New York, United States
Louise, 29
Wine Afficionado & World Explorer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Driven by an endless curiosity, I particularly enjoy connecting and empowering people to make a positive impact. Moved to the US to contribute to spread the love on cognac [blending of distilled wine, the eaux-de-vie]. To me wine is a language that unite people and communities around the world independently of their origin and culture.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Chopin, Michel Legrand, Léo Ferré

Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?

My passion for wine has lead me around the world and to measure the urgency to act to protect our planet. I would cook fresh vegetables from a CSA, select natural wines and gather my heroes at home. #1 Alexandre Mars, Philanthropist & CEO of Epic, aiming at making giving and acting for the planet the new norm. #2, Paul Romer and William Nordhaus, Nobel Prizes winners, working on how to create sustained long-term economic growth. #3, David Aiu Servan-Scheiber, whose work invite us to act to preserve the planet. #4 Lalou Bize Leroy, fervent advocate of the biodynamic viticulture.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

My favorite brand in the US is Everlane for their great basics and ethics & radical transparency. Côme Editions for their beautiful and customizable designs that empower women in Senegal & their upcycling collection. For low heels shoes, Hirica crafted in France for more 100 years. I also shop at thrift shops. I firmly believe that we can drive change through our purchases and have a positive impact.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Read in Central Park.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New York that you particularly like?

Apoteke on Wednesdays.

What restaurant in New York looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Lam Zhou delicious hand made noodle and dumplings, in Chinatown. Also adding here my favorite secret wrap spot in the East Village, even though I am not sure it can properly called a restaurant.

Where can you get the best cocktail in New York? Which one do you like?

To me the best cocktails are yet to be sipped, New York dazzling cocktail scene is one - if not - the best in the world. Over-skilled Bartenders bring the cocktail experience to its quintessence. Don't hesitate to check my map for recommendations!

Where would you take your partner in New York if you wanted to really pamper them?

In New York I would take him cycling around the city. We would go for a picnic in Central Park, and stop by the MoMA, on our way to the park. Then we would go for an early concert at the NY Philharmonic and move to Air's Parlor to enjoy a glass of champagne with a unique dining experience at the Tokyo Record Bar. And end with a last drink on a rooftop.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies! A must-try in the city. My true addiction definitely remains kombucha that I discovered shortly after moving in. The offer in NY is second to none!

What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Outdoor activities: cross the Brooklyn bridge, walk in the West Village near Bleecker Street, get lost in Central Park, try dumplings in Chinatown Museums: The Frick Collection, The Whitney Museum, MET, MoMA Rooftops: Williamsburg Hotel, Whyte Hotel, Public Hotel, Mr Purple, Jimmy In spring/summer: best casual bar in the summer, the Brooklyn Barge Escape from the City center : #1: In the Queens: the Noguchi Museum & the Greek neighborhood #2: In Beacon, the Dia Art Foundation

Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?

I would gather my friends around a picnic in Central Park with good bottles of wine. Then I would go with the flow to dive into one of the magical & unique moments New York has to offer.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I would rather escape big cities during my vacations. La Rochelle, my hometown, is always a good idea. Cycling to the little island in front, the ile de Ré to go to the beach and enjoy oysters.

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