With such a picture, text is useless. Not that the photograph is particularly gifted ( indeed I really am not ), but the conditions were simply perfect that week end back in March 2013. Less then an hour drive from geneva airport lies the very charming ski resort of Manigod – croix fry. It was my first time there. I rented a small chalet in the Hotel de la croix Fry, which is the first one you can guess on the picture. Fantastic breakfast and food, extremely welcoming owners, and very reasonable pricing ( 165€ per night with breakfast included ). This is really my first 2013 gem. Please don’t tell anyone ! And book now for the 2014 powder season !

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With such a picture, text is useless. Not that the photograph is particularly gifted ( indeed I really am not ), but the conditions were simply perfect that week end back in March 2013. Less then an hour drive from geneva airport lies the very charming ski resort of Manigod – croix fry. It was my first time there. I rented a small chalet in the Hotel de la croix Fry, which is the first one you can guess on the picture. Fantastic breakfast and food, extremely welcoming owners, and very reasonable pricing ( 165€ per night with breakfast included ). This is really my first 2013 gem. Please don’t tell anyone ! And book now for the 2014 powder season !

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Possibly the best place in London to enjoy Japanese food ! Subtile, aerial, light, super fresh, colourful, surprising, no soy sauce, casual chic….. A pure moment of joy !

House in José Ignacio – Uruguay

Hi ADV readers. It’s been some time since my last post. And possibly 2 years since the last one covering our passion for Uruguay. We escaped from the freezing Europe a couple of days ago and did settle in the little village of José Ignacio for a couple of weeks. So we should have a bit more time to share our best meals, places to stay and visit, local farmers….To start with find below a picture taken yesterday of one of the latest house built in the Village. Which is not the one we are renting ! ;-) More to come. Stay tuned.

Thank you Art de Vivre readers !

My dear readers,

Despite a very poor performance from my side ( only 6 posts in 2011 ) you have been more then 1500 people reading my modest contribution to the “Art de vivre” passion we all share. And I want to thank you very much for your trust, your loyalty and your valuable comments or feedback.

2012 is set to be another exciting year on our side. With several projects going on. So hopefully I’ll be more productive and you’ll have more stuff to read and discover.

Let me also wish you a superb 2012. Like each year passing, there will be some painful or sad moments. But for sure, there will be loads of opportunities to laugh, gather, travel, cook, eat, drink, discover, dream and enjoy the simplest things life has to offer. So let’s collectively focus on those and forget about the rest ! ;-)

All the best for this new 2012 chapter.

Benoît @ADV

Thyme at Southrop Manor, a cotswolds dream

We are just back from two days spent in the Cotswolds, 90 miles away from busy London. Count 1h30 mn at best to get there. More likely to be 2h as getting out of London can be quite challenging. But the reward is worth it. Many small immaculate villages, beautiful landscapes, a handful of bed and breakfast’s and hotels to choose from and some very interesting gastro pubs and restaurants flourishing here and there. No really, this is an easy journey for any Londoner and one you can’t escape from if you need a bit of fresh air !

We did stay at the Thyme southrop manor estate which is an old barn entirely restored and turned into a cooking school, some luxury suites and cottages, some facilities where corporations can run offsite meetings or seminars (  needless to say this latter was not really our first driver ! ) and a gastro pub next door called The Swan where we had all our lunches and dinners. A simple but anthentic cuisine, ran by a very welcoming family. Within seconds, you will feel at home. The place is very cosy and we have been lucky enough to enjoy our latest treat next to the centuries old fireplace. Not a luxury after a walk in the freezing countryside with our 4 months old baby.

Unfortunately we could not attend any cooking class as the resident chef ( like DJ’s but for gastronomy ) was off. But for the food freaks please find the next months classes program here for download. In between others, a very interesting session planned for March the 17th of 2012 with guest chef José Pizzaro who just opened his own restaurant in East London.

With our very young baby, we have not been able to do much more then feeding him. And feeding us during those two days break. But I am sure there is much more to be seen and discovered in the wonderful Cotswolds. So please share with us your secret spots and hidden gems ! And make sure to take a deep breath of fresh air before to head back to the city which never stops !

Benoît for Art de vivre !

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