Archive for July, 2011

a lovely cake for the birthday girl!

photos: m&j

How do you top an amazing coconut cake from Amy’s Bread that J gave M for her birthday? The answer is: you can’t. You just go a completely different direction and hope for the best. And, fortunately for us and our dear friends, B and JJ, the results did not disappoint! The “Sublimity Jane” cake created by Lulu Cake Boutique in Chelsea was an artful combination of moist crème fraiche yellow cake, Valrhona chocolate pudding filling and magnificently designed vanilla buttercream. A wonderfully balanced group of flavors and not at all too sweet – thank you, Jim for your amazingly beautiful presentation and Happy Birthday, J!

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Marie Callender’s tv shoot snaps

photos: m&j

Another fun and delicious experience with our friends at DDB, San Francisco, DDB, Chicago and the folks at Con Agra – a creative delight and just a pure pleasure!

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New Orleans cold drip iced coffee

photos: m&j

We credit our wonderful friend, brother-in-law and chef, Steve Elliott with this recipe because he’s the one who first introduced it to us. But from what he tells us, this wonderful method for making the mellowest, least bitter and most delicious iced coffee we’ve ever tasted has been a Louisiana secret for generations. Enjoy!

Happy summer!

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tips for real al fresco dining

Photos: Andrew Testa for the New York Times

Alice Hart’s super helpful, step-by-step guide in the Times Dining Section to making simple, delicious fare whilst experiencing the great outdoors was a delight to read and imagine all the wonderful possibilities for “roughing it” with our friends and family this season. Simple solutions for the right tools and easy clean-up – not to mention delectable, imaginative and super well conceived menu ideas – make this new column in the Times Wednesday Dining Section a must read for anyone interested in great food as well as taking a little break from the hustle and bustle this summer and enjoying some much needed wilderness!

Link to article:  www.nytimes.com

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Summertime bouquets

photos: m&j

This time of year when everything is growing wild, it’s so lovely to just stroll through the farmer’s market and find flowers that make you feel like you’re in the country somewhere without 8 million people, steaming hot pavement and a cacophony of just about everything … we love New York, but little things like wildflowers on the table help us both feel a little saner when we can’t get away to hear the crickets, frogs and birds sing.

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Midnight in Paris

© Sony Pictures Classic, 2011

We’re always delighted when Woody comes out with another movie – especially one that takes place in a romantic city (and during some very romantic periods) with funny, neurotic people and their foibles to enjoy. Getting a bit of cinematic magic in with the early 20th and late 19th century Paris is a treat for the senses. And Owen Wilson does a surprisingly excellent job as the Woody Allen character this go round. Who wouldn’t enjoy the chance to have cocktails with Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Zelda Fitzgerald? Our vote: completely charming!

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