Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Pretty in pink
The owners of the Feast India Company restaurant in Kanpur, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, are huge fans of US film director Wes Anderson – and it shows. Their surreal The Pink Zebra project was realized by New Delhi architects Renesā.
25 000 dollars for the winner! Every year, the Agora app, a platform for some 3.5 million photo fans, organizes the international photography competition Agora Award. This year, the jury had the job of choosing between 130 000 photos from 193 countries. This field of joss sticks in Vietnam made the top 50.
Done your Christmas shopping yet? Buying online is always an option, but the more personal alternative would be to attend one of these courses and make your own gifts.
Put an end to classic perfume bottles under the Christmas tree! A perfume is a far more thoughtful gift if you create it especially for the person you love, for instance at the Musée du Parfum in Paris.
The world in a bowl of soup: Some soups are revered as miracle cures, others are shrouded in mystery and legend.
Borscht is the classic beet soup of Slavic Christmas parties and funerals. At the latter, the soul of the deceased is said to ascend to heaven with the steam. Speaking of heaven: While in orbit, cosmonauts can even eat borscht from a tube.
Ancient dish? Not exactly. City dwellers across the world happily tuck into their pho, but the Vietnamese rice-noodle soup was only invented around 100 years ago. Rumor has it that the name comes from pot-au-feu, the classic French beef stew.
Chicken soup is universally held to be good for a cold, but scientists claim that Japan’s miso is the real wonder soup. It eases stomach and menopausal complaints, and possibly even helps prevent cancer. Here’s a New Year’s recipe: miso with sweet mochi rice cakes.
In Caracas at Christmas, city streets are blocked off so that people can safely inline skate to mass. How the tradition began is something of a mystery, but it has to be the most athletic way of getting to church.