Every year, from late August to mid October, France hosts ‘La Foire aux Vins’, the great rendez-vous for wine lovers

Wine Fair France

Mercer: ‘Western European cities continue to surpass the rest of the world when it comes to expatriate quality of living.’

Europe: World’s Most Liveable Cities

Gastronomic Cargo’s “Gourmet Experience”; bringing Europe’s best food and wine to you

When Travel Meets Food

Spain has spawned a new generation of brilliant young chefs

Spain’s Rising Culinary Stars

What’s New

Coal Crane becomes Luxury Retreat

Copenhagen’s The Krane is a four-level two-person retreat, spa, and meeting space housed in an actual former crane. Its sleek interior is overwhelmingly black, which architect Mads Møller explains as an “integration of sensations—sight, sound, and stemning (the Danish word for atmosphere).” Besides, it pays homage to the building’s past life in the coal industry, The Crane doesn’t come cheap, but you do get complimentary use of a brand-new BMW electric car and concierge.

France most popular tourist destination

France has kept its title as the world’s most popular tourist destination, with more visitors than any other nation during 2016 according to the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). But although France stayed on top by welcoming 82.6 million visitors in 2016, that was a more than two percent drop from the previous year, the figures showed. Repeated terror attacks had sparked concerns that tourism would drop substantially in France, known especially for its gastronomy and wine but the data indicated most visitors have not been put off.

Nadal opens restaurant Ibiza

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal, musical star Enrique Iglesias and two-time NBA champion Paul Gasol have opened a new restaurant in Ibiza; Zela. Zela serves asian/mediterranean food and is open until the wee hours of the morning, enlivening the Ibiza nights with the best live music. The restaurant is located in the heart of Talamanca, between Marina Botafoch, Marina Nueva, and the most exclusive clubs on the island, Pachá Ibiza and Lío.

Ferrari theme park in Spain

For fans of the Italian brand and thrill seekers, this theme park features eleven attractions including the fastest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe.
Sebastien Vettel or Kimi Räikkönen … From 7 April, PortAventura World opens the doors to the public of the Ferrari Land park, dedicated to the Italian automotive team in Tarragona, in the south east of Spain. An hour from Barcelona.

Amsterdam’s Moon

Amsterdam’s moon
restaurant opened in the spring of 2016 and has since become a culinary landmark of the Dutch capital city. Built onto the 19th floor of the A’dam tower, the restaurant offers panoramic views of the winding canals and docklands whilst slowly rotating so you can view every aspect of its surroundings from your dining table.

One of the world’s best known restaurants, Noma, is in the process of moving this year. During this transition, Noma has opened a popup restaurant under Knippelsbro Bridge in Copenhagen.

Whilst the new Noma is due to open in December, part of the restaurant’s team has joined forces to create an outdoor, family style, open fire restaurant in collaboration with wine suppliers Rosforth & Rosforth, in their outdoor space.As the team is from all parts of the world this will definitely influence the menu which will not be exactly
the same as the Noma menu but original, fresh and seasonal. – more

Last year’s winner of hugely popular Uk TV program ‘The Great British Bake Off’ has been invited by Dalloway Terrace, renowned Bloomsbury (London) based restaurant, to collaborate on their new Afternoon Tea menu. Candice Brown has recreated traditional favourites with exciting new flavour combinations, such as savoury Feta & Courgette Scone with Thyme Clotted Cream, or Peanut Butter & Jelly Profiteroles.

Berlin is home to a new seductive hotel, designed by renowned Amsterdam-based interior designer Saar Zafrir: The Provocateur Berlin. The German capital’s new hotel, bar and restaurant is located in the upscale Charlottenburg neighborhood. Zafrir designed The Provocateur Berlin with 1920s Parisian glamour in mind, with the sensuality, exuberance and joie de vivre of the era of luminaries like Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde.

Created by British architect Amanda Levete, new Lisbon museum MAAT – which stands for Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology – is an amazing serpentine structure clad with 15,000 ceramic tiles to catch the sun bouncing of the river Tagus. A footbridge will takes visitors straight across to the roof that provides a panoramic view of the city and out across the river, where the MAAT will be screening movies.

What’s On

When Travel Meets Food

Last year we wrote that two-Michelin-starred internationally renowned restaurant Frantzén in Gamla Stan was closing to relocate; now top chef and restaurateur Björn Frantzén’s namesake restaurant has just reopened in downtown Stockholm.

Located in a renovated 19th-century Stockholm building, his new restaurant is around six times bigger than the original and offers a different version of the renowned tasting-menu employing techniques that weren’t possible in the old, smaller space, like open-fire cooking, yet with “the same energy”.

We recently made a trip to Spain and passed through the town of Logroño, the capital of the province of La Rioja, where some of the world’s best wines are produced.

We had heard about the bodega producing, according to reputed wine guide ‘Guía Peñín’ 2017, a vino tinto that is the best value with regards to price and quality; Infinitus Tempranillo.

This is Madrid’s most inspiring and vibrant sprawling traditional food market in a building on the Plaza San Miguel that dates back to 1916.

Albert Adrià’s brilliant tapas bar TicketS in Barcelona is the fun version of the famous and currently closed El Bulli Restaurant. Re-create one of Albert Adrià’s sumptuous recipes: Pork ribs in Salmorejo sauce

French chef Joël Robuchon has created L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a restaurant whose famed countertop dining experience has become known as one of the world’s most unique culinary spectacles.

Shopping

Because you can’t travel all the time, fine wine and food online market Gastronomic Cargo now introduces “Gourmet Experience”, a new home delivery concept that brings Europe’s most desired food and wine to you whenever you want, wherever you are.

The Gourmet Experience is a new home delivery concept that offers a dinner for two with wine, inspired by culinary hotspots like Madrid, Paris, Rome and San Sebastian.

Gastronomic Cargo collaborates with notable local producers and experts to curate the selection of products for every Gourmet Experience. This process ensures that all items you receive are authentic and of the absolute highest quality . .

Italy’s shopping mecca Milan offers an amazing array of department stores, galleries and boutiques. Great for shopping lovers, but where to start? We help you out with some tips: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – This is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls . .

The Rues Basses are two streets down near the lake and Geneva’s most prestigious shopping area where the best clothing, jewellery and shoes can be found. The most expensive is Rue du Rhône, lined with boutiques like Dior, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, intersected by the somewhat cheaper, pedestrianised Rue du Marché.

Le Forum des Halles, the gold capped ‘new’ temple of commerce, but also culture and lifestyle, in the heart of Paris.

Destination Special: Paris

This enigmatic English-language bookshop is housed in an early 17th century building which was originally a monastery, located on the banks of the Seine opposite Notre-Dame ..

This adorable cabinet of curiosities is a bit of a nutty place, specializing in the sale of toys from factory stocks and manufactures of yesteryear ..

La Tête dans les Olives (Head in the Olives), run by charismatic owner Cedric Casanova, is a small shop or ‘epicerie’ that specialises in olives and other delicacies ..

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