food and drink

Weekend Wandering at the Met

One of my Christmas presents to my sister was a dual membership with me to the Metropolitan Museum. Since her birthday is Monday, we decided to celebrate by seeing a couple of exhibits at the Met and having lunch in the lovely Members Dining Room, which is almost worth the cost of membership alone.…
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Armchair Traveler to France

I buy design and lifestyle books for any number of reasons – for reference, for inspiration and certainly for enjoyment. But sometimes it is also so I can be an armchair traveler and take a trip anywhere I desire from the comfort of my home.…
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Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2014

While I am a proponent of drinking champagne throughout the year, there is certainly no more traditional time to celebrate with a glass of bubbly than on New Year’s Eve. And so I present this year’s edition of what has become an annual post – the Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2014. …
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Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

As this year’s late Thanksgiving is over and December is somehow suddenly upon us, it is officially time to think about holiday shopping. Let us open the seasonal extravaganza with special gifts for the wine lover (and who isn’t?). Hopefully many of you have now taken a peek at Vinous, Antonio Galloni’s well respected and welcoming wine education site, bringing together independent criticism, tasting notes, interactive maps and multimedia in a contemporary and collaborative platform.…
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Happy Thanksgiving

As I prepare my table to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I am so grateful to have my entire family home on this wonderful day. As my children get older, I do not take for granted that they may have other options for these cherished holidays and am so appreciative that they look forward to being together as much as I do.…
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A Champagne Tasting with Antonio Galloni

Those of us who feel champagne is right for any occasion have an advocate in Antonio Galloni. The well respected wine critic recently led a champagne tasting at CORE: club during which he guided us through an evening entitled, “A Wine for all Seasons,” expressing his view on the versatility of this festive wine, often underestimated as an accompaniment for a wide variety of food.…
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In the Studio Video with Susanna Salk and Frances Palmer

I had been a fan of Frances Palmer and her beautiful ceramics long before I started this blog. Her distinctive and artistic take on vases, pots and other vessels attracted me along with legions of early admirers.  Trained as an art historian, Frances found her passion in working with her hands, first as a printmaker and ultimately as a potter.…
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Cornucopia Magazine

I can still remember seeing Mica and Ahmet Ertegun’s Bodrum villa for the first time. It was decades ago in a publication I have now forgotten, but I recall being immediately smitten with the allure of the exotic seaside location and the white washed stone house filled with Turkish furnishings.…
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At Ease | Labor Day Lounging

It has been a glorious summer here in the northeast. Although it’s hard to believe, September is upon us. So as a salute to the unofficial last weekend of the season, I offer the latest At Ease, an ode to Labor Day Lounging.…
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Shopping the Taigan Marketplace

As you readers know, I am a long time fan of the Taigan Marketplace, an online shopping site featuring a hand selected collection of a wide range of lifestyle products. I especially like that they focus on small companies, emerging designers and hand crafted artisanal products.…
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