culture cooler.: Aboard Chanel’s Cruise Cafè, A Stan to Stan, Kith/Kin’s James Beard Award and Coffee

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Held at the Grand Palais in a Beaux Arts-style train station, Chanel’s 2019/2020 cruise show was set to a sunny day with streams of sun rays beaming through, as guests arrived at stop Saint Tropez.

Sitting before train tracks under an interior flooded with natural light, Chanel took advantage of the expanse of space while forwarding the fashion ideas of its late auteur, Karl Lagerfeld.  The house, now helmed by its predecessor, creative director Virginie Viard brought embellishment to staple pieces in the best way. There collars, mid-chest bows, stripes, leather coats, chandelier tiers of fabric on pastel prints, geometric shoulders and a variety of bags: clutched, held, waisted and slung.

The show gave the Chanel woman enough reasons to be as conservative to coquettish as one wants to be while enjoying reprieve from daily life.

Grab your boarding pass, but first coffee and treats from Le Riviera, it’s luxurious café.

2. A Stan to Stan

The late Stan Lee gave the world characters that kids of all ages will forever love. Beyond creating these iconic comic book personalities, Lee also loved coffee, especially roasted by Arkansas based Onyx Coffee Lab.

To honor the man that the world stans, the coffee roaster made a blend in his namesake, surveying the coffee flavors he liked, based upon the coffees he drank.

This new coffee blend -the first official Stan Lee Signature Blend Coffee- not only forwards the art of coffee, but supports the Stan Lee Foundation which is committed to providing greater hands-on experiential learning programs.

When you buy this coffee via Baxter + Co. you are supporting Stan Lee’s Foundation.


The first preorder batch roast will ship May 29, 2019.

Fuel your inner hero.


3. All in the Family at Kith/Kin

image, James Beard Foundation

It’s as if Nigeria, Jamaica, West Africa and the Caribbean meet at a four corner table at Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s Kith and Kin at the InterContinental hotel in Southwest D.C. which is the winner of this years’ James Beard Foundation award for Rising Star Chef of the Year.

Meaning acquaintances and relatives, Kith and Kin is communal territory for those that want to know others more than they do and for the others that look to deepen existing family lines. Given such, what better common denominator than food to celebrate where one has been and will go.

The menu includes a Nigerian classic like jollof rice, a family ode with Mom Dukes Shrimp,  sambusas -an Ethiopian samosa- and the spice inclined Goose Berry Piri Piri to name a few. These and many other dishes along with their ingredients are ready to transport us to the tables of Chef Kwame’s journeys.

It’s beverages include coffee ($6), espresso ($6) and a cafè latte/ cappuccino ($7).

Experiencing coffee in the context of acquaintances and relatives over fine food is what this culture is all about.

A table, please.