A Mediterranean beach and gourmet escape to Algarve with stay at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa | Algarve, Portugal | After a week in Portugal exploring the country from North to South, it was the last night of my visit, and the best way to say farewell, was by an overnight beach and gourmet escape to the Algarve region, to indulge over Portuguese Mediterranean lifestyle. Off I went from Cascais to Algarve, a 3-hours drive connecting this two lovely – mind very different beach resorts. As we arrived to the Algarve, we checked in at the grande dame of Algarve, the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa. After my week in Portugal, I am confident to say I have become an expert in the destination and curated a portfolio of amazing local suppliers. You may see all my photos and videos at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog Continue reading A Mediterranean beach and gourmet escape to Algarve with stay at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Imàgo Restaurant at Hassler Hotel | Rome, Italy | If your plan for the evening is to enjoy an unique Michelin starred gastronomic experience along with the breathtaking views of the Eternal City of Rome, various monuments and cupolas on the horizon, , then Imàgo should be on the top of your list. Located in the heart of Rome’s City Centre, at the rooftop – 6th floor – of the Hassler Hotel, right off to the Spanish Steps. Imàgo offers unique views over the city, greeted by a beautiful life-size painting that fills each window of this spectacular location loved by the Roman locals and international guests alike. Continue reading Imàgo Restaurant at Hassler Hotel
At OLO Restaurant something is very fishy | Helsinki, Finland | OLO in Finnish means Feeling. At OLO Ravintola (aka. Finnish for restaurant) something is very fishy, and not in a bad way. If I would have to choose my favorite Finnish gourmet while in Helsinki, I would not hesitate for a second to say OLO Restaurant. Michelen star restaurant offering a modern Nordic gourmet cuisine experience. A set menu to showcase the amazing fresh fish from the region. Clarity of design and generous flavours as known from their grandmother’s times. Their menu follows the yearly cycle of the Nordic nature, bringing to the table only what is at best at a given time.
Starter: Lavaret from Kvarken with dill (European white Fish), match with a Langenlois Terrasen Riesling 2007, Loimer Kamptal – Austria. The main dining area seats 48 people in a pleasent environment. Interior design by Kari Lappalainen features forest inspired ornaments on the wall, dark wooden furniture and classic white table clothes. But the restaurant (or ravintola how is said in Finnish) also features a Small Room, an intimate space for 24 people. OLO Cabinet and Wine Cabinet, both for 10 people. OLOKolo, where you can have your own kitchen to host your own group, and cook to your invitees with the assistance and supervision of Olo’s cooks. And starting May 2013, they will also launch OLO Terrace Bar, comfortable city terrace with a lounge atmosphere. The bar will be located in the courtyard of the restaurant’s building, so it’s the natural place to start and end your evening.
Main Course: Pike perch from Hoytiainen with cauliflower, matched with a Pouilly-Fuisse 2007, Joseph Faively, Rhone – France. The Nordic kitchen is fairly tolerant with various wine tastes. The classics as well as wines from the new world find their match with varying flavours of different seasons.
As a Dessert they had to twist my arm over and over… Pan Cake or Pannukakkua, matched with a wonderful sweet wine Errazuriz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Casablanca Valley – Chile. Imagine that after this lovely lunch and all the various types of wine, I have to take my train, the ALLEGRO, from Helsinki to St Petersburg, Russia. So I had a long nice nap. Please do not leave Helsinki without trying OLO Restaurant. For more information www.olo-ravintola.fi. Bon Appetit. !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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