Sunday, July 5, 2015

Paradigma Footwear: The Blake expert from Portugal takes a lead !

A paradigm(a) is a new way of looking or thinking about something. This word comes up a lot in the academic, scientific, and business worlds. A new paradigm in business could mean a new way of reaching customers and making money. In education, relying on lectures is a paradigm: if you suddenly shifted to all group work, that would be a new paradigm. When you change paradigms, you're changing how you think about something.
And this is exactly what Paradigma shoes from Portugal does. Paradigma is a Portuguese manufacturer of footwear based in the city of Guimarães (In the north of Portugal), a region with a strong tradition in the manufacturing of quality footwear. Their showroom is located in one of the oldest streets of Vila Nova de Famalicão, about 20 kms from the main cities in the north of Portugal and the Francisco Sá Carneiro airport (Oporto).

As a family company that started in 1987, Paradigma shoes specialises in traditional shoes, but with a modern twist. Their shoes are constructed using traditional methods (blake) and high quality leathers and materials. They distinguish themselves by using fresh and vibrant colours. It might be a bit unusual for a men's shoe maker, but Paradigma produces shoes for women as well !
Paradigma shoes is a specialist when it comes to the Blake construction method, which allows them to create sleek looking, comfortable, yet light shoes. The green tassel-loafers I have are elegantwere a bit hard to get into the first time, but the fit is like a glove. The delicate, elegant shape of the shoe is possible due to this construction method.
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Turms, an honest family passion for the best shoe care

Turms: How to give your best shoes the best they deserve !
Turms, an unusual brand name for unusual shoe-care products. It seems Turms is in the Etruscan mythology the god of trade and the protector of travellers. This unique brand name was selected in 2009 inside the company known as Formificio Veregra.
The company, established in 1962, has been manufacturing bespoke wooden shoe trees and exclusive accessories for better shoe care. Turms is based in Montegranaro, near the East coast of Italy, one of Italy's centers of shoe production. The so called Marche region. They are a small family company , very artisanal.
Originally they made wooden shoe trees and shoe lasts for the worlds best shoe brands. Eventually leading to shoe-cabinets etc.
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The Modern Dandy: A cocktail with Chivas Regal Extra, aptly named...

The modern dandy is full of surprises - delightfully subtle yet equally sharp. The berry flavours create a deeper, aromatic sensation.
  • 30ml Chivas Regal Extra
  • 15ml Plymouth
  • 1ml Port
  • 10ml Fino Sherry
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • 1ml Orange bitters
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Briston Watches, rejuvenating the vintage look


Briston was born out of a very British spirit. From the 'Oxbridge' colleges, to rowing regattas, or the sidelines at polo and cricket matches, this «sporty chic» spirit has been a constant presence in British society ever since the reign of Queen Victoria. This chic yet casual lifestyle and its occasional quirkiness was also a great inspiration for the «preppy» style that originated in the Ivy League universities on the East Coast of the United States.
It is this spirit, combined with its fundamentally horological DNA, from which Briston draws its unique style. Their form, materials and colours give Briston watches a totally distinct look. Briston also offers the perfect balance between a contemporary «timepiece» and a chic accessory – casual but resolutely and deliberately accessible.
The Clubmaster Classic was born from the marriage of form and materials. Its vintage-inspired «cambered square» shape comes straight from the Roaring Twenties and lends it a unique, yet classically horological look. The unique shape .... continue reading here 
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Asperges / gerookte paling /gerookte ganzenlever / erwtenzalfje: Recept van Hap & Tap

Zoals jullie reeds weten ben ik volger van de Facebook-pagina en Blog ( ) van 'Hap en Tap'. Ik mocht haar ooit ontmoeten op een kook-demonstratie, en was meteen verknocht aan haar kook-kunsten. Hieronder een chique recept, dat echter zeer gemakkelijk klaar te maken is, en is dat nu net niet wat elke gentleman wil ?

Weet je welke recepten ik de allerbeste vind en graag deel op mijn blog? Dat zijn feestelijke recepten die zo snel en makkelijk zijn als dagelijkse kost recepten. Dit is er zo een. Het ziet eruit en proeft alsof het door een sterrenchef gemaakt is, maar eigenlijk is het best eenvoudig en haalbaar voor elke thuiskok. Goede producten helpen je natuurlijk al een flink stuk op weg: dikke Mechelse asperges, gerookte paling, foie gras,...
Nodig voor 4 personen:
  • 12 witte asperges
  • 1 rode ui
  • 1 gerookte palingfilet
  • 200 g (diepvries)erwtjes
  • 1 kl wasabi
  • Een snuifje bicarbonaat
  • Tandoori
  • Boter   .... lees verder hier 
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