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Welcome to a world of travel, entertainment and culture, curated from a global collective of writers, photojournalists and artists. Each article of our award-winning magazine is sure to inspire, no matter which of our destinations you call home.

April 2015

Wall and Keogh, Dublin

Portobello, just a stone’s throw from the city-centre, was rejuvenating and attracting a hip young crowd. Oliver too wanted to create “an alternative to the pub. A place where people could hang out, get a bite to eat, play music, read and meet friends”. Alongside the café, the wholesale side flourished, with Wall & Keogh now supplying many of Ireland’s premiere food retailers


Taste of Barcelona - Pulpo Con Escalibada at El Betlem

Originally opened in 1892, El Betlem has survived two wars, dictatorships, globalisation and the era of fast food and big shopping centres. It has done this by combining classic flavours with modern cuisine. After five years of managing El Betlem as a traditional deli, its owner and chef, Victor Ferrer Galán, decided to transform it into a gastro bar, while maintaining the authenticity of the food

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The Pierre, New York

Opened in 1930, The Pierre has built a reputation as one of New York’s grand properties, with notable guests including Elizabeth Taylor and Yves Saint-Laurent. Overlooking Central Park and featuring a stately exterior and ornate public spaces, The Pierre offers a taste of old New York with subtle touches honouring the Indian heritage of Taj Hotels Resorts And Palaces, the group that acquired the hotel a decade ago


Palermo, Buenos Aires

When Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges lived in quiet, suburban Palermo at the beginning of the 20th century, he could scarcely have imagined what it would turn into. Now, everyone wants in on Palermo, a once run-down neighbourhood where independent fashion designers, daring chefs and bearded barbers clamour for commercial space in graffiti-covered buildings and crumbling mansions


Lunch with Jo Nesbø at Aymara, Oslo

Kaye Martindale talks to best-selling Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø over scallops, monkfish and a pisco sour at his friend’s Oslo restaurant, Aymara. She says: “We are in Aymara, a finely realised restaurant, named after the native Aymara people of the Andean region of South America. Every detail has been carefully tended to in order to ensure the perfect balance between Mayan aesthetics and contemporary style"

Lunch WithLunch With

Raffles Makati, Manila

The 32-suite Raffles Makati is located in the highly developed financial centre of Manila, Makati, within walking distance of the popular Greenbelt Shopping Centre and a 10-minute taxi ride from the bars and restaurants of Bonifacio Global City. Raffles’ elegant Junior Suite is a combination of classic style and contemporary comfort, with a predominantly neutral colour palette set off by dark wood floors


Terria Patagonia, Chile

Nestled on the shore of Lake Sarmiento, on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, it’s hard to distinguish the Tierra Patagonia resort, built entirely from indigenous lenga wood, from the surrounding landscape. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the minimalist rooms and the cavernous restaurant-cum-lounge frame awe-inspiring views of the Paine Massif, while indigenous wildlife such as guanacos and rheas (Patagonian ostriches) stroll past


Friends Avenue Cafe, Dubai

The menu at Friends’ Avenue Café features a fresh blend of Australian, English and European favourites, all competitively priced. The carefully selected breakfast menu features a wide variety of dishes, ranging from brioche French toast to the Friends’ Breakfast Board, which incorporates sautéed mushrooms, smoked salmon, asparagus, tomato confit, two poached eggs, feta cheese, pesto and toasted rye

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