un séjour parisien

Somehow it's been three years since i was living in Paris, and it was my return this December that was a complete falling in love with the city again. I'm not sure if i had forgotten, or if my journey back last year was too brief, but this time around - with the sun beaming through the passing clouds on Haussman's bouelvards, on a never ending journey through the city's pastry offerings and an afternoon spent wandering le marais... and reaching the left bank after a twilight stroll through the bustling christmas-lit Place de la Concorde, and over the Seine to check in at Le Narcisse Blanc for the perfect evening's end to a day rediscovering all that i love about the city of light. 

And how fittingly the hotel is in a quartier at the heart of the birth of the city's legend as La Ville Lumière. Much like the hotel, its muse, Cléo de Mérode, is one who embodied the timeless beauty of Paris, the artistic Paris of the 1900’s.

 

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in collaboration with Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa

19 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007 Paris, France

 www.lenarcisseblanc.com

An afternoon with Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Picture this: being on holiday in Italy (with close proximity and access to pizza), surrounded by crystal blue water, it being a warm day towards the end of summer, arriving by the pool for lunch, Aperol spritz in hand, and having not a care in the world...   

 

and you are taken out on the Lake for an hour-long guided tour, and popping a bottle... 

a truly dreamy afternoon.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

http://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com

@ghtlakecomo

A Summer Weekend in Paris

Having never actually been in Paris in the peak of summer (and can i say, tourist-wise it wasn't quite anywhere as near as bad as i imagined) - my friend Charlotte and I spent the weekend, at the tail end of a mini euro-tour in the city. 

Having met in Paris 2 years prior, we were back here after a few days in Copenhagen to reminisce, explore again, and eat as much felafel and speculoos as we could, and of course, run around like the little rats we are.  

Within a few minutes of getting off the metro, so many feelings came rushing back from the 6 months we spent living here. I was also incredibly dehydrated, so these feelings were probably intensified from the real possibly i was dozing in and out of consciousness... 

On arrival, we were greeted by our lovely airbnb host Emy, dusting the cob-webs off our French tongues to meet her family (they offered us champagne!) in their beautiful apartment (a kind of mansion-apartment, need i say). 

2 days was just not enough - it never could have been.

 

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P. S. (and this is by no means sponsored by airbnb) if you are looking for a place for one or two in a perfect location in le marais - we loved it here, and felt so welcome. https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/5890619?euid=58e64605-968b-1382-240b-3345149ada1f

 

 

the modern eatery

Venturing here a couple of months ago - only a few weeks (days?) after its opening, my friend April and I sought refuge from the summer heat by way of cool interiors and cool sushi (cool sushi?). 

It was quiet - but this place was still starting to gain momentum - and we were treated so well, and (with a little help) made a most satisfying selection. 

'the modern eatery'? well, at least, modern japanese. I'd recommend checking it out!

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The Modern Eatery

124 HIGH STREET, FREMANTLE,
WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
(08) 9335 7296

soho snapshots

New York isn't of the same romantic calibre of Paris, nor the majesticness (not a word) of London, or of a consistently chic colour scheme as Copenhagen .... and this may be a very big call - but while in New York i felt it seriously the most photogenic city i have ever been to. 

Is there something about the range that you can find within one city? Is it the summer sun which can create the most beautiful shadows on the facades? Or is the silhouettes cast by the fire escapes? Regardless, i hope i captured some of its magic - and that you equally enjoy these. x


Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

The Americans call him 'mr softie,' the Australians call him 'mr whippy.' Regardless, this isn't any normal mr whippy (softie) soft serve. 

Big Gay Ice Cream - in their own words - 'with a playful attitude... spin a new take on old-school soft-serve by creating fun and unique ice creams, toppings, and frozen treats that appeal to a diverse mix of clientele' (read: they make the ultimate soft-serve). 

It all started in 2009 when Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff rented an ice cream truck. Flash forward to 2012 when Dessert Professional featured Big Gay Ice Cream in their issue of the top 10 ice cream parlours in the United States. 

Having not only produced a cookbook and in 2013 launched their own ice cream with Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, they are now setting their sights beyond their three locations in New York City, and look to expand beyond Manhattan. 

Here's the 'American Globs' (vanilla ice cream with pretzels, sea salt, chocolate chip - dipped in chocolate) I can feel that extra chin... 

 

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Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

125 E 7th St (btwn 1st Ave & Ave A)New YorkNY 10009

http://biggayicecream.com

 

Two Hands NYC

There's something about Australian cafes in New York at the moment. Representing something different: a place of good coffee, good (table!) service and good food, where - unlike a traditional American cafe model - these facets are not exclusive.

Two Hands brings a laid-back quality of service under an equally Australian tagline, 'good food by good dudes.' Not only that, but with bare brick walls, and clouds hanging from the ceiling, it's no wonder people are flocking...

And, yes, avo on toast is on the menu.

Two Hands NYC

164 Mott St, New York, New York

http://www.twohandsnyc.com

Grouch & Co

Nothing quite like a new cafe can create such a buzz (or even a jitter in those not used to caffeine) in a community. In the age of Instagram, and a seeming obsession with beautiful cafes (or more generally, eating out), creating a place which gets the 'formula' just right can spell success.

With a type of industrialist design and a Danish-Japanese sensibility, the raw materials in the space give Grouch & Co both its photogenic quality and warmth. The space's main feature is perhaps Truck Furniture's leather chair. The Japanese furniture company (whose philosophy is about as beautiful as the products it produces) share a similar value in the well made, and highly considered.  However,  the cafe does have some substance beyond its interiors. It is a micro roaster; and the workings of this happens while you sip from one of their handmade ceramic cups. 

Grouch & Co

Unit 1/45 McCoy St, Melville, Perth, Western Australia

www.grouchandco.com

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Le Dauphin

Named as one of Conde Naste Traveller's 'Best Restaurants of Paris' Le Dauphin has been delighting Parisian diners since 2010 by way of Chef Iñaki Aizpitarte's small-plate, market sourced seasonal dishes. 

Aizpitarte, the adorned chef of Le Chateaubriand  has directed some of its traffic who hope to dine at the no-reservation restaurant in the trendy 11th arrondissement to Le Dauphin next door.

Often simplistic yet challenging, the dishes are served with remarkable presentation. Naturally styled and fair priced, l"Express declared a wave of new restaurants in Paris 'Generation Inaki.' The type of experimentation in his dishes is somewhat a democratisation of a more interesting and sophisticated dining. 

The warm buzz of local conversations give the stark interior (designed by dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and french architect Clement Blanchet) an ambiance and comfort. This sentiment seems to reflect Koolhaas' own statement in an interview in Wired in 1996 "People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more i think architecture has nothing to do with it."  

 

Le Dauphin 

131 Avenue Parmentier

75011 Paris, France

http://www.restaurantledauphin.net

 

Die Sellerie

 

Die Sellerie, Vienna, is the result of a dream shared by four designers: Patrick Bauer, Ulrik Dorner, Georg Leditzky and Andreas Posselt. The intriguing and warm space - located on Vienna’s Burggasse yet enough distance away from the city’s usual tourist route - houses a curation of unique fine art prints, stationery and home accessories, all of which reflect the owners' interest in good design. 

 Talking to the owners, their penchant for the unique is clear: "we try to only sell products which are unique in more than one way: design, quality, production, materials. We want to create a space that adds a little smile to your day in the city. Treat your friends and yourself with something special."

 In fact a majority of what is housed in Die Sellerie is handmade. This interest in the production process being a smaller, more thoughtful process gives a greater awareness to the components and materials used in the production of their goods. Emphasis is also given to the origin of the goods: most are acquired by fair trade. 

 Die Sellerie is only open Friday evenings and on Saturdays, since the owners all have full-time jobs as graphic designers.

 

Burggasse 21, 1070 Wien, Austria

www.diesellerie.com