Dining “Love” in Gramercy Park

We returned to one of my many favorite neighborhoods in New York today, Gramercy Park, which is located around 20th Street and 5th Avenue. There seems to be an abundance of interior design related businesses in the area, from plumbing and lighting, to gorgeous tile and home furnishings. I stumbled on to a wonderful store,…

Dinner With the Congressman

Well, the dishwasher is humming and we’re relaxed, with our feet up after a great evening, serving dinner to Dan Lungren and a group of lovely people, including Larry Garcia and his wife Chris. The biggest treat was having my dear friend and maestro of entertaining, Moka Davis, in charge of the menu, preparation and…

Our Dining Room Gets Ready For Congressman Lungren

Last spring, at the annual Cristo Rey High School Scholarship Dinner, we auctioned off dinner in our home with our area’s Congressman Lungren. Tomorrow’s the big night and we’re looking forward to a great evening with interesting conversation, new friends and delicious food. With the place all decked out, I thought that this would be…

Easy & Delicious Pulled Pork Tacos

Do you have food trucks in your town? There’s one in our area, that showed up about a month ago, serving nothing but tacos. Very simple. No cheese, lettuce or tomatoes. Just salsa. Nothing fried. Mr. Wonderful and I love tacos! And the tacos from this food truck were simply delicious! The line of customers…

How To Create a Gorgeous Centerpiece For $19 In 5 Minutes

I probably should have been a florist, because I get so much joy out of creating a flower arrangement. While at the nursery this morning, buying shrubs, I picked up 2, 4-inch gerbera daisies and one decorative kale, along with 3, 3-inch mums (grand total $18 plus tax). I wasn’t sure what I’d do with…

Great Restaurant Design

Half of the fun of dining out is enjoying the ambience of a place. They say we eat with our eyes and today, mine were feasting at Cafeteria, at 15th and L, here in Sacramento. I know it’s a crazy name for a nice restaurant, but what do I know?! Located 2 blocks from the…

Date Night at Home

While I love eating out, isn’t it nice to just have a wonderful dinner at home with your sweetheart? Mr. W. And I had a busy, dirty weekend and it just felt great to shower, put on some sweet smells and set a beautiful table, while the hub’s grilled a mammoth New York steak, at…

New Lighting Line At Cost Plus

If you’re thinking about updating your home’s look for holiday gatherings, or just your own enjoyment, World Market (AKA Cost Plus) has a brand new lighting line and a dining chair sale, that I find note-worthy. Lower-end, big-box retailers like Target and World Market are experts at taking a trend popular at their big brothers,…

San Francisco Weekend

While I’ll be back in San Francisco later this week, for the Picasso show and “Billy Elliott”, we’re spending the weekend in the city. Most Saturday mornings here begin at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market. Between the MotoRoto (motorized rotisserie truck) the fresh peaches, lavender and flower stalls, the aroma is wonderful. The Hayes Street…