A Brief Intermezzo

While culling through my 100+ photos of our next destination, Hearst Castle, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a couple of things we did in between our visit to Los Angeles and our arrival at San Simeon:   Bouchon 235 North Cañon Drive Beverly Hills, CA  90210 310-271-9910 http://www.thomaskeller.com/beverly-hills-california/bouchon-beverly-hills Montage Beverly Hills 225 North Cañon Drive Beverly Hills, CA  90210 310-860-7801 http://www.montagehotels.com Bottega …

LA’s Grand Central Market

On a corporate scavenger hunt through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, chasing our clues from the public library to Disney Concert Hall, one of our stops led us to The Grand Central Market.  Opened in 1917, Grand Central Market is a 30,000 square foot arcade whose mission is to celebrate the cuisines and culture of Los Angeles.  The space houses over 30 vendors, with …

Above The Blue And Windy Sea

Hubby and I recently found ourselves driving north along Highway 1, winding our way from Los Angeles towards the iconic city of San Francisco to spend a couple of nights doing what I love to do the most, namely eating and celebrating my birthday.  Hubby likes to joke that the birthDAY experience has recently turned into a birthWEEK, or even a birthMONTH.  I don’t have …

Turning Japanese

  Following up on my ShinBay post, I couldn’t help but notice the proliferation of gifts I received this year for Christmas that centered around a Japanese theme and/or sushi making.  When we were in Kauai this past summer, we hired a sushi chef from the incomparable Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant (Hanalei, Kauai) to teach us the art of rolling sushi, so the kids and Hubby …

Ski Chic

While we are taking advantage of the long weekend to ski with some friends in Montana, I thought I would share some of my “must-haves” for the slopes.   Say good-bye to your neck gators and hello to “the original multifunctional headwear” by a Spanish company called Buff. Buff makes products for sports from cycling to yoga, and their microfiber “headwear” come in a variety of …

ShinBay

I recently read an interview with chef Anthony Bourdain, where when asked in which country would he choose to live for the cuisine, he replied simply, “Japan”.  After having visited Japan, I get it.  It is a country where food is presented with such perfection, such grace, that it resembles a work of art.  (New Year’s Resolution #1: post some of our most memorable moments …

Holiday Entertaining

I have been looking forward to decorating for Christmas in our new space since we moved in.  We were able to uncrate all the leaves of our dining table, which was Hubby’s grandmother’s, as well as unpack all of the nutcrackers that I chose from my mother’s collection.  With the help of my friend, florist/decorator/planner Steve Bader, we incorporated some of the nutcrackers into the …

Entertaining in the Desert

We broke in our new digs with a luncheon held in honor of Hubby’s brother and new bride on the day after their wedding.  It was a light brunch menu with a Bloody Mary bar, and we were able to host outside with the glorious fall weather in AZ. Poolside at the end of October in AZ I rented these great long wooden tables from …

Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ

Imagine my joy when in 2012, Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ opened its smokey, red doors in Chandler, AZ.  Based in Leon Springs, Texas, just north of San Antonio, Rudy’s smokes some of the most quintessential Texas barbeque that has been a staple in my diet for the last 25 years.  Rudy’s currently has two locations in the Valley of the Sun, the first being …

Aarti Paarti

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Aarti Sequeira, celebrity chef, cookbook author and host of Food Network’s Aarti Party.  In 2010, Sequeira was catapulted to culinary fame by winning Season 6 of The Next Food Network Star, a reality show on The Food Network.  She was among 12 contestants participating in cooking competitions and on-camera challenges to determine who would be awarded …