Friday, April 15, 2016

A backyard house concert & potluck dinner on a warm San Francisco night ...

Nate Baker house concert

Last Friday was one of those rare San Francisco days that start off with a pink sunrise, turn sunny  and windless - and actually stay balmy into the evening, making it the perfect night for a backyard house concert and potluck dinner hosted by San Francisco artist and product designer Windy Chien. 

I first met multi talented Windy at last winter's Remodelista Market, where her beautiful hand carved corner spoons {see below} and hand knotted hex lighting had caught my eye - and as it turns out, we have some dear friends in common!

Windy Chien corner spoon

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Another Easter egg hunt and potluck in West Marin

After days of long awaited rain all over California, West Marin is exploding in spring colors right now, with lush rolling green hills and blooming wildflowers as far as the eye can see - and the perfect backdrop for our friends' annual Easter egg hunt and potluck, a favorite Easter tradition celebrating its 16th anniversary this year! { also see this post }

We arrived at the farm as tables were getting decked out with a range of homemade dishes - from spring salads to savory stews to grilled meats to a huge round table dedicated just to desserts, cakes and other pastries. Friends kept arriving with more platters and bowls while everyone sat down along long wooden tables set up in the barn. After sharing a memorable Easter feast with friends old and new, it was time to send the kids off into the meadows, hunting for hundreds of Easter goodies hidden in the tall grass and around the barn and farmhouse ...

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Memories of spring in Southern Italy & a local {taylored} walking tour

With the winter season already showing first signs of spring around here, I find myself thinking back to last spring and travel memories of an epic Italian road trip.

Following roads less traveled from Toscana through Campania, and eventually en route to Calabria and Sicilia, we detoured into Basilicata, to spend time with friends in Matera and to explore the Lucania region.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year ...

Christmas tree ornaments food themed fruit vegetable cabbage pomegranate oyster

'It's the most wonderful time of the year' ... or or so they say. I have to admit that for the longest time I only thought of the winter holiday season as a spring board for an annual expedition to warmer shores and an escape from all Christmas spirit. But ever since moving to San Francisco, and into a Victorian flat with gloriously tall ceilings, I have fully embraced the holiday spirit - having fun with tree trimming, hall decking, nut roasting et al ...

food themed Christmas tree ornaments

Monday, November 9, 2015

A traditional éclade de moules in San Francisco

A glorious Indian summer weekend in San Francisco, celebrating our friend Maxime's birthday and gathering in a hidden backyard garden to set up an epic meal ~ an "éclade de moules", a traditional mussel preparation typical of the region around Île de Ré in South West France.

With over 50 pounds of fresh mussels this éclade was a group effort: traditionally started with just four mussels set up in iconic cross formation, additional mussels are slowly added in ever growing circles and arranged hinge up on a large plank of pine wood that has been soaked in seawater. 

eclade de moules mussel eclade

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A modern townhouse in Cologne & flammkuchen in a hidden garden

More long overdue catching up with this summer's dinners with friends while traveling and finally editing the photos of this fun flammkuchen feast with our friends Andrea and Bernd in Cologne. Both expert mushroom foragers and passionate home chefs, they had invited us to their fabulous townhouse for a long summer evening in their garden and catching up on life over flammkuchen and dry white wine ...

Flammkuchen translates to flame cake, a Southern German {& Alsatian} speciality, a bread dough rolled out very thin, either oval or rectangular and usually topped with crème fraîche, thinly sliced onions and lardons - although Bernd's interpretation with fresh sliced porcini mushroom made for an an amazing variation!

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