One of the highlights of my recent trip to London was an afternoon tea at Sketch restaurant, a two-hour delight for the eyes and mouth. As you enter Sketch the Glade room with the bamboo furniture and the wallpaper is really something
but then you enter the hall where the tea is being served, the Gallery, the divine pink room designed by India Mahdavi who set the ideal backdrop for David Shrigley’s artwork all around.
A glass of fine champagne, rosebud infusion tea and a selection of gourmet sandwiches and pastries all served in a pink room -what else could possibly a girl ask for.
Did I mention the eggshape Gattaca inspired toilets?
I got myself this H&M knitted top and midi skirt the other day and a couple of hours later I went for some made-to-order icecream at Magic Pleasure Store and THIS happened. When an outfit subconsciously overwhelms you so much
that you match your icecream with it. So yeah, this happened, and that’s me making a fuss out of it cause I love those stupid little details you know.
Cannot wait for this one people Athinorama magazine organizes for the 4th time the food festival “Greece, Celebration, Taste”, where food lovers can discover more than 120 greek small scale producers, take part in cooking classes, find street food with a twist and pastry from some of the greatest chefs, as well as programs for kids. During the cooking classes you’ll have the chance to prepare special dishes together with Nikos Roussos of “Funky Gourmet”, Olivier Campanha, Vagelis Driskas and Kostas Tsigkas of “Vespa Rossa” to name a few.
As for me, you will find me at the Tasting Workshoplearning all the varieties of greek cheese,
coffee, honey and of course white and red wine.
During the three-day festival at Technopolis you will also find the famous “Food Truck” of George Glinos,
live music and a food blogger’s corner.
It was that day when I’d almost die on sugar and cheesecream, the day when Stelios Parliaros, Number 1 patissier in Greece, prepared for all six of us bloggers the best italian sweets.
In “Sweet Alchemy” May’s issue you can find all the recipes and us talking about italian fashion, design, cuisine.
Wearing twill culottes by V Society and Stella McCartney platform pumps.
Paris is not known for its yards and terraces but this is not the case with restaurant Derrière, a place with delicious food, a charming terrace and the most inspiring decoration -parisian fusion I would call it- with trimmed Chesterfield sofas,
baroque wallpapers and vintage furniture.
Thanks to my parisian friend Isabelle, I now know the secret door that leads to the smoking sanctuary.
The last part of my roadtrip included a stop over at Montlucon and then the town of Annecy in the Rhône-Alpes region of France and the passage underneath Mont-Blanc mountain to Milan and Bergamo, Italy.
XXIIth century Saint-Peter’s church in Montlucon is one of the most striking Romanesque edifices I’ve ever seen, due to its authentic simplicity and those imposing round piles to support the bell tower.
The charming lake Annecy surrounded by mountains, laced with canals and flower-covered bridges.
Mont-Blanc is white indeed -its name resulted from its snow-capped mountain peaks throughout the year.
The food at 7367 restaurant in Annecy.
Alta Citta in Bergamo, an almost untouched medieval city.
The cold fish soup at Vineria Cozzi.
The yard at 10 Corso Como and the most impressive collections on display. Byredo “Bohemia” candle came home with me.
Currently on a roadtrip that started with a 24h boat trip from Greece to Ancona.
First stop: Florence.
Highlights & tips:
The trip is long and the boats are no cruise ships, so be well prepared.
Florence, as you well know, is a small jewel, a live museum throughout its extent.
Don’t miss the green, red and white italian marble facade and the duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore.
The Uffizi Gallery, that hosts treasures of the Renaissance, like Botticelli’ s Birth of Venus and Spring.
Try a negroni or a glass of prosecco at the veranda of Hotel Lugarno by the river, right before sunset.
Late dinner at Osteria dell’Olio, excellent wines and Tuscan plates.
Fine stationery and smart gifts at Parione.
One of the best Bisteca Fiorentina is that at Trattoria 4 Leonithat my Florence based friend Haritini recommended, as well as the ravioli stuffed with pear cream and cheese.
Not to be missed: La Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria di Novella, a post about this 16th century perfume legend is on the way.
Istanbul, the city where old meets new in every corner.
Pristine beauty and technology/ history and evolution/ byzantine art and ottoman blend.
I visited the new Zorlu Center, it’s immense and jaw dropping, a shopping heaven.
I ate so much I’d almost die. Apart from traditional turkish food and sweets, I loved the salmon with mango sauce at Well Done restaurant. Very well done indeed. Agia Sofia brings tears in your eyes, so beautiful it hurts.
A walk at Grand Bazaar to buy silver and jewelry is more than needed.
If you have too much money and don’t know what to do with it, book a room at Ciragan Palace.
The view from the hills of the city and the seaside will captivate you, it’s one of those you cannot easily forget.