Tag Archives: Cool

Kanyon – Istanbul, Turkey

Kanyon 007(above Photo © Refik Anadol)  to be confirmed

Kanyon Mall

(90) 212 344 0150
Buyukdere Cad. No:185 Levent,
Besiktas-  Istanbul, Turkey

www.kanyon.com.tr

OPEN HOURS:
10:00 – 22:00 Daily

Ok- for whatever reason when traveling we always wind up at a mall.  We could look at it in a low-brow way and say its due to our innate consumerism – or high-brow and look at it as the apex of a cultures economic stature.

Whichever view you take, the Kanyon Mall is worth a visit purely for it’s architecture -courtesy of Jerde Partnership and Tabanlioglu Architects.  It is an open air experience with multitudes of shapes and voids that create dynamic visual experience. It is definitely sci-fi movie set worthy.

Embedded in a large modern office and residential complex, Kanyon is  a destination for local luxury shopping.   While there, you can grab one a the an excellent bite at their incarnation of the House Cafe.

Kanyon Shopping Mall(above Photo © Mathias Matzat)  to be confirmed
 Istanbul | Kanyon(above Photo © Jan Martin)
Kanyon (above Photo © Robert Gall)

"eye"(above Photo ©  Ioannis Stampoulis)

Chic By Accident – Mexico City, Mexico

Chic-by-Accident_002

 

Chic by Accident

(52) 55 551-11312
Lago Texcoco 112, Anáhuac
11320  México, D.F.

www.chicbyaccident.com

OPEN HOURS:
By Appointment

A gallery, a workshop, a studio – where the juxtaposition of traditional Mexican folk objects combines with antiques and mid century exquisite objects.  A multi faceted life envisioned by French antiques dealer and decorator Emmanuel Picault.

The gallery was established in 2000 and flourished.  Emmanuel’s style in conjunction with Mexican aesthetic proved a good match, and in 2010 the architectural design studio emerged; working  on commercial and residential projects.

Chic By Accident is a fantastic destination.  Every artifact, big and small, new and old, are so carefully selected.  Truly, we wanted half the inventory, but its a bit difficult not living in DF! (although they do ship worldwide). We ended up getting a mescal flask (delicous!), a large silver nautilus shaped champagne bucket and a very dark and bizarre Huichol  skull (still among our treasures).

On our visit we met Emmanuel Picault, quite a charming man, who made us feel at home; inviting us to join him, and his friends who were visiting, to share in some Mescal.

Thank you Emmanuel for your wonderful space and hospitality!

Chic-by-Accident_006
 Chic-by-Accident_010
Chic-by-Accident_008
Chic-by-Accident_007
Chic-by-Accident_001
Chic-by-Accident_004
CHIC-BY-ACCIDENT-22
CHIC-BY-ACCIDENT-27
CHIC-BY-ACCIDENT-12

Maison Grazia – Bogota, Colombia

Grazia-002

Maison Grazia

(57) 1 702-1115
Calle 69#5-04
Bogotá, Colombia

www.maisongrazia.com

OPEN HOURS:
7:00am -7:00pm   Tuesday – Saturday
9:00am -5:00pm   Sunday

As of 2013, Maison Grazia is the best pastry shop in all Colombia.  French pastry chef Raphael Haasz, formerly of Daniel in NYC ,and his lovely Colombian wife Claudia Oyuelo (head chef – trained at the French Culinary Institute also in NY and  also worked at Daniel) bring to Colombia a taste of elegant food.  In a City where most restaurants are just a mediocre discolored  copy of European and American favorites, this is sorely needed!

Beyond the beautiful fact that they bring excellent quality, attention to detail, top ingredients, they bring knowledge and education to the local palates via their short classes.  For example, Grazia is probably the only place in Colombia that you can find real ice-cream.  Prepared in the classic way, with actual diary, eggs, cream, flavor and NO corn syrup!   absolute joy for every foodie and expat in the country 🙂

There are also madeleines served out of the oven (the traditional french way).  Serving Breakfast, Brunch, lunch, coffee, tea time and early drinks – anytime is the perfect time to go.

The viennoiseries and breads, always better just out of the Oven, were a part of our daily schedule during our last months in Bogota.  We used to buy them a day ahead and know the baking schedule, arriving just as they were ready to pull apart in a crusty joy.  Maison Grazia is right on the courner of carrera quinta and calle 69.  A lovely space that combines inside and outside with a slick black facade.  A five meter tall vertical garden that serves as a backdrop to the glass island pastry counter tricks out the design and furniture concept by Oda Asociados Ltda.

Thank you Chefs – you have finally brought true culinary artistry to Colombia!

 Grazia-003  Grazia-005choux, lime tart
Grazia-006coffee eclair with chantilly
Grazia-004