Month: March 2013

Bad Schörgau

Bad Schörgau

Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Val Sarentino is not a popular valley. People say this is because of its inhabitants who historically have never been welcoming toward foreigners. And yet, there is nothing hostile in the Wenter’s family. They have sweet eyes and a strong spirit. Their hotel, set on the outskirt of woodlands, has just been renovated to include a Spa. The fragranced and regenerating Sarner dwarf Pine is the house speciality. You’ll find it everywhere from the soap to the risotto. Indulge in a bath in the wooden bathtub, with thermal mineral-rich water, local herbs and honey. Dinner in the restaurant Gourmet is an unforgettable experience.

Fäviken Magasinet

Fäviken Magasinet

Jämtland, Sweden

In the Jämtland province, in the center of Sweden, there’s a modern version of Hänsel and Gretel fairy tale with a happy ending. Fäviken Magasinet is a restaurant with accommodation. If a few years ago, only a small group of well informed Swedish used to talk about young chef Magnus Nilsson and his new, secluded restaurant in the north of Stockholm (750Km), probably the best in the country, today, there’s a 2-month waiting list for a table. “We do things as they have always been done at Jämtland mountain farms; we follow seasonal variations and our existing traditions. We live alongside the community.” Once upon a time, in the outskirts of a small village, at the edge of the woods…

A FAIRY-TALE FOR ADULTS STILL KIDS

A FAIRY-TALE FOR ADULTS STILL KIDS

San Francisco, USA

San Francisco starts with a red bridge. At first, it’s a string of dots getting ready to dive into the water, then slowly the dots get clearer and clearer and start becoming houses, windows, fat trees along the edges of the pavements, tram going up and down a toy track. Somewhere at the back, an American flag is swinging relentlessly from side to side…

SEXTANTIO

SEXTANTIO

Basilicata, Italy

Right on the Sassi di Matera’s world heritage site, among caves and rupestrian churches and in an atmosphere that reminds of the nativity, Sextantio is a new concept of “diffused hotel” that is together unique and suggestive. Come to discover the charm of a less known Italy, away from the most touristic trails.

Pensiun Chesa Pool

Pensiun Chesa Pool

Val Fex, Switzerland

This lush green valley, immersed in almost uninterrupted sunlight, will seduce you. On one side, a path running alongside a stream rises up to a tiny church with frescos, a gem from the 1500. All around is grassy hillsides, edelweiss flowers, maso buildings, barns and farmhouses. Chesa Pool lies right here. “Chesa” means house and in Romanic it is a typical name for a venerable, old Engadine house. These houses were mostly built as farmhouses with living quarters. Today this converted Engadine house constitutes the main building of the Chesa Pool. Its kitchen is an exquisite light expression of the Engadine tradition. Ask for the “Mosques” room for the real mountain fairytale.

Forage

Forage

San Francisco, USA

Supports the local food community of San Francisco Bay and brings eaters together to grow community around the foods nature provides. They run multiple projects: the Wild Kitchen, for instance, is a roaming restaurant, a roving underground supper club. Sixty diners sit around the communal table, enjoying lavish 8 course meals, with each course highlighting a sustainably foraged ingredient from the local landscape. Following the seasons, menus explore forests and oceans. We receive their newsletters and whenever a new Foraging Class starts, we dream of joining this young wise group for an excursion by land or sea in search of food.

Erba Brusca

Erba Brusca

Milan, Italy

Erba brusca, in English Sorrel, (Rumex acetosa), is a perennial herb rich in vitamin C, iron oxalate, oxalic acid and iron. The land around this trattoria set on the south side of the city used to abound with this herb, hence the name. We tried, in this order: cubes of panissa with crescenza cheese and Taggiasca olives (delicious); M. Musso 8 cereal tajarin with pork ragout (chapeau!); onion and celery tart tatin on cream of goat’s robiola cheese (great combination) and cheese cake with sesame drizzle and lemon cream (memorable).

Fjällnäs

Fjällnäs

Lat: 62.604756, Lon: 12.161608

Jonas Aslund must have been an interesting character, an intrepid and imaginative man. It was him who, in 1882, built the first mountain hotel in Sweden, the Fjällnäs, which soon became the Scandinavian Royals’ preferred destination. Although today the hotel has deeply changed, it maintains the same magic atmosphere of the past. Whatever the religion, wedding ceremonies can be celebrated in the Aula Capella chapel. It’s a building made of wood and stone that seems come out of a kid’s drawing, a kid destined to change things.

Kinfolk

Kinfolk

Portland, USA

The Kinfolk community gatherings are an invitation to engagement: engaging with new talents, new relationships, and a refreshed understanding of the physical world around us. Kinfolk caters to a growing readership of young artists and food enthusiasts by focusing on simple ways to spend time together. They focus on cooking, gardening, the culture of the table, and other life-enriching hands-on practices. A guide for small gatherings.

City Circus Hostel

City Circus Hostel

Athens, Greece

Chic, unique, cheerful and relaxed dormitory in the heart of Athens: a 5 star stay.

The Fat Radish

The Fat Radish

New York, USA

There are menus that are so good you can’t help getting excited. If we were to dine at The Fat Radish tonight we would probably go for Chickpea Hummus, Beet Crumble and The Fat Radish Plate. Or actually, looking again at the menu, we would end up asking our friends to share in order to make sure we double the chances of trying almost every dish on the menu.

Isa

Isa

New York, USA

We went there for brunch on a Saturday morning when NY was covered in snow. As soon as we got in, we were welcomed by the smell of burning wood in the stove and we couldn’t help but smiling. It was like being in a mountain refuge. The combination of wood, light tones and clean lines reminds of sophisticated Scandinavian design. Against it, the artistic menus and the patchwork curtain at the entrance stand out for their vivid colour. Don’t miss the mouth-watering panettone donuts or the deliciously nutty homemade granola with fresh fruit.

Frenchie

Frenchie

Paris, France

That’s the nickname they gave him a few years ago in Jamie Oliver’s kitchen. Greg Marchand is a young brilliant and talented chef. Having cooked in kitchens all around the world, he has now open a mini bistrot on a side street in the 2nd arrondissement where he expresses his culinary identity, half French, half international, just like him.

Al Laghett

Al Laghett

Milan, Italy

As spring comes, many drive out of Milan on the A7 towards Genoa at the weekend. Instead, we book a table under the wisteria-covered pergola of this old traditional trattoria. It’s like having lunch at your Granma’s out in the countryside. We leave the city from South-East and sunny fields start opening up around us. In less than half an hour we are in Chiaravelle. Every time, after lunch, slowly, we go to see the Abbey’s frescos and cloister, we visit the monks’ workshop and we say to each other that the day we have children, we will take them to the water mill.

The Independente

The Independente

Lisbon, Portugal

Bunk beds that make you nostalgic of summer camps and suites with views on the Tagus River that would seduce poets and romantics. The Independente is the great invention of three brothers from Lisbon, globetrotters and visionary.

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