Diplo has just released his “Endless Summer Playlist” mix thanks to Vulture.com, a site that asked the DJ and producer to compile “the ultimate summer barbecue soundtrack”. The mix is a fresh, upbeat dance set, featuring 98 tracks of the best new music, from artists that include: Disclosure, Knife Party, TNGHT, Dog Blood, A-Trak, Jack Beats, Baauer, 2Chainz, and too many more. Diplo even mixed in some new Daft Punk, which fits perfectly in this summer mix. I chose these songs because they’re great new music,” says Diplo, ““This looks like an after-party set to me.” Perfect timing for Memorial Day BBQ’s and parties!Track Listing:Blood Diamonds, “Phone Sex feat. Grimes”Miguel, “Adorn”Unicorn Kid, “Need U”Major Lazer, “Jah No Partial (Yellow Claw & Yung Felix Remix)”Lana Del Rey, “National Anthem (Cashmere Cat Remix)”Missy Elliott, “Work It (R4 Remix)”Ace Hood, “Bugatti feat. Rick Ross and Future”Juyen Sebulba, “Superjam”Shift K3y, “Geeky Playtime”Sibot, “Magnet Jam”TNGHT, “Acrylics”Doorly, “Rush (Original Mix) feat. Soraya Vivian”Twin Shadow, “Golden Light”Rita Ora, “Radioactive (The Flexican Remix)”Ginger & the Ghost, “One Type of Dark (Ta-Ku Remix)”Tinashe, “Boss (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)”A-Track, “Landline 2.0 feat. GTA”Chief Keef, “Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)Regulators X Jimmy Burns, “Looted”2 Chainz, “No Lie feat. Drake (Cashmere Cat Edit)”Rihanna, “Cake (Sweater Beats Remix)”Laura Mvula, “She (Eagles for Hands Remix)”DJ Snake, “Bird Machine feat. Alesia”Elvis Crespo, “Suavamente (Kennedy Jones Trap Remix)”Rustie, “Triadzz”Joker, “Newham Generals”Salva & Brenmar, “Let Me Bang”Liz, “XTC”Daft Punk, “Get Lucky feat. Pharrell Williams”Parachute Youth, “Awake Now (What So Not Remix)”Rihanna, “Stay (Branchez Bootleg)”French Montana, “Marble Floors feat. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Lil Wayne (Thugli Bootleg)”The Partysquad, “The Lion”Torqux, “Blazin’ feat. Lady Leshurr”A-Trak, “Disco Nap feat. Oliver”Gregor Salto, “Drumology”Baauer, “Dum Dum”Sango, “Owe Me (Ta-ku Remix)”Sky Ferreira, “Everything Is Embarrassing (Jim-E Stack Remix)”Lockah, “Platinum Blonde”Yellow Clap & Cesqeaux, “Make It Clap”Astronomar, “Razor Blade Lemonade”GTA, “The Crowd”Inner City, “Big Fun (Boyfriend Edit)”Ryan Hemsworth, “Proto”Bobby Tank, “Gurl U Know”Miguel, “Do You … (Cashmere Cat Remix)”Knife Party, “LRAD”Solange, “Losing You (Cyril Hahn Remix)”Wretch 32, “Blackout feat. Shakka”Barbatuques, “Baião Destemperado (Moska Bootleg)”Beacon, “Bring You Back (Kuhrye-oo Remix)”No Doubt, “Settle Down (Major Lazer Remix)”Ciara, “Oh! (Falcon and Mike G Remix)”Big Chocolate, “Blue Milk”Monsta, “Holdin’ On”Dog Blood, “Next Order”Pusha T, “Number on the Boards”Baauer, “Slip”Birdy Nam Nam, “Goin’ In (Skrillex Goin Down Mix)”Psy, “Gangnam Style (Diplo Remix feat. 2 Chainz and Tyga)”Kendrick Lamar, “Money Trees feat. Jay Rock”Carnage, “Kat!e feat. Katie Got Bands”Niki & the Dove, “The Fox”Skitzofrenix and Jeff Doubleu, “Campo Alegre”Jakwob, “Detox”A$AP Rocky, “Wild for the Night feat. Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam”Rocko “U.O.E.N.O. feat. Future and Rick Ross”Diplo, “Express Yourself (Gent and Jawns Remix)”James Blake, “Life Round Here”DJ Fresh vs. Diplo, “Earthquake feat. Dominique Young Unique”Banks, “Fall Over (Djemba Djemba Remix)”Sandro Silva and Quintino, “Epic”Jack Beats, “War feat. Diplo and Example”Walton, “Baby”Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”Snoop Lion, “No Guns Allowed feat. Drake (Shelco Garcia, Teenwolf, and Diplo Remix)”GTA and Diplo, “Boy Oh Boy”Popcaan, Major Lazer, and Baauer “Talk ’Bout Me”ETC! ETC! and Brillz, “Swoop”Major Lazer, “Bubble Butt feat. Bruno Mars, Tyga, and Mystic”Kendrick Lamar, “Backseat Freestyle”Crystal Castles, “Not in Love feat. Robert Smith (Grandtheft Edit)”Duke Dumont, “Need U (100%)”Keys N Krates, “Treat Me Right”Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix)”UZ, “Trap Shit V. 11 feat. Trinidad James (I Ain’t Got No Patience)”Lenkemz, “FLO”BenZel, “Fallin’ Love”Action Bronson, “Strictly 4 My Jeeps”Danny Brown, “Witit”Bart B More, “Jack”Diplo and Swick, “Keep It Gully”Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven (Major Lazer Remix)”Snoop Lion, “Lighters Up feat. Mavado and Popcaan”Dillon Francis, “Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up)”Tai and Diplo, “Booty Drop”Duke Dumont, “Need U (100%) (Skream Remix)”
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Which channels have NASCAR programming this week? We answer that and give the weekly NASCAR television listings here in the NASCAR TV schedule.Note: All times are ET.MORE: How to find NBCSN | Get the NBC Sports App | How to find FS1 | Get FOX Sports AppMonday, Sept. 93 p.m., NASCAR 120: Indianapolis, NBCSN/NBC Sports App5 p.m., NASCAR America: Monday, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports AppTuesday, Sept. 105 p.m., Dale Jr. Download, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., Glory Road, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports App6:30 p.m., Glory Road (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App9 p.m., Dale Jr. Download (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn MRN:7 p.m., NASCAR LiveWednesday, Sept. 11Midnight, Dale Jr. Download (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App5 p.m., NASCAR America: Motormouths, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., Whelen Series: Riverhead Raceway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports AppOn MRN:noon, NASCAR Coast to CoastThursday, Sept. 122 p.m., Glory Road (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App2:30 p.m., Glory Road (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App5 p.m., Dale Jr. Download (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR America: Motorsports Hour, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports App7 p.m., Burnouts on the Boulevard, NBCSN/NBC Sports App7 p.m., Unrivaled: Earnhardt vs. Gordon, FS1/FOX Sports AppFriday, Sept. 132 p.m., Glory Road (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App2:30 p.m., Burnouts on the Boulevard (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App3:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN App)4:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice at Last Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN3)5:30 p.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, FS1/FOX Sports App6:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN App)7:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN3, 5)8:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1/FOX Sports App9 p.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, FS1/FOX Sports AppOn MRN:8:30 p.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor SpeedwaySaturday, Sept. 147 a.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, FS1/FOX Sports App (re-air)1 p.m., Wood Brothers (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App2 p.m., Racing Roots: Denny Hamlin (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App2:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN App)3:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN/NBC Sports App4 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN2)7 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN/NBC Sports App7:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN5)10 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series Post Race, NBCSN/NBC Sports App10:30 p.m., Racing Roots: Ricky Stenhouse, NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn PRN:4 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway7 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 at Las Vegas Motor SpeedwaySunday, Sept. 1510 a.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, FS23 p.m., IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, NBC/NBC Sports App4 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN/NBC Sports App7 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN4, 5)10:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Post Race, NBCSN/NBC Sports App11:30 p.m., Proving Grounds: Faster and Louderer, NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn PRN:6 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
DriverLast 2 Darlington races‘1Career Darlingtonavg. finish2020 Las Vegas2020 Auto ClubTotal Kurt BuschAvg. finish: 6.5 (3)Avg. finish: 16.5 (5)Finished 25th (5)Finished 3rd (1)14 Erik JonesAvg. finish: 4.5 (2)Avg. finish: 4.7 (1)Finished 23rd (4)Finished 10th (5)12 Chase Elliott*Avg. finish: 12.0 (4)Avg. finish: 17.2 (6)Finished 26th (6)Finished 4th (2)18 NASCAR Finish Line, a free-to-play gaming app from Penn National Gaming, is back with the resumption of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. Each week, there will be six groups of five drivers for the upcoming race. Users will predict which driver will finish first among each of the six groups and then the overall race winner and second-place finisher for a chance to win $25,000 if all eight scenarios are correctly selected.RELATED: Download NASCAR Finish LineThe second of six groups for Sunday’s (May 17) 293-lap race at Darlington Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX/FOX Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) consists of Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin. All but Elliott and Busch have a victory at the 1.366-mile South Carolina track.The group remains the same for Wednesday’s (May 20) 228-lap race at Darlington (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1/FOX Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) except Brad Keselowski takes Elliott’s spot meaning that Busch is the lone driver in Group 2 for the weeknight race without a win at Darlington.RELATED: Stage lengths for NASCAR’s first races backFor a stats look, NASCAR.com has compiled the results of the last three races at Darlington, the career average finish for each driver at Darlington and the 2020 results on intermediate tracks (the drivers’ average finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway) to see who is the best play to make in Group 2. We have included all Group 2 drivers (for both races) to help you prepare for both events.A point system has been assigned to each year, starting with one point for the best finisher and counting up to six points for the worst finisher. Those numbers were then added up. The lowest total signifies the strongest driver (green), and the highest total represents the weakest driver (red) — in recent years. *Means Elliott is in Group 2 for Sunday’s race only; Keselowski is in Group 2 for Wednesday’s race only.Elliott has the best spot in the standings among the group, but interestingly enough, he ranks toward the bottom when factoring in all the above categories. Jones has the advantage for Group 2 in Sunday’s race based on the strength of his Darlington stats. His 2020 results have been up and down, but with Elliott and Truex in this group, Jones may be an overlooked choice that others won’t make. If you value Darlington stats more, Jones is the pick to make. If you value the 2020 season stats so far a bit more, Elliott would make for the better option.For Wednesday’s race, Keselowski is the overwhelming pick for Group 2 with the best mix of Darlington stats and intermediate results so far in the 2020 season. Denny HamlinAvg. finish: 19.5 (6)Avg. finish: 7.8 (2)Finished 17th (2)Finished 6th (4)14 Brad Keselowski*Avg. finish: 3.0 (1)Avg. finish: 10.7 (3)Finished 7th (1)Finished 5th (3)8 Martin Truex Jr.Avg. finish: 13.0 (5)Avg. finish: 11.6 (4)Finished 20th (3)Finished 14th (6)18
On Tuesday, girls from Saint Mary’s Communicative Sciences and Disorders department rose before the sun to begin their journey down to the Indianapolis Statehouse for Legislative Day, which gives students the opportunity to speak face to face with state legislators about bills and laws that will directly affect them and their profession.Saint Mary’s sophomore Alexandria Leonardo said students, as future citizens of the world, have a responsibility to fix the problems society faces.“It’s very important for students to advocate. We’re the next generation,” Leonardo said. “We are the world. Something that is an issue to us will be an issue to the next generation if we don’t fix it; if we aren’t the ones to fix this issue then it’s gonna keep going.” The Saint Mary’s students discussed Senate Bill-189 amongst themselves during a session in the morning before heading over to the Indiana State House. The bill would issue emergency permits to people who have not had full training in the speech-language pathology and audiology fields.The bill is a major point of concern for both professional politicians and Saint Mary’s students, Leonardo said.“I’m very passionate about my major and what I’m studying to be and I believe that this issue with the emergency bill permits is a very problematic thing for our profession — and not only for the SLP’s and audiologists, but also the patients that we are serving and treating,” she said.After the morning session, the group headed across the street to begin campaigning for the dismissal of SB-189 from the floor. At the luncheon served for the event students, teachers and legislators mingled and discussed the contentious bill. Senior Emma Lewis said speaking with representatives was a valuable opportunity she particularly enjoyed.“I got to talk to two representatives and really see their reaction to the stories that I’ve experienced with children who have been misdiagnosed,” Lewis said. “In a lot of ways, it’s easy to see how this bill can be construed as a good thing. But these senators need to hear from people with experience, from people with the education, to really understand how this bill works when it is put into effect.” There are hopes that Tuesday will change the mindsets of Indiana legislators, Leonardo said.“I really want there to be awareness for the legislators of how problematic and important this issue is to us,” she said. Lewis said the Legislative Day trip was also important to students as one of their last chances to travel with Saint Mary’s.“[I want] to make an impact on the world, and that’s kind of what Saint Mary’s has us do anyway,” she said. “I felt like as a senior, I really need to be here, because if there’s anything that I can do to make sure that I leave something good behind from Saint Mary’s showing up to the state house.” Tags: Civil Service, Indianapolis, Legislative Day, Politics, public policy, State Politics, travel
With a win Lamar would be a fifth seed, and with a loss it would be the eighth seed.DeVore recorded singles for the Cardinals in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. He also drew a walk in the eighth inning. Lamar’s pitching held the league’s leading offense in McNeese (35-18, 21-8) to just one run and had several dandy plays in the field.Jace Campbell (4-4) stole the show early with back-to-back strikeouts to end a perfect first inning, and proceeded to strikeout five of the first nine batters he faced. Two of McNeese’s eight hits were in the second inning, but he held them hitless until the fifth. Galen Andrews took over for Campbell in the sixth inning with a runner on first with one out, and slammed the door with two flyouts. He worked around and error in the seventh and turned it over to Tanner Driskill — who notched his sixth save of the season. Driskill faced nine batters and stuck out four of them. With an insurance run needed, Reid Russell blasted his 10th homer of the season with a leadoff bomb in the ninth inning. Lamar sports informationLAKE CHARLES – Led by a 4-for-4 night from Grant DeVore, several heroes appeared for Lamar baseball when the Cardinals clinched their spot in the Southland Conference Tournament with a 4-1 win over McNeese State on Friday night in league play at Joe Miller Ballpark.The win puts the Cardinals (33-22, 16-13 Southland) into seventh place, a half-game behind Stephen F. Austin and Central Arkansas – who finished their regular seasons Friday with a sweep of Houston Baptist and Nicholls State, respectively. New Orleans sits in eighth with a 16-14 record. Nicholls was mathematically eliminated Friday. The Cardinal offense staked him to an early 3-0 lead in the third inning when it rallied for four hits and took advantage of an error. Vincent Dellocono and DeVore started off the inning with back-to-back singles. On DeVore’s single, Dellocono ran from first to third, and scored on Phil Ingram’s single. Robin Adames reached on an error that loaded the bases for a RBI single through the left side from Reid Russell. Still with bases loaded, Bryndan Arredondo lifted a sacrifice deep to center field and sent home Ingram.The Cardinals made fine defensive plays in the fourth and fifth innings, started with a diving grab and toss at first base from Trey Silvers. He and Campbell teamed up to get Joe Provenzano before Shane Selman hit a shot Chad Fleischman for the second out. Campbell and Silvers teamed up again for the third out on a barehanded grab and throw from the junior pitcher.
Glee stars have been in the news this week, for reasons good (Matthew Morrison’s return to 54 Below) and bad (the tragic death of Cory Monteith). Our top 10 stories from July 12 to July 18 includes news items, interviews, cheeky features, exclusive photos and much more. Click below in case you missed anything!1. NEWS: What Do Frozen Stars Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff & More Look Like as Cartoon Characters? Find Out Here!2. NEWS: Lea Michele Thanks Fans for Support Following “Profound Loss” of Boyfriend and Glee Co-Star Cory Monteith3. FEATURE: Five Roles We’d Like To See American Idol Alum Adam Lambert Play When He Joins Glee4. NEWS: From OkCupid to Anonymous Sex, Jonathan Groff Talks About His HBO Show: “It’s the Gay Experience”5. PHOTOS: It’s a Wrap! On Set With Jeremy Jordan & Anna Kendrick on the Final Day of Filmimg The Last Five Years6. FEATURE: From Mrs. Doubtfire to Fight Club: Six Movies That Should (And Shouldn’t!) Be Musicals7. FEATURE: 10 Broadway-Turned-TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Love in 20138. WATCH IT: Game Night! Watch Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess & Ashley Spencer Get Silly With Heads Up9. NEWS: New Musical If/Then Starring Idina Menzel Sets Dates at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre10. INTERVIEW: What’s Up Matthew Morrison? The Glee Star on Becoming a TV Dad, Real-Life Wedding Details & His 54 Below Show Star Files View Comments Jonathan Groff
On May 19, Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) celebrated the “topping-out” construction milestone on the new automotive technology complex at Glendale Community College (GCC).The topping-out event marked the completion of the highest point of construction on the jobsite and was celebrated with a catered breakfast and recognition ceremony. Current College President, Dr. Irene Kovala, and past-president, Dr. Phillip Randolph were in attendance along with more than 75 guests including local community members and representatives from the college, Holly Street Studio, and Adolfson & Peterson Construction.Each person in attendance signed a metal plaque dedicated to Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, whom the new building is being named after, that will be incorporated into the building upon completion.“It was great to see such a large and engaged crowd representing Glendale Community College as well as the community,” states Jeff Keck, Vice President at A&P. “The new Dr. Phillip Randolph facility will be very instrumental in the development of our community’s future auto technicians.”The new 35,000 square feet state-of-the-art complex, designed by Holly Street Studio, will feature classroom and instructional space, vehicle and tool storage bays, library and open learning spaces, and faculty offices. Interior instructional areas will be dedicated to specific automotive systems of electrical, heating/air conditioning, drivetrains, engine performance and alternative fuels, suspension and steering, engine repairs and overhaul, brakes, and drive trains.“The overwhelming success of the project can be directly attributed to the collaborative and creative efforts of everyone on the project team including GCC users, Holly Street Studio, and A&P,” said Gary Eberhard, Project Manager at Maricopa County Community College District. “The team’s willingness to work together, explore alternatives, and maintain focus on the end product are exactly the reasons we were able to take this project from what was originally going to be a remodel and small expansion of an outdated building to a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility that has completely transformed the northwest corner of the campus.”The Dr. Phillip D. Randolph Center for Automotive Technology began in January 2015 and is scheduled for completion in November 2015.
In a corner at the back of the dining area, the man who has curated this culinary scene sits in quiet contemplation – turning down the offer of food himself and ordering only a jasmine tea. He prefers not to eat and talk at the same time, he says, as some chilli and shallot cashew nuts, edamame beans and grilled Iberico ham are brought out to keep the rest of the troops happy (ish… it is lunch time, some of us are hungry and the smells are tantalising).We are upstairs in Duck + Rice, restaurant entrepreneur Alan Yau’s latest venture, which combines the great British institution of the pub and a Chinese restaurant. It is easy to forget these days, with the myriad street-food and mono-food outlets everywhere, that not so long ago good-quality ethnic fast food was largely the preserve of one-off restaurants or dedicated districts. Hong Kong-born Yau played a major role in changing that, first by founding the Wagamama food chain, which he sold in 1997, and then raising the bar further with London restaurants Hakkasan and Yauatcha.Now he is moving the gastronomic goalposts again with Duck + Rice, which opened its doors in April in Soho, and Babaji, which opened in December also in Soho, and he hopes will bring the pide – a Turkish version of pizza – to the masses. He reveals to Property Week what inspires him to come up with such quirky ideas, what his aspirations are for the two new formats and what he thinks about the competition.Multicultural conceptBut first thing’s first, he wants to make one thing clear: Duck + Rice is not a gastropub. “A gastropub is really almost the kitchen taking over the pub, so the majority of the place becomes a sit-down venue,” he says. “To maintain the independence and integrity of the pub, we created a separate dining room so the pub area remains a pub. Journalists said that Duck + Rice was the next evolution of the gastropub. But what you’ve got is a pub and a dining room.”If Heston Blumenthal is a molecular gastronomist who has made cooking a science, Yau is a social one who has made it a multicultural concept, and not a particularly politically correct one at that. “A lot of the time, I do what I do here because I find the whole thing quite enjoyable to dissect and put together,” he says. “The essence of a pub is about humour and I was quite sure that if I put an old chop suey house into the mix with the pint it would work, because in their own way they have become their own British institution: a chinky and a pint.”He happily concedes that some journalists don’t get it. “They think it’s a bad idea to retrospectively go back to something that’s not credible in the first place, but I like that way,” he says. “If someone doesn’t get the joke, it’s fine.” And he really is, perhaps because many do get it – and of those who don’t, most do get the food. The menu is not purely devoted to Chinese food, as proved by the Iberico ham. It is devoted to food that tastes good, most of which happens to be Chinese. In terms of the drinks on offer, the star beer is an unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republic.“This is based on the anglicised Chinese cooking of yesterday,” he says. “The evolution is that we are not selling authenticity. The fact is we’ve put a Spanish ham on the menu. I do it for the love of the dish and it goes really well with a pint. The intellectual argument is not about authenticity. Chips and curry sauce – it’s about that.”It is hard to believe that the seed of Duck + Rice (and the predecessors that earned Yau an OBE in 2006) were sown in the 1970s in, of all places, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, where he moved when he was 12. He is not keen to reminisce about his childhood there, but it has undoubtedly spurred him on to achieve the successes he has and arguably shaped his culinary vision. While the first Duck + Rice came about because the property was available, the unusual concept was simmering away for years.“I tend to think about ideas intellectually; it develops like a set of algorithms,” Yau says. “They naturally develop until they are strong enough. Trends and fads don’t worry me. What worries me is that I have something that is fully resolved in terms of the idea. This is a fun thing; it’s nice to do an English pub with a Chinese kitchen serving comfort food.”You almost pity the agent tasked with satisfying such an exacting requirement. Yau is advised by occupier-only property advisers DeVono and it sounds as though they are going to be busy in the coming months. Duck + Rice is a three-floor establishment covering 4,600 sq ft. What Yau would ideally like is either 5,000 sq ft or 3,000 sq ft on a single floor, but he is not the only one looking for that sort of space. “There is a lot of competition with the pubs themselves. Everyone has a price and space tends to be very expensive.”Despite the “perverse economics” involved, he says he has the funding in place to implement a significant rollout of Duck + Rice. He hopes to open two more outlets next year, initially in central London, and by 2017 to have three to five further sites in central London, plus one in Dubai. Once those are up and running, he would like to appoint a pub industry chief executive and go to a second round of fundraising, at which point he would focus on the UK – big style. “The internal market is so strong, I don’t need to go anywhere else. I would be happy for this to go to 100 units.”It sounds ambitious, but you wouldn’t bet against the man who came up with Wagamama, and his aspirations for Babaji are no less bold. “I hope I can elevate pide into an acceptable alternative to the pizza,” Yau says. “The aspiration is to mimic the business model of Pizza Express. I don’t have a problem if we don’t achieve that in my lifetime. I would consider it a success if we become the forerunner in taking pide out of the ethnic backwater into the mainstream.”Mono maniaAgain, Dubai features in his plans. The short-term intention is to open a second site, in Dubai, after Christmas, he says. “That’s going to be a dry concept and will be bigger because that’s going to be our flagship,” he says. “Following that, in the last quarter of 2016, we’re opening a second site in Dubai.”And again, the initial focus will be London. This time, though, the units will be supported by a central kitchen, allowing it to reduce the size of the property to 2,000 sq ft. “The ideal is to have two to six units open in 2016 and five more in 2017,” he says, adding that while the central kitchen has not yet been acquired, he is eyeing Hackney: “We haven’t found a site, but we have a location in mind.”The last year has seen a proliferation of mono-product restaurants and Yau is fascinated by the concept, so much so that it is what he would like to have done with Babaji, and may still do. “The numbers show that the more you narrow the focus, the better your product will be,” he says. “In Japan, mono products are a given if you want to give yourself more credibility. I love mono products as a concept.”The problem, he says, is that if a restaurateur comes up with a winning concept, they will inevitably try to upscale the operation and “lose the plot” by shifting their focus away from the integrity of the food to the property required. “You need to grow the offer in order to go to your new equilibrium. It doesn’t work.”Not as a mass-market proposition anyway, which, as Yau points out, he has spent a lifetime pursuing. The culinary polar opposite is, of course, Blumenthal’s molecular gastronomy, but each to their own, he says. “I admire the enquiry side, but he is a chemist. What he does is more science based. I see cooking as a craft.”Yau draws inspiration from Japan, where ingredients are everything. “They say a craft-based Japanese bartender will only offer a Bellini six weeks of the year because the white peach comes out at the end of July and finishes in the first week of September,” he says. “Then they will move on to something else. That is more to my spirit.”The irony in aspiring to the mass market is that he sold Wagamama before it achieved that status. Yau is not bitter, but you get the sense he would like to stay a little longer at the helms of Duck + Rice and Babaji. “I prefer not to comment on Wagamama,” he says. “It’s a concept I always wanted to become mainstream and I was involved in for five years. With Babaji and Duck + Rice, I’ve found a better way to expand, which is about putting in senior management to each of the two to give them better focus.”Yau is clearly confident Duck + Rice and Babaji have the capacity to grow significantly. They may not win him Michelin stars but, as he says, “each has the potential to attract a certain type of people” – and you would think rather a lot of them, thanks to Yau’s unique fusion of British and ethnic culinary sensibilities.
The Pierson hill was the stage of the Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2019 on Saturday, June 29. Salutatorian Emily Hallock and valedictorian Hannah Tuma addressed their fellow classmates and the friends and family who had gathered to celebrate the students’ many achievements. The presentation of the numerous scholarships and awards was followed by the commencement address, given by the well-known investigative reporter and author, Carl Bernstein.He told the graduates, “Don’t be afraid to cause trouble for the right reasons.” As one of the original journalists involved in uncovering the Watergate scandal, he also stressed the importance of always seeking out the truth. Members of the Class of 2019 were awarded diplomas by Superintendent Katy Graves, Principal Jeff Nichols, and the Board of Education President, Diana Kolhoff. The Pierson Band and the Sag Harbor Community Band provided the music and the evening ended with the Pierson traditional tossing of the caps. Share