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Newly opened : La Dame de Pic Restaurant. “Atout charme” (advantage heart) for sure ! coming soon…

Posted in Art, luxury, Paris, restaurants on November 6, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

The experience starts before you get in, with the window from rue du Louvre where you can see the team working for your pleasure, mixing flavours and colours to shape a very esthetic and delicious menu ! Then inside the place is decorated with taste and refinement. Soft colours, amazing baccarat glasses glowing like diamonds on the table; works of art on the wall representing large flowers motifs cut into leather-like texture. Welcome on board, La Dame de Pic and her crew is proud to take you for an extraordianry culinary trip based on scents and season specialties. The service was friendly and attentive thanks to charming  Pauline.

I’ve choosen the menu “Amber and Vanilla” and I loooved it !

    

No,  it’s not a dessert, this is the entrance !  I started with beetroots infused with coffee and cabbages in soft vanille sauce.

      

Edwart choose the “plat du jour” : a blanquette de veau  revisited and perfectly cooked.

I had the pig from Bigorre (frpm Pyrenees) infused in figs and displayed with figs. What a delight, the best I’ve ever had !

I finished with little jewels : mini babas vanilla-ginger. Exquisite !

La Dame de Pic is definitly a very ParisDeluxe&Arty restaurant, thanks to great talent of the young chef Anne-Sophie Pic , 43 years old only ! She had been rewarded “Best chef of the year”in  2007,  the first time in Michelin guide history for a woman !

She has a fabulous restaurant in Valence (3 stars in Michelin guide) where she started.  Actually she took her father place after he died, surprising everybody . Passion,  determination and creativity  are her best recipe.

Then she established also in famous palace hotel “Hotel Beau Rivage” in Lausanne (2 stars Michelin guide) and now she’ s in Paris at least, for our great joy !

Bye Bye the Ritz…(our last evening diner in Vendôme Bar)

Posted in hotels and restaurants, luxury, Paris on August 1, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Yesterday evening Edwart and me had a last dinner at the Ritz Bar Vendôme. Maybe you’ve heard that this legend- the first palace hotel ever created in 1898 by Cesar Ritz on famous Vendôme square- just closed this morning at noon, in order to be refurbished entirely during 27 months ! Yesterday evening was then the last chance for a dinner on the marvellous terrace and we took advantage to live a very ParisDeluxe&Arty moment !

      

Last delicious fraisier too, surely the best in Paris !

We wanted a souvenir album with all the marvellous people who worked there : the gifted chef, first, of Espadon Restaurant : Michel Roth, born in Lorraine as Edwart and me :

The best of the dream team : Victor (restaurant manager) on top left,  Stephane and Antoine , the best waiters, ever ! On second picture, our favorite Golden Key Concierge :  Christian.

     

Playing piano, Mr Robert Middleton,the  great Vendôme Bar managing director !

It’s sad to say goodbye to such a professional and marvellous team but let’s hope it’s a not  a farewell and  that we’ll see everyone in 27 months for the reopening !

A lovely boutique hotel for Valentine’s day near Tuileries Garden : Le PRADEY

Posted in hotel, luxury, Paris on February 9, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Im a huge fan of first district, that’ s why I live there : Tuileries gardens and the Louvre on one hand, Palais Royal, covered passageways and the Opera House on the other hand, without forgetting Saint Honoré street and Vendôme square…That’s why I recommend my clients to choose a hotel in this very convenient area. I had recenlty a crush for this new boutique hotel that opened last fall and asked a private tour for you. Immediatly I uderstood why I loved it : the architect is Vincent Bastie who made the Burgundy (one of my most read post) and Petit Moulin in le Marais, among 60 other  charming hotels in the city light ! There are only 28 rooms, the fifth floor is devoted to Suites with balconies and view on Tuileries garden.

         

“Opera” and “Cabaret” are decorated by our french icone of glamorous lingerie : Chantal Thomass. Want to feel like a ballerina or would you prefer to be for one night a dancer from Moulin Rouge  ? These two suites are perfect for a Valentine’s escapade for sure…

          

My other favorite suite is called “Collectionneur”(Collector), inspired by original furnitures designed by Jean-Michel Franck, re-edited today  by Hermes. By the way, in all the suites the furnitures, wall paper and  fabrics are from Hermes best collections. I’m crazy of the spectacular folding screen made of straw marquetry (on the left), fitting with the small round table with the same material, as soft as satin or women’s legs…

The breakfast is served in a vaulted room , it looks so delicious,  with fresh products only, from french countryside, as the decor !

The atmosphere is warm, cosy, refined, elegant, very ParisDeluxe&Arty you understood ! and the welcome is friendly. You’ll feel like beeing in a family private mansion more than a hotel.

Thanks to Vanessa, the gouvernante, who showed me the hotel and  thanks to S2HCommunication for images made by photographer Pierre Soissons.  www.lepradey.com  

4 DAYS IN LONDON ….

Posted in art and culture, hotels and restaurants, London, luxury, travels on January 19, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Edwart and me spent 4 days in London last week. We choose  a central hotel , 5-star: the Langham at Portland Place, close to Regent street. It’s the first luxury hotel that opened in London in 1865 but they refurbished it into a luxury design hotel, with a very nice asian spa (Chuan Spa). The people working there were ALL kind and nice, ready to answer our request and prompt to please us. The indian and thai food was amazingly good at the restaurant (the unformal one), without speaking of the Moka creme brûlée !

The bar called the Artesian is rated n°3 in the world ! We invited friends to taste and share fabulous cocktails ! My favorite : Aromatic rendez-vous with cardamome and tarragon + flowers, a real water garden in a glass ! And try Diamond life with diamond dust on mint leaves ! Tha bar is neo-Shangai style with amazing lamps.

              

We had the day after a light lunch at Selfridge’s restaurant , in a nice veranda atmosphere. Loved the design and the food was good, guess what  : we had mussels and fries !

Exclusive pictures of the Ritz bar where we had Pim’s and a plate of english cheeses. I love Rivoli Bar, I feel like beeing on an art deco cruiser, such a warm and elegant place where to rest after a whole afternoon visiting museums !  I’m crazy of their pop-corn sprayed with trufflle oil they serve with cocktails !

        

The third day we had to go to South Kensington to Christie’s, and we found a marvellous little exotic restaurant : Madsen. It’s scandinavian food ! So it’s means very healthy and tasty. I recommend the brunch on sunday.
   

We visited the exhibition of a brazilan artist, Lygia Pape (1927- 2004) at the Serpentine Gallery. 3 years ago I discovered her work at the Biennale in Venice, it opened the Arsenal show with the same installation : gold threads playing with light in a dark space and creating volumes. Depending the place you observe the work some part are invisble and revealed little by little as you move around, meanwhile other part are disappearing… it ‘s magical , ethereal, almost  immaterial !

I enjoyed the V&A show about Postmodernism, especially the part devoted to movie (with Blade Runner) and music with Klaus Nomi (video and costumes), Kraftwerk (1st pic  below) , Leigh Bowery (we won’t never say enough that Lady Gaga had stolen so much from that 80’s genius !!). Below a picture from a video by Charles Atlas showing choreography by Michael Clarke on Velvet Underground music (Venus in fur), the dancers costumes were made by Leigh Bowery, who was himself an incredible performer.  You can even admire the turntable that belonged to Grand Master Flash !!

           

One of my favorite artist is Robert longo and I didn’t realize that he made the famous video for New Order Bizarre love triangle, so obvious when you see that image :

We saw of course Leonardo’s show at the Natioanl Gallery. I really wanted to see the Lady with ermine who is today in Kracow.

4 days are short, already time to take Eurostar  back to Paris… but before, a last british ritual : a high tea at the Duke’s !

(By the way, let me whisper you a secret : the BEST PIM’S in the world is at the Duke’s ! they serve it in a silver glass and there is a jungle of  leaves and fruits topping the liquid , just AMAZZZZING  and perfect, sorry no picture this time)

Alain Ducasse cooking school in Paris

Posted in luxury, Paris, restaurants on October 26, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

One of my favorite chef is Alain Ducasse (try the Plaza Athenee restaurant in Paris or Louis XV  in Monaco  !). This worldwide- three times triple stars -chef opened two years ago a cooking school in Paris and because people know I’m gourmet and gourmande (greedy) my name was given to the school to do the translation for a british group ! I’m not a translator but art historian, nevertheless I wanted to go and see the cooking school, and by the way it was the opportunity to take a class ! I was not desappointed : the kitchens are so gorgeous, bright, colourful, high tech, a perfect frame to improve your talent ! There were two female chefs, Rosalba and Sabrina, very professional and flexible, adaptating themselves to the level of the participants.

          

pictures : courtesy Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse,  by Vincent Lappartient and Eric Bergoend.

I was called again for this friday and lucky me , it was a macaroon workshop with a pastry chef, Cyril. So great !!

     

You can come in family, with friends, with your company (it changes from museums tour !), you have also a wine cellar for wine initiation and tasting sessions.

N.B :  They  have a special kids workshop for Halloween right now !

http://www.ecolecuisine-alainducasse.com

One week in the most beautiful city in the world, very Deluxe&Arty : Venice !!

Posted in art and culture, contemporary art, event, hotels and restaurants, luxury, shopping, travels, Venice on August 10, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Ciao amici ! we just come back from Venice and it was sooo fantastic I would like to live there 6 months per  year ! This is really the most beautiful city in the world and 20 millions people do agree with me !

Moreover this is the 54th Biennale of contemporary art this year, so many exhibitions and artists to discover in a unique atmosphere…

     

We stayed at The San Clemente Place hotel and resort, this is THE place to be in summer ! Located on an island, 15 min boat ride only from Piazza San Marco (free shuttle service each 20 min), the 5-star hotel opened in 2004, after immense works in a former convent. Today it offers a marvellous garden with several hundred years old trees, a golf, two tennis courts, a refreshing pool, 2 restaurants… I take advantage to thank Melissa who helped us to improve our stay and make it memorable, grazie mille carissima ! Below : our bedchamber (we were upgraded with a junior suite), the bar, the pool.

           

The Biennale of Art 2011 :

We loved the austrian pavillion in the giardini with Marcus Schinwald.In the same time an installation, video and paintings, creating a white hanging maze with strange and unquiet meetings : anonymous portrait who received new proesthetics on their faces, minimalist sculptures hidden in corners with hangers and great video , closer to contemporary dance with body trapped  and contortions.Fabulous !

    

We also loved Sigalit Landau in Israel pavillion with shoes recovered with salt from dead sea falling down slowly in the sea.

Don’t miss the british pavillion by  Mike Nelson, you fell like visiting a taliban house…very impressive.

Are you a fluxus fan ? Visit the german pavillion, a flux oratorio (winner pavillion this year) by Christophe Schlingensief. Total success.

Art around the clock : in the Arsenal (globally very disappointed according to me this year) don’t miss Jean-Luc Mylaine and his fabulous birds,

James Turell for a space and light experience, and the great winner is (golden lion) : Christian Marclay with “The clock”, a video lasting 24h, a fantastic collage of movies excerpts evoking each minute of the day and night !

Want to have fun ? visit the narrow house by austrian artist Erwin Wurm (in Palazzo Franchetti’s gardens).Wurm was  famous for fat objects, here is some picture and there is no special effect !

      

Next to the house the exhibition “Glasstress” : master of contemporary art using glass in their work. Beauty still exist in Art if you ever doubted and you can find it here. Javier Perez crown of thorn is a good example as well as Zaha Hadid  futurist flowing like desk or Charlotte Gyllenhammar ‘s Alice in wonderland world :

    

Am a great fan of Pinault’s collection but photographs are not allowed…Nevertheless I do recommend Punta della dogana for Koons’s big red heart, Tatiana Trouvé drawings , Julie Merethu works … In Palazzo Grassi you cannot miss Joanna Vasconcelos  (next year in Versailles !) with a textile sculpture, a proliferating assemblage on  all the height of the building  : spectacular, decorative and a tribute to minor and folk art on a giant scale. after Wurm, great fun too with Francesco Vezzoli video : a pastiche of Hollywood true story, a kinf of hilarious self-portrait !

Prada exhibits its own collection in a fabulous 18th century palazzo Ca’ Correr della Regina : the place is great first for architecture, and  frescoes influenced by Veronese, then the collection with Pino Pascali (see below), Anish Kapoor (early work), Francesco Vezzoli again (works after famous Bernini with my friend Eva Mendes, we went to Louvre and Pompidou center together some year ago, fabulous and adorable girl !).

        

Do you know Axel ver Voordt ? a man of taste for sure then a famous belgium art dealer who loves to mix antique, modern and contemporary art , creating connoisseur cabinet. Each two years my great pleasure is to visit his new opus at charming Palazzo Fortuny (first pleats please inventor !). Among the treasures this year  (Op Art, Arte Povera, James Turrell, Lygia Pape …) , my favorite artist : Anthony Gormley !! I looove the dynamic energy emanting from this inner body… by the way, is this a centrifugal or centripetal strenght ? actually it’s working  in both way…

(Some of) My favorite restaurants in Venice :

1) da Forni

Spaghetti vongole is my sin in Venice ! I can eat them each day ! the best I’ve ever had  are there. Without forgetting another venitian specialty : le canocie (sea cicadas ).The waiters are just perfect, they make me think about italian movies in the 60’s, I can imagine them  twisting on Adriano Celentano…

             

2) the best Bellini ? At Gritti !!

How romantic  ! a dinner at Gritti Palace hotel (remember “Everybody says I love you”by Woody Allen ?) : we started with a glass of Bellini, our table facing la Salute …we had the tasting menu and we finished with an exquisite and incredibly light Tiramisu :

    

3) last day in Venice ritual : a dinner on Danieli terrace

It’s a ritual now, a way to say goodbye-but never farewell- to the Serenissima : we have a lunch with a view in legendary  Palace  Hotel Danieli, on the top roof.

That night the sky was so spectacular, we had a a marvellous table  and I enjoy so much my lobster salad !!

         

Shopping in Venice :

I’m so happy, I’ve found THE perfect gift from Venice you can wear each day at home !! I was so excited to find “Furlane”, these elegant venitian slippers originally  used by gondoliers and customized today with coral motifs made of beads. It is said that courtisans worn them when they went out, late at night, in venitian street …Mine furlane were embroidered by this charming lady, owner of a shop called “Venitian dream” (3805A, calle de la Mandola) I do recommend you.

                  

One fabulous week in Marrakech !

Posted in hotels and restaurants, luxury, Marrakech, restaurants, shopping, travels on June 2, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Edwart and me just come back from Marrakech and we loooved it ! I must say we were welcomed in the greatest places in very privileged conditions, we could enjoy and visit the most beautiful riads and hotels and taste the most delicious food. Choukrane to Fabrizio from Maison Arabe, to the french chef Laurent Chancel and Mustapha the morrocan chef, both from Royal Mansour, with many thanks also to Patrick Langlois and Ali from Fouquet’s Naoura Barriere, Amine from Mamounia…choukrane everybody and especially our dear funny and amazing friends who will  recognize…

1) La Maison Arabe

We stayed in my favorite Riad called “la Maison Arabe”owned by Prince Fabrizio Ruspoli and very well located in the Medina, not far from famous Djema El Fna square.

    

We loved our room with a private balcony and overlooking the swimming pool.I will rememember the delicious breakfast with moroccan pancakes and yogurt, so sweet and smooth. We enjoy the spa very much, 1001 nights atmosphere, it’s sooo good to start your trip with a hamman session and unforgetable massages ! The riad is decorated in a traditional style with taste and refinement for every details, at the image of the owners.

10 min drive from the Riad  there is the Country club reserved for hotels guests only with a bigger swimming pool and amazing gardens smelling roses and rosemary…you can enjoy a light lunch under the shade of olive trees and  it’s possible to hire the place for private event. Ideal for a birthday or wedding party there !!

  

2) ROYAL MANSOUR

Thanks to adorable friends  we could appreciate and enjoy Royal Mansour , which is more than the best and most beautiful palace hotel in the world : here we are on a Royal scale.

Imagine a private Medina with top luxury riads (all with private pools), surrounded by a magical scented garden , a spa that gives you a taste of paradise on earth, a french team in the kitchen from le Meurice (under Yannick Alleno supervision), new moroccan chef who worked in Monaco with Alain Ducasse…  and the most exquisite polychromic marbles, sophisticated fabrics, velvets, impressive  and delicate wood marquetterie, pietradura marquetterie,  embroideries on leather, impressive carved and painted ceilings, cristal chandelier all different the ones from the other, traditional zelige (mosaics) and tadelakt walls , EVERYWHERE ! without speaking of the library with an opening roof to observe the stars…no you’re not in a morrocan fairy tale you’re in Royal Mansour for Royal holidays !

The best craftmen of the kingdom worked there in order to offer the essence of Moroccan style blend in a contemporary refined atmosphere. Impossible to  talk about  high luxury if you haven’t been there once !

The entrance- the piano bar-the library-  the bar decorated with pink gold leaves on the mirrored wall- the swimming pool-

                 

3) Mamounia by night :

We decided to go to that legendary palace hotel just for a drink then we were filled with marvels discovering the garden by night -with three centuries old trees -, the silent pool, the impressive refined lobby (the hotel has been totally redecorated by famous french interior designer Jacques Gracia-,  and decided to  eat at the Moroccan restaurant (but you have also a french one and italian one). We enjoyed our perfect couscous so much ! and the service was so friendly. We spent a lovely evening accompanied by excellent traditional musicians.

     

4) Fouquet’s Naoura Barriere

if you are used to read me you know we love La Baule seaside resort in west France. We went there 2 months ago and were recommended to visit the new hotel from Barriere group that opened in Marrakech. It’s  located just in font of La Maison Arabe ! We met Patrick Langlois, a very charming man who worked 25 years in La Baule before he participated to the launching of the new hotel in the Red City.We had a dinner by the pool and enjoyed the dessert. And  guess what,  I took something VERY french- even  so parisian- and hard to find now in Paris : Crepes Suzette !! so funny and extra delicious. Ali who knows also Deauville (we love Normandy Barriere hotel in Deauville,  the best hotel in Normandie) was our waiter and prepared these famous “crepes” !

  

5) Shopping

The day before we left Joe took me in his favorite shops in Gueliz, the modern and trendy part of Marrakech and great shopping area ! you wil find in many fashion city guides “Scene de lin” for home interior design and that’s definitly the place to shop for home souvenirs ! fabricks, blankets, cushions, scarfs, home accessories, a dream ! it makes you want to buy and decorate your own riad .

For fashion I love the creations of Nourredine Amir in Villa Amir. The place is all what I like : minimalist , only stone and glass, with opening on orange tree floroushing in a courtyard. Incredible work with ribbons twisted  for this corset, it looks like a sculpture !

      

I also recommend warmly Amina Tifnouti , 3 rue des vieux Marrakchis, I bought 2 tops , one in black velvet , the other in black silk, both embroidered with traditional moroccan motifs. I will wear them during our next trip to Venise for Biennale of contemporary art , we’ll stay in San Clemente Place hotel, I’m so excited !!

4 days in La Baule (west of France)

Posted in hotels and restaurants, La Baule, luxury, travels on May 8, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Need a break and want to go by the seaside ? Take the fast train to La Baule, only 3h from Paris and breath the Atlantic, enjoy the sea food, indulge your senses in the fabulous spa next to the hotel. Take a room with a view at Hermitage (Barriere group) a five stars luxury hotel with excellent Pim’s made by Olivier the barman !

  

I always book a table at the Eden beach, their restaurant by the sea side, such a difference from Paris ! km of beach without any tourist (if you go there out of holidays time of course) and a perfect risotto with seafood.

       

Free bikes wait for you at the hotel , drive few minutes you’re in the city center, in the animated Avenue Genéral de Gaulle where you find a great lounge restaurant called “Rouge”. Perfect service (even after 2pm, don’t forget you’re in a small town and it’s rare to be served at that time !).

Seafood again , extra ones, for nothing (18 euros !) and the pastry chef worked before with Pierre Gagnaire .

    

We were so happy to find that place that we came the day after and ate exactly the same !

For shopping, if you like vintage high jewellery I recommend you Sasso (84 av general de Gaulle).

4 days break is a good timing but 3 work also very well !

I did not mention the village next to La Baule :  Le Crosic -still preserved from real estate speculation- discover it through walks or better with the bike and drive by the ocean, so refreshing !

Anne Muraro in LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE !!

Posted in art advisor, art and culture, contemporary art, hotels and restaurants, luxury, museums, Paris, personal shopper, private guide in Paris on April 10, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Destinations

A  Paris  Insider  Shares

Her Secrets

Luxury Travel Magazine interviews Anne Muraro, Paris tour guide of choice for A-List celebs, Middle East royals, sports stars and the like.Muraro is an art historian, art advisor and personal shopper in Paris since 2000. She was recently referenced by American Express Centurion in their Paris City Guide. Her VIP clients include: Eva Mendes (pictured above with Muraro in the Louvre museum), Denise Richards, Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith’s family, Kobe Bryant, HRH Princess Victoria of Sweden, Al Nahyan family, among many others.
Luxury Travel Magazine’s interview with Anne Muraro:
How do you proceed in order to create personalized tours for your clients ?
I try to obtain the maximum of information about their tastes. Concerning a city tour for example, I ask them if they prefer architecture, fine arts, history…About fine arts if they prefer modern art, contemporary art or old masters, then I build the perfect tour corresponding to their interests. The same for museums, if they want the highlights or if they want to explore an artistic trend through Parisian museums, for example, an impressionist tour included not only Orsay, but also Marmottan collection and Orangerie, and why not a journey to Monet’s home in Giverny?
How can you surprise visitors who had already been to Paris many times ?
Usually, the best way is by going on “off the beaten path” walking tours. My favorite starts in the gardens of the Palais Royal near the Louvre and leads us to the Paris Opera house, through the covered passageways created in the early 19th century (around 1830 for the most part). They are classified national heritage sights with vintage decor (mosaics, glass roof, sculptures). They have become trendy with many bistros and boutiques, so it’s the perfect blend of history and contemporary Parisian life. Another way to surprise visitors: my special gourmet tour! It’s a selection of the best places for wines, cheeses, chocolate, fine groceries, where we can taste the best products. It’s another way to speak about french history, visiting street markets or the oldest french pastry shop on one hand and discovering contemporary talents like Pierre Hermé on the other hand. (By the way I gave tours to Pierre Hermé his winter!)

So you’re an art historian, art advisor for collectors, and personal shopper specializing in high fashion and jewelry, but are you able to advise people about restaurants and hotels for their stay ?

Of course! Hotels and restaurants are my passions too! I know all the palace hotels and their restaurants very well, since I’ve been working with them for 11 years now and I’m able to recommend the best places for the best stay.

All tours are private and custom-designed, starting at 100 euros per hour/250 euros for high-end jewelry tour (Boucheron private collection, Chanel VIP collection and vintage pieces, etc.). To book, call Anne Muraro at 33-6/60-64-65-02 or e-mail her at amuraro@club-internet.fr. Website: www.annemuraro.com

A star cut in Paris with David Mallett

Posted in Art, beauty, luxury, Paris on March 22, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

One of my clients once asked me something odd : she wanted absolutly a parisian cut  !…

It’s a pity I didn’t know at that time David Mallett ! A brilliant and very charming hairdresser  who he’s working for cover girls and stars. He’s very famous in fashion circles and jet set world but he’s not a diva at all, always passionate after many years of activity (he knew he wanted to be hairderesser since the age of  4 !). Last time Sharon Stone came to Paris, he took care of her and created an impressive “chignon”(french pleat).He worked also for Julian Moore and many beautiful people but he can also takes care of YOU ! with exactly  the same professionalism and special attention.

His salon is a pure enchanted world, a kind of extravagant minimalist style,  in an old private mansion near Place des Victoires , built in 17th century. Impressive volumes, natural daylight, design lamp mixed with stuffed animals. I looove the ostrich, a wink at his australian roots ?!

Please visit his web site (I thank David very much for the  pictures !)  :

http://www.david-mallett.com

or call +33 1 40 20 00 33 for an appointment