As the snow melts outside my window, I’m dreaming of some dolce vita at the famous Hotel Il Pellicano on Italy’s Tuscan Coast. With Florence and Tuscany nearby, the sea, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant and a storied past full of Slim Aarons moments, it sounds perfect, doesn’t it?
Click the photo to watch a super-8 film shot by Leigh Johnson at Nowness.com.
Last month I helped Micheal Sparks Design launch Richmond’s first underground restaurant. He and a few of his friends decided to curate monthly food events where they challenged local chefs to cook for a group of adventurous foodies gathered around a common table for one night only.
Richmond was apparently ready. When word got out membership grew from 70 to 800. The friends must have felt so proud that snowy January night seeing the energized group of strangers buzzing about the dishes emerging from the kitchen.
Chef Mike Yavorsky of Belmont Food Shop wowed the crowd with his eight-course menu. The highlight for me was the rare-cooked venison and conversation with people I would never have met otherwise.
The Underground Kitchen’s second event takes place Feb. 28. Tickets were offered to members for $125 today. The first 30 to respond will be chosen. I will definitely be back.
A few months ago we brought dinner to our friends Jason and Amy to celebrate their new baby (also named Julian!). Jason produced a homemade loaf of bread and we nearly “plotzed,” as they’d say in N.Y. He told us it was a super-easy, no-knead bread recipe. (I’d always thought you need one of those space-hogging, Kitchenaid mixers to make bread.)
So the other day I hunted down a no-knead recipe and tried the Sullivan Street Bakery one, which apparently started the craze. It was so super easy – 5 ingredients! – and delicious. It’s pretty idiot-proof, too. The second time I used whole wheat flour and raisins (Marguerite’s suggestion). Still great. Perfect for winter soups. I’m so totally hooked. I will never buy an overpriced gourmet loaf again.
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Holiday card collages! I always hate to throw away all the Christmas cards and in an effort to keep my New Year’s Resolution to be more crafty, I came up with the idea to make collages out of them. Marguerite is all about scissors these says so she was into it. And the results are hilarious, I think. Going to make this an annual tradition!
I just ordered my first issue of Kinfolk magazine. (Issue 10 about aging.) It’s quarterly magazine about small gatherings that I’m obsessed with right now. The styling is gorgeous. Here’s their video about gathering on the Oregon Coast.
Later this month I’m going to a book signing for Kinfolk Table in Richmond. Can’t wait.
Film produced by Laura D’Art, Andrew Gallo, and Mitchell Thorson for Kinfolk.
We’re headed to Mexico next month and I’m trying to figure out the best, packable beach gear for our crawling/standing 8-month-old who will likely want to eat, throw, roll in sand. A friend is loaning us her Go Pod and I ordered this pop-up baby pool to fill with ocean water and occupy him on the beach. Any other suggestions?
Beach photo by Blue Lilly photography.
I have not forgotten how painful it was to plan a wedding but every now and then I get sucked into things that make me wish I could do it all over again. Here are three:
1. Minted’s Save the Dates
So, so, so much easier and less expensive than the old-school route. And they’re beautiful. I used Minted for JJ’s birth announcement and the quality is great. This one reminds me of ours, but ours said: Start spreading the news… Carrie and Scott are getting married. …we hope you can make it there.
2. The beautiful video of my friend Sarah’s Coronado Island, California wedding a couple of years ago. (Cameo by me when they announce the wedding party!) After I saw hers I watched every video the filmmakers had on their site. They. Are. Amazing.
3. J.Crew’s wedding line. I’d wear any of the wedding dresses, especially this one. So much nicer than all the ugly, overpriced strapless dresses out there in ’06 when we got married.