Bee Famous: Tasty, Affordable and Organic Wine Available at Auchan’s

As autumn is approaching, Barefoot in Luxembourg was invited for a wine tasting at Beef-Bar at Auchan’s to have a sneak peak of the shop’s new wine season range. “Foire Aux Vins” is in fact an annual event taking place in September ( this year from September 20th to October 3rd) in several supermarkets in Luxembourg, including Auchan, where winemakers introduce new wines and also offer special deals for products already on the shelves. You can check out Auchan’s website for more information about products and discounts.

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I had a pleasure to get to know Bee Famous, an organic wine brand from South France. I have shared my impressions below.

 

White wines:
Bee Famous Organic Cévennes

  • Fresh and fruity
  • Excellent choice with spicy and Asian food

Bee Famous Organic Chardonnay

  • Very rounded, well structured, crispy
  • Goes well with grilled fish, and sushi

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Bee Famous Organic Viognier

  • Rounded, easy to drink
  • Great for appetzers and cheese

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Bee Famous Organic Sauvignon

  • crispy, quite strong after-taste of blackcurrant
  • To be paired with goat cheese salad or appetizers

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Red wines:
Bee Famous Organic Syrah

  • Fruity, spicy
  • Try it with mediterranean or oriental food, mild cheese or drink it as aperitif

Bee Famous Organic 2015 Cevennes

  • Complex, fruity, spicy, hint of pepper
  • Herbs of Provence
  • Perfect form meat dishes, especially pork and chicken

Bee Famous Organic AOP Costières de Nime Sans Sulfites

  • No sulfites; this wine is recommended to be drank within 1-2 years
  • Try with pork, paella or Mediterranean cuisine

Bee Famous Côtes du Rhône 2016

  • Round, long, well structured
  • Serve it with a selection of chacuterie or other meat dishes

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Bee Famous Côtes du Rhône Plain de Dieu

  • Plain, easy
  • Goes well with chocolate dessert, meat, lamb, pork, steaks

Bee Famous Organic Languedoc Rouge 2013

  • Elegant, silky structure
  • Great with ratatouille

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Iron Bartender Competition

Two weeks ago, Barefoot in Luxembourg has been invited to a new event concept that took part among five bars in the city center of Luxembourg (The Tube, Bellamy, Go Ten, Octans, Konrad). The idea is based on the cult Japanese TV show Iron Chef.

Each month a “mystery ingredient” will be chosen which the bars have to use to develop a special cocktail. That ingredient could be a special spirit, or fruit, or juice etc. Each bars cocktail is then judged by an independent panel and a trophy awarded to the winning bar to display until the next month.

Barefoot in Luxembourg was part of the jury of the first edition and the selected mysterious ingredient for that time has been Diplomatico Reserve Exclusive Rum from Venezuela.

We started our night as jury at The Tube bar, where we were proposed a very refreshing cocktail called About Figgin’ Thymes – the name has been based on the words assonance with “freaking times” and thyme, one of the main ingredient of the cocktail.
The drink was pleasantly sour and complex, you could not feel much the alcohol and was enjoyable to drink – perfect for a summer after-work. Personally, I found it a bit too much “ladylike”, but I would not mind ordering it again to start a night out.

 

We moved then to Bellamy where we were offered their Capitaliko cocktail – prepared with Rhum Diplomatico, Amaretto, chocolate and orange. The preparation was impressive but in this case the taste, while very good even for me that I am not an Amaretto fan, resulted quite strong. On the other side, we were offered some great food to share prepared by the Bellamy kitchen. I did not know that at Bellamy you could have as well some food – tapas style – and I have to say it was delicious. I would definitely come back to try some more in the next weeks!

 

Third stop was at Go Ten bar: their special cocktail – Diplomatico Choice – was a kind of Mojito prepared with coconut milk and chili. The cocktail presentation was the best one to me: the drink was served in a metallic glass covered on ice and accompanied by some exotic bites with beef and pineapple. The taste of the cocktail was as well for me the best one of the night: definitely a drink I can have all night long, above all during the warm season – I was imagining myself on a panorama pool in Cancun, sipping this ice glass. As some other members of the jury noted, indeed, it was not very much innovative cocktail – but it was the best flavor for most of us.

 

At Octans, the cocktail Carascastagnette was prepared with Rhum Diplomatico, home made pineapple liquor, Gran Marnier and Habanero. It was served together with an home made pineapple mousse prepared with cinnamon (heaven!). The combo was great, as well the cocktail. As taste, it reminds a bit the first one at The Tube, a bit girly.
Octans had definitely one of the better atmosphere for the night and the preparation was very captivating. I would have stayed there all night long!

Last but not least, it was the turn of Konrad. We were welcomed in the downstairs cozy bar room: their drink was called Cozaron, another word  game meaning as well “Konrad’s Son”.
The cocktail was prepared homemade cranberry jam. To me, while the idea was pretty much the most original one, the flavor was too much sweet, but the innovative effort was extraordinary.

 

Based on the average vote of the whole jury – about the name, the presentation, the taste, the originality, the winner of the first Iron Bartender competition was the Go Ten drink.

For us, it was a very nice initiative, something finally different that gives the possibility not only to the jury but as well to customers to try new cocktails – they will remain in the bar menu in fact for an entire month until the next competition.

A huge thank you from Barefoot in Luxembourg to Paul for the invitation, to Olivia our wonderful hostess for the night and to the teams of all the bars participating – you did great and we are really curious to follow up the results of next round.

The amazing pictures coming with this articles are kind courtesy of Nena Corner Photography, who joined us in the jury.

Jenni’s Corner: La Guinguette de Janette

As an enthusiastic dancer, I was pleased to be invited on behalf of Barefoot in Luxembourg to La Guinguette de Janette, a retro-themed Swing party taking place at Brigitte in Dommeldange, Luxembourg, and organized by the lovely girls behind Janette magazine.

It was a few hours before the sunset when ladies dressed in polka-dot pattern and gentlemen wearing hats and suspenders, started to stroll towards the event venue.

The garden was decorated with colourful lanterns and a light summer breeze provided a relief in the hot summer evening. With only 20 EUR donation (15 at pre-sale), the guests had a possibility to enjoy an open bar and  fill their stomachs with barbecue or grab something delicious from one of the food trucks bordering the garden. Besides cremant, the local sparkling wine, there was wine-tasting and the bar provided custom-made drinks, specially designed for this particular event. I mixed my own drink at Cointreau Cocktail trolley along with so many other cocktail-lovers who took the opportunity to practise their bartender skills.

While waiting for the people to arrive, I had my hair done by some professional hairdressers and there was also a chance to get guidance in make-up section. Gradually the dance floor got filled with several talented dancers and other rookies eager to learn Lindy Hop steps and Swing style bootie shaking. Live band God Save the Swing together with DJ Mr. Serge were responsible for the rhythm and both of them did an excellent job with their performances. I was also very happy about Swing Dance Luxembourg coming on the stage and holding a short introduction workshop about the basic swing and Lindy Hop moves. It was very easy to follow their example and mimic some of the basic steps that build the frame for the actual dance.

 The atmosphere at the event place was both relaxed and energetic at the same time. Some people had clearly just come to enjoy a few drinks with friends in an alternative environment while the others were dancing wildly as if they had been locked in a cage for a week. The organisers had also been very thoughtful towards the football fans the most eager fans were able to follow one of the Eurocup semi-final match on a large screen placed on the event premises. These supporters also made sure that everyone knew some team scored a goal…

Overall everyone seemed to have good time especially since approximately most of the people were still staying there when I started to head home around 23.00. I enjoyed every single minute of my time there and would definitely recommend this event not only to dancers but also to someone who likes to have a drink with friends, experience something different in Luxembourg or simply just have a reason to wear retro clothes. Looking forward for next Janette event!

Enjoy some pictures!

Jenni Laiho

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Jenni’s Corner: Hub Dot Anniversary Event

From this month on, a new series of articles written by Jenni Laiho will be published on Barefoot in Luxembourg. Struggling a bit between the blog, the events and my work, I found some needed support in Jenni, who is helping me out with my agenda. Wishing Jenni a warm welcome to Barefoot in Luxembourg! The first event she attended on my behalf was the anniversary of Hub Dot Luxembourg.

On a behalf of Barefoot in Luxembourg, I had a privilege to be part of the second Luxembourg Hubdot event which idea behind is to provide similar minded women with networking opportunities.

Upon my arrival at Bo Concept, where the event took place on Thursday 16th June, I was positively surprised to notice how  casually everybody was chatting with each other, while sipping champagne and nibbling appetizers. Many of these women were complete strangers to one another,  connected with a common interest towards personal growth and fashion; the latter being the theme of the day’s event.

As compared to many other similar events I have been, Hubdot has a distinctive element of being based on story-telling rather than just standard mingling. As I entered the venue, the event was just about to start and the host Carlotta welcomed the first speaker to climb on the stage. Each speaker had 90 seconds to shortly present their experience and tell the public what had made them to change the course of their lives and become bloggers, designers, personal shoppers or shop owners.  After nearly 18 speakers had shared their stories, I felt really inspired. It was simply amazing to hear how these ordinary women with very normal and diverse background had left their permanent jobs to pursue their dream or were working hard along the daytime work.

What I really liked about the event, was the fact that it was open for everyone without a specific social status, experience or other qualifications. I was also impressed by the idea of using “dot codes” as an ice breaker meaning that each person chose to wear a different dot colour on their clothes according to their current status. Green: ‘I’m here to be inspired’; yellow: ‘I have an idea. Can anyone help?; blue: ‘I’m here to socialize and shop’; red: ‘I’m established (in my career/business)’; and purple: ‘I want to tell you about (my story/work). It meant that other participants could see on one glance the reason why someone else was here.

In the middle of the speeches, there was a short break, which everyone could be used for mingling and exchanging different viewpoints.  I browsed around the different stands that were set up by these women who already had launched their businesses. There were a lot of beautiful jewellery, hand bags and clothes that really deserve to get more attention. Besides promoting the actual products, the event was really more about spreading the energy, enthusiasm and courage for each and every one to follow their true passion.

I had a chance to talk to some of these ladies that I could never get  hold on in a normal circumstances and I found it truly empowering. I might not change my current job just yet but it really made me think about the other possibilities through which I could better utilize my creativeness and imagination.

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The Sky Gardens Party, from Sunset to Dawn

Barefoot in Luxembourg is really glad to invite you tomorrow, Friday April 22nd, at the Jakob’s House in Clausen, for
The party, organized by Barefoot in Luxembourg together with Mix in Lux, is an occasion to celebrate in the original location of Mix in Lux parties, where the best moments of its first year are linked to.
What to expect?
The Sky Gardens will be a sophisticated and urban evening.
The party will be basically divided in two parts:
In the first part, the SUNSET, there will be open terrace and The Brunettes will warm up the atmosphere with their amazing music
Together with signature cocktails and a summer bar, you can have a fusion theme walking dinner.
After the cake, as it is indeed a birthday party, the lights will go down for the DAWN party, with Miss Sappho playing, red carpet, photo booth with official photographer and amazing prizes competition.
What  is the price for participating to the event?
The participation is totally free: you pay only what you drink and prices applied will be the usual ones without any addition.
How it is possible?
We have to thank our great sponsors for having helped us organizing The Sky Gardens party.
We supported local and young brands and you can meet them during the party.
The best cake shop in Luxembourg: they prepare cakes that are not only good for pictures but also incredibly tasty. No sugar pastry, no butter-cream, only fresh, natural and yummy ingredients.
Sweet Stuff prepared our amazing birthday cake and you can taste it with your own lips!
The new frontier of the meals delivery: you get your dinner at home, packed in single ingredients and you will prepare the final recipe. This idea is super whenever you don’t have time for grocery shopping or if you want to prepare a meal for friends in an easiest way.
Foodbox will have a stand during the evening to show their website ideas, the products packaging and offering you discount vouchers.
The reference point for English-speaking expats in Luxembourg: from funny articles about living in Luxembourg to ideas for going out or for a family week-end, you can find all the relevant information and suggestions about Luxembourg life on this online magazine.
City Savvy team will be present during the night to meet you and collect your ideas about the English-speaking community.
A new, innovative website that proposes you a trip through our African roots: accessories, home interior, kitchen and beauty, you can find original products for your alternative shopping.
Afrolia will have a stand during the night to explain you the origin of her website and to offer you shopping discount vouchers. Our waitresses during the night will wear some amazing pieces from Afrolia.
The most amazing biscuits you can find in town: taste like from patisserie, but you can buy them in Match or Auchan – and many more places. Like a Proust madeleine, you will feel the flavours of your grandma biscuits in one bites.
Seabiscuits will be distributed for tasting for free during the evening.
An innovative concept to change your way of going out during the night: you drive, you drink, they will drive you back together with your car – for the same price of a black cab ride!
If you want to arrange a pick up from Drink & Drive after The Sky Gardens party, call them and mention Barefoot in Luxembourg for a special treatment!
Not only a hairdresser, but a relaxing space for your beauty and soul. Espace Coiffeur offers as well specific hair treatment like keratin and spa service and it is easily located between the station and the city centre.
The reference brand for sport and adventure clothes finally open in Luxembourg. Whenever you are planning a day on the mountains, a trip on the road or you just need comfortable and resistant clothes to wear, they have something to offer you.
We do mentioned a competition. What is it related to?
During the entire night, for each ticket you get for your drinks at the counter, you can write you name and surname behind and put it in a white box that will be placed at the bar. There is no limit to the participation – the more you drink (in a responsible way!), the more chances you have to win.
Starting from 8 pm, each hour sharp, we will extract a prize for a lucky winner Please note that you must be there when the prize is extracted, otherwise we will not deliver the gift but instead we proceed to extract the next winner.
Prizes that will be offered during the night are the following:
– A Very Prive Christian Loubotin nail polish (first extraction: 8 pm)
– .A voucher at Espace Coiffeur for a brushing or manicure
– A tasting box of delicious biscuits from Sea Biscuits and an entrance to the Thermes in Strassen
– A 150 euro shopping voucher at Napapijri Luxembourg
– A Michael Kors clutch plus a shopping voucher offered by Barefoot in Luxembourg
– A Karl Lagerfeld minaudiere from net-a-porter (last extraction 1 am)
Lastly, is there a dress code or a door selection?
Mix in Lux and Barefoot in Luxembourg are proud of organizing parties that are for everyone. We don’t request you to follow a dress code or to have collar shirt and black shoes. If you feel cool and you are in the right mood for partying, you are welcome, whenever you wear trainers or you are just out of the office.
Tomorrow it will be a special night, therefore we kindly advised to book for free your table: we still have remaining spots at the first floor after 10.30 pm. If you wish to reserve, just send us a quick note. If you don’t want to reserve, there will be enough space, food and drinks for everyone!
Last, but not least, a huge thank you to our friends of Jakob’s House – a different, relaxed and cool place to be in Luxembourg.
Hope to see you there for an amazing Friday night!
Corie,
Barefoot in Luxembourg
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Mamacita, Luxembourg city: good Friday night spot

I visited Mamacita in Luxembourg city as soon as it opened its doors, some years ago. I clearly remember I was not impressed: cocktails were less than average and pricey and food was nothing special. The service, on my first visit, has been really bad and I left particularly annoyed by the waiters’ attitude – they totally ignored us in favor of a kind of “VIP” table next. After this negative experience, I came back there only for some drinks during summer.

But as said several times, I tend to give all the places a second chance after some times, so last week I decided to come back to Mamacita for a Friday night dinner with a colleague who was visiting.

I booked throught their Facebook page – replies were fast and very kind. One improvement point already!

We got there at 8 pm after couple of warm-up drinks next door at White House – good combo on Friday night, even if White House is basically empty at that time, you have the best service and the best tables for you.

We were accompanied to the floor and we got to choose our table between two which were still empty. The room quickly became very busy, with couple of groups celebrating birthday parties.

We started with some frozen margaritas and chilli beers, which we accompanied with a mixed platter of starters for two to share – we were four – and some tequila shots – we were in good mood 🙂

After that, we went for single dishes – I had spicy shrimps while hubby had chilli con carne, similarly my colleague opted for chilli and his wife for a ceviche – and a bottle of Nebbiolo from California. We concluded with some more shots.

Here you have some pictures of our dinner. After that, my impressions about this second try at Mamacita.


  
  
 Thins I loved about Mamacita:

  •  We had great service, indeed. We felt never forgotten by the waiters, notwithstanding the busy evening, and all of them were kind, smiling and in good mood. They granted us a very funny night, thanks.
  • Food was good – not amazing, but still very good. The mixed starter platter was enough to share for 4 people, in particular the quesadillas were very tasty. My main was nice: well presented and fair quantity. I have seen amazing burgers passing in front of me for other tables.
  • Drink selections – my colleague noted it – was very good: between tequilas, beers, wine and cocktails for sure you won’t leave thirsty.
  • The atmosphere is warm and you feel very welcome. Everything is pretty fine priced (we spent 237 Euros in total for 4 persons – 3 cocktails, 3 beers, mixed starter, bottle of wine for 47 euro, 2 platters of shots, 4 main courses).

Things I liked a bit less about Mamacita:

  • I confirm my first time impression on cocktails, unfortunately: frozen margarita was not good at all (lots of ice and syrup) – but as said, you have other things in the list of the drinks you can enjoy more.
  • At a certain point, the room was very very noisy. This might not be definitely a bad point for some, but I would not suggest it for a romantic date or if you want to chat with your mates.

I recommend Mamacita: For amazing and very kind service, nice food at a fair price and great atmosphere. Perfect for a night out in town, parties and celebrations, even for small groups. I will definitely come back soon – during the week – to try the burgers!

 

 

 

Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people: Linda & David

Wednesday is the day of our Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people interviews. Today we meet a lovely and sparkling couple, Linda and David. They are working in their own creative business and are involved in a very inspiring project. Discover more below.

As we normally start, I will ask both of you to introduce yourself: we would like to know who you are, where you live and what you do.
Linda: Do you want me to go first?
David: Go, Ladies first 🙂
Linda: All right. My name is Linda, I am half Greek and half Luxembourgish, I was born here in Luxembourg. I studied graphic design in Brussels and as soon as I came back, I started to experiment a lot with creativity and actually ended up working as a free lance, without really expecting it to happen. In the meantime, I had a very short experience having a job in an advertisement agency, but I didn’t really like it and I definitely preferred being self-employed. It was not easy, but when you learn to love it, nothing can compare with the joys and freedom of working for yourself. So, since then I was on that route and David also joined at some point…
David: My name is David Mourato, I am Portuguese, I was born in Luxembourg and I also did my studies in Luxembourg. Right after school, I went to work in small agencies where I spent around 8 – 9 years and at a certain point I was really fed up and thought I really had to find something else to do. So when Linda went free-lance, it made me think a lot about it.
Linda: This is where our path crossed.
David: Indeed. It happened quite fast from then on. I quit my job and became freelance as well. It was exciting. Although we quickly realized we actually ended up doing the same things, both of us were doing graphic design and creative projects, only in separate entities. This created some tension between us but it served as a lesson. We made the most of it, gave up our egos and decided to work together instead. So a couple of months later, we started Kinlake, our creative business.

And this is actually how Kinlake started.
Linda: Yes, it was really cool, because we realized that now, working together, we can do so many more things than separately. Each of us brought their own personal skills to the table, additionally to their graphic design background. I do illustration and hand lettering, and David has an affinity for photography and videography as well. So our creativity feels limitless and this make us feel stronger. When you team up together, you can do more things.

Basically how would you define Kinlake?
Linda: If we’d have to sum it up in just a few words, it would be our creative studio & our lifestyle blog. Kinlake represents our synergy and the creativity that we apply on a day to day basis. For us, being creative every single day is vital, and it translates in many ways, on a professional basis and on a personal basis.

So in details, which services Kinlake offers as a creative studio?
Linda: We do all sorts of things that can give a business, a blogger or any type of project an interesting and creative visual aspect: brand styling and graphic design, web-design, some handmade and personalized work such as illustrations or hand-lettering, and many more. We also do photography, and videography, like short documentaries. We just really like to create interesting material that tells a story and that makes a brand or project feel compelling.

And which is your ideal client at Kinlake?
Linda: We are really lucky because most of the time the people that come to us are actually our ideal clients! I think we have done a good job communicating about our philosophy. So the people who come to us also come for this particular reason. And often they are the right people for us. We love to work with start-ups, bloggers, people who make something by themselves – all these people inspire us creatively. Some people who come to work with us have actually embarked on a wild adventure of starting their own business or blog, and this is very exciting creatively: it allows us to start something very personal, from scratch, like a design or brand styling that is really going to fit perfectly with what they want to pursue. This allows us to also provide a bit of framework, such as useful tips & skills that can help someone to reach specific goals such as growing their audience or communicating a message.

What has been your favorite project so far?
Linda: That’s a hard question!
David: It always depends on the circumstances. Some projects are harder, some projects are easier, some are exciting from the beginning, and some make you more proud towards the end. Every project has a different story. It’s like relationships, each of it is unique. But I guess it’s fair to say that the best projects come from working with people who trust us and are eager to work with us!

What are the next projects you are working on?
Linda: We have been working on an e-shop called Afrolia , that is going to be launched by a very stylish woman of African origins. She is really cool and had been working very hard to launch this exciting startup. We like the concept of this project and she trusted us to work on her e-shop even if it was our first. We also designed her brand identity.
David: We are working on a series of video-documentaries for a magazine launched from the ecological party in Luxembourg, featuring local initiatives that work in a collaborative way. This project has allowed us to expand our videography skills even further.
Linda: We have also been working for some more projects, such as designing for new upcoming small businesses or bloggers.

So, to conclude about Kinlake: why people should come to you? Which competitive advantages are you giving to people if they are coming to you instead of to another agency?
Linda: We are pretty happy about the way we do things; We like the personal aspect behind it. This is from our perspective the most important thing: people who work with us, work directly with us and meet us in person. We are a small business and a friendly one: People can come into our home or meet us in a coffee shop, everything is casual as long as we “click” with someone – we don’t separate so much the business aspect and the personal aspect – they are very blended and I think people really appreciate that. We work with people as if they were our friends – of course there is a business transaction behind, but we try to give much more than that at the end.

Now, let’s mention also the other project you are involved, Orla Collective.
Linda: Orla Collective  is something that comes from our interest about living more ecologically. We became interested in a healthy lifestyle and greener choices. Living a happier lifestyle closer to our roots, without materialism. That inspired us a lot and we thought: are there people like that in Luxembourg? For sure there must be. The idea was to begin a blog – but was pointless doing it alone. I really feel that the more people are involved in a project, the more it can become a movement to spread the word. So we started out Orla Collective with this blog platform which is open for anybody to contribute. It works pretty well: Some people write about yoga, some people share healthy recipes, some people write about DYI. Just mindful living, in general. The idea is to accept anyone who is at least a bit interested in it and to make it as open and fun as possible.
David: The idea is to create a collaborative movement where everyone is welcome. It is about all the small things each and every of us does and to share these small things to make a better world.

So when did Orla Collective start and what does it include beside the blog?
Linda: We started in summer 2014. So now it has been a bit more than one year. At first we only had the blog, but six months later we did our first work-shop – we thought it would be cool to take the community from being online to offline and have people meet each other through those similar interests, in real life, though fun activities. We also organize brunches in collaboration with the girls from Ready, for example. Lots of new friendships are born this way, as the community truly comes together.

What are the next events that will be organized by Orla Collective?
Linda: Next event is a work-shop about DYI Christmas gifts – December 2nd. Then we will have a Christmas brunch on December 13th at Ready. You can have a look at our Orla Collective facebook page if you want to see more!

Moving ahead to your life in Luxembourg then, what is the place you love most in Luxembourg?
David: Well, because we live in Esch, our favourite place around here is the Ellergronn, in the nature.
Linda: Yes, this has a particular significance for us, it is the place where we go when we need to reinvent ourselves and refueled. Esch used to be the center of mining and metal industry – but surprisingly there is a lot of beautiful nature around. It is not as breathtaking like in the Haute Sure but it has its charm, actually because of the mining industry this all area is called Terre Rouges which means the red rocks, so when you walk in the forest you see the ground is red and you can feel the history of this place. That’s our feel good place.

And then what’s your favorite restaurant?
David:
I really like Mamacita. I think the quality of the food is nice, they are generous, it’s cool. I also really like the Mesa Tai Ji in Esch. The Beet restaurant in town and Amapura restaurant in the Station area in Luxembourg city are excellent for having yummy plant based food.
Linda: There are also a lot of nice Italian restaurants – there we would just take our parents. More cozy settings, like Notaro.
David: The truth is, though, that we don’t really go to restaurants that much anymore. We actually really like to cook at our place and experiment with food in our own kitchen.
Linda: The only place you can always find us is Ready coffee shop. It is not a restaurant – but the quality of a humble sandwich from this place is often better than an entire dish at a restaurant. When things are done with love, you can feel it.

And about nightlife, you have a favorite place where you go?
David: I guess that for the past 7 years, our nightlife is pretty scarce, we only have a few drinks with friends once in a while, with no real preference when it comes to the place really.
Linda: It is not to say we are not party animals, but going out at night isn’t really our thing, we actually prefer to invite people over at our place and party over here!

And what else you like about Luxembourg life?
Linda:
I personally like the fact that is small enough to make some good connections and it gives some more exposure to people trying to create their own business. You don’t get lost socially like in a big city.
David: I really like the fact we are really in the center of Europe, everything is well connected and close.

And what would you change or improve about Luxembourg?
Linda: It’s a small country, so things are a little bit behind, but at the same time there is the possibility to achieve things faster, because the people that are here tend to be well-inspired to make things happen. People can absorb inspirations from their travels, take them back here and create something. There are so many opportunities and space for new things to happen. Things like pressed fresh juices, food trucks.. that were not existing in Luxembourg until two years ago, are now growing fast, if done well. Lots of new business ideas can take advantage of that. It’s like planting a seed in very fertile soil!

Last question now: what is the best adjective for you to describe Luxembourg?
Linda: I would say fertile – here there will be a lot of opportunities for ideas to grow fast!

If you want to learn more about Linda and David and about their business and their projects, follow Kinlake and Orla Collective pages and meet them at next events at Ready.

Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people: Damien

Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people series is back. Today it’s the turn of Damien, a young entrepreneur who launched a new fashion store, specifically designed for Luxembourg market.

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Good Morning Damien and welcome at Barefoot in Luxembourg for a new episode of our series “Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people”, thank you for joining.

Let’s kick it off: Who are you? Can you introduce you briefly?

Hi Corie! My name is Damien, I come from a lovely and sunny town in the south west of France named Saint Jean-de-Luz. I live in Luxembourg for two years and I really enjoy the life here, sharing my time between my work at ShowStyle, my friends, travels or simply discovering beautiful places in the Grand Duchy.

Can you tell Barefoot in Luxembourg readers a bit more about the Show Style project?

ShowStyle genesis stemmed from a frustration… We are in the heart of Europe, connected to the world and every day we are attracted by new trends. But, when you live in Luxembourg, it is not so easy to find the article that fits perfect for you. The shopping offer is really small with some of the biggest groups that sell the same product all around the world and even online you have to pay a lot in shipping. So we decided to build our own site, with designers we like and match with our lifestyle, young, international, looking for quality and originality. The other important point was to ship for free and directly at your home. Today, we work with 50 designers coming mainly from Luxembourg, France and Belgium and we are always looking for new cool and talented brands.

Why people should buy on Show Style instead of in a boutique, a high-street shop or the usual online channels?

As I said before, you won’t find any products we have in Luxembourg and if you want to buy it in another site, you will pay for the shipping. That is a first point. Afterwards, most of the people are used to buy in H&M, Zara, Mango etc and I think ShowStyle is a very good complement. When you want a total look that is not only from “mainstream” channels, you can easily find original articles on ShowStyle that will give you a real plus and make your style different. More than just clothes, shoes or accessories, we promote designers that offer qualitative collections and share their identity, lifestyle and values through their creations.


What are the best three things about Show Style and what do you enjoy about working there?

The first one is the challenge, starting from scratch in a conservative market such as Luxembourg and reach its ambition. The second one is the relation we build with designers. Behind every designer present on ShowStyle, there is a team of young enthusiastic, talented and innovative people. It is really interesting to listen each stories and experiences they have. The third one is to see our clients wearing our products. As our designers are exclusive, it is real pleasure to see some clients in the streets feeling well with their products.

These three points make that I enjoy my work in ShowStyle, it is an adventure made on meetings, stories and passion.

Coming back to your Luxembourg background, you said how long have you been living in Luxembourg?

2 amazing years.

What is your most beloved place in the city?

The Konrad, just to spend some time in a peaceful place when it is cold outside or just having a walk in the Grund.

What is your favorite restaurant in Luxembourg?

More than a restaurant, I would talk about the bakery Beatriz in Bonnevoie. I just love it. For cheese and wine I really like La Cave à Fromages. That’s not restaurant but I like them 😉

What is your preferred night-life spot in Luxembourg?

Mmm, that is a very good question! It is really hard to highlight one spot when during a night I can change 10 times of place. I like all of them!

What do you like about Luxembourg life?

I like the friendly and international atmosphere and living in a capital that seems to be a small village.

What would you change or improve?

An airport with cheapest flights.

What is the best place you visited in a range of 200 km from the city and that you would suggest for a daily trip?

Not so far, I recommend a daily bike trip in the north of the country, closed to Haute Sûre Lake. It is very pleasant to discover these amazing landscape and feel cut off of the world just after some km. But in this period, I recommend to go to the Christmas market of Strasbourg that is also very nice. With friends or family, it is always a great time.

What is the best adjective to describe Luxembourg?

Cosmopolitan.

Check out ShowStyle website and Facebook page for having more information about Damien project and being the first to learn about discounts and event. Moreover, on Thursday 19th November, ShowStyle will sponsor the incredible Beaujolais after-work at Jakob’s House by MixInLux and you can meet and chat with Damien there!

Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people: Nico

Today Barefoot in Luxembourg meets  Nicolas, an enthusiastic US expat who will introduce us to some extremely cool vacations concepts- The Ski Week and The Yacht Week.

_OLI7718 -081015 - Olivier ToussaintHi Nico and welcome at Barefoot in Luxembourg. Can you introduce yourself: Who are you?
I am a California native who moved “inland” to Luxembourg in 2007. Most are curious as to why I am here, but honestly, I could not be any happier living in this cosmopolitan mecca. The sun might not shine as often here, but I am a quick flight to the Austrian or Swiss Alps as well as the Adriatic or Aegean Seas. I love being outdoors so sailing and going skiing are yearly rituals.

What are the best three adjectives to describe you?
Passionate, Energetic, Innovative… I am a forward thinking marketing professional who not only adapts, I seek to drive change.

Tell us a bit more about The Ski Week project and The Yacht Week project you are involved with.
Like many I love the sea, so in 2011 I gathered some friends and booked a boat with The Yacht Week. Our week of sailing the Greek Islands with 20 other boats with 100+ other like-minded professionals was life changing. The relationships I have made will be lifelong as there is an incredible bond made when sharing an adventure with someone. Since my first trip to Greece, I have done seven more in beautiful destinations like Croatia, Italy, Turkey and British Virgin Islands.

The Yacht Week is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2016. Last year they booked more than 1300 yachts. For 2016, bookings opened October 27th, and they already have 350 boats booked!

http://www.theyachtweek.com/

The Ski Week is similar to The Yacht Week… you gather your friends and prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime. Except, instead of sailing the sea, you are skiing together with a unique blend of young professionals from all around the world. With my love of skiing, I simply swapped salty waters with fresh snow and the party and it’s people move up to the mountains.

The Ski Week has sold out their Chamonix and Japan Week in January but there are still some rooms/cabins available for Austria and Aspen in March.

http://www.theskiweek.com/

Why should people join The Ski Week?
If you love being in the mountains and having fun activities planned throughout the course of the week, then The Ski Week is for you. You don’t even need to ski to enjoy it. Many people come just get some “fresh air” and party and socialize with others who have traveled from around the world. It really is a tremendous networking event.

How long have you been living in Luxembourg?
8 glorious years

What is your most beloved place in the city?
I recently moved in with my Fiancé to Bonnevoie and I am digging this neighborhood a lot.

What is your favorite restaurant in Luxembourg?
Mamacita
…. where I met my fiancé!

What is your preferred night-life spot in Luxembourg?
I really enjoy having drinks with friends at OCTANS.

What do you like about Luxembourg life?
Similar to The Yacht Week or The Ski Week, when I start a conversation with someone in Luxembourg, I am blown away by how international, educated and open-minded people are here. We are all expats navigating life, we just happen to be on Luxembourg Island at the moment.

What would you change or improve?
I wish we had Uber, so it would be easier and cheaper to move around. Web Taxi is okay for now.

What is the best place you visited in a range of 200 km from the city and that you would suggest for a daily trip?
Christmas is coming, so a trip to the Strasbourg Christmas Market is mandatory.

What is the best adjective to describe Luxembourg?
Open.

If you want to meet Nicolas or learn more about The Ski week, join TSW Luxembourg launch party this Friday at House 17.
Find more information here and confirm your attendance to info@house17.com.
Sailing in Croatia, can you spot th Luxembourg flag First Day Party in Poros, Greece Ski Week Party in Austria Take a little dip after skiing Nationalities unite in Austria Fun o nth slopes More bubbles pleas Night skiing in AUstria obertraun austria Fun with friends This summe rin Turkey Love of sailing Sailing in San Francisco, hometown

Official Opening of 1535 Creative Hub, Differdange, Luxembourg

On Friday evening, I attended the Official Opening of 1535 Creative Hub in Differdange. I have been already there for the Vintage Pop-Up store back during summer but it was still not completed, so it was great now to see the final result!
There was definitely a lot more people than I would expected and it was refreshing see so much interest for this kind of innovative concept – 1535 Creative Hub is a work space built in a former industrial area dedicated to creative minds. Stylists, designers, photographers, architects have their “office” here – scrolling down to the pictures you could understand how visionary is this concept.
I loved the opening evening event and I really hope they will organize more events for the public, as Luxembourg definitely needs such stimulating creative network.