It was such a hoot to dust off my Stetson and pull on my cowboy boots to horse around backstage at the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace. What made it such a blast to mingle with the competitors and their horses was to see all the pre-competition preparation that makes the riders and
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(Photograph by Ashley Urban) I don’t care if the food at the Mauna Kea’s weekly luau is barely edible and pricey, or that their room service never seems to get it right or even that their beach chairs have seen better days. I just love staying at the Mauna Kea Hotel because of all the
Do you remember the purple dress Mrs. Obama wore on the night of the notorious fist-bump before the president’s speech claiming the Democratic nomination? Or the red dress she wore to meet the Bushes on their way out of the White House? Maria Pinto designed both iconic dresses, as well as other creations that Mrs.
According to my Indian friends, the best place to buy a wedding sari is at the Sari Palace in Berkeley. Eric and I will be attending an Indian wedding in October, so the push was on to find the perfect sari for the occasion. So with that in mind, I made a pilgrimage over the
I love houses that incorporate nature into the decorating motif. My friend’s house in Southampton does just that. The high ceilings, the nature reliefs painted on the walls and the oversized French doors and windows beg you to feel apart of the lush and manicured gardens that surround the house. So follow me. I’ll just
I just read The Elephant Whisperer, My Life with the Herd in the African Wild, by Lawrence Anthony and was sad to finish it. The book invites you in as a confidant from the first page and holds you rapt to the very last. I highly recommend this heart warming and inspirational true tale of
Last week in Santa Barbara, we feted the passing of time with two back-to-back birthdays for Averell and Olivia, and a Celebration of Life for my mother, who led and fascinating and full life and passed away at the age of 94. It was fun, exhausting and bitter sweet all rolled into one. Averell
You don’t have to travel to the Rio Olympics to see world-class equestrians, as I recently learned when I ponied over to the Menlo Horse Show. Along with the international caliber equestrian events, there are great shops to peruse, people and animal watching opportunities galore and a fierce design competition over the most over the
Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t posting any recent recipes. It’s not because the idea of discovering simple to make and mouthwatering recipes has lost its appeal. Just the contrary, having our kitchen under renovation for the last nine months, has sent me into a tailspin of unearthing new recipes to
(photo first appeared in the Southampton Press 7/7/2016 issue) I’ve always been a sucker or the 4th of July, fireworks and a good cause. Throw in a torrential rain storm and you have the right mix to ignite the evening with laughter and dancing…yes, even in the rain. So we were all looking forward to
Fresh ocean air, glimmering beach, warm ambience and oh-so-beautiful people are just some of the reasons to make a dinner reservation at the Galley Restaurant next time you’re in Nantucket. Oh yes, and let’s not forget about the utterly delicious food, which is inspired by the island’s abundant seafood and by the restaurant’s own organic garden.
How often does a swan crash a pool party and steel the show? Well that’s what happened to me recently when I was visiting a dear friend at her home in Southampton, Long Island. One minute, I’m happily floating around her pool on a giant inflatable griffon and the next I’m doing the backstroke next
Finding an outstanding outdoor restaurant with top-notch food in San Francisco is no easy task. But thanks to my friend Frank, my quest was realized when he introduced me to Stem Kitchen and Garden. Stem has it all: exceptional food, a slick interior, bocce, fire pits and awesome views of the bay.Not to stop there,
One thing that I love about Nantucket is that it doesn’t change. I’ve been going there for years and every time I return it always seems frozen in time. It keeps its old world charm not only by design but also as a byproduct of the island’s relative inaccessibility. Thirty miles off the shores
Recently, I paid a visit to Filoli, a grand country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by 654 acre estate in Woodside California. What I love most about the estate are the beautifully landscaped gardens, which have a sense privacy and surprise. They are planted with everything from exotic Chinese