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Turkey Hosts World’s Biggest Motorsports Events

Turkey will host two of the world’s biggest motorsports events in the upcoming two months. The 5th leg of world’s biggest rally competition, FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), will be held on September 18-20 in Marmaris and Formula 1, world’s biggest motorsports event will be held on November 13-15 in Istanbul, marking the end of a 9 year break.

The 5th race of the WRC calendar, Rally Turkey, will be organized under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, with the participation of 130 pilots and 65 automobiles from 19 countries. The event will host world-renowned pilots in Marmaris’ amazing terrain and seascape and will be aired on 155 TV channels worldwide.

Closely followed by motorsports enthusiasts, Formula 1 is considered to be the biggest event of the world in its field and returns to Istanbul after a 9-year break. Turkey Grand Prix is planned to be the first event with spectators in the 2020 calendar and it will be run in 58 laps at the 5.3km-long Intercity Istanbul Park circuit as the 14th leg of the competition.

First introduced to the world in 2005 with its famous 8th turn, during which the pilots reach the side of the track 4 times (apex) within the same turn, Istanbul’s racing circuit will once again host 3 of the pilots who previously won victory here. British Lewis Hamilton, who is after his 7th world title, German Sebastian Vettel, who has 4 titles, and Finnish “Ice Man” Kimi Räikkönen will return to Intercity Istanbul Park after a 9-year break.

Turkey, one of the most popular countries in the world in terms of the number of visitors, promises a safe as well as an enjoyable journey for motorsports enthusiasts who wish to experience the motorsports events live on-site, thanks to the Safe Tourism Certification Program launched during the pandemic period.

About Turkey

Situated in the Mediterranean and connecting two continents, Asia and Europe which are separated by the famous Bosphorus, Turkey is a unique destination that welcomed approximately 51.7 million tourists, last year. The country that has always been a hub for cultural interaction and home to varying climates inspires the visitors today with its history, nature and gastronomy that reflect the diversity of civilizations for centuries. Located at the crossroads of cultures, Turkey has a distinctive understanding of art & fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity and its extremely dynamic shopping & entertainment life also attracts the visitors from all over the world.

Bazaar Pattern illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Istanbul Bazaars

Istanbul is famous for many of her cultural diversity, but the bazaars could be one of the oldest. Take the Grand Bazaar for instance, constructed back at 1461, this is the oldest and one of the largest covered markets in the world. For centuries, the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul has been the biggest marketplace of the world. Let’s follow the trails of this Istanbul tradition until today.

Grand Bazaar: Constructed in 1461, the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), The Grand Bazaar is a must-see attraction for all İstanbul visitors. A center of authentic jewels, exquisite textiles, finest silk shawls, pottery, famous Turkish carpets, antiques, spices, lanterns, leather goods and all sorts of souvenirs, the area consists labyrinthine streets, passageways and corridors featuring 64 streets, around 5,000 shops and 22 entrances at a total of 45.000 square meters.

Today’s Grand Bazaar is not only a unique shopping destination but also a great historical site that, by walking through its lively streets, you can enjoy an unforgettable day enchanting scents of the spices, impressive handicrafts, Turkish delight and the tempting smell of the Turkish coffee.

Spice Bazaar: The historical Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı in Turkish) or simply the Spice Market is probably the second most famous historical bazaar of İstanbul. Built by the early 1660’s, the bazaar gets its name from the revenues collected from Egypt, which was an Ottoman administrative division of the time. Since its beginning the bazaar served as the main market of spices coming from all around Turkey and the world.

Eminönü coastal area, where the Spice Bazaar is located, has been a busy market area since the Byzantine period. Busy trade activity is not surprising in this region, which is one of the central points of the city wall in the historical peninsula of Istanbul for those times when the sea has an important place in trade. As Ptokhoprodromos (a famous Greek poet of the early 12th century) has stated in an article, there is a spice market called Makron Envalos in the same place as the Egyptian Bazaar in the Byzantine period. The Modern Egyptian Bazaar mixed all the goods. It is impossible to say that only spices, sweets, teas and herbs are sold here. Here you will find Turkish ceramics, jewelry, souvenirs, textiles, fish, cheeses and much more. 

Çiçek Pasajı: Today it may be known for its beer gardens and restaurants but the Çiçek Pasajı was built in 1876 had 24 shops designed in Parisian style, which was trendy at those times, and 18 luxurious apartments over the shops. The Passage formed by the shops was called “Hristaki Passage” and the building was called “Citè de Pera”. Acemyan’s tobacco shop, which was opened in the early stages of the Passage, Maison Parret and Valloury’s patisserie, Japanese shop, Natural florist, Pandelis’ flower shop, Schumacher’s bakery, Papadopulos’ bindery, Keserciyan’s tailor, Yorgo’s tavern and Sideris’ fur shop were a few of these 24 shops.

In 1908, when the ownership of the building was transferred to the Grand Vizier Sait Pasha, the passage took the name “Sait Pasha Passage”. In the years of the 1940 Armistice, florists began to settle in small shops in the passage. White Russian women, barons and duchesses fleeing the October Revolution were some of those who were selling flowers. When Cite de Pera started to be used as a flower auction area for a while, the florists in Beyoğlu gathered in the passage and the name of the passage was turned into the “Florists (Çiçekçiler) Passage”. After 1940, the beer and pubs took place in the passage; it gradually moved to a new apartment owners and florists to other places and only the name “flower” (çiçek) remained. The first tavern of the passage was opened by Yorgo Efendi. In the following period, the tavern was restored by taking into consideration the basic situation of the Flower Passage with the efforts of the Beautification and Survival Association. After the restoration in 1988, it was reopened as a tavern and in December 2005.

Arasta: Arasta Bazaar was also known as Sipahiler Bazaar at the time. The market with this name became ash as a result of a fire in 1912 because it was amongst the products for the Sipahis. As a result of the archaeological excavations carried out in the region in the 1930s, it was understood that the market was built on the structures dating from the Byzantine period. The market, which was restored by the General Directorate of Foundations in the 1980s, was reopened in line with its purpose.

Today, there are 70 shops in the Arasta Bazaar, although there are not as many shops and products as before. These shops also souvenir, Turkey Iznik tiles and describing the many products sold. What makes Arasta Market so important is not only shops. A museum, where the mosaics removed as a result of the archaeological excavations carried out in the 1930s are exhibited, opens its doors to the visitors in the market. You can see the most beautiful of the mosaic works in this museum, which is called the Great Palace Mosaic Museum or Arasta Market Mosaic Museum.

Sahaflar Çarşısı ( Sahaflar Bazaar / Used Books Bazaar): With a great selection of second-hand and antique books, The Sahaflar Bazaar, is located in the area between the Fesçiler Gate of the Grand Bazaar and the Beyazıt Mosque and is still known as Halicilar street (formerly Sahaflar street) in front of the Inner Bedesten in the Grand Bazaar. Antiquarianism began in Bursa around the time of Orhan Bey in the Ottoman period around great mosques and in the courtyards of these mosques. After a while, the state center moved to Edirne, its present location. Although Sahaflar Bazaar has lost its feature of being a cultural center today, it is often visited by book enthusiasts.

Turkey: Located in the Mediterranean and connecting Asia and Europe continents that are separated by the famous Bosphorus, Turkey is a unique destination that welcomed about 40 million tourists. The country that has always been a hub for cultural interaction and home to varying climates inspires the visitors today with its history, nature, and gastronomy that reflect the diversity of civilizations for centuries. Located at the crossroads of cultures, Turkey has a distinctive understanding of art & fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity and its extremely dynamic shopping & entertainment life also attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Turkey Cittaslows

Turkey’s 18 cittaslows offer solace and adventure to travelers

Around the world, towns with under 50,000 citizens and care about the sustainability and local culture of their area are becoming cittaslows. To become a cittaslow, municipalities must fulfill 200 criteria within the framework of their environment, infrastructure, urban life, agriculture, tourism policies as well as hospitality, awareness, education and social cohesion plans. In Turkey, the number of cittaslow cities has been on the rise, now with the hopes of bringing solace during these new travel regulations. 18 cittaslow cities offer the peace sought by those who wish to refresh their souls during the difficult time the world currently goes through.

As the tourism industry needs new criteria worldwide and travelers seek new forms of vacation, Turkey’s cittaslows stand out as excellent alternatives. From east to west, there are 18 cities across Anatolia that have earned the title cittaslow by fulfilling the Cittaslow criteria. Some are holiday resorts while others are open-air museums or natural wonders, but all these cities provide their visitors who wish to heal and rejuvenate exactly with the peace they are looking for. Most recent entries to Turkey’s cittaslows include Ahlat, which is in southeastern Turkey, Köyceğiz in southwest and Güdül –the first cittaslow of the capital, Ankara. Here are some examples of must-see Turkish cittaslows.

Ahlat

A district of the southeastern province of Bitlis, Ahlat is located on the shore of Van Lake. Ahlat also boasts many ruins from the Seljuk era including the headquarters, state tent and yurt of Sultan Alparslan. With 118 tombstones, large tombs, castles, mosques, bridges, caves and temples, Ahlat is virtually an open-air museum.

Köyceğiz

Situated at the confluence of the Mediterranean and the Aegean and on the northern shore of the Lake Köyceğiz, Köyceğiz, Muğla stands out as a calm settlement with its rich natural beauties surrounded by citrus orchards. The acropolis, famous temples, and Harab and Susan Fortresses are among the most notable historic artifacts in the region. Home to waterfalls and hot springs, Köyceğiz is among the few areas in the world where one can engage in safari, trekking, rafting, and surfing in a single place.

Güdül

Güdül is still home to the traditional crafts handed down from father to son such as roasted chickpea and knife making, bringing these ancient cultures to our times. Standing out with regional dishes such as Kapama (Lamb stew with new onions), Tirit (Boiled minced meat sauce poured on diced stale bread), Höşmerim (Unsalted cheese dessert), and Tarhana (Soup made from dried curd, tomato and flour), Güdül also has a rich history. With its bored caves dating back to the ancient times, the city of Mzinos in Çağa, Sorgun Pond and Güdül houses in the urban protected area, Güdül offers an entirely new destination for travelers.

In addition to Köyceğiz, Muğla and Ahlat, Bitlis, other cities selected as “cittaslow” including Akyaka, Muğla; Eğirdir, Isparta; Gökçeada, Çanakkale; Gerze, Sinop; Göynük, Bolu; Halfeti, Şanlıurfa; Mudurnu, Bolu; Perşembe, Ordu; Şavşat, Artvin; Seferihisar, İzmir; Taraklı, Sakarya; Uzundere, Erzurum; Vize, Kırklareli; Yalvaç, Isparta; Yenipazar, Aydın; and most recently, Güdül, Ankara.

For more about Turkey please visit www.goturkey.com.

Gümüşlük, Paradise on Earth

Gümüşlük is one of the most tranquil coves with its unmatched natural beauty on the Bodrum Peninsula –the holiday hotspot of the Aegean– as it brings a great historical treasure together with sea, sand, sun, and exquisite flavors.

The history of Gümüşlük, which welcomes its guests with its windmills today, can be traced back to the ancient Lelege ancient city of Myndos dating back to three millennia ago, founded by the Carian King Mausolos, after whom the city came under the rule of many civilizations led by great personalities that shaped the world history including Alexander the Great, Aristonicus, Antonius, Brutus and Cassius.

Poetic Greek houses in the old Karakaya Village on the foothills, the magnificent view of Koyunbaba, which offers breathtaking views of the islands, the unparalleled natural beauty of Yalı and the Rabbit Island in the Gümüşlük Cove, which is accessible through the historical King’s Road, make it one of the most special locations on the Bodrum Peninsula, hosting the finest fish restaurants, festivals, world-renowned concerts, and art exhibitions. Gümüşlük is also the best destination for boats and yachts thanks to its natural harbor and spectacular sea.

An area to explore with its historical texture

Founded as a settlement in 640 B.C. in where modern Gümüşlük is located by one of the oldest civilizations in Anatolia, the Leleges, Myndos’ name meant “worship of the mother goddess.” Designated an archaeological protected site in 1975 following the recovery of numerous historical artifacts from that period during the archaeological excavations conducted on the Bozdağ hills and the Rabbit Island, the speculation on the origins of the modern name of Gümüşlük boils down to two stories. According to the first one, the region was home to silver mines in ancient times, which gave the town its name. A second story purports that the town received the name Gümüşlük because of the silvery color the sea takes during sunset…

Gümüşlük is famous for the historical Greek Houses in the Old Karakaya Village on the foothills, the glorious view of the Koyunbaba Islands, and its historical 150m-long, 1.5m-wide King’s Road. What makes Gümüşlük the most special point on the Bodrum Peninsula is the unmatched nature of Yalı and the Rabbit Island, which becomes accessible once the 3,500-year-old, submerged ancient King’s Road, which connects Gümüşlük to the Rabbit Island, reveals itself when the sea recedes and grants access to the island.

As soon as you set foot in Gümüşlük, you will be greeted by stands featuring handmade ceramics and glassware and jewelry and souvenirs made by artisans, stalls that sell lamps made from calabash, which is endemic to the Gümüşlük region and stores offering amazing desserts. Just take a few steps and you will find yourself on the path towards the bars where you can dine and wine before and after you take a dip in the water. Since this is a coastal town, finding an indoor venue here is almost impossible. At the café beaches extending along the shore, you can have a swim during the day, and a delicious meal and great time at the venues that transform into restaurants and bars in the evening. The International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival, which is well-known in the world of classical music, is very popular among music lovers as an event that brings together successful artists from all around the globe in summer. In addition to the classical music festival, the 400-year-old Eklisia Church is also home to concerts by various artists.

A favorite among gastronomy lovers

Cafés and restaurants along the Gümüşlük coastline welcome their guests with an array of fabulous dishes, particularly during summer. In Bodrum, when it comes to watching the sunset, Gümüşlük is the first place to spring to mind particularly when it is accompanied by delicious mezes and fish. At night, Gümüşlük is the address of romanticism and peace with illuminations under the sea, renowned for its atmosphere and the unique flavors of the Aegean cuisine and famous fish restaurants. Those who visit Gümüşlük must not leave this small and romantic cove before they try kabak çiçeği dolması (stuffed zucchini blossoms), turp otu salatası (wild radish salad), acı ot kavurması (roasted inula), şevketi bostan yahnisi (blessed thistle stew), and kırlı patlıcan kızartması (fried eggplants).

Gümüşlük is known for its venues that offer not only evening feasts but also rich breakfasts where you can take your time to enjoy in an easy summer morning. Breakfast tables in sitting areas surrounded by green spaces against an endless seascape and in a fresh atmosphere are adorned by citrus jam, clotted cream of fresh goat milk, and a host of delicious cheese varieties, making it even harder for visitors to leave Gümüşlük. At the venues set in orchards of lemon and satsuma trees, you can taste tangerine and orange jam, delicious ice creams made from fresh goat milk, and apple cookies.

A holiday destination that offers peace

Gümüşlük secures a tranquil holiday experience with small boutique hotels, apart hotels and bed & breakfasts. It is also a proper location for those who are into camping, offering a variety of opportunities. Visited by everyone young and old, the cove welcomes in summers those who are into extreme sports such as watersport activities and particularly windsurfing. And if you enjoy boat tours, you can experience a vacation accompanied by the peaceful sound of waves by sailing against the immense seascapes of the Aegean Sea in its hidden coves.

About Turkey

Located in the Mediterranean and connecting Asia and Europe continents that are separated by famous Bosphorus, Turkey is a unique destination that welcomed last year about 40 million tourists. The country that has always been a hub for cultural interaction and home to varying climates inspires the visitors today with its history, nature, and gastronomy that reflect the diversity of civilizations for centuries. Located at the crossroads of cultures, Turkey has a distinctive understanding of art & fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity, and its extremely dynamic shopping & entertainment life also attracts visitors from all over the world.

For more about Turkey visit the GoTurkey website HERE.

Istanbul’s Hagia Irene

A contemporary historic museum in the first courtyard of the Topkapı Palace near Hagia Sophia, Hagia Irene is renowned not only as the first church in Istanbul but also as the birthplace of Turkish museology. Today, Hagia Irene is used as a concert hall particularly for classical music concerts, hosting doyens of music ranging from world-renowned chamber orchestras to piano and violin virtuosos.

Giants of classical music play the world’s finest notes in Hagia Irene

Having served as a concert hall since 1973, Hagia Irene is among İstanbul’s most cherished treasures with its history and splendor. Having hosted concerts by respected musicians and ensembles of classical and contemporary music including the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, Mischa Maisky, Amsterdam Sinfonietta Orchestra, Yuri Bashmet, St. Petersburg Russian Chamber Philharmonic, and London Chamber Orchestra as well as American singer and songwriter Raul Midon, who was nominated for the Grammy awards with his 2018 album, Turkish ney player, composer and producer Mercan Dede, who also produced the score of the campaign film promoting Turkey’s natural beauties entitled ‘Turkish Therapy,’ one of the hottest names among classical pianist in recent times, David Fray, rising star of jazz, Karsu, world-renowned violinist and the founder of Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer, and violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova, it is ideal for a delightful end of day event surrounded by history, culture and art on the historic peninsula right next to the Topkapı Palace.

A historic magnum opus in Istanbul

Hagia Irene, which means “Peace of God” or “Holy Peace” in Greek, is noteworthy as the biggest Byzantine church that was not converted into a mosque in İstanbul. Drawn with a basilica plan as a classical Roman place of worship, Hagia Irene is comprised of narthexes and abscissas. Its main dome is carried by four colossal 35-meter high elephant feet while its central courtyard is empty, like that of the Hagia Sophia. The upper floor of the structure was designed in the shape of a big Roman cross. When it was built, Hagia Irene was not only the first church in İstanbul, but also one of the biggest structures of the Roman Empire.

Turkey’s first museology work started at Hagia Irene

During the Ahmed III era, artifacts sent from all across the Ottoman Empire were collected at Hagia Irene under two categories including Mecma-i Esliha-i Atika (Ancient Guns Collection) and Mecma-i Asar-ı Atika (Ancient Relics Collection), making the venue the birthplace of museology in Turkey. Watch an exclusive video on Hagia Irene HERE.

About Turkey

Located in the Mediterranean and connecting Asia and Europe continents that are separated by famous Bosphorus, Turkey is a unique destination that welcomed last year about 40 million tourists. The country that has always been a hub for cultural interaction and home to varying climates inspires the visitors today with its history, nature and gastronomy that reflect the diversity of civilizations for centuries. Located at the crossroads of cultures, Turkey has a distinctive understanding of art & fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity and its extremely dynamic shopping & entertainment life also attracts the visitors from all over the world. For more about Turkey, visit www.goturkey.com

Pittsburgh, 360 MAGAZINE

Savoring the Moment: Five Coffee Rituals from Around the World

Believe it or not, people around the world have their very own quirky or interesting coffee rituals. If you are a fan of coffee, check out how other nations enjoy their favorite hot drink. Here are five of the most interesting coffee rituals from around the world.

Ethiopia

This country loves coffee so much that it has actually been named as the Ethiopians national drink. To make coffee here, first you need to add sugar, followed closely by coffee and hot water. When making a coffee in the home or in a restaurant, three cups are usually made and then each of these servings are named. One example of this is awol, tona, and baarka. In Ethiopian this translates as “to be blessed.”

Italy

Italy is one of the most well-known countries for coffee making and many of the best cups of coffee originate from here. The most popular coffee in Italy is the espresso, which is a single or double shot of coffee usually consumed on its own in a small cup. Usually the Italians drink this while standing too. In Italy, you should not order a coffee late at night, especially a cappuccino. If you were to order one of these while out, it would not be considered the norm, as these should only be enjoyed in the morning according to the Italians.

Turkey

The Turkish love their coffee just as much as the rest of the world and usually serve black coffee after a meal. Just like many of the other countries here, Turks enjoy their coffee strong and it is usually accompanied with a Turkish candy. If you do visit here, be careful of ordering a double shot as the coffee really is strong, especially when compared to the coffee of the U.S. Another tradition in Turkey is reading the coffee grounds once the cup of coffee has been drunk.

France

Coffee and croissants go hand in hand in France and is a popular French breakfast choice. Coffee’s here are usually served in a huge mug and it is polite to hold the mug with two hands. The French also do not like those who order whipped cream on the coffee, or those who order flavored syrups to go in their coffee and in some cafés; this can be seen as an insult. Coffee here is often served after dessert regardless of time.

Spain

One of the most popular coffee drinks in Spain is named cortado. This coffee is based on the famous espresso, but warm milk is then added to the coffee in order to reduce its acidity. Coffee is often drunk at breakfast as well as after siesta. In Spanish, this time after siesta in which the locals drink coffee is called La Merienda and translates to snack time.

Making Your Own Perfect Coffee

If you are a coffee lover, then being able to make the perfect cup of coffee in your own home is essential. Coffee machines have become increasingly popular around the world to help people make a barista style coffee in the comfort of their own kitchen. Nespresso machines are one of the leading brands and these Gourmesso pods come in a variety of flavors. They fit perfectly in Nespresso machines and allow you to make the best coffees without having to visit your local Starbucks.

Each country has a different way in which they consume coffee, and many countries prefer to have their coffees strong and black. This is because farmers take pride in making the best coffee grounds, and these flavors should be appreciated on their own.

Tips To Get Wedding Ready

By Beachbody Super Trainer and creator of Ultimate Portion Fix, Autumn Calabrese

When deciding on a nutrition program to follow to slim down for your wedding there are a few key things to keep in mind. The first being how much time you have till the big day and how much time you have till your final dress fitting. Once you’ve had that final dress fitting its ideal to maintain your weight so that your dress fits on the big day!

Following the Foundational Fix plan of Ultimate Portion Fix is a great way to get wedding ready.

  • Start by eliminating highly processed foods from your diet, this includes, sodas, sugary coffee drinks, cakes, candy, and any other foods you might be consuming that contain excessive amounts of sugar (anything over 8 grams per serving is high). If it has a laundry list of ingredients you can’t pronounce its go to go.
  • Stick to whole foods, things like, fruit, vegetables, lean proteins (chicken, fish, turkey, tofu, tempeh, occasional red meat) and healthy carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, beans, potatoes, lentils and oats.
  • Watch your portion sizes. You can overeat on healthy food as well.  You don’t need as much as we tend consume to fuel your body. Ultimate Portion Fix shows you exactly how to portion out the foods that you love with its color coded, portion control containers.  
  • Balance your macronutrients. Again this is something Ultimate Portion Fix does for you.  No counting calories, carbs, protein or anything else. Fill your containers and enjoy your food knowing that you’re getting a perfectly portioned, balanced meal every time.
  • Make water your new best friend. Water is so important to the function of your body so stay hydrated, it also helps flush toxins out of your system. Make drinking half your body weight in oz of water a day your number 1 priority.
  • Practice self care. Planning a wedding can be stressful, that stress can start to take a toll on your waistline if you’re not careful. So find ways to relax like taking an epsom salt bath, getting in a good sweat session, journaling, and most importantly getting enough sleep at night.

In addition to implementing Ultimate Portion Fix and these 6 tips, load your diet with foods that support a healthy weight.  

  • Apples not only provide a healthy, natural sweetness to your diet they are loaded with fiber to help you feel fuller for a longer period of time.
  • Avocados have a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid which provides a slow burning energy source for the body.  Its been shown to fire up the metabolism and healthy fats help you feel satiated.
  • Beans are a great source of healthy carbohydrates.The are loaded with fiber and it takes our bodies a long time to digest. This again means you will feel full longer.
  • Eggs are a great source of protein. I know they’ve gotten a bad wrap in the past but they are low in calories and high in protein. Increasing protein in ones diet has been shown as a effective form of weight loss.
  • Chia Seeds try adding these little guys to a salad or smoothie. Chia seeds have been shown to help with endurance, energy and decreasing hunger. They are also high in omega – 3 fatty acids ( a good fat that we need) and protein.  

Looking your best on your special day is a big deal and can stress a lot of people out. Take the stress away, follow a program that isn’t a diet, doesn’t leave you starving or feeling deprived, has been proven to work long term for hundreds of thousands of people.  If you want a program that is effective and will have you feeling like your best self on your big day check out Ultimate Portion Fix.

About Autumn Calabrese

Celebrity trainer, best-selling author, and working mom Autumn Calabrese has created  breakthrough fitness programs 80 Day Obsession®, 21 Day Fix®, 21 Day Fix EXTREME®, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel® and Country Heat®. She’s revolutionized the Beachbody fitness model with her simple approach to healthy eating.

Together with her chef brother, Bobby Calabrese, she authored the portion-control cookbook, FIXATETM and hosts the cooking show by the same name that streams on Beachbody® On Demand. FIXATE features simple, delicious recipes, all perfectly portion-controlled and easy to make. Her goal as a health and fitness expert is to motivate and inspire people to make the lasting changes that will serve them and their families for the rest of their lives.

Mad About Jewelry

THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN’S ANNUAL EXHIBITION AND SALE OF CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY RETURNS WITH 55 ARTISTS FROM 18 COUNTRIES

LOOT: MAD ABOUT JEWELRY

April 8 – April 13, 2019

Opening Benefit: April 8

Featuring the announcement of the LOOT Acquisition Prize and the presentation of LOOT Awards honoring Adria de Haume and Josie Natori

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents the nineteenth edition of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, its annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry. Open to the public April 9 through April 13, following the Opening Benefit on April 8, LOOT 2019 showcases the work of fifty-five emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists and designers, most of whom have never been shown in New York. The event provides the rare opportunity for collectors and jewelry enthusiasts to meet and acquire pieces from some of the most innovative creators in the field.

“The jewelry content of LOOT 2019 is particularly noteworthy in two specific areas,” said LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp. “Firstly, this year’s exhibition presents a great number of outstanding young makers who are already creating groundbreaking work. Secondly, it features a larger presence of jewelry in precious metals, particularly in silver and in gold, often with semi precious and precious stones, that is exceptionally original in design.”

MAD is the only museum in the United States with a gallery dedicated to the display of both special jewelry exhibitions and its permanent collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry. LOOT extends MAD’s commitment to presenting jewelry as an art form, and provides vital support for Museum exhibitions and programs.

“LOOT reflects the core of MAD’s mission to celebrate the creative process and connect audiences to contemporary art and design,” said Marsy Mittlemann, LOOT 2019 Co-Chair. “It presents an extraordinary opportunity for artists and viewers to interact with one another and engage in conversations around the work. I am honored to participate in an event that provides a platform for international talent while supporting MAD’s exciting upcoming initiatives.”

“LOOT is always exceptionally curated, and 2019 promises to be the best edition to date,” said LOOT 2019 Co-Chair Joan Hornig. “No other exhibition in the world brings viewers into contact with the diversity of design and designers showcased each spring at MAD. It is the perfect venue for both serious and first-time collectors to engage with global talent and purchase unique pieces of wearable art at every price point.”

LOOT 2019 features fifty-five artists from eighteen countries and territories: Austria (1), Belgium (1), Chile (2), Finland (1), France (2), Germany (6), Italy (2), Korea (5), Poland (1), Portugal (2), Spain (5), Sweden (1), Taiwan (1), Thailand (1), Turkey (3), the United Kingdom (14), the United States (6), and the US Virgin Islands (1). In addition to a diverse range of artistic practices, the jewelry on display encompasses a wide array of materials, from traditional metals to more unconventional media like leather, glass, porcelain, paper, silicone, resin, textiles, wood, horsehair, recycled skateboards, and ultraviolet-reactive nylon.

ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS

The jewelry artists and designers featured in LOOT 2019 include the following:

  • Italian designer Selvaggia Armani designs and produces textiles, including necklaces and brooches, for home and casual wear. On site at LOOT, she will create a new collection of jewelry made of hand-painted leather, building on her practice of “live” painting and customized bracelets.
  • Japan-born and Massachusetts-based artist Mariko Kusumoto prevails upon fabric to construct forms of elegant simplicity and evocative imagery. Using a proprietary heat- setting technique, she gives the fabric a new identity through reshaping it into three- dimensional forms. Her designs are incorporated into jewelry and sculptural pieces, as well as in collaborations with fashion designers; in January, her work appeared on the Jean-Paul Gaultier catwalk at Paris Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019.
  • Taiwanese jewelry artist Heng Lee juxtaposes traditional craft technique and cutting- edge technology to explore the relationship between nature and Internet culture. Using downloaded images, laser-cut metal, and hand embroidery, he creates visually striking pieces that are both digital and tactile. In a time when much of our information comes from social media, his work interrogates the divide between experience and technology, and encourages full awareness of the current moment.
  • Scotland-based artist Wanshu Li is largely inspired by the brilliant colors and sensuous movements of sea creatures like jellyfish and sea anemones. With her jewelry, she aims to create a multisensory wearing experience that involves visual enjoyment, tactility, and sound. Li’s fascination with dance culture, laser light shows, and stage performances inspired her to add a further visual dimension to her practice: she experiments with ultraviolet-reactive nylon and fluorescent paints, which combine to produce a remarkable intensity of color when the jewelry is illuminated with UV light.
  • Houston-based designer Mariquita Masterson creates handmade glass pieces that are vivid, unique, and energetic, and that unite the everyday with the exceptional. Masterson uses both recycled glass and glass from companies that produce a variety of colors and textures, and on occasion creates stunning pieces out of the fragments of broken antique vases. Most recently, Masterson has gained attention for the debut of one of her necklaces worn by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi during the President’s State of the Union address in February.

This year, LOOT will showcase the work of four 2018 graduates of La Escuela de Arte 3, in Madrid, Spain: Patricia Álvarez, Cristina Armesilla, Sonia Birndt Carrascosa, and Bárbara García. The jewelry of these emerging creators exhibits fresh expressions of color and form, and takes inspiration from music, technology, contradiction, and the city they call home.

In its first year, the LOOT Advisory Committee assists LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp with the selection of artists and designers. The LOOT Advisory Committee for 2019 includes Susan Ach, Michele Cohen, Marsy Mittlemann, and Barbara Waldman.

LOOT ACQUISITION PRIZE

Awarded annually by a jury, the LOOT Acquisition Prize recognizes a LOOT jewelry artist or designer whose work reflects maturity in artistry and concept, exhibits both a superior and an experimental understanding of materials and form, and demonstrates expertise in technique and execution. MAD’s permanent collection includes nearly one thousand pieces of jewelry, spanning the mid-twentieth century to the present day. The LOOT Acquisition Prize formalizes the Museum’s goal of enhancing its collection by acquiring jewelry from artists who have made significant contributions to the field and whose work provides historical context for MAD’s mid- to late-twentieth-century pieces, as well as from emerging artists who are an important force in the contemporary art jewelry scene.

The 2019 jury is chaired by Barbara Paris Gifford and Elissa Auther together with LOOT Co- Chairs Joan Hornig and Marsy Mittlemann, LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp, and Board Chair Michele Cohen. The 2019 LOOT Acquisition Prize will be awarded on April 8 during the Opening Benefit dinner.

In 2018, the prize was jointly awarded to Isabelle Molénat and Sarran Youkongdee. Past LOOT artists who have had works acquired by the Museum include the well-established art jeweler Iris Nieuwenburg and the emerging jewelry artist Casey Sobel. Alena Willroth, who was awarded the inaugural LOOT Acquisition Prize in 2016, will be a returning artist this year.

OPENING BENEFIT AND LOOT AWARD

The LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit takes place on Monday, April 8, beginning with a cocktail hour and reception at 4:30 pm. The evening’s activities include first access to the LOOT exhibition and sale—an exclusive opportunity to meet this year’s artists and acquire their designs—as well as a dinner honoring the recipients of the LOOT Award.

The LOOT Award recognizes luminaries in the field of jewelry, including artists, collectors, and designers. This year’s honorees are jewelry designer and philanthropist Adria de Haume and jewelry and fashion designer Josie Natori. Past recipients include fashion icon Iris Apfel (2013), collector Barbara Berger (2013), jewelry designer Joan Hornig (2016), fashion designer Kay Unger (2016), and artists Joyce J. Scott (2014) and Axel Russmeyer (2012).

The LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit Host Committee comprises Susan Ach, Iris Apfel, Davina Benshetrit, Caroline Blackman, Noreen Buckfire, Marian C. Burke, Kathy Chazen, Michele Cohen, Paolo Costagli, Stacy Creamer, Emily Cutler, Marcia Docter, Patti Dweck, Beth Farber, Sandy Grotta, Joon Han, Jan Huling, Barbara Jacobs, Ann Kaplan, Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, Jane Koryn, Laura Kruger, Luisa LaViola, Bonnie Levine, Pam Levine, Tina Livanos, Jackie Martin, Stacey Mayrock, Ella McHugh, Robert Lee Morris, Edie Nadler, Michelle Perr, Linda Plattus, Andi Potamkin, Barbara Regna, Heidi Rigney, Deborah Roberts, Lela Rose, Jill Ryan, Bette Saltzman, Gail Shields-Miller, Angela Sun, Ted Taylor, Barbara Tober, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Kay Unger, Barbara Waldman, Janet Winter, Marcia Celis Wirth, Pamela Workman, Jan Wysocki, and Lynn Yaeger.

To purchase tickets to the LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit, to be held on Monday, April 8, visit thestore.madmuseum.org/collections/loot-2019, or contact Rebekka Grossman at 212.299.7712 or rebekka.grossman@madmuseum.org.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND SALE HOURS

Tuesday, April 9: 10am to 6pm

Wednesday, April 10: 10am to 6pm

Thursday, April 11: 10am to 6pm

Friday, April 12: 10am to 6pm

Saturday, April 13: 10am to 6pm

Entrance to LOOT is included in the price of Museum admission: $16 general; $14 for seniors; $12 for students; free for MAD members and children under 18 years of age. To purchase tickets online, visit madmuseum.org/visit.

ABOUT CORPORATE SPONSOR: PAOLO COSTAGLI

Paolo Costagli New York returns as corporate sponsor of LOOT. The fine jewelry brand recognized for its sophisticated, modern, and distinctly bold designs, will debut Onde, its new collection of 18kt gold and diamond jewelry at LOOT 2019. The Onde collection, inspired by the waves of the Venetian Lagoon, introduces a variety of rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Featuring Paolo Costagli’s signature bold geometrics with a touch of fluidity, the collection presents effortlessly chic precious jewelry fit for all occasions, from everyday wear to a formal soirée.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, and fosters a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design. For more information, visit their website.

Treatment of Afghan Interpreters

Approximately one month, the Director of Faith Matters, Fiyaz Mughal, highlighted the plight of Afghan Interpreter, Mohammed Nabi, and how he was sleeping rough on the streets of Athens. Nabi’s case was initially documented and he was assisted by Jess Webster, who works with refugees in Greece.

Having heard of the case, the petition by the Director of Faith Matters, has now reached over 116,000 signatories within 5 weeks. It is now being backed by the Sun on Sunday and has also been highlighted by the Daily Mail and the Metro. Yet, the Government have made no headway in addressing this issue. There is therefore a groundswell of public opinion backing Nabi’s case, yet the politicians refuse to even acknowledge this case.

Mohammed Nabi worked for ISAF and British forces in Afghanistan between 2008-2011. He has received numerous commendations for his work with British Forces such as from the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. He was instrumental in interpreting Taliban commands in real time when in the field with British soldiers and thereby he was key to tracking Taliban troop movements and attack points against British soldiers.

Speaking to Mughal in Athens he said that:
“My role was to work with commanding officers and I was the bridge between Afghan forces and British commanding officers. When officers from the British army went to speak to village elders, I was with them. There was an unwritten command that Taliban leaders gave to their forces to kill Afghan Interpreters first so that British and ISAF forces would be blind in the field. I was at risk of suicide bombers in such situations in villages as they tried to target British commanding officers and their interpreters”.

Nabi left working with the British armed forces after 1 year, (in 2009), because of threats from senior Afghan commanders made against his family and against him. He rejoined ISAF and British forces within 3 months of leaving since his skills were suited to armed forces work and he could not find other work and served again as an Afghan interpreter until 2011.

In 2016, an attempted kidnap against him failed and ‘night knocks’ against his front door raised threat levels against him and he fled on foot through Iran and into Turkey where he lounged for 18 months with no assistance from aid agencies who were assisting families. They were therefore not focused on assisting young single men.

Repeated attempts to highlight his case and the threat to his four children and wife failed in Turkey and he was left destitute and penniless, where he took up shepherding for basic subsistence. Each month though, saw the Taliban makes gains and come closer to his village and Nabi said that the policy of the Taliban to the children of people who assisted ISAF forces was to call them ‘sons of snakes, who were snakes themselves’. In other words, the children of Afghan interpreters were at serious of attack.

In 2016, to highlight his case he left Turkey and ended up being arrested in Greece and jailed. He was eventually released and claimed asylum though ended up penniless sleeping on a park bench in Athens where the Director of Faith Matters met up with him.

Speaking about the plight of Afghan Interpreters and in particular Nabi’s case, Fiyaz Mughal OBE, who developed the petition and who worked with the Sun on Sunday to highlight his case, said:

“Nabi has been denied entry into the UK and given no assistance when he approached UK Government agencies. How can this be right when he saw Afghan colleagues die in battle and Nabi was there saving British lives by interpreting Taliban commands whilst rounds went over his head. The only possessions he has are the plastic-coated commendations from officers because of his work in the field. It is disgusting the way that this man has been treated.

“The treatment of Afghan interpreters is a national disgrace and what the petition and the support from national newspapers shows is that the public care, whilst politicians have shown little courage in addressing this matter. I believe that anyone who has served more than a year in Afghanistan supporting our armed forces and who can show that their lives are in danger because of their work, must be let in. We relied on them to keep our armed forces safe, and now they need our help. This national disgrace must end and I will keep speaking out”.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Everyone’s favorite Jersey girls are back and better than ever when Bravo Media’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” returns for the highly anticipated season nine on Wednesday, November 7 at 9pm ET/PT. Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania and Margaret Josephs are joined by new housewives Jennifer Aydin and Jackie Goldschneider along with everyone’s favorite friend Danielle Staub. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey/season-9/videos/your-first-look-at-rhonj-season-9

This season on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,shocking revelations lead to shifting alliances, causing old school rules of friendship and family to be pushed to the limit. Teresa continues her journey as an independent woman during the final year of Joe Giudice’s prison sentence and decides to enter a bodybuilding competition against her husband’s wishes. Meanwhile, Melissa discovers some scandalous secrets about her father sparking her to search for answers. Dolores has been questioning her life choices and struggling with empty nest syndrome more than ever, which is partly due to her distracted workaholic boyfriend David. After becoming fast friends last season, Margaret discovers she’s signed up for more than she expected as a bridesmaid in Danielle’s upcoming nuptials. When new housewife Jennifer enters the scene, she calls out Margaret for the scandalous affair that ended Marge’s first marriage, creating a rift between the two ladies that spirals out of control. But the entire group is forced to pick sides after Teresa rips open old family wounds. And newcomer Jackie quickly proves that she’s not afraid to go up against Teresa. However, Jackie finds herself in a position where she has to prove herself after Teresa accuses her of coming between family – the one thing that you NEVER do in Jersey. After years of rebuilding old friendships and forming new ones, these ladies are left wondering if their once close-knit group has been fractured beyond repair.

Meet the new housewives:

Jennifer Aydin

Coming from a traditional Turkish background, Jennifer Aydin has always put her family first. She is a mother to five children ranging from 5 to 13-years old and is happily married to a successful plastic surgeon. But as Jennifer’s youngest child is about to enter school, Jennifer finds herself ready to break out of her traditional role as homemaker and mother, challenging the roles she and her husband have subscribed to for their entire relationship. And when Jennifer helps to arrange her brother Michael’s marriage to a family friend in Turkey, she is unprepared for the backlash she faces from some of the ladies who find it difficult to accept her less than modern ways.

Jackie Goldschneider

As a mother of two sets of twins under the age of 10, Jackie Goldschneider’s hands are completely full at all times. Worried about raising her children in a privileged home, she is determined that they grow up as strong and self-sufficient individuals. Jackie is a former real estate attorney but has recently found passion in her new career as a parent blogger. Being friends with Margaret already, Jackie is totally ready to connect with a new group of women and start giving them advice, which may not go as well as she plans.

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ is produced by Sirens Media, LLC, for Bravo. Jessica Sebastian, Jordana Hochman, Amy Kohn, Lucilla D’Agostino, Luke Neslage, Lauren Volonakis, Deanna Markoff and Dorothy Toran are executive producers. Andy Cohen also serves as Executive Producer.

About Bravo Media:

Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network has a diverse slate of original programming that includes scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and the recently announced anthology series “Dirty John,” along with unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.