Villa Kennedy

Frankfurt, I ❤ You! (Part 4)

Frankfurt, I ❤ You! (Part 4) 1354 437 Galia Brener

Little did I know that Frankfurt is obsessed with kitchens and shoes! Last week was the glamorous week of kitchen parties in Frankfurt. All the stars came out, including a 2-Michelin star cook to celebrate Frankfurt’s fabulous kitchens. Not only was there champagne and gourmet food taking over the chic counters, there was also a new stylish collection of shoes being presented in the kitchen. Last week was enough proof for me that the most intense love is made in the kitchen!

The week started off at the Genussakademie, where my big love – Journal Frankfurt – was hosting its annual kitchen party. I gathered the girls and we went on a mission to eat, flirt and enjoy the wonderful company of the best magazine in Germany. We were greeted at the entrance with a cold glass of delicious bubbly, and smiles all around the room. Of course the tallest and most handsome man at the party was my editor, Nils Bremer. He welcomed us to this glorious event, and so the fun began! The Genussakademie is a really great place because it has a setup of 4 different cooking stations. Each station had two chefs, who were given the mission to cook 3 of their favorite Frankfurt dishes. That made it a total of a 12-course dinner! Of course being the curious monkey that I am, I walked around and tried everything, multiple times. I was highly impressed by the taste and creativity of the chefs and the dishes! Many Frankfurt personalities were in attendance, and everyone was laughing and having a great time. Journal Frankfurt, you definitely have good style and exquisite taste!

Italy is cool, but last week Frankfurt was cooler, as the Italians came to us to show off their beautiful shoes. Scarosso – a super chic Italian shoe label came to present it’s pop up store in our stylish city. Perfectly blending in with the kitchen theme, the event was held in the artsy Freitagsküche. When we arrived, the inner court was decorated with a warm red light and a huge press wall for the glam photos. A beautiful lady at the door greeted us with a leather wristband for the entry, and a sexy smile to match the vibe. As we entered, sounds of a live saxophone penetrated our ears, and the drum matched my heartbeat. They mixed the sax with really nice vocal house, which gave the event a nice fashion-underground-party-feeling. The bar was set up with delicious drinks and handsome bartenders. There were beautiful models all around us, sipping sensuously on their drinks. The shoes were doing their magic, as the ladies and even gentlemen couldn’t walk by without taking one or the other in their hands. Delicious round little pizzas were being served fresh and hot from the kitchen, as a perfect companion to the Moscow Mules. Beautiful shoes and cocktails in the kitchen – who needs more than that?

Last but not least, and definitely the most glamorous kitchen event that I have been to, was the Kitchen party at the Villa Kennedy. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the beautiful Katharina Metternich, who looked like an Italian princess in her beautiful long silky dress. We were given a black apron from the Villa’s Gusto restaurant, and were guided to an area set up with champagne and exotic drinks. After chatting with the other prominent guests, we were guided to the one and only – the large kitchen of the Villa Kennedy. As we walked in, I was completely overtaken by the beautiful transformation of the kitchen! The lights were dimmed to perfection, and accentuated with pink spotlights, creating a very warm and romantic atmosphere. There were areas set up allover the kitchen with chefs creating their magical affairs. However the most eloquent chef of the evening was Fulvio Pierangelini – the grandmaster himself with 2 Michelin stars. Being true to his spicy Italian blood, Fulvio was very charming, and quite the ladies’ man. His creations were mouth-watering and simply delicious beyond words. There was a DJ set up in the corner of the room, igniting the kitchen on fire, with his melodic beats. The guests and celebrities were walking around in their cute Gusto aprons, enjoying the food and atmosphere of this unique event. It was like being in a kitchen-fairytale because everyone seemed to be so happy! The champagne was flowing, and the laughter was echoing in the room. There was even an old-fashioned candy jars area, where guests filled their takeaway bags with every imaginable candy they desired! This will be a kitchen party long to remember, bravo!

Frankfurt, I love you because you are authentic, cool and very glamorous. There is always something exciting going on in this small cosmopolitan city! Not only do we have the best kitchen parties, but we also have International stars coming to us, wanting to be a part of our magic!














Frankfurt, I ❤ You! (Part III)

Frankfurt, I ❤ You! (Part III) 1354 437 Galia Brener

Winter has arrived, and the cold air has swept up the sun and send her on holiday to the other end of the world. However, the disappearance of the sun does not mean that we have to run away as well. Quite the opposite actually, because we can stay right here in our beautiful Frankfurt and have the most fabulous winter ever. This city offers us many romantic hideaways, loud fun places, and warm cozy escapes where you can melt your worries away.

I surprised my boyfriend Tommy, and organizing a romantic weekend in our stunning Mainhattan. This was an exciting chance to see if one can really have a romantic getaway without getting away from the city – and to my surprise – it’s very possible! The T-Man came home and saw his small suitcase packed beside the door. At first the poor guy was very confused, but after I reassured him that no one is moving out, I asked him to dress up warm because we were about to go on a little adventure. The first stop was at the most beautiful Christmas market in the world, of course the one here in Frankfurt. We made our way straight to the cheese fondue stand and let the delicious warm cheese fill our stomachs with pure joy. The next mission: warm alcoholic drinks to jump-start the weekend. The older lady at the stand fell in love with Tommy, and kept topping off our drinks with large shots of rum. There is nothing wrong with prostituting your man for free drinks and front-row center places across the majestic Christmas tree. Of course the market would not be complete without the people beside us bitching about how shabby and lifeless the big tree looked. So like any other proud Frankfurter, I boldly defended the honor of our Christmas, and put those people back in their places. The Feuerzangenbowle-Lady, who happens to be a true Sachsenhausen’er, also fell in love with me for that, and gave us a drink on the house.

Laughing to the point of tears, we decided to leave before getting beaten up. Tommy lifted me up and carried me upside down on his back to the taxi stand. We drove quickly past the flat, picked up our bags and continued on our mission: Romance in FFM. He had no idea where the taxi was racing to, and with a nice illegal sharp turn, we drove into the driveway of the Villa Kennedy. As we walked in, the beauty of the old building took my breath away, and it was like stepping into a beautiful Italian Palazzo in the early 1900’s. I looked around, and felt as if the walls where whispering their romantic stories quietly in my ear. I knew right away that this would be a magical weekend. As we were guided to our suite, I couldn’t help but scream of happiness at the sight of a 1.5 meter real gingerbread cookie house! It was like being in a fairytale. The smell was absolutely phenomenal, and Tommy had to pull me away before I would start biting the roof.

We finally made our way to the huge suite, and started running around in circles, chasing each other through all of the rooms. Finally after the 7th round, we noticed the beautiful arrangement on the table, welcoming us to the Villa Kennedy. It looked like a work of art made of Murano glass, but actually it was beautifully arrayed chocolate and fresh fruit, which were placed there to sweeten up our stay. Next to the fruit, I found a handwritten card from the beautiful Katharina Metternich, welcoming us to the glorious Villa. Now that’s what I call a fabulous woman with style and class!

It was time to get dolled up and take my handsome man for a nice dinner. We went downstairs, and started the evening with proper Bloody Marys and worked our way to Rib Eye steaks with French Fries. I finished all 320 grams of my meat, which was one of the best steaks I have had in a while. The meat was perfectly prepared medium rare, just the way I like it. I must have been a man in my past life, because for me, love definitely goes through the stomach. As we heard the piano from the bar, I looked at my T-Man, then looked around at the heart-warming ambiance of the Gusto restaurant, and felt that the world was at peace on this wintery Saturday evening. On the way back up, we found some hidden stairs that connect the second and third floor, which gives one the perfect hiding place for secret kisses! As we walked into the suite with happily satisfied smiles upon our faces, I took the “Do not disturb” sign – which is the perfect sign for romantic weekends – and hung it on the door.

If the love and effort are there, even the sun comes back for a nice morning kiss. The last part of my surprise was about to take place. I booked us the Romantic Moments massage, which is a treatment for two in the partner room, decorated with rose petals. We were served champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and delicious pralines to go with our relaxing body massage. It was heaven on Earth, or rather heaven in Frankfurt. We left the Villa Kennedy happy, relaxed, and smiling at each other like two naughty teenagers. After coming home from such a romantic weekend, of course all balance had to be restored, and Tommy made me watch the Godfather movies with him. This was a very magical weekend for me, and actually even better than getting away! No far distance to fly or drive, and such fun and relaxation directly inside the city. My love for Frankfurt grows each day, because this city slowly opens up so many of its mysterious to me. There is something about Frankfurt that other cities can only dream of, and that’s authenticity. We can do apple wine. We can do rock. We can do cool. We can do chic… and we can definitely do romance! Frankfurt, you will always have my love.

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