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Brian Bonar and Patrick Ponsaty Transform Escondido into a Hot Spot of Fine Cuisine

Acclaimed chef and Frenchman Patrick Ponsaty has adopted the hillsides of Escondido as his new home. Originally from the city of Toulouse in the Midi-PyrŽnŽes region of France, he now finds himself working to transform The Ranch at Bandy Canyon into a French dining destination. The Ranch is a 144-acre event space in the heart of the San Pasqual Valley where the chef is catering on behalf of his downtown Escondido restaurant, Bellamy’s.

Bellamy’s atmosphere can be compared to that of chef Thomas Keller, and his acclaimed Napa Valley Restaurant. The 1880s adobe structure of the property has been transformed into a destination for exquisite food, a home for Ponsaty’s collection of Armagnac and a menu of Ponsaty’s excellent cooking. The restaurant earned him the title of Meilleurs Ouvreir de France in 2012.

In his Facebook page, Brian Bonar has a long-term vision of what will become of The Ranch, but his vision of Bellamy’s is already well under way. Although the dining room is dated and in need of renovations, the menu for the establishment is already exquisite. Offerings include extravagant dishes such as quenelle of magenta-hued SuzieÕs Farm beet sorbet with watercress and goat cheese, local mushrooms and sea scallops in a truffle-scented carpaccio, and bacon-wrapped monkfish with morels.

Formerly, Ponsaty worked as executive chef at El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn. After a successful Tutelage of prodigy Gavin Kaysen during this time, he moved on to other ventures such as La Bastide, Bernard’O, Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, and MOF. Since arriving at Bellamy’s and The Ranch, Ponsaty has finally gained well-deserved recognition as well as a sense of freedom that he has not had before.

Brian Bonar is the owner of The Ranch at Bandy Canyon and Bellamy’s, and has allowed Ponsaty to collaborate in all aspects of the two businesses as well as a downtown pizza restaurant, The Italian Next Door By Bellamy’s. Bonar had been a fan of Ponsaty’s since his time at El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn, and happily roped him in to sit at the helm of Bellamy’s. The restaurant has since transformed into a surprising center of innovative French cuisine and is becoming the go-to spot for San Diegans – read more here:

Brian Bonar himself is originally from Scotland and has established himself as a successful entrepreneur and businessman around the world. Beginning his long and impressive career as a procurement manager at IBM, his most recent position was as the Chairman and CEO of Trucept, an insurance services and temporary staffing company. Bonar also holds a PhD in International Business Development Studies. As the owner of The Ranch at Bandy Canyon and Bellamy’s, Bonar’s collaborations with Ponsaty is transforming Escondido and Bandy Canyon into an impressive destination of fine cuisine.

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Should You Use Wen by Chaz?

If you’ve seen WEN hair infomercials lately, you’ve seen the celebrities who endorse the brand and claim that Wen is great for the hair. Emily McClure from Bustle decided to review Wen hair conditioner for seven days, which promises to condition and improve the health of the hair. Here’s what she found out about this sephora available product.
McClure stated that her hair is naturally thin, and she noticed that her hair definitely felt thicker after just one wash with Wen hair conditioner by Chaz Dean. McClure did mention that it takes a lot of conditioner to thoroughly wash the hair, but it’s worth it. She continued using the product each morning for a few days, but by the fourth day, she didn’t have time to wash her hair. Her coif was still moisturized, and even a little greasy, and her hair wouldn’t hold curls for very long.

Near the end of the week, McClure went out with friends and they commented on how healthy and shiny her hair was. She continued to notice that her hair was feeling thicker and wasn’t as frizzy.

Overall, Emily said that she’d recommend WEN Hair  Conditioner. She states that the product is especially beneficial for women who have thin hair, and works well for individuals who wash and style their hair every day.

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Reports Regarding the New York Real Estate Market for the First Quarter of 2016

Joe Anuta, a Crain’s reporter, gave an insight on the real estate reports released by various firms last Friday. The reports indicated a fall in the luxury units with continuous growth in both demand and price of Manhattan homes within 2016’s first quarter. According to Jonathan Miller, whose firm prepared the Douglas Elliman report, the first quarter registered a declined in the marketing of luxury units or apartments because of the most developers opting to keep their properties off the market. Primarily, this was prompted by the slow contract signing in previous quarters.

The Corcoran Group also gave out its report on Friday where most of its buyers bought properties that were sold at low prices. In addition, the report indicated that the largest portion of properties sold ranged between $500000 and $1 million in terms of price. This report focused on the resale market, which comprises of an excess of three-quarters of all sales in New York City.

Real estate experts in New York maintained that the resale and lower-end markets would continue growing strong. However, they strongly advise developers of high-end properties to price their houses or apartments appropriately in a bid to get them sold in the market. The information was originally reported on Crain’s New York Buisness

Details about Town Residential

Town Residential is a top NYC luxury real estate brokerage firm, which was founded by Andrew Heiberger, the CEO of Buttonwood Development. The firm relies heavily upon its qualified and experienced team of representatives to cater to the needs of its clients. Consequently, the firm has heavily invested in making its representatives comfortable to the point that it was awarded for being the best company to work for, as well as among the leading 50 firms to work for in New York City.

Town Residential also boasts of a top-notch team of executive leaders who spearhead the operations of its teams of reports to deliver outstanding results. Consequently, it has been able to play an integral role in establishing standards of excellence in the New York’s real estate sector. It also possesses various divisions charged with carrying out various tasks for the benefit of the entire firm such as the Marketing and leasing division. Its leasing and marketing division is charged with providing market research and branding services.

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Why You Need Investment Services From the Best Investment Advisors

Today according to PR newswire, there numerous investment opportunities that are available for any potential investor. If you are a potential investor, you need to make the best decision on where to invest. You may have some clues on the best investment opportunities. This is not enough as the investment market has many dynamics. You therefore need investment advice from an experienced financial advisor.

A financial advisor from offers you the insights about investment that you may not be having. As professionals, financial advisors uses the expertise they have to advise you on whether your investment can meet you short-term and long-term goals. Every investment entails taking some risks. It is against this backdrop that professional advice is required for you to be sure of the risks you are taking.

Another reason as to why you should hire investment advice services from financial advisors because they have the time, expertise, skills, research tools and experience that you may not have. Providing investment advice is they profession and therefore they definitely understand the industry more than you do.

There are many investment advisors out there all claiming to be the best. You therefore need to evaluate for yourself to determine who will help you meet all your investment goals. The best investment for you is the one who is experienced and most importantly, understands your investment interests. Laidlaw & Company is one tested and proven firm of brokercheck investment advisors who will advise you on how to be a better investor for better investment results

About Laidlaw & Company

Laidlaw & Company is among the best boutique firms in the world. It is incorporated in England and Wales with its headquarters in New York, United States. Laidlaw & Company offers investment banking and generally wealth management services to investors in the United Kingdom and the United States. It specifically advises on acquisitions, restructuring, stock repurchase, mergers and strategic alliances and many more other services.



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Securus Technologies Announces Over 65,000 Downloads for Video Visitation App

Securus Technologies has announced that their Video Visit app has just passed the 65,000 download mark. The app, available for both Android and iOS, allows friends and families of inmates the ability to video conference right from their mobile device.

The app is only been available for six months on the Android platform where it has over 60,000 downloads. The iOS version has been out for just over a month and has over 5,000 downloads so far.

Russel Roberts, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Securus, say the mobile app provides users a “more convenient way to visit incarcerated loved ones.” The Video Visit app makes inmate phone calls and visits, “more convenient for everyone involved,” he says.

Along with video conferencing the Video Visit app allows users to sync video visitation details directly to their calendars and receive notifications of upcoming visits. It also lets the user check the strength of their Wi-Fi signal to ensure the highest video quality.

The Video Visit app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. It is a free app and can be used on most Android phones and tablets as well as Apple iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. 

Securus Technologies is based in Dallas, Texas and currently serves over 3,400 law enforcement and corrections facilities in North America. This translates to over 1.2 million inmates. Securus is dedicated to serve and connect by supplying emergency response, biometric analysis, information management, inmate communication monitoring products and other services to make the world a safer place.

Note: Securus Techonologies is not affiliated with the website Securus America nor is it affiliated with the health supplement Securus.

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Yeonmi Park flees North Korea


Yeonmi Park said she was told as a child, to not even whisper because a mouse migh thear her. That is how careful she had to be while growing up in North Korea, as the government controlled every aspect of life, and punished those who disobeyed. She said she saw a woman executed in public for a minor infraction.

Park is a lovely Korean young woman who is an outspoken advocate for human rights, and is telling the world about the repressive regime. Yeonmi Park has a book out on Amzon as well, called “In Order To Live.”

In 2007, at 13, she and her mother crossed a frozen river at night to escape the country and get into China. The followed the stars and moon as they walked across the Gobi Desert. Eventually they made their way to Mongolia, and over a few years, made their way to South Korea and on to the west.

Of course the North Korean government objects to her story and has released a video on Youtube to discrediting her and her parents. Some details of her story according to, have been questioned as well. She attributes that to changing details to protect those still in North Korea, and to language difficulties.

Her mother prevented Yeonmi from being raped by substitution herself instead, but later she was raped anyway. She an her mother were sold. She agreed to be the mistress of a man who promised to reunite her with her family. She agreed and he kept his promise.

Her father joined them in China but later died.

While in Korea, most people are starving. Yeonmi Park said on an NY Times interview that just getting some food for survival is a struggle. She said most North Koreans wold love to have the food Americans throw away. She said it was a shock to see how much food there is in the world.