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JILL BLISS

As you may have noticed, I’m really inspired by art prints.
My first year learning carpentry gave me a huge desire to do more manual things .
I realized that I totally got the wrong studies !!! But it’s never too late so I think I’ll take other evening courses.
Now, wherever I go, I analyse the architecture, the materials, the structures.
I want to draw, to sculpt, to create concepts. I hope I’ll catch my dream !
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That personal introduction was to tell you about a girl I ♥♥♥.
Her name is Jill Bliss.
She’s a young artist/ photographer/ writer/ designer/ naturalist (!) specialized in Salish Sea (Pacific NW Islands).
She does magnificient drawings and paintings and she has commercialized stationeries, notebooks & notecards with her drawings.
It’s really poetic and it makes me dream about doing the workshops & retreats with her.
I love to watch new pictures everyday on her Instagram account of what inspire her.
And I love that you can do the parallel between what she sees and her work.
Jill…hope to see you on the 2015 retreat !
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CLAIRE NEREIM

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Lately, I discovered Claire Nereim wonderful work.
She’s an artist based in L.A. and she’s exploring connections between art and design.
She’s best know for her fuits and vegetables ink calendars.
There are also some flowers versions -my favorites-, but they were not available anymore…
I love the simplicity of her drawing style. I love that there’s no month written, only numbers.
I couldn’t resist to buy one for home, and I long to purchasenew ones.
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ENRICO BERNARDO

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I lately have the chance to meet Enrico Bernardo.
He won the Best Sommelier of the World title in 2004 and has two restaurants and a wine shop in Paris.
I firstly knew the shop Champagne & Vins in Odeon where you can get very good advices if you’re not a wine specialist but you can do the difference between a good one and a second-rate.
I’m always walking in this area but now that I’m learning carpentry, my eyes were immediately caught by this wooden-structure cellar.
I’ve always been interested in good products and meeting the makers, so it was a beautiful opportunity to meet the man behind this high quality selection of champagnes & wines.
After a few emails, we finally met at The Goust, one of his restaurants.
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What you may know…
At only 16 years old, Enrico Bernardo was elected Best Chef in Europe, then Best Sommelier in Italy.
His master and mentor was Giuseppe Vaccarini (Best Sommelier of the World in 1978). He discovered the profession with him.
He keeps a strong souvenir of their first time in a restaurant in Milan; Giuseppe was able to guess all the wines served, he could even knew how they’ve been conserved !
M. Bernardo held a series of trainings and at only 22 years old became the Chef Sommelier au Clos de la Violette in Aix-en-Provence.
A year later, he got a proposal from the prestigious Hôtel Georges V to be the Chef Sommelier of the restaurant Le Cinq.
There, he had carte blanche to build a wine cellar of 60 000 bottles (30 000 to sell/ 30 000 to stock).
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In 2007, he finally opened his own table, Il Vino.
On the menu ? Only wines. Then, the head waiter chooses what go best with your wine.
The idea was to place the wine as the main actor. The Chef, José Manuel Miguel, was not a superstar. The decor is uncluttered and the wine is highlighted as a solid-value.
Wine makes people happier. A lot of couples come here after their work and at the end of their dinner, we can notice a smooth ambiance. It’s a very cosy place.

The first year of its opening, the place gets one Michelin Star. The consecration ?
Not really. It was a great recognition for the all team but I’m never satisfied ! I always think I could have done better ! But it’s the proof that passion pays.
I work with passionate people. Not only in food, their interests go from tennis to desserts. That’s a team’s destiny.

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In 2012, the shop Champagne & Vins opens in Odeon.
(Don’t hesitate to go there if you want good advices or rare champagnes & wines at good price. Ugo is very helpful and if you like mineral champagne -with fine bubbles-, go for a Pierre Gimonnet, my favourite!..).
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In 2013, Enrico Bernardo created Le Goust (1 Michelin Star*) which offers a Mediterranean-inspired gastronomy where you choose your dish and the sommelier the wine !
This place was created to answer the demand of clients who wanted to opt themselves for their dishes.
The menu changes every 2 months and we work with seasonal products. The Chef is totally free to cook according to his inspirations.

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Do you have a purchasing policy ?
E.B. : Impulse purchases are my motivation. I yet try to buy 20% of new wines every year.
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Which wine book would you advise for someone who wants to learn by his own ?
E.B. : The World Atlas of Wine by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson because you have a general approach. You can also find little books during Wine Fairs that explain easily the different AOC, variety of vines, regions…
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What look do you take on World Wines ?
E.B. : In France, there’s a tradition as well as in Italy. But today, you can find very good wines from Europe : Austria, Hungary, Portugal and Germany especially. But also in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Argentina’s wine quality was climbing a few years ago, but now Chile overtakes the position in South America. And California has improved a lot its wine quality. They gained world recognition.
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According to you, what’s a good wine ?
E.B. : It’s a permanent questioning. You have to stay awake. A good wine always have a mystery touch.
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To what notions do you match wine ?
E.B. : To meetings. Wine is a simple means to meet new opportunities : a wine-grower, a vineyard, a local cooking…
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If you should keep a single bottle. Which one would it be ?
E.B. : It would be a Château Margaux 1928. If I die tomorrow, I hope I could drink a bottle before !
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M. Bernardo has kindly accepted this interview. He also invited me to lunch in his company at the Goust. Here are a few pictures…
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Mise en bouche : Purée de choux-fleur et gelée de persil. Écume de haddock fumé

Servi avec : Champagne Brut Bruno Roulot (délicieux!)

Entrée : Tartare de thon rouge espagnol, mayonnaise de wasabi, œuf et coulis de mangue

Servi avec : Weissburgunder Pauly Mosel 2013

Plat : Suprême de volaille bourbonnaise au yuzu et caviar Baeri du printemps, ravioles farcies à la cuisse de poulet et au foie gras, mûres, écume de cacahuètes

Servi avec : Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Domaine des Beaumont

*** Fromage : Comté ***


Dessert : Millefeuille chocolat-vanille, framboises et sorbet à la noix de coco

Servi avec : Moscato d’Asti Giorgio Pelissero 2013

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This sumptuous lunch was perfect.
My preferences went to the Champagne Bruno Roulot
served with the appetizer, the tuna tartare :  so fresh !, the chicken & foie gras ravioles : wonderful!!, the Gevrey-Chambertin red wine and the Comté (I’m sorry I didn’t take a picture, I totally forgot, it was with salty grains inside…Delicious !).

If you’re looking for a good restaurant in Paris, you won’t be disappointed !

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HER

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This movie is a magical moment.
I didn’t heard about the story so the theme was a surprise (a good one!) and the actors are in the right.
The aesthetic is perfect, the colors are perfect, Scarlett’s voice is perfect when she sings The Moon Song, so cute..
I love the kind of clothes people are wearing, especially Joaquin Phoenix : yellow old school shirts, orange + purple (good combo, I think I’ll try a version) and there’s a latent poetry from the beginning to the end.
It is such a good movie.
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Tas-ka

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Lately I’ve been obsessed with patterns and subtle prints.
Not only on clothes, but also for home.
I think I’ll get the “lommer grey” duvet cover by Dutch brand Tas-ka
They have a great blog you can visit here.
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EnormousChampion

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New beautiful whale notecards from Etsy’s Enormous Champion.
♥ the relief and the texture…
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PetitePapeterie

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I love to write letters.
So I’m happy I discovered this shop on Etsy.
PetitePapeterie makes vintage inspired papercraft.
You’ll find subtle drawings, they ship internationally and they offered me a few stickers more !
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