Asheville, NC

While this may be the most belated post of all, it is quite unbelievably fall again and thoughts of apple picking and all things harvest recall memories of a quick trip to Asheville, NC this time last year.  We were visiting a few of our favorite people in the world and spent a couple of idyllic days nestled among crickets, visiting the local apple orchard, and of course, sampling some fine southern cooking.

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Coco+Kelley’s Supper Club

Last Saturday, I attended a Supper Club hosted by the ever-so-lovely Cassandra LaValle in collaboration with Chef JJ Proville {of Il Corvo & Gramercy Tavern awesomeness}.  The ambience was perfect, conversations were lively, and the fresh farm-to-table food was … superb.  Guests were greeted with a delightful chilled punch with mulled berries and delicious nibbles {e.g., a garlicky lobster and a cured duck with cherries} to start.  Then there was the freshest spring salad, a pea custard that was divine, and much more {see below}.  And since it’s strawberry season, to top it all off, Chef JJ made soupe de strawberries with a refreshing sorbet, which was so amazing that I neglected to take a picture {slurp}.  Do sign up for the next one.  You won’t regret it.

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ABC Kitchen & ABC Home

I recently had a chance to revisit one of my favorite restaurants in New York City: ABC Kitchen, a place that is so perfectly designed that one feels right at home with its lovely antiqued finishes and French countryside vibe.  Thanks to Chef Jean-Georges, I would gladly return again and again for the divinely prepared food.  Here’s how we lunched on that one fine day.ABC KitchenABC KitchenABC Kitchen

As you know, ABC Home happens to be my ultimate design haven, so of course, we did some browsing, and as usual, the scene was simply delightful and inspiring.  From yards of velvety ribbons and whimsical pillows to shelves of sparkly crystal and ceramics, exquisite treasures were stashed around every bend.  Obviously, the reocurring debate over want versus need ensued.ABC HomeABC KitchenABC Home

Hawaiian Holiday

I’ve sung praises of The Modern Hotel before here, and so needless to say, did not hesitate to return again last month for a quick getaway.  Its whitewashed minimalist decor is an ideal backdrop for the otherwise color-saturated lush tropical isle of O’ahu.  A few of my favorite design touches are below as well as some gloriously indulgent breakfasts after the jump.The Modern HotelThe Modern HotelThe ModernThe Modern HotelThe Modern Hotel

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Out & About in Paris

Around holiday time, the shop windows were festively adorned, tempting even the most weary-eyed traveller to enter and behold all the exquisite treasurers within.  We peered into the Hermès flagship, marveled at an all white carousal at Place de Vendome, savored every sweet bite at Laduree, and strolled by the most perfect little floral shop.

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