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Mozza Meatballs

In Food on March 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

There are plenty of things I covet in this world—Charlotte Gainsbourg’s effortless ability to wear Balenciaga, a Chelsea townhouse in London, the ability to endure a musical—but when it comes to my friends, I envy no one else. Two weeks ago we brought our second son home from the hospital, and I’ve never been happier. Looking at my two beautiful boys, I just don’t know that it gets any better than this. But as much as I love the mornings with both my boys snuggled up in bed, when dinner time rolls around I’m at a total loss. Fortunately, I have the most generous friends in the world! You should see the basket full of delicious goodies from Joans on Third, pastries from Huckleberry, pizza and budino from Pizzeria Mozza delivered by Lizzie and Matt, the Moroccan braised chicken from my friend Vanessa or the Italian Wedding Soup that Carrie dropped off (a soup so delicious that I fear my husband might leave me for Carrie and her soup). My friend Hugh knowingly brought by a bottle of gin and several limes. And then there were the meatballs.

Last Friday, the enchanting Carolynn Carreño dropped off three containers of large meatballs swimming in sauce, along with some semolina toasts and garlic butter. If these meatballs look suspiciously and deliciously similar to those served at Mozza, there’s a reason. Carolynn cowrote The Mozza Cookbook with Nancy Silverton and worked tirelessly testing and retesting recipes so that they would translate to the home cook. (If you don’t already have the book, you need it if only for the meatball recipe alone.) Made with pork, veal and ground pancetta, these meatballs are pure love.

Next to family, there is nothing better in this world than a good friend. Especially if that friend makes meatballs.



Baby’s New Best Friend

In Baby Love, Drink on December 6, 2009 at 11:17 am

Yesterday was a big day for Tiny G. First, he opened a present from our friend Katie—this totally cute 10-inch tall plush doggie from a company called Douglas. I’ve never seen him take to anything like this. Yesterday, he was constantly picking up the doggie, kissing it and then laughing. If you know a toddler, you might want to pick one of these up at Flicka on Larchmont Blvd. Plus, the wrapping is sooo pretty. Was it Douglas the Dog who got him so jazzamatazzed that he took his VERY FIRST STEPS last night???

After Tiny G retired to bed, his parents and aunt Claire celebrated his first steps with a spectacular bottle of Camille Savès Rosé Champagne, also at the largess of Katie and her husband, Matt. This is one of my all-time favorite wines—still or sparkling. It’s incredibly elegant, with raspberry and almond notes.  Thank you, Katie & Matt! Here’s to Tiny G’s first steps and to friends for life!

Tiny G’s Holiday Gift Guide

In Baby Love on November 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

With the holiday season upon us, Tiny G wanted to share a few of his favorite things for the stylish mister about town. Clockwise from top left:

Eames Plastic Elephant, $290. Eames has reissued this classic design (originally issued in plywood) in plastic, making it extra durable. Plus, it can go outside. This is the one item on the list Tiny G does not have, and he may have to settle for a lump of coal instead. We’ll see.

Tea Collection “Nippon Pullover,” $65. Tiny G’s latest fave, this 100% Pima cotton pullover is perfect for L.A. weather and totally machine washable.

Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy, $50. Somebody crawls at the speed of light, but at 16 1/2 months has yet to walk. He’s taking his sweet time about those first hands-free steps. In the meantime, he is crazy about walking around the house with the help of a developmental wooden push toy from Melissa & Doug. Fantastic for toddlers 11 months and up. It’s incredibly well made, sturdy and a huge hit with the little ones. Tiny G’s younger lady friend, Hazel, is also a fan.

Crocodile Creek 7-inch Dinosaurs Playball, $9. We got this awesome rubber ball on Larchmont Blvd when Tiny G was about 11 months old, and it has been the toy in heaviest demand and rotation ever since. Tiny G might not be walking yet, but his hand-eye coordination with a ball is pretty tough stuff!

Cozy Fleece Hat, $12. This fleece hat just went on sale over at Hanna Andersson and is the BOMB. Super soft and all important—machine washable.

Bear Snores On, $8. This classic board book was a present from a family friend, and is Tiny G’s absolute fave. Last night I tried to read him another book, which he took and threw and then reached for Bear Snores On. Nope, don’t think bratty behavior is all that cute, but I see where he’s coming from. The rhythm of the text is great. Love this book and don’t mind reading it every damn night.

Sigg Kids Water Bottle, $18. I learned the hard way that you have to try several different types of sippy cups before you land on one your kid likes. The Sigg is Tiny G’s preferred bottle, and that’s a good thing because it’s non-toxic, durable should someone throw it out of a stroller onto a cement sidewalk, and a green choice you can feel great about.

Hanna Andersson Sleeper, $38.  The best pjs on the planet and although the price tag is steep, worth every cent. (Not to mention, you can snap them up on sale every few months as new patterns/colors are introduced.) Thanks to his grandmother, who sends a pair or two of these organic cotton pjs every few months, Tiny G is kitted out with a variety of colors. His mom and dad may or may not have coordinating long johns, too.

Dangerously Cute

In Baby Love, Design on March 30, 2009 at 8:37 pm


Tiny G loves mealtime, and until recently he was a pretty clean little eater. But then he discovered how to blow raspberries, which he likes to do when he has a mouthful of mushy peas. I’ve learned to keep my distance when he strikes up the band, and keep him covered with a wipeable bib. My favorite is this handmade, vinyl-covered (for easy wiping) skull-and-crossbones number from Sheriff Peanut, available through Mahar Drygoods. By the way, if you haven’t visited Mahar Drygoods, it’s an “online outpost of vintage and artisan-crafted curiosities for children.” I love it, and it’s a great place for gifts that are both functional and well designed. And the owner is so nice. He will gift wrap items in recycled kraft tissue and kraft paper and tie with red-and-white kitchen twine. I might need to “gift” Tiny G with one of these light switch plates, made from vintage wallpaper:


Bonne Nuit, Sweet Prince

In Baby Love on January 4, 2009 at 7:22 pm


petitbateau1After two lovely weeks at home with our baby boy, going back to work tomorrow is going to be really hard! Especially when he looks SO CUTE in this Petit Bateau Terry Crawler with “bonne nuit” printed on the bum 73620d12 that his fashionable godmother brought back for him from Paris, where she was reviewing the Spring 09 runway shows last October.  Tiny G, as he’s known, lives in these terry cloth onesies. They’re pretty spendy at $35 a pop, which most moms will tell you is an absurd amount of money to spend on something that will be subjected repeatedly to heavy-duty slobber, spit-up and…stuff. However, these same moms will be the first to jump for joy when they receive as a gift. (They will also stop by Flicka on Larchmont every so often and pretend they’re going to buy one for a friend’s baby but end up putting it on their own.) But besides being irresistibly cute, the terry cloth is really durable, washes well and the snap opening at the back makes changing diapers a, well, snap.