Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010

According to this years edition of Forbes of the richest people in the world in 2010, for the first time a Latin American citizen took the first place. Lets see who made it for the Top 7 richest people in 2010:

1. Carlos Slim Helu

Net worth: $53.5 billion

Source of wealth: Telecom

Country: Mexico

Telecom tycoon who pounced on privatization of Mexico’s national telephone company in the 1990s becomes world’s richest person for first time after coming in third place last year. Net worth up $18.5 billion in a year. Recently received regulatory approval to merge his fixed-line assets into American Movil, Latin America’s biggest mobile phone company.

2. Bill Gates

Net worth: $53 billion

Source of wealth: Microsoft

Country: U.S.A.

Software visionary is now the world’s second-richest man. Net worth still up $13 billion in a year as Microsoft shares rose 50% in 12 months, value of investment vehicle Cascade swelled. More than 60% of fortune held outside Microsoft; investments include Four Seasons hotels, Televisa, Auto Nation. Stepped down from day-to-day duties at Microsoft in 2008 to focus on philanthropy.

3. Warren Buffett

Net worth: $47 billion

Source of wealth: Investments

Country: U.S.A.

America’s favorite investor up $10 billion in past 12 months on surging Berkshire Hathaway shares; says U.S. has survived economic “Pearl Harbor,” but warns recovery will be slow. Shrewdly invested $5 billion in Goldman Sachs and $3 billion in General Electric amid 2008 market collapse. Recently acquired railroad giant Burlington Northern Santa Fe for $26 billion.

4. Mukesh Ambani

Net worth: $29 billion

Source of wealth: Petrochemicals, oil and gas

Country: India

Global ambitions: His Reliance Industries, already India’s most valuable company, recently bid $2 billion for 65% stake in troubled Canadian oil sands outfit Value Creations. Firm’s $14.5 billion offer to buy bankrupt petrochemicals maker LyondellBasell was rejected. Since September company has sold Treasury shares worth $2 billion to be used for acquisitions. Late father, Dhirubhai, founded Reliance and built it into a massive conglomerate.

5. Lakshmi Mittal

Net worth: $28.7 billion

Source of wealth: Steel

Country: India

London’s richest resident oversees ArcelorMittal, world’s largest steel maker. Net profits fell 75% in 2009. Mittal took 12% pay cut but improved outlook pushed stock up one-third in past year. Looking to expand in his native India; wants to build steel mills in Jharkhad and Orissa but has not received government approval. Earned $1.1 billion for selling his interest in a Kazakh refinery in December.

6. Lawrence Ellison

Net worth: $28 billion

Source of wealth: Oracle

Country: U.S.A.

Oracle founder’s fortune continues to soar; shares up 70% in past 12 months. Database giant has bought 57 companies in the past five years. Completed $7.4 billion buyout of Sun Microsystems in January; acquired BEA Systems for $8.5 billion in 2008. Studied physics at U. of Chicago; didn’t graduate. Started Oracle 1977; took public a day before Microsoft in 1986.

7. Bernard Arnault

Net worth: $27.5 billion

Source of wealth: Luxury goods

Country: France

Bling is back, helping fashion icon grab title of richest European as shares of his luxury goods outfit LVMH–maker of Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon–surge 57%. LVMH is developing upscale Shanghai commercial property, L’Avenue Shanghai, with Macau billionaire Stanley Ho.

Source. Forbes
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Top 7 Property Markets

Real estate markets worldwide are stabilizing and showing signs of tentative recovery, according to a recent report from London-based global property consultancy Knight Frank. Unlike during the first quarter of this year, when many countries continued to suffer double-digit declines in average home prices, the second quarter saw upticks in half of the countries tracked by Knight Frank, compared with the previous three months. (Year-over-year prices are still down across the board.) Among the remaining countries, none saw a decline of greater than 10%.

The strongest region was the Nordic countries, where prices rose 5.3% in Norway, 3.9% in Finland, and 3.6% in Sweden. The U.S. also saw a rebound, with a 1.7% quarterly increase in average prices. The worst-hit places? Dubai and Bulgaria, where residential property prices fell 7.5% and 9.7%, respectively.

Which countries around the world saw the greatest price increases? Check the list…

1. Norway

Quarterly Price Change: 5.3% (Change in average price, second quarter 2009 vs. first quarter 2009)

Annual Rank: 11

Annual Price Change: -1.5% (change in average price, second quarter 2009 vs. second quarter 2008)

There has been a sharp slowdown in the number of houses under construction in Norway, with new starts falling to their lowest levels since 2000. Given the country’s tight housing supply, prices have been pushed up. Norway posted a strong quarterly gain in the second quarter of 2009, up 5.3% from the second quarter of 2008, marking the country’s second successive quarterly increase after a 4.1% hike in the first three months of the year. Real estate taxes have also remained relatively low in this oil-rich country.

2. Australia

Quarterly Price Change: 4.2%

Annual Rank: 10

Annual Price Change: -1.4%

Home prices have bounced back in Australia since the start of this year thanks to a commodities boom that has fueled strong demand for exports to Asia. But price growth in Sydney’s residential market remains relatively lackluster, compared with other state capitals. Over the past year, the country’s financial capital has witnessed softening demand in its commercial real estate sector and increased numbers of tenants subleasing space.

3. Israel

Quarterly Price Change: 4.0%

Annual Rank: 1

Annual Price Change: 12.5%

Israel remains the best performer worldwide on an annual basis and is the only country to have recorded double-digit growth over the past year despite the onset of the financial crisis. Housing prices were driven up thanks to a steady stream of foreign investment by wealthy individuals, particularly Americans, who have strong ties to the country and remain keen to invest there.

4. Finland

Quarterly Price Change: 3.9%

Annual Rank: 15

Annual Price Change: -2.9%

Finland is among the other Nordic countries holding up relatively well despite the economic recession, as prices didn’t increase to the same extent as other areas during the property boom. Housing prices in Finland increased in the second quarter of 2009, up 3.9% from the first quarter.

5. Sweden

Quarterly Price Change: 3.6%

Annual Rank: 13

Annual Price Change: -2.0%

There has been a sharp slowdown in the number of houses under construction, keeping housing supply down and prices up. In Sweden, construction started on 45% fewer houses in the first half of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008. The country’s real estate market has been recovering well, as prices didn’t skyrocket out of proportion compared to other European countries during the property boom.

6. Netherlands

Quarterly Price Change: 2.7%

Annual Rank: 24

Annual Price Change: -10.3%

Though the overall office vacancy rate remains high in the Amsterdam market, availability is limited in prime central markets. Vacancy rates in sought-after areas like central Amsterdam and South Axis were below 5% at the end of 2008. The country’s small supply pipeline will likely keep vacancy rates in check and prices firmer.

7. Switzerland

Quarterly Price Change: 2.1%

Annual Rank: 2

Annual Price Change: 6.1%

Switzerland was less harmed by the economic recession than many of its European neighbors. With demand from domestic and international buyers outstripping the country’s relatively constrained housing supply, real estate prices mounted.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
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Top 7 Most Expensive Cities in the World in 2010

If you think $43 is too much to pay for lunch, you shouldn’t live in Oslo. According to “ECA International”, a global human resources company, that’s how much an average lunch costs in Norway’s capital. But Oslo is only the second-most expensive city on ECA’s ranking of 399 global locations. And while the price of an average lunch in Tokyo is a comparatively modest $17.86, other costs, such as a $22 movie ticket and an $8.47 kilo of rice, earn it the dubious honor as the world’s most expensive city.

ECA’s ranking is based on a basket of 128 goods that includes food, daily goods, clothing, electronics, and entertainment, but not rent, utilities, and school fees, which are not typically included in a cost-of-living adjustment. ECA researchers and local partners gathered prices in September 2009 and March 2010 for domestic and imported brands that are internationally recognized—such as Kellogg’s cereal or Sapporo beer. While lower-priced goods and services are available in these markets, the study estimated the cost of supporting the standard of living expected by expatriate employees, says Lee Quane, ECA’s regional director for Asia. Some of the cities, such as Seoul and Stockholm, jumped up in the ranking as the local currency strengthened against the U.S. dollar. Quane says that while a slowdown in business may tempt employers to scale back compensation, “recessions only last so long” and retaining top talent in these places is critical to companies’ success when the global economy recovers.

1. Tokyo, Japan

Rank in 2009: 2

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $18

Can of beer from grocer: $3.37

One kg of rice: $8.47

One dozen eggs: $3.78

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $22

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $879

The strength of the yen has brought Tokyo back to the No. 1 spot on ECA International’s ranking for the first time since 2005. In addition to the costs above, rent for a two-bedroom apartment for expats is typically more than $5,000 per month in Tokyo, according to data from EuroCost International. While visitors need more pocket money here than in any other city, the monthly consumer price index in Tokyo’s wards has actually dropped year-on-year for 14 straight months as of May 2010, based on figures from Japan’s statistics bureau.

2. Oslo, Norway

Rank in 2009: 8

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $43

Can of beer from grocer: $4.71

One kg of rice: $5.66

One dozen eggs: $6.72

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $16

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $880

Oslo rose above Copenhagen as the most expensive city in Europe when the kroner strengthened against other currencies. ECA International says an upward trend in oil prices, a short recession, and Norway’s reputation as a safe haven for investors contributed to the kroner’s rise.

3. Luanda, Angola

Rank in 2009: 1

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $47

Can of beer from grocer: $1.62

One kg of rice: $4.73

One dozen eggs: $4.75

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $13

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $912

Angola’s capital slipped to third place this year as the kwanza depreciated. Prices in Luanda have actually increased in the past year, but currency changes offset any inflation, according to ECA International. In addition to everyday goods, EuroCost International estimates that the average expat pays more than $3,500 per month for a two-bedroom flat in Luanda.

4. Nagoya, Japan

Rank in 2009: 3

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $19

Can of beer from grocer: $3.08

One kg of rice: $9.14

One dozen eggs: $3.33

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $20

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $621

Japan’s fourth most populous city, Nagoya is also among the country’s most expensive. The city ranks No. 1 for the cost of rice: $9.14 per kilogram, according to ECA International data. As Japan’s auto hub, the Nagoya area is an important center of business: about 44 percent of automobiles produced in Japan are made here, according to the Greater Nagoya Initiative Center. Such companies as Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and General Motors have headquarters, manufacturing operations, or distribution points in the Nagoya

5. Yokohama, Japan

Rank in 2009: 4

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $17.39

Can of beer from grocer: $3.26

One kg of rice: $6.54

One dozen eggs: $3.72

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $19.50

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $630

About half an hour by commuter train from Tokyo, this port city has active shipping, biotechnology, and semiconductor industries. Yokohama is one of the world’s most expensive cities, but companies here enjoy lower operating costs compared with the nearby capital. Nissan opened a new headquarters in Yokohama this year and reportedly will sell its office in Tokyo to cut costs.

6. Stavanger, Norway

Rank in 2009: 14

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $33

Can of beer from grocer: $4.76

One kg of rice: $5.71

One dozen eggs: $6.34

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $15.50

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $749

This small seaside city earned its riches from oil in the North Sea and has become known as Norway’s petroleum capital. says food expenses in Norway are about 50 percent higher than the EU average: A can of soda is about $2.80, and a beer at a bar can be $12.

7. Kobe, Japan

Rank in 2009: 6

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $16

Can of beer from grocer: $3.09

One kg of rice: $8.57

One dozen eggs: $2.81

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $20

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $470

The city has one of Japan’s largest ports and has become home to many heavy machinery, iron and steel, and food product companies. According to the Japan External Trade Organization, 117 foreign and foreign-affiliated companies have offices in Kobe. As the price of Kobe beef, the style of high-grade meat named after the city, suggests, food is costly here, as are other living expenses.

Source: ECA International
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Top 7 Busiest Airports in 2010

These days we are constantly hearing the news about how many people can’t fly due to the bad weather across Europe. Some of these news mention that Frankfurt, in Germany, is one of the busiest airports in the world. These type of news reminds me how many cities claims that the have the busiest airport in the world, so I checked some sources to bring you the most consistent list, according to the total passenger tranffic between January and August 2010, of the busiest airports:

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta, Ga, USA)

Total passenger traffic: 59 790 608

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located 11 km (7 miles) south of the central business district of Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

It has been the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic and number of landings and take-offs since 1999, serving 88 million passengers per year.

The airport is the primary hub of AirTran Airways, Delta Air Lines, and Delta Connection partner Atlantic Southeast Airlines. The Delta hub is the world’s largest airline hub.

2. Beijing Capital International Airport (Beijing, China)

Total passenger traffic:  48 912 712

Beijing Capital International Airport is the main international airport of Beijing, China.

It is located 32 km (20 miles) northeast of Beijing’s city centre.

It was the busiest airport in Asia in terms of passenger traffic and total traffic movements by 2009.

Beijing Capital is the main hub for Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, which flies to around 120 destinations (excluding cargo) from Beijing.

The Conde Nast Traveler magazine named the Beijing Capital International as the World’s Best Airport in 2009.

To accommodate the growing traffic volume, Beijing Capital added the enormous Terminal 3 in 2008, the second largest airport terminal in the world after Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3, and the third largest building in the world by area.

3. O’Hare International Airport (Chicago, Ill, USA)

Total passenger traffic: 44 576 625

O’Hare International Airport is a major airport located in the northwestern-most corner of Chicago, Illinois, United States, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop.

It serves as the primary and largest hub for United Airlines.

O’Hare International Airport has been voted the ‘Best Airport in North America’ for 10 years by two separate sources: Readers of the US Edition of Business Traveler Magazine (1998-2003) and Global Traveler Magazine (2004-2007).

4. Heathrow Airport (London, UK)

Total passenger traffic: 43 484 496

Heathrow Airport in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the largest airport in the United Kingdom.

Terminal 5 was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on March 14, 2008 and opened to passengers on March 27, 2008.

Construction of a new Terminal 2 complex to replace the terminal building and adjacent Queen’s Building began in 2009; the first phase is expected to open in 2014.

5. Tokyo International Airport (Tokyo, Japan)

Total passenger traffic: 42 006 407

Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport, is one of the two primary airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area. It is located in Ota, Tokyo, 14 km (8.7 mi) south of Tokyo Station, Japan.

It handles almost all domestic flights to and from Tokyo.

6. Los Angeles International Airport (Los Angeles, Ca, USA)

Total passenger traffic:  39 502 735

Los Angeles International Airport is the primary airport serving Los Angeles, California, the second-most populated metropolitan area of the United States.

The airport is a major hub for United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines and a focus city for Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, Qantas, and Virgin America.

It also serves as an international gateway for Delta Air Lines.

7. Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris, France)

total passenger traffic: 38 859 861

Charles de Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport, in the Paris area, is one of the world’s primary aviation centers, as well as France’s main airport.

The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France and is a European hub for Delta Air Lines.

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Top 7 Highest Paid Actors in 2010

Now that we are getting to the end of 2010, it would be nice to know who are the best paid Hollywood actors in 2010:

1. Johnny Depp

$75 million

Last year Johnny Depp made ‘only’ £18 million – making him the 10th-best-paid man in Hollywood, according to Forbes.

This year he’s topped the list, mainly thanks to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. With three films out next year and filming underway on the next Pirates of the Caribbean instalment, expect to see him near the top of the 2011 list as well.

2. Ben Stiller

$53 million

Comedy follow-up Night at the Museum 2 was Ben Stiller’s biggest film of the last 12 months, but far from the only thing the actor’s been involved in.

Another comedy franchise is back soon, with Little Fockers coming out in December, while The Marc Pease Experience and Greenberg have also hit our screens.

That was enough to make Ben Stiller £38 million, according to Forbes.

3. Tom Hanks

$45 million

In his mid-90s heyday Tom Hanks was Hollywood’s most-bankable star and he could be heading back to that summit.

Da Vinci Code follow-up Angels & Demons made more than $150 million (£96 million) while Toy Story 3 made more than $500 million (£319.5 million) from box office sales across the globe.

4. Adam Sandler

$40 million

Being funny is a serious business and Adam Sandler is near the top of the film-comedy tree.

His 2009 film, Funny People, made more than $50 million (£32 million), while 2010’s Grown Ups took more than $160 million (£102 million) at the box office.

Those films meant he made £26.6 million last year, according to Forbes.

5. Leonardo Di Caprio

$28 million

If you’re only going to make two films in a year, making Inception one of them is a very good plan. Critically acclaimed worldwide, the film made more than $300 million (£191.7 million) at the box office.

Of course, Leonardo Di Caprio’s other film of 2010 – Shutter Island – was no slouch either, bringing in $150 million (£96 million) worldwide.

Di Caprio was well-paid for his efforts, making £8.6 million, according to Forbes.

6. Daniel Radcliffe

$25 million

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has made hundreds of millions of pounds at the box office and netted Daniel Radcliffe a cool £16.6 million, according to Forbes.

But with just two more Potter films to come, and those already filmed, Radcliffe is now embracing life after Harry. He’s filming thriller The Woman In Black and has signed up to three more films.

7. Robert Downey Jr

$22 million

It’s been a good 12 months for Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man 2 raked in more than $300 million (£191.7 million) in the US box office, while Sherlock Holmes comfortably topped $200 million (£128 million) and The Soloist more than $30 million (£19 million).

Forbes estimates that his roles in these netted him £14.6 million, making him the seventh best-paid man in Hollywood.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Best Restaurants in the World in 2010

Wondering where to make reservations for that special dinner you are planning? Here we can give you a hint showing which are the 7 best restaurants in the world:

7. Alinea

1723 North Halstead, Chicago, Illinois 60614, USA


“Alinea is a chef driven restaurant – we live and die by the work, cuisine and vision of Grant Achatz”. That is the view of Grant’s Business partner in Alinea.

Judging by our Academy’s opinions, the Chicago staff of Alinea can rest assured their lives are in safe hands with Achatz at the helm. And you’ll know why if you ever get to try dishes such as the all American peanut butter and jelly sandwich, served with bread wrapped round a grape on a specially made spike.

This is arguably the most cutting edge food in America. And in 2010, Grant Achatz’s Chicago outpost has been crowned as the Best Restaurant in North America.  The future is bright for Achatz with two new “projects” in the pipeline for 2010.

6. Osteria Francescana

22 Via stelle, Modena, Italy


Osteria Francescana has only been in the  World’s 50 Best Restaurants listing since 2009, so being 6th must be particularly sweet for Massimo Bottura.
This is the most cutting edge food in Italy. Bottura is a master of color, texture and geometry, the results are quite superb looking dishes.

Osteria Francescana’s walls are adorned with some of the best contemporary art in the world, and Bottura matches them on the plate with his artistic skill.

Take his interpretation of a New York skyline, a dish of Italian meats gently cooked sous vide, standing in for buildings and parsley foam depicting foliage…..Massimo is a welcome addition to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants indeed.

5. Mugaritz

Otzazulueta baserria. Aldura aldea 20 zk. – Errenteria 20100. Gipuzkoa, Spain


Andoni Luis Aduriz is often portrayed as the quiet man of Nueva Cocina. His food is less flamboyant than that of many modern Spanish chefs, and, ostensibly, he is less driven by new technology and kitchen science. But it is all a matter of degree. Aduriz spent two years studying the chemistry of coagulation in order to produce the perfect poached egg. Clearly, he is a chef in possession of a fathomless curiosity and a razor-sharp cutting-edge. “I encourage my team to make an individual effort to explore the origin of everything they touch and transform over fire.”

Where Aduriz veers away from molecular gastronomy, however, is that this learning and technical wizardry very much plays a support role in the Mugaritz kitchen. From baking carrots in clay and ash to creating “crunchy milk sheets”, technique and technology are very much a means to an end.

And what is that end? Well, it’s about coaxing the best flavour from the ingredients. It’s also about paying a creative homage to the natural world. This often involves exploring obscure ingredients, such as winter purslane, roasted acorn skins or amaranth grains, and making original, daring marriages on the plate. At a more profound level, it’s about attempting to produce food which resonates on an emotional as well as sensual level.

Mugaritz’s Naturan menu is full of arresting ideas: warm lettuce hearts soaked in vanilla brine; sheep’s milk curd seasoned with hay and toasted fern; beef roasted with the embers of vine cuttings. It is subtler, earthier, less sexy even, than what is going on at El Bulli, but, be in no doubt, Mugaritz is playing a pivotal role in the great global shift away from tradition, orthodoxy and dull restaurant food.

4. El Celler de Can Roca

Ctra. Taialà, 40, 17007 Girona, Spain


El Celler de Can Roca is the work of three brothers: head chef Joan Roca, maitre ‘d and head sommelier Josep and pastry chef Jordi. Such a meteoric climb into the top 10 might be attributed to their move and new state-of-the-art kitchen-cum-lab, a wine cellar that offers customers an audio-visual journey through five key wine regions and a breathtaking dining space created with natural, organic materials and an abundance of natural light. Spain has yet another top 10 masterpiece restaurant in El Celler De Can Roca.

3. The Fat Duck

High Street, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AQ, England


The Fat Duck is one of the world’s truly unique experiences. The Fat Duck has revolutionized the perception of high-end dining among the wider public in the UK and beyond, with it’s scientific, theatrical and (most of all) fun approach to food and eating out.

Nothing on this menu stands still. Dishes may appear year after year, but they continue to be refined and tweeked to perfection. Examples on the current menu include Salmon poached in Liquorice with Artichokes, and Roast Foie Gras with Rhubarb Braised Konbu & Crab Biscuit.

Heston Blumenthal continues to receive the respect and admiration of his peers having this year been voted the “Electrolux Chefs Choice” by his fellow 50 Best chefs.

2. El Bulli

Apartado 30, 17480 Roses en Cala Montjol, Spain


Ferran’s generous willingness to share his knowledge means his influence now spans the globe. Many of those who have worked with him have taken his techniques and ideas back to their part of the world. Maybe this is what drives Adria to surpass himself each year, in the knowledge that the people who have worked for him are one day capable of topping this list themselves.

Ferran Adria continues to tear up the fine dining rule book, presenting customers with food that often defies description, and maybe even defies the laws of physics too.

El Bulli won the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Award no less than 5 times in the last decade. This achievement earn Ferran Adria the accolade of Chef of the Decade in 2010.

1. Noma

Strandgade 93, 1401 Copenhagen K, Denmark


For those in the know, Rene’s colossal achievement of winning the World’s Best Restaurant Award in such a short space of time is no surprise. But just look at the legends he has leapfrogged and you cannot help but think something truly significant is taking place at Rene’s Copenhagen restaurant.

Noma is a homage to soil and sea, a reminder of the source of our food. Take his starter of crunchy baby carrots from the fertile Lammefjorden region of Denmark, served with edible “soil” made from malt, hazelnuts and beer, with a cream herb emulsion beneath – you are literally eating the earth!

Great restaurants are a blend of sophisticated cooking, imaginative ideas and respect for ingredients. Noma is more than this. It’s a experience that reminds you why some restaurants deserve to be revered, and why we created this list.

 Source: S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants List
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