Tuesday, May 31, 2011

bottoms up



These summer drinks have got me so excited. Can't wait to try the "Leland Palmer" - it's a mix of Limoncello and Jasmine Tea. Sign me up. Cheers!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

happy weekend


Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend! I'm heading out towards Asheville, NC and am looking forward to a long drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and some pulled pork. Til next week!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

so fresh, so clean




I've raved recently about my love of the new redesign of Bon Appetit, but this layout got me going again - simple, clean and fresh! Dying to try the recipe for salmon tartar.

Monday, May 23, 2011






I love this series of taxis from around the world. Don't the London cabs look so sleek and sophisticated? found here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

how do I get here?


I just LOVE this image from Once Wed taken in the Bahamas. Calgon, take me away!! Who's coming with me??

Thursday, May 19, 2011

signore fiat


I love this image of international playboy and Fiat heir, Lapo Elkann. Doesn't he look so cool in his suit and matching car?

via tmag.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

shades of summer



I love these photos of Prada sunnies. Makes me want some summer!! Where the hell is it??

via tmagazine.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tripnotes: Barcelona, Spain

As some of you may or may not recall, I had the good fortune of spending Thanksgiving in Madrid and Barcelona. It was a very quick trip and left me hungry for my (more Serrano ham, more patatas bravas, more glasses of sparkly Cava). So it could only have been fate when on the day I returned from Barcelona in late November, an e-mail from Travelzoo appeared in my inbox advertising a fire sale to Europe. And it was a fire sale indeed. Within a few clicks of the mouse I had booked a roundtrip ticket from NYC to Barcelona for $256 in early April. Done and done.

And so we were back. Barcelona Round Two.


I’ve been blessed with many skills and talents. The one I am most proud of is the ability to sleep anywhere. And that is a skill that really comes in handy on a transatlantic flight. After a fitful night of rest at 35,000 feet, we landed in sunny Barcelona and it was ON. First things first – FOOD.



We headed to our favorite lunch spot Le Quinze Nits at the Placia Real for sangria, olives and salmon carpaccio. The sun was shining (it had not been in during my previous trip in November…) and we both agreed, we loved Barcelona even more than the first time round.


We found ourselves once again wandering through the narrow, medieval streets, this time in shorts and sandals. We decided to take a walk over to Barceloneta, an older part of town known for shipping and fishing.


Lucky for us, it’s also known for artichokes. We couldn’t resist ducking into a local’s tapas bar that a friend had recommended.


It was off the beaten path and we had no trouble getting a table and a round of cañas.

The next day we felt compelled to do some “touristy” things since we had seen virtually none of the famous Gaudi architecture Barcelona is known for on our first visit.



We walked through L’Eixample to see Casa Batlló and La Pedrera.


Stopped for a beer and a bocadillo.

And then checked out La Sagrada Familia, which has been under construction for, oh, about a 100 years.


The line was too long to go in, but the outside alone was breathtaking.


After another quick snack (nomnomnomnom!) it was off to a FC Barcelona soccer match at Camp Nou. We lucked out with some pretty amazing seats and it was such a blast. Plus, Barcelona won. Cool!



On our last day, it was time for breakfast at La Boqueria – an amazing outdoor market with everything under the sun.


We pulled up to the bar at Pinoxto for pollo catalana and coffees.


Breakfast of champions.


A stroll through the market proved an excellent way to walk off our morning treats.

Then, we headed towards the old town to attempt entry to the Picasso Museum – one of Barcelona’s most frequented attractions. We were deterred by the long line and decided instead we could experience just has much culture at a nearby tapas joint.


So it was off to El Xampanyet – a famous cava bar.


I love Picasso, but I think we made the right choice.

We decided to keep on trucking and hopped on the Metro towards Parc Guell – another one of Gaudi’s masterpieces.



Located high atop a hill, it’s got some pretty bad ass views of Barcelona.


On the walk back to the hotel I stopped to make a friend. That’s just how it goes down in Barcelona!!


That night we had dinner at our favorite restaurant – Cal Pep. It’s a sliver of a restaurant with no menu and a cult following.


Known for seafood, it made sense that we were presented with an amuse-bouche of fresh salmon. Ok!!




Things only got better from there.


My favorite are these littles guys – berberechos from the coastal town of Galicia. They were doused with smoky paprika oil and a bit of lemon – too good to be true!


We waddled home after literally closing the restaurant down (which is no easy task in Spain where dinner doesn’t even begin until 10pm) and the next morning we said our goodbyes to Barcelona and honestly, I was sad to leave. It was a such a blast…can’t wait for next time.


So, until we meet again my fair city!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011



I need $$$ to support my peony habit. please send dough.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

saucy balls


In honor of this fella, I decided to whip up a batch of homemade meatballs last night. Really, there's nothing better than a saucy ball. I start with lean ground beef and pork - I usually add ground veal too, but there wasn't any at the market.


Fresh basil, eggs, parmesan cheese and mustard go in too.


Next, I crisp them up in the pan. Sorry for all the raw meat photos. The next one is better.


Let them finish cooking in a pot of simmering San Marzano tomato sauce, toss with fresh pasta (much better than dried) and top with basil. Those, are some saucy balls my friends.

p.s. I follow this recipe loosely when I make meatballs. The addition of lemon zest really gets my goat if you know what I mean.

Monday, May 9, 2011

scenes from the weekend...





This weekend was all about Mint Juleps and Peonies (it's finally peony season!!!). Hope you all had a great weekend too!!