Friday, 30 January 2009

Hookers' Delight

My favourite cocktail is a dirty martini and now I've found the perfect glass from which to sip it.
George Maninis is the man behind Greece is for Lovers' Hooker's delight glass.
I want. I want. I want.
The "hookers' delight" martini glasses cost €62 euro each + postage and are sold individually. They are a limited edition of 80 numbered items.
You can order simply through emailing them at info@greeceisforlovers.com
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Thursday, 29 January 2009

Riga, Latvia

Perhaps not the most obvious of tourist destinations, but nonetheless, Riga, Latvia is where I said goodbye to 2008 and welcomed in 2009.
It was cold, I won't lie. But, having dressed appropriately and with no wind and blue skies it was actually rather pleasant. Much more bearable than Amsterdam was over the same period, I hear.
We stayed at the Islande Hotel just over the river, only a 15 minute walk from the city's centre.
Riga was a strange mash of the old and the new for me. The old town is lovely and quaint and well preserved, but there's not a lot of modern life to it. Most of the new shops are in huge department stores, two in the centre, but mostly lining the highways in and out of the city.
The locals were lovely, very friendly and all spoke English fluently.
The food was good and cheap, as was the beer. We hit up Lido, an national institution the first night we were there and were addicted from then on. You want to visit the main Lido for the full experience. We had a huge smorgasboard of comfort food to choose from (a lot of potato and meat) and lovely honey beer to wash it all down with. Our meals ranged between 4-6 Lats, approx €5-€11.
Riga is known as the Paris of the east as it has beautiful Art Nouveau architecture throughout the city, as well as some just really interesting buildings.
For modern dining that's a little different try Hospitalis on Stabu iela 14. The restaurant is decked out with medical furniture, equipment, objects, etc. The waitresses are extremely cute in their very short white nurses outfits – they look adorable. There's a regular menu or the special menu, in which you're tied up in a straight jacket and spoon fed by the lovely nurses...every boy's dream.
We did a few day trips...posts to come in the next few days.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Viktor & Rolf in Utrecht

Viktor & Rolf in the house. Specifically, the Centraal Museum Utrecht. It's amazing. Anyone who loves fashion will simply die when they see this show, which I think has to be one of my all-time favourite exhibitions. My greedy eyes gobbled up every inch of fabric, every ribbon, every sequin. I gorged myself.
This is the largest and most extensive show of the Dutch design duo's work ever presented. It is truly spectacular. Each collection from their 15 years work is represented alongside projections of the collection's catwalk shows. But the extravagance doesn't end with the clothes with each piece being modeled by life size porcelain dolls – stunning works of art in their own right. If that wasn't enough, there's a huge three-story incredible doll house with all the signature pieces reproduced in miniature. The attention to detail is just incredible. Shoes...God, I love these.
I don't want to give too much away, just go see for yourself. The exhibition runs until February 8th so chop chop! I would suggest going early if you go on the weekend as it was rather crowded. Allow a good 1.5 - 2 hours to really see everything.

Centraal Museum Utrecht:
open: Tue - Sun 11.00 - 17.00h closed: All buildings closed: Mon, 1 January, 30 April & 25 December. Cost: free for Museumkaart pass holders; € 2 for children under 12 € 6, € 8,- for adults. During the exhibition 'The House of Viktor & Rolf' there's an extra charge above the original fee. Nicolaaskerkhof 10, Utrecht. Telephone: +31 30 2362362

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

NY INK

There are many things I love in life and this brand spankin' new blog captures quite a few of them in one hit. Namely:
1. tattoos. Even though I don't have any...yet (sorry mum)
2. the appropriated illustration of one of my fave artists, Evan B. Harris.*
3. friends, 'sailor boy' (shown below) is my good friend, Jon, who I miss a lot
4. Miranda, (sailor boy's Missus) one of my dearest friends. This is her blog and I'm awfully proud of her. She is the queen of cool. Fact. She'll probably be embarrassed by my shameless promotion of her site (M: suck it up, you're in the US of A now, fame is your sole ambition).
5. wonderful memories of my last NYC trip, where a lot of these people on NY Ink were snapped.
See, a lot from one site, huh? NY Ink, check it out. Great inspiration if you are considering a tattoo. What I like, personally, is that Jon discovered Evan from my blog post from Nov '07. I hope he in turn inspires more beautiful tatts like this:
And what does this have to do with Amsterdam? Well, Jon's tattoo was done by the undeniably incredibly talented Swedish sensation, Lina Stigsson of Admiraal Tattoo, Amsterdam.

Miranda & Jon, miss you guys... x

Monday, 26 January 2009

The Thieving Magpie

Ok, so I've been completely slack the last few months and have posted nadda on poor bloggy blog blog. But today I an inspired, and not so manic at work. So here we go again, for as long as I can manage it.And I bring with me on this Monday news of a new English-only bookstore in Amsterdam: The Thieving Magpie Bookstore. Woo-hoo! I checked it out – all new books and really good prices. Just what we need in this tough economy. The owner is just lovely so stop by and take a squiz. They have even more online, so also take a look at their website.

The Thieving Magpie Bookstore
Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 15, 1016KR Amsterdam.

Open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Closed Sundays.
Telephone: +31 (0)20 773 15 97. Email: info@thievingmagpie.nl