These 10 hotels are steeped in luxury and history...stay at one of these locations and create your own history. Maybe I can begin my memoirs here...hmmm
I am super excited!!! Norah Jones is one of my favorite artists, and her latest album Little Broken Hearts is available on itunes.com. Check it out...I am sure you will fall in love with her as I have over the past couple of albums.
This jungle inspired bag from Charlotte Olympia is the perfect accessory that will have my sisters green with envy...
John Derian inspires this city-dwelling girl to cultivate my own garden...full of flowers in rich shades of crimson and burgundy...Hopefully I can find my inner green thumb and if not, I can use this tray to serve appetizers at my next party ;)
Behind the curtains of the New York City Ballet, are Swarovski-encrusted costumes set to debut on opening night this May. What a dazzling cultural experience.
The Art Museum curated by Phaidon is an art collection assembled between two covers. This virtual art museum in a book, features 992 oversized pages of nearly 2,700 works of art. Without the constraints of a typical brick and mortar museum, this glamorous book is organized by handy color-coded "galleries,” and "rooms, which display hundreds of paintings, sculptures, etc. that tell the history of world art. This book makes the perfect gift for the novice or part-time curator alike.
Lobster salad with orange vinaigrette and a glass of Seven Daughters Sauvignon Blanc combine to make a vibrant menu...Enjoy.
Lobster Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette
Yield: Serves 4
For the Salad:
2 large artichokes
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tomato, cored
2 ounces of haricots verts, ends removed
8 asparagus, peeled, hard ends removed
4 live lobsters, 1-½ pounds each
2 tablespoons Spanish sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns
12 leaves Boston lettuce heart
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, quartered, and sliced
For the Dressing:
2 oranges zested
2 small blood oranges, juiced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 clove garlic, peeled
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
For the Salad:
Remove and discard the leaves of the artichokes. Shape the artichoke hearts with a paring knife until round and smooth. Combine the 2 quarts water with the lemon juice and a pinch of salt in a large pot. Bring it to a boil. Add the artichoke hearts and boil for 20 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside to cool. Scoop out and discard the chokes, split and slice the hearts. Set aside.
Boil 2 quarts water, add the tomato for 30 seconds, remove, and cool under cold water. Peel the skin, split, seed, and finely dice the tomato pulp. In the same boiling water, add a tablespoon salt and plunge in the haricots verts for 6 minutes. Drain and chill them in cold water, then drain again. Set aside.
Bring 1 gallon salted water with the vinegar and crushed peppercorns to a boil. Plunge in the lobsters, cover, and poach for 7 minutes. Remove the lobsters and set aside to cool. To remove the lobster meat, break off the tails and claws. Crush the shells with a mallet, extract the meat, and discard the shells. Cut the lobster tails lengthwise in a fan shape by making 4 slits lengthwise ¾ up the tail. Split the claws.
For the Dressing:
In a blender, combine the orange zest, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. With the blender running, add the olive oil in a steady stream until combined. Transfer to a container and store in the refrigerator.
Arrange the Boston lettuce leaves on the center of each plate. Build a mound with even amounts of haricots verts, asparagus, and sliced artichoke hearts and avocado on top of the lettuce. Place a lobster tail over each dome of vegetables with the claws on top. Sprinkle with diced tomato. Serve the dressing on the side.
I've wanted to start my own garden for some time, and I think the Earthly Delights Weekend will be the motivation I need. The garden state is hosting this weekend of events to benefit New Jersey’s Keep it Green campaign. The festivities include cocktail parties, silent auctions, and an array of exotic plants. There is even a piece on organic gardening...I have my plane ticket, let me know when you get yours!!