Pop-Ups Around The World

Pop-ups, whether it be restaurants, bars, stores or events, have become a worldwide trend in the past years. The concept is that these utilize unused spaces for special events that last a few hours, weeks or some even become permanent establishments due to their popularity.

Read on to discover my current pop-up recommendations!

1. Diner en Blanc

http://dinerenblanc.info

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This invite-only elegant picnic event founded in Paris is held in 25 cities around the world, aiming to “recall the elegance and glamour of court society”. It is usually held at a secret yet popular city landmark which is revealed on the night of the event. All dressed in white, diners are treated to an unforgettable experience, where each brings their own table and a 3 course meal.

The night is full of good food, great company, live music and sparkles. The event only happens once a year in each city, so keep checking their website for when it’s coming to yours! For invites please contact me.

2. Clubhouse Jose Ignacio

http://oasiscollections.com/clubs/clubhouse-jose-ignacio

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Punta del Este in Uruguay is often referred to the St Tropez of South America, becoming one of the chicest places to vacation in the southern-hemisphere summer.

Oasis, a luxury rental company, launched the members-only Clubhouse Jose Ignacio in December 2013 and is open select dates through to April. Reserve one of their guest rooms to enjoy sunset drinks, daily pool parties, guest DJs and an exclusive beach front.

3. The Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop

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This year’s New York Fashion Week will welcome a Marc Jacobs pop up shop where customers will not be able to pay in dollars but rather with their use of the hashtag #MJDaisyChain across social media.

The shop will open February 7 to 9 in Soho, New York. Visit to enjoy a comfortable lounge with food, drinks and accessory giveaways throughout the day.

4. The Pop-Up Hotel

http://thepopuphotel.com

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Pop-ups are not limited to restaurants or events. The Pop-Up Hotel tours Britain, following the most popular festivals, retreats and events. It’s best described as glamorous camping, offering services which you may expect in boutique hotels.

For those of you attending the Glastonbury festival in June, be sure to consider this hotel as an accommodation option!

5. Yoshi Bar

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Students in Seian University of Art and Design in Japan have created a space out of reed grass for them to meet up in the campus. It’s abstract design is such that it is highly portable and recyclable, and was put together in only two days.

Pop-ups appear and disappear quickly so keep yourself updated on what’s going on in sites like http://popuprepublic.com or your city’s Time Out magazine. Have you been to any pop-ups?

8 Markets Not To Miss in London

Markets are a characteristic trait of London. There are many different ones to explore throughout the city and are great for wandering around during the weekend. Below are my recommendations of the ones you shouldn’t miss out on:

1. Borough Market

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Highly popular Borough market is great for a lunch bite or grocery shopping. You can find all kinds of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, condiments and specialized ingredients.

Although there are a quite a few food establishments in the market, I suggest eating from the food carts which are lined up on the side of the market. You can get anything from oysters to Argentine empanadas.

2. Portobello Road Market

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Also known as Notting Hill market, Portobello Road has been a market since the 1800s. It is popular for its antiques but you can find anything from groceries to vintage clothes, cool posters and used clothes.

I love having a coffee or a glass of wine here. Another great recommendation is visiting the Electric, one of the oldest working cinemas in the UK. The seats are leather couches with foot rests and you can get cocktails, beers and snacks before the movie starts. Isn’t this a great combination?!

3. Columbia Road Flower Market

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I must admit this market was a late discovery but one I quickly grew fond of. Columbia Road market offers a plethora of plants and flowers in East London. It’s surrounding shops offer gardening tools too.

A tip is to go later in the afternoon around 2pm as prices are slashed up to half! There are some great deals, whether you want a bunch of flowers or a larger potted plant.

4. Covent Garden

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In the middle of central London lies Covent Garden, located in the iconic Market Building. You can stroll down the stalls and watch live performers around the plaza. Just recently Paul McCartney played an impromptu concert in Covent Garden. The multi-city event Diner en Blanc also organized their first ever London dinner in this plaza, which I was fortunate to attended.

As it’s centrally located, you can do your shopping around the area, grab lunch or coffee in Covent Garden and stroll the market stalls whilst at the same time, do some people watching.

5. Old Spitalfields Market

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Known for its independent designer stalls, here you can find anything from unique clothing items to art and food. After having shopped and eaten, head over to the clubs and bars in Shoreditch which are just down the road.

I loved the diversity of designers I found in this market. After having moved out of Argentina, I met an Argentine jewelry maker who I bought a gorgeous necklace from. Similarly, you find fashion students and independent artists selling their unique designs.

6. Camden Market

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Camden market offers about 100 shops and stalls throughout. This market has an alternative feel to it and you can find a mix of vintage, funky and emerging designer fashion.

Don’t miss out on visiting the Cyberdog store, which is a unique shop that offers futuristic and fluorescent fashion at the beat of trance music in the background.

7. Brixton Village Market

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This is the ultimate place for eating on a budget in South London. There are a vast number of small restaurants offering Thai food, one of the best oven pizzas in the UK, hand made Chinese dumplings and more.

Nothing beats a Sunday lunch at Brixton Village Market, where you can go food hopping from one small joint to the other with a small group of friends.

8. Brick Lane Market

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Last but not least, Brick Lane market spreads across various streets in East London. Here you can find all kinds of vintage clothes, second hand furniture and anything else you can imagine!

I love eating here, particularly Indian food as it’s London’s largest and most famous enclave of Indian eateries. I would also suggest stopping by a shisha bar for a break.

What other markets in London do you like?

Best closed door restaurants in Argentina

Having lived two years in Argentina, dining out was definitely at the top of my list of guilty pleasures. Buenos Aires was the first city where I encountered the ever growing phenomenon of closed door restaurants. The concept typically consists of a dinner party with strangers and a fixed course menu. The setting is usually at the chef’s home, which makes the experience an intimate one. Here are my top recommendations for closed door restaurants in Argentina:

1. Casa Mun, Mendoza

http://www.chefmun.com

One of my favorites, Casa Mun offers it’s guests Asian and Argentine fusion cuisine. Located in the popular wine region of Mendoza, the restaurant offers 40 seats with a splendid view of the vineyards in Bodega Casarena.

I initially went to this closed door restaurant when it recently opened in Buenos Aires, and have enjoyed seeing it grow in popularity over the last years. Chef Mun is a delight to dine with and the quality of ingredients and wine pairings he chooses are exquisite.

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2. Casa Coupage, Buenos Aires

http://www.casacoupage.com

Located in the buzzling streets of the Palermo neighborhood in Buenos Aires, this small restaurant is easy to miss due to the lack of a visible sign in the entrance. Ran by it’s two owners Santiago and Ines, this small installment is cozy and provides high quality food.

I recommend getting the fixed menu with the wine pairings to make the best of this visit. The sommelier is highly knowledgeable and the service is spectacular.

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3. Aramburu, Buenos Aires

http://www.arambururesto.com.ar

This tiny jewel in San Telmo is the only restaurant in Argentina that offers molecular cuisine. Recently, it was featured as one of the top 50 restaurants in Latin America and isn’t short of awards won.

Aramburu is a great restaurant to experience something new in dining. The small individual tables make this the perfect warm and exclusive setting for a date. I thoroughly enjoyed trying something new – Aramburu was the perfect place for that!

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4. Cocina Sunae, Buenos Aires

http://www.cocinasunae.com

Chef Christina Sunae combines her experience from the Philippines and New York to bring to the table an authentic flavor from Southeast Asia. She serves this food from the comfort of her home in Colegiales, which is open from Wednesday to Saturday every week.

I loved dining at Cocina Sunae, especially when I craved spicy Asian food, which is sometimes difficult to find in Argentina. Her cozy environment makes it perfect to dine with a small group of friends.

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5. Casa Felix, Buenos Aires

http://www.colectivofelix.com/casa-felix

This Chacarita neighborhood restaurant in Buenos Aires opens up it’s doors a few months a year to offer it’s guests a pescetarian menu to a maximum of 15 diners at a time. The fixed menu offers the best of Latin American spices and ingredients in a 5 course meal that can include wine pairings.

Casa Felix was my first closed door restaurant dining experience. I found the ambience is ideal to get to know other people who have a passion for great food.

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So there you go! My top 5 closed door restaurants in Argentina. What is yours?