Posts Tagged ‘New York’


May 6, 2011

Karianne Vermaas is a big fan of Petite Passport. Last week she went to New York with her father and together they discovered the new talk of the town: The Dutch

Most striking feature:

“The sign outside attracted my attention right away. The Dutch…would it be all about dutch treats such as bitterballen and frikadellen? Luckily it was all but that! The Dutch is an American restaurant, bar and oyster room and it is inspired by local cafés and bistros, as well as seaside shacks and roadside joints. Actually it represents the mix of cultural influences that make New York City so wonderful. The Dutch has a very comfortable atmosphere and definitely is hip without trying too hard to be the most happening place in town. Not a big surprise maybe, if you consider the fact that it’s the work of interior designers Roman & Williams (also known for their work at the Standard Hotel en the Ace Hotel). Loved the Skirt Steak Rollatini and my father enjoyed his Pecan Duck with Organic Dirty Rice very much. Breakfast, lunch and brunch are coming soon, they told us.”

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April 14, 2011

Stephanie Duval is the great mind behind 70% Pure – a fantastic blog based in Antwerp. Last week she travelled to New York and because I loved following her Tweets I asked her to write a piece about her hotel experience:

Most striking feature:

With a key card to one of its rooms comes the access to a world of fun and coolness. Whether you love hanging around in the lobby between the hipsters on their macbooks, standing in line for the world’s best coffee at Stumptown or slurping cocktails and oysters in the John Dory Oyster Bar: all of these treats are just steps away from your fabulous guest room. Which comes with a guitar, Smeg refrigerator, rad jersey bathrobes and woollen blankets, and wonderful bathroom products by Rudy’s Brand, by the way.

No, the Ace Hotel is not cheap, contrary to what some might claim. Even a bunk bed here comes at a price, but it’s nothing compared to what most of the other hip design hotels in Manhattan are charging. Besides, in my humble opinion, your buck is worth a lot more around here than anywhere else. Even the simple gratification of flashing your key card on a busy Friday night (when everyone – and I do mean everyone – wants to get in and hang at the bar), and gaining immediate entrance to the center of hip Manhattan is worth the splurge.

But be sure to save a little cash for spending at the annexed Project n°8 and Opening Ceremony stores: way cooler destinations for souvenirs than you’ll find anywhere else in town. Oh, and my favourite way of spending $5? The photo booth!

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April 6, 2011

I love a well stocked mini bar – especially with funny items in it. At the Ace Hotel in Portland I felt like home when they offered me Stroopwafels – a Dutch delight. The Morgans Hotel Group teams up with the School of Life and if you’re staying in one of their hotels you get this Minibar for the Mind set. In it you’ll find Conversation Starters (speaks for itself), Collective Thoughts (inspiring thoughts written down by members of the School of Life), Dreams & Fears Notebook and a set of really great pencils. I love it! Oh, you can also buy the set via their website for 40 euro.

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(Images via Selectism – a cool online men’s magazine)


March 21, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. To experience a new style restaurant concept. This restaurant changes every 30 days for the next 9 months.
  2. If you’re looking for a great restaurant in Downtown Manhattan.
  3. If you love black and white. For some colorblocking you have to find another spot.

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March 5, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re in SoHo
  2. If you’re in for a cup of coffee
  3. With something sweet next to it

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February 9, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re in for a British bite in New York
  2. If you’re in for something different every daily (their menu changes daily)
  3. If you’re looking for a place to eat in Chinatown

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(Images via Grand Life NYC – a blog worth following when you’re planning to go to NY)


January 21, 2011

New, new, new! Ace hotel and Standard hotel watch out: there’s a new kid in town. A Mexican kid. And you know about their laid back style: hammocks, design chairs, cool printed blankets. Mix it together with Grupo Habita and the coolest hotel in New York arrives (spring 2011). Even if I didn’t see any pictures yet, I already know that I want to go there! You?

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December 2, 2010

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re homesick (can’t imagine why in New York, but it is possible).
  2. If you love Dutch food like kroketten, bier or stroopwafels.
  3. If you’re happen to be in East Village.

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December 1, 2010

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re staying in the Ace Hotel and don’t want to go far for a decent lunch.
  2. If the Breslin (awarded with a Michelin Star) is fully booked.
  3. If you like seafood. Oysters anyone?

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Photo: Clay Williams on Flickr


October 17, 2010

First of all I like the simplicity of the design. Second of all I like their philosophy: who want to smell like everyone else? I mean I really like my Jean Paul Gaultier 2 fragrance but if someone else is wearing it, a part of the magic disappears. The same goes for your home. Isn’t it fabulous if your home, the place where you relax and be yourself (even without make-up and sweat pants on) smells like Paris? Well that’s where le Labo comes in. For example with Figue 15 (my favorite). The newest le Labo is located in London in Marylebone Village. But you can find shops worldwide.

Price: 50 euro. Check out: