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DIVE INTO SUMMER WITH THE LATEST PREMIUM SPIRIT FROM THE CÔTE D’AZUR

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Transport yourself to the Côte d’Azur with CAP Gin. Get a Taste of refinement from carefully selected botanicals expertly blended to produce premium Gin that pays homage to this iconic Jet-Set destination

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Discover the premium Gin that Celebrates everything about the Côte d’Azur Lifestyle – Le Cap Soiree

Did you know the Côte d’Azur is acclaimed for it’s timeless glamour with over 300 days of sunshine a year which boast the most iconic coastlines in the world. It makes me think of Hotel du Cap Eden Roc. Imagine this – where you can plunge into the spirit of the French Riviera through the taste of Cap Gin.

 

As far as I know, Cap Gin is made on the shores of the Mediterranean and the spirit of the Côte d’Azur reflects that of the glamorous stylish lifestyles lived in Cannes, Nice to Monaco.

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Since lockdown happened in Britain amid the Covid 19 pandemic people are still reluctant to make vacation plans as only most recently restrictions are slowly being lifted with the opening of some hotels, bars and restaurants. I’d like to hear you’re thoughts on this or are you still in favor of entertaining at home to feel safe until this situation settles a bit.

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CAP Gin Le Esprit de la Côte France

Although I’m still hesitant for making social plans, I support staying in and drinking can still be fun with great company with sumptuous cocktails to get you into the summer party spirit. I thought this period was very unusual to spend time at home with all major sporting events to music festivals cancelled it seems vacations abroad are nonexistent. So why not bring the Cote d’Azur Lifestyle to me instead.

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The Distinct CAP Gin’s formulation was produced  in collaboration with Dr David Clutton PHD a former Technical Director at Diageo who also processed the distillation of Bombay Sapphire Gin.

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This week I’m discovering and getting to know Cap Gin from the South of France that features botanicals inspired by the French Riviera with mimosa flowers, rose, and orange blossom sourced from the Provence region. Just for you guys at home, let’s get to know the Gin together and tell you what makes this brand new spirit so distinctly remarkable in taste. For me it does have the wow factor that appeals to Gin lovers alike. When the sample of the Cap Gin arrived the other day, I’m so very delighted to tell you more about it. So here’s what I was able to find out so far. Cap Gin is distilled and produced at the distillerie de Terres Rouge, Turrene in France to create the most classic and timeless cocktails

 

Cap Gin, the unique premium spirit from the Côte d’Azur has made it’s debut in The Spirits Business Gin Masters 2020, being awarded two gold medals.

 

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It’s no surprise that in it’s first year of entering the awards, the Gin won across multiple categories. Experts judges on the panel have portrayed it as floral and luxurious applauding Cap Gin as the ‘IT’ drink this summer winning gold in both the premium and London Dry Categories shows its distinction for exclusivity.

Curious and what to know what’s in it? If you love the fresh feeling of summer then this ones defiantly up your street if you love all things citrusy. Throughout history citrus has formed an integral part of the Côte d’Azur from the prestige of Menton Lemon to Fleur d’Oranger used in the perfumeries of Grasse. Cap Gin contains all of these botanicals, fruit, spices, and herbs to create flavour that is derived from this iconic region. You’ll notice the flavorsome of coriander and juniper mixed just right with natural scents found here to create this premium French Gin.

Just a bit of background into CAP Gin which was created by it’s co founder’s Andrew Campbell, James Auld, Adam Payne three friends to embody the rich culture and diverse heritage of its residents with homage to the spirit of the Côte d’Azur. The port town of Antibes can considered as a major influence with its significance of historical culture to the alluring glitterati nightlife scene.

Even the bottle reflects the clear coastal waters of the Mediterranean brought to life as the go to lifestyle brand. When tasting the gin for yourself it gives you that feeling of being there in the moment or aspire to want to go there is the idea to sell you the Côte d’Azur lifestyle in a bottle. I do love the gin’s uniquely distilled floral finished with a delicate blend of citrus is lightly refreshing to portray the lifestyle of the South of France . I can’t imagine anything more perfect than to unwind this weekend with the refreshing taste of Cap Gin.

 

 

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Cap Gin can be distinguished as classic, refined and satisfyingly refreshing – enjoy a taste of the French Riviera. Welcome to the Côte d’Azur with luxury and indulgence around every corner.

For now, we wait patiently for the end of confinement, but now instead let’s live for the weekend shall we? As we continue to live behind closed doors, but hopefully not for much longer there is elegance and style in abundance on the Côte d’Azur. So cheers, jump into the weekend with a home made Cap Gin & Tonic, Negroni’s to French 75 cocktails and make some new memories with Cap Gin.

As we wait to see what life will be like in the future. Let’s dream about the things we miss and what we will do when we are able to do so once more. Til then let thoughts of wanderlust transport you to sail away with Cap Gin the perfect match to salute the glamorous lifestyles of the Côte d’Azur aboard the super yachts. You can find out more about this premium gin just here

 

Editorial Disclaimer: As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I have not personally tried out myself as I want to always give my honest feedback about a product.  I was kindly gifted a sample of CAP Gin by the Brand Rep to review #AD. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any brand or retailer, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.

A STAY WITH ART HOTEL MUSEO IN TUSCANY | CULTURE & STYLE AWAITS YOU

OPERA ARTE RESTAURANT FINE DINNING & HOTEL REVIEW

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So a few months back, Jenny and I were invited to spend a couple of nights at the elegant Art Hotel Museo in Tuscany and we of course jumped up the opportunity to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the way there. Situated in Prato province, this 4 star Tuscany hotel offers one of the best stays in the city, and has held a renowned reputation for Europe’s leading Textile Industries. We were offered one of their Classic Suites with views over The Contemporary Art Museum L. Pecci and access to their gym facilities to car hire service.

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Let’s start with a little introduction about the hotel itself. Since it’s founding, Art Hotel Museo was born under the sign of Art both for it’s location in front of the Luigi Pecci the center of contemporary art, and has always held a very high standard or both service, and accommodation with plenty of guest facilities and food & beverage options including; close proximity to the history city allows visitors to enjoy art, design, fashion and shopping in numerous outlets.

“We offer all our guests comfortable and cosy rooms (106 rooms including 2 executive, 3 deluxe and 4 suites and our renovated Classic Plus and our Designer Rooms on 04th Floor) as well as functional spaces conceived and designed to offer complete satisfaction in a setting of total relaxation. Art Hotel Museo is not only the meeting point of reference in Prato but it is also an active and dynamic hotel in the area.”

From the Art Hotel Museo Website

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I’ve got to say that this is one of the best hotel stay experiences we’ve had lately and the hospitality was outstanding. In fact second to none that we’d love to come back again soon. The rooms were very spacious including a separate walk in closet next door to the Bathroom with a modern contemporary feel inside the classic suite. Homely touches through out the whole hotel was so beautiful it was like an Art Gallery with a different theme on each floor. Me and Jen made good use of the Hotel Bar after a day of designer shopping Gigli Mall where we brought new outfits for Milan Fashion Week. The Hotel bar served all our Classic cocktail favourite’s from Aperol Spritz to Espresso Martini’s, fashion week here we come!

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Fancy a sumptuous cocktail or fine glass of Tuscan wine after day of sightseeing and shopping, spot of lunch or formal dinner the hotel has something to cater to everyone with various food and drinks options at the in-house The Opera Arte Restaurant including room service in dinning menu looks delicious. You’ve got to try their ‘Traditional Italian Roman Pizza’ Pinsa Romana with it’s soft fluffy dough base mozzarella, tomato, basil my favorite here. But, don’t forget to try the fresh gelato ice cream served as a desert option is just divine the taste of mouthwatering fresh lemon after two courses.

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Another delicacy you must try is the Authentic Spaghetti Bolognese made with fresh tomato sauce and wild boar mince instead of beef which we are so used to having back home so it was a real treat to try something new in Tuscany. It would be great to attempt this dish when I get back home as I’m always looking to improve my culinary skills in the kitchen and cooking is enjoyable too especially during the lock down period. I’ve taken the time to learn new skills and take up new hobbies like watching ‘YouTube’ cooking channels – looking forward to what cuisine I’ll attempt in the kitchen next.

We both really enjoyed our time here in Prato Tuscany and the staff management at Art Hotel Museo were so kind and accommodating to us it made such a real difference for our stay. This hotel is also perfect for business travelers equip with conference rooms as well as holiday makers looking for a relaxing stay on vacation.

The outdoor pool and spacious garden are ideal for a fun summer with pop up bar and the hotel is Pet friendly too.  For us, it was all about taking time to switch off from our busy itinerary of life in London before the start of Milan Fashion Week. We definitely made the most of it, so if you are after a short weekend break to take in some culture through cuisine, fine wine, dining and shopping then this would be the ideal hotel to check out what Prato has to offer.  I discovered that Prato is known as The Textile City throughout history portraying cultural significance of fashion to wine in Tuscany’s winery’s and vineyards is very intriguing for wine lovers alike.

 

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Photography Jenny Pickets

 

 

Editorial Disclaimer: #AD A huge thank you to Art Hotel Museo for hosting us and for providing a wonderful, stay in Prato. As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support and believe in, regardless of who foots the bill. Also I would like to Thank ryanair.com for sponsoring my return flights itinerary between Pisa, Milan and London during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and to both companies for making this trip possible.Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.

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FESTIVE COCKTAILS AT JIMMY CHOO MEN LONDON | AN EVENING WITH CELEBRATED BRITISH CHEF MARK HIX

WE ENJOYED SUMPTUOUS CANAPES & COCKTAILS BY RON ZACAPA AT THE JIMMY CHOO MEN'S EVENT IN MAYFAIR

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It was a delightful evening one cold December but the party atmosphere was very inviting in the warmth and busy as one would expect during the Christmas Party season as I got to admire these exquisite shoes in the beautiful Dover Street boutique. I have always been curious how luxury shoes are made and the fine craftsmanship that goes into creating each style.

It was a pleasure to see the collection showcased at the event in an intimate setting which tempts me to want to covet a pair for my Christmas Wish-list – just a hint there for anyone wondering what to get for my birthday this month and Christmas present. I’ve always received two present’s with my birthday and Christmas being so close together but a pair of Jimmy Choo’s would be amazing don’t you think. But then again knowing me one pair may not be enough as I do love brand new shoes.

When’s it’s time to indulge in new shoes for that all important special occasion Jimmy Choo would be my first choice and I always say have a statement pair of shoes as you never know when that all important event may come up at short notice. With dressing request to the Star’s and Influencers Jimmy Choo shoes are the ideal companion for the Red Carpet without fail as the quality is so well made as the go to for luxury footwear and accessories every man should own to invest in.

 

 

It sure is worth the price tag, classic and they look amazing to wear from dressy in between to smart casual there is a style to suit all to make room in every discerning man’s contemporary wardrobe. So don’t be the last one to look sharp at the Christmas Party – be sure to always look exceptionally glamorous no matter the circumstances because trust me it’s worth it.

With Award’s Season just around the corner and fashion week it’s never too early to start thinking about it so it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead for upcoming event’s so don’t forget get to put an alert on your smart phone with so many shoe styles to choose from it must be you’re lucky day to spoil and indulge yourself.

 

Disclaimer: Thank you so much to Jimmy Choo London and Mark Hix for hosting an elegrant Christmas Cocktail Party. As always all opinions will be my own and I only choose to review brands I would use myself to provide honest feedback on products I love to wear.

OSTERIA MAMMA ROSA MILANESE CLASSIC ITALIAN CUISINE

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The first thing which comes to mind when you think about living the Italian way of life is culture through cuisine and only the finest authentic food can be found at this Top Milanese Restaurant Osteria Mamma Rosa just off the trendy Corso Buenos Airies within walking distance of Porto Venezia.

In Italy an Osteria restaurant cuisine serves a selection of wine and food which is known especially for local specialities such as pasta dishes, grilled meat or fish where menu’s selections tend to be short. Throughout history some traditional Osteria establishment’s dates even far back as to the 14th and 15th Century. Upon my visit to Milan for Fashion Week in between the shows and events I managed to visit here a couple of times to dine with friends. This hidden gem in the heart of Milan’s City Centre has to be by far one of my favourite restaurant experiences so far for Italian cuisine and hope to return soon next time I visit again for fashion week.

My favourite signature dish here has to be the Sea Bass prepared the Liguria way served with potatoes’  as an alternative to the Grilled Seabass which is also delightfully sumptuous. On arrival prosecco is served before dinner as a gesture of good will and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming at this family run restaurant in the heart of Milan. Walk in’s are welcome during busy hours. Great food and fantastic atmosphere to enjoy culinary delights just like a local at this fine establishment in the center of Milan.

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Ligurian way Sea Bass Fillet with violet potatoes, olives, and “pinoli” pine nuts

 

 

Address: Piazza Cincinnato, 4, 20124 Milan MI, Italy

Tel +39 02 2952 2076

 

To find out more about Osteria Mamma Rosa please visit their website below or to enquire about reservations

 

 

Disclaimer: I went to visit Osteria Mamma Rosa through personal recommendations of friends staying in the city. All Opinions will be own

EAST MAMMA – THE BEST ITALIAN TRATTORIA IN PARIS

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During my visit to Paris during Fashion Week I’ve been here with friends and the food is really great and freshly prepared. East Mamma is a laid back Italian restaurant often referred to as a Neapolitan Style Trattoria serving the most authentic Italian Food which you’ll find situated at Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in the Bastille district of Paris. I would definitely say that ‘Pizza in this place is just divine, but more on that in just a moment…..

If you’re a fan of authentic Italian food you will find exceptional food and friendly service at East Mamma Restaurant which is very popular on the Parisian Scene with the locals too. East Mamma is part of the Big Mamma Restaurant group and serves the most exquisite dishes from Fresh Pasta, Pizza, Salads to sumptuous Deserts.

During my dinner I decided to try their Pizza Napoletana Red Hot Burrata which comes with a spicy tomatoes sauce, hot sausage and topped with plenty of Mozzarella cheese for texture.  If you like pasta I would highly recommend the Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina served with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. All portions of food served is a very large size suitable for 2 people to share which is very filling.

The great news is that this fantastic Italian restaurant cuisine is closer to home than you think with the Italian Style eating establishment from the Big Mamma Group has opened Gloria in Shoreditch so expect a queues outside during peak hours  as rumour has it they don’t take reservations.

 

Address: 133 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75011 Paris, France

Tel +33 1 43 41 32 15

 

To find out more about East Mamma Paris please visit their website below;

 

www.bigmammagroup.com

 

Disclaimer: I visited this Restaurant with friends while in Paris through personal recommendation. All Opinions will be my own