Forward Festival for creativity, design and communication
Our story with Forward Festival started a couple of months ago, whereas we stumbled upon Vienna's upcoming events. (As you may have noticed we have this thing going on with the city and in no time it became one of our number one destinations.) That's when we came across Forward Festival's website. The striking graphic design caught our immediate attention and we started to feel a sort of instant curiosity, like you'd wanted to be a part of something great. Their line-up already inlcluded names like Snøhetta, Space 10 or Ferry Gouw. So we got in touch with the guys behind Forward Creatives; Alex and Lukas, whom we happened to find quite a few crosspoints which resulted that Local's Lore is among this season's key not speakers in Vienna, Munich and Zürich. Forward brings together the best international and local creative heads, who provide insight into their success stories in an exciting atmosphere. The conference, the centerpiece of the festival, is accompanied by various side events, such as workshops, live art sessions and networking events. The idea behind Forward is to create a festival where the creative community can exchange opinions, inspire and learn from each other. Read the story behind their way to Forward Festival, it's inspirational!
Need to refuel during Coachella? Here are the top 5 spots in LA!
In need of a coffee break or a healthy meal between the Coachella line-up or just simply heading to LA and would like to hang out at the coolest places? We've collected you some of the local hotspots thank to our ambassador, Jordan Santos. Whether you are in LA for the California sun, Coachella - a weekend of incredible music headlined by Eminem, Beyoncé and The Weeknd, beautiful people or work, we have it covered for you; or at least your to go coffee, dining and shopping cravings. We're featuring LA as we thought that you guys deserve the year-round sunshine, the best eats and the best buys, and the best guide to the ever-so-stylish Los Angeles-way of living by Jordan. PS if you are ready to see what’s trending amongst locals head over to our Instagram as well. We've just hinted some more places.
Dining in Soho: Le Coucou
The vibrant Soho district’s famed culinary gem, Le Coucou has been on our list for a long time, apparently even before our stay at 11 Howard last year. And so good it was; both the level of excitement and expectations were sky-high. Speaking of experience, the restaurant has quickly become one of the hardest tables to get in the city, but we’ve got lucky. Coincidence or destiny? You decide. In a lavish and enthusiastic manner, we’ve finally visited Le Coucou the other week, craving classic French cuisine the restaurant is renown for. The menu reflects the chef, Daniel Rose’s personal vision of classic French cuisine aimed at bringing great food and conviviality to the table. An exceptional menu, the lush list of wines and cocktails, paired with the utmost of hospitality, takes dining at Le Coucou to the next level.
Editor's picks: Top curated online shops
Local’s Lore most of all curates offline places, yet it does not mean that we do not have our favourite online shopping destinations. We’ve collected you some of our beloved online destinations for laid-back contemporary fashion, striking interior design, the best vintage finds and of course, accessories for both ladies and gents from Copenhagen to Bali through Los Angeles. We believe that each stores in our list in some way reflected on what gaps there were in the market, and with a highly curated selection they managed to fulfil our dreams and fill the gaps. Take for instance The Dreslyn, the online specialty store offering luxury products across apparel, accessories, home, and beauty with a minimalist focus and west coast point of view. Or Lisa Says Gah, which is one-part e-commerce, featuring designers like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Ryan Roche, one-part inspiration images, and another part blog, featuring interviews with creative women. They share the target group of men and women who aspires to simplicity and elegance over trendiness. They all are intelligent, well-traveled, curious, and values quality and original design. Like you!
Relaxed Fine Dining: Interview with Mák
Visiting MÁK (means poppy seed in Hungarian) has been on our list for a long time. Actually we still cannot decide whether tasting their exceptional menu was more enjoyable or watching their, and especially the chef's János Mizsei's precision in the kitchen (yes, we made it behind the scenes). MÁK’s concept is to offer state-of-the-art gastronomy to foodies from all walks of life, in a relaxed unpretentious atmosphere. It counts as a real pioneer in Hungary's fine dinding scene. The chef of MÁK, János Mizsei, at a remarkable chef who has won several awards and has been praised by international publications such as The New York Times, the Michelin Guide, Time Out and Lonely Planet. He loves playing with different textures, acids and unusual combinations of ingredients. While respecting the culinary traditions of Hungary and local ingredients, MÁK’s style of creation and presentation as well as simplicity can be originated from the best practices of Scandinavian cuisine. We've got to talk with János shortly about his current favourite ingredients, his impressions of Daniel Berlin Krog and fine dining in general. Don't miss MÁK when you are in Budapest!
Starring art: Tobe Gallery
For those that are traveling, commuting or even often relocating their bases one of the best way to connect with (local) people is going to gallery openings. The joy of discovering hidden art galleries in a city is actually one of our favourite parts when it comes to traveling. TOBE Gallery in Budapest is one those places. The gallery started in October 2013 with the aim to provide the opportunity to present Ibero-American and Hungarian artists. The purpose with this new venue in the fine art photography and collage art field, in the city of Budapest, is to look for a newer dialogue, a different point of view, with a different way to express and communicate photography as art. Bea and Tomas (the couple behind TOBE) want to put contemporary photography in an upper level, to give to photography a value. A value, which means that photography can be collectible and it can be a design element with which people can live in their own space. Read their inspirational thoughts on Hungary's art scene, their favourite place for inspiration; Miami, and find out more about their recent trip to Milan Photo Fair.
The lore of Cambridge: Meet Gina Wong
What do you associate Cambridge with? Historical university buildings, mysterious libraries, huge gardens, don’t you? Like in a fairy tale. Well, you are not far. Cambridge is amongst others home to the world-renowned University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209. Only 22, Gina, a Cambridge graduate and our ambassador is living a real cosmopolitan lifestyle, yet she’ll always feel home in Cambridge. She's just recently moved to London yet she knows every corner of Cambridge by heart, but most of all its coolest brunch spots and architectural gems. She calls herself quite lucky as she has visited 26 countries, thanks to her parents' love of travelling, which they have passed on to her. Curious about her favourite places in Cambridge or maybe her three-months road-trip to the US? Read on and start using her guide!
Local's Lore Picks: Top 5 restaurants in London
Spending just a couple of days in London as a traveler (even if you are a returning one) to fit in everything can be a real challenge. Just when you try to search the newest restaurants you will definitely find like twenty incredible ones opened since your last visit to the ever-changing British capital. We'd like to share our top 5 restaurants that are awaited (and hoped) to be discovered during our trip to London this weekend. The list includes the Michelin three-starred restaurant Sketch in Mayfair, which is famous for its high-quality dishes and unique pink interior. Bistrotheque is not new in London's gastronomy scene yet its loft-like dining area is on our minds for a long time. The newest, Omar's Place is an invitation to the most essential flavours and smells of the Mediterranean, tapas, selected wines and cocktails; a journey through countries bathed by such a mythical sea. This way we've just fixed a "sunny day" in London. PS have you tried any of the above mentioned gastro-treasures?
Top 5 restaurants to visit during MFW by Mary
No matter if you are in Milan for the Fashion Week, MIDO, Salone del Mobile or MIA Photo Fair in between shows and fairs one only has the time to grab something quickly. Therefore, we have collected you Milan's top restaurants to dine in according to our local ambassador, Marianna Zuliani aka Mary. We suggest you to book your table in advance as each place gets quite busy especially when the city is packed with visitors. Local's Lore's team is striving to discover local niche places, restaurants with a story, places that are blurring the line between fine dining, traditional local cuisine and new-wave cuisine. Some days we prefer restaurants that are hip, on others that are luxurious and delicate, some days we are chasing the best local street food spots. We are in for every type of culinary experience as long as it's delicious. Let's see the 5 best one in Milan according to Mary. To be precise 5+1 which is our Local's Lore pick and currently our most desired place to eat out! Find out which one it is on the bottom of our list.
The lore of Milan: Meet Marianna Zuliani
There are so many reasons to hit Milan apart from its beauty and refined cuisine in the upcoming weeks; first of all Milan Fashion Week is approaching, so as MIDO and let’s not forget Salone del Mobile. The city has long been named fashion capital of the world and the world's design capital, thanks to several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, which are currently among the world's biggest in terms of revenue, visitors and growth. If you’re up for discovering Milan beyond its creative fair scene, the very best of Milan, let us introduce our wonderful ambassador: Marianna Zuliani. She’ll be your guide throughout your stay. Use the Milan guide in order to experience real Milanese vibes through a local’s senses in this fast-paced Italian city. Read our interview and get to know more about your guide, Marianna and Milan's thriving gastronomy scene that goes much beyond traditional Italian cuisine; pizza and pasta.