Eating like a local in Mexico City | Mexico City, Mexico | You know me most for lavish gourmet experiences, which I did plenty at Dulce Patria, Rosetta, Quintonil and Anatol, but I do greatly enjoy eating like a local, away from the award-winning restaurants and chefs. During my recent visit to Mexico City, I went out of the beaten path and enjoyer more than one option… Continue reading Eating like a local in Mexico City
My bespoke Tuxedo tailoring experience by RUBINSINGER | New York, United States | Getting ready for my upcoming trip to San Francisco, to assist the Mid-Winter Gala 2015, I came to RUBINSINGER Studio in New York to have my new Tuxedo tailored by two master bespoke couture designers, Rubin Singer and his father, Alik Singer. Alik is the former designer of the Circus of Moscow and the Bolshoi Theater. I am not stranger to wear bespoke tailored Tuxedos by Rubin Singer in Bangkok and Cannes. Such an unique and interesting experience, spending the morning along Alik Singer, having my measurements taken, picking the fabrics, the lining, the shape…. and seeing and learning the full process, behind-the-scenes of a Tuxedo made-to-tailor in New York. Continue reading My bespoke Tuxedo tailoring experience by RUBINSINGER
Museum (ing) Mexico City | Mexico City, Mexico | Did you know that Mexico City ranks as the global city with most museum in the world ? I certainly didn’t, but after my recent visit, I can endorse that. Here a few I visited and blew me away… Museo Nacional de Antropologia (Paseo de la Reforma) + Museo Soumaya (Polanco) + Museo Mural Diego Rivera (Zocalo) + Palacio de Bellas Artes (Zocalo). There was one I also wanted to check out, but didn’t have enough time, so I have it pending for my next visit: Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo (Colonia San Angel Inn). Continue reading Museum (ing) Mexico City
Sunday Brunch at the iconic Rainbow Room | New York, United States | Sunday Brunch in Manhattan along my partner Rubin Singer and my dear friend Michael Romei, took place at the iconic and famous upscale rooftop restaurant and events space, the Rainbow Room. Located at the 65th floor of the NBC Tower, atop the 30 Rockefeller Plaza. I was so excited to explore and experience Rainbow Room, influenced by many stories of such unique New York landmark. We had a lovely afternoon celebrating the end my my Birthday week. Continue reading Sunday Brunch at the iconic Rainbow Room
Dulce Patria Restaurant by Chef Martha Ortiz | Mexico City, Mexico | Award-winning chef Martha Ortiz, specializing in festive and traditional Mexican cuisine in a modern-yet-sophisticated environment right in the heart of Polanco. A 90-seat high energy venue that has redefined the Mexican dining experience. The menu is comprised of traditional plates reinterpreted in a modern context; set in a lively, stylish and urban environment. The restaurant boasts two terraces that give the inside of the restaurant a serene spacious and outdoor feel. Continue reading Dulce Patria Restaurant by Chef Martha Ortiz
Birthday celebration at ELEVEN MADISON PARK Restaurant | New York, United States | Celebrating my 41st Birthday, last night my partner Rubin Singer, took me for a fabulous fine dinning experience out in New York. His line was, you are so jaded and you have experience almost all in terms or cuisine and hospitality, but I will yet surprise you. And so he did. 3-Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park by Chef Daniel Humm under the Relais & Chateaux portfolio, was quite outstanding and indeed a great discovery. Continue reading Birthday celebration at ELEVEN MADISON PARK Restaurant
Las Alcobas Boutique Hotel | Mexico City, Mexico | During my recent visit to Mexico City. my first three days, I was hosted at the very quaint and homy Las Alcobas Boutique Hotel, located at the one of the most exclusive and trendy districts, Polanco and along Avenue Presidente Masaryk, surrounded by fashion brands and restaurants, with easy access to Reforma, Condesa, Roma and Zocalo. Las Alcobas well carries the concept of ” Your Home away from Home “. Luxury service and state of art amenities in a warm and friendly setting. In homage to their name Alcobas, a former residence, has been ingeniously crafted into a series of private home-away-from-homes alcoves. Continue reading Las Alcobas Boutique Hotel
21 Club way beyond steak and hamburgers stereotype | New York, United States | Last night I joined my dear friend Michael Romei, for a distinguished evening hosted by the 21 Club by Belmond. Our night began, of course, over Martinis and continue over a few fantastic bottles of Sancere, along with the Menu by their new Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique. Continue reading 21 Club way beyond steak and hamburgers stereotype
Epicure Restaurant at Le Bristol Hotel Paris | Paris, France | Last week, during my visit to Paris for Fashion Week Fall 2015, I made some time to come for lunch at the iconic Le Bristol Hotel Paris, located on the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré at the heart of Paris’. Triple Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant, overlooking the hotel’s magnificent French-style garden. Last time I visited Le Bristol Hotel, I enjoyed a lovely lunch at 114 Faubourg Restaurant. This time I tried their main gastronomic option by chef Eric Frechon.
Bay windows allow diners to make the most of this lovely setting, an exceptional, beautiful light-filled dining room, dedicated to the art of living, and the pleasure of savouring Eric Frechon’s cuisine. A very distinguished crowd, with guests you will immediately recognize, as I did, which I will keep private. For gentlemen, business casual attire is required. In other words, a suit jacket is required but not a tie.
My experience began walking from my apartment in Trocadero, all the way along rue Kleber and Champs Elysees, to rue Faubourg Saint-Honore. As I arrived and sorting through Lady Gaga’s fans, I arrived to Epicure Restaurant and began my gourmet experience over a lovely glass of a Cramant Brut-Rose Champagne Diebolt-Vallois. Bubbles to begin my gourmet experience. A few signature dishes you must try. Stuffed Macaroni (€95) with black truffle, artichoke and duck foie gras, gratinated with mature Parmesan cheese. The chef sent a courtesy from the kitchen and I must say was just decadent. Followed by a very stylish an amuse-bouche.
Now for my choices of the afternoon, where: Purple Sea Urchins (€82) simmered whilst in their shells with tongues and sea urchin broth, smooth egg mousse. The texture was incredible and the flavor very subtle, matching perfectly the wine selection made by the sommelier. As for my main dish, I went with another signature dish by the chef, Line-Caught whiting fish from Saint-Giller Croix-de-Vie (€69) in a crust of bread with almonds, “New-Zealand” spinach and olive oil flavoured with curry and péquillos pepper.
“Epicure” has the role of transmitting the passion of cheese by offering, in close collaboration with two master cheese makers, Marie-Anne Cantin and Bernard Antony, a selection of cheeses that perfectly express the local land and tradition for your gastronomic delight. These two master cheese makers guarantee impeccable quality and traditional know-how for a unique flavor that is sure to enchant your taste buds. Our cheese board offers a number of new selections, varying the content depending on the seasons and the gradual maturation of the different cheeses.
Dessert was selected by the chef and sent to the table. I usually don’t try desserts, and more over when cheese is being offered first, since I am a huge fan of this last. But I am happy the chef made that executive decision for me, specially for the two little spoons with the jelly-gold-leafed with liquid heart delights, they were incredible. Indeed, over and over, Le Bristol Hotel Paris, delivers incredible unforgettable experiences, holding very high standards and impeccable professional service, which is still welcoming and warm, away from the stuffiness. Both dinner and lunches are strongly suggested, but for me the options of lunch over such a stunning pre-Spring afternoon, was just marvelous. If you are a guest at Le Bristol Hotel Paris, my envy to you, you will get to wake up every morning, to a lovely breakfast at Epicure. After my lovely lunch, I walked back to my apartment in Trocadero, ready to begin my afternoon at RUBINSINGER Showroom. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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QUINTONIL Restaurant | Mexico City, Mexico | As I have mentioned on my Instagram over and over, I was great surprised by the Gourmet and Restaurant scene of Mexico City, reminding me of Barcelona. QUINTONIL Restaurant by young Mexican chef Jorge Vallejo and restauranteur Alejandra Flores . One mention. Did you know that Mexico City hosts two of the top 100 Restaurants in the world and 5 of the top 50 Latin American Restaurants ?. My early evening began at 7PM at my suite at the St Regis Mexico City, sipping chilled Veuve Clicquot enjoying the lovely views over Paseo de la Reforma and Bosqie de Chapultepec. And I say early evening, because the only booking I managed to get at QUINTONIL was at 8PM and for an hour. This is how popular this restaurant has become. Ranked number 10 on the list of TOP 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America. Continue reading QUINTONIL Restaurant