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There aren’t many times when I pause during a meal and wish time would stand still; when the stars align and you take note of everything. The moment is perfect. This is how I felt when I experienced lunch in the mountains of Majorca. Surrounded by hundred year old olive trees, with views of the countryside, I enjoyed typical Majorcan food with family and friends…perfection.

My daughter walking Poncho up the mountain.

One of the very old and beautiful olive trees.

Love the stone wall and gate!

The view

Flavored salts

The fireplace in the old shepherd’s hut where the food was prepared.

I want one of these!

My sister and I with the man responsible for putting together all this wonderful food.

The famous Majorcan dessert, Ensaimada.

Cheers to a great day!

 

 

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When my girlfriends and I were in Laguna Beach a couple of weeks ago, we thought the idea of spending an entire day cooking a big meal, sipping wine and listening to good music sounded like an excellent way to spend a Saturday. So this past weekend we decided to try it out by inviting family & friends to help prepare an Italian feast.

The Menu:

Cheese & meat platter

Ravioli with sausage filling

Sausage Carbonara 

Caprese salad

Mix green salad

Grilled zucchini

Tuscan steak

Limoncello Cake

Even though my house wasn’t perfect, and I should have spent half the day doing laundry, I’m glad I decided not pay attention to any of that and just enjoy an afternoon with family, friends and really good food. Cheers to taking more time out of our daily duties to enjoy long meals with family & friends!

Happy Thursday!

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Enjoying a beautiful meal on the patio is something many of us love to do and with the weather finally cooling down, especially here in Southern California, I’m looking forward to spending more of my evenings outside. A photo that has been a big inspiration to me, for this very purpose, is the one below from House Beautiful.

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Get the Look!

  1. Wooden Bowl
  2. Verona Ivory Flatware
  3. Pillow
  4. Outdoor Table
  5. Chandelier
  6. Tablecloth 
  7. Glassware 
  8. Candle Holders
  9. Mirror

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It seems like restaurant design only gets better and better and Gracias Madre is a perfect example. Previously an antique store, Gracias Madre is beautifully designed by interior designer Wendy Haworth and exterior designer Scott Shrader.

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Click here to read more about the design behind this little gem.

Happy Tuesday!

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Since my first Papasan chair many moons ago, I have always loved the look of rattan furniture. Recently, while checking out David Niven’s (big fan of his) home in Cape Ferret, I fell in love with all his gorgeous rattan furniture. For me, rattan furniture personifies vacation/beach life/relaxation and you can’t go wrong when adding a bit of rattan into your world.

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I feel this lounge chair could benefit from a gorgeous cushion — but just love the look of it

More exquisite chairs –

 

 

My favorite from GALERIE RIVIERA

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The Menu

Some of the most enjoyable entertaining I’ve done has been when friends happened to pop over last-minute. There is not that initial pressure of having everything perfect, and people are usually more relaxed with little expectations for the evening ahead. When this happens, my “go-to menu” typically consists of some type of salad, a good cheese and meat platter, some nuts and some kind of cracker/bread. I also keep some good chocolate in the fridge for something sweet at the end. No cooking involved. Super easy!

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Happy Weekend!

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I’ve had this picture at my desk for years! I tore it out of W Magazine in ’03. It’s not a fancy or staged photograph – just family and friends around a table for an afternoon lunch. A good reminder to me to take time out and enjoy the small things in life — a long meal with family & friends.

Cheers!

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