Austin – Dec 10 2016


NIGHTCAP is an elegant restaurant with a rich menu.  Thanks to Romana and Florian Prelogs (#FullFridge) we found them. Their ingredients are fresh and the wine list is always changing. The owner Christin is a charming young lady with a passion for her business. You can tell she really cares what her customers think – and that’s what it is all about.

Nightcap started a few months ago as a dessert bar  and it is is housed in a converted home in the trendy Clarksville neighborhood. Its low lighting sets the mood for a romantic rendezvous. However, the menu has been extended to include some savory items from burgers to Atlantic salmon.  For a quick snack I’d try their homemade die for!  MENU


( featured red, white and bubbles at $6/glass as well as discounted cocktails from their cocktail menu, which are $7 each)
Christin is also offering a complimentary spread for our early guests to nibble on.

If you’d like to test their culinary skills make a reservation at 6 pm (mention EuroCircle) before the main party starts at 7 pm.  Let us make this clear – Dinner here is totally worth your time.
(512) 628-0144 – make a reservation and let them know it is for the EuroCircle party (we want to be seated together)
More details to come such as some extended happy hour pricing in the works for drinks…

Valet Parking available.


RSVP greatly appreciated either at our website, EuroCircle Austin Facebook group or via email at kaisa (at)

NOTE: EuroCircle membership is FREE and you can use your Facebook/Twitter or Linkedin login to create a profile (REGISTER HERE). That means when you are LOGGED in at Facebook or the other sites. Just make sure AUSTIN is set  as your EuroCircle location.


Atlanta – Dec 07 2016

Please join us for our end of year EuroCircle Holiday Party at Le Meridien Hotel Perimeter on Wednesday, December 7th.
We will have a DJ for the evening along with complimentary appetizers.
Please feel free to invite all your international & like-minded friends and we look forward to seeing you next month.

PHOTOS from Nov 2 2016 event are posted at

EuroCircle Trip (organized by Sherry Kumar from EuroCircle Philly team) is to Australia & New Zealand in October 2017.
Learn more HERE

EuroCircle Atlanta

Los Angeles – Dec 03 2016

The EuroCircle team is always happy to support worthy European artists and causes.
Tanya Stawski and Eila Kopra will be there to welcome our members – we are happy to work with the Ichiro, Kio and Ville to introduce you to Scandinavian art.

This particular exhibit is  presented by Arte Ry/Titanik & QiPO

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Curated by: Ville Laaksonen in collaboration with Kio Griffith and Ichiro Irie
The exhibition is supported by Artists’ Association Arte and QiPO and financially supported by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.


Heini Aho
Jan-Erik Andersson
Shawn Decket
Juha Allan Ekholm
Toni Hautamäki
Sirkku Ketola
Antti Oksanen
Per Sonne
Maria West

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The Fin_between exhibition at Arena1 (Los Angeles, USA) engages the distinctive spirit of doing and experiencing art from Finland. The artist’s work can be seen from political in global perspectives and as an artistic discourse to which Finnish artists share a very unique angle. Located in between the west and the east, on the edge of the Europe and next to Russia, Finnish people are often reminded “you have already won the lottery as you were born Finnish”. The American dream seems not so far away? But being Finnish has multiple facets. The top education state and an obsession towards winter sports, as well as high-tech brands companies such as Nokia and Supercell hover over our heads.

How many Finnish contemporary artists or their work do Americans recognize? One of the roles of artists in Finland is to challenge the stereotypical ways of approaching nationality, things which are connected to what being a Finn means. A vital aspect of an artist in a globalized world is to challenge political structures. Art is an in-between state where the artist’s personal beliefs evoke a conversation with the world.

In the Fin_between exhibition Heini Aho will be presenting a new installation work where corner shaped artworks from Finland are connected into American objects. Jan-Erik Andersson and Shawn Decker have created a sound installation Apple Concert. The duo will also prepare a performance, taking place during the opening. Juha Allan Ekholm has been documenting Finnish workers who have been fired from their jobs in tech-related companies. Toni Hautamäki will be implementing his works, which follow the legacy of hard-edge constructivism directly to the gallery walls. Sirkku Ketola‘s work consists of a large-scale installation including hand-made prints and a video work, which takes us on a trip from a Finnish outhouse to our national landscape. Intervention-artist Per Sonne is currently on a trip: begging for money in the streets and shopping centers of Turku, Finland towards raising funds for the destination of Los Angeles, with Sunset Boulevard and Venice Beach. Antti Oksanen and Maria West have made a new video production for the exhibition which, according to them, reflects upon the meaning of locality for artists in contemporary art and a global, transnational world penetrated by virtual networks.

As artist and curator, Ville Laaksonen, not only developed the concept for the exhibition, he helped realized the collaborative works that will be on display in the Fin_between exhibition.

All the artists are members of Artists’ Association Arte, which runs the Titanik gallery in the city of Turku.

Titanik has been active since 1960, and it parent organization Arte is known for its keen interest in how art and artists can shape the use of spaces, both through temporary interventions, and by actively repurposing unwanted structures. The Fin_between group exhibition aims to promote Finnish artists internationally by collaborating with other organizations on a global scale. The project at Arena1 is a collaboration with two Los Angeles based curators, Kio Griffith and Ichiro Irie from QiPO.

The Fin_between exhibition is the counterpart for the QiPO’s Lazy Susan exhibition, which opened at Titanik in June 2016.

QiPO’s representatives have planned a series of artist and curator meetings, through which artists are able to network directly in the Los Angeles art scene. While visiting Finland, the curators met approximately 30 artists and a number of staff from local art organizations, including Kiasma, the national museum for contemporary art in Finland.

The exhibition is supported by Artists’ Association Arte and QiPO and financially supported by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Further information: Ville Laaksonen / / + 358-50-3537071

Katerina Tsasis – The Muses Strike in Austin

EuroCircle members who know me well know I love art so they would know I love art – I did not enough talent to become an artist but I am always happy to check out art and support artists.
This weekend is one of the rare chances to visit artists in their studios in organized manner. Why don’t you go and visit one of the EuroCircle members, Katerina Tsasis.

How did you end up in Austin?

I was born in San Francisco, to parents who had recently arrived to the U.S. from Greece.

My dad worked for the railroad and my mom spent a lot of time volunteering for the local Orthodox church. I spent most of my life in California, growing up in the Bay Area and moving to Los Angeles for college. In 2003-2004, I studied in France and Singapore, which gave me the opportunity to visit several countries and experience new cultures. A few years later, I was itching to try something new and had a job opportunity in Austin. I’ve been here since 2011 and I don’t have plans to move any time soon.

When did you start painting?

I’ve been painting and drawing off and on since I was a teenager, but I’ve been shy about my work and have just recently started showing it more publicly. I am really drawn to artists who use vivid color, like Van Gogh and Matisse, and I think that love of color comes out in some of my more recent paintings.

You’re exhibiting in the East Austin Studio Tour – why should EuroCirclers attend?

The East Austin Studio Tour is a fantastic event put on every year by a non-profit called Big Medium. This is the 15th year and there are over 500 artists participating all over East Austin. You can look up the map online and pick a few to visit by driving, walking, or biking. Some of my favorite stops on the tour this year include the artist collectives at Cement Loop (5611 Berkman Drive) and Canopy (916 Springdale Road), as well as two lovely studios that are in my neighborhood, Little Lady Studio (4713 Ruiz Street) and Los Nichos (4417 Mattie). And come by my place, Tsasis Studio (4537 Ruiz Street) – I’d love to see more EuroCircle faces this weekend!

When & Where:
Tsasis Studio 4537
Ruiz Street
Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20
11am to 6pm

Follow Katerina’s art at:

More info on the tour at:

Denver – Dec 10 2016

Hey guys!
The year is almost over, so let’s get together and celebrate! EuroCircle is having a pre-holiday party for all those who want to get into the holiday spirit, have fun, socialize, see old friends and meet new ones, and of course celebrate the upcoming holidays IN STYLE.

This year, we are going to the Cooper Lounge — “Denver’s most glamorous lounge offers high-end cocktails, an extensive wine list, and an exquisite menu paired with the stunning views of downtown and Union Station’s Great Hall.”

It is located inside of the Union Station, so for those of you who haven’t been there yet this might be just the perfect opportunity to check it out!

Hope to see you all soon!

Ksenia & Stephane

EUROCIRCLE TRAVELS TO AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND FALL 2017:  If you’d like to know more head out to TRIP PAGE

You can also email to Sherry at philadelphia (at) She is the one organizing this trip.


San Francisco – Nov 26 2016

EuroCircle invites you to celebrate


This will be the the Transatlantic Thanksgiving with a new name. As we are combining powers with legendary DJ Playdougboy to add some flare to the mix.

Come and get lost in great music with friends!
EuroCircle mixer will be hosted 8pm-10pm

Music for the night provided by
– PLAYDOUGHBOY (Nuwax, Freq Freak)
along with
– DJ MARC VAN BRABANT (Eurocircle)

This is our way of giving back to the community. So come and enjoy the evening.

Austin – Nov 18 2016

Some of you may have noticed that a Belgian Beer Bar had come alive in Downtown Austin.
The name Mort Subite translates to “sudden death” in French. Their aim of the space is to “make you feel like you’re in Belgium.

Mort will offer sabering of bottles of Deus beer, then served in champagne glasses for special occasions, .
Mort Subite patrons will also be able to partake in Belgian imports, with 24 on tap, and an additional 40 to 50 bottles.
Their emphasis is on Belgian and European liqueurs like genevers. A few local beers will pop up too.

Looks like Mort Subite — which is named after a bar and restaurant in Brussels — primarily serves Trappist beers, lambics and other Belgian-made brews in the appropriate glassware for each style.

Houston – Nov 13 2016

Join us for an architecture walk offered by Preservation Houston this Sunday. If you are interested and would like to attend the walk, please plan to arrive a few minutes prior to 1:30pm to purchase your tickets. The walking tours are typically an hour and a half. The first group tour will start shortly after 1:30pm and typically the last walking tour starts about 30 minutes after the first so if you cannot make it at 1:30pm you can catch one of the later tours.

Preservation Houston cannot guarantee EuroCircle members will be in the same walking group but message me if you plan to attend or when you have arrived.

Below is information about the walk this Sunday (from Preservation Houston’s website):
Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston was teeming with activity at the turn of the 20th century, from the wharves of the Port of Houston at Allen’s Landing to the produce wholesalers, warehouses, breweries and factories that lined its banks. Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour looks at the bayou’s crucial role in Houston’s development and explores the remnants of some of the old development nearby, including what’s left of the Houston Ice & Brewing Company, a major industrial concern in the early 1900s.

The tour also includes stories about the city’s little-known role in the Civil War and tales of Vinegar Hill, the area’s notorious slum.

Please note that this is an exterior tour only. The tour will not go inside any buildings.

Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Allen’s Landing Park, 1005 Commerce Avenue. Admission is $10 for the general public ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students with valid ID). Those who walk, ride a bike or use public transit to get to the tour will receive a $2 discount. Children 11 years old and under are admitted free. Tickets may be charged to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. The last tour group will leave just after 2 p.m. Advance reservations are not required for this tour.


Street parking is free downtown Sundays; please remember to observe posted parking regulations. Paid parking is also available in nearby parking lots. The tour start point is a short walk from the Preston station on MetroRail’s Red Line.

If inclement weather threatens on the day of the tour, watch this page for up-to-the-minute updates of any tour changes. You can also follow Preservation Houston on Twitter to receive tour updates.

Hope you can join us on Sunday!

Elisa Rossi Created Rossi & Rei to #embraceluxuryeveryday

We love introducing interesting Europeans to our members – and since I work for a startup I have real fondness for entrepreneurs.

Le Marche, the heart of Italy’s leather and shoemaking industry, is where our interviewee ELISA ROSSI grew up.  Le Marche is a place where timeless, quality pieces of everyday luxury are considered a rightful part of life, regardless of anyone’s income or social class. Why is that?  People’s values are  heavily influenced by such a long artisanal tradition which is amazing to me. As a young woman, Elisa had dreamed of helping those artisans bring their products to the global audience.  She had left Le Marche to study abroad and ended up in the Silicon Valley.

Elisa’s goal is to democratize not only timeless luxury essentials but also the lifestyle that allows people to fully enjoy them.
The belief that embracing luxury every day – whether by owning a precious leather handbag or by slowly living in the moment – is as essential to a quality human life as air.

Who are You?

My name is Elisa Rossi and I am Italian tech executive turned fashion entrepreneur.
As a fellow female entrepreneur, I wanted to personally reach out and introduce myself and my company, Rossi & Rei.

Tell us how someone who worked at Apple and Square turns into a fashion entrepreneur?<

I launched Rossi & Rei this summer after a trip I made back to my hometown of Le Marche, Italy.

While there, I realized that after being away for over a decade, my lifestyle had transformed, and my closet had turned into a collection of cheap, basic workwear to help me blend into a male-dominated business world.

I no longer felt connected to the Italian lifestyle I grew up with, where I felt fully present, beautiful and alive.  I became used to moving too fast.
I forgot how to appreciate the feel of cashmere or full-grain vegetable tanned leather.

What does Rossi & Rei mean to You?

Rossi & Rei is my way of embracing the luxury of Italian living everyday, and is something I feel is essential for everyday living, not just reserved for special occasions.

That is why we curated a collection of beautiful pieces, crafted in timeless Italian styles, in materials that make you feel beautiful, and last a long time, priced for everyday living.
We just launched our FW2016 collection and I wanted you to be one of the first people to see it.

TRUNKSHOW – Dec 8 2016 in Soma

Connect with Elisa Rossi

Ross & Rei website
Elisa Rossi @LinkedIn
Email Elisa

Get to know Rossi & Rei founder Elisa on Nov 17 2016 Jazz event at Muka Lounge…we also have a wonderful trunk show in the works


EuroCircle Travels to Australia & New Zealand October 2017

This year, our gathering takes place down under, as we meet in Sydney to embark on an 13 day tour of both Australia and New Zealand.


Sydney/ Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Queenstown
Departure Date, Oct 4  2017 (depart USA on Oct 4 and land in Sydney Oct 6)

Join EuroCircle for its annual global adventure.
For the 7th year in a row, our members from all over the world will gather to make new friends, explore two beautiful destinations, and make memories that last a lifetime.

This year, our gathering takes place down under, as we meet in Sydney to embark on an 13 day tour of both Australia and New Zealand.

Please contact Travel Organizer:
Email Sherry Kumar here [the trip organizer] for complete trip details.


All pricing is based on cash/check/wire and include a 3% discount.
Credit cards are accepted but the 3% discount will be lost. Travelers will have option to purchase airfare directly through an air consolidator.


Deposit $950 plus balances due below:

Balance due $2,990 based on twin or double occupancy**
Balance due $3,825 based on single occupancy**
** land only. International or local air is NOT included.

DEPOSIT: Click Here


A 1 Hr Tour and Tasting Plate

Begin your journey by exploring underneath the sails with a spectacular Sydney Opera House Tour, or Bento Tower taking you inside one of the worlds greatest buildings of all time. You will see inside the theatres, discover the stories, history and magic of the House and learn of how architect Jorn Utzons heritage-listed masterpiece came to life.

You can also decide when to take your Opera Kitchen three-tier gourmet Tasting Plate, before or after your tour as lunch or return for dinner at dusk or a late supper. There’s nothing more to do than sit back at Sydney’s newest dining spot and indulge in succulent prawns, mini wagyu burgers, or fresh sushi, and soak in the Sydney Harbour views.

Opera Kitchen is home to Sydney’s best chefs, food artisans and producers that will tantalise your tastebuds and leave you spoilt for choice. The perfect way to experience one of the world’s most stunning icons and Sydney’s newest dining destination.

Sydney Sights, Bondi and Magistic Harbour Lunch Cruise

Enjoy a magnificent luncheon cruise on the famous Sydney Harbour travelling aboard Magistic Harbour Cruises. After your leisurely cruise follow instructions from Magistic Harbour Cruises staff to board our coach, to discover the dynamic and diverse charms of Sydney. Enjoy fabulous harbour views as you pass through the historic Rocks area, Chinatown, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Head to the entrance of Sydney Harbour, known as the Gap. Travel to Bondi Beach where you’ll have the chance to stroll along the sand or time for afternoon tea (own expense). Return to the city through Double Bay, Paddington and Kings Cross. Tour concludes at King Street Wharf or Circular Quay.
Magistic Harbour Lunch Cruise.

A Blue Mountains tour including short hike

Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel as we commence our small group deluxe tour into the heart of the unique Blue Mountains World Heritage Region. The Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and the world’s steepest railway. Today your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region.

Our first stop this morning is at Featherdale Wildlife Park where we arrive before any other tourists to meet the native Australian animals here – guests can actually get up close and personal, stroke a koala and hand feed kangaroos, wallabies & emus, a great experience.

Departing from Featherdale, we commence our drive to the Blue Mountains via the highway. We will travel through the picturesque village of Wentworth Falls, home to a good collection of Victorian and other historic buildings and onto the Wentworth Falls Lookout. With spectacular views over the Jamison Valley and the magnificent waterfall for which it is named, this beautiful lookout is our first stop. Here we enjoy a leisurely 30 minute round trip walk to see the Waterfalls.

Continuing on we arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photo’s.

Travelling around the mountains, we arrive at Evans Lookout where you will be issued your lunch pack and instructions on the hiking track.

This is without doubt one of the most scenic hikes available in the mountains taking you across a number of valleys and ridges as you hike from Evans Lookout to Govetts Leap all the while looking out across Australia’s Grand Canyon, The Grose Valley. Once you clap your eyes on the view from many points along this track, you will know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfalls drop a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you are not mesmerised by the dancing waves of water spray, you will be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness.

The last stop is at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where we stop to enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4.30 – 5.00pm.


A Michaelmas Cay Cruise

Set sail aboard the 32 meter luxury sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit, for a day to remember with a wide range of activities to fully experience Michaelmas Cays unique reef environment. Snorkel from the cay’s shallow protected waters, cruise in the semi-submersible for a diver’s view of the reef and discover the island birdlife. Or if you prefer just relax and enjoy a leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef. The Choice is yours!

Includes all environmental management/administration charges. Morning and afternoon tea, tropical smorgasbord lunch, snorkel equipment, coral viewing in air-conditioned semi-submersible, informative ecological presentations by qualified Marine Biologists and guided nature tours of the island and bird sanctuary.

A Kuranda All Inclusive

Experience the contrast of the regions oldest railway and the world’s most beautiful Cableway, knowing that we have taken care of all the details.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park:

This morning you will be greeted by your driver who will collect your voucher and issue your Kuranda Boading Pass. We then transfer you to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. On arrival, meet your Indigenous guide who will show you through the remainder of the park, including bush food demonstrations, didgeridoo demonstrations, movie theatres, fire making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance Troupe.

Enjoy a buffet lunch in the Boomerang Restaurant.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway:

A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Proceed directly to the boarding line – there is no need to queue as your Skyrail tickets are already on your Boarding Pass. Once aboard, be amazed as you glide silently over the rainforest. There are 2 stations enroute where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest to spectacular lookouts, or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre.

Kuranda Village:

Upon arrival in Kuranda, you have free time to do your own exploring.

Why not take advantage of the exclusive Kuranda discounts on your Kuranda Boarding Pass!

Kuranda Scenic Rail:

At the scheduled time, present your Kuranda Boarding Pass at the Kuranda Station ticket window – your tickets are already on your Boarding Pass. After boarding the train, your journey winds through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and around curves, all the time appreciating what an amazing engineering feat it is. Upon arrival at Freshwater Station, our coach will transfer you to your accommodation.


A Discover Milford Sound


. Te Anau
. Eglinton Valley – ancient alpine beech forest, waterfalls
. Mirror Lakes – photo opportunity
. Homer Tunnel
. Fiordland National Park
. Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise
. Knobs Flat
. Christie Falls
. The Chasm (subject to road and weather conditions)

Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound. You’ll experience the world famous fiord – rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Journey across the Southern Alps and travel deep into the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through solid rock. Uncover Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine foresy and gushing waterfalls, take photos of the stunning Mirror Lakes, then walk across The Chasm.

At the deep waters of Milford Sound, board your 1 3/4 hour Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise. See the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. After your cruise return to Queenstown by coach.

A Safari of Scenes Wakatipu

BASIN Half day scenic 4WD tour. Includes gold panning and light refreshments.

Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to protray Middle-earth. The Queenstown area featured prominently in the filming of the incredibly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The perfect tour for those that want the thrills of an off road adventure but also want to discover exciting Lord of the Rings film locations. The Wakatipu Basin tour takes you to The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the trilogy including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up this beautiful mountain range you get a birds eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes.

Travelling from The Remarkables we head to the Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath, or Pillars of the Kings. Leaving the Kawarau Gorge the trip heads to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was filmed. Near Arrowtown you will experience some true off road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River you will cross the river to get to the Ford of Bruinen.

At this point you can indulge in morning or afternoon tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning.

From Arrowtown you will travel to the entrance of Skippers Saddle where you will be offered spectacular panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin and over Skippers Canyon.


“Catch the Canyons” with Shotover Jet, the World’s most exciting Jet Boat ride and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.