Saturday, July 31, 2010

recipe: chilled tomato yogurt gazpacho

Refreshing, healthy and most importantly, satisfying, this gazpacho recipe has you out of the kitchen and enjoying lunch in under 15 minutes.  Make it on a hot day.  This is the soup of the summer.  I found the recipe in The New York Times and it's also after the jump...

Friday, July 23, 2010

barcelona: hotel arts

Barcelona has seen a rash of new hotel development resulting in the much talked about W and Mandarin Oriental. But the Hotel Arts is the city's grand dame of modern Catalan hedonism.  The crisscrossed tower rises on the shoreline at the eastern edge of Barceloneta overlooking the marina and offers stunning views and a lively pool scene.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

barcelona: dos palillos

Fusion food:  not always good, sometimes amazing.  It's amazing at Dos Palillos, a restaurant and bar in Barcelona where they serve a happy marriage of Spanish tapas and Japanese classics.  We feasted on a succession of inventive riffs on the two cuisines...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

wise words

(I wish I could credit this, but I can't remember where it came from!)

Monday, July 19, 2010

london: selfridges' forever shop

Fashion.  By definition it's out with the old and in with the new, right?  Maybe not.  I love the idea of Selfridges' newly launched Forever Shop, a concept store that offers items meant to be a little more lasting.   Who isn't sick of the  buy/donate/buy again cycle? Leave it to the English to recognize the appeal of more durable goods; after all, this is the country that celebrates ancient tweeds,  bespoke suits, heirloom  hats, crumbling country manors and well-used riding boots.  Old is (the new) chic! Well, I visited the Forever Shop this week and...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

cannes: hotel martinez

Cannes: playground of movie stars and European jetters.  I certainly felt like one when I checked in to our sea-view rooms at the Hotel Martinez.  The Art Deco hotel facing the brilliant turquoise Bay of Cannes on the fashionable Boulevard de la Croisette is one of the French Riviera's finest and its recently refinished suites are fit for a 1930s screen siren.  Our suite had four(!) balconies overlooking the hotel's pool and private beach, an alabaster marble bathroom the size of a small studio apartment fully stocked with Hermès toiletries, and the kind of closet a New York City girl would kill for.  I could have very happily spent the whole summer there, sunning myself on the beach while white-uniformed waiters delivered my chilled rosé.  Maybe someday.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

recipe: lamb with yogurt-mint sauce

When it comes to the kitchen, I like things to be quick and easy.  All of the recipes I've written about take less than 20 minutes to prepare.  So, this dish is right up my alley.  Tasty, reasonably healthy and speedy,  Lamb with Yogurt-Mint Sauce is a new favorite in our house.  I served it with a lemon mint tabbouleh and a side of steamed-then-sautéed onion, garlic and eggplant. For dessert: more non-fat Greek yogurt drizzled with honey, fresh sliced strawberries and a sprinkling of leftover chopped mint.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

puerto portals, mallorca: flanigan's

Puerto Portals, the marina for the discriminating Mediterranean yacht owner, is perhaps an odd place to dine at restaurant as Irish-sounding as Flanigan's.  But, we had it on good authority that Flanigan's has some of the best gazpacho on the island.  The soup did not disappoint, neither did the accompanying tapas we ordered.  We ate at the bar overlooking the yacht-filled docks and stuck with the classics: thin-sliced jamón ibérico, perfectly smoky pimientos de padrón, tortilla, grilled pulpo and heavenly pulpitos fritas. (pics after the jump)

Monday, July 12, 2010

deià, mallorca: museo son marroig

In Mallorca we attended the wedding of two very dear friends and were blown away by the island's beauty.  The ceremony and reception were held at Museo Son Marroig, an estate located near Deià, on the north coast of the island, that once belonged to the Archduke of Austria, Luis Salvador of Habsburg.  Our friends exchanged vows on a cliff overlooking the mountains and the sea as the sun set into the water.  It was a perfect wedding (the food! the wine! the flowers! the dancing!) in a stunning setting.

london: john sandoe books, a bibliophile's heaven

John Sandoe Books is a quaint little bookshop tucked in at 10 Blacklands Terrace off of King's Road. It is jam packed with great titles.  Literally, it's stuffed to the rafters with clever, classic and interesting books. After a tasty Lebanese lunch next door at Al Dar I picked up a beautiful hardcover edition of Remembrance of Things Past.

world cup 2010: unexpected crush

Germany's coach.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

domino magazine: a resurrection of sorts

Things are looking up for all of the Domino lovers who were shattered by the magazine's closure in 2009.  Lonny, the gorgeous web-zine founded by ex-Domino staffers, is a must-read and now it's just been announced that Domino back issues will be available online at


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