Saturday, November 28, 2009
At this crossroads of East and West, the cuisine is as fascinating and complex as the long history. From street food to chic new restaurants, Anya Von Bremzen finds the best dining in Byzantium.
By Anya Von Bremzen
Standing on the Galata Bridge eating a peach, I’m only half looking at the lineup of imperial mosques along the Golden Horn. Instead I’m contemplating my new purchase, which isn’t a gold bracelet from the Grand Bazaar or a kilim—though I certainly need one. What I’ve bought is an apartment, a little place with a beautiful Bosporus view in the neighborhood of Cihangir, Istanbul’s leafy hub of café life. The thought of my acquisition has me in a state of simultaneous gloom and euphoria. Gloom because Turkey’s currency is fluctuating like crazy, because the prospect of the country’s joining the EU seems real one day and phantasmagoric the next, because the local Ikea has sold out of the extralong curtain rods I need. Euphoria because to me Istanbul is the most fascinating, most ravishing city on earth, a feeling that hasn’t wavered since I first ate a peach on the Galata Bridge 20 years ago.
Everything one hears about Istanbul is pretty much true. Yes, the Hagia Sophia is big and byzantine, the Grand Bazaar both a treasure trove and a tourist trap. Yes, this metropolis of 12 million people physically and metaphorically straddles Europe and Asia. It is by turns provincial and cosmopolitan, Muslim yet resolutely secular, exhilarating and exasperating. Even the rumors of Istanbul’s transcendent new coolness aren’t vastly exaggerated. Beyond the clichés, though, what keeps luring me back is the texture of everyday life. The ferry ride at dusk as the skies flare cinematically over the minarets. The tulip-shaped glasses at my corner tea garden. The courtly smile of my local pistachio vendor. And the food.
With the endless grills, the subtle spicing, the celebration of yogurt, legumes, and sun-ripened vegetables, Turkish cuisine is the last frontier of healthy Mediterranean cooking. The kebabs and savory pastries called börek alone are reason enough to move here. While Istanbul isn’t the next capital of Spanish-style avant-garde cooking—so fashionable in Europe these days—its hedonistic high society ensures that there are plenty of spots that outglamour anything in Miami Beach or Hong Kong.
It’s a sprawling city, divided into three parts by the Bosporus strait and its offshoot, the Golden Horn (see map with "Istanbul’s Foodscape"). Though many tourists tend to stick close to the Old City—especially the historic Sultanahmet district around Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque—to truly experience Istanbul’s food, you have to go a bit farther afield. Best of all, meals often come framed by views so breathtakingly beautiful, it’s hard to shake the feeling that this city is a mirage.
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Zara is the flagship chain store of Inditex Group owned by Spanish tycoon Amancio Ortega, who also owns brands such as Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, Oysho, Uterqüe, Stradivarius and Bershka. The group is headquartered in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, where the first Zara store opened in 1975. It is claimed that Zara needs just two weeks to develop a new product and get it to stores, compared with a six-month industry average, and launches around 10,000 new designs each year. Zara has resisted the industry-wide trend towards transferring fast fashion production to low-cost countries. Perhaps its most unusual strategy was its policy of zero advertising; the company preferred to invest a percentage of revenues in opening new stores instead.
Zara was described by Louis Vuitton fashion director Daniel Piette as "possibly the most innovative and devastating retailer in the world." Zara has also been described as a "Spanish success story" by CNN.
Guys, me & my sis really lk Zara. We always find really cute cloths 4 a great price!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
A group of chinstrap penguins lines the edge of an iceberg adrift in Antarctic waters. Chinstraps are among the most abundant penguins, and some colonies live on floating icebergs.
Photograph by Ralph Lee Hopkins
Photograph by Steve McCurry
Ice, seen from below, covers the surface of the Arctic's Beaufort Sea. The sea is found north of Alaska and Canada.
Photograph by Paul Nicklen
These distinctive webbed feet belong to a blue-footed booby of the Galápagos Islands. The bluer, the better: Courting males show off with a high-stepping strut—and those with brighter feet are more attractive to potential mates.
Photograph by Tim Laman
Photograph by David Boyer
Blue is my most fav color because its so relaxing & soothing. Regardless how I'm feeling it always makes me super happy!:)
Inside the famous Hotel Exedra Nice in Nice, property of Boscolo Hotels, in the basement ground rises the amazing wellness centre, signed by the architect Simone Micheli. “Planning a space designed for the psycho-physical regeneration and recreational relax, in the beautiful Costa Azzurra.
Four years ago, when DJs Radiohiro and Warp took it upon themselves to focus on global electronica and international beats with a new bimonthly gathering, one could hardly have predicted that someday there would be competition between bhangra nights in North Side clubs. After throwing parties under the Asian Uprise banner and booking electronic dance for the city’s World Music Festival, Warp (alias Brian Keigher of the department of cultural affairs) pushed Bombay Beatbox as an outlet for new global beats. The talent has been strong with everyone from original Asian Underground guru Talvin Singh to New Age breakbeat star Bassnectar signing on and the likes of the MIDIval Punditz drawing 300 people for a midweek shindig.
Also chk out..Distance & One Step Beyond
Off 2 the gym so "cee" ya later alligators..lol! :);)
Off 2 the gym so "cee" ya later alligators..lol! :);)
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Rabia Zargarpur, whose label Rabia Z is jostling for a new position on modest fashion, sees London as a gateway to the EU’s 16 million Muslims, some of whom also observe the hijab and cover their figure in loose-fitting silhouettes. “In many ways, for those from back home who still look up to London as a cultural capital of sorts, it continues to command an influence,” said the Dubai-based designer. “Rabia Z offers an interesting ethnic alternative to mainstream western audiences to experience modest yet modern designs from Arabia.”ft