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Havana Nights

In Fashion on March 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

My son’s preschool gala is somewhat legendary. People go all out—and I mean ALL OUT. Last year’s theme was Mad Men, complete with lipstick-smudged water glasses on tables, champagne cocktails, a tranny Marilyn auctioneer and unbelievable vintage frocks. This year the edict is Havana Nights. I’m a believer in wearing something you’ll wear again (which is why I’m having a devil of a time getting Mr. Foodinista into theme), and so for my getup I hunted down via ebay this sold-out (internationally) Lanvin H&M red silk ruffle dress in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is winging its way stateside as we speak. Perhaps it’s not quite Cuban, but I thought the color, ruffles and fleur fit the bill.

For Mr. Foodinista, I’m feeling like any Guantanemo Bay riffs are too…political. (For the same reason, I walked away from a Junya Watanbe Comme des Garçons camouflage frock.) So, ruling out berets and fatigues, it looks like my best shot at getting him in theme is a simple black suit à la Michael Corleone in the “I know it was you Fredo” NYE scene in Godfather II (my all-time favorite flick). He won’t wear white, I’m afraid.

Some simple styling will surely bring our ensembles together, and so I turned to three of my fashion muses for inspiration.

Dana Dickey, writer, editor, mother and all-around it girl.

“YOU MUST WEAR RED LIPPY AND A BIG TRASHY FLOWER IN YOUR SLICKED BACK HAIR IN A CHIGNON. And little gelee-ed spit curls, si? A Cuban theme means go big or stay home. And big black patent heels or something.

I guess you can’t get Mr. Foodinista to put on a pair of short short gym shorts with piping and a muscle shirt and go as a gay prossie? Well maybe a funny string tie with the suit you have in mind for him, or am I thinking of Rango? Oh, dear.”

Monica Corcoran Harel, author of The Fashion File: Advice, Tips and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men, and wearer of the best dress in the room, always.

“Finally, an excuse to rent Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights with Diego Luna, Sela Ward and John Slattery! It’s set in the 50s, so you can glean retro inspiration there.

The red ruffled dress sounds perfect—high heels are a must. Maybe a faux mole on la cheeko? Come on! I second the red lips and super high heels—a T-strap.

I guess Mr. Foodinista won’t go as Tony Montana, but I think a stingy or snap brim straw would be cool if he opts for casual. (Go to Hollywood Hatters on Melrose.) Maybe you could go as Tony?”

Vincent Boucher, celebrity stylist and red carpet maestro

“Yes, a huge black flower either in your hair or at the waist. Center part and spit curls absolutely. If you don’t wear a flower then one of those big jeweled combs through your chignon.

Speaking of Fredo, can’t you get Mr. Foodinista to wear a white dinner jacket and the rest black? Alternatively, how about some kind of fancy bandleader jacket a la Ricky Babaloo Ricardo?”

One Year Ago Today…

In Fashion, Food, Media, Recipes on December 5, 2009 at 1:48 pm

One year ago today I was recovering from the previous evening’s annual holiday bash, just as I am today. (Moments ago, I located my favorite tinsel-y shoes from last night under a table. More on the evening’s festivities later). And one year ago today, I wrote my very first blog entry for TheFoodinista.com. That first day, the blog had 4 views. Today, more than 185,000 of you have visited, and I want to thank you SO MUCH for reading! To celebrate, I made an extra special breakfast this morning with a jar of salmon roe I got for the Deviled Eggs with Sour Cream, Chives and Salmon Roe from last night’s soirée. I think the oily-salty combo from the roe, combined with the scrambled eggs folded with cream cheese and sprinkled with chives might just be the ultimate antidote to Kathleen’s Champagne Pomegranate Punch

Thou Shalt Not Covet Another Man’s Tri Tip

In Food on September 16, 2009 at 10:54 pm


It seems like men get territorial over tri tip the way a woman might get about a favorite pair of shoes. I happen to feel that a certain pair of black pinstripe Louboutin 4-inch stilettos with an ankle strap knows no rival. Turns out some guys feel equally passionate about boeuf. My husband recently tried his hand at tri tip, a gorgeous piece of Piedmontese beef from Heritage Foods, marinating it overnight in Two Buddies Marinade for Santa Barbara Beef. (Thanks for the marinade, Lisa!) Following dinner our friend Adam remarked that it seemed his wife preferred Mr. Foodinista’s tri tip to his own version, a sentiment he repeated the following morning in an email…fixating on the beef, kind of like if I had been wearing those Louboutins and his wife, Booth, had shown up in a pair of Dries Van Noten fabric python heels, which, while it didn’t happen that particular evening is likely to happen in the future and undoubtedly I’d be coveting the hell out of her shoes for days to come.

Mr. Foodinista’s secret to tri tip? Sage advice from friend Jamie Purviance, who has several best-selling grilling cookbooks to his credit. Here’s what Jamie recommends for grilling tri tip in his book Real Grilling:

Grill over Direct Medium heat until well marked on both sides, about 10 minutes, turning once. Move the roast over Indirect Medium heat and cook to the desired doneness, 20 to 30 minutes more for medium-rare…turning it over every 5 minutes or so. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Cut the meat across the grain into very thin slices.

Postcards from Billy: High School Reunion Edition

In Fashion on May 13, 2009 at 7:24 am

stampsFor the newly initiated, POSTCARDS is recurring feature with fashion advice from my dear friend Billy, an art consultant with a wicked eye and even wickeder wardrobe. In this edition, he packs his bags for his 20th high school reunion. And for those of you who caught the Gossip Girls ’80s flashback on Monday, the timing couldn’t be better…



2009 has thus far been a year of great indecision. Perhaps the stress at work—I fundraise and the current economy doesn’t lend itself to having your hand out—has manifested itself in not being willing or able to make snap decisions. It took an old friend booking a flight to Atlanta to prompt my attending my 20-year high school reunion. I had been sitting on the fence about revisiting the ne’er do well days of my youth.

If you are of my generation, certain films were so integral to our youth—most of them from John Hughes.  Who could forget Molly Ringwald’s moment getting felt up in Sixteen Candles and that über-cool outfit she wore as Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club? But for this trip down memory lane, I am going to refer to a movie that was slightly post-college, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.  As I contemplate this weekend of seeing old friends and acquaintances from two decades past, I wonder, shall I create a fictionalized version of who I am today? Why dwell on the fact that I am not living in the Park Avenue co-op that I thought I would be in at 38 and instead find myself in a rented Atlanta apartment?  So what if I am not running a successful art consulting business out of a chic Watergate-style highrise.  I might as well dress the part and let no one be the wiser.


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Last Dance with Mary Jane

In Fashion on April 17, 2009 at 7:52 pm


Breaking news! I’m free! The trial is finally over after three weeks, and I’ve never been so excited to return to work. Yesterday during closing arguments one of the lawyers was wearing a knock-off of this iconic Manolo Blahnik Mary Jane, a shoe that I inexplicably don’t own. I had long been eyeing it in beige patent leather, and seeing the very shoe in that very color on Larry Flynt’s dining companion at Nate’n Al last year only cemented my love for it (to say nothing of her teal crocodile bag). But given that I have two different pairs of Manolo slings both in a slightly darker camel, even I couldn’t justify the purchase. Besides which the shoe is everywhere. And it’s $645. In the meantime, I’m liking some of the other Mary Janes on offer this spring.

Christian Louboutin $875

Christian Louboutin $875


Puma "Speed Princess" $80

Puma "Speed Princess" $80


Velvet Angels "Moonshadows" $160

Velvet Angels "Moonshadows" $160


Versace Patent Platform ($780)

Versace Patent Platform ($780)

POSTCARD: Going Somewhere?

In Design, Fashion on February 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm

stampsBack by ever-popular demand is the latest “POSTCARDS FROM BILLY.” For the newly initiated—fashion advice from my dear friend Billy, an art consultant with a wicked eye and even wickeder wardrobe. In this edition, he packs our weekend bags for ModCom week in Palm Springs, Feb 13 – 21, the annual Modernism Week with collaboration between the Modernism Show, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, Palm Springs Historical Society, Palm Springs Modern Committee and the Palm Springs Art Museum.






I don’t know about you, but I always find my mind wandering from the latest copy of US Weekly on a plane thinking “did I pack enough?” Good Lord, as much as I should concentrate on the insight provided by Stars, Just Like Us, I worry if I have the right pieces from the arsenal ready for the trip ahead. More times than not, my pragmatic ESPN-minded boyfriend has reassured me that I have more than enough in my steamer-like suitcase. However he fails to realize that life can throw you a curve ball (I love sports references) and you might need to have an appropriate cocktail outfit ready for that weekend at the lake house in Vermont. 

So, I always have a glass of wine (well, my own low-rent version of a spritzer, Diet Sprite—or Fresca if it’s available—and white wine) and some tunes when I write my Postcards to The Foodinista. Right now L.L. Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl” is playing, and I’m dreaming of a girl with bamboo earrings, at least two pair and a Fendi bag with a bad attitude. If life were that simple you would have your uniform and be built for travel. However, for those girls in my life that can’t play a bit part in an L.L. video, these are my current suggestions for packing for a three-day jaunt. So, if I must fantasize about the destination – you are on your way for a few days in sunny Palm Springs, spending most of your time by the pool with two confidantes.


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Days of “Ore”

In Fashion on December 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm


Nothing screams festive like a good metallic shoe. (Except for maybe a Christmas sweater.) Several pairs of metallic beauties are tucked away in my closet, including a favorite pair of silver tinsel Louboutin 4-inch stilettos, bronze patent-leather Prada d’orsays, a pair of silver glittery Miu Miu flats and some red metallic slingbacks by an obscure Spanish designer—none of which I can wear post-baby. Ach! This season, however, the “it” metallic hue looks to be “ore” as evidenced by my stylist friend Vincent’s Pierre Hardy ankle boots from Barneys and my sister’s Manolo Blahnik Carolynes picked up next door at Neiman’s that sauntered into a holiday party last weekend.