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25 January 2010

Kitchentalk

In the first week of February I will be going to Prague for a weekend only to eat at Andrea Accordi’s restaurant ALLEGRO at the Four Seasons Hotel. Andrea is the only cook in eastern Europe who has been awarded with a Michelin star.
The special occasion for my visit will be the fact that his mother Teresa will be in town to cook together with her son in the same kitchen. She is famous for her wonderful Venetian dishes, and in any event must have been the first inspiration for Andrea to start thinking about cooking. I am looking forward to her Venetian calf liver, the stewed stock fish in milk with sautéed bitter herbs and of course the wonderful Italian desserts she will be making.

13 January 2010

Snow & Sun

Relaxing in the infinity pool at the Kronenhof in Pontresina
In the early evening I like to taste a glass of excellent wine at Legrand Filles et Fils. The old-fashioned wine and food shop (1, rue de la Banque, 2ième arr., Paris) has opened a wine bar next to the shop. The atmosphere is wood-and-wicker warm with large glass windows looking onto the Galerie Vivienne, perhaps the most beautiful indoor shopping mall in Paris.

The best time for the Grand-Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina is in February when the days are longer and the sun is out almost every day. I always spend the last two weeks of the month at this wonderful hotel which still has the authentic charm of an old grand hotel with a modern twist and comfortable luxury.

I prefer the Spa Suites which are on the ground level with a lovely view over the snow-covered gardens and only a few steps away from one of the best spas in Switzerland. The spa treatments take place in private suites with fantastic views into the snow-white countryside. All products are by Alpienne, an organic beauty company which only uses ingredients from the Alps.

The slopes are nearby and St. Moritz only a ten-minute drive away, in case I feel like enjoying a hot chocolate at Hanselmann after some window shopping. But most of the time I love to stay in the tranquility of the hotel after a day on the slopes. After a swim in the infinity pool with underwater music I relax in front of a fireplace in one of the numerous halls near the lobby or meet with friends at the Kronenstübli (16 points at Gault Millau) for dinner.

8 January 2010

The Red Wheelbarrow

Another beautiful picture shot by my friend Werner Mink
The French hair stylist John Nollet arrives in my room with three special-order Vuitton trunks, handmade and designed specially for him to hold everything from his custom iPods to flacons of hair-texturizing seawater for different looks. His transformative hair room service is only offered by the Park Hyatt hotel group around the world.
Now you can enjoy the uptown salon and spa of Paul Labrecque in the privacy of your hotel room when you are staying in New York or spending the summer in one of your friends’ private homes in the Hamptons. Enjoy all therapies from massages to air-bronzing.
Instead of ordering a Club sandwich to your room when you are in New York, call one of the best hairdressers in town: CHRISANNE DAVIS (917 373-7643). The backstage veteran of Marc Jacobs shows is just a phone call away, as is GIULIA HEIMAN who offers in-room cuts, color and styling.
Always in my suitcase when I am travelling: a honeybear with blossom honey. It will boost my energy and the high amount of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins will keep my immune system strong and healthy. Make sure to choose a honey from the region you live, it is best for your own health and the flavor and taste will remind you of home.
A 24-hour room service for you beauty demands will be offered in New York, Miami and Las Vegas by Edward Bess Room Service. He will arrive anytime of the day (or night) to make you look beautiful with Bess’s cosmetics collection, which is also available through Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
Feel like Monica Bellucci when you call for your personal stylist in your private surroundings (or at least in the privacy of your hotel room) – it will make a big difference.
For the next Oscar night, already book today LAURENT DUFOURG from the Privé Salon team in Los Angeles. He will make you look your best from top to toe: make-up, hair, brows and nails.
DO IT YOURSELF!After you have spent a day in the sun, make sure to put lots of fresh and organic Aloe Vera gel onto your face when you get to your hotel room. Order fresh, organic yoghurt and a ripe mango from the room service and make your own facial mask while you take a powernap before going out.
Make sure to choose a hotel room by the quality of your sleep. It should be calm, well aired and furnished with natural materials like a wooden floor. Take advantage of the pillow selection which is now offered by most hotels and always have a large glass of water next to your bed. It will humidify the room and yourself during the night.
Momofuku in New York City is one of my favorite restaurants at the moment: I visit the Bakery & Milk Bar in the morning and go out with my boyfriend to Ssäm Bar at night. Momufuku means lucky peach in Japanese and that is exactly how I feel when I eat the buttermilk salad with apple dashi.
Today Daylesford Organic will open an organic supermarket and deli in Munich. Just wait and see, but I am sure it will be full of healthy and special food ideas.
The food emporium just published their own cooking book, Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan, published by Clarkson Potter.
This postcard was found in my goodybag which was waiting for me at the hotel during the Bambi Night. I will make it my own personal Christmas card.
Last night I met with some friends at Aroma, one of my favorite Italian restaurants in New York. The five-course tasting menu on Monday is a great way to sample their cuisine. I especially loved the warm beets with gorgonzola, walnuts and fig jam.
I recently came across a wonderful deli in Prague: The Bakeshop offers sweet treats like blueberry muffins and croissants with Calvados-apple-filling, as well as a selection of sourdough breads – of course it all comes from their own on-site bakery.
Happy holidays and my best wishes for the new year to all of you!
Buy lovely clothes for your children to keep them warm and cosy. Here are my favorite shops worldwide:Anne Valérie Hash, ParisBaby Bean, DallasBodebo, ParisBuzz Buzz Tweet Tweet, New YorkFranka, StockholmNo Added Sugar, London
From an idea for a published page in German Glamour magazine.Find out in each issue how IRMA is creating her personal fashion it-pieces in easy steps to do it yourself. Starting in the January 2010 issue.
Paris in January – a time to read and browse my favorite bookstore.
FRESH AIR Irma can’t stop walking in the parks of New York City after all these parties. Keep your feet warm and chic and customize your own rubber boots. For how to, look at IRMAS MODE ATELIER in the January issue of German GLAMOUR magazine or under www.glamour.de.

January is not the best time to be in Paris. But while I will spend a few days in the city, I am looking for warm and comfortable places at night after a day of sketching in the Louvre and buying some books at one of my favorite bookstores, The Red Wheelbarrow (13 rue Charles V, 4ième arr., Paris). The bookshop, owned by Penelope Fletcher Le Masson, is to Paris now what was Sylvia Beach’s  Shakespeare & Company bookshop to literary Paris of the 1920s and 30s. Her selection is well edited, the staff have read almost everything, and the cosy atmosphere is always buzzing with quirky discussions. Monthly readings and book signings draw electric crowds and it is worth a trip to the city – even in January.

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