ISSUE 37 â€¢ DECEMBER 2017
Looking Ahead Expert views on 2018
At Home in Valletta
Fun and Glamorous! Gorgeous seasonal fashion
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contents ISSU E 37 • DECE MBER 2017
Expert views on 2018
At Home in Valletta City Living
Fun and Glamorous! Gorgeous season al fashion
27 Style Interview
17 Of Motivation and Inspiration Tamara Webb talks blogging and Christmas.
35 A Date with History Festive fashion at the Inquisitor’s Palace.
27 Looking Ahead to 2018 What to expect from the 12 months ahead.
Style Living 53 Couture Christmas Three designers are given a festive blank slate.
59 Style Checklist The news you simply must know. 89 Heading South for Christmas Discover the flavours of South America. 95 Papped! In Style Style sees and is seen!
Style Beauty 65 Festive Glamour Getting ready for the party season!
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Tamara wears: Marco Bicego Africa bracelet, Marco Bicego Africa ring, exclusively available at Diamonds International. Photography: Kris Micallef, Styling: Sarah Micallef, Hair: Recee Davison at Dean Gera Salons, Make-up: Chris Attard for Franks, using Guerlain, Clothing: Karen Millen, Jewellery: Diamonds International.
Style Home 70 At Home In… Valletta Meet three artloving property owners.
81 Winter Update Three top designers choose their key seasonal trends.
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tion that she gave so many of us. For that, we will be forever grateful. For us, this issue is also about looking forward and finding hope. “Hope is being able to see that This is especially evident in our arthere is light despite all of the ticle Looking Ahead on page 27, darkness.” – Desmond Tutu in which we speak to eight wellThis is the first edition of Style known names from across a varion Sunday since the murder of ety of sectors to understand their Daphne Caruana Galizia on 16 expectations for the year to come. October. Like so many people, I Their thoughts make for very inam still in shock and struggling to teresting reading. make sense of what happened. Anticipation and expectation is Daphne – a very respected colevident throughout the rest of the Photo by Kris Micallef league and fellow magazine editor magazine, too – from the ambiHair by Recee at Dean Gera Salons Make-up by Chris Attard for – was an incredible journalist and tions of our cover interviewee TaFranks, using Guerlain her death has left a gaping hole in mara Webb, to the beautiful pages our industry and so far beyond. She is missed for her of our fashion and interior shoots. We hope it will be beautiful writing, as well as her creative and investigaof help to inspire you during this very special season. tive mind. On behalf of all us here at Style, I would From all of us to all of you – do have a very Merry like to send condolences to her family and loved ones. Christmas and a Happy New Year. May it be filled As we approach one of the most emotive times of the with hope, light and delight! year, I hope that they will find solace in each other and in knowing how respected Daphne was for the inspira-
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Of Motivation and Inspiration
From blogging to her thousands of followers, to hosting her entire family on Christmas Day, Tamara Webb’s life is one busy moment after another – but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Here she chats exclusively to Style on Sunday about her exciting life and her joyous plans for the festive season. Interview Jo Caruana • Photography Kris Micallef • Styling Sarah Micallef • Hair Recee Davison at Dean Gera Salons Make-up Chris Attard for Franks, using Guerlain • Clothing Karen Millen, Valletta • Jewellery Diamonds International Shot on location at a private residence in Cospicua, which is currently for sale. For more information please see Chesterons Real Esate (Ref 19878)
Tamara wears: Diamonds International earrings, exclusively available at Diamonds International; clothes: Karen Millen.
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“I love to be busy and, if I find myself without something to do, I usually invent something!”
Tamara wears: Marco Bicego Lunaria necklace, Marco Bicego Lunaria earrings, Marco Bicego Lunaria ring, exclusively available at Diamonds International; clothes: Karen Millen.
It’s a moment of calm amid a busy schedule when I meet Tamara Webb for our exclusive Style interview. All around her we’re setting up for our gorgeous Style shoot – primping her hair, preening her make-up and selecting the stunning clothes that she’ll be wearing – but she is a beacon of tranquillity. “I can’t get phone reception in here,” she grins, “so everything else will have to wait until later!” I learn quickly that she is excellent at compartmentalising and very focused on every task at hand. Tamara describes herself as a very busy person – and there is no denying that. She splits her time between running her online social media management company and her catering company Jar, while blogging to thousands of followers about everything from beauty and fashion to fitness and healthy living. “I try to achieve balance in everything I do,” she says, “whether that’s spending time with my family – who I adore – getting things done at work, working out, or cooking up a meal for my husband, Ken, and I. I love to be busy and, if I find myself without something to do, I usually invent something! The flip side is that it does get very stressful sometimes, so I try to keep that in check.” One of the ways Tamara manages that stress is to rely on Ken – who she describes as her rock. “We’ve been together for 10 years, since I was 17. Nowadays it isn’t easy to maintain a relationship for such a long time, and especially one that started when I was so young, so I feel very proud of it. Being Ken’s wife is something I treasure, and I am very much looking forward to our second Christmas together as a married couple.”
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“I put the brakes on everything else during the festive season and just focus on my family.”
Tamara is also proud of her quickly-developing career as an influencer – even though she hates the word ‘influencer’ – and she is constantly asked for her advice. “I have always loved blogging and sharing my ideas, so social media has enabled me to take that to another level. It has given an exciting new purpose to my work and I absolutely love the fact that I can help other people by doing it,” she says. Tamara also cites style and fashion as very important aspects of her life. “That first impression is everything,” she says. “Fashion is your identity and it says so much about you, so it’s worth investing in. Even when I think back to the days when I wasn’t happy with the way I looked, fashion was still somewhere I sought solace and it made me happy. Now, of course, it’s a vital part of what I do and something that definitely helps to define who I am.” With all of this in mind and so much to fit into her time, Tamara’s life boils down to plenty of scheduling. “I spend so much time planning!” she smiles. “I plan everything from the healthy meals I cook to the photos I take for clients for their social media. Without careful planning, my whole life would come crashing down, so I have to be very careful to ensure everything gets done every single day.”
Tamara wears: Marco Bicego Paradise bracelet, Marco Bicego Jaipur rings, exclusively available at Diamonds International; clothes: Karen Millen.
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“Looking at my life now, I honestly can’t believe what I have created for myself.”
But despite being rushed off her feet, Tamara is very much looking forward to Christmas and has plans to host her family for the second year running. “I put the brakes on everything else during the festive season and just focus on my family for that wonderful week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. As a family we have lots of parties but Christmas Day itself will be spent at our house, in what seems to be turning into a new tradition! I absolutely love hosting people and seeing them smile, so I am looking forward to getting the house ready and having everyone over. We’re a very close family and watching us get closer every year is one of the things I treasure most in the world.” As for what’s planned for her future, Tamara is keen to use her work to bring women together, and hopes to start seminars where other women can share their hopes and dreams in a forum that will make them feel comfortable. “If there’s one thing I have learnt from being an influencer, it’s that we all feel the same way about the things that worry us,” she says. “So many women come to speak to me about their anxieties – and that could be anything from a pimple on their chin to worries about getting married or having children. We all have these worries, and I am often surprised by how little women share with one another – even among their friends. So my goal for the future would be to break down some of those barriers and to work with women from all walks of life in a way that makes them feel stronger and happier.”
Tamara wears: Piaget Rose necklace, Piaget Rose earrings, Piaget Rose ring, exclusively available at Diamonds International; clothes: Karen Millen.
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Christmas film: Home Alone Christmas tradition: Family gatherings and setting up the Christmas tree with my mum Instragrammer: Sarah’s Day (@sarahs_day) Shopping destination: Dubai Book: How To Be Calm by Anna Barnes
“No one is perfect – least of all me – but believing in yourself is crucial.”
Place: Japan Must-have accessory: Necklace
Finally, she sheds a little light on what it’s like to be a blogger. “I really want people to understand that lifestyle bloggers do try to be true to themselves and to the people that follow them. Once you have a following, it’s your responsibility to put the things you believe in out there and not to let your readers down. That is something that I feel very strongly about and will definitely continue to keep pushing for in my work. I love working with brands I believe in – from fashion to fitness and beauty, and enjoy sharing the little tips that I have learnt that could make a difference. “Looking at my life now, I honestly can’t believe what I have created for myself, simply by following my dreams. No one is perfect – least of all me – but believing in yourself is crucial because, if you don’t, then no one else can. I really hope to keep instilling that message. I absolutely love doing what I am doing and hope to keep motivating people for a long time to come.” n
Tamara wears: Al Coro ring, Al Coro earrings, Al Coro bracelet, exclusively available at Diamonds International; clothes: Karen Millen.
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Looking Ahead to 2018 2018 is set to be a landmark year for Malta. In this article we speak to experts across the board – from journalism and architecture, to the environment and food sustainability – to discover what we should expect from the 12 months ahead. Article by Jo Caruana • Photos by Matt Green at Hush Studios • Shot on location at the Radisson BLU, St Julian’s
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“When it comes to the headline that struck me most in 2017, it would have to be ‘They left me to die after killing my baby – survivor recounts barbaric attack by partner.’ It was a story we published on 9th April, after an interview with the pregnant woman who had experienced this brutal attack. “Of course, I was also horribly shocked by the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia – it left me speechless. She was killed because of what she wrote and believed. As a person, whether you agree with her or not, she was fearless and whoever killed her wanted to shut her up. My only hope is that the respective authorities will bring to justice those persons who did this, so that her family will find closure. “In 2016 and 2017 there was a lot to be proud of at The Malta Independent, including that we managed to pull off the online programme InDepth and put it on the media map. I am looking forward to strengthening it in the coming year. “Journalism has the unique capacity to speak truth to power and I find this inspiring and motivating. At the same time, I am constantly conscious that the job carries a heavy responsibility News because there is the fate of Rachel Attard people’s lives at stake, be they editor in chief of politicians or paedophiles. The Malta Independent I don’t think people realise how under-resourced Maltese journalism is, compared to other countries. Maltese newsrooms be shedding light on where perform miracles everyday. this concoction is going. “When it comes to 2018 and “Internationally, allow me to local journalism, I am keen to focus on Europe. I think that see how the political dust will the Brexit issue will have to settle. Currently, we are in an come to some sort of head, with unprecedented situation: the PN the EU and all its members, is in shambles, there is this burst including Malta, having to assess of activist civil action whose the consequences. Secondly, sustainability remains to be seen I am keen to see whether the and, finally, there’s a government rise in popularity of extremist, which, despite it all, continues fringe or one-issue parties to soar in the polls. 2018 should in Europe will continue.”
“2017 was a good year for increased public funding for the arts with three new funding programmes and the national arts awards launched by Arts Culture Council Malta. Toni Attard It was also an theatre director and founder exceptional year of Culture Venture for hundreds of Maltese artists presenting diverse cultural projects in Malta and travelling across the globe thanks to the cultural programme of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. “My own personal milestone came from juggling a plethora of projects in my role as director of strategy at Arts Council Malta and taking the decision to wrap up an 11year career in the public arts sector to set up my own firm in international arts advisory, production and management. “When it comes to culture in 2018, there’s no doubt that Valletta 2018 will dominate the headlines – its ups and downs, its legacy and the politics of art. I am looking forward to enjoying a selection of contemporary works on the fringe of the Capital of Culture programme, most of which will possibly not even make it to any culture headlines. “With hundreds of events and projects around Malta and Gozo programmed for the muchawaited year, it is impossible to point out a must-attend event, so my recommendation would be to grab hold of the programme and plan out the cultural year. Oh, and if one Capital of Culture experience is not enough, then head to Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, the other European Capital of Culture.”
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Food & Sustainibility Kurt Mifsud
Founder & CEO of the Mediterranean Culinary Academy “In 2017 I was honestly most intrigued by the pesticide scandal that took place a few months back. What struck me most was that, even though a similar scandal happened the year before, the only action that was taken was to punish farmers. What few people talk about is the fact that our local growers have asked the government to set up an accredited laboratory system that can trace excessive pesticides in the soil. This would cut the need for farmers to have to wait months for foreign lab results to understand the situation. The pesticide scandal hit the people we should be supporting. I would personally prefer if we set up a system that would encourage our local producers to move to an organic agriculture system, however, at the very least, I believe that if we truly and honestly want to move to a sustainable food production system, then we must have an efficient system with the appropriate checks and balances in place. “Looking back on my own achievements for the year, I am very proud of the team I have put together at the Mediterranean Culinary Academy, and the fact that we are launching our first courses soon. It is an organisation run by a very passionate, creative and intelligent group of people who believe strongly in the sustainability of Mediterranean food. “Looking to 2018, I would like Malta to rediscover the joys of eating seasonally, which is so much better for us and the environment. Several international NGOs are educating the general population about how what they eat affects climate change, and I think people are becoming more aware of that. Locally we need to make our vegetable aisles plastic-free – it is a movement that is growing overseas and I suspect that growing consumer pressure will see changes locally in the next year or two.”
CEO of Farsons Group
founding partner of Architecture Project
Norman Aquilina “While 2017 was largely dominated, and somewhat conditioned, by the general elections and Malta’s EU Presidency, from a general business perspective, it was a good year. We all need to recognise the country’s strong economic performance, even if this is not consistently reflected across the board. Indeed it has principally been driven by sectors such as tourism, financial services and gaming, which nonetheless also have their fair share of challenges. The continued uncertainty when it comes to the future of Air Malta is a case in point. “Looking ahead, there are various issues that need particular focus in order for us to maintain the country’s positive economic performance. First and foremost is the need to better anticipate and manage the shift and changes needed within the country’s job market requirements, be it in the private or public sectors. This is a critically-important issue with far-reaching consequences on the country’s level of competitiveness and ability to attract further business and investment. That said, our positive economic performance has also brought along growing pressure on our environment and road transport infrastructure, two areas which will become more and more topical and need to be given more attention as they go hand-in-hand with our economic progress. “The forecasted economic outlook for 2018 is generally positive but cannot be taken for granted. Economic activity and resultant competitive pressures will continue to intensify, just as pressures for better governance from the regulatory authorities will also continue to intensify. Clearly, our ultimate objective should not just be progress measured by means of nationally aggregated economic data but fundamentally about a more sustainable and equitably spread economy which is better and fairly regulated to ensure a level playing field for the broadest benefit of the economy.”
“Perhaps the most significant story of 2017 involves a work of architecture created by nature and not by man. The disappearance of the Azure Window in Gozo in March made everyone aware of the precarious nature of all that surrounds us and the fragility of our environment, in particular of our heritage, both natural and man-made. The restoration and consolidation of the Mdina Fortifications and the completion of the Cittadella Visitors’ Centre, were two important architectural milestones achieved in 2017. While planning policies continue to relax in a drive to keep the economy buoyant and thriving, greater awareness and initiatives to preserve our architectural heritage are taking root. On the contemporary architectural front, more young practices are producing excellent work, especially in the residential sector. “Architecture Project is currently responsible for projects concerning the two most important religious structures of Valletta: St John’s CoCathedral, whose museum is currently being extended and refurbished to include a space for the 29 baroque tapestries designed by Peter Paul Rubens, and the Anglican Cathedral, whose spire is in dire need of consolidation. Both these projects are an opportunity to reverse that history of prejudice and bigotry, and to look forward to a brighter future where religions are a tool for unification rather than division. “Architecture is a language set in stone and the messages we create today will be transmitted into the future as an expression of who we are. Our focus in 2018 should be to create buildings that are an expression of our authentic identity and values, rather than a vehicle for satisfying our greed. “In 2018 I expect that awareness of global issues such as global warming will become heightened. The Treaty of Paris became active this year and I suspect that the major drive both locally and internationally will be towards the creation of a more responsible and sustainable architecture where the use of nonrenewable sources of energy is minimised.”
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Environment & Rule of Law
Petra Caruana Dingli university lecturer and columnist
Charles and Ron van Maarschalkerweerd Borg fashion designers
“We are still waiting for significant milestones for Maltese fashion, although showing our new collections twice in New York and Los Angeles last year and having our designs worn by international celebrities, has been a personal milestone, as well as one for Maltese fashion in general. Also, personally speaking, Charles and I celebrated 25 years together in June 2017. We met in 1992 in the Netherlands and can’t believe how the years have flown by. “With regard to the fashion of 2018, we hope it’s the creativity and excitement of beautiful new collections that will dominate the headlines in the coming year, although it is probable that many other things will divert attention away from creativity, including business deals and designer transfers. “As for us, we’re currently working on our new Fall/Winter 18/19 collection and we’re looking forward to bringing our ideas to life and showing them on the runway. We’re also excited about launching our new Spring/Summer collection in our shops in the early months of 2018.”
“One of the defining narratives of 2017 in Malta was the call for good governance. This culminated in November when the European Parliament voted for the rule of law to prevail following the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. I truly hope that the government will rise to the occasion and address these genuine concerns in a convincing manner, as they are likely to persist in both national and international stories on Malta in 2018. “On the environment and heritage front, 2017 was a disappointing year. We are living through a building frenzy. Planning rules and laws have been relaxed, encouraging more construction. This is likely to intensify in 2018 as the authorities have shown no sign of putting on the brakes. It is often smaller projects that transform the landscape, piece by piece, eating up the countryside and historic centres. “Concerns on the environment and heritage will therefore continue to make headlines next year as people are regularly frustrated by insensitive development in familiar and cherished places. Contractors are calling the shots. But unless more people are ready to stand up and be counted, and to say ‘stop!’, this will not change in 2018.” n
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w History Surrounded by the sumptuous interiors of the Inquisitor’s Palace, STYLE ON SUNDAY goes on a journey through time as it showcases the key seasonal pieces that will help you stand out this festive season. PHOTOGRAPHY: BERNARD POLIDANO STYLING: BIANCA DARMANIN HAIR: CHRIS GALEA FROM MICHAEL&GUY MAKE-UP: CHRIS ATTARD FOR FRANKS, USING GUERLAIN MODEL: KORNELIJA AT NOTICED MODELS SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE INQUISITOR’S PALACE, BIRGU
Dress from French Connection at Mexx, Bay Street; shoes from Stivaletti; necklace from Swarovski.
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Top and skirt from Charles&Ron; waistcoat from Twinset at Mexx, Bay Street; shoes from Mango; bracelets from Swarovski.
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Jacket and trousers from Mei Boutique; fur collar from Mango.
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Jacket and trousers from Oltre at Mimi Boutique; belt from Mango; shoes from Stivaletti; necklace from Swarovski.
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Dress from Matalan; fur collar from Mango; shoes from Stivaletti; bag from Charles&Ron.
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Cape and necklace from M&Co; top from Matalan; trousers from Trucco at Mexx, Bay Street; shoes from Stivaletti.
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3 1 OBAKU Available from HEBE Malta International Airport, Bay Street and Paola, Classic Jewellers, Sliema, Mellieha and Golden Sands, and Beth, Paceville
1. VARM – LADIES’ WATCH – €200 ‘Varm’ means warm which is a great synonym for the Varm Walnut watch thanks to its warm colour composition created by the Danish designer Christian Mikkelsen. This timepiece consists of a rose goldcoated steel case with an edge that features sparkling Swarovski crystals and a dark brown dial surrounded by a dark brown-coated stainless steel mesh bracelet. The Varm Walnut is an elegant and exclusive timepiece for the style-conscious woman.
2. LYS – LADIES’ WATCH – €200 The Lys Rose is a simple design combined with functionality. The timepiece is solar-powered and is a unique combination of high-quality materials. The Lys Rose features a rose gold coated stainless steel mesh bracelet with a rose goldcoated case, and a white dial. The design is made by Danish designer Christian Mikkelsen who has created a timepiece design that appeals to the modern woman who adores the colour rose gold and simplicity.
KIPLING Available from Kipling, Level 1, Bay Street, St Julian’s
3. ART S – HANDBAG – €87.90 The Kipling Art S handbag is refreshingly-versatile, with adjustable corners that can alter its look and feel in an instant. The Art S handbag comes in a range of luxurious metallic and classic finishes, all instilling a sense of modern feminine style in the city. Leather details and a refined metal logo plaque create an ultra chic finishing touch. The Art S handbag has plenty of useful pockets to keep you super organised.
4. NEAT – LAPTOP BAG – €155.00 Kipling Neat is a sleek, stylish bag with smart design details to help keep you ready and prepared throughout your working day. You can wear it by the top handles, cross-body or simply pop it on your shoulder for an easy handsfree approach. Neat is an essential, everyday computer bag with eyecatching appeal – perfect for travel, in the office or working from home.
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6 8 RADLEY Available from Radley, Level 1, The Plaza, Sliema
5. KENLEY COMMON - LARGE ZIP-TOP TOTE – €239 The boxy bag just got bigger, and Radley has taken this much-loved shape and designed it on a larger scale so you no longer have to wait for a special occasion to wear this trend. Take this large leather tote from the office to the evening, as a versatile colour block wardrobe addition to pair with all your favourite outfits.
6. BURNHAM BEECHES - LARGE FLAPOVER SHOULDER – €259 Organisation is key, especially when it comes to an everyday workbag. This design features plenty of compartments and slip pockets, hidden under a magnetic clasp-fastening flap, keeping all your essentials in place and secure. The textured leather adds a chic finish to this shoulder style.
UNO DE 50 Available from Uno de 50, 2, Tower Road, Sliema
7. OSIRIS – necklace – €359 This semi-rigid cast metal necklace is silver-plated with a rectangular smoke-toned Swarovski crystal. A unique design with personality that reflects the conceptual and independent style characteristic of UNO de 50.
8. OSIRIS – ring – €179 Silver-plated knuckle ring with a triangular smoke-toned Swarovski crystal. Hand-made in Spain, like all UNO de 50 pieces.
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BaroqueINThe City In the run up to the Valletta International Baroque Festival, Style on Sunday speaks exclusively to festival director Kenneth Zammit Tabona to discover what audiences should expect from this highly-anticipated musical extravaganza.
“The funny thing is that in Malta we’re surrounded by Baroque – Baroque churches, Baroque palaces, a Baroque capital city, Baroque festi, even; but the music had fallen by the wayside,” says Kenneth Zammit Tabona, who has been the face of the Valletta International Baroque Festival ever since its first edition in 2013. “The Baroque Festival and I have grown together – I used to call it my baby but it’s beyond the toddling stage now! My own knowledge has grown with it; it’s been a learning curve all the way through, and there are always new things to discover.” This year’s edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival will run from 13th to 27th January 2018, with concerts and performances held in a number of venues in Valletta, with the Manoel Theatre as the linchpin of it all. Mr Zammit Tabona adores Valletta, and says fervently that it could not be a more perfect city for a Baroque festival. “The formula for the festival was just right because it’s Valletta. It’s absolutely unique – a land-locked, sea-locked city that can’t shrink or grow – it remains intact and integral, just as it was designed by Laparelli. There are dozens of Baroque festivals in Europe but very few that have, within spitting distance, an 18th-century court theatre, a church like St John’ Co-Cathedral, the Salon at the Archaeological Museum, the churches, the palaces, and the overall ambiance of Valletta. People attending the festival can wake up in the city, go to a concert, go to lunch, go back to their hotel rooms to rest, have dinner and then go out for another concert. It’s just so comfortable. The Manoel, of course, is the centrepiece of everything – this uniquely Baroque gem that we have.” However, the festival will also be venturing out of Valletta this year, with venues including Verdala Castle in Buskett, The Aula Capitulare in Mdina Cathedral, The Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina, Ta’ Sarria church in Floriana, and the Malta Maritime Museum and the Collegiate Church of St Lawrence in Birgu.
“The funny thing is that in Malta we’re surrounded by Baroque – Baroque churches, Baroque palaces, a Baroque capital city, Baroque festi, even; but the music had fallen by the wayside.”
One of the most enthralling things about Baroque music for Mr Zammit Tabona is ‘the voyage of rediscovery’ – “there’s so much baroque music that was written for kings, princes, dukes, counts, cardinals, that wasn’t meant for the public, and that is only coming to light now.” On the other hand, he’s fascinated by new Baroque compositions, works inspired by Baroque, as well as variations on the most well-known pieces.
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The Adoration of the Shepherds - Mattia Preti 1660/1699 - From the collection of Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
In fact, some of the highlights of this year’s edition include sonatas by Scarlatti performed on guitar by Simon Schembri, the Monteverdi Vespers performed by VIBE (Valletta International Baroque Ensemble), Baroque meets Jazz with Sandro Zerafa and a revisitation of Bach’s musical offering by the cutting-edge Het Collectief. Furthermore, it has become an annual tradition for a new piece by a contemporary composer to be commissioned for the festival – this year, it’s ‘Partita’, a concertante for oboe, clarinet and orchestra by 23-year-old composer Euchar Gravina, which will be premiered by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on 17th January. “Putting together the Baroque festival like this is much like creating a painting – it only makes sense when it’s completed, when I realise why I wanted to take that direction. One is always learning, and changing. What I don’t want is for the Baroque Festival to become a museum piece – it must be alive, with modern twists and interesting variations.”
After the Baroque Festival, the Manoel will barely have time to catch its breath before launching into its annual opera. This year, it is Don Giovanni, one of the three productions that came about as a result of the collaboration between Mozart and the Italian librettist Da Ponte. It will be directed by Jack Furness, and set in a very film-noirish, 1950s New York. “Don Giovanni is the ultimate mascalzone – he’s really wicked,” says Mr Zammit Tabona, his eyes glinting. “And this production is quite unlike anything we’ve ever seen in Malta. Opera is the height of absurdity, it takes you to another world, it’s the top genre, incorporating literature, drama, music, stagecraft, art, choral singing; you name it, it’s in it. People’s expectations are very high, the standard has to be worthy of Mezzo. And we’re working very hard to live up to it – after all, there’s no reason why the premiere location in Malta shouldn’t produce the very highest standard of productions.” n
For more information and to view the full programme, visit vallettabaroquefestival.com.mt
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Early 20th century tattoo art practice in Malta
The Rel-Ink project exhibition, currently on show at the Malta Maritime Museum in Birgu, presents a snapshot of tattoo art practice in Malta from the early to the middle part of the 20th century. It brings to the public’s attention the work of Maltese tattoo artists from this period, as well as significant artefacts related to the practice. Rel-Ink features contemporary art interventions in dialogue with historical artefacts from the Malta Maritime Museum collection.
he practice of tattooing, though present for many centuries in Europe, was perceived as taboo by most European societies. The negative connotation stems in part from Judeo-Christian teachings as well as tattooing’s association with criminality. Tattooing was, however, also more prevalent among sailors and waterfront workers. Historical research, conducted at the National Archives of Malta, revealed that tattoos were included in Maltese passport documents of the period as visible distinguishing marks. The Rel-Ink project looked at the passport documents of Maltese men associated with professions related to the maritime industry, in order to gain a better understanding of who was acquiring tattoos and which designs were popular during this period. Some of the most popular designs included horses, religious imagery, flags, flowers, hearts, clasped hands, banners with sweethearts’
names, anchors, ships, sailors and swallows. The port city of Marseille was a popular destination for maritime workers seeking a better life or seasonal work in the early part of the 20th century. The Rel-Ink project also researched these migratory links and points of engagement with Marseille, looking at references to tattooing and the Maltese from French archival sources. Given that once their elderly owners pass away, undocumented examples of 20thcentury tattoo designs are sadly irretrievable, Rel-Ink set about documenting these images and the oral histories and experiences of elderly people with tattoos. This, together with a citizen science approach initiative, will help build a more detailed and nuanced picture of tattoo art in Malta. Rel-Ink is curated by Pierre Portelli, Liam Gauci and Dr Georgina Portelli. Dr Portelli and Prof Milena Dobreva lead the research assisted by Maria Micallef. The
project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund, Heritage Malta and those generous participants, including the residents of St Vincent De Paul Residence, who agreed to share their tattoo stories. Further to the positive outcome regarding Malta’s commitment to ratify the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the agency is working to promote further intangible heritage. Popular elements in our society that qualify as intangible heritage are traditions, customs, narratives and the various skills and crafts. The concept behind this project is in line with this commitment since tattoos are linked with the culture, social-economic developments and history of Malta. n For more information about Heritage Malta, visit the website www.heritagemalta.org, or the agency’s official Facebook page.
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Open up to the joys of the Christmas Season at
Valletta Waterfront Arriving at
Valletta Waterfront Valletta circular bus (133) from the main bus terminal. Valletta Waterfront features on most hop-on hop-off buses’ routes. You will be dropped off a few metres away. The Upper Barrakka lift. It is also possible to combine the ticket for the lift with the ferry crossing across the Grand Harbour to or from The Three Cities. Electric cabs are available from just outside Valletta. Parking is also convenient. One may park on the quays starting from a ¤3 flat rate, in the Atrium parking located in the middle of the promenade, or free of charge on the road itself. Berthing space for your boat is available at Laguna Marina on request.
The historic Valletta Waterfront destination, located in the scenic Grand Harbour, combines food, retail and entertainment outlets within a maritime hub. The small chapel of the Flight to Egypt by the Holy Family further creates a unique ‘village’ ambience.
s from 1st December, Valletta Waterfront takes on a Christmas Village feel with a mix of décor, music, food and activities related to this magical time. A Christmas tree of a height of over 35 feet will be set up in the central part of the promenade. A variety of free activities are planned underneath the tree and along the whole promenade: Christmas bands, children’s choirs, cribs, stalls and more. Santa can be found in his workshop and, together with his helpers, will be available for photo opportunities.
As throughout the rest of the year, there will be free children’s entertainment on weekends and public holidays. Our little guests can enjoy free activities including balloon modelling, face painting, crafts, games, colouring-ins, meet-and-greets with all-time favourite characters, puppet shows, bouncy castles and more. Interactive season’s specials are planned with an Antlers’ Toss, Mind the Baubles, ‘in-Naxra’ and more. Twelve outlets located along the Valletta Waterfront promenade provide a variety of dining experiences for any type of event
or party. From a quick after-office drink to an elaborate meal, Valletta Waterfront has that perfect venue, with a wide variety of menu options that can be customised to one’s taste and budget. Browse the shops for interesting gifts – including jewellery, books, hand-made ceramics, local glass and more. Welcome the New Year 2018 in style: entertainment for the old and young will be provided throughout the night on the 31st with live bands and roaming children’s animation. At the stroke of midnight, there will be an aerial fireworks display coupled with confetti on the Valletta Waterfront promenade, overlooking the historic port and fortifications. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the balmy Maltese winter weather – with inside seating and heated outside areas for colder days, while joining in the Christmas cheer and celebrations. n www.vallettawaterfront.com/christmas
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CoutureChristmas As one of our best-loved and most customisable Yuletide traditions, the Christmas tree often takes centre stage in any home. Here, STYLE ON SUNDAY asks three of Malta’s most influential designers to let their imagination run wild. The result? Trees drizzled in a dazzling array of unorthodox decorations! Words Iggy Fenech • Photography Alan Carville • Trees supplied by Piscopo Gardens, Naxxar
“I like to think of myself as a servicegiver rather than a brand or a shop. After all, couture and bespoke pieces are more personal than prêt-à-porter. My aim as a designer, however, is to go back to the high-fashion of the 1950s, and even earlier, and to deconstruct it and rework it in a way that makes it relevant to today’s aesthetics. “Even so, while my creations may often seem conceptually-loaded, they also need to be visually-pleasing, and that’s what I tried to achieve with this tree. For me, the colours of Christmas are dark green, antique pink and white – anything that feels extremely girly but that has that sexy edge to it. Colours and textures also have to go together, so I opted for antique pink satin ribbon and white feather boas to pierce through the dark green background of the tree. Couturier LUKE AZZOPARDI has fashioned a name for himself by deconstructing 1950s and Victorian techniques and fashion silhouettes. Taking on the notions of ‘sexy’ and ‘naughty’ – a mix which gave singers like Eartha Kitt a place in the Christmas Hall of Fame – his tree is feminine and kinky, yet subtle.
“I like trees to have a personalised feel to them. As my family lives in Gozo, I spend most of my time in Malta with friends, so I have chosen to include photos of them on the trees – including pictures of us on our travels, celebrating Halloween or out clubbing. Moreover, I created a bow for Kit, my cat, using the same satin ribbon, so he can also feel part of the celebrations – he’s rocking it, so he must be enjoying it.
“Colours and textures also have to go together.”
“Christmas is also a time to go all out – not that I usually don’t, mind you – and I will once again be hosting my wild Christmas party this year… This year, my friends Becky and Vivienne – who helped me set up the tree – will get an extra round of drinks as a token of gratitude!”
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“The decorations reflect my love for summer and traditional Christmas motifs.”
CARLA GRIMA is a resortwear designer whose silken creations have made her a household name in the spring/summer months. Her tree is an ode to her love for island life, with many dual-meaning motifs that feel just as home on a Christmas tree as they do at the beach. “I love how much energy people have in the summer months, and how they travel more, go out more, and spend time at the beach. And it’s the same thing for me, which is why my studio focuses on summer and resortwear, creating silk kaftans and colourful swimwear. I am also an advocate of natural and sustainablysourced materials, be it silks, cottons and linens in summer, or wools and angora for winter, for our capsule winterwear collection.
“All that served as the inspiration for my tree: the colour scheme is turquoise, copper and cream, and the decorations reflect my love for summer and traditional Christmas motifs. The stars could be starfish or the Star of Bethlehem; the ribbons could be just that, or jellyfish swimming in the sea. The copper hangers, meanwhile, remind me of what I do; along with the postcards that are so reminiscent of holidays! “Christmas is also a time for family and friends, and I love the fact that I managed to include my Juki sewing machine, which was
sold to me – at the best price imaginable – by Olga, a local seamstress who I worked with for a while. It reminds me of her, and my beginnings; while, Uggs, my parents’ and now also the studio dog, keeps me company whether it’s warm or cold outside. “This year, I’m looking forward to my freelancers’ lunch, an annual event I organise to bring together all the people I work with throughout the year. I think it’s a nice way of catching up with everyone outside of work. And to my family’s Christmas lunch, of course! Also, I can’t not mention Erika, who came to help me decorate the tree, started having contractions, and had little baby Suzie the next day!”
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Streetwear designer MARCO PARASCANDALO became an overnight sensation when he released his ‘SKANDLU’ T-shirts four years ago. His tree, like all his collections, pays homage to previous eras of his brand and the clothing he has created over the years. “I’m inspired by what’s around me and the music I listen to. Music, in particular, helps me give my creations that chilled, cool and relaxed vibe, which I feel is synonymous with my brand. Having said that, while my clothing is meant to be
comfortable, it needs to have a ‘sportive luxury’ feel to it; so, in a way, my mission is to elevate the simple ‘sweatpants and hoodies’ into something much more fashionable. “Like in so many of my collections, I used recycled fabrics and denim for my tree, and every element on it is from previous collections: the birds are from the In the Sky collection, the eye and the star – both bags! – are from Vanity Rebels, and the sash wrapped around the tree is repurposed from the material I use to create my chokers.
“I rarely go for anything too traditional.” “Although I am a big fan of Christmas – I asked for a white tree because it reminds me of snow – I rarely go for anything too traditional, which is why this tree has a few industrial elements to it, like the rope lights and the plain, white background. My premises at the MCAST Entrepreneurship Centre at the Kordin Business Incubation Centre lent themselves perfectly to this. Christmas, like any other holiday, can be customised!
“Having said that, I do like the tradition of spending Christmas with family and friends. Both personally and professionally, Christmas is my busiest time – I work as the visual merchandiser for a major brand and as the owner of my own brand, over and above that – so the run-up to the holiday season is often chock-a-block with work. But knowing I’ll be seeing all my loved ones is always a joy!” n
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Lulù Boutique leaves nothing to be desired as this year it brings you the best pieces for the festive season, including a wide array of coats and shrugs to throw over that special dress and add to its glamour. Dresses and catsuits come in different fabrics - this season's vintage velvet, others with a bit of shine and sparkle, and for the less adventurous, plain but with a fabulous cut. Last but not least, expect a wide selection of woollens to keep you cosy and comfy during that Christmas party. Lulù Boutique, Ta' Xbiex Sea Front, Msida, Tel: 2133 1026.
SUNLAB This hybrid Fossil smart watch will give you notifications on social media, text, email, app alerts, multiple time zones and calendar alerts. You can even take pictures, control your music, and track your steps and your sleeping patterns. Available from Sunlab, The Point, Plaza, Valletta, Bay Street, Paola and Arkadia Gozo, and VIP in Sliema or Valletta.
Vini e Capricci This Christmas, spoil your loved ones with a hamper from Vini e Capricci, including the ‘Copenhagen’, packed full of topquality wines, delicatessen and confectionery products for ¤60. Vini e Capricci, T: 2156 3231, W: www.viniecapricci.com, W: www.dizz.com.mt CHEMIMART Ferrari Forte is a strong fragrance with the audacious character of a successful man. This intense and persistent fragrance expresses Scuderia Ferrari’s unique charisma: it is dedicated to those who are truly competitive, with top notes of Italian lemons, pineapple and crispy apple that each encounters the bold temperament of Ceylon cinnamon, juicy plums and orange blossom. Distributed by Chemimart, T: 2149 2212.
HILFIGER DENIM Capitalising on a growing demand from a younger demographic, Tommy Hilfiger is re-branding its Hilfiger Denim label as Tommy Jeans. The move is taking place with the introduction of the women’s and men’s pre-spring 2018 collections that will be introduced to Malta shortly. The decision was made to build on the strong momentum that Hilfiger is experiencing in its globally-established denim business. Special-edition Tommy Jeans capsules will continue to be a part of the label. Tommy Hilfiger, The Point, Sliema, T: 2060 1163; Republic Street, Valletta, T: 2060 1192.
VILLA CORINTHIA Welcome the New Year in style at the historic Villa Corinthia! Enjoy a mouth-watering menu of South American favourites prepared by the Corinthia Palace Hotel’s award-winning kitchen brigade and dance the night away to music from RUG and Gianni – all with a fully-stocked open bar throughout the night. Corinthia Palace Hotel, De Paule Avenue, Attard. T: 2144 0301, W: www.corinthia.com/palace
SARTO Treat your stylesavvy family, friends and loved ones to something extra-special. With glittering accessories, tailored occasion wear, party-dresses and cute children’s clothing, a gift from Sarto is guaranteed to please. Sarto, Ross Street, St Julian’s, T: 2202 1601, W: www.sarto.com.mt
KAREN MILLEN The distinctive AW17 collection captures the essence of the confident woman, living her life with energy, sass and passion. With places to go, people to see and plans to make, the collection creates outfit solutions for her life’s every moment, from immaculate tailoring to the elusive ‘24-hour’ dress and high-octane eveningwear, designed to dazzle. Karen Millen, Old Theatre Street, Valletta.
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Festivals Malta Launched
n 5th December 2017 Arts Council Malta launched Festivals Malta and its branding. Festivals Malta is a public cultural organisation which not only programmes cultural activities, but also endeavors to make festivals and the performing arts an integral part of Maltese life. Together with its team of 20 talented and dedicated professionals and eight artistic directors, Festivals Malta is responsible for more than 160 activities that constitute eight festivals and five national events. In addition to its already rich calendar of events, Festivals Malta is proud to be setting up the EU-funded Malta Carnival Experience project, offer a year-round carnival showcase of all elements related to this popular event which enjoys a long-lasting tradition. Carnival enthusiasts will benefit from a state-of-the-art space which will give them the opportunity to not only work in an exciting and vibrant environment but which will also act as a platform as visitors will get the opportunity to appreciate the creative processes, learn about the Carnival’s rich history, as well as watch full-blown parades. Speaking about the function of Festivals Malta, Festivals Director Annabelle Stivala said: “The setting up of Festivals Malta will create a strong and focused brand identity for festivals and events, increasing not only participation and awareness locally, but it will also seek to raise the cultural profile of the country so that Malta becomes synonymous with a strong creative cultural offering.” Festivals Malta is now a separate organisation to Arts Council Malta. This separation has come about in order to keep the regulating body apart from the operating arm of the ‘parent’ entity, thus avoiding conflicts of interest and ensuring a more efficient kit to implement the vision and mission of the National Cultural Policy and ACM’s remit as declared in its Create 2020 manifesto. “Working off the wellknown fact and its universal acceptance that Malta and Gozo are passionately fun-loving big time, and seriously committed to inventing and reinventing opportunities for merry-making and engagement in communal celebration, we have finally taken the plunge to formalise a dedicated platform for the delivery of a higher quality, more eclectic, more inclusive and more diverse programme of festival and events material,” said Albert Marshall, Executive Chair of Arts Council Malta. “We now have a tighter, more focused équipe to implement this programme, who will be solidly backed up by ACM resources and by business partners and stakeholders including the Malta Tourism Authority,” Albert Marshall said. Ms Stivala elaborated further, noting how “the separation of a distinct organisation will drive for greater focus on excellence in the execution of festivals and will create a unique brand identity around festivals and events organised by Festivals Malta.” Festivals Malta goes beyond organising events and its vision is to nurture creativity, professionalism, participation and cultural education in festivals. n
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Coming Home for Christmas 24-year-old UK-based busker and singer Joe Roscoe was recently appointed brand ambassador for Malta International Airport. Here he describes how this collaboration will drive him closer to reaching his aspirations, and shares his excitement about coming home for Christmas for a live performance and some family time.
What does it mean to you to be MIA’s brand ambassador, and how do you hope to make the most of this new role?
This collaboration means a lot to me as it has presented me with new opportunities and will enable me to represent our islands abroad. Having the backing of such an important company is a vote of confidence in me and my music, driving me to work harder to realise my dreams. The plan is to travel to as many countries as possible in order to spread my music far and wide, whilst letting people know that a small Mediterranean island called Malta is waiting to be discovered.
What does it feel like to touch down at Malta International Airport after spending a long time away from Malta?
Initially, I used to find it much harder to leave for the UK, but even now that I have got used to going back and forth, touching down at home is always really nice. This is especially true since my time abroad has helped me appreciate Malta even more. The best thing about landing at MIA is whizzing through passport control and baggage reclaim. It gets even better if I’m only carrying hand luggage, as it takes just five to 10 minutes to get from the plane to the taxi, which is perfect seeing as I travel often!
I get more nervous in front of a big crowd, but the energy a big audience gives me is unlike anything else. I have performed for big audiences a few times, but this is my first experience working with Ira so I’m very excited. With a concert like this, you’d know the turnout beforehand, which is more nerve-wracking, whereas with busking I have to drum up the crowd on the spot. What are your plans and aspirations for 2018, and how will your collaboration with MIA help you achieve them?
You’ll be flying home for Christmas. What makes the festive season in Malta special and are there any Christmas traditions you particularly love?
After a somewhat rainy autumn in the UK, and six weeks on the road touring, I am quite excited to fly back to Malta to soak up some sun and get an energy boost. I am particularly looking forward to our traditional Christmas dinner, when all the family comes over to eat loads of food, open presents, and pass out on the sofa!
You will be performing at Ira Losco’s concert on 23rd December. What does it feel like to be singing to a large crowd? Is this any different to your busking?
Joe Roscoe first hit the local airwaves in 2012 with the release of his original song How I Feel About You. Since then, he has written a number of other works, released an iTunes album, and completed his studies in sound design and engineering. In 2016, Joe played a session on BBC Introducing, a radio show that shines the spotlight on up-and-coming artists.
I am currently working on an EP and have three singles to release. Having singles ready to go allows me to focus on writing for the EP, whilst still releasing music to my followers. My aim is to play for bigger crowds at bigger venues, because live performances are a very important part of any singer’s schedule. I look forward to working hand in hand with MIA to reach more people with my music, grow my fan base, and set new goals. n
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Get THE look!
It’s the most glamorous time of the year! Embrace it, with this gorgeous make-up look that will turn heads at any event. Make-up: CHRIS ATTARD FOR FRANKS, USING GUERLAIN Hair: CHRIS GALEA FROM MICHAEL&GUY Model: DONNA AT MODELS M Photography: BERNARD POLIDANO Shot on location at The Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu
1 It’s show time! Get your look off to a dazzling start with Guerlain’s L’Or – a make-up base with pure 24-carat gold flakes. Its ultra-reflective particles are dispersed in a hydrating, smooth gel, so it beautifies your complexion making it ultra-radiant. It will leave your skin smooth, supple and ready for make-up.
Next, perfect your skin with a fantastic foundation – we used Guerlain Parure Gold Fluid Foundation. It was created with Eclat d’Or pigments that instantly light up, smooth and correct your complexion, so this will add to your radiance too by reviving the vitality of the skin. Dark areas light up, fine lines fade away and imperfections seem to disappear.
Now, seal your make-up with a really good powder. For this, we recommend Guerlain Parure Gold Compact Powder, which combines precious dual-faceted pigments with a collagen-boosting active ingredient. It is designed to give you both comfort and long-lasting hold, without emphasising lines and wrinkles.
The lips really have it this season and we wanted to get them exactly right. So we started with Guerlain’s KissKiss Liplift – a smoothing base in stick form that redefines your lip contour, and prepares your lips for long-lasting makeup. Its creamy, rich and supple texture, and neutral translucent shade, preserves and enhances the colour of your lipstick.
Finally, add a bit of festive spice with the new Guerlain KissKiss Matte, in the gorgeous Chilli Red shade. This hydrating and plumping matt lipstick has all the colour of a lipstick but feels like a balm. Your lips will look and feel absolutely gorgeous – perfect for a quick peck under the mistletoe!
Want added ooh-la-la this festive season? We recommend getting a pair of false eye lashes! They accentuate your eyes and add oodles of glamour.
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VALENTINO Housed in an ebony, studded glass bottle with gold accents, the Valentino Donna Noir Absolu translates a vivid femininity into perfume. This leathery gourmand oriental fragrance is a collision between the spice of black pepper and a lascivious rose. Exclusively distributed by Ta’ Xbiex Perfumery Limited, T: 2133 1553.
LEMON JELLY With swappable straps, the Gatsby boot has style for miles. Lemon Jelly is exclusively available at NOOS – a new multibrand apparel store – on Tower Road, Sliema, T: 2134 1666, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRADA By zooming into the very essence of male and female identity, L’Homme and La Femme Intense, the new fragrances by Prada, reveal heightened realities, greater complexities, and increased fluidity from within the olfactory experience. Exclusively distributed by Ta’ Xbiex Perfumery Limited, T: 2133 1553.
MODA IN PELLE Rock and roll glamour never goes out of style, and with these Moda in Pelle boots you’ll be sure to stand out as you kick your style up a notch! Moda in Pelle is exclusively available at NOOS – a new multi-brand apparel store – on Tower Road, Sliema, T: 2134 1666, E: email@example.com
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Starting and running one of Malta’s fastest-growing companies has had its ups and downs; but taking over the reigns will be no mean feat, either. Here, STYLE ON SUNDAY meets father-and-son MARIO and FABIO MUSCAT from OzoGroup to talk about the family business, legacy and Christmas celebrations. Photography by Alan Carville
amilies can be pretty complicated structures, but there’s nothing that can’t be solved with a little kindness and a lot of patience. That, in fact, is the stance taken by Mario Muscat, the founder of OzoGroup – a company that, 21 years ago, had just one employee (Mario himself !) and which, today, employs over 2,700 people. “When Fabio was younger, he was a very good footballer and he always dreamed of playing at a professional level,” says Mario about his son, who will soon be
taking over the company when Mario formally retires and takes over the role of chairman. “So, when, at 14, he was signed up to Livorno we were all really happy for him. But just a few weeks after he moved to Italy, he returned to Malta as he felt homesick. I must admit that I was quite disappointed in him at the time…” Upon his return, Fabio joined the family business but Mario was determined not to give him anything on a silver platter, so his first few months were spent
heading out with other employees to fully understand the work Ozo did, and the daily struggles and realities faced by the people who worked for the company. This, however, was not meant to be an initiation but rather to serve as a realisation that dreams come true and not for free. Fabio turned out to be a quick study, however, and he swiftly moved up the ranks within the company. In fact, Mario’s reaction to the memory of Fabio living in Italy is very telling: “I thank
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“Respect is earned and not inherited.”
God he felt homesick,” he shares, “his leadership and entrepreneurial skills have been invaluable to the company.” Fabio smiles at Mario’s comments, and is quick to explain why he has worked so hard: “I was literally born in it; I mean, the business started in my bedroom! I’ve lived through the good and the bad times, so it’s not a job for me, it’s my life.” Mario – who describes himself as a ‘go-getter’ – knows a thing or two about leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
a father and son, they share Starting out as a one-man show, many other interests, including a OzoGroup was a company love for cooking – although the that specialised in carpet and kitchen at their Burmarrad family upholstery cleaning before home is off limits to everyone Mario’s vision saw it grow into but Mario at Christmastime. an award-winning group of Even so, the holidays are spent companies with 12 subsidiaries. Mario Muscat together with the extended Today, the company offers family enjoying a very everything from property traditional Maltese Christmas management to hotel personnel, lunch complete with lasagne, timpana and and household detergent manufacturing turkey, and which is then followed by a visit to security and professional care services. from Santa who distributes the presents And it hasn’t only been successful to the youngest members of the family. financially, either. In 2015, the family “I’ve inherited a love for Christmas, business was listed as one of the 1,000 too,” Fabio jokes… “In fact, even though companies to inspire Europe in 2016 my new house isn’t fully-furnished yet, by the London Stock Exchange Group the Christmas tree is already up!” – chosen out of 23,000,000; and it was Between Fabio’s new role, Mario’s also named the National Champion and retirement and another successful year for the National Public Champion of the OzoGroup under their belt, there will be a lot European Business Awards for 2015-2016. to celebrate this Christmas for the Muscats. “Our next target is to open overseas,” Even so, it will also be a time for reflection says Fabio, who has watched his father take before they pull up their socks and start the company from strength to strength working to make 2018 an even more exciting for over two decades. “In fact, we will year than any that have come before. n begin by opening an OzoAcademy in Tunisia as a joint venture with Medicaf, www.ozogroup.com who are leaders in the African market, and BCED, a UK-based company. The academy, like in Malta, will be teaching everything from health to security, and food and beverage to hospitality, and should be opened by mid-next year.” The responsibility of taking over a family company is not small; particularly when its success will determine the lives of thousands of others, including Fabio’s other siblings who work in the company, namely Roxanne, Johnathan and Jazmin. But Mario is adamant that he will do a great job. “I see in Fabio the same determination I had when I started the company. He also has the support of everyone here, including Edward Zammit Tabona, the son of one of our main shareholders, who is helping him expand the company beyond our shores. And it’s important to have such support; firstly, because respect is earned and not inherited and, secondly, because no person can run a company by themselves. In fact, my words of advice to him were simple: Be a leader and make your presence felt, but never be arrogant and never underestimate anyone’s work.” The similarities between Mario and Fabio don’t just end at work ethics, however. As
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As the spotlight is turned onto Valletta as European Capital of Culture in 2018, we visit three art-loving property owners who all realised the city’s potential years ago. PHOTOGRAPHY Jan Zammit
The Rev Charles Vella, a priest and professional art conservator and restorer, moved to Valletta 23 years ago, as a student from Gozo. He loves the city and is currently enjoying working on an art restoration project on the ceiling of St Paul’s Shipwreck Church, as well as another in St John’s CoCathedral. He recently completed works in the region of Rome, with the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of Rome.
Valletta was never ugly, even back then – on the contrary it was beautiful. Now Valletta is transformed in many ways and I think it’s wonderful to see it so full of life, but I do hope we will maintain its heritage and tradition, and not just give in to the commercial side of moved to Valletta back when things. Valletta needs people no one wanted to live here. But, and families to live here; it can’t even though I grew up in Gozo, I solely become home to tourists have always been a city person and and boutique hotels. I love it so love old cities like Milan, Rome much because it combines all the and Florence. I think it’s because elements I need as a person – I love being around people. people, history, art and religion.
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I consider myself to be a budget-savvy person, so, when I moved here, I knew I could either rent or buy – but I didn’t like the idea of renting. I had to find a property that suited my budget and, back then, this one did exactly that. I fell in love with it when I saw the view of the harbour from the roof and the beautiful barrel ceilings. In its day, this house probably belonged to a silversmith or other important trade; it dates back to the Knights’ period but isn’t an aristocratic property. Art underpins a lot of what I do, as can be witnessed throughout this house. Red was one of the prominent colours that I chose – I like its effect in the dining room. I love tradition and I love Christmas – but I love it in a traditional way. I don’t buy many presents, as I prefer to give presents all year round. I like to promote Christmas traditions, like the figure of Baby Jesus and the crib. I make wax figurines, and this is one of mine – a Baby Jesus wrapped in a piece of fabric that belonged to Grandmaster Pinto. I always wanted to have a chapel in my home, and I was pleased that this house had the space for one. I use it regularly to mark the Liturgical Calendar, as well as to pray and, sometimes, if I am sick at home with a cold I privately hold Holy Mass. The painting above the altar also means a lot to me – it is a painting of the Madonna by Teodoro d’Ericco, and it’s signed and dated 1573.
I am a lover of beautiful things, and this piece is particularly interesting. It’s a bureau dating back to the 18th century, and it belonged to the Bishop of Malta at the time. I actually found the coat of arms hidden in one of its secret compartments, which made it even more fascinating. The wooden figure of Baby Jesus is another of my favourite pieces, and it dates back to the 17th century.
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James Vella Clark works at a PR agency by day and paints by night. His Valletta apartment is the perfect reflection of his love for art, while the city makes the ideal hometown as he is passionate about history.
first moved to Valletta in 2008, into a place on Old Theatre Street next to St Albert’s School. I had wanted to live in the city for a while but thought it was best to rent initially so I could get to know it. Within months, the city started to change as projects like the Renzo Piano parliament building and St George’s Square got going, and I was enthused by it all. That’s when I started looking for a place to call my own.
As a city, Valletta is a great place to live as everything is at hand. I love watching as tourists mill about, and I am inspired by the sense of history that prevails everywhere you walk. I feel lucky to have acquired this property before the city became prohibitively expensive.
This is a corner apartment on Republic Street and I knew I wanted to buy the flat pretty much immediately. The biggest draw when I first walked in was the view of the sea from the roof, and that was it. I bought it in January 2011 and moved in in September. It didn’t need much work – just new plumbing, lighting and décor. Once I hung up my paintings it immediately felt like home, and I now struggle to imagine living anywhere else. What I love best about it is its square layout, which makes it a very convenient space.
The sitting room is my favourite because of its lovely light. The blue hue makes it cosy, especially now that it’s winter, and it’s a convenient space because it sits right between the bedrooms and the rest of the living areas. People naturally gravitate towards it when we’re entertaining, too.
I love Christmas in this house and the run up to the holidays in Valletta – the season really suits the city. I decorate for the festivities on 1 December every year – it’s a welcome opportunity to relive my childhood.
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first came to Malta 15 years ago and lived in Sliema, but I wasn’t a fan of the constant noise and digging, so I looked for an alternative – and Valletta was the ideal fit. Back then the city wasn’t very sought-after and people often asked why we moved here – it was like a ghost town in the evenings! However, as an architect and artist, I loved the streetscapes and found it inspiring. Each street changes so much depending on the time of day or year.
Rune Bo and Isabelle Jakobsen love city life and chose to make the capital their family home over a decade ago. It’s where they are now raising nine-year-old Enya.
The house transforms at Christmas and we love doing it up – Enya takes control in that department! As I am from Denmark originally we also enjoy a few Danish traditions, including making gløgg – a mulled wine-type drink that fills the air with a beautiful festive aroma. n
Valletta is a great place to raise a family – Enya goes to school by boat in Sliema, which is very convenient, and we love going for walks around here. We have also come to know so many people in the city, from the shopkeepers to our neighbours. Isabelle found this property through a friend and it was the third place that we looked at. She was concerned about Valletta properties being dark but, as this apartment is southfacing, it is very bright. We like to make the most of that.
We lived here as we did it up, and moved from room to room as it was in progress. It didn’t have that ‘Valletta’ feel back then as a lot had been done to cover that up in the 80s and 90s, so we spent a lot of time paring it back to its original design. The kitchen is our favourite space now, and we use it a lot for entertaining. It is also a very good canvas for my paintings.
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WARM LIGHTING Subtle in their elegance, these grey-washed wooden lamps will make an excellent addition to any side table or bureau. Their timeless design also means that they go with any décor. Available from just ¤132.
BE PREPARED No matter what the colder months have in store – including that untimely power cut – these timeless nickel-and-glass hurricane lamps starting from ¤87.90, will ensure you’re always one step ahead!
GO GOLD Tinted glass and golden shades make these lamps a statement piece you’ll want to show off. Available from just ¤73.90, these stunning lamps are like a Midas touch for any room. LEGS UP If you thought you had to choose between comfort and style, think again. At One Two One Interiors, you’ll find an amazing range of armchairs, cushions and throws to suit your needs and décor. Cashmere-touch throws start from ¤33.90.
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All available from One Two One Interiors, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar, T: 2142 2948/9; and Qui-Si-Sana Seafront, Sliema, T: 2132 3155/65, W: www.onetwoone.eu MIRROR, MIRROR At One Two One Interiors, you’ll find myriad stylish mirrors in various finishes and sizes that you can admire your reflection in all year round. These Venetian mirrors, available in 135cmx60cm, and 100cmx80cm versions, start from ¤260.
ABOUT TIME Smart, stylish and useful, these vintage wall clocks will bring an element of sophistication to your home. Wall art in their own right, they start at just ¤168.
DELIVER IN STYLE Whether you’re serving cocktails to guests or surprising your significant other with breakfast in bed, this gorgeous set of two gold, mirrored trays will become an essential item in your home. Priced at ¤110.
A HELPING HAND If you’re still pondering what to get the man in your life this Christmas, One Two One Interiors have a whole array of gifts for him, including this silver globe (¤126), silver globe bookends (¤139.90), and book-shaped storage boxes (from ¤15.90).
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p FINO Design and function come together in Dialogo and Oyster Decorativo, the beautiful kitchens by Veneta Cucine that will come to define your home and your way of life. Available from Fino Lifestyle.
t GIO.BATTA DELIA Introduced in 1816, the ‘Italian-Blue’ pattern by Spode is as loved and valued today as it was back then. With various pieces in the pattern, you will find something for everyone within the range available at Gio.Batta Delia – 1901, T: 9989 6286, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
t VEE GEE BEE ART Every artist wants an easel. We stock a vast range of table-top, floor-standing studio and field easels. See more gift ideas online or in-store at Vee Gee Bee Art, Bellavista Street, San Gwann, T: 2138 5584, W: www.vgbart.com.mt
p GIO.BATTA DELIA The vivid colours and expressive scenes of Kenneth Zammit Tabona’s art have been framed within the circular perfection of ceramic plates. Made in Germany, and they are 20cm in diameter. Gio.Batta Delia – 1901, T: 9989 6286, E: email@example.com
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t GIO.BATTA DELIA Whether looking to beautify your home or giving a gift to be treasured for years to come, these Herend hand-painted porcelain ornaments will become cherished keepsakes. See other pieces in the Shop Section on our FB page. Gio.Batta Delia – 1901, T: 9989 6286, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
t VEE GEE BEE ART The perfect sketching set. See more gift ideas online or in-store at Vee Gee Bee Art, Bellavista Street, San Gwann, T: 2138 5584, W: www.vgbart.com.mt VEE GEE BEE ART u Create an art hamper with a selection of paints and brushes. Your choice. Your budget. We’ll put it all together to create the perfect gift for the artist. See more gift ideas online or in-store at Vee Gee Bee Art, Bellavista Street, San Gwann, T: 2138 5584, W: www.vgbart.com.mt
p HOMETRENDS This portable gas stove is not only practical and beautiful, but also incredibly smart, as it’s fitted with a flame cut-off system and an atmosphere air-sensor safety device. With the gas cylinder stored within the unit itself, the electronic ignition system takes seconds to activate, giving you a real flame for instant heat and a cosy glow, too. HomeTrends, Industrial Estate, San Gwann and Mdina Road, Haz-Zebbug, T: 2144 5654, E: email@example.com, W: www.hometrends.com.mt
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WinterUPDATE “Christmas is a time for giving, but choosing the right things to gift our loved ones is not always a straight-forward affair,” says designer Marise Pace from Grey & Adler. “My secret is to buy things that I know will appeal to them but which I would want to keep if they were given to me!”
1. Angelic Shapes
5. Dark Lights
Finding the right gift to give your host or hostess at a Christmas party really doesn’t have to be a headache. These beautiful angel-shaped sugar portions (yes, sugar!) are the ultimate in refinement, and they’ll melt any heart as surely as they’ll melt into your tea.
These limited-edition candles are housed in deep-black glass vials embossed with an elegant golden crest. A stunning ornament for any bureau or mantelpiece, all you’ll need to do is light the wick to unleash a scent so deep it will transport you to worlds beyond our own.
2. Lifelike Beauties
6. Beautiful Comforts
Each flower in this beautiful arrangement has been skillfully hand-crafted and given a special natural coating to make it look and feel just like the real thing. Enclosed with your natural-touch flowers is a bottle of scented perfume, which you can spray directly onto the flowers to refresh and enhance their built-in, gel-infused fragrance. In other words: it’s all the pleasure and none of the pain!
With shorter days and colder nights, winter is the perfect excuse to stay in and cosy up. Comfort and beauty are not something you have to choose between, however, and by opting for unusuallycoloured or -patterned cushions, you’ll give your favourite downtime area a new lease of life.
3. Spiritual Liquids A wonderful gift or a great first step into the world of whiskies, this handsome wooden box contains the elixir that will see its owner through the festive season and beyond!
4. Golden Entertainment
Christmas is a time for getting together, and this tea set from Sara Miller will definitely inspire you to do exactly that! Beautifully-crafted from luxurious materials, each piece features a charming bird design and is enhanced with 22ct gold.
7. Fragile Wonders Beautiful, bold and stunning, these ceramic designer pieces will make an amazing gift for your loved ones. They will also make a very beautiful addition to any room in your house – and while it’s a time for giving, some things are just too precious to give away!
8. Welcome Comebacks Wall plates are making a strong comeback and these will elevate your game to a whole new level. In fact, whether you choose to hang them in the traditional manner or have them framed, they’re set to transform your walls into the ultimate conversation starter.
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Known as Malta’s ‘bedding guru’ Gabriella Arcidiacono is actually the fourth generation of family members to run Boris Arcidiacono, alongside her father – in fact, she’s been specialising in highquality beds for 15 years now. She likes to live by the Irish motto ‘A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything’!
A VERY Comfy CHRISTMAS
1. After-Bath Bliss
4. Cosy Up
“Half the washing experience when gearing up for bed comes from enveloping yourself in unmatched dreamily-soft towels from Schlossberg Switzerland. They promise a spa-like experience in the comfort of one’s own home. What could be better?”
“Your choice of quilt will doubtlessly affect the serenity of your sleep. If it isn’t the right weight for that particular season, you may find yourself having anything but a restful night. We don’t only specialise in beds, but in bedding too, and boast Malta’s broadest range of materials, weights and sizes. Body-fit quilts from Austrian brand Hefel, for example, fold around your body effectively, eliminating cold air.”
2. All About You “Having your initials embroidered on your bed, bath-linen, bath mats and slippers may not add to your quality of sleep, but it’s very reminiscent of a weekend getaway. Glorious!” Gabriella adds.
3. Lovely Linen
“There exists a misconception when it comes to the thread count of sheets. People often refer to this as the single most important criterion when deciphering their quality. Schlossberg’s Sateen Noblesse is woven from pure, long-staple cotton. The fineness of the yarn makes the woven fabric very light and dense. Sateen Noblesse, also known as Swiss sateen, weighs just 105g/m2, but has a fabric density of over 300 thread count. Only 10 per cent of the world’s cotton harvest meets the requirement of our Swiss supplier.”
5. A Motorised Bed “I use my motorised bed every single evening and don’t sleep well when I’m away from it,” Gabriella explains. “Many associate a mechanical bed with a hospital or home for the elderly but, instead, it should be seen as comfortable for all ages. For ultimate relaxation, I switch on the all-over massage device.”
6. Tip-Top Topper For that sumptuous ‘hotel-bed’ feel, Gabriella recommends a ‘top mattress’ to add that extra bit of comfort to any mattress. “I just love that I can sink into my top mattress, but that I still
7 feel the support coming from the bottom layers of the mattress and bed-base, giving that sturdy support. It’s like sleeping on a cloud!”
7. Soft as Silk “For us age-and-beauty conscience people, I highly recommend sleeping on silk pillowcases. Just Google the advantages – it can save your hair from looking like a bird’s nest, reduces split ends, helps to retain facial moisture and, most importantly, reduces wrinkles! A silk pillowcase should be a person’s must-have.”
8. Rest Your Head “When my head hits the pillow, it’s on a down-filled pillow-cover with an ergonomic internal core, perfectly shaped to the spine. You have an allin-one pillow that is height-adjustable, cuddly on the surface, but not too soft as the core keeps the head, neck and shoulders aligned,” she explains.
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From statement pieces of furniture to really striking accessories, doing up your home for the festive season is all about selecting the items you love. Here Maison et Lumiere designer Sabrina Abdilla talks through the ultimate finishing touches needed when creating a space that is smart, elegant and functional.
1. On the Side
5. Dining in Style
This contemporary sideboard is a statement piece thanks to its gold leaf doors and striking cream colour. It will work well in both in modern and classic environments.
Whether at Christmas or all year round, this beautiful porcelain dinner set with a gold rim is an absolute must for anyone who loves to host friends or family for dinner.
2. Comfort Underfoot
6. Floral Happiness
Add luxury to any room with a really good-quality carpet that makes walking through your home an absolute pleasure.
Although they may look too beautiful to be real, these flowers are actually natural roses that have been preserved. They don’t need watering and come in a variety of colours, each lasting between two and seven years.
3. Beautiful Bedding When making your home cosy for the winter season, choose bedding that looks as good as it feels – just like this damask red bedspread, which is perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit! It’s also reversible, so you can opt for a silver alternative should you prefer it.
4. Fabulous Filigree These gorgeous filigree light pendants create the ideal atmosphere in any room. With deep white lighting, the effect is much warmer than with other options and it can be used anywhere from the bedroom to the living area.
7. From the Sea
Fascinating and lovely, these amphoras were created by means of a natural process in the sea, so they are each completely unique. They come in various shapes and sizes, and can be used both indoors and out.
8. Pretty Porcelain This perfect combination of hand-painted porcelain ornaments on a small gold table and gold mirror is a must. After all, gold adds warmth and elegance to everything – especially during the festive season! n
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p CORPORATE GIFTS Dical House’s experience in providing corporate gifts for some of the most prestigious companies in Malta and overseas is second to none. The dedicated staff adapt to the company’s needs to create exclusive hampers, which are then delivered in time by the in-house delivery team.
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p ITALIAN GOURMET One cannot mention gourmet food and not think of Italy… Or Dical House, for that matter, as it boasts the largest selection of top gourmet products from the very best Italian artisan producers in the field.
p SWEET TOOTH HEAVEN Delicious chocolate is made even more scrumptious at Dical House thanks to the myriad gifts-to-keep that they can be matched with. In fact, all gifts and hampers can be customised to suit your taste and budget.
t ARTISINAL PASTA These pasta metal tins are exclusive to Dical House and come in two designs: one for long and one for short pasta. They’ll make a fabulous addition to any countertop and can be filled with artisanal pasta or sauces from the wide selection on offer.
p DISCOVER MORE This Christmas, pay a visit to the Dical House flagship store in Mosta – a gourmand’s paradise with shelves bursting with all imaginable goodies from near and far – that lets you create personalised gifts for your friends and loved ones. p RAISE A TOAST Add some sparkle to your Christmas party with a bottle of Paul Bréhan bubbly, or choose from the many other exclusive wines on offer at Dical House.
p DIVINE DELICACIES Dical House seeks out the finest foods from around the world to make your parties even more special. One such delicacy is the Gold Award-winning foie gras, terrines and pâtés brand, La Valette.
p PERSONALISED HAMPERS Organic and diet-specific hampers can easily be put together thanks to the vast selection of products available at Dical House – many of which are exclusively available to them.
Dical House, Triq San Anton Abbate, Mosta, T: 2142 4600/1, E: firstname.lastname@example.org, W: www.dicalhouse.com Open all day Monday to Sunday in the festive period; half-days on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
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Heading South for Christmas The festive season is a rich tapestry of traditions unique to every continent, every people, every community and every familyâ€Ś Here, Style on Sunday celebrates the diversity of Christmas by juxtaposing a multitude of South American recipes with the sumptuousness of a Baroqueinspired background to create a unique hybrid that retains one of the most beautiful parts of the holidays: familiarity. Food inspired by the New Yearâ€™s Eve menu at the VILLA CORINTHIA, BY EXECUTIVE CHEF STEFAN HOGAN, CHEF JOHNATHAN ZAMMIT, AND PATISSIER MARK McBRIDE, FROM THE CORINTHIA PALACE HOTEL, ATTARD Styling and photography by TONIO LOMBARDI Props from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS, NAXXAR
Ingredients: A side of salmon, skin on, pin-boned; 450g sugar; 110g salt; 10g white peppercorns; 10g mustard seeds; bunch of dill, chopped; 2 limes, zested; handful of fresh coriander, chopped; 125ml tequila blanco. For the fennel pollen cream: 75g sour cream; 75g Greek yoghurt; 5g dill, chopped; 8g fennel pollen; juice of half a lemon; pinch of salt. Method: Mix all the ingredients together
and cover the salmon side, refrigerate and turn every six hours, allowing to cure for 36 hours. Remove from the fridge, scrape off all the marinade and wash under cold running water, pat dry and slice very thinly. For the fennel cream, whisk together the sour cream and Greek yoghurt, add the chopped dill, salt, lemon juice and fennel pollen. Season and whip again until soft peaks form. Here, our chefs served the salmon with charred cucumber, pickled cucumber and saffron-infused pickled beetroot.
Tequilacured salmon with fennel pollen cream
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Method for the leg of lamb:
Allow the leg of lamb to come to room temperature before sealing the meat in hot olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. In a mixing bowl, whisk the salt and the egg whites till you achieve stiff peaks. Layer some of the mixture to form a bed for the lamb and cover the leg completely with the rest. Place the lamb in an oven pre-set at 170Â°C and cook for one hour and 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 35 minutes. When ready to serve, crack the salt crust open and carve to taste. Method for the braised lamb shoulder: Pre-heat the oven
Salt-baked leg of lamb and cinnamonand-orange-braised lamb shoulder Ingredients for the leg of lamb: 1 leg of lamb (2.5kg); 1.25kg salt; one onion, chopped; 180g egg whites; 45ml olive oil. For the braised lamb shoulder: 1 lamb shoulder (2.5kg); 30ml olive oil; half fennel bulb, 1 carrot, 1 celery stick, all chopped; 1 onion, chopped; 1 garlic head, halved; 200ml white wine; 1 orange, cut into wedges; 1 sprig of rosemary; 2 bay leaves; 1 cinnamon stick; 60ml pomegranate molasses; 400g canned tomatoes; 2 litres chicken stock; salt and pepper.
to 150Â°C. Pat the lamb dry and season liberally with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over a medium flame and seal the lamb, before transferring to a clean dish. In the same pan, cook the fennel, onion, celery, carrot and garlic until golden brown and softened. Deglaze with the wine and bring to a boil, scraping up all the bits left from the meat-sealing process. Reduce the heat and simmer until completely reduced. Transfer to an oven dish and add the orange, bay leaves, rosemary sprig, cinnamon stick, tomatoes, pomegranate molasses and chicken stock, before placing the lamb shoulder on top and covering with baking paper and foil. Put into the oven and braise until the lamb is tender (1Â˝-2 hours). Transfer the lamb shoulder to a clean plate and cover to keep warm. Strain the cooking liquid through a fine sieve and return to the stove. Bring to a rapid boil and then reduce heat; simmer until thick and velvety (25 minutes). Skim any excess oils that appear on the surface and check seasoning before serving. Here, our chefs served the two lamb dishes with a selection of grilled and roasted baby vegetables, thyme-roasted purple potatoes, and a spiced mint chimichurri sauce.
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Ingredients: 125g allpurpose flour; 180g corn starch; pinch of salt; 150g butter, softened; 8pcs fudge; cold water For the sugar syrup: 300g sugar; 100ml water.
Method: Sift together the
flour, corn starch and salt onto a clean work surface and work 75g of butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips, until a loose, crumbly dough is formed. Gradually add water and knead the dough until it becomes relatively smooth and uniform. Cover the dough and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Roll out into a large rectangle (2mm thick), before spreading 2tbsp of butter over it and lightly sprinkling it with flour. Fold the dough in half and press down lightly with your hands. Repeat the process before placing the dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let rest for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Roll out the dough (1mm in thickness), and cut it into four-inch squares. To assemble, place a cube of fudge in the centre of a square of dough, wet your fingers with water, and trace a circle around the cube of fudge. Place another square of dough on top, lining up the corners, and press down firmly to seal. Lightly wet the top of the pastelito, and pinch the corners together. When frying them, first do so at low temperature (around 180°C) to open the layers of puff pastry, and then increase the heat (to 350°C) to finish the cooking and brown them. Finally, dip the pastelitos in the sugar syrup while they’re still hot. Allow excess syrup to drip off.
To make the sugar syrup: Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the sugar to a low boil and cook the syrup for five minutes before removing the pan from the heat. Gently heat the sugar syrup when you’re ready to dip the pastelitos in it. Here, our chefs served the honey-glazed pastelitos with quesillo al hesperidin and ciruela espumillas. n
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Hugo Boss & Alex Thomson Host Brunch at the Rolex Middle Sea Race, Siege Bell Memorial, Valletta
Jesper Gustafsson, Vincent Farrugia
Grazielle Camilleri Ahlgren, Luna Ahlgren, Marco Ahlgren
Fino's Launch of the New Veneta Cucine Showroom, Mriehel
Dionisio Archiutti, Wallace Fino, Sen. Carlo Archiutti, Federica Modena, Mario Sammartino, Jean Carlo Fino, Mauro Simioni
Mangano's First Birthday Celebration, Sliema
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Romualda Vella, Antonio Mangano, Dorianne Mamo, Jason Paul Vella Aperitivo Afternoon with Lilly Mae at Villa Bologna, Attard
Maria Borg, Sue Caruana
Luciana Secan Press Event Announcing Sushi&Sticks and Jazz Nights at the Caprice Bar & Lounge, Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard
Stefan Hogan, Lexy Bajada
Jo Caruana, Caroline Paris
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The Launch of 'Memories 1988-2017' by Peter Apap Bologna, at the Salesian Oratory, Sliema
The Launch of the Volvo XC60 by GasanZammit Motors Ltd at The Galley, Ta' Xbiex
Peter Apap Bologna, George Large, Pamela Large, Kate Dodd
Back: Gordon Gauci, Julian Borg, Stefan Deguara, Carolyn Zammit, Tony Cassar, Elizabeth Aquilina, Manfred Galea, Renald Mifsud, Brian Attard Front: Aaron Caruana, Aidon Camilleri, Julian Testa
The Opening of the 'Anna's Week' Exhibition at Blitz, Valletta
Laëtitia Badaut Haussman, Deo Debattista
The Launch of Gerard James Borg's ‘Bormla Babes’, City Lounge, Valletta
Gerard James Borg, Mandy Grimaud
Katrina Pavia, Gerard James Borg, Josette Sciberras
The Opening of Kurt Paris's 'Solitude', Palazzo de Piro, Mdina
Caroline Abela, Grazielle Camilleri Ahlgren, Luna Ahlgren, Ritienne Zammit
Tamara Webb, Marisa Grima
Jennifer Dimech, Christabelle Borg, Daniel Azzopardi
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The Opening of the Malta Society of Arts' 'Human Matter' Exhibition at Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta Right: Elisa von Brockdorff, Joe Philippe Abela, Roderick Camilleri, Caesar Attard, Elyse Tonna Below: Joe Philippe Abela, Sabrina Calleja Jackson, Paul Scerri, Elyse Tonna, Roderick Camilleri, Victor Agius
The Opening of the 'Dik il-Qtajra & Babies Series' Exhibition by Gabriel Buttigieg at Iniala5, Mosta Left: Alfred Buttigieg, Gabriel Buttigieg Below: Martha Cilia, Nicole Buhagiar, Gabriel Buttigieg, Cynthia Bonnici, Vince Mallia, Lisa Linstead
Published on Dec 10, 2017