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The Real Ones- Juanito

Love for Tradition

Joan Riera is Juanito to his friends, the endearing owner of the Ca n’Alfredo restaurant situated in the heart of Ibiza on Paseo Vara de Rey. It’s renowned as a meeting place and for its great food. It was awarded with the Gold Medal of Ibiza in 2010 and has been a flagship of traditional Ibizan cuisine since 1934. Ca n’Alfredo is about casual chats with friends after lunch, Saturday matança rice and flaó (cheesecake) with the family. It’s a home and a refuge, a place where you stop to say hello to Joan and give him your grandfather or your mother’s regards. He is the maître d’ of the restaurant and his wife, Catalina, is in charge of the kitchen. We’ll be chatting about culinary tradition and passion for a job well done. I suggest you read this interview after eating or be prepared to drool.

I get the feeling that Ibicencan cuisine doesn’t get the hype that Basque, Asturian or Canarian cuisine gets? I’d never heard of sofrit pagès (country sofrito) or greixonera in my life until I came to live here. It is one of the most elaborate and tasty cuisines in Spain, and I’m this is coming from a native of Asturias.
“Without a doubt. In the 70s, Ibiza had a massive influx of tourists and the island became filled with characterless restaurants, with Ibizan cuisine reduced down to just four traditional places. I consider myself a promoter of our culinary traditions and along with the Consell de Ibiza, we managed to create a brand called Sabors d’Eivissa (Flavours of Ibiza) that advocates local cuisine and produce. It really took off, and we have been present at countless food fairs such as Madrid Fusión. I’m proud to say that Ibizan cuisine is in rude health nowadays, with more quality as opposed to quantity on the island.”

 

As your friend and colleague Juan Mari Arzak mentions in the prologue of your book Ca n’Alfredo – History, Memories and Cuisine: “the commitment to human values is more important than the commitment to gastronomy.” Is attention and care just as important as quality cuisine?
“Juan Mari is a great friend of mine and he gave me the best recipe that anyone could give: “No te jubiles ni pa’ Dios”(Don’t retire, not even for God) This is a lifelong passion, and what makes me happiest is that people leave my restaurant with a big smile. It is in meeting a child who came here with his parents and then to see him again when he’s 40 years old with his wife and children sitting at the table. That makes me as proud as a peacock. Cuisine needs a lot of care, but you have to take even more care of your customers and friends.”

In the beginning, Ca n’Alfredo was called “Verner and Gertrudis” and was run by a German couple. It was later run by a German Jewish couple who came to Ibiza fleeing the Nazis. How did it end up in the hands of your father, Josep?
“Yes, the German Jewish couple were very hard-working. My father bought this place from them and they then set up a little hotel on the beach in San Antonio. They were the ones who originally gave the restaurant its name because they had 7 sons, with the eldest called Alfredo. Later I added Ca n’ (House of) and my eldest son is called Alfredo. I tried it later with some of my grandchildren, but they wouldn’t let me.”

What is the house speciality? The dish you have to order, no matter what.
“We make fantastic rice dishes and stews. I’m very proud of our baked fish and typical dishes such as sofrit pagès.”

I am surprised by the number of restaurants I’ve discovered on the island. There is a lot of competition. How do you manage to remain a reference point after so many years?
“It’s very complicated, I’m not going to lie. I think it is based on how much I love my job and a lot of perseverance. When you enjoy what you do and put your heart and soul into it… it can’t go wrong.”

The walls of your restaurant are decorated with photos of your most famous diners. Which person did you like but didn’t know who they were at first?
“Well, I remember a very tall and very nice guy who came to eat with his parents; Ricky Rubio, now he’s a star in the NBA, but when he came here he was just starting to make a name for himself in Barça’s basketball team. I’m a big football fan, but I don’t know anything about basketball. The kid loved our food and wanted to take a photo with the cooks, not the other way around!. Then I found out who he was and I’ve followed his meteoric rise to the top, which I’m most happy about.”

Your wife Catalina is in charge of the kitchen, so who controls the stove at home?
My wife! What I’m very good at is crispy fried eggs cooked at high heat, with some chips and sobrasada… yummy!

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Marcos Torres

MARCOS TORRES

11th September – 1st November

This Ibicenco is a graphic artist with an extensive career in the arts, on a national and international level. His particular style is characterised by a strong connection with music, cinema, Pop mythology and passion through which he transmits to the viewer a powerful and sensual aesthetic.

Marcos will close the exhibition series in Paradiso’s lobby with his recognisable and characteristic visual narrative, dominated by the cult of colour and visual impact.

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The Mystery of Pink Flamingo

THE MYSTERY OF THE PINK FLAMINGO

The Kitsch Icon

By Laura Martínez

We chat with Javier Polo, director of the documentary film about the mysterious iconography behind this particularly pink bird. An animal that is rarely seen, but at the same time is omnipresent. The film has been released in cinemas across Spain, a heroic deed in times of pandemic.

It can appear as a pool float on the beach, on the vase that your mother gave you as a Xmas pressie, or on the lighter that your friend passes you need a light outside a bar. At first glance these things have nothing in common, but if you look closely, you’ll discover that they are all flamingo inspired, either in its form or through drawings and borrowed elements: the beak, the skinny legs that bend backwards, its pink plumage. It’s here, there and everywhere. Pink flamingo fever has haunted the world for longer than we can remember, and at last someone has launched an investigation into all this madness.

 

Javier and Guillermo Polo – The Polo Brothers – have embarked on a coast-to-coast journey across the USA; the land of eccentricity, the land of kitsch. It is the beginning, and most likely will be the end, of this obsession. The Polos travelled to Miami, Las Vegas, Chicago and Los Angles in search of the true meaning behind the pink flamingo. Javier is clear about why he chose this particular topic: “I didn’t choose the pink flamingo, the pink flamingo chose me, just like Rigo in the film. I couldn’t escape, it was so inevitable that the only way of curing the fever was by literally making a film about it.

Javier remembers that one of the most gratifying parts of the filmmaking process was when he searched for the actors to play the characters who are in love with the figure of the pink flamenco. They all accompany the main character, Rigo Pex, (Meneo) whom Javier describes as: “musician, performer, Tasmanian Devil, Radio 3 presenter and cultural agitator, in that order.” Rigo is helped on his quest by kitsch obsessed actor and director Eduardo Casanova, Alicante based painter and muralist Antonyo Marest, the irreverent, cult filmmaker John Waters and music guru Allee Willis, the songwriter behind many hit songs, including Earth, Wind and Fire’s foot stomping classic “September.”

Known as one of the music industry’s most colourful characters, she unfortunately passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in 2019. Javier gets emotional when he talks about her: “born in 1947 in Detroit, she was a lesbian whose love of black music and culture developed early. An artist in the broadest sense of the word and an admirable person, she was always brave and pioneering, and she gave us an awe-inspiring interview to close the film.” Despite the fine choice of characters in the film, Javier admits that they were gutted to miss out on interviewing singer and songwriter of Electric Six, Tyler Spencer, and he also admits that the hardest part was editing down John Waters’ interview because “everything that came out of his mouth was pure gold.”

Javier and Guillermo’s cinephilia comes from their parents; their mother took them to see Tarantino films at the tender age of eight, and their father showed them classic flicks by the Marx Brothers, Kubrick and Woody Allen. “We always had long chats and debates about films. The truth is that we had the privilege of discovering so much cinema, at a very young age, so it was a natural that we ended up as filmmakers.” The film’s predilection for pastel tones and colourful aesthetics are influenced by legendary directors from Wong Kar Wai and Wes Anderson to Pedro Almodóvar, and are also present in our hotels: Paradiso, Tropicana and Cubanito, where part of the film was shot.The next film by the Polo Brothers will be a black comedy called “Pobre Diablo” (Poor Devil), which this time will see Guillermo take up the directing reigns, about a frustrated writer who has to travel from Asturias to Benidorm with his brother’s dead body in order to fulfil his dying wish. One thing’s for sure, they don’t lack imagination….

 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Bleuve

THE BLEUVE

Concept Hotel Group and The Bleuve join forces to say goodbye to summer.

The independent brand of hand-painted jackets has created a design that breathes the arty aesthetic and the highly valued values ​​of the PARADISO IBIZA ART Hotel group brand.

 

This jewel jacket will be auctioned on September 5, 2021. The amount raised from this auction will go to the NGO Ibiza Preservation Foundation, which ensures the same values ​​as both brands.

 

The auction will be carried out based on the bids made by the public that attends the event in person or via streaming to the online event that will be broadcast.

The Bleuve was born with the aim of seeking to be part of a fashion sector that is more aware of the processes of creating designs through slow fashion and upcycling, giving a second life to vintage denim jackets.

 

Our brand values ​​are NATURE, ART and SUSTAINABILITY and we try to represent them in the designs of each limited edition collection. Having a The Bleuve jacket in your closet means having something that represents your way of being and of seeing life. With what you know who you really are, you are comfortable and you take pride in being who you are.

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Legendary Hotels

MAKE DINERS GREAT AGAIN

Chateau Marmont: The Hotel that knows how to Keep things Quiet
By Pablo Burgués

 

If a celebrity hasn’t overdosed in your hotel; if a rock star hasn’t sashayed around your lobby in the buff; if no one has used one of your rooms to stage an orgy of biblical proportions… then I feel morally obliged to say that yours is not a decent hotel, but a sad campsite with doors. Or worse still, a resort.

And if the homo sapiens were a trustworthy animal, a hotel’s category would not be measured by anodyne TripAdvisor reviews, but by the quantity and quality of the debauchery that goes on behind its walls. If this was so, the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles would have more stars than Orion’s belt.

 

One of these shameful (as well as wonderful) events featured Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. One hot summer night the band’s manager was in a meeting in the Marmont’s lobby with the lawyers from a major record company. After months of tough negotiations, a new multi-million dollar contract was about to be finalised between the two parties. Well, good old Sir Bonham couldn’t think of a better way to show his appreciation and respect for the label than to ride around the hotel lobby on his Harley, stark naked. According to the story, nobody was hurt, but I hope the bike’s saddle was made of quality leather, because the combination of “ fake leather” + “summer sweat” + “bareback sphincter” can generate a vacuum effect of more than 7 atmospheres and they wouldn’t be able to remove the bike from your arse with a circular saw.

And while we’re on the subject of skin and drums, another famous episode had Keith Moon (the uncool one from The Who) as its star. After seeing a television fly out of Keith Richards’ (the uncool Rolling Stone) bedroom window, he decided to up the ante and threw his sofa out of the window and into the swimming pool. In his own words, he did it “to see if it could float”, an existential crisis that has accompanied man since his origins.

As far as fucking goes, rumour has it that Johnny Depp and his then girlfriend (the always discreet and restrained Kate Moss) got down and dirty on each and every single bed in the Marmont. Not bad going considering that there are 63 rooms in the hotel, many of them with extra beds… but personally I find Dennis Hopper’s numbers way more interesting, who instead of wasting time and money jumping from room to room decided to get just one room and put 50 Playboy bunnies in there for himself. Undoubtedly two very different, though equally respectable, ways of finding oneself.

However, it wasn’t all laughs at 8221 Sunset Boulevard… one night in March 1982, three dudes with real bad reputations met up there to do suitably bad things. They were Robert de Niro, Robin Williams and John Belushi. At dawn, the first two went home, but the third kept going and going and ended up partying forever… 5 days later he was found dead in his room, having overdosed on a speedball (a mixture of heroin and cocaine) injection, a combination less advisable than an eye drop with Super Glue 3.

 

If you are wondering whether all this cool and crazy stuff really happened in the Marmont, and how is it possible then it’s down to the fact that one of the secrets of the hotel’s success is discretion. In fact, there are hardly any photos or videos of the things I’ve just told you about, so many of them are hover somewhere between reality and rumour. So as Harry Cohn, founder of Columbia Pictures, once said: “If must get in to trouble, always do it at the Chateau Marmont.”

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Make diners great again

MAKE DINERS GREAT AGAIN

Por Laura Martínez / Foto: Adam Johnston

Diners, those eternal symbols of American pop culture, omnipresent 20 years ago, are now in the doldrums. Exorbitant rents and generational change have affected a sector that refuses to be a relic of a bygone age. These wonderful eateries have played key roles in some of cinema’s most iconic scenes.

n 1990, the hipster-glassed genius Martin Scorsese released “Goodfellas”, the cult classic that is one of the most foul-mouthed movies in history (the word f**k is used 300 times). This masterpiece has a scene where Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta are waiting to steal a truck from the car park of one of the oldest diners in New York: The Airline Diner. This classic is now owned by the Jackson Hole franchise, which luckily maintained the diner’s interior design and façade intact when they took over. Opened back in 1952, its famous old neon ‘Airline’ sign, classic pink and chrome interior, original jukeboxes and the gumball machine are authentic relics.

Another diner that has hosted its share of shoots is Dinah’s Family Restaurant in L.A. Movies like “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Drive” filmed scenes there, featuring greasy spoon classics such as pancakes washed down with strawberry milkshakes and coffee, served at its unmistakable semicircle sofas. The two most famous movies shot there are “The Big Lebowski” and “Pulp Fiction”. The Coen brothers comedy, full of unforgettable quotes, filmed a scene here where those nihilists that The Dude warned us about (“These guys don’t believe in anything”) gathered. One of these nihilists could have been Vincent Vega, who also sat down to breakfast in Dinah’s in Tarantino’s blockbuster. The house speciality (apart from movie shoots) is fried chicken and ribs with barbecue sauce.

Let’s continue with Tarantino and his obsession with these calorific temples. The first location he used for a film was, precisely, a diner, Pat & Lorraine’s Coffee Shop in Los Angeles. The scene in “Reservoir Dogs” has Mr Pink (Steve Buscemi) explaining his reluctance to leave money for waiters with the immortal line “I don’t tip,” a comment that leads to a heated debate between the characters, including Mr Brown (Quentin himself).

A list about the cinema’s essential diners couldn’t be complete without mentioning “Mullholland Drive” by David Lynch.” Winkie’s Diner – now called Caesar’s – is the place where one character describes his dream about a terrifying troll who runs the diner. If you wanna recreate this scene for yourself, you’ll have to travel to Gardena, south of L.A.

There’s also a diner in Ibiza that has been getting a lot of attention: Romeo’s Motel & Diner. Concept’s latest establishment has already hosted lots of shoots, with the most talked about being Diana Kunst filming part of the video for The Rolling Stones song “Criss Cross.” Our succulent menu features a selection of impossibly large milkshakes and the best hot dogs you’ve ever tasted. All of course without forgetting the Mediterranean touch. It looks like diner culture is gonna be with us for a little while longer…

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Alehk Rod

ALEHK ROD

Paradiso Art Hotel from august 2nd to september 10th

This multidisciplinary artist from Madrid is one of a kind: diagnosed with an ocular anomaly that reduces her visual acuity, Alehk sees the world through contrasts of light and textures that minimise her spatial perception.

Her uniqueness lies in the way she looks at things: she transforms an object by reconstructing it and capturing it in painting. Colour, geometry and the abstract shape the work of this peculiar artist.

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Futuro Houses

FUTURO HOUSES

There are some things that will never go out of fashion, and one of them is Space Age design and its futuristic thang. We can’t be sure if it comes from the future, the past or from Mars, but either way it is a visual experience that transports us to another reality and opens the doors to distinct ways of living. The prefabricated “Futuro House” by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen was conceived as a holiday home or a “portable” ski cabin because of its heat efficiency and insulation. Easy to transport and assemble in almost any landscape, only 100 Futuro Houses were built between the 1960s and 1970s. But what happened to them, where are they and is there life on other planets? For the moment you can live in a Futuro House on Planet Earth, without having aliens as neighbours.

A design identifiable with both the future and the past.

A lightweight structure made of fibreglass-reinforced polyester plastic. Four adaptable stilt legs with a 20-degree incline to help it bed down in difficult terrain. Add all these together and you get a house that is so light that it could be airlifted into place by helicopter. It was easy to assemble, adaptable to all types of terrain, removing the need for grading and excavation before relocation, and furnished with a specially created design. 50 m 2 in an open floor plan with living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and private bedroom. You may wonder where you can find this perfect refuge for your mountain getaway: Well, of the almost 100 designed by the Finn, onlu half remain, spread out across the world in the U.S.A, Australia, France, Finland and Denmark. Of course, if you want one, you’ll have to drop some serious cash because they’re highly-prized and are considered la crème de la crème of Space Age architecture. Models 001 and 002 are displayed in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Espoo (Finland).

In 1968, Kubrick’s classic movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” was released and it was no coincidence that in the same year the Futuro Corporation began production. A year later, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. The Futuro Houses represented science fiction iconography brought to life. The future was already here. The houses quickly became popular and participated in the Lüdenscheid exhibition (Germany) in 1971, together with other “Houses of the Future” such as the Rondo House (1960) by Casoni + Casoni or the Six-Shell Bubble House (1964) by Jean-Benjamin Maneval.

Futuro Houses have appeared on all kinds of merchandising: album covers (“Fine Line” by Harry Styles emulates the inside of a Futuro) comic strips such as Bill Griffith’s “Zippy The Pinhead” or brand advertisements for clothing brands such as Diesel’s 2010 ad that read: “We’re with stupid” while an Indian stalked the “Futuro” from the outside with a bow.

Suuronen thought it was an ideal solution to the housing shortages of the time due to its low production cost and adaptability. I still can’t believe why these amazingly cool houses didn’t capture people’s imagination. Production ended in 1973 when the price of plastic went through the roof due to the oil crisis, making them far too to expensive to manufacture and buy. The story continued in Ibiza’s love affair with the 70s, with the construction of two “UFO Houses” very similar to Suuronen’s. The constructor was called Antonio Noguera Marí and his great-niece is Ángeles Blanes Noguera – also known on the island as DJ Lost Angeles (one of Concept’s friends and a long-time collaborator with Rock Nights). Ángeles told us that her great uncle was quite the character who built two flying saucer houses in the late 70s in Cala Martina, Santa Eulalia. A couple from Murcia bought one of them and spent their summers there with their daughter.

There is no trace of them anymore as they were demolished in the late 80s, but who knows, maybe in Concept we’ll come up with something similar.

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Entrevista Adrian Rodriguez

INTERVIEW ADRIÁN RODRÍGUEZ – SUEÑOS DE LIBERTAD

“WE KEEP DREAMING OF FREEDOM”

 

After two lost years and a pandemic which has brought the music industry to its knees, Sueños de Libertad festival celebrates its fifth edition this year, rising like a phoenix from the ashes. With headliners by Love of Lesbian and Muchachito, among many others, we are delighted to say that live music is back.

1. After a global pandemic and an unprecedented hiatus in the music industry, what challenges have you faced in resurrecting Sueños de Libertad?

Pfff, it’s been really complicated. Without thinking too much about the answer, it’s been the most difficult edition to organise. Empathy and common sense have flown out of the window and we are still in the midst of a health and emotional crisis that is leaving its mark on everything and everyone. However, nobody can take away our passion and desire.

2. Live music is always welcome on the island, but like always, there is a lack of musical projects. What do you think the reason is?

There is still a long way to go. We started doing concerts in 2011, and little by little, we have won over the island residents. However, it is a marathon, not a sprint and you have to be patient. The key is understanding people, but without institutional or brand support, the mission is almost impossible

 

3. Sueños de Libertad was born in 2015, and has brought the best artists on the Spanish music scene: Leiva, Amaral, Juanito Makande, M Clan… What artist or band couldn’t come but you’d love to have performed?

Well, to be honest, Sueños de Libertad has featured artists that ten years ago were impossible to bring, but if there is one thing that hurt (a lot) it was not being able to
bring Chris Cornell for the 2018 edition. The idea was for an acoustic concert, on the
Baluarte de Santa Lucia in Ibiza, for the first day of the festival, but this particular dream didn’t come true, unfortunately. I got the idea for the concert from seeing Temple of the Dog (with Chris on vocals) and Fantastic Negrito as support play live at Madison Square Garden in New York for the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album.”

4. Sueños de libertad seems almost premonitory… What’s the story behind the name?

In 2014, when I closed El Sitio after two wonderful years with artists likeCoque Malla, Juan Perro, Depedro, Xoel López, Burning and Zahara… I was very stressed and anxious (you can probably say the same for me now). I was living in Madrid at the time and while I was reading a book in a bar, in one of the paragraphs, the main character talked about dreaming of freedom (sueños de libertad). At that moment I felt the same need for freedom and to feel the magic of music again, hence the name. Right now, Sueños de Libertad fits perfectly… unfortunately, we are still dreaming about it.

 

5. Looking at Sueños de Libertad posters from previous years, it is noticeable that it caters for a variety of tastes. Is this a tactic to reach a wider audience or is it born of necessity?

 

I’ll never tire of repeating that Ibiza is the most complicated place in Spain to organise concerts or cultural events. There is still a lot to learn and understand, and that’s where we are. You only have to look back to see which world-class artists have failed on the island. You have to go little by little, with patience, studying every corner of the island and its people. Ibiza is special, for better or worse. We´ll keep going and continue to fight. Sueños de Libertad still has a lot to say, and I trust that time is on our
side.

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Fill me hard

FILL ME HARD

In 1866, a 16-year-old kid from Tennessee named Jack Daniel founded one of the most famous whiskey distilleries in the world. Today, more than a century later, it is one of the most sought-after brands by whiskey lovers. Once considered a man’s drink (think Mad Men), whiskey is becoming ever more popular with females.

A study conducted by The London School of Economics revealed that women have considerably increased their consumption of whiskey when they go out and is increasingly the drink of choice over others such as wine or beer, which used to be the most popular options with women. Why do they like whiskey? It is the distilled spirit that has the least effect on brain cells, and it contains less sugar than rum, meaning less of a hangover if you don’t fool around with other drinks…

Whiskey is now seen as something to go out and enjoy and at Romeo’s Motel & Diner, you can enjoy your Jack Daniel’s moment like never before – with your own vintage Jack Daniel’s bottle, refillable at reception if you want to enjoy Tennessee’s favourite on the rocks.

 

Cheers!

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