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The remaining days of summer…

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

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…should be spent in the park or at the lake or the beach. Whatever tickles your fancy, make sure you don’t carry umpteen bags, baskets or boxes, but go in style… The designers and engineers at BMW - pardon me - at Mini, have tackled the challenge of a stylish pique nique basket in the most innovative and stylish way I have seen in a long time…

Mini’s obviously do not offer the trunk space of a decent SUV, so it’s time to think small… Packed in a beautiful little package comes this complete set, wonderfully designed with as much attention to detail, we have come to expect from these guys… So where ever you’ll head to, check out Peter Gordon’s Cooking At Home for some food inspiration advice bring the package for the tableware…

Cachaca chaca

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

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Ft Cachaca Rochinha

The same guys who told me about Suite Vollard brought me some lubricant as well… Cachaca - you all know that - distilled from sugar cane is the essential ingredient to Caipirinha which is the essential ingredient to every pool/garden/rooftop party. And I have been favoring Capirinha as a good party starter all summer long, but today I realized that I was ripped off for the past month’s. Betrayed. Fooled. Call it what you want, but the stuff they sell here as Cachaca has nothing to do with the beauty of the product I had tonite. I didn’t even know that Caipirinha’s tasted like this… Tonight I had 5 year old, barrel aged Rochinha… ahhh. This has nothing to do with your average Cahchaca, but is more in line with Single Malt Scotch. I don’t even know whether this should be mixed at all, but it was so good! The good news is, I googled it and found a NY based importer: belezabrazil.com. Unfortunately it only lists retailers in the city, but hey, I’ll be back next week… I’ll drop them a note to see where else this amazing product can be obtained, along with quite a few other products they have on their site… So stay tuned for an update…

And the winner is…

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

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AmadorMM

…Juan Amador.

“Feinschmecker” Germany’s leading Gourmet magazine is electing the top German restos every year in different categories. This year’s overall winner is “AMADOR“.

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Ibiza’s Moroccan nights

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

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This summer a lot of my friends spent their vacation on this beautiful Balearic Island IBIZA…

I’ve been there several times… but this was many years ago. I really loved to be there and every time being there we had so much fun and enjoyed the unparallel flair that much…

During the last years I’ve heard many people posing the question, whether Ibiza is still that very special place to be. New destinations - for example in Turkey and Malta - occurred and were said to be the hippest places in Europe!

I’m convinced that - at the latest during this summer - Ibiza had its great comeback.

Being back home to rainy Germany everybody was daydreaming… what a wonderful time and what wonderful places to be…

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And El Ayoun is one of their outstanding recommendations!

Open the portal you see above and enter to The Moroccan Nights…
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Rath-what???

Friday, August 19th, 2005

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Rathbun’s… It’s new. It’s in Hotlanta. And it’s sooooo gooood… Melissa Rathbun opened a gem in Atlanta! What a place… getting there is an adventure in itself, but once you are there, just dive in… Great wine selection - a little to american, but that could develop… but the menu is a wonderful eclectic trip. Sure there are some all time favorites on there, but the Tuna is just jaw dropping - not that I haven’t had plenty of Tuna Tartar in my life - but this was just amazing… Also great is the lobster Taco (yes, a Taco) and the pork chop on a softly melting risotto… The staff is absolutely knowledgeable, their bar is very well equipped and everybody is sooooo friendly… The only drawback: very very ugly bathrooms, which is strange as the rest is very beautiful and tasteful… but hey still a definite treat.

Rathbun’s
112 Krog St
Inman Park
Atlanta, GA
404 524 8280

A shopping spree in Frankfurt

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

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This is a little summary about my last trip across the city of Frankfurt.

My first pit stop led me to one of my favorite ressources for furniture and other lifestyle accessoires.

Frick is a retail shop in the heart of the city selling from Vitra’s and USM Haller’s classics to such beautiful gems like these…

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… “Bloom” by Raeder are wonderful aluminium tools for your gardening…

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Wimp!

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

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Wimp

Still drinking Stoli Razz? Or (even worse) Absolut Vanilla? OK, so you jumped onto the Vodka bandwagon because? What, low-carb? Clean taste (read: no taste)? No headache? Or just because you drink so much, you can’t afford others to notice the smell?
In any case there is an abundance of freakishliy tasting fruit Vodka available. But now, Vodka returned home… Home to macho county, where the average (daytime) temp doesn’t reach 5 Celcius and the sun was last seen - hmmm, when was the sun last seen…
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Noka-holic!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

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Single estate coffees? Been there!
Boutique Cabs? Done that!
Hand rolled cuban’s? Seen them!Cocoapods
But the rarest cacao, sourced from exclusive plantations in Venezuela, Ecuador, Trinidad and Côte d’Ivoire?

That’s what Noka is all about. Noka is dedicated to the resurrection of chocolate to its noblest form: Pure Single-Origin, Dark Chocolate, made with the rarest cacao.
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Smoove operator…

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

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Some like it hot, and if you do, then you obviously like your spices freshly ground, and I would assume that you then already own a mortar and pestle… but if you nevertheless believe you need more than one for different usages and occasions, then you’ll like this:
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Pocket Time Machine…

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

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My personal trainer will love me… I have probably doubled in size over the past days here in Europe… Riesling tasting in Frankfurt, Brunello in Hamburg, too many french new growths and a lot of Spaniards, invading my palate like a good Conquistador…

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A Conquistador always sports some nifty knife action, so was I surprised to see the waiter dip his Laguiole into my glass, and my neighbors and his neighbors and so on…
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