New Acropolis Museum

June 22, 2009

The construction had just begun when I was living in Athens, Greece in 2006, but this Saturday the New Acropolis Museum finally opened to the public. Designed by Bernard Tshumi the space offers a direct view of the Parthenon, as well as,  a strong argument in the on-going debate of the Elgin Marbles.

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In the early 19th century, Lord Elgin, ordered the decorative frieze that adorned the Parthenon to be removed and later sold the famous marbles to the British Museum, where they are currently displayed. For the last two centuries, Greece has been working to regain the Elgin Marbles, although the British have long argued they have no proper place to store them. The New Acropolis Museum hopes to ruin that argument. Θέλω να παω…

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Public School

June 19, 2009

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Creative posters to remind us of important lessons to live by.

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Located in the heart of Marylebone, The Providores & Tapas Room is a welcomed escape from the busy high street. Inside the ground floor Tapas Room, customers enjoy specialities such as Turkish eggs (apparently from Changa in Istanbul) and other global-inspired tapas. Upstairs the Providores restaurant offers a roast that I am dying to try on my next visit. 

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109 Marylebone High Street

London UK W1U 4RX

The Providores & Tapas Room

High Line

June 12, 2009

The much anticipated high line finally opened on June 8th! Created on the skeleton of an old rail system, the City of New York and the Department of Parks & Recreation have created an elevated urban park through the Meatpacking District. NYMag did an incredible special on the architecture sights you can enjoy while meandering through the unique park. Enjoy!

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Enter on Gansevoort and Washington.

The park runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 20th in Chelsea between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.

Mast Brothers Chocolate

June 10, 2009

Brothers Rick and Michael Mast are the only bean-to-bar chocolate makers in New York City.  Using single orgin Venezulan and Ecuadorian cocoa, they create magical, pure chocolate wrapped in beautifully imported Italian paper. They recently opened up a storefront at 105 N. 3rd Street in Brooklyn. Yummm…mast1

105 North 3rd Street

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Mast Brothers Chocolate

Taschen Bookshop

June 4, 2009

The German book publisher, Taschen, was founded in 1980 with the mission of making art books more affordable and lesser-seen art available to mainstream bookstores. Today the company has 9 retail locations that sell their beautifully designed books that capture”beauty, culture, and modernity” in locations ranging from Paris to Cologne to London to New York (S0ho) to Los Angeles (Beverly Hills and at The Grove). With interiors designed by Philippe Stark, their slick stores and exquisite books are truly captivating.

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On June 19-21, 2009 the website will be having a warehouse sale with many books reduced 50%-75%.

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Garde Manger

May 29, 2009

Located on a small street in the charming Vieux Montreal district, Garde Manger serves honest, simple, impressive food in a rustic chic setting. With exposed stone walls, blackboard menus, and a wildly oversized chandelier, the restaurant has gained a reputation for its fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients. The sea scallops with carrot butter literally melted in your mouth and the short rib braised in red wine was delightful. At night the restaurant transforms into a nightclub offering premium table service and encouraging patrons to use the bar and tables as their dance floor. Next time I will have to make room for their infamous fried mars bar dessert..

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Chef Chuck Hughes

Chef Chuck Hughes

Chef Chuck Hughes is featured on the Food Network in Chuck’s Day Off where he prepares his fresh, simple fare for family and friends.

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408 Rue St.-Francois-Xavier (there is no sign or website)

Montreal QC +514 678 5044