Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sarah's Key

I have just  completed reading Sarah's Key, a story of a young Jewish girl  living in Paris, France and the woman who discovers her fateful story long afterwards.  The movie format has recently been released. Worth a read, for sure.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Frick and RL

Last Saturday was spent wandering around NYC. A first time visit to the Frick Collection was a joy. Gorgeous architecture, collections by the Master painters of the world and an excellent movie which details the background of Mr. Henry Clay Frick and his desire to collect make this a great stop-off while in NYC.  Particular favorites were St. Thomas More (especially after finishing up the Tudors series recently) and Gilbert Stuart's depiction of George Washington. Unfortunately, no photography is permitted inside, so I have no pics to share.

Just around the corner would be the Ralph Lauren flagship store located in the Rhinelander Mansion and is a must.  This visit brings an even more lovely restoration, this time with lots of elegance. The fourth floor had just opened and professional photographers were busy working so I snapped only in the massive stairwell.  Even the comfort rooms in the basement are lovely.  Worth a visit.

Addendum: For more on the Rhinelander Estate and RL, have a look at this month's Veranda magazine

Saturday, February 19, 2011

NYC: Morimoto

 Dinner at Morimoto offers selections from the original Iron Chef and is quite entertaining as well.

Sake sampling

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Italianano take homes...

Some goodies in the basket for me: assorted pastas including orzo, tomato puree for sauces or soup, an Eataly tee shirt for excersizing, Italian tea!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Italy is Eataly

This past weekend, the Colonel and I joined the Bermudian contingency in New York for a visit. Weather was fabulous: cool and clear with a just a few flurries to make the winter known.  By far, the best site was Mario Batali’s Eataly in the Flatiron district.  A pleasurable combination of IKEA and Dean  & Deluca, it is an Italian foodie’s paradise.  Worth a visit, for sure.

 Baskets of fresh vegetables are offered as they would be in the outdoor European markets.
 Jars of assorted pestos and roasted peppers.
 More pasta selections than anywhere else, for sure.

Freshly baked breads


 Italian  teas

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bouncing up a previous posting...


For a  return to a post in February 2009: Valentines collected by my Grandmother long ago.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

the kettle's always on...


Is this not the best graphic ever?  Many thanks to Rosemary at Content in a Cottage for sending it on to me!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Put your feet up for awhile...

Recently, I needlepointed the top for this stool for my dau-in-law.
 Shhh...don't tell; it is a surprise gift to her.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

... a soiree

Most recently, the Colonel and I attended a private event at a beautiful contemporary home in Great Falls.  As we departed, all guests took along a bottle of Cotes du Rhone wine and a Red Velvet cupcake (devoured and delicious), courtesy of Georgetown Cupcakes.   Lovely event, it was.