Mark Schiffer, she gets her chance and blossoms into a catwalk model, becomes a cover girl for beauty magazines and joins the high life.

Go on - Spoil Yourself (and a Friend)

Until September 15, you can pamper yourself and a partner in the 19th floor Executive Club at the Swissotel Krasnye Holmy, (Kosmodamianskaya Nab., 52, Building 6). For the usual room price of EUR 425 including breakfast, you and your partner can enjoy a night in a Swiss Business Executive Club room, use the Executive Club Lounge, and, if the weather is nice, the open terrace. If the clouds stay away, enjoy a romantic sunset while relaxing to DJ lounge music and sipping a cool drink. The package includes a barbeque and specialties from around the world plus an open bar. If you are traveling solo then the price drops to EUR 300.

Fingers Crossed for El Hacienda, Expectations High for Floridita

Lovers of Mexican cuisine are enjoying authentic Meixcan cuisune at the huge summer patio of La Hacienda, the new Doug Steele Restaurants venue at 13 Komsomolskaya Prospekt, where chef Moises Castro is doing his best ferrying plates across the courtyard to what is rightfully described as the best patio in Moscow. Decorators at La Hacienda are now working round the clock to open the inside restaurant. With a container of authentic Mexican artifacts on the way, the main part of the restaurant will be open this month.

One of Dougs other new restaurants, El Floridita, at 36 Stary Arbat, is set to open on September 12. Based upon Havanas legendary El Floridita, you should be able to pop in and enjoy some of the most fabulous cocktails in Moscow, conjured up by Martin the Mixologist, who came from Floridita in London, Cuban music and cigars in the newest happening place in Moscow.

Get the Taste of Dubai

City Space Bar & Lounge, on the 34th Floor of the Swissotel Krasnye Holmy, is offering a rare chance to sample the diversity of cuisine from the award-winning Spectrum on One Restaurant of the luxury Fairmont Hotel in Dubai. Edward Kwon, the Korean senior executive sous chef of the Fairmont will be presenting a mix of Arabian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Indian traditional dishes which he promises will surprise even true Asian cuisine experts.

The culinary experience is available only on September 17 and 24 during the Sunday Brunch from 12-4 pm.

Swiss Cuisine Festival Kicking off

From September 28 through October 6, you can enjoy culinary highlights from Switzerland with the executive and pastry chefs of Swissotel Metropole, Geneva, who will be presiding over the Cafe Swiss on the 3rd floor of the Swissotel Krasnye Holmy. Among the Swiss specialties scheduled to appear on the special menu are chocolate and cheese, cheese fondue and raclette, air dried meat, papet vaudois, Berner Platte, polenta, and strawberries with Gruyere cream.

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