London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineQuince, an Ottoman Empire-inspired restaurant, will debut this June at London’s iconic May Fair Hotel. Celebrity Chef Silvena Rowe, accomplished in a trove of gastronomic media—she is a cookbook author, a regular guest on cooking shows and was a food columnist for the Guardian—will direct the Eastern European menu she culled from her Turkish heritage. History is interwoven throughout the culinary undertaking: spiced lamb cutlets with tahini and black truffle sauce pay homage a to the specialty dish of her grandfather’s; an orange blossom baklava is a delicacy from the 1400s said to be the favorite dessert of Roxelane, a concubine-turned-bride of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. Contemporary cookery translations include a green herb and spice salmon shawarma that’s cooked on a bespoke vertical grill.Rowe worked with famed interior designer Martin Brudnizki on the restaurant’s décor. The result is a mélange of turquoises and emeralds as deep as the Bosphorus accented with shades of sienna, like the open-kitchen’s beaten-copper and onyx-topped counter. Intricate pendants consisting of thousands of silk strands cascade above the bar, which serves Lebanese Taxi, a delicious rose water and lavender signature tipple named after an all-female pink taxi service in Lebanon.For the definitive elite experience, book the chef’s table and enjoy the eight-course tasting menu paired with the Chateau Musar 1993, one of the rare vintages from the extensive wine list and made from grapes grown in Ghazir’s Bekka Valley in Lebanon.www.quincelondon.com
Image Credit: Anna Molcharenko / Shutterstock Related StoriesPsoriasis patients frequently use complementary or alternative therapies to treat their symptomsLoose double-stranded RNA molecules spur skin rejuvenationHarnessing the power of skin microbiome to develop new therapeuticsThe team of researchers extracted the phenolic compounds in the leaves known as glucitol-core-containing gallotannins (GCGs) from red maple leaves (Acer rubrum). They looked at each of these compounds individually to see if it could inhibit elastase within a test tube. GCGs which contained multiple galloyl groups were found to be more effective in stopping elastase action than those with a single galloyl group. Sreeram has shown in earlier studies that these GCGs do not just prevent wrinkles but also protect the skin from inflammation and remove dark spots, freckles and age spots. Seeram and Ma continued their testing after their initial findings and Sreeram calls this “a plant-based Botox” that could be applied over the skin and does not have to be injected like Botox. He added that consumers who wish to use plant based natural ingredients in their skin care products would appreciate this finding.As of now they have extracted the phenolic compounds from the summer and fall maple leaves. The formulation is a proprietary product and is awaiting a patent. It is to be called MaplifaTM. It has been licensed to botanical extracts supplier Verdure Sciences based in Indiana. It could soon end up in the cosmetics shelves or in the shelves for dietary supplements say the researchers. Seeram added, “Many botanical ingredients traditionally come from China, India and the Mediterranean, but the sugar maple and the red maple only grow in eastern North America.” He said that the local farmers who tap the syrup would now be able to add to their source of income from collecting leaves during normal pruning or during fall. This time for collection makes the system sustainable and profitable he explained.Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1-AivvkWG0 By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDAug 20 2018Maple trees are associated with the maple syrup that they provide. Researchers have now found that the trees could provide us with more. The extract from maple leaves can actually prevent wrinkles, they found. Extracts from summer or fall red maple leaves are formulated into a powder that could be incorporated in skincare products to prevent wrinkles. Image Credit: Hang Ma The team of scientists from University of Rhode Island presenting their work at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Boston have found the benefits offered by the maple leaves. Their study is titled, “Inhibitory Effects of Glucitol-core Containing Gallotannins from a Proprietary Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Leaves Extract on Elastase Enzyme”. There have been historical records of the medicinal uses of maple leaves as used by the Native Americans explained Navindra P. Seeram, Ph.D., the project’s principal investigator. He said that Native Americans used the red maple leaves in their traditional systems of medicine.The team explains that the elasticity of the skin is maintained by special proteins called elastin. When the skin ages wrinkles are formed because an enzyme called elastase breaks down the elastin. Hang Ma, Ph.D. research associate in Seeram’s lab, who is presenting the work at the meeting explained that they tried to find if the maple leaf extracts could stop the enzyme elastase.