Monday, January 31, 2011

paris: hotel duo

After an embarrassing booking snafu at Hotel de Caron de Beaumarchais (my fault!) we ended up at the Hotel Duo for our latest weekend in Paris.  Formerly the site of the well-loved and very affordable Hotel Sansonnet, Hotel Duo is modern, comfortable and centrally-located in the Marais...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

recipe: coq au vin

I don't have a lot of patience so most of my recipes are easy and fast.  This recipe for coq au vin is no exception.    Rich and flavorfull, it tastes like it's been simmering for hours.  Here's the recipe...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

bali: ayana resort and spa

Ahhhhh... Ayana Resort and Spa.  We stayed here when we first arrived in Bali.  Located in a more isolated part of the island on the south side of Jimbaran Bay, the resort is a sprawling, private complex of villas, restaurants and a stunning bar perched on an oceanside cliff...

Monday, January 24, 2011

istanbul: changa

Sandwiched in with fluorescent-signed donor kebab joints in the Taksim neighborhood of Istanbul, Changa doesn't look like much from the street, despite being housed in an historic Art Nouveau townhouse.  Inside, the multi-level restaurant is spare and chic, and delivers excellent food.  The grilled eggplant starter was simple, smoky, creamy deliciousness, but perhaps most memorable were the Anatolian wines. We were so impressed  by both the white and red varietals that we ordered them by the case for home.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

new york city: peels

"No, I'm not done with that."  I repeated that phrase no fewer than ten times during my meal at Peels, the new Freemans spinoff on Bowery.  Like Freemans, the atmosphere is pitch perfect for today's craze for down-homeyness- rough wood floorboards, Edison bulbs, chunky glassware, butcher's block tables, etc...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

wishlist: cream wool wide leg pants

How gorgeous are these Akris pants?!  Unfortunately, they are a bit too expensive for me, especially for an item I'm almost guaranteed to stain.  Any suggestions for an affordable pair of high-waisted, wide leg cream wool pants?  They'd be perfect with...

Friday, January 14, 2011

bali: sarong

Hot, sweaty Balinese nights are best begun at Sarong, a tent-like oasis of decadence in the island jungle. A short ride from The Oberoi, this sexy, swank restolounge serves up fresh tropical fruit cocktails and spciy, savory Indian/Asian food to its tanned clientele.  Trickling water, trance-inducing lounge music, lily pad-coated ponds, flickering torchlight, seriously potent drinks and a meal of Thai roasted duck salad, tandoori butter chicken, pillowy naan...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

new york city: b+h diner

I don't think the interior of this tiny East Village restaurant has changed since the 1970s, I don't think the menu has been updated much either, which is likely a big part of it's appeal.  For lunch, particularly on a cold, rainy day there is nothing better than a bowl of B+H's hot borscht soup (cold in the summer!) with toasted, buttered challah bread.  The check usually comes to around $5.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

new york city: shellac at jin soon

You read about nail guru Jin Soon in Vogue, Elle and every other fat, fashion glossy.  She is the go-to quote source for nail trends.  Her salon empire has expanded from an East Village shop to outposts in the West Village and Upper East Side.  So, I had high expectations for my appointment for a Shellac manicure and pedicure...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

new york city: brunch at the standard hotel

Half the fun of dining out is checking out, your fellow diners that is.  It's a big part of The Standard Bar + Grill’s recipe for success.  The crowd consists of impossibly tall women with perfect hair, fashion types escaping work at the nearby boutiques, Wall Streeters looking for off-duty models (someone has to pick up the check!), downtown scenesters, artists and look-alikes.  And that’s just for breakfast...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

new york city: minca

The East Village is drowning in ramen.  There are tiny, steaming noodle joints on seemingly every corner.  One of the best and most reasonably priced is the teeny tiny Minca on east 5th street.  Introduced to me by Phoebe, I've enjoyed every bowl of soup I've had there.  The miso ramen is classic- intensely flavored broth and perfect noodles- and I highly recommend the vegetable tanmen which comes loaded with cabbage, bean spouts, mushroom and just the right amount of chicken or pork.

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