Agern: Where New Nordic Meets New York

“It’s always been a dream to move to New York City,” Agern’s Executive Chef Gunnar Gislason tells me as I pick juniper berries to top my chicken liver and pear compote on rye bread appetizer. The dish already rests atop a fresh juniper bush in an elegant bowl of glossy stones. When Gislason received a call…

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Romain Michel-Meniere on Designing for a Modern Morocco

Among peaceful olive groves on the outskirts of Oumnas, a small Berber village nestled in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, lies a hidden oasis; the Berber Lodge. This midcentury-chic-meets-traditional-Moroccan hotel is the latest project from Franco-Swiss architect Romain Michel-Meniere. Just over thirty minutes outside the bustling streets of Marrakech, guests at the Berber Lodge are invited to…

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Japanese Roots with NYC Flavor: Maiko Kyogoku and Emily Yuen’s Culinary Home of Bessou

Tucked away on a discreet street in Lower Manhattan lies a contemporary, cozy refuge with culinary comforts simply awaiting discovery. Beso in Japanese translates to “home away from home” or “holiday village” and it is this concept that lies at the heart of Bessou; the sleek NoHo fusion restaurant specializing in fresh takes on Japanese…

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Jane Mosbacher Morris and To The Market: Helping Survivors of Abuse Achieve Economic Empowerment

Jane Mosbacher Morris has dedicated her career to tackling some of the world’s most complex social issues. From working in the U.S. Department of State’s Counterterrorism Office to serving on numerous advisory boards such as USA Cares, Women LEAD and Speak Your Silence, advising on difficult issues ranging from child sexual abuse to post-9/11 veteran…

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Taking on the Masses with Photographer Elise Swopes

We live in a world where your social media number is everything. How many page hits does your blog get? How many Instagram followers do you have? What about retweets, Facebook followers? Social currency has become beyond tangible. With over 266 thousand followers, the Chicago-based Instagram phenomenon Elise Swopes or @SWOPES, has become renown for…

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