14 July 2014

MUNICH - THE FLUSHING MEADOWS HOTEL // BAR


The paint is wet and some studios are still under construction but I am nearly sure that this is the address that will be much talked about in the fall 2014. We are neither in the Flushing Meadows Park in New York City … nor the deco refers to the legendary US Open tennis tournament. In fact, the only flushing activity comes from the Isar river flowing one block away from here. Damn, the hotel's name is really far-fetched ! Anyhow, the new Fab hotel / bar is located in my favorite district in Munich … at the heart of the Glockenbarviertel.

The hotel just opened beginning of June 2014 and proposes 16 rooms ( studios ) in the former Post Office building of the Fraunhoferstrasse. Four local young entrepreneurs are behind the project : Sascha Arnold and Steffen Werner ( Architects ), Niels Jäger ( Restaurateur - Marketing Consultant ) and Janique Ficek ( Hotel Manager ). I don't know if the management team planned to put later a big neon sign in the street but the spot is so far a totally hidden and insider address. Actually, the only indication is a small white A4 page on the old silver door. Once you have pushed the discreet door, you now have to take the elevator till the fourth floor in order to meet the reception. If you look at the architectural and design details you will immediately notice that you are entering a Bauhaus retro building.

Each of the 16 studios ( 11 Loft Studios on the third floor and 5 Penthouse Studios on the fourth floor ) has been individually designed and furnished by a Munich local personality … Birgit Minichmayr  ( Actress, Vienna ), Michi Beck ( Musician, Berlin / Stuttgart ), Charles Schumann  ( Restaurateur and Model, Munich ), Quirin Rohleder ( Surfer, Munich ), Albert Oehlen ( Artist, Gais ), Cathal Mc Ateer  ( Founder and Creative Director Folk Magazine, London ), Norbert Wangen ( Designer, Vienna ), Helmut Geier ( DJ Hell, Munich ), Marc Streitenfeld ( Composer, Los Angeles ), Konrad Dengler ( Craftman, Munich ), Christophe de la Fontaine and Aylin Langreuter ( Dante Goods and Bads, Neukirchen ). You should note that 3 of the Penthouse Studios have a private terrace facing directly south and overlooking the faraway Alps. By the way, I would recommend you if possible to reserve a room with a southerly aspect ( the view on the St. Maximilian church is much nicer ).

Cherry on the cake … on the top floor you will also find the Flushing Meadows Bar. A cocktail bar open everyday till 2.00 am. The bar and its panoramic terrace seem to be the perfect spot for a midday snack, a romantic sunset or a late drink … sipping some delicious cocktails mixed by Manu Pinceroli.


THE FAB DAY PARIS IS NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR ONLINE STORE


THE FLUSHING MEADOWS HOTEL // BAR
Fraunhoferstrasse 32
80469 Munich - Germany
Tel. + 49 89 552 791 70
Starting Rates ≈ 100 Euro


Photos © The Flushing Meadows Hotel & bar

03 July 2014

PARIS - RICHER


For nearly 2 years, the corner café bar restaurant has been a Parisian jealously guarded secret. A Fab spot to share only with your best friends. Due to its simple and raw deco, you may walk past this neo-bistro five times a day without feeling like pushing the door … but it would be a regrettable mistake ! The first good news is that the restaurant does not accept reservation ( the telephone mentioned on the ticket can't voluntarily be reached ). Either you arrive early on … or you simply wait at the bar tasting some delicious cocktails. Last night we got lucky and found immediately a table around 7.30 pm ( at 9 pm it might be more difficult ). 

Just like the deco, the menu is simple but mouthwatering. The A4 white pages indicate 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts. Anyway you can select your dishes blindly … they are all yummy and fantastic. Boudin Noir ( black pudding ), Suprême de Volaille ( breast of chicken ), Joue de Cochon ( cheek of pig ), Cabillaud ( fresh cod ) and Ganache au Chocolat ( chocolate cream filling ). Instead of ordering a bottle of wine, I would recommend you to ask for the red wine, white wine or rosé wine glasses  ( between 5.5 and 6 Euro ). The oenologist waitress will then come with 3 different bottles and will suggest you a wine according to your preferences and the dishes you ordered … it stands to reason, but it's just Fab !!! To sum up I would say … Friendly & professional service … Yummy dishes … Tasty wines … Reasonable prices … Insider address … No reservation. Yes, it's definitely a Fab Parisian address !!!

PS : Many thanks to Eric for sharing his Fab Parisian addresses with us !!!


THE FAB DAY PARIS IS NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR ONLINE STORE


RICHER
2 rue Richer - 75009 Paris
Open 7/7 from 8 am to 1 am
No reservation !



29 June 2014

MUNICH - BMW i3


Do you remember your first time ? I am talking about these extraordinary and unforgettable experiences that have a profound influence on your life. Today is definitely one of these special days … it's the first time I drive an electric car … and it's absolutely Fab !!! Thanks to BMW I had the opportunity this weekend to test the new i3 and I understand what Neil Armstrong felt when he walked on the moon in 1969 … it's just like being part of a revolutionary age. As I am not a car expert, I won't give you technical details. The experience is simply sensational !!! You just have to press start and … nothing … not a noise, not a sound, not a roar. Hit the road FX … Taking possession and control of the car is totally easy. Simply unplug and play … The acceleration is also fantastic ( 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds … while it takes 4.8 seconds to a Porsche 911 Carrera ). According to the operating mode you select you can drive between 130 and 160 km ( 80 to 100 miles ). Absolutely enough for my urban daily usage. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that pedestrians crossing the street do not hear you … so you really have to pay attention to them. Small anecdote of the weekend … the radio remained completely off meanwhile … I just wanted to hear the sound of silence ( so weird ). Finally gas stations and petroleum companies should be really worried ( and I absolutely don't care !!! ). Stay tuned, I may have the opportunity to drive the BMW i8 in the coming days … 




26 June 2014

AMSTERDAM - FRIDAY NEXT STUDIO

Once you have seen the beautiful canals in every detail ... it's now time to go southwards in the fashion and museum district ( Oud Zuid ). Whether you like shops or Dutch masterpieces, you are spoilt for choice. The fashion victims will certainly stroll on the Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat while the art lovers will line up in front of the Rijks, the Van Gogh and the Stedelijk museums. Anyway, after blowing your brain cells and your credit cards, do not forget to cross the Vondelpark in order to visit the Oud West cozy neighbourhood ... with less tourists and more locals. In the Overtoom street you will find a cute concept store named Friday Next. The store ( and interior design studio ) puts together design accessories, furniture, clothes, books and a lovely café. Always interesting to make a stop here, discover new Dutch designers and sip a cappuccino.

FRIDAY NEXT
Overtoom 31
1054 HB Amsterdam
Netherlands
Tel. + 31 20 612 32 92
Free Wifi
Closed on Monday

25 June 2014

AMSTERDAM - THE CITY STREET SPA


After a long hectic day in the shops and museums of Amsterdam you may need some special treatments in order to repair the urban damages. Your face, body, hands and feet will be very grateful to take good care of them. So you will find next to the Amstelveld square a beautiful SPA that will refurbish and pamper your sexy bodywork. Now it's up to you to select below the appropriate treatments ... Facials, Massages, Hair Treatments, Body Detox, Manicures, Pedicures, Acupuncture, Bikini wax, etc.  For the men they also propose a "Brazilian Waxing" program … Oh dear I would rather wait for you at the terrace of the Nel café … Wishing you a relaxing Fab Day !

THE CITY STREET SPA
Prinsengracht 764
1017 LE Amsterdam - Netherlands
Tel. + 31 20 2214 102
Reservation highly recommended