“I’m not a wine connoisseur, but I do like a glass or two at night. – Diane Keaton
Once a month, the women in my neighborhood gather at someone’s home for Wine Night. It has been going on for years, and grows in numbers each time. Everyone shows up with a bottle and a glass and the host provides snacks and hors d’oeuvres. The ages range from newlyweds to parents and grandparents, the best part being a night away from our hectic daily lives. Chatting with old friends and neighbors and making new ones, what could be better?!
After lots of traveling for tradeshows this summer and kids in camp, I couldn’t wait to get back in my kitchen to whip up some new yummy, healthy dishes. With our marvelous weather, it was very appealing to plan a laid back night where guests could wander in and out of the house and really kick back and relax. read more
“It was like the first time I visited Versailles. There was an eeriness, like I’d been there before. I don’t know if I was Louis XIV or Marie Antoinette or a lowly groundskeeper, but I lived there.” – Maurice Minnifield
Of all the monarchies throughout history, I have always found Marie Antoinette to be the most fascinating queen. From the larger than life hairstyles, to the layer upon layer of gowns she wore, she seemed to lead an intoxicating life. “Let them eat cake,” is a quote we hear all the time in modern life, and that too, came from the famous lady of French reign centuries ago. Marie was given the Petit Trianon, a small chateau on the grounds of Versailles, as a gift from her husband. Her main focus was on the horticulture, and she redesigned the garden after the British style, and added flowers to an area that was mainly an arboretum. It is rumored that this was the one place that Marie wore traditional garden attire that consisted of a muslin dress, gauze scarf and straw hat. A far cry from her majesty’s daily attire!
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis
What’s better than spending an afternoon with your closest girlfriends? Doing so at a home that is a hidden oasis and feeling like you are at a desert spa. The hostess, Donna Rabin, a soul sister of mine, welcomed everyone to a beautiful pool, outdoor living room, and spread of food that would make the harshest critic lick their lips for more. Not only is she a fabulous friend and mother of three, she is the owner of two of LA’s hottest new restaurants: BricoLA and Villeta. Mid afternoon nosh was an array of Venetian pizzas from BricoLA.