The Perfect Event for a Foodie Under 40

For the second year in a row, the James Beard Foundation Greens partnered with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s own under-40 group, New Wave, to present an unforgettable evening of film and food at the organization’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

Guests started the evening by enjoying popcorn and a special screening of the acclaimed film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, followed by a Q&A with special guest chef Daisuke Nakazawa of Sushi Nakazawa in NYC, who is featured in the film. The evening concluded with a reception by Indie Food and Wine that featured some of New York’s finest chefs, sake, beer, and wine.

Participants:

Paul Carmichael, Má Pêche

Ed Cotton, Sotto 13

Shaunna Sargent, Indie Food and Wine

Craig Wallen, 'Cesca

Céline Legros, Canelé by Céline

Dassai Junmai Daiginjo Sake

Louis Jadot Wines

Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde, and Hoegaarden

Music designed by El Media

New York: Andaz 5th Avenue
Guest post by Andaz Cultural Insider Superfuture
If it’s one thing Andaz does well, it’s re-engineering space. We’re not talking about the outer limits of the cosmos; rather, the re-mastering of urban structures to accommodate an increasingly selective spectrum of global explorers. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Andaz 5th Avenue, housed in a historical pre-war building, in the heart of midtown NYC.

One of the less obvious places to find spacious, loft-style lodgings [we’d expect to find this more so over the bridge in Brooklyn these days], the hotel features 12 feet floor-to-ceiling windows, spectacular views of midtown Manhattan [including the iconic New York Public Library], mammoth open plan travertine floored bathrooms and over 300 square feet of room to play in. Not to mention the vaulted steel doors on the street level café, hand-selected reclaimed furniture in the atmospheric subterranean bar and modern accents like transparent glass closets, conceived by architect Tony Chi. The hotel is an ode to the seamless integration of both private and public spaces as well as combining progressive design with old world charm.

The key element of the 5th avenue location is its effortless combination of pre existing and modern features in a way that not only personalizes the place, but pays homage to its classic pre-war character. And as for the local area, you’re within a stones throw of world class retail, art and entertainment mayhem. It stands to reason then that while Andaz 5th Avenue is strategically placed centre stage in a chaotic metropolis, they are experts at engineering quite the opposite feeling once through their door. Location: 485 Fifth Avenue [midtown].

New York: Andaz 5th Avenue

Guest post by Andaz Cultural Insider Superfuture

If it’s one thing Andaz does well, it’s re-engineering space. We’re not talking about the outer limits of the cosmos; rather, the re-mastering of urban structures to accommodate an increasingly selective spectrum of global explorers. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Andaz 5th Avenue, housed in a historical pre-war building, in the heart of midtown NYC.

One of the less obvious places to find spacious, loft-style lodgings [we’d expect to find this more so over the bridge in Brooklyn these days], the hotel features 12 feet floor-to-ceiling windows, spectacular views of midtown Manhattan [including the iconic New York Public Library], mammoth open plan travertine floored bathrooms and over 300 square feet of room to play in. Not to mention the vaulted steel doors on the street level café, hand-selected reclaimed furniture in the atmospheric subterranean bar and modern accents like transparent glass closets, conceived by architect Tony Chi. The hotel is an ode to the seamless integration of both private and public spaces as well as combining progressive design with old world charm.

The key element of the 5th avenue location is its effortless combination of pre existing and modern features in a way that not only personalizes the place, but pays homage to its classic pre-war character. And as for the local area, you’re within a stones throw of world class retail, art and entertainment mayhem. It stands to reason then that while Andaz 5th Avenue is strategically placed centre stage in a chaotic metropolis, they are experts at engineering quite the opposite feeling once through their door. Location: 485 Fifth Avenue [midtown].

Sunset Scenes
Thinking pink this evening at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. For the ultimate sunset view, take the Wailea Beach Coastal Walk and prepare to post with #nofilter needed.

Sunset Scenes

Thinking pink this evening at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. For the ultimate sunset view, take the Wailea Beach Coastal Walk and prepare to post with #nofilter needed.

Intersection of Fashion + Art

Pari Ehsan shares colorful and compelling imagery with her fashion-meets-art style. 

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Our Monday inspiration is Pari Ehsan, aka @paridust on Instagram, who pairs chic outfits with various artworks and exhibitions. See more of her stunning fashion and art photos on her website

Room with a View
Andaz Liverpool Street London introduces a series of four East London “street art” rooms with custom works by distinctly diverse artists.  Each artist was tasked with hand-painting the walls of the rooms in a way that showcases their unique artistic styles. 
The first to kick off the experiment? Chris Price, an up and coming young talent who recently premiered his work at the opening of The Pearly Room in July.  His work for Andaz is a brilliant, eye-catching black and white illustration which pays homage to the story of a 19th century Japanese cargo ship that shed millions of pearl buttons. Salvaged and sewn on to clothes that were then debuted in London, these pearls are a key focus of his work here.

Stay tuned for the next installment, artist Patrick Vale, premiering in early October.

Room with a View

Andaz Liverpool Street London introduces a series of four East London “street art” rooms with custom works by distinctly diverse artists.  Each artist was tasked with hand-painting the walls of the rooms in a way that showcases their unique artistic styles. 

The first to kick off the experiment? Chris Price, an up and coming young talent who recently premiered his work at the opening of The Pearly Room in July.  His work for Andaz is a brilliant, eye-catching black and white illustration which pays homage to the story of a 19th century Japanese cargo ship that shed millions of pearl buttons. Salvaged and sewn on to clothes that were then debuted in London, these pearls are a key focus of his work here.

Stay tuned for the next installment, artist Patrick Vale, premiering in early October.

Secret Gardens of London
Exclusive Tips from Cultural Insider Julie Falconer, A Lady in London
London has no shortage of parks and gardens, but some of the best are hidden away in less obvious places. One of them is the Chelsea Physic Garden, a beautiful walled garden with all kinds of botanical plants and flowers. Another is the Pergola Garden in Hampstead, which is tucked away off the main road and features an elevated walkway covered in flowering vines. 

Secret Gardens of London

Exclusive Tips from Cultural Insider Julie Falconer, A Lady in London

London has no shortage of parks and gardens, but some of the best are hidden away in less obvious places. One of them is the Chelsea Physic Garden, a beautiful walled garden with all kinds of botanical plants and flowers. Another is the Pergola Garden in Hampstead, which is tucked away off the main road and features an elevated walkway covered in flowering vines. 

Brick Lane Market

A stroll along these London streets reveals a variety of fresh finds. Today’s menu? Crisp cucumbers followed by spicy curry and tasty sweets.

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Float Your Boat
When staying at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, visit the Western Islands for a top-notch Amsterdam afternoon. Quiet and relaxing, the area is characterized by narrow houses, little traffic, and picturesque bridges. Don’t be surprised if the afternoon is suddenly over - it is easy to spend hours wandering around the streets and ducking into intimate cafes and local shops.

Float Your Boat

When staying at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, visit the Western Islands for a top-notch Amsterdam afternoon. Quiet and relaxing, the area is characterized by narrow houses, little traffic, and picturesque bridges. Don’t be surprised if the afternoon is suddenly over - it is easy to spend hours wandering around the streets and ducking into intimate cafes and local shops.

The “Hostess City of The South”
Guest post by travel enthusiast Lauren Martiello 
When heading to Savannah, two things to keep in mind: all the delicious food you’ll eat and all the walking you’ll need to do to walk it off. This was my first time in the “Hostess City of The South,” so I think this might be a helpful guide for first-timers, like me! A little about me: I am all about domestic traveling right now, most frequently use the Amaro filter on Instagram and am always on the hunt for the perfect burger. 
My family picked Savannah for our annual trip this year because of its historical roots, its known beauty, my said passion for domestic traveling, and because, well, I wanted to sit on a bench and tell my life story to strangers. 
My goal anywhere I go is to eat the best food I possibly can. I spend a good chunk of time on Yelp! before I travel to decide where I want to delight my palate, so, a lot of my tips will be about the best #eeeeeats.
I also like to absorb the local culture and explore the city on foot. So, while the trolley tours are great to learn the city’s history, I definitely recommended walking around as much as you can. 
I hope you find these helpful and enjoy your stay at Andaz Savannah!

River Street Sweets
Usually I will avoid “tourist” sections of towns at all costs. I’m coming from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan so I’m not looking to be surrounded by swarms of people. But, I made the exception for River Street Sweets. You step in and the smell of sugar is all-consuming. They give you free samples of hot, fresh pralines as you walk in, which, naturally, had me hooked. I bought a pound and never looked back.
Also on River Street is the Savannah Bee Company, which I recommend you pop in to as well. The honey is local and delicious! Everyone was buzzing about it. 

Madison Square
Where did I go with my pound of pralines?  I went to one of Savannah’s 21 squares, which are beautiful and peaceful mini parks, every few blocks. In the picture above, you’ll see I’m at Madison Square, which made me think of one of my favorite places with the same name, Madison Square Park. I might have been jonesing for Shake Shack a bit, but the pralines definitely held me over. 

Colonial Park Cemetery 
The Spanish moss in Savannah was simply amazing — I have never seen anything like it! But I have to say, I think it is incredibly hard to capture on film (says the very amateur photographer). I thought some of the best trees were in the Colonial Park Cemetery and of course, Forsyth Park. 

Mrs. Wilkes
As I  mentioned, I went on this trip with my family, and each of us got to pick an activity to do. One of my sisters picked a river cruise. My other sister picked a trolley tour. And me? I picked waiting on line for an hour and a half to eat Savannah’s best fried chicken. This was the pinnacle of our trip. Mrs. Wilkes is a special place where you walk into a dining room, sit with strangers (obviously, I loved this), arrive at a table where countless sides are waiting for you and fried chicken is being ushered out to you. Every morsel was delicious and it was a great “down home southern cookin’” experience. 
Another great dining establishment was the Crystal Beer Parlor. And here it was, be still my heart, the best burger in Savannah. Try the Brown Ale burger and get a local brew, too!

The “Hostess City of The South”

Guest post by travel enthusiast Lauren Martiello 

When heading to Savannah, two things to keep in mind: all the delicious food you’ll eat and all the walking you’ll need to do to walk it off. This was my first time in the “Hostess City of The South,” so I think this might be a helpful guide for first-timers, like me! A little about me: I am all about domestic traveling right now, most frequently use the Amaro filter on Instagram and am always on the hunt for the perfect burger. 

My family picked Savannah for our annual trip this year because of its historical roots, its known beauty, my said passion for domestic traveling, and because, well, I wanted to sit on a bench and tell my life story to strangers. 

My goal anywhere I go is to eat the best food I possibly can. I spend a good chunk of time on Yelp! before I travel to decide where I want to delight my palate, so, a lot of my tips will be about the best #eeeeeats.

I also like to absorb the local culture and explore the city on foot. So, while the trolley tours are great to learn the city’s history, I definitely recommended walking around as much as you can. 

I hope you find these helpful and enjoy your stay at Andaz Savannah!

River Street Sweets

Usually I will avoid “tourist” sections of towns at all costs. I’m coming from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan so I’m not looking to be surrounded by swarms of people. But, I made the exception for River Street Sweets. You step in and the smell of sugar is all-consuming. They give you free samples of hot, fresh pralines as you walk in, which, naturally, had me hooked. I bought a pound and never looked back.

Also on River Street is the Savannah Bee Company, which I recommend you pop in to as well. The honey is local and delicious! Everyone was buzzing about it. 

Madison Square

Where did I go with my pound of pralines?  I went to one of Savannah’s 21 squares, which are beautiful and peaceful mini parks, every few blocks. In the picture above, you’ll see I’m at Madison Square, which made me think of one of my favorite places with the same name, Madison Square Park. I might have been jonesing for Shake Shack a bit, but the pralines definitely held me over. 

Colonial Park Cemetery 

The Spanish moss in Savannah was simply amazing — I have never seen anything like it! But I have to say, I think it is incredibly hard to capture on film (says the very amateur photographer). I thought some of the best trees were in the Colonial Park Cemetery and of course, Forsyth Park. 

Mrs. Wilkes

As I  mentioned, I went on this trip with my family, and each of us got to pick an activity to do. One of my sisters picked a river cruise. My other sister picked a trolley tour. And me? I picked waiting on line for an hour and a half to eat Savannah’s best fried chicken. This was the pinnacle of our trip. Mrs. Wilkes is a special place where you walk into a dining room, sit with strangers (obviously, I loved this), arrive at a table where countless sides are waiting for you and fried chicken is being ushered out to you. Every morsel was delicious and it was a great “down home southern cookin’” experience. 

Another great dining establishment was the Crystal Beer Parlor. And here it was, be still my heart, the best burger in Savannah. Try the Brown Ale burger and get a local brew, too!