We continue our Interview Series with an ever more varied and interesting pool of local experts right here in sunny Granada.
Juan José, a local flamenco performer and manager, and his team are a group of talented individuals that offer way more than just your simple musical entertainment at an event; you'll find violinists, Spanish guitarists, soprano singers, even magicians, pianists and of course the cream of the crop, the flamenco dancers themselves.
I love the idea of bringing in performers to an event as I remember very fondly (and with hilarity) a friend's wedding that showcased 'singing waiters' - supposed waiters at the dinner reception that suddenly burst into operatic arias and beautiful renditions of popular songs to the amazement of everyone in the room! The performance blew us away and years later, we're still all talking about it.
Read on to learn more about these Granaino performers in particular. The original interview was conducted in Spanish and that can be found below.
We kicked off the usual probing questions looking for details on Juan José's company, his background and any information we could get from him about the music scene in Granada, especially traditional flamenco. So here goes!
Concierge99: How long have you been doing music performances in Granada?
Juan José: 12 years
Concierge99: What is your favourite part of performing?
Juan José: Seeing people smile, enjoy themselves and get excited for our performances.
Concierge99: Who are your favourite types of clients?
Juan José: Any kind of customer - provided that they are respectful to other customers and to the artists that perform.
Concierge99: Sum up your team in a few words.
Juan José: We are a dynamic company, formed by dedicated professionals, who enjoy what they do, always try to satisfy the audience with high quality performances and good prices.
Concierge99: What should all travellers to Granada know about this city?
Juan José: That Granada is a very welcoming city that takes great care of its tourists. We help solve any problems and strive to integrate the city's visitors with the Granadinos living there.
Next up in our Interview Series, a Yoga and Meditation guru in the form of Daniela Calota. We're delighted to have her sharing inspiring messages and encouraging others to detox their mind and body via customised classes, perfect for anyone spending any amount of time in London.
Let's get right into the Q&A so you can hear for yourself all the energy and enthusiasm exuding from this wellness instructor:
Q1. How long have you been doing Yoga for?
I have been practicing Yoga since 2012. I have been an active person all my life, filled with unlimited energy. Yoga has helped me to channel my energy, it has helped me improve my focus, practice stillness, improve health and well-being and practice better mindfulness. Kundalini Yoga, the pearl of yoga, I discovered in mid-2014 and it has been the most awakening experience. Kundalini Yoga is the Yoga of awareness, I practice it continuously. I consider Yoga a science that is able to create a harmony between body, mind and soul.
Q2. What’s your favourite part of doing Yoga?
I love practicing Kundalini; it is a combinations of pranas, mantras and asanas working the 7 chakras through a full mobility of the whole body, spiritual awakening and mind cleansing harmony. It is the Yoga of awareness, the yoga of the activation of the pineal gland (our third eye). I call it Kundalini Nectar Yoga.
Q3. Who are you favourite types of clients?
I prefer working with children and seniors. I teach children Yoga in order to help them improve in school, socially and in community, also to help them get a better health, and overall well-being. We live in a technology-focused modern world where children are not in touch with nature, with their spirituality, nor do they practice physical activities as they often prefer the company of a computer. Therefore when I am teaching children I often use a method focused on helping them get better focus, practice stillness, improve flexibility and balance. Many children suffer from Autism, ADHD obesity and Yoga is an amazing way of help children improve physically, mentally and spiritually.
I also like working with seniors, I love to revive their spirits as I am a firm believer that we are as old as our minds. I know yoga has tremendous impact on mental health, physical health and well-being. It helps develop and increase physical and mental mobility and balance. Yoga is refreshing.
Q4. Do you have any unusual skills when it comes to teaching Yoga?
I am an empath, my unusual skill is that of being “a sponge of energy”, Empaths are open vessels. I believe we should radiate the good thoughts and good hearts that we are in essence. If we feel ever depleted we have interacted with negative thoughts (personal or surrounding us), and when we feel energized, filled with vitality and joy, we are in a happy spot mentally, physically and spiritually :). Yoga is refreshing, it is a detox for the mind, body and soul.
It's time to present you, our lovely readers, with yet another stellar Concierge99 local expert. We've met yoga instructors, personal stylists and now I'd like to introduce you to a private chef: Mouhoub is a very experienced, multilingual chef in London catering to events ranging from an intimate meal for two to a large dinner party for a group of 50. Think of any kind of cuisine you'd like and Mouhoub can deliver - whether it's Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern, Italian, you name it! And don't worry about the language barrier, chances are you share a common language.
Book a breakfast, lunch or dinner party today and see what a fun and delicious meal you can enjoy with Mouhoub as your private chef!
As usual, we've asked our nosy, probing questions and Mouhoub has very graciously answered them:
Q1. How long have you been a Private Chef for?
I have been in the hospitality industry working as a chef for 23 years and 5 years as a private household manager
Q2. What’s your favourite part of being a chef?
My favourite part of the job is getting customer satisfaction by putting a smile on their face and that is the most important for me
Q3. Who are you favourite types of clients?
I had clients from every walk of life but all of them have something in common; to get a good service and a solution to their problem
Q4. Do you have any unusual skills when it comes to being a Private Chef?
I am a polyglot; I do not know if it considered unusual but for the job I do, it gives me an edge and makes my work easy
In our business we get to meet the most interesting, talented and fun people. Case in point: Chantelle, personal stylist to London's (now) best dressed. Chantelle, using her handle @CZnideric, and I, using handle @Concierge_99, had a chat over Twitter where I got to ask her all sorts of probing questions about her life and work and in return heard so much about the business of Personal Styling in London...and remember: all questions and answers within a 140 character limit!
With nine years of experience, she certainly knows what she's doing - you're going to want to read this and book a session with her immediately afterwards. You too could be among the best dressed in London! :D
First a little blurb from Chantelle's own service offering:
As an award-winning personal stylist renowned for her creative flair, Chantelle's sole objective is to enhance her clients' individuality as well as increase their confidence and inspire self-belief by advising on key styles, suitable colours and wearable trends, ultimately achieving an exceptional outcome to discover the best-ever versions of themselves beyond their highest expectations.
Her international clients are discerning individuals ranging from busy mums and entrepreneurs to corporate professionals and high profile individuals with super busy lifestyles.
Chantelle's fun yet relaxed approach aims to take the stress away from shopping for those unique key pieces or that effortlessly stylish capsule wardrobe.
Available for taster (2 hour), half day (4 hour) and full day (6 hour) sessions. By appointment only.
How long have you been in the Personal Styling business?
Chantelle: I’ve been running my style consultancy now for 9 years – it seems like yesterday I took the plunge!
What’s your favourite part of Personal Styling?
Chantelle: I get huge satisfaction helping my clients create their own style and feel confident. Love that each day is varied not 9 to 5
Concierge99: love that idea. Everyone gets styled professionally by you but in their own unique way :) Cool!
Chantelle: Absolutely! Everyone is unique and special to me.
Who are your favourite types of clients?
Chantelle: My fave types of clients have an open mind! :) Men are also fun to work with and very receptive
Concierge99: They must appreciate you doing all the hard work for them while reaping all the rewards! I know I would
Chantelle: Yes!! Clients love the personal shopping and styling experiences!
Do you have any unusual skills when it comes to Personal Styling?
Chantelle: I’ve got a great ability to understand my clients' objectives quickly and enhance their uniqueness through style
What’s the most interesting job you have taken?
Chantelle: Too many to list! Been many surreal experiences; I’ve had to pinch myself sometimes to bring me back to reality.
Concierge99: You have really piqued my interest!! Sounds like great fun whatever/whoever they were!
Chantelle: Sometimes I get some bizarre requests but it's part of the job... To accommodate different style dilemmas
Let me introduce another one of Concierge99's talented, interesting and friendly experts: British Tours, Britain's longest-established private tour operator, who chatted with us over Twitter in the second iteration of our interview series.
The only rules of engagement are to ask and answer questions within the 140 character limit & use the hastag #concierge99 to let others follow along as we chat back and forth over a series of questions on all things that make our experts tick.
I lobbed an easy one to @BritishTours to get started:
@Concierge_99: "Hello to the team @BritishTours! How's London treating you today? :)"
When they reminded us what cool customers they are, with a supremely-located office right in the centre of central London, in my favourite street no less, so forgive me for gushing in response:
@BritishTours: "@Concierge_99 Hello from Regent Street London!"
@Concierge_99: "Ah, I love that street & the ornate buildings on it <3 Great to have you chatting with us :) Ready for some Qs?"
So we got right into it after that:
@Concierge_99: "Ok, first up: Q1. How long has @BritishTours been in the #travel & #tours business?"
@BritishTours: "British Tours was established in 1958! Here's an oldie of the early days...#BigBen"
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