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travelfoodFlorence

Where to eat in Florence - La Ménagère

Italy

The very first place for household items in Florence, born in 1986, is now one of the most coveted restaurant-slash-concept-store of its kind in Florence. The result is a contemporary gem where you can find high class kitchenware, fresh flowers, home accessories and most of all divine dishes. An unconventional place where food is at the first place together with love and strength for dreamers that made this concept real. The industrial atmosphere comes back to life and creates a  1500mq of pure pleasure to all of our senses. La Menagere strives to be a romantic place which surprises and welcome everyone visiting  Florence. La Menagere is a place that invites you to stay, and feel home. Wondering about the menu? "Our most used ingredients are ricotta cheese, mushroom and asparagus. The most popular dishes are cannelloni and veal escalope. Our traditional cuisine is also inspired Asian and South American flavours, so it s a fusion." Read on and prepare to get hungry!

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interviewtravel

Good Morning, Tehran!

Iran

If you've been wondering about your next getaway, we might have it covered for you. Tehran, the capital of Iran has a wealth of cultural attractions; the city prides with mosques, churches, synagogues but also a great dash of contemporary design, art and architecture scene. We've teamed up with our favourite Tehran-raised IT girl, Parysatis to show as around as well as to get to know more about her globetrotter lifestyle. Enjoy!

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interviewtravel

Lore of Valletta with Hanna Briffa

Malta

I am a mum of two small and very active toddlers, so my days fly by without me noticing. If it’s not them, I love cooking and recently found myself in sourdough baking (it’s my ultimate switch from the everyday madnesses). In between all that, together with my husband, I run a small holiday rental, which is also rapidly growing.

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designhotel

Hotel Zoo Berlin

Germany

A few weekends ago we’ve got a busy but rather fruitful stay in Berlin for two (main) reasons. One is obvious; it was ITB and Berlin Travel Festival going on and the second reason is thanks to Hotel Zoo’s exceptional hospitality. After two exhausting days nothing was more welcomed than the hotel’s comfort and lush design accompanied with relaxing facilities such as the gym, outdoor lounge, the Living Room or its famed restaurant and bar, The Grace. We adored as the hotel operates with all sorts of animal references; animal shaped fruit gum candies, a long lush carpet upon entering called catwalk, featuring beautifully woven tigers, and the lovely giraffes in the yard. The 127 rooms and 14 suites housed in this over 120-year-old building are all unique so as its interior and incredible hospitality. Welcome to this surreal jungle-fantasy, let’s take a virtual tour around.  Each room has its own layout and character. Some feature open plan bathrooms, exposed brick or curved walls, and others have steps leading into the room. The panorama rooms offer views of either Kurfürstendamm Boulevard or across Berlin's rooftops. The spacious rooms come with equally sumptuous bathrooms with double sinks, super comfy Maison Margiela bathrobes, exclusive April Aromatics natural bath products, and rainshowers. A custom created nail polish by trendy Berlin brand Uslu Airlines can also be found in the rooms.

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interviewfoodVienna

Fine Dining in Vienna: Tian Restaurant

Austria

TIAN has truly lifted fine dining to a whole new level thanks to its visionary chef Paul Ivić, and founder Christian Halper.  Respecting natural cycles, TIAN pays attention to preferably organic products, created in a fair way. The seasonal ingredients are predominantly supplied by regional partners, that understand and adhere to their high standards of quality concerning fresh food. The name TIAN is not a coincidence by the way. It is the Chinese word for “heaven”, as well as a French vegetarian stew.  With TIAN they have both fulfilled a longstanding dream: vegetarian food prepared in a way that will have your taste buds tingling while indulging all your senses. The experience was one of our fullest and most special so far: incredible flavours, exceptional staff, phenomenal juice pairing. Otherwise it's hard to describe the feeling, you must try it. Let food enriches our lives! Read on to get inspired, and then go and visit TIAN.

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interviewdesigntravel

Women's Day Interview: The Beach People

Australia

We wanted to seize International Women's Day with a very special story this is year. In search of beautiful, strong women we came across the two superwomen behind The Beach People. The Beach People was founded in the summer of 2013 by sisters Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattie in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales Australia. Inspired by their family, friends and seaside lifestyle, with their passion for creating beautiful and iconic products, their first collection of round towels sold out in weeks. A few short years later, they are building a globally admired brand of seaside luxe essentials for everyone, everywhere to enhance one’s living spaces and life experiences from the beach to home. Emma and Victoria both are surrounded by men who think women are strong, capable and equal. We sat down with Emma for a quick interview so we can admire even more what they do as women, sisters, and mothers.

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interviewdesignLos Angeles

Interview: Ceremony

United States

Los Angeles based Ceremony's gorgeous one-of-a-kind rings are nothing but A-listers amongst the Local's Lore Team. The timeless rings are created through a modern lens with the appreciation of heirlooms, worn daily and passed down through generations. Each ring is designed by Jess Hannah of J. Hannah Fine Jewelry. Ceremony is a collection of rings for marking new traditions. Classic yet distinct in design; refined and self-aware; Ceremony offers a modern edit of rings for treasuring, signifying, and commemorating love of all kinds. We've sat down with Jess and Chelsea to find out the secret behind the highly-coveted dream-rings. Read on!

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travelhotel

Ruby Marie

Austria

Thanks to our recent visits and welcoming atmosphere, Vienna has started to feel a lot like home. When there’s no GPS needed to get around our favourite neighbourhoods, the Wi-Fi connects instantly in certain coffee shops or you know the menu by heart at Naschmarkt’s greatest gems, each visit feels a lot like homecoming – quite rightfully. This feeling’s just got spoiled by Ruby Hotels’ one-off hospitality. We’ve stayed at Ruby Marie the other week, which is situated right in Vienna’s 7th district at the corner of Mariahilfer Straße, 10 mins walk from Museums Quartier. Ruby Hotels approach to hospitality is so-called ‘lean luxury’, which is all about having a lean organizational structure and concentrating on the essentials. Minimalism, if you like. Ruby strives to create a contemporary, design-oriented yet affordable accommodation for the modern travellers.

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designParis

Pierre Augustin Rose

France

Pierre Augustin Rose no longer needs introduction in design-savy circles. Drawing upon the Bauhaus or Picasso as inspiration, the trio have created one of the most coveted furniture series last year. No surprise that with the current emphasis on timelessness, Pierre Augustin Rose seduces interior designers, as well as some of the most refined individuals all around the world- those interested in reinventing, magnifying their homes and offices.  Pierre Augustin Rose is an association of styles belonging to three singular personalities; Pierre Bénard, Augustin Deleuze and Nina Rose. An immoderate love for singular places, a perpetually curious view on furniture and heritage of the great names of the XXth century- that is the key to the creative wealth of the young maison Pierre Augustin Rose. Simple lines is what would best define the way the collection reveals itself, often with a very innovative design that doesn’t collide with the classics of refined furniture. The talent of these designers hides behind their enlightened eyes as antique dealers, from which they allow the past to communicate with the contemporary pieces they create.

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hotelgiveawayLos Angeles

GIVEAWAY: Palisociety x Local's Lore

United States

On the occasion of the oh-so-special VALENTINE'S DAY, we have a lovely surprise for you! We have teamed up PALISOCIETY in LA to give away a one-night-stay slash three-course-dinner for two lovebirds. By entering our GIVEAWAY one of you'll have the chance to win an overnight with dinner included at the wonderful Palihotel Melrose Avenue. Wondering how to participate? Simply do as follows: 1. Follow @localslore, @palisociety and @handtheh on Instagram. 2. Tag your lover, friend or secret muse in the comment section on Instagram you'd like to share the experience with. 3. Log in to "CREATE YOUR MAPS" on localslore.com and create your very own map in any city of your choice. We will announce the lucky winner via Instagram 14th February 10 a.m. PST. Please note that the winner shall book the stay within the next 3 months. We wish you the best of luck and the best V-DAY to come! xx Local's Lore & Palisociety