Archive | February, 2008

CAKES + desserts, ENTERTAINING | February 29, 2008 | by Kim Vallee

Sweetest cupcake stars of Los Angeles

Sweetest cupcake stars of Los Angeles

Travel + Leisure magazine published this month an interesting review of 5 cupcake shops in Los Angeles. Each of these old-fashioned American cake shops has something different to offer. The winners stand out through their recipes, cake decorations and packaging. Here are 5 cupcakes shops that emerge as the place to go. Bluebird Café From [...]

FOOD + DRINK, RESTAURANTS | February 29, 2008 | by Kim Vallee

Social dining at Kultura in Toronto

Social dining at Kultura in Toronto

It is fun to go at a trendy restaurant with a young, well-dressed crowd, beautiful décor and most important with incredible food. That was on my agenda last Saturday night. I elected Kultura as the place to review. My husband and I went to dinner with three of friends that were participating in PodCamp Toronto. [...]

FOOD + DRINK, RECIPES + menus | February 28, 2008 | by Kim Vallee

Making your own spa cucumber water

spa cucumber water recipe :: fairmont sonoma

I wrote my recipe at the end of this post. First, let me introduce my inspiration on a video filmed next to a spa refreshment station in the Californian Wine Country. We stayed at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa a few nights. Since it is no more fashionable to serve bottled water, the [...]

COOKING tools, FOOD + DRINK | February 28, 2008 | by Kim Vallee

The New Modern Danish Ceramic Collection of Kähler Design

The New Modern Danish Ceramic Collection of Kähler Design

I want to fill my kitchen with the Kähler ceramic. Their unique shapes of their modern designs and the remarkable craftsmanship make the ceramic by Kähler second to none. Founded by Herman Kähler, this Danish company started designing and producing handmade ceramic pieces in 1839. Today, they still pursue the same level of excellence and [...]

LIVING, TRAVEL

February 27, 2008 | by Kim

A quick update on my San Francisco trip

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We stayed in the hip and fun Hotel Vitale San Francisco yesterday. I love the place. We had appetizers and drinks at [...]

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ENTERTAINING, TABLETOP

February 27, 2008 | by Kim

My recipe to successfully design a tabletop

My recipe to successfully design a tabletop

With the death of packaged theme for home decor, the art of coordinating can scare some of you. Not everyone knows all [...]

FOOD + DRINK, TABLEWARE

February 26, 2008 | by Kim

Having fun with the shadow placemats by...

Having fun with the shadow placemats by Sandra Bautista

This talented artist grabbed my attention because her work titled A light’s drawing. The usual suspects appear as silhouette shadow on the [...]

HOME + GARDEN, TRENDS

February 25, 2008 | by Kim

IDS 08 | Imprinting a new North American...

IDS 08 | Imprinting a new North American lifestyle

My husband saw a homemade flyer in front of the Royal York that was offering a $15,000 reward, no questions asked for [...]

HOME + GARDEN, HOME decor, TRENDS

February 24, 2008 | by Kim

IDS 08 | Design: 10 years ago and 10 years...

IDS 08 | Design: 10 years ago and 10 years from now

I went to 4 design talks when visiting the Interior Design Show. Each design talk will be reviewed separately. I am starting [...]

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HOME + GARDEN, HOME decor

February 23, 2008 | by Kim

Just came back from IDS 08

Just came back from IDS 08

I met two of The Designer Guys, Tommy Smythe of Design Inc. with Sarah Richardson plus a few more celebrities at the [...]

GIFT IDEAS, HOUSEWARMING gifts

February 22, 2008 | by Kim

Vintage Housewarming Party inspired by Room...

Vintage Housewarming Party inspired by Room Eleven’s latest CD

Anything can be a source of inspiration for a party. This morning, it was inspired by the cover of the upcoming album [...]

GIFT IDEAS, HOSTESS gifts

February 21, 2008 | by Kim

Dean & DeLuca caters entertaining...

Dean & DeLuca caters entertaining essentials and hostess gifts

While I was in New York shopping in SoHo, I stopped by Dean and DeLuca. We just finished eating in the Korean [...]

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