Archive | June, 2009

FOOD + DRINK, RESTAURANTS | June 30, 2009 | by Kim Vallee

Chez Papa in San Francisco | Restaurant Review

chez papa dessert of the day

This is a delicious French restaurant in San Francisco with a beautiful quiet terrace, set on a plaza not far from Blue Bottle Coffee. I am showing you the lunch we ate on the terrace of Chez Papa on Mint Plaza last Monday. My Grilled Arctic Char with Fingerling Potatoes, Capers, Lemon and Brown Butter [...]

FOOD + DRINK, RESTAURANTS | June 30, 2009 | by Kim Vallee

Restaurants are Embracing Twitter to Reach their Customers

Boston restaurants on twitter

I told you on my other blog that Twitter can be an efficient marketing vehicle for businesses. One type of business that benefits well from the free marketing platform that Twitter provides are local restaurants. What I like is that I decide which local stores and restaurants I want to follow on Twitter. This way, [...]

FOOD + DRINK, TABLEWARE | June 30, 2009 | by Kim Vallee

Honeycomb Toast and Tea Set by Jason Neufeld

toast and tea ceramic set by jason neufeld

Finding unique, outstanding gifts mostly assure you that you will be invited over and over. Plus, you avoid the awkward situations where you bring the same gift than another guest to an anniversary or a housewarming party. This is why I am always on the lookout for cool and original gift ideas. Beware that the [...]

COOKING tools, FOOD + DRINK | June 29, 2009 | by Kim Vallee

Better Cooking Start with Ingredients, Techniques and Cookware

juicy warm chicken with lemon couscous salad :: inspired by Donna Hay

The Warm Chicken with a lemon couscous salad recipe by Donna Hay is a dish I prepare twice a month at home. It is delicious and fast to make. For everyday entertaining, this dish nicely pairs with a Gentil Hugel or Les Jamelles Sauvignon blanc. My husband sometimes cooked the chicken breasts on the BBQ [...]

COCKTAILS + wine, FOOD + DRINK

June 25, 2009 | by Kim

Summer Cocktails Made with Campari

cocktails made with campari for summer :: campari orange, campari grapefruit, negroni and negroni sbagliato

Let’s revisit my favorite cocktails for summer besides the mojitos. I love Campari on a summer day. I often served Campari to [...]

ENTERTAINING, OUTDOOR entertaining

June 25, 2009 | by Kim

A Cool Trick to Make your Own Cucumber Water...

inserting a square vase for ice cubes into a jar

I saw that trick yesterday at the Fairmont San Francisco. I had to share it with you. It looks great on the [...]

ENTERTAINING, TABLETOP

June 24, 2009 | by Kim

Tabletop and Party Favor Accessories by...

tabletop accessories and party favors by l'atelier modele

I am responding to my interior designer friend Jennifer Mitchell of Design Hole who spotlighted these French-made tabletop accessories having me in [...]

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HOME + GARDEN, OUTDOOR space

June 23, 2009 | by Kim

The Landscape Room by LiD Architecture

landscape room by lid architecture photographed by christopher heany

Without going into details, I needed some relaxing views today; you may have noticed that my blog was down for a couple [...]

HOME + GARDEN, HOME decor

June 22, 2009 | by Kim

Inspired by the Retro Design of Hea Sofa by...

hea sofa by bg norge

There are furniture you love at first sight. Hea by the Norvegean sofa maker BG Norge is one of those times. The [...]

ENTERTAINING, PARTY ideas + decor

June 22, 2009 | by Kim

Elevating the Home Cooking Approach at Parties

wedding food for the fourth of july

I was interviewed last Friday by a Montreal-based journalist about the art of making menu when you hosting a party at home. [...]

FOOD + DRINK, RECIPES + menus

June 22, 2009 | by Kim

Do You Make Your Own Ice Cream?

delightful frozen assets:: ice cream by canadian chefs

I dream of making my own ice cream. My brother even bought me a machine a few years ago. I am ashamed [...]

HOME + GARDEN, OUTDOOR space

June 20, 2009 | by Kim

BubbleTree Redefined the Hut for Adults

bubbletree's treehouse

Two years ago, I told you about Domaine des Ormes, an hotel in Brittany, France where you can rent a perched cabin [...]

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