Welcome to the land of flux! I visit NYC about three times a year and in some ways it is always the same, and constantly in flux, changing right in front of you. A city that has embraced change like no other. This change can be tasted through its many restaurants, old and new, smelled in its coffee places and witnessed on its communal tables, or by its bar stools. This is our updated New York list!
1. Egg shop – This playful aesthetic will definitely make you want to spend more time here, more time to try more selections of more than 100 inventive egg dishes! Trust me. This Soho joint, will not disappoint.
2. La Mercerie – Because New York is nothing if it isn’t international, heres an all-day French cafe/bakery. Celebrate everyday French food and drink. Comfort.
3. The Hoxton, Williamsburg – What characterizes this hotel renovated from a former industrial building are the floor to ceiling windows offering unimpeded views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. For once, you won’t have to choose if you should cross the bridge or not. It’s all there in plain sight!
4. Celestine – This Eastern Mediterranean restaurant really adds to the already existing array of culinary adventures you could go on in New York City. An extra perk? Located in a LEED Gold Certified Building. Welcome to the future of green living in the City!
5. Red Farm – How more fitting would a classic farmhouse feel be, in the Village? Farm to Table, take the chance to enjoy the legendary Pac Man dumplings!
6. Marta – Want a slice? Try a thin, crackly-crusted pizza by Chef Lena Ciardullo in a community feel space!
7. Abc Kitchen – This place really pushes the envelope of green living and eating! No pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers,insecticides or CMOs! An American eatery back to basics!
8. Lexington Candy Shop – An all-time favorite. Founded in 1925, its the gift that keeps on giving. Classic New York at your fingertips and tastebuds. Try the tuna melt!
9. Atla – A place you can come to over and over again at any time of the day! Contemporary Mexican cuisine and the everlasting majesty of mescals.
10. Cosme – Never a dull moment here. Chef Enrique Olveras wordly and contemporary Mexican food offers an experience. Go for it.
I don’t think I could have had a better first time try at Skiing. The InterContinental Davos, a 2013 hotel built on the brink of the Davos Klosters, has the ability to embed you in the white fluffy hillside landscape, preparing you fully for your skiing journey! All the appropriate conditions are waiting to be enjoyed! Comfort, luxury and adventure at a moments notice!
1. You can forget the seasonal restrictions here! Do you want to use the sauna while on a white snowy mountain? Do it. Indoor and outdoor swimming? Do it!
2. Try one of the many restaurants available on the grounds. From Capricorn, to Al Pino or Studio Grigio. My favorite though? Comfort is key here ! Try Nuts and Co. Bar and Restaurant for laid back comfort food without any of the restrictions on luxury. After dinner drinks are a must.
3. Following your drinks, stumble up to your room, preferably your Suite and enjoy the clear starlit sky from your balcony. Priceless.
4. You could get here with an amazing train journey with the Glacier Express from Matterhorn to Davos. I love train journeys and it builds so much more anticipation for the arrival at the Davos Klosters.
5. I arrived here to try out skiing for the first time. This was done under the best conditions! The support was amazing – InterContinental Davosarranged a skiing coach for me and I discovered my new talent!
6. After an intense exercise session trying to learn how to ski, how could I not stumble down to the Spa and then back to my room to enjoy my luxurious room?
7. If you are interested in more sports, the annual Swiss Alpine Marathon or the Spengler Cup are held here!
8. The hotel titled as the “Golden Egg” is built with 691 unique laser cut panels by Oikios Architekten – it truly is a marvel.
9. The cinema theatre really was a game changer for me ! It really elevates the comfort zone elements. I could hang around this hotel for days on end, who would want to leave?
10. Last but not least, the view! The Davos Klosters in all its glory!
There are two types of people in this world. Those that like Winter, and those that don’t. Well, this post is for those of you that don’t like Winter. The solution is to be found in something very simple. Layering. You can build a look that allows you to adapt to the changing environments of each place you visit during the day, be it a warm cafe, or a walk around the park. An important tool in the exercise of Layering is building your wardrobe with key pieces and my visit at Bicester Villagelast week simply did that! I have even found items that were sold out from most luxury stores, and of course at even lower prices! During my visit there I found these four looks and decided to share some tips on how to layer like a pro. So here are six ways to Layer!
Textures: Pop a classic short-sleeve Lacoste polo and your favourite leather jacket on top, pair it with a wool scarf and your Brooks Brothers flannel trousers to feel warm. Make an outfit feel totally new again. Easily deconstruct the layers when you are inside a warmer place.
Colours and Checks: Who knew check and colours could be so perfect for layering? Build your look starting with the most basic of foundations: a fine turtleneck, layer with a button-down shirt and finish with a colourful knit.
Warmth factor: Top off your summery favourite tshirts or jumpers with a long statement coat or trench and if the weather requires it with a heavy-duty scarf.
Coats and gilets: Add an extra layer of warmth between a shirt and a jacket or choose a sleeveless gilet to avoid bulking up. Just like this grey gilet from Savoy Tailors Guild available at Bicester Village.
Denim: Give your winter wardrobe a dash of colour with a dash of denim jacket that can be seen from under your go-to coat.
Lengths: A great formula to look effortlessly stylish. Use short, long, short, long layers. Try a pair of cropped pants and pair them with your favourite winter boots.
The key to looking dapper no matter what, as a modern gentleman, is exceptional grooming. Either choosing to sport the full beard, experiment with a goatee or throw it back to the all time classic moustache, aim to find the barber that will help you keep fresh and always looking your best. For this occasion I met up with my personal barber, Stefan Avanzato, a former master barber at Dolce & Gabbana and my own personal barber for 5 years who has now opened his very own Avanzato Grooming Lounge in Mayfair. I could not be happier! In his trusted hands and to celebrate his outstanding independent move I tried three iconic looks and asked the man himself to share with us 5 good reasons to keep a beard, 5 good reasons to try a goatee and 5 good reasons to get a moustache.
5 Facts and good reasons to own a beard:
Beards have been around for centuries and once again are a lot more accepted in this day and age.
Beards block UV rays and protects skin from the sun, so slows down ageing, wrinkles and even limits the risk of developing skin cancer.
Recent studies show, men with beards are perceived to be more positive. Each man was rated to be more mature, attractive and healthier the fuller a mans beard grows. (As long as its well groomed by a good barber)
Beards also prevent bacterial infections. When you have a beard the pores in your skin are naturally protected against any bacteria that may try to get in and cause infection.
A beard gives a man a sense of power and confidence that is readily evident to anyone around him. Therefore making a decision to grow a beard is a way for a man to set a higher standard for his life and become more successful.
For lazy people this also means no shaving in the morning and for those of you who suffer from irritation, razor bumps and ingrowing hairs, growing a beard will definitely limit the damage.
5 Facts and good reasons to own a goatee:
People who struggle to grow a fuller beard, tend to opt more for a goatee. As these can still add facial hair, shape while also adding a focal point to the face.
A goatee is a style of facial hair incorporating hair on a mans chin and upper lip but not on his cheeks. The exact nature of styles has varied according to time and culture.
Goatees can be worn a bit more rugged and messy so not shaving can can clear up your schedule for more important things.
Until the late 20th century, the term goatee was used to refer solely to a beard formed by a tuft of hair on the chin. as one on of a goat- hence the term goatee.
Recent icons to rock a goatee and make them cool ….. Matthew Zorpas , Robert Downey jr, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Idriss Alba, Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.
5 Facts and good reasons to own a moustache:
Moustache’s are a huge statement for Men, in early times they were a sign of power and success. These days it takes a lot more courage and guts to sport one. (So well done Matthew for pulling this bold look off so well)
Mo’s are (apparently) more pleasurable for sexual foreplay.
In recent years Movember implements moustaches in the month of November as a means of emblematically raising awareness for prostate and testicular cancer.
Men who grow a mo enjoy the benefits of having microscopic allergens kept out of their noses and as a result, the reduction of effects of conditions such as hay fever and other allergies.
Originally a moustache is also a religious symbol of The Yarsan religion. A traditional Indian belief is that a mans facial hair is a sign of his virility…. eventually British officers began to cultivate mo’s and other facial hair to gain respect of their troops.
Tokyo is a place like no other, a city where the east meets the west in a very unique and spectacular way. From traditional Japanese culture, to minimalist modern architecture and from real-life cartoon characters to the eclectic and delicious selection of restaurants, Tokyo is one of the top 10 destinations of a lifetime. As if it is in a world of its own, this city is in constant flux !
Heres’ my top ten!
Enjoy the best chicken katsu, the go to dish of Japan, at Torikatsu Chicken Shibuya
Taste a traditional Japanese barbecue at Yakitori no meimon akiyoshi – you will not regret it!
For a modern western brunch visit the Garden House Crafts, be certain that the Japanese element will still be strong!
Coffee culture is strong and bustling – Pause here for the best concept coffee in town at Koffee Maneya
Indulge in a sweet treat at Bake Cheese Tart bakery situated in Shinjuku
Go on an evening walk around Shinjuku area – from the Shinjuku Gyoen with its endless green, a staple of Japanese landscape, to the bustling built landscape of the Hanazono Shrine or its skyscrapers
Visit MORI Tokyo’s digital art museum – in ways only Tokyo could deliver!
For luxury shopping pass by the Ginza district
For more affordable and vintage shopping, without any discounts on fascinating and interesting pieces, go to the Shimokitazawa area
in typical Tokyo fashion, a wealth of concept stores in the Omotesando area are waiting to be explored!
Holiday season is upon us and apart from good food, wine, and much needed family and friends time, this means – suiting up! But purchasing a great suit, has some pre-requisites, a process, some things to keep in mind! Despite popular perception, something I have been trying to reinforce throughout my years at the gentleman blogger ,is that a suit is suitable for all times of the day! One of my all-time favourite go to brands is of course, Tom Ford suits. Choose a brand you can trust for one of the most versatile and transcendent items of clothing in your wardrobe. Whilst keeping that in mind, how do you go about looking for a suit? And how do you end up, choosing one? In collaboration with Selfridges here are my top 10 tips to shop men’s designer suits!
Know what makes you comfortable. This could mean, choosing the right textile – always, always, choose quality – because quality will bring comfort, and comfort will bring suave.
Choose fit – as a man who has an exorbitant amount of suits, I know that a different fit creates a totally different look – classic, slim, double-breasted, an Italian cut or an English cut. Dare to try something out of your comfort zone – you might be surprised what a different fit looks like on you, and most importantly, how it makes you feel.
Listen to the salesperson, but, go with your gut.
A suit is part of a whole – always keep in mind that shoes, and accessories – even socks, a handkerchief and a great shirt complete the look
Choose the textile – the most common is wool and it is also the safest option considering warmth, and comfort, but tweed and herringbone are up there with wool! Tweed being the thicker material, will serve you best in colder temperatures. Like tweed, herringbone, is a tighter weave with heavy material, and thus, creates a more structure result, than wool or cashmere suits.
Go for colour and combinations of textile. Gradients of browns and corduroy, hues of green with velvet, tartan blended into wool – go for colour and combinations of textile.
Choose a store with variety. You do not want to be limited in your endeavour! Selfridges can solve your quandaries for you!
An international city, through and through, Geneva has formed and been formed by Europe and its culture, but also more recently, by providing a home for countless international organizations. For a non-stop traveller like myself, it was the perfect place to get back together with some of the people I miss the most. Re-gather, re-join, reconnect and renew bonds with some very special explorative activities.With my beloved friend from AndriaDose, we ventured out into this global city, and surrounded by the Jura, Vuache and Saleve mountains, we explored! For two days we found crevices of surprises, big and small! Despite its size(6.15 square miles) and a population of less than 200,000 , Geneva is a city like no other.
Here’s 10 ways to get your Geneva adventure started:
1. Stay at Hôtel Le Richemond which has been a destination for international travellers since 1875, with a clientele that includes Charlie Chaplin, Louis Armstrong, Sophie Loren, Rita Hayworth and Marc Chagall. Spaces with such history are indescribable.
2. Walk through the Bastion Park and play Giant Outdoor Chess!
3. Rest for a picture on Lake Geneva alongside the magnificent Jet D’eau, which boasts 127 years old
4. Capture the 360 degrees view from the Cathedral, and if you’re not planning on hiking up Mont Blanc, a picture with it in the background here will do!
6. Wonder around the Old Town – the largest historic centre in Switzerland. Here is where you will find Geneva’s history, culinary, architectural or otherwise!
7. Become a watchmaker at Initium in the heart of Geneva by meeting an authentic watchmaker and become initiated in the art and science of watchmaking – becoming an expert is no easy feat I promise you!
8. Take a Gourmet Cruise of the Geneva Lake with The Chef’s Table, which features refined dishes of beef and lobster
9. Our workshop at Chocolaterie Stettler proved to me the complex layers our favorite dessert – Chocolate will never taste the same!
10. Sit back and enjoy a signature cocktail and dinner at Rooftop 42 that offers some of the best views in town
11. Discover the mountains of Geneva, the Saleve, Jura and Vuache – try paragliding, climbing, mountain biking, trekking, or crosscountry skiing in winter – apres-ski drinks are a must, whether its hot chocolate or a whisky!
12. Lunch on the top of Mont Salève – Le Panoramique Salève Restaurant. No need to bring your hiking gear!
Thank you GenevaTourism for bringing us together! For more recommendations visit: HERE