Sleeping in London: Metropolitan hotel, Mayfair

Spaciousness, airiness and lightness, view open at the vastness of Hyde park and proverbial kindness with obligingness on one of the most famous streets of Mayfair –  the renowned Park Lane – mark the prestigious Metropolitan hotel, in which resides also the famous restaurant Nobu. Mayfair is one of the richest areas of the central London, … Continue reading

2011 Conde Nast Golden List: Hotels for foodies

First-class food is just one of the reasons to stay at these classic culinary gems. Metropolitan, Bangkok Just around the corner from Lumpini Park in the centre of Bangkok, this 171-room sister to London’s famous Metropolitan is an ultra-modern hotel with Comme des Garçons staff uniforms, hand-woven silk curtains and paintings by Thai artist Natee Utarit. … Continue reading

Next restaurant – Paris 1906

We had announced few month back that Chef Grant Achatz and his crew were busy preparing the launch of his latest innovative concept. The good news is that it is now open for bookings and the excitement is huge! Next offers a tasting menu based on a specific time and place (i.e. Paris, 1906; Hong Kong … Continue reading

His majesty Asparagus

Asparagus is a long-lived perennial, grown for its young tender shoots and ornamental foliage, and has been used as food for thousands of years. Pliny the Elder described cultivation methods used by the Romans for producing plants with blanched stems and of a cultivar producing spears of which three weighed a pound. Wild asparagus still … Continue reading

Bocuse d’Or 2011

Ever since 1987, the Bocuse d’Or contest has been giving young chefs a unique opportunity to demonstrate their skills, offering them a tremendous springboard for their careers. From one competition to the next, its international influence has grown constantly. With the successive creation of contests in Latin America, Asia and Europe, the Bocuse d’Or has … Continue reading

Miele guide: The best Asian Restaurants

The Miele Guide 2010 has revealed its list of the top 20 restaurants in Asia, spearheaded by Iggy’s in Singapore. The results were announced  at the Grand Hyatt Macau where Miele held a gala dinner attended by over 350 guest including many of the foremost restaurateurs and chefs from the region. “Miele is very proud … Continue reading

Hong Kong’s cup overflows as Chinese get a taste for high-class wines

  The clink of glasses; the swoosh of ruby liquid. They are welcome sounds to many – but in Hong Kong, the authorities enjoy them perhaps even more than the drinkers.   As the economic crisis rippled across the globe two years ago, the territory’s leaders slashed its 40% wine duty to zero. Their aim was not … Continue reading

The floating pavilion

While we hear that many of the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale are still in prep mode, one country has its proverbial shit together. Croatia’s floating pavilion, La Nave, is making its merry way across the Adriatic Sea before arriving at its temporary home in Venice. Organized by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary … Continue reading

The hottest new hotels in 2010

Showing amazing resilience, the art of hotel innovation is flourishing. Condé Nast Traveller combed through the thousands that debuted in the last year, then bedded down anonymously at the most compelling candidates. A robust 134 properties spread across a record 55 countries won a place on their list with their blend of style, service, technology, … Continue reading