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Uncle Sam Wants You, Foodinista!

In Fashion on September 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I am unapologetically in an army green phase, thanks to my friend Billy, who gifted me with this lovely camo bag earlier this summer from the Army Navy Surplus store on Vine in Hollywood. At $20, a STEAL considering Prada’s $1,120 version at Barneys. And I like mine better. Those-in-the-know have come to recognize this as the Billy Bag. Originally we dressed it up with an orange Hermes twilly, but then I found this old Chanel camellia kicking around in my closet. Ditto on an old favorite Marc Jacobs trompe l’oeil jacket in army green with cream pinstriping. I wore it to a meeting at Tiny G’s preschool yesterday and I love it today as much as I did back in 2003, when it came home for the very first time!

As I packed for a weekend getaway at the Ace last weekend, I noticed that army green was holding strong with my old-lady Chloe prescription sunglasses (PS – don’t ever get prescription lenses put in a frame this large—they are unbearably heavy to wear after a couple hours), a fabby new shade of Chanel Khaki Vert nail polish and a favorite Erès bikini, which is more of a mushroom color really but it wanted to tag along. Who knew that Billy, who was also in Palm Springs this past weekend for a friend’s birthday party, would surprise me with a $3 gun-print bandana from the Army Navy Surplus in Atlanta, GA??

Another Ace Weekend

In Drink, Food, Out of Town on September 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm

We are back from a dreamy weekend in Palm Springs—100 degrees by midmorning each day, hot summer nights. A seriously relaxing weekend. Sun, sleep, sleep, sun. My parents came down from Napa Valley to stay with Tiny G while we snuck off to the ACE in Palm Springs. More on all of this later, including paddle tennis with Mr Foodinista and a dip in the pool at the former home of Christina Onassis, which friends had rented for the weekend for a birthday bash, but in the meantime I leave you with summer’s perfect snacks.

Hadley’s Okra Chips with sea salt. Go ahead and laugh. They are really quite reminiscent of … something. And they are also my new favorite cocktail fare.

White wine spritzer, plenty of ice. When the temps get over 100, there is nothing more refreshing than a splash of white wine, club soda over slushy ice, enjoyed in the shade of our garden patio room.

Already planning next escape.

¡Felíz año nuevo!

In Baby Love, Out of Town on December 31, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Earlier this afternoon we got back from a few heavenly days in the desert—a perfect end to an otherwise imperfect year. Tiny G and his dad went out with a splash in matching Vilebrequin swimsuits, a Father’s Day gift from my parents’ earlier this year. In an hour we will be joining some of our best friends to ring in the New Year at Lucques. While there are many reasons to happily close the books on 2009, there are just as many reasons to be thankful for all that has transpired in the past year, not the least of which is my sister, Claire, moving to Los Angeles, the health and happiness of our family, being crazy in love with my husband and—this one brings a tear to my eyes—Tiny G’s first steps. Look at him go! Adios, 2009. ¡Felíz año nuevo!

Happily Ever After

In Out of Town on October 25, 2009 at 11:01 pm

new york times weddings

This morning I woke up with what was unmistakably the aftermath of too much Champagne, Shafer Vineyards Merlot and an ill-advised gin-and-tonic postprandial. Our friends Lizzie and Matt got married this weekend at the Parker in Palm Springs, so there was much to celebrate. I’m furious for not having taken my camera to the reception because I could have shown you chandeliers strung from palm trees—chandeliers in palm trees!!!—under the stars, or 130-some guests waving sparklers during the toasts, or the fireworks that followed, or the fantastic guinea feather boutonnières on the groomsmen, or the lobster and caviar canapés, or THE BRIDE’S DRESS. Every last detail of this wedding was unforgettable, from the s’mores by the firepit at the Parker for early arrivals on Thursday night (sadly, I was marooned in Portugal thanks to a series of delayed, rerouted and canceled flights, not to mention missing luggage, and didn’t arrive until close to midnight on Friday) to the eco-friendly Palm Springs map tote filled with gummy lobsters, Hadley’s date cookies, Excedrin, In n’ Out Burger post-its that was waiting in our room upon arrival, to the maid of honor’s genius toast, to the black/white photo booth at the reception.

map tote

And perhaps the funniest detail? Sharing the page with Ivanka Trump in this morning’s New York Times Sunday Styles Weddings/Celebrations. Here’s to one of the best couples I know (not you, Ivanka, I’m talking to Lizzie), and cheers to a lifetime of happiness!

Hadley Fruit Orchards

In Food, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on May 12, 2009 at 7:40 am


Any trip to Palm Springs is not complete without a stop at Hadley’s, home of the best date shake as well as a wacko assortment of dried fruits and vegetables from Calimyra figs to okra chips. It’s a great place to load up on Medjool dates, and an even better place to order a decadent shake. I like mine made with half banana, half date (the banana cuts the sweetness of the dates).


Mr. Foodinista goes cuckoo for cocoa puffs over Hadley’s date cookies, which are deliciously chewy. We always grab a tub of wasabi peas and the cookies, invariably eat too many of each in the hotel room over the weekend, and then gobble up the rest back at home.


Ace is Aces!

In Design, Drink, Food, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on May 11, 2009 at 6:37 am

AceOn Friday we headed to Palm Springs for a weekend of relaxation at the new Ace Hotel and Swim Club. If you book using the Easy Rider special, you get 20 percent off on the room, dining, bar and spa treatments. Formerly a Howard Johnson, the hotel has been totally renovated with an emphasis on being eco-friendly from the organic poolside menu to the solar power rooftop panels to the complimentary bicycles for “green” travel into town. Also, much of the furnishings are vintage. How much do you love the lobby?


I also love the contrast of the stark white and orange against the dessert backdrop:


Our patio room had a fireplace outside, which was great late night after Tiny G had fallen asleep. We ordered room service from the King’s Highway diner and it was really good, generous portions and CHEAP! Here’s a grilled brie sandwich with pickles, and the “pot” brownie for dessert:


Thanks to east-facing windows, Tiny G got us up at the crack of dawn so we got a super early breakfast and went for a morning swim. Below, the Kings Highway Diner (before reasonable people have gotten out of bed) and their ricotta pancakes.


menuHere’s the main saltwater pool, again, before the crowds have hit (read: woken up). 


And here’s a fabby $6 (less 20%!!!) white sangria that I ordered later that afternoon poolside, along with some refreshing ceviche:


The soundtrack that pipes through the outdoor speakers is amazing, as is the playlist inside the spa. I got a massage and for once was spared creepy Zamfir pan flutes, and instead treated to Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Ray LeMontagne and Supertramp, which was far more relaxing. Rooms start at $80 for a single, so get on it! Here’s a peek inside ours:


Escape from L.A.

In On Location: Out and About in L.A. on May 8, 2009 at 1:12 pm


Heading to Palm Springs for the weekend. Be back Monday with tales from the desert…

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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