August 20, 2016
starts with a little inspiration. This garden by Australian designer Peter Fudge totally embraces the simplequietmodern aesthetic. A beautiful composition of clipped hedges and hardscaping against the softened edges of natural treeline and massed plantings of native grasses. Dappled sunlight and gentle sounds of moving water. The perfect place to spend a late summer day. I’d start here in the morning with coffee, break here midday with lunch, nap here in the afternoon and finish here with dinner or cocktails. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Are you there yet?
July 30, 2016
Now that Summer tomatoes are starting to pop up I’m craving a BLT. A guilty pleasure to be sure, particularly with my favorite bacon from Whole Foods. While I limit my bacon intake to twice a year, a sandwich in the Summer and with pancakes on a particularly cold and snowy Winter morning, I’m left wanting more. Then a friend reveals her secret for a BLT without the B. Cheese! That’s right. Cheese. I had to give it a go. So I baked off a couple of slices of provolone dusted with a bit of grated parmesan until they were golden at 375 degrees. Pulling them from the oven, I let them cool a few seconds and flipped, returning to the oven to brown the reverse. I kept an eye on them, as this went quickly. While they cooled, they crisped up, giving me time to set up the toast, lettuce, tomato and mayo. I assembled as I would my favorite BLT and Boom! Done. And good. I’m not missing the Oink.
I was so excited with that successful result, I decided to treat myself another Summertime favorite, a Vernors Float. A single scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with the oldest soda in America, Vernors Original Ginger Soda, kept it short and sweet.
July 25, 2016
One listen was all it took to get me to pull up the Mayer Hawthorne station on Pandora. What a perfect soundtrack for this Summer…modern, soulful, some rhythm and blues…a little funk. Perfect.
July 17, 2016
If the bright lights of Las Vegas won’t draw you in, maybe this will. Seven Magic Mountains, by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, is a site specific installation just 10 miles from The Strip. Comprised of seven towers of brightly painted boulders stacked to over thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountains will be providing a jolt of color to the Mojave Desert through the spring of 2018. If you’re on the west coast I think a road trip might be in order.