My Visit To Pitti Uomo

Last week I attended Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, which is the largest fashion event dedicated to men’s fashion in Europe. Pitti Uomo is able to pick up all the signals of new moods in fashion and then present them with new and amazing projects.

The creative energy, stylistic innovations and overall quality of the proposals met with the favor of all the best national and international buyers at Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 92

“BOOM, PITTI BLOOMS, the main theme of the Pitti Immagine . Flowers that bloom like new creative ideas: unlikely, effervescent, ironic, without bucolic references to nature or green ethics but rather in a joyful, colorful aesthetic as if they were computer icons. Huge, inflatable plastic flowers, gigantic sculptures, flying bouquets, or flower-shaped fans are the emblems of the many new ideas that are blossoming. BOOM, PITTI BLOOMS concept, layout and art direction by life-styler Sergio Colantuoni.”

I will leave you with some pictures I took during my visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best waffles in the world!

When I first arrived in Brussels month ago, I had only two things on my mind; Chocolate and Waffles since I am not a big fan of frites nor beer…
I’ve explored the best chocolate houses, but also some amazing street food, AKA (waffles) with: powdered sugar, fruit, whipped cream, chocolate, no topping; just as good…
In Belgium you can find good waffles from any waffle cart in any restaurant, but the best I have ever had in my life are from the traditional cookie maker DANDOY pronounced 
 Danh-DWAH.

Waited in line for 20 minutes, every day for three days in a row to grab one. So much to choose from you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. If you don’t mind waiting it is sooooo worth it. Also, the staff is so friendly there. Roger always makes sure to demonstrate the difference between a Liege vs Brussels waffle, important life facts 😉

Brussels waffles are made with a yeast-leavened batter, which makes them lighter and crispier. They are rectangular with defined edges, and they have deeper pockets or holes. 
Liege waffles are made with a thicker batter that is similar to bread dough, and they have rounded edges.  Pearl sugar is mixed in with the dough, which caramelizes when the waffle is cooked.  They are thicker, richer and chewier than the Brussels waffle.

I’ve tried both.  And loved both…
I booked my next flight to Brussels this fall just to visit again this amazing place 

My collaboration with Waste Studio & 15% Off for you!

If you ever visited Beirut, you saw definitely fashionable people carrying these really cool, unique  bags. Those bags are by the Lebanese startup Waste Studio. I do love sharing things I think are special on my blog, Waste studio is one of them!

After their first design statement in the face of adversity, “Kees el Dekkaneh” AKA “The Grocery Bag” a trendy, practical, multi-functional and everlasting tote bag. Waleed, Souad, Marc and their team have developed additional products. bags, wallets, accessories… Every statement piece of the WASTE studio collection is: Sustainable, Stylish, Unique.

Discover all the new collection Here and get your new piece from their pop up store in ABC Achrafieh l2 and get 15% off, just by telling them you have read about the company here on my blog.

Waste Studio will be present in different fairs in Europe, first stop is Pitti Uomo, the landmark trade fair for men’s fashion in Firenze. All the luck to the team!!

Waste studio SS 17 collection, combining new materials, innovative design and lightweight structures.Grab yours now from ABC Achrafieh L2!

Posted by Waste Studio on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

 

-Shoot concept & art direction: Maya Metni Koteit
-Photography: Imad el Khoury
-Videographer: Charbel Nakhlé
-Editing: Dani Baradie

B-Qa elegant middle wine range.

Back in 2005, the two brothers Karim and Sandro Saade decided to start their own wine adventure by creating Chateau Marsyas village of Kefraya, in West Bekaa. Talented winemakers, vineyard experts and an excellent storyteller came together to create Chateau Marsyas one of my favorite Lebanese wine an innovative and truly superb wine brand.

Besides its premium and renowed wine “Chateau Marsyas”, the winery launched in 2015 “BQa de Marsyas ” its second wine made according to the same philosophy and attention to detail is its “elder brother”. I was invited to discover this new wine at the launching in 2015 as I am a big fan of this well established estate. According to Sandro Saade the difference between both wines comes from the selection of parcels in the domain keeping the oldest vines for the production of Chateau Marsyas Grand Vin while the younger vines go to B-Qa de Marsyas. Blending finesse and minerality, Bqa de Marsyas is defined by rounded tannins created by 8 month gentle barrel aging.

B-Qā de Marsyas positions itself on the middle wine range segment and remains the expression of its own terroir. The wine has a beautiful presentation, rich, delicate and smooth with hints of red berries that contains cabernet sauvignon, syrah and mourvedre. On the pallet the wine is elegant and round with well integrated tannins yet smooth and chalky. 


B-Qā de Marsyas is a really good balanced wine reminds me of its bigger brother, so satisfying to drink.. I also had some echoes about the imminent launching of the BQa white vintage to be available soon.
Next time you are in the supermarket picking a new bottle of wine make sure to take Bqa with you
Cheers!