Things like coffee have become the inevitable part of our lives hence we barely think beyond its wonderful flavour and pretty packaging. Well Kula project does, and not only think but more importantly act. We had the pleasure to ask Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, the Founder and Director of Kula Project, about her vision in terms of coffee farms in Rwanda - the beginnings, projects and future goals. In case you were not familiar with them, on May 12, 2012, James and Sarah Sasson founded Kula Project. They began with the belief that communities in need must be involved in the problem solving process, and while they set out to do just that, the first two years brought many failures and lessons learned. It wasn’t until January of 2014 that they began to find their footing. Sarah and James spent a month in Rwanda listening and learning, and immediately knew that Rwanda was the place they were supposed to be. So they completed their current projects, and focused all of their efforts on the beautiful country in the heart of Africa. Since then, Kula has worked solely in Rwanda alongside the most remarkable woman and men who are doing everything in their power to create a life of peace and prosperity for their children. Read on!
The lore of Chicago: Meet Mandy Lancia
Let's start the New Year by introducing a very special ambassador of ours, Mandy Lancia. Based in Chicago, Mandy has combined her love of small business, female creatives, design, and collaboration to form The Glossary. Her hope is that The Glossary will grow into a platform where every creative woman can come to learn something new, find inspiration, discover other women and their creative endeavors, and ultimately, make new relationships through online communication and in-person meetings. We admire not only her wonderful Chicago guide and Instagram imagery but her business as well. Read on to get to know more about her home, The Glossary and Mandy's current passion.
Photographer wanted in NYC
HI GUYS! WE ARE LOOKING FOR A LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN NEW YORK IN JANUARY TO JOIN US FOR A FEW SHOOTINGS! Briefly about what you are going to experience; other than having guides in 61 cities, we are featuring wonderful projects and inspiring creatives from all over the world, while building a community of like-mindend people who's passion is to travel consciously and experience the local vibes. If you would like to be a part of our dynamic team for a project or two in New York let us know, we cannot wait to hear from you! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING TOGETHER DROP US A LINE TO INFO@LOCALSLORE.COM WITH YOUR REFERENCES AND SALARY REQUEST (PROJECTS BASED, HOUR WAGE ETC.). WE MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! CHEERS, LOCAL'S LORE TEAM
Local’s Lore’s Top Travel Destinations for 2018
The first few days of the New Year are many times spent on planning and making resolutions; organizing upcoming projects, opting for more sports and a healthier lifestyle and not least arranging the next travel destinations for 2018. By the way what are your travel resolutions for 2018? If you did not make any yet, we have collected our top eight places to discover from remote hidden treasures to hectic fast-growing capitals. Thanks to Instagram, travelers today are more aware than ever of what the world has to offer. These eight editor-endorsed journeys are the best ones to discover this year with the help of the Local’s Lore guides from a local’s perspective thanks to our ambassadors! If you already know where you're going, share your plans with us on social media with #localslore to get featured!
Tea Afternoon with TEALEAVES
Do you have those secret cravings that you keep to yourself for a while and get really excited when it's suddenly about to come true? A tea afternoon in the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest was on our bucket list for some time. The timing was just right; the hotel was graced with lavish Christmas decoration and the temperature was just as cold that you could not wish for anything but a sip of a good tea. Herend Afternoon Tea, served every day from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, is an ideal occasion for reaching inner calmness to the tone of live piano music. An elegant Herend porcelain table setting with bountiful bites and a cup of tea from Tealeaves set the ultimate mood for afternoon relaxation at the Gresham Palace. Thanks to a careful selection, we have enjoyed the fullest flavors in an astonishing setting. Ready for a cup of tea by Tealeaves?
Although Vienna is not one of those tropical cities the 2050 sqm. building of a kind is housing a breathtaking greenery, a butterfly house and not least one of Vienna's most popular restaurant is a must-visit spot in the city no matter in which season you are visiting. The restaurant which successfully combines the sophistication of a café-slash-bar and the relaxed atmosphere of a brasserie, the Palmenhaus attracts an ever-growing number of guests all year around. When the weather is fine, visitors can now sit on the Palmenhaus´ outside terrace overlooking the beautiful Burggarten gardens and enjoy the finest culinary delights from breakfast through lunch to dinner. But the 15-metre high conservatory-style restaurant with its numerous exotic plants also provides a cosy retreat in winter: the cocktail bar with its comfortable leather sofas is the perfect place for an intimate tête-à-tête. From mid-November the Christmas menu tempts with innovative specialities so it really does worth a try even in the Winter. This time we opted for breakfast in Viennese style; fresh croissant with homemade butter and jam but the menu features bio-eggs with every kind of garnish from salmon to goat cheese.
Christmas Shopping: Paper & Tea
Paper & Tea opened its doors in Berlin’s genteel, west-end Charlottenburg district in 2012. Due to its success, their second store in trendy Berlin-Mitte followed in late 2014. Their unique retail concept advocates the beauty, pleasures, and manifold personal benefits of enjoying quality artisanal tea through an engaging and rewarding customer experience. P & T is inspired by tea’s legacy throughout the ages as an agent of communication, creativity and culture. With this mindset, they interpret and promote the role of fine tea for a creative and fulfilling modern lifestyle. On the occassion of the upcoming festive season we would like you to inspire you, and take you around some of our favourite concept stores of the kind. One of our very favourite one is P & T in Mitte where the space is flooded with sunlight from the enormous windows, and a tea tasting bar serving a variety of freshly brewed teas. We've got to sit down with P & T's Founder and Creative Director, Jens to talk about his love towards tea, its current boom and the concept behind his creative project; Paper & Tea. PS If you won't make it to the city we have good news; they have a webshop too!
Christmas Giveaway: A night at The Guesthouse Vienna
As the best time of the year - CHRISTMAS is approaching, we have a big surprise for you! We have teamed up the The Guesthouse Vienna to give away a one-night-stay for two. By entering our GIVEAWAY one of you'll have the chance to win an overnight in a deluxe room with view towards the Opera and the Albertina Museum. Equipped with a huge lounge window, cosy living room area, bathtub and rainforest shower, you will be experiencing one of your best hotel adventures ever. To participate and be the happy winner do as follows: 1. Follow Local's Lore and The Guesthouse Vienna on Instagram and Facebook. 2. Tell us with whom you would stay at the hotel in the comment section and tag #localslore on your cosiest Christmas mood picture on Instagram. 3. The winner will be asked to share a story of her/his journey in Vienna as using our Vienna guide. The giveaway starts on the 4th of December 2pm CET and ends on the 25th of December 2pm CET. The winners will be announced on the 25th of December 4pm CET here on the site, in The Guesthouse Vienna lore. We wish you the best of luck and happy holidays! Our winner is @linneajv! Congratulations and Merry Christmas!
The Guesthouse Vienna
To get into the festive mood we have spoiled ourselves with a special getaway weekend in Vienna. Being truly one of our favourite cities and having the chance to explore it many times already, we decided to stay at The Guesthouse Vienna right next to the Opera and Albertina Museum. Being famous for its stylish rooms and amazing brunches, we had one of our greatest hotel-experiences. HOME. HONESTY. HERITAGE “Be a guest in your own house” – this is the philosophy of The Guesthouse Vienna. This hotel concept enables people visiting Vienna to feel as if they were in their own home – giving them the chance to experience the proverbial “Gemütlichkeit” or “chillaxed” atmosphere of the Austrian capital. This is exactly the mood we felt, when sitting in the reading corner and staring out to the city filled with Chrismas lights, while sipping hot tea. Want to get in the mood too? Read on! Want to experience the mood? Enter our giveaway!
LA stories: Canyon Coffee
For us Canyon Coffee is a real lovestory itself. Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz met in Beachwood Canyon in 2013. As their relationship grew, so did their love for coffee. Visiting beautiful coffee shops became a key highlight of their travels, and making better and better cups for each other at home became their treasured ritual—especially after spending weeks or months away from each other for their respective careers. Casey started working in the coffee industry in 2015, and was lucky enough to work at two of his favorite coffee shops in LA: Bar Nine (Culver City) and Menotti's (Venice). Working side-by-side with people whose passion and determination have set the bar for coffee in LA was inspiring, to say the least. It wasn't long after diving into the world that they had the idea: why not create their own coffee? Meet the wonderful couple behind LA's very own Canyon Coffee.