Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Santa Monica Antique Fair

This post is just a bit late.
Over the weekend I had a bit of free time so I decided to
pop on over to the Santa Monica Airport and check out
what was happening at the flea market.
Loved everything....








I love these sea glass looking beads and I'm sorry I didn't buy any....
oh well....there is always next month.
Happy Thursday!!!
VU

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Love Me

Love me
when I 
least
deserve
it,
because
that's
when
I really
need it.

Swedish Proverb


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Soul Mate

Throughout life you will meet one person who is 
unlike any other. You could talk to this person for
hours and never get bored, you could tell them
things and they won't judge you.
This person is your soul mate, your best friend.
Don't ever let them go.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Cooking Class - Mastering the Macaron

I finally decided to take a baking class on mastering
the  macaron...and you know what....
it was really easy.
My chef, Vanessa DiStefao at Sur La Table walked
the entire class step by step and shared some of her
trade secrets with us.
I was thrilled with the end results and can't wait to dream up some
interesting combinations to share with family and friends.















Happy Baking!!!




Thursday, September 8, 2011

Patina Style At Giannetti Home

The event at Giannetti Home was a huge success.
I was so happy to finally lay my hands on my
own copy of Patina Style.
The book is amazing!!!















Goodnight and Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Into The Mystic

The weekend is almost here....
Hope a little Van Morrison puts a smile on your face....

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic 
And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home
And when that fog horn blows I want to hear it
I don't have to fear it
I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
Then magnificently we will float into the mystic
And when that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home
And when thst fog horn whistle blows I got to hear it
I don't have to fear it
I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And together we will float into the mystic

Van Morrison




Happy Thursday!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

How to Build a Stone Beach Grill - Saveur.com

I wanted to share something I read on line at Saveur Magazine.
I just love the idea of building a stone beach grill. What a great idea.
Click on the link below to read the entire article.
Happy Last Days of Summer!!!




How to Build a Stone Beach Grill




Every summer, my aunt Laura heads to Block Island, husband and kids in tow, for a few weeks of sun. They seem to pick up new tag-alongs each year, so that now, fifteen years into the tradition, their beach crew through the weeks numbers around 50 friends and family members, many of whom have been coming almost as long as Laura has. 

This year I joined Laura for the first time, and I had plenty of catching up to do on the cultures and practices of a Rhode Island beach vacationeer. "Belly bomb" doughnuts by the pier, Disco Night at Captain Nick's, karaoke at Club Soda, mid-week martini nights at the swanky beachside hotel, dancing to reggae music  in a crowded bar on a Sunday afternoon with my nearly-80-year-old grandfather. But my favorite days were those where time fell into a kind of ocean rhythm: beach in the morning, a lazy lunch, a beachside cookout in the evening, several cocktails in the later evening, fall asleep, repeat.

It's the beachside cookout that really anchors the day, with vegetables, seafood, and meat cooked to charred perfection on a sand and stone-crafted beach grill that we built each night and then dismantled. The design of the beach grill developed out of necessity: Aunt Laura began grilling on the beach when she first started coming to Block Island. Back then, she'd cart a hibachi from the beach house to the truck to the sand, and back again. What began as simple hot dogs and hamburgers evolved into unabashedly gourmet meals, complete with fruit and cheese, flowers and candles, marinated lamb, chicken fajitas, clams, corn on the cob — all served from towel-draped boogie board tables and driftwood benches.

Photo: Cory Baldwin
Eventually Laura realized that they didn't need to lug the whole grill to the beach, especially when she had her hands full with so much food. Block Island beaches have beautiful rocks, why not line a hole with rocks and lay the grill-top over it? After the first beach grill was born, it soon became everybody's favorite way to eat. Dads and uncles dig the hole, cousins collect the stones and driftwood, and everybody takes a turn manning the grill. The building process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a whole afternoon, depending on how fancy you get and how many hands are on deck.

TO BUILD A BEACH GRILL

Supplies
A shovel
Large beach stones
Coals or dry driftwood
Matches
A metal grill top large enough to cover the hole
Grill tools like tongs and forks
A bucket for cleanup

Method
Dig a shallow, bowl-shaped hole in the sand about 2 feet in diameter. Dampen the bowl with sea water (here's where your bucket can come in handy) and smooth the edges. Line the basin completely with stones found on the beach; top with larger stones to craft a rim for your grill grate to sturdily sit atop. Arrange smaller stones and shells around the outside of the grill to clearly mark the area around the grill, and to help keep sand from getting close to your food. Pile coals or found driftwood into the stone-lined basin and light with a match. Place the grill on top, wait for the heat to reach the right temperature, and get cooking!

Clean-up is relatively simple: remove the grill top and, using your bucket, pour lots of seawater over the coals until they are completely out. Remove the coals and discard, then fill in the hole with sand so nobody falls in. Laura warns that cleaning up the party is much harder (especially in the dark) than cleaning up the actual grill.

Note: Check your local fire-safety laws in case you need a permit to grill on the beach.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

New at VU Design Studio.
Enjoy!!!







Happy Monday!!!
VU

Summer Tomatoes

Oh how I love heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes or any kind
of tomato come to think about it.
The farmers market was bursting with tomatoes and I was in heaven.
I bought about 6 baskets of cherry tomatoes....like I said....
I like tomatoes!!!





And of course I could not pass up these beauties....

Happy (long) Weekend!!!
VU

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Culture Kitchen

Have you've heard of Culture Kitchen?
It's the best new idea in cooking.
Watch below!!!


Happy Weekend!!!
VU

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Moving On....




If someone wants to be a part of your life. they will be there. So don’t bother saving a spot for someone who don’t even make an effort to stay

Photo courtesy of cindymb.tumbler.com