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MUSIC HAS NEVER SOUNDED SO COUTURE

MUSIC HAS NEVER SOUNDED SO COUTURE

The prominent French fashion house CHANEL has joined forces with Apple Music, releasing what is considered to be the most fashionable and dreamiest playlist of our modern days. The playlist, curated by the French House’s sound designer Michel Gaubert, includes an array of songs that have been played during CHANEL’s most iconic shows.

THE PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2018 IS ULTRA-VIOLET

THE PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2018 IS ULTRA-VIOLET

The future has a new colour, and it is Ultra-violet!

Pantone has disclosed its 2018 Colour of the Year: Ultra Violet 18-3838 to be extra specific. 

Ultra-Violet this year comes with an entirely new twist, claim Pantone experts. This year, Ultra-Violet will resonate with the future, with creativity, with innovation, with vision and with complexity.

TOP 5 HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS IN LONDON

TOP 5 HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS IN LONDON

Being on a diet or detox doesn’t necessarily have to be a punishment. The misconception that green, raw, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and coeliac-friendly dishes are tasteless and unworthy has long been scratched out. If anything, healthy has become the new delicious trend, with restaurants popping up increasingly in every corner of the world. We have rounded up our top five best heathy restaurants in London for all you avid kale eaters. And for those who are still reluctant regarding the green trend, just try out one of our top picks, and you’ll be hoping on that green bandwagon in no time!

CHATEAU DE CANDALE

CHATEAU DE CANDALE

Welcome to Chateau de Candale!  If you ever find yourself in the beautiful region of Bordeaux in France, it would be a terrible shame not to plan a visit to this delightful Chateau located specifically in the area of Saint-Émilion. Book a ticket, dare I even say, specifically for that purpose. It is impossible not to be seduced by this Chateau and everything it has to offer to its visitors.

CULINARY HOTSPOTS FOR THE FASHION CROWD: PFW EDITION

CULINARY HOTSPOTS FOR THE FASHION CROWD: PFW EDITION

Four weeks, four cities, and a whole lot of new designer collections, but nothing beats Paris, the cherry on top of Fashion Month. As the busy fashion season draws to an end, we’ve summed up a list of the city’s top culinary hotspots where models, bloggers, editors and celebrities refuel in between shows amidst this crazy month of fashion.

CULINARY HOTSPOTS FOR THE FASHION CROWD: MFW EDITION

CULINARY HOTSPOTS FOR THE FASHION CROWD: MFW EDITION

When it comes to Fashion Week, even size zero fashionistas and models become foodies, especially in the city of Milan. We have gathered the best gastronomic addresses and culinary hotspots that guarantee to make your fashion week slightly more calorific but an undoubtedly delicious one.

AN ENDLESS SUMMER IN LA

AN ENDLESS SUMMER IN LA

If September is usually a signal of the end of summertime in most cities, then LA does not operate within the same rulebook. Known for its endless summer season all year long, its golden sandy beaches and its perfect weather, LA is the place to go if you wish to prolong your summer vacation and hold off the harsh winter season a little longer.  

THE QUINTESSENTIAL MIDNIGHT BARBAR SHAWARMA

THE QUINTESSENTIAL MIDNIGHT BARBAR SHAWARMA

Whether you are a six-pack drinker or have six-pack abs, if you are getting hammered tonight, the likely case is that you will be having a fourth meal. Fact: Alcohol consumption significantly triggers your appetite and makes you eat more. In a recent study conducted in the United Kingdom, a group of men drank twelve ounces of a non-alcoholic lager. Another group of men drank the same lager spiked with about two drinks worth of alcohol.

THE ITALIAN JOB

THE ITALIAN JOB

Having pursued a bachelor degree in European School of Economics located Via Tortona, whilst working in a few local restaurants, Chloe now sees Milan through a connoisseur’s eyes. Milan might have been done and overdone, however this feature brings you a twist on one of the most touristic destinations, revealing the local that has been masked by the commercial.

MEAT THE FISH

MEAT THE FISH

Between uptight restaurants and dressed to the nines eateries, Meat the Fish is Saifi Village’s latest addition. With its quirky and subtle name, this lunch spot and specialty market, aptly named Meat the Fish, is a refreshing change to the typical eateries of Downtown Beirut.

CAFÉ FLORIAN

CAFÉ FLORIAN

Because of the hefty prices and the tourist mobs, Venetians tend to avoid cafés in the Piazza San Marco. But when they want to indulge and regain control of their city, they go to Florian. If you want to do it the Venetian way, you must do Florian. Misperceived as a typical destination for tourists, and often reduced to only visitors’ central, Florian’s purpose goes beyond maintaining the Venetian travel industry. Famous for its rich history, Florian is a crossroads of art, culture, politics and entertainment.

BEIRUT’S CAFÉ CULTURE

BEIRUT’S CAFÉ CULTURE

One of the perks of living in the heart of the booming cosmopolitan city of Beirut is the abundance of cafes and hangout spots. When walking around the traditional and slender streets, one can stumble upon a variety of spots to relax, have coffee, work or just socialize. 

THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY ADAPTS TO THE 21ST CENTURY TRAVELLER

THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY ADAPTS TO THE 21ST CENTURY TRAVELLER

At this forefront of face-paced technological shifts, people are changing their travel habits. Generation Y, also dubbed Millenials or digital natives, are the ones driving the tech industry, and consequently the travel one. Their reliance on tech gadgets has changed the travel industry beyond recognition. From online bookings, to online check ins, it seems that there is no turning back for the travel industry that is now forevermore sucked into the technological storm, and it is hitting hard.

SOUK EL TAYEB: DOING WELL AND DOING GOOD

SOUK EL TAYEB: DOING WELL AND DOING GOOD

“Previously people talked about win-win business deals, they were naïve, the environment always lost”, states sustainable business entrepreneur Jason Drew during the Global Green Building Convention in 2012. In today’s capitalist world, the tyranny of the short term is prevailing over the decades to come. The focus on profitability is not only as result not solving long-term environmental and social problems, but is also at the very source of them. The capitalist system is meticulously designed to allocate profit to the most profitable projects, thus neglecting the ones on smaller scales and local businesses. This is the last thing the world needs today. Can sustainability be profitable though?

TAWLET AMMIQ

TAWLET AMMIQ

Tawlet Ammiq is Souk el Tayeb’s second farmers’ kitchen. It is also part of a development project in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon’s most fertile land. Child of the original Souk el Tayeb, its purpose is also to protect the natural and cultural heritage of the region, celebrate food and traditions that unite the communities there and support small-scale farmers and producers, and promote a culture of sustainable agriculture.

TAWLET BEIRUT

TAWLET BEIRUT

From a farmers’ market in 2004 that brought rural products to the urban environment, to regional food festivals in 2007 highlighting local traditions, produces and cuisine, Souk el Tayeb developed in 2009 into Tawlet, also known as the Farmers Kitchen. In the same vision that is to celebrate food and traditions that unite communities and the culture of sustainable agriculture, Tawlet is a social business, where profit is generated to support local farmers, cooks and producers.

MJ’S: LOVE SHACK OR BURGER JOINT?

MJ’S: LOVE SHACK OR BURGER JOINT?

What’s the purpose of a burger joint? Cooking the quintessential comfort food, a mouthwatering burger obviously, right? But what if I tell you MJ’s, the latest addition to the trendy hippy neighborhood of Mar Mikhail in Beirut, has another purpose? And burgers are a means to an end, rather than being the end itself?

I AMsterdam

I AMsterdam

Amsterdam is the only city in the world where 15,000 bicycles are retrieved from the bottom of the canals every year. I wonder why
 
Notoriously known as the land of freedom, or Marijuana central, Amsterdam is more than just consumable plants. London-based young entrepreneur, Hashim Batterjee, is a big fan of the city. Hashim is the Amsterdam connoisseur, and the person to ask about the city’s hidden gems. He has earned the title of "Amsterdammer" around his circle of friends.

THE TRENDY MAR MIKHAEL

THE TRENDY MAR MIKHAEL

Mar Mikhael is Beirut's up and coming artistic bohemian district, an old region full of lively streets and old buildings. It is well known for its trendy bars and pubs, cafes, restaurants and lounges. It is the street that never- or rarely sleeps.

EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL

EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL

Arguably the most significant, systemic trend in worldwide tourism today is the demand for “experiential travel”. Consumers nowadays are moving away from the traditional definition of travel, and are seeking genuine experiences. Far more than pre-packaged brochures, touristic maps and must-see photos, the modern travellers are seeking real experiences, with real people. This is the authentic value of experiential travel.