Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The perfect cup of tea


Mint tea isn't just a drink in Morocco. It is a sign of hospitality, friendship, and tradition. In Morocco  is a ritual  by which guests are entertained. Originally introduced in the eighteenth century; tea service became a highly ritualized affair for the high class. By the nineteenth century, tea culture was no longer reserved for the elite and had begun to permeate all levels of society.  Today, a glass of hot mint tea still starts and ends the day. It is typically served in order of precedence according to age and social rank and it’s considered exceptionally rude to refuse a glass.


How to prepare the perfect pot of Moroccan mint tea :


Ingredients:
  • 1 Tea spoon Green Tea leaves or 3 teabags
  • 1 large handful fresh spearmint leaves, washed
  • 1/2 liter  boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
Preparation:
  1. Boil at least a liter of water. Rinse a small tea pot with about 1/4 cup of the water.
  2. Add the tea leaves and another 1/4 cup boiling water. Swirl the pot to wash and rinse the leaves, and pour out the water.
  3. Add the mint leaves and the sugar, and fill the pot with 1/2 liter  boiling water.
  4.  Leave the tea to steep for five minutes or longer, or set the tea pot over medium-low heat and bring the tea to a simmer. 
  5. Add the green tea to to the tea pot and leave the tea to steep for 2 more minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat, and allow to steep several minutes more.
  7. Gently stir the tea, pour into small tea glasses and serve.

Moroccan tea glasses are bright and stylish. They can have several uses, from serving a delicious dessert to decorate your space with an exotic candle.

Check out these creative uses of these tiny glass cups.
 
Moroccan Tea Glasses by  Market Street
Marrakech Tea Glasses by CocoMale

Photo via  Creative Mint
Get the White Tea Glasses By Treasures Of Morocco



Get the Moroccan Sweet Morjana Mix by Casablanca Market

Monday, February 27, 2012

Stylish Marrakesh

I have always dreamed on going to Morocco, a place full of color, texture, flavor and extravaganza. With so many places to discover and interiors to delight you, Maryam Montague’s Peacock Pavilions is and exotic yet elegant luxury accommodation that will make your visit to Marrakesh an exquisite experience.
Everything you will find in this charming place has a story to tell. From the hand-stenciled floors to the inspired selection of treasures arranged with love by the hostess Maryam.

The hotel's website fairytale description makes it so irresistible that you won’t  stop dreaming about visiting this place:  -A row of fountains in a garden of roses leads you into the treasures of Peacock Pavilions. The Atlas Pavilion faces the snow capped High Atlas Mountains and you can admire the view from your private rooftop terrace or while lounging on vintage embroideries on the heavenly catwalk. The Medina Pavilion is a 2,400 square foot (225 square meters) house with 1,225 square feet (114 square meters) of terraces.  Compare your robes to the vintage Moroccan wedding burnoose that adorns the wall or lounge under the spectacular Persian chandelier. Take your tea by the hand-stenciled fireplace or cook up a storm in your very own kitchen.-

You can also relax on the pool or find an outdoor cinema hidden in the olive grove. A dinning tent with exotic and cozy atmosphere will provide you with a feast experience for all your sense.

 
 All photos via Honestly WTF under Creative Commons license




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mexico City guide

I have been looking around the web trying to put together a guide for the best places in Mexico City, from restaurants and hotels to different attractions and museums. Luckily I found this amazing guide made by Design Sponge (one of my favorite blogs) and two locals that have some excellent advise. Hope you can use some of these tips on your next trip to the big City.



Photo via  arqred.mx

 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

get the look - Hotel Distrito Capital

Get the stunning look of the the Hotel Distrito Capital. See the design board  to match the look for your own home. The hotel has a modern and minimalist style, decorated with vintage furniture from the 20th century and chic art.





Photos via plastolux


Sunday, February 12, 2012

5 Romantic Hotels

Its Valentine's day and LOVE is in the air.. for those of you who are romantic travelers and you like to share a trip with your love one; here are 5 romantic hotels around the world by Temptingmagazine

Happy Valentine's day!!


1. The Pavilions, Phuket, Thailand

This boutique hotel offers refined luxury through a contemporary decor combining Asian influences and the lifestyle of Thailand.Decorated by designer Rene Ozorio, the Pavilions, Phuket are luxurious, elegant and chic. The architecture of the buildings fit into the natural surroundings and offer maximum privacy: each villa has its own infinity pool with views overlooking the sea or the lush surrounding nature.



2. Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites - Elounda, Crete, Greece

The boutique hotel Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites is perched on the hills of the Bay of Elounda, overlooking the Mediterranean. Luxury, enchantment and intimacy all characterize this Cretan paradise. From the pool to the sky to the Cretan Mediterranean shimmering on the horizon of the Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites, the atmosphere is blue: navy, cyan, amethyst.... You will be amazed by this unique light on the Greek island.



3.Domaine de Verchant - Montpellier (Castelnau le Lez), France

Le Domaine de Verchant is a luxurious boutique hotel, a unique place among the vineyards just a few miles from downtown Montpellier. At the end of a driveway lined with oak trees, hidden amid a grove, it's a secret place where you forget everything. Le Domaine de Verchant, constructed on the ruins of a building of the fourteenth century, inspired by the folies of Montpellier, these elegant country houses of the seventeenth richly decorated.



4.Le Shanti Maurice-A Nira Resort - Mauritius


The Shanti Maurice - A Nira Resort is nestled on the beach bordering the Bay of St. Felix to the southern tip of Mauritius.The Mauritian architect Jean-Marc Eynaud designed an architecture which blends with the surroundings, playing with space and elements like the ocean and tropical vegetation. Local materials such as wood, lava stone and thatch are used, combined with the brilliance of marble and granite. 




5. Costa Careyes - Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico

The Costa Careyes boutique hotel is located on the Mexican Pacific Ocean coast of Costalegre. This little piece of paradise with its tempered climate, crystal-clear ocean waters and marine-life

 The Costa Careyes hotel was designed by the 3 top Mexican architects: Marco Aldaco, Diego Villasenor, and Jean-Claude Galibert. They were tasked with maximising comfort and individuality without compromising on the exceptional beauty of the surrounding nature. 


Saturday, February 11, 2012

I dream chocolate

My  favorite treat  in life: CHOCOLATE. I dream about it, I've had it in every possible presentation and I'm always on the look for something new and incredible tasty.  Since Valentine's day is coming up, here are the most original, creative, and delicious sweets on the planet. All made right here in the US.   


Photograph by Stephen Lewis


{ 1, 7 } Xocolatl de David
Portland, OR
David Briggs likes to walk between savory and sweet, with dark chocolate- covered Marcona almonds with pimenton and fleur de sel or a bar made with brown butter. Almonds, $12 for 4 oz.; bar, $9; xocolatldedavid.com
{ 2, 4 } Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
Atlanta
Kristen Hard celebrates her Dixie roots with single-origin beans handcrafted with, say, candied Florida citrus or Georgia peanuts. Truffle, $25 for ten; bar, $9; cacaoatlanta.com

{ 3 } Eclat Chocolate
West Chester, PA
According to chef Eric Ripert, the selection from master chocolatier Christopher Curtin is possibly the world's best--especially the Fortunato No. 4 truffles. Truffles, $12 for four; caramels, $10 for four; eclatchocolate.com

{ 5, 8 } Askinosie
Springfield, MO
Beautiful packaging doesn't upstage the beans--the primary focus of this outfit's output--whether they take the form of bar, nib, powder, or spread. Bars, $9; askinosie.com

{ 6, 11, 14 } Ococoa
Los Angeles
Diana Malouf works out of her father's commercial kitchen to fashion her take on peanut butter cups using less traditional contents, like cashews and apricots or sunflower honey. $22 for nine; ococoa.com

{ 9, 13 } Nunu Chocolates
Brooklyn, NY
Andy Laird and Justine Pringle put a single-origin chocolate they love to excellent use as a shell for outstanding caramel fillings and ganaches infused with local beer or smoky chile. $8 for four; nunuchocolates.com

{ 10 } Cocanu
Portland, OR
Sebastian Cisneros is a storyteller of sorts, thoroughly scouting his chocolates (the more obscure, the better) and blending them with "secret" ingredients such as coffee, Pop Rocks, or Fernet-Branca. Bar, $5; coca.nu

{ 12 } Cacao Prieto
Brooklyn, NY
Using cacao beans from his family's farm in the Dominican Republic, Dan Preston performs feats of alchemy that result in bonbons like the Green Demon, filled with anise liqueur. $12 for four; cacaoprieto.com

Article via bon appetit, by Charlotte Druckman

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

w retreat - vibrant paradise


W hotels are spectacular and stylish with a modern contemporary feel; but not this one, this hotel in particular is just breathtaking. W Puerto Rican Retreat & Spa  design by the renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, is a stunning design paradise. Combining bold colors with natural textures together with her own sensational furniture brands like B&B Italia, Kartell, Cappellini and Moroso. Every single room has unique details and exquisite taste.









Photos via weheart

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Have a cup?

Coffee, café or as some may called it eyer opener, picker upper or the fix.

One of my favorite places when I go to Mexico is Cielito Querido Cafe. This chic place, a 100% Mexican design, is now one of the most popular spots in the city.

Esrawe Studios - in collaboration with Ignacio Cadena,- delighted us with their project Cielito Querido.
The combination of vintage typography, Latin American graphic design of the late 19th to early 20th century, Mexican design heritage and contrasting colors, creates a Neo-Retro atmosphere with a feel of an old grocery store from the early 50's.
And, of course if you go there don't forget to order the agua de horchata!.


Jaime Navarro