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Sunset Modern

I have long been envious of my friend Abbie’s outdoor pizza oven. I admire the frequency with which she entertains, using the pizza oven as a gathering spot for guests.  After all, it is food that creates a sense of community, that connects even the most polar opposite of personalities.  I somehow missed the “pizza oven boat” when along came the opportunity for me and Hubby …

Prelude to the Food & Wine Classic

I cannot believe it is finally here!  We registered today for what will surely be a fun-filled 3 days of culinary madness (my sister is holding my other 8 shopping bags, but don’t tell the Hubby). Upon our arrival last night, we headed to Jimmy’s on Mill Street, a local favorite.  Recognized in 2012 as one of the Top 50 bars in the nation by …

Dear, Dear Santa Fe

We had the opportunity to take a 36 hour jaunt to Santa Fe, New Mexico, over Memorial Day weekend.  The initial purpose of the trip was to see Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen in concert together at the Santa Fe Opera, but we managed to get a couple of great meals in as well.  But what was our first stop the minute we walked …

New York Minute

I recently took my son to NYC to visit his godmother (lil’ sis came too), and one thing I really enjoyed was seeing the city from a child’s perspective.  We’ve learned that when traveling with kids, what works for us is to try to do only one big thing a day.  Since my son was reading Hugo, I thought it would be fun for them …

Turkey Wrap (Up)

As I was sorting through my photos over the weekend, I realized that I have some memories and photos from our trip to Turkey in March that are definitely worth a mention before calling it a wrap. Sumptuous breakfast buffet at the Kempinski Ciragan Palace Hotel, which is included in the price of the room. Quail egg omelets – how decadent! And speaking of the …

AZ Tidbits

I swung by my local florist last week, the Camelback Flowershop, and saw something that made my heart flutter: My initial thought was that I would take advantage of this the next time I host a dinner party on a weekend.  But, then again, why wait for a special occasion?  At 50% off, I want to treat myself every chance I can get.  La vida …

The Spice of Life

It should comes as no surprise that I do not agree with Kate Moss when she exclaims, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”.  One cannot truly experience a culture without gaining an understanding of the cuisine and its history, in my very humble opinion.  So one morning in Istanbul, I signed up for an off-site on the cuisine and spices of Turkey.  This included breakfast at Pandeli, a historic restaurant …

Istanbul Luxury Shopping Part 2

Known today as one of the most recognized brand names for luxury clothing, Vakko was founded in 1934 as a small hat shop called Sen Sapka (Merry Hats). The name changed to Vakko shortly thereafter and the company started producing scarves using Turkish silk, cotton and wool.  A small silk screening workshop was founded in the Kurtulus district of Istanbul, which Vakko still uses today.  In addition …

Istanbul Luxury Shopping Part 1

When in Istanbul, a tour of the local fashion houses is a must for exploring Turkey’s cultural heritage.  Two of my favorite are Armaggan and Vakko.  Armaggan has two locations, one in the high-end shopping district of Nisantasi, and a second on Nuruosmaniye Avenue, near the Grand Bazaar.  The multi-level store sells items as varied as Turkish crafts, towels and linens, leather goods, high-end jewelry, …