26 August 2014

BRUSSELS - HOTEL DES GALERIES


As you may know, one of my favourite base camp in Paris is the Hotel Arvor ( yes, I give the Fab address to all my friends visiting Paris ) … it seems that the business is prosperous and well appreciated because the hotel managers recently opened one more pied-à-terre in Brussels. The perfect city for a romantic and easy jaunt only 80 minutes from Paris ( with Thalys ). The boutique hotel is located at the corner of the Galerie du Roi and the touristy Rue des Bouchers … not very far from the Grand Place, the Manneken Pis and the Place du Grand Sablon. The 23 rooms and suites are bright and propose a contemporary decoration that reminds me the cosy, intimate and colourful atmosphere of the hotel Arvor. It's quite logical since they both have the same interior designer : Camille Flammarion.

If you were hungry and thirsty, do not loose time in the rue des Bouchers ( it's a tourist trap ) ... you better test the new hotel's Restaurant & Wine Bar ( Comptoir des Galeries ) directed by the chef Julien Burlat. The French guy is pretty well-known in Belgium !

HOTEL DES GALERIES
Rue des Bouchers 38
1000 Brussels - Belgium
Tel. + 32 2 213 74 70
Starting rates ≈ 160 Euro


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Photos © Hotel des Galeries

08 August 2014

SAINT AUGUSTINE - SALT WATER COWBOYS


This old fish camp has been proposing for more than 45 years fishes (catch of the day), shrimps, BBQ ribs, alligator tails, frog legs, oysters, crabs and chicken wings. As you want, it can be boiled, fried, grilled or steamed. Surrounded by the marsh ( and all its unfriendly wildlife inhabitants ... wild cats, snakes, alligators, mosquitoes ), I would not put a foot outside this traditional restaurant !!! Just stay inside the wooden house and enjoy a great and original dinner. As they say on their menu, be sure you will recapture the charm of old Florida with local dishes. The price for this Crocodile Dundee experience is around 35 dollars pro person.

SALT WATER COWBOYS
On the Intracoastal
299 Dondanville Road
Saint Augustine Beach
32080 Florida - USA
Tel. + 1 904 471 2332



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.


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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 !!!


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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 …