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The Mandarin Oriental in Paris, a sustainable change

“Embrace the earth, watch over its fragile splendor, tend to its melancholia and its joys; and then strive, little by little, to change the course of destiny. Cast aside our doubts. Transform ourselves, to transform our lives. And rethink the future, to reinvent the world.” Aude Revier And #Paris is cultivating the future. The City of Light has taken on an audacious challenge for the 21st century: more nature, fewer cars, less waste and greater sharing. Paris has set its sights on 2020 and a collective future in which everyone participates in sustainable change. The Mandarin Oriental near Place Vendôme is the only High Environmental Quality hotel. Bouquets of mauve hydrangeas adorn the pearly white spa cabins, fostering a sense of peace and freedom, free of dogma and uniformity. Here is a haven for spontaneous moments of enjoyment and secrets among friends; eternity can wait. Built around a 500 m2 garden, the establishment has 138 rooms and 40 suites, conceived with a careful duality in mind. The works of the brilliant artist Man Ray, and …

Enomatic & Cochonnailles

Le cochon avant tout, mais pas n’importe lequel. Le “Grigio”, de père Large White (le classique cochon tout rose) et de mère Cinta Senese (“Ceinture de Sienne”, des cochons noir ou gris avec une ceinture de poil toute blanche), la meilleure race pour la charcuterie toscane. On est à Greve in Chianti, village à une trentaine de km de Florence, sur la route du Chianti Classico qui relie la capitale toscane à Sienne. Un lieu connu aussi grâce à une institution locale : l’Antica Macelleria Falorni. Elle y est établie sous les porches de la place Matteotti depuis 1806. Deux frères sont aux manettes aujourd’hui, Lorenzo (70 ans) et Stefano (68 ans) et c’est grâce à eux que la “boucherie” est devenue une marque de qualité du Made in Tuscany. Leur esprit entrepreneur et dynamique, a poussé les deux frères à élargir le rayon de leurs intérêts, toujours lié à la mise en valeur du terroir, où le vin occupe tout naturellement, avec la charcuterie, une place majeure. On leur doit le rachat des caves …

Throw a stone in Portland and you’ll hit a food cart…

…If you don’t hit a coffee roaster or a micro-brewer…. or a cyclist. There are Polish carts, Cuban carts, Indian carts, carts from the most unlikely exporters of gastronomy. Alaskan reindeer sits next to Czech schnitzels. Do you like a cucumber finish or an oyster with more grit? Portland’s speciality is its vibrant street food scene, whereby those without an office desk take lunch in the street, sitting on doorsteps, squatting mid-pavement or just standing around eating with their fingers out of boxes delivered by one-man-band restaurant wagons known as food carts. At the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers , the city is set back from the Pacific in Oregon’s land of plenty, a green corridor of prodigious fertility between coastal rainforest and the semi-desert. So these titbits are real food: fresh local ingredients, cooked to order, inexpensive and good. There are more than 600 carts, no two the same, in colourful corrals filling downtown parking lots. Portland’s selection of food carts has drawn global acclaim (CNN declared Portland home to the world’s …

Lights on at the Mercato Centrale in Florence for a magic Christmas

The Florentine Mercato Centrale offers in abundance everything grown and produced on fertile soils of Tuscany. If you’re looking for Tuscany’s signature specialty, you can buy Fiorentina for dinner, a sizable, at least one kilo heavy, piece of Chianina beef on the bone. There’s also trippa, aromatic sausages made from boar and donkey, ham and mortadella, lard from Colonnata, mature and young sheep cheese, farmer’s yoghourt, dried boletus mushrooms and, of course, extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil, tangy, with a distinct bitter note. Bakeries sell Tuscan bread, baked without salt, and crispy cantucci with almond. Traditionally you have to deep them in sweet Vin Santo before putting them in your mouth. Of course, it is possible to have snack at the Central Market. Moreover, it is essential to arrive hungry and elbow your way to the queue at Da Nerbone café. Place your order at the bar, and then eat your catch slowly, washing it down with wine from Chianti Classico. Here, the Chianti Classico Company has a wine shop. The Enoteca Chianti Classico is …

La Véritable Pizza, le goût de Naples à Paris

Luciano Pignataro du journal italien “Il Mattino” raconte la Pizza Napolitaine: “La pizza napolitaine est le mets de la cuisine italienne le plus connu au monde, similaire à ce que représente le Champagne pour la France. Des traditions séculaires relient les deux, alliant la qualité de la matière première et le haut niveau de l’artisanat. Dans ce disque magique de pâte, nous retrouvons la culture méditerranéenne du blé et de l’huile d’olive, celle nordique du lait et enfin la culture latino-américaine de la tomate. Naples, pendant deux siècles, a été, après Paris, la plus grande ville d’Europe. Au 18ème siècle, ces grandes cultures se sont mélangées pour offrir à la gastronomie un mets délicieux, sain et incomparable. Tous les jours à Naples, en Italie et dans le monde entier, des milliers de fours à bois sont allumés pour permettre la préparation de la pizza napolitaine, célébrée dans 400 chansons, poésies et récits. Une tradition qui se renouvelle grâce aux jeunes générations qui recueillent le travail de leurs prédécesseurs tout en élargissant les horizons et améliorant …

Korea, the country of morning freshness

In antiquity, wise men have been long locking horns about the harmonious balance of the two principal elements of our being : male and female, black and white, mind and soul, to put it shortly, yin and yang. In one state of the world, South Korea, this problem does not simply figure prominently on the official level, it is displayed on the national flag. Sometimes it seems as if the whole population of this country, those people who manifacture household appliances or cars, those who build idyllic Zen Buddhist monasteries on wood-covered mountain slopes, were taking part in solving the issue. The capital of South Korea greets you with glittering skyscrapers of the business quarter, heavy traffic along busy street, the rhythmical hum of moving stairs in shopping malls. One of the principal symbols of Seoul is the huge Gyeongbokgung palace, erected in the 16th century and many times rebuilt since then. Korean architecture is such that all palaces are not simply separate buildings, but cascades of buildings of varying shapes and sizes, situated on different …

La stazione Ornano di nuovo sui binari

E’ il posto del momento a Parigi dove s’intrecciano solidarietà, hobby e relax.  Non lontana dalla porta di Clignancourt, a metà strada tra il mercato delle pulci ed il quartiere di Montmartre, la stazione Ornano si è rimessa in moto grazie alla Recyclerie, sostenuta dal Comune di Parigi. Un luogo culturale ed alternativo, ecoresponsabile.  L’interno della stazione ha conservato la sua autenticità con archi e strutture metalliche e tutti i mobili, dalle lampade ai piatti, sono stati trovati alle pulci. Nel suo atelier, René, l’uomo tuttofare, rianima gli oggetti, aggiustandoli o prestandovi gli attrezzi per farlo voi stessi. La vetrata che domina i binari sottostanti fa parte del’ex sala d’attesa (chiamata anche sala dei passi persi) che oggi invece è diventata mensa. A mezzogiorno vi si gusta una cucina francese familare, mentre la sera la cena è più esotica. La terrazza, di volta in volta, accoglie food-trucks o mercatini di piccoli produttori bio, ma anche fiere di biciclette usate ed altri oggetti vetusti. Dibattiti, atelier vari e proiezioni di film, ecco le varie attività della …