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Wine - Two Italian Boys Moscato

Very good moscato. Naturally freshly sweet with fruity and floral notes. Best moscato I have tasted so far.

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Wine - Peter Lehmann Cabernet Merlot 2011

Very soft nice wine with a hint of bitter dark berries in the beginning, plum, red cherries, leather, warm milk, caramel aftertaste. Beautiful!

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Haute Cuisine, Fine Dining, Steaks, Dumplings, Quality and Other Matters

Today had an intense conversation at lunch regarding the food. No, The Food.

Discussion evolved around experience with very expensive restaurants that use some famous brand names, but the food is not so good.

Some people say it is "experience" that people pay money for. Then the experience should make food better for money.

As an example there were some stories: 4 (four) dumplings for $60 that were made in front of you, $45 stake which is shit, $600 bill for 5 (five) people dinner after which they went to nearest McDonalds to eat, because they were still hungry.

There is an opinion that it's better to cook for yourself - get the best meat (if we are talking about stake) from the shop, get the grill - there you go. But then some people say that then maybe chefs will do IT too? This supposed to mean that IT skills are the same as cooking skills. Quite possibly if the cooking skills were not just something basic that everybody can do. But then again there are people who do…

Economy Lessons

"Were the Americans, either by combination, or by any other sort of violence, to stop the importation of European manufactures, and, by thus giving a monopoly to such of their own countrymen as could manufacture the like goods, divert any considerable part of their capital into this employment, they would retard, instead of accelerating, the further increase in the value of their annual produce, and would obstruct, instead of promoting, the progress of their country towards real wealth and greatness. This would be still more the case, were they to attempt, in the same manner, to monopolize to themselves their whole exportation trade." - Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

Wine - Speri Valpolicella La Roverina 2011 Classico Superiore

This one is the first Italian wine I have ever tasted. The blend is 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 10% mixed of Molinara and other autochthonous varieties, aged 10 months in large oak barrels.
Very good stuff. Delicate taste with fruits, oak and dark berries in it.
Worked very well with beef and duck.

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Wine - George Wyndham Shiraz Grenache 2012

Dark berries, citrus, spices, hints of chocolate, leather. Like the shiraz+grenache mix. I think grenache adds sweetness to it. Really enjoyed this one. Bought @ http://danmurphys.com.au/

Wine - Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2011

Pretty nice wine. Light and citric, some spice.

Wine - 2012 Shiraz Special Reserve 195

Bought this wine from Liqourland for $6 with an intent to use in cooking. Used 150ml in preparing Pave de boeuf with Roquefort sauce and gratin dauphinoise and then drank the rest.
Good wine in regard to price-value ratio. Dark berries, alcoholic, citrus.

Economy Lessons

"The progress is frequently so gradual, that, at near periods, the improvement is not only not sensible, but, from the declension either of certain branches of industry, or of certain districts of the country, things which sometimes happen, though the country in general is in great prosperity, there frequently arises a suspicion, that the riches and industry of the whole are decaying. The annual produce of the land and labour of England, for example, is certainly much greater than it was a little more than a century ago, at the restoration of Charles II. Though at present few people, I believe, doubt of this, yet during this period five years have seldom passed away, in which some book or pamphlet has not been published, written, too, with such abilities as to gain some authority with the public, and pretending to demonstrate that the wealth of the nation was fast declining; that the country was depopulated, agriculture neglected, manufactures decaying, and trade undone. Nor hav…

Be Successful in Job Interviews

Every interview is a lottery. 
Depending on the industry, company type and who interviews you - on one day you would need to impress with your confidence and good looks, and the other day you would need to show how well you are able resolve particular tasks.
In 95% of cases there will be no honest response from the interviewer. That's quite bitter at the beginning, but it is logical from the interviewer perspective. It is also very rarely if someone would be happy to keep in touch after the unsuccessful interview.
However there is a good set of solutions: 
1. Work hard and master your skills,  2. Improve your self-confidence and presentation skills,  3. Work and study after hours to improve yourself even more,  4. Go to interviews and don't stop sending your resumes to the companies you want to work for 
If you do all the above some day you will get the right job! It is easy. :)

MBA - European School Ranking by Salary

European Business School Ranking

In my opinion, MBA is like any other product or service. It provides value for some and no or low value to others. Majority of the MBA students do not invest any money, but their fees are paid by their companies. On the other hand there are more and more people who pay on their own. For these guys it is rational to evaluate the potential ROI, right? Therefore possibly for them this ranking would be a good indicator. However as with any other investment in future there is never a guarantee for higher salary or even a positive change. It is the nature of any business activity.

Economy Lessons

"It is better, says the proverb, to play for nothing, than to work for nothing. In mercantile and manufacturing towns, where the inferior ranks of people are chiefly maintained by the employment of capital, they are in general industrious, sober, and thriving; as in many English, and in most Dutch towns. In those towns which are principally supported by the constant or occasional residence of a court, and in which the inferior ranks of people are chiefly maintained by the spending of revenue, they are in general idle, dissolute, and
poor; as at Rome, Versailles, Compeigne, and Fontainbleau." - Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations