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As you all know we are almost as passionate about food as we are about our bags. Now the word is out that another edition of the book "Where Chefs Eat" is coming out in February. It is a true pleasure to hear the real craftsmen and food artists about their top experiences and dirty pleasures. In our opinion there could not be a better guide for real foodies.

This new guide is by the real insiders: more than 600 of the world’s leading chefs. Listing their favourite places to eat from neighbourhood eateries to high-end restaurants, Where Chefs Eat is the ultimate guide to the world’s best food. With entertaining reviews the books should appeal to restaurant-goers and food lovers worldwide..

Reported by Michiel van Ogtrop (2015-01-23 10:34:37)

Mention caviar and champagne, and most of us will think of opulent, lavish environments, luxury bling and furs, high heels, tuxedoes.

But not so in Helsinki. Finland-born, Los Angeles-educated and now Helsinki-based designer Jonna Laajisto took the Finnish approach: She focused on creating an understated setting and fitted it to respond to the historical harbour environment. And left out everything else.

Laajisto was commissioned by the Finnish fish and seafood purveyor Savu-Kari to create a caviar (and roe and oyster) shop and restaurant in one of the most enviable locations in Helsinki, Eteläranta 20, overlooking the main harbour where the commuter ferries and sight-seeing boats dock and depart for the archipelago, and right across from the city’s famed open-air public market (Kauppatori) and the recently renovated and re-opened Old Market Hall (Kauppahalli).

She adorned the tiny 45 square-metre (485 sq.ft) space with only the essentials: a few tables, chairs, counter, shelves - all Finnish origin. We love the tiled floors, aged clip boards for menus, minimalist lighting and unpretentious chairs, as it all harkens back to the Old Market Hall feel yet with a lovely modern urban seaside café essence.

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2015-01-22 10:30:00)

If you're an Oliver Peoples fan or simply just an eyewear enthusiast, you know exactly what these are. Just spotted over at Oliver Peoples Japan, the company is bringing back the classic OP-10 for its 2015 Resort/Spring collection. No word yet on when this is hitting the West, though we imagine these will be available on shelves or special order shortly.

The frames come complete with the intricate detailing on the earstem and frame and this time the metal frames are done up in lightweight titanium. The frames are available in four different colorways and can be accessorized with a sunglass clip that adds an industrial, steampunk aesthetic to the glass.

The Prohibition-era speakeasy facade, while initially designed to remain inconspicuous, has been picking up a head of steam in places like Shanghai, with the anonymity of its original purpose vanishing into thin air. With the spike of old-timey watering holes, there was never a better time for partners and mixologists at The Press sandwich shop to hop on the bandwagon. Architect Alberto Caiola was brought into the fold to devise a concept unlike any other and did just that by concealing Flask – a clandestine cocktail lounge – behind a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine. Patrons who dare walk through the door are shown into a dark, intimate setting with angular ceilings and low-slung seating. Drinks served up are a product of their environment, with gin and whiskey indulgences dealt out in copious amounts. Still, Flask manages to find a delicate balance between the speakeasies of old and new and even if nothing more than a lounge, just getting there promises to be an experience.

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2015-01-21 09:24:58)

This week we're selected by Fathom as one of the best Travelblogs in 2014. When browsing this great travel platform we stumbled upon this delicious post. 10 Cookbooks based on a Chef's Travel theme.

Inspiration from around the world. Clockwise from top left: Lobster ragu from Costa Smerelda, Italy; prepping dried chilis with Bar Tartine; Portuguese inspiration with George Mendes; Hemsley and Hemsley's beet and goat's cheese terrine.

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2015-01-15 10:38:58)