Inspiration Is Everywhere

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The Monastery of Santa Maria – Alcobaca, Portugal

“Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not.” – George Bernard Shaw

Inspiration Is Everywhere…

What inspires you?

The perspective of a product developer might be to view everything with an eye for beauty and the ability to hone in on unique details that the rest of us might miss. Inspiration is constant with these creatives. They see the big picture and the details that might go unnoticed by the rest of us.

The talented Product Development teams for Global Views and Studio A Home are currently wrapping up their extensive two month world tour, in Portugal. Their photos will take us on a virtual tour of an area of Portugal that provides insight to how travel translates to product:

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This is the facade of

the Alcobaca Monastery, in the Oeste subregion of Portugal. In the photo above we see the church in the middle and the plain-style wings of the Monastery to each side. The church and monastery were the first Gothic buildings in Portugal, founded by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, in 1153. The Alcobaca Monastery is one tot the first foundations of the Cistercian Order in Portugal.

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Let’s zoom in to the roofline.

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These are the details that caught our product developers’ eyes. And the result:

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the Global Views Portuguese Obelisk-Grey

Inspiration Is Everywhere…

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Again, another beautiful view of an area of the monastery.

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And again, zooming in on a detail….

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which became the Global Views Pyramid Obelisk

The team had always envisioned what could be done with these finial/obelisk shapes, and finally got them to come together as products – during their trip last year. We look forward to getting the team back home from their 2015 world travels to see what is next…

The NERLEI Award

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the NERLEI Award

Yesterday, while in Portugal, CEO David Gebhart received a prestigious award from the NERLEI Association.

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Global Views was nominated for this award by ALL the factories we work with in Portugal, and recognized for having worked with numerous Portuguese factories for over 19 years, contributing to the creativity, economy and working lives of the community.

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A celebratory dinner followed with all in attendance overlooking the city of Leiria – on top of a hill – with the original stone-walled fort in the background.

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To be recognized by such a prestigious organization is quite an honor.

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Cheers to David and Global Views!

 

HAVE A JOLLY OLD SAINT NICHOLAS DAY!

Although Christmas festivities are still a few weeks away for those of us here in the states, the celebration is already well underway in Poland! Today is St. Nicholas Day, the day many European countries celebrate the holly jolly saint with a reputation for bringing gifts. photo 1 Mikolaj (a.k.a. Santa Claus) was certainly good to our product development team this year! An abundance of gifts was waiting for the team at the Polish art glass factory this morning. photo 2 So very grateful for the kindness and hospitality of our partners in Poland. It may only be the 6th of December, but it’s never too early to get into the spirit of giving! What are you most excited about giving this year?

Our picks for off the Strip Eats in Las Vegas #lvmkt


Going on 16 days, a few of us are practically Las Vegas residents at this point. Needless to say, we have had a lot of time to try different restaurants. Here are some of our top picks:

Lotus of Siam– Thai food, and some if the best in the country we might add!! We found this E20-598 one a coup,e years ago in the AmericanWay magazine. Definitely worth the trip!! Be sure to order the Thom Kha

Lindo Michoacan– Mexican food. If it is your birthday they give you a shot of tequila, but the find is why you should visit this off the strip spot

Orchids Garden– Sunday Dim Sum anyone? We thought so. This place
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Triple George– Grill and Steak house. This is fun and easy if you are headed downtown. Off 3rd street and Not in a casino, you will be pleased with the selection here. After you eat, go check out the Freemont St. Experience. Or for some local haunts, head to Don’t Tell Mama for some AMAZING singing or The Griffin for a Hipster Harry Potter vibe.

The Arts Factory Bar + Bistro-Tapas, pizza, other eats. We LOVE this place. So much so That we have gone back 3 times. It is on the corner of Charleston and CasinoCenter. The food is sooo delicious, and fresh. Our favorites are: Sea boat scallops, Mac + cheese, Garlic Pollo and the Cuban Panini. Their tropical ice tea is a custom blend for them and super refreshing. The Arts Factory also has some pretty great galleries and events going in all the time, so be sure to check the event calendar out as well.

Frederick’s Food Friday- Tamarind Seed

One of our favorite restaurants to eat in Atlanta is Tamarind Seed. The Thai food is pretty amazing. Here are a few of our favorite dishes, should you decide to go this weekend while you are at market! Clockwise: Choo best over the counter viagra Chee Salmon, Pla-Khew-Whan, Jumbo Shrimp cialis4saleonline-rxstore and Sea buy generic cialis online safely Scallop; Larb- Kai; Spicy Lamb with Basil. The coconut cake is a positively absolute must have. And if you are like us, you will ask at the beginning of the meal just make sure they have a piece (or 3) to set aside for you. **stay tuned for our food and other suitcase chronicles while we are in Vegas the next couple weeks!!**

Frederick Food Friday- Chicken Picata


Just because we are in Atlanta, Frederick graciously still1Z1-871 cooks. Last night we dined Al Fresco on Chicken Piccata. He served dinner with cappelini and a sautéed veggie medley. You can follow his easy Chicken Piccata recipe below.

Ingredients

2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and then cut
212-055 in half, pounded thin
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dredging
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup marsala wine
1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Directions

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate.

Into the pan add the lemon juice, marsala wine and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove chicken to platter. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.