We are less than a week out from Valentine’s Day, a holiday I hated until I met my husband. This year my friend Alex and I are cooking a Japanese-themed menu for 10 of us, and our Tokyo expat neighbors are bringing the sake. I’m so excited—Alex and I are shopping in Little Tokyo later this week for plates and bowls—we’re going all out.
In the meantime, I’m thinking about flowers for the table for Saturday night’s dinner. Mr Foodinista has exquisite floral taste, and I’m hoping that it leads him to Lily Lodge—a spectacular organic florist on Robertson run by the very chic Ariana Lambert Smeraldo, whose daughter is in music class with Tiny G! She used to work in fashion and it shows (we first met when she was at Bottega Veneta). Ariana hand selects beautiful vases ranging from 1940s Murano to Qing Dynasty Peking Glass, and the flowers are every bit as stunning….Parrot tulips, Dutch hydrangeas, New Zealand peonies and anemones are just a few of the offerings.