Thursday, June 4, 2015

Il Gemellaggio Toscano, a seafood dinner with {mostly Italian} friends

Cucina di Andrea Vetulonia Il Baciarino

I am a late adapter to Instagram, for years rolling my eyes about the concept of snapping photos with a phone - and therefore not realizing how exciting a community I would "meet" until finally joining last year.

After a year of connecting virtually with an interesting group of people from around the globe, this dinner was an exciting first ~ organized by the amazing Katja Meier, who I had met last year via Instagram when we realized we both had a connection to a small agriturismo in Maremma ~  Il Baciarino, the host of this memorable dinner ...

Cucina di Andrea Vetulonia Il Baciarino

Monday, April 13, 2015

An classic oven and an ancient taste of Rome in San Francisco { Montesacro }

Montesacro SF Pinseria
A first sneak peek at one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in San Francisco this spring, at least on my radar ~ say Benvenuto to Montesacro Pinseria Romana e Enoteca !

Montesacro is not only the first pinseria romana* to open in the United States, it's also a striking restaurant space: classic tile, peeling paint, rustic chairs and the dining room's centerpiece, a gigantic vintage bread oven, make it feel like the space has been there forever. Crazy side story: not even the landlord was aware of the15x15x8ft oven, excavated during renovation and over 100 years old, that was hidden behind solid walls of sheetrock for the past decades. It turns out the oven was once part of a restaurant operation at one point spanning 20+ venues all across the city.

at Montesacro Pinseria Romana in San Francisco - photo by Julia Spiess

Friday, April 10, 2015

Springtime in the city & dinner with Diego

If you have been following this blog, you might already know Diego {he's made appearances herehere and here}. His mom is French, his dad is German, he is growing up in San Francisco and his beloved nanny is Latina, so he's not just tri, but actually quad-lingual ~ a fact that amazes me every time I get to spend time {& have conversations} with this little guy.
The other weekend we shared the dinner table at his parents' home, where a beautiful spring table had been set for an impromptu sunset dinner ...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SAVEUR Blog Awards '15 nominations announced { please vote! }

Saveur Blog Awards '15 Best Home, Style & Design Coverage #savblogawards

Last weekend brought some exciting news: I was thrilled to learn dinners with friends had been named a finalist in this year's SAVEUR Blog Awards {Best Home, Style & Design Coverage} ~ so first of all, a big, heartfelt THANK YOU to all who nominated this little blog!

On top of that I am beyond excited to be surrounded by such an illustrious group of nominees from all over the globe ~ my friend Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome {Best Culinary Travel} along with all-time favorite blogs Orangette {Best Writing}, Apt.2B Baking Co. {Best Baking & Desserts}, Kraut|Kopf {Best Design}, happy yolks {Best Writing}, two red bowls {Most Delicious Food} and so many others ... 

To join the conversation {& hopefully chime in on the final voting}, please head over to SAVEUR Blog Awards '15!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A sneak peek into Gjusta Bakery & Cafe in Venice

Gjusta Bakery Cafe Deli Venice Gjelina

While in Los Angeles last week, I swung by Gjusta in Venice for a quick lunch and sneak peek at the latest Gjelina off-spring. I am a long time fan of Gjelina {as well as GTA, their tiny take out next door} for both its food and interiors, so couldn't wait to see what this latest venture had to offer. The Matt Winter designed interiors, combining reclaimed wood, rough marble and vintage fixtures, made for a rustic vibe and great first impression ...

Gjusta Bakery Cafe Deli Venice exteriorGjusta Deli VeniceMatt Winter Design Venice Gjusta

Friday, February 6, 2015

A Friday dinner with Chloe ...

A couple of weeks ago we got to spend a sunny week in Los Angeles, visiting our friend {& private chef extraordinaire} Chloe and staying at a cool home ~ the quintessential LA pad with a pool, a sunny outdoor patio, lined by giant bird of paradise, a vintage record player ... and a pink piano. Some fun days of soaking in the SoCal sun, catch up with LA art exhibitions, peak into the new Gjusta Bakery and ending with a treat ~ Friday night dinner cooked by the one and only Chloe ...

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