Friday, March 23rd, 2012

I feel like Heidi Swanson exists in the part of my brain that plans and daydreams about meals. It never fails that when I go to her site there is something there that inspires me and gets me into the kitchen. Tonight that happened with these Sesame Almond Rice Balls. I used to eat something like these many moons ago at Lucky Juice Joint (remember that place?) and they always made me happy. Now, thanks to Heidi I can recreate that long lost treat at home. Looks like I know what’s for dinner tomorrow night! Thanks, Heidi.

PS. I was lucky to have another of her recipes at Cindy’s house today which was fantastic. Zucchini Spinach Soup – try it, you won’t be disappointed.


Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Eating in Japan is next level.

The attention to detail lovingly applied to everything – packaging, shopping, transportation, you name it – truly shines when it comes to the food. From sushi (sublime) to yakitori (delicious) to izakawa (why is this not in New York?) to train station bento boxes (surprisingly good) to Japanese breakfast (perfect start to the day) to in-room kaiseke dinners (a once in a lifetime experience) to miso ramen (delicious) to ochazuke (food for the soul) to Japanese parfait (best dessert imaginable) it is all incredible. I wouldn’t even know how to choose a favorite from all the meals we had. I do know that there wasn’t one meal that I wouldn’t repeat in a heartbeat. I already miss the food. And all of the other stuff too. I’ll let you know more about the trip in the coming week, till then have a great weekend and konnichiwa.

Parfait from a sweets restaurant in Kyoto

Potatoes from a yakitori joint

Miso ramen, apparently a new trend in Japan

Japanese breakfast at The Peninsula


Friday, December 2nd, 2011

I have to go to London so I can eat at Ottolenghi.  Now that I own the cookbook (received it TWICE as a gift!) and have been religiously reading it before falling asleep it seems that a food field trip is in order. Gorgeous vegetables that have been dolled up with exotic spices, nuts and all other manner of deliciousness. Must. Go. Now.

I’ll be making this laksa tonight from his column in The Guardian, “The New Vegetarian.” His writing and recipes make vegetarian food sexy and intriguing in a way that often times it’s not.  All of his recipes in The Guardian are fantastic. Enjoy!


Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

We are heading here again this weekend. Already planning the weekend on Tuesday is funny but that’s where my head is this summer, though. Have you all heard about our late summer hours on Wednesdays – we’re open from 3-9 so pop in to say hi on your way home. Also, all Spring is on sale now so it will be worth your time. And the dog adoption is in the planning stages for the 23rd of June. Put it on your calendar and make a new canine friend.

Have a great week!


Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Now that Christmas is over I’m finally getting a chance to post the Thanksgiving photos. Funny how time works. For Thanksgiving we spent the weekend at a wonderful home in Ghent, New York where we cooked, ate, stared into the fire and played some brutal rounds of spades. It was a perfect holiday, only to be followed by a perfect Christmas. I truly love this time of year, even with all of it’s expectations and demands I still think it is magical. I hope you all enjoyed your time with friends and family. We’re off to the Robert Frank show now to get inspired before it goes down on January 3rd. Don’t miss it.


The lake on the property with tree reflection.

Corinna and Rory on a walk. As Rory said, “It looks a bit Miller’s Crossing.”

A preview of what’s to come in the kitchen.

Chicken in the orchard.

The orchard next to the house.

Rory at Olana.

All photos by John von Pamer

I’m looking forward to posting more in the New Year. I have a goal of at least three posts a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and am looking into a new camera so I don’t have to rely so heavily on John’s gorgeous photos as he is in the process of launching his own blog! I can’t wait to check in on that every day. Since I’ve had some time this weekend I’ve had a chance to delve into the world of blogging and it really is impressive. It’s such an interesting format, I am really enjoying looking into everyone’s ideas and thoughts. Hope you have a wonderful week filled with many more parties and evenings with friends. See you soon.