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What They Eat: Malaysia
It is easier to try teasing odor of Malay cuisine than to describe it. Give a shot at throwing into a boiling kettle a thimbleful of India and a pinch of China, spice it up with pungent infusion of Indonesia and sultry spirit of Morocco, add a couple of drops of Siam and stew on slow fire for several hundred years watching scattering of Portuguese influence melt in checkered amalgam of culinary traditions of peoples of Malaysia – and you will taste bliss.
24.07.2018 | What They Eat, Malaisia
VEUVE CLICQUOT: CHAMPAGNE OF MERRY WIDOW
Today’s foodies probably would have disdained to drink this champagne in the beginning of 19th century: an elegant golden wine was concealed by cloudy veil of yeast introduced into the blend to produce carbon dioxide, a delightful bouquet of fruit and vanilla tones was destroyed by rough off-flavours. Such a product could not satisfy the refined tastes of wealthy public and, as a consequence, did not bring significant profits. If effervescent Barbe-Nicole had not had confidence and a fair amount of pluck to venture into business, noble drink would have remained murky cheap tipple for plebs.
25.06.2018 | history of brand
KALAMAJA: FIRST LINE OF ESTONIAN AVANT-GARDE
Quiet fishing villages are seething with whirlpools of ideas and brilliant minds. Tallinn bohemians revived to life the ancient seaside neighbourhood Kalamaja. Since the Middle Ages, the area was traditionally dominated by fishermen, fishmongers and boat wrights, and nowadays catchers of souls are flocking towards the place, twining variegated networks of studios, galleries, shops and cafes on the green streets running to the sea.
14.06.2018 | Estonia
Made In Sweden: Dalecarlian Horse
And since winged horses of Valkyries darted away to Valhalla forever, Dalecarlian horse has remained the guardian of Vikings’ traditions – painted folk toy, first mentioned in chronicles of 17th century. Dalecarlian horse serves as an amulet of non-touristic Sweden by saving from oblivion ancient fables and beliefs.
10.05.2018 | Sweeden
STEP OVER THRESHOLD: THE MAGICAL ART OF THE HUICHOL PEOPLE
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life. Twilight land of legends always have a shelter for a weary traveller: no one is alone on the paths of spirits.
25.04.2018 | art, Mexican
Nan Madol: A City over an Abyss
Only an abandoned artificial archipelago with traces of extinct civilizations can better than a deserted island! Cadent splash of oars that plows blue dreams of the Pacific Ocean quells drumroll of ecstasy in your temples while preparing will and mind to the meeting with the greatest mystery of Micronesia. Nan Madol lies empty for more than one hundred years; mighty walls are gnawed away by sea salt but even in thrall of oblivion the forbidden city doesn’t lose its greatness.
09.04.2018 | travel, Micronesia
Things They Eat: Ukraine
Spoiled with home-made borshch, holubtsy and cotlets, we are under an illusion that we know Ukrainian cuisine like the tips of own fingers and there is nothing distinctive about it while in fact gastronomic heritage of our country is far richer than a grandma’s ingenuous menu. Time has come to recall original Ukrainian dishes that were undeservedly forgotten in the era of semi-cooked products and fast food.
05.04.2018 | Ukraine, Things They Eat
LEATHER TANNERIES IN FEZ: RAINBOW PALETTE OF THE EAST
Ancient Fez medina is firmly holding time in a criss-crossing maze of tiny alleyways and picturesque shops. The medieval town of craftsmen does not recognize modern technology, however, it is not difficult to trace a full production of cute handbag with embossed lettering. The leather for souvenir is produced there, in courtyards, and at a reasonable cost a tannery owner would reveal details of folk art with a millennial history.
22.03.2018 | travel, Morocco
Belgian Lace: Waltz of a Thousand Threads
At the sight of Flemish lacework it is hard to shake the feeling that miraculous flowers, artfully braided into a wreath of a pattern, were born from loose sparks that had escaped a magic wand. On the inside of the beauty there are efforts and days of jetsam girls, stolen from life by labyrinth of openwork loops. Having compelled self-will of the thread to a dream about heaven, promised for humility, skills defied despair and need – to secure victory.
04.03.2018 | art, Belgium
Unforgettable Tschäggättä: Horrors in Lötschental Valley
In February Switzerland changes beyond recognition: reckless power of pre-Lent carnivals, insatiable gluttony and cat’s choirs of Guggenmusik rush into the streets. Only evil spirits are kind of weak – same glamorous vampires and emaciated zombies. Want it to become really scary? Head to Lötschental Valley to celebrate Tschäggättä: infernal characters from Alpine folklore will haunt you in your dreams!
09.02.2018 | Switzerland
Unique Lapland: country of wonders within the Polar circle
The closer winter holidays are, the louder all-nation weeping for the lost charms of New Year night is. Rains, fogs, and ordinary tiredness obstructed the way of joy into city, and fairy-tale stands back at the North, in far Lapland. The shivering glow of the polar lights fleshes out the ancient tales and blows off the golden dust from the holiday cards directing way to the village of Santa Claus where Christmas fires have never gone down.
31.12.2017
LET'S RIDE! ON FOUR PAWS THROUGH SWITZERLAND
Dog sledding is a national passion in Switzerland: it is for a good reason that one of the best European camps for training sled dogs is located in the forest village of Saint-Cergue, nested behind the Jura mountain.
18.12.2017 | Switzerland
Sri Lankan Masks: Guides to the Kingdom of Spirits
Traditional carved mask is a desired souvenir for a tourist fascinated by distinctive bright tropical color of a wonderful island of Sri Lanka. Painted faces of monsters from fairy tales win hearts with liveliness and straightforwardness of emotions that our rational world so desperately lacks – and your hand surrenders to an impulse to reach for the wallet, owner of a shop is lavish in his praise of your taste… Congratulations: you’ve invited a demon into your house.
07.12.2017 | Sri Lanka
History of a Brand: Cirque du Soleil
Spectacular show project Cirque du Soleil rocked the world of circus art to remind that circus can not only entertain but also create new reality. Crazy experiments on human body defy any power on gravity and miracle-plays of sound and light lure the audience into a twilight labyrinth of philosophical dramas letting them get to the sun together with characters of stagings.
16.11.2017 | art
Forgotten art: Chinese ceremony in Korea
After the walking along the boisterous streets of Seoul one wants to take it easy in a café drinking a cup of flavored tea, however, it never happens like that. Good teahouses are found out only near Buddhist monasteries or at the bohemian pedestrian street Insadon. Chinese ceremony in Korea that is incomparable with the rough schedule of offices and plants do not reach out people remaining the joy of wise people and privilege of the masters.
12.06.2017 | traditions, history, Korea
Ground-hog day in Switzerland: we are in response for those whom we have fed
The hospitality of Switzerland does not know borders. Not only administrators of hotels soaped down with generous tips but also wild animals try to serve the tourists. Maybe, only in Swiss Alps one can meet groundhogs who jump on the knees to the travelers. A smart animal any minute how could speak human voice as clinging beady eyes shine with the intelligence and slyness…
02.06.2017
Amazons from tribe moco: conservation of feminism in the shadow of Himalayas
Composers of antiutopias predict hundreds of sorrows to the people of the future who are from times to times forbidden to celebrate weddings, however, it seems, everything is not so terrible. In Chinese province Yun Nan near the foot of Himalayas the matriarch tribe moco resides that is not familiar with the concept of marriage at all. In their language there are no words like 'husband' and 'wife', in the same time they do not know what it is to be 'jealous', stay in state of 'war' or experience 'betrayal', and they do not complain of their destiny.
12.05.2017 | tradition
What They Eat: United Kingdom
Cuisine of the United Kingdom is a nightmare for nutritionists, gourmets and other healthy food experts. A typical Englishman doesn’t honor art of cooking much and for the sake of saving time often grabs a snack on the go with fresh vegetables and fruits present in the diet purely technically. But should you put some effort into it, it is possible to acquire bright gastronomic impressions on the Albion, too – if you know what and where to look for.
15.08.2016 | What They Eat
KAGOSHIMA: CITY WITH KAMIKAZE FAME
Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius!, Nietzsche exclaimed in a prophetic ecstasy. Gloomy pathos of the philosopher could be hardly understood by the residents of the Japanese city of Kagoshima, located at the bottom of the caldera Aira resulting from the explosion about 22 thousand years ago. Farmers were hoeing edges of the hollow from the Bronze Age, as usual fending off the ashes scattered in the air. And indeed, what is unusual about living inside active stratovolcano?
16.07.2016 | Japan
What They Eat: Belgium
There is no other country in the world that has suffered so much from restaurant critics as Belgium. Riding superficially on waves of French-Italian mainstream, glossy publications scold Belgians mercilessly for their provincial tastes and universal cult of potatoes. Just think of it: to chase seafood with vulgar French fries and serve potato pudding as a main dish!
23.05.2016 | Belgium, What They Eat
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