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Vicky, Christina, BARCELONA (minus Vicky & Christina)

Contributed with sass and love by Marcela Velez – Born in Colombia, bread in Costa Rica. Left the nest at 18 for NYC and to study in Parsons but she’s called Barcelona her home since 2012 when she co-founded and launched the sensational M2Malletier handbag house.  Secret of adulthood: nothing cures a hangover like pasta and arepas. Rise & Shine –  For breakfast head to Auto Rosellón – it’s in Calle Enrique Granado – one of my favorite streets filled with mosaics and colors.  The restaurant looks super simple but inside it has amazing design details such as their lamps. The menu is fixed but it has seasonal dishes. The kitchen is tiny, the majority of it is exposed, and you’ve never seen more savory-looking veggies in your life. Take a walk on the wild side –  My favorite area is The Raval which is the immigrants’ neighborhood, it’s full of street art and I walk through there every day to go to SoHo house. This area is fascinating because this is a neighborhood where immigrant cultures clash, converge and co-exist: you see …

BOGOTÁ: 2600 Meters Closer to the Stars

Contributed with love and by Kelly Talamas – an Editor and Creative Director, who has called Miami, Mexico and now, Colombia her home. You can find her work in the Mexican and Latin American version of Vogue. The last ten years working at the title have taken her on trips all around the region, making her an expert on the creative scenes around the Latin capitals. She appreciates qualitative, locally made design, a good boutique hotel, travel photography, and old school hip hop. Ask her to rap, and you might be pleasantly surprised. Rise and Shine –  My favorite morning plan is taking a long walk around the Parque Virrey, a luscious green oasis in the Chicó neighborhood. About halfway through the park you’ll find Canasto, a cute café nestled into a corner with an outdoor terrace that looks onto the crowds outside. The terrace is conveniently covered, since rain is a constant in the city. I opt for one of my preferred dishes – the mango and piña bowl, the avocado on beet toast or the banana and …

MANILA: Made With Spice

Contributed with love by cousins Nina Paradies & Sofia Aboitiz – two thirds of the dynamic trio that founded FINI, an apparel line inspired by their love of their home country and born out of their desire to foster local talent, revive fading traditions, and improve business practices. Both based in Manila, Nina is surf-loving foodie, while Sofi is interior design-obsessed, mother of Antonio – her french bulldog, and between good sleep and food, she would always choose the latter. The truest Filipino breakfast of champs – Nina: Breakfast at Antonio’s is by far my favorite place for my first meal of the day—the only catch is that it is outside of Manila in the mountain town of Tagaytay. Roadtrip! On a good day with no traffic you’ll get there in an hour. If you have a few days to burn in Manila it is very much worth it, the food is great and the views of Taal Volcano are even better. If you don’t have much time in Manila then you can’t really go wrong at Wildflour. Sofi: Wildflour! They have lots of savory and sweet options and are conveniently located …

MOSCOW – City of Contrasts

Contributed with love and vodka by Marina Kurikhina –  Russian curator raised in London who has lived in Mexico City, Paris and New York. This avid traveller who worked for the Brazilian gallery Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, is  now focusing on her own independent practice and process lead art classes in Big Sur, California. To start the day and sort out my life – Cafe Bulka, it’s located in the old, central part of Moscow behind Chistye Prudi – a small lake and across from the Pokrovka Boulevard. I love the name Bulka, the word means bread in Russian but it has a colloquial charming twist to it which is impossible to translate to English. Cafe Bulka has a great internet, a sleek beautiful design, great coffee and fresh pastries that are baked daily in their kitchen. The menu is a mix of Russian and European style food, so everyone can find something they like. Getting lost – I love to walk to Red Square through Kitay-Gorod, which is one of the oldest parts of the city. You have to know the way …

ASPEN: For Younglings, Cougars, Silver Foxes & Tree Huggers

Contributed with love  by Constanza Garza, aka. GoodGirl Baby Cakes – A dame extraordinaire, fascinated with ink who opened the tattoo shop Sigue.Sigue.Sputnik (SSS) with tattoo artist Dr. Lakra in Mexico City in 2016. She’s a lover of nature, designer of jewelry, and mother of Felix. Jump start the day at –  Poppycocks! Yes, that’s the name. Roll out of bed and get yourself there and feast on scrambled eggs and bacon, avocado on toast and anything that your imagination can fathom. For something on the go, Peach’s Corner Cafe is the place for you. It has delicious smoothies, poppy seed muffins, green machine shakes and so much more.  If you happen to visit Aspen when there’s no snow – Little Cloud Trail is a must. It takes you about 20 mins to go up and then you take the main gondola trail down.  It’s full of wild flowers and you’re just completely submerged in nature in no time. I love the contrast between nature and city at the snap of your fingers. Note and I am not kidding: you might encounter bears. Take …

OAXACA: An Artist’s Guide

Contributed with love and just for you by Sofia Fernandez Diaz – Mexican artist, lover of nature, processes and textures, currently based in the magical city of Oaxaca. First meal of the day – The best spot for breakfast in Oaxaca is El Mercado. There are so many mercados but the best one for having a traditional Oaxacan breakfast is La Merced. Once you’re there, go to Fonda Florecita. Another place for any meal is Biznaga. Here you’ll also eat traditional oaxacan food in a beautiful patio. My favorite dish is Las Calendas which is melted  quesillo (string cheese) wraped in hoja santa (the best-smelling herb) with a heart-shaped leaf and a side of beans. It’s incredible!  They have a great variety of mezcales and beers. Oaxaca is partially known for its food, there are so many delicious places to choose from so its very hard to make a bad food choice. Getting lost – Jalatlaco is the oldest neighborhood in Oaxaca. The streets are paved with cobblestones, there are all sorts of murals, and its just incredibly beautiful. The color combinations you see all over the …

SEOUL: The Tech, Tea & Karaoke Guide

Contributed with love and just for you, by Juyoung Yoon – Korean but really a Londoner at heart, lover of all things gold and Baroque, who is currently the art and exhibitions assistant at MARIOTESTINO+ At the crack of dawn (kidding) –  Start with the Aria restaurant at the Chosun hotel for the breakfast buffet – you’re spoiled for choice! There is also a  Louise Bourgeois,  Maman monumental sculpture in the courtyard that I always stop by to admire. A walks to digest – A favorite of mine would have to be Namsan Park trail. It’s a green oasis right in the centre of Seoul and you temporarily forget you’re in this huge city. The glimpses of Seoul that you get along the walk is pretty amazing (both during the day and night!). However, another walk I love is in Heyri Art Valley, an artist colony built by artists on the outskirts of Seoul (less than an hour drive and close to South Korea’s DMZ line). It’s full of galleries and artist studios so you’re guaranteed to discover something! My latest museum obsession – I have too many favourite galleries and museums like Gana Art, Kukje or Hakgojae but my latest obsession is the Korea Furniture Museum. There’s really nothing like marvelling at traditional Korean craftmanship all …

PIETRASANTA: Tuscany Lost in Time

I grew up spending my summers on the cozy hillside, Tuscan town of Pietrasanta. Wait, what am I saying? I still do. I’m actually sitting in the piazza right this second writing this! We used spend the whole month of July here – fourteen mischievous souls in total including siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and second spouses (the common thread in my family). And up until a few years, people didn’t seem to know where Pietrasanta was, exactly. I always found myself saying that it’s a 20 minute bike ride from Forte Dei Marmi. Everyone’s heard of Forte but still, I’m sure they didn’t know exactly where that was either. But now, call it Google maps, CNTraveller or whatever, Pietrasanta, our little secret lost in time, has become ‘cool’ in everyone else’s eyes which sucks for us because our well-kept secret is out and up for grabs. Now we run into random people we know from elsewhere intruding in our little slice of heaven that is essentially made up of a main piazza and a few side streets. Sculpting …

NYC: The {off-the-grid} Guide

Contributed with love by Miguel Batel – Mexican nomad fascinated with Japanese culture, currently based in New York City. Once upon a time he was the cultural attaché for Mexico in Canada; today, he’s focusing on personal photography projects, and works as a Producer and Lighting Director making some of the world’s most beautiful women even more beautiful. As much as possible, he loves going to Japan for the pure pleasure of getting traditionally tattooed and finding rare photo books. The best way to start the day –  There is a small place called Okonomi in Brooklyn that serves traditional Japanese set meals for breakfast and lunch. All the fish and vegetables are sourced locally and served in beautiful pottery. They take walk-ins only, but if there is a wait, it’s well worth it. A public artwork I like to go see – The Bust of Sylvette (1967), a monumental sculpture by Picasso that was recreated using sandblast cement by Carl Nesjar and Sigurd Frager, that is near NYU is incredible. It sits quietly amidst three Brutalist buildings by the great I.M. Pei. It’s a quiet pocket in the …

LISBON: In True Portuguese Style

Contributed with love by Isabella Aballi – “I have a thing for cooking, drawing, indoor plants, and music produced before I was born. Still waiting for Freaks and Geeks season 2… Currently Events and Press at Blain Southern”. When I wake up and I desperately need food in my belly – I make a pit stop at Choupana Caffé. It’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat or to sit back and relax a bit; the latter being in true Portuguese fashion. Try the pressed ham and cheese croissant – it will take you back to your childhood giving your belly that cosy carby feeling – yummm. A walk to digest my breakfast – Walk two blocks (enough walking for me) and you’ll hit the Jardim da Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian. Personally, I prefer the Modern Collection which is packed with incredible modern and contemporary artworks, a good chunk of them by Portuguese artists. For a country known for its orthodox ways, I was pleasantly surprised and immediately drank the Kool-Aid. My latest museum obsession – Casa das Histórias – …