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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Mediaeval city morphs into modern metropolis

 

wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen is not just the title of a song. It is true! Growing up right outside Copenhagen, I have always loved the city. And over the last 20 years it has experienced amazing development. The city has cleaned up: The harbour and water is now so clean you can swim in it. Hundreds of old buildings have been restored, and eye-catching new edifices have been built with the help of famous architects.Copenhagen has a rich cultural life and the city has a high-octane flair. There are so many places to show you in and around Copenhagen, but this is what my favourite weekend in Copenhagen would look like. Denmark in general has great shopping. We have some of the best designers both for clothes and furniture. Zurich has its Bahnhofstrasse. We have Strøget, which is bursting with great shops and outdoor restaurants. If you are interested in Danish furniture, check out Illums Bolighus. Otherwise, just take a walk down Strøget from Raadhuspladsen to Kgs. Nytorv. I love the mood of the street. Street artist are performing, people are happy and there is always something interesting to see. I love to eat lunch (or dinner) at Cafe Victor. You have to book a table in advance or you will probably not get a table (Cafevictor. dk). Victor has been the most popular restaurant bar in Copenhagen for the last 20 years, and you will understand why when you eat there. After lunch, I always feel a compulsion to cross the street. My favourite chocolate shop (Summer Bird) is right there. You feel like trying everything. But you must at least try a cream muffin.

 

Another must is the canal trip, which is possibly the best way to see Copenhagen. The ride takes about an hour and is well worth it. You sail between the most magnificent and historic buildings. Boats leave from Nyhavn (New Harbour), which is very close to Cafe Victor.

 

Nyhavn never sleeps. And I don’t just mean the tourists. The Danes loves this area too. Take time to stroll around the area and have a look at the tall ships anchored at the pier. Enjoy a coffee and a spot of people-watching at one of the many cafes.

 

A great place for dinner is Restaurant Mash (Mashsteak. dk), right around the corner from Nyhavn. If you prepare your trip at least three months in advance, you can even book a table at the Noma, which is rated as the best bar in Copenhagen for the last 20 years, and you will understand why when you eat there. After lunch, I always feel a compulsion to cross the street. My favourite chocolate shop (Summer Bird) is right there. You feel like trying everything. But you must at least try a cream muffin. Another must is the canal trip, which is possibly the best way to see Copenhagen. The ride takes about an hour and is well worth it. You sail between the most magnificent and historic buildings. Boats leave from Nyhavn (New Harbour), which is very close to Cafe Victor. Nyhavn never sleeps. And I don’t just mean the tourists. The Danes loves this area too. Take time to stroll around the area and have a look at the tall ships anchored at the pier. Enjoy a coffee and a spot of people-watching at one of the many cafes. A great place for dinner is Restaurant Mash (Mashsteak. dk), right around the corner from Nyhavn. If you prepare your trip at least three months in advance, you can even book a table at the Noma, which is rated as the best restaurant in the world. 

 

 

The Mercer Hotel and Kitchen, New York
Carol Simons

Designed by William Schickel and built in 1890, this landmark Romanesque Revival building became the trendsetting Mercer Hotel in 1998. More than a decade later, the Andre Balazs sleep continues to win guests over with cozy public areas and personalized service. The lobby doubles as a living room, with leather sofas, low-slung coffee tables and a 50-foot-long wooden bookcase stocked with magazines and books (some donated by guests). Once artist studios, the hotel still appeals to creative types and is a magnet for fashionistas, so you might just spot industry moguls like regulars Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein over your morning latte

 

In the evening we went to mercer kitchen with two friends. None of us had been before. To start, we all had great cocktails. The ambience feels like what you would expect from a New York restaurant. Vibrant, great lighting and with a good buzz. We had attentive servers that were great. The appetizers were fantastic. The crab fritters, spicy crispy tuna were excellent. I ordered the scallops with lentils which were  very good, but I didn't think it was as good as the appetizers. Everyone else ordered from the great  choice the menu offers and didn't have a drop of food left. Overall, a fun and tasty experience. Would definitely recommend to friends.

L.A. Light and the star-studdet crowds at the Ivy
Carol Simons

Downtown L.A. is going through its renaissance, with many young creatives moving back to capitalize on the bustling businesses the neighborhood has to offer. Stroll over to the Grand Central Market, a historic landmark building dating back to 1917, where you can sate yourself on everything from craft coffee at G&B to authentic Thai street food at Sticky Rice. Then take in the reflective stainless steel curves of Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, or walk down Gallery Row to see work from local artists. Finish off the day with a prohibition-era cock-tail at Cole’s or a tipple at whiskey bar Seven Grand, located on the pedestrianized 6th Street dotted with indie shops and stunning art deco buildings. Or just enjoy our animated  lapse story L.A. Lights

 

Or simply discover a word from The Ivy. An LA landmark since its opening in 1983, The Ivy is the place to go for a great time in the City of Angels. From its star-studded crowd, to its jamming music, friendly wait-staff, killer cocktails and unbeatable food, this cozy, hip, neighborhood restaurant exemplifies the easy glamour and charm that California is all about. The area around The Ivy on Robertson Boulevard is crowded with boutiques, paparazzi shooting for Us Weekly, In Touch or InStyle. The Ivy, where stars and stargazers alike dine.

L.A. Chef Niki Nakayama & the Art of Kaiseki
Carol Simons

Niki Nakayama is the owner and chef of n/naka, the highly-acclaimed Japanese restaurant focused on the art of kaisekiin Los Angeles, California. This traditional multi-course Japanese dining experience relies on the freshest seasonal ingredients, presenting them in their most natural state with an artful perspective. Being born and raised in LA, Chef Niki learned the passage of a chef when she moved to Japan to study the strict techniques, art, and philosophies of Japanese cuisine—specifically kaiseki. Upon her return to the sunny state of California, she was inspired to impart a new style of eating with thoughtful meaning behind each plate to the LA community.

Small Tea  Co., Miami, Coral Gables
 

Introducing you to the favorite teas from all corners of the earth is just a means to the end. So is the curated music and sumptuous food.  The Small Tea “store,” in Miami is a really a modern sanctuary. When you visit, you will experience that immediately. When you leave, you’re going to want to take some of that with you.

 

Quietly contemplate this: there’s a lot of information out there about the health benefits of tea. There’s also a fair amount of misinformation. Some of the reasons for tea’s growing popularity in the World and particularly among people who are intentional and conscientious about living a healthier lifestyle.

 

The Wilde Food Cafe, London

 

Wild Food Cafe is a raw-centric, vegan / vegetarian eatery located in the magical Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, London. It's all about wild, fresh, colourful gourmet ingredients created around the art and science of feeling great! ♥

 

Wherever possible the source and ingredients are from local independent suppliers and organic producers and always include wild foraged food in all their recipes. The food is made daily on the premises.

 

P.S. The best raw veggie burger in town using nutrient-dense, gluten and soya-free ingredients such as olives, shiitake mushrooms, dulse and butternut squash. Let us know if you agree with us!

 

Fitness in London

 

London is a great place to keep fit, not only does the Capital have a (surprisingly) plentiful supply of greenery, there are also a variety of classes to defy the monotony of a treadmill.

 

Boom cycle, in both Holborn and Shoreditch, offer high-energy spin classes that are both sweaty but incredibly fun. The studios are dimly lit, the music’s loud and the instructors are super friendly: with high-fives and endorphins guaranteed. If you’re looking for a January challenge you could also sign up to their Urban Triathlon which combines yoga, running and spin, a great way to start your Day in London!

 

Girlie Weekend in Paris

Bringing together the elite of fashion, design and chic homewares – Merci should be at the top of your hit list. Merci plays host to all our life-needs. And also those needs we didn’t even know we had.  Everything from new-designer couture, glam gardening tools, luggage, stationary and art installations can be found hidden in itss many layers. It's the ideal place to take refuge, splurge and fall into a frenzy over liberty print luggage or hand-drawn hipster maps of Paris.

 

With floors and floors of things to see and fuss over, it’s only natural that you will be in need of a refreshment. Merci have thought of it all: after a few hours of shopping, settle down in the Merci cafes with a cold beer or tea.  Or pop yourself down in the Canteen for a healthy, post-shopping lunch.

The Commune Social, Shanghai

The Commune Social, a neighborhood Tapas, Dessert and Cocktail bar located on Jiang-Ning Road of Jing’An District, Shanghai. It is the latest creation of Chef Jason Atherton, award winning Shanghai design firm – Neri & Hu, and acclaimed Singaporean hotelier and restaurateur – Loh Lik Peng. Having had successes with Table No. 1 in Shanghai, 22 ships in Hong Kong, and Esquina in Singapore, The Commune Social is yet another exciting project aimed to breathe life into a historical and charming neighborhood.

 

The ‘No Reservations, No Service Charge’ restaurant provides its diners an opportunity to experience what Atherton describes as “the deformalizing of fine dining”. The Commune Social offers an eclectic menu of modern tapas, desserts and a well-curated wine, beer and cocktails list, served all in their own unique bars. The Tapas, Dessert and Cocktail Bar concept allows visitors to take their own journey through The Commune Social by starting with drinks in the courtyard or terrace and watch the team of chefs crafting dishes at the open-kitchen Tapas Bar, then move to the Dessert Bar to see the pastry chefs at work and finish upstairs at the Cocktail Bar. This fun and casual atmosphere allows guests to pick and choose which elements they wish to combine and the order to enjoy them in while the moving feasting idea also encourages diners to engage in social activities.

Post Ranch in, Big Sur, California

 


Post Ranch Inn’s irresistible temptations – rejuvenating spa treatments, savory dining and natural surroundings that invite relaxation – make it one of the best resorts in California. Guests can also enjoy morning yoga, guided hikes or saunters, stargazing with our celestial telescope, whale watching and, not to be missed, complimentary breakfast buffet at Sierra Mar.

 

The ‘No Reservations, No Service Charge’ restaurant provides its diners an opportunity to experience what Atherton describes as “the deformalizing of fine dining”. 

 

The Wine Spectator Grand-Award winning Sierra Mar restaurant offers exquisite dining with a menu that changes daily, complimentary gourmet breakfast buffet and a spectacular setting with endless ocean views.

 

Guests can relax by the pools and take in the splendid views; rejuvenate with an in-room massage, spa treatment or yoga class; or explore all that nature has to offer. Picturesque Monterey and Carmel are a short drive away.

Sleep; The Ludlow, Eat: Dirty French , New York

This new 184-rooms lower east-side Hotel evokes everything from the 'Gangs of New York' to the Jewish immigration to the 1980 art and music scene. From it's solid brick facade and factory casement windows, steel and glass doors open to oak-paneled walls and marble mosaic floors in the hotel's red-brick entry-way.

 

Indo-Portugese stylded beds and nightstands, a rock-star Suite with wraparound windows and a terrace and a skybox loft offers amazing views of the New York's bridges and landmarks.

 

At the Ludlow you will find the 'The Dirty French ' is a New York bistro created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick. The restaurant takes its culinary cues from the timeless dishes and preparations of the classic French bistro and enlivens them utilizing modern techniques and bold flavors. Dishes like Duck à l’Orange with ras el hanout and preserved oranges and Trout Amandine with sesame and apricots remain true to their French roots but are restyled with flavors that explore the breadth and depth of the global French culinary influence. 

 

MAXXI - National Museum of the 21st Century, Rome

Starchitect Zaha Hadid's space took 10 years to build and cost $200 million. But the result is worth it: Italy's first national museum devoted to contemporary art (including both art and architecture), with a rotating exhibit of pieces by artists from Gerhard Richter to Francesco Clemente. Art aside, come to gawk at the space alone, which is all swoops, curves and play with light—a masterpiece of innovative design and of Italy's newfound commitment to modern art. 

 

MAXXI represents an awareness of the importance of promoting the current creative expressions of a nation such as Italy, characterised by centuries of primacy in the artistic and architectural fields. The aesthetic tensions of our time are, in fact, the extension of the artistic and cultural expressions of past eras, albeit through radically different expressive forms.MAXXI’s mission is therefore that of promoting and developing this sense of continuity, projecting it towards the future.

 

The best Burgers in town, New York, Los Angeles, Miami 
 

Umami Burger is a California staple that has landed in New York, an upscale sit-down establishment with a full bar. My personal favorite is the truffle burger. There is even a secret menu that is location-specific – make sure to inquire about those items.

 

Shake Shack has been providing juicy burgers and long lines since 2004, and this New York City chain is quickly spreading internationally. We love grabbing a double-stack burger at the Upper West Side location and enjoying the delicacy when the weather is right in Central Park. The fries and shakes are amazing. If you go on a Saturday or Sunday, try to get there before 1 p.m. when the line is usually the shortest.

 

Berners Tavern, London

Michelin-starred Executive Chef Jason Atherton puts a twist on traditional British cuisine with a restaurant menu entirely sourced in the UK. Among the city’s most sought-after reservations, our all-day dining restaurant also serves tea, late supper and a popular Sunday brunch.

 

Get spoiled with the brunch menu at Berners, with locally-sourced ingredients and many healthy options 

Breakfast in Paris
 

Former fashion PR Claus Estermann shares his love for a hearty frühstück his cool chic boutique-breakfast cafe is in a side street near Les Halles. On the ground floor there’s a carefully curated selection of biscuits, mueslis, jams and other condiments, and in the green-carpeted dining room upstairs, you settle at a white table for a good feed. The German breakfast offers Saint-Nectaire cheese, hard-boiled egg, ham, fruit compote, bread and beverages. Unlike many other breakfast places, this one keeps real breakfast hours, too.

 

Aprés Beach has arrived, The Hamptons New York

 

 

Approximately 100 miles from New York City on the East End of Long Island, Topping Rose House is ideally situated within walking distance of boutiques, art galleries and cafés. Topping Rose House is the Hamptons' first full-service luxury hotel featuring 22 elegantly appointed guestrooms in the House, Studio and Cottages as well as a Spa by local wellness center Naturopathica, fitness center, heated outdoor pool, distinct private event spaces, house vehicles from Lexus, and a complimentary shuttle to the beautiful beaches and local attractions in Bridgehampton.  Winston Wächter Fine Art curated an exciting collection of contemporary art throughout the property.

The 75-seat restaurant is truly farm-to-table, featuring produce grown on the property's one acre Topping Rose Farm and honoring the best ingredients from other local farmers and fishermen.

 

Restaurant Spice Market, London

Spice Market London is a unique mix between the ethnic authentic old world feel of Spice Market NY and the contemporary architecture of the new building on Leicester Square in London. The restaurant facade is completely transparent on three sides, and showcases the wall of spices, visible from the street. The eclectic and intimate design is a result of gold mesh sliding screens, brass screen lanterns, jatoba flooring and cozy booths, a unique brass 'birdcage' spiral stairs and 600 custom designed wok-lights.

 

We were especially impressed with how the staff and kitchen were eager to please my rather high maintenance friends. The kitchen is in full view, impeccably clean, and they assured us that our preferences are not abnormal or beyond them. Everything was delicious and unique. We sat, dined, chatted, and sipped for hours with no pressure from the staff to turn over our cozy table. The ambiance is wonderful... which is exactly why I chose The Spice Market to impress my out of town friends. Its was a delightful and delicious time.

 

SEVVA, Hong Kong

 

 

The menu at SEVVA is inspired by the cultural diversity of Hong Kong itself: Authentic tastes typical of those created in everyday Chinese regional kitchens adding to the myriad of influences from the colonial days. We present vibrant dishes that speak of the city's love of the classic food styles of Europe and other Asian cities.

The concept and philosophy of SEVVA is the interpretation of a refined upbringing and years of great exposure to the many travels and memories of Bonnae Gokson, Founder & mastermind of this establishment.

The cuisine is fresh, simple and honest, good food prepared on an emphasis of the finest produce: either from bustling local markets or flown-in (specialties) from around the world.

 

Café Gray , Hong Kong

 

 

Café Gray, a 21st Century Grand Café, offers stunning views of Victoria Harbour. The restaurant marks the return to Hong Kong of celebrated chef Gray Kunz, with his unique style of modern European classics and signature dishes from a lifetime leading the finest kitchens in Europe, Asia and America. Renowned worldwide for his culinary artistry anchored in unique and exciting philosophies of culture, food and hospitality.

 

Bibo , Hong Kong

 

 

Bibo is the world's unique fine dining restaurant & bar that serves innovative French cuisine in an art gallery setting with works by the most renowned artists. This is an experience unlike anywhere else on earth. Its building dates back to the 1930s and once housed the Compagnie Générale Française de Tramways – abandoned it then became a place where street artists could find their expression and took the name Bibo. Today, Bibo is an offbeat place which combines the best of two different worlds: contemporary art and cuisine. In an underground setting displaying works by the finest contemporary artists from Keith Haring to Murakami, Executive Chef Mutaro Balde and Chef de Cuisine Conor Beach masterfully serve delicious French gourmet cuisine where everything, from the bread to the ice cream, is home-made.

 

Hutong , Hong Kong

 

 

The restaurant is named after the courtyard houses that were once common in Beijing and the décor mimics this with dividers made to look like grey brick walls with circular doorways, as well as antiquated Chinese timber furniture that is rustic in style. Located on the 28th floor in One Peking Road, not far from the coastline, the restaurant’s main dining hall and the private rooms command sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.

Many dishes are quite different from what can be found at most Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong and served in a creative, modern way. 

Man Mo , Hong Kong

 

 

Man Mo Café is tucked away amongst the lovely little antique shops on Upper Lascar Row (better known as Cat Street) a modern Restaurant against the chaotic traditional trinkets shops. Perfectly set in the contrast of the old and the new Hong Kong. If you truly love dim sum, whether eaten at a hole-in-the-wall dim sum ‘restaurant’, or a three-Michelin-star dim sum palace, check out Man Mo Café, a ‘contemporary dim sum’ restaurant, serving dishes such as foie gras xiao long bao,

 

The décor is very simple. White walls are decorated with photographs of different aspects of the city and a wooden ceiling is engraved with two birds. Furniture is simple and modern, whilst still retaining an element of traditional Chinese style, and we particularly appreciated the use of typical blue and white Chinese crockery that again combined the old with the new.

Try the lemon tart or the traditional daan tat, it will be difficult to leave half of each dessert both desserts are delicious.

 

 

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Catch, New York

 

 

 

A globally influenced seafood-restaurant, set in a landmark building at the heart of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, CATCH New York features contemporary renditions of classic seafood preparations, successfully fusing great food, service and an exceptional scene as it appeals to the tastes of today’s modern diner.  Serving up dishes that are both sophisticated and approachable, CATCH’s streaming, sharable style of dining continues to achieve success as it resonates with the owners’ original vision of marrying deliciously simple yet elegant seafood with excellent service and a superior, interactive atmosphere.  The 400 seat, tri-level restaurant offers a variety of unique dining experiences to its diverse clientele, boasting an open kitchen and communal dining options that further augment the warm, inviting atmosphere.  This combination, coupled with the extension of CATCH Roof and its al fresco dining, has created a complete and memorable set of experiences for CATCH’s devoted patrons who return time and again to enjoy signature dishes including the CATCH Roll, Salmon Belly Carpaccio, Bourbon-Miso Black Cod Lettuce “Wraps”, Cantonese Lobster and the Crispy Whole Red Snapper for two.

 

 

Liquorette, New York

 

At Genuine Liquorette, a basement cocktail bar that opened on Grand Street (beneath the fast-casual joint Genuine Superette), your cocktail may consist of an airplane-sized bottle of liquor upturned into a soda can. The brand-new bar's beverage director Eben Freeman has created a menu centered on instagram-worthy bulldog-style cocktails. You can down a mojito with a mini-bottle of Cruzan white rum dunked into a Sprite can, a Cosmo that pours Absolut into Ocean Spray cranberry juice, or a dark & stormy with rum in ginger beer. 

 

 

 

Yauatcha, London

 

Dim sum, which means “touch the heart”, is at the core of Yauatcha’s cuisine. Ingrained in Chinese culture, dim sum was originally created as a light snack and served just after sunrise, when locals gather to eat after morning exercises. Yauatcha offers a more contemporary approach to the treasured Chinese dish with nearly 40 selections of steamed, baked, fried or grilled dim sum served for lunch, tea or dinner. Each selection is usually presented in portions of three, as the number four is unlucky in Chinese culture. Chef Tong has led the kitchen at Yauatcha since its inception.

 

 

Hally's Parsons Green, London

 

Hally's was opened in June 2013 by Anna Halliday and husband Philip Beatty who wanted to bring simple, innovative food to Parson's Green in a laid-back environment.

Inspired by a road trip in California, they realised that the Golden State had got it right: keep ingredients fresh and well sourced, be bold with flavours and add some sunshine! From modest delis in Venice Beach to the haute cuisine of Napa Valley, they realised that California offers something amazing and which isn't seen enough in the UK. Anna left her Advertising job behind her and they decided to set up the restaurant.

 

 

Cecconi's, Miami Beach

 

In the courtyard of Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s is a modern day classic Italian restaurant open for brunch, lunch, cicchetti, and dinner, seven days a week. 

Cecconi’s originated in Venice and serves hand-made pasta, seafood, and dishes from Northern Italy using the finest, freshest ingredients. Someone called Cecconi’s the most beautiful restaurant in Miami. The restaurant is located in  the Soho Beach House. A gorgeous oasis underneath Silver Buttonwood trees and bell jar hanging light fixtures. The trees are also wrapped in white lights and the effect at night is magical.

 

Tiny's, New York

 

Tiny's and the Bar Upstairs is a three story townhouse located on W. Broadway in the heart of Tribeca. The building dates to 1810 and much of the original materials have been restored and overlayed with whimsical American finish detail.  In addition, the space is decorated with pieces dating back as far as 100 years.   The rooms are finished with brick, two-tone antique wallpaper, original tin ceilings, salvaged wood paneling, custom banquettes and hand-made tile.

 

Forte Dei Marmi, Miami Beach

 

Forte dei Marmi freshly procures and skillfully prepares the highest quality local organic produce, farm-raised prime meats, and wild-caught seafood and fish. With two Michelin stars under his belt, chef Antonio Mellino and his son Raffaele bring together the sophisticated simplicity of Italian fine dining with slow food culture. To that end, the wine and cocktail program will focus on organic and biodynamic offerings. Located on the southern tip of Miami Beach at 150 Ocean Drive, Forte dei Marmi’s 1938 Mediterranean-revival building has been meticulously renovated by local architect Chad Oppenheim. The restaurant’s contemporary aesthetic conjures up the allure of Italian beach culture — with particular inspiration drawn from the seaside resort Forte dei Marmi in northern Tuscany’s Lucca province.