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Cosimo Commisso’s love for food started from an early age as he learned by his Grandmothers side. She did not have a fancy cooking school diploma on her wall, yet she was taught by her own Calabrese Grandma. Cosimo Commisso’s cooking skills have slowly but surely been perfected over the years so much so that this website is his first attempt to document and compile enough recipes for his first cooing book. Salute!

Hotel Bars and Restaurants

Cosimo Commisso lists some must-try bars and restaurants housed within the world’s top boutique hotels

From South Korea to France, there’s an incredible amount of beautiful boutique hotels out there — so how to narrow them down? If you’re a foodie, I’m making it easier for you: plan your next trip around one of these world-class hotels that are also home to some amazing bars and restaurants!

Nest Hotel — Incheon, South Korea

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Nest Hotel is as technologically innovative as it is harmonious with nature, designed to balance those two extremes by incorporating progressive movement into its design in a way that complements the nearby Yellow Sea. The KUNST lounge on the lobby level is a great hangout space, complete with a library area, coffee bar and more. / www.nesthotel.co.kr

La Maison Champs Elysées — Paris, France

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This quintessential Parisian hotel is home to La Table du 8 Restaurant, which is surrounded by a romantic terrace and offers classic French dishes. My recommendation: the “Terrine de canard.” Also check out the hotel’s Cigar Bar! / www.lamaisonchampselysees.com

LOISIUM Wine and Spa Resort Langenlois — Langenlois, Austria

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LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Südsteiermark, SHO, Ehrenhausen, Steiermark, Österreich
LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Südsteiermark, SHO, Ehrenhausen, Steiermark, Österreich

Yes, there is such a thing as a resort devoted to the art and culture of wine — and it has a spa, to boot. This renowned Austrian hotel is a must-see for wine lovers, as the culinary team has crafted an innovative menu based entirely on the beloved elixir. Spend evenings in The Holl bar and wine library, which overlooks the lush vineyards outside. / www.loisium.com

LOISIUM Wine and Spa Resort Südsteiermark — Southern Styria, Austria

Sister hotel to the Langenlois location, this hotel is considered an essential part of the Southern Styrian experience. Sommeliers are present throughout the property, offering personalized advice to visitors of all levels of wine expertise — who, by the way, will fall in love with the hotel’s LOISIUM Weinclub Bar, which boasts a panoramic view of the grounds. / www.loisium.com

The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon — Tokyo, Japan

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Located on the 13th floor of The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon, the R Restaurant & Bar gives guests an incredible 360-degree view of the Asakusa district in sparkling downtown Tokyo. The menu is comprised of French fusion cuisine — which, thanks to the restaurant being open 24 hours a day, can be enjoyed at literally any hour. / www.gate-hotel.jp

Factory Hotel — Muenster, Germany

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This building, which contains a landmarked brewery, is a must0see for any visitors to Muenster. Overlooking a gorgeous lake and surrounded by the buzz of shops, restaurants and clubs, the brewery at the Factory Hotel is known to host poetry slams and jazz performances in its Live Club or in the basin. There’s also the nightclub in the brewery basement for those who love to dance until sunrise. / www.factoryhotel-muenster.de

Le Roch Hotel and Spa — Paris, France

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The restaurant in this impeccable Paris restaurant is second to none. Make your reservation to experience the handiwork of Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Faye: traditional, botanical-inspired French dishes that are meant to be shared. / www.leroch-hotel.com

Bon appetite!

Gastronomic Tour

Cosimo Commisso takes you on a culinary journey, dishing out his favourite restaurants around the world

What is travel without the exploration of cultural cuisines? One of my favourite parts of jet setting to different destinations is experiencing the local culinary landscape, be it in a sprawling metropolis like New York City or a tropical haven like Honolulu. And lately I’ve discovered that some of the best restaurants lie in another amazing travel trend: design hotels! Next time you plan a trip, be sure to stop by one of these style-savvy eateries (and maybe even stay in the hotel that houses it).

11 Howard — New York City, America

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This boutique Soho hotel is ultra-trendy, not only in its accommodations but also in its bar, The Blond, and its restaurant, Le Coucou. The Blond is a sophisticated drinking den that transforms into an exclusive nightclub once the sun sets, while Le Coucou, operated by famed restaurateur Stephen Starr, dishes up classic French cuisine with a mod twist. / www.11howard.com

B.O.G. Hotel — Bogota, Colombia

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This hotel’s in-house restaurants is popping with eye-candy, and its menu is just as inventive as its décor. Offering al fresco drinks and the best of Colombia’s cuisine, including dishes that mix international flavours with local recipes and ingredients, the restaurant at B.O.G. Hotel is definitely Cosimo Commisso-approved! / www.boghotel.com

Hôtel de Nell — Paris, France

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Nestled in this stunning boutique hotel is the bistro La Régalade, which serves sophisticated and scrumptious dishes by Bruno Doucet, one of the most renowned chefs in France. / www.charmandmore.com

Straf — Milan, Italy

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Straf is located in one of the trendiest cities in the world, so it’s only natural that the hotel emanates a vibe that’s as chic as the metropolis. Its in-house bar, The Straf Bar, is no exception, boasting a vibrant atmosphere that’s irresistible to the city’s most fashionable elite. While you’re in town, be sure to stop by the bar for a light lunch or Sunday brunch! / www.straf.it

PalazzinaG — Venice, Italy

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The Krug Lounge, a bar and restaurant at this renowned Venice hotel, is basically a large-scale work of art. You’ll find it difficult to focus on your plate with so much beauty surrounding you — but, thankfully, the cuisine is so incredible you’ll still find your meal completely memorable. A Cosimo Commisso tip: order their Grand Cuvée to sip while looking out over the Canal Grande. / www.palazzinag.com

Vertigo Hotel — Dijon, France

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This restaurant employs the interesting “Petits Plats en Chambre” dining concept, which means each room contains plates of food crafted by renowned chefs and diners can help themselves. It’s an experience that’s as delicious as it is social! / www.vertigohoteldijon.com

C-Hotel and Spa — Lake Como, Italy

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The grassroots yet ultra-luxurious Materia Prima Restaurant at C-Hotel and Spa was brought to life by award-winning chef Fabrizio Colzani. The rustically white space offers fine Italian dishes crafted using fresh local ingredients from nearby farms. / www.c-hotel.it

China is One of Cosimo Commisso’s Favorite Places to Travel

China is one of my favourite places to travel. The entire country is so saturated with culture, from fascinating architecture (both modern and ancient) to adventurous cuisine and history-steeped landscapes. If you’ve never been to China, consider this quick video your call to action — and if you have, I hope you’re inspired to return one day and once again experience the unforgettable destination that is this stunning, world-class hub.

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Cosimo Commisso Share Short Video to Travel the World to Visit such Beautiful Scenes.

This world is a beautiful place. Every landscape, from snowcapped mountaintop to sunset horizon, has it’s own treasures, just waiting to be discovered. I hope this short video will inspire you to unplug from your hectic every day life from time to time, and take the opportunity to travel the world to visit such beautiful scenes.

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Mountains and Modern Architecture Aerials

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Two Days in the 6ix with Cosimo Commisso

Weekend in Toronto with Cosimo Commisso
Cosimo Commisso plans out your perfect weekend in Toronto, Canada

Toronto — or, as Drake has so famously christened it, “the 6ix” — seems to have exploded with popularity these past few years. From its presence in the sports world to its ever-evolving urban landscape, Toronto has blossomed into an international destination, earning its rightful place on everyone’s travel bucket list.

Whether you live in Toronto or are planning to visit it sometime soon, here are my favourite ways to spend a weekend in this electrifying Canuck city.

DAY 1

Grab a coffee and a ham-and-cheese croissant from Sam James Coffee Bar. Sam has locations across the city, but I recommend stopping by his brand-new shop just across from Trinity Bellwoods Park. Tip: their almond milk lattes will change your world.

(Carefully) cross the street and set up a breakfast picnic in the park. What better way to savour your first morning in Toronto than by enjoying your caffeine in one of the city’s favourite parks? Lay down a blanket in the grass by the dog bowl or find a picnic table to lounge at.

Take a stroll down Queen Street West. If you turn right from Bellwoods, you’ll find yourself in Toronto’s “West Queen West” neighbourhood — yes, the one Vogue recently named the second-hippest ‘hood in the world. If you turn left, you’ll slowly make your way towards the city’s core. Either way, this is your chance to explore Toronto’s most iconic avenue and do a bit of window (or real) shopping.

Lunch at The Good Son. This is one of the best restaurants in the West End. A few TIFFs ago, Jennifer Aniston was spotted dining here, and it’s no wonder why: The Good Son has lovingly embraced the culture of its neighbourhood, and its scrumptious menu (crafted by Top Chef Canada finalist Vittorio Colacitti) is as irresistible as the space’s cross-cultural collage of cosiness and intrigue.

Rent a bike and ride to Kensington Market. This is the kitschiest place in Toronto. Prepare to fall for the bohemian, earthy vibes and low-cost, lovely products of the shops that are crammed into this little corner of Chinatown.

Next stop: Java House. Just south of Kensington Market, at Queen and Augusta, is this ancient-looking dive bar with the cheapest, tastiest sangria in town. I know what you’re thinking – Cosimo Commisso, wine connoisseur, recommending the sangria at a low-cost downtown bar? Just trust me — this place is a must-try in Toronto. Try to snag a spot on the patio and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city as you enjoy residents’ favourite sangria.

Dinner and a show at The Drake. Another iconic restaurant in Toronto is The Drake. Snazzy and chic, the space will inspire you and so will its dishes. After dinner, check out what’s happening in the basement — the stage downstairs is always hosting local bands that are totally worth checking out.

Slumber at The Gladstone Hotel. A historic Toronto landmark, this old hotel was revamped by various artists, each of whom took over a room and decorated it as they pleased. Find a room that speaks to you and enjoy being a part of a life-sized art installation for a night.

DAY 2

Wake up and head to High Park. There’s a grocery store behind The Gladstone. Stop by to fill your backpacks with some breakfast ingredients, then walk, bike or take transit a few kilometers west, to High Park. Spend your morning taking in the beautiful scenery as you explore this sprawling pocket of Canadian nature.

Do the tourist-y thing at Yonge and Dundas Square. Considered “Toronto’s Times Square,” this flashy, buzzing intersection is the epicenter of the city. Make your way over here and spend the afternoon grazing in the Toronto Eaton Centre, catching a flick at the AMC Cinema there and grabbing a scenic drink on one of the area’s rooftop patios (the one at Jack Astor’s has the best view).

Catch a performance. Toronto is home to an abundance of places to see a good show, from dance to theatre to music. See what’s playing at The National Ballet of Canada or one of the city’s many theatres.

And if sports are more your thing, see who’s playing tonight. This city is constantly hosting baseball, basketball and hockey games, so whatever season you’re visiting in, find out where you can catch Toronto’s team in action.

Bring your night to a close at the waterfront. Toronto boasts a beautiful waterfront that can be enjoyed whether you’re in the east or west end. Head south from wherever you are and you’ll eventually find yourself at the water’s edge. Sit back and relax, and enjoy your final moments in the 6ix.

With love,
Cosimo Commisso

Brazil through Cosimo Commisso’s Eyes

Rich in culture and beauty, I always find it hard to tear myself away from Brazil. If you seek a vacation destination that isn’t your average tropical getaway, Brazil is a country that has it all: breathtaking landscapes, buzzing city life, serene country experiences and, of course, an inherent love for a certain sport! This video captures just a peek at life in Brazil, which is full of a zest so infectious you’ll leave feeling like a true Brazilian yourself! 

With love,
Cosimo Commisso

A Week Down Under Australia with Cosimo Commisso

Cosimo Commisso shares his personal itinerary for making the most out of a week in Australia

Australia is enormous — which, unfortunately, makes it absolutely impossible to see it all in one week! But if you’re craving a trip Down Under and only have one week, fear not: even if you only get to see one or two cities, you’ll have a truly memorable time. If this is your first visit to Australia, I’d recommend devoting your trip to experiencing its capital, Sydney, where there’s so much to do and see.

DAY 1

Combat your jet lag with a nap and/or a jolt of caffeine — and if you find you’re still tired but still have a full day ahead of you, don’t sweat it. The Aussies are generally a laid-back bunch, so just go with their naturally relaxed flow!

I like to take this first day easy, so I spend my time exploring the Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. All of this can be done at a leisurely pace, so you’re soaking in Sydney’s essence without having to expel too much energy!

Sydney Opera House

DAY 2

Invest this day in seeing the most iconic landmarks of Sydney. If it’s your first time, you’ll want to check out places like the Sydney Tower, where you’ll get a primo view of the city from up top. Wildlife lovers should stop by the Taronga Zoo (kangaroos and koalas!), Sydney Aquarium or the Featherdale Wildlife Park — although you should note that the latter is about an hour and a half’s drive from the heart of the city.

Sydney is also home to an array of world-class museums, such as the Australian Museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Sydney Aquarium

DAY 3

Now that you’ve checked off the downtown must-sees, spend your third day out of town at the Blue Mountains, an incredible national park where you can soak in Australia’s unique landscape. Ask your concierge about transportation options to and from the renowned area.

Blue Mountains Australia

DAY 4

The fourth day is cruise day. It’s easy to find and book a day cruise that sounds best to you, but I highly recommend checking out Captain Cook Cruises — they offer a wide variety of different trips, my favourite being the sunset one.

Before or after your day (or night) on the water, be sure to complement the experience by heading to the Sydney Fishmarket, which is one of the three best fish markets in the world.

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DAY 5

It’s wine time. If you know anything about me, it’s that Cosimo Commisso loves a good wine. And Australia is known for producing some of the world’s finest! Spend your fifth day on a wine tour — I’d recommend Australian Pacific Tours’ trek to the Hunter Valley. If by the end of it you’re still sober enough to function, I’d recommend taking the ferry to Manly Island, then cabbing to the renowned Kiosk restaurant, where you’ll enjoy a waterside view that’s as lovely and as laid-back as the menu.

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DAY 6

I’d recommend spending your last full day relaxing, since you undoubtedly have a long journey ahead of you. Catch your breath at Bondi Beach, where you can swim, suntan, surf, watch skateboarders or enjoy sculptures. Find inspiration with a romantic walk through the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Rejuvenate with an adventure through Darling Harbour. When your day is drawing to a close, make sure the grand finale of your trip is a good one — I always opt for a scenic dinner at a restaurant overlooking the harbour (there are many), which will send you home with a dreamy, postcard-like image of Sydney in your head.

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Happy travels, mate!

With love,
Cosimo Commisso

Mountains and Modern Architecture Aerials

One of the most wonderful things about living in this day and age is that we get to savour nature’s ancient beauty as well as our ever-evolving metropolises. As we rush through the 21st century, fixed between past and future, remember to pause and take a look around you. No matter where you are you’ll find beauty — be it a shimmering city, a charmed old town or a vibrant, untouched landscape. You can start with this video. Featuring a series of serene aerial views of cities, valleys and everything in between, it’s a one-minute reminder to be still and take in everything our world has to offer.

With love,
Cosimo Commisso

48 hours in Montreal with Cosimo Commisso

Cosimo Commisso shares the must-try itinerary for when you only have two days in this Canadian hot spot

Montreal is a popular weekend getaway not only for Canadians but also for international travellers. Iconic in its history-steeped charm, unique French identity and endless options for things to do, Montreal is something every jet-setter must cross off their lists. When you visit, be sure to stop by these landmarks for a true French-Canadian experience.

Fairmount Bagel

Besides its poutine, Montreal’s cuisine scene is known for its bagels. Fairmount Bagel has handcrafted the round delicacies since 1919, and its products are legendary. Stop by for a Cosimo Commisso-approved morning treat, or snag a whole bag to take home.

Fairmount Bagel

Mount Royal

For the best view of the city, you can hike, bike or drive up to one of the lookouts on Mount Royal. This small mountain overlooks all of Montreal and the scene from up above is absolutely breathtaking. To avoid crowds of tourists, opt for a breakfast picnic or a romantic starlit date.

Schwartz’s Deli

This deli — the oldest in Canada — serves up world-famous smoked meat sandwiches. It’s so famous it’s even inspired a play, Schwartz’s: The Musical. If that’s not enough to get you to stop by, I don’t know what is.

Schwartz’s Deli

Vieux-Montréal

Vieux-Montréal, or Old Montreal, may be one of the busiest tourist spots in the city but it’s always worth a visit — even if you’ve been there a thousand times. The cobblestone streets and old-world architecture will transport you to a charming European neighbourhood. Secure a spot on a patio and sip some sangria after shopping its unique boutiques.

Vieux-Montréal

Notre-Dame Basilica

No matter how religious you are this historic church is an absolute must-see. Its Gothic Revival architecture will take your breath away, as will the overwhelming sense of serenity that lives inside. Visit it to culturally invigorate your Montreal experience.

Notre-Dame Basilica

Happy exploring!

Pio Cesare “Fides” Barbera d’Alba D.O.C. 2013

Cosimo Commisso shares one of his latest favourites from a sprawling Italian winery

This sprawling winery in Alba, Italy, has been around since 1881, and while it has greatly expanded since — it now consists of over 130 acres of vineyard in the area — it hasn’t lost its old-time winemaking traditions that instill its every bottle with authentic Italian taste and craftsmanship. The integrity behind the brand alone is enough to make this winery Cosimo Commisso-approved, but the wine itself is something you can’t afford to miss.

Cosimo Commisso in Italian winery

My favourite selection from Pio Cesare is the “Fides” Barbera d’Alba D.O.C. 2013, which one wine critic has claimed to be “perhaps the greatest Fides ever made.” He’s not kidding: this sumptuous elixir bursts with the essence of fresh, ripe fruit and boasts depth and harmonious flavours. It is crafted from the grapes from Pio Cesare’s “Colombaro” vineyard near the famous Ornato Estate in Serralunga d’Alba. “Fides” is Latin for “faith and trust” — a fitting name for the wine, since it took the Pio family quite the leap of faith and trust to plant Barbera in a vineyard, where a great Barolo could have been produced instead. All I can say is that the wine lovers of the world are glad they took that leap.

With love,
Cosimo Commisso