Autumn Preview: NYC Dining
While New Yorkers escaped the city heat this summer, the city’s top chefs were toiling away, prepping to expand their foodie empires with a bevy of new restaurants to open this fall. We compiled a list of the most promising new places not to miss, from a supper club-turned Soho hot spot to the brasserie that’s luring Manhattanites to Brooklyn. Plus, interviews with some of Indagare’s favorite chefs, including Marea’s Michael White, Perilla’s Harold Dieterle and Michelin-starred Hooni Kim. Read More
Hot Spots: Paris Fall 2012
From stylish children’s boutiques and wine bars straight out of a French film to Edward Hopper at the Grand Palais and big-name gallery owners pioneering beyond centre ville, this Fall will bring lots of excitement to the City of Light. This edition of Hot Spots, culled by Paris-based writer and art critic Mara Hoberman, focuses on the best wine bars à emporter; stylish children’s shops in St. Germain; what not to miss in the museums and galleries this Fall; and about such newcomers as a stunning boutique hotel with interiors by a Belgian fashion designer and the opening of a chic new bar at an Indagare Adored hotel. Read More
Indagare Souk: Save the Elephants
Africa’s elephants have been in the news lately and not in a positive way. The New York Times was the latest to feature a multimedia piece about the rising demand of ivory that has translated into the slaughter of these magnificent creatures. The top national parks and groups of courageous rangers are doing their utmost to reverse the disturbing trend—and you, as a plugged-in traveler and savvy consumer can also pitch in.
The Indagare Souk has championed Shompole’s Elephant Collection since inception. Individually hand-crafted by local artisans in Kenya, the stunning jewelry is made of cow horn, bone, 18K gold and precious gems. Best of all a percentage of each sale goes to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to help with the rescue of orphaned elephants. Shop for these unique pieces and Read More
City Update: London
From a new dining room presided over by a massive, specially commissioned Damian Hirst to a museum show dedicated to Hollywood costumes, the British capital is all about high-art this season. Naturally, acclaimed Frieze Art Fair is also on the agenda. Indagare’s London contributor Elena Bowes spotlights the museum and gallery exhibitions, the theater shows and the restaurant debuts, from Chelsea to Shoreditch, not to miss: London Local Picks. Read More
Member Postcard: American Southwest
“Berlin is my new favorite city,” declared Indagare founder Melissa Bradley upon her return from the German capital a few weeks ago. Eight times the size of Paris with a third of the population (almost all of whom own and ride bicycles on sunny days), Berlin is a city of vibrant contrasts and layered history. Melissa was so inspired by her trip that she is taking members on an
Insider Trip in October, with an itinerary that blends the city’s rich history and its exciting present, including its art scene (visiting private collections) and a dine-around-town dinner tour. There are only a few spots left. Contact Brooke Pearson (646-963-2242) for details. Watch a short Indagare Video Dispatch about Berlin. Read More
The Long Weekend
Post summer vacations as we head into the Fall, the quest for the long weekend getaway begins. Indagare’s Brooke Pearson recently planned a relaxing escape to Georgia and South Carolina, which minimized travel time and maximized exploration. Returning to the Indagare office on a Monday morning, after three days filled with great food, spa treatments and a gorgeous country resort (above), she writes, “My fiancé and I felt like we’d indulged in a week-long retreat.” Contact our Bookings Team for help planning a lazy weekend getaway. Read More
Indagare Souk: MayaBags
Sourcing vendors for the Indagare Souk, we are often inspired by the dedication of the people who bring these exquisite handicrafts to light. Judy Bergsma, the powerhouse behind MayaBags, has such a story. A former filmmaker who has lived with the Aztecs and the Mayas, Bergsma launched MayaBags after witnessing the excruciating poverty of southern Belize’s Maya women, whose weaving and embroidering skills she has helped sustain. “When I first began working with the women, I couldn’t get them to set foot inside a bank, for them, an inscrutable space,” says Judy. “Now they’ve all opened savings accounts and learned to manage their banking. This was a milestone.” Read Judy’s inspiring tale and shop for the exquisite beach-, hand- and yoga bags, as well as pillows. Read More
You Asked… D.C. Dining
We are often asked for dining recommendations in the nation’s capital, a town that has long been known for its classic formal restaurants and celebrity chefs. We reached out to plugged-in Beltway insiders and rounded up our favorites, including brand-new hot spots (one run by a Top Chef alum); family-friendly spots; and tried-and-true mainstays where you may see the movers and shakers of this year’s election discussing strategy. Read More
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Ibiza Shopping Updates
“Wandering past the boutiques in Ibiza town, with store after store offering some version of the hippie, sexy Ibiza style, can be a bit overwhelming,” writes Indagare contributor Noelle A. Salmi.
Here are Indagare’s favorite boutiques and one amazing hippie market not to miss when traveling to the island:
2 Fall Insider Trips: Russia & Berlin
After the successful debut Insider Trip to Russia last May, Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley wrote: “Before I had visited, I felt there was a major gap in my understanding of Western arts and civilization. After returning, my head still spinning with the treasures that I had seen from palaces and jewels to art and ballet, I feel that even more strongly.” Indagare’s Insider Trips are conceived to offer eye-opening immersion in cities that exemplify the spirit of their respective countries.
This Fall, Indagare heads two exciting Insider Trips: Moscow & St. Petersburg, and Berlin. (Melissa will be taking a small group to the German capital, her new favorite city in Europe.) Both journeys offer lots of behind-the-scenes access, private tours and opportunities to meet plugged-in locals who are passionate to share their cities with our members. For more information, itineraries and to reserve a spot, Read More
Escape: French Riviera
Artists were among the first to discover—and promote in their works—the beauty and charms of the South of France, but even after decades of fame, it remains a magical region for discoveries. Indagare founder Melissa Bradley spent time in the hills and on the water earlier this summer and found that while some of the best parts
of a visit are what doesn’t change—the light, the views, the freshness of the food—there are some wonderful welcome additions, from palace hotels that have been newly polished to a low-key but divine restaurant in the hills. The key is crafting the perfect itinerary around art, food and the great outdoors. Read More
Member Postcards: Europe Travels
European Grand Tours were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries amongst aristocratic Englishmen looking to discover the continent’s riches. While today the ability to travel the world for months at a time is not a possibility for most, the desire to examine and reflect on the vast cultures of Italy, France, Spain and beyond has never
dissipated. Member postcards not only inspire the Indagare community but they provide helpful tips and updates from these vibrant locales. After all, these regions might boast multiple centuries of history, but their buzzing cities feature new hot spots, renovations and secrets to be discovered. Read More
Giving Back: Water for All
The chic cylindrical bottles of Voss water can be spotted in the world’s hottest restaurants and hotels. But the company has another meaningful presence miles away from Gramercy Park Hotel and Hakkasan—in the rural villages of Sub-Saharan Africa. The four-year-old Voss Foundation has changed the lives of thousands of people in Africa by providing access to clean water in five countries. Indagare spoke to executive director Kara Gerson about the charity’s accomplishments, the personal impact of overseeing such inspirational projects and tips on what not to miss when visiting the home of Voss: Oslo, Norway. Read More
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