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February 13th, 2024
Eatery of the week - O Velho Eurico, Lisbon
When a once beloved tasca was about to close its doors, young chef Zé Paulo Rocha came to the rescue and bought O Velho Eurico back to life. Serving excellent versions of classic Portuguese grubs, Rocha and his team pioneer the new Portuguese kitchen.
Located on the eastern hills of Lisbon and not yet known to many of the city guides, O Velho Eurico is a must-visit. Along with his chef brothers in arms, Rocha and the bunch are known as the NewKidsOnTheBlock Portugal - short: nkotb.pt. (link https://www.instagram.com/nkotb.pt/)
What to order?
Enjoy the arroz de pato, bacalhau à Brás, and their drool worthy juicy lamb croquettes, this spot has a queue before it opens.
- Lisbon Insiders
February 9th, 2024
Creator of the week - Jean-Michel Basquiat
When looking at Jean-Michel Basquiat’s The Ring (1981), one can’t help but see a revelation, a self-portrait of sorts ushering in a new era for black artists the world over. There, standing in a bold, red boxing ring is a polka-dot-shorts-wearing athlete holding a spear high above his wild-haired head.
The image of boxing alone naturally leads one to conjure up images of struggle, challenge, resistance, and undoubtedly victory and strength.
Without question, these would become the unmistakable touchstones of Basquiat’s work.
They defined him not only as a breaker of cultural and professional barriers but as the first contemporary black art star.
Song of the Week
The La Meta Studio Song of the Week series features songs across all genres that represent our studio's vibe.
On a weekly basis, we share and add one of the songs our community is currently listening to on the Spotify playlist.
Listen and forget.
February 6th, 2024
EATERY OF THE WEEK - Bar Brutal, Barcelona
Bar Brutal is a game-changing wine bar that kick-started the city’s heady natural wine scene. The driving force behind Brutal were Max and Stefano Colombo, two brothers from Italy’s Veneto region – Max is a chef, Stefano is a sommelier – who recognised an opportunity to introduce Barcelona to the pleasures of organically farmed, zero-additive wines from around the world...
The cozy bar does offer some delicious tapas that one can pair with the natural wines, which go perfectly together.
What to order?
Go for the bread basket that comes with jamón, the baba ghanoush, and sea bass paired with your favourite natural wine.
- The Local Tongue
February 2nd, 2024
Creator of the week - Wyomia Tyus
Only six individuals worldwide have achieved the remarkable feat of winning the 100m dash in consecutive Olympic Games, with Wyomia Tyus leading the charge in 1964 and 1968.
At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Tyus not only secured victory in the 100 meters but also set a dazzling world record of 11.08 seconds. Adding to the excitement, she sported dark shorts instead of the team-issued white ones, making a bold statement for human rights.
Just two days later, the Olympic stage witnessed another iconic moment when John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists in a powerful gesture. This unforgettable scene unfolded after Tyus's incredible 100-meter win. However, their bold protest led to their expulsion from the Olympic Village.
The 1968 Olympics, fueled by Tyus's record-breaking performance and the courageous actions of Carlos and Smith, remains a thrilling and impactful chapter in sports history.
January 31st, 2024
EATERY OF THE WEEK - CHICHA BERLIN, BERLIN
Bustling, loud, rustic, and just a touch “shabby”... Chicha has succeeded in creating an informal authentically South American atmosphere to complement its modern Peruvian cooking. Quality fresh products are ambitiously blended to a mouthwatering effect.
What to order? The ceviche of meagre fish and Thüringer Duroc belly of pork with smoked banana served with their famous Pisco Sour.
- The Michelin Guide
JANUARY 28TH, 2024
CREATOR OF THE WEEK - REFIK ANADOL
REFIK ANADOL IS A MEDIA ARTIST AND DIRECTOR FROM ISTANBUL WHOSE LARGE-SCALE AND INTERACTIVE AI PROJECTS HAVE INSPIRED AUDIENCES WORLDWIDE.
REFIK AND HIS STUDIO ARE KNOWN FOR TRANSFORMING ARCHITECTURAL SPACES AND FACADES INTO GIANT CANVASES FOR LIVE MEDIA ARTS.
HE CREATES SITE-SPECIFIC PUBLIC ART AND DATA SCULPTURES, OFTEN PAIRED WITH LIVE AUDIO/VISUAL PERFORMANCES AND IMMERSIVE INSTALLATIONS. HIS AWARD WINNING PROJECTS ALSO EXPLORE HOW THE PERCEPTION AND EXPERIENCE OF TIME AND SPACE ARE RADICALLY CHANGING NOW THAT MACHINES DOMINATE OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.
AMONGST HIS MOST OUTSTANDING PIECES ARE 'MELTING MEMORIES’, 'ARCHIVE DREAMING’, AND HIS ‘MACHINE HALLUCINATIONS’ AT THE SPHERE IN LAS VEGAS.
- AI ARTISTS
JANUARY 23RD, 2024
EATERY OF THE WEEK - OMAKASE BY WALT, IBIZA
"THIS RESTAURANT, WHERE ALL IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS, WILL COME AS SOMETHING OF A SURPRISE! WHAT, FROM THE OUTSIDE, APPEARS TO BE A SIMPLE HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE SHOP (YOU WON’T FIND ANY SIGN WHATSOEVER AT THE ENTRANCE) OBSCURES THIS TINY, DISCREETLY LIT RESTAURANT IN THE PUREST JAPANESE STYLE, WHERE THE SUSHI BAR AND THE CHEF ARE THE UNDOUBTED STARS OF THE SHOW.
WALTER SIDORAVICIUS, ORIGINALLY FROM VENEZUELA BUT WITH LITHUANIAN AND GERMAN ROOTS, HAS WORKED AND TRAINED AROUND THE WORLD, MOST NOTABLY IN TOKYO AND AS AN INSTRUCTOR AT THE BASQUE CULINARY CENTER. HIS CUISINE IS FOCUSED ON A SINGLE OMAKASE MENU THAT IS FULL OF INTRIGUE – GUESTS LEAVE ALL DECISION-MAKING TO THE CHEF WHO PREPARES ELABORATE DISHES IN FULL VIEW THAT ARE FULLY RESPECTFUL OF JAPANESE TRADITION."
- MICHELIIN GUIDE
JANUARY 19TH, 2024
CREATOR OF THE WEEK - SADE
FEW ARTISTS HAVE MANAGED TO ACHIEVE STARDOM WITH A SINGLE NAME: PRINCE, MADONNA, ADELE, CHER, BONO. AND THEN THERE IS THE ORIGINAL SMOOTH OPERATOR HERSELF, SADE.
HELEN FOLASAFE ADU, KNOWN AS THE SINGER SADE, IS NIGERIAN-BORN BRITISH AND ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BRITISH FEMALE ARTISTS IN HISTORY. THE 64-YEAR-OLD’S HUGE INFLUENCE ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY LED HER TO BE RECOGNIZED WITH THE OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE.
SADE, SNOOP DOGG, AND TEDDY RILEY ARE AMONG THOSE TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME LATE LAST YEAR, THE ORGANIZATION HAS ANNOUNCED.
SINGER. ARTIST. LEGEND.
- LA META STUDIO EDITORIAL
January 16th, 2024
RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK - 7th Street Burger, New York City
THIS SPOT IS A CASUAL, GRAB-AND-GO SPOT; A QUINTESSENTIAL TAKE-OUT BURGER JOINT WITH LIMITED MENU ITEMS AND EVEN FEWER TABLES. THERE ARE FOUR BURGER OPTIONS: SINGLE CHEESEBURGER, DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER, SINGLE VEGAN IMPOSSIBLE™ BURGER, AND DOUBLE VEGAN IMPOSSIBLE™ BURGER.
ANYONE WHO’S EVER STRUGGLED WITH INDECISION WILL FIND THEIR NEW FAVORITE SPOT AT 7TH STREET.
- 7TH STREET BURGER through the eyes of @THEHOBOKENGIRL
WHAT TO ORDER?
A DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER WITH their fresh FRENCH FRIES AND A big COCA COLA.
January 12th, 2024
Creator of the Week - Jürgen Teller
The german photographer Juergen Teller lives and works in London and has successfully navigated both the fine art and commercial world since beginning of his career in the late 1980s.
Teller does not distinguish between his commercial and non-commercial work, treating all of his subjects - family members, celebrities, and himself - with a uniform style of grit and raw emotion that has become his iconic and instantly recognisable aesthetic.
- Lehmann Maupin
January 7th, 2024
Restaurant of the week - Vecchio, Paris
Vecchio, with its refined décor reminiscent of a traditional bistro, is the joint creation of France Top Chef Gianmarco Gorni, who has his roots in Italy, and Hubert Niveleau, a genius gastro character who adds his influence by his years in New York to the pop-up restaurant. Their shared vision results in a fusion cuisine that combines Italian authenticity with distinct New York accents. The menu features sophisticated cocktails, antipasti, and Italian-American-influenced dishes.
What to order?
Their famous Pasta alla Vodka, Arancinos, a giant pizza with pepperoni and jalapeño and their top-notch Negroni. A true must-try when in Paris.
- La Meta Studio Editorial
January 5th, 2024
Creator of the Week - Daniel Arsham
NEW YORK BASED ARTIST DANIEL ARSHAM STRADDLES THE LINE BETWEEN ART, ARCHITECTURE AND PERFORMANCE. Simple yet paradoxical gestures dominate his sculptural work: a façade that appears to billow in the wind, a figure wrapped up in the surface of a wall, a contemporary object cast in volcanic ash as if it was found on some future archeological site.
- Daniel Arsham Website