Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Country made right!

Two weeks ago I went to visit my family and friends in Mexico City, and while waiting for a table in one of my favorite places to have breakfast -Klein's-, I came across this beautiful restaurant called Country Bistro. The place has won several hospitality design awards and it’s easy to see why. The designer Juan Carretero did an amazing job mixing the Hamptons style with French chic interiors, creating a space resembling a country house that includes an entrance hall, a beautiful water fountain, dining room, library and an open kitchen concept. The attention to detail is to-die-for, every single room is perfectly decorated with reclaimed wood, custom tile, beautiful greenery and perfectly placed accessories.
Unfortunately I didn't have time to have dinner there, but hopefully next time I get the chance to try it.

Entrance- Designed like an outdoor patio

" The dining room"

" The library room"

Open kitchen concept

Photos via Country Bistro and Juan Carretero 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hot Chocolate?

Cold weather is back! And one of the things I enjoy the most of being cold (besides wearing boots) is getting home and snuggling with a cup of hot chocolate. For those who share the same chocolate addiction as I do, here is the most delicious treat for this cool weather! They are called Hot Chocolate Spoons- easy to remember right? Well, these spoons make hot chocolate very simple; you just need to add hot milk (any type you like) and you've made yourself a perfect cup of hot cocoa.

These can be a great gift for the holidays. Be creative and add different flavors like: Kahlua, Baileys, Coffee, Vanilla or peanut butter. Or you can bet always taste delicious with cocoa.

Here it is what you need:

  • 2 packs of semi-sweet baking chocolate (Baker's, Nestle morsels or any type you like)
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder (Hershey's cocoa, Nestle Abuelita, or similar)
  • Your choice of added flavor (I used Kahlua, Baileys and coffee).
  • Small wooden sticks 
  • Ice cube tray- preferably made with Silicone. If you don't have one, you can use a regular ice cube tray but make sure you put butter before you add the chocolate, that way it wont stick to the tray.  Of course you can also use a chocolate mold.

How to make it:

  1. Add water to a large container (little more than 1/2) and put a smaller container filled with chocolate inside the larger container (Water Bath or Bain Marie).  
  2. Add the cocoa powder and cover the small container with plastic wrap.
  3. Heat both containers in the microwave (as shown in step 2) for 3-4 min until the chocolate is melted. 
  4. With a spoon, cover 3/4 of each square on the ice cube tray and add the flavor of your choice. Mix with the chocolate until you get a uniform consistency.
  5. Add the wooden sticks (for a creative twist, you can always add words, colors or names to the sticks to make it look more fun).
  6. Put it in the freezer for 45 min and then remove them from the tray letting them dry for a couple of minutes.
  7. Wrap them with gift paper and add colorful ribbons to give them a nice presentation.

Hot cup of milk + Hot chocolate spoon = Delicious hot cocoa

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Slow in the city

For those who love to travel with luxury, this is the place for you when you're waiting in a major airport in South Africa.

"SLOW in the City is luxury heaven for the business travelers.   SLOW Lounge is a concept that grew up in major airports throughout South Africa. It takes the idea of providing a haven within the chaos of airports for business people, and extends it to the city. SLOW in the City reminds us that being busy doesn't mean you have to be rushed, and that time well spent is time gained. This is not a place, it’s an experience and everything is designed to help extremely busy people make the most of time", 

TONIC in collaboration with GRID, designed a space with serene ambiance and simplistic design with rich textures, organic colors and relax atmosphere.

                    A perfectly designed coffee              

Photos via Behance