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Sitting Pretty On A New York Chair

My Brooklynite bestie from high school would be the first to point out that New York City is not exactly my most favorite city in the world—sorry New York. But I will have to admit that I do love this chair with its throw pillow featuring the New York skyline. It would be awesome in a room featuring a similarly styled San Francisco chair along side a Paris sofa. I am confident that both of those exist somewhere. Which brings...

Perfect Patra

Patra is an amazing savory pinwheel snack of India made by rolling a spicy ground dal (chickpea) paste infused with cummin and tummeric into taro leaves. There are all kinds of other ingredients as well, such as coconut, garlic, mustard and sesame seeds, cilantro and lime. My favorite global food guru Ruth Reichl does a splendid job of explaining the slightly labor intensive process of preparing this wonderful dish on her show Adventures With Ruth. So inspired was I by her episode on Indian cuisine, that I found myself in my local Patel Bros. Market...

Yayoi Kusama: Fashionably Fabulous at 83 !!??!!!

Recently, the house of Louis Vuitton, spearheaded by Marc Jacobs, introduced a line of brightly hued handbags and frocks featuring the signature polka-dot motif of 83 year-old Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. Born in 1929, this avant-garde painter, sculpture and writer has been active since the 1960’s and has been deemed the Princess of the Polka-Dot. Over the years, her polka-dots have been featured on everything from pumpkins to horses in installations and museums all around the globe. Setting a record...

I love Brits, yeah yeah yeah!

I know I’ve said this before, but, it warrants saying again, I love the Brits! What’s not to love about the British? Britain is the little island from which the big idea of America was conceived. It‘s the place where something as enormous as the Atlantic Ocean could be nonchalantly referred to as “the pond”. It’s the land of all things, “cheeky” “blimely” and “crikey”! It’s the magic of Harry Potter, the romance of Jane Austen and all the delightful...