tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:/index Anywhere Anywhere 2014-03-23T23:34:12+00:00 Anywhere Anywhere tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/532f770d9070b81eaa000672 2014-03-23T23:34:12+00:00 2014-03-24T23:09:19+00:00 Geejam Hotel Jamaica - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/geejam"><img alt="Geejam-hotel" height="446" src="/system/files/032014/532f91ea9070b81eaa003e47/article/geejam-hotel.JPG?1395712485" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Seclusion is the key descriptor of Geejam (for evidence see the photo above, taken from its camouflaged outdoor bar deck). This luxurious boutique hotel is tucked away in the San San Hills of Port Antonio, and hidden from view by a hefty wooden gateway. Once the ever-helpful reception staff grant access, you’ll find yourself in a lush cocoon of a hotel that comprises little more than three villas, one suite, one small restaurant, a villa with a private pool - oh, and a recording studio that has played host to Amy Winehouse, No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, and Drake.</p> <p>The room rates are hefty, but you can see where your money is going: on the impressive array of high-end tech gadgetry at your disposal, the 500 thread count sheets, and seemingly endless supply of fluffy towels… For ideas on what to do, see and eat in the surrounding area, check out <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/a-guide-to-port-antonio-jamaica">the lowdown on Port Antonio</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/geejam">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/532f73849070b81eaa000254 2014-03-23T23:34:12+00:00 2014-03-24T01:32:54+00:00 Marianne Kehoe Skin Studio Los Angeles - Beauty <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/marianne-kehoe"><img alt="Marianne-kehoe-skin-studio" height="446" src="/system/files/032014/532f80ca9070b81eaa001178/article/marianne-kehoe-skin-studio.jpg?1395627775" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Travelling is great for the mind and soul; much less so for the skin. By the time I returned home <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/a-guide-to-port-antonio-jamaica">from Jamaica</a>, my face had been battered by ten days of sun, sea, sand, and Sahara-like airplane conditions. The results were not attractive. My cheeks were sprinkled with sunspots, my forehead and chin were congested, and no amount of sleep or water seemed to be helping the bags under my eyes.</p> <p>Enter Marianne Kehoe, a veteran skin care specialist with an impressive roster of celebrity clients to her name. From an unpretentious strip mall salon in Studio City, Marianne offers her signature IDERM Galvanic Treatment, which I tried last week when the sight of my own exhausted reflection became too much to bear.</p> <p>The treatment is a combination of deep cleansing, masks, extractions and low-amp galvanic stimulation, courtesy of a Hannibal Lecter-like head mask that’s much more relaxing than it sounds. I liked the smell of the gentle, acid-free potions and solutions that Marianne applied with a firm but expert hand. I liked Marianne herself, who entertained me with sage advice (both skin and dating-related) as she extracted every last clogged pore of crap from my face. And I <em>really</em> like the way my skin looked after - clean, fresh, plump and the exact shade of newborn-baby pink that a good facial should deliver. Three days later, the hue has long faded but the glow (thankfully) lingers on.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/marianne-kehoe">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/532f7b9c9070b81eaa000cdd 2014-03-23T23:34:12+00:00 2014-03-24T23:29:36+00:00 Trident Hotel Jamaica - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/trident"><img alt="Trident-hotel-jamaica" height="446" src="/system/files/032014/532f96459070b81eaa0048e3/article/trident-hotel-jamaica.JPG?1395705017" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Port Antonio’s Trident Hotel induces gasps at every turn. The perfect symmetry of the infinity pool, framed by the open lobby and fringed by a lush green lawn. The private plunge pools in each of the thirteen villas, which merge seamlessly with the Caribbean sea. The outdoor baths hidden behind stone walls with cut-out windows, that let you watch the sunset as you soak. The fresh, clean minimalism of the suites, which are big enough to take a jog around. The effusive hospitality of the staff, who efficiently cater to your every and wish and whim. And the bill at the end of your stay, which is equally likely to prompt a sharp intake of breath. Think of your stay at Trident as a once-in-a-lifetime luxury, and go back to enjoying that view.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/trident">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/532f7d179070b81eaa000eec 2014-03-23T23:34:12+00:00 2014-03-24T23:55:42+00:00 Strawberry Hill Jamaica - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/strawberry-hill"><img alt="Strawberry-hill" height="446" src="/system/files/032014/532f96449070b81eaa0048e2/article/strawberry-hill.JPG?1395705761" width="595" /></a></p> <p>A trip to Strawberry Hill feels more like a spiritual retreat than a luxury hotel stay. As you ascend the road up from bustling Kingston to the hotel’s Blue Mountains perch, the noise and dirt and heat give way to an atmosphere to cool, crisp, calm. At the hotel itself, individual cottages are decorated in a soothing all-white palette and decked out with myriad luxurious touches: Caribbean ‘caviar’ in the mini-bar, hammocks on the deck, views that are almost too overwhelming to take in.</p> <p>But don’t hide away in your room - there’s a roomful of Platinum discs to explore (the personal collection of Strawberry Hill’s owner, Mr <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Blackwell">Chris Blackwell</a>), a restaurant serving a traditional Jamaican breakfast of ackee, saltfish, and plantain, and a bar where you can get a killer fresh mango daiquiri (made, of course, with Blackwell’s very own rum). Take one out to the terrace beside the infinity pool and sip it as you take in views of the island that stretch all the way to Kingston, 3100ft below. Jamaica’s capital city looks - and feels - a very long way away.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/strawberry-hill">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/532f7d269070b81eaa000ef6 2014-03-23T23:34:12+00:00 2014-03-25T00:02:21+00:00 Boston Bay Jerk Centre Jamaica - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/boston-bay-jerk-centre"><img alt="Boston-jerk-centre" height="446" src="/system/files/032014/532f96429070b81eaa0048e1/article/boston-jerk-centre.JPG?1395720270" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Hailed by most Jamaicans as the best jerk on the island, a trip to Boston Bay’s ‘jerk centre’ is essential for any self-respecting lover of chicken, food, and life. What sounds like a vast shopping mall structure is actually just a small cluster of corrugated iron shacks, all turning out tender fish, chicken and pork that has been slowcooked since morning on the smoky pimento wood grill.</p> <p>This is where jerk was invented, so needless to say they have the formula nailed. Do yourself a favour and try something from each stand Tthe jerk pork and chicken at <em>Gold Teeth</em> is absurdly flavoursome and tender, but the homeboy Jay Jay (pictured above) does an excellent jerk lobster, as well. Whatever you opt for, it’s almost impossible to go wrong - just make sure you get a roast sweet potato and a crisp, fluffy dumpling to have alongside.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/boston-bay-jerk-centre">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/53238c9d9070b83352049d3f 2014-03-11T11:35:19+00:00 2014-03-17T22:25:44+00:00 Treasure Beach, Jamaica Jamaica <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/treasure-beach-jamaica-1"><img alt="Treasure-beach-guide-anywhere-anywhere-01" height="446" src="/system/files/032014/53250cac9070b83352061ea2/article/treasure-beach-guide-anywhere-anywhere-01.jpeg?1394937708" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>STAY</strong> at boutique hotel <a href="http://www.jakeshotel.com/">Jake’s</a> – the colourful hub of the Treasure Beach community, where you can eat fresh seafood at Jack Sprat and sip banana daiquiris made by the delightful Dougie at his eponymous onsite bar. For something even more lowkey, <a href="http://www.katamah.com/">Katamah Beachfront Resort</a> offers simple and highly affordable rooms with stylish Moroccan accents. Kick back with your fellow beach bums – mostly a bohemian, Brooklynite bunch – in the communal kitchen, which opens straight out onto the tranquil Frenchman’s Bay.</p> <p><strong>EAT</strong> very well indeed. The parish St. Elizabeth is an agricultural Eden known as the ‘bread basket’ of Jamaica, and Treasure Beach takes its pick of the crop. Nourish yourself with vibrant Ital cuisine served by Rastafarian brothers Delroy and Fitzroy at <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g635963-d4789633-Reviews-Gee_Wiz_Vegetarian_Restaurant-Treasure_Beach_Saint_Elizabeth_Parish_Jamaica.html">Gee Wiz Vegetarian Café</a>, sip callaloo and pineapple smoothies at <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g635963-d6024219-Reviews-Hold_a_Vibz_Cafe-Treasure_Beach_Saint_Elizabeth_Parish_Jamaica.html">Hol A Vibz Café</a> and buy tender spiced chicken straight from Junior’s roadside jerk pan (Frenchman District Road, next door to <a href="http://www.callaloo-jam.com/">Callaloo Butik</a>).</p> <p><strong>DO</strong> take a boat ride down the Black River (disembarking right in the middle of the Caribbean sea for a rum and Ting at the <a href="http://www.jamaicatravelandculture.com/destinations/st_elizabeth/pelican-bar.htm">Pelican Bar</a> or hire a bike to explore the lush farmland of St. Elizabeth. If you’re looking for something more cerebral, the annual <a href="http://www.calabashfestival.org/">Calabash Literary Festival</a> takes place at Jake’s at the end of May and boasts an impressive roster of international authors, including Zadie Smith.</p> <p><strong>SHOP</strong> at <a href="http://www.callaloo-jam.com/">Callaloo Butik</a>, a cute whitewashed shop full of batik print dresses and wicker bags. It’s run by a French former fashion designer, so the edit of Jamaica-made clothes, accessories and homeware is a little more chic than you might expect to find in a quiet Caribbean town. Also check out the <a href="http://tbwgjamaica.com/?crafts">Treasure Hunt Craft Shop</a>, which sells a covetable selection of homemade goat milk soaps, colourful art prints and stylish tote bags. The shop is operated by the local women’s group and all products are made by women in the local area, with profits split between the makers and the community centre itself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/treasure-beach-jamaica-1">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/53151e4c9070b80df4000038 2014-03-04T00:27:27+00:00 2014-03-05T20:49:55+00:00 Port Antonio, Jamaica Bars, Boutique Hotels, Jamaica, Sharmadean Reid <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/a-guide-to-port-antonio-jamaica"><img alt="Anywhere-anywhere-port-antonio_copy" height="446" src="/system/files/032014/5316c19c9070b821b1000583/article/anywhere-anywhere-port-antonio_copy.JPG?1394006735" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>EAT</strong></p> <p>Port Antonio is home to Boston Bay, and Boston Bay is the home of jerk. Needless to say, the residents of Portland know how to grill a piece of marinated chicken (or pork, or lobster) to crispy-skinned perfection. Make a trip to the <a href="http://www.afar.com/highlights/boston-bay-jerk-centre">Boston Bay Jerk Centre</a> – a fancy name for what is essentially a courtyard of jerk shacks – and try a little of everything. Want to cut straight to the chase? Jerk pork and roast sweet potato at the ‘Gold Teeth’ shack = all you need to know.</p> <p>If eating meat out of foil parcels isn’t your thing (blasphemy!) then are plenty of other dining options to be found elsewhere. For vegetarians and Ital enthusiasts, <a href="http://www.jamaicatravelandculture.com/destinations/portland/port_antonio/survival-beach.htm">Survival Beach Restaurant</a> on the outskirts of Port Antonio is a good place to pick up a plate of vegetables stewed in a fragrant coconut milk broth and dished up with the ubiquitous rice, peas, yam and boiled dumplings. For something more carnivorous, go for a plantain cheeseburger and homemade ginger beer at <a href="https://plus.google.com/113402311647083203024/about?gl=us&hl=en">Woody’s Low Bridge Place</a> (dispensed with priceless free life advice from the supremely wise owner, Cherry).</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/a-guide-to-port-antonio-jamaica">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5312ae809070b80bb0000005 2014-03-02T04:02:55+00:00 2014-03-04T00:21:39+00:00 Moon Juice Los Angeles - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/moon-juice"><img alt="Moon-juice-6" height="446" src="/system/files/032014/5312b09a9070b815e8000200/article/Moon-Juice-6.jpg?1393893127" width="595" /></a></p> <p>There are no shortage of places to pick up a fresh juice in Los Angeles. From the minimalist ‘juiceries’ of West Hollywood to the spots selling <em>jugos naturales</em> over on the east side, this city is overflowing with health-giving elixirs of every possible combination and price. Every other person is on a juice cleanse. Cut open L.A.’s veins and it bleeds cold-pressed beet.</p> <p>But not all juice bars are created equal. For those who take a discerning approach to their liquidised fruits and vegetables, Moon Juice is regarded as one of the very best. Just stepping inside its soothing, white-washed environs (of which there are two, conveniently located on either side of town) makes you feel energised, wholesome, <em>pure</em>, and that’s before you’ve chugged down one of the cold pressed, 100% organic, juices and housemade nut milks. In the week between a particularly gluttonous work trip and a Caribbean beach holiday, I turned to Moon Juice for salvation and found it in the form of a <a href="http://moonjuiceshop.com/rainbow-cleanse">Rainbow Cleanse</a>. Three days of nothing but fresh juice and creamy almond milk later and I was buzzing with energy, glowing with health and (crucially) ready to face the world in my bikini. Oh, and I didn’t get hungry once.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/moon-juice">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/52fd62489070b82fc504f9ea 2014-02-13T16:57:00+00:00 2014-02-16T08:25:30+00:00 Travel Notes: Portland Portland <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/an-eaters-guide-to-portland"><img alt="Anywhere-anywhere-portland" height="397" src="/system/files/022014/52fd8c559070b82fc5051f82/article/anywhere-anywhere-portland.jpg?1392363401" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Portland, Oregon has long been on my travel wishlist. Through various celebratory articles and positive reports from friends at Nike HQ, I’d developed a perception of the city as a laidback utopia of pedestrian and cyclist-friendly shopping streets, lively craft breweries, and - of course - really, really fantastic food.</p> <p>I can certainly attest to the latter, but you’ll have to hold tight for my verdict on the rest. Last weekend, my grand plans for exploring the city (in between epic tasting menus at the inaugural <a href="http://www.chefsweekpdx.com/">Chef’s Week PDX</a>) were thwarted by the region’s worst winter storm in memory. The snow fell, the artisan bakeries closed, and Portland essentially ground to a halt. I made multiple attempts to venture beyond a five block radius of my hotel, but each time I trudged back within the hour; my ambitious plans curtailed by a thick frosting of snow and a sea of ‘Closed’ signs.</p> <p>Luckily my hotel - downtown’s plush boutique spot, <a href="http://www.thenines.com/?PS=LGEN_AA_DNAD_CGGL_TPRP">The Nines</a> - made for a cosy place to bundle up and drink Malbec at the bar. More importantly, all the Chef’s Week dinners went ahead as planned. Over four days I got to sample food from PDX and beyond at the city’s best restaurants, culminating in an epic 21 course dinner cooked by 14 of the West Coast’s very best chefs. Portland might’ve let me down on the weather front, but it delivered some of the best food I’ve eaten in my life. Can’t be mad at it for that.</p> <p><strong>A Brief List of Travel Tips for Portland</strong> (to be expanded on a future trip)</p> <p><strong>Stay</strong>…in the plush and conveniently-located environs of <a href="http://www.thenines.com/">The Nines</a>, or at Portland’s <a href="http://www.acehotel.com/">Ace</a> hotel if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable/value having an excellent <a href="http://stumptowncoffee.com/location/portland/">Stumptown Roasters</a> coffee shop on site.</p> <p><strong>Cosy up</strong> at <a href="http://avagenes.com/">Ava Gene’s</a> in the hip Division neighbourhood - an atmospheric Italian-American restaurant, with the look, feel, and fantastic food that you’d expect at the buzziest Brooklyn hot spot.</p> <p><strong>Satiate your sweet tooth</strong> with a trip to <a href="http://www.woodblockchocolate.com/">Woodblock Chocolate</a>; a family-run chocolate manufactory that uses only raw cane sugar and the finest cacao in its chicly-packaged bars.</p> <p><strong>Drink</strong>…a perfect Old-Fashioned at <a href="http://www.multnomahwhiskeylibrary.com/">The Multnomah Whiskey Library</a> - a seductive underground lair lined with obscure malts from around the world.</p> <p><strong>Have brunch</strong> at <a href="http://tastyntasty.com/">Tasty N Alder</a>, a cool downtown corner restaurant, where you can solve the perennial ‘sweet or savoury’ brunchtime dilemma with a bunch of smaller plates. Don’t miss the baked prunes with Taleggio, or the polenta with chicken thigh sugo, mozzarella, and poached egg.</p> <p><strong>Enjoy Happy Hour</strong> at the Ace Hotel’s in-house restaurant <a href="http://www.clydecommon.com/">Clyde Common</a> - home to the much-loved ‘Bourbon Renewal’ cocktail with bourbon (duh), cassis and lemon. Drinks are cheap in the afternoon and also after 11pm, when they serve cut-price cheeseburgers, and french fries with harissa and creme fraiche. (A common occurrence - Portland gives very good Happy Hour across town)</p> <p><strong>Take in the view</strong> at <a href="http://departureportland.com/">Departure</a>, the fancy-pants restaurant on The Nines’ top floor that is helmed by Chef’s Week founder, Gregory Gourdet. Enjoy the glittering Portland panorama as you eat Gourdet’s innovative pan Asian fare.</p> <p><strong>Watch a film</strong>…. from one of the cosy armchairs at <a href="http://pdx.livingroomtheaters.com/coming_movie_detail.cfm?movie_id=721">Living Room Theaters</a>, where staff will deliver wine and popcorn straight to your seat.</p> <p><strong>Get your Iron Fix</strong> at <a href="http://urbanfarmerportland.com/">Urban Farmer</a> - The Nines’ more casual downstairs restaurant, that takes its steak offerings (Grass-fed Oregon beef? Pasture-raised? Grain-finished?) very seriously indeed.</p> <p><strong>Shop</strong>… at <a href="http://www.wildfang.com/">Wildfang</a> - a recently opened boutique in the Industrial District that caters strictly to stylish tomboys.</p> <p><strong>Get around</strong>…on the <a href="http://trimet.org/schedules/maxredline.htm">MAX Red Line</a> - the easiest way to downtown from the airport - with the help of the local bus network, or simply on foot. Don’t bother with taxis unless you absolutely need to; apparently they’re very unreliable, snow or no snow.</p> <p><strong>Don’t forget to pack</strong> a raincoat, a hat, and some ‘sensible’ shoes. Portland is a city that favours the practical over the directional when it comes to making fashion statements. After last weekend, I know why.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/an-eaters-guide-to-portland">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/52e6f9419070b82956159c49 2014-01-27T09:30:00+00:00 2014-03-04T00:38:30+00:00 Where to Eat, Sleep & Drink in Downtown L.A. Downtown LA, Los Angeles <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/a-guide-to-downtown-l-dot-a-1"><img alt="Guide-to-downtown-la-02" height="446" src="/system/files/012014/52e6fe3a9070b8295615a06b/article/guide-to-downtown-LA-02.JPG?1390875162" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p><strong><em>Where to…</em></strong></p> <p><strong>EAT</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/">Grand Central Market</a><br /> Everything from fresh-off-the-griddle pupusas at <a href="http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/vendors/32/saritas-pupuseria">Sarita’s Pupuseria</a>, to chive and grey salt scrambled eggs on a brioche bun at <a href="http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/vendors/69/eggslut">EggSlut</a> - plus bargain dried chillis and fresh fruit to take home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.guerrillatacos.com/">Guerrilla Tacos</a><br /> Slicker than your average, and more pricey too - but so very worth it. Fillings run the spectrum from roasted artichoke with red pepper escabeche to a more traditional Diablo Gulf shrimp.</p> <p><a href="http://bacomercat.com/">Baco Mercat</a><br /> Here, the signature fancy flatbreads act as vessels for all manner of delicious things, from crispy pork to oxtail hash.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maccheroni-Republic/175617395914760">Maccheroni Republic</a><br /> Homemade pasta and perfect risotto served in a tree-shaded courtyard that feels far from downtown L.A. Really reasonable prices and BYOB, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bestiala.com/">Bestia</a><br /> If you can get a table, Bestia will serve you some of the best cured meats and pasta dishes in town.</p> <p><a href="http://sushigen.org/">Sushi Gen</a><br /> The $15 sashimi lunch special warrants an hour plus wait.</p> <p><a href="http://dailydoseinc.com/">Daily Dose Cafe</a><br /> Fantastic sandwiches (The Farmer with Rroasted squash, heirloom potatoes, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, burrata and ancho chili jam is the one you want) and good coffee in an adorable alleyway setting.</p> <p><a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/restaurant-komasa-los-angeles">Restaurant Komasa</a><br /> If you can’t get into Sushi Gen/don’t want to wait, then Komasa is your best nearby alternative. Super-fresh and not too expensive.</p> <p><a href="http://alma-la.com/">Alma</a><br /> Bon Appetit’s Best New American Restaurant of the year in 2013. Say no more.</p> <p><strong>DRINK</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.perchla.com/">Perch</a><br /> Views on views on views.</p> <p><a href="http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles">Upstairs Bar at Ace Hotel Downtown L.A.</a><br /> Post-It sized pool and slightly overpriced drinks, but the sexy rustic Cali chic decor and swooping view across the city make it all worth it in the end.</p> <p><a href="http://213nightlife.com/thevarnish">The Varnish</a><br /> Dinky and much-loved backroom bar at Cole’s with dimly lit booths and expertly mixed cocktails.</p> <p><a href="http://www.thelashsocial.squarespace.com/">The Lash</a><br /> Sceney, sparse, and a bit pretentious, but still a reliably cool place for a cocktail and a dance.</p> <p><a href="http://villainstavern.com/">Villain’s Tavern</a><br /> A divey bar slightly off the beaten track, where the drinks and crowd are more polished than you might expect.</p> <p><a href="http://bluewhalemusic.com/">The Blue Whale</a><br /> Lowkey jazz bar hidden in a Little Tokyo mall. What’s not to love?</p> <p><strong>SLEEP</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles">Ace Hotel Downtown LA</a><br /> The newest hotel in town, complete with the vibe, staff, and crowd that makes Ace the coolest hotel brand in the world.</p> <p><a href="http://standardhotels.com/downtown-la">The Standard, Downtown LA</a><br /> 24-7 everything (restaurant, gym, room service) plus a rooftop pool that buzzes all summer long.</p> <p><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/s/Los-Angeles--CA?room_types%5B%5D=Entire+home%2Fapt&neighborhoods%5B%5D=Downtown&page=2">Air BnB</a></p> <p>A lot of the hotels in downtown L.A. are horribly dated - but the area’s Air BnB offering is anything but. Take your pick from a vast array for cheap, private lofts, most of which come equipped with pools and parking.</p> <p><strong>SHOP</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.japanesevillageplaza.net/">Japanese Village Plaza</a><br /> The place to pick up everything from a block of sashimi-grade tuna to a game-changing Korean face mask.</p> <p><a href="http://poketo.com/">Poketo</a><br /> Satisfy your inner nerd with minimalist stationary and chic storage solutions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.acnestudios.com/">Acne</a><br /> If you lose your shit over Acne’s perfect leather jackets and highly-covetable knits then you’ll go crazy in the Swedish brand’s new west coast flagship.</p> <p><a href="http://www.apolisglobal.com/">Apolis</a></p> <p>Well-made menswear with a local Cali slant. The store doubles up as a chic gallery space, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/a-guide-to-downtown-l-dot-a-1">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/52c76b6d9070b876ef3b07dd 2014-01-10T11:48:00+00:00 2014-01-14T16:52:28+00:00 Yasmin's Hong Kong Guide Pt. II Chic Holidays, Hong Kong, Hotels, Yasmin <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/yasmin-hong-kong-travel-guide-1"><img alt="Yasmin-hong-kong-diary-12" height="427" src="/system/files/012014/52c7a47b9070b876ef3b26eb/article/Yasmin-Hong-Kong-Diary-12.jpeg?1388820603" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p><strong>Sounds <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/yasmin-hong-kong-travel-guide">like you had a lot of late nights in Hong Kong</a> Got any ‘morning after’ tips for staying healthy and looking fresh in HK? Favourite spas, workout spots, or nail bars?</strong></p> <p>Ugh yes, I tried very hard to incorporate some healthy living amidst the constant dinners and cocktails!</p> <p>My good friend Lindsay (who runs top restaurants <a href="http://www.yardbirdrestaurant.com/">Yardbird</a> & <a href="http://roninhk.com/">Ronin</a>) invited me to join her at a spin class at this place called <a href="http://www.youarexyz.com/studio">XYZ</a> and it was fucking amazing. The studio was like a nightclub: blacked out room, UV lights, strobes, disco ball, the whole lot. The instructor’s bike is up on the ‘stage’ and they use an iPad to control the music and lights throughout the class. It’s so engaging that the 50 minutes are up before you realise it. The studio itself is in New World Tower in Central - you go in this massive building, get in the lift with a bunch of suits who are all on their way to the various offices on the other floors, and get out on the 2nd straight into the gym environment. Kinda trippy when you first do it!</p> <p>As for healthy food, I ate at this salad bar called <a href="http://hk.justsalad.com/">Just Salad</a> a lot - quick, delicious, easy. I also loved <a href="http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=121675">K-Roll</a> a Korean takeaway spot in Sheung Wan became one of my favourite places to eat. Their shrimp Korritto is this seaweed roll filled with veg, some breadcrumbed shrimp and little bit of rice. So delicious and filling, and there’s a really cute story behind the store too. Also they play K-Pop videos all day long which are fucking mind-blowing to watch while you’re munching on your roll.</p> <p><a href="http://mana.hk/">Mana</a> is great for vegan food and a good green juice.</p> <p>Spa-wise, I went to this SICK place called <a href="http://www.tenfeettall.com.hk/">Ten Feet Tall</a> with three friends the day after a night out. We all got foot massages together in a room with four incredibly comfortable day beds. There’s a constant flow of green tea and frozen yoghurt, a really cute interior, lots of inspirational quotes on the walls, etc. It was the first time I’d had a group massage (pause). Very fun!</p> <p>I also have to shout out <a href="http://www.rainbownails.com.hk/eng/">Rainbow Nails</a> for being the one nail salon that didn’t try to bump me on the price and actually knew what to do with my acrylics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/yasmin-hong-kong-travel-guide-1">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/52c751d49070b876ef3af54c 2014-01-04T11:48:00+00:00 2014-01-06T04:16:43+00:00 Yasmin's Hong Kong Guide Pt. I Hong Kong, Yasmin <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/yasmin-hong-kong-travel-guide"><img alt="Yasmin-hong-kong-diary-14" height="595" src="/system/files/012014/52c75fd99070b876ef3afe62/article/Yasmin-Hong-Kong-Diary-14.jpeg?1388814764" width="595" /></a></p> <strong>You’ve spent a lot of time in Hong Kong this year - tell us why?</strong> <p>Back in May 2013, I played an amazing gig at a club in HK called <a href="http://clubfly.com.hk/">Fly</a> and the promoters asked me to come back. I toured Australia in September with Rudimental and after that I was booked to fly to Hong Kong for ten days, in which time I played a warehouse party with Mykki Blanco, a Marc Jacobs rooftop party with Theophilus London, and this dope little speakeasy style club called <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SocialitoHongKong">Socialito</a>.</p> <p>I guess my sets fit with the vibe here because I made some really great connections and got booked to come back for Pharrell x iAmOther’s BLOHK PARTY. I was also asked to stay out for a month to curate music for a new venue called The Stockton - a real slinky joint with a Hunter S Thompson vibe - and also for the spin company <a href="http://www.youarexyz.com/studio">XYZ</a>, which is similar to SoulCycle in NYC. On top of that I’ve DJ’d at loads of parties around the city - last week I played an amazing heavy house set with Justin Martin from Dirtybird and also supported Jay-Z’s DJ and Engineer, Young Guru!</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/yasmin-hong-kong-travel-guide">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/52c0caec9070b876ef367efe 2013-12-30T11:48:00+00:00 2013-12-30T01:26:13+00:00 Sparrows Hotel Palm Springs - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sparrows-hotel"><img alt="48-hours-in-palm-springs-1" height="446" src="/system/files/122013/52c0cb2c9070b876ef367f0a/article/48-hours-in-palm-springs-1.jpg?1389220522" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“Time to do what you came to Palm Springs to do: lounge. There’s nowhere better to laze around than at the newly-opened Sparrows hotel, where the rustic-chic rooms are arranged around a serene, saltwater pool. There’s no check-in desk or crowded restaurant: just you, a few smiley staff members, and a bar. Perfection.”</p> <p>As mentioned in <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/48-hours-in-palm-springs-california">48 Hours in Palm Springs</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sparrows-hotel">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/52c0c7139070b876ef367b77 2013-12-30T11:48:00+00:00 2013-12-30T01:21:51+00:00 Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum Joshua Tree - Art & Culture <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/noah-purifoy-outdoor-museum"><img alt="Noah" height="446" src="/system/files/122013/52c0caa89070b876ef367ee5/article/noah.jpg?1389220524" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“Watch the sun go down at the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum where the late L.A. artist constructed a wonderland of found object sculptures and bizarre structures in the middle of the desert. Spend a few moments taking in the tranquil landscape and crystal clear light, and you’ll totally understand why.”</p> <p>As mentioned in <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/48-hours-in-palm-springs-california">48 Hours in Palm Springs</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/noah-purifoy-outdoor-museum">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/52c0cbe99070b876ef367f7b 2013-12-30T11:48:00+00:00 2013-12-30T01:36:53+00:00 Pioneer Crossing Antiques Yucca Valley - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pioneer-crossing-antiques"><img alt="48-hours-in-palm-springs-4.jpeg-1" height="446" src="/system/files/122013/52c0cbf89070b876ef367f7e/article/48-hours-in-palm-springs-4.jpeg-1.jpg?1389220525" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“Head north out of Palm Springs to check out Joshua Tree, stopping off to explore the myriad vintage stores that line 29Palms Highway. All are affordable and filled with gems, but Pioneer Crossing Antiques offers a particularly covetable selection of location-appropriate souvenirs: Pendleton blankets, enamel crockery, faded vintage photos, etc.”</p> <p>As mentioned in <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/48-hours-in-palm-springs-california">48 Hours in Palm Springs</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pioneer-crossing-antiques">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/52bf075d9070b876ef354012 2013-12-28T11:48:00+00:00 2013-12-30T22:23:24+00:00 10 Travel Resolutions for 2014 Boutique Hotels, Budget Travel, London, Los Angeles, Phoebe Lovatt, Resolutions <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/travel-resolutions"><img alt="Phoebe-lovatt-travel-resolutions-02_copy" height="446" src="/system/files/122013/52bf1b8c9070b876ef355394/article/phoebe-lovatt-travel-resolutions-02_copy.jpg?1388256228" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>2013 has been busy, to say the least. I started the year zipped into a Northface coat for a <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/park-city-utah">bizarre few days among the glittering snowcaps at Sundance Festival in Utah</a>, and ended it baking under the winter sun in the dry, dusty desert of Palm Springs, with <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/las-vegas-photo-diary">helicopter rides in Las Vegas</a>, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/48-hours-in-valencia-spain">tapas in Valencia</a> and <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/24-hours-in-milan">sightseeing in Milan</a> en route. In the pursuit of keeping it moving in 2014, I’m switching up my approach to travel this year. Here’s how.</em></p> <p><strong>I Will Pack Lightly (and take my own advice)</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/pack-a-carry-on">I’ve extolled the benefits of travelling lightly before</a>, but this year I’m more determined than ever to pare back the contents of my carry-on case. I made the mistake of ignoring my own advice when I went back to London and Spain for a month this August, and ended up with a suitcase that I physically couldn’t move by myself, and the excess backage fees to prove it. Never again. (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/pack-a-carry-on">More tips on how pack lightly here</a>).</p> <p><strong>I Will Travel Alone. Really Alone</strong></p> <p>I’ve been venturing to foreign cities by myself for years now, but most of the time I’m travelling safe in the knowledge that I have friends to stay with at the other end. In 2014, I want to take a trip somewhere where I have no existing network and use the opportunity to fully immerse myself in a new culture. Travelling alone can be exhausting (sometimes you just want someone else to decide where to eat lunch/figure out the underground system/stop for coffee etc,) but the increased awareness required makes for a fuller, more enriching experience.</p> <p><strong>I Will Say No to The Breakfast Buffet</strong></p> <p>Making indulgent food choices and skipping exercise on the premise that ‘I’m on holiday’ becomes fairly redundant when you’re travelling near enough every month, as I try to. I don’t have the time or inclination to spend a week in post-travel detox mode every time I get home, which means I need to stay much more aware of my eating, drinking, sleeping and fitness patterns while I’m on the road. Boring, but necessary. (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/stay-fit-while-travelling">More tips on how to stay fit while travelling here</a>)</p> <p><strong>I Will Learn a New Language</strong></p> <p>I can speak basic, conversational French and order a glass of wine and some tapas in Spanish, but that’s pretty much where my foreign language skills end. Shameful. This year I’m vowing to switch my hourly Instagram and Twitter scan for a few extra minutes a day picking up basic vocabulary and grammar rules on the incredible <a href="http://www.duolingo.com/">Duolingo</a> app (if you haven’t downloaded this, I highly recommend it – it offers free, comprehensive introductions to half a dozen languages, from Portuguese to Italian. <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/iphone-travel-apps">More great travel apps here</a>).</p> <p><strong>I Will Try New Modes of Transport</strong></p> <p>I still find air travel completely thrilling, but it’s both an expensive and environmentally dubious way to see the world. In 2014, I want to take more roadtrips (renting a hybrid car in lieu of my gas-guzzling Mercedes Benz) and also a long train trip, perhaps up the west coast. How quaint!</p> <p><strong>I Will Be More Spontaneous</strong></p> <p>This resolution comes courtesy of my good friend Ali Madigan; a true free spirit if ever I met one. Her approach to visiting new places – “Most people look for flights with a city and timeframe in mind but if you’re able to be flexible and travel is your thing then just keep putting feelers out and see what you can find" – made me reconsider my own, fairly rigid approach to travel (most commonly: see appealing beach/boutique hotel in glossy magazine, work out the hell I can afford to get there, book flights as soon as I locate the necessary funds). This year I’m going to put aside a small budget for spontaneous adventures and keep my eyes open for cheap flights, work opportunities, and other signs from the universe.</p> <p><em>Read more of Ali’s tips for Budget Travel <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget">Here</a>, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget-pt-2">Here</a> and <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget-pt-3">Here</a></em></p> <p><strong>I Will Be a Better Host, and a Better Guest</strong></p> <p>This one also <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget-pt-2">comes courtesy of Ali</a> (what can I say, the woman gives good tips), who makes the excellent recommendation that we cultivate both our hosting and house-guesting skills. With so much of any travel experience being contingent on accommodation, the notion makes perfect sense. I’m going to apply it as much as possible.</p> <p><strong>I Will Explore What’s Around Me…</strong></p> <p>So many of my best travel experiences of the year – <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/survive-coachella">Coachella</a>, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/48-hours-in-palm-springs-california">Joshua Tree</a>, day trips up the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/malibu-seafood">PCH to Malibu</a> – took place within a 200-mile radius of my new home in Los Angeles, and I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. This year I’m determined to revisit to San Francisco and finally make my way to Big Sur a.k.a. The Most Magical Place on Earth, according to everyone who has ever been.</p> <p><strong>…But Also Go Further Afield</strong></p> <p>As tempting as it is to spend all my money on affordable domestic flights to easily-accessible US destinations (this is a big bloody country, and there’s still so much of it I’ve yet to see), I’d like to take at least one trip to a totally new part of the world. I’ve spent most of my free time (and money) going to, from, and around the USA since I started travelling alone at the age of 17, and I think it’s time to reappropriate some of the budget in the pursuit of a totally alien landscape and culture.</p> <p><strong>I Will Continue to Share the Best <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-newsstand">Independent ’Zine Stands</a>, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/koya-bar">Japanese Breakfast Bars</a> and <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/dalston-roof-park">Rooftop Bars</a> that I can find, right here on this site</strong></p> <p>Promise. </p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/travel-resolutions">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/52b1e2039070b876ef2cce38 2013-12-18T11:48:00+00:00 2013-12-19T18:19:38+00:00 48 Hours in Palm Springs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/48-hours-in-palm-springs-california"><img alt="48-hours-in-palm-springs" height="492" src="/system/files/122013/52b239f49070b876ef2d1a98/article/48-hours-in-palm-springs.jpg?1387415094" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong><em>DAY ONE</em></strong></p> <p><strong>9am</strong></p> <p>Set off from L.A. bright and early to skip the traffic and arrive in Palm Springs in time for brunch. Opt for a decadent lobster omelette on the patio at <a href="http://theparkerpalmsprings.com/dine/normas.php">Norma’s</a> in the iconic Parker hotel, or drive fifteen minutes further until you reach the <a href="http://www.shieldsdategarden.com/shields_dates_store.aspx">Shields Date Garden Store</a> in nearby Indio. This emporium of dried desert fruits has a cute café out the back, where you can eat Shields Date pancakes with a side of date butter and a sprinkling of Deglet Noors. Don’t forget to pick up a box of toffee-like Medjools to take home.</p> <p><strong>12pm</strong></p> <p>Time to do what you came to Palm Springs to do: lounge. There’s nowhere better to laze around than at the newly-opened <a href="http://www.sparrowshotel.com/">Sparrows</a> hotel, where the rustic-chic rooms are arranged around a serene, saltwater pool. There’s no check-in desk or crowded restaurant: just you, a few smiley staff members, and a bar. Perfection.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/48-hours-in-palm-springs-california">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/52a2760a9070b876ef21e189 2013-12-06T11:48:00+00:00 2013-12-07T16:28:16+00:00 10 Gifts for Stylish Travellers <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/gift-guide-for-stylish-travellers"><img alt="Gift-guide-stylish-traveller-04" height="446" src="/system/files/122013/52a2783a9070b876ef21e587/article/gift-guide-stylish-traveller-04.jpg?1386379866" width="595" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/gift-guide-for-stylish-travellers">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/529d2e329070b876ef1d45d1 2013-12-02T11:48:00+00:00 2013-12-03T21:09:17+00:00 Rita's London - Bars & Clubs, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ritas"><img alt="Ritas" height="446" src="/system/files/122013/529d35cd9070b876ef1d4830/article/ritas.JPG?1389220525" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Just over a year ago I wrote a post singing the praises of <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ritas-bar-and-dining">Rita’s Bar & Dining</a>, then a soul food pop-up doing a roaring trade from its temporary home at <a href="http://birthdaysdalston.com/">Birthdays</a>. Unsurprisingly, the Southern-style small plates proved popular enough to warrant a more permanent home, and Rita’s now exists as a sleek, two floor restaurant on Hackney’s Mare Street. On a recent layover in London, I beelined straight for it.</p> <p>Sadly there was only enough time to try the dessert menu, but then these are the type of desserts that warrant a late-night ride from Dalston to Hackney (and maybe even a transatlantic flight) in their own right. The comfort food element is still there – hot, fluffy beignets were reminiscent of sugar-dusted seaside doughnuts – but chefs Gabriel Pryce and Andrew Clarke have a proper kitchen to play around in these days, and it shows. Every element of Rita’s winning formula has been amped up several notches, from the optional slick of foie gras on those beignets, to the pig’s head ham noodles and miso aubergine now listed beside Rita’s signature fried chicken roll.</p> <p>The new restaurant is still only a few weeks old, but with its chic pastel pink countertops and mature new cocktail menu (the popular margarita slushies now come in a medicinal Fernet Branca flavour, for the <em>proper</em> adults among you) it’s clear that Rita’s is all grown up, and tastes even better for it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1691166/restaurant/Stoke-Newington/Ritas-Bar-and-Dining-London"><img alt="Rita's Bar and Dining on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1691166/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ritas">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/529552b39070b876ef17bd50 2013-11-25T11:48:00+00:00 2013-11-27T03:23:31+00:00 24 Hours in Milan Milan <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/24-hours-in-milan"><img alt="Photo_1_copy" height="450" src="/system/files/112013/529558609070b876ef17c155/article/photo_1_copy.JPG?1385519929" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p><strong>9am</strong></p> <p>Like the rest of Italy, Milan takes its coffee seriously. It’s hard to find a tasteless espresso anywhere, but some coffee bars offer more of an experience than most. Try a pricey but perfect cappuccino in the opulent environs of <a href="http://www.caffemiani.it/en/">Zucca</a>; an elegant Milanese institution located in the historic Galleria shopping mall.</p> <p><strong>10am</strong></p> <p>If you see one thing in Milan, then it must be the world-famous <a href="/it/">Duomo</a>. The gothic, domed basilica is breathtaking in the literal sense.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/24-hours-in-milan">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/52852be99070b876ef094cc1 2013-11-14T11:48:00+00:00 2013-12-03T01:52:33+00:00 Manhattan Beach Post Los Angeles - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/manhattan-beach-post"><img alt="Mbpost" height="446" src="/system/files/112013/528535799070b876ef09555d/article/mbpost.jpg?1389220526" width="595" /></a></p> <p>There isn’t very much I can tell you about the southside coastal city of Manhattan Beach, except that there’s a really cute aquarium at the end of its pier, and that it might well be home to the best brunch in LA. The lauded but laidback MB Post is consistently earning praise for its soulful small plates, and one solitary visit last weekend was enough to see why.</p> <p>First off, the Bloody Mary was perfect. Any Bloody Mary aficionado will tell you that a good one is rarer than a unicorn, so I took this is a very positive first sign. From there, every dish continued to meet (and often surpass) expectations, from a crisp chimichanga stuffed with scrambled egg, yam, and chorizo spiced pork, to a juicy medium-rare steak and sunny side egg with deeply savoury charred broccolini. This food is rich, yes - I’m thinking of those piping hot, mini apple pies served with a pot of salted caramel dipping sauce alongside - but clearly housemade with fresh ingredients, which makes it all OK. Those famous cheddar bacon biscuits, for example? Worth every last buttery calorie, and even the drive down the hideous 110 freeway it took to reach them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/1599422/restaurant/LA/M-B-Post-Manhattan-Beach"><img alt="M.B. Post on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1599422/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/manhattan-beach-post">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5269d8d89070b8792d19d81d 2013-10-30T07:00:00+00:00 2013-11-03T03:37:55+00:00 See The World on A Budget: Logistics Ali Madigan, Budget Travel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget-pt-3"><img alt="Seetheworld_copy" height="446" src="/system/files/102013/5269d8f49070b8792d19d820/article/seetheworld_copy.JPG?1383148614" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>IN TRANSIT</strong></p> <p>Travelling to airports can take up a huge chunk of the entire budget for your trip - you think you’re being all financially savvy and then you drop $100 getting to and from the airport because you forgot to do your research. My advice is to always spend time looking into the cheapest public transportation options <em>before</em> you leave home, because <strong>when you arrive at your destination tired, jetlagged and confused, that $80 cab ride into the city is going to be very appealing</strong>. It’s also easy to get ripped off when you’re in countries where you’re patently a tourist who doesn’t speak the language – if you can, get a local friend to book the cab for you in advance.</p> <p><strong>IN THE AIRPORT</strong></p> <p>Airports themselves are such big money drainers - you can fritter away $30 on pretty much nothing. I recently decided I wasn’t going to do that anymore, and it’s very easy to avoid if you plan ahead. <strong>Make a list of everything you typically buy in an airport and then just take it with you</strong> – water, snacks, painkillers, an eye-mask, a travel pillow… Basically, anything you might be tempted to pick up because you need it, or just because you’re bored and you want to kill time. That goes for books and magazines, too – I take a copy of <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/">The New Yorker</a> because it’s light, easy to carry and contains enough reading material to last a week.</p> <p><strong>TRAVEL LIGHT</strong></p> <p>This tip is less about being a budget traveller and more about being a savvy traveller. When you travel light, you’re more comfortable and less likely to blow money on stuff (cabs, food, hotel rooms) to alleviate your discomfort. When you need to get around using alternative methods then you need to stay light on your feet - there’s nothing more ludicrous than lugging a body bag of a suitcase around a city when you can barely afford lunch. I literally travel with one, large carry on with a strap, which I prefer to a rollie suitcase because it makes me feel more mobile. <strong>Trust me, long haul travel with a carry on can be done - I survived Paris Fashion Week with two pairs of shoes.</strong></p> <p><strong>BE CELL PHONE SAVVY</strong></p> <p>Think about your phone use before you travel. AT&T have a pretty good international plan but many networks don’t. If you can’t buy a phone and data bundle in advance then <strong>pick up a cell phone card when you arrive at your destination</strong>. Most people don’t realise that phone cards aren’t just for landlines: you can use them with smartphones too. Just be sure to get your phone unlocked wherever you buy your phone card (at any of those generic phone shops you find in major cities) or ask your network to do it for you – often they’ll be happy to oblige if it’s strictly for international use.</p> <p><strong>NEGOTIATE</strong></p> <p>If you forget to keep tabs on your data use when you’re abroad and come back to a horrendous phone bill then <strong>call your phone network and negotiate!</strong> Flat out deny it if you have the guts (there’s no way for them to know) or explain that you made a mistake and ask for them to reduce the charges. Everything is negotiable. <em>[Editor’s note: I recently made the same mistake and also managed to talk my way out of a hefty phone bill by asking my phone network to retroactively apply an international data plan. That way, I paid an additional $30 instead of $300. Phew.]</em></p> <p><strong>TREAT YO’ SELF</strong></p> <p>Finally, when you’ve got budget brain drain, head towards the nearest gym and sign up for a free trial. When you’re staying with friends, sleeping on a couch and going out every night really wears you down. While I’m on the road, the gym is a piece of home, my little refuge and a welcome break from always feeling like I’m invading someone’s space. <strong>A posh gym trial is like having a spa day for free.</strong></p> <p><em>In case you missed them, check out Part I (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget">Flying</a>) and Part 2 (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget-pt-2">Eating and Sleeping</a>) for more money-saving tips</em></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/AliMadigan">@ALIMADIGAN</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget-pt-3">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5269d18b9070b8792d19d46b 2013-10-29T07:00:00+00:00 2013-11-01T18:23:55+00:00 See The World on A Budget: Eating & Sleeping , Air Bnb, Ali Madigan, Budget Travel, Guest, Hotels, Paris, Tokyo <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget-pt-2"><img alt="424975_10150620917402767_338501895_n" height="446" src="/system/files/102013/5269dac39070b8792d19d853/article/424975_10150620917402767_338501895_n.jpg?1383009987" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>GROW YOUR NETWORK</strong></p> <p>The reason I was able to <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget">book that flight to Tokyo</a> is because I knew I had someone out there to stay with. Having friends around the world has been a huge factor in the amount I’ve been able to travel. <strong>Keep your own home open and stay in touch with everyone you meet on the road</strong>. Eventually you’ll end up with a huge network of friends with homes you can visit, all around the world.</p> <p><strong>GUEST OF HONOUR</strong></p> <p>Be an amazing guest. <strong>If you’re lucky enough to stay with a friend for free then leave the house way cleaner then you found it.</strong> If you’re staying with someone for five days or a week then put aside $100 of your travel budget to buy them groceries or take them out for a nice meal. It will alleviate your guilt, provide a chance to experience the local food culture, and make your host much more likely to welcome you back.</p> <p><strong>USE TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY</strong></p> <p>If you don’t have anyone to stay with then <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Air BnB</a> is always the best way to go. <strong>I once got the most amazing apartment in Paris for $60 a night, all to myself</strong>. I also use <a href="http://www.priceline.com/">Priceline</a> to bid on hotel rooms – in the past, I’ve managed to get 4* rooms for $100 by going in with a lowball offer - it’s worth a try! The <a href="http://www.hoteltonight.com/">Hotel Tonight</a> app is also great for getting great, cheap, last-minute rooms, although I generally only use it as a last resort.</p> <p><strong>PACK YOUR BREAKFAST (OR LUNCH)</strong></p> <p>Buy a box of granola bars and put them in your suitcase. Seriously! I’ve just started doing this – <strong>I took a tiny carry-on bag to London for two weeks this summer and stuffed 20 granola bars in it!</strong> We laughed about it, but doing that saved me £10 on breakfast or lunch every single day. So buy high-protein granola bars before you travel and pack them wherever you go. They’re easy to carry, light, non-perishable and they will save you the price of at least one meal a day.</p> <p><strong>BRING A BOTTLE</strong></p> <p>Water is always so expensive, especially in airports, so <strong>I don’t leave the house without a reusable water bottle in my bag</strong>. It’s just a lightweight plastic sports bottle but it will save you $5 every time you go to the airport and half that when you’re out and about. <em>[Editor’s Note: I use a bottle <a href="http://www.brita.com/products/filtering-bottle/">with an inbuilt filter</a> that renders even gross airport fountain water drinkable.]</em></p> <p><strong>GET YOUR VITAMIN B</strong></p> <p>Take your vitamins, specifically Vitamin B. Here’s why: trying out new restaurants when I travel is a huge thing for me, but eating out can get expensive. Vitamin B gives you energy and supposedly suppresses appetite, so you can go out to eat without feeling the urge to order a huge (expensive) meal. Similarly, if you’re walking around a city and you get hungry you can easily waste €10 on a little pastry and a coffee, so you’ll save a lot of money if you’re carrying vitamins and snacks on you! <strong>Vitamin B in an energy stimulator, so it’s also great for jetlag</strong> while also being a lot safer than getting crazy-buzzed on caffeine.</p> <p><strong>ASK A LOCAL</strong></p> <p><strong>Ask around for tips on cheap eats</strong> – sometimes you just can’t find out that stuff on the internet. Tokyo is so expensive, maybe the most expensive place I’ve ever been, and I went there with $400 to last two weeks! You can easily spend that on one meal in Tokyo, but the friend I was staying with told me he lived off these amazing onigiri (rice wraps) from the local 7 Eleven. They were about a $1, so I literally survived on them for my whole trip.</p> <p><strong>STASH A FLASK</strong></p> <p>Buy a bottle of alcohol in duty free, and carry a hip flask with you at all times. You might be so broke that you can barely afford to buy a piece of pizza but <strong>if you go out and get drunk then you’ll be pulling out your credit card and acting reckless before you know it.</strong></p> <p><em>Stay tuned for part 3 (Logistics and Luxuries), coming soon…</em></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/AliMadigan">@ALIMADIGAN</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget-pt-2">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5266f6ba9070b8792d17f194 2013-10-24T15:35:00+00:00 2013-10-29T01:57:28+00:00 See The World on a Budget: FLYING Ali Madigan, Budget Travel, Kayak, New York, Priceline, Tokyo <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget"><img alt="Img_7552_copy" height="446" src="/system/files/102013/5269cf3a9070b8792d19d3cb/article/IMG_7552_copy.JPG?1382666264" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>TRAVEL ON TUESDAYS</strong></p> <p>There’s a lot to be said about airfare because first of all you have to <em>get</em> to wherever you want to go, and that can be hugely expensive. I use <a href="http://www.kayak.com/">Kayak</a>, which is very popular and kind of obvious, but there’s a formula to it. I know that the prices fluctuate numerous times a day and that there’s a system: on the weekends, the flights are always much more expensive than on the weekdays. In fact, <strong>the cheapest time to buy an airline ticket is on Tuesday</strong> – Tuesday morning specifically - because flight prices drop significantly at that time. This is not to be confused with flying on Tuesday (although that’s actually less expensive too) but you should definitely avoid buying airline tickets on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, because you’re probably going to end up paying around 30% more. <em>[Editor’s note: <a href="http://www.skyscanner.com/">SkyScanner</a> is also a great way to search for the cheapest flights.]</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/see-the-world-on-a-budget">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5266fd529070b8792d17fbbf 2013-10-20T15:35:00+00:00 2013-12-03T01:49:23+00:00 Mayfields London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/mayfields"><img alt="Mayfields1" height="446" src="/system/files/102013/5267013f9070b8792d17fe2d/article/mayfields1.jpg?1383738522" width="595" /></a></p> <p>For a long time, eating out in Hackney meant a fry up in a greasy spoon cafe or a polystyrene box of stew chicken from a Caribbean takeaway: both pretty perfect in their own right, but not exactly the stuff that elegant evening meals are made of. Then along game a smattering of independent neighbourhood restaurants offering imaginative food at reasonable prices, of which Wilton Way’s elegant new joint Mayfields is the current jewel in the crown.</p> <p>The restaurant itself is minimal enough to blend seamlessly with its lowkey East London surroundings, but the menu wouldn’t look out of place in a Michelin-starred Soho hotspot. On any given night you might find a dish like mackerel sashimi with sesame and lemon, or venison tartare with Jerusalem artichoke, followed by ricotta with honeycomb and fig. Plates are beautifully presented and built to share - order two or three each, plus a cocktail from the appealing menu - and you’ll probably spend around £30 a head. A bit steeper than your average Hackney dinner, perhaps, but then Mayfields is far from average.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1759201/restaurant/Hackney/Mayfields-London"><img alt="Mayfields on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1759201/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/mayfields">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/525d6f999070b8792d1032b5 2013-10-15T15:35:00+00:00 2013-10-16T00:34:52+00:00 Hotel Megaro London - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-megaro"><img alt="Img_3130_aoc_megaro_photo" height="446" src="/system/files/102013/525d72989070b8792d103a13/article/img_3130_aoc_megaro_photo.jpg?1383738523" width="595" /></a></p> <p>It’s hard to believe that a stylish, well-run, affordable boutique hotel exists smack bang in the middle of London, but there Hotel Megaro is. From the outside, its garish painted exterior suggests the type of backpacker hostel typical of this area, but inside it’s all charming service, blonde wood furniture, and plush velvets seat to sink into with a complimentary copy of Monocle magazine.</p> <p>It gets better: the rooms are minimal but colourful and filled with light, as well as lots of little touches you wouldn’t expect at this price point (espresso machine, LCD TV, supremely comfortable bed). Downstairs, there’s a modern restaurant called Karpo where you can have a Flat White with your maple cured bacon sandwich for breakfast, before journeying across the road (literally) to King’s Cross Station for easy access to the rest of the city. A Cubic Zirconia in the rough.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-megaro">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/52570d1c9070b8792d0a439e 2013-10-10T15:35:00+00:00 2013-10-11T16:36:28+00:00 Stay Fit While Travelling <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/stay-fit-while-travelling"><img alt="Beach-sport-indoor-fitness_784x0" height="446" src="/system/files/102013/525711439070b8792d0a4999/article/beach-sport-indoor-fitness_784x0.jpg?1381438003" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p><strong>One of the most alluring aspects of travel is the opportunity to break from routine and indulge in the schedule-free mornings, long lunches, and alcohol-fuelled nights that daily life normally curtails. Unfortunately, this type of feckless living is also a fast route to returning from your escapades looking (and feeling) like a hot, bloated mess. To avoid killing your post-holiday buzz with a horrifying post-holiday weigh in, it’s wise to take a few preventative measures along the way. Below, are five suggestions for staying healthy on the road, with relatively little masochism required.</strong></p> <p><strong>START WITH GOOD INTENTIONS</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/stay-fresh-on-a-long-haul-flight">As we already know</a>, plane food is packed with salt, sugar, and all manner of nasty preservatives. Start your trip as you mean to go on by packing portable meals to eat in transit if you’re really organised (<a href="http://www.101cookbooks.com/index.html">this lady has the travel lunchbox down to a fine art</a>), or a selection of gunk-free energy bars and fresh fruit if you’re not. Realistically you’re not going to expend much energy sitting in a confined plane seat for a few hours so resist the urge to knock back every free pack of peanuts, sugary drink, and mid-flight ice cream that passes down the aisle, long-haul flights are hard enough on your digestive system as it is.</p> <p><strong>WORK OUT LIKE A LOCAL</strong></p> <p>Unless you’re travelling for work, hours clocked at the hotel gym seem like a pretty sad way to spend precious holiday time. Kill two birds with one stone and explore your destination through the lens of the local fitness culture, instead – whether that means hiking in Los Angeles, speedwalking in New York, jogging along the beach in Miami, taking a surf lesson in Biarritz, swimming in Sydney, doing Tai Chi in Beijing…You get the gist.</p> <p><strong>MAINTAIN SMALL HABITS</strong></p> <p>I recently spent a few weeks in London, working, visiting family and friends, and generally running around like a maniac. Despite packing my trainers and a extensive selection of fitness gear (delusional), I accepted early on that I wasn’t going to maintain any semblance of a proper exercise regime and promised to keep up a few healthy habits instead: for me that meant 100 squats, 2 litres of waters, and at least half an hour of walking a day. Despite eating like a pig and drinking like a fish, these minor commitments prevented me from gaining a single pound.</p> <p><strong>YOUTUBE IS YOUR FRIEND</strong></p> <p>There are hundreds of thousands of free workouts available on YouTube, and most require little-to-no equipment whatsoever. Search for your exercise of preference – whether that’s yoga, pilates, or bodyweight resistance training – and choose a 20-30 minute video (any longer and you’ll probably give up halfway) to do in your hotel room/mate’s living room/Air BnB rental etc. Free, fast, effective. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiP6wD_tYlYLYh3agzbByWQ">Fitness Blender</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/HolmTV?feature=playlist">HolmTV</a> are good places to start.</p> <p><strong>EAT MINDFULLY</strong></p> <p>Food is obviously a huge part of the pleasure of travelling and the thought of following a restrictive diet while on the road (or anywhere else for that matter) strikes me as a particularly depressing way to live. HOWEVER, it’s always worth following the principles of mindful consumption - outlined in simple terms in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/On-Eating-Susie-Orbach/dp/0141007516">this life-changing book by Susie Orbach</a> - if only because they actually make mealtimes <em>more</em> enjoyable. That means eating only when you’re hungry, paying attention to whatever it is you’re putting in your mouth, and stopping when full. Boring, basic stuff, but it works.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/stay-fit-while-travelling">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/524f0b1c9070b8792d029637 2013-10-02T15:35:52+00:00 2013-10-08T15:41:20+00:00 The Newsstand New York - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-newsstand"><img alt="Thenewsstandbrooklyn" height="446" src="/system/files/102013/525335529070b8792d06720a/article/thenewsstandbrooklyn.JPG?1383738523" width="595" /></a></p> <p>When a long journey on (or waiting for) the G train presents itself and a copy of People magazine just won’t cut it, stop by The Newsstand and take your pick from some of the best independent magazines and ‘zines from around the world. This treasure trove of rare titles might be run by a <a href="http://alldayeveryday.com/about">big boy creative agency</a> but ’zine fair founder Lele Saveri’s curation maintains a renegade look and feel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-newsstand">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/524f0ade9070b8792d029631 2013-10-02T15:35:52+00:00 2013-10-08T00:44:33+00:00 SCRATCHBread New York - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/scratchbread"><img alt="Scratchbreadbedstuy" height="446" src="/system/files/102013/52533c359070b8792d0677c5/article/scratchbreadbedstuy.JPG?1383738524" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Through an actual hole-in-the-wall on a quiet street in Bed Stuy, SCRATCHbread delivers that type of freshly-made foccacia and sourdough will make a girl reconsider her stance on gluten. Also on sale: decadent sticky buns and muffins, flatbreads loaded with roasted vegetables, and grits (pictured above) - made with butter and black pepper, and yours to customise with anything from a perfect soft boiled egg to a dollop of smoked almond romesco. Perfection.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/scratchbread">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/524f0ad29070b8792d02962b 2013-10-02T15:35:52+00:00 2013-10-08T00:43:19+00:00 Casa Montaña Valencia - Bars & Clubs, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/casa-montana"><img alt="Casamontanavalencia" height="446" src="/system/files/102013/52534c199070b8792d068304/article/casamontanavalencia.jpg?1383738525" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Tapas bar-slash-wine tavern Casa Montaña has been in the game for almost 200 years, so needless to say they’ve got the formula nailed. Visit for perfect renditions of familiar favourites (jamon, croquetas, patatas bravas) and some region-specific dishes like a slow-cooked cuttlefish stew, or cured, spiced tuna in a pool of buttery olive oil. Wine buffs will enjoy a 1000 reference-strong list, and there’s cava at 2€ a glass for everyone else.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.masialavanda.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/spain12-48869.jpg">Image Credit</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/casa-montana">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/524f0a989070b8792d029628 2013-10-02T15:35:52+00:00 2013-10-08T00:42:54+00:00 Koya Bar London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/koya-bar"><img alt="Koyabar" height="446" src="/system/files/102013/525354b79070b8792d0686da/article/koyabar.JPG?1383738525" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Just when you thought London’s favourite udon restaurant <a href="http://www.koya.co.uk/">Koya</a> couldn’t get any better, they go and open a restaurant next door that serves a near-identical menu except with the crucial addition of <em>breakfast</em>. That means less time waiting for a table, more time inhaling perfect bowls of creamy, comforting, congee-style porridge, enhanced with a range of AM-appropriate toppings. I went for the Kedgeree (flakes of smoked haddock, bonito flakes, golden yolked poached egg), but there’s also a more traditional Okayu option (pickles, marinated seaweed) and even English breakfast with bacon, Shitake mushrooms, and a fried egg (!!!)</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/koya-bar">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/523f35389070b80ae1046a70 2013-09-18T15:45:33+00:00 2013-09-23T16:04:32+00:00 A Year of LA Discoveries Los Angeles <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/my-favourite-la-discoveries"><img alt="Ladiscoveries" height="446" src="/system/files/092013/523fa0859070b80ae104d5b6/article/LAdiscoveries.jpeg?1379906313" width="595" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/my-favourite-la-discoveries">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5232047e9070b870712f9510 2013-09-12T12:14:00+00:00 2013-09-13T09:04:16+00:00 48 Hours in Valencia, Spain Boutique Hotels, Budget Travel, Spain, Valencia <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/48-hours-in-valencia-spain"><img alt="Valencia" height="446" src="/system/files/092013/5232c9f79070b870713017e8/article/valencia.jpeg?1379063059" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>FRIDAY</strong></p> <p><strong>10am</strong></p> <p>Start your day with a mind-nourishing mix of art and culture at one of the five futuristic sites that comprise Santiago Calatrava’s <a href="http://www.cac.es/">Ciudad de las Artes y la Ciencias</a>. Parked like spaceships along a 2km axis, the ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ offers an iMax cinema, an aquarium, an interactive science museum, an opera house, a performance space, and the largest Laser Quest centre in Europe (OK, I might’ve made that last one up). Buy a multi-venue pass and lose hours exploring inside, or simply take in these awe-inspiring structures in all their external glory.</p> <p><strong>1pm</strong></p> <p>When you’re all walked out, treat yourself to an affordable luxury lunch at renowned fusion restaurant <a href="http://www.seuxerea.com/">Seu Xerea</a>. For just €17, you can enjoy three courses of traditional Mediterranean dishes updated with imaginative Asian ingredients and techniques (think: sardines marinated in a tart Japanese escabeche, or vitello tonato with bonito mayonnaise).</p> <p><strong>3pm</strong></p> <p>After lunch, amble into the Old Town to take in an abundance of stunning ancient architecture – the intricate <a href="http://www.catedraldevalencia.es/">Cathedral</a>, the Baroque-style Basilica, and the UNESCO-protected <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/782">La Lonja de la Seda</a>; a former silk merchant building, held up by slender spiral columns.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/48-hours-in-valencia-spain">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/520ababd9070b8707113fd3e 2013-08-13T12:14:00+00:00 2013-08-14T01:28:05+00:00 My Silver Lake Guide Los Angeles <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/around-my-way-a-silver-lake-guide"><img alt="Screen_shot_2013-08-13_at_17.36.49" height="447" src="/system/files/082013/520ad16f9070b8707114179c/article/Screen_Shot_2013-08-13_at_17.36.49.png?1376443521" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p><strong>1. Mohawk General Store / Mohawk Man</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.mohawkgeneralstore.com/">www.mohawkgeneralstore.com</a></p> <p>A seriously stylish boutique of women’s clothing and accessories, plus a few elegant homeware items and cool magazines thrown in for good measure. Pick up anything from a pair of Acne jeans to a pot of lapsang souchong by Mariage Frères. Next door, Mohawk Man offers just as sleek an edit of men’s clothing, shoes,and miscellaneous, desirable items. From Dries van Noten sunglasses to A.P.C.shoes, they’ve got you covered.</p> <p><strong>2. Broome St. General Store</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.broomestgeneral.com/">www.broomestgeneral.com</a></p> <p>This small boutique-slash-deli is crowded with things you’ll want to wear, smell, eat, drink and smear on your face at every turn. Penhaligon’s perfume, Rodin face oil, and fried chicken on Fridays. Delicious.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/around-my-way-a-silver-lake-guide">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51fb37f89070b8707108243b 2013-08-05T12:14:00+00:00 2013-08-06T06:52:12+00:00 Grand Central Market: An Eater's Guide Downtown LA, Los Angeles <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/las-grand-central-market-a-guide"><img alt="Image" height="446" src="/system/files/082013/51fb42d29070b87071083116/article/image.jpeg?1375771769" width="595" /></a></p> <p>At 9am sharp, every day of the week, a brass bell peals out across the ground floor of LA’s Homer Laughlin Building and the Grand Central Market opens for business. A downtown institution since 1917, the market is a neon-lit treasure cove of gastronomic delights from around the world. Everywhere you look, there’s a surface groaning with food: piles of dried ancho chiles, bursting bags of cherries, and tureens of fresh, lime-doused ceviche.</p> <p>My advice? Go hungry, and sample a little of everything (you might need a roll in tandem with an equally greedy friend). Slurp down a deep bowl of the House wonton soup at <strong>China Café</strong>, which comes with chicken, sliced roasted pork, shrimp, bok choy, and even a hard boiled egg. Or split a succulent carne asada taco at <strong>Tacos Tumbras A Tomas</strong>, then enjoy the hot, gooey delight of a cheese and shrimp pupusa at <strong>Sarita’s Pupuseria</strong> (the milky, sweet horchata is not to be missed). The chile-flecked dried mango from <strong>La Huerta</strong> makes for a nice souvenir to take home.</p> <p>But it’s not all $2 tacos and vats of fried plantain. This part of Los Angeles is rapidly gentrifying (for evidence, see the impending launch of <a href="http://broadartfoundation.org/thebroadmuseum.html">The Broad</a> contemporary art museum, and the forthcoming <a href="http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles">Ace Hotel</a>) and the Market is changing with it. These days, you can get a Prosciutto, Pear & Goat Cheese Croissant at Silverlake transplant <a href="http://www.valerieconfections.com/at-the-market/">Valerie</a>, or enjoy a perfect almond milk cappuccino at the gleaming white counter of the newly-opened <a href="http://gandbcoffee.com/">G&B Coffee</a>. Go, explore, and enjoy the relative peace and quiet while you can: Grand Central Market might feel off-the-radar right now, but it won’t stay that way for long.</p> <p><a href="http://www.grandcentralsquare.com/">grandcentralsquare.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/las-grand-central-market-a-guide">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51fac7c59070b8707107c2d4 2013-08-01T12:14:00+00:00 2013-08-02T02:36:20+00:00 My Summer Reading List Beach Reads <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/summer-reading-list"><img alt="Summer-reading.jpg_article_singleimage" src="/system/files/082013/51fb134e9070b8707107ff8f/article/summer-reading.jpg_article_singleimage.jpg?1375410896" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/summer-reading-list">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51e9b2959070b83e20343189 2013-07-21T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-22T05:22:23+00:00 48 Hours in Summertime Seattle Chic Holidays, Seattle <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/itinerary-48-hours-in-summertime-seattle"><img alt="Seattle" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51e9e1979070b83e203455b7/article/seattle.jpg?1374434545" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>DAY ONE</strong><br /> <strong>Coffee (of course), ice cream, Capitol Hill, and Snow Crab</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/itinerary-48-hours-in-summertime-seattle">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51d101599070b83e201ff656 2013-07-09T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-17T00:43:57+00:00 Sharmadean Reid's Jamaica Travel Notes Boutique Hotels, Chic Holidays, Good Holiday Hair, Jamaica, London, Sharmadean Reid <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-jamaica-travel-notes"><img alt="Sharmadean-reid-jamaica" height="450" src="/system/files/072013/51e08b7b9070b83e202c5d74/article/sharmadean-reid-jamaica.JPG?1374022968" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Apparently all the amazing restaurants are in Kingston</strong>….I only had time to visit the North side of the island, but I had a delicious coconut snapper fillet at <a href="http://www.rockhousehotel.com/escape.php">Rockhouse Hotel</a>, which is a really great, hipster boutique spot.</p> <p><strong>The best thing I ate</strong>… was jerk chicken and festival at <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g147311-d1516484-Reviews-Scotchies-Montego_Bay_Jamaica.html">Scotchie’s</a>. I’d heard a lot about it and was a bit sceptical, but it was the best chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life. It’s not done in a oil drum like normal jerk chicken: they cook it on pimento wood, which flavours the chicken, and then top it with corrugated iron so it gets all black and crispy. Amazing.</p> <p><strong>The people in Jamaica are really nice</strong>…and they really love kids. People do sometimes try to overcharge you in shops and cabs, but I just fought back. It’s all chat and banter in Jamaica, there’s no point getting uneasy about it.</p> <p><strong>On an aesthetic level, I was really inspired by the interiors and the colours</strong>…All the shops and shacks that line the street are really gorgeous.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jamaicatravelandculture.com/destinations/portland/boston_bay.htm">Boston Bay</a></strong> had a Jamaican surfer vibe that was really cool for me to see because I did this <a href="http://sharmadeanreid.com/post/42858749485/work-black-surfers-arena-homme-ph-danielle">Black Surfer story</a> for Arena Homme Plus in Venice Beach a couple of years ago, and these guys were the real thing.</p> <p><strong>The colour palette of Jamaica</strong> is just amazing: blue and pink and green and yellow, very tropical.</p> <p><strong>I got my braids done</strong>…by Torna in Port Antonio. I just found a hairdressers and she came to the house and it did it for me for $40 - it took four hours and it was really good!</p> <p><strong>Jamaican beach style changes from resort to resort</strong>. The Round Hill style is preppy American – Tory Burch, Kate Spade, resort collection chic. Everywhere else is more hotpants and flip flops.</p> <p><strong>My Jamaica look</strong>…was really good at Round Hill. I wore a lot of matching bikinis, kaftans, and striped shirts. It was all about a hoop earring and sexy hair. When I got to Port Antonio is was more laidback: a skater hat, jean shorts and flip flops.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-jamaica-travel-notes">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51d0fa529070b83e201fef95 2013-07-07T08:48:00+00:00 2013-12-04T01:13:24+00:00 Sharmadean Reid's Hotel Tour of Jamaica Jamaica, Sharmadean Reid <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-jamaica-hotel-tour"><img alt="Sharmadean-reid-jamaica-hotel" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51e08d389070b83e202c63f5/article/sharmadean-reid-jamaica-hotel.JPG?1373902980" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p><em><strong>WAH Nails founder and aspiring hotelier Sharmadean Reid went to explore Jamaica’s hippest hotels, resorts and eco shacks. Read her dispatch from the North side of the island.</strong></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-jamaica-hotel-tour">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51d5ad759070b83e20240cb2 2013-07-07T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-08T16:00:13+00:00 The Girl A La Mode Guide to Antwerp Antwerp, Belgium, Boutique Hotels, Chic Holidays, Holiday Inspiration <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/charlie-mays-antwerp-guide"><img alt="Girl-a-la-mode-antwerp5" height="397" src="/system/files/072013/51d5b1f39070b83e20241405/article/girl-a-la-mode-antwerp5.jpg?1373298539" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>Take a quick glance at her deconstructed silk dresses and minimalist white leather biker jackets, and it’s not hard to see why London-based designer <strong>Charlie May</strong> (aka fashion blogger <a href="http://www.girlalamode.co.uk/">Girl a La Mode</a>) regularly finds inspiration in the chic Belgium port town of Antwerp. Famed as the home of ‘Antwerp Six’ - the group of influential designers who graduated from the city’s Royal Academy in the early ’80s - Antwerp is still a hub of high-concept design stores, consignment shops and ateliers - not to mention the legendary stock sales to which Charlie is an annual pilgrim.</em></p> <p><em>Read on for her guide to the city’s best boutique hotels, bars, and bargain-filled vintage stores….</em></p> <p><strong>What first brought you to Antwerp?</strong></p> <p>While I was at university my friend went out to do an internship with Ann Demeulemeester in Antwerp. I went out to visit her and just fell in love with the city! It might seem like an unusual holiday destination, but a combination of the Belgian fashion scene, the architecture and, of course, the beer keeps me going back.</p> <p><strong>What is it about the city that you find so inspiring?</strong></p> <p>I love the architecture of the buildings with all the spears and points on top of the roof fronts. There are plenty of beautiful old pubs, contrasted with very cool modern shops and restaurants.</p> <p><strong>Where do you stay when you’re there?</strong></p> <p>This last time I went we stayed in a couple of hotels - <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-les-nuits">Hotel Les Nuits</a> is a very cool and modern hotel right in the centre of the city. <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sleeping-around">Sleeping Around</a> are old shipping crates recycled into hotel rooms right on the harbour front. I have also couch surfed around town with the city’s fashion students, which was amazing way to get get a glimpse of their work.</p> <p><strong>What are you always sure to pack?</strong></p> <p>Most times I visit, I bring an empty suitcase as I’m coming for the stocksales - twice a year designers such as Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten and Haider Ackermann have sample sales at insanely knocked down prices. You can also buy amazing fabrics for about €5 a metre - a must for all fashion students! Other than that, crisp tailoring and liquid silks are always in my case.</p> <p><strong>Where are your favourite shopping destinations while you’re in town?</strong></p> <p>The second hand designers stores are the best. My two favourites are, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/labels-inc">Labels Inc</a> and <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/rosier-41">Rosier 41</a> - here you’ll find all the best names including discounted Yohji Yamamoto, Balenciaga, Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester etc.</p> <p>Then there are the vintage stores - <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Think-Twice-Secondhand-Antwerpen/44401288879">Think Twice</a> has the most insane sales all the time, where the first day of sale everything is €5, going down a Euro everyday until the last day when everything in store is €1!</p> <p><strong>What has been your best ever Antwerp buy?</strong></p> <p>Always Ann Demeulemeester shoes. My best buy was the triple lace boots, I never thought I would ever see them for sale and then there they were for about €150 - the original runway versions! I couldn’t believe it.</p> <p><strong>Fashion aside, why should we all visit Antwerp?</strong></p> <p>It’s a beautiful city, with incredible architecture and friendly people. Every beer has its own unique glass and all the food is delicious. You have to go!</p> <p><a href="http://www.charlie-may.co.uk/">www.charlie-may.co.uk</a><br /> <a href="http://www.girlalamode.co.uk/">www.girlalamode.co.uk</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/charlie-mays-antwerp-guide">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51e080799070b83e202c51c4 2013-07-07T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-15T15:39:07+00:00 Round Hill Hotel and Villas Jamaica - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/round-hill-hotel-and-villas"><img alt="Roundhill" height="443" src="/system/files/072013/51df52649070b83e202b39cf/article/roundhill.JPG?1374842542" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>“I was travelling around Jamaica with my two-year-old son Roman so I looked for a hotel near Montego Bay that meant we wouldn’t have to go far when I got out of the airport: being on a plane with a baby is hard enough. Round Hill Hotel and Villas was perfect – very ‘olde worlde’, with amazing staff… They give you a rum punch on arrival (standard!) and then you check in at an archway verandah with a postcard view of the sea.</em></p> <p><em>“The room itself was perfect. Super stylish, two double beds, everything you need. The food was good and the spa was also great; I had one of the best massages of my life there. They also had a library that made me feel like I was in a really posh, rich person’s house where I was learning loads. There’s great art on the walls, including loads by this guy called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Routh">Jonathan Routh</a>, I’ve been Instagramming all his work. It was just bloody great. Round Hill had an old English charm, the polish of an American resort, and the tropical Caribbean vibe that I wanted.”</em></p> <p>Recommended by Sharmadean Reid in her <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-jamaica-hotel-tour">Jamaica Hotel Tour Diary</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/round-hill-hotel-and-villas">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51e081ab9070b83e202c53d5 2013-07-07T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-15T15:39:57+00:00 Great Huts Jamaica - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/great-huts"><img alt="Greathuts" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51df525e9070b83e202b39ce/article/greathuts.JPG?1374842544" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>“I wanted to do this trip on a ‘high low’ vibe, so we stayed at this eco-hut place called Great Huts. If Round Hill was your classic resort, Great Huts was your eco-touristy, backpackers spot. It was cool and really interesting, but the basic accommodation came as a bit of a shock after the luxury at Round Hill. It would be perfect if you and your boyfriend just wanted to smoke weed, have sex and do a bit of surfing, but it’s not the place to go with a baby.</em>"</p> <p>Recommended by Sharmadean Reid in her <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-jamaica-hotel-tour">Jamaica Hotel Tour Diary</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/great-huts">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51d5aa209070b83e20240842 2013-07-04T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-04T17:24:04+00:00 Dalston Roof Park London - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/dalston-roof-park"><img alt="Dalston-roof-park" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51d5ac4f9070b83e202409e9/article/dalston-roof-park.jpg?1374842544" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Stretching out in a long, L-shaped strip over the roof of The Print House building in Dalston, this astroturfed cocktail bar is a good place to seek respite from the cacophony of neighbouring Kingsland Road. There’s a small but refreshing selection of cocktails (frozen margarita, anyone?), regular pop-ups from local restaurants, and even a free weekly cinema club. Undoubtedly one of London’s best local gems.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/dalston-roof-park">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51d5a1dc9070b83e2024022c 2013-07-04T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-04T19:36:48+00:00 TOP 5: Places to Enjoy Sunny London Al Fresco, Bars, London, Rooftop Bars <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/places-to-go-in-london-on-a-sunny-day"><img alt="Franks" height="396" src="/system/files/072013/51d5a3039070b83e20240243/article/Franks.jpg?1372970060" width="595" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/places-to-go-in-london-on-a-sunny-day">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51d361159070b83e20221ff0 2013-07-02T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-02T23:51:06+00:00 Five Guys London, Los Angeles, New York - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/five-guys"><img alt="Fiveguys" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51d3670e9070b83e202226a7/article/fiveguys.jpg?1374842546" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>Full-time director/part-time burger connoisseur <a href="https://twitter.com/LUKEMONAGHAN">Luke Monaghan</a> has made it his business to try every burger that crosses his path. He explains why Five Guys burgers are better than the rest…</em></p> <p><strong>Choice of Toppings</strong><br /> I’m all for simplicity and having the burger served the way the chef intended it. But the option to add a couple of extras (in Five Guys’ case: anything from hot sauce to jalapeno peppers) can never be a bad thing.</p> <p><strong>Serving Style</strong><br /> Five Guys burgers are tin foil-wrapped, straight off the grill. This methods not only holds in heat, but also has the effect of melting the cheese to create a juicy, gooey experience when you take the first bite.</p> <p><strong>Perfect Portions</strong><br /> The standard burger comes with two patties, a bunch of toppings, and a generous portion of fries, so there’s no awkward deliberation about whether one order will actually fill you up.</p> <p><strong>Sides</strong><br /> The fries are crunchy, freshly fried, and absolutely incredible. And there are lots of them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/five-guys">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51c8af849070b83e201884a3 2013-06-28T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-02T20:04:23+00:00 Get Good Holiday Hair Beach Spray, Chic Holidays, Good Holiday Hair, Heat Free Hair, Waves <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/get-good-holiday-hair"><img alt="Holidayhairhowto2" height="398" src="/system/files/062013/51c8afb49070b83e201884b3/article/holidayhairhowto2.jpg?1372109639" width="595" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/get-good-holiday-hair">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51ca26f09070b83e2019cb01 2013-06-25T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-02T19:57:14+00:00 Ice, Ice Baby Hare & Tortoise, Los Angeles, New York City <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/ice-cream-spots"><img alt="34f28acba236306879afe18dd1d55dd8_copy" height="429" src="/system/files/062013/51ca29eb9070b83e2019ce2b/article/34f28acba236306879afe18dd1d55dd8_copy.jpg?1372300495" width="595" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/ice-cream-spots">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51c8e8379070b83e2018b865 2013-06-24T08:48:00+00:00 2013-12-03T01:53:12+00:00 Blockhead's Shavery Los Angeles - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/blockheads-shavery"><img alt="Blockheads" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51c8e9869070b83e2018b894/article/Blockheads.JPG?1374842546" width="595" /></a></p> <p>You’ve probably never heard of snow cream, but it’s pretty big in Asia. <em>Xue hua bing</em> (as it’s reportedly known in Taiwanese) is a curiously light combination of Hawaiian-style shaved ice and good, old-fashioned ice cream, which has attracted a cult US following thanks to a handful of snow ice parlours in major cities across the country.</p> <p>One of these is Blockhead’s Shavery in Little Osaka, where bowls of green tea, black sesame and taro root snow cream (plus original for the unadventurous) are pimped out with your choice of sauce and toppings. Opt for one of Blockhead’s ‘build-a-bowl’ suggestions, or create your own from a menu that includes exotic offerings like condensed milk, mango puree, almond jelly, egg pudding and honey boba. The portions seem implausibly vast on first impression, but you’ll be surprised by how much of this airy dessert you can eat.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/1632977/restaurant/West-Los-Angeles/Blockheads-Shavery-Co-LA"><img alt="Blockheads Shavery Co on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1632977/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/blockheads-shavery">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51a692119070b850ab00a58b 2013-06-21T08:49:00+00:00 2013-06-24T15:48:13+00:00 WHAT TO PACK: GLASTONBURY Chic Holidays, Festivals, Glastonbury <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/what-to-wear-uk-festival"><img alt="Recently_updated1" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51c78a719070b83e20177f6c/article/Recently_Updated1.jpg?1372032184" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>Wondering what to pack for Glastonbury this week (or indeed any summer festival)? I say: don’t overthink it. The ‘luxe hippy’ look might feel like the safe option, but it will never let you down. Resist the lure of a flowered headband and opt for a classic fedora instead, adding colour and embellishment with a richly hued kimono. Leather sandals might not save you from mudslides but they’re definitely much less ‘Tumblr’ than a pair of Hunters. Add some glimmer with an illuminating highlighter and delicate gold jewellery, a bit of edge with stonewashed boyfriend jeans, and you’re ready for anything. Except, um, rain.</em></p> <p>Flowing Printed Kimono, <a href="http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/blazers/flowing-printed-kimono-c437599p1238041.html">ZARA</a><br /> Aili Gold and Turquoise Necklace, <a href="https://catbirdnyc.com/shop/product.php?productid=18711&cat=105&page=2">CATBIRD</a><br /> Threadbare 14ct Ring, <a href="https://catbirdnyc.com/shop/product.php?productid=18364&cat=297&page=1">CATBIRD</a><br /> Milton Jeans, <a href="http://www.rag-bone.com/Boyfriend_Jean__Milton/pd/cl/1585/np/220/p/4465.html">RAG & BONE</a><br /> Floppy Brim Fedora, <a href="http://www.rag-bone.com/store/productdetails.aspx?productid=3923&mr:trackingCode=08A90DD4-500A-E211-BA78-001B21631C34&mr:referralID=NA&mr:adType=pla&mr:ad=24373347235&mr:keyword={keyword}&mr:match={matchtype}&mr:filter=48697414195&gclid=CIrm7tOp-7cCFaU5Qgod0RsALw">RAG & BONE</a><br /> Suede Messenger Bag, <a href="http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/handbags/messenger-bags/suede-messenger-bag-c434563p1079555.html">ZARA</a><br /> RMS Living Luminizer, <a href="http://www.beautysage.com/products/living-luminizer?source=pjn&subid=73861">BEAUTY SAGE</a><br /> Flat Thong Sandal, <a href="http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/shoes/flat-thong-sandals-with-buckle-c434549p1163038.html">ZARA</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/what-to-wear-uk-festival">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51c120839070b83e20124398 2013-06-18T08:48:00+00:00 2013-06-19T03:10:56+00:00 Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel Los Angeles - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hollywood-hills-hotel"><img alt="Bestwesternhollywoodhillsgallery" height="447" src="/system/files/062013/51c120f89070b83e2012439b/article/bestwesternhollywoodhillsgallery.jpg?1374842547" width="595" /></a></p> <p>This kitsch-cool Best Western outpost can be found at the very foot of the Hollywood Hills, and it plays right up to its location. Hallways are lined with photos of silver screen starlets, while the clean and spacious rooms are decorated with posters and faux memorabilia from blockbusters gone by. To heighten an already full-on LA experience, head out for endless photo ops on the nearby Walk of Fame then return for a dip in the pastel-hued swimming pool. Afterwards you can refuel at the iconic <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/101-coffee-shop-los-angeles">101 Coffee Shop</a>, which is accessible through the hotel lobby and serves buttermilk pancakes and other classic diner fare to a regular crowd of hungry hipsters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hollywood-hills-hotel">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51c118269070b83e20124156 2013-06-18T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-02T19:57:01+00:00 Cool Budget Stays in LA Boutique Hotels, Budget Travel, Los Angeles <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/cool-budget-hotels-in-la"><img alt="Hotel-hollywood-hills-slide1" height="398" src="/system/files/062013/51c121a39070b83e201243c1/article/hotel-hollywood-hills-slide1.jpg?1371614646" width="595" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/cool-budget-hotels-in-la">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51c126909070b83e20124c1a 2013-06-18T08:48:00+00:00 2013-06-19T03:38:45+00:00 Los Feliz Lodge Los Angeles - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/los-feliz-lodge"><img alt="Losfelizlodge" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51c127639070b83e20124c23/article/losfelizlodge.jpg?1374842547" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Located just east of Hollywood, Los Feliz is a leafy, bohemian neighbourhood that many a Los Angeles hipster calls home. Spend a week living like a local in one of the bright and stylish casitas at the Los Feliz Lodge, each of which is decked out with a fully-equipped kitchen, flatscreen TV and organic cotton bed linens. When you feel like venturing out, you’re mere strolling distance from popular brunch spot <a href="http://www.figarobistrot.com/">Figaro Bistrot</a> or stumbling distance from iconic cocktail lounge <a href="http://www.thedresden.com/">The Dresden</a> where you can enjoy a martini along with the nightly show from in-house entertainment duo, Marty and Elayne.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/los-feliz-lodge">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51c128349070b83e20124c88 2013-06-18T08:48:00+00:00 2013-06-19T03:44:05+00:00 Edgecliffe House Los Angeles - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/edgecliffe-house"><img alt="Edgecliffe2" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51c128f89070b83e20124c8e/article/edgecliffe2.jpg?1374842547" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Nestled atop a hill in the hipster stronghold of Silver Lake, this adorable 1920s guesthouse combines the trimmings of a seriously chic hotel (think Matteo linens, Frette and Anichini towels, and Malin + Goetz bath products), with all the privacy of a private home. The interior is decorated in the mid-century modern style favoured in this part of LA, so you can recline on an Eames chair while you read a Murakami novel from the in-house library. It’s a self check-in, self-catering situation so you’ll largely be left to your own devices but, with an endless array of vegan restaurants, cocktail bars, and great boutiques just a few minutes away on Sunset Boulevard, you certainly won’t be lost for things to do.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/edgecliffe-house">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51be93629070b83e20100178 2013-06-16T08:48:00+00:00 2013-06-17T19:03:48+00:00 Malibu Seafood Los Angeles - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/malibu-seafood"><img alt="Malibuseafood" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51be96af9070b83e201001b1/article/malibuseafood.JPG?1379896716" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Little more than a fish market with an outdoor dining patio tacked on, Malibu Seafood is a lowkey but idyllic spot to stop on California’s Pacific Coast Highway when you’re en route to the beach. Don’t let the diminutive size of this red-lacquered storefront fool you - the menu is an expansive offering of steamed shellfish, fish salads, fish sandwiches, fish tacos, grilled fish dinners…you get the gist. Order inside and then settle down for a tantalising wait on one of the long bench tables outside.</p> <p>It’s hard to go wrong with any of the dishes, but the melting, perfectly seared ahi tuna (served with a choice of classic sides; coleslaw, baked potato, green salad etc.) makes for a particularly gratifying choice, as do the fish and chips, which are freshly fried and as aromatic as any I’ve whiffed on an English seaside pier. Then there’s the giant squid steak, which has the tenderised texture of grilled calamari but comes in a ribeye-sized portion. All sound like perfection? Yeah, it kinda is. And get this: it’s BYOB.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/762790/restaurant/LA/Malibu-Seafood-Malibu"><img alt="Malibu Seafood on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/762790/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/malibu-seafood">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51a6a6b79070b850ab00b701 2013-06-14T08:49:00+00:00 2013-06-15T16:30:35+00:00 FABULOUS LAS VEGAS Las Vegas <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/las-vegas-photo-diary"><img alt="Showgirls1" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51bc8de59070b83e200e4214/article/showgirls1.jpeg?1371312083" width="595" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/las-vegas-photo-diary">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51b0e9e89070b83e20054d4e 2013-06-10T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-04T16:24:23+00:00 Sexy Speakeasies Around the World Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Speakeasy Bars <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sexy-speakeasies-around-the-world"><img alt="Thebackroomnyc" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511c46759070b83448000200/article/thebackroomnyc.jpeg?1370974750" width="595" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sexy-speakeasies-around-the-world">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51a690939070b850ab00a55d 2013-06-06T08:49:00+00:00 2013-06-07T15:06:11+00:00 WHAT TO PACK: WARM WEATHER WORK TRIP <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/what-to-wear-work-trip"><img alt="Whattowearworktrip" height="397" src="/system/files/062013/51ae8fd29070b83e20038265/article/whattowearworktrip.jpg?1370585298" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>For the next week or so I’ll be in Las Vegas for the <a href="http://www.ipw.com/">IPW travel industry trade show</a>, so I’m keeping my wardrobe as office-appropriate as possible, despite the 43 degree (!) heat. If you’re planning a work trip to somewhere similarly steamy, stay cool but collected in a crisp capsule wardrobe of sleek pencil skirts, loose, boxy tops, and smart (but sexy) shoes. Pack a neutral silk trouser suit that you can wear as an ensemble, or mix and match with your other pieces. 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My two favourites are Labels Inc and Rosier 41 - here you’ll find all the best names including discounted Yohji Yamamoto, Balenciaga, Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester etc.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by Charlie May in the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/charlie-mays-antwerp-guide">Girl A La Mode Guide to Antwerp</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/rosier-41">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51da0e6f9070b83e20272e53 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-07-08T01:01:29+00:00 Labels Inc. Antwerp - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/labels-inc"><img alt="Labels-inc" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51da0eeb9070b83e20272e5c/article/labels-inc.png?1373246688" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>“The second hand designers’ stores are the best places to shop in Antwerp. My two favourites are Labels Inc and Rosier 41 - here you’ll find all the best names including discounted Yohji Yamamoto, Balenciaga, Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester etc.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by Charlie May in the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/charlie-mays-antwerp-guide">Girl A La Mode Guide to Antwerp</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/labels-inc">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51a921df9070b83e20006f4e 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-06-03T05:20:52+00:00 Kinfolk Studios New York - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/kinfolk-studios-1"><img alt="Kinfolk" height="446" src="/system/files/052013/51a923099070b83e20006f5a/article/kinfolk.jpg?1370238157" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Depending on the time of day you visit, Kinfolk Studios might be a killer cocktail bar, an excellent coffee shop, a cool bicycle store, a creative agency, a delicious Scandinavian restaurant or an innovative gallery space. Sometimes it’s all of these things at once. Located on a busy block in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (hipster mecca of the universe), Kinfolk somehow manages to be painfully hip without ever feeling pretentious. Head down for a cocktail on a hot summer’s night, when the atrium style entry is pulled wide open and ginger mojito-wielding patrons spill out onto the street.</p> <p><a href="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/07/22/fashion/22WYTHE_SPAN/22WYTHE_SPAN-articleLarge.jpg">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/kinfolk-studios-1">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51b0e7799070b83e20054b86 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-06-11T18:27:06+00:00 The Laundry Room Las Vegas - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-laundry-room"><img alt="Laundry2" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51b117699070b83e200570cc/article/laundry2.jpg?1370982544" width="595" /></a></p> <p>If you’re not a fan of texting, then The Laundry Room might not be for you. Access to this 1920s-style speakeasy (which is located inside the trendy Commonwealth bar in downtown Las Vegas) is granted through a fast-paced series of text messages between you and the concierge, in a manner that feels somewhat antithetical to the louche, speakeasy spirit. You’re then issued a fairly long list of instructions - no flimsy drinks, no loud talking - before confirming your reservation and being ushered in via an unmarked door.</p> <p>Once inside, it’s worth the faff. The tiny backroom bar is furnished with chandeliers and an old piano, with just a few small tables and a strict ‘no standing’ policy. If you can, sit at the bar where you’ll be able to watch the master mixologist at work. Her name is June and she creates each and every cocktail herself. She’ll visit you personally to find out what you like and don’t like before helping you select a drink from the extensive menu, or crafting one that fits your personal tastes. Watch her whiz together rare spirits, herbal tonics, and obscure liqueurs, while schooling you on the where, when, and what of you’re about to drink (this girl knows her alcohol history). Then sit back and enjoy the bespoke Savile Row suit of the cocktail world in a city that takes its drinking very seriously indeed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-laundry-room">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51a929069070b83e200072a7 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-07-02T19:57:41+00:00 Cheap & Chic Summer Holiday Inspiration Boutique Hotels, Budget Travel, Chic Holidays, Holiday Inspiration, Sharmadean Reid <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/summer-holiday-inspiration"><img alt="Tumblr_m1py6l2df61qzo16po1_1280" height="398" src="/system/files/062013/51ac19999070b83e2001e92e/article/tumblr_m1py6l2dF61qzo16po1_1280.jpg?1370234515" width="595" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/summer-holiday-inspiration">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51c124859070b83e20124a13 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-06-19T03:32:00+00:00 Hollywood Pensione Los Angeles - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hollywood-pensione"><img alt="Pensione" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51c125da9070b83e20124ba6/article/pensione.jpg?1371613940" width="595" /></a></p> <p>If you favour a more intimate holiday experience, nab one of the three chic rooms at Hollywood Pensione. This self-described ‘eco conscious boutique inn’ is located in a classic 1915 Crafstman house in the heart of Hollywood. Wander out to nearby Franklin Village, where A-listers and wannabes congregate over almond milk lattes at <a href="http://www.theoaksgourmet.com/">The Oaks Gourmet Market</a>, then kick back in your luxurious queen size bed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hollywood-pensione">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51b11b8f9070b83e20057462 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-06-11T18:34:34+00:00 The Nightjar London - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-night-jar"><img alt="Thenightjar_copy" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51b11cd39070b83e20057468/article/thenightjar_copy.jpg?1370986511" width="595" /></a></p> <p>This part of City Road has to be one of the least inspiring stretches in Shoreditch, which makes hidden bar The Nightjar - located down a flight of stairs between a couple of grimy cafes - all the exciting to discover. Once you make it past the stern face at the door (be sure to reserve in advance) you’ll discover a dimly-lit drinking den that feels like something from a past era.</p> <p>The menu keeps up the theme, with a dizzying list of libations that are split into pre-prohibition, prohibition, and post-war offerings (with a smattering of Nightjar Signatures alongside) that are mixed to perfection and served at your table. The drinks are strong, the jazz is live, and there are plenty of dark corners to disappear into with your drinking partner of choice. Speakeasy perfection.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-night-jar">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51b121d89070b83e20057ab0 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-06-11T18:30:27+00:00 Lock & Key Los Angeles - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/lock-and-key"><img alt="Lockandkey" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51b12b949070b83e200581f1/article/lockandkey.JPG?1370975614" width="595" /></a></p> <p>For a town not exactly famed for its hedonistic drinking culture, LA is home to many great bars. Angelenos are particularly partial to a speakeasy - see longstanding favourites <a href="http://www.edisondowntown.com/">The Edison</a>, <a href="http://213nightlife.com/thevarnish">The Varnish</a> - and Lock & Key is the latest secret cocktail spot in town. Housed behind a discrete red doorway in Koreatown, access to Lock & Key is presented as a challenge: take your pick from a wall of vintage doorknobs until you find the one that will take you inside. Once you figure it out, you’ll be greeted by a swanky, golden-lit bar that serves craft cocktails to a crowd of LA cool kids. Enjoy a regular rotation of DJs as you sip your drink, then head to inhouse takeout joint Stall 239 for a fried chicken sandwich with spicy coleslaw to round off the night.</p> <p><a href="http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/02/27/lock_key_a_bedazzling_new_bar_is_born_in_ktown.php#512e466df92ea1429e00b852">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/lock-and-key">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51b7a2789070b83e200a6966 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-06-17T05:50:31+00:00 Lotus of Siam Las Vegas - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/lotus-of-siam"><img alt="Lotusofsiam" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51bb90ff9070b83e200d7134/article/lotusofsiam.JPG?1371248145" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Just over a decade ago, esteemed LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold declared Las Vegas’s Lotus of Siam to be the best Thai restaurant in North America, and it has been pretty much booked out ever since - when I called, the earliest available reservation wasn’t for three months. Undeterred, I cabbed its bleak downtown stripmal location and managed - somehow - to wing a table on a walk-in. A few moments later, I was seated in the corner of huge, shabby dining room and delivered with a vast menu that promised to reveal all manner of culinary delights.</p> <p>Expectations were obviously running high and our first couple of picks from said menu were, I’m saddened to admit, underwhelming. A classic Papaya salad was crunchy and fresh enough, but far from memorable. The satay chicken was tender and tasty, but otherwise nondescript. The enticing-sounding lime drink tasted a lot like Sprite.</p> <p>But there were glimmers of Lotus of Siam’s greatness that shone through. The Tom Kha Gai (coconut soup) was rich and satisfying, with chunks of flavoursome chicken and a slick of fiery red chili oil atop its surface. And the drunken noodles with shrimp - a stalwart on every US Thai menus - were by far the best I’ve ever had; the thick rice noodles doused in a deeply savoury sauce and topped with eight or nine giant shrimp, encased in a light and crunchy batter. Given the number of appetising and inventive-looking dishes being deposited on tables all around me, I left feeling that Lotus of Siam might well be the best Thai restaurant in North America, but I certainly didn’t get the best out of it. I’ll just have to go back.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/18/222040/restaurant/East-Side/Lotus-of-Siam-Las-Vegas"><img alt="Lotus of Siam on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/222040/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/lotus-of-siam">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51bb98019070b83e200d7916 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-06-17T05:49:21+00:00 Mandarin Bar Las Vegas - Hotel, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/mandarin-bar"><img alt="Mandarinbar" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51bb99ae9070b83e200d7b53/article/mandarinbar.JPG?1371313724" width="595" /></a></p> <p>If you’re ever in Las Vegas and you reach the point where it all gets way too much (and I can almost guarantee that you will) then the bar at the Mandarin Oriental makes for a very classy place to seek refuge. Located on one of the 23rd floor of this sleek, luxury hotel, it feels a million miles away from the blinding lights and soupy crowds down on the Strip, while still affording an excellent view of the Vegas panorama through its floor-to-ceiling windows. The Asian-influenced cocktails are, of course, rather pricey, but $18 (the price of a lychee martini) is ultimately a small price to pay for your sanity, wouldn’t you agree?</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/18/1602603/restaurant/The-Strip/Mandarin-Bar-Las-Vegas"><img alt="Mandarin Bar on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1602603/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/mandarin-bar">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51c8c20c9070b83e2018947c 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-12-03T01:54:30+00:00 Pazzo Gelato Los Angeles - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pazzo-gelato"><img alt="Pazzogelato" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51c8e2479070b83e2018b311/article/pazzogelato.JPG?1372204382" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an ‘ice cream person’, Pazzo Gelato might well convert you. This small Silverlake cafe serves an extensive selection of gelatos and sorbettos that actually taste of what they’re supposed to - which is a range of mostly seasonal ingredients, often sourced from the farmer’s market. Expect to see enticing tubs of unusual flavours like blood orange, almond fig and Santa Rosa plum, as well as imaginative renditions of old favourites including strawberry custard, Madagascar vanilla, and chocolate malt. The ice creams are organic where possible, often dairy free, and come in a range of sizes including a single scoop (see above) that’s perfect for children and guilty adults.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/107294/restaurant/Silver-Lake/Pazzo-Gelato-LA"><img alt="Pazzo Gelato on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/107294/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pazzo-gelato">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51da11989070b83e20273082 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-07-08T01:14:46+00:00 Het Elfde Gebod Antwerp - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/het-elfde-gebod"><img alt="Het-elfde-gebod" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51da12489070b83e20273099/article/Het-Elfde-Gebod.jpg?1373246592" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>“Het Elfde Gebod is my favourite place for a quick drink in Antwerp. Located directly under the Cathedral, this pub not only sells very strong delicious beer but is also filled to brim with Christian statues! A must visit.</em></p> <p>As recommended by Charlie May in the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/charlie-mays-antwerp-guide">Girl A La Mode Guide to Antwerp</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/het-elfde-gebod">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51da12f09070b83e202730b1 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-07-08T01:19:34+00:00 Sleeping Around Antwerp - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sleeping-around"><img alt="Sleeping-around-antwerp" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51da13689070b83e202730c1/article/sleeping-around-antwerp.jpg?1373253093" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>“When in Antwerp, I love to stay at Sleeping Around - old shipping crates recycled into hotel rooms right on the harbour front.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by Charlie May in the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/charlie-mays-antwerp-guide">Girl A La Mode Guide to Antwerp</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sleeping-around">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51e0833a9070b83e202c5418 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-07-15T15:42:02+00:00 Almond Hill Villa Jamaica - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/almond-hill-villa"><img alt="Almondhill" height="447" src="/system/files/072013/51df584d9070b83e202b491e/article/almondhill.JPG?1373908751" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“<em>This was the best place we stayed at, hands down. I did loads of research on Almond Hill and Round Hill and basically this guy Lord Monson owned the whole bit of land, which is dissected by a road. He sold the beach side to a guy called John Pringle who opened Round Hill Hotel, and on the other side he has two villas, one of which is Almond Hill.</em>”</p> <p><em>“I would wholly recommend renting villas with staff. Price-wise, it works out cheaper than a hotel, and they prepare three meals a day. It was the best food I ate in the whole of Jamaica and the kids were always safe. There was great art on the walls, great books, a really good DVD library, loads of boardgames, lovely letter papers in the rooms… all those lovely touches. It was everything that I came to Jamaica for – to explore the country’s colonial history in a luxurious setting.”</em></p> <p>Recommended by Sharmadean Reid in her <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-jamaica-hotel-tour">Jamaica Hotel Tour Diary</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/almond-hill-villa">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51e9d43f9070b83e20344ac1 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-07-20T00:16:17+00:00 Totokaelo Seattle - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/totokaelo"><img alt="Totokaelo-seattle" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51e9d56b9070b83e20344ac7/article/totokaelo-seattle.JPG?1374282280" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Shopping can be a stressful, sweaty, and generally draining process, but there are certain stores that make the experience a pleasure. Totokaelo is one of them.</p> <p>With its high beamed ceilings and spacious layout, the interior of this Capitol Hill boutique is just as appealing as the clothing and homeware for sale. Expect to find an edit of sleek, contemporary brands including Acne, Rick Owens and Won Hundred, plus many more obscure brands that you won’t have heard of (but will be delighted to discover).</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/totokaelo">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51e9d7119070b83e20344b1f 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-07-21T19:30:18+00:00 Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream Shop Seattle - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/molly-moons-homemade-ice-cream-shop"><img alt="Molly-moons-seattle" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51e9dd119070b83e20344db4/article/molly-moons-seattle.jpg?1374283372" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Seattle scoop shop Molly Moon’s makes the rarest of things: ice creams that actually taste of the flavour they’re supposed to. That means smooth Salted Caramel with a savoury aftertaste, sweet Strawberry Balsamic offset a curiously addictive vinegar tang, and a Honey Lavender variety that manages to perfectly evoke the flower without tasting, well, floral. Try a range of regular and seasonal flavours (they’re generous with samples) before making the heartwrenching decision of which one to choose.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/molly-moons-homemade-ice-cream-shop">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51e9dd499070b83e20344dd8 2013-05-31T08:48:28+00:00 2013-07-20T00:56:03+00:00 The Walrus And The Carpenter Seattle - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-walrus-and-the-carpenter"><img alt="Walrus-and-carpenter" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51e9df659070b83e2034513e/article/walrus-and-carpenter.jpg?1374283376" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Seattle’s The Walrus and the Carpenter is near enough everything you want a restaurant to be. Or rather, it’s near enough everything that I want a restaurant to be. That means: a colourful, seasonal menu that’s heavy on fresh seafood, regional cheeses, and non-virtuous salad and vegetable dishes. A light and chic dining room, adorned with a coral chandelier and cool, tattooed staff. A laidback reggae soundtrack. An open kitchen, where you can play voyeur at the vantage point of the bar (from which they also serve up excellent cocktails). Oh, and the best oysters I’ve ever had.</p> <p>The only drawback? It’s tiny, and they don’t take reservations. Join the line that forms at the 4pm opening time and be prepared to wait. It’s worth it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-walrus-and-the-carpenter">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51a570b39070b86860000478 2013-05-28T20:44:04+00:00 2013-05-30T16:17:36+00:00 The High Line New York - Parks <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-high-line"><img alt="Highline" height="446" src="/system/files/052013/51a63ede9070b850ab0067df/article/highline.jpg?1369968198" width="595" /></a></p> <p>New York City is a wonderful place, but sometimes its swarming residents, extreme climate and screeching cabs can all just get a bit <em>much</em>. When such moments arise, the best thing to do is to seek refuge in a green and tranquil space. Only problem is that, Central Park aside, the city doesn’t really have too much of that.</p> <p>That’s why the High Line - a 1-mile strip of park, elevated high above street level in Manhattan’s West Side - is one of New York’s best assets. Climb up a flight of stairs in the heart of the hectic Meatpacking District and you’ll find yourself transported to a serene, green wonderland, with postcard views of the Hudson River. Take the tree-lined boardwalk all the way to the other end at 34th street in Chelsea (stopping for a nectarine chai ice lolly from <a href="http://www.peoplespops.com/peoples_pops.html">People’s Pops</a> or a cup of <a href="http://www.bluebottlecoffee.com/">Blue Bottle Coffee</a> at one of the food vendors en route), then turn around and head right back to where you started.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-high-line">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51a51c9b9070b8686000003c 2013-05-28T20:44:03+00:00 2013-05-31T02:53:57+00:00 TOP 5: FACIAL SUNBLOCKS Sunscreen <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/facial-sunscreens"><img alt="Sunscreen" height="446" src="/system/files/052013/51a692eb9070b850ab00a712/article/sunscreen.JPG?1369871745" width="595" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/facial-sunscreens">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/519d6eb29070b86a5700e3c7 2013-05-21T16:35:00+00:00 2013-05-31T03:07:55+00:00 NY STATE OF MIND New York City <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/new-york-state-of-mind"><img alt="Newyorkcityanywhereanywhere19" height="397" src="/system/files/052013/519d6ee69070b86a5700e3de/article/NewYorkCityAnywhereAnywhere19.jpg?1369277675" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p><em>A few travel notes and tips from my recent trip to New York City.</em></p> <p><strong>I stayed…</strong> all over the place: In Clinton Hill, Park Slope, and the East Village (with friends) and at <a href="http://www.thejanenyc.com/">The Jane Hotel</a> and <a href="http://www.thepodhotel.com/pod-hotel-locations/pod-39/">Pod 39</a> (for the purposes of an article - on which, more later).</p> <p><strong>I walked…</strong> near enough everywhere. Now that I have to drive constantly in LA, I relish any opportunity to get from A to B using my own two feet. In New York, walking somewhere - anywhere - is entertainment in itself. It’s also a good way to burn off the obscene amount of delicious food that I inevitably consume every time I’m there. On which note…</p> <p><strong>I ate…</strong> incredible apple, walnut and pumpkin muffins at <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/blue-sky-bakery">Blue Sky Bakery</a>, lychee rose sorbet at <a href="http://www.skyicenyc.com/">SkyIce</a>, a vibrant Mediterranean salad at <a href="http://www.miriamrestaurant.com/">Miriam</a>, a delicious egg and spinach breakfast pizza at <a href="http://www.pulinosny.com/">Pulino’s</a>, and the best avocado toast of my life at <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/cafe-gitane">Cafe Gitane</a>. And much, much more besides.</p> <p><strong>I drank…</strong> tequila-heavy happy hour cocktails at <a href="http://www.cloverclubny.com/">Clover Club</a> in Cobble Hill, and guava Daiquiri Cubanos at <a href="http://www.cafehabana.com/new-york">Cafe Habana</a> in Nolita.</p> <p><strong>I shopped…</strong> at McNally Jackson’s new office wares store <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/goods-for-the-study">Goods For The Study</a>, and spent hours browsing at the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/greenlight-bookstore">Greenlight Bookstore</a> in Fort Greene.</p> <p><strong>I watched…</strong> Kendrick Lamar’s Black Hippy crew put on an excellent show at <a href="http://www.capitaleny.com/">Capitale</a> in Chinatown. Shitty sound quality, but a beautiful venue nonetheless.</p> <p><strong>I travelled…</strong> on the subway, mostly (although NYC cabs are often too cheap and readily available to refuse). It was much, much more inefficient than I remember from previous trips, but maybe I’m just getting cranky in my old age.</p> <p><strong>I loved…</strong> early morning walks on the <a href="http://www.thehighline.org/">High Line</a>, soaking up unique energy of Brooklyn, and late night cab rides through the bright lights of midtown (the only time to see it).</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/new-york-state-of-mind">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/513e94d59070b8344800d804 2013-05-20T07:03:00+00:00 2013-07-02T19:52:20+00:00 Stylish Budget Stays on the East Coast Boutique Hotels, Miami Beach, New York City, Toronto <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/north-america-east"><img alt="Townhousehotelmiami" src="/system/files/032013/513fa2349070b8344800df0b/article/TownhouseHotelMiami.jpg?1369882902" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/north-america-east">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51c1225d9070b83e201246cf 2013-05-18T08:48:00+00:00 2013-06-19T03:18:31+00:00 Figueroa Hotel Los Angeles - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/figueroa-hotel"><img alt="Figueroa" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51c122a79070b83e201246d8/article/figueroa.jpg?1379896717" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Reclining by the pool at this serene Moroccan-themed hotel, it’s hard to believe that you’re steps away from bustle of downtown LA. Inside the Figueroa’s hushed walls, the walls are painted dark red and the rooms are draped in exotic fabrics, creating a vibe that’s sexy and atmospheric, if a little on the dark side. Luckily you’re just a few minutes’ walk away from the blinding neon lights of <a href="http://www.lalive.com/">LA Live</a>; a vast entertainment complex which is home to the LA Lakers. Venture out to catch a ball game and stop in at <a href="http://www.pantrycafe.com/">The Original Pantry Café</a> for a French Dip sandwich on your way back – they’ve been serving a late night Angeleno crowd since 1924.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/figueroa-hotel">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/518c291e9070b86a5700169e 2013-05-08T16:35:19+00:00 2013-05-13T20:18:42+00:00 Greenlight Bookstore New York - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/greenlight-bookstore"><img alt="Greenlightbookstore" height="446" src="/system/files/052013/518eab989070b86a570033c5/article/greenlightbookstore.jpg?1368305196" width="595" /></a></p> <p>On a wet Thursday morning last week, I sought refuge in this serene and light-filled Brooklyn book shop and didn’t leave for well over an hour. Much more than just a handy rain shelter, the Greenlight Bookstore proved to the type of local establishment that every neighbourhood wishes it had: It’s lined with an extensive selection of novels, non-fiction titles, kids’ books and photography tomes, and there are regular author readings and book clubs for kids and adults alike. There’s also a great magazine selection, offering an excellent edit of independent publications including Lucky Peach, n+1 and Granta. All in all, a perfect place to lose a few hours hunting down your next great read - rainy day or not.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/greenlight-bookstore">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51913e169070b86a57005109 2013-05-08T16:35:19+00:00 2013-05-14T13:57:28+00:00 Goods For The Study New York - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/goods-for-the-study"><img alt="Goodsforthestudy" height="446" src="/system/files/052013/51914a439070b86a57005209/article/goodsforthestudy.JPG?1368476738" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Why is stationery so utterly seductive? There can’t be many inanimate objects on this planet that offer a more discrete thrill than the sight of a fresh, unused notebook and a beautiful new pen. Perhaps it’s down to the fact that in new diaries, sharp scissors and packs of coloured pencils, we’re able to personify our idealised selves: organised, efficient, productive, stylish. Stationery feels like the gateway to excellent work, and who isn’t trying to achieve that?</p> <p>Enter ‘Goods For The Study’, a beautiful new store from the team behind Soho’s beloved bookstore McNally Jackson. Filled to the brim with beautiful objects for work and life, it aims to help customers craft a more distinctive and inspiring place of work. Covering the spectrum from $9 Bindewerk notebooks to $2,000 oak desk chairs, this Mulberry Street gem offers a carefully curated edit of the best stationery and office furniture from around the world. Stop in to pick up a print for your study, a pack of elegant thank-you cards, or a beautiful bound notebook, sure to house the scribbled notes of your best idea yet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/goods-for-the-study">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/519249619070b86a570060e7 2013-05-08T16:35:19+00:00 2013-06-17T05:53:22+00:00 Blue Sky Bakery New York - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/blue-sky-bakery"><img alt="Blue-sky-bakery-blueberry-muffin-insides-53-5th-ave-park-slope-brooklyn-ny" height="446" src="/system/files/052013/519252509070b86a5700618d/article/blue-sky-bakery-blueberry-muffin-insides-53-5th-ave-park-slope-brooklyn-ny.jpg?1368546473" width="595" /></a></p> <p>As a general rule of thumb, muffins do little for me. Too stodgy to feel like a sensible breakfast, but not sweet enough to provide a satisfying sugar hit, they waver in that weird, healthy(ish?) middle ground - a very dangerous place for a baked good to be. But then last week, when staying with a friend in the leafy, pretty Brooklyn ’hood of Park Slope, I wandered into Blue Sky Bakery and everything changed.</p> <p>The muffins in this quaint little neighbourhood spot are everything that I imagine the person who invented muffins (god bless ‘em) had hoped and dreamed they’d be: Light and flavoursome and moist, with a perfect domed top made crispy with just the right amont of sugar. There was an array of tempting flavours on offer (zucchini chocolate chip, blueberry and sweet plum) but I opted for the pumpkin, apple, and walnut variety and was not disappointed. Neither too sweet nor overly spiced, the muffin was filled with chunks of the softest baked apple and studded with walnuts throughout. When paired with a cup of the double strength iced coffee, I still couldn’t work out whether it made for a healthy breakfast. Quite frankly, I didn’t care.</p> <p><a href="http://theeatenpath.com/2011/03/09/blue-sky-bakery-perfect-muffins-best-muffins-in-new-york-53-5th-ave-park-slope-brooklyn-ny/">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/3/22569/restaurant/NYC/Park-Slope/Blue-Sky-Bakery-Brooklyn"><img alt="Blue Sky Bakery on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/22569/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/blue-sky-bakery">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5197ffe89070b86a5700a4ef 2013-05-08T16:35:19+00:00 2013-06-17T05:52:37+00:00 Cafe Gitane at The Jane Hotel New York - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/cafe-gitane"><img alt="Cafegitane" height="446" src="/system/files/052013/519d7afa9070b86a5700e4a7/article/cafegitane.jpg?1369821976" width="595" /></a></p> <p>While Cafe Gitane’s <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/fpdRD">original Nolita location</a> is slightly cramped and forever packed, this newer location at the The Jane hotel in New York’s West Village is light, airy and reminiscent of a chic European bistro. The famed avocado toast is a must-try, but there are other dishes that deserve their own accolades.</p> <p>A fairly straightforward sounding Moroccan Cous Cous comes as an impressive tower of moist, savoury grains, studded with red peppers, raisins, pine nuts and chunks of tender chicken, with a crown of creamy hummus providing the proverbial icing on the cake. A smoked trout salad was also a healthy but decadent delight, with its strips of honeyed fish and delicious bites of black lentils, goat cheese and walnuts. To drink, we enjoyed glasses of bright pink watermelon juice and a refreshing iced mint tea, but there’s a reasonably-priced winelist if you’re in the mood for something stronger.</p> <p>All in all: an excellent place for breakfast, lunch or dinner if you’re staying at The Jane, and a worthy dining destination even if you’re not. Just make sure you order the avocado toast.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/3/1494215/restaurant/Meatpacking-District/Cafe-Gitane-NYC"><img alt="Cafe Gitane on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1494215/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/cafe-gitane">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51a3d2489070b86a570129fa 2013-05-08T16:35:19+00:00 2013-06-17T05:51:35+00:00 Victory Garden New York - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/victory-garden"><img alt="Victorygarden" height="446" src="/system/files/052013/51a3d2799070b86a570129fc/article/victorygarden.jpg?1372204382" width="595" /></a></p> <p>The US might still be in the passionate throes of a love affair with Greek yoghurt (seemingly, it only caught on here about a year ago) but I reckon the goat milk version is about to be the Next Big Foodie Thing. Lower in fat than cow’s milk, suitable for those allergic to lactose, and totally delicious in a tangy, sweet way, goat milk appeals to the sensibilities of health nuts and dairy gluttons alike. Give it six months and we’ll be seeing goat milk cappuccinos, goat milk yoghurt parfaits, and goat milk cheesecake on menus from the Lower East Side to Silver Lake. Mark my words.</p> <p>Leading the way is Victory Garden in New York’s upscale West Village, where they serve delicious goat milk soft serve in salted caramel, honey lavender and tangy original flavours, as well as a range of rotating seasonal extras. Pick a flavour - or two - of your choice, then choose from an array of gourmet toppings including halva and cacao nibs and fresh figs (oh my!) I opted for the plain flavour and added chunks of crunchy honeycomb and fresh strawberry slices. A pretty perfect combination, if I do say so myself. Now we just need this trend to catch on worldwide…</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/3/1610541/restaurant/West-Village/Victory-Garden-NYC"><img alt="Victory Garden on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1610541/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/victory-garden">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5197f46c9070b86a5700a438 2013-05-08T16:35:18+00:00 2013-05-31T02:50:36+00:00 Holiday Envy: Burmese Days Gemma Hayden Blest <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/burmese-days"><img alt="Photo-298" height="513" src="/system/files/052013/5196636e9070b86a57009143/article/photo-298.jpg?1369067420" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>A longstanding ‘no go’ zone on account of its complex political history, Burma has recently begun to emerge from the shadows of a brutal dictatorship to become one of the most appealing (if controversial) travel destinations in Southeast Asia. Since the release of famed human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi, tourists and journalists alike have flocked to experience its crumbling colonial architecture, deserted beaches and golden-domed pagodas. Hong Kong-based British floral designer <strong>Gemma Hayden Blest</strong> shares memories, tips and phenomenal photos from her recent trip.</em></p> <p><strong>NB: Click the main image to remove the gallery title.</strong></p> <p><strong>Why Burma?</strong></p> <p>Ever since I read Rudyard Kipling’s words "Burma, unlike any land you know about”, I had been fascinated with images of Burma. Orange-clad monks, stilt house villages, floating gardens, horizons studded with temples and flowers like no where else. With the release of Aung San Sun Kyi in 2011 and her request to boycott tourism within the country lifted I couldn’t get there quick enough.</p> <p><strong>How did you get there?</strong></p> <p>We travelled on one of the first flights from Hong Kong operated by Dragonair but there are also direct flights from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. The journey was easy but it’s important to get the right visas before arriving.</p> <p><strong>Where did you stay?</strong></p> <p>We spent a day in the capital visiting Shwedagon Paya, the famed ‘Golden Pagoda’, then flew to Bagan to balloon over the temples. From there we took ‘the road to Mandalay’ and cycled over the U Bein bridge. We crossed the floating gardens of Inle and finished up hiked around Indein wondering why it had not been used as an Indiana Jones set.</p> <p>We travelled as ethically as we could avoiding government-run projects. Don’t fall into the trap of going on a package holiday- It’s totally unnecessary. Independent travel is easy and beneficial for the locals. <a href="http://www.myanmar-diaries.com/">Myanmar Diaries</a> helped us organise a lot of our reservations.</p> <p><strong>How did you get around?</strong></p> <p>We took a few internal flights as we were only there 10 days, but we travelled mostly by bicycle and then by boat from Bagan up the Ayeyarwady River to Mandalay.</p> <p><strong>What was the best meal you ate?</strong></p> <p>A selection of fresh produce from a floating market on Inle Lake, eaten under a blazing terrace sunset. Speciality chili chips dipped in avocados the size of melons with local Burmese wine - believe it or not, they have vineyards producing great Pinot Noir.</p> <p><strong>What were you reading on your travels?</strong></p> <p>I quickly ditched my book for a young street hawker’s copy of ‘Burmese Days’ by George Orwell, and became even more submerged in the decaying ruins of colonial rule.</p> <p><strong>Did you go out at night?</strong></p> <p>Everything revolves around the break of dawn and everyday we had to wake before 5am, so with limited electricity, intense temple-raiding and long cycle rides, by dusk we were exhausted.</p> <p><strong>What were you glad you’d packed?</strong></p> <p>A torch! Power cuts are common and scrambling through derelict temples even in the light of day needs extra light to be able to admire the incredible wall paints and avoid bats!</p> <p><strong>What do you wish you’d left behind?</strong></p> <p>My trainers. Entering temples requires bare feet and I quickly became sick of tying and untying laces.</p> <p><strong>What do you wish you’d known before you went?</strong></p> <p>Everything about Burma’s history and struggles. So many monks spoke of things I couldn’t even begin to understand. A country of self imposed isolation thats been frozen in time.</p> <p><strong>Was it expensive?</strong></p> <p>Once the initial travel was covered, day-to-day exploring was cheap. You do have to be careful with your budgeting, though - credit cards are not accepted and there are no ATMs in the country.</p> <p><strong>Where are you off to next?</strong></p> <p>I have a Mongolian ‘Lonely Planet’ next to my bed with a dog-eared corner over the Golden Eagle Festival. <a href="https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=golden+eagle+festival&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.46751780,d.cGE&biw=1260&bih=635&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=XfmXUayACeSXiAK5uYHICA">Type it into Google Image</a>! Unbearable.</p> <p><em>Take a look at Gemma’s beautiful floral designs on her website, <a href="http://www.haydenblest.com/">haydenblest.com</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/burmese-days">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51833e539070b8261e00820d 2013-05-02T07:49:00+00:00 2013-07-02T19:59:30+00:00 Pack A Carry On <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/pack-a-carry-on"><img alt="Desktop5" height="446" src="/system/files/052013/518348b19070b8261e008272/article/Desktop5.jpg?1367559682" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p>While I have been known, in the past, to embark on a two week trip with 14 pairs of shoes, these days I find that there’s real pleasure to be derived from travelling light. Taking off for a holiday with nothing more than a carry-on sized bag provides the same sense of smug liberation that comes from clearing out your wardrobe or emptying the Trash on your laptop. You just feel…light. Also, there’s no fear of the airline losing your luggage (my worst travel nightmare). As I prepare to embark on a ten day trip with a single, 56cm x 36cm bag, I thought I’d share some lessons I’ve learnt from choosing to carry-on.</p> <p><strong>PICK THE RIGHT BAG</strong></p> <p>You need the lightest bag you can find. No, literally. The <a href="http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2863599.htm">Sub Zero G trolley case</a> in small is officially the World’s Lightest Luggage brand - or so they say - with this case coming in at just 1.73kg. As well as the size factor of carrying on your luggage, nearly all airlines impose a strict weight restriction too. You don’t want to waste precious kilos on leather casing and heavy straps, buckles and handles (unless you’re into that kind of thing), so get off to a good start with a light but sturdy bag.</p> <p><strong>PICK A COLOUR…</strong></p> <p>…any colour. Or rather, two to three. Opting for a strict colour palette will ensure that everything in your little bag goes together nicely. You obviously don’t want to look too ‘matchy matchy’, but you also don’t want to look like you got dressed in the dark. Black, white, and marl grey, plus one <em>actual</em> colour for a ‘pop’, is generally a safe combination.</p> <p><strong>WORK A LOOK</strong></p> <p>If you haven’t refined your signature style in the manner of an uber-chic Parisian fashion editor, then a short holiday is a good time to attempt to do so. Is your vibe going to be sexy Sicilian housewife? Urban bad girl? Hippy? If you have an idea of then you can pick your clothes/accessories/make up items accordingly, and not end up toting a wicker basket when all you want is a sleek white leather clutch.</p> <p><strong>OUTFIT PLAN</strong></p> <p>Yes, planning outfits makes you feel like a loser, but preparation is key to sucess. So lay out all your clothes, and then mix and match. If you really want to go for it, you could even bag up each outfit with matching jewellery and underwear. But you’re not Gwyneth Paltrow, so you probably shouldn’t.</p> <p><strong>PARE IT BACK</strong></p> <p>There’s no way you can keep up your full at-home regime whilst travelling anyway, so work out which elements of your normal beauty routine you can forgo without feeling totally hideous. Got good skin? Ditch the foundation and powder. Hair a nightmare? Leave that extra pair of shoes and take your curling tongs instead. Basically ask yourself ‘Where can I cut corners and still feel like I look OK?’ Then cut, cut, cut.</p> <p><strong>DOWNSIZE</strong></p> <p>Here are some things you need to travel with at all times: Sunscreen. A phone charger. A good jacket. A credit card. Here are some things you don’t: Books (Get a Kindle). Full sized toiletries (there will always be a pharmacy for emergency replenishments). More than one pair of heels (give yourself a break, woman: you’re on holiday).</p> <p><strong>REMEMBER THAT LESS IS MORE</strong></p> <p>If you’re panicking about the prospect of leaving home without every belt, hat and bracelet in your wardrobe then remember the immortal words of Coco Chanel: “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” Also: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” Also: “It is always better to be slightly underdressed.” Coco has spoken.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/pack-a-carry-on">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/517d6a2f9070b8261e004034 2013-04-28T07:49:00+00:00 2013-05-31T03:08:09+00:00 TOP 5: FAVOURITE SPOTS IN MIAMI <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/miami-for-locals"><img alt="Miami2" height="446" src="/system/files/042013/517d79d89070b8261e004085/article/miami2.jpg?1367181101" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p>Miami Beach is a real Marmite city – you either love it or hate it – but I fall firmly into the latter camp. Between the ages of 18 and 22, I spent basically every spare pound I had on the same Virgin Atlantic flight from LHR → MIA. A pretty extravagant way to fritter my student loan, yes, but one that seemed justified by the free accommodation and familial face waiting for me at the other end (my father lived in the city for seven years).</p> <p>Over the course of those years, Miami Beach – which, contrary to common perception, is actually a separate city to Miami ‘proper’, connected by three scenic causeways – became a place for which I developed a deep-rooted, second-home type of affection. I’d rarely engage in the bottle-drinking debauchery of Ocean Drive, preferring instead, to spend my days daydreaming on a quiet stretch of the beach or people-watching on Lincoln Road. A place of evocative memories - sultry heat, golden light, warm skin - Miami is a city I can never quite forget.</p> <p>Here are the five places I think of when I think of Miami Beach.</p> <p><strong>The Raleigh Pool/The Royal Restaurant</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-raleigh"><em>View In the Directory</em></a></p> <p>The Raleigh hotel is the location of my favourite swimming pool in the world: An idyllic turquoise wonder, outlined in black graphic curlicues. Admire it from the vantage point of poolside restaurant The Royal, which provides an elegant respite from the overwhelming heat and the throngs of bethonged tourists on Ocean Drive. The Cuban sandwiches and chopped salads are delicious, and fairly priced in comparison to similar offerings on the same strip.</p> <p><strong>La Sandwicherie</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/la-sandwicherie"><em>View In the Directory</em></a></p> <p>This tiny lunch counter in South Beach attracts swarms of hungry visitors everyday. Once you’ve picked up one of their foil-wrapped sandwiches, it’s not hard to understand why. Piled with sliced meats, a mound of fresh salad and several slices of cheese (an omnipresent feature of any American sandwich), they come drizzled with the best French vinaigrette you’ll ever try. It’s so good, in fact, that they now bottle the stuff and sell it for you to take home. My kind of souvenir.</p> <p><strong>Puerto Sagua</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/puerto-sagua"><em>View In the Directory</em></a></p> <p>Miami’s huge Cuban community provide the city with much of its flavour – both figuratively and literally. Cuban cuisine might be a straightforward affair (think: meat, rice, beans, and repeat) but that doesn’t make it any less tasty, and Puerto Sagua offers some of the best in the city. This is a very no-frills dining experience, but it remains a local institution for good reason. The oxtail stew, ropa vieja and fried plantain are consistently delicious and highly affordable. Go hungry, leave happy.</p> <p><strong>Casa Tua</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/casa-tua"><em>View In the Directory</em></a></p> <p>A city of neon lights, thumping house music and looming beachfront resorts, Miami isn’t exactly renowned for its understated elegance. But hidden gem Casa Tua is as refined a dining experience as you could hope to find anywhere in the world. Located in a converted private home shaded by palm trees, the décor is ‘all-white-everything’, while the food is a more colourful fusion of fresh, Mediterranean flavours. Dinner for two in its romantic candelit garden will land you with a hefty bill, but Casa Tua is a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion in a special city.</p> <p><strong>Flamingo Park Pool</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/flamingo-park-pool"><em>View In the Directory</em></a></p> <p>It might be hard to believe it when you’re taking in the madness of Ocean Drive, but Miami Beach is actually a pretty low-key city where lots of people live, work and raise small children. When the poolside scene at your hotel gets too much, seek solace at Flamingo Park Pool: a public facility where you can swim laps and sunbathe away from the hordes of frat boys and fistpumpers. This much-loved local spot can get busy in the summer months, but it’s still considerably less manic than a day on Ocean Drive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/miami-for-locals">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/517735d49070b8261e001186 2013-04-22T07:49:44+00:00 2013-04-24T17:14:14+00:00 Bar Marmont Los Angeles - Bars & Clubs, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/bar-marmont"><img alt="Img_2140" height="446" src="/system/files/042013/517812d79070b8261e0017ee/article/img_2140.jpg?1366827123" width="595" /></a></p> <p>It’s not often that you’ll find the words ‘Bar Marmont’ and ‘budget’ in the same sentence. Located next door to the famed Chateau Marmont, the little sister to LA’s most decadent hotel is a place where the banquettes are upholstered in velvet, the waitresses are dressed in red satin cheongsam, and lanterns are strewn above an elegant, intimately lit dining and drinking space. So: not exactly a dive bar.</p> <p>And yet, Monday evenings at Bar Marmont offer one of the most glamorous nights out in town for those seeking the LA high life on a budget. On this night, and this night only, the bar serves its oysters at cost price - which means you can choose from small but sumptuous Kushis and oversized Naked Cowgirls (with accompanying mignonettes) for little more than a dollar apiece. Pair half a dozen of whatever takes your fancy with a glass of champagne and you’ve got yourself a seriously decadent start to the week, all with change from twenty bucks. See you at the bar.</p> <p><a href="http://sinosoul.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/img_2140.jpg">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/bar-marmont">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/517d79649070b8261e004080 2013-04-22T07:49:44+00:00 2013-04-28T20:31:38+00:00 The Raleigh Miami Beach - Hotel, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-raleigh"><img alt="Miami2" height="446" src="/system/files/042013/517d79d89070b8261e004085/article/miami2.jpg?1367181101" width="595" /></a></p> <p>The Raleigh Hotel is the location of my favourite swimming pool in the world: An idyllic turquoise wonder, outlined in black graphic curlicues. Admire it from the vantage point of poolside restaurant The Royal, which provides an elegant respite from the overwhelming heat and the throngs of bethonged tourists on Ocean Drive. The Cuban sandwiches and chopped salads are delicious, and fairly priced in comparison to similar offerings nearby.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-raleigh">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/517d7aa09070b8261e00408d 2013-04-22T07:49:44+00:00 2013-06-17T05:55:30+00:00 La Sandwicherie Miami Beach - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/la-sandwicherie"><img alt="Sandwicheriemiami" height="446" src="/system/files/042013/517d7af49070b8261e004091/article/sandwicheriemiami.jpg?1367181045" width="595" /></a></p> <p>This tiny lunch counter in South Beach attracts swarms of hungry visitors everyday. Once you’ve picked up one of their foil-wrapped sandwiches, it’s not hard to understand why. Piled with sliced meats, a mound of fresh salad and several slices of cheese (an omnipresent feature of any American sandwich), they come drizzled with the best French vinaigrette you’ll ever try. It’s so good, in fact, that they now bottle the stuff and sell it for you to take home. My kind of souvenir.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/12/153657/restaurant/Miami/South-Beach/La-Sandwicherie-Miami-Beach"><img alt="La Sandwicherie on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/153657/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/la-sandwicherie">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/517d7c4c9070b8261e0040b4 2013-04-22T07:49:44+00:00 2013-06-17T05:54:52+00:00 Puerto Sagua Miami Beach - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/puerto-sagua"><img alt="L" height="446" src="/system/files/042013/517d7c969070b8261e0040b7/article/l.jpg?1367178747" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Miami’s huge Cuban community provide the city with much of its flavour – both figuratively and literally. Cuban cuisine might be a straightforward affair (think: meat, rice, beans, and repeat) but that doesn’t make it any less tasty, and Puerto Sagua offers some of the best in the city. This is a very no-frills dining experience, but it remains a local institution for good reason. The oxtail stew, ropa vieja and fried plantain are consistently delicious and highly affordable. Go hungry, leave happy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/12/155379/restaurant/Miami/South-Beach/Puerto-Sagua-Miami-Beach"><img alt="Puerto Sagua on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/155379/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/puerto-sagua">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/517d7d9c9070b8261e0040c4 2013-04-22T07:49:44+00:00 2013-06-17T05:54:24+00:00 Casa Tua Miami Beach - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/casa-tua"><img alt="005055-01-exterior-patio-dusk-lanterns" height="456" src="/system/files/042013/517d7de29070b8261e0040c7/article/005055-01-exterior-patio-dusk-lanterns.jpg?1367179030" width="595" /></a></p> <p>A city of neon lights, thumping house music and looming beachfront resorts, Miami isn’t exactly renowned for its understated elegance. But hidden gem Casa Tua is as refined a dining experience as you could hope to find anywhere in the world. Located in a converted private home shaded by palm trees, the décor is ‘all-white-everything’, while the food is a more colourful fusion of fresh, Mediterranean flavours. Dinner for two in its romantic candelit garden will land you with a hefty bill, but Casa Tua is a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion in a special city.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/12/151123/restaurant/Miami/Casa-Tua-Miami-Beach"><img alt="Casa Tua on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/151123/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/casa-tua">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/517d7f4b9070b8261e00411d 2013-04-22T07:49:44+00:00 2013-04-28T20:01:08+00:00 Flamingo Park Pool Miami Beach - Health & Fitness <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/flamingo-park-pool"><img alt="Flamingoparkpool" height="446" src="/system/files/042013/517d7f679070b8261e00411f/article/flamingoparkpool.png?1367182425" width="595" /></a></p> <p>It might be hard to believe it when you’re taking in the madness of Ocean Drive, but Miami Beach is actually a pretty low-key city where lots of people live, work and raise small children. When the poolside scene at your hotel gets too much, seek solace at Flamingo Park Pool: a public facility where you can swim laps and sunbathe away from the hordes of frat boys and fistpumpers. This much-loved local spot can get busy in the summer months, but it’s still considerably less manic than a day on Ocean Drive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctberney/with/6039727546/#photo_6039727546">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/flamingo-park-pool">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5175c4d49070b8261e00052e 2013-04-22T07:49:43+00:00 2013-05-28T21:29:02+00:00 IF WE TOOK A HOLIDAY... <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/if-we-took-a-holiday-dot-dot-dot"><img alt="Cn_image.size.holiday-magazine" height="403" src="/system/files/042013/5176b78e9070b8261e000dcf/article/cn_image.size.holiday-magazine.png?1366734740" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Vanity Fair (which, on an indirectly related note, is the best magazine to take on a plane) reports on the midcentury travel magazine ‘Holiday’, which commissioned writers including Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and John Steinbeck to report on a new world of cosmopolitan destinations, suddenly made accessible by the rise of commercial air travel. The combination of world-class writing with photography from the likes of Cartier-Bresson and design from visionary art director Frank Zachary made for what sounds - and looks - like the best travel publication of all time. They don’t make ’em like they used to…</p> <p>See more photos <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/04/best-holiday-magazine-covers">here</a> and read the full article <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/05/holiday-magazine-history">here</a>.</p> <p><em>All images via <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/">Vanity Fair</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/if-we-took-a-holiday-dot-dot-dot">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/516f77f19070b8344802161a 2013-04-18T07:03:00+00:00 2013-07-02T19:58:34+00:00 Survive Coachella <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/survive-coachella"><img alt="Survivecoachella2" height="446" src="/system/files/042013/517030099070b8344802199f/article/survivecoachella2.jpg?1366306893" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Coachella might be clean, compact and relatively sober in comparison to British festivals like Glastonbury, but a trip into the desert still requires some forward planning. If you’re heading to Indio this weekend or planning to snap up tickets for next year, take heed of a few words of advice from someone who learnt the hard way…</strong></p> <p><strong>Go With The Flow</strong></p> <p>The festival line-up is well-curated and fairly eclectic, so stay open-minded about what you want to see - you might just discover your new favourite band. Also, bear in mind that Coachella is as much the sights as it is about the sounds, so don’t stress too hard if you miss an act. Just chill on the grass and watch the sun set behind the illuminated ferris wheel: it’s an experience that’s almost as memorable.</p> <p><strong>Get Snap Happy</strong></p> <p>Framed by the epic San Bernadino mountains and fringed by swaying palm trees, Coachella is undoubtedly the most beautiful festival site I’ve ever seen. Charge up your iPhone and pack your camera: you’ll want to take lots (and lots) of photos.</p> <p><strong>Bring Boots</strong></p> <p>You won’t be walking miles to get around site, but you still need to leave the Loubs at home. Lots of girls opt for flat sandals but I reckon a mid-heeled boot is your best option. Grimy, dusty feet are never a good look.</p> <p><strong>Over-Accessorise</strong></p> <p>Wear a hat. And sunglasses. And sunscreen. Although the festival doesn’t really get into full flow until early evening, that desert heat is not a joke at any time of day. Don’t be fooled by the balmy breeze gently swaying through the palm tress: it is still hot as all hell. Also – bring a bandanna (yes, really!). On the last evening of the festival, Coachella was hit by an almighty desert storm that had us all eating mouthfuls of the dust and sand that were swirling everywhere. Oh, how I envied that stewards in their paisley print face armor.</p> <p><strong>Wrap Up</strong></p> <p>When you leave your hotel/campsite/rented house in the mid-afternoon heat, the thought of putting on a warm jacket will seem ridiculous, maybe even repulsive. But TRUST ME – when the sun goes down and the temperature plummets with it, you will be oh-so-glad that you brought one.</p> <p><strong>Rent a House</strong></p> <p>Many people choose to camp at Coachella but if you’re rolling in a big group then a house rental is a better option – and almost as economical. Search <a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/Palm-Springs--CA">Air BnB</a> far in advance and you might just find yourself a midcentury bargain, complete with turquoise pool.</p> <p><strong>Drink Up</strong></p> <p>By this I mean water, not alcohol (although you should probably have some of that too - in the carefully contained drinking zones, of course). If you take a bottle into the festival with you, you can refill it free all over the site. This is advisable.</p> <p><strong>Assign a designated driver</strong></p> <p>Getting on and off site in a car is a bit of a hassle, but there isn’t really any other way to do it (unless you buy a shuttle pass with your ticket, but that will only take you to Indian Wells Tennis Garden Line and back). Take turns to play responsible driver each evening and remember that attempting to get home straight after the headline act WILL leave you stuck in traffic. Leave before the end of the final act or about an hour afterwards – any time in between will just be spent staring at the back of the car jammed in front of you.</p> <p><strong>Pre-Party, Not After-Party</strong></p> <p>By day, pretty much every hotel in Palm Springs (around 30 mins from Indio) hosts parties poolside, with music provided by some of the best DJs in the world. Lots of these are free to enter; just turn up and buy a drink. Post-festival parties, on the other hand, are harder to access and usually completely oversubscribed even if you are on the guestlist. After a day of sun and skanking you’ll probably be too exhausted to hit them up anyway, so ignore your inner ‘FOMO’ and head back to your room/tent/house for a nightcap instead.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/survive-coachella">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/516c9db29070b8344801fffe 2013-04-15T19:03:00+00:00 2013-05-31T03:08:50+00:00 COACHELLA IN PHOTOS Coachella <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/coachella-photo-diary"><img alt="Coachella11" height="398" src="/system/files/042013/516c9e0c9070b83448020007/article/coachella11.jpg?1366097440" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Coachella: April 12-15 2013</strong><br /> <em>Click the image to remove the title caption</em></p> <p>In which I… drove through Palm Springs bumping Frank Sinatra, took way too many photos featuring palm trees, ate enchiladas in a dreamy mid-century home, drank an ill-advised number of vodka sodas, had a Springbreakers moment at the Revolve Pool Party, spent a lot of time hurtling around on golf carts, ate a mouthful of sand in the midst of a desert storm, bubbled to Benji B’s set at The Ace Hotel, skanked to Disclosure and Jessie Ware, two-stepped to Julio Bashmore, swayed to Blur, zoned out to The xx, and managed to get a picture with DANNY DEVITO.</p> <p>All in all, a pretty good weekend.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/coachella-photo-diary">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/516499499070b8344801cc2d 2013-04-09T19:03:00+00:00 2013-04-16T15:23:11+00:00 What To Wear: Coachella <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/what-to-wear-coachella"><img alt="Whattowearcoachella2013" height="398" src="/system/files/042013/5164c0b29070b8344801cd47/article/whattowearcoachella2013.jpg?1365559581" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>The forecast for Coachella festival this weekend is a blistering 98 degrees Fahrenheit, so stay cool in the desert heat in an all white-ensemble with spacey holographic accents. When temperatures drop at night, drape a pure white motorcycle jacket over your shoulders: Acne’s range is unparalleled.</strong></p> <p><strong>Click the image to remove the caption.</strong></p> <p>THE COACHELLA WARDROBE</p> <p>T By Alexander Wang Mesh Dress, <a href="http://www.theoutnet.com/product/344425">THE OUTNET</a><br /> Stella McCartney Holographic Clutch, <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/335747">NET-A-PORTER</a><br /> Stella McCartney Snake Print Sandal, <a href="http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/stella-mccartney-snake-print-sandal-item-10327284.aspx">FARFETCH</a><br /> Super Sunglasses, <a href="http://www.shopbop.com/basic-wayfarer-sunglasses-super/vp/v=1/845524441898563.htm">SHOPBOP</a><br /> Nike Air Force 1 Mid, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nike-Force-White-Youth-Trainers/dp/B0086URMCU/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1365559572&sr=8-7&keywords=nike+air+force+1+mid">AMAZON</a><br /> NARS ‘Disco Inferno’ Nail Polish, <a href="http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?keyword=NARS%20Nail%20Polish%20P8001&skuId=1086008&productId=P8001&_requestid=171425">SEPHORA</a><br /> Acne ‘Rita’ Jacket, <a href="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=18421&sid=19&pid">LA GARCONNE</a></p> <p><strong>Image Credits</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.karlascloset.com/">Karla’s Closet</a>, <a href="http://thehautepursuit.com/">The Haute Pursuit</a>, <a href="http://love-aesthetics.blogspot.co.uk/">Love Aesthetics</a>,</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/what-to-wear-coachella">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51609f8a9070b8344801b02c 2013-04-07T19:03:00+00:00 2013-07-02T20:04:02+00:00 East London Guide <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/east-london"><img alt="East8" height="397" src="/system/files/042013/5160f1f49070b8344801b24d/article/east8.JPG?1365385176" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Once written off as the seedy, run-down side of the city, East London has now become a legitimate destination in its own right (helped, in no small part, but this little event you might’ve heard of called ‘the Olympics’). Formerly dilapidated neighbourhoods have been rejuvenated by an influx of innovative restaurants, unique bars, and cool, creative residents, adding an interesting new dynamic to East London’s unique energy. Combine that with the area’s rich historical heritage and diverse multicultural feel, and you’ve got the most consistently intriguing side of town.</strong></p> <p><strong>Nowadays, visitor to the city could quite easily spend several days exploring the historic neighbourhoods, hidden canal paths and hipster enclaves in this part of London without ever feeling the need to leave. But when cabin fever strikes, the recently expanded Overground is an efficient and surprisingly enjoyable way to head North, South or West.</strong></p> <p><strong>EAT</strong></p> <p>Where to start? From old school greasy spoons to painfully cool pop-ups, eating out in East is a diverse affair. In the old-school corner you have your <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/E-Pellicci/102496223146417">E. Pellicci’s</a> (an iconic, Italian-owned Bethnal Green caff), your <a href="http://www.tayyabs.co.uk/">Tayyabs</a> (a Punjabi grill house that serves the best lamb chops you’ll ever eat) and your Mangals (<a href="http://www.mangal1.com/">I</a> and <a href="http://www.mangal2.com/">II</a> – Turkish institutions that are renowned for their delicious grilled meats, although I personally prefer the more low-key <a href="http://www.hasanmezemangal.co.uk/">Hasan</a> nearby).</p> <p>Then there are the new guns, like <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/corner-room">Corner Room</a> at the Town Hall Hotel, where dishes of salmon confit and Iberico pork are almost too pretty to eat. In Dalston, there’s the innovative <a href="http://www.whiterabbitdalston.com/342160">White Rabbit</a>, which serves small plates of delicious things like octopus with Brindisa Chorizo, or <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ritas-bar-and-dining">Rita’s Bar & Dining</a>, where the Southern-style chicken wings and green chilli Mac & Cheese are also built to share.</p> <p>If you want traditional British fare, you can’t go far wrong with the original outpost of London steak restaurant, the <a href="http://thehawksmoor.com/locations/spitalfields">Hawksmoor</a> for a bone-in prime rib, or a shortrib French Dip sandwich from the bar downstairs. On a similarly carnivorous tip, EC1’s <a href="https://www.stjohngroup.uk.com/spitalfields/">St. John Bread & Wine</a> is still regarded as one of London’s best restaurants, becoming a mecca of sorts for offal-loving visitors. And you must – absolutely must – have a bagel, or rather, a beigel, from <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/beigel-bake-london">Beigel Bake</a> and/or <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/beigel-shop-london">Beigel Shop</a>, located two doors apart from each other on Brick Lane. They’re the best bagels in the world. Yeah, I said it!</p> <p><strong>SLEEP</strong></p> <p>Once a barren land on the hotels front, East London’s accommodation options continue to multiply. <a href="http://www.townhallhotel.com/">Town Hall Hotel</a> in Bethnal Green is possibly my favourite hotel in London: stylish, bursting with character, and just a little bit weird. It’s also the home of Viajante and the aforementioned Corner Room – two of the best restaurants in this part of town, or indeed any part of town.</p> <p>For a chic, boutique option on a budget, opt for B&B at <a href="http://russellsofclapton.com/">Russell’s of Clapton</a>, which offers six elegant bedrooms on the rapidly-gentrifying Chatsworth Road. If you want to be a little bit closer to all the action, the <a href="http://www.hoxtonhotels.com/">Hoxton Hotel</a> on Great Eastern Street is a stylish, failsafe bet.</p> <p><strong>DRINK</strong></p> <p>I’ve rhapsodised endlessly about the joys of <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/rubys">Ruby’s</a>, but it really does serve some of the best cocktails in London, and the hospitality is as warm as the cosy basement bar itself (Big up Tom!) At newish pizza joint <a href="https://www.facebook.com/VoodooRays">Voodoo Ray’s</a> the slices aren’t quite New York-calibre but the cocktails – especially the frozen margaritas - pack a punch.</p> <p>A couple of miles away from Dalston (although it feels like it could be a million) is the <a href="http://www.barnightjar.com/">Night Jar</a> in Old Street, where perfectly mixed cocktails are served in a sexy, secret bar – you’ll have to look hard for the entrance, but it’s worth the hunt. The illicit drinking den vibe continues at the <a href="http://www.whistlingshop.com/">The Worship Street Whistling Shop</a> – a tribute to the gin palaces of 19th Century London, with a range of historic cocktails to match.</p> <p><strong>DO</strong></p> <p>East London by day is an entirely different proposition to East London by night, although both have considerable charms. Saturdays are a good time to check out the markets – try Broadway for posh fudge and nice bread, or Ridley Road for, erm, halal chicken wings and weave shops. Stroll through Victoria Park or along the canal (stopping in at <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/towpath-caf%C3%A9-london-2">Towpath Café</a> in the summer months), or take in the pound shops and generally mania of Kingsland Road on a weekend afternoon.</p> <p>Sunday mornings were made for visiting <a href="http://www.columbiaroad.info/">Columbia Road Flower Market</a> for beautiful roses and excellent market trader chat, then wandering down to Brick Lane to buy check out the vintage shops and stalls. Have a roast dinner at <a href="http://www.theprincessofshoreditch.com/">The Princess of Shoreditch</a>, then catch a film at one of several great cinemas in the area: Try <a href="http://www.richmix.org.uk/">Rich Mix</a>, the <a href="http://www.riocinema.ndirect.co.uk/">Rio</a>, or one of the double velvet sofas at <a href="https://www.aubincinema.com/">The Aubin</a>.</p> <p>At night, things get slightly grimier – albeit in a good way (mostly). Shoreditch is hen night central on a Friday, but the infamous Dalston ‘strip’ – running from Dalston Junction station about a mile up the Stoke Newington Road – still delivers if you’re looking for a sweaty basement party and some unparalleled hipster-watching. <a href="http://birthdaysdalston.com/">Birthdays</a>, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/visions-video">Visions Video Bar</a> and the <a href="http://www.thealibilondon.co.uk/">Alibi</a> are good places for drunken dancing to a regular rotation of solid DJs.</p> <p><strong>SHOP</strong></p> <p>The commercial goliath of Westfield might loom large over Stratford, but the rest of East London deals predominantly in small, independent boutiques. In Shoreditch, there are several smaller stores worth investigation: Buy uber-stylish menswear at <a href="http://www.present-london.com/">Present</a>, cool street brands and chic accessories at <a href="http://goodhoodstore.com/">Goodhood</a>, and sleek contemporary brands at <a href="http://www.start-london.com/">Start</a>. And don’t forget to make an appointment at concept store <a href="http://www.ln-cc.com/?gclid=CJiw58XmubYCFeR_Qgod8nQAhA">LN-CC</a> for one of the most unique shopping experiences of your life.</p> <p>If fashion leaves you cold, then get your retail therapy buzz at one of East London’s many great groceries and gourmet food shops. <a href="http://www.albioncaff.co.uk/">Albion</a> offers an abundance of fresh British veg, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leilas-Shop/251458238203777">Leila’s Shop</a> stocks locally smoked salmon and homemade jams, while <a href="http://www.agoldshop.com/">A.Gold</a> sells produce sourced entirely within the British Isles – plus the best homemade scotch eggs in town.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/east-london">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/515f293c9070b8344801a72c 2013-04-05T19:03:00+00:00 2013-05-31T03:09:01+00:00 Back to London <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/back-to-london"><img alt="London3" height="449" src="/system/files/042013/515f5b609070b8344801a88b/article/london3.jpg?1365212716" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Thoughts on a return trip to London…</strong></p> <p>After weeks of wading around in the warm bath that is springtime in Los Angeles, returning to London felt like dive-bombing into an ice cold plunge pool. This was my first trip back to my home city since I emigrated to LA six months ago, and it came as a shock to the system. Getting off the plane to painfully cold Baltic winds and blizzard-like conditions (in April!) made my body squeal ‘WTF’, before promptly succumbing to its first bout of sickness in months. If I felt ill-equipped to cope with the bleak perpetuity of British winters when I lived in London, then I certainly don’t have the balls – or wardrobe – for them now.</p> <p>Luckily, the physical downsides had some cerebral upsides. LA, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/why-i-didnt-move-to-new-york">as I’ve written before</a>, is a wonderful place to fall into a dream-like focus; one that is extreme conducive to concentrating or bringing good ideas into fruition. But the lack of daily stimulus can make it tricky for new ones to form. Having reached a point of creative stagnation in the weeks before my trip, I welcomed the instant jolt of inspiration that London provides. After a few days of absorbing the city’s energy, my own ideas began to flow again. As always, the clarity came as a relief.</p> <p>Equally satisfying was the quiet contentment that comes from spending time with people you love after a prolonged period of time apart – a bit like scratching an itch that has been encased deep inside a plaster cast. I was nervous that my physical distance would result in an emotional distance, but it turns out I needn’t have worried. When it comes to old friends, I was relieved to discover, months apart can melt away in a matter of minutes.</p> <p>Less reassuring – and far more unexpected – was the sense of detachment that I felt while wandering the back roads of De Beauvoir and storming down Wardour Street. As a born and raised Londoner, the sights and sounds of the city are as familiar to me as the back of my hands. I certainly didn’t expect a paltry six-month absence to leave me feeling like an outsider. But as I sat in coffee shops, watching the city bustle along as it always has, I realised that London had got on just fine without me. Which is OK, because I’m doing just fine without London, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/back-to-london">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/514a10df9070b83448012384 2013-03-20T19:03:00+00:00 2013-07-02T19:59:03+00:00 Budget Boutique Stays in the Caribbean & Central America <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/caribbean-and-central-america"><img alt="Lospatiosgranada" height="399" src="/system/files/032013/514b1a429070b834480129fd/article/LosPatiosGranada.jpg?1363877519" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>Ten stylish places to stay in the Caribbean and Central America for under £100 a night, from an eco-luxe design hotel in Panama City, to a cabin in Costa Rica….</em></p> <p><strong>Jake’s, Jamaica</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £63 a night</em></p> <p>Jamaica, Jamaicaaaaaaaaaa: A tiny island with some serious cultural weight to counterbalance its postcard-pretty coastlines. Who wouldn’t want to visit? The hotels offerings on the island often veer towards the soulless, all-inclusive side of the spectrum, that’s no reason give in to seven days of watery rum punch and monotonous buffet dinners. Instead, stay at Jake’s: 18 seriously chic cottages, two great onsite restaurants and one world-class spa. The numbers; they add up.</p> <p><a href="http://www.jakeshotel.com/">jakeshotel.com</a></p> <p><strong>Los Patios Hotel, Granada, Nicaragua</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £76 a night</em></p> <p>Sexy Central American city + cool Danish owners = very stylish boutique hotel. Or at least, that’s the case for Los Patios, where Spanish colonial architecture meets streamlined Scandinavian style. Take a dip in the ecological swimming pool, have a massage on the patio, or enjoy some of the hotel’s homemade Nicaraguan fare. When you’re ready to venture out, the historic Calle Corrales district of Granada is right outside the door.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lospatiosgranada.com/About-granada/">lospatiosgranada.com</a></p> <p><strong>Tantalo Hotel, Panama City</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £95 a night</em></p> <p>The stylish, atmospheric Tantalo is not just any old boutique design hotel, oh no – it’s an eco-luxe boutique design hotel. That means tables made from repurposed staircases, a restaurant built from reclaimed wood, and a ‘living wall’ of almost 1000 lush native plants in the lobby. Other reasons to stop off at this include a rooftop bar serving excellent food and drinks, plus cool, minimalist rooms right in the heart of the historic San Felipe Casco Viejo district.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tantalohotel.com/">tantalohotel.com</a></p> <p><strong>Iberostar Parque Central, Havana, Cuba</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £91 a night</em></p> <p>Resist the lure of the island’s many all-inclusive beach resorts and opt for a slice of ‘real’ Cuba in the heart of Havana instead. As hotels in this beautiful but dilapidated city go, the Parque Central is in pretty good nick – there’s a gym, sauna, and incredible rooftop pool. Don’t forget to stop off at the iconic La Floridita bar around the corner for a mojito as Hemingway would’ve drunk it.</p> <p><strong>Love Hotel, Saint Martin</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £81 a night</em></p> <p>Helloooooooo, paradise. Seven simple rooms, set on a breathtaking beach in the French collectivity of Saint-Martin. Also: a tapas restaurant, free wifi and a bar serving everything from Carib beer to Ruinart champagne. Good luck forcing yourself to leave.</p> <p><a href="http://love-sxm.com/love/ACCUEIL_GB.html">love-sxm.com</a></p> <p><strong>White Sands Cove Resort, Belize</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £89 a night</em></p> <p>Like the sound of baskin’ on a beach in Belize? Of course you do. Try it at the White Sands Cove Resort, where you can rent a one or two bed condo (with aircon, satellite TV, wifi, etc) and live the Central American dream for a week or two. If the sunbathing gets boring, try a spot of cave tubing, Mayan ruin touring, jungle canopy zip lining, or good old-fashioned diving and snorkelling.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitesandscove.com/">whitesandscove.com</a></p> <p><strong>Sea-U Guest House, Barbados</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £95 a night</em></p> <p>A hotel worth staying at for the pun-tastic appeal of the name alone, Sea-U is appealing on other, possibly more significant levels too: an oceanfront view, pretty hotel gardens, chic Bajan-style rooms, eco-friendly credentials, excellent service… Oh, and it’s also in Barbados. That always helps.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seaubarbados.com/">seaubarbados.com</a></p> <p><strong>Turtle Cove Inn, Turks & Caicos</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £65 per night</em></p> <p>Think you can’t afford to visit the uber-expensive island of Turks & Caicos, beloved by Diddy and Mariah and other mononymous millionaires? Think again, my friend! At the pastel-hued Turtle Cove Inn, the very affordable rooms couldn’t be described as luxurious but they do overlook a pretty marina just ten minutes walk from the nearest beach. Who goes to the Caribbean to sit in their hotel room, anyway?</p> <p><a href="http://www.turtlecoveinn.com/">turtlecoveinn.com</a></p> <p><strong>Las Flores Surf Club, El Salvador</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £98 per night</em></p> <p>With oceanfront suites overlooking some of the best breaks in Central America, Las Flores in a perfect destination for experienced surfers and novices alike. Learn how to ride waves with the help of the inhouse Billabong instructors, then refuel over a seafood dinner by the sand. If you want to avoid the surf altogether, there’s also a cliffside yoga and meditation deck, plus full spa. Oh, and hammocks. Hammocks are always good, aren’t they?</p> <p><a href="http://www.lasfloresresort.com/">lasfloresresort.com</a></p> <p><strong>El Sol, Costa Rica</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £63 a night</em></p> <p>If you like your travel experiences to err on the memorable side, then try a stay in one of the cabins at El Sol, in the magically named Monteverde Cloud Forest. Take a horseback ride to a waterfall, swim in an infinity pool, or just have a general frolic in amongst all the incredible surrounding nature. There’s no TV or Internet, but views like these are made for committing to memory, not Instagram.</p> <p><a href="http://www.elsolnuestro.com/">elsolnuestro.com</a></p> <p>Image Credits</p> <p><a href="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2265/2354232847_a6379e5a00_z.jpg?zz=1">White Sands Cove Resort</a><br /> <a href="http://www.lasfloresresort.com/images_home/PlayaLasFlores/10.jpg">Las Flores Resort</a><br /> <a href="http://cdn1.images.touristlink.com/data/cache/hostel/L/O/S/P/A/T/I/O/los-patios-hotel-granada_700_0.jpg">Los Patios</a><br /> <a href="http://www.wherewhenhow.com/turks-caicos-islands/providenciales/hotels-resorts-villas/turtle-cove-inn-1.jpg">Turtle Cove Inn</a><br /> <a href="http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/Tantalo13.jpg">Tantalo</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/caribbean-and-central-america">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51428a449070b8344800f3cc 2013-03-14T19:03:00+00:00 2014-01-02T17:41:24+00:00 Stay Fresh on a Long Haul Flight <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/stay-fresh-on-a-long-haul-flight"><img alt="Stayfreshonalonghaulflight" height="446" src="/system/files/032013/51429fdb9070b8344800f42c/article/stayfreshonalonghaulflight.jpg?1372300725" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p><strong>Next week, I’ll be boarding a twelve hour flight from Los Angeles to London for a short visit to my beloved home city. Although I’m fidgety with excitement about seeing my family and friends, the thought of the journey itself is already making me feel, well, gross. Because long haul travel might land us in some pretty glamorous destinations, but long haul flights are generally a one-way ticket to dull skin, ‘jet bloat’, and a mouth that feels like something died inside it. If you, too, are tackling a long distance journey anytime in the near future, here are a few ways to stay fresh en route.</strong></p> <p>DRESS SMART</p> <p>Not smart as in ‘office attire’, but smart as in ’a manner befitting a person of reasonable intelligence’. In a moment of complete stupidity - or perhaps vanity - a few years back, I boarded a nine hour flight to Miami in a pair of knee-high, leather boots complete with a four inch heel, and hated my life the entire way. In retrospect, it was certainly an efficient lesson learnt the hard way: when it comes to air travel, I’ve prioritised comfort over style ever since.</p> <p>Having said that, it’s best to avoid the lure of a full grey marl tracksuit, as much as you might love them (and I really do love them). Yes, you’ll look all cute and cosy when you board, but you’ll be feeling sloppy and dishevelled by the time you land - especially if you’re travelling to a hot country. Leggings + a soft jersey top + flats + a good jacket – all pimped out with a nice handbag and sunglasses, of course - is generally a safe but streamlined way to go.</p> <p>STAY HYDRATED</p> <p>Cabin air is drier than the Sahara, which can mean scary things for your skin. Apparently you’re supposed to drink an additional half litre of water for every hour you’re in the air, but that sounds like a whole lot of annoying bathroom trips to me. I usually try to glug as much water and herbal tea as I can before the flight, sip at least two litres throughout, and go easy on the free bar. At least in theory - I usually succumb to a glass (or two) of red wine, which must be the best sleeping aid known to man. On which note…</p> <p>GET SOME SLEEP</p> <p>Sleeping well on a plane is almost impossible, but even an hour or two will help you feel and look better once you land. Travel well-equipped with a neck pillow, eye mask and ear plugs, plus your own blanket - those red, scratchy ones are really not the business. To save space in my hand luggage, I usually I wear an <a href="http://store.americanapparel.net/rsa0503.html">American Apparel Circle Scarf</a> on my way to the airport, and then unravel it to create a cosy headscarf/blanket once in my seat. Yay for multifunctional accessories.</p> <p>SAY NO TO PLANE FOOD</p> <p>Yes, it’s cringeful to be <em>that</em> smug girl who turns down the tray of bangers and mash in favour of her own supply of raw almonds, but you’ll be glad you did when you’re trying to stuff your swollen feet back into your shoes at the end of the flight. Studies show that your sense of taste is diminished by the white noise of the airplane (not quite sure how that one works), so airlines pack their food with extra salt and sugar to compensate. The result for you? A puffy face and fat ankles upon arrival. Hot!</p> <p>CREATE AN IN-FLIGHT BEAUTY REGIME</p> <p>The first thing I do once the ‘Fasten Seatbelt’ sign goes off is to pull out my toiletries bag and get busy with the face wipes. After that, I slather on as much serum, moisturizer and eye cream as my face can handle – in the sandpaper-dry cabin, even my sheeny combination skin drinks it all up. It can be embarrassing to conduct a mini spa ritual from the confines of an Economy class seat, but cleaning your face is possibly the best thing you can do for your post-flight skin. After all, sleeping in your make-up is one thing, but sleeping in your make-up on a plane is <em>quite</em> another.</p> <p>GET GOOD HAIR</p> <p>Hair is bound to get flat/greasy/totally disastrous over the course of a long day of travel, so it’s best to at least try to start out on a good note. Fly with super-clean hair – worn down for comfortable sleeping - then tie it up into a messy topknot when you land. I usually stash a small bottle of dry shampoo and/or hairspray in with my brush, just in case things get really ugly. A bit of gentle backcombing at the crown never goes amiss, either.</p> <p>CHANGE CLOTHES</p> <p>I find that I feel infinitely better if I change at least a couple of items of my clothing when I embark and disembark a long haul flight. I’ll often swap a pair of stretch jeans for leggings when I board, as well as keeping for a spare t-shirt, underwear, and socks in my bag for a quick freshen up in the bathroom just before landing. This also an opportune moment to brush your teeth. For the love of God, brush your teeth!</p> <p>RETOUCHING</p> <p>Around an hour before the flight is due to land, I’ll pull out that toiletries bag again to do a quick face clean and apply a light layer of make-up. Heavy foundation on tired skin is always a bad look, so tinted moisturiser, mascara, bronzer, blusher and lip balm will suffice. If in doubt, add very large sunglasses.</p> <p>UPGRADE</p> <p>All of the above is basically null and void if you can afford to fly business class - or higher! On the rare occasions that I’ve received an upgrade because of work or just plain luck, I’ve been exposed to a travel experience that is completely alien to my usual cattle class transit (being able to lie down fully is a complete gamechanger, for a start). One day I aim to always turn left when entering a plane, but until then I’ll be sticking to the routine above. It has served me well so far.</p> <p><a href="https://www.houseseven.com/system/files/102013/525708c342fb6d6e2b000199/original/Club_Ocho.pdf">parent company</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/stay-fresh-on-a-long-haul-flight">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51368f099070b8344800a0c3 2013-03-05T20:03:00+00:00 2013-05-31T02:51:17+00:00 HOLIDAY ENVY: ESCAPE TO GOA <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/escape-to-goa-1"><img alt="04020019" height="394" src="/system/files/032013/513693e39070b8344800a0ef/article/04020019.JPG?1362536416" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>As a fashion and beauty editor, brand consultant and the blogger behind <a href="http://fashionmenow.blogspot.com/">Fashion Me Now</a>, it makes sense that Lucy Williams’ taste in holiday destinations is as stylish as her wardrobe - which is to say, very stylish indeed. Read on to find out about the eco-boutique hotels, fresh lobster dinners, and Pink Piranha cocktails that London-based Lucy enjoyed during her recent trip to Goa in West India.</em></p> <p><em>Cue Holiday (Life, Boyfriend, Body) Envy…</em></p> <p><strong>Why Goa?</strong></p> <p>We were after escapism and sunshine at the end of October and Goa fit the bill.</p> <p><strong>Who were you travelling with?</strong></p> <p>My boyfriend Jamie, whose camera skills are to thank for our hoard of beautiful photos from the trip.</p> <p><strong>
How did you get there? How was the journey?</strong></p> <p>We flew with British Airways from London to Mumbai, and from there we flew Jet Airways to Goa. It was a pretty long journey and ended on a low when we realised our luggage had been left in Mumbai. So we spent the first 36 hours rushing around getting documents signed and stamped to get our bags back. We thought at one point we were going to have to travel back to Mumbai to get them but thankfully it didn’t come to that. I’ve never been happier to see my suitcase than when the bags finally touched down in Goa!</p> <p><strong>Where did you stay?</strong></p> <p>We stayed in three different places across 10 days. In hindsight that’s quite a lot, but it did mean we packed in some wonderful places.</p> <p>First up was <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/vivenda-dos-palhacos">Vivenda dos Palhacos</a>, a beautiful Portuguese-style guesthouse that was the perfect place to unwind after our long journey. The staff and food were fantastic and we were both plotting a longer return stay before we’d even left.</p> <p>From there, we went to eco-boutique hotel <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yoga-magic">Yoga Magic</a> near Anjuna. Their tents weren’t up and running at that point, so we stayed in one of the two suites and had the place to ourselves aside from one other couple. We loved the organic, vegetarian food served on our own private terrace every evening. Daily yoga and a grotto-like pool completed the feel-good picture.</p> <p>Last but not least, we ended our trip on the stunning beaches of <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/elsewhere">Elsewhere</a> near Mandrem. We spent our days living the desert island dream, moving from hammock to beach and back again.</p> <p><strong>
How did you get around?</strong></p> <p>As we were only there for a short period of time, we mainly relied on taxis.</p> <p><strong>What was the best meal you ate?</strong></p> <p>So difficult to say as we had such great food all week! The fresh lobster we had on our first night at Vivenda was the perfect antidote to our lost-luggage debacle and every night under the white canopy of Elsewhere’s restaurant, feet buried in the sand, eating fish curry, felt really special.</p> <p><strong>What were you reading on the beach?</strong></p> <p>Jonathan Franzen’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Corrections-Novel-Jonathan-Franzen/dp/0312421273">The Corrections</a>. That and his other novel <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-A-Novel-Jonathan-Franzen/dp/0374158460">Freedom</a> were two of my favourite books from 2012.</p> <p><strong>What was the nightlife like?</strong></p> <p>We were there to totally unwind so were pretty boring in terms of nightlife! Plus, it was slightly off-season when we went so much quieter than the new year period. Pink Piranha cocktails at Vivenda’s truck stop bar were an evening highlight though.</p> <p><strong>What were you glad you’d packed? What do you wish you’d left behind?</strong></p> <p>As always I overpacked, so I just wish I’d packed a bit lighter!</p> <p><strong>What was your holiday beauty essential?</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/After-Sun-Moisturizing-Lotion-Face/dp/B004VSV7EU">Lancaster After Sun</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kerastase-Soleil-Micro-Voile-Protecteur-Unisex/dp/B001B8LGHG">Kerastase Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur</a> and my go-to sun protection, <a href="http://www.thesunmousse.co.uk/">The Sun Mousse</a>. Plus, pure <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Citronella-Oil-1-oz-EssOil/dp/B000MGOZJ4">Citronella oil</a> on ankles and wrists is great at keeping mosquitoes at bay.</p> <p><strong>What do you wish you’d known before you went?
</strong></p> <p>We didn’t realize that going early in the season meant some things such as restaurants and markets weren’t yet open. I think this is a good excuse to go back though!</p> <p><strong>Where are you off to next?</strong></p> <p>We’re off to Tulum in April for 10 days. I think anyone who <a href="http://pinterest.com/fashionmenow/">follows me on Pinterest</a> can tell how excited I am already - I keep bombarding people with pictures of white sandy beaches!</p> <p><a href="http://fashionmenow.blogspot.com/">fashionmenow.blogspot.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/escape-to-goa-1">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/513577dd9070b83448009ae0 2013-03-04T20:03:00+00:00 2013-03-05T16:31:32+00:00 What To Wear: Paris Fashion Week <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/what-to-wear-paris-fashion-week"><img alt="Paris2?1362468618" height="446" src="/system/files/032013/51359a5c9070b83448009b98/article/paris2?1362468618" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Channel the timeless, cool girl-chic of Vogue Paris editor Emmanuelle Alt in a simple, monochrome silhouette punctuated only by stripes and spots…</strong></p> <p>Click the image to remove the caption.</p> <p><strong>THE PARIS WARDROBE</strong><br /> <em>Clockwise from Left</em></p> <p>Faux Fur Animal Print Coat, <a href="http://shop.mango.com/GB/p0/mango/sale/animal-print-faux-fur-coat/?id=75000789_48&n=1&s=rebajas_she&ie=0&m=&ts=1362459536525">MANGO</a><br /> Leather Motorcycle Jacket, <a href="http://www.reiss.com/womens/womens-new-arrivals/kara/black/?q=leather+jacket">REISS</a><br /> Aviator Sunglasses, <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/312574">ALEXANDER WANG</a><br /> White Jeans, <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/335335">ACNE</a><br /> Stripe Top, <a href="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=17308&sid=&pid">HOPE</a><br /> Black Suede Court Shoes, <a href="http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=8858158&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208542&parent_categoryId=208492&pageSize=200">TOPSHOP</a></p> <p><strong>In Paris for Fashion Week? Heading there for a romantic weekend soon? Check the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory?location=paris">Directory</a> for the best boutique hotels, authentic bistros, and sexy bars in town…</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/what-to-wear-paris-fashion-week">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/512e6c259070b83448007164 2013-02-27T20:03:00+00:00 2013-07-02T19:52:56+00:00 COOL & AFFORDABLE EUROPEAN HOTELS <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/mainland-europe"><img alt="Hotelpulitzer" height="408" src="/system/files/022013/512fc4279070b83448007a45/article/hotelpulitzer.jpg?1362086261" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>Tten cool places to stay in mainland Europe (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/100-under-ps100-united-kingdom">check out my UK picks here</a>) for under £100 a night, including a plush Florentine guesthouse, an old-school Niçoise villa, and a whitewashed Santorini idyll.</em></p> <p><strong>Hotel Pulitzer, Barcelona</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £94.56 per night, plus 10% tax.</em></p> <p>Barcelona is one of the world’s great cities. That means great restaurants, great bars, great architecture, and some seriously great hotels. Of the many affordable accommodation options in this sexy Spanish town, the Pulitzer is one of the most stylish. Tucked on a side street just off the vibrant Plaça de Catalunya, this 1920s building incorporates a set of sleek, art-deco inspired rooms, a highly rated Mediterranean fusion restaurant, and an intimate rooftop bar. Egyptian cotton sheets and grey marble bathrooms give a luxe hotel feel, minus the prices to match.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hotelpulitzer.es/">www.hotelpulitzer.es</a></p> <p><strong>Michelberger Hotel, Berlin</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £52 per night</em></p> <p>A super-cool hotel in super-cool Berlin, the Michelberger is as popular for its buzzing restaurant and bar as it is for its comfortable, light-filled rooms. Imaginative interior design and quirky design touches make this a popular stop-off for travelling musicians like UK singer Jessie Ware, who described it as her <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/jessie-ware">favourite place to stay on tour</a>: "It has a really great vibe, there’s a really lovely bar, everyone is cool… They have these ‘band rooms’, which have four or five platform beds and then a double on ground level. It’s very ‘Berlin’ – industrial, bare wires, lightbulbs hanging down. So that’s got a really nice quality to it.”</p> <p><a href="http://www.michelbergerhotel.com/">www.michelbergerhotel.com</a></p> <p><strong>Villa Les Cygnes, Nice</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £78 per night</em></p> <p>The south of France is unquestionably one of the most glamorous holiday destinations in the world, but certain parts can be overpriced and, well, a bit Eurotrashy. Gorgeous Nice manages to avoid being both, while still retaining all the chic allure of the Cote d’Azur. For evidence, look no further than the supremely elegant Villa Les Cygnes, which is housed in a 1920s stone house just off the celebrated Promenade des Anglais. Eat breakfast under the palm tree-shaded garden in the morning and venture out to the nearby beach by day. When night falls, take a ten minute stroll into the city centre for ice-cold Rosé and an authentic Salade Niçoise. Oui, oui!</p> <p><a href="https://www.villalescygnes.com/">www.villalescygnes.com</a></p> <p><strong>Posada del Dragon, Madrid</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £68.50 per night</em></p> <p>A central location and excellent service make this hip hotel one of the top-rated places to stay in Madrid. Posada Del Dragon is great at striking a balance that will appeal to a wide range of guests: The rooms are colourful without being overwhelming and the vibe is cool but still family-friendly – WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid chose it as one of her five favourite places to stay in Europe with her 2-year-old son (read the full feature <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-favourite-boutique-hotels">HERE</a>).</p> <p><a href="http://www.posadadeldragon.com/">www.posadadeldragon.com</a></p> <p><strong>Zorzis Hotel, Santorini</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £51 per night</em></p> <p>As perhaps the most fashionable of all the Cyclades islands, picturesque Santorini is home to some seriously pricey, Honeymoon-worthy hotels. But there are some really affordable ones too. The Zorzis fits into the latter camp, offering cool, clean rooms that are perfect to retreating to after a day on the black sands of nearby Perissa beach. There’s also a generous outdoor pool overlooking some fairly epic volcanic mountains. And if you somehow manage to get bored of all that breathtaking scenery, Santorini’s stylish capital city of Fira is a short cab ride away.</p> <p><a href="http://www.santorinizorzis.com/">www.santorinizorzis.com</a></p> <p><strong>Casa Howard, Florence</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £69 per night</em></p> <p>If you’re seeking a romantic city break with great food and even better art then you can’t do much better than Florence. This enchanting Italian city is just as beautiful as it was back in Michaelangelo’s day, except now it comes with <em>much</em> better budget boutique hotel options.</p> <p>Casa Howard is a grown up kind of guesthouse, offering a variety of warmly-decorated rooms on the Via Della Scala. All the rooms have access to a Turkish Hammam bath, a library, and a secluded terrace. You can also opt to have a breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, freshly baked cake and homemade Tuscan Honey delivered to your room for just 8 Euro more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.casahoward.com/eng/florence/florence_guesthouse.htm">www.casahoward.com</a></p> <p><strong>Gerloczy Rooms De Lux, Budapest</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £82 per night</em></p> <p>Budapest is a quirky, characterful city and the Gerloczy Rooms de Lux is the hotel to match. Housed in an 19th century building in a historic part of town, the rooms ‘de Lux’ are plush, cosy and elegantly understated. Like so many of the best boutique hotels, The Gerlóczy’s popular downstairs café is much of a selling point as the hotel itself, and a great place to grab to grab a strong coffee or refuel with breakfast before heading out to explore Budapest’s beautiful streets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gerloczy.hu/rooms_delux/">www.gerloczy.hu</a></p> <p><strong>Hotel Yasmin, Prague</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £77 per night</em></p> <p>There aren’t many cities in the world where you can stay in sleek four star hotel for well under a hundred pounds a night, but the Czech Republic’s stunning capital is one of them. Most of the vast, contemporary rooms at the Hotel Yasmin in Prague overlook a quiet courtyard in the heart of the city’s old town, making for a tranquil vibe that is only enhanced by the super-slick service. When you’re ready to venture out, Yasmin’s central location is great for exploring Prague’s restaurants, magnificent architecture and myriad beer-drinking options.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hotel-yasmin.cz/default-en.html">www.hotel-yasmin.cz</a></p> <p><strong>Hotel Amour, Paris</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £99 a night</em></p> <p>Cheap and chic hotels in Paris are not easy to come by, but the Hotel Amour is the perfect - and perfectly named - spot for a romantic city break. (<a href="http://themushpit.co.uk/">The Mushpit</a> editor Charlotte Roberts nominated Hotel Amour as <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/where-to-take-her">her ideal Valentine’s Day destination</a>). The lipstick red rooms are devoid from phones, televisions or Internet, lest they distract you from more amorous activities. When you are ready to emerge your room, there’s a painfully hip restaurant and bar located just downstairs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hotelamourparis.fr/">www.hotelamourparis.fr</a></p> <p><strong>House Hotel Galatasaray, Istanbul</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from approximately £80 per night</em></p> <p>The streets of Istanbul are paved with excellent boutique hotels, and House Hotel Galatasaray is one of the very best. Another recommendation <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-favourite-boutique-hotels">courtesy of the uber-stylish Sharmadean Reid</a>, this hotel’s sleek design is a combination of traditional Turkish tiling and crisp, white bed linens. It’s a perfect blend of East meets West – much like Istanbul itself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.thehousehotel.com/the-house-hotel-galatasaray/">www.thehousehotel.com</a></p> <p><strong>Image Credits</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hotelpulitzer.es/">Hotel Pulitzer</a>, <a href="https://www.discover-deliver.com/App_Documents/PlaceImage.Image/e101537b-9958-4d5f-a423-e5862cd4e2da.jpg">Michelberger</a>, <a href="http://www.blogcdn.com/travel.aol.co.uk/media/2011/07/brgnhtlszrzs1300a.jpg">Hotel Zorzis</a>, <a href="http://welovebudapest.com/images/venue/gallery/l/000/980/4b9a5a3c9de6ed2f852e254e7ebcaccea872e7de.jpg">Gerloczy Rooms De Lux</a>, <a href="http://www.casahoward.com/gallery/img/FIR-Black&White-room.jpg">Casa Howard</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/mainland-europe">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/512c43239070b834480064df 2013-02-26T20:03:00+00:00 2013-05-31T02:55:09+00:00 TOP 5: Travel Apps for iPhone <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/iphone-travel-apps"><img alt="Map" height="367" src="/system/files/022013/512d726a9070b83448006b24/article/map.jpeg?1361933381" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Put your iPhone addiction to effective use with five apps to enhance, organise, and/or simplify your next trip.</strong></p> <p><strong>HOTEL TONIGHT</strong><br /> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hotel-tonight/id407690035?mt=8">View in the App Store</a></p> <p><em>What does it do?</em></p> <p>Everyday, Hotel Tonight releases hundreds of heavily discounted same-day room rates in cities all over the world. Simply select your current location, scroll through photos and essential information relating to your chosen hotel, then tap-tap-tap to book.</p> <p><em>Why should I get it?</em></p> <p>Whether you’re stranded in a foreign city without a place to stay or looking for a last-minute staycation, Hotel Tonight offers hip and stylish accommodation options to suit most budgets. Unlike so many apps, the design is intuitive and clunk-free, making it easy to make a quick decision when time is tight. Also, the range of locations is pretty impressive, covering everywhere from Las Vegas to London.</p> <p><strong>TRIPIT</strong><br /> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tripit-travel-organizer-free/id311035142?mt=8">View in the App Store</a></p> <p><em>What does it do?</em></p> <p>TripIt functions like your personal travel PA. Simply forward your hotel, airline, car rental, and restaurant reservations to them via email, and they’ll consolidate the information into a clear and simple itinerary that you can view within the app.</p> <p><em>Why should I get it?</em></p> <p>Desperately searching your Gmail inbox for a flight confirmation number is not really the most zen way to start a holiday; nor is frantically attempting to locate the address of your hotel in a cab, minus a Wifi connection. TripIt helps you to keep track of all the essential details without the hassle and inconvenience of printing or (god forbid) writing them all out.</p> <p><strong>iTRANSLATE</strong><br /> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/itranslate-free-translator/id288113403?mt=8">View in the App Store</a></p> <p><em>What does it do?</em></p> <p>This award-winning app translates between sixty languages in a matter of seconds. The Text-To-Speech function allows you to select different dialects, male or female voices, and even speed of speech. AND there’s a genius ‘Romanisation’ feature that transforms non-Latin languages like Hindi or Japanese into readable Latin characters. May you never be ‘Lost in Translation’ again. (Sorry, that was awful).</p> <p><em>Why should I get it?</em></p> <p>Because no one wants to be that wildly-gesticulating English-speaking tourist whose solution for a language barrier is to simply repeat the same sentence, but LOUDER.</p> <p><strong>POCKET EARTH</strong><br /> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-earth-maps-offline/id481679745?mt=8">View in the App Store</a></p> <p><em>What does it do?</em></p> <p>In a nutshell: Provides interactive worldwide maps that are accessible even when your data roaming and WiFi are switched off. Simply select the cities, regions, or even entire countries you want to download while you’re online, and Pocket Earth will save them for you to use when you’re not.</p> <p><em>Why should I get it?</em></p> <p>There are lots of apps that do the same sort of thing, but few come with the Pocket Earth’s myriad added features, which include (online) routing that can be saved for offline use, turn by turn directions, GPS, and access to tens of thousands of Wikitravel articles to access on the go.</p> <p><strong>SKYPE WIFI</strong><br /> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skype-wifi/id444529922?mt=8">View in the App Store</a></p> <p><em>What does it do?</em></p> <p>Let’s assume that you’re probably already familiar with the basic premise of Skype: Download the programme to your laptop (for free) and use it to make video calls with fellow Skype users around the world (for free). So far, so good.</p> <p>For travellers, Skype’s WiFi app makes staying in touch even easier. Use prepaid credit on your Skype account to access a cheap WiFi connection at over one million hotspots around the world. Then use said WiFi to engage in your usual Internet-based activities, unimpeded by location or network connection.</p> <p><em>Why should I get it?</em></p> <p>Do you like paying exorbitant data charges to read emails and load Instagram? Do you take pleasure in knowing that every Google search is costing you the price of a slice of New York pizza? Do you enjoy the niggling feeling of anxiety that comes from being completely offline?</p> <p>If the answer to any of these questions is no, then Skype WiFi is probably for you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/iphone-travel-apps">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51269f819070b8344800490a 2013-02-23T20:03:00+00:00 2013-05-31T03:04:44+00:00 A Guide To Tobago <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/tobago"><img alt="Tobago" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/512ac7c69070b83448005c9c/article/tobago.jpg?1361759239" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>The smaller, quieter, more serene sibling to its big sister Trinidad, the Caribbean island of Tobago is as close to postcard-perfect paradise as I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes. I spent a surreal week there last winter, by the end of which I was so relaxed I could barely keep my eyes open. Here’s the lowdown on this sleepy, lush idyll.</strong></p> <p><strong>EAT</strong></p> <p>First up, a disappointing truism that I may as well get out of the way quickly: it’s really hard to buy nice fruit and vegetables in Tobago. Every few miles you’ll see a roadside stall selling a tired looking selection of plantain and coconuts, but Tobago is curiously lacking in the abundance of tropical fruit that most people associate with the Caribbean. It’s strange and I don’t really understand it, but there it is.</p> <p>Perhaps that’s why dinner at <a href="http://www.kariwak.com/">Kariwak Village</a>, where we ate twice towards the end of our week-long stay, felt like stumbling on an oasis in the middle of the desert. This ‘holistic haven and hotel’ grows vegetables in its own organic garden, then serves them up at an incredible all-you-can-eat buffet every Friday and Saturday night. There’s also a daily menu of grilled fish and chicken, fresh salads, and homemade desserts which you enjoy at the poolside restaurant, whether you’re a guest of the hotel or not.</p> <p>Other memorable meals included super fresh and sophisticated seafood, served up by an English owner at <a href="http://thefishpot.blogspot.com/">The Fish Pot</a>; very expensive lobster salad at the romantic <a href="http://www.seahorseinntobago.com/">Seahorse Inn</a>, and crab legs, doughy dumplings and fresh coconut ice cream on the beach at <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pigeon-point-bay">Pigeon Point</a>.</p> <p><strong>DRINK</strong></p> <p>Once a year, Carnival comes to town and transforms the usually tranquil Tobago into a calypso and rum-soaked party island. Life is fairly quiet and sleepy the rest of the time though, so this is not an ideal destination if you like to hit the clubs, post-beach.</p> <p>It is, however, a great place to spend a week or so in a rum punch haze. Get a plastic cup of this strong and sweet refresher at any bar, restaurant or beach café, at any hour of the day. If you like a proper cocktail after a hard day of sunbathing then Happy Hour at the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pavilion">The Villas At Stonehaven</a> is a great place to sip discounted piña coladas as you watch the sunset reflected in a cliffside infinity pool. And really, who doesn’t?</p> <p><strong>SLEEP</strong></p> <p>Much of Tobago’s charm derives from its resistance to the vast hotel chains that overwhelm so much of the Caribbean. Accommodation options are fewer than you might find elsewhere in this part of the world, but there are still plenty of places to stay, from the simple poolside cabanas at <a href="Kariwak">Kariwak</a> Village to the stylish luxury of <a href="http://www.bluehavenhotel.com/">Blue Haven Hotel</a>.</p> <p>Alternatively, you can self-cater (as we did) at the gorgeous – and surprisingly affordable - <a href="http://www.bayviewvillas.co.uk/">Bayview Villa</a> apartments in the small hamlet of Black Rock. You’re only a few minutes walk from The Fish Pot restaurant (see above), The Villas at Stonehaven, and a curving bay of beautiful beaches.</p> <p><strong>BUY</strong></p> <p>Tobago is far less touristy than its Caribbean neighbours, so shopping opportunities are rare. The main port town of Scarborough has a ramshackle market selling bric-a-brac, questionable fish, and other curious paraphernalia, but it’s unlikely that you’ll find anything you want to take home.</p> <p>Instead, stock up your home drinks cabinet with Angostura Bitters (made in Trinidad since 1875) and bottles of smooth, dark Caribbean rum, which can be bought cheaply and in bulk at the tiny A.N.R. Robinson airport.</p> <p><strong>DO</strong></p> <p>Holidays in the Caribbean are really about one thing, and one thing only: hitting the beach. <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pigeon-point-bay">Pigeon Point</a> has the type of crystal clear aquamarine water and white powdery sand that holiday dreams are made of, and you can take a glass-bottomed boat out to Nylon Pool – a sandbar located right in the middle of the sea, where you can stand in clear waistdeep waters.</p> <p>Other gorgeous beaches include <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/Z46P0">Englishman’s Bay</a>, <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147394-d149389-Reviews-Pirate_s_Bay-Northeast_Coast_Tobago_Trinidad_and_Tobago.html">Pirate’s Bay</a>, and <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/fGKHQ">Castara Bay</a>. If you head to the northeast coast, then make sure you stop off at <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147394-d149277-Reviews-Argyle_Falls-Northeast_Coast_Tobago_Trinidad_and_Tobago.html">Argyle Falls</a> – a three-tiered waterfall set in the world’s first legally protected rainforest. Tropical paradise deluxe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/tobago">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5123e9a49070b83448003b46 2013-02-19T20:03:00+00:00 2013-02-20T07:08:38+00:00 TAKE A GREAT PASSPORT PHOTO <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/take-a-great-passport-photo"><img alt="Howtotakeagreatpassportphoto" height="482" src="/system/files/022013/512476379070b83448003e68/article/howtotakeagreatpassportphoto.jpeg?1361345671" width="595" /></a></p> <p> <p><strong>My passport photo is atrocious. Full on serial killer-eyes, cat lady-hair atrocious. I took it under highly pressurised circumstances at Liverpool Street Station, while en route to get an emergency passport for a last-minute press trip to the US. There was no time to consider my make-up, hairstyle or how many weeks it had been since my last eyebrow threading appointment. Instead, I just had to get throw my last four quid into the slot and go for it. The results will haunt me forever - or at least until 2021, when the offending document will finally be up for renewal.</strong></p> <p><strong>Having a good passport photo is one of those things that really shouldn’t matter at all, but somehow does. So if your passport expiration date is on the horizon, here are a few ideas on how to take a flattering new photo and make the next ten years of international travel that little bit more glamorous…</strong></p> <p><strong>CHOOSE YOUR METHOD</strong></p> <p>There are two basic options for getting your passport photo taken: A good old-fashioned photo booth, easily located in major train stations and vast suburban supermarkets, or the services on offer at photo shops like Snappy Snaps and Jessops. Despite my own, less than successful experiences, I actually prefer a traditional photo booth. The images are usually far less hi-def than you’d get from a Snappy Snaps SLR, resulting in a slightly blurry effect that acts like an Instagram filter for your face. Just what we’re after!</p> <p><strong>HAIR DO’s, HAIR DON’Ts</strong></p> <p>Generally, sleek hair works better in passport photos - Mariah Carey-style mermaid waves can look frizzy and make your face appear rounder (take it from someone who worked that out the hard way). Get some volume going up the top, and bear in mind that if you have long hair, it will probably be cut off from the breast bone down. Also unless you have perfect facial symmetry, a dead centre parting might not do you any favours under the harsh photobooth flash, so embrace an off-centre or sideswept style instead.</p> <p><strong>DO YOUR ‘COLOURS’</strong></p> <p>Resurrect a long forgotten ‘80s obsession and think about your ’colours’ - aka the family of tones that best compliment your skin and can therefore help you to look much more vibrant in photographs. As a general rule of thumb, those with yellow-toned skin look good in rich, warm colours, while cooler, pink-toned skins suit colours with blueish undertones. Opt for a simple, block-coloured top in a flattering shade and you’ll look at least 18% healthier in your photo. (Scientific fact).</p> <p><strong>STAY TIMELESS</strong></p> <p>You and your travel companions are going to be looking/potentially laughing at your passport photo for the next ten years, so this is probably not the time flex your fashion guns. Keep things simple in a sleek shirt or scoop neck t-shirt, and avoid patterns at all costs (stripes aside, most patterns date very quickly).</p> <p><strong>GO EASY ON THE MAKE UP</strong></p> <p>Shiny, sticky lip gloss always looks very ‘baby prostitute’ in passport photos. Ditto any type of sparky eyeshadow/bronzer, or even strong, smokey eyes. Aim instead for an amped-up natural look: nude tones on lips, lightly defined eye make up, maybe a delicate smattering of false lashes (although definitely no thick strip lashes) and perhaps even some - gentle! - contouring. On which note…</p> <p><strong>CONSIDER CONTOURING</strong></p> <p>Photographs are where a skilfully contoured make-up look really comes in to its own. If you have no idea where to start, then check out <a href="http://intothegloss.com/2012/07/museum-inspired-makeup/">this tutorial</a> from Into The Gloss which will take you through a subtle way to accentuate your bone structure without ending up with a Boy George-style ‘jaw’ shadow.</p> <p><strong>SHOW SOME SKIN</strong></p> <p>Generally, having a bit of neck and chest on show will be far more flattering than a crewneck tee or polo neck. Just be sure to check that your face and neck are the same color as your chest (this is a general rule of thumb in life, actually; not just passport pics).</p> <p><strong>CHOOSE YOUR ANGLE</strong></p> <p>Passport photo regulations are fairly rigid so unfortunately there’s no scope to go crazy with your “photo face”. But you can wind the booth chair up so that your chin is slightly angled downwards, thus creating the illusion of slimmer face and a smaller nose.</p> <p><strong>DO IT YOURSELF</strong></p> <p>If you’re the type of person who takes 47 selfies before posting a single update to Instagram, then you might want to consider taking your own photo. The website <a href="http://epassportphoto.com/">epassportphoto.com</a> shows you how to take your own digital photo in adherence with government standards, then creates a passport photo sheet that you can either print at home or take into your local photography shop. Here’s to ten years of being the girl with the great passport photo. <strong>Smug Face</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/take-a-great-passport-photo">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/511aadb89070b85d63002db8 2013-02-17T16:23:00+00:00 2013-07-02T20:04:42+00:00 Chic & Cheap UK Stays <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/100-under-ps100-united-kingdom"><img alt="Russellsofclapton" height="397" src="/system/files/022013/51218ee59070b834480022c5/article/russellsofclapton.jpeg?1361160625" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>Check out these ten stylish places to bed down for less than £100 a night in the UK - from a rustic Cornish farmhouse to a pared-back Liverpudlian party base.</em></p> <p><strong>1. Russell’s of Clapton, London</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £85, including breakfast.</em></p> <p>This cool B&B is popular with visiting music industry folk, who presumably favour its proximity to the countless gig venues located in east London. And although Russel’s Clapton location is slightly out of the way if you’re looking for a full-on tourist experience, this part of town is a great place to to experience ‘real’ London.</p> <p>Designed to offer a home away from home for stylish, open-minded travellers, Russell’s six bedrooms are elegant but understated - think whitewashed walls, wooden floors and antique furniture. Outside on the rapidly-gentrifying Chatsworth Road, there’s a great selection of gourmet cafes and antiques shops, with several Caribbean takeaways and a vibrant weekly street market thrown in for good measure.</p> <p><a href="http://russellsofclapton.com/index.php">russellsofclapton.com</a></p> <p><strong>2. The George in Rye, Sussex.</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £99, including breakfast.</em></p> <p>The George is small, but it’s perfectly formed: This higgledy-piggledy hotel has a handful of unique and comfortable rooms that are perfect for a quiet weekend away. There’s also a garden courtyard where you can eat your breakfast, a private screening room, and a great in-house restaurant that serves Rye Bay lobster, moules marinière with pancetta and Biddenden cider, and lots of other local delights.</p> <p>Rye itself is similarly cute and quaint, with plenty of nice bakeries, thatched roof cottages, and American tourists looking for a slice of quintessential English village life. They’re in the right place.</p> <p><a href="http://www.thegeorgeinrye.com/">thegeorgeinrye.com</a></p> <p><strong>3. The Hoxton Hotel, London.</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £99, including breakfast.</em></p> <p>Located slap-bang in the middle of Shoreditch, The Hoxton Hotel remains one of the best, most affordable hotel options in London. With its exposed brickwork, sleek, modernist rooms and cosy fireplaces it’s also one of the most stylish. Enjoy a daily breakfast drop of yoghurt, granola, fruit and OJ, or take The Hoxton’s advice and stock up your ‘rip-off free’ minibar with goodies from upmarket local grocery stores like the <a href="http://www.albioncaff.co.uk/shop/">Albion</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leilas-Shop/251458238203777">Leila’s Shop</a> and <a href="http://thegroceryshop.co.uk/">The Grocery</a>.</p> <p>If you don’t feel like hiding away in your room then head downstairs to <a href="http://www.hoxtongrill.com/">Hoxton Grill</a> - a perennially popular American-style bar and restaurant that serves good cocktails and a great shrimp burger. If you’ve got a bit more money to throw around then you’re well located for rooftop drinks at the <a href="http://www.theboundary.co.uk/">Boundary</a> or ribeye and chips at the original outpost of London’s best steak restaurant, <a href="http://thehawksmoor.com/locations/spitalfields">The Hawksmoor</a>. Couldn’t care less what you’re having for dinner? Get a quick drink at <a href="http://www.wearetbc.com/">Book Club</a> then jump on the bus to Dalston for a sweaty night out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hoxtonhotels.com/">www.hoxtonhotels.com</a></p> <p><strong>4. Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £90</em></p> <p>Those not a fan of Missoni’s signature geometric prints, look away now: the Edinburgh outpost of the Italian fashion house’s hotel chain is covered in the stuff. It’s on bedspreads, curtains, art prints and wallpaper…basically, everywhere you look. But when blended with hardwood floors and vast windows, the overal effect is stylish rather than overpowering. And with a Royal Mile address, the hotel’s location and facilities compensate for any discrepancies you might have with its design.</p> <p>This is a five star hotel, and it comes kitted out accordingly: there’s an in-house spa, a colourful cocktail bar and a <em>Cucina</em> serving an Italian menu crafted by Giorgio Locatelli. And if the stripes and chevrons start to make you feel dizzy, you’re just a short walk from Edinburgh Castle, as well as all the other must-see sights in one of the UK’s most beautiful cities.</p> <p><strong>5. The Linen Shed, Kent</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £80, including breakfast</em></p> <p>If you favour shabby French chic over colourful geometric design, then The Linen Shed should be more to your taste. Located in the one-street village of Boughton-under-Blean (not a Harry Potter setting but an actual, real-life place in Kent), the Linen Shed has just three bedrooms decorated in a French/Colonial mishmash style. In the morning, its owner cooks up a breakfast feast of dishes including potato rosti, passionfruit compote and homemade granola. On a sunny day, make the trip to the nearby seaside town of Whitstable and knock back half a dozen local rock oysters at the <a href="whitstableoystercompany.com">Whitstable Oyster Company</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.thelinenshed.com/">www.thelinenshed.com</a></p> <p><strong>6. St. Moritz, Cornwall</strong><br /> <em>Late Availability Rooms from £99, including breakfast</em></p> <p>This gleaming white art deco-inspired hotel has a mix of luxury bedrooms and sleek self-catering apartments, all overlooking gorgeous Daymer Bay (if you’ve never been to Cornwall, then be prepared to see some Caribbean-calibre beaches). The hotel houses a restaurant, jacuzzi, Haman-style steam room, sauna, swimming pool, and Cowshed Spa, so you could set up camp for a weekend and easily never leave.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stmoritzhotel.co.uk/the-hotel">stmoritzhotel.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>7. Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £94 a night (including tax)</em></p> <p>If you’re craving a break from London/the South but don’t really ‘do’ the countryside, then Liverpool is a good bet. Since is was named European Capital of Culture in 2008, this Northern port has emerged as the most glamorous city in the North. The art and music scene is great, the nightlife is great, and I’m filled with nothing but awe for the impeccable grooming standards of the women who live there.</p> <p>Pack your best bodycon dress and head out for a decadent dinner at <a href="http://www.60hopestreet.com/">60 Hope Street</a> and cocktails at the spectacular <a href="http://www.alma-de-cuba.com/">Alma de Cuba</a> bar, before redressing the balance with an affordable night’s stay at Hope Street Hotel. Regarded as one of the city’s best boutique hotels, each room comes kitted out with REN products, king size beds, and views of Liverpool’s world heritage skyline.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hopestreethotel.co.uk/">hopestreethotel.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>8. Botelet Farm, Cornwall</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £80 a night, including breakfast</em></p> <p>Country life doesn’t get much more idyllic than Botelet Farm in Cornwall, which has been owned by the same family since 1860 and has functioned as a B&B since the 1930s. These days, it’s a heavenly, eco-friendly destination with a range of accommodation options: you can camp in the Farm’s 300 acres, self-cater in its cottages (one of which is a Grade II-listed Manor House), or stay in a pretty luxurious looking yurt. Yes, yurt. And yes, luxurious.</p> <p>For the less adventurous, there are a couple of double rooms inside the main farmhouse which are elegant in a way you might describe as ‘rustic minimal chic’. Kick back in a four poster bed and then come down in the morning to a breakfast of locally sourced, organic and fair trade produce - think home-made breads, jams, granola, fruit, yoghurt, and home grown blueberries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.botelet.com/">www.botelet.com</a></p> <p><strong>9. Launceston Farm, Dorset</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £90, including breakfast</em></p> <p>Another chic, ‘green’ B&B that serves organic breakfasts from a stunning farmhouse site, Launceston Farm is located in the picturesque county of Dorset. The Farrow & Ball-painted bedrooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, organic toiletries, claw-footed baths and other stylish touches which elevate this place far above your typical B&B experience.</p> <p>Launceston Farm is particularly good for food-obsessives who like to know where their food has come from (in this case, by literally looking out the window). Twice a week, the farm’s owner Sarah prepares a two-course dinner using free-range, organic meat reared on site. They all produce their own eggs, fruits, jams and preserves and serve them as part of a full daily breakfast.</p> <p><a href="http://www.launcestonfarm.co.uk/">launcestonfarm.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>10. A Room With A View, Brighton</strong><br /> <em>Rooms from £95 including breakfast</em></p> <p>Brighton is the quintessential weekend destination for Londoners, being both close enough to visit without too much transportation hassle and just about quiet enough to provide respite from big city life. Depending on your mood, you can join in with Brighton’s hectic weekend nightlife scene or observe it from a distance out of the panoramic windows at A Room With A View. This chic guesthouse is located right on the seafront in the hip area of Kemp Town and has nine elegantly decorated bedrooms with incredible views.</p> <p><a href="http://aroomwithaviewbrighton.com/">aroomwithaviewbrighton.com</a></p> <p><strong>Image Credits</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/affordable-luxury-in-london-at-the-hoxton-hotel/">Hoxton Hotel</a>, <a href="http://assets.smithhotels.com/images/hotel_gallery716/265315-the-george-in-rye-hotel-east-sussex-united-kingdom.jpg">The George</a>, <a href="http://russellsofclapton.com/gallery">Russell’s of Clapton</a>, <a href="http://cdn.cubeme.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Hotel_Missoni_Edinburgh16.jpg">Hotel Missoni</a>, <a href="http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/646x430/s_v/TheLinenShed_CNT_18dec12_pr_b_646x430.jpg">Linen Shed</a>, <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/europe/united-kingdom/st-moritz-hotel-cornwall-england/_jcr_content/par/cn_contentwell/par-main/cn_colctrl/par-col1/cn_features_containe/cn_manual_feature_2/cn_image_2.size.st-moritz-hotel-cornwall-england-110660-3.jpg">St Moritz</a>, <a href="http://www.infotel.co.uk/images/brochure/901297/main/Studio.JPG">Hope Street Hotel</a>, <a href="http://www.welcomebeyond.com/property/botelet-farmhouse-b+b/">Botelet</a>, <a href="http://www.gunsonpegs.com/dbfiles/advertisers/1272/launcestonfarm_004.jpg">Launceston Farm</a>, <a href="http://www.asiarooms.com/en/united_kingdom/brighton/272704-a_room_with_a_view-hotel-gallery.html">A Room With A View</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/100-under-ps100-united-kingdom">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/511c38389070b83448000162 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-02-14T01:13:35+00:00 Hungry Mother Boston - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hungry-mother"><img alt="Hungrymotherboston" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511c39f29070b83448000174/article/hungrymotherboston.jpg?1360804602" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“Best restaurant in Boston. The food is beyond delicious and the cocktails are always perfectly seasonal. My fiancee and I love sitting at the bar and looking at all of their beautiful liquors. The wait staff is excellent, so good that sometimes I think they are all drama students that rehearse the specials before opening. Also, they will go to the theatre around the corner and book your movie tickets at a discount for you while you eat.”</p> <p><em>As Recommended by <strong>Sandeep Bhuller</strong> in the post <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/where-to-take-her">Valentine’s Day: Where to Take Her</a>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/4/353144/restaurant/Boston/Kendall-Square/Hungry-Mother-Cambridge"><img alt="Hungry Mother on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/353144/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://boston.grubstreet.com/2009/04/ten_tables_cambridge_gets_nati.html">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hungry-mother">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5136a0659070b8344800a1a8 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-03-07T05:47:48+00:00 Vivenda dos Palhacos Goa - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/vivenda-dos-palhacos"><img alt="Img_5508" height="397" src="/system/files/032013/5136938d9070b8344800a0dd/article/IMG_5508.JPG?1362639363" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“This beautiful Portuguese-style guesthouse was the perfect place to unwind after our long journey. The staff and food were fantastic and we were both plotting a longer return stay before we’d even left.”</p> <p><em>Recommended by Lucy Williams in the post <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/escape-to-goa-1">Holiday Envy: Escape to Goa</a></em></p> <p>Photo Courtesy of Lucy Williams</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/vivenda-dos-palhacos">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5136a4839070b8344800a1d5 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-03-07T05:47:39+00:00 Elsewhere Goa - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/elsewhere"><img alt="Beach_gal_4" height="442" src="/system/files/032013/5136a78e9070b8344800a204/article/beach_gal_4.jpg?1362537554" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“We ended our trip on the stunning beaches of Elsewhere near Mandrem. We spent our days living the desert island dream, moving from hammock to beach and back again.”</p> <p><em>Recommended by Lucy Williams in the post <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/escape-to-goa-1">Holiday Envy: Escape to Goa</a></em></p> <p>Photo Courtesy of <a href="http://www.aseascape.com/gallery_beach.html">Elsewhere</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/elsewhere">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/512689169070b83448004888 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-03-05T07:41:31+00:00 Tina, We Salute You London - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/tina-we-salute-you"><img alt="Tinawesaluteyou" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/512693e29070b834480048c2/article/tinawesaluteyou.jpg?1361486589" width="595" /></a></p> <p>When you’re a freelance journalist (or freelance anything, for that matter), you tend to have a rotating roster of Places You Go To Work. Sometimes, when you’re on deadline, it’s a library. Sometimes, when you’re feeling supremely lazy, it’s your sofa. And most of the time, it’s a coffee shop.</p> <p>For me, a coffee shop has to fit a number of criteria before it makes it onto the list. These include, but are not limited to: good coffee, fast wi-fi, inoffensive background music, friendly staff, comfortable seating, healthy/affordable snack options, and a reasonable proximity to my house. Checking all these boxes and a few more besides, Tina, We Salute You quickly made it into my London top five.</p> <p>Located on the quiet back streets of De Beauvoir, the curiously named Tina’s was always perfect on days when I wanted/needed to work in or around Dalston, but couldn’t cope with the Stoke Newington Road strip. The flat whites are perfect, the atmosphere is really tranquil, and the sandwiches and homemade baked beans are served on some of the best bread I’ve ever eaten. Tina’s sun-facing corner location and wraparound pavement seating meant that it also became one of my favourite Places To Go On Sunny Days too, but that’s another list entirely.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/tina-we-salute-you">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/511c3aa49070b8344800018d 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-02-14T01:19:59+00:00 The Penthouse Los Angeles - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-penthouse"><img alt="Penthousesantamonica" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511c3b6f9070b83448000192/article/penthousesantamonica.png?1360805296" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>“One of the tallest buildings in the vicinity, The Huntley serves up delicious new-American fare in the heart of Santa Monica. It’s beautifully decorated with sweeping views of the ocean and Malibu, and if you make reservations early enough, you can usually request a window seat. It’s romantic without being over the top and the array of young socialites that frequent this place make it a hot spot for drinks on a casual evening out as well.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <strong>Emily Shen</strong> as part of <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/where-to-take-her">Valentine’s Day: Where To Take Her</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/77498/restaurant/LA/The-Penthouse-Restaurant-Santa-Monica"><img alt="The Penthouse Restaurant on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/77498/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/fab103/3638685480/">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-penthouse">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/511c419c9070b834480001c8 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-02-14T02:01:16+00:00 Daniel New York - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/daniel"><img alt="Danielrestaurant" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511c427c9070b834480001cb/article/danielrestaurant.jpeg?1360811534" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“Daniel by Daniel Boulud reigns supreme as one of my favorite restaurants in the world. The famed French restaurateur’s namesake location is a New York staple and one of five three-Michelin star picks in the city. Reservations are usually booked four-months in advance, so you may need to call in a favor or two to score a table for Valentine’s Day. Everything from décor to ambiance to service to presentation to taste is exactly what you want in the ultimate dining experience. I wouldn’t call it romantic per say, but on the other hand, what’s more romantic than a date who knows how to feed you right?”</p> <p><em>As recommended by <strong>Emily Shen</strong> in the post <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/where-to-take-her">Valentine’s Day: Where To Take Her</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/3/25745/restaurant/Upper-East-Side/Daniel-New-York"><img alt="Daniel on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/25745/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.danielnyc.com/daniel_photos/intro2.jpg">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/daniel">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/511c43a99070b834480001e6 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-02-14T02:00:23+00:00 Otto Pizzeria New York - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/otto-pizzeria"><img alt="Otto" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511c44bf9070b834480001ea/article/Otto.jpeg?1360807947" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“I love Otto Pizzeria in NYC’s West Village. It’s a few dollar signs below Mario Batali’s usual fare, but still delicious enough to make it a place for special occasions. The lighting is dim, but the ambiance isn’t too serious. The space is actually huge, and it’s just crowded enough for other diners’ voices to cloud around your own private conversation. Cheese, dessert, and wine. Romantic and fun. What more can you ask for?”</p> <p><em>As Recommended by <strong>Soo-Young Kim</strong> in the post <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/where-to-take-her">Valentine’s Day: Where To Take Her</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/3/36265/restaurant/Greenwich-Village/Otto-Enoteca-Pizzeria-New-York"><img alt="Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/36265/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.in-nycsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/otto-nyc-ronnie-caplan1.jpg">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/otto-pizzeria">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/511c45ab9070b834480001fd 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-03-05T07:42:56+00:00 The Back Room New York - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-back-room"><img alt="Thebackroomnyc" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511c46759070b83448000200/article/thebackroomnyc.jpeg?1370974750" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“This hidden gem isn’t so hidden anymore, but on a weeknight when 1920s tunes murmur in your ear as you lounge on tufted settees, you tend to forget the douchery that goes down at this venue during the weekend. Utterly romantic, mysterious and sexy, the space was a real speakeasy back in the day. If you’re into great cocktails and some light time-travelling, I highly recommend it.”</p> <p><em>As recommended by <strong>Laura E. Marcus</strong> in the post <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/where-to-take-her">Valentine’s Day: Where To Take Her</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://ontheinside.info/wp-content/authors/ben-chang/the-back-room03.jpg">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-back-room">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/511c46d59070b8344800020e 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-02-14T03:12:13+00:00 Hôtel Amour Paris - Hotel, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-amour"><img alt="Hotelamour" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511c4bd69070b83448000226/article/hotelamour.jpeg?1360812377" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“The Hôtel Amour is the best date you’ll ever have. Seriously. Amazing steak, delicious drinks and you’ll feel like you’re a French movie. Kiss amongst the flowers in the outdoors area and pretend that you are.”</p> <p><em>As recommended by <strong>Charlotte Roberts</strong> in the post <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/where-to-take-her">Valentine’s Day: Where To Take Her</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.designtripper.com/2011/04/check-in-hotel-amour/">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-amour">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5136a2049070b8344800a1b7 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-03-07T05:47:59+00:00 Yoga Magic Goa - Health & Fitness, Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yoga-magic"><img alt="Img_6347" height="446" src="/system/files/032013/5136a4519070b8344800a1cb/article/IMG_6347.jpg?1362635794" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“From <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/vivenda-dos-palhacos">Vivenda dos Palhacos</a>, we went to eco-boutique hotel Yoga Magic near Anjuna. Their tents weren’t up and running at that point, so we stayed in one of the two suites and had the place to ourselves aside from one other couple. We loved the organic, vegetarian food served on our own private terrace every evening. Daily yoga and a grotto-like pool completed the feel-good picture.”</p> <p><em>Recommended by Lucy Williams in <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/escape-to-goa-1">Holiday Envy: Escape to Goa</a></em></p> <p>Photo courtesy of Lucy Williams</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yoga-magic">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/513dffcd9070b8344800d31c 2013-02-13T20:03:55+00:00 2013-03-11T17:01:24+00:00 Frederick R. Weisman Foundation Los Angeles - Art & Culture <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/frederick-r-weisman-foundation"><img alt="Weisman2" height="446" src="/system/files/032013/513e0d9b9070b8344800d389/article/weisman2.jpg?1379902529" width="595" /></a></p> <p>The endless highways, freeways and twisting hilltop driveways of Los Angeles hide a lot of secrets, but none are yet to make for a more delightful discovery than the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation.</p> <p>The late, seemingly great, Mr. Weisman made a considerable fortune importing Japanese cars into the US before anyone else (smart guy) and then spent a hell of a lot of it on art. Specifically pop and contemporary art, for which he had an eye and a passion long before others began to appreciate its beauty. Then Mr. Weisman bought a big house in Beverly Hills, filled it up with his Crayola-bright collection, and lived in a sea of Warhols, Lichtensteins, Picassos, Magrittes and Giacomettis for many happy, presumably quite surreal, years.</p> <p>Mr. Weisman died in 1994 but the house, which he shared with his surviving wife Billie, is now open to the public. Located at the top of a twisty road and set amongst acres of lush trees and flowers, you can book in to take an entirely free guided tour of the house with a day or so’s notice. Some minimal forward planning comes with a considerable payoff: there can’t be many collections in the world where you can you’ll see De Koonings and Magrittes in the dining room, or where you can sit in someone’s living room and meditate on a Rothko - as Mr. Weisman apparently liked to do.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/frederick-r-weisman-foundation">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/51154b469070b85d630011be 2013-02-10T16:23:00+00:00 2013-06-17T22:19:29+00:00 Valentine's Day: Where To Take Her Valentine's Day <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/where-to-take-her"><img alt="Amour" height="400" src="/system/files/022013/511850529070b85d6300207a/article/Amour.jpeg?1360548366" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Whether you’re a Valentine’s Day believer or not, it’s always worth knowing about a sexy boutique hotel in Paris or an intimate back room bar in New York. I asked some of the most stylish women I know where in the world they’d most like to go (or be taken) on February 14th. Or 15th, or 16th, or 17th….</strong></p> <p><strong>CHARLOTTE ROBERTS, Student/Stylist/Writer</strong> <br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/char_roberts">@char_roberts</a></p> <em>Hôtel Amour in <strong>Paris</strong></em> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-amour">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>The Hôtel Amour is the best date you’ll ever have. Seriously. Amazing steak, delicious drinks and you’ll feel like you’re a French movie. Kiss amongst the flowers in the outdoors area and pretend that you are.<br /> <a href="http://www.hotelamourparis.fr/">hotelamourparis.fr</a></p> <p><strong>SOO-YOUNG KIM, Assistant Editor at Complex Magazine</strong><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/sooeypooey">@sooeypooey</a></p> <p><em>Otto Pizzeria in <strong>New York</strong></em><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/otto-pizzeria">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>I love Otto Pizzeria in NYC’s West Village. It’s a few dollar signs below Mario Batali’s usual fare, but still delicious enough to make it a place for special occasions. The lighting is dim, but the ambiance isn’t too serious. The space is actually huge, and it’s just crowded enough for other diners’ voices to cloud around your own private conversation. Cheese, dessert, and wine. Romantic and fun. What more can you ask for?<br /> <a href="http://www.ottopizzeria.com/">ottopizzeria.com</a></p> <p><strong>SANDEEP BHULLER, Buyer at McNally Jackson</strong></p> <p><em>Hungry Mother in <strong>Cambridge, MA</strong></em><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hungry-mother">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>Best restaurant in Boston. The food is beyond delicious and the cocktails are always perfectly seasonal. My fiancee and I love sitting at the bar and looking at all of their beautiful liquors. The wait staff is excellent, so good that sometimes I think they are all drama students that rehearse the specials before opening. Also, they will go to the theatre around the corner and book your movie tickets at a discount for you while you eat.<br /> <a href="http://www.hungrymothercambridge.com/">hungrymothercambridge.com</a></p> <p><strong>LAURA E. MARCUS, Writer, Editor & Social Media Maven</strong><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/onelastwish">@onelastwish</a></p> <p><em>The Back Room in <strong>New York City</strong></em><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-back-room">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>This hidden gem isn’t so hidden anymore, but on a weeknight when 1920s tunes murmur in your ear as you lounge on tufted settees, you tend to forget the douchery that goes down at this venue during the weekend. Utterly romantic, mysterious and sexy, the space was a real speakeasy back in the day. If you’re into great cocktails and some light time-travelling, I highly recommend it. <br /> <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-back-room-new-york">The Back Room</a></p> <p><strong>SUZANNAH PETTIGREW, Artist/Curator</strong><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/suz_p">@suz_p</a></p> <p><em>Babington House in <strong>Somerset</strong></em></p> <p>I’d be very happy with a stay at Babington House and a bouquet from The Flower Appreciation Society.<br /> <a href="http://www.babingtonhouse.co.uk/">babingtonhouse.co.uk</a><br /> <a href="http://www.theflowerappreciationsociety.co.uk/">theflowerappreciationsociety.co.uk</a></p> <p>ANTRONELLA–MARIE BOOK, Retail Marketing Liaison<br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/antronellabook">@antronellabook</a></p> <p><em>Assa or Annabel’s, both in <strong>London</strong></em></p> <p>I’d like to go to this unassuming Korean joint called Assa, because I’ve been craving it for a while and I would assume it wouldn’t change or give a toss about the day. Alternatively, Annabel’s would be ideal: moody lighting, cheesy fairy light-lit dance floor and great food/cocktails.<br /> <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/assa-london">Assa on Yelp</a><br /> <a href="http://www.annabels.co.uk/">annabels.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>JENNY ON, WAH Nails Manager</strong><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/jenny_on">@jenny_on</a></p> <p><em>Au Général La Fayette in <strong>Paris</strong></em></p> <p>I would go to my favourite restaurant in Paris. It’s called Au Général La Fayette. Great menu and wine selection, all within a beautiful classic setting. Every time I visit Paris, this is the spot that I know will hit the spot. <br /> <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d1119908-Reviews-Au_General_Lafayette-Paris_Ile_de_France.html">Au Général La Fayette</a></p> <p><strong>ELLE WITCHARD, Picture Editor</strong></p> <p><em>The Bell in <strong>Sussex</strong></em></p> <p>For me it would have to be The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex. I love this place so much I’ve chosen it as my wedding venue. It’s got everything: roaring log fires (it’s unbelievably warm and cosy), worn Chesterfields, great food, lots of locals, and a few taxidermy squirrels thrown in for good measure. I’ve found nothing else like it in the surrounding area.</p> <p>The menus all locally sourced, the staff know what they’re talking about (and more than happy to talk you through all the drinks they have to offer) , and if you want to make a night or weekend of it there’s some really stylish yet reasonably priced rooms upstairs. Or you can even stay in the American Jetstream Caravan in the garden!<br /> <a href="http://www.thebellinticehurst.com">thebellinticehurst.com</a></p> <p><strong>SCARLETT WARD, Co-Owner of The Pamper Puff Girls</strong><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/pamperpuffgirls">@pamperpuffgirls</a></p> <p><em>The River Thames in <strong>London</strong></em></p> <p>I can’t think of anything better than a night cycle down to the River Thames (always to the South Bank, so you can look at the more beautiful and historic north side) with a bottle of Champagne, Strawberries and some chocolates. And, of course, a big coat and a lovely man to keep you warm.</p> <p><strong>EMAN ALI, Photographer</strong><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/sayemana">@sayEmanA</a></p> <p><em>The Wahiba Desert in <strong>Oman</strong></em></p> <p>My friend owns Hud Hud Travels, a travel company specializing in bespoke luxury camping and private expeditions around Oman. So if I wanted to do something totally unique for Valentine’s Day I’d most definitely see if he could organize a special evening for two in the Wahiba Desert and probably a mini adventure for the next morning. I’m an outdoorsy gal and appreciate the beauty of our natural environment, especially on special occasions.<br /> <a href="http://www.hudhudtravels.com/">hudhudtravels.com</a></p> <p><strong>RADHA MEDAR, Artist Management/ A&R Consultant for Atlantic Records</strong><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/radi_dadi">@radi_dadi</a></p> <p><em>Stoke Park in <strong>Buckinghamshire</strong></em></p> <p>Stoke Park is the perfect place for a quick getaway as it’s not too far from London. The hotel suites are beautiful, the food is perfect and the surroundings of the entire park are simply stunning. The staff are friendly and helpful, which always helps!<br /> <a href="http://www.stokepark.com/">stokepark.com</a></p> <p><strong>EMILY SHEN, Account Director, The ID Agency</strong><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/emmulate">@emmulate</a></p> <p><em>The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel in <strong>Santa Monica</strong></em><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-penthouse">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>One of the tallest buildings in the vicinity, The Huntley serves up delicious new-American fare in the heart of Santa Monica. It’s beautifully decorated with sweeping views of the ocean and Malibu, and if you make reservations early enough, you can usually request a window seat. It’s romantic without being over the top and the array of young socialites that frequent this place make it a hot spot for drinks on a casual evening out as well.<br /> <a href="http://www.thehuntleyhotel.com/penthouse-restaurant.php">thehuntleyhotel.com</a></p> <p><em>Daniel in <strong>New York City</strong></em><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/daniel">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>Daniel by Daniel Boulud reigns supreme as one of my favorite restaurants in the world. The famed French restaurateur’s namesake location is a New York staple and one of five three-Michelin star picks in the city. Reservations are usually booked four-months in advance, so you may need to call in a favor or two to score a table for Valentine’s Day. Everything from décor to ambiance to service to presentation to taste is exactly what you want in the ultimate dining experience. I wouldn’t call it romantic per say, but on the other hand, what’s more romantic than a date who knows how to feed you right?<br /> <a href="http://www.danielnyc.com/">danielnyc.com</a></p> <p><strong>Image Credits</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.in-nycsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/otto-nyc-ronnie-caplan1.jpg">Otto Pizzeria</a><br /> <a href="http://www.babingtonhouse.co.uk/bedrooms/rates-and-facilities">Babington House</a><br /> <a href="http://www.thebellinticehurst.com/thebell/?page_id=208">The Bell</a><br /> <a href="http://www.photoslondon.com/londonlandmarks/index12/londoneye_night0186.jpg">River Thames</a><br /> <a href="http://ontheinside.info/wp-content/authors/ben-chang/the-back-room03.jpg">The Back Room</a><br /> <a href="http://blog.mrandmrssmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/stokepark2.jpg">Stoke Park</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/where-to-take-her">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5115521f9070b85d630011e0 2013-02-08T16:23:00+00:00 2013-02-14T01:29:12+00:00 Elite Restaurant Los Angeles - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/elite-restaurant"><img alt="Elite" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511557719070b85d63001208/article/elite.jpg?1360368946" width="595" /></a></p> <p>This low-key dim sum restaurant was one of the first places I visited when I moved to Los Angeles. I didn’t know it at the time, but Elite turned out be a succinct introduction to all that is great, good and completely unique about the LA restaurant scene.</p> <p>Like so many of the city’s best food spots, it’s a thirty-odd minute drive away from…well, just about anything, and located on a characterless road in the eastern suburb of Monterey Park. (So far, so LA). But the lack of a sceney atmosphere is made up for by a truly authentic eating experience - lots of elderly Chinese folk quietly putting away their breakfast dumplings at 10am on a Thursday - and by some of the best dim sum I’ve ever had.</p> <p>I was lucky enough to visit with a host who ordered about 80% of the menu (hi Emily!), which meant that our vast round table was groaning with bamboo baskets and plates of all sizes. Some of the dim sum fare I was familiar with - slippery, sesame oil-slicked cheung fun, plump har gau, cloud-like char siu buns - and some was totally new. Soup dumplings that dispense a mouthful of warm broth upon first bite turned out to be a particularly memorable revelation.</p> <p>The longer I live in LA, the more I’m convinced that the best food in the city comes not from the astronomical hotspots of Beverly Hills, or even the hip fusion restaurants of downtown LA, but rather in strip malls, food trucks, and out-of-the-way institutions in places like Monterey Park.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/182498/restaurant/LA/Elite-Restaurant-Monterey-Park"><img alt="Elite Restaurant on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/182498/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/elite-restaurant">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/511aeb179070b85d63002ee1 2013-02-05T16:23:45+00:00 2013-02-13T05:20:06+00:00 Liquid Juice Bar Los Angeles - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/liquid-juice-bar"><img alt="Liquidjuicebar" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511b22219070b85d63002fdf/article/liquidjuicebar.jpg?1360734129" width="595" /></a></p> <p>I’ve been on the açaí hunt <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/cidade-maravilhosa">since I left Rio</a>. Over there, this potent purple berry is mixed with achingly sweet guarana syrup, blended with ice, and served in a sugary sorbet that’s more addictive than crack. Or so I imagine, Sadly for me (but probably not my teeth), its Los Angeles equivalent - as seen here at Liquid Juice Bar on Melrose Avenue - is far less sugary, but apparently no less addictive. Since sampling this version, in which the açaí is blended with apple juice and topped with granola, banana, blueberry, strawberry, coconut flakes, bee pollen and honey, I can think about little else.</p> <p>Actually, most things from Liquid leave me craving a return visit - this organic juice bar does some of the best smoothies and juices I’ve ever tried. The ‘Mental Miracle’ (also with açaí, plus blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, pecans & dates) is the type of thick, sweet, energy-boosting concoction that smoothie fantasies are made of. Because we all have plenty of those, right?</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/liquid-juice-bar">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5111943b9070b85d630001c0 2013-02-05T16:23:44+00:00 2013-05-31T03:03:20+00:00 Suz Pettigrew's Favourite London Art Galleries <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/suzannah-pettigrews-favourite-london-galleries"><img alt="Suzjag3" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/5111c6a79070b85d6300027f/article/suzjag3.jpeg?1360119527" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>With its mix of grand, historic museums and thriving independent art studios, London is still one of the best gallery-hopping cities in the world. But there’s always room for one more. Located in the quietly cool East London neighbourhood of Clapton, <strong>The Depot</strong> is the latest venture from artist/curator Suzannah Pettigrew, who founded the space with Tilley Harris in late 2012. On the eve of its opening exhibition, Suzannah shares some of her favourite galleries in London. (No prizes for guessing the first one.)</em></p> <p><strong>The Depot</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.thedepotstudios.co.uk">thedepotstudios.co.uk</a><br /> <em>38 Upper Clapton Road, London, E5 8BQ</em></p> <p>Disclaimer: I’m the co-director of The Depot in Clapton. The photographer Tilley Harris and I have been renovating the space for the past year, to transform an almost-derelict building into the creative complex of studios, a gallery and project space that it is now <em>(Ed’s note: There’s also a <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tram-Depot-Clapton/265003043621535">really good cafe</a> out front).</em> The building was originally acquired by the architectural and creative development consultants <a href="http://www.susd.co.uk">SUSD</a>, who backed the redevelopment proposal that Tilley and I set out a couple of years ago.</p> <p>Alongside Roxie Warder, I’ve co-curated a series of exhibitions for The Depot’s 2013 programme, the first of which is a solo show of steel sculptures titled <a href="http://thedepotstudios.co.uk/exhibitions-2/">Stellen</a> by Lewis Teague Wright. That opens to the public on Thursday 7th February and runs for two weeks. After <em>Stellen</em>, our programme will continue to be a mix of London-based and international artists, showing bi-monthly throughout 2013.</p> <p><strong>Museum of Everything</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.museumofeverything.com">museumofeverything.com</a></p> <p>Museum of Everything is a gallery without a permanent space, so the exhibitions feel that bit more exciting when they’re announced. I particularly loved two shows that I attended at their semi-permanent (now non-existent) Primrose Hill location… I went to <a href="http://musevery.com/exhibition3/exhibition3.php#home">Exhibition 3</a> more than once; Sir Peter Blake had collaborated with the Museum of Everything to create a truly amazing installation. The space was filled with delights including fairground paraphernalia, tapestries from Ted Wilcox, collections upon collections of curious objects, and a Victorian stuffed animal world from Walter Potter. They currently have an exhibition in Paris at the <a href="http://www.chaletsociety.fr/index_en.html">Chalet Society</a> - I’m seriously considering jumping on the Eurostar to get my fix of the wonderful world of everything.</p> <p><strong>Tate Modern / Tate Britain</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.tate.org">www.tate.org</a><br /> <em>Bankside, London SE1 9TG & Millbank, London SW1P 4RG</em></p> <p>Both of London’s most famous galleries are always worth a visit for their permanent collections alone - they could keep you entertained for hours. But the major exhibitions are worth paying for, too. The Tate Modern is an industrial wonder in stature, and the recent opening of the <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tanks-tate-modern/eventseries/tanks-art-action">Tate Tanks</a> has only enhanced the Tate experience.</p> <p>I’ll always be thankful to the Tate Britain for introducing me to the work of Mike Nelson is the form of <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/nelson-the-coral-reef-t12859">The Coral Reef</a>; an incredible installation that I wish everyone could walk through. I’m also really excited about the forthcoming exhibition, <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/schwitters-britain">Kurt Schwitters in Britain</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Cob Gallery</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.cobgallery.com">www.cobgallery.com</a><br /> <em>205 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0SG</em></p> <p>So many galleries are in East, West or South London, so it was great to see one opening in North London (especially with it being walking distance from my old abode). The main space is beautifully lit with natural light streaming in from the building’s glass front, while the entrance level enables you to view some of the exhibited works from the interior walkway above - it’s the gallery’s most redeeming spatial feature. Last year, I exhibited work there as part of a group exhibition called <a href="http://www.cobgallery.com/?exhibition=the-yellow-wallpaper">The Yellow Wallpaper</a>. That was a great experience.</p> <p><strong>Raven Row</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.ravenrow.org">ravenrow.org</a><br /> <em>56 Artillery Lane, London, E1 7LS</em></p> <p>Possibly my favourite exhibition space in London. Raven Row is set within a series of 18th century domestic rooms, with two additional contemporary gallery spaces. I was introduced to the gallery in 2009 via an incredible show by Eduardo Paolozzi called <a href="http://www.ravenrow.org/exhibition/jetagecompendium/">The Jet Age Condendium</a>. More recently, <a href="http://www.ravenrow.org/exhibition/artist_placement_group/">The Individual and the Organisation: Artist Placement Group</a> schooled me on the trichromatic screenprints of Leonard Hessing (Google it!)</p> <p><strong>Jack Bell Gallery</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.jackbellgallery.com">jackbellgallery.com</a><br /> <em>13 Masons Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU</em></p> <p>Overlooking the White Cube in Masons Yard, Mayfair, the Jack Bell Gallery consistently exhibits works that intrigue me. They’re known for championing contemporary artists from Africa and beyond, with notable past shows including <a href="http://www.jackbellgallery.com/exhibitions/7/overview/">Somewhere Else: Manoj Koshi, Devi and Kajal Kanti Dey</a> and <a href="http://www.jackbellgallery.com/exhibitions/13/overview/">Taking It With You: Paa Joe</a>. Make it your first stop if you’re doing the Mayfair gallery rounds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.suzannahpettigrew.com/">suzannahpettigrew.com</a></p> <p><strong>STELLEN by Lewis Teague Wright</strong><br /> Open daily 12 - 6 pm<br /> 7th- 22nd February <br /> The Depot, 38 Upper Clapton Road, Clapton, E5 8BQ London, UK</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/suzannah-pettigrews-favourite-london-galleries">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510feb429070b83307000064 2013-02-04T15:54:01+00:00 2013-02-04T20:15:33+00:00 The Zanzibari Zanzibar - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-zanzibari"><img alt="Zanzibari" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511002859070b84203000091/article/zanzibari.jpeg?1360006577" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“We spent two nights at The Zanzibari in Nungwi, the furthest northern tip where you’ll find the best beaches. Luckily, we got upgraded to a honeymoon suite which meant we had the most incredible view of the Indian Ocean.”</p> <p><em>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/destination-zanzibar">Eman Ali</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-zanzibari">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510feb4c9070b83307000067 2013-02-04T15:54:01+00:00 2013-02-04T20:16:33+00:00 Maru Maru Zanzibar - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/maru-maru"><img alt="Maru_maru_hotel_zanzibar_(2)bzbe" height="473" src="/system/files/022013/511004da9070b842030000b7/article/maru_maru_hotel_zanzibar_(2)bzBe.jpeg?1360005173" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“In the capital we spent three nights at Maru Maru , a cute boutique hotel in the heart of Stone Town. We slept on typical Zanzibari beds: four-posters with an elaborately carved frame, painted panels and draping mosquito net, which are exactly like my dad’s childhood bed (minus the net). Maru Maru’s location was ideal to explore the town and get lost in its alleyways. Stone Town really has so much character.”</p> <p><em>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/destination-zanzibar">Eman Ali</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/maru-maru">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510feb5e9070b8330700006a 2013-02-04T15:54:01+00:00 2013-02-04T20:16:59+00:00 The Rock Zanzibar - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-rock"><img alt="Amazing-place-daniela-white" height="246" src="/system/files/022013/511008339070b842030000ed/article/amazing-place-daniela-white.jpeg?1360007885" width="310" /></a></p> <p>“The best meal we had in Zanzibar was a massive plate of fresh seafood at The Rock restaurant, literally perched on a rock near the shore of Michanwi Pingwe beach, with the most incredible view of the Indian Ocean. You can walk to it during low tide but during high tide it’s completely surrounded by water, so you have to take the boat back.”</p> <p><em>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/destination-zanzibar">Eman Ali</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/daniela-white.html">Image by Daniela White</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-rock">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510feb839070b83307000070 2013-02-04T15:54:01+00:00 2013-02-04T19:22:39+00:00 Forodhani Gardens Zanzibar - Market <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/forodhani-gardens"><img alt="Screen_shot_2013-02-04_at_11.18.43" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/511009dd9070b842030000fa/article/Screen_Shot_2013-02-04_at_11.18.43.png?1360007886" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“In Stone Town we checked out Forodhani Gardens: a nightly food market on the beach that has delicious mishkaki (meat skewers) and sugar cane juice.”</p> <p><em>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/destination-zanzibar">Eman Ali</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninamalina07/7944023274/">Image by Nina Malina</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/forodhani-gardens">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510febb99070b83307000073 2013-02-04T15:54:01+00:00 2013-02-04T20:16:25+00:00 Livingstone Beach Restaurant Zanzibar - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/livingstone"><img alt="Livingtone" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/51100d099070b8420300010e/article/livingtone.jpeg?1360008411" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“We had dinner and drinks at Livingstone, which is a restaurant that’s also on the beach, and is a cool place to hangout and watch the sunset.”</p> <p><em>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/destination-zanzibar">Eman Ali</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/livingstone">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510fec4b9070b8330700007b 2013-02-04T15:54:01+00:00 2013-02-04T20:15:58+00:00 Mercury's Bar Zanzibar - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/mercurys-bar"><img alt="Url" height="446" src="/system/files/022013/5110113e9070b84203000131/article/url.jpeg?1360011009" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“We also checked out Mercury’s Bar, which is named after Freddie Mercury and is filled with his memorabilia. I love him so this was a must! It’s on the water, has nice views, and obviously has Queen blaring from the speakers. Freddie4Ever!”</p> <p><em>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/destination-zanzibar">Eman Ali</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/mercurys-bar">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/510fe5e59070b83307000034 2013-02-04T15:54:00+00:00 2013-05-31T02:51:43+00:00 HOLIDAY ENVY: Destination Zanzibar Zanzibar <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/destination-zanzibar"><img alt="Zanzibar_emanali_08" height="395" src="/system/files/022013/510ff8029070b833070000b7/article/Zanzibar_EmanAli_08.jpg?1360001610" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>Zanzibar: an exotic-sounding location that, until a few days ago, I’d lacked the exotic-looking visual imagery to match. All that has changed since seeing images of its transparent turquoise waters and vibrant city culture from Oman-based photographer <strong>Eman Ali</strong> - now I can think about little else. Prepare for serious #holidayenvy as you check out Eman’s photos of this East African paradise in the gallery above. Then read her tips on Zanzibar’s best beaches, boutique hotels and Freddie Mercury tribute bars (!) below.</em></p> <p><strong>NB: Click the main image to remove the gallery title.</strong></p> <p><strong>Why Zanzibar?</strong></p> <p>I’m originally from Oman and we have quite a rich and fascinating history with Zanzibar: It was under Omani influence for 200 years, since the late 1600s, and Stone Town was our capital back in the day. I suppose it was this link that initially stirred my curiousity and I decided on a whim, with my friend Noura, to book a flight there during the Eid Al Adha break last October. We got to explore and learn more about their cultural and historical heritage and, of course, work on our tans! The place is simply paradise.</p> <p><strong>How did you get there? Was it an easy travel experience?</strong></p> <p>We travelled on Oman Air from Bahrain to Muscat, which was about a two and a half hour transit, and then from Muscat to Zanzibar directly, which took about five hours. All in all, it was pretty stress free.</p> <p><strong>Where did you stay?</strong></p> <p>We spent two nights at <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-zanzibari">The Zanzibari</a> in Nungwi, the furthest northern tip of the island where you’ll find the best beaches. Luckily, we got upgraded to a honeymoon suite which meant we had the most incredible view of the Indian Ocean. Not sure how we would have felt if we stayed in the room we originally booked… Haha.</p> <p>In the capital we spent three nights at <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/maru-maru">Maru Maru</a>, a cute boutique hotel in the heart of Stone Town. We slept on typical Zanzibari beds: four-posters with an elaborately carved frame, painted panels and draping mosquito net, which are exactly like my dad’s childhood bed (minus the net). Maru Maru’s location was ideal to explore the town and get lost in its alleyways. Stone Town really has so much character.</p> <p><strong>What was the best meal you ate?</strong></p> <p>A massive plate of fresh seafood at <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-rock">The Rock</a> restaurant, literally perched on a rock near the shore of Michanwi Pingwe beach, with the most incredible view of the Indian Ocean. You can walk to it during low tide but during high tide it’s completely surrounded by water, so you have to take the boat back.</p> <p><strong>The most incredible thing you saw in Zanzibar?</strong></p> <p>I was really in awe of the people. The majority of Zanzibaris live in poverty, but they always have a smile on their faces and a positive outlook on life. They may be poor but their culture is incredibly rich and the beauty that surrounds them is breathtaking. The view of the Indian Ocean was out of this world and the sunset was absolutely magical.</p> <p><strong>Did you go out at night? If so, where?</strong></p> <p>In Nungwi we woke up quite early and spent both days under the sun, relaxing on the beach and going on a boat tour to nearby Mnemba Island for a bit of snorkelling, so by 9pm we totally crashed.</p> <p>However in Stone Town we checked out <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/forodhani-gardens">Forodhani Gardens</a>, a nightly food market on the beach that has delicious mishkaki (meat skewers) and sugar cane juice. We had dinner and drinks at <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/livingstone">Livingstone</a>, which is a restaurant that’s also on the beach, and is a cool place to hangout and watch the sunset (although the sunset view from <a href="http://www.africahousehotel.com/">Africa House</a> is even more stunning!) On some days they even have live music but unfortunately we missed it.</p> <p>We also checked out <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/mercurys-bar">Mercury’s Bar</a>, which is named after Freddie Mercury and is filled with his memorabilia. I love him so this was a must! It’s on the water, has nice views, and obviously has Queen blaring from the speakers. Freddie4Ever!</p> <p><strong>Was it expensive?</strong></p> <p>No, I thought it was pretty reasonable. Although, the food was pricey at times.</p> <p><strong>What were you glad you’d packed?</strong></p> <p>A strapless bikini to avoid nasty tan lines! Also, comfortable shoes to walk in as there is a lot of exploring to be done in Stone Town. One thing you shouldn’t forget is SUNBLOCK. Those UV-rays are intense! Noura and I fell asleep on the boat tour and burnt in places we never even thought possible. She’s quite fair and I’ve got olive skin but because Zanzibar is very close to the equator the sun is incredibly strong and will severely burn any skin type. Also, insect repellent is a must.</p> <p><strong>What do you wish you’d known before you went?</strong></p> <p>Believe it or not I was unaware that the Serengeti was in Tanzania! My next trip to East Africa this October will definitely be a safari adventure and then a relaxing few days in Zanzibar as there is still so much to discover.</p> <p><strong>Where are you off to next?</strong></p> <p>For the next couple of months I’ve decided to check out neighbouring cities within the Gulf region, so my next stop is Kuwait in two weeks for a bit of wild partying.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory?location=zanzibar">View all Eman’s recommendations in the DIRECTORY</a> and then check out more of her beautiful photos at <a href="http://www.emanali.com">www.emanali.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/sayemana">@SayEmanA</a><br /> Instagram: <a href="http://instagram.com/eman__a___/">@eman__a___</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/destination-zanzibar">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510a0e819070b8371a000066 2013-01-31T05:11:59+00:00 2013-01-31T07:03:50+00:00 Sqirl Los Angeles - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sqirl"><img alt="Sqirl" height="446" src="/system/files/012013/510a12d59070b8371a00007f/article/sqirl.jpg?1379902529" width="595" /></a></p> <p>My favourite new cafe in LA isn’t really a cafe at all. It’s more of a…storefront? Coffee bar? Open kitchen? There are only a few countertop seats inside - plus a handful more tables outside - Sqirl’s location on the not-so-picturesque Virgil Avenue in LA’s Silver Lake. But the food itself is beautiful (yes, beautiful) enough to compensate.</p> <p>The perfect composition of each plate belies the fact that Sqirl is essentially serving comfort food - albeit in its highest form. Its head chef Jessica Koslow is renowned for her locally-sourced jams and spreads, and she’s built a menu here that uses them in a myriad of imaginative forms. There’s brown rice porridge enlivened with sorrel pesto, preserved Meyer lemon, poached egg and feta, or sweetened with your choice of jam and toasted hazelnuts. There’s toast with various toppings: Santa Rosa plum chutney, sheep’s cheese and coarse salt, or chocolate ganache and almond-hazelnut butter, or quince paste and prosciutto. There’s granola with sweet, housemade almond milk. And to wash it all down there are G&B Coffee cappuccinos, served in cutesy glass jars.</p> <p>Everything about Sqirl is designed to comfort, soothe, delight. Awkward seating aside, that’s exactly what it does.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sqirl">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5108ae669070b801bf000085 2013-01-30T04:24:59+00:00 2013-01-30T05:26:53+00:00 Casa Talia Sicily - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/casa-talia"><img alt="Casa2" height="455" src="/system/files/012013/5108a9309070b801bf00004b/article/casa2.jpeg?1359524564" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>Breakfast in an olive garden overlooking the city, grapes growing over our terrace that I could literally pick and eat and the most beautiful Mediterranean tile work that literally made me gasp with glee were just a few of the highlights of our stay in this architect-designed boutique stay in the hills of Modica. Owned, built and ran by a young, Milanese family who wanted to escape the big city life, Casa Talia was the perfect hideaway in the hills with views to die for.</em></p> <p>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-favourite-boutique-hotels">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/casa-talia">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5108afa79070b801bf0000a4 2013-01-30T04:24:59+00:00 2013-01-30T05:33:20+00:00 The House Hotel Galatasaray Istanbul - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-house-hotel-galatasaray"><img alt="House2" height="446" src="/system/files/012013/5108a9399070b801bf00004c/article/house2.jpeg?1362085355" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>As the meeting place for the East and the West, Istanbul holds many treasures and one of them is the House Hotel brand. We stayed in the Galatasaray branch of this cool chain of restaurants and hotels, a narrow affair several storeys high. All of the rooms are elegant with a touch of glamour - polished parquet flooring and marble tiled bathrooms sit comfortably next to brushed velvet sofas and gold rimmed coffee tables. Located in the middle of the antique district, this place is a must for market hunters as the cluster of stores surrounding the hotel serve up the best finds from around the world.</em></p> <p>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-favourite-boutique-hotels">Sharmadean Reid</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-house-hotel-galatasaray">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5108b10a9070b801bf0000b6 2013-01-30T04:24:59+00:00 2013-06-25T15:41:53+00:00 Linnen Berlin - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/linnen"><img alt="Linnen" height="446" src="/system/files/062013/51c9ba359070b83e20195dd3/article/linnen.jpeg?1372300611" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>Linnen is a warm and welcoming cafe/bnb/apartments, located in the Prenzlauer-Berg district of Berlin, that was nothing short of perfect. Run by a German and a Canadian who were brilliant hosts throughout our stay, the chic interior design and huge rooms meant we happily stayed indoors during the harsh winter temperatures, topped up with coffee and hot chocolate and pastries from downstairs. The gorgeous bed linen that the hotel gets its name from are custom made and available for sale. So, of course, I was happy to take a little piece of Linnen home with me.</em></p> <p>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-favourite-boutique-hotels">Sharmadean Reid</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/linnen">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5108b2029070b801bf0000c7 2013-01-30T04:24:59+00:00 2013-01-30T05:41:28+00:00 Miauw Suites Amsterdam - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/miauw-suites"><img alt="Miauw2" height="446" src="/system/files/012013/5108a9499070b801bf00004f/article/miauw2.jpeg?1359525681" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>I was overwhelmed by the hospitality shown by my gorgeous Dutch host at Miauw — a cluster of apartments and suites which is one of my all time favourite European stays. Overlooking the canal, this tall building complete with white gloss floors and polished walnut wardrobes just made me feel like I didn’t ever want to leave! The beds were big and comfortable and the views from the top floor were stunning. Well-designed, affordable chic.</em></p> <p>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-favourite-boutique-hotels">Sharmadean Reid.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/miauw-suites">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51086f039070b85a8e0000f7 2013-01-29T22:59:15+00:00 2013-01-30T05:22:56+00:00 Hotel Posada del Dragón Madrid - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-posada-del-dragon"><img alt="Posada2" height="446" src="/system/files/012013/5108a91f9070b801bf00004a/article/Posada2.jpeg?1359524493" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>In the hip Latina district of Madrid, this stay was a welcome respite from the blistering Spanish heat. Modern rooms nestled happily alongside cooling centuries old stonework and the courtyard lets the light into the narrow, bustling restaurant and cafe. What made this place extra special was a head chef who showed my curious son around the kitchen and a receptionist who happily warmed up and delivered a 3am bottle of baby milk to my room. An in-room meal of seared sea bass and squid-ink infused leeks was the cherry on the cake for this ultra-cool hotel.</em></p> <p>Recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-favourite-boutique-hotels">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p><a href="www.posadadeldragon.com">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-posada-del-dragon">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/510851299070b8597e00000c 2013-01-29T22:44:38+00:00 2013-06-27T16:05:23+00:00 Sharmadean Reid's Boutique Hotel Picks <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-favourite-boutique-hotels"><img alt="Casa2" height="455" src="/system/files/012013/5108a9309070b801bf00004b/article/casa2.jpeg?1359524564" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Businesswoman, stylist and trend forecaster Sharmadean Reid knows what cool girls like. So much so, in fact, that she built an entire brand - supercool salon, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/wah-nails">WAH Nails</a> - on catering to the nail art needs of ‘downtown girls worldwide’. Here, she shares her five favourite boutique hotels in Europe: all chic and stylish, with just the right amount of edge. A bit like Sharmadean herself.</strong></p> <p><em>When looking for a hotel, my criteria is pretty simple - first and foremost, I always look for a small, boutique hotel. I find that the staff are a lot more knowledgeable about the area, and as hosts they invest more energy in making your stay perfect. You’re also less likely to encounter party animals or yobs that can make your trip with a small baby unbearable (I always try to travel with my two-year-old son).</em></p> <p><em>Secondly, the interior has to be well thought out, ideally a base of local tradition with a dash of modern, designed to make you swoon. Europe is home to so many amazing boutique hotels that dance between the titles of Bed and Breakfast, Apartments and Cafes and below are some of my favourites</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reids-favourite-boutique-hotels">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510620f69070b83d1c000048 2013-01-28T06:32:04+00:00 2013-01-28T06:59:00+00:00 Southwest Indian Traders Park City - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/southwest-indian-traders"><img alt="920x314_bus_swindian" height="446" src="/system/files/012013/510621159070b83d1c00004a/article/920x314_bus_swindian.jpeg?1359357102" width="595" /></a></p> <p>A great place to pick up souvenirs, as well as adorable moccasins in both kids’ and adults’ sizes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/park-city-utah">Recommended in The Lowdown on Park City, Utah.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.historicparkcityutah.com/southwest-indian-traders">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/southwest-indian-traders">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51061e729070b83d1c00001a 2013-01-28T06:32:04+00:00 2013-01-30T00:26:32+00:00 Larkspur at Empire Pass Park City - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/empire-luxury-lodging"><img alt="Double-black-diamond-nov-6-002-medium" height="233" src="/system/files/012013/5108689a9070b85a8e0000b7/article/double-black-diamond-nov-6-002-medium.jpeg?1359507022" width="310" /></a></p> <p>During Sundance, we were lucky enough to stay at the accurately named Empire Luxury Lodging in Deer Valley. With huge fireplaces, flatscreen TVs and private terraces, the lodges don’t come cheap, but if you stay there with a group of 12 it works out at just over $100 (each!) per night.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/park-city-utah">Recommended in The Lowdown on Park City, Utah.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.empireluxurylodging.com/">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/empire-luxury-lodging">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510622529070b83d1c00005e 2013-01-28T06:32:04+00:00 2013-01-28T07:05:32+00:00 Hathenbruck Park City - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hathenbruck"><img alt="293120_204165996375169_646635129_n" height="444" src="/system/files/012013/5106232c9070b83d1c00006f/article/293120_204165996375169_646635129_n.jpeg?1359359587" width="595" /></a></p> <p>This newly-opened menswear store offers an extremely stylish edit of clothing and accessories by Farmtactics, Filson, Penfield, Tanner Goods and more, plus an array of books and magazines.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/park-city-utah">Recommended in The Lowdown on Park City, Utah.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/Hathenbruck">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hathenbruck">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51061a4a9070b82f19000093 2013-01-28T04:23:06+00:00 2013-02-14T01:30:37+00:00 High West Distillery & Saloon Park City - Bars & Clubs, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/high-west-distillery-and-saloon"><img alt="Winter-livery-1-8mb" height="446" src="/system/files/012013/51061b049070b82f19000096/article/winter-livery-1-8mb.jpeg?1359355644" width="595" /></a></p> <p>For a hearty taste of the region, try Melted Mountain Cheese Raclette and Pulled Pork from Utah Ballard Farms. Just be sure to have some elasticated ski-pants at the ready…</p> <p>The inhouse Distillery also crafts its own selection of premium whiskeys, which you can enjoy in a range of signature cocktails at the Saloon bar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/park-city-utah">Recommended in The Lowdown on Park City, Utah.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/54/1513504/restaurant/Salt-Lake-City/High-West-Distillery-Saloon-Park-City"><img alt="High West Distillery & Saloon on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1513504/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.highwest.com/saloon-restaurant/high-west-photo-gallery/">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/high-west-distillery-and-saloon">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510610829070b82f19000045 2013-01-28T04:23:06+00:00 2013-01-28T05:54:20+00:00 Talisker on Main Park City - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/talisker-on-main"><img alt="Tomato-gazpacho" height="446" src="/system/files/012013/510612179070b82f19000051/article/tomato-gazpacho.jpeg?1359355438" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Haute local cuisine with the pricetag to match.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/park-city-utah">Recommended in The Lowdown on Park City, Utah.</a></p> <p><a href="http://taliskeronmain.com/photo-gallery/">Image Credit</a></p> <p> <p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/talisker-on-main">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/510618fa9070b82f1900007f 2013-01-28T04:23:06+00:00 2013-02-14T01:37:17+00:00 Silver Park City - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/silver"><img alt="Silver6_10_" height="446" src="/system/files/012013/510619ad9070b82f19000082/article/silver6_10_.jpeg?1359355644" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Fresh New American dining at a local favourite.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/park-city-utah">Recommended in The Lowdown on Park City, Utah.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.hdinspirations.com/2011/06/silver-park-city.html">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/silver">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5105fd139070b82ce2000034 2013-01-28T03:54:10+00:00 2013-05-31T03:05:03+00:00 A Guide to Park City, Utah <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/park-city-utah"><img alt="Mf1" height="402" src="/system/files/012013/510617c79070b82f19000075/article/MF1.jpeg?1359353841" width="595" /></a></p> <P> <p><strong>The essential guide to Sundance Festival’s snowy homebase.</strong> (Click here to find out <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sundance">How To Survive Sundance</a>).</p> <p><strong>EAT</strong></p> <p>There are a lot of wealthy people in Park City (in a town of around 8000 people, over 130 properties are worth $4 million plus) so it follows that its restaurant scene is a little bit more bougie than you might expect from a small mountain town. For all-out luxury, try haute seasonal cuisine at <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/talisker-on-main">Talisker on Main</a>, or opt for fresh New American dining at local favourite <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/silver">Silver</a>. For a hearty taste of the region, head to the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/high-west-distillery-and-saloon">High West Distillery and Saloon</a> (also a great place for a drink – see below) for Melted Mountain Cheese Raclette and Pulled Pork from Utah Ballard Farms. Just be sure to have some elasticated ski-pants at the ready…</p> <p><strong>SLEEP</strong></p> <p>The (already pricey) hotel rates in Park City take a predictable upwards hike during Sundance. Gather up a group and look into renting a lodge – we stayed at the accurately named <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/empire-luxury-lodging">Empire Luxury Lodging</a> in Deer Valley. With huge fireplaces, flatscreen TVs and private terraces, the lodges don’t come cheap, but if you stay there with a group of 12 it works out at just over $100 (each!) per night. Alternatively, the eco-friendly <a href="http://treasuremountaininn.com/">Treasure Mountain Inn</a> has ‘Film Festival’ rates starting at around $310 per night for a Junior Suite: not cheap, but certainly not exorbitant when you factor in amenities such as a large patio, full kitchen, and cable TV.</p> <p>If both of those options seem too steep then explore <a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/">Air BnB</a>, where there are a multitude of affordable rental choices. At the opposite end of the spectrum, local luxury hotels such as the <a href="http://www.theskylodge.com/">Sky Lodge</a> and the <a href="http://www.hotelparkcity.com/default-en.html">Hotel Park City</a> offer rooms from $600 upwards. Good luck with that!</p> <p><strong>DRINK</strong></p> <p>There’s a popular misconception that Utah is a dry state - they’ve got the Mormons to blame for that one – when in fact alcohol is readily available, albeit with a few retailing restrictions. Regardless, any aspirations towards sobriety go out the window during Sundance, when various Vegas superclubs set up shop along Main Street and eager drinkers wait patiently outside overpacked bars despite the glacial temperatures.</p> <p>If you’re ready to fistpump, you can try wangle your way onto the guestlist at the annual residency from superclub <a href="http://taolasvegas.com/">Tao</a> at The Lift, while karaoke-lovers should check out <a href="http://downstairspc.com/">Downstairs</a>. Alternatively, the chic and rustic <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/high-west-distillery-and-saloon">High West Distillery</a> crafts its own selection of premium whiskeys, which you can enjoy in a range of signature cocktails at the Saloon next door.</p> <p><strong>BUY</strong></p> <p>If you like to pick up souvenirs on your travels, then Park City is a great place to do so. The <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/southwest-indian-traders">Southwest Indian Traders</a> store sells adorable moccasins in both kids’ and adults’ sizes, while the <a href="http://www.parkcityclothingcompany.com/">Park City Clothing Company</a> offer an impressive array of Pendleton blankets without the rip-off rates you’d expect to pay in hipster boutiques.</p> <p>If your look is more modern than traditional, then newly-opened menswear store <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hathenbruck">Hathenbruck</a> offers an extremely stylish edit of clothing and accessories by Farmtactics, Filson, Penfield, Tanner Goods and more, plus an array of books and magazines. Around the corner, homegrown streetwear label <a href="http://www.jiberish.com/">Jiberish</a> sells a nice range of five panels and logo hoodies in a fresh boutique store.</p> <p><strong>DO</strong></p> <p>Sundance Festival aside, Park City is a winter sports destination first and foremost. In fact, the whole town feels like one big ski resort: there’s even a lift at the bottom of Main Street to take you up to the top of the slopes. Take your pick from <a href="http://www.deervalley.com/">Deer Valley</a>, <a href="http://www.canyonsresort.com/">Canyons</a> or <a href="http://www.parkcitymountain.com/site/index.html">Park City Mountain:</a> the town’s three main resorts, all of which rank among the world’s best destinations for skiiers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.historicparkcityutah.com/blog/news/photo-contest-submissions">Image Credit</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/park-city-utah">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/50fef50e9070b822db000002 2013-01-22T20:22:22+00:00 2013-01-28T23:28:07+00:00 Survive Sundance <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sundance"><img alt="Sundance1" height="428" src="/system/files/012013/50ff6bc99070b857c400001a/article/sundance1.jpg?1359345692" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, <a href="http://www.sundance.org/">Sundance</a> is now one of the biggest, most celebrated film festivals in the world. And, as with all huge festivals, a visit to its Utah homebase requires some prep time, a game plan, and a bit of insider knowledge: I embarked on my first visit to the festival last week with zero out of three. Here are a few things I learnt (the hard way) while I was there.</p> <p><em>(And when you’re finished reading this, check out <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/park-city-utah">The Lowdown on Park City</a> - my edit of the best places to eat, drink, sleep and shop.)</em></p> <p><strong>Get your bearings</strong></p> <p>Until about 12 hours before I flew to Sundance, I had the impression it was held entirely in Salt Lake City. Um, not the case. The screenings are spread across a multitude of venues in various locations, but the festival primarily takes place in Park City; a small, postcard-pretty town about forty minutes’ drive from Utah’s capital. Who knew?! (Everyone but me).</p> <p><strong>Do your research</strong></p> <p>There are hundreds of films and shorts screening during Sundance, so it’s worth putting in several hours of research time to work out what you actually want to see. Fail to do this and you may end up in a depressing political documentary that makes you want to gouge your eyes out. And as you’ll probably be seated a few feet from the director, walking out is not an option.</p> <p><strong>Look into a Lodge</strong></p> <p>Needless to stay, hotels in the area are oversubscribed and overpriced. The most economical option is to gather a big group and rent a house in one of the many ski resorts nestled in the picturesque valleys surrounding the city. Failing that <a href="http://www.airbnb.co.uk">Air BnB</a> has a load of great options, as always. Good old Air BnB, eh?</p> <p><strong>Sort out your pass</strong></p> <p>They’re hugely expensive and they sell out fast, but if you’re serious about Sundance then you need a proper pass. Available at several different price points (which offer varying levels of access), the pass will enable you see what you what you want to see, when you want to see it.</p> <p><strong>Prepare to Wait</strong></p> <p>If you’ve failed to sort out a pass then there is the possibility of buying tickets last minute. But with almost 50,000 attendees, the queues rival the wait for the Portaloo at Glastonbury. Get to screening venues more than two hours before the film starts in order to bag a place on the waitlist, or get up ridiculously early to camp outside the Main Box Office for a chance to buy one of the small selection of tickets that are released each day. Either way, patience will be required.</p> <p><strong>Layer up</strong></p> <p>Although it was surprisingly mild when we visited, temperatures in Park City can drop to well below freezing. Make sure no inch of skin is uncovered by some sort of thermal/lined/padded/fleece material. And don’t forget your sunglasses – that snow is blinding.</p> <p><strong>Bring some ‘sensible’ shoes</strong></p> <p>Once the crowds descend, the traffic around Park City grinds to a maddening halt. You’ll probably be forcibly ejected from your ride by an angry cab driver, so make sure you’re wearing some sort of snow boot situation to cope with the precarious trudge from cinema, to bar, to bus stop, and back. Slipping on ice is never fun (unless you’re one watching it happen).</p> <p><strong>Take some $$$$$</strong></p> <p>According to one resident we got chatting to in the nail salon (yeah, we went to a nail salon at Sundance - don’t judge), Park City has its ‘winter prices for skiers, summer prices for locals, and January prices for Sundance’. I can believe that. The restaurants in Park City are OK, but certainly do not warrant the astronomical prices or cover charge that many impose on diners and drinkers alike. Buy food at the supermarket to fuel up in your hotel, or be prepared to wince at your credit card bill once you get home.</p> <p><strong>Avoid the starspotters</strong></p> <p>Sundance attracts a curious mix of rising independent filmmakers, very famous actors, and voracious, insatiable celeb-spotters. The latter are as instantly recognisable as the A-listers - they’re the ones blocking the pavement while they stop to bombard passing celebs. There’s no avoiding them, so just take a deep breath, bypass their flashing iPhones and try to retain your faith in modern humanity.</p> <p><strong>Pre-Game, Party, Post-Game</strong></p> <p>After all that cultural enrichment, you may want to let your hair down and get ignorant to some 2 Chainz. That’s totally natural. Remember, though, that for most of the year, Park City is just a small, sleepy ski resort: Its venues are generally not equipped to accommodate the drunken throngs they attract every January. Arrive at bars and clubs early and be ready to wait in line everywhere you go. Or stay at home, get drunk on cheap red wine, and get so tipsy that you can’t feel the cold when you go outside to play in the snow. Just make sure you avoid the yellow stuff, ok?</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sundance">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/50eb4c3a9070b879aa000053 2013-01-07T21:08:34+00:00 2013-05-31T03:09:17+00:00 2013 Travel Wishlist <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/2013-travel-wishlist"><img alt="%c3%9cber_den_d%c3%a4chern_von_berlin" height="408" src="/system/files/012013/50ea557e9070b8630a000112/article/%C3%9Cber_den_D%C3%A4chern_von_Berlin.jpeg?1357597915" width="595" /></a></p> <p>I’ve been keeping a travel wishlist for as long as I can remember. It’s usually an outlandish compilation of exotic and farflung locations, five star hotels I’ve perved over on the <a href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/us/">Mr & Mrs Smith</a> website and cool, obscure cities I read about in <a href="http://www.wmagazine.com/travel">W</a> magazine. This year, though, I resolved to edit the list so that it only featured places I might actually have some hope of visiting, whether that be through proximity, affordability, or necessity.</p> <p>My recent move has obviously skewed the selection somewhat. I’ve always wanted to travel across North America and now that I live in California, the rest of the USA seems so much more accessible than it did before (despite the fact that it takes almost the same amount of time to fly to NYC from LA as it does to get there from London). I’ve also started to realise why all Americans assume Londoners spend every other weekend on European mini-breaks - when you’re in a country as vast as this, a two hour train ride to Paris seems like a trip to the shops. In fact, I’ve literally spent two hours driving to the shops here in LA. Now, like all the American friends whose ‘European travel plans’ I bemusedly listened to in the past, my impending plans for a return visit to London also incorporate fantasies of quick hops to Germany and Spain. This is a wishlist, after all.</p> <p><strong>Savannah, Georgia</strong></p> <p>Ever since my friend Ali planted the Savannah seed in my mind, I can think of little else. Voted one of the prettiest towns in America, Savannah is lined with antebellum mansions and dripping with Spanish Moss. I went to Louisiana once and have been fascinated by the South ever since. Savannah seems like as good a place as any to restart the obsession.</p> <p><em>Dream Hotel</em>: <a href="http://www.hamilton-turnerinn.com/">The Hamilton Turner Inn</a>. Gorgeous, opulent, looks like something out of <em>Gone With The Wind</em>.<br /> <em>Dream Meal</em>: <a href="http://www.hamilton-turnerinn.com/">Elizabeth’s on 37th</a>. Spicy Savannah Red Rice with Georgia Shrimp. Yes please.</p> <p><strong>Big Sur, California</strong></p> <p>Mention the possibility of a Northern California road trip to any LA resident and they will automatically go gooey-eyed as they recollect memories of Big Sur. This unspoilt strip of coastline offers some of the best sunsets and scenery on the west coast. When I finally get round to hitting the Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur will be my first port of call.</p> <p><em>Dream Hotel</em>: <a href="http://www.postranchinn.com/">Post Ranch Inn</a>. On a once-in-a-lifetime tip.<br /> <em>Dream Meal</em>: <a href="http://www.postranchinn.com/dining/">Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn</a> Who cares if the food is good with a view like that? (It’s supposedly amazing, of course).</p> <p><strong>Berlin, Germany</strong></p> <p>I’m quite annoyed with myself for living in London for 24 years without ever visiting Berlin. Everyone I know is obsessed with Berlin. Aside from London, the coolest city in Europe is Berlin. It’s not even expensive to stay/eat/drink in Berlin. This year, I really want to go to Berlin.</p> <p><em>Dream Hotel</em>: <a href="http://www.michelbergerhotel.com/">The Michelberger</a>. Hip, industrial cool (and recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/jessie-ware">Jessie Ware</a>)<br /> <em>Dream Meal</em>: <a href="http://www.curry36.de/">Curry 36</a> Currywurst in Berlin is non-negotiable, and this place apparently serves some of the city’s best.</p> <p><strong>Valencia, Spain</strong></p> <p>Valencia has incredible architecture, a great bar scene, fantastic tapas, gorgeous beaches, and seriously good weather. It’s also the birthplace of paella. Enough reasons to pay a visit? I think so.</p> <p><em>Dream Hotel</em>: <a href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/us/luxury-hotels/hospes-palau-de-la-mar">Hospes Palau de La Mar</a> Sleek, chic, and decorated in all white everything. <br /> <em>Dream Meal</em>: <a href="http://www.lapepica.com/">La Pepica</a> Paella done the proper way.</p> <p><strong>London, England</strong></p> <p>Well, there’s no place like home.</p> <p><em>Dream Hotel</em>: <a href="http://www.claridges.co.uk/">Claridge’s</a>. Failing that, a week of sofa-surfing with friends should suffice.<br /> <em>Dream Meal</em>: <a href="http://thehawksmoor.com/airstreet">Hawksmoor Air Street</a>. The newest installation in the Hawksmoor empire also offers seafood, and is about 30% of the reason why I’m shelling out for a return flight back to London.</p> <p><em>Image Sources</em> <a href="http://toddbouldin.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/todds-speaking-and-training-schedule-summer-2012/salt-lake-city-skyline/">(1)</a> <a href="http://www.thetimeshareauthority.com/2012/06/28/bluegreen-timeshare-rci-timeshare-exchange-new-affiliation-savannah/">(2)</a> <a href="http://www.bigsursoap.com/">(3)</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%C3%9Cber_den_D%C3%A4chern_von_Berlin.jpg">(4)</a> <a href="http://www.dk.co.uk/static/html/features/where_to_go/03march/01_valencia.html">(5)</a> <a href="http://arnelpineda.ning.com/forum/topics/games-of-the-xxx-olympiad-london-england-united-kingdom?page=57&commentId=4880034%3AComment%3A124916&x=1#4880034Comment124916">(6)</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/2013-travel-wishlist">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/50df8df29070b82f400000d0 2012-12-29T19:07:10+00:00 2013-05-31T03:09:34+00:00 The 12 Best Things I Ate in 2012 <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/the-12-best-things-i-ate-in-2012"><img alt="Img_1256" height="446" src="/system/files/122012/50df99c99070b855fe000011/article/IMG_1256.JPG?1356928573" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Between the explosion of London’s restaurant scene, a pretty decent amount of travelling, and emigrating to a new city with an abundance of previously unexplored ethnic food options, 2012 has been a year of good (and at times, ridiculously excessive) eating. Here are some of the best things I put in my mouth over the past 12 months. Ahem.</p> <p><strong>1. Scottish raspberries with strained yoghurt, elderflower and barley, at <a href="http://dabbous.co.uk/">Dabbous</a>, London</strong></p> <p>Dessert is a course that I can usually take or leave, but this deceptively innocent-looking concoction at Dabbous left a lasting impression. It sounds simple, even boring, but the balance of creamy yoghurt, tart raspberry puree and chewy barley was the perfect end to a memorable meal that cemented Dabbous’ reputation as one of London’s best new restaurants.</p> <p><strong>2. Mini Taco Sampler at Guisados, Los Angeles</strong> (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/guisados">View in the Directory</a>)</p> <p>There were so many things to love about this sampler plate of six mini tacos, each of with comes with a different topping of braised beef, pork and chicken with various complimentary salsas: flavour, value for money, and intense fat kid satisfaction in one novelty-sized package. Guisado’s has a reputation as one of the best taco spots in LA (and there are a LOT of taco spots in LA), which pretty much tells you all you need to know.</p> <p><strong>3. Açaí Cup at Kicê Sucos, Rio de Janeiro</strong> (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/kice-sucos">View in the Directory</a>)</p> <p>Just thinking about the sugar content in this thing makes my teeth clench involuntarily, but my God it was good. Made by blending the açaí berry with intensely sweet guarana syrup, this sorbet-esque refresher was the perfect antidote to Brazil’s dense tropical heat. I’ve been craving it ever since I left.</p> <p><strong>4. Confit Salmon at Corner Room at The Townhouse Hotel, London</strong> (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/corner-room">View in the Directory</a>)</p> <p>One of several almost-too-pretty-to-eat dishes I enjoyed at Corner Room this year, and certainly the most memorable. Confit is a method of cooking that basically involves poaching meat in oil instead of water (I think). It’s most commonly used to cook duck but it works just as well, if not better, with salmon - resulting in rich, fatty cubes of melt in the mouth goodness.</p> <p><strong>5. Kale salad with cheddar, delicata squash, almonds, pecorino and fried eggs, Northern Spy Co., New York City</strong> (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/northern-spy">View in the Directory</a>)</p> <p>I definitely consumed more kale in 2012 than in all the previous years of my life combined, and this was the dish that kicked it all off. The combination of slightly bitter greens with savoury cheddar, crunchy almonds and a slick of sunshine orange egg yolk made for the perfect salad - flavoursome enough that it didn’t feel too virtuous, but healthy enough that I didn’t feel like I might as well have ordered the cheeseburger instead. Speaking of which…</p> <p><strong>6. Cheeseburger at The Admiral Codrington, London</strong> (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/admiral-codrington">View in the Directory</a>)</p> <p>Perhaps the best cheeseburger I’ve ever eaten, and I’ve eaten a few. Juicy, rich, perfectly pink meat. Sturdy bun (nothing worse than a soggy bun that disintegrates in your hands mid-meal). Crunchy, fluffy chips on the side. If you live in London, go and get one immediately.</p> <p><strong>7. Soy-and-Ginger Chicken Wings at Rita’s Bar & Dining, London</strong> (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ritas-bar-and-dining">View in the Directory</a>)</p> <p>Rita’s is great in lots of ways - fun atmosphere, cool crowd, good prices, prime Dalston location - and these chicken wings are one of them. The perfect balance of tender meat, crunchy skin, and salty soy-ginger glaze is addictive. I could eat two plates of these wings in a row and probably still want more. Good thing I no longer live in London.</p> <p><strong>8. Fried Herring with Beetroot and Mashed Potatoes, The Seahorse, Helsinki</strong> (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sea-horse">View in the Directory</a>)</p> <p>This combination is the stuff of schoolchildren’s nightmares, but as a fully grown adult I enjoyed it very much. The fried herring was perfectly light and crispy, the mashed potatoes were creamy and smooth and the beetroot provided the perfect amount to tartness to cut through all that dairy and oil. Good stuff.</p> <p><strong>9. Grilled Squid with Olive Oil and Parsley, Fish Shack, Ibiza</strong> (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/fish-shack">View in the Directory</a>)</p> <p>Like all the best meals, this dish brings back happy memories of really good times. Ibiza is an incredible place, and the fish shack in Talamanca offers the kind of dining experience that would be impossible to replicate anywhere else. I can’t wait to go back there. (Also: this was the best squid I’ve ever eaten).</p> <p><strong>10. Golden Cuttlefish Cheung Fun, Princess Garden of Mayfair, London</strong> (<a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/princess-garden-of-mayfair">View in the Directory</a>)</p> <p>I’ve never hesitated over disclosing a favourite restaurant more than I did with Princess Garden, but it really is too good to keep to myself. Undoubtedly my favourite dim sum spot in the city, and the crunchy, chewy, salty, slippery golden cuttlefish cheung fun is undoubtedly my favourite dim sum dish.</p> <p><strong>11. Chicken Beyti at <a href="http://www.hasanmezemangal.co.uk/">Hasan</a>, London</strong></p> <p>This was probably the restaurant meal I ate the most times in 2012. Everyone has their favourite Turkish restaurant on Stoke Newington Road in London and Hasan is mine. The staff are lovely, the room is big enough that you won’t spend the rest of the night smelling like the smoke pouring off the grill (an appealing aroma, but not one you want your hair to reek of), and their chicken beyti is tender, garlic-loaded perfection. HASAN, I MISS YOU.</p> <p><strong>12. Playa’s Punch at <a href="http://earlezgrille.com/">Earlez Grille</a>, Los Angeles</strong></p> <p>OK, so this toxic coral-coloured Kool-Aid was so sweet that it made my sinuses buzz and it definitely doesn’t count as a meal, but I’ve given it a million point bonus for the name of alone. Playa’s Punch (which is sold in the iconic Earlez Grille in South Central) was one of many reasons why I’m excited to be starting a new year in the crazy, crazy town that is Los Angeles. Roll on 2013.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/the-12-best-things-i-ate-in-2012">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50d104c69070b803e70002e6 2012-12-18T06:41:25+00:00 2012-12-19T04:33:07+00:00 Michelberger Hotel Berlin - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/michelberger-hotel"><img alt="Michelberger" height="446" src="/system/files/122012/50d142f29070b803e70003b0/article/michelberger.jpg?1355941346" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>“The Michelberger in Berlin is probably the best hotel I’ve stayed in on tour. It has a really great vibe, there’s a really lovely bar, everyone is cool… They have these ‘band rooms’, which have four or five platform beds and then a double on ground level. It’s very ‘Berlin’ – industrial, bare wires, lightbulbs hanging down. So that’s got a really nice quality to it.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/jessie-ware">Jessie Ware</a></p> <p>Image via <a href="http://www.michelbergerhotel.com/">michelbergerhotel.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/michelberger-hotel">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50d1060d9070b803e70002f4 2012-12-18T06:41:25+00:00 2012-12-19T05:03:53+00:00 Berns Hotel Stockholm - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/berns-hotel"><img alt="Robert-berns-suite-210" height="446" src="/system/files/122012/50d1446a9070b803e70003c0/article/Robert-Berns-Suite-210.jpeg?1355941346" width="595" /></a></p> <p><em>“I stayed at the Berns hotel and did a gig there - that was lovely. They had really good Asian food – I had seared salmon. The hotel itself just had a warmth to it; it was tasteful.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/jessie-ware">Jessie Ware</a></p> <p>Image via <a href="http://www.berns.se/en/hotell">Berns.se</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/berns-hotel">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/50cfa4f29070b8369d0003f5 2012-12-16T22:48:24+00:00 2013-05-31T02:46:55+00:00 On Tour with Jessie Ware Jessie Ware <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/jessie-ware"><img alt="Jessie1" height="413" src="/system/files/122012/50d0b5db9070b803e70001d9/article/jessie1.jpg?1355892501" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Brixton-based singer and fellow food obsessive Jessie Ware was recently in LA to perform at at Silver Lake’s <a href="http://www.bootlegtheater.org/">Bootleg Theater</a>, so I took the chance to ask her lots of nosy questions about her life on tour.</strong></p> <p><strong>I’m always fascinated by bands’ riders. What’s on yours?</strong></p> <p>My desired rider and my actual rider are two different things. I ask for edamame beans but I’ve never had them, ever. I had to get rid of all the crap that was on there before. So now it’s hummus, pitta, a toaster, a kettle, honey, and Prosecco. And good vodka. And maybe good whiskey. I don’t drink before the show, but if I’m going to drink after I’ll have a good single malt with my tour manager. Oh, and we always have a bit of ham and cheese. If I see another piece of sliced ham, I’ll go mad.</p> <p><strong>What are your pre-show rituals?</strong></p> <p>For my voice I’ve got a Dr. Nelson’s Improved Inhaler, which looks like a bong. It’s this old way of loosening up your vocal chords, but it makes you look like you’re about to get really high. It’s a ceramic pot with a glass mouthpiece and you just fill it up with water and then breathe in and out. It helps a lot.</p> <p><strong>Tour life must be ruinous for your general wellbeing. How do you stay fit and healthy while you’re on the road?</strong></p> <p>I’m really struggling, because I’m always really excited when I go somewhere new and I always want to go and eat at the ‘best’ place. I have to be careful <em>when</em> I eat though. I’ve worked out through practice – basically by burping on stage – that I can’t eat after soundcheck. Otherwise I’ll be doing a big ballad and I’ll feel a burp coming.</p> <p>I try to eat really healthily, but it’s so hard when you’re with guys. They can eat anything and they just have McDonald’s all the time. When I last toured in America (as a backing vocalist for Jack Peñate) we really struggled on the tourbus. The service stations are not the same as in England so it was Wendy’s or McDonald’s, everyday. I got obsessed by the Angus Third Pounder. We were all addicted to them – I put on about a stone and a half.</p> <p>Fitness wise, I have a personal trainer at home. He’s really hard on me, but he has to be because I love food so much. I don’t get to see him enough – usually once or twice a week. But I usually cancel even those appointments because exercise becomes secondary to everything else, even though I think it’s really important.</p> <p>Right now I feel like I’ve been about to get ill, so I’ve been taking Echinacea and a really high dosage of Vitamin C and Zinc. I just did my first solo tour in November, so this is all very new to me. I can’t afford to get ill. I got ill at Bestival in September and I lost my voice and that’s the scariest thing.</p> <p><strong>What’s the best meal you’ve eaten on tour so far?</strong></p> <p>It was in Poland, but I can’t remember the name of the place. I got taken there by my cab driver – I’d been doing promo all day and I felt really faint so he was like ‘I’m taking you to the best Polish place in Warsaw’. It was an open kitchen restaurant and I let them order for me. We had this incredible sour soup that had eggs in it, and ham, and lots of dill. Sounds disgusting but it was delicious. And the most beautiful pierogies with soft cheese and dill. Then we had mincemeat wrapped in cabbage. So I was sitting there having this three course meal when I was knew my band was soundchecking!</p> <p>Poland was actually great for food - the best breakfast I’ve had was in Poland again. Well it was brunch, actually. You could have sushi, so obviously I had a bit of that. I was having little mousses and shot glasses of green smoothies. I’m dangerous near a breakfast buffet.</p> <p><strong>What’s the best hotel you’ve stayed in tour?</strong></p> <p>Probably the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/michelberger-hotel">Michelberger</a> in Berlin. It has a really great vibe, there’s a really lovely bar, everyone is cool… They have these ‘band rooms’, which have four or five single beds on a platform and then a double bed on ground level. It’s very ‘Berlin’ – industrial, bare wires, lightbulbs hanging down. So that’s got a really nice quality to it.</p> <p>I stayed at the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/berns-hotel">Berns Hotel</a> and did a gig there - that was lovely, too. They had really good Asian food – I had seared salmon. The hotel itself just had a warmth to it; it was tasteful.</p> <p><strong>Are you the type of artist you travels with fur throws and scented candles?</strong></p> <p>I tried that - I bought a mini <a href="http://www.millerharris.com/">Miller Harris</a> one, and a mini <a href="http://www.diptyqueparis.com/">Diptyque</a> one and I never bloody lit them. But I did think about it!</p> <p>I think it’s important to have things around you that make you feel better. I felt really low before the gig last night but then I went on stage and felt much better. Performing is terribly, worryingly addictive.</p> <p><strong>How do you pack for a tour?</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.avigailclaire.com/DAMIAN_AND_AVIGAIL/Home.html">Avigail Claire</a>, my stylist, is amazing. We plan my tour outfits and go through everything. She knows what I like, and what I feel comfortable in. I wear a lot of black – it’s flattering and I know it works for me. I wear these velvet Topshop trousers, and lots of crop tops. I have all my ‘work’ clothes with me her in LA, so I’m making an effort everyday here. I don’t have any of my usual schmatta.</p> <p>Sometimes people lend me stuff – Dolce & Gabbana have been very good to me. But I like really simple stuff. So I have some staple blazers; this Escada blazer that actually belongs to Avi. Last night I was wearing Jaeger. But mostly it’s ASOS and Topshop – you can’t expect designers to lend you stuff that you’re going to sweat it out in every night. For me, it’s more important that we have a strong visual aesthetic of strong, clean lines. And you can achieve that with quite simple pieces.</p> <p>I was never a fashion person, but I’ve been given the chance to wear really beautiful clothes and learn more about great new designers. I never really took it seriously, and I don’t take it too seriously now. But I do give a shit that I look nice for the audience that has paid to come and see me. I want to make an effort like I would if I went out to dinner with somebody. That’s just the person I’ve been brought up to be.</p> <p><strong>Buy tickets for Jessie’s 2013 tour dates <a href="http://jessieware.com/live/">here</a> and her debut album <em>Devotion</em> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/devotion/id538993849">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/jessie-ware">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50ba618c9070b846ae00004c 2012-12-01T18:11:00+00:00 2012-12-06T15:48:39+00:00 Zazá Bistrô Tropical Rio de Janeiro - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/zaza-bistro-tropical"><img alt="Zaza" height="446" src="/system/files/122012/50c0bd069070b83760000512/article/zaza.jpg?1354810901" width="595" /></a></p> <p>With a name as wonderfully camp as <em>Zazá Bistrô Tropical</em>, I was pretty certain I was going to love this restaurant before I’d even set eyes on it. And love it I did, for there was much to love.</p> <p>First off, the exterior: set in a converted house on a corner just set back from Ipanema beach, Zazá is lined with an outside patio area and strewn with fairy lights. If the humidity of a Brazilian night is enough to put you off your food (you big wimp) then there’s also an art-filled room inside and an upstairs area where you can kick off your shoes and sit on plump cushions at low-level, candle-lit tables. So far, so good.</p> <p>Then there’s the cocktails. Choose from an extensive list - it might take a while - and if the ‘Quiet Storm’ is still on the menu when you visit then absolutely opt for that. It’s a concoction of Absolut vodka with lychee, coconut milk and pineapple juice, lemon and guava, which combine to create some ambrosia-like nectar of which you could easily drink a dangerous amount.</p> <p>The food is a sophisticated fusion of traditional Brazilian cuisine and Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. The menu is heavy on organic ingredients and fresh vegetables, enlivened by exotic flavourings. I tried a grilled hunk of Namorado fish, which came on a bed of perfectly crunchy cubes of Palmito Pupunha (hearts of Palm) and asparagus, with thick slices of caramelised plantian alongside. It was colourful, effortless and tropical. Kinda like Zazá itself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/zaza-bistro-tropical">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50ba60fa9070b846ae000046 2012-12-01T18:11:00+00:00 2012-12-12T07:39:06+00:00 Baretto Londra Rio de Janeiro - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/baretto-londra"><img alt="Baretto" height="446" src="/system/files/122012/50c82e379070b83dcf0013f0/article/baretto.jpg?1355297704" width="595" /></a></p> <p>My memories of the Baretto Londra are admittedly hazy. But, when it comes to the veracity of a bar recommendation, I think this is probably only a good thing.</p> <p>Things that I <em>do</em> recall about the bar named in honour of its owner’s favourite city (good man):</p> <p>- It’s right next door to the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/fasano-al-mare">Fasano Al Mare</a>, making it a very convenient 10 step walk* for a post-dinner nightcap. Or in my case, several nightcaps.<br /> - A patriotic card (see above) provides access to the tightly guarded entrance, as well as a helpful reminder of your whereabouts the previous night when found in your clutch bag the morning after.<br /> - It’s padded with brown leather sofas and strung with huge Union Jack flags, which of course my revelrous, expat self got a huge kick out of.<br /> - Even on a Monday night, it was packed with a buoyant crowd of hotel guests and hip cariocas, most of whom stayed until the lights came up.<br /> - And it serves perfectly mixed (if very expensive) bellinis and mojitos, which I probably enjoyed a bit too much.</p> <p>*stumble</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/baretto-londra">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50ba61e59070b846ae000053 2012-12-01T18:11:00+00:00 2012-12-07T03:27:15+00:00 Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro - Beach <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/copacabana-beach"><img alt="Copa" height="446" src="/system/files/122012/50c1618d9070b8376000070b/article/copa.jpg?1354855570" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Not Rio’s most unspoilt beach, nor its coolest, but certainly its most famous, the Praia de Copacabana is a place you have to visit when you’re in Rio, even if it’s just to say you did. Lined with beach shacks serving coconuts and caipirinhas and overrun with vendors selling everything from tiny bikini bottoms to huge sacks of <em>Biscoito Globo</em>, Copacabana feels a bit like a tourist trap - but in an truly, epically sort of beautiful way.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/copacabana-beach">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50ba61d79070b846ae000050 2012-12-01T18:11:00+00:00 2012-12-07T07:45:29+00:00 Kicê Sucos Rio de Janeiro - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/kice-sucos"><img alt="Suco" height="446" src="/system/files/122012/50c19de29070b83dcf000088/article/suco.jpg?1354867903" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Brazil is well known for its love of the white, powdery stuff…by which, of course, I mean sugar. Health-conscious <em>cariocas</em> seem to indulge their national sweet tooth with fructose in vast, vast amounts, which means that on every other corner in Rio you’ll find a <em>suco</em> spot: open street bars groaning with tropical fruits that are juiced and served in every combination imaginable.</p> <p>It’s hard to go wrong with a freshly squeezed passionfruit, pineapple or guava juice but I developed a particular taste for Brazil’s favourite berry: the açaí. Harvested from the açaí palm, this bright purple berry is bursting with nutritional value but is not naturally sweet to the taste. So, of course, the Brazilians freeze it and blend it with mindblowingly sweet guarana syrup. The end result is a glorious icy pile of fruit that looks not unlike berry sorbet, but has a unique flavour that is already proving depressingly hard to replicate back at home. The best açaí I tried in Rio was here at Kicê Sucos in Copacabana, but I’m sure that there are many other places that do it just as well.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/kice-sucos">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50ba2ff09070b83b53000005 2012-12-01T16:20:47+00:00 2012-12-03T03:17:28+00:00 Culina Los Angeles - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/culina"><img alt="Culina" height="446" src="/system/files/122012/50bbf2429070b81c3c000095/article/culina.jpg?1354507929" width="595" /></a></p> <p>With its Doheny Drive address, tree-shaded entrance and 6 foot high lily arrangement in the foyer (you can smell them from outside) The Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills is a pretty intimidating place. In an effort to usher in a younger, more cosmopolitan crowd, Four Seasons fairly recently opened Culina, a modern Italian restaurant without the pretension or insane price points of many of its Beverly Hills neighbours.</p> <p>The menu at Culina is quintessential Californitalian (not sure if I just made that genre up but I’m running with it) - a fusion that always works well given Italian cuisine’s emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients, and California’s ability to supply said ingredients in year-round abundance. And like any good Italian restaurant, Culina allows those ingredients to speak for themselves.</p> <p>The menu is fresh and seasonal, but still studded with items that make you glad no-one can see/hear your mouth water: autumn vegetables with whipped sheep’s milk ricotta, sweetcorn ravioli with brown butter and sage, a shortrib burger with caramelised onions and melted fontina cheese. Housed in a glamorous but laidback dining room, Culina’s only concession to its exclusive zipcode is a crudo bar - LA’s first and only - which serves beautifully plated hamachi and delicate slices of pink tonno that are almost as pretty as the restaurant’s palm tree-fringed patio.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/culina">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50ba2ffc9070b83b53000008 2012-12-01T16:20:47+00:00 2012-12-12T07:10:08+00:00 Fasano Al Mare Rio de Janeiro - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/fasano-al-mare"><img alt="Fasano" height="446" src="/system/files/122012/50c82d069070b83dcf0013e4/article/fasano.jpg?1355297767" width="595" /></a></p> <p>With a prime location in Rio’s coolest neighbourhood, the Fasano Al Mare has high expectations are live up to. Its home turf and namesake is The Fasano itself - an impossibly stylish, Phillipe Starck-designed boutique hotel where the bars and lobby area are filled with the beautiful, cosmopolitan type of crowd most commonly seen in high-end liquor adverts. The rooms cost hundreds of pounds a night and a meal for four with drinks at the Fasano Al Mare doesn’t come in at much less.</p> <p>Luckily everything about the restaurant - from food to decor to service - is near enough perfect. The room is understated, elegant and chic in keeping with the style of the hotel, and dotted with gorgeous young couples, gangs of smartly-dressed guys (male groups dining out en masse was an unfamiliar social practice I noticed a lot in Rio) and well-to-do families. At one end, there’s a beautiful marbletop bar at which you might spot a Hollywood actor. Possibly even two Hollywood actors. Not that I was counting or anything.</p> <p>The food is also great, as it should be at these prices: It’s mostly Italian and heavy on fresh seafood (the <em>Al Mare</em> part), which is served in a myriad of authentic but inventive styles. Wine is topped up in that seamless way that enables you to get pretty tipsy without even noticing, but fortunately the <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/baretto-londra">hippest bar in the city</a> is literally next door and makes the perfect stop off for a cachaça-infused nightcap. When in Rio…</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/fasano-al-mare">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/50b378aa9070b807a30005a6 2012-11-25T01:39:54+00:00 2013-05-31T03:09:47+00:00 Cidade Maravilhosa Rio de Janeiro <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/cidade-maravilhosa"><img alt="Img_1815" height="446" src="/system/files/112012/50b384199070b807a30005d5/article/IMG_1815.jpg?1353942718" width="595" /></a></p> <p>I arrived in Rio de Janeiro just over 24 hours ago and I’m already completely enchanted by the <em>cidade marvalihosa</em>.</p> <p>Some things about the city come as a surprise – it’s grey and wet, for a start, although the rain is of that warm, tropical variety that settles on your hair and clothes like dew rather than soaking straight through them. It is also far more expensive than I had anticipated, despite hearing various reports from backpacking friends. Brazil’s economy is booming, and you can feel it everywhere from the increasingly safe streets to the exorbitant price of a caipirinha. They are really good caipirinhas, though.</p> <p>Other sides of Rio are exactly as I’d imagined and hoped for and dreamt of. That lush landscape, as seen in a thousand stock photos: a sweeping curve of beach lined with ’70s highrise hotels and cast against a backdrop of green carpeted mountains. Lots of beautiful people of ambiguous ethnic origin: coffee-coloured skin, light eyes, high cheekbones. Beach shacks and suco bars selling deep purple açaí and fresh coconut juice. A constant stream of joggers along the boardwalk of Copacabana beach, working dutifully on their already impressive beach bodies.</p> <p>My American host (I’m here for work) is charmed but not so instantly enamoured by the city as I am - she says that, for her, it’s the grand architecture and historic civilisation of ancient European cities which really provide the wow factor. This sits well with my theory that you tend to be seduced by the elements of a foreign culture which are most notably missing from your own. Brazil’s sticky heat, its couples kissing in the street, the omnipresent sound of samba and, of course, that sexy, guttural language are all symbols of an open sensuality that London will always lack.</p> <p>Except when it comes to football. On that front, both Brazil and Britain wear their hearts prominently on their sleeves.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/cidade-maravilhosa">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/509c07059070b8583f00007a 2012-11-08T16:18:01+00:00 2013-05-31T03:05:25+00:00 A Guide to Echo Park, LA <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/la-to-z-echo-park-guide"><img alt="Img_2051" height="397" src="/system/files/112012/509c1e089070b875c4000005/article/IMG_2051.jpg?1352486893" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Los Angeles, like London, often feels like a random coalescence of towns and villages that just happened to merge into each other over time. In both cities, you can travel from a cacophonous local shopping district to a row of pastel-coloured houses in a matter of streets - only in LA, there’s a lot less public transport infrastructure to join the dots (“72 suburbs in search of a city”, as Dorothy Parker once acerbically put it).</p> <p>Despite their frustrating lack of interconnectedness, there is a lot of love about LA’s various neighbourhoods and it’s Echo Park, where I’ve stayed for most of my six weeks in LA so far, that I’ve grown to love the most. Located just south of Silver Lake, just north of Downtown LA, Echo Park is Dalston if Dalston was dipped in buttery sunshine and sprinkled with datura blossoms. Daily sunshine notwithstanding, the area is a familiar blend of working class families and young creative types living in a slightly shabby area that is teetering right on the brink of full-on gentrification.</p> <p>Thankfully, Echo Park is avoiding the call of the ubiquitous LA strip mall and instead commercialising in a direction that puts emphasis on independent businesses and community-focused initiatives. The result is a refreshing lack of Starbucks branches and a genuine neighbourhood feel that much of the rest of the city is lacking. In just six short weeks, Echo Park has made me feel at home. Here are some of my favourite local discoveries.</p> <p><strong>EAT</strong></p> <p>Historically a working class Latino neighbourhood, Echo Park still offers a range of cheap and cheerful food options, especially if you’re happy to eat streetside. Of the many food trucks parked up in the area, Alvarado Street’s famous <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/taco-zone-truck-los-angeles">Taco Zone</a> is by far the best – a recent 2am cab stop there provided the most satisfying post-bar munch I’ve ever mindlessly consumed.</p> <p>Of course, hipsters cannot live on street meat alone and their arrival in Echo Park has brought an abundance of vegan and/or farm-to-table establishments to the area. The Soul Bowl with sweet potato, garlic polenta and okra at <a href="http://www.sageveganbistro.com/">Sage Vegan Bistro</a> will make you question everything you thought you ever knew and hated about vegan food, while <a href="http://elfcafe.com/">Elf Café</a> has found new and delicious ways to serve kale in a town where it felt like every possible variation had been exhausted. Then there are the spots where old Echo Park and new Echo Park meet in the middle like <a href="http://www.xoiaeats.com/">Xoia</a> where Mexican fuses with Vietnamese (think lemongrass pork carnitas banh mi) to surprisingly excellent effect.</p> <p>If you’re looking for a homely, homecooked vibe, local restaurant <a href="http://www.thepark1400sunset.com/">The Park</a> offers a comforting and delicious three course menu on Tuesday nights for just fifteen bucks, as well as $5 burgers on Wednesdays. Meanwhile <a href="http://www.masaofechopark.com/">Masa of Echo Park</a> completely dispells the notion that you can’t get good pizza on the West Coast (and Chicago-style deep dish pizza at that).</p> <p><strong>DRINK</strong></p> <p>Start the day with coffee and a breakfast burrito at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ChangoCoffeeHouse">Chango</a> on Echo Park Avenue, where the benches are lined with a laptop brigade making full use of the free wifi and abundant power sockets. If you take your espresso very seriously indeed, then <a href="http://www.fixcoffeeco.com/">Fix</a> is a good place to drop four dollars on a cup of locally roasted Verve coffee and enjoy a bagel with a thick smear of cream cheese and jam.</p> <p>At night you can bar hop along Sunset Boulevard, where LA’s craft beer obsession finds an eastside outlet at <a href="http://mohawk.la/">Mohawk Bend</a>. With 72 beers on tap in a 10,000 square foot setting, it’s a supersize alternative to nearby <a href="http://elpradobar.com/">El Prado</a>, a teeny tiny nook with a carefully chosen selection of microbrews, wines and artisinal cheese plates to match. Naturally.</p> <p>At the opposite end of the spectrum, the <a href="http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/the-short-stop-los-angeles">Short Stop</a> stays true to its name as a good stop off point for a quick, sweaty dance before you head home via the taco truck. Or kill two birds with one stone at dive bar <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/gold-room-los-angeles">Gold Room</a>, where you can get a beer, a shot of a tequila, and two free tacos for $4. (Not a typo).</p> <p><strong>SLEEP</strong></p> <p>Echo Park is still a residential neighbourhood and therefore hotel options are basically non-existent. Consider staying in nearby Downtown LA, where a host of affordable hotels are popping up all over the place – the <a href="http://www.figueroahotel.com/">Figueroa Hotel</a> offers a secluded Moroccan vibe for less than 150 bucks a night. Or do as I did and explore your <a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/">AirBnB</a> options – there are lots of cosy rooms, studios and full apartments to be found in the area for reasonable prices.</p> <p><strong>BUY</strong></p> <p>This area is a goldmine of independent boutiques, although Echo Park Avenue is lined with 99 Cent stores in much the same way that Stoke Newington Road is lined with pound shops. They sell every manner of crap (useful and not-so-useful) that you could ever hope to come across.</p> <p>For the more discerning shopper there’s a good selection of vintage stores. My favourite is the pastel-hued wonderland that is <a href="http://www.thedogshowusa.com/">The Dog Show Boutique</a>, where the glittery unicorn mounted over the door welcomes you to explore a trove of affordable vintage sportswear (I picked up a minty fresh varsity jacket for just $15). For those who prefer their vintage non-stonewashed, both <a href="http://www.lifebytavin.com/">Tavin</a> and <a href="http://www.flouncevintage.com/">Flounce</a> offer a solid selection of pretty dresses, shoes and bags.</p> <p>If you’re interested in purchases of the edible variety, then <a href="http://www.cookbookla.com/">Cookbook</a> is your spot. This tiny deli sells an impressive array of locally-sourced fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy, as well as a daily-changing selection of super fresh salads and sandwiches. It’s wincingly expensive, but you can taste your money in every delicious organic mouthful.</p> <p><strong>DO</strong></p> <p>Echo Park is that rarest of finds in Los Angeles: a neighbourhood that is truly walkable – and enjoyably so. LA’s year-round sunshine is conducive to outdoor exercise and you may well feel the urge to hike (or maybe just stroll) through the hills of the lush <a href="http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/facility/elysianpk.htm">Elysian Park</a>, home of <a href="http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=la&sv=1">The Los Angeles Dodgers</a>. Alternatively head to <a href="http://www.yogalaechopark.com/">Yogagla</a>, where you can try out a wide array of yoga classes in a serene and friendly studio, many of which are taught on a donation-only basis.</p> <p>If you prefer activity of the cerebral kind then challenge yourself to decipher the emporium of oddities that is <a href="http://826la.org/">826LA</a>, then attend a reading at <a href="http://www.storiesla.com/">Stories Books and Café</a> next door. Or just kick back with a coffee, browse their excellent selection of new and used titles, and breathe in that perfect bookshop smell.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/la-to-z-echo-park-guide">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/509837039070b85f820000e3 2012-11-05T17:31:45+00:00 2012-11-05T23:20:04+00:00 Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe Los Angeles - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/huckleberry-bakery-and-cafe"><img alt="Huckleberry" height="446" src="/system/files/112012/5098496c9070b8070d000023/article/huckleberry.jpg?1352157910" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Last week I ate a breakfast that tasted like Southern California on a plate: warm quinoa spiked with chunks of roasted farmer’s market butternut squash, kale from the Rutiz farm in Arroyo Grande, and organic two eggs served sunny side up (but of course).</p> <p>The setting was Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe, located in the prim and pretty beachside city of Santa Monica in west LA. On an uncharacteristically grey Thursday morning, Huckleberry was packed with locals ordering from an impressive list of weekday breakfast dishes, each of which sounded more appealing than the last. Slow-cooked brisket hash? Green eggs and ham with prosciutto and pesto? Soft baked eggs with roasted tomato sauce, white beans and parmesan? My salivary glands were so overwhelmed that I had to just opt before healthiest choice I could find, before full menu-induced paralysis set in.</p> <p>Luckily, healthy choices in LA tend to taste a lot better than healthy choices elsewhere - something to do with all that incredible fresh produce/subliminal body image pressure, I think. My resolve didn’t prove quite so strong on the way out though, when a cabinet full of baked goods stopped me dead in my tracks. I left with two soft, chewy cookies - one peanut butter, one Valrhona chocolate chip - stashed in my bag for later. You’ve got to counteract the sheer kale-iness of LA somehow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/huckleberry-bakery-and-cafe">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/509407a59070b861dc000062 2012-11-02T15:46:01+00:00 2012-11-02T18:35:06+00:00 Fish Central London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/fish-central"><img alt="Fishcentral" height="446" src="/system/files/112012/509408db9070b861dc000075/article/fishcentral.jpg?1351882789" width="595" /></a></p> <p>As restaurants go, Fish Central is pretty much perfect. Or at least, it is to me. If you want a glamorous location, elaborate plating and a buzzing ‘scene’, then Fish Central might disappoint you. It’s housed in the ground floor shopping precinct of a council estate, for a start. But if you’re craving a lowkey, family-run establishment, excellent service, and a huge portion of greaseless haddock and chips then you’ll probably love Fish Central as much as I do.</p> <p>The menu is fairly short and the preparation of the dishes is simple, but who needs foams and reductions when you could have a fat hunk of perfectly roasted cod, tender chargrilled squid, or half a dozen West Mersea rock oysters for £7.50? Fish Central might keep its decor and pricing basic, but the quality of the food and the attention to detail is anything but. There can’t be many neighbourhood restaurants in London that deliver warm mackerel fish cakes as a complimentary amuse bouche and provide a plate of watermelon wedges to round off your meal. This place is no frills, no fuss - just thoughtful gestures, fair prices and really, really good fish.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/fish-central">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/508eddd19070b82a6700000d 2012-10-29T19:42:48+00:00 2012-10-29T20:44:10+00:00 Pitt Cue Co. London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pitt-cue-co"><img alt="Pittcueco" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/508eea769070b82a6700003c/article/pittcueco.jpg?1351544300" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Pitt Cue Co. took me surprise. I’d heard a lot of good things about this Southbank food truck-turned-Soho basement restaurant, but there was a part of me that remained dubious. Authentic, fairly-priced, ridiculously delicious Southern barbeque in central London? Sounds a bit suspect. And I was.</p> <p>But a recent Thursday visit to Pitt Cue Co. surpassed all my expectations, and then some. I anticipated an hour-long wait in the notorious lunchtime line, but found myself seated and served in the space of fifteen minutes. I waited to be underwhelmed by the side dishes - a fresh green chilli slaw, a rich, decadent bone marrow mash - but absolutely wasn’t. I insisted that I wouldn’t be able to finish my heaving tray of smoky beef ribs and sharp, crunchy pickles, but did so with ease. The only part of the Pitt Cue Co. package that I didn’t put to the test was the selection of bourbon-heavy cocktails and peanut butter-heavy desserts, both of which I’ve heard are pretty delicious. I can believe it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1605240/restaurant/Soho/Pitt-Cue-Co-London"><img alt="Pitt Cue Co on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1605240/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pitt-cue-co">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/508ae09e9070b83c6100000b 2012-10-26T19:02:53+00:00 2012-10-26T19:14:50+00:00 Sano Hair London - Beauty <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sano-hair"><img alt="Sano" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/508ad22a9070b87e7a000116/article/sano.jpg?1351280991" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Being the type of bore who usually requests a pathetic one-inch trim, I tend to find hair salon visits a fairly anticlimactic experience. Thankfully, the excellent cuts and meticulous blowdrys at Sano mean I always leave feeling like my hair has been properly ‘done’, and done for a reasonable price. As well as offering excellent cuts and service, Sano boasts a chic, minimal interior, Bumble & Bumble products, and a fully-stocked carousel of Chupa Chups to choose from on your way out the door. It’s the little things.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sano-hair">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/508adcdb9070b87e7a000145 2012-10-26T09:10:27+00:00 2012-10-26T19:19:23+00:00 Aesop Islington London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/aesop"><img alt="Aesop" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/508ad1f49070b87e7a000113/article/aesop.jpg?1351278950" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Not an independent shop but a very nice one to have in the neighbourhood nonetheless, Aesop is an Australian brand which peddles high quality plant-based products that actually work. With its elegant, glass-bottled selection of face creams, serums and moisturisers starting at around £20, this is not the kind of place you go to restock your bathroom cabinet. But it is an excellent shopping destination if you want to treat your skin, or someone else’s.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/aesop">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/508ade819070b87e7a000154 2012-10-26T09:10:27+00:00 2012-10-26T19:05:53+00:00 Etoile London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/etoile"><img alt="Etoile" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/508ad1ff9070b87e7a000114/article/etoile.jpg?1351279184" width="595" /></a></p> <p>In an area that reaches Bugaboo buggie gridlock on Saturday mornings, it was never going to be long before someone opened an upmarket kids clothing store. That person was former Yohji Yamamoto employee Laetitia Lefebvre, whose boutique Etoile is painfully chic and surprisingly serene. With its tasteful selection of kids’ clothing by bougie brands including Bonton, April Showers, Bobo Choses, and Apolline å Paris, Etoile makes a really good place to pick up a gift for a particularly ‘discerning’ new parent.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/etoile">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/508adf399070b87e7a000160 2012-10-26T09:10:27+00:00 2012-10-26T19:08:46+00:00 Tallulah Lingerie London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/tallulah-lingerie"><img alt="Tallulah" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/508ad24b9070b87e7a000117/article/tallulah.jpg?1351280992" width="595" /></a></p> <p>The only – to my knowledge – lingerie store in Islington, and a very pretty one, too. This place is purple lacquered on the outside, and frothing with jewel-coloured lace, silk and cashmere on the inside. It houses a small but carefully curated selection of lingerie, gowns and pajamas in a plush and intimate setting, with labels including Princess Tam Tam, Aubade, and Chantelle. A good place to lose a couple of hours, and a couple of hundred pounds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/tallulah-lingerie">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/508adfe39070b87e7a000175 2012-10-26T09:10:27+00:00 2012-10-26T19:19:27+00:00 Angel Delicatessen London - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/angel-delicatessen"><img alt="Italiandeli" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/508ad2179070b87e7a000115/article/italiandeli.jpg?1351279101" width="595" /></a></p> <p>This colourful little café/shop is lined with authentic pasta, sauces, cured meats and cheeses, and run by the most exuberant Italian family you could hope to encounter behind a deli counter. Or indeed anywhere. As well as serving a good selection of panini, pasta, and antipasti, this deli makes the best cappuccino in Islington - an area curiously devoid of good coffee shops, despite housing what is surely the nation’s highest quota of coffee snobs. Myself included.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/angel-delicatessen">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50880ac99070b85c920000a8 2012-10-24T09:48:49+00:00 2012-10-24T16:39:31+00:00 Griffith Park Hiking Los Angeles - Health & Fitness, Parks <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/griffith-park"><img alt="Griffithpark" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/5088181c9070b804b9000004/article/griffithpark.jpg?1379902531" width="595" /></a></p> <p>While it may be true that people don’t really walk in LA (but driving half a mile only to spend ten minutes trying to park? Totally reasonable!) the health-conscious residents of this fair city certainly do like to hike. I’m still not entirely sure of the difference between the two verbs, but I think the key to the latter is that it involves ‘being in nature’ as opposed to ‘choking down smog on the side of Sunset Boulevard’.</p> <p>One of the nicest, most gratifying, and Instagram-friendly hikes to be taken is the one at Griffith Park, which leads all the way up to the famed <a href="http://www.griffithobs.org/">Observatory</a>. There are myriad trails of varying difficulty to explore in the Park, but this basic route takes you uphill for around thirty minutes of moderate exertion, where you’re met with incredible views of the city. After you’ve made your descent, refuel with breakfast or coffee at mighty cute cafe, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-trails">The Trails</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/griffith-park">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50880f409070b85c920000b4 2012-10-24T09:48:49+00:00 2012-10-24T16:41:23+00:00 The Trails Los Angeles - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-trails"><img alt="Thetrails" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/508817119070b85c920000cf/article/thetrails.jpg?1351097825" width="595" /></a></p> <p>‘Adorable’ is the first word that springs to mind when describing The Trails - this cute outdoor cafe in <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/griffith-park">Griffith Park</a> looks like a scene straight from a Disney movie. Housed in a wood cabin and surrounded by picnic tables, The Trials is where hikers, joggers and mere walkers assemble to refuel after descending one of the many trail paths nearby.</p> <p>The setting is picturesque and the site is indeed sun-dappled, but this place does not deal in charm factor alone. Luckily, The Trails comes up with the goods when it comes to food and drink - really good baked goods to be specific, as well as excellent coffee and a fairly spectacular avocado sandwich loaded with cheese, mayo, red onion, bacon bits and…alfalfa sprouts. Well this is LA, after all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-trails">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5084a2679070b858440000eb 2012-10-21T18:43:48+00:00 2012-10-22T21:52:57+00:00 Salt Yard London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/salt-yard"><img alt="Salt_yar5" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/5085b61c9070b8791700000d/article/Salt_Yar5.jpg?1350941913" width="595" /></a></p> <p>London’s ‘small plates’ trend may be spiraling around of control, but let’s not forget that before there were teeny tiny servings of ceviche and individual portions of gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese, there was tortilla and manchego and meatballs served in terracotta ramekins. These dishes were did not require a two hour wait at no-reservations restaurant, nor did they cost £11 a pop ‘but we recommend that you order at least three per person’. They were just tapas. Remember tapas?</p> <p>Luckily, London hasn’t completely forgotten tapas. In fact, it’s pretty good at it. I’ve yet to try the much-loved food served at either of Jose Pizarro’s <a href="http://www.josepizarro.com/">eponymous restaurants</a> or the always-packed <a href="http://www.barrafina.co.uk/">Barrafina</a> in Soho, but I have been to Salt Yard, and Salt Yard is really good. We went there to sample the courgette flowers stuffed with goat’s cheese, lightly fried tempura-style and drizzled with lavender honey, as listed in Time Out’s <a href="http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/2584/london-eating-2012">100 Best Dishes in London</a>. They were definitely worthy of the accolade.</p> <p>Other highlights included a gooey, oozing tortilla, a rich confit Pork Belly with mushy, rosemary-scented cannellini beans, and some delicious bresaola. Salt Yard is kind of expensive (this being central London and not a quiet backstreet in Seville) but it’s a good place to sit at the bar, order a glass of wine, and sample one dish or maybe two before you move onto your next destination. In fact, I think that might be the whole idea.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/569555/restaurant/London/Salt-Yard-Fitzrovia"><img alt="Salt Yard on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/569555/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/salt-yard">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/507f94b69070b813c0000030 2012-10-18T03:56:17+00:00 2013-05-31T03:09:58+00:00 A City That Makes Sense <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/why-i-didnt-move-to-new-york"><img alt="Phoebela" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/507f95309070b813c0000032/article/phoebeLA.jpg?1350693238" width="595" /></a></p> <p><br></p> <p>Back in April, when I first started telling people that I was moving to the US, nine times out of ten they would presume that I meant New York. When I corrected them, I was generally met by a reaction of bemusement. ‘Oh’, they’d say. ‘LA? Really? You just seem much more like a New York kind of girl.’</p> <p>I’d always seen myself as a ‘New York kind of girl’, too – or at least I’d always wanted to be one. When I first went to New York to intern at the age of 17, I felt certain that this was the place where I could ‘live my best life’, or whatever it is Oprah commands us to do. The women in New York seemed whip smart, street smart, impossibly groomed and, above all, about their business. <em>This</em> was the type of woman that 17 year old me desperately wanted to be. This is the type of woman that 24 year old me is still striving to be.</p> <p>But the world changed, New York seemed to change, and I definitely changed. When my Green Card came through back in March, I had to choose a city (there were only ever two choices in my mind) and I slowly began to realise that it wasn’t going to be New York. On paper, New York made sense: I love the city, have great friends and professional contacts there, a good grasp of its geography and public transport system, and an internal Rolodex of my favourite brunch spots and dive bars below 14th street. I knew I could dip safely and happily into day to day life in NYC. But I didn’t want to. I wanted to live in LA.</p> <p>New York is a place of sharply defined (and defining) memories in my mind’s eye, whereas Los Angeles was somewhere vague and hazy - a city I’d visited only a few times, and where I had hardly any friends and even fewer work prospects. And yet, there was something about LA that resonated on an internal level…A retained physical memory, perhaps, of they way it had made me feel on past visits: liberated, dreamy, at ease, productive, relaxed, <em>right</em>.</p> <p>Right was important, because life in London was feeling less and less right. It’s unsettling to feel increasingly alienated from the place where you were born/had your first kiss/graduated from university, but that’s exactly what was happening. London was beginning to feel like a much-loved jumper that once fit perfectly but was now slowly starting to lose its shape. At the ripe old age of 24, I’d grown apathetic about socialising, restless in my hub of self-created domestic bliss, confused about work, and really fucking bored of the weather. I needed a culture shock, and I knew I wouldn’t find one in New York.</p> <p>For a born-and-bred Londoner, life in Los Angeles is about as disorienting as it gets. But somehow, LA settles me. The city has a reputation for being isolating (and rightfully so) but I find that living in a sprawling, car-reliant metropolis does really good things for the concentration. You exist in a sunlit bubble here; one that is rarely permeated by the daily distractions of life in ‘proper’ cities. For a freelance writer, this helps a lot. My chosen profession is far from the most arduous job on earth, but it does require a level of self-imposed seclusion and focus that I’ve never been able to find in New York, and which was becoming an increasing struggle in London.</p> <p>I’m sure London will feel right again at another stage in my life, when my priorities have shifted and I crave different things to feel at ease. I’m sure New York will be a good fit at a later, considerably more affluent stage, too. But for this time in my life, when I’m old enough to have an idea of who I am and how I like to live, but young enough to embrace a new way of life in a strange and sunny land, LA makes complete, (im)perfect sense.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/why-i-didnt-move-to-new-york">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/507b07b49070b8062900017a 2012-10-14T02:14:50+00:00 2012-10-15T15:06:30+00:00 Guisados Los Angeles - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/guisados"><img alt="Tacos" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/507b0bf99070b80629000182/article/tacos.jpg?1350314922" width="595" /></a></p> <p>It’s not hard to find a decent taco in LA - there are around 6 million Mexican Americans living in Greater Los Angeles, after all - but why settle for a decent taco when you could have an amazing taco? Guisados in East LA deals solely in the latter: improbably delicious, homemade corn tortillas piled with densely flavoured stewed meats or crisply battered fish, and topped with slivers of fresh avocado, drizzles of sour cream and strands of sweet red onion.</p> <p>Housed in a canteen-style corner cafe, Guisados’ short menu is as no-frills as its decor, but I was still overwhelmed by the unfamiliar descriptions marker penned onto the whiteboard behind the counter. <em>Chicarron</em>, <em>Calabacitas</em>, <em>Chuleta</em>, oh my. Luckily, Guisados take the guesswork out of the equation by offering a mini taco sampler which delivers six, McVities Digestive-sized tacos, each served with a different dollop of whatever filling they’re cooking up that day.</p> <p>On the Friday afternoon that I visited, that selection that included rich, chocolatey <em>mole poblano</em>, an unctuous <em>bistek en salsa roja</em>, and a fiery <em>cochinita pibil</em>. My untrained eye was unable to distinguish the fillings on sight alone, but each taco delivered a double mouthful of distinct, perfectly balanced flavours, fresh, chewy taco, and painfully tender meat. It’s too early to gauge whether Guisados offers the best tacos in LA, but it’s also hard to imagine finding anything better. Watch this space.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/1564889/restaurant/East-Los-Angeles/Guisados-LA"><img alt="Guisados on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1564889/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/guisados">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5075b7dd9070b877c0000027 2012-10-10T16:26:56+00:00 2012-10-10T18:06:04+00:00 Isarn London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/isarn"><img alt="Isarn" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/5075b8549070b877c000002d/article/isarn.jpg?1349895920" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Isarn, I love you. I love your rich massaman curry and your eye-wateringly spicy seafood soup and your tender chicken satay with the amazing peanut sauce that I have to resist spooning directly into my mouth. I love your tangy lime juice soda with the pretty magenta flower and your light-filled dining room and the fact that you serve brown jasmine rice heaped in ornate silver bowls.</p> <p>I love your £6.90 bento lunch set, which lets me eat delicious Thai fish cakes AND phad kimoa AND fragrant thom yam soup AND offers a big fat wedge of watermelon to round it all off. Your service is perfect, your complimentary prawn crackers are greaseless, and that little garden you have out the back really is a nice place to have lunch in the summer.</p> <p>I love the fact that no-one really knows about you. I love you so much that I had to tell people about you. I hope that they love you as much as I do.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/565092/restaurant/London/Isarn-Islington"><img alt="Isarn on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/565092/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/isarn">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/506b88d99070b822e1000365 2012-10-03T13:15:00+00:00 2012-10-05T16:29:33+00:00 Ruby's London - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/rubys"><img alt="Ruby" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/506f0a089070b8762500000a/article/ruby.jpg?1349457063" width="595" /></a></p> <p>As Dalston slouches towards full-blown gentrification, I’m hoping that it’s the Ruby’s, rather than the Starbucks, of this world that will come to characterise the transformation of E8. There has been a steady stream of independent food and drink openings in the area – <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/a-little-of-what-you-fancy">A Little of What You Fancy</a>, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/reilly-rocket">Reilly’s</a>, <a href="http://whiterabbitdalston.com/">White Rabbit</a>, <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ritas-bar-and-dining">Rita’s</a> - in recent years and the newish Ruby’s is another jewel in the crown. A chic, speakeasy style cocktail bar that wouldn’t feel out of place in a W1 backstreet, Ruby’s is in fact hidden down a small staircase amongst the many Turkish restaurants and fruit shops of Stoke Newington Road.</p> <p>With its low lighting and inventive cocktail menu, Ruby’s is a sophisticated place to stop off when you’re not quite ready (read: drunk enough) for <a href="http://www.qype.co.uk/place/2117572-Efes-Snooker-Club-London">Efes</a>. The staff are insanely friendly, the atmosphere is refreshingly unpretentious, and most importantly the drinks are good and <em>strong</em> – the expertly mixed blackberry mojitos served in 1940s Manchester milk bottles being particularly delicious (try to resist the urge to slurp them down like Ribena – a lesson I learnt the messy way). There’s no food and not that many tables, so line your stomach first and be prepared to wait: Ruby’s is worth it, and well, this is Dalston after all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/rubys">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/506b35269070b822e10002b1 2012-10-01T13:15:35+00:00 2012-10-12T20:36:29+00:00 Princess Garden of Mayfair London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/princess-garden-of-mayfair"><img alt="Princessgarden" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/506b35a89070b822e10002b4/article/princessgarden.jpg?1350074884" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Princess Garden is pretty much perfect. So perfect that I’m wary of disclosing its existence. But hey, I don’t live in London at the moment so someone - that would be you - may as well enjoy the best dim sum restaurant in the city on my behalf. Yeah, I said it.</p> <p>From its location on a seriously money Mayfair street to a crispy, chewy golden cuttlefish cheung fun that I always up end up ordering twice (it’s that good), everything about Princess Garden is unexpectedly delightful. As well as that incredible cheung fun, I also love the fragrant prawn and chive dumplings, the succulent shu mai, and the always reliable rendition of Peking duck. The room is airy and light-filled, the reception area is surprisingly bouji and the service is impeccable - on a recent visit I was hungover and wincing in the strong light of the afternoon sun when a waiter walked over and lowered the blinds next to my table without saying a word. I mean, COME ON.</p> <p>And get this: it’s not expensive. Nope, totally bog-standard dim sum prices to be found here, ranging from about £3-6 (I can’t attest for the rest of the menu). I don’t get it either. But go forth and enjoy. Have a har gau for me, yeah?</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/568776/restaurant/Mayfair/Princess-Garden-London"><img alt="Princess Garden on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/568776/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/princess-garden-of-mayfair">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/506b368d9070b822e10002bf 2012-10-01T13:15:35+00:00 2012-10-02T23:47:45+00:00 Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/newington-green-fruit-and-vegetables"><img alt="Newingtongreen" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/506b79f79070b822e1000337/article/newingtongreen.jpg?1349292575" width="595" /></a></p> <p>I rarely enjoy the physical process of shopping, but Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables is as close to a perfect retail experience as you’re likely to find anywhere in London. Open 8am-10pm, seven days a week, this shop is almost overflowing with the freshest and best value fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds I’ve ever come across in the city.</p> <p>Replenishing its stock of everything from the most basic English apples to the rarest breeds of chili pepper on a daily basis, Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables is perfect if you’re seeking the obscure ingredients for a dish of Ottolenghi-esque requirements. It’s even more perfect if you want a quick, affordable place to do your weekly shop: I usually fill two huge canvas bags (they discourage the use of plastic ones) with avocados, vine tomatoes, figs and all sorts of other usually-pricey items for under £15. Actually, the cashiers fill it for you - packing the items efficiently and neatly at the register in a way that ensures your Pakistani honey mangoes (just £1.25 a pop!) never suffer even the smallest bruise. Like I said: just perfect.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/newington-green-fruit-and-vegetables">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/506b7e9e9070b822e1000348 2012-10-01T13:15:35+00:00 2012-10-03T18:59:45+00:00 Honey & Co London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/honey-and-co"><img alt="Honeyandco" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/506b86659070b822e100035b/article/honeyandco.jpg?1349292576" width="595" /></a></p> <p>The cutely named Honey & Co is an equally cute little restaurant just off Warren Street, recently opened by a smiley husband and wife team who were formerly head chef and head pastry chef at Ottolenghi and Nopi respectively. Together they oversee this small restaurant’s menu of homemade dishes, all of which offer that vibrant, fresh and flavoursome style of Middle Eastern cooking associated with Yotam Ottolenghi’s much-loved restaurant/recipe book empire.</p> <p>Not that Honey & Co is at all an Ottolenghi rip-off - they’re very much doing their own thing. That thing consists of a regularly changing menu of drool-inducing dishes: lamb shawarma with crisp pita, yoghurt and mint, tiger prawn tagine with saffron, and coriander chicken with fresh sweetcorn were amongst the offerings on the summer day that I visited. Reluctant to limit myself to just one dish (greedy guts till I die) I went for the mezze platter and was presented with dinky little dishes of watermelon salad with creamy feta, cheesy stuffed pastry, smokey corn on the cob and freshly baked pita, amongst other delicious things. All of this was washed down with an orange blossom iced tea - quite possibly the most sublime soft drink I’ve ever tried - and came in at just over a tenner. Cute, cute, cute.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1699006/restaurant/Fitzrovia/Honey-Co-London"><img alt="Honey & Co on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1699006/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/honey-and-co">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5063af679070b8693d000011 2012-09-27T01:13:16+00:00 2013-05-31T03:10:12+00:00 Los Angeles: Initial Impressions <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/los-angeles-some-initial-impressions"><img alt="Sunset" height="446" src="/system/files/102012/507f946c9070b813c0000028/article/sunset.jpg?1350543680" width="595" /></a></p> <p><br> <strong>One week ago, I moved from London to Los Angeles. Here are a few thoughts from the past seven days.</strong></p> <p>The first thing that strikes me about LA is the words. For a town built on moving image, there is an awful lot of reading to be done in Los Angeles. Words loom over you, pop up out of nowhere, demand your attention as you drive down Sunset Boulevard. In a car-dependent city where people relentlessly traverse the freeways, written words on roadside signs replace spoken words between strangers. You engage in a constant dialogue with traffic signs, real estate ads and billboards for Matthew Perry’s new show on NBC (doesn’t look great, in case you were wondering).</p> <p>LA’s wordiness isn’t the only thing that takes me by surprise. People always talk about the infamous ‘LA sprawl’, but it’s something that you really can’t prepare yourself for if you’ve grown up in a city as integrated - in every sense of the word - as London. As the car weaves around corners and crosses intersections, I find myself subconsciously anticipating the bit where we reach all the action – if not a Soho equivalent then a Wardour Street at the very least. But it never really comes. There are frequent clusters of yoga studios, boutiques, and patio cafes, but for the most part it’s strip malls. Lots and lots of strip malls.</p> <p>For every gridlocked freeway, though, there is a slice of aesthetic wonder to neutralise it. The giddying scale of the sun-bleached mountains in Topanga Canyon. A mesmerising view of the city from the vantage point of a Beverly Hills terrace, blinking up at you through a strata of smog. Pastel cottages framed by explosions of fuchsia bougainvillea. A crisp, cool breeze on Zuma Beach, Malibu, that cuts straight through the 100 degree heat of a late September day. When LA is good, it is idyllic. There is a dreamy, cinematic quality shared by all its varied landscapes that makes you understand why they make movies here.</p> <p>And, of course, there are those aspects of LA that come as no surprise whatsoever. Daily sunshine, ubiquitous palm trees. The unabashed wholesomeness of the food, and the sudden compulsion to eat it (within the first 48 hours of being here, I’d consumed kale, quinoa, coconut milk, agave syrup, chia seeds, seaweed and tempeh. <em>Willingly.</em>) And then there’s that famous ‘Hollywood’ sign, ever conspicuous from its hillside nesting point, and a welcome point of reference in a still unfamiliar town.</p> <p>There’s no denying that LA is a disorienting place. But there are enough signs and signals to indicate the possibility of a really good life to be led here. I just need to learn how to read them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/los-angeles-some-initial-impressions">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5060e6629070b8281300000c 2012-09-24T22:48:16+00:00 2012-10-22T22:08:04+00:00 Delicatessen Yoshino London - Restaurant, Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yoshino-deli"><img alt="Yoshino" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/5060dbd09070b80497000087/article/yoshino.jpg?1348597792" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Delicatessen Yoshino is the sister shop to the very good, rather expensive, and slightly soulless Yoshino restaurant in Piccadilly Circus. In this takeaway emporium, the standards remain the same but the prices drop drastically - £3 will buy you eight pieces of organic salmon and avocado maki, and most packs are even cheaper. It’s not somewhere to linger over a long lunch, but Yoshino is perfect for picking up a quick snack when you’re in central London and don’t want to give in to the lure of plasticky Pret.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yoshino-deli">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5060e9229070b82813000025 2012-09-24T22:48:16+00:00 2012-09-25T17:45:17+00:00 Hare & Tortoise London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hare-and-tortoise"><img alt="Haretortoise2" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/5060dc1d9070b8049700008a/article/haretortoise2.jpg?1348595154" width="595" /></a></p> <p>I’ve spent many hungover mornings in the clean and clinical environs of Hare & Tortoise’s Bloomsbury location, easing my headache with a cavernous bowl of Chicken Katsu curry, which comes in at just £6.50 for an obscenely large and rich serving. On days when I’m seeking food to cleanse rather than comfort, the sushi set is sublime and the green salad is one of the best I’ve ever had. Consisting of nothing more than some leaves, some cherry tomatoes, and some slivers of avocado and cucumber in a light sesame dressing, it’s understated but perfectly executed – much like the restaurant itself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/564642/restaurant/Bloomsbury/Hare-and-Tortoise-Noodle-Bar-London"><img alt="Hare and Tortoise Noodle Bar on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/564642/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hare-and-tortoise">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5060ea269070b82813000032 2012-09-24T22:48:16+00:00 2012-09-25T17:46:07+00:00 Yoobi London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yoobi"><img alt="Yoobi2" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/5060dbfa9070b80497000088/article/yoobi2.jpg?1348597793" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Recently-opened Yoobi is a welcome addition to Soho’s excellent offering of affordable lunch options. The blonde wood space is fresh and modern and the food is much the same. Offering temaki (the conical hand rolls) instead of the traditional maki (although you can order those if you like) everything is made to order, fairly priced, and delicious.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1675999/restaurant/Soho/Yoobi-London"><img alt="Yoobi on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1675999/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yoobi">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5060eede9070b82813000046 2012-09-24T22:48:16+00:00 2013-04-04T20:00:30+00:00 Atari-Ya London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/atari-ya"><img alt="Atari2" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/5060ef9f9070b8281300004a/article/atari2.jpg?1348597795" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Atari-Ya supplies fish to some of the most expensive Japanese restaurants in London, which tells you all you need to know about this tiny shop-slash-cafe just behind Selfridges. On a recent shopping trip to the area, I sought refuge at one of the pavement-side tables and had the freshest sashimi salad (two slices each of melting tuna, salmon and prawns) plus perfectly-crafted salmon maki and spicy tuna maki (fatty, delicious salmon in the former; a pleasing lack of gloopy mayonnaise in the latter). Atari-Ya’s a good place to retreat if you’re shopping in the burning pit of hell that is Oxford Street, or to get a great meal if you happen to find yourself near one of its several locations in north-west London.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1489864/restaurant/Marylebone/Atari-ya-London"><img alt="Atari-ya on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1489864/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/atari-ya">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5060e32b9070b804970000a9 2012-09-24T16:47:21+00:00 2012-09-25T17:42:38+00:00 Pham Sushi London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pham"><img alt="Phamex" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/5061ecf99070b805c2000064/article/phamex.jpg?1348597796" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Located in the labyrinthine streets around the Barbican, Pham’s slightly inconvenient location and non-glam interior means the prices are relatively low and the focus stays on the food. And the food is very good, especially at these prices - fresh, perfectly made dragon rolls, spicy tuna rolls and plenty of Nobu-style dishes if you’re feeling ‘black cod’ fancy. Well worth a trip to EC1 (or home delivery if you live within a mile’s radius. In which case, lucky you.)</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/568243/restaurant/Barbican/Pham-Sushi-London"><img alt="Pham Sushi on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/568243/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pham">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/505de2199070b8054d0002bc 2012-09-21T11:28:16+00:00 2013-05-31T02:59:51+00:00 Top 5: Cheap Japanese Eats in London Atari-Ya, Budget, Hare & Tortoise, Japanese Food, London, Pham, Sushi, Yoobi, Yoshino <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/listed-japanese-food-in-london"><img alt="Haretortoise2" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/5060dc1d9070b8049700008a/article/haretortoise2.jpg?1348595154" width="595" /></a></p> <p>If you’re the type of person who can afford to walk in Nobu with no shoes, then London is a great place to eat Japanese food. We’ve got <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yashin">Yashin</a>, we’ve got <a href="http://www.rokarestaurant.com/">Roka</a> we’ve got <a href="http://www.zumarestaurant.com/zuma-landing/london/en/welcome">Zuma</a> and <a href="http://www.dinings.co.uk/">Dinings</a> and <a href="http://www.chisourestaurant.com/">Chisou</a>. But if you’re not on that kind of budget, and not willing to resort to a Tesco Variety Sushi Pack, then you might struggle to find a bento box that bridges the gap.</p> <p>But all is not lost. Since I first sampled the salty, fatty delights of a salmon and avocado maki roll dunked in soy sauce, I’ve been on self-imposed mission to find the best sushi, katsu and udon that I can afford in my part of the city and there’s definitely some good stuff out there. Here are a few of the places that I like best.</p> <p><strong>Pham</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pham">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>Located in the labyrinthine streets around the Barbican, Pham’s slightly inconvenient location and non-glam interior means the prices are relatively low and the focus stays on the food. And the food is very good, especially at these prices - fresh, perfectly made dragon rolls, spicy tuna rolls and plenty of Nobu-style dishes if you’re feeling ‘black cod’ fancy. Well worth a trip to EC1 (or home delivery if you live within a mile radius. In which case, lucky you.)</p> <p><strong>Delicatessen Yoshino</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yoshino-deli">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>Delicatessen Yoshino is the sister shop to the very good, rather expensive, and slightly soulless Yoshino restaurant in Piccadilly Circus. In this takeaway emporium, the standards remain the same but the prices drop drastically - £3 will buy you eight pieces of organic salmon and avocado maki, and most packs are even cheaper. It’s not somewhere to linger over a long lunch, but Yoshino is perfect for picking up a quick snack when you’re in central London and don’t want to give in to the lure of plasticky Pret.</p> <p><strong>Hare & Tortoise</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hare-and-tortoise">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>I’ve spent many hungover mornings in the clean and clinical environs of Hare & Tortoise’s Bloomsbury location, easing my headache with a cavernous bowl of Chicken Katsu curry, which comes in at just £6.50 for an obscenely large and rich serving. On days when I’m seeking food to cleanse rather than comfort, the sushi set is sublime and the green salad is one of the best I’ve ever had. Consisting of nothing more than some leaves, some cherry tomatoes, and some slivers of avocado and cucumber in a light sesame dressing, it’s understated but perfectly executed – much like the restaurant itself.</p> <p><strong>Yoobi</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yoobi">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>Recently-opened Yoobi is a welcome addition to Soho’s excellent offering of affordable lunch options. The blonde wood space is fresh and modern and the food is much the same. Offering temaki (the conical hand rolls) instead of the traditional maki (although you can order those if you like) everything is made to order, fairly priced, and delicious.</p> <p><strong>Atari Ya</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/atari-ya">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>Atari-Ya supplies fish to some of the most expensive Japanese restaurants in London, which tells you all you need to know about this tiny shop-slash-cafe just behind Selfridges. On a recent shopping trip to the area, I sought refuge at one of the pavement-side tables and had the freshest sashimi salad (two slices each of melting tuna, salmon and prawns) plus perfectly-crafted salmon maki and spicy tuna maki (fatty, delicious salmon in the former; a pleasing lack of gloopy mayonnaise in the latter). Atari-Ya’s a good place to seek refuge if you’re shopping in the burning pit of hell that is Oxford Street, or to get a great meal if you happen to find yourself near one of its several locations in north-West London.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/listed-japanese-food-in-london">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5050c62e9070b8403c0000bd 2012-09-12T10:43:16+00:00 2013-12-03T01:47:24+00:00 Rita's Bar and Dining - CLOSED London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ritas-bar-and-dining"><img alt="Rita's" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/5051bcdf9070b82341000074/article/rita's.jpg?1347543645" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>This pop-up restaurant is now closed. Details of Rita’s new permanent space can be found <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ritas">here</a></strong></p> <p>Eating in London has changed. All over the city, new restaurants are popping up like Butterkist, offering new concepts, new flavours, and unexpectedly amazing food served in the unlikeliest of settings. Currently exemplifying all that is good and great about this shift is Rita’s Bar and Dining, run by <a href="http://www.brunswickhousecafe.com/">Brunswick House Cafe’s</a> Jackson Boxer and Gabriel Pryce alongside pastry chef Phoebe Oliver, London’s hostest with the mostess Missy Flynn and Real Gold’s Deano Jo. Imagine a roadside Southern soul food joint, picked up and spat out on a particularly grimy stretch of the Dalston ‘strip’. The food at Rita’s is that incongruous, and all the more exciting for it.</p> <p>I wandered down on Tuesday night at 9pm, expecting a half-empty dining room and a quiet evening meal. Erm, not quite. The crowd was spilling out onto the street, Frank Ocean was blaring out of the speakers and the staff informed me that I was in for a half hour wait.</p> <p>It’s not hard to see the appeal. Thirty minutes pass easily when you’ve got a frozen hibiscus margarita in your hand. Once seated, you choose from a selection of dishes that cost no more than £8. Reasonable prices and small-ish portion sizes justify ordering most of the short menu. The corn comes Mexican style: grilled, coated in sour cream and parmesan, dusted with chilli powder, finished with a squeeze of lime. The crispy fried chicken sandwich arrives in a nostalgic brown paper bag. And the soy and ginger chicken wings are probably the best wings I’ve ever tried - juicy, succulent, and exploding with flavour (that’s what she said). It’s easy to be sceptical about a place that has generated so much hype but in a part of East London where the gimmick reigns supreme, Rita’s is the real deal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1691166/restaurant/Stoke-Newington/Ritas-Bar-and-Dining-London"><img alt="Rita's Bar and Dining on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1691166/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ritas-bar-and-dining">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/504f0aee9070b816ef00001c 2012-09-12T09:01:00+00:00 2013-05-31T03:06:40+00:00 Ronojoy Dam's London <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/ronojoy-dam-1"><img alt="Ronojoyarticle" height="445" src="/system/files/092012/504f8b449070b8449b000055/article/ronojoyarticle.jpg?1347446892" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Thoughts on London past and present, from VICE’s UK Creative Director Ronojoy Dam.</strong></p> <p>I was born, and still live, in Dalston. There was more of a Caribbean presence back then; I remember passing by all the old reggae stalls in Ridley market with my old man and most of my childhood friends were Jamaican. I grew up through the increasing arrival of the Turkish and Kurdish community to the area, which was totally revitalised by their late night restaurants and supermarkets. In retrospect, it was rougher back then; there weren’t street lights at night and there were issues with gangs, kerb crawling and crack houses. I was definitely mugged a few times and got into a couple of scraps. But there was always this incredible and inspiring energy on the streets. There was a real market community attitude, a positive spirit and a local pride. It taught me a lot about how to live.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/ronojoy-dam-1">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/504f771d9070b8449b000011 2012-09-11T17:23:48+00:00 2012-09-11T19:07:27+00:00 Experimental Cocktail Club London - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/experimental-cocktail-club"><img alt="Experimental-cocktail-club-soho-london-bar" height="398" src="/system/files/092012/504f7a4e9070b8449b000016/article/experimental-cocktail-club-soho-london-bar.jpg?1370974750" width="595" /></a></p> <p>If you’re not paying extremely close attention, it’s likely that you’ll walk past the entrance to the Experimental Cocktail Club half a dozen times before you work out where it is. But that’s kind of the point. This tiny speakeasy is the Chinatown outpost of the ultracool New York and Paris-based drinking holes of the same name, and its exclusivity is undeniably part of the allure. Reserve a table in advance or wing it with a walk-in and prepare to experience some of the most inventive - and expensive - cocktails you’ve ever tried.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/experimental-cocktail-club">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/504f70b89070b84335000008 2012-09-11T17:04:22+00:00 2013-06-24T21:59:34+00:00 Frank's Cafe London - Bars & Clubs, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/franks"><img alt="01" height="233" src="/system/files/092012/504f8cdf9070b8449b00006a/article/01.jpeg?1347391956" width="310" /></a></p> <p>Every summer, Frank’s Cafe pops up on the rooftop of a Peckham carpark and provides its patrons with several months of popsicle-coloured Campari cocktails (the bar is sponsored by the Italian aperitif brand), delicious food, and some of the best views you’ll find in London. Come rain or shine, this is one of the city’s best - and most unique - bar experiences.</p> <p><em>Image via <a href="http://frankscafe.org.uk">frankscafe.org.uk</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1541040/restaurant/Peckham/Franks-Cafe-and-Campari-Bar-London"><img alt="Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1541040/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/franks">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/504e0a3d9070b82e2300000e 2012-09-10T15:38:52+00:00 2012-09-10T16:16:10+00:00 La Bodega Ibiza - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/la-bodega-talamanca"><img alt="Img_1540" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/504e113f9070b82e23000020/article/IMG_1540.jpg?1347355805" width="595" /></a></p> <p>There are two outposts of this fashionable tapas bar in Ibiza - one at the foot of the historic Dalt Villa in Ibiza Town and this one, which overlooks the buzzing Talamanca Beach. I’ve only been to the latter location, but by all accounts they both offer much the same thing: a hip atmosphere, friendly service and really good tapas.</p> <p>We particularly liked the rich meatballs and melting croquetas but there were no real duds in our eight-dish strong order. The people-watching was above average, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/la-bodega-talamanca">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/504e131b9070b82e23000031 2012-09-10T15:38:52+00:00 2012-09-10T17:11:19+00:00 Hostal Talamanca Ibiza - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hostal-talamanca"><img alt="Img_1538" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/504e1db09070b82e23000047/article/IMG_1538.jpg?1347355806" width="595" /></a></p> <p>A hostel by name but not really by nature, the Hostal Talamanca is less of a dirt-cheap dormitory for travellers, more of a chic, family-run hotel that leads you out right onto the shores of Talamanca Beach. Reasonably priced (at least, by astronomical Ibizan standards) and surprisingly atmospheric, the Hostal offers clean but basic white-washed rooms, a seafront restaurant and a chilled outdoor bar area, strewn with giant cushions and vivacious, sangria-drinking locals.</p> <p>Located about twenty minutes walk from Ibiza Town and within close proximity to dozens of bars and restaurants, the Hostal Talamanca is certainly worth considering if you want to be close, but not <em>too close</em> to all the action. But if you do choose to stay here then take heed of every single review you’ll find online - including this one - and pay a bit extra for a room with a sea view. It is worth it. I promise you, it is worth it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hostal-talamanca">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/504e1f909070b82e23000051 2012-09-10T15:38:52+00:00 2012-09-10T19:48:53+00:00 Sa Punta Ibiza - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sa-punta"><img alt="Sapuntaphoebelovatt" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/504e42e49070b82e23000090/article/SaPuntaPhoebeLovatt.jpg?1347355808" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Sa Punta is owned by the people behind Ibiza’s superclub Pacha, but try not to let that put you off. There are no giant cherry logos, no blaring house music, and no half-naked girls dancing in giant martini glasses (sadly). If anything Sa Punta is a little bit too staid: in lieu of clubbers there are lots of wealthy sixty-somethings picking at seabass and drinking ice-cold white wine. Sophisticated, yes. Wildly atmospheric? No.</p> <p>However the restaurant itself is lovely, with a view that allows you to watch the sunset over the bay until you can see Dalt Villa, glimmering like a gold coin in the distance. The food is expensive but luxurious: we ate lobster niçoise, seafood linguine and steak. Fancy, huh?</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sa-punta">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/504d03099070b806d000011c 2012-09-08T22:10:40+00:00 2012-09-10T17:15:36+00:00 Chiringuito de Aguas Blancas Ibiza - Bars & Clubs, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/chiringuito-de-aguas-blancas"><img alt="Img_1505" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/50449a9b9070b862d3000151/article/IMG_1505.jpg?1347293772" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Most beaches in Ibiza come equipped with some sort of chiringuito (informal beach bar) but this one feels a little bit special. That’s partly down to the setting - it’s hoisted up on a jut in the cliff overlooking the gorgeous Aguas Blancas beach - and partly down to the cute, kitsch aesthetic and above-average food and drinks. There are little bar tables shaded by shaggy palm umbrellas, great caipirinhas and mojitos, and delicious grilled sandwiches packed with melted cheese and ripe avocado. Just try to avoid catching sight of the old men walking around in their birthday suits (Aguas Blancas is partially a nudist beach) and you’re sure to have a lovely time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/chiringuito-de-aguas-blancas">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/504deda59070b806d00001f5 2012-09-08T22:10:40+00:00 2012-09-10T15:38:43+00:00 Aguas Blancas Ibiza - Beach <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/aguas-blancas"><img alt="Ibiza5" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/50433dbe9070b83fc8000049/article/ibiza5.jpg?1347291577" width="595" /></a></p> <p>If you’re staying anywhere near Ibiza Town or San Antonio, then Aguas Blancas beach is a bit of a trek. But it’s worth the journey. Tucked away in the North Eastern part of the island and located at the bottom of a steep path, Aguas Blancas rewards your wayfaring efforts with clear, warm waters, minimal tourists and a characterful <a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/chiringuito-de-aguas-blancas">chiringuito</a>. If you swim around the bay, you’ll discover a secluded satellite beach surrounded a series of small caves that’s perfect for exploring/escaping/loudly echoing swear words.</p> <p>It’s also partially a nudist beach, if you’re particularly averse to tan lines.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/aguas-blancas">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50477ce79070b81ec200003f 2012-09-05T12:48:17+00:00 2012-09-05T16:36:55+00:00 Fish Shack Ibiza - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/fish-shack"><img alt="Img_1454" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/50477d2a9070b81ec2000042/article/IMG_1454.jpg?1346864647" width="595" /></a></p> <p>It feels slightly wrong to blast information about a restaurant as pure, simple and untainted as this one all over the Internet, but I can’t keep this place to myself. Ibiza’s fish shack has no website, no address, and no proper name that I’m aware of. You just walk right to the end of Talamanca Bay, scramble up the rocky path beyond Sa Punta restaurant, and pray that it’s open.</p> <p>If it is, you’ll be met by a small cluster of wooden tables shaded from the baking hot sun by a roof of umbrellas. You’ll sit down and look out at the bay, which stretches all the way to Ibiza’s Old Town in front of you. A waiter will bring over some bread and olives and reel off the day’s menu: ‘Shrimp, squid, Dorada, swordfish’. And about twenty minutes later, you’ll be served a platter of the freshest fish of your life, alongside some inexplicably delicious boiled potatoes slicked in olive oil, and a simple tomato salad.</p> <p>Afterwards you might want to lounge around sipping ice cold beers, climb down into the sea, or just laze around on the flat rocks and generally feel good about life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/fish-shack">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/504780e19070b81ec2000054 2012-09-05T12:48:17+00:00 2012-09-10T17:15:52+00:00 Chiringuito Alegría Ibiza - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/chiringuito-alegria"><img alt="Chirinquito_alegria_talamanca" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/5047828e9070b81ec2000057/article/Chirinquito_Alegria_Talamanca.jpg?1346866577" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Less a bar and more of a shack on Talamanca Beach, Chiringuito Alegría buzzes from early evening onwards, as people peel themselves off the sand for an evening drink and locals descend in packs to drink sangria and sing along to the Spanish guitarists who rock up most nights of the week.</p> <p>The appeal of this bar lies in its drinks (which are soothingly strong), its service (which is friendly and efficient) and its vibe (which is authentic but inclusive). The Alegría also seems to be rightfully renowned for its mojitos, which are served either straight up or with the addition of pulped-up fresh strawberries. A great place to end a sunny day on the beach or start a night out - get the head bartender pictured above to select a liquor for your pre-party shot(s). He will do a very good job.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/chiringuito-alegria">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/50433d659070b83fc8000044 2012-09-02T05:34:58+00:00 2013-05-31T03:10:22+00:00 Ibiza <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/ibiza"><img alt="Ibiza8" height="446" src="/system/files/092012/50433dee9070b862d3000003/article/ibiza8.jpg?1347292310" width="595" /></a></p> <p>I went to Ibiza for the first time when I was 16. It was the perfect holiday for a transitional age: a shapeshifting island that morphs its colours, sounds, and sights in a myriad of ways. In the daytime we stumbled down steep rocks to secluded beaches and spent hours crashing into white-foamed waves in a giant rubber ring. At night, my friends and I snuck out of the villa we were staying at with our parents to smoke surreptitious cigarettes, drink Vodka Fanta Limon and dance on giant speakers at Manumission. Ibiza is one of the few places I’ve been to in the world (New York is another) where there’s a natural energy so strong that it engulfs you like a wave. There’s no point resisting and so you just surrender to it in a way that is disorientating and intoxicating. It always leaves you wanting more.</p> <p>This summer, after almost eight years of intermittently craving Ibiza, I got my second hit. This time we stayed in a <em>Hostal</em>, and yes that does translate as ‘hostel’ - a word that usually evokes images of homicidal dormmates and cockroach-infested bathrooms. But the Hostal Talamanca turned out to be a chic, family-run hotel with a cushion-strewn outside lounge area where soothing Balearic chillout music pulsed gently all day long (a genre of music that makes sense in Ibiza and nowhere else). The rosé was cold and cheap. Breakfast was served right by the sea. Our room was simple but sun-filled, with a balcony that looked out over the curving bay.</p> <p>One floor down was the two second stumble onto the white sands of Talamanca Beach. The beach was always busy, but its sands were dotted with local families and athletic Teutonic tourists, rather than groups of lobster-pink lads coming down off cheap E in the midday sun. Our hotel and the neighbouring chiringuito proved to be a local meeting point, with large crowds of young Ibizans gathering on the sand most nights to drink sugary bowls of sangria, snack on <em>habas fritas</em> and smoke endless Marlboro Reds.</p> <p>On the first night we decided to go all out with dinner at Sa Punta at the furthest end of Talamanca bay. Like so many things in Ibiza, Sa Punta is owned by Pacha, a superbrand whose ubiquitous cherry logo can make the island feel like one giant slot machine. But the restaurant itself is glamorous and white-washed and full of rich old French men and their impeccably dressed wives. Ibiza is wincingly expensive, and at somewhere like Sa Punta you may as well just hand over your credit card and roll with it. We blew the budget on lobster Niçoise, white wine and steak, before restoring the balance at Bar Alegria: the packed out beach bar next to our Hostal, where an imposing head bartender doled out mojitos and caipirinhas to an increasingly raucous crowd.</p> <p>There was another, equally expensive meal at La Oliva (amazing aioli, lots of beautiful people not eating it) which is set on the cobbled streets of the beautiful Dalt Villa, as well as tapas at the Talamanca outpost of hip Ibiza Town restaurant La Bodega. But the best meal of the trip – in fact, one of the best meals of my life - was at a fish shack so low-key that it doesn’t even have an official name or address. Located at the end of the bay just beyond Sa Punta, the shack is nothing more than a gathering of tables on the rocks. There’s no website, no opening hours, no menu. You just turn up, choose from a list of fish and shellfish reeled off by a waiter, then kick back in near bliss as you sip ice cold Estrellas and eat crispy-skinned grilled seabass.</p> <p>But of course no-one – not even me – goes to Ibiza just to eat. The clubs are a spectacle. Our first night was spent Ushuaia, where Disclosure and Jessie Ware played to an outdoor crowd of thousands of happy clubbers while candy-coloured confetti rained down from the sky. Later, we went onto Pacha where a perfectly toned girl writhed in a giant martini glass, wrapped in red ribbon and nothing else. And then there was Space – a vast cavern of a club where we danced under a huge inflated smiley face suspended from the ceiling. Like everything on the island, clubbing in Ibiza is a surreal experience that leaves you feeling like you’ve fallen headfirst into a kaleidoscope.</p> <p>And Ibiza is a chameleon-like place, that shifts its colours to attune to the eyes of the beholder. There are white sands and velvety blue waters for families; neon lights and fluorescent glow sticks for euphoric clubbers; stark black palm trees silhouetted against pastel sunsets for lovers and Instagrammers. Ibiza will take you up to the apex of ostentatious luxury – €400 bottles of vodka, all-white fusion restaurants serving pasta at €29 a plate – and back down to the simplest pleasures in the world: a ramshackle fish shack on the flat rocks of a cliff, where you’ll eat the freshest squid of your life before jumping into the dense navy sea below. It’s liberating, absurd, glamorous, and above all, completely addictive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/ibiza">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/503ccf9a9070b8562d000042 2012-08-28T08:50:14+00:00 2013-07-02T19:56:26+00:00 Maxime Büchi's London, NYC, Lausanne... <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/maxime"><img alt="Maximebuechiarticle" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/503393f29070b84d1f0002ce/article/maximebuechiarticle.jpg?1346164182" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>Renowned tattoo artist and Sang Bleu magazine founder Maxime Büchi offers insights into travelling, communicating, and tattooing traditions around the world.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/maxime">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50361d5e9070b8297e000026 2012-08-23T09:30:39+00:00 2012-10-22T22:02:06+00:00 The Admiral Codrington London - Pub, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/admiral-codrington"><img alt="Admiralcod" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/50377c519070b81bab000011/article/admiralcod.jpg?1345816235" width="595" /></a></p> <p>We went to Admiral Codrington specifically to eat burgers, and it didn’t take long to realise that we weren’t the only ones. After venturing through the front room of a non-descript pub in Chelsea, we sat down in the skylight-roofed dining room at 7pm. Twenty minutes later, no less than eight burgers had been served up through the hatch of the semi-open kitchen opposite our seats. The only other order came from a father and son, who had requested a solitary 10oz Black Angus Sirloin steak…to be eaten as a side dish with their burgers. Well, obviously.</p> <p>Through word of mouth and the wonders of the Internet, The Admiral Codrington has earnt itself a reputation as offering one of the best burgers in London, and rightfully so. The patty (made of in-house aged beef) is expertly charred on the outside and a perfect, blushing pink within. The American cheese and crunchy pickles cut sharply through the fattiness of the meat. The bun is shiny and light but doesn’t disintegrate into a soggy mess in your hands. There are chips served alongside (you’d expect there to be, at £16) and they are really good chips - crisp, fluffy, abundant. And don’t let your burger-shaped tunnel vision distract you from the rest of the menu, which offers salt and pepper squid in an unexpectedly delicious fish and chip-style batter, a deeply savoury Mac and Cheese and lots of posh things like Wild Crab Linguine and Confit Belly of Port in case you don’t feel like ordering the burger.</p> <p>But you really should order the burger.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/560160/restaurant/London/South-Kensington/Admiral-Codrington-Chelsea"><img alt="Admiral Codrington on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/560160/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/admiral-codrington">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5034a6949070b879290000d4 2012-08-21T21:49:08+00:00 2012-10-22T22:09:15+00:00 Northern Spy New York - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/northern-spy"><img alt="Northernspy6" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5034a6ec9070b879290000d6/article/NorthernSpy6.jpg?1345638938" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Northern Spy Food Co. feels like a very true New York kind of restaurant. When I think about eating out in NYC, it’s this type of experience that I call to mind: an inventive, locally-sourced menu, an intimate, slightly industrial dining room, and lots and lots of kale (New Yorkers really love their kale). Places like this are what makes the restaurant culture in the city so great - the attention to detail is always so high, from the killer bread basket to the complimentary salted caramel to end your dinner. You don’t have to be at a Michelin-starred restaurant or in an expensive part of town to have a really memorable meal.</p> <p>We tried Northern Spy for brunch on a particularly hungover morning and soaked up our headaches with a rich corned beef brisket hash, a refreshing kale and pecorino salad with baked eggs, and crisp, salty potato wedges dipped into tangy malted yoghurt dip. The room was mind-soothingly quiet, the service was efficient and the Fuji Apple mimosa was the most elegant hair of the dog I’ve ever tried. Northern Spy, I won’t forget you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/3/1482163/restaurant/East-Village/Northern-Spy-Food-Co-New-York"><img alt="Northern Spy Food Co. on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1482163/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/northern-spy">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5033cb199070b8669b00004c 2012-08-21T17:22:33+00:00 2012-10-22T22:17:18+00:00 Workshop Coffee Co. London - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/workshop-coffee-co"><img alt="Workshop" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5032610f9070b84d1f00025b/article/workshop.jpg?1345638938" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Great coffee (they roast it in-house), delicious brownies and pastries and what is probably one of London’s better burgers, served medium-rare with Comté and chiptole mayonnaise on a brioche bun.</p> <p>Workshop Coffee Co. is also one of my favourite places to have brunch in London - read why <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/best-brunch-spots-in-east-london">here</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1674533/restaurant/Clerkenwell/Workshop-Coffee-Co-London"><img alt="Workshop Coffee Co on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1674533/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/workshop-coffee-co">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5033d4d99070b8669b00006c 2012-08-21T17:22:33+00:00 2013-07-04T17:11:52+00:00 Caravan London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/caravan"><img alt="Caravan4" height="452" src="/system/files/082012/503376769070b84d1f000295/article/Caravan4.jpg?1345574441" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Caravan reminds me of a restaurant in downtown New York, and there are few places where eating out feels like <em>going</em> out more than it does in downtown New York. On warm summer nights, people sit by Caravan’s huge open windows and spill out onto the street. You can share ‘small plates’ of squid pancake and confit rabbit and drink pear and prosecco Bellinis. It’s also really good for brunch - as I’ve mentioned <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/best-brunch-spots-in-east-london">here</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1516384/restaurant/Clerkenwell/Caravan-Exmouth-Market-London"><img alt="Caravan Exmouth Market on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1516384/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/caravan">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5033e33e9070b8669b000098 2012-08-21T17:22:33+00:00 2012-10-22T22:15:38+00:00 Salvation Jane London - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/salvation-jane-1"><img alt="Salvationjane" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5033e9999070b8669b0000a7/article/salvationjane.jpg?1345638940" width="595" /></a></p> <p>The recently-opened sister restaurant to Fitzrovia’s <a href="http://lantanacafe.co.uk/">Lantana</a> offers similarly excellent takeaway coffee and cakes, plus a drool-inducing menu of breakfast, brunch and lunch items (Maple french toast with crisp bacon, grilled bananas and candied pecans - unnnghhhhhh).</p> <p>Salvation Jane is also one of my <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/best-brunch-spots-in-east-london">five favourite places to have brunch in London</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1677462/restaurant/Newham/Salvation-Jane-London"><img alt="Salvation Jane on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1677462/minilogo.gif" style="border:none;padding:0px;width:104px;height:15px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/salvation-jane-1">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5033e3789070b8669b00009f 2012-08-21T17:22:33+00:00 2012-08-21T22:05:39+00:00 A Little Of What You Fancy London - Cafe, Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/a-little-of-what-you-fancy"><img alt="Img_1177" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5033768a9070b84d1f000296/article/IMG_1177.jpg?1345638943" width="595" /></a></p> <p>One of the first gourmet (read: expensive) restaurants to open on the Dalston end of Kingsland Road, A Little of What You Fancy has an exterior that merges discretely into its dilapidated surroundings and a menu that sticks out like a sore thumb. Visit this stripped back hipster haven for rhubarb compote with rose yogurt and pistachios at breakfast time, Porcini mushroom risotto for lunch, and seared scallops with Parma ham, paprika and smoked parmesan in the evening. I think it’s at its best around brunch - read about that <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/best-brunch-spots-in-east-london">here</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/a-little-of-what-you-fancy">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5033e3639070b8669b00009c 2012-08-21T17:22:33+00:00 2012-08-21T22:03:42+00:00 Ozone Cafe London - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ozone-cafe"><img alt="Ozone" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5033fc2c9070b8669b0000df/article/ozone.jpg?1345638941" width="595" /></a></p> <p>When it comes to coffee and really good cafes, the Antipodeans run this town. Most of the best coffee in the city - from Caravan to Salvation Jane - comes courtesy of Australian and New Zealand-owned roastery-turned-cafes, and Ozone is no exception. This two floor Shoreditch space offers creamy flat whites (made with home-roasted beans, of course), fresh and fusion-y lunches and <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/best-brunch-spots-in-east-london">a seriously brilliant brunch menu</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ozone-cafe">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/503202009070b84d1f00009c 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-22T09:44:27+00:00 Highgate Wood London - Parks <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/highgate-wood"><img alt="Highgate_wood" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5032040a9070b84d1f00009e/article/HIGHGATE_WOOD.jpeg?1345638944" width="595" /></a></p> <p>When one of London’s many small squares just won’t do, head to Highgate Wood for an open space that feels more like Narnia than N6. Complete with 28 hectares of ancient woodland, a brilliant adventure playground and a really good cafe, Highgate Wood is the perfect escape from the traffic and pollution of nearby Archway Road.</p> <p><em>“My favourite green space in London is definitely Highgate Wood. You’re in there and you don’t feel like you’re in London whatsoever.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p><em>Image via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highgate_Wood">Wikipedia</a>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/highgate-wood">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/503205c69070b84d1f0000b2 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-22T09:44:01+00:00 Hampstead Heath London - Parks <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hampstead-heath"><img alt="Hampsteadheath1" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/503209c39070b84d1f0000bd/article/Hampsteadheath1.jpeg?1345638944" width="595" /></a></p> <p>791 acres of lush, sprawling woodland, a zoo, an athletics track, an education centre, kids’ parks, three swimming ponds (men’s, women’s, mixed), a Lido, and one of the best views in London from the top of Parliament Hill. What more could you ever need?</p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p><em>Image via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampstead_Heath">Wikipedia</a>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hampstead-heath">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50320af39070b84d1f0000cd 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-21T21:47:38+00:00 Bleach London London - Beauty <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/bleach-london"><img alt="Bleach" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/50320bd49070b84d1f0000df/article/bleach.jpg?1345638944" width="595" /></a></p> <p>The Courtney Love to <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/wah-nails">WAH Nails</a>’ Lil Kim, Bleach London is the unquestionably the coolest hair salon in London. The Dip Dye trend? They started that. The global resurgence of candy-coloured tresses? Yeah, that was them too. Offering an unparalled colouring service (and really good cuts and blow dries, too) from their flagship salon on Kingsland Road, Bleach London have the savyy and the skills to fulfill your wildest rainbow hair fantasies.</p> <p><em>“For my hair, Bleach is the best.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p>Image via <a href="http://bleachlondon.co.uk/">bleachlondon.co.uk</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/bleach-london">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/503214699070b84d1f00011a 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-21T21:45:14+00:00 Liberty London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/liberty"><img alt="Libertylondon" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5032149b9070b84d1f00011c/article/libertylondon.jpg?1345638945" width="595" /></a></p> <p>An old-school department store with a fresh, modern offering of menswear, womenswear, homeware and eyewear (and the rest). Liberty may have been founded in 1875 and constructed in a Tudor Revival style in the 1920s, but nowadays it offers one of the best edits of hip contemporary brands and labels to be found anywhere in London. I particularly love the super-swanky perfume department and the super-cool section dedicated exclusively to sunglasses by the likes of Retro Super Future, Linda Farrow and Persol.</p> <p><em>“I know [it’s] pretty exhausted in terms of recommendations, but I do love Liberty.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p>Image via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_(department_store)">Wikipedia</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/liberty">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/503216c59070b84d1f000128 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-22T09:38:07+00:00 Dover Street Market London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/dover-street-market"><img alt="Doverstreetmarket" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5032195d9070b84d1f000139/article/doverstreetmarket.jpg?1345638945" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Is Dover Street Market the coolest shop in London? It’s definitely up there. A concept store from Comme des Garçons’ founder Rei Kawakubo, DSM offers an extremely streamlined edit of the world’s most innovative fashion brands. The minimalist space also houses regularly changing installations, specially commissioned window displays by world renowned artists, and the delectable Rose Bakery.</p> <p><em>“I love Dover Street because it’s super future.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p>Image via <a href="http://london.doverstreetmarket.com/">london.doverstreetmarket.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/dover-street-market">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50321ad09070b84d1f00014d 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-20T11:16:22+00:00 Gail's London - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/gails"><img alt="Gails" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/50321c5e9070b84d1f000158/article/gails.jpg?1345638945" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Conveniently located in ten different London neighbourhoods, Gail’s is a bakery-slash-cafe that makes really amazing breads, cakes and pastries. At some of the branches, you can sit and enjoy Gail’s produce for breakfast (think brioche French toast served with vanilla & citrus ricotta and poached rhubarb) or lunch (have an artisan sandwich or a gourmet chorizo, roasted butternut squash & quinoa salad). I particularly like the Exmouth Market branch - probably because it’s my local, but also because it’s considerably more spacious than some of Gail’s smaller locations.</p> <p><em>“I work on Wardour Street, so for coffees or a quick lunch I always go to Gail’s. I’m there all the time. It’s really good.</em>"</p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.staging.withassociates.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p><em>Image via <a href="http://www.gailsbread.co.uk/">gailsbread.co.uk</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/gails">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50321e499070b84d1f00016d 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-20T11:30:39+00:00 Reilly Rocket London - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/reilly-rocket"><img alt="Reilly" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/50321e8a9070b84d1f00016f/article/reilly.jpg?1345638945" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Granted, it’s not everyday that you can pick up a Flat White made with Square Mile beans and get your Suzuki serviced at the same damn time, but the Reilly Rocket Motorcycle Cafe wins on more than novelty factor alone. The coffee is great, the service is friendly and they make a mean brownie.</p> <p><em>“In Dalston I go to Reilly’s all the time. It’s really quiet, I can put the baby on the floor and he can run around.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.staging.withassociates.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/reilly-rocket">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/503220689070b84d1f000184 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-20T11:40:24+00:00 Tate Modern London - Art & Culture <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/tate-modern"><img alt="Tate" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/503220a49070b84d1f000186/article/tate.jpg?1345638946" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Put simply: the best modern art museum in London (and probably one of the best modern art museums in the world).</p> <p><em>“I always have a good day at the Tate Modern – although it’s always so crowded. I really like big, grand spaces rather than small galleries. It’s not like I’m not being discerning by picking the Tate Modern but at the end of the day it’s got the most money, so it does things well.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.staging.withassociates.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p><em>Image via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tate_Modern">Wikipedia</a>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/tate-modern">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/503222579070b84d1f000197 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-21T21:48:32+00:00 Hayward Gallery London - Art & Culture <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hayward-gallery"><img alt="Hayward-gallery-london_i" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/503222b79070b84d1f00019e/article/Hayward-gallery-london_I.jpeg?1345638946" width="595" /></a></p> <p>An innovative contemporary art gallery on London’s Southbank.</p> <p><em>“I really like the Hayward Gallery.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p>Image via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayward_Gallery">Wikipedia</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hayward-gallery">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/503224a19070b84d1f0001b6 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-20T12:01:06+00:00 Boiler Room Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/boiler-room"><img alt="Boilerroom" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/503226ec9070b84d1f0001c6/article/boilerroom.jpg?1345638946" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Like all the best ideas, the concept behind the Boiler Room (which started in London and has now branched out to Berlin, New York and LA) is incredibly simple: the underground’s best DJ’s and artists gather in a secret location to play and perform to a private crowd. Oh, and the whole thing is broadcast live on UStream for music enthusiasts and couch potatoes worldwide. Bet you wish you thought of that, eh? Yeah. Me too.</p> <p><em>“If I’ve got friends in town, I’d take them to Boiler Room. I feel like it’s a moment in time right now. It’s such a weird thing for people to comprehend, that they’re live streaming everything to the Internet. It’s essentially the last underground club in East London - you can walk past it and not know it’s there.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p><em>Image via the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/boilerroom.tv">Boiler Room’s Facebook Page</a>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/boiler-room">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/503227679070b84d1f0001d0 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2013-07-04T17:23:21+00:00 Notting Hill Arts Club London - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/notting-hill-arts-club"><img alt="Yoyonhac" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/503228349070b84d1f0001d2/article/yoyonhac.jpg?1345638946" width="595" /></a></p> <p><strong>EDIT : YoYo is sadly no longer!</strong></p> <p>Notting Hill Arts Club: home to some of the strongest drinks in London as well as the city’s most legendary hip hop night YoYo, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in spectacular fashion (Nas on the stage, Mark Ronson on the decks) earlier this year.</p> <p><em>“I have so much respect for people like [the guys behind] YoYo, who keep parties popping every week.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/notting-hill-arts-club">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50322a1f9070b84d1f0001df 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2012-08-20T12:19:46+00:00 The Flask London - Pub <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-flask"><img alt="Theflask" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/50322a829070b84d1f0001e1/article/theflask.jpg?1345638947" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Dating back to 1663, The Flask offers freshly cooked gastropub fare, London Pride on tap and a nice beer garden for those rare sunny days.</p> <p><em>“I’ll always take [visiting] friends to Highgate, because it’s just so lovely - I take them to The Flask.”</em></p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p>Image via <a href="http://theflaskhighgate.com/">theflaskhighgate.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-flask">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/503254499070b84d1f000241 2012-08-20T08:52:13+00:00 2013-05-31T03:00:15+00:00 TOP 5: 5 Favourite Brunches in London <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/best-brunch-spots-in-east-london"><img alt="Caravan4" height="452" src="/system/files/082012/503376769070b84d1f000295/article/Caravan4.jpg?1345574441" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Britain likes breakfast, and we’re good at it. Our breakfast repertoire extends from the spicy Anglo-Indian flavours of Kedgeree to the double-carb deliciousness of potato bread and the milky comfort of proper Scottish porridge. We’re known worldwide for our ‘Full English’ fry-ups. And then there’s the tea, our unofficial national drink, with the most popular blend created in honour of - and named after - breakfast itself.</p> <p>But brunch… Brunch we don’t really do. Perhaps it’s the opulence of a lazy, leisurely, mid-morning meal. Such unabashed indulgence still doesn’t quite sit right with us. London’s restaurant scene is thriving, but there’s no still no brunch tradition here that even comes close to that of New York (a confession: I spend many hours online perusing the brunch menus of NYC restaurants that I have no immediate or even medium-term plans of visiting). It’s a shame, because what is not to love about a meal that can be eaten at any point from 9am to 4pm, where all normal food rules fly straight out the window, and at which orange juice (and life) is made effervescent with the addition of champagne?</p> <p>To me, it seems, brunch is a very loveable meal. Here are five of my favourite places to eat it in London.</p> <p><strong>Workshop Coffee Co.</strong><br /> <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/workshop-coffee-co">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>Formerly named St. Ali, this British-owned restaurant brings a slice of sunny Antipodean-style cafe culture to a slightly gloomy building in Clerkenwell. But who needs natural light when the food (and Allpress coffee) is this good? Brioche bun hamburgers, french toast with poached English rhubarb, toasted banana bread… This mishmash style of Mediterranean, Asian and American influences lends itself well to a meal designed to soak up hangovers - you need freshness and flavour to counterbalance the prerequisite stodge.</p> <p><strong>Caravan</strong><br /> <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/caravan">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>The food is great, if expensive, but the location and setting justifies it as a special occasion expense. Located on the corner of the always lovely Exmouth Market, Caravan is particularly good in the summer months when you can sit on the pavement or by one of the huge, open windows. Open fairly late into the evening, it’ s also a great place for cocktails and small plates, but that’s another blog post entirely.</p> <p><strong>Salvation Jane</strong><br /> <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/salvation-jane-1">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>Salvation Jane is the newer, bigger sister cafe to the equally brilliant Lantana in Fitzrovia. Both are Australian-run (do you see a pattern emerging here?) and both offer much the same variety of fresh, vibrant dishes and excellent coffee. The key difference is that, givens its size, Salvation Jane is more likely to have a table.</p> <p>Salvation Jane is not the cheapest cafe but they don’t scrimp on portion sizes, quality, or (crucially) taste: my crunchy haddock hashcakes sat atop a pile of fresh spinach and came complete with two perfectly poached eggs and a generous slick of sunny dill mayo.</p> <p><strong>A Little of What You Fancy</strong><br /> <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/a-little-of-what-you-fancy">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>What was the first posh cafe/restaurant on Kingsland Road is now one of several, but it’s still among the best. Perfect scrambled eggs, melting smoked salmon, chewy, tangy sourdough bread and possibly the richest, most delicious cheesecake I’ve ever had… A Little of What You Fancy seems, aptly, to always offer just the thing that I fancy. Especially when that thing is a hangover cure.</p> <p><strong>Ozone Cafe</strong><br /> <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ozone-cafe">View in the Directory</a></p> <p>A new addition to the growing East London coffee roastery/cafe lexicon, Ozone is (you guessed it) Antipodean-owned, sparse in design, and colourful in its culinary offerings. What marks it out as a place worth visiting is a brunch menu designed to be eaten its way through - how else could you choose between toasted sourdough with oven roasted tomato and avocado, Eggs Benedict on bubble and squeak cakes with béarnaise, and toasted granola with vanilla bean berries, Greek yoghurt & mint?</p> <p>But if your body is craving greenery over grease, I’d recommend Ozone’s signature salad - a combination of house cured salmon, poached eggs, sesame dressing and the scooped innards of at least one, maybe two, whole avocados. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that you can never have too much avocado.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/best-brunch-spots-in-east-london">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5031f3be9070b8409a000009 2012-08-20T08:07:31+00:00 2012-08-22T09:46:07+00:00 Visions Video Bar London - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/visions-video"><img alt="Visionsvideobar" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/503200419070b84d1f000079/article/visionsvideobar.jpg?1345638947" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Grimy. Sweaty. Purveyor of cheap brandy in plastic cups. Basically the quintessential Dalston basement bar (and home of the mighty <a href="http://youworkit.co.uk/">Work It</a> - the best 90s Hip Hop night in London).</p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/visions-video">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5031f6779070b8409a00001e 2012-08-20T08:07:31+00:00 2012-08-22T09:45:17+00:00 The Nest London - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-nest"><img alt="Thenest" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5031ff2c9070b84d1f000058/article/thenest.jpeg?1345638947" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Another Dalston basement bar, although this one is slightly less sweaty and grubby than many of the others. The Nest is particularly good for live music - club nights often incorporate live PAs - and boasts a better sound system than most spots on the Strip (as this slice of Dalston is unironically known).</p> <p>As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Sharmadean Reid</a>.</p> <p><em>Image via <a href="http://www.ilovethenest.com/">ilovethenest.com</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-nest">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502e279e9070b826f5000006 2012-08-17T11:01:39+00:00 2012-08-21T21:42:53+00:00 Pavilion Tobago - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pavilion"><img alt="Stonehavenvillas" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502e295d9070b826f5000008/article/stonehavenvillas.jpg?1345638947" width="595" /></a></p> <p>I’m sure that The Villas at Stonehaven is a fairly idyllic place to stay - CNN named it ‘One of the 10 most romantic Caribbean Retreats’, which has to count for something - but I can’t account for the hotel, as I wasn’t actually a guest there. What I can account for is The Villas at Stonehaven’s terrace restaurant Pavilion, where you can order a Mahi Mahi sandwich, abuse the free WiFi and then (the best bit), grab a sunlounger and laze in front of the infinity pool until the sun goes down and you’re met with a sight like the one of the above. Serendipitously, this happens right around Happy Hour aka Piña Colada O’ Clock.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pavilion">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502bcd419070b85bac000007 2012-08-15T16:22:18+00:00 2012-08-21T17:46:56+00:00 Danny's Gourmet Wraps London - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/dannys-gourmet-wraps"><img alt="Img_1043" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502bcd7d9070b85bac000009/article/IMG_1043.jpg?1345638949" width="595" /></a></p> <p>London is full of caffs and sandwich shops but there still aren’t enough places like Danny’s that serve properly healthy, properly fresh breakfasts and lunches. The self-proclaimed ‘home of the gourmet wrap’ does a good job of living up to its name, offering massive wholemeal tortillas stuffed with delectable fillings that are miles away from those grey, toilet roll-looking offerings that you usually find in supermarket chiller cabinets.</p> <p>My favourite is the Turkish - a mix of chicken kebab and hoummus, with either hot or sweet chilli sauce, roasted mediterranean vegetables, mixed leaves, tomato and red onion. So, so good.</p> <p><a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/lambs-conduit-street"><em>As mentioned in Street Life: <strong>Lamb’s Conduit Street</strong></em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/dannys-gourmet-wraps">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502bd2ef9070b85bac00002d 2012-08-15T16:22:18+00:00 2012-08-21T17:48:15+00:00 Folk London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/folk"><img alt="Img_1034" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502bd3519070b85bac000030/article/IMG_1034.jpg?1345638950" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Given its diminutive size, Lamb’s Conduit Street yields a surprising number of good clothes shopping options. Folk is one of the best, offering simple but effective designs for both sexes that are set apart by unexpected and uplifting colour palettes - think basic neutrals offset by flashes of salmon pink, cerulean blue and lemon yellow (and that’s just the menswear). As well as its own range of clothing, accessories and footwear, Folk also offers a carefully edited selection of complimentary brands including Acne, Sessun and Won Hundred.</p> <p><a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/lambs-conduit-street"><em>As mentioned in Street Life: <strong>Lamb’s Conduit Street</strong></em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/folk">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502bd7619070b85bac000043 2012-08-15T16:22:18+00:00 2012-08-21T17:49:10+00:00 Oliver Spencer London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/oliver-spencer"><img alt="Oliverspencer" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502cd10d9070b85bac000057/article/oliverspencer.jpg?1345638951" width="595" /></a></p> <p>This stylish British clothing brand occupies two sites on Lamb’s Conduit Street, one of which (at number 58) is dedicated entirely to shoes, tailoring and accessories. The others sells Oliver Spencer’s range of men’s and womenswear, which is a mix of modern but traditional smart basics inspired by vintage Americana, Japanese minimalism and old-school British tailoring.</p> <p>Much like Folk, Oliver Spencer also sells a curated selection of external goods, including Il Bussetto leather goods, Seil Marschall backpacks and Han Kjobenhavn eyewear.</p> <p><a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/lambs-conduit-street"><em>As mentioned in Street Life: <strong>Lamb’s Conduit Street</strong></em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/oliver-spencer">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502ce0d79070b85bac00006f 2012-08-15T16:22:18+00:00 2012-08-21T17:50:10+00:00 The Lamb London - Pub <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-lamb"><img alt="Thelamb" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502ce2539070b85bac000072/article/thelamb.jpg?1345638952" width="595" /></a></p> <p>A proper, traditional London pub in a Grade II listed Victorian building. The Lamb is full of original, quirky features if you care about that type of thing, but still a nice place for a quiet drink even if you don’t.</p> <p><a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/lambs-conduit-street"><em>As mentioned in Street Life: <strong>Lamb’s Conduit Street</strong></em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-lamb">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502ce3589070b85bac000081 2012-08-15T16:22:18+00:00 2012-08-21T17:52:43+00:00 The People's Supermarket London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-peoples-supermarket"><img alt="Img_1046" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502ce3de9070b85bac000083/article/IMG_1046.jpg?1345638952" width="595" /></a></p> <p>In hippy, hipster parts of New York, independent food co-ups seems to be as prolific as yoga studios and juice bars, but the trend is yet to catch on properly in London. Still, it makes sense that one of the few co-ops in the city is based here in bohemian Bloomsbury, providing the local community (which is far less well-heeled that you might imagine) with a commercially sustainable place to buy healthy, local food at reasonable prices. If London had a lot less Tesco Express branches and a few more places like The People’s Supermarket, it would be a better - albeit slightly more smug - place to live.</p> <p><a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/lambs-conduit-street"><em>As mentioned in Street Life: Lamb’s Conduit Street</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-peoples-supermarket">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502d0e7f9070b85bac000169 2012-08-15T16:22:18+00:00 2012-08-21T17:33:54+00:00 The T Hotel Hong Kong - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-t-hotel"><img alt="Thotel" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5031fe629070b84d1f000030/article/thotel.jpg?1345638954" width="595" /></a></p> <p>“You’re being served by students who are being trained to work in luxury hotels, so the environment has to be like a five star hotel but you’re paying half the price. So you get a really nice place to stay, and you’re also supporting the students’ education.”</p> <p>[As recommended by <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/ala-hojat-in-hong-kong">Ala Hojat</a>]</p> <p><em>Image via Trip Advisor</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-t-hotel">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/502d07ee9070b85bac0000fa 2012-08-15T16:22:17+00:00 2013-05-31T03:06:12+00:00 ALA HOJAT'S HONG KONG Ala Hojat, Hong Kong, Make Up <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/ala-hojat-in-hong-kong"><img alt="Hkarticle" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502d24739070b85bac00026e/article/hkarticle.jpg?1345135735" width="595" /></a></p> <p><br> <strong>Iran-born, Stockholm-raised, London-based make up artist Ala Hojat on teaching, island-hopping and trying to avoid Hello Kitty toiletries in Hong Kong.</strong><br /> <br></p> <p>I just got back from a period spent teaching Hair and Make-Up in Hong Kong. They put me up in the <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/the-t-hotel">T Hotel</a> for six weeks. The university [I was teaching at] is the equivalent of University of the Arts in London – there are lots of sub-universities within in, and one of them is a training hotel, which is where I was staying. You’re being served by students who are being trained to work in luxury hotels, so the environment has to be like a five star hotel but you’re paying half the price. So you get a really nice place to stay, and you’re also supporting the students’ education. It’s right opposite this old shanty town – the contrasts in Hong Kong are insane.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/ala-hojat-in-hong-kong">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a62b59070b85d0f000007 2012-08-14T14:35:37+00:00 2012-08-17T14:22:36+00:00 Cafe de Flore Paris - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/cafe-de-flore"><img alt="Cafeflore2" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a641c9070b85d0f000009/article/cafeflore2.jpg?1345638954" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Café de Flore is a Parisian institution for good reason. The food is good, the art deco interior is charming, and the staff are reassuringly dismissive. Order a French onion soup drowning in gooey gruyere with a glass of red wine and sit out on the Boulevard Saint-Germain to watch the world go by.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/cafe-de-flore">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a65389070b85d0f00001a 2012-08-14T14:35:37+00:00 2012-08-14T14:58:12+00:00 Wilton Way Cafe London - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/wilton-way-cafe"><img alt="Wiltonwaycafe2" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a66519070b85d0f00001c/article/wiltonwaycafe2.jpg?1345638955" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Wilton Way Cafe is very small but perfectly formed. Located on a quiet and lovely backstreet in Hackney, this hidden gem serves proper coffee and a simple but delicious brunch and lunch menu - think mushrooms on toast with goat cheese, bacon baps, and virtuous granola yoghurt parfaits.</p> <p>Perch on one of the upturned storage crates that serve as seats, or bask in the sun outside if the weather permits, and enjoy the sounds of London Fields Radio - the cafe’s very own station.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/wilton-way-cafe">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a67d89070b85d0f00002c 2012-08-14T14:35:37+00:00 2012-08-17T14:22:31+00:00 Delhi Grill London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/delhi-grill"><img alt="Delhigrill1" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a75799070b85d0f000033/article/DelhiGrill1.jpg?1345638956" width="595" /></a></p> <p>I think most Londoners would attest that, if you’re looking for a good Indian meal in London, the world-famous Brick Lane is pretty much the last place you want to go. (Why? In short: Overpriced, overcrowded, overrated.) The real gems are found scattered across the city like diamonds - or should that be <a href="http://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/slang/ruby_murray">rubies?</a> - in the rough, waiting to be unearthed.</p> <p>In Islington, Delhi Grill always hits the spot. Fun and kitsch and plastered with Bollywood posters, it’s a casual place to stop for a quick lunch or early dinner before a film at the nearby N1 Centre. Scrimp on the so-so sides and go straight for the meat - the mixed tandoori costs £7.95 for tender lamb chops, juicy chicken tandoori and sheekh kebabs (two of each). Wash it all down with a mango lassi; leave feeling full and happy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/delhi-grill">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502b5f649070b85d0f000079 2012-08-14T14:35:37+00:00 2012-08-17T14:22:30+00:00 Moti Mahal London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/moti-mahal"><img alt="Motimahal4" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502b5ff69070b85d0f00007b/article/MotiMahal4.jpg?1345638956" width="595" /></a></p> <p>I think London (and the UK in general) offers some of the world’s best Indian food outside of India, covering the range from street carts to Michelin-starred dining. On this sliding scale, Moti Mahal sits somewhere near the high end of the spectrum, serving haute Indian cuisine with the prices to match. Located in Covent Garden, the restaurant is located in a plush if slightly beige dining room, full of suited businessmen and well-to-do tourists. But the lack of colour really doesn’t matter when the food is this vibrant.</p> <p>While the dinner menu is prohibitively expensive for my budget, Moti Mahal regularly runs special offers that gently nudge their way into the affordable. Of these, the Tiffin lunch is by far the best - £15 buys you five delicious dishes, served in a sleek ceramic update of the traditional tin tiffin box. The menu varies from day to day - we were served Goan Prawn Curry, dry-fried okra, crisp fried corn cakes and a rich, creamy take on the stalwart dahl - but I can’t imagine that it ever falters in quality. The slightly staid atmosphere was broken up with the presentation of a wooden chopping board of fresh, raw salad ingredients, spices and oils for you to chop and mix to your own taste at the table. Nice touch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/moti-mahal">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502b61c79070b85d0f00009a 2012-08-14T14:35:37+00:00 2012-08-17T14:22:28+00:00 Corner Room London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/corner-room"><img alt="Cornerroom1" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502b62639070b85d0f00009e/article/cornerroom1.jpg?1345638957" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Town Hall Hotel isn’t the most luxurious hotel in London, or the best-located, but I think it might still be my favourite. I love that it feels like it’s exactly where and how it’s supposed to be - smack bang in the middle of Bethnal Green, and as quirky, historic and ever so slightly spooky as its surroundings. Bethnal Green - with its boxing halls and its legendary greasy spoon cafes and its enchanting Museum of Childhood - feels like proper London, and Town Hall Hotel feels like a proper London hotel.</p> <p>But this isn’t a hotel review, this is just a suggestion that you should really check the Corner Room restaurant if you get a chance. The smaller, sister to Town Hall Hotel’s Michelin-starred <a href="http://www.viajante.co.uk/">Viajante</a>, the Corner Room upstairs is where the food is just as inventive and costs about half the price. It is also amazing. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen dishes presented quite so beautifully - puffs of buttermilk foam, scatterings of crunchy pine, perfect, melting squares of salmon confit…Each plate is like an artwork. It’s almost too pretty to eat.</p> <p>I said almost.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/corner-room">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502b7ad39070b85d0f0000be 2012-08-14T14:35:37+00:00 2012-08-17T14:22:26+00:00 Yashin London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yashin"><img alt="Yashin" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502b7cd59070b85d0f0000c1/article/yashin.jpg?1345638957" width="595" /></a></p> <p>If you’re looking for something slightly fancier than a Sushi box from Pret but better value than Black Cod Miso at Nobu, then Yashin is your spot. Tucked away on a side street just off High Street Kensington, this place is sophisticated but not stuffy - a neon sign reading ‘Without Soy Sauce’ hangs over the green tiled sushi bar upstairs, hinting at the restaurant’s quirky approach to Japanese dining.</p> <p>The menu is a bit pricey but far from obscene, and worth it for the high quality fish and imaginative execution - think truffle-infused ponzu jelly and wagyu striploin with wasabi. The lunch menu - priced at around £15 for an assortment of sushi, salad, and miso soup - is your best bet for top-class, top-value dining.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/yashin">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502b7e4c9070b85d0f0000cd 2012-08-14T14:35:37+00:00 2012-08-17T14:22:23+00:00 Violet Cakes London - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/violet-cakes"><img alt="Violetcakes3" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502b7ede9070b85d0f0000d0/article/violetcakes3.jpg?1345638959" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Violet is a Hackney-based cafe/bakery where the decor is as sweet as the cupcakes. The influence of the American owner Claire Ptak is felt in the sunshine spread of pastel-frosted cupcakes and red velvet whoopie pies laid out in the bakery’s rustic interior. Also serving a simple menu of savoury dishes, the bakery is a charming - if slightly overpriced - spot to pick up a mini salted caramel cupcake to go or a slice of almond polenta cake with Jersey cream to be enjoyed in the lantern-strewn garden out the back.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/violet-cakes">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502bc2949070b85d0f000128 2012-08-14T14:35:37+00:00 2012-08-21T17:45:11+00:00 Darkroom London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/darkroom"><img alt="Img_1038" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502bc3d89070b85d0f00012b/article/IMG_1038.jpg?1345638959" width="595" /></a></p> <p>File this one under ‘Full of cool shit that I would like to own’. A unique giftshop of sorts, offering a stylish, carefully curated edit of covetable men’s stuff, women’s stuff, and home stuff. The stock is constantly changing but you’re guaranteed to find something that you like the look of, whether it be a sleek black leather laptop case or a neon bright Scholten and Baijings merino wool blanket.</p> <p><a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/lambs-conduit-street"><em>As mentioned in Street Life: <strong>Lamb’s Conduit Street</strong></em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/darkroom">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502bcb6d9070b85d0f000150 2012-08-14T14:35:37+00:00 2012-08-21T17:45:40+00:00 Persephone Books London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/persephone"><img alt="Img_1057" height="477" src="/system/files/082012/502bcbc49070b85d0f000152/article/IMG_1057.jpg?1345638960" width="595" /></a></p> <p>A unique bookshop that publishes both fiction and non-fiction mostly by women, for women and about women. The chic, dove grey novels, cookbooks and short story collections make nice gifts - especially for mothers and grandmothers (because who can ever think of a good present for their grandmother?)</p> <p><a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/lambs-conduit-street"><em>As mentioned in Street Life: <strong>Lamb’s Conduit Street</strong></em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/persephone">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a3a059070b84c6c00000d 2012-08-14T11:33:41+00:00 2012-08-22T11:32:57+00:00 Kabuki Helsinki - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/kabuki"><img alt="Img_1204" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a3a6e9070b84c6c00000f/article/IMG_1204.jpg?1345638962" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Traditional Finnish cuisine is comforting and delicious but after three solid days of rye bread and fried herring, I was craving something lighter.</p> <p>We took a risk on Kabuki, located on a very quiet street near our hotel, and were glad we did: the traditional Japanese restaurant featured cute, private booths, friendly service (we watched in amazement as our waitress mentally translated Japanese to Finnish to English, and back again) and best of all – really fresh, fairly-priced sushi and sashimi. Seek it out when the prospect of yet another plate of mashed potatoes becomes just too much to bear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/kabuki">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a3ba79070b84be8000058 2012-08-14T11:33:41+00:00 2013-04-04T19:54:52+00:00 Chez Robert et Louise Paris - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/chez-robert-et-louise"><img alt="Robertetlouise1" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a3c189070b84be8000064/article/robertetlouise1.jpg?1345638965" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Like most people in Chez Robert et Louise, we went there because Anthony Bourdain told us to. Not in person (sadly) but in an old episode of <em>No Reservations</em>, in which he rhapsodises about this little hole in the wall bistro where your steak is cooked over an open fireplace at the back of the room.</p> <p>Obviously we had to seek it out, and obviously it was packed with American tourists. But the service was friendly and the meat was juicy and I still think about those amazing roast potatoes, served crispy with garlic and herbs. I would go back for those roast potatoes alone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/chez-robert-et-louise">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a3cef9070b84be800009b 2012-08-14T11:33:41+00:00 2013-03-05T07:42:33+00:00 La Droguerie Paris - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/la-droguerie"><img alt="Droguerie2" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a3d6e9070b84be800009e/article/droguerie2.jpg?1345638966" width="595" /></a></p> <p>A trip to Paris without a crêpe doesn’t seem quite right. No doubt there are plenty of places in the city to get a great one but La Droguerie is as good as any. Occupying a tiny little site in the trendy Marais district, it’s a good spot to pick up a perfectly thin and delicious crêpe au nutella before scoping out the myriad trendy boutiques and cafes nearby.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/la-droguerie">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a60d99070b84be800012c 2012-08-14T11:33:41+00:00 2012-08-17T14:22:37+00:00 Septime Paris - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/septime"><img alt="Septime1" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a62209070b84be8000138/article/septime1.jpg?1345638967" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Paris may play host to some of the world’s finest gastronomic experiences, but they don’t come cheap. A meal at one of the city’s best restaurants can easily set you back over a hundred Euro per person - and that’s before wine and service. Unfortunately, most visitors to Paris are there to celebrate a special occasion and want to dine out accordingly. So where to go?</p> <p>Newish restaurant Septime perfectly bridges the gap between haute cuisine and hip(ster) friendly pricing. The pared back, industrial decor is not dissimilar to something you might find in downtown Manhattan or the more gentrified parts of East London, and the staff are dazzlingly polite, helpful and cool. In perfect English, they’ll help you to navigate the 55 Euro carte blanche dinner menu, which provides five courses of innovative and seasonal modern French cooking. You’ll leave full, a bit drunk, and happy in the knowledge that you’ve eaten somewhere very special indeed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/septime">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a31c19070b8483e000006 2012-08-14T10:46:57+00:00 2012-08-17T14:22:55+00:00 Sis Cafe and Deli Helsinki - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sis-cafe-and-deli"><img alt="Sis_deli1" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a32319070b8483e000008/article/Sis_Deli1.jpg?1345636383" width="595" /></a></p> <p>A good place to take a break from delicious if stodgy Scandinavian food, Sis Café and Deli serves things like falafel and baked salmon and tabbouleh. It’s expensive considering you select your boxed meal from a fridge (it’s then heated up by the staff if you’re eating in), but a good place to keep on your radar if you just want a light snack.</p> <p>You can also buy good coffee, organic energy bars, fresh juices and various other typical bits of health food fare to take away.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sis-cafe-and-deli">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a35ee9070b8483e000027 2012-08-14T10:46:57+00:00 2012-08-22T11:30:56+00:00 Sea Horse Helsinki - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sea-horse"><img alt="Img_1188" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a36349070b8483e000029/article/IMG_1188.jpg?1345638968" width="595" /></a></p> <p>On the first night in a new city, you want to eat something local and traditional. In Helsinki, it doesn’t get much more local and traditional than Sea Horse. This old-school, low key dining room doesn’t scream glamour but the food is a brilliant, unpretentious introduction to Finnish culinary stalwarts. Try the tantalising combination of crispy fried herring, sweet, tart beetroot and (that omnipresent Finnish side dish), perfect, creamy mashed potatoes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/sea-horse">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a37079070b8483e00003c 2012-08-14T10:46:57+00:00 2012-08-22T11:28:03+00:00 Juuri Helsinki - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/juuri"><img alt="Juuri1" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a39219070b84be8000005/article/Juuri1.jpg?1345638970" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Sapas: It’s like tapas, but Finnish. That means the same small plates and sharing ethos, but less patatas bravas and more potato pancakes.</p> <p>Juuri, renowned for its sapas-heavy menu, is rated as one of the best restaurants in Helsinki and I can see why: everything we tried, from to Aquavit-marinated salmon to fried willow herb was inventive, perfectly cooked, and totally delicious. Juuri proved to be an effective and delicious to sample a huge range of new flavours (blackcurrant herring, lovage butter) in unintimidating portion sizes. For the record, we finished it all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/juuri">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a1bbf9070b80e7f00005a 2012-08-13T21:17:32+00:00 2012-08-20T09:22:00+00:00 A21 Bar Helsinki - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/a21-bar"><img alt="A211" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a1c169070b80e7f00005e/article/A211.jpg?1345636372" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Helsinki’s small population and laidback vibe means that, even on a warm Thursday evening in the peak of summertime, the bars are far from heaving. At 8pm, we were two of only four people in A21, despite the fact that it’s regarded as one of Helsinki’s best cocktail bars.</p> <p>So, don’t go to A21 expecting a scene but do go there for a vast, Finnish-flavoured cocktail menu (cloudberry jam martini, anyone?), well-mixed drinks and extremely friendly service. Good for a nice time, if not a wild time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/a21-bar">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a1f999070b80e7f000076 2012-08-13T21:17:32+00:00 2012-08-14T14:05:32+00:00 Design Forum Shop Helsinki - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/design-forum-shop"><img alt="Design_forum" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a1fe69070b80e7f000078/article/Design_Forum.jpg?1345636376" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Finnish design is bit of a big deal. Native designers like Alvar Aalto spearheaded the Scandinavian modernism movement in the mid 20th century, leaving behind a city full of beautiful buildings, lovely tables and really, really nice water tumblers. In 2012, Helsinki was named World Design Capital.</p> <p>If you want to take home some of that world-class Finnish design, then Design Forum Shop is the place to buy it. Run by Finland’s Design Forum, the shop stocks an expansive range of new and established Finnish homeware and fashion designers. It’s pricey (everything is Helsinki is pricey) but full of lovely things. And if you don’t fancy buying a leather pom pom cap or a digitally-printed coffee table then you can just have cake and coffee at the in-house café or check out one of the regularly changing exhibitions instead.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/design-forum-shop">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a24ef9070b80e7f000085 2012-08-13T21:17:32+00:00 2012-08-14T14:04:18+00:00 Urban A Helsinki - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/urban-a"><img alt="Img_1196" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a1e089070b80e7f00006d/article/IMG_1196.jpg?1345636377" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Urban a* is definitely one of the more sophisticated fashion stores that I stumbled across in Helsinki, carrying a sleek, urban edit of Scandinavian, American and British designers including By Malene Birger, MiH jeans and Mads Nørgaard.</p> <p>Helsinki isn’t what I’d describe as a fashion destination but between independent stores like this one and the extremely strong Scandinavian high street (Cheap Monday, Weekday, Monki), there’s enough on offer to quell a retail therapy urge.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/urban-a">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a25f59070b80e7f000095 2012-08-13T21:17:32+00:00 2012-08-16T12:26:11+00:00 Tori Helsinki - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/tori"><img alt="Tori1" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a267a9070b80e7f000097/article/Tori1.jpg?1345636379" width="595" /></a></p> <p>If the sun is shining when you visit Helsinki - and if you go in the summer months then it most likely will be - then do yourself a favour and have lunch in the quiet square outside Tori. This hip little restaurant serves really delicious Scandinavian meals - we shared an amazing baked salmon salad and beetroot and chickpea burgers (both far more delicious than they sound). When you’ve finished eating, you can pick up a punnet of huge strawberries or a coffee in mini-market that occupies the same square.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/tori">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a289f9070b80e7f0000be 2012-08-13T21:17:32+00:00 2012-08-17T14:23:16+00:00 Eat And Joy Helsinki - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/eat-and-joy"><img alt="Eatjoy" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a29419070b80e7f0000c0/article/eatjoy.jpg?1345636380" width="595" /></a></p> <p>If you’re into sustainable eating, organic rye bread, wild reindeer and other things of that nature, then Eat and Joy is the place for you. Dotted at various central points in Helsinki, this independent artisan chain stocks food and drink from over 500 Finnish small producers. Pick up some speciality cheeses, berry jams, and local cider from the Mannerheim location and eat them lakeside at the nearby Kaisanieme Park.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/eat-and-joy">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502a2a9b9070b80e7f0000d2 2012-08-13T21:17:32+00:00 2012-08-22T11:30:28+00:00 Ateljee Bar Helsinki - Bars & Clubs <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ateljee-bar"><img alt="Img_1203" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502a2b039070b80e7f0000d4/article/IMG_1203.jpg?1345636381" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Situated right at the top of the centrally-located <a href="http://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/hotels/helsinki/torni/">Hotel Torni</a>, the Ateljee Bar has one USP: an unparalleled view of Helsinki. The cocktail menu is nothing to get excited about but this bar is still worth a climb up the narrow, winding staircase that leads you to it.</p> <p>Once you’re up there you can order a coffee, kick back and breathe in some of that clean Scandinavian air. No wonder they all look so healthy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/ateljee-bar">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502917ef9070b86642000018 2012-08-13T14:59:54+00:00 2012-08-21T22:05:43+00:00 Pigeon Point Beach Tobago - Beach <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pigeon-point-bay"><img alt="Img_0679" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502918809070b86d0d000004/article/IMG_0679.jpg?1345636374" width="595" /></a></p> <p>When you buy a flight to the Caribbean, you are essentially shelling out five hundred or so pounds for a few days of life spent in a place like this. Baby powder soft sand, swaying palm trees, turquoise water as clear as an ice cube. A thatch-roofed jetty. A shack that sells fresh crab and coconut water and sticky peanut brittle. A boat that will take you out towards Nylon Pool - a 3 feet deep, crystal clear oasis of water that suddenly emerges in the depths of the Caribbean Sea, and is said to have health-enhancing properties.</p> <p>Pigeon Point isn’t the stuff of deserted tropical island fantasies (you have to pay a small fee to get in, and there are a couple of commercial cafes and bars dotted along its shoreline) but it’s still the closest to paradise that I’ve ever been - a beach so beautiful that it sort of makes your eyes ache when you try to take it all in.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/pigeon-point-bay">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5029163d9070b85e6c000014 2012-08-13T14:51:40+00:00 2013-04-04T19:50:27+00:00 Hotel Le Citizen Paris - Hotel <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-le-citizen"><img alt="Hotellecitizen" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502916ca9070b86642000004/article/hotellecitizen.jpg?1345636374" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Finding a cool, cheap hotel in Paris is hard work, so we settled for a cool, moderately priced hotel instead. Hotel Le Citizen is located right on the banks of Canal Saint-Martin, an area heaving with hip restaurants, cute local cafes and wine bars serving cheese boards until late into the night (the classy, Parisian alternative to a kebab).</p> <p>The hotel itself is small and minimally decorated, with just 12 rooms on its dinky site. But it has everything you need for a short break - a convenient location near a major Metro station, big, comfortable beds and great views overlooking the canal. Small touches like the iPads, bouji bathroom toiletries, and gourmet snacks provided in every room elevate the experience and justify the extra expense. The staff are lovely, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-le-citizen">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502913819070b8579100000f 2012-08-13T14:38:35+00:00 2013-03-05T07:41:20+00:00 Hotel Du Nord Paris - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-du-nord"><img alt="Hoteldunord1" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502913b69070b85791000015/article/hoteldunord1.jpg?1345636374" width="595" /></a></p> <p>There are places you go for the food, and then there are places you go for the scene. And the scene at Hotel du Nord is kind of fabulous. Somewhat confusingly, it’s not hotel at all (although it is a hop/skip/jump from <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.staging.withassociates.com/directory/hotel-le-citizen">a very nice one</a>), but instead a pretty buzzy restaurant and bar. At this low-lit and intimate canal-side spot the food is perfectly good but the vibe is even better. Grab a burger and a beer and settle in for a night of voyeurism, Paris style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/hotel-du-nord">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/50290c3c9070b84ebe000007 2012-08-13T14:01:23+00:00 2012-08-22T11:34:13+00:00 Frame London - Health & Fitness <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/frame"><img alt="Frame1" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/50290ca09070b84ebe00000a/article/Frame1.jpg?1344870029" width="595" /></a></p> <p>If you’ve ever wasted an hour of your life going through the motions of a generic yoga/aerobics/body pump class at your local gym then chances are that you’ve lost all faith in group exercise. I know I had, until I visited Frame’s newly opened Queen’s Park location (there’s one in Shoreditch, too). Frame is a fun and stylish studio that actually seem to have given some thought to how women - and men - want to exercise.</p> <p>The signature Frame Work class is a mix of high-intensity, muscle-burning conditioning and strength building exercises, inspired by dance and pilates. I liked it because I used muscles that I didn’t know I had. I liked it because they played a soundtrack of hip hop, rock and Britney Spears c.2004. I liked it because it made me sweat (that’s what I’m there for, after all). In fact, I liked it so much that I cancelled my gym membership and bought a Frame Top-Up card instead. There are no joining fees, no commitment, no hassle. Give them a try.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/frame">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502911029070b84ebe00001c 2012-08-13T14:01:23+00:00 2012-08-21T22:03:40+00:00 WAH Nails London - Beauty <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/wah-nails"><img alt="Wahnails" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/503405849070b87929000005/article/wahnails.jpg?1345636373" width="595" /></a></p> <p>A salon for downtown girls worldwide, and the best place for nail art in London. Founded by stylist and marketing director Sharmadean Reid in 2009, WAH Nails has since become a byword for nail art in the UK as well as a meeting point for creative, like-minded girls from around the world.</p> <p>There is literally nothing WAH’s nail technicians can’t do, from elaborate glitter gels to multicoloured leopard print to razor sharp, blood red acrylics. Take an inspiring image, fabric swatch, or even a photo of your favourite rapper along to your appointment and let the WAH Nails girls work their magic. For the more prim and proper among you (or working girls with an office dress code), the basic manis and pedis are on point, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/wah-nails">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/5029051a9070b8700a0000ea 2012-08-11T21:15:14+00:00 2012-08-17T14:23:53+00:00 Taqueria London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/taqueria"><img alt="Tacqueria8" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5029059c9070b8700a0000ee/article/Tacqueria8.jpg?1344893279" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Mexican food in London is wildly inconsistent and generally slightly crap, but Taqueria is a rare and authentic gem. This understated restaurant is located in a gentrified enclave of West London, but lacks the prices or pretentious attitude to match.</p> <p>Taqueria serves tacos - the clue is in the name - and it serves them well. The Pescado (beer battered pollack, chipotle mayo, avocado mash) and Camarones (garlicky griddled prawns) are personal favourites, but the steak and chicken offerings are equally as good, and the pomegranate and avocado house salad makes for a refreshing counterpart. A few dishes might be hit and miss but you get free spicy nuts on arrival, the service is really friendly, and they make a mean margarita. What more could you really want?</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/taqueria">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/502906be9070b8700a0000fe 2012-08-11T21:15:14+00:00 2012-08-14T14:23:34+00:00 Kaosarn London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/kaosarn"><img alt="Kaosarn7" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/5029070d9070b8700a000100/article/Kaosarn7.jpg?1344892373" width="595" /></a></p> <p>So, Brixton. For a long time it wasn’t hip (not even in an ironic, hipster way) but it definitely is now, due in no small part to the recent flourishing of the middle class foodie mecca that is <a href="http://brixtonmarket.net/info/brixton-village/">Brixton Village</a>. There are plenty of great places to eat in the area but Kaosarn is one of the best, offering up some of the most authentic and delicious Thai food you’re likely to find in London.</p> <p>The restaurant itself is actually a very low-key cafe, and you’ll probably need to book in advance if you want to eat there in the evening. But don’t let that put you off. This family-run gem serves up familiar Thai dishes - pad thai, larb gai, green curry etc. etc. - in a way that makes previous incarnations seem like Tesco ready meals in comparison. It’s all really cheap too: a two course meal set us back about a tenner each, and it’s BYOB. Worth the trek if you live nowhere near Brixton, or a weekly visit if you do.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/kaosarn">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5000389b9070b81894000008 2012-07-31T14:59:00+00:00 2013-05-31T03:16:29+00:00 Sharmadean Reid's London Sharmadean Reid <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid"><img alt="Sharmadeanreid" height="455" src="/system/files/082012/5026cb699070b8700a000001/article/SharmadeanReid.jpg?1345559949" width="595" /></a></p> <p><br> <strong>The WAH Nails founder and London resident shares her favourite places in the city.</strong><br /> <br> When I first moved to London from Wolverhampton, I lived in Tufnell Park. It was really pretty and leafy. I’d been coming up here quite regularly to go to concerts and stuff, so I knew what it was like. But I didn’t know the areas well, it’s something you only learn with time. When I moved here, I never got the tube because I wanted to see where I was all the time. I’d get the bus everywhere, and I’d have the ‘A-Z’ with me on the bus and I’d be looking at all the roads and working out where I was in relation to different areas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/sharmadean-reid">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Article/5032404a9070b84d1f0001f1 2012-07-20T08:52:00+00:00 2013-05-31T03:10:34+00:00 Things I Liked About Helsinki Zanzibar <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/things-i-liked-about-helsinki"><img alt="Img_1236" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/503244f29070b84d1f0001f3/article/IMG_1236.jpg?1345586791" width="595" /></a></p> <p><br> <strong>Back in June, I made my first trip to the Finnish capital of Helsinki and liked it quite a lot. Here are some reasons why.</strong></p> <p><strong>Nice Tumblers</strong><br /> Finland is a world-renowned centre of modernist design and functionalist architecture. In fact, it’s this year’s World Design Capital. As a fan of that pared back Scandinavian aesthetic, I found Helsinki very easy on the eyes. From the Aalvo Alto-designed buildings to the suspended Eero Aarnio ball chairs, everything feels sleek and slick and refreshing. A bit like a really cold glass of water in an <a href="http://www.finnstyle.com/karlartum.html">Iitala Kartio tumbler</a>.</p> <p><strong>A Sense of Direction</strong><br /> I’ve lived in London all my life but if you blindfolded me, dropped me off somewhere in South London, and told me to make my way home to Islington, chances are that I’d end up in East Grinstead. But within two days of arriving in Helsinki, I was walking around without so much as a Google Map to guide my way. The city is so small and the grid system so easy to master (at least in contrast to London’s spaghetti-like tangle of streets) that you’ll feel comfortable - maybe even a little bit smug - about traversing its streets sans phone, sans map, sans any real sense of purpose.</p> <p><strong>Coffee. Lots of It.</strong><br /> I love coffee. I love being places where other people love coffee; where they make coffee well, and serve it, cheaply, all over the place. Helsinki is one of those places. It’s definitely not the best coffee I’ve ever had, but it is everywhere you look. I’ll give it points for that.</p> <p><strong>Weekday and Others</strong><br /> The British high street is the best in the world - I’d recommend a shopping trip to London over pretty much any other major city I’ve visited - but the Scandinavian equivalent definitely has its charms. H&M is obviously as ubiquitous as McDonald’s nowadays, and Cheap Monday and Monki are now both available online, but Helsinki still offered the opportunity to revisit <a href="http://www.weekday.com/">Weekday</a> - a store that I first discovered in Stockholm and have been obsessed with ever since. It seemingly makes every garment that I’ve ever wanted to own.</p> <p><strong>Sapas.</strong><br /> Like tapas, but Finnish. So, same small sharing plates but combined with unexpectedly verdant flavours (fried willow herb, Aquavit marinated salmon). I sampled sapas at Juuri, one of Helsinki’s best restaurants, and was suitably delighted. Read more <a href="http://anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/juuri">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>The lakes.</strong><br /> Several beautiful azure lakes emerge, oasis-like, at various points in Helsinki. I particularly liked the one that met us unexpectedly in the middle of Kaisaniemi Park, where we ended up after a morning of cycling and duly stopped for a few hours of lakeside sunbathing. It was impossible not to.</p> <p><strong>Late Light.</strong><br /> In Helsinki, in the summer months, it stays light beyond midnight. This isn’t quite so magical if you want to just go to bed - there’s nothing quite like trying to sleep when it’s light outside to make you feel seven years old again - but it does transform a simple evening walk into an ethereal, slightly surreal experience. Like being a Sofia Coppola movie, minus Kirsten Dunst.</p> <p><strong>An Abundance of Free WiFi</strong><br /> Don’t pretend that being able to check your email, find your way to an obscure restaurant, and then Instagramming your dinner plate <em>without having to turn on your data roaming</em> doesn’t ease that constant ‘technology niggle’ that you have when it’s off. And why try to defy the niggle when you could just succumb to it like the hopeless social media addict that you (probably) are?</p> <p><strong>It’s Easy Breezy.</strong><br /> Visiting Helsinki is a pleasingly stress-free experience. It’s easy to get around. Easy to navigate. Easy to communicate - everyone speaks absolutely perfect English, in that curious way that Scandinavians tend to. Perhaps you’re the kind of person that likes your holidays to represent a challenge. Perhaps you like white water rafting. But me? I like my ‘city breaks’ to be genuinely relaxing, with the only condundrum being whether to have waffles or a ‘continental’ selection of mystery cheese and meat for breakfast. (The answer is: both).</p> <p><strong>Mashed potatoes with everything.</strong><br /> Finnish people are not afraid of a carb. Mashed potatoes are served with most main meals, and they’re good mashed potatoes too - fluffy, light, pleasantly devoid of lumps. If that’s not a selling point for a city, then I don’t know what is.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/articles/things-i-liked-about-helsinki">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/51e9bf7d9070b83e20343bf5 2012-07-19T08:48:00+00:00 2013-07-20T00:41:01+00:00 Analog Coffee Seattle - Cafe <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/analog-coffee"><img alt="Analog-coffee" height="446" src="/system/files/072013/51e9dc959070b83e20344d8b/article/analog-coffee.jpg?1374281174" width="595" /></a></p> <p>There are hundreds of coffee shops to choose from in Seattle, but Analog was the one I liked best. A calm-pared back interior, friendly staffers, piles of colourful comic books and, of course, some seriously excellent coffee.</p> <p>Use it as your first fuelling point of the day when exploring the hip surrounding neighbourhood of Capitol Hill.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/analog-coffee">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/500445369070b80b36000024 2012-07-16T16:12:41+00:00 2012-08-14T14:25:40+00:00 Bistrot Paul Bert Paris - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/bistrot-paul-bert"><img alt="Paulbert1" height="446" src="/system/files/072012/500445eb9070b80dbb000001/article/paulbert1.jpg?1344870741" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Paris is one place that you go in hope, no in search of, a good cliché. You want to take a cheesy photo in front of the shimmering Eiffel Tower. You want to walk along the Seine feeling smug and loved up. You want to eat a lot of oozing cheese, buy a freshly-baked baguette, get drunk on cheap red wine. And you want to have a languorous lunch at an authentic Parisian bistro.</p> <p>Le Bistrot Paul Bert is just that. Set on a quiet back street and full of locals, this is a calm and quaint restaurant that will indulge all of your Parisian fantasies. The ‘prix fixe’ set lunch costs 36 Euro (reasonable by Parisian standards) and offers a choice of bistro classics that are executed to perfection. Enjoy frisée salad with poached egg and lardons followed by delicious steak frites, and make sure you save room for the Paris Brest - an insanely delicious and decadent choux pastry concoction, stuffed with hazelnut cream.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/bistrot-paul-bert">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/500032509070b80f61000018 2012-07-13T14:27:37+00:00 2012-08-14T14:26:33+00:00 Paul A Young London - Shopping <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/paul-a-young"><img alt="Paulayoung3" height="446" src="/system/files/082012/502926619070b8739a000018/article/paulayoung3.jpg?1372204383" width="595" /></a></p> <p>It’s only when you leave Britain that you become aware of our national obsession with chocolate. There can’t be many other places in the world where even the most basic corner shop is lined with a multicoloured array of chocolate bars, biscuits and buttons in all manner of caramel, nut, raisin, wafer and E number-enhanced variations. But not all chocolate is created equal. I like to inhale a Peanut Butter Kit Kat Chunky as much as the next girl but sometimes the palette calls for something a bit more refined, does it not?</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/paul-a-young">Read more</a></p> tag:www.anywhere-anywhere.com,2005:Listing/500030529070b80d7b000017 2012-07-13T14:00:19+00:00 2012-08-14T14:27:51+00:00 Acoustic Cafe London - Restaurant <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/acoustic-cafe"><img alt="Acoustic3" height="446" src="/system/files/072012/5000309d9070b80f61000002/article/acoustic3.jpg?1344954472" width="595" /></a></p> <p>Every neighbourhood needs a good local café and in Newington Green, Acoustic Café hits the spot. Less than five minutes’ walk from Dalston (but a million miles from its self-conscious hipster coffee shops), Acoustic is a traditional caff serving a mixture of British and Middle Eastern influenced breakfast and lunch staples.</p> <p>Acoustic’s English Breakfast is a fresh and reliable rendition of a British classic, while the Mediterranean version with halloumi and merguez sausage is a good choice if you’re craving greasy spoon fare, minus the grease. The bright orange sign and abundant pavement seating makes Acoustic a welcoming spot for for brunch on a sunny day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anywhere-anywhere.com/directory/acoustic-cafe">Read more</a></p>