South Tyrol, Italy
We do not know Merano, not as much as we wish we did. However, we do know Linda (what a beautiful name!), who opens the door of Monocle pop-up shop for us while her son Marco is turning off the lights. Linda does not know us, but she hands us the book we were looking for, saying ‘This is for you’ and, when we ask ‘Where can we have lunch?’, suggests without hesitations Restaurant Meteo. ‘Ask for Agata and tell her I sent you there’. For the first time we promptly approve of a restaurant even before trying it. It will not be easy to find it, but its nostalgic and learned style – of which we would like to steal a piece every time – will make up for this difficulty, along with the fulfilling and intelligent culinary innovation that always pleases our palates and hearts.
It all starts with a harvest, it always does. The herbs in Rosi Rainer’s garden are fragrant, generous and graceful. We cut some rosemary and alehoof, then take them to the small wooden laboratory. Once they are bottled in alcohol, it takes four weeks for herbs to release perfumes and benefits. When this time has passed, honey, olive oil, pure alcohol and lavender essential oil will be added. The result is a cosmetic cream with refreshing and relaxing properties…
Can a dinner turn into a travel back in time? It certainly can if you sit in one of the halls of St. Peter Stiftskeller to attend an evening about the music and history of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Walls and ceilings made of hundred-year-old wood, baroque frescos and stuccos, historical local tradition recipes, and the magic of eternally beautiful music. You are in 1790, celebrating something special and ancient by candlelight.
by Evelyn and Ike Ikrath
Evelyn attends Hospitality Management School, while Ike studies Architecture. Then they both spend some years around the world. When they meet, Evelyn is an hotelier and Ike an avant-gardist. A great love is born, and little Casimir. Evelyn and Ike love urban spirit, authenticity, exchanging ideas, conquering heights, yoga, organic food, AVEDA Spa and design hospitality with an indispensable breath-taking view. Their hotels – Haus Hirt, Hotel Miramonte and Alpenlofts – are like private houses, modern drawing rooms. In a few words, “Inspiring places for creative minds”. They are also co-deviser of many events in Bad Gastein, such as art, music and cinema festivals.