Category Archives: Design & Decor

Manolo Valdés at Place Vendôme – Paris, France 

You never know what you’ll stumble upon while strolling through the majestic streets of Paris, so it was a delight to turn a corner and run across these huge, magnificent sculptures by Spanish artist Manolo Valdés.

It was a very hot day in Paris approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit and I was tempted to take shade under the large aluminum hat.

The recently re-opened Ritz Paris sits in the background. And just to note, even when there’s no artwork in this historic square in the 1st arrondisement, the Place Vendôme is awe-inspiring so these stunning works by Valdés were an added bonus. 

This public exhibition of Manolo Valdés’ sculptures lasts from September 8 through October 10, 2016.

Nobu- Malibu, California

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Nobu Malibu is located on the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. On a warm Southern California day (which is quite often), it’s ideal for a relaxing day of lounging on the patio with a table spread of chef Nobu’s signature drinks and dishes. They also offer breakfast on Friday through Sunday.

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Glasses of Louis Roederer, Brut Champagne

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Nobu’s famous New Style Sashimi. See the recipe and make at home here:


Lobster Shiitake Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing – a must-order dish.

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Being fed lobster isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon. Just remember to bring sun glasses and wear sunblock if you plan on sitting on the patio. Although breezy, it can get toasty out there.


Ocean view from the patio


Nobu Malibu

Address: 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Phone: (310) 317-9140

Join us at Cuyana Conversations: Gastronomical Delights 5/21

Cuyana Fewer Better Gastronomy Panel

If you’re around this Thursday, I’ll be moderating a thoughtful, food-focused panel at the ultra-chic Cuyana showroom in San Francisco’s downtown Union Square. The name Cuyana means “to love” in Quechua and this gastronomy panel is one of the featured topics in the Fewer, Better Series. The panelists include an incredible group of food folks from the Bay Area. Hope to see you there!

Michelin InTIREnational Art Contest – Vote Now!

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In its second year, the Michelin InTIREnational Art Contest challenges participants from South Carolina Upstate schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and the art community to create a unique piece of art with an international theme using up to four scrap tires donated by Michelin. This year, two winning works of art will be selected out of the 26 participants.  Each of the winning entries will receive a $5,000 donation to a charity, school, or non-profit of choice. One winner, the People’s Choice, will be awarded to the entry that receives the most votes on the contest’s website that is open to all members of the public. The second winner will be selected by a panel of judges based on these four criteria:

Overall design and execution

How creative is the overall design? How well did the participant(s) execute the concept?

Tire usage

How well did the participant(s) use and incorporate scrap tires into the overall design?

International theme

How well did the participant(s) communicate an international theme through the artwork?

Upstate connections 

How well did the participant incorporate a connection to the rich international diversity in the Upstate?

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The InTIREnational Art Contest is part of Upstate International 2015 (, a month-long series of community events and activities that celebrate the cultural diversity of South Carolina’s Upstate. Michelin’s U.S. headquarters are based in Greenville, South Carolina.


Voting is open to the public through March 27, 2015 and the winners will be announced at an event at Michelin’s corporate headquarters on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. See the creative and inspiring Michelin tire artwork and be sure to cast your vote for your favorite at 




Dom Perignon - Food FashionistaNext time you finish off a bottle of your favorite champagne, instead of throwing it out after consumption, use it as a jewelry holder for bracelets and bangles. It will clear the clutter from the top-of-your dresser and add a bit of nostalgia to relive those sparkling memories.


Do you know the Michelin Man?

Michelin ManYou may know him as the Michelin Man, but his real name in his home country of France is Bibendum. His full-figured body and friendly wave grace the covers of all the domestic and international MICHELIN travel and restaurant guides from Shanghai to Chicago. 

Here are a couple other fun facts about the always smiling, symbol of both high-quality tires and recommended restaurant/travel guides from around the world.


                      *In the year 2000 he was voted “Best Logo symbol of all time”

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*In 1894, the two founding brothers, André and Edouard Michelin, were visiting the Universal Exhibition in Lyon when they noticed a stack of tires on one of the stands. The overall effect was sufficiently evocative for Edouard to think that, with arms, “it would make a man” – Upon his invention in 1894, tires were actually white, not black – hence his white coloring – ere actually white, not black. bibendum - mika takeuchi

Along with giving stars to well-deserving restaurants around the globe, Bibendum has become quite the star himself. His marshmallow-resembling body can be found on vintage mugs, postcards, posters and magnets and lucky for you, I’ll be giving away some Bibendum swag along with a 2014 U.S. MICHELIN Guide of your choice this month.

Information on how to enter will be posted on Friday, May 30.


Sunset Magazine Garden & HQ Tour Celebrating their March All-Food Issue

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Yesterday, myself and other members of the media visited Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park, California for a tour of their exquisite gardens and work place. To say the least, it was impressive. When your work surroundings consist of exotic cacti, plump grapefruit trees, and a massive outdoor kitchen, we think you’ve got it quite good.

From mini Umami Hatch Burgers, to Chicken Tinga Tostadas, it was a night to remember. After all, this is the first time in Sunset’s 115 year history that they’ve dedicated an issue entirely to food. Although the first, I have a feeling this won’t be the last. With Food Editor Margo True, the staff at Sunset are pros when it comes to all things food and drink. Their wine cellar is a vino lover’s dream.

See more photos from the event HERE.


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Jimmy Choo Boutique – Union Square, San Francisco

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Originally featured in Citysearch SF's New & Notable

Oh, Jimmy…what took you so long? We’ve been waiting for years.

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Choo shoe lovers can rejoice as Jimmy Choo finally opens its first 1700 square foot stand-alone boutique in San Francisco. Most well-known for their stylish stilettos, this British luxury brand will also offer handbags, accessories, and fragrances in their boudoir-inspired Union Square location.  The natural-colored décor accompanied with lavish, contemporary mirrors and chandeliers make the perfect backdrop for the season’s collection of ultra-bright footwear and leather goods. Chic techies will love the exclusive black and white crystal-encrusted “TYLER” iPad case ($495). 


Photo Credit: Drew Altizer


166 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 391-3300

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Oops! Red Wine Stain Remover

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We love red wine and we love cute outfits, but we don't love when the two of them collide unexpectedly. So for those unfortunate messy situations, there is Oops! Red Wine Stain Remover. We discovered this product while traveling in Japan, but haven't had much luck locating this product in the U.S., but thankfully for modern technology, we did find a few shops online and overseas where it can be purchased. There are also other brands out there, but we happen to quite like this catchy Oops label. So in the meantime, we have our Oops label on hand to keep our other labels (missoni, pucci, & gucci) pristine and red wine stain free. There are also travel size Oops Stain Removers to tuck into your evening clutch, but we weren't as lucky to find those online.


"Developed by a wine lover to deal with those occasional spills. Oops! removes most red wine stains (both old and new) and is equally effective with fruit juices, sauces, cooking oils, coffee, cosmetics and some ink stains.

An Australian designed and manufactured product, Oops! is environmentally friendly as it contains natural citrus extracts and no bleaches or phosphates. It is biodegradable and has a delicate bouquet. It is suitable for use on most fabrics".


Available at theWineSociety

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STONEHILL TAVERN – St Regis Monarch Beach

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Here are some drool worthy pictures (sans the one of me) from my dinner last night at STONEHILL TAVERN. Nestled in the ultra posh St. Regis Resort at Monarch Beach, this restaurant has Pacific Ocean views and a chic dining space designed by the renowned Tony Chi. The young and gifted Adam Keough is the Executive Chef of STONEHILL and the food is consistently flavorful, and constantly evolving with the seasons. Perfect for a romantic weekend getaway or a power business dinner – STONEHILL TAVERN is a sure hit for many occasions. Just take a look at the photos below and you will see for yourself…   asiago cheese rolls stonehill tavern

Asiago Cheese RollsServed Warm & Absolutely Addicting

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Red Grape Sangria – Just one of the many superb drinks

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Amuse Bouche – Salmon Parfait on Potato Cake

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Amuse Bouche – Bacon Wrapped Fig with Goat Cheese

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Local Farm Greens – Gorgeous example of Farm to Table

Michael Mina Trios 

Coastal Shellfish -Tasting Trio

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Prawn Ceviche, Sea Bean, Lemongrass Vinaigrette

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Lobster, Bacon & Shiso- Wrapped Fritter

Celebrity Chef Restaurants

Scallop, White-Corn Crepe, Coconut-Curry Broth

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w/ Blood Orange Mimosa – Fresh Orange Juice, Sugar, Lime

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Tuna Tartare w/Pine Nuts, Mint, Habanero-Infused Sesame Oil

Tuna Recipes

Tuna Seared; Cranberry Bean, Artichoke, Meyer Lemon

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Prime Short Rib w/Glazed Miripoix, Worcestershire

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Oh and did I mention these come w/ a side of Potato Puree

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Skate Wing w/ White Bean Ravioli, Lemon Basil, Golden Tomato Broth

Salt Baked Lobster 

Salt Baked Lobster – Before

Maine Lobster Celebrity Chef 

and After… w/Corn-Basil Risotto, Porcinis, Bell Pepper Emulsion

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Just a part of the Chocolate Pudding Duo

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Strawberry Mochi, Green Tea Cream, Rhubarb Consomme

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Complimentary Bon Bons – a truly HAPPY ending!

St Regis Monarch Beach
Dana Point, CA 92629
phone – 949-234-3318

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