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Rachel Konrad
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Most of you know that I favor fuel-efficient cars over rockets... but I give big thumbs up to the Nissan GTR, which just outpaced pretty much every other supercar on the planet in the Top Gear power board. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/84060-nissan-gt-r-beats-pants-off-most-supercars/
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I just bought our last lead-acid car battery. And I salute Gary Newman for this brilliant horn rock rendition of his best song. DieHard Vs Gary Numan Commercial [Are Cars Electric?]
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No battery required. Gary Numan could have started those cars with his stare alone.
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Devastating Greenpeace spoof of VW's Darth Vader ads. Ouch.
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Told ya.
In the race to sell electric vehicles to the American public, Nissan so far appears to be outpacing Chevrolet. For the first six months of 2011, Nissan sold 3875 Leaf electric cars, while Chevrolet so...
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Test drive the Nissan LEAF as well as the Renault Fluence ZE (with swappable batteries) at TED in Edinburgh this week!
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Those going to TEDGlobal in Edinburgh this week get an extra treat: Test drives of the Nissan LEAF (with Quick Charge) and the Renault Fluence ZE (with battery swap). And while you should admire the technology, visitors should remember to drive on the "wrong" side of the road. :)
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Cheers to Renault for reviewing ad policy in News International publications. The French carmaker spent a half a million dollars in 12 months on such ads -- but has no current ads in the papers engulfed in this week's scandal.
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Hi, everyone. I've joined Google+ and will be posting commentary on the intersection of work and life.
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  • Renault-Nissan Alliance
    Director of Communications, 2011 - present
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Promoting a sustainable world, one electric mile at a time. :)
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  • Northwestern University
    history + journalism, 1989 - 1993
  • Grosse Pointe South High School
    high school, 1984 - 1989
  • Johns Hopkins University
    School for Advanced International Studies, 2002 - 2002
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Consistent high quality in a classic French bistro with modern touches and an emphasis on local produce and cuts. This restaurant is not pretentious or haughty but warm and casual feel. Smaller portions but very good value for the money (24 euros for lunch menu). Small but spot-on wine list. Come back frequently to sample the seasonal menus!
Public - 4 weeks ago
reviewed 4 weeks ago
Come for the window shopping if you must, but do not buy anything at the flagship Printemps Haussmann store, which has a particular disdain for customer service. If you can actually find someone to help you, they are often rude and distracted. And don't even think about returns, exchanges or refunds: The employees will go to ridiculous lengths to explain how you can't do any of the above, even for a gift that does not fit or is not needed. Since there is nothing here you can't buy in any other department store in Europe, North America, Japan, China or elsewhere (likely for much less money!), just come to browse--but spend your money in a store where you can get a modicum of customer service. While much of France has embraced customer service, Printemps remains a backwater of old-school rudeness, hassle and hautiness. Avoid.
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Public - 4 weeks ago
reviewed 4 weeks ago
The "four hands" class for parents and children was excellent! The chef (William) simultaneously talked at the children's level yet gave enough "adult tips" to keep parents learning. Just like at Alain Ducasse's famous restaurants, the school has moved primarily to a list of organic ingredients; meat, when used at all, is rarely the "star of the plate" but typically a flavoring or one aspect of a multifaceted dish. Our teaching menu consisted of crab salad with mango, papaya, peppers and cucumbers; vegetable tagliatelli with cilantro pesto; and panna cotta with mixed berries. "This is the best possible way to get me to eat my veggies!" my kid said. The setting is top notch; everything is spotless, and the four kitchens are gorgeous. And when you arrive, you are greeted with espresso and perfectly cooked croissants and pains au chocolat. Could not have been better!
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
This is a cursed location with high turnover -- at least three restaurants in the past four years. Perhaps this newest iteration is still working out the kinks, or perhaps it too will soon flame out. If you can get a seat without a long wait, the food is delicious (fresh and innovative -- mostly French with a heavy influence of Italian). But the service is atrocious. Very loud. No high chairs. Not family-friendly. Unwelcoming bar. Jammed outdoor sidewalk area choked by fumes from cars. Wait staff might forget about you or mix up your order. Lovely bar upstairs... full of carcinogenic hipsters. It's a "see and be seen" type of place (one of the few in the 16th) but certainly not the place to go for great service or exceptional food.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
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Well off the tourist trap, Les Garnements is steps away from La Promenade Plantée and the Viaduct des Arts. The food is stupendous and varies with the season and market offerings. The menu includes traditional French resto fare with some unusual Italian and even Indian touches. Desserts are a true standout. (Try the moelleux au chocolat et galak--a fun twist on the usual lava cake, including white chocolate.) Wines are inexpensive but high quality picks particularly from Burgundy, including by the glass, pitcher or bottle. (Petit chablis is a big winner.) Service is unusually friendly, with waiters who smile, make chit-chat and really seem to want to please. A sweet find in the 12th!
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
An absolute must for Molière fans (this was his hangout). Situated in a charming, pre-Hausman neighborhood worth seeking out if you're a literature buff. But the menu and service are hardly exceptional. Wine list is mediocre at the mid-range and disappointing at the inexpensive end. Mousse au chocolate and baba au rhum are delicious but other desserts are so-so. You can do much better in the 16th -- but if Molière is your man, you have to make this pilgrimage.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
The wine list is decent and the food is quite well prepared. (Try the burrata and tomato entrée in the summer -- delicious.) The renovated train station overlooking a garden setting is lovely and unique, a nice change of pace from conventional business-lunch places. The inside zinc bar looks fabulous. But the service, particularly in the upstairs bar area, is atrocious. The upstairs bar menu is severely limited, and the waiters are beyond rude. Also be warned that the legions of filthy smokers will blow carcinogenic fog your way, seriously degrading the quality of your petit chablis or other by-the-glass selection. Not worth a special trip to the 16th, and locals are at no loss for better places in the neighborhood.
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reviewed 2 months ago