The Russell Hotel - Sydney, Australia
Situated in The Rocks area of Sydney, in a beautifully restored historic building, The Russell Hotel invites guests to relax and unwind in a welcoming atmosphere, steps away from the city’s major attractions. This small boutique hotel has only 30 rooms, each individually decorated with period furniture and fine fabrics to reflect the property’s character and its 1887 origins. A wonderful mix of craft beers, tapa-style menus and Australian wines is served in the hotel’s characterful Push Bar & Restaurant.
Chalet iGloo - Morzine, France
Gorgeously situated in Les Nantes, Morzine, the delightful Chalet iGloo provides not only convenient access to Morzine’s lively center and the ski slopes, but also an immaculate fusion of style, comfort and sophistication. It has 4 extremely spacious master suites appointed with chic Alpine-style décor, elegant bathrooms and magnificent mountain views, as well as a cool children’s bunk room, offering luxury accommodation for up to 11 (8+3) guests. An eye-catching collection of artworks and an exclusive wine cellar add to the chalet’s state-of-the-art spa and entertaining facilities, transforming this mountain home into a veritable luxury retreat.
Kristiania - Lech, Austria
A luxury boutique hotel with the feel of an intimate private home, Kristiania Lech welcomes visitors into a splendid museum-like setting in one of Austria’s most exclusive ski resorts. From Viennese Art Nouveau to colorful African-style décor, each of the residence’s 29 bedrooms features a different theme which dazzles the mind with its heady mixture of vintage and modern. A dazzling collection of lounges and dining venues and an array of exclusive services ensure your luxurious vacation in Lech is not only filled with art, but also postcard-perfect.
It’s impossible to pinch a taco or bite down on a burger these days without bumping into a camera-wielding gastrogeek. All across the world, fancy restaurants glow with the flash of DSLRs as the Yelp generation attempts to catalog and broadcast every last calorie that passes its lips. Chefs mash their teeth and hungry friends wait, exasperated, as their buddy with the iPhone art directs a dish right back to room temperature.
I’m as guilty as anyone. I’ve never been much for scenery shooting or portraiture, but it’s been years since I’ve eaten something interesting that I didn’t first photograph. When I returned from a recent trip to Asia and tried to put together a little slideshow for family and friends, I realized I only had a few pictures of people or places I crossed along the way. What I did have was a 5GB library detailing every last bite from the Far East: noodles of every size and shape submerged in murky broths, street skewers made of animals untold bathed in smoke and char, Tweezer-constructed towers of wild leaves and exotic proteins.
Much has been made of the food photography phenomenon and its impact on the dining scene, but we’ll save that debate for another date. (In the meantime, I will say this: turn off your damn flash! No decent amateur food photo has ever emerged from the harsh glare of a flash bulb. Everyone—fellow diners, chefs, your Twitter followers—will thank you.) Today, we are joining the masses of dish-documenting food obsessives and announcing the beginning of Roads & Kingdoms’ Instagram account.
This account will be primarily dedicated to the dark and lusty charms of foodporn—a special place to go to get the blood flowing. Expect a globe-spanning selection of dishes both high brow and low, haute and humble, from the starched linens of the world’s most innovative restaurants to the low-riding plastic stools of a sweaty Asian street corner. There will be the occasional non-food item on display—a sunset, say, or animals that look like global leaders—but by and large R&K’s Instagram will be a pixelated celebration of the edible world. As much as we love to arouse appetites, in our most lucid moments, we hope the R&K Instagram feed will be a place to come to learn how to eat better.
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