July 19, 2019

Restaurant: South Africa!

So in my quest to give more presence to the wonderful restaurants/bars of my travels I like to show you my favorites on my trips to South Africa! There were many moments but for my nostalgia of the country I pick these three.

Let me start with the sad news, as one has already closed. However, as you can see they have a new venture that would be worth checking out on my next visit or yours.

Le Soufflé French Bistro was at Corner Forrest, Sunset road , Pineslopes Mall, Sandton. Le Soufflé had an easy atmosphere for a leisurely breakfast, a relaxing lunch and/or a informal dinner. The restaurant offers the most diverse menu of French Provençale  food in South Africa.  If I want to safely take friends to lunch or dinner, it’s “The Soufflé”. The food is excellent and the waiters are very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Good atmosphère. I was taken here and darn was good and we ate at the terrace as in Paris!

Their Facebook page was here: Facebook page of Le Souffle French Bistro

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And I found out this :“THANK YOU to all our loyal customers that have supported us over the years. Unfortunately we had to close Le Soufflé Restaurant under duress due to the present economy. We will keep you informed should we get involved in a new venture in the future.” And then this,  “IRENE & MARC have teamed up with ANDIE & JULIAN at “JUNIPA’S BISTRO” in the Hobart Centre in Bryanston from the 1st of June. We are looking forward to seeing all our wonderful and loyal customers that have supported us over the years.”

So I know to follow them to Junipa’s Bistro next time in town. The news were here: I love Fourways local news on Le Soufflé resto

Right about the same area or town I saw a big sign on the road and thinking beers went there, and it was super. Later, took my local friends there lol! even one that came all the way from Pretoria to meet there! The place rocks and it is recommended, thanks for the memories.

The Beer House, 1 Sunset Ave cnr Witkoppen, Pineslopes Boulevard, Sandton 2191.

It really is great value for money.  There are many specials and 99 beers to choose from!  I  enjoyed  the times spent there with snacks and beers we did try a big sandwich that do not recall the name it had jerky beef of some sort in it . It was full as we’d come during after work or happy hour time but the there was a great, relaxing atmosphere. We also had really good service from our waitress.

The Beer House see themselves  as the hub for all things beer, providing the best of local and international beers. They  live to give Beer Lovers an all year round Beer Festival by providing a large and inclusive variety of beer & brew food, social atmosphere, high standards of service, beer culture and education. Indeed they do!

The Beer House at Fourways

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Then,went elsewhere in So Africa, precisely to East London, and a local friend took me here. Just the kind of bar pub I like, wonderful, recommended.

Abbotsford Arms Pub, 1 Nord Avenue, East London 5241. Tel +21 043 721 0363

This old restaurant come pub , has the best T-Bone and secret sauce on offer in East London . Offering a 600 gr A Grade T- bone at a very reasonable price , and sitting inside or outside . Great service , staff are quick . Great atmosphere , you can sit inside or outside. This pub is perfect for both after work pints and relaxing mixers over the weekend!

We were inside and very friendly service to enjoy a great evening with friends. Memorable should go back. Enjoy it

Facebook page of Abbotsford Arms Pub East London

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And they you go a quick brief tour of memorable places to eat and drink in South Africa. Thanks for the memories guys. Looking forward to come back already. Cheers

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 19, 2019

Restaurants of Mexico!!!

Ok so even if have written on many in my trips to pretty Mexico in previous posts, I like to highlight some of the memorable moments there going to eat out. Food is very important there and one of the best in the world, and I have enjoyed it all the time. Lucky to been able to visit often in the last 20 years and last on oct 2018.

Do not know when life instances will take me back to the land of the Aztecs but the memories will lingered forever. Not only good friends but family too there. Now for the souvenirs of my visits here are the nostalgics restaurants I visited in Mexico lindo y querido!

I will start with the Bistro 77 at Calle Samartin 77, Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco State about 70 km from the  state capital Guadalajara on the M80 road.

I was introduced to this wonderful spot  by local friends on a business trip that was memorable for the good food and good friendship that have lasted and will continue. At this this little restaurant in an old home I had wonderful Pulpo(octopus)  beers and pizzas with Mexican hot chili, great TV screens and wonderful friendly service. Its situated in the heart of the town, just one block up from the main plaza.  It has been made into a restaurant, a former old house. No much done to the building itself.. The food is simple, but delicious, pizzas, sandwiches and traditional Mexican additions. Great selection of beers and some wines.

More info on Bistro 77 here: Official Bistro 77 restaurant

Official Tepatitlan de Morelos on restaurants and Bistro 77

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While repeating at this wonderful town of Tepatitlan de Morelos , I was introduce to the restaurant Don Kamaron.  The sport TV all over, the friendly service, good food, good company was all it took; I came back always to eat here!!! It is at Dr. J. Ricardo Alcala Iñiguez 284, Alameda. Tepatitlán de Morelos Telephone +52 378 715 5140 .

The kitchen and service in this restaurant is very nicel. There is Mexican food, fish dishes and traditional style The food was delicious and we were able to taste many seafood platters. One of their dishes, camarones endiablada or sort of devilish shrimps was very spicy and very hot! Be careful but very good!. With all its desserts and strong spirits, beer, etc. The food was quite affordable. We will then visit Don K no doubt next time we go to Tepatitlan.

More info on Yelp on Don K restoYelp reviews on Don K restaurant in Tepatitlan

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Going down to Quintana Roo had lunch as well in Las Tortugas resto in Calderitas just next to Bacalar, along the Bay of Chetumal, wonderful fresh fried fish, fries, sweet bananas, yellow rice, and beers Modelo Especial, nice.

I was really comfortable and ate very goood here, before the dishes arrived , I was toasted a snack that included the region’s specialty black beans with totopos and a ceviche, as attractive is one sitting by the sea with its incredible view by its colors, highly recommended.

More info here: http://www.guiacalderitas.com/restaurants/restaurant_12.html

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Back in the capital city of Mexico DF , I had gone to the Wing’s Army bar on Insurgentes Sur to see the football/soccer matches, with always a great ambiance ;nice and plenty of good Miller High Life beers by the liter which have been a long time not drank again, this was neat and the Army hamburger was great with good company ;I later came back in the week and it was equally as good. Therefore is my stop for a sport game and beers while in DF.

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This is a chain all over Mexico, the official webpage is here: Official Wing’s Army Mexico

Yelp reviews on the Wing’s Army on insurgentes sur

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El Paisa, is a more rustic restaurant in a working class area with a nice second floor terrace, a very nice welcome with lots of Mexicans families there; nice ambiance and great conversation with many. The area is nice around a corner, and serve in the terrace in the back upper level. One of the places to go when you know the area and want to get away from tourists. Here we had more goodies of the Mexican cuisine such as the alambre with meat and cheese melted sort like a pizza but chewy and yummy, Pacifico beers and coffee expresso, first we had some chicharones and all good.

The place is typical of the basic restaurant and the food is simple and awesome. You can also order Tepache, a fermented drink made with pineapple peels and zest. Actually very good. All in all, the food was excellent and I would recommend anyone to go there to try the real local food.  More info here: Yelp reviews on El Paisa of Mexico DF

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Puerto Làpice, here it was the filete tampiqueño (Tampico) real beef that was the plate with Mexican wine Chateau Domecq. It’s a place where some old Spanish dishes can be had as well. Located at Poniente 128 647 ,Azcapotzalco, corner of Norte 45 ,in a working class area near the Vallejos industrial park.

Whether for a business lunch, with couples, friends or family, the Puerto Lápice restaurant presents in its menu the most traditional dishes of Spain, all, seeking to satisfy the desire for tasty food at a good cost and in an area where   you’ll not find a lot of quality restaurants. More info here: Chilango review site on Puerto Lapice

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This is a meat heavens place in Mexico city for a change. Cambalache, an Argentine jewel small but all kinds of cuts beef that is, at Insurgentes Sur 1384. If you’re looking for meat, and good meat, Cambalache is your place.

Cambalecbe is a private chain more info here! Official Cambaleche restaurant on Insurgentes Sur

Yelp reviews on Chambaleche resto on Insurgentes sur

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And last but not least, I need to tell you about a special experience in Zona Rosa a populat vibrant area that I have stayed most of the times in Mexico city. I had repeated good experiences at the steakhouse Angus Butcher House, Copenhage 31 , steaks are big, beers are cold, and the ladies are all beautiful !

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The Angus restaurant was founded at Zona Rosa in February 1977. This restaurant provides an innovative option for Mexico. They are the pioneers in the introduction of beef imported from U.S.D.A. Choice and Certified ANGUS ® Beef on demand. Moreover, they were the pioneers in introducing the concept of Hostess in Mexico, which is about a host or waitress, usually good looking women, who will assist diners from the beginning to the end of the evening.   The restaurant design is based on the culture of New Mexico, with details and paintings by the most prominent artists of American West Art. More info here: Official Angus restaurant on Zona Rosa

Yelp reviews on Angus Butcher Restaurant Zona Rosa

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And there you go another round of wonderful times, friends galore, and great food in pretty Mexico. You will do well to visit these in your next trip in the country. Hope you enjoyed the post and buen provecho!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 18, 2019

Restaurant: the Marne and Loir et Cher!

And to continue on my short series of family memories on the restaurant visits of my belle France I bring you to two far and distinct places, a contrast of choices! In my road warrior ways around my France I have come to enjoy many restaurants of all sorts and price levels. These two are on a higher echelons and both very good indeed!

Let me tell you briefly on the restaurant of the Marne dept 51 in Epernay, and the one in Blois dept 41 Loir et Cher.  Hope you enjoy them as we did/do.

Les Berceaux, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Epernay is one of the reference tables in the East of France. The winery knows how to find the good and great classic references in most regions, to match, in abundance and quality, with the rich cuisine of the most renowned chef of the city. The locals on a chic outing know no other destination in the city, to find their treats. And us too! Memories forever!!!

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A discreet Alsatian named Patrick Michelon. This Mulhousian, formerly trained at Haeberlin and at the Auberge St Barnabé in Murbach, also spent at Reeb in Marlenheim, once had his two stars at Fère-en-Tardenois Castle. He was also the good Michelin-starred chef of the Arms de Champagne at the Epine in the time of good Mr. Perardel. Master at home for sixteen years already at the Berceaux, he has made an old-fashioned inn a place of varied pleasures, with its modernized rooms. just a stone’s throw from the glorious Avenue de Champagne, which is perhaps the richest avenue in France. In short, Les Berceaux contain a table of great class, to discover in its juice, its precision, its discretion.

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For lodging/eating  we have stayed at the beautiful gastronomic and wonderful Les Berceaux 13 rue des Berceaux in Epernay, just sublime and romantic, as well as exquisite French food done right with a Champagne twist, you wont go wrong here,tops. More info here: Official Les Berceaux restaurant

The quaint traditional Le Triboulet, 18, place du Chateau, just to the right coming out of the castle of Blois ; great local cuisine and wonderful views over the Loire river from the terraces. More info here: Official Le Triboulet restaurant

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Easy-to-find restaurant,in the parvis of the Castle of Blois, overlooking the city, you can’t miss it! By choosing its name, the restaurant makes a nod to the madman of the king who officiated under the reigns Louis XII and François I, Févrial better known as the Triboulet, the latter had costume to entertain the king with his good words. The cozy atmosphere is conferred by the narrowness of the room, by a decoration made of beams and exposed stones, and a pleasant fireplace to brave the cold of winter. The property offers a small but quality menu, traditional cuisine in an exceptional setting. During the summer, both terraces are very popular.

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More on the tourist office of Blois Chambord: Tourist office of Blois Chambord on the Le Triboulet resto

There you go the fancy of my France, nobody does it better and it shows each year by the number of visitors. Hope you have enjoy this marvelous combination of the Marne and the Loire (both rivers too). The les Berceaux and le Triboulet are a must indeed.

And remember, happy travels ,good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

July 18, 2019

Some news from Spain LXXXII

So on a rainy cloudy day in my neck of the woods and 19C or about 65F and a much better sunny 29C or 84F in my Madrid! Let me tell you some news of my beloved  Spain!

Let’s start with something we love to do and I will again next month! Neighborhood bars and taverns are reborn with more quality and atmosphere than ever before. The best in my opinion to go out of the ordinary in Madrid.

El 5 de Tirso. Fans of Madrid tapas and typical dishes and stews of the capital will find their place in El 5 de Tirso. Plaza Tirso de Molina, 5.

The La Embajada de Embajadores.  Around a large bar full of stools and an area of ​​low tables, revolves the life of this  place. It is the typical bar where you are going to have a beer with a good tapa after visiting El Rastro. But it is also the perfect place to go to pick up portions or dine informally.  Calle Embajadores, 66

Gran Clavel . It is a wine bar, a food house of the 21C and a vermutería (vermouth bar). An all in one that was born with the aim of vindicating Madrid’s culture in a single space. That is why its essence has been materialized jointly through dishes, snacks and drinks. Because Gran Clavel is a cañí (by the glass cool place) site and its menu is a must for all those who love gastronomy. Gran Vía, 11

La Botijeria In the heart of the Madrid of the Austrias and located in one of the oldest buildings of Madrid housing (17C), is La Botijería. Its tasca concept is based on two pillars: good wine and tapas to share. Hence, its menu, castiza (local Madrid persons) but with a modern turn, is made and thought based on rations. Plaza Conde de  Barajas, 2.

Already mentioned in my blog but it is worth commenting again. The Summer Festival of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, scenario Clece (stage), has as a theme the literature, through versioned premiere works by Lorca, Cervantes and Sophocles, in addition to those presented by contemporaries Elvira Lindo and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla. Madama Butterfly (July 25 and 27) has the leading role of the soprano Ainhoa Arteta, in the famous character of Cio-Cio San. Puccini’s dramatic opera, about the geisha in love with an American sailor, moves in this version of director Emilio López until 1940, in the middle of World War II, with Giuseppe Finzi at the head of the Verum Symphony Orchestra and produced by the Palau de les Arts of Valencia. Also,

Yo, Farinelli, El Capón (August 7) is a musical monologue, the fruit of the union of artistic-literary talents. Inspired by the novel by Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, it is directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, on his return to the theater, and features the Baroque orchestra Forma Antiqua. The actor Miguel Rellán and the countertenor Carlos Mena put voice to the famous castrato favorite of Felipe V and Fernando VI, who introduced the great opera in Spain and stayed more than 20 years at the service of the Spanish court.

More info on the Festival of San Lorenzo de El Escorial here: http://www.festclasica.com/en/festivals/festivales-de-san-lorenzo-de-el-escorial/

Some wonderful arts to see in Madrid this summer!

La Corona de Margaritas or the crown of daisies: A large family father, Maurice Denis included his children in his work in a recurrent manner. In this case, the girl is inspired by her daughter Bernadette. The mottled that is seen in both the dress of the girl and the girl respond to the years in which Denis made use of stippling, a common feature with Édouard Vuillard, with whom he shared a studio. As for the wreath of daisies that gives title to the work, it is another frequent motif in Denis’ painting. In fact, there are similarities between this work and others such as Figures in a Spring Landscape (1897) or Virgin Spring (1899). Maurice Denis 1905-1906 at the Thyssen-Bomemisza National Museum, Paseo del Prado, 8. More info here: https://www.museothyssen.org/en/collection/artists/denis-maurice

Las Floreras or the flower girls: A contemporary flower offering, framed in a mountain landscape reminiscent of the Sierra de Gredos, where Goya spent two summers working for the infant Don Luis, is the scene represented by the painter in this canvas, also known as La Primavera (spring) . As explained from the Prado museum, the tapestry resulting from this cardboard was part of those that would be used to decorate the dining room of El Pardo Palace. It was foreseen that the series included a total of 13 tapestries, all of them dedicated to the four seasons of the year and to other country scenes, described as paintings of jocular and pleasant subjects. However, the death of Charles III in 1788 prevented the tapestries from finally hanging on the site that had been thought for them. Francisco de Goya, 1786; Prado National Museum at Calle de Ruiz de Alarcon, 23. More info here: https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection/art-work/the-flower-girls-or-spring/a7d9b670-77a0-43bb-b97e-aa04a04711d6?searchMeta=las%20floreras

Kudos again for tio Pepe! Another recognition. The International Wine Challenge  is celebrated in London and gathers the best references from all over the world competing to become the best wine in the world. In the 36th edition, its jury, made up of professionals from the sector, has valued the quality and uniqueness of an enological marvel of Jerez that has achieved this recognition for the first time in its history. This award places it as the Best Wine of the World for 2019.  This very old amontillado, which shows the ability of the Palomino Fino to age with elegance and nobility. It comes from just one of the six boots that remain, for 53 years, in La Constancia Solera González Byass Museum awaiting its moment to dazzle the world. The result is Tío Pepe Cuatro Palmas, a clean and bright Jerez wine that has an intense mahogany color with amber reflections. The nose is complex, deep and awakens aromas of antique furniture, cedar, lacquers and varnishes. His mouth is strong, very dry, direct and wild, ending in a stunning final reflection of the perfect balance between acidity and old age. Tuna and salted meats, very old cheeses or the contrast of a pure cocoa are highly recommended experiences to accompany this legendary wine. More info here: https://www.internationalwinechallenge.com/canopy/beverage_details?wid=137461

And the official Gonzalez Byass bodega: https://www.tiendagonzalezbyass.com/productos/cuatro-palmas

Beers to get at the supermarket! And we will load up in our trip next month  ,these are to look for !  Cruzcampo Andalusian Pale Ale 4,6% 1 euro (33 cl.). Manila de San Miguel  4,2% 1,05 euros (33 cl.), and  Mahou Barrica 12 Meses  7% 2,95 euros (33 cl.). these are supermarket prices on bottles of 33 cl. Tercios!

One major event to celebrate worldwide indeed! The commemoration of the V centenary of the first round the world sail. The naval school ship, Juan Sebastián Elcano, traces the same route that the fleet of Fernando de Magallanes made 500 years ago, to now do studies of ocean pollution by microplastics, films, documentaries, shows and a great exhibition, The longest trip, which will open the Kings in Seville on September 12.  The story of the 247 men who, five centuries ago, left the port of Seville towards the unknown. Of the 247 crew that departed on August 10, 1519 with the sail boats Trinidad, San Antonio, Concepción, Victoria and Santiago , they only returned to Spain 34. By nationality, Spaniards were 147 of the original crew, 29 Portuguese and 27 Italians, while the rest came from several European countries: Germany, England, Greece … Almost half of the Spaniards were Andalusians, 21% were Viscaya, 6% were from Burgos and 5% from Gipuzkoa.!!! More info here: https://www.accioncultural.es/en/5th-centenary-of-the-first-round-the-world-voyage-

And now a popular dish with many implications I have given the leyend of it before in my blog from the fisherman of Valencia and now what not to do with a Paella , a dish that we enjoy at lunch. The quintessential Valencian recipe and one of the most popular dishes  but not the most of the Spanish tradition raises as many passions as heated discussions about how to prepare, what are the canonical ingredients and what is the proper way to taste it. These are the most common mistakes we should avoid.

The socarrat or overdone effect is an exceptional complement and should never be missing. That’s right: when you do not know how to burn. First the look: it’s dry, it smokes but it’s water, it’s not burning. After the listen: when drying and begin to toast you can hear the crackle of the rice with the fat, it is toasting. And finally, the smell: you have to remove it before you smell it burning!.

Not eating paella at night because it is indigestible well a dish of paella brings a heavy digestion because the oil with which it was made was reheated or even burned.  Do not eat it freshly made: You have to eat it immediately. The closer you are to its preparation, the better!  Calling paellera to the paella container when  is the word for both the container  and the content the same.  To spend a lot on seafood and little on rice But we forget that a paella is, in essence, a plate of rice!.

White wine is the best paella accompaniment: In the case of paella, although a young or dry white wine will always perfectly accompany a paella of fish, seafood and vegetables, a semi dry and cool rosé will harmonize very well also the rices of this type and also those that take meat. These can taste better with a corpulent rosé with a merlot base. Red wines with fish or seafood  are not usually advisable because the iodine they contain adds a metallic note.

Pay a fortune for a dish in a restaurant (no matter how good it is). The paella must be accessible to almost everyone, because paella was never a luxury dish, it was a dish that was made with the ingredients of the garden, more accessible and every day. The average ticket for the diner goes out for 30 or 32 euros, in other places it is 40 and in other 25. Stick to the average and you will find very good ones in Madrid.

Falling into the controversy of the ingredients: the Valencian paella consists of 10 very specific ingredients: large white beans, tomato, flat green beans, chicken, rabbit, salt, olive oil, rice, water and saffron. What comes out of there may be paella, but not Valencian paella. The one with seafood and fish etc is call a Marinera or marine paella and other words to mix and match. The original is a Valencian Paella ok.

Another mistake is to insist so much that the grain has to be loose that in the end we are short of cooking. The key is to know the grain origin, how long it takes to cook and how much liquid is able to absorb without going over. To underestimate the value of the fire when the only way to do it was with orange wood; the grill impresses the final dish with aromas that cannot be achieved with more modern cooking methods. So, if you can, paella with firewood. And better still if tasted outdoors.! There you go now go for it!!! Paella (para ella pa’ella= for her ;see my post on the history). Others take it from a variation in the Valencian language meaning frying pan!

More history and recipes of the Paella in Spanish here: http://www.recetapaellavalenciana.com/historia-de-la-paella/

An anecdote and history that I was able to see on site in my beloved Florida USA and from beloved Spain!

The cloister of the ancient monastery of Sacramenia province of Segovia now  in North Miami Beach Florida!!! The cloister of the Ancient Spanish Monastery, whose origins go back almost nine centuries, is located on the outskirts of the very young city of  North Miami Beach , founded in 1926 and renamed as today in 1931.

The medieval cloister, together with the refectory and the chapter house, was part of the Cistercian monastery of Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles (Our Lady Queen of Angels), located in the Segovian town of Sacramenia, which began to be built in 1133 and was completed eight years later. in 1141. After the canonization in 1174 of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, it was renamed in honor of this influential French saint. For almost seven centuries, the monastery was inhabited by Cistercian monks, until in the 19C, with the confiscation of Mendizábal (Spain anticlerical minister), was sold and converted into a warehouse, barn and stable.

William Randolph Hearst, the great tycoon of the American press who inspired “Citizen Kane” to Orson Welles, noticed it and acquired the cloister, the refectory and the chapter house with the intention of taking it to one of his mansions in California. To this end, its walls, arches, statues were dismantled stone by stone Each piece of the new Hearst acquisition was packaged in a total of 11,000 wooden boxes padded with hay and numbered for later identification. They were then transported by ship across the Atlantic to the United States.  Meanwhile, Hearst’s financial problems led him to let go of his Spanish caprice and sell it at auction. However, the stones of the dismantled monastery remained buried in a warehouse in Brooklyn ,New York city for 26 years.

It was in 1953, a year after Hearst’s death, when two entrepreneurs turned their eyes to the thousands of forgotten pieces of the old monastery and bought them to create a new tourist attraction in flourishing Miami. The complexity of the reconstruction meant that the operation was invested for 19 months and what today would be equivalent to 20 million dollars. It was a matter of recomposing the greatest puzzle in history, as Time magazine pointed out at the time. In 1964, Colonel Robert Pentland Jr., a multi-millionaire philanthropist, bought the old cloister and gave it as a gift to the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. Located in the town of North Miami Beach, about 25 km (12 mi) north of Miami, exactly at 16711 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL,  the ancient Spanish  monastery is now one of the most picturesque attractions in a county marked by hedonistic beach and luxury tourism. You can visit it, and it has as well kept for religious function, with masses in English and Spanish. But, in addition, it is a coveted framework for the celebration of weddings, birthdays and social receptions of various kinds. In addition, it is rented to host photo shoots, video clip recordings and even scenes from Hollywood movies, such as the music and dance performance starring Catherine Zeta Jones in “The Rock Age” (2012). The official webpage is here: https://www.spanishmonastery.com/

There you go another dandy from Spain, everything under the sun and it goes beyond its borders to the world. Enjoy Spain!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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July 18, 2019

Restaurant: Brazil!!

So here I continue my saga of my memorable restaurants in my travels amongst many. This time I take you to lively Brazil and three different cities and restaurants. Hope you enjoy them as I did

Taverna do Chef Nico Rua Pardais, 490 – Jardim Italia, Vinhedo, State of Sao Paulo.  We eat very well!! The atmosphere was nice. ! The waiters were nice. ! A great selection of excellent Italian meals!! Very good wine . There is a large table of good choices of salads, hot dishes, grilled meats. The story of the memorable moment is that I was visiting the city and had a friend there who was welcoming his daughter’s in laws so I was left to walk around alone at first. Feeling hungry and knowing the language decided to take a walk a spot one place to eat. There I came across this lively place and some it seems known regular customers so I settled in to eat. Later I told my friend what I did, and he weeks later decided to bring a group of local friends here as he had never been! And it turn out the friends agree it was a great place to eat. So I told my friend if need to know where to eat in his town to call me jejejeje!!! I still joke about it with him lol!!!

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In total, the tavern menu contains 50 dishes between antipastas , pasta, risotos, meats and fish. It is one of 60 Brazilian restaurants with the Ospitalità Italiana label granted by Unioncamere (Chamber of Commerce of Italy). The certification is granted to establishments with 70% of the wine list composed of Italian labels, which use Italian raw material, have Italian ambient music, decoration that refer to Italy, at least one official who speaks Italian fluently and Italian-Name dishes. Recipes prepared by the matriarch of the family of Angeli.

Nicoló Ferdico was born and studied in Palermo. He traveled to Italy from north to south and specialized in Mediterranean cuisine. The chef also commanded kitchens in the United States, where he lived for a few years. Its restaurant, the Taverna of Chef Nico, in Vinhedo , State of Sao Paulo, is one of the 60 restaurants with the seal Ospitalità Italiana of Brazil, and it’s also accredited by FIC – Brazil (Italian Federation of Cuochi) .

They have a page in Facebook here: Taverna do chef Nico in Vinhedo

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Churrasqueria Estancia Grill, Avenida Albino Jose Barbosa de Oliveira 271 Jardim Santa Genebra II, Campinas, State of Sao Paulo.

The story here was that coming over I was to meet an old friend who had invited me to eat here. I was with another couple of local friends and they tag alone. Well so happened my old friend knew them as they were in the same line of business!! Needless to say the conversation was lively and technical afterward many caïpirinhas!

The Churrasqueria or steakhouse with the best Rodizio of Baron Geraldo, with the best choice of noble meats. Complete Rodizio with Buffet at will! Hot table, cold table and salads, pasta table, Sushi and Sashimi, Experience their Picanha steaks, that painted on the Ember, and the most succulent Lamb of Baron! And on Sundays, come and taste the salmon in the caper sauce. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The buffet also includes freshly made pasta dishes and other hot dishes. Price of the Rodizio on weekdays, 35.50 BRL, lunch or dinner and 45.50 BRL for the weekend.

Official webpage of Estancia Grill Campinas

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Pinga Com Torresmo , Avenida Princesa do sul 29 A, Varginha, State of Minas Gerais.  Varginha is a municipality in southwest Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Varginha stands out as one of the major centers of commerce and coffee production in Brazil and the world

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The memorable story here was that was taken to Café Com Pinga by a local friend to a place specialising in Pinga been a rum alcohol base drink similar to Cachaça but cheaper. It is another term for it a bit cheaper. And the place was great with pork ribs, fry fish, and great Itaipava premium beers. The views over the city as the night fell was fantastic and live music playing oldies but goodies was a king size top off to a wonderful night . I should be back here::)

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A bit of explanation to some Latin American readers as the Portuguese word can be dirty. But is not the thing I can assure you ::)

Cold beer and good bar food with live music on Fridays. No doubt, the best bar of Varginha! Service note 10 and the wonderful menu!!! All done with excellence… Cozy atmosphere, perfect! That’s a restaurant where you can go and try every food on the menu.  I have done twice since 2015  and food still the same as first time. If you want to eat really good food and drink the best Caipi in the State of Minas Gerais you should considered going there. Really good food and services!!!!

They have a Facebook page here: Facebook page of Café com Pinga or Torresmo

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And there you go , some happy memorable moments in lovely Brazil. Always waiting to be back and see these again in Vinhedo, Campinas, and Varighina!!! Enjoy restaurants in Brazil!

And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all!!!

July 17, 2019

Restaurant: Indonesia!

So going into exotic lands for me was a thrill back in 2012 when started visiting Asia, and Indonesia. Over the years since, I had my share of good cheers with friendly locals and many good souvenirs, now I like to tell you about a couple of great places of different tunes.

Let me tell you a bit more on Mad Dog Jakarta and Taman Pringsewu Yogyakarta.

I had a blast off my culinary exits in Jakarta with Mad Dogs, well this one came twice ::) Great place and a hanging out of the expats community here; friendly place, with good, affordable food, pool table, beer garden and sports on TV.  A good place to meet expat since it is a very popular hangout place, especially for American, Australian and British older expats .  Here, I had fish and chip and steaks with Bintang beers of course.

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South Jakarta sports bar and restaurant Mad Dogs is located in the Cilandak Commercial Estate which is a popular area for bars in south Jakarta. Opened from 2004. It has lots of flat screen TVs scattered around the walls, makes Mad Dogs the perfect place and great bar to watch live sports showing all types of sports including soccer, AFL, NRL, international cricket, F1, golf, and tennis on its large screens. Drinking beers and watching favorite matches in an exciting atmosphere are what people love to do at Mad Dogs. Good prices for food and drinks, delicious food and strong cocktails with fast and friendly service.  The restaurant is full at lunch time. Great ambience during lunch time when good ambient music picks up the mood.  The VIP room is non smoking while everywhere else is open.  Great food, cool atmosphere and friendly service.

More info here: Zomato reviews on Mad Dog Jakarta

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Restaurant Taman Pringsewu Km. 9 Mulungan Jln. Magelang, Yogyakarta.   The restaurant is a pride of the family every time there is an event that definitely has to eat its food here. The tastes never disappoint and the variants are very much so you can choose, the price is worth it, the place is clean and the service is fast  Friendly children. Super menu.  Super nice,very affordable price & the dining experience is extremely relax with nice ambience. Definitely will come again. The food and service is awesome. First time there and can come back again hopefully.

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I had lunch at the restaurant Taman Pringsewu (T. pre wedding garden ) in a magnificent setting with all exotic local foods some are even hard to remember or spell ! The grill fish is to kill for it thus. A wonderful coconut and orange drink as well.

More info here: Taman Pringsewu restaurant in Indonesian

And they do have a Facebook page for more info here: Facebook page of Taman Pringsewu restaurant

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And there you go , a couple of distinct choices and places both very good memories of my trips to Indonesia. Already looking forward to be back! Enjoy Mad Dog and Pringsewu!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 17, 2019

Restaurant: Cuenca!!

So on my continuing nostalgic trip visiting my favorite hangouts all over the world this time I take you to my fav town of Cuenca in Castilla La Mancha Spain. One of my most nostalgic towns having spent wonderful family vacations here and they last.

Let me tell you briefly about my fav restos here of the several we have patronised over the years, these are it; Cafe bar La Martina and Cafeteria Boni!

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Cafe Bar la Martina at Calle Carreteria, 33. You will find perfectly cooked tapas, jamon and pan con tomate on the menu. It’s a must while visiting Cafe Bar la Martina to order delicious beer. Get your meal started with great coffee. The convenient location of this place makes it easy to reach even in rush hours.  The fast service is something these restaurateurs care about.  Reasonable prices at this restaurant are good news for its visitors and the ambiance is pleasant.

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So lunch we had at Bar Cafe Martina  each time in town or most, it was found as usual by walking around the town coming on its most pedestrian nice city center street of Calle Carreteria. This is a local joint very friendly nice and the price right. We had our usual beers Under a umbrella canopy in the middle of the street,and had our omelettes, chorizos, and croquettes all good for about 8€ per person.

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Calle Carretería had its great splendor when the city ended in La Ventilla and little more than Cuatro Caminos, along Calle de la Alameda, which led to the bullring and the avenue of the Reyes Càtolicos (Catholic Monarchs)  of scattered dwellings. It was  the real shopping center of the city , still partly today, for the purposes of the social life itself. No webpage contact Tel +34 969 23 47 30. Which is a good sign really, you have locals and the real ambiance and food.

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The Cafeteria Boni  at Av. de los Alfares, 48 with terrace sitting that is set up in the parque/Jardines de San Juliàn by Calle Caballeros entrance as well.  The service and food was good but it was the most expensive experience in the trip! Only 15.90€ per person for arroz a la Cubana, small  steaks, fries, omelettes, croquettes of ham and cheese, and beers for all. No web contact tel   +34 969 23 03 96 again good food and great local ambiance.

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Another find by walking the beat of the town of Cuenca. Best of all, its terrace for a drink on the hot summer days under the shades of the imposing trees of Parque San Julian. Their attentive staff is very hard working, always has a positive attitude and makes this a great place. A wonderful memorable experience with the family.

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Hope you enjoy these brief posts on restaurants as you can certainly know these are part of the nostalgic adventures we take when we travel even in very familiar places like me in my Spain. Enjoy the restaurants of Cuenca!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

July 17, 2019

Restaurant: Madrid!

So back at you with my beloved Madrid: well what can I say more than on numerous posts in my blog about Madrid. I will be back this late August !!!! So many memories of good food and good cheers and plenty of good restaurants. However, as family in mind these will bring me joy to tell again.

Therefore, here are my nostalgic restaurants of Madrid.

Cerveceria Cruz Blanca  redefines the concept of a brewery and recreates the old classical and chaste taverns that originated in the early 20C. The brewery has locations all over Madrid becomin an ideal meeting point to enjoy its star product, beer, and accompany it with a variety of tapas based on canned, fried, fresh seafood, fish market and chacinas. Cruz Blanca will leave you with a great taste in the mouth and certainly a good reason to repeat the experience. My favorite is the Calle Dr Esquerdo  157 (near Conde de Casal) with a great terrace with two parts: one next to the semi-covered premises that has water sprinklers in summer and heating in winter and tables on the street in summer. The place is on the side of Dr Esquerdo where the sun shines in the afternoon so the best option is always with sprinklers in summer. There is another I have visited at Calle Menendez Pelayo ,47 (across from Retiro park) .both can be reach with metro line 6 at Sanz de Baranda stop.

Official Cruz Blanca on Menendez Pelayo

Official Cruz Blanco on Calle del Doctor Esquerdo

Yelp reviews on Cruz Blanca Dr Esquerdo

 

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The 100 Montaditos ,the term refers to an ancient Spanish culinary habit of filling one or two small slices of bread with various ingredients such as cold cuts, meat, fish, vegetables, cheeses or various types of sauces.100 Montaditos has thus decided to take inspiration from this tradition by giving life to a list of a hundred different proposals.  In its service formula a form is filled out with the order that is delivered at the counter and, once prepared, customers are notified through electronic gadget for direct pickup.

For snacks or a varied lunch, opt for the low-cost 100 Montaditos of this Madrid chain. Ideal for discovering the spirit of tapas, the menu offers a hundred mini sandwiches, accosted with ham, cheese, tomatoes and many other Spanish flavors. Try it all over Madrid. I enjoyed always with the family at the locations at Calle de la Princesa; 22,  Calle Mayor; 18 , and  Plaza de las Cortes; 3.

Official 100 Montaditos Spain

Tourist office of Madrid on 100 Montaditos

Yelp reviews on 100 Montaditos Pl de las Cortes

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Named after its owner Esteban González, this restaurant is the result of a lifetime’s effort to fulfill a dream. The El Rincón de Esteban offers classic cuisine with seasonal products and it is not uncommon to find famous personalities from the world of politics on their tables. It’s worth eating here every day. But coming in the themed days of hunting (season), in the codfish, and in the time of San Isidro will allow you to try special menus very top!.

In the Calle Santa Catalina, in front of the Congress of Deputies (gov of Spain); this restaurant invites, before and after, to be able to walk through the pictorial and historic streets of the Barrio de Letras, as well as savor the capital Castiso pure local tradition. Without a doubt, El Rincón de Esteban, is one of those classics that three generations that transit Madrid know perfectly; as well as the culinary temple that every tourist must visit to understand the Spanish gastronomic culture. Indeed!

Official El Rincon de Esteban Madrid

Tourist office of Madrid on El Rincon de Esteban

Yelp reviews on El Rincon de Esteban Madrid

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And there you go  ,sublime fun times with inexpensive and high class Madrid for all tastes and we tried them all. Fun times and souvenirs of forever, hoping once try they will become yours too. Enjoy the restaurants of Madrid.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

July 16, 2019

Restaurant: San Sebastian!

And so taking you up to culinary Basque country of my Spain. Here the choices are endless and very renown foods, however for nostalgia’s sake we as a family remember fondly only one. I like to tell you a bit more on a single post for a well deserve credit.

In my road warrior rides in my Spain and even coming down from France to the beautiful city of San Sebastian or Donostia in basque ,we enjoyed dining at Juanito Kojua in the old town section.

We really were not looking for it and did not know anything about it, just walking the city and hunger strikes; we look up some description of the menu and went in. Little did we know, we were stepping into San Sebastian’s culinary history! Again great souvenirs with the family.

Located in the Old Town of Donostia/San Sebastian,at Calle Puerto 14, you will find the emblematic Juanito Kojua, a restaurant that offers genuine Basque cuisine made with the freshest and best quality products of the season. In its menu, you can find a wide variety of game products, as well as spoon dishes, fish and homemade delicacies. Taste the best of Donostiarra cuisine in Juanito Kojua. Opened since 1947 ,specializing in traditional Basque cuisine.

This modest spot began as a meeting place for fishermen’s eating clubs and has persisted over the years because its chefs always seem to manage to get the top of the catch. There are four dining rooms of various traditional décor, but you don’t go here so so much for ambience as for the food! A must in San Sebastian, and we love it.

Official Juanito Kojua San Sebastian

Tourist office of San Sebastian on Juanito Kojua

Yelp reviews on Juanito Kojua San Sebastian

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This is a must when visiting San Sebastian for the culture and culinary know how of the Basques of Spain. You will be good for it. Enjoy the food and ambiance of San Sebastian at its best expression in Juanito Kojua!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 16, 2019

Some news from France, CCXXXVIIII

Well back on the news from France series. It has become cloudy in my belle France and fresh temp of 25C or 77F. In the many news here are my favorites pick from French media sources. Enjoy them!

A new 3-euro lotto game with 12 tickets each bearing the image of a monument in danger will be on sale from 2 September, 2019  in addition to the 15-euro sesame launched last year.  The Heritage mission to save monuments in danger is getting richer. For its cuvée 2019, the French lottery authority  (FDJ=Française des Jeux) offers, as in 2018, a sesame of 15 euros. But this year, they decided to launch a 3-euro series of twelve scratch games each to the glory of a building in urgent need of restoration. These printed versions with 20 million copies will honor the belfry of Béthune (Pas-de-Calais), the Sainte-Marie abbey of Longues-sur-Mer (Calvados), the fort of Brescou (Hérault), the Fesch library in Ajaccio (Corse-du-Sud), the mills of La Fontaine in Thoré-la-Rochette (Loir-et-Cher) or the Maulnes castle in Cruzy-le-Châtel (Yonne). The monuments on display are part of the 121 sites at risk selected this year, as part of the mission orchestrated by the host Stéphane Bern and who will benefit from the credits collected through, in particular, the sale of scratch tickets. For each set of 3 euros bought, 50 cents (the share that usually comes to the State) are donated to the Heritage Foundation. Great idea for all to help even visitors!!! The Mission Bern: https://www.missionbern.fr/

And while we try to save many,others depart. An institution since my knowledge of France is on the way out. The Tati stores, only one will remain. Founded in 1948 by Jules Ouaki, the Tati brand continues its descent into the void. Thirteen stores will close and the other hundred points of sale of the clothing store will go under the GIFI brand. From 2020, there will be only one Tati in France, that of Barbès in Paris. More on Tati here: https://www.tati.fr/

For the 7th edition of La Nuit aux Invalides (the night at the invalides) , the monument comes alive, until August 30, 2019, for the sound and light show “Lutèce, 3,000 years of stories” La Nuit aux Invalides: Lutèce, 3,000 years of  stories, Esplanade des Invalides, 129, rue de Grenelle (7éme). From Wednesday to Saturday until August 30th. From 22h30 in July, 22h in August. From 15 to 25 €, free for children under 7 years old. More info here: https://lanuitauxinvalides.fr/en

The Compagnie des prêtres de Saint-Sulpice, located just opposite the Swiss Hospital, close to the John Paul II Park, the building faces the Saint-Sulpice seminary, still in activity, this is in Issy-les-Moulineaux Hauts-de-Seine dept 92. From the 1960s, the building served as a retirement home for elderly religious. The home of solitude, this is what was called until today this manor, property of the Company of the Priests of Saint-Sulpice since 1655. There are now six priest-trainers present permanently, and are currently welcoming 45 priests in formation for six years.  The crisis of vocations makes the home obsolete. Faced with very high maintenance and work costs, which the congregation cannot afford, the priests begin to discuss a development project with the city. It was finally chosen a five-star hotel of 83 rooms in total that will settle here, whose realization will be driven by the agency Wilmotte & Associates Architects. It should see the light of day in 2021. The gourmet restaurant has already been entrusted to Chef Christian Constant.wow, looks good! More info here: https://seminairesaintsulpice.fr/contact/

The island of Issy-les-Moulineaux has two identities to discover during bucolic walks. on this two-kilometer long stretch of land between Issy-les-Moulineaux and Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine 92 ), near Seguin Island, you are surrounded by nature in the middle of the Seine river. Two bridges and a footbridge provide access to Île Saint-Germain, which the Billancourt bridge separates into two parts: departmental park and residential area. The island owes its name to the monastery of Saint-Germain-des-Prés who owns these lands from the Middle Ages. At the time, there is no bridge, no dwelling, it is a place of grazing. The French revolution comes and the nationalization of the island. In 1808, Napoleon annexed it to the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux.

In 1853, the Montluçon (Allier) glassworks company bought the central part of the island and built two neoclassical buildings, still in place, one of which houses the restaurant “L’île” and the bridge that still exists today. The company also erects four large halls of which only one survived and hosts a pony club. Expanded since then, the departmental park now covers 22 ha. You can a nice statue there call the tower with figures of Jean Dubuffet, currently hidden under the scaffolding for its renovation. On the urban side, the island has 3,273 inhabitants; Jean Nouvel has erected offices , a building nicknamed the ship  in 1992. Others, like the designer Philippe Starck or the studio Dubosc & Landowski, have signed innovative creations. The departmental park of Île Saint-Germain is open from 7h to 21h  in July, from 7h to 20h30  in August. Several visits are scheduled with Jacky Libaud, on registration at https://www.baladesauxjardins.fr/.  Denis Joye, Volunteer of the League for the Protection of Birds, hosts an outing a month, July 20,  and August 31, for free, with reservation at Mob tel +33 (0) 6.81.57.26.33.or http://denis.joye.free.fr/

More on the park from the tourist office of Hauts-de-Seine 92: https://www.tourisme92.com/balade-parc-departemental-ile-saint-germain.html

One hundred years after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the Musée de la Grande Guerre Meaux (museum of WWI in Meaux , Seine-et-Marne 77)  reminds the public of the tortuous paths of peace, which was above all that of the victors. The exhibition “Behind the Scenes of Peace” presents several exceptional objects and documents, such as the journal kept by Marshal Foch’s interpreter during pre-Armistice discussions .More info here: https://www.museedelagrandeguerre.eu/en/exhibition-and-events/temporary-exhibitions/expopaix1919.html

Some of the concrete structures that have flourished in Nice are real jewels .Built in 1928 on the Promenade des Anglais, the Palais de la Mediterranee was once considered the most beautiful casino in the world , there were many shows, exhibitions, balls and banquets for the rich wintering. The carved façade, inspired by Greek temples, is the only vestige of the palace of pleasures of yesteryear. The opening of a complex bringing together casino, theater and hotel five stars. The Hyatt Regency offers the opportunity to pass on the other side of this mythical frontispiece to dream to the century engulfed in one of the rooms overlooking the Mediterranean. Or at the bar, on the terrace, which offers a breathtaking sea view and a unique setting. More info here: https://www.hyatt.com/fr-FR/hotel/france/hyatt-regency-nice-palais-de-la-mediterranee/ncehr

Just a step away from the inevitable marché de la Liberation (market), the building, inaugurated in 1933, owes its impressive ovoid and futuristic volumes to the technique of the reinforced concrete veil, which made its debut. If it was originally intended to cover the copper, the church remained for somtime in raw concrete for lack of budget, until it is simply pianted in white , which earned  it the nickname: “la Meringue “. Church of Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc ,located at  86 Avenue Saint-Lambert, Nice. More info on Nice tourist office here: https://en.nicetourisme.com/nice/82-eglise-sainte-jeanne-d-arc

Names like Joris-Karl Huysmans, André Breton, Georges Bataille, Pablo Picasso, Jacques Prévert, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Le Café de Flore  has long been the rendezvous of a certain intellectual elite. By virtue of what, one hundred and thirty-two years after its opening, it is always good to show oneself there. The Café de Flore is also the ideal place to observe fashion people who like to frequent this literary café. This is perfect for cultivating their image of  Parisians-chic-intellect who ate eggs in  the shell in Flore. This will make very beautiful photos in a foreign magazine under the heading “The addresses of …”. Well, the Germanopratin crowd bath, it’s drunk and to quote Jean-Paul Sartre: “Hell, it’s the others”. More info here: https://cafedeflore.fr/

The Hôtel d’Angleterre is older than the United States. And that’s true. In the 18C, this rue Jacob  building, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, housed the Embassy of England. Benjamin Franklin wrote the Treaty of Paris, recognizing the United Federal Republic of America in 1783. In the early 20C, the place changes its nature to become a hotel. Ernest Hemingway stayed there for a month in 1921, during his first stay in Paris, which he inspired for a Movable Feast. His room, No. 14, now bears his name. The hotel has fifteen others, spacious for the neighborhood  and all different, although the decoration of each cultivates the 18C  seal with exposed beams, solid wood cabinets and curtains with pompoms. In summer, the flowery patio is a real pleasure.  Hôtel d’Angleterre at  Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 44, rue Jacob, 6éme. More info here : www.hotel-dangleterre.com/fr/

Entitled “The Source“, a collective exhibition highlights until November 3 2019 at the Carmignac Foundation on  the île de Porquerolle (island ) in the Var dept 83. Sixty paintings, sculptures and installations from the Edouard Carmignac collection as well as many loans. The exhibition explores the vital, refreshing and at the same time ambiguous momentum of the image of the source through two major axes: the female body (including Egon Schiele, Thomas Ruff, and Sarah Lucas) and abstract expressionism (represented by Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Theaster Gates).More info here: https://www.fondationcarmignac.com/

On this past July 11, the City of Paris has nominated, as winners, the British architects of Roger Stirk Harbor + Partners to renovate the Montparnasse district by 2030. The start of work is scheduled for 2022. The rue de Départs (my old office street!!!) and Rue d’Arrivée where the car is king, know that they will be pedestrian in a few years . Montparnasse, it is 9 hectares to rethink totally, so that the pedestrian can really circulate. To be able to breathe, 2,000 trees will be planted on an area of 10,000m2. A nice project estimated at 800 million euros of investment!!!. Which I think the city has a lot other more important priorities like housing and public transports to invest in!!! More info here: https://www.sortiraparis.com/news/in-paris/articles/194894-the-upcoming-maine-montparnasse-area-reveals-itself/lang/en

The Architect’s page on the Montparnasse news: https://www.rsh-p.com/news/merano-wins-an-riba-national-award-2019/

The heat wave, this damn heat wave is here! and we are just beginning Summer!  This is a past event ended 14 July but is worth mentioning here for the nice bars along the way as told below. Never to tell you that it’s impossible, so get ready to go to 8 bis rue de la Butte aux Cailles for a unique event and see a street whose buildings have been repainted in green with a coating a little particular, which brings a feeling of cool! By this heat, it is an unexpected oasis in the middle of the city. The advantage of rue Butte aux Cailles are a space of tranquility, spared of tourists! Exit the classic places such as rue Crémieux or the Eiffel Tower, this is the opportunity to have a street just for Parisians who want to enjoy a drink, in a place with great unstoppable potential! Enjoy for the first time the greenest and freshest street in France, La Rue Verte (Green Street) at 8 bis rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 13éme, and the three bars to serve ice cubes! Le Mêlecasse: 12 rue de la Butte aux Cailles, The Tandem: 10 rue de la Butte aux Cailles and the GQ: 8 bis of the Butte aux Cailles. Go for it !!!

Hope you enjoy the news and can make some interesting stops for you while in France! The choices are endless, bear in mind these are mind suggestions only. Enjoy them!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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