Life on Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia

Life on Hamilton Island was like a happy dream from which I never wanted to wake.  Each day began with this Jurassic Park-like view from our pavilion {No. 37} at Qualia Resort, a place that is unsurpassed in luxury, perfected by the serenely beautiful environment and exceptional attention to detail {rather than the usual trappings of crystal and ostentation}. More than one morning began with fresh passion fruit pancakes that were cloud-like in fluffiness and tasted absolutely divine. Thankfully, the gym had an extraordinary ocean view, making working off said pancakes surprisingly easy.There is something undeniably charming about an entire island zipping around in golf buggies.  The fresh air and island scent made us feel carefree as we coasted up and down the winding picturesque pathways as wallabies and kangaroos bounced by.  Qualia’s infinity pool was always calm and inviting, and most importantly, never crowded.
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Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

I’ve never been a strong swimmer and am prone to motion sickness, but for this milestone birthday I boarded a tiny seaplane, hopped onto a flimsy glass-bottom boat, and snorkeled around the Great Barrier Reef.  The plane swerved and weaved across this beautiful terrain below, flying over the famous Heart Reef and hundreds of lush unexplored islands.  It was truly magnificent ~ an eye-opening experience I will always cherish. Oh the wondrous things we saw under the sea … all the vibrant colors and strange looking creatures. The photos don’t do the place justice. It was slightly windy that day making the water less clear, but we loved it nonetheless and wished we could stay forever.  

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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

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