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Were travel, art, architecture, fashion, food and adventure meet. Founder and global adventurer Geren Lockhart was "Born Packed" when she started traveling at a young age and never stopped. This site follows along on her journey. 

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UPPER HOUSE, HONG KONG

Geren Lockhart

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If you are looking for one of the world's best luxury hotel experiences....The Upper House, Hong Kong is it. A sea of tranquility in the middle of an ocean of chaos. I was in Asia on a business trip and had the pleasure of landing in this slice of perfection for a few days. The business of fashion, while it seem glamorous, is actually really intense and can sometimes take you down. My trips to Asia with their 24hr work schedules and intense jet-lag prove to be some of the times I was most often taken down. I was actually sick by the time I made it to The Upper House, in hindsight there wasn't a better place to be. The entire experience from start to finish was thoughtful luxury at it's best. I was fortunate enough to be in town when there was an art world event going on and the hotel was strewn with engaging installations and a very cosmopolitan crowd. The property is very centrally located at the top of a building in the Admiralty neighborhood of Hong Kong which means everything you want and need is within walking distance or a quick taxi ride. The concierge can sort out anything you want to do or see, they own the town and can engage an entire network of restaurants, art, shopping and secret adventures.

The in-room experience is hard to top. Gorgeous views of one of the world's great metropolises from every window. Day and night it was like watching a movie play out in real time. The mini-bar is stocked with a well curated offering which means you have everything you want, there is a proper espresso machine, gorgeous dishes and flatware. Suites like the one I was in feel like a space age abode you dream of stealing away to with James Bond. You sleep like a baby waking to the city skyline and stumbling into the bathroom, wearing your fluffy robe, to find a set of rooms bigger than most New York apartments. The amenities are primarily REN (one of my favorites) with all options you might need taken care of. Looking out from the REN Moroccan Rose Otto Oil filled bath is an experience I will remember forever, and count on having again. The design throughout the rooms and common spaces come from the mind of Andre Fu a very young, very talented Chinese architect now quite sought after, with The Upper House being his first hotel project. The accolades are very well deserved.

The dining experience at the property is one of the great highlights. Cafe Grey Deluxe is the restaurant, it's posh and foodie, but it is also your kitchen for the time you are in residence. They've been rewarded with a Michelin start to prove the level of the food at the hotel. I recommend breakfast there each day, it is an inspiring way to start the day in a chaotic part of the world. The views will take your breath away as will the cuisine. Dinner should be enjoyed at least once while you stay, it's so sexy, chic and delicious. There is an insane wine list and well crafted cocktails. Even more delicious is walking across the bridge from the restaurant to the elevators and taking a smooth brief ride down to your perfect Hong Kong apartment. Every moment I was there was like being in a film. Cinematic and memorable. 

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MOTHER COPENHAGEN

Geren Lockhart

Exhausted at the end of a long day of art and shopping. I made my way to the “Meatpacking” district in Copenhagen, modeled after the success of its New York twin. This meatpacking is still in its infancy and is still mostly good food and good art. Exactly what I wish it still was in New York. Mother pizzeria (mother.dk) is on the list of local spots to try while I am in Copenhagen. As I approach it’s jammed, there is a chalkboard announcing the wait for a pie is 45 minutes and everyone is enjoying themselves a bit to much for it to seem real. I am greeted by David Biffani learning later he is not only from Rome, he’s co-owner and head chef. It is a true Italian greeting, welcoming and business all rolled up together. I put my name in and head to the bar for a cocktail while I wait. Very happily I discover they have Campari spritz and they actually know how to make them perfectly. 

I have a feeling I am in a locals favorite spot.  This was confirmed when David pushed me to invade a communal table filled with other guests while we waiting. They were Italian as well and the theme was starting to sink in. These young gentlemen are architects and engineers moved to Denmark as a part of a massive team from the Italian company contracted to build the new metro line for Copenhagen. 

Two cocktails later we migrate to our table together. David is having none of my sitting alone as planned. We place our pie orders and are then joined by David himself as well as another Italian engineer, who eerily looks like Stefano Pilati’s little brother. Now to the pizza! As good as anywhere you’ll ever have it. Ingredients that I find out are mostly imported from specific regions of Italy known for their mastery be it salami, flour, or olive oil and onward. The pizza crust is a perfect crispy sourdough cooked up in the wood fired ovens each day after being crafted from their “mother” dough. The spots name is an attempt to dispel the clichés of Italian restaurants outside Italy but is truly at its heart an homage to the dough itself. The starter for the mother dough was procured at the restaurants opening and was then three years young. It is now going on a decade in the making. We ate on the later side and before we were done with our meal the dough was finished for the day. The pizza is so good I can see why they run out.

David then took us on a fieldtrip to Mother’s offices across the street, through a locked gate, a locked door and into a huge basement bound meatpacking elevator that made me think. “I don’t really know these guys…this is either going to be really cool, or really bad.” Good news it was really cool. We got to peek into Mother’s underground headquarters and take a look at the collection of young Danish contemporary art David is amassing. Christian Andersen’s (christianandersen.net) gallery is just next door to Mother and that works out well for David with this quest.

We headed back to our table and closed the restaurant down along with a production team in town filming a fieldtrip for the latest cycle of Holland’s Next Top Model. A mix of local’s and visitors Mother felt like somewhere very special and at the same time somewhere I’d been a hundred times before. I had completely forgotten my earlier exhaustion and embraced what was a very memorable last dinner in Copenhagen.  Thanks David. 

Mother // mother.dk 

høkerboderne 9-15, 1712 københavn v / Sun - Wed 11am - 11pm / Thurs - Sat 11am - 1am


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