After having visited New York many times before, it was time for something new. Williamsburg had been developing for years now and we were positively recommended to stay at the Wythe Hotel. The old factory has undergone a much appreciable re-lift, injected with a huge doze of contemporary- the old factory now accommodates many visitors in the 70 new beautiful rooms. Continue reading
Made by Hand is a visual exploration of artisan craftspeople from all over the world. Canvassing across neon sign makers, bladesmiths, violin makers and other individuals who employ time-honored practices, this latest hard-copy publication takes readers through the spaces and processes that in many regards had to be lost in order to be rediscovered. Touring through the United Kingdom, the United States and Scandinavia, Made by Hand features imagery and testimony from Glasgow-based bag makers Trakke, Chicago spectacle makers Urban Spectacles, bladesmiths Orchard Steel from Brooklyn, Swedish shoemaker Viktoria Nilsson, Japanese paper makers Awagami, and watchmaker Quentin Carnaille of Lille.
After many years of consistently producing one of the more interesting monthly publications out there among many other things, it was a natural step for the magazine’s team to create ‘The Monocle Guide to Good Business’. As the guide is not a traditional business book, but rather gives advice on how to go from clever fledgling idea to success story and introduces people with inspiring stories; with the high quality of products Monocle puts out, they seem to have to perfect fit to share some valuable insights what works best. At this point Monocle delivers an unique global briefing on global affairs, business, culture and design. Alongside the magazine, Monocle has created a 24-hour radio station, a film-rich website, retail ventures around the globe, and cafés in Tokyo and London, with very likely more to come in the future.
A friend of mine tipped me of and once we arrived at La Cremerie for lunch, I couldn't lose my smile. A very authentic little hide away in the middle of St Germain Paris. What is originally a little delicatessen store, is actually also a small restaurant. They sell a great selection of regional wines, cheese, pathe, oils, sauces and much more.
Berlin is very famous for their brunch culture on sunday. Throughout the city you have restaurants and cafe's that offer brunch buffets for a fixed price. I just love to chill on sundays and have a nice long brunch with my friends.
Last week my loved one introduced me to a very special place; Pasternak, a Russian restaurant that offers a russian buffet on sunday. Stepping into Pasternak is stepping into russia in the fifties. Old wallpaper, beautiful vintage wooden furniture and blond Russian waitresses in classic waitress uniforms. The buffet is amazing. They offer a wide variety of Russian specialties.
This restaurant has no menu, but a nice charming lady will take a chair, sit next to your table and explain a choice between five different starters and five main courses. After you have chosen, your table is filled with seven different plates, all with small delicious items. Go easy: your meal hasn't officially begun yet!
Adres Via A. Del Verrocchio 8r Florence Italy
Years ago, when I asked a friend of mine (a long-time Milan resident) for the best, most honest Italian meal in town, she made one of the best recommendations I've ever gotten.
On the small and quiet Piazza Carlo Mirabello is a restaurant that takes you back in time, called Ristorante Il Verdi. Upon entering it, the traditional Italian design makes you feel like you've been transported to a real Italian diner in the 1960's. The best trained waiters, dressed to perfection, meet you at the door to seat you.
The first thing that struck me was the hand written menu; it was not only hard to read, but many of the dishes where unfamiliar to me. To satisfy my curiosity, I decided to order many different dishes, as the pricing was more than reasonable. I had 4 different types of pasta. Well, I can tell you, it was the best pasta I ever had. The texture, the sauces… they were all unique combinations and one tasted even better than the other; unbelievable. A perfect glass of the house wine and I was in heaven!
They also serve meat and fish -- perfectly cooked as well. No space for dessert, but I will be coming back… a lot! My number one in Italy!
Ristorante Il Verdi, 5 Piazza Carlo Mirabello, Milan, Italy, (+39) 26590797
Monocle adds to its growing library of books with a new title that offers a little insight and inspriation into building the home of your dreams:
"So where are the best places to make a home? What are the villages, coastlines, mountains, towns, and cities that would make you want to settle down? The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes answers those questions with a global photographic survey of a wide variety of homes. Whether the focus is on a remote residence in the Swedish archipelago or a lush abode in Rio de Janeiro, or on the difference between residing in Tokyo and Toronto, this book is the perfect balance between the inspirational and the practical.Source: Aquiremag