A Weekend In Cologne + Introducing SCHOTT CERAN®’s Miradur™

A couple of weekends ago I was invited to Cologne on a press trip by sisterMAG and SCHOTT CERAN®. This was to launch SCHOTT CERAN®’s latest innovation, the CERAN® Miradur™, an incredibly scratch and wear resistant glass for cooktop panels.

While I didn't get to see much of Cologne, I did manage to spend a lovely few days surrounded by inspiring bloggers and got involved in some fun workshops. Upon my arrival I was greeted by the lovely girls at sisterMAG at Kochfabrik. After a few giggles and glasses of prosecco we were introduced to  CERAN® Miradur™ with a product demo followed by a gorgeous sit down dinner. Beautifully styled in monochrome, it definitely had my vote. We were simply spoilt with delicious food provided by L’escalier. Can we please discuss how good the chocolate dessert was?! I feel it deserves a blog post of its own!

We started the following day with an amazing brunch by Bastian’s, and can I just say I've never seen so much cheese, I was in total heaven! After copious amounts of coffee I was ready to tackle the three creative workshops that were on offer.

First up was a photography workshop with Zoe Noble, where the main focus was learning how to shoot on reflective surfaces, using of course a CERAN® Miradur™ piece as our shiny surface. 

Next up was a design workshop with Uxperten.  Here we got to quiz our partners about our cooking habits and then came up with creative solutions in ways to tackle the issues. I found this rather interesting as it really made you think.

Our last workshop (save the best till last) was how to make chocolate pudding with Törtchen, Törtchen. Which lets face it, was by far my favourite part of the day!

We finished our trip in Cologne with a quick visit to the imm Cologne design fair, where we were presented with many kitchen brands that have the SCHOTT CERAN® glass on some appliances.

So after highlighting our lovely trip and sharing gorgeous pictures of the event, lets get down to the nitty gritty. Here is an introduction to SCHOTT CERAN®.

SCHOTT CERAN® is a registered trademark of SCHOTT AG. SCHOTT CERAN® Miradur™ is the world’s first and only scratch-resistant glass-ceramic cooktop panel. It has a degree of hardness that comes close to that of a diamond. That means: 95% fewer scratches from sand, 70% fewer scratches caused by abrasive sponges. It is the only coating that features all thermal, mechanical and chemical properties and can be used together with all heating technologies. It is patented as a scratch-resistant coating for glass-ceramic cooktop panels. Appliances with CERAN® Miradur™ should be available in stores starting in 2017. 

The video below shows the every day wear of daily living that CERAN® Miradur™ encounters. It is no surprise why it is dubbed as 'Tough Beauty'.

I always find it interesting getting to know about new brands in great detail and learning about the innovative technology that is incorporated.

A big thank you to sisterMAG and SCHOTT CERAN® who organised this fun weekend. 

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with SCHOTT CERAN® & sisterMAG. All views are solely my own. Photography is by Timo Roth

Christmas Pretty Doors With Banham

We all love beautiful interiors but nowadays it's not only about the inside of your home but also about Kerb appeal. The last few years there has been this growing trend with beautiful doors to make your home just as attractive on the outside as inside. It is for this reason that over on Instagram I created the account @prettydoortraits, professing my love for beautiful doors. I may be a little biased, but London certainly does do the best doors and especially around Christmas time. Pretty doors with a festive incentive always get me super excited this time of year.

It's for this reason that many turn to Banham for security as the home owners are usually interiors savvy who want everything to be beautiful, including their locks! Banham is the largest provider of security to homes in London and the South East - all those  pictures of beautiful homes on instagram are almost always a Banham-secured home!

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Their founder invented the first automatic door bolt which has led to the iconic Banham lock today. Their keys are also iconic in London - they have a key patenting service which means no Banham key can be copied without the registered homeowners approval.

They take great pride in their design and aesthetics of their products, in keeping with interior design trends, with Locks and door accessories available in an array of finishes to compliment your home door. Overall Banham are not just a security brand but a household name in London and very much fits in with interior design.

For a chance to win a door makeover by Banham, make sure to visit my Instagram account @ariannasdaily for a chance to win!

Pasta B: Singaporian Food In The Heart Of Milan

Being the food lover that I am, I'm constantly on the look out for authentic delicious food while discovering new cities. So when I got invited to try out Singaporean food with a fusion twist in the heart of Milan, I simply couldn't refuse. Welcome to Pasta B, a small laid back restaurant with reminiscence of China town, just moments away from il Duomo in Milan.

Known for their famous Singapore style dumplings I promise you wont be left disappointed. Grilled, steamed or boiled are the different cooking styles for their wide selection of dumplings completely hand made, enriched with different and tasty fillings to melt in your palate...

It was a totally pleasant evening and not only was the food at the highest of standards but so was the service. Friendly, courteous, they truly made you feel at home.

During the evening we tried a few dishes of their signature dim sums in all variations. I can see why these are incredibly popular and trust me when I say they are damn good! I highly recommend the pan fried dim sums, simply divine! We also tried various noodle dishes, I was a total fan of their thai style stir fried noodles - a definite must if you like it slightly spicy!

A little history lesson...

In 1989 on Singapore’s Chinatown, the Han’s opened the Jing Hua Xiao Chi, a place specialised on preparing dumplings. In no time whatsoever long queues formed outside the place and the customers were left satisfied with the Han’s home made noodles and dumplings.

The Jing Hua menu has remained untampered ever since it was created on the restaurant at Neil Road in Singapore, where a brief selection of high quality dishes can be found, the ones that distinguish the Han family's Jing Hua. As it is tradition, also at Pasta B Milano all of their products are thoughtfully made by hand with great care and passion.

So there you have it, authenticity in the heart of Milan.

PS. Make sure to try out their cocktails, they are soooooo good!