Palm Springs: Where Summer Never Ends…

by fiona on August 30, 2011

Tangelos and palm trees
The Parker and Malm Fireplace Palm Springs
Fresh Tangelo Rosemary Juice Palm Springs

Reflection of palm trees in pool

Summer is waning, evening breezes are blowing a little chillier and winter is now inevitable. So where to go for a little escapism? Palm Springs, of course…

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Strawberry Elderflower Shortcake

by fiona on July 3, 2011

Strawberry Elderflower Shortcake for Fourth of July

Call it subconscious, call it serendipity, Independence day was the last thing on my mind when I whipped up these aromatic strawberry shortcakes. On a sunny summer weekend filled with the Tour de France, Wimbledon, and a huge basket of long-awaited Washington State strawberries, I made some scones on a whim to mop up the juices from my umpteenth bowl of the scarlet fruit.

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Italy: A Hidden Find in Umbria

June 29, 2011

Looking for the perfect romantic getaway in Italy? I’ve found the place you dream of. A serene, peaceful hideaway near the Umbria/Tuscany border that will change you forever. Rustic yet luxurious, Villa Cerqualto makes a great base for touring Northern Umbria and Southern Tuscany or just relaxing in the countryside. It’s firmly on my shortlist […]

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Tacos al Pastor for Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2011

It’s Cinco de Mayo and as much as I’d love to be digging my toes into a warm sandy beach at Esencia, I’m feeling a little reminiscent about Mexico City – the smoggy, vibrant and surprisingly hip city where I never did get mugged, despite my best efforts (getting dropped off in a bad part […]

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A Northwest Adventure at the Clam Cannery

April 29, 2011

Imagine a place where the lines between childhood and adult adventure are blurred. A place with sailboats, float planes, friendly little farms and a cool place to hang out with friends or loved ones to cook, drink and laugh together after a day of playing. Well pack your camera and your appetite, hop aboard a […]

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Currently Craving: April 2011

April 21, 2011

EAT: Les Apéritives by Paris Caramels. Jewel-colored, soft and fresh flavored, these petite pâtes de fruits are designed to serve with cocktails. A perfect antidote to predictable cocktail snacks, the conversation inspiring flavors include Corsica Lemon, Strawberry Basil and Tomato Olive. Available at Dean and Deluca in the US. READ: Tuscany by Phaidon Press. A […]

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Mini Radish Ricotta and Green Onion Tartines

April 4, 2011

The trouble with travel, with being an expat, is that you leave little pieces of your heart scattered across the globe. A sizeable chunk of mine resides in France, and spring is a season that leaves me longing for long picnic lunches in Paris or gentle hikes through the lavender fields and cherry orchards near […]

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Spring Herb Pesto and Antonio Carluccio

March 28, 2011

Who were your heroes growing up? Mine were a rather eclectic, and in retrospect partially embarrassing collection of chefs, musicians and writers. One of my enduring favorites is Antonio Carluccio, an Italian chef, lifelong champion of foraging and early Jamie Oliver mentor. Digging in the dirt with bare hands, scraping earth off mushrooms and truffles […]

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Vanilla Cardamom Skillet French Toast

March 20, 2011

I’m quite in love with the vignette of a perfect weekend morning – a fat NYT, international editions of the Guardian and Le Monde and something sweetly-scented and rustic to stab at with a fork while I consume the trials and triumphs of the week along with too much espresso. Such morning idleness, however, is […]

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Paris: Salty Sweet Cookies Noir at Eric Kayser

March 14, 2011

What on earth was I doing eating chocolate chip cookies in Paris? I get to spend such limited time there these days. This familiar city used to be only a short flight or train ride away, accessible for frequent and impromptu weekends of gluttony and carefree fun armed with only an overnight bag, a list […]

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