April 26, 2016

PARIS - The Louvre to Revamp TUILERIES Gardens


The Tuileries is being revamped to increase green space.
The Tuileries is being revamped to increase green space. 
PHOTO: OLIVIER OUADAH/MUSÉE DU LOUVRE








The grande dame of Parisian parks is getting a face-lift.


Created in the 16th century by Catherine de Medici, the Tuileries Gardens has long been a favorite spot for Parisians and tourists... 

The Louvre plans to restore the garden - a protected historical monument - to  its former glory...  closer to the designs of renowned 17th-century French gardener André Le Nôtre...


We want to return to the original—but keeping what has been done to it through the centuries,”...  “It’s a kind of courtesy, we want to keep the traces of the past.





INTI LANDAURO





April 25, 2016

MYANMAR - VISIT Before It's Changed Forever


Young nuns in prayer, Myanmar.
Young nuns in prayer, Myanmar. 
Photo: Danita Delimont






Years earlier - when Noble Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi asked the world not to visit as a show of defiance against the military junta rule - I'd stayed away...

but now, with Myanmar firmly on the road to democracy, the time has come for me to see for myself... 


When you hear...
  'come before it all changes'
you'd better believe it...













April 22, 2016

PIZZA ITALIENNE - Ludovic BICCHERAI - a Frenchman - CHAMPION DU MONDE


Ludovic BICCHERAI









Implanté  à  Sausset les bains - à une demi-heure de route de Marseille - Ludovic Biccherai a  remporté le titre de la catégorie  meilleure pizza classique du monde  avec sa  pizza GUSTOSA  au tartare de daurade crue, fleurs de courgette et écrevisse fraîche...  largement inspirée de  la célèbre bouillabaisse marseillaise  et de saveurs typiquement italiennes...




Avenue Jean Moulin
13960 Sausset-les-Pins


















April 20, 2016

PARIS - Marcelo MARTIN Di GIACOMO and Chiho KANZAKI Present Their New Restaurant VIRTUS



Marcelo Martin di Giacomo et Chiho Kanzaki présentent leur nouveau restaurant Virtus

Marcelo Martin di Giacomo et Chiho Kanzaki


PHOTO THOMAS DUVAL








Rencontre avec  Marcelo Martin di Giacomo et  Chiho Kanzaki - chefs du nouveau restaurant 
Le Virtus -  a rising star...  l'une des adresses montantes ...in the capital.


Cette nouvelle adresse... est un lieu où ces deux cuisiniers  de  talent peuvent exprimer leur créativité et font des étincelles...



 Le Virtus, 8 rue Crozatier, 12e arrondissement de Paris.













The picture below is enormous
 however so beautiful and detailed that I just had to share it!

De gauche à droite : huîtres à l'ananas, chips de polenta, canard à la betterave.










April 19, 2016

The BASQUE Kitchen’s MAGIC INGREDIENT - SALT


FIN COOKING | The monkfish in this hearty soup is brined, poached and sliced into tender scallops.
The monkfish in this hearty soup is brined, poached and sliced into tender scallops. PENNY DE LOS SANTOS







Salting is as  essential  to  Basque cooking  as the letters “K” and “X” are to its language. 


 The Basque  love affair  with SALT dates back millennia, to the formation of the salt beds that mark the landscape around Añana - south of Bilbao.

 In the Basque  kitchen, salting is more than seasoning... 
it’s a crucial technique...





Recipes
  grilled sardines
spicy roast pork
 poached monkfish with garlic soup 






WallStreetJournalKATHLEEN SQUIRES









April 18, 2016

Welcome to LAMU - AFRICA’s Most Captivating ARTISTS RETREAT


Veiled women in the narrow passages of Lamu Town.
Veiled women in the narrow passages of Lamu Town. PHOTO: GUILLAUME BONN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE







A  remote  African island  is home to an extraordinary  artists retreat created by bon vivant Nicholas Logsdail...


Lamu Town is a medieval labyrinth so perfectly intact it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001.

As we scrambled up stone steps lapped by the waves, past fishermen scaling their catch with curved blades, one declared in English, with a disarming smile...
 “Welcome to the island!”







WallStreetJournal/TONY PERROTTET









April 17, 2016

NICE - France - GASTRONOMY from LA TAPENADE to LA PISSALADIÈRE


A la découverte de la gastronomie niçoise, de la tapenade à la pissaladière
Nice






Entre la   tapenade, l' anchoïade et la FOUGASSE...  les spécialités niçoises nous donnent le sourire et apportent un peu de soleil dans l'assiette... 





Recipe
 la pissaladière







Déjeuner sur le cours Saleya pour un moment privilégié
photo credit 
Restaurant SAFARI
1 cours Saleya
NICE







April 16, 2016

ASPARAGUS Is Sweetest in Spring



Asparagus 








Get them while they last... 
Fresh local   SPEARS  are like no other — sweet, firm  and enticingly  green.


 Asparagus should be celebrated as a sure  sign of spring  and is best eaten only during its relatively short season...


Signs of freshness  include  smooth, glossy spears; tightly closed tips; and bottom ends that look freshly cut. This means the asparagus is sweet. Don’t settle for less...















April 15, 2016

TRIESTE - Italy’s Most Beautifully Haunting City


CAFFÈ SOCIETY | Founded in 1914, Caffè San Marco in Trieste is a Jugendstil classic.:
Trieste is justly famous for its cafes. Founded in 1914, Caffè San Marco in Trieste is a Jugendstil classic for lovers of pastries and strudels







A heady and   historic stew  of many influences, Trieste   is a   languid... literary   place  like no other.


BLENDING INTO THE    smoky stone edifice of   Caffè Stella Polare, a tiny plaque - barely 3 inches across - announces   that this is   a caffè filosofico...
  
 Next to it,  another sign marks the popular lunch spot as a stop on the literary “Italo Svevo Itinerary,”... 





WallStreetJournal/TARA ISABELLA BURTON









April 13, 2016

VINNIBAG - To PROTECT a Bottle of WINE When Traveling



Vinnibag la solution pour protéger une bouteille de vin en voyage
Vinnibag hits the road







Il s’appelle Vinnibag.

Il s’agit tout simplement d’un airbag pour les objets fragiles, comme une bouteille de vin par exemple



April 12, 2016

Why BOOMING DEMAND Is Making VANILLA Taste Worse


Afficher l'image d'origine
Vanilla tree









Vanilla  demand  is growing...


The price of the bean... more than tripled in the past year as output slipped and quality suffered...

In Madagascar - which supplies half the world's beans - farmers took short-cuts... 

"The branding of Madagascar vanilla in the international market is threatened," Commerce Minister Henri Rabesahala said... the government is imposing measures to improve supply and quality to protect its market share...






NewZealandHerald
/Fanja Razafimahatratra, Paul Richardson