We had the pleasure to dine in one of London's freshest gastro gems in the hip neighbourhood of Shoreditch. Keen to know our first impression? Love at first sight sums it up just right; attentive staff, delicious-looking dishes served in pretty ceramics, a great dash of plants and flowers backdropped with concrete walls. Opened in November 2018, Pachamama East is focused on fresh seasonal produce, applying the bold flavours, aromas, textures and spices that make Asian food so utterly tasty. The restaurant offers a unique experience to its sister sites, which have developed a strong following for their vibrant food and ambience, as it is the first to explore the delicious spectrum of Asian flavours that are inherent in Peruvian cuisine. For those that are interested the behind-the-scenes secrets we've got great news; Pachamama East operates with an open kitchen. If you were wondering about the name though, Pachamama is an Andean goddess, revered by the Inca people of Peru. She presides over harvesting and is considered to be Mother Earth and Mother Nature. Connecting the people to the land, she is worshipped as a benevolent deity and it is believed if you treat the land well - the land will provide for you.
2019's Travel Wish List
We’re living in an era where recommendations and inspirations come before browsing comments on the Internet. For these inspiration-savvy, conscious travelers have we created a tool, called Local’s Lore. To discover cities and cultures from different perspectives, just like we do. Upon every arrival, you should stop for a moment, open your heart and appreciate what surrounds you. Whether it’s a room filled with art, the greenest forest of your dreams, or the familiar cities of your hometown, you may take a moment to look around and enjoy the view. Let’s travel together in the New Year, connect, reflect, get lost and write our journey in some beautiful places. We have so much more to discover in 2019! So let the countdown begin. Here comes 2019's wish list with five of our lovely ambassadors and their recommendations.
Editor's picks: TOP 5 bars
Every time we visit a new city, a day filled with meetings cannot end more rewarding than a drink in a local bar, you may agree. We all have our preferences whether it’s a cocktail, a mocktail, a locally brewed specialty beer or a glass of wine on a busy terrace in the heart of the city, or in a secret bar furnished with designer goods tucked away from tourist traps. This post is dedicated to the latter; despite the different locations these bars have a lot in common such as innovative drinks, appreciably attentive service and lush interior. Each of the bars is prepared to do things its own way that’s what makes them special, exclusive and versatile in they own rights.
À la Maison Grand
Welcome our new addition to our favorite brunch spots! À la Maison Grand was founded in 2015 and has just recently moved to the very heart of Budapest; to the ground floor of a stunning Art Nouveau building (you may look up to its stunning mosaic embellished top and oversized windows) at Szervita tér, built in 1906. The bright, spacious café-slash-restaurant is filled with natural light and custom-designed furniture. We haven’t quite seen such a diverse brunch menu anywhere else, so you might take your time to indulge yourself in the detailed and vast choices. It’s recommended to reserve your table in advance as the the place has quickly become popular amongst local and modern-day-travelers alike. Andrea, one of the founders envisioned a clear, sophisticated atmosphere when designing the interior of À la Maison Grand. Her aim was to create a place that stands out, and becomes an iconic spot in the heart of Budapest; to show a piece of her personal taste to the guests. White and grey dominates accompanied with brass the details. Thanks to the high-ceilings and mirrors the room feels both spacious and bright. The interior features plush chairs and comfortable, grey sofas. The pottery was chosen just as consciously; the Seltman Weiden porcelains belong to one of Germany’s oldest and most famous porcelain manufactory. They’re sorting porcelain since 1910 to the world’s best hotels and restaurants.
Top 5 Festive Restaurants
With the festive season upon us, we have carefully selected some of the hottest restaurants around the world for you to seize every minute of togetherness in style. Each of our chosen restaurant is super special in its own right, yet this is exactly the quality what they have in common too; breath-taking venues for those looking to get into the Christmas spirit paired with the finest selection of dishes. Whether you’re looking for a place for your corporate Christmas Evening or just fancy some festive dining with friends and family, we’ve got you rather great options. Since it's festive season, we are holding a month of celebrations and we want you to join together with your beloved ones and celebrate the season of slowing down, great feasts and most of all; togetherness in no place better than around the festive table packed with the most delicate courses. As you may have noticed already, we're never not in the awe of a fine dish surrounded by just as exquisite interior. Join our journey for an unforgettable festive experience. Happy Holidays!
Tel Aviv's Art & Design scene
Are you planning a getaway to Tel Aviv? Good! We've got your art-slash-design-slash-fashion guide covered. We've teamed up with a good friend of ours, Sarah, to take you around the city's creative hotspots. Sarah Peguine is the superwoman behind Oh So Arty, which is a community of international art guides that offer visitors an insider’s view into the contemporary art world. They are unique because their guides are professionals in the field of contemporary art working as curators, gallerists, critics, and more. They are here to show you the ins-and-outs of their local art scene—the finest galleries, museums, studios and alternative spaces. Taking a tour with Oh So Arty guarantees an unparalleled level of access to the international art world that you won’t find anywhere else. You will engage with gallery directors, meet artists in their studios and intimately converse with insiders. We cover over twenty major cities- so you can experience the quality of an Oh So Arty tour wherever you travel. Let's walk take this digital tour together. After you, Sarah!
Four Seasons: Tea Afternoon
Do you fancy having an unforgettable festive experience that is both intimate, calming and luxurious? We certainly did, so on this occasion we switched from a brunch or lunch for something more sophisticated in the lavish surroundings of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest; a Tea Afternoon. It’s finally that time of the year again to have an excuse to celebrate the festive season in style. The perfect place to seize the season, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest presents festive experiences such as Afternoon Tea. Advent Herend Afternoon Tea has been a stalwart of the Afternoon-tea scene for some years, as one of the hotel’s special offerings. At Four Seasons, they pay attention to every single detail; from the fresh pinewood scent, through prime service to the type of tea and the shape of cake is being served. To give the experience a dash of a local touch, the tea is served in the famous Herend Porcelain Manufactory’s hand-painted fine porcelain sets. While Four Season’s Herend Porcelain sets were made originally for the King and Queen of England as presents, Ronnefeldt Tea is known as one of the oldest tea companies in the world. The tea leaves are harvested by hand at the best times of the year and are processed with care and respect. Perfection – each cup of Ronnefeldt tea has a characteristic colour and flavour that make it a unique sensory experience.
Pottery for your festive table
Do you take pottery or jewellery classes as an evening obsession? Do you go out and embrace bread baking in a real wood-fired oven during weekends? Have you just started making knitwear for your own fun? Reconnecting with craft is a thing. Many of us seeks a way out from our daily, very digital lives and craftsmanship seems increasingly appealing. You might have noticed that especially pottery is having a bit of a renaissance just now. It’s a way of getting away not just physically but mentally too; to focus on a creation of a tactile object where no smart phones, no Wi-Fi, no shiny clothes or no rush are needed. For some of them being a ceramist has become a profession, or more; a life of its own. Luckily, these people do share their works via social media, especially Instagram has become a treasury for stunning pottery. On the occasion of the festive season, we’ve gathered some our our favourite artists and their masterpieces. Let your Christmas table pride with such handcrafted gems!
Eny Lee Parker
Praised by AD, Vogue or Sight Unseen, Eny Lee Parker is no stranger to the design world. Her wheel-thrown terra-cotta vessels and shapes form the bases of coffee tables and Oo lamps made it to all the design-savvy folks' hearts at Sight Unseen Offsite. Eny Lee Parker is a spatial designer emphasizing in objects, furniture and lighting, using clay as her main medium. Parker reclaims the essence of making used in traditional craft from our past – the slowness, the intention, the respect for natural resources, creating contemporary objects that brings awareness to our presence as well as to non-living things. We've got lucky to sit down with Eny and exchange ideas over a delish brunch in New York. She's a true global citizen who embraces a conscious lifestyle and way of traveling too. If you want to follow her journey, you may catch her in Paris or Sydney soon!
If you for some reasons haven’t noticed, Georgia is rising. Have you had the experience that whenever the topic comes to Georgia it turns out that either everyone has already been there, or it’s on the very top of the bucket list of the rest? This tiny Caucasian country with a total population just under four million has its special charm indeed. And it finally turned out that they’re not only aware of it, but proud of it. We’d no longer call the landscape of Georgia untouched (except a few villages), but it indeed has an authentic vibe in the crosspoint of Europe and Asia right between the Black Sea and the Caucasus. No surprise, that not only Tbilisi but the whole country has recently become a very desired destination of travellers of all kinds thanks to it’s diversity. It’s not quite European, nor it is Asian. One needs to go there to understand where its biggest allure lies. Well, it could be the stylish new hotels – just think of Rooms or Stamba, its bars and new wave cafes that have popped up in the city within a second. Or the country’s pro-Western mentality that has moved the population (or at least a part of it) in a more global direction (Georgia is a member of the UN and the Council of Europe), even leading to the recent legalization of the consumption of marijuana. Tbilisi prides with Bassiani, which is currently one of the most famous underground clubs in Europe. It could be their 8,000-year-old winemaking techniques, the sulphur baths or the unbelievably delicious cuisine and not least the unconditional hospitality we have also experienced ourselves – the reason behind Tbilisi’s magical vibe. There are plenty of places and things to do in Tbilisi, especially a few of its newly-opened hidden gems worth a visit of this under-the-radar Caucasus jewel, Tbilisi.