Stepping up to the plate
Last week Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti announced that his Italian food emporium is due to make its first foray into Toronto next year; the move is thanks to the Weston family who own Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws. An advocate of the “slow-food” movement, Farinetti pioneered the grocery-restaurant hybrid in 2007 when he opened the first Eataly shop in Turin. When his outpost in Manhattan’s Flatiron district started welcoming patrons three years later it quickly became the go-to spot for quality produce in the city. The Toronto location is still undisclosed and industry observers see a food war brewing on the horizon, with upscale brands such as local gourmet grocers Pusateri’s and Whole Foods already in the market. We believe Eataly may find its stiffest competition in Terroni’s, which residents know serves the heartiest Italian in town.
Ever felt short-changed by your city’s services and wanted to do something about it? Talk to the citizens of Chateau Rouge, a northeast neighbourhood in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, who are suing city hall (pictured) for not keeping the district clean. The main source of the upset is illegal street vendors and open markets operating in the area, which leave debris in their wake; residents feel the city has been slow to clean up afterwards, which is why they’re suing it for €20,000 for a “breach of equality” in services. It’s unclear how successful they’ll be in their suit but considering that the Council of Paris has budgeted €25m for tidying up the city this year, the strong stance could go a long way to ensuring Chateau Rouge sees a cleaner future.
North America book signings
Join us at our book tour for the launch of How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide - and get your book signed.
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The original ad man
One of the legends of his field, George Lois is often considered the original “Mad Man”. He’s credited with developing the political brand of Robert Kennedy and helping to spearhead what became known as the “creative revolution” in US advertising. Plus: his work for ‘Esquire’ magazine resulted in no less than 38 iconic covers, immortalised in an exhibition at New York’s Moma.
What is indie? Portland in Oregon examined
One place where indie seems to thrive is Portland in Oregon. The city has a plethora of independent businesses, food trucks, magazines, publishers, record labels, bands... the list goes on. So what is it about Portland that breeds so much indie? Our reporter, Melanie Sevcenko heads into town to find out.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Ruban Nielson, lead singer and guitarist in Unknown Mortal Orchestra, is in the studio to play tracks from the band’s new disco-fuelled album ‘Multi-Love’. He tells Robert Bound why the music they make should be known as ‘Dad-wave’.
Chef René Redzepi's career
One of the most famous and influential chefs in the world, René Redzepi shares the highs and lows of his career. We also head to Barcelona to hear how a bakery that has been a meeting point for locals has been rescued from closure by food romantics from Australia and Mexico – and we get the latest news from Japan’s food and restaurant scene.
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The Bulletin with UBS
Friday 22 April
The UK’s former security and counter-terrorism minister, Lord West, tells us that the European Union could disintegrate if Brexit goes ahead and we discuss whether Venezuela is right to ration power in order to save energy. Plus: the week in numbers with Simon Atkinson.
Friday 22 April
As president Obama uses his farewell visit to London to plead for the UK to remain part of the European Union, we ask if he can sway undecided voters. We also examine whether it’s possible for Hong Kong’s journalists and publishers to ever wriggle free from state interference. Plus: our team in Toronto sit down to discuss how distillers can cut through in a crowded market.
Film: Karen Krizanovich
We look ahead to the weekend at the cinema as we discuss a brand new documentary that depicts the life of controversial American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, consider Natalie Portman’s leading role in the western ‘Jane Got a Gun’ and there’s trouble on the streets of Paris in action-adventure ‘Bastille Day’.
Fuorisalone 2016: Design on display
Running parallel to Milan’s furniture fair, Fuorisalone is a series of citywide events dedicated to design. Monocle Films spotlights the latest products and ideas on exhibit.
Monocle preview: May issue
Our May issue is all about beating an urban retreat. In that spirit we head out in search of the perfect recipe for village living. From trailblazing rural retailers to cosy communities, we’ll show you why good things often come in small packages. Available now at The Monocle Shop.
Sydney City Survey
To celebrate our Sydney City Survey, which appeared in the May issue of the magazine, we showcase some of the best that Australia’s harbour city has to offer.
Issue 93 ∙ May 2016
Meet the new village people. Is it time to beat an urban retreat? Our premiere survey on the best villages and hamlets to set up shop, office and goat hutch (and all the little folk you'll need in your life)
Issue 92 ∙ April 2016
Man with a pram: our survey of bright fashion and retail shifts. Spring release: a look at the top players in store design, packaging, men's tailoring and fabric technology — (more than 64 pages of sharp coverage)
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We sniff out the secrets of diplomatic wags with our third round of embassy-based canine profiles.
My last meal: Laurie Anderson
Meet Laurie Anderson: musician, director, artist, composer and inventor. Here she holds forth on dogs, violins, Lou Reed and liver
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The Bulletin with UBS
This week we look at the performance of the US dollar and explore whether an easing in its strength could mark a turning point for commodities and emerging markets. We consider how Europe might fare if the euro begins to strengthen and look to China to ponder whether a future dollar fall could ease the pressure.