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Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing Summer

It’s a strange time, isn’t it? Since many of us have been in quarantine and practicing social distancing, it’s truly the little joys that make this difficult time more manageable. From making sweets in the kitchen, to trying a new bottle of wine or cracking open a warm and nostalgic book… it’s the little, simple things that can turn any day into a sunnier one.

No matter what way you look at it, our lives as we know it have all completed changed from the wake of COVID-19. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite items that are bringing us so much joy and happiness during quarantine.

Face Masks By Artisans

Buying a face mask seems all too normal nowadays. But why not invest in one that can help an artist through these tough times? We love these 100% cotton masks made by Project Runway Alum Jennifer Diederich. Made in NYC, these masks are playful, feature a pocket for a filter and a bendy nose piece to mold the mask to your face. Plus, Jennifer’s mask profits go towards more materials for donated masks!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Closet Additions That Support Black Businesses

Without a doubt, this unprecedented time has made us evaluate where we choose to spend and the power that lies in our wallets. We’re focusing on supporting black businesses in all avenues right now – apparel, accessories, restaurants and more. Making it a priority to support and increase the visibility of incredible black creators, designers and entrepreneurs is something we will be continuing to do in the months ahead. Nía Thomas’s eco-conscious apparel line has us swooning. Each piece is crafted intentionally with sustainability in mind. We’re obsessed with this handwoven cotton jute skirt, paired with this azul colored ceramic bra – the perfect pairing for hotter days ahead. And you can bet that on any given day we’ll be strutting our stuff with Nia’s lightweight silk and cotton palazzo pant with side slit and attached cross body bag in one! Each piece feels incredibly special and bolsters our confidence with their bold design.

Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing Summer

Fun Bamboo Plates For Summer Picnics

With social distancing measures still in place this summer, we have one thing on our minds… outdoor picnics! Times spent outside in the beautiful warm weather is meant to be treasured – especially after a long quarantine. This set of light, bamboo plates have the most adorable terrazzo pattern and are the perfect size for salads, desserts or whatever you’re serving. We’ll be packing them up in our bags to meet up with our gal pals in the park as much as possible!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing Summer

Boy Smells Candle

There’s nothing more special than a candle that makes you feel oh so calm and collected. Especially during a crazy situation as this! We’re obsessing over Boy Smells’ LES Scented Candle – inspired by NYC’s eclectic and cool Lower East Side. (We miss being able to explore your every nook and corner New York!) With scents of blackcurrant, peach blossom, pear and cedar – we’ll be lighting this candle to get a whiff of the outdoors when we can’t be outside in the springtime air!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Fashion That Gives Back

Our wishlists on our favorite online shopping stores are ever growing nowadays. But, we’re always happy to know our money is going towards something really important right now. We’re obsessed with Industry Standard’s special edition cotton NYC tee with our custom embroidery because 50% of all sales go to the NYC Fund for Public Health in their efforts fighting COVID-19. There is really nothing more special than knowing our money is going towards supporting public health organizations that have saved endless lives.

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Plush Cotton and Bamboo Towels

It feels like the little things really help us through social distancing and being cooped up at home. For example, treating ourselves to a long, warm bath at the end of the day! No spa-like experience is complete without plush towels, right? That’s why these plush Egyptian cotton hand towels with bamboo rayon are our go-to in our bathroom! They’re absorbent as they come and are thick, plush and can handle any sort of self-care product that crosses its path! We love how thick and luxurious they feel!

La Colombe Cold Brew Coffee

What’s a girl to do without her daily run to the local coffeeshop? We’ve discovered that having the perfect, smooth blend of cold brew in the fridge fills that void! La Colombe’s Cold Brew Coffee is our absolute favorite coffee to have stocked up. Silky, strong and totally convenient… their cold brew chilled cans are fresh-roasted and double-filtered for the smoothest, cleanest sip. Quarantine mode won’t have us un-caffeinated – that’s for sure! PS we’re giving away coffee and Dame Traveler books to healthcare workers. Click here to nominate your healthcare heroes!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Olive & June’s Manicure Kit

Quarantine’s got nothing on our mani game with Olive & June’s adorable Everything Box! Inside is literally everything you could ever need for a killer manicure or pedicure at home. From six of their beautiful nail colors (that you can choose from!), their iconic universal polish bottle handle, cuticle cream, nail polish remover pot, brushes, clippers – this box will get any gal’s nails back in tip top shape. It’s the little things like this that make us happy right now!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Observation Journal

While in quarantine and practicing social distancing, we’ve all had to face unusual circumstances and difficult changes. For many of us, keeping in touch with our inner dialogue and the world around us is one way to practice self care and mental wellness. We couldn’t love Baronfig’s Observation Journal more for its open-ended prompts that encourage us to set aside time to be present, reflect and observe. Made in collaboration with artist Shantall Martin – this journal is filled with 375+ bite sized prompts that get us thinking, make us appreciative and really check in with ourselves and the world around us right now!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Blue Light Filtering Glasses

It seems like social distancing has made us more and more reliant on our screens, hasn’t it? Between Zoom conferences, FaceTime happy hours and scrolling social media – it’s time to protect our eyes from the strain that comes from blue light. Our eyes simply weren’t made to handle this amount of screen time! We’re always excited to grab our cute Felix Gray Blue Light Filtering glasses. They protect us from headaches, blurry vision, tired eyes and trouble sleeping and we love that the lenses are anti-reflective too!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Classic Tennis Sneakers

Whether you’re meeting up with friends for a social distance picnic outdoors or going on a daily solo walk around your neighborhood, slip on a pair of classic tennis sneakers to look effortlessly put together! Superga’s Cotu sneakers are chic for any sort of small excursion you have in mind. We love these Italian-made, beloved rubber-soled sneakers worn by Europeans everywhere. There’s a reason they’re called “the people’s shoe of Italy” – they’re easy to wear, sporty, comfortable and wear-resistant too! We may not be able to hop on a plane to Italy right now, but slipping these on make us reminiscent of our time there!

Webcam Cover

With the rise of people staying home to social distance, unfortunately comes with a rise of cyber security issues. Keep yourself safe by keeping your web cam discretely covered when you’re not Zooming with co-workers, friends and family.

Chic Loungeware

There’s nothing like slipping on a beautiful little something while lounging around at home. No offense to our favorite sweatpants, but it’s time for something a little more refined. This chic, ivory slip dress with scalloped edges has the perfect, relaxed fit. We’ll be popping it on while relaxing at home or dress it up with summery wedges and accessories for picnics and outdoor seating at restaurants!

The Dame Traveler Book

Covid-19 has completely disrupted the world as we know it across all industries – travel being one of the most impacted. As travelers, we certainly are going to miss adventure this summer while practicing social distancing. So, what’s a girl to do? Take part in armchair exploration! We’re very proud of our very first hardback cover book filled with the brave, courageous women in our community around the globe. Dame Traveler: Live The Spirit Of Adventure” celebrates the diversity and bravery of women from around the world who are not afraid to think (and live) outside the box. Inside you’ll find endless inspiration for trips around the world, inside tips, beautiful photographs and safety tips too!

Items Bringing Us Joy During Quarantine

Stay Cool with this Vintage Fan

As the summers get hotter and hotter, there’s nothing like a cool looking fan to keep you cool while social distancing indoors. We absolutely love this powerful and gorgeous, vintage inspired fan.

Self Care Products

We might not be out and about as much as we used to be before Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean that beauty and self-care isn’t a priority! We’re obsessed with Indulge Craft Kit by äz Craft Luxury Haircare products. Each are luxurious upgrades to the essential items we love using day in and day out. Between the shampoo, conditioner and the Remedy Restorative masque (our fave!) these hair products have our locks feeling nourished, strengthened and cared for.

Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing Summer

Coconut Water Mist

Sulfate free and plant-based ingredients for less scalp irritation and a healthy moisture to get your hair through the humid days without having to use hair styling tools, reducing the heat exposure to your hair. Just spray this inexpensive and natural coconut water and go!

Small Yet Mighty Hair Dryer

Our favorite Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer has feeling light as a feather and ready to go (even if that means we’re just heading to the closest park this summer)! This ultra light hair dryer is faster, lighter and quicker than any other hair dryer we’ve ever used. Weighing in at less than one pound, it’s ergonomically designed and whisper soft – perfect for a packing once we’re at a safer place in the world too! We love that it features 12-heat and speed setting for all hair types and its ion technology for frizz-fair, shinier hair.

Items Bringing Us Joy During Social Distancing Summer

Improve Gum Health

I don’t know about you but I’ve been living and enjoying the slower pace of life lately and since I have more time, I decided to add another product to my routine. The PerioSciences AO Gel is an incredibly unique and useful tool that helps improve the appearance and health of your gums . It’s a natural product with essential oils and anti-oxidants but the best part? No harsh chemicals. It also comes in a Oral Care System!

Here’s hoping that these items bring joy to your quarantine and social distancing summer. We’re wishing you all health and happiness during this difficult time!

Pack Perfect Reviews What to Pack

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

For the jet setter, a tropical escape is just a plane ride way… but in the meantime we’re anxiously awaiting warmer days! From the essential travel blanket that’s sure to keep you cozy on long haul flights to the perfect, crisp perfume that will transport you to blooming days ahead – we’ve got you covered. If you’re aiming to up your travel resources this upcoming season, we’ve curated a list of spring essentials for the Dame Traveler.

Aerin Aegea Blossom Eau de Parfume

One spritz of this perfume and we are transported to blue seas, cool breezes and the crisp citrus from the vine. Aerin’s Aegea Blossom perfume is a floral scent that has us dreaming of upcoming blooms of the spring. We’re also completely obsessed with the elegant design of the bottle too!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Frye Ivy Low Lace Sneakers

A sporty, comfortable sneaker that can easily be dressed up or down with ease! We love these leather-lined sneaks that mold to your feet with some of the best arch support we’ve encountered over the years! It’s thick rubber sole can stand up to whatever adventures you have in store (rain or shine!)… so fear not. These classic white sneakers are one of the spring essentials we turn to for a long day exploring simply because they’re chic and are incredibly comfy

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Off-The-Shoulder Mini Dress

If you’re looking for a spring stand-out piece – we love this off-the-shoulder mini dress by Yumi Kim Lila! It’s hand drawn floral design and poppy pink coloring screams of the new blossoming season. And its vintage-y silhouette can be wore it for a coffee shop date out or a weekend trip to the beach (and every other opportunity in between).

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Printed High-Rise Bikini With Button Details

We love a totally unique spin on a vintage classic… which is why we’re obsessed with this printed high-rise bikini top and button detailed bottom from Ague De Coco. It’s playful print evokes the colorful hillside towns scattered around the world that have us totally enthralled! It’s the bikini that you’ll be delighted to pack because of its punchy, colorful pattern.

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Vegan Cosmetic Bag

There’s something so soothing about having the perfect bag for toiletries and other knickknacks. And that’s why we think this ABBIMINI vegan cosmetic bag is one of the best spring essentials! It’s truly the perfect size, and its top metal zip closure and tab detail at zipper ends are just the nicest details that make it a joy to pop into our suitcases.

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Stretchy Ribbed Dress

There’s nothing we look for more in our suitcases than comfort and ease! We’re obsessed with this stretchy, soft, ribbed midi dress. It touts amazing little details, like tortoise shell rings at its straps and buttons all the way down – perfect little touches that elevate a classic wardrobe item into something special!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Washable Silk Set by Lunya

Say goodbye to your worn-out, old pajamas! This season, it’s time to upgrade to one of this most luxurious silk pajama sets we’ve come across. Lunya’s price point, comfort, and the fact that it can be washed cannot be beat… in our opinion. But if that wasn’t enough, we’re in love with the fact that this set’s fabric is thermoregulating, which means a cool, calm night’s rest… no matter where you’re staying!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Racerback Midi Dress

A girl’s gotta have a classic little black dress… no matter where you’re jetting off to. This classic, racerback midi dress by Dolan is one of our spring essentials that are a must-buy. We’re in love with its flattering stretch material and ruffled-hemmed bottom. It’s a classic little number we’ll be reaching for night and day, near and far.

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Bias Slip Skirt

Feminine details are one of the spring trends we’re always happy to see return, which is why we had to Hutch’s Bess bias-cut slip skirt to our round up of spring essentials. It’s cross-seam detail is one of those little, delicate aspects we can’t get enough of, and we love its silky fabric feel. You can bet that we’ll be slipping this on over a classic white tee or a cute tank on our travels!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Textured Cardigan

Every gal needs a truly cardigan to throw on during those weird spring days when the mornings are chilly but the days heat up! We’re loving Heartloom’s textured cardigan for its perfect, lightweight feel and its slightly ballooned sleeves. It’s easily one of the trusty staples every suitcase should contain, no matter where you’re jetting off to!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Packable, Graphic Umbrella

April showers bring May flowers! Every Dame Traveler knows that spring weather means lots of unpredictable weather, no matter what destination they’re jetting off to. That’s why we know having a trusty, packable umbrella like this one by BLUNT. We’re obsessed with this collaboration with New Zealand artist, Lizzie Snow. The mandala, free form design mixed with the brand’s impeccable durability and quality are a match made in heaven. We love to throw this little guy in our day to day bags while exploring!

Spring Essentials for the Dame Traveler

Light Peplum Wrap Top

An elevated basic that we love to throw on, no matter what our itinerary has in store is this wrapped peplum blouse! We’re in love with its breathe-able fabric (perfect for those long afternoon exploring in the late spring and early summer heat) and side button details. It’s such a flattering top that has a hint of ease and elegance we look for when wanting to blend in with stylish locals!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Tiered Maxi Dress

This tiered maxi dress has us dreaming of beach-y resorts and far off European coastlines! Its bohemian feel is the perfect suitcase addition for upcoming summer holidays. And we love that adjustable straps can be easily altered for us petite travelers too!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Woven Tank Top

We love when spring essentials bring a new life to our wardrobe! That’s why we’re turning to pieces with hint of boho-chic and artisanal flair, like this woven tank top with adorable, muted stripes! Made with super soft yarn, a relaxed fit and henley button detail – you’ll be finding us wearing this number with a great pair of jeans under all the spring blossoms this year.

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Happy shopping, ladies! Be sure to check out our other packing and gift guides here if you’re on the hunt for some real travel essentials!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Food Reviews

Restaurants We Love: Bar Otaku

Restaurants We Love: Bar Otaku

A few weeks ago, I spent a glorious long weekend exploring one of America’s fastest growing cities – Nashville, Tennessee. My expectations for Nashville’s eateries were pretty high. I dreamed of hot chicken, delicious, fall-off-the-bone BBQ… you know the southern comfort food we’re all shown on television and in guide books. But when entering Bar Otaku, all my culinary expectations of what Nashville had to offer shifted.

There are restaurants that make an impact on you as a guest from the moment you walk in their doors. Bar Otaku was one of those places for me. Every detail of the place was deliciously detailed in traditional Japanese izakaya touches with a serious southern flair. No stone was left unturned. And the menu? It left me floored.

Restaurants We Love: Bar Otaku

Needless to say, it didn’t take me long to become obsessed with Bar Otaku. After meeting chef Sarah Gavigan and learning about her love and devotion to Japanese cooking, her devotion to Nashville and her incredible story… I knew I had to share it with all of you. Today, I’m so thrilled to be able to introduce her story and a little sample of what Bar Otaku has to offer.

Hi Sarah! Could you tell us the story of Bar Otaku’s beginnings in Nashville?

I was ready to expand the Otaku brand (originally a ramen shop) and the space was perfect for it. We had a concept we were ready to move on from and the opportunity presented itself in a flash. We jumped on it!

Awesome. What is your personal connection to Japanese cooking?

I lived in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years and in that time I spent 90% of my time eating in the Japanese neighborhood Izakaya’s and Ramen Shops. I fell in love with the food and the spirit of the dining experiences.

Have you visited Japan before? Do you have any memories you’d like to share? 

I traveled to Japan for the first time in 2013 with my husband and then 10 year old. We were mesmerized in every sense. The sheer size of it, but yet the intimacy of the dining experiences is what I loved the most.

I love the respect paid in a Ramen Shop to the dish and the Chef. The Japanese understand that ramen is one person, one bowl. It’s not a social event. I love that. Izakaya, conversely, is all about being with friends.

Restaurants We Love: Bar Otaku

What do you love the most about Japanese izakaya style restaurants?

Eat, Drink, Laugh….repeat. It’s about simple delicious food, great sake and a warm convivial space that makes you want to cut loose and have some laughs.

Bar Otaku’s menu combines southern USA and Japanese classic dishes. What inspired you to create Japanese Soul Food?

My love of the food and the experience itself was sorely missing from my life in Nashville.

I’ve got to ask! What dish do you love the most on Bar Otaku’s menu?

The Taco Rice. Its a funny dish and it satisfies just about anytime. The origins of the dish is Tack King In Okinawa Japan, where a local owner wanted to make a dish that made the U.S Servicemen and women feel at home. Take your 1970’s Ortega Taco dinner (which I had a lot growing up) and the rice of Japan and you have the best taco salad ever. Who doesn’t like Taco salad? My touch was the pimento cheese!

What culinary experiences have you had that have shaped the way you cook?

I cook for flavor. I live for Umami and my dishes are always aimed at achieving that intensity.

Restaurants We Love: Bar Otaku

Delicious. So, what similarities do you see between Nashville and Japan?

Nashville and Central Tokyo are on the same latitude. When I made that discovery I began to look around me and see that many of this vegetation was the same. My mother’s Japanese maple is tremendous. The Japanese love okra as much as Southerners. The list goes on and on!

Could you tell us about your experience as a woman working in the restaurant industry?

I have a mothers intuition and the agility of a cat. I use it to my advantage. I lean into being a women; I don’t fight it.

How do you think travel can inspire cooking?

Simply getting out of my everyday surroundings helps me to be creative.

What would you say is the most meaningful aspect of what you do?

Connecting with people and giving them memories. Nothing beats that part of the job for me.

Restaurants We Love: Bar Otaku

Thank you for taking the time to share your story Sarah! If you ever find yourself in Nashville – a meal at Bar Otaku is a MUST! Thank me later.

Food Reviews

Restaurants We Love: Ristorante Michel’angelo In Capri, Italy

Restaurants We Love: Ristorante Michel'angelo In Capri, Italy

There are restaurants that change the way we view the foods we eat. They bring new life, new energy and old, familiar flavors into our lives. I’ve visited many countries and have eaten at countless restaurants, but nothing I’ve experienced yet can compare to the warm hospitality, food and wine at Ristorante Michel’angelo in Capri.

I consider myself to be incredibly blessed to see so much of this world, and to be able to taste its many flavors. My first taste of Ristorante Michel’angelo’s linguine limone captured my heart. After my first bite, I knew that I had discovered my favorite restaurant. Years later, I was able to travel to Capri again and was able to introduce my mother to its flavors. And this year, yet again, I was thrilled to bring our attendees of our Girls Trip To Coastal Italy Adventure to Ristorante Michel’angelo.

You know a place is fantastic when you feel like you’re sharing a piece of your own heart when you introduce your friends and family to it. Since our first meeting, I’ve kept in touch with owners Holly and Gianluca… and I’m so thrilled to be able to introduce their story and Ristorante Michel’angelo’s history to you all today.

Restaurants We Love: Ristorante Michel'angelo In Capri, Italy

Ciao Holly! Could you tell us the story behind Ristorante Michel’angelo? 

Gianluca, my now husband, opened Ristorante Michel’angelo in March 2009 in memory of his father, Michele, who was a chef on the island. His family has lived on the island for generations and he wanted the memory of his father to live on in his own restaurant through authentic, simple Caprese cuisine, family recipes and warm hospitality.

Amazing. What is your connection with the restaurant?

I visited Capri for the very first time while I was traveling solo in Italy back in May 2013. I had booked 3 nights at the beautiful cliffside Hotel Luna but when I first arrived on the island I was a little taken aback by the glamorous and somewhat, pretentious side of Capri. My first impressions of the island, though, were soon overshadowed by its magical natural beauty.

Notwithstanding I still didn’t feel the island was a comfortable destination to dine alone despite being a regular solo traveler. After mentioning this to the Bar Manager Luigi, at Hotel Luna, he told me he knew a place that was local, welcoming and where I could happily dine alone. Before I knew it, I had a reservation at Michel’angelo.

When I arrived at Michel’angelo, I was greeted by Gianluca who had such a big endearing smile that, along with the restaurant’s relaxed vibe, I immediately felt comfortable, just as Luigi had promised.

I had the most scrumptious meal which ended with a slice of the most mouth watering delicious lemon Torta Caprese I’d ever tasted. I hadn’t ordered it; it arrived at my table as a gift from Gianluca and I was happy it did!

It’s a long story but my reservation at 8pm ended at 5am after we sat together and talked with the help of Google Translate and a translate flipcard App. Gianluca walked me back to my hotel and my 3 night stay in Capri extended to 6 nights and then a romantic 4 nights together in Positano before I returned to Australia.

While we couldn’t speak each other’s language, there was something between us from the first smile we shared as I entered the restaurant. I still can’t believe that we both took such a chance on a feeling and despite our different cultures, languages and backgrounds, we’ve now been married for almost 5 yearshave two children, Valentino and Francesca, and we run Michel’angelo together.

What do you love most about cooking traditional Caprese cuisine? 

Four years ago we started our cooking school and while it is Gianluca that is the chef, I am lucky enough to be able to be the taste tester!

In our restaurant and cooking school, we use simple, fresh and local ingredients that are combined to make heavenly dishes from family recipes handed down generations.

Caprese cuisine is distinct from that of Naples and the Amalfi Coast and for such a small island, it has a big food reputation with dishes that are renowned worldwide (for example, the Insalata Caprese/Caprese Salad and many more).

Is there a dish you love most? 

This is a hard one. There are many dishes I love.

Of course, homemade pasta is hard to beat and for this reason, I don’t think I can go past the island’s pasta dish, Ravioli Capresi. Light pasta filled with local cheese, parmesan and fragrant marjoram that grows wild on the island and topped with a rich but sweet slow cooked cherry tomato sauce. It’s traditionally a dish shared around the family table at Sunday lunches and on special occasions and we teach guests to make Gianluca’s family recipe of this delicious pasta in our cooking class.

What do you think makes Ristorante Michel’angelo stand out amongst other family restaurants serving traditional meals? 

We both share a passion for the island from different perspectives, Gianluca being a born and bred Caprese and I, having first visited the island as a traveler over 5 years ago. 

In this regard, we have developed a range of offerings in addition to our restaurant, where guests can enjoy authentic and fresh Caprese dishes all over the island with a local touch (and just a little touch of Australiana :)).

From the fresh local food served in our restaurant, to experiencing our cooking classes where we share Gianluca’s family recipes, to picnics at secret local locations on the island or delivered to your private boat, fresh mozzarella, regional cheeses and salumi tastings, catering in Caprese villas and the live music performed every evening in our restaurant by renowned local musician, Bruno Lembo…  our aim is that our guests leave Michel’angelo loving the island’s food, people and culture as much as we do.

We also have a range of our own Michel’angelo southern Italian delicacies such as our wine, extra virgin olive oil, pasta sauces and limoncello that we sell in our restaurant to take away or we can ship to customers around the world (subject to local laws) so a little bit of Capri can be enjoyed back home.

Your passion for cooking is so evident! What is the most meaningful aspect of what you do?

Running a restaurant anywhere in the world, let alone on a seasonal remote Italian island, brings with it many challenges but they are definitely outweighed by the satisfaction we feel when locals and visitors alike enjoy their experience with us.

Sometimes travelers may only be visiting the island for the day, others longer but our aim is all our guests leave Michel’angelo and the island already planning their return.

We’ve been fortunate to have made many lifelong friendships through Michel’angelo. We also love meeting guests who’ve connected with us on our social media. Our Instagram and Facebook accounts are a snapshot of our daily lives in Capri; the restaurant, our family, friends and the island itself and for this reason… we share a special connection with those who visit us and stay in contact.

If a traveler were to come to Capri, what is a must-try dish or drink they can’t leave without having?

Insalata Caprese (arguably the most famous salad in the world) from the place where it originated.

Ristorante Michel’angelo features a mozzarella and pizza bar. What inspired this unique idea? 

We are located in Campania providing easy access to the best of Southern Italy’s fresh mozzarella, burrata, caciotta, provolone and specialist regional cheeses, along with Campana’s finest salumi. We also have our own local wines….and cheese and wine pair perfectly together. Guests can choose from cheese/salumi boards from our Mozzarella Bar menu or join one of our tasting sessions.

Our gourmet pizza bar first opened in the winter season three years ago. In the winter, there are few restaurants and bars open for locals and we always look for ideas to create a sense of community, bringing people together over great food and wine. 

We created a range of gourmet pizzas, using the finest artisan flour to make the pizza dough and a selection of gourmet ingredients and imaginative pizza combinations. We arranged gourmet pizza nights for locals and once we saw that locals were enjoying the offering, we decided to open the gourmet pizza bar all year round.

Why do you think people are so drawn to traditional Italian dishes?

Food is the life force of Italian culture. In our family, our daily routine revolves around what we are going to cook and eat and share with family, friends or guests in our restaurant.

The passion that goes into organizing, cooking and presenting Italian food (especially family recipes) make it all the more enjoyable to devour.

If you ever find yourself in Capri – you MUST go to Ristorante Michel’angelo!

Thank you to Holly and Gianluca for taking the time to share their restaurant’s story!

Asia Luxury Reviews

Hotels We Love: Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels but the centrally located Island Shangri-La is truly one of its gems. Perfectly located in the Central District,  the Island Shangri-La boasts some of the most magnificent views of Hong Kong from almost every angle and this 5-star hotel also features a stunning outdoor pool, 8 restaurants and a coffee shop/café.

With 56 floors, 531 exquisite guestrooms and 34 suites, which are among the largest in any hotel in Hong Kong, all of the rooms have magnificent views of the  city, the Peak or the world-famous Victoria Harbour. We stayed in the Horizon Harbour View Room which granted us access to the Horizon Club, always my favorite perk when staying at a Shangri-La property.

Horizon Club
Although the views are amazing from almost every perspective within the hotel, the views of The Peak and Victoria Harbour from the Horizon Club are sure to take your breathe away. The Horizon Club lounge comes with many perks such as complimentary breakfast at the lounge or at the adjacent Restaurant Petrus, private check-in and check-out, personal concierge and secretarial services, complimentary beverages, snacks, evening cocktails and champagne, one complimentary suit pressing per stay and more.

Perched 56 floors over the dazzling city, Restaurant Pétrus is pure glamour, serving up the best French cuisine in town.

Lobster Bar and Grill
I absolutely loved having lunch at this super chic and stylish restaurant. The interior design is mesmerizing and the concept is unique, featuring lobster in almost every dish and a lobster tower before the small plates come out. Such a great place for lunch meetings or just catching up with friends.

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. As always, all opinions are my own.