Originally dubbed the ‘poor boy’ after striking streetcar workers in 1929 New Orleans ate them for free from Benny and Clovis Martin’s restaurant, the Po-Boy sandwich has come rather a long way from its humble beginnings. Today the sandwich is globally-renowned and replicated, with variations of the shrimp, oyster, catfish, crab, meat, cheese and sauce-stuffed baguettes ascending to such lofty comfort cuisine heights that since 2007 The Big Easy has been honouring its beloved homegrown sub with its very own annual festival. Over 6 years, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival has grown to cover 7 city blocks, attract roughly 50,000 hungry fans, and involve more than 30 vendors, plus musical performers and kids’ activities. The 2013 outing takes place this coming Sunday, November 24th, from 10am-7pm, so don your best elastic-waist slacks and go Po!
Oak St (between Carrollton & Leake Aves), New Orleans, USA. W: poboyfest.com
Fancy a cuppa? Well, that’s hardly a tall order in Tokyo, a city famed for its cha, but for something a little more unusual why not pop by the Aoyama Flower Market Tea House? What from the outside appears to be your typical flower shop bursting with shiny leaves and luxuriant blooms, reveals inside an idyllic little tea shop seemingly modelled on the overgrown greenhouse at the bottom of your granny’s garden – dripping with creepers, hanging plants, and vibrant blossoms. READ MORE…
Widely credited with breathing a new lease of life into the Hong Kong cocktail scene when he headed up the bar at Michelin-spangled 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Italian-born bar cosultant Giancarlo Mancino has continued to wow the city’s discerning drinkertariat, first with the vernissage of his eponymous luxury vermouth label, then with the conceptualisation of one of the island’s slickest bar/restaurants, Il Milione. We pulled up a barstool and grabbed a few minutes with the fabulous man himself… Martini in hand, of course!
El Cellar de Can Roca – a.k.a the 2013 S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 1st place winner – a.k.a the Catalan family kitchen that could. Toppling René Redzepi’s avant-garde Danish-Nordic forager haunt Noma from its 3-year reign at the top, the 3 brothers Roca have quietly honed their triple-pronged attack on the culinary world, with each deftly employing his specialty craft (eldest Joan is head chef, youngest Jordi is pastry chef, and sommelier middle sib Josep also handles front of house) to devastatingly effective ends. The globally-influenced, faultless gastronomic symphony they’ve created makes for the most coveted tables in the world, with bookings unsurprisingly exceedingly difficult to come by (they are currently booked out for the next 11 months straight!). Bookings open on the first of the month (ie Dec 1st) for the month 11 months hence (ie Nov 2014), so sit poised by the phone or keyboard, say a prayer, and take absolutely any chance you’re given to experience El Cellar de Can Roca!
The City of Light’s Pigalle arrondissement is still home to the infamous Moulin Rouge, but the southern section of this former red light district, now dubbed SoPi, is where the booming BoBo population has made its new home – and it’s no surprise that with their arrival, a flurry of chic indie shops and hip haunts followed! At the heart of it all is Le Rocketship, a café-boutique owned and personally-curated by Benoit Touche, who left a corporate 9-to-5 to realise his dream of opening a design concept store. Set foot inside and order up a signature ‘Coutume Coffee’ from the mini bar (they do an ace macchiato), and sip it while Benoit tells you about the story behind each of the pieces on offer, from lighting to tableware, and posters to kids’ togs. Ready, set, blastoff!
13bis Rue Henry Monnier. T: +33 1 48 78 23 66. W: lerocketship.com
Autumn is well underway and the lovely, foliage fabulous season simply calls for a weekend escape, whether it’s to a restful retreat in the English countryside, a leafy oasis in Japan, or a cosy cabin in Colorado. Pull out the cashmere for one last hurrah before winter well and truly sets in, and check out our top five travel picks below. Bon voyage!
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado, USA. Even though the snow’s already falling in Colorado, a weekend at rustic-luxe Dunton is about as warm and fuzzy as they come. This old San Juan Mountains mining town has been repurposed as a 12 hand-hewn log cabin retreat complete with a dance hall, saloon, glorious hot springs and sensational locavore dining. Snuggle up!
It boasts one of the most picturesque coastlines of any country in the world, and despite a tumultuous past beset by conflict and heartache, Croatia has emerged from its darkest days with its pride and visitor-friendly attitude intact, making it one of the most sought-after, up-and-coming holiday hotspots in Europe. The Dalmatian Islands are undoubtedly Croatia’s travel trump card, but aside from UNESCO heritage town Dubrovnik, party isle Hvar and beautiful fort Vis, there’s also the stunning Krka National Park situated inland on the Krka River in Central Dalmatia.
Happy November, dear hearts! Mercury is in retrograde and though it’s cashmere weather elsewhere, there’s no better time to visit the always oven-hot Land of Smiles. But in case you needed extra incentive, we’re giving away a 2-night stay at the ultra-fab, super-stylish Metropolitan by COMO in Bangkok – so go on, take a bite out of the Big Mango…
Dear hearts, can you believe it? WE ARE 11! It started on the kitchen table (literally) and over a decade (and 37 guides) later we are as sassy and saucy as ever, but we’d be precisely nowhere without our beloved readers. You have supported us, confided in us, searched high and low and reported back for us, astonished us, admonished us, galvanised and inspired us, and even smacked our knacks when were naughty, but above all you have always remained loyal to us – and for this, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. We really couldn’t have done it, or continue to, without each and every one of you Leggy Lovelies.
We honour and salute you, we whistle and flute you.
Happy Birthday to you all from LUXE. TTFN!