Friday, February 27, 2009
Then out of nowhere, one of our clients called two days ago congratulating us on the piece. Wow. That was fast. And so here it is in the March 2009 issue of Coastal Living magazine (you can click on the pictures to enlarge).
My original hope when I pitched the idea to Kim was to have our house as the main focal point since we had gone through a significant renovation of our 1926 bungalow. But Kim was the Food Editor, and while she thought our renovation sounded interesting, she needed something with a culinary twist. So I threw my uncle, the chef, in the fire. And hoped he'd play along.
My husband then encouraged Kim with the fact that my family is Cuban and wouldn't it be fun to come to Miami during the winter and have a big fat Cuban feast! Luckily, she was intrigued, it fit the culinary twist and we were on our way.
Luckily Chef Roly was on board and willing to re-create some of his favorite dishes and provide the recipes. The feature looks great and if you look carefully at the pictures you'll notice all the food is served and styled on our antique dishes. For example, the following picture has the fried calamari in a lavender colored transferware on faience dish from Creil et Montereau, circa 1870 (set available at Alhambra Antiques). Lower down is the calamari cocktail in a vintage shell (from a set of 12), and a pair of sterling silver antique forks. The dessert shot also has a great Sarreguemines majolica platter and a vermeil cake server. The last page has an entertaining shot of D. and me on a scooter. Kim had joked about how she imagined us riding around Coral Gables in a Vespa, and it became a reality thanks to a rental on South Beach. Now D. wants one for himself! Pretty soon, I may have to oblige.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I was quite impressed with the attendance and lovely selection of hats at the event. My favorite hat belonged to Kira Flanzraich, who was wearing a hat especially made for her that resembled the onion domes of the Kremlin, in honor of her Russian heritage.
Another treat was the group of models wearing the new Ferragamo spring collection. I was glad I didn’t have to stand still for 2 hours wearing very high heels. I've noticed some of the fashions this season are quite Grecian in style.
Upon my return to the store (after a brief flight back to reality), my husband, a talented photographer, took this photo of me in his studio. The dress is rendition of an Yves Saint Laurent design. Thank you, D! You make me feel beautiful.
Monday, February 23, 2009
In case you have a chance to dance through Paris this week....Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Berge Auction
What is really spectacular about this collection is the breadth and variety of the objects, art, and furniture. Saint Laurent did not discriminate in his taste for beauty, he was comfortable juxtaposing a Roman torso with a Matisse, an 18th century tapestry with Art Deco chairs. While collecting within a specific genre can be rewarding, giving oneself the freedom to collect anything allows further enrichment of a quality of life. Surrounding oneself with beautiful things is about lifestyle, taking daily pleasures in memories of travels, anecdotes from history, or just stories from one's childhood. Appreciating the beauty of a thing however minute or foreign must add joy to every moment of appreciation. Of course, we don't all have to have Saint Laurent's deep pockets to attain such a lifestyle, it only takes a mindset.
Friday, February 20, 2009
This weekend, you can enjoy another wonderful musical performance at St. Bede Episcopal Church Center at the University of Miami. Soprano, Elizabeth Caballero with pianist Rachel Currea will perform an all Spanish Recital featuring works by Granados, Rodrigo, Turina and Obradors at Saturday, February 21st, at 7:30pm. The Chapel is located at 1150 Stanford Drive (near the main entrance of the University). Call 305-284-2333 for tickets and more information.
Acclaimed by the San Francisco Chronicle as a "powerful diva in the making" Cuban-American soprano, Elizabeth Caballero is becoming widely recognized for her fearless portrayals of the lyric soprano repertoire. She has been praised by Steven Smith of The New York Times for providing: "the evening's most show-stopping performance offering a thrilling balance of pearly tone, exacting technique and brazen physicality."
I've included some very romantic photos of Elizabeth in various opera roles. Opera is one of those arts that has somehow lost its place in trendy circles but is such a pleasure to attend. Where else can you get LIVE soap opera drama, fantastic music, dancing, and eye candy costumes and sets? And tickets are usually less than going to a professional football game!
The following photos are all from La Boheme, different companies, different roles:
Don Giovanni with New York City Opera
Caballero during the Catalogue Aria with Eduardo Chama as Leporello
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Next week, the current president of the Vizcayans, Norma Quintero is hosting the First Annual Preservation Luncheon, in the spirit of the famous Central Park Conservancy's Annual FLO Awards Luncheon. She has requested that everyone wear a hat. There is no shortage of hats in my closet, as it is my favorite fashion accessory to buy when I'm in France. The question is of course which hat will I wear?! I promise to post photos next week.
The event is sponsored by Ferragamo, and so they had a kick-off cocktail for us and for the Grand Opening of their new Bal Harbour store last week. Here's a photo of some of the usual suspects: