December 3, 2016

A Visit to Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

If you're ever in the Florida area this time of year, I highly recommend you visit Art Basel Miami, North America’s foremost international modern and contemporary art fair.

Earlier this week, I attended the 15th edition of Art Basel, which is the sister event to Art Basel held each June in Basel, Switzerland. Art Basel Miami contains more than 225 prominent galleries taking part from 29 different countries, including North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.  This art fair exhibits the work of more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Most of the show is held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, but many other art events occur throughout the city.  The event runs through tomorrow, December 4th.

Here are some of my photos - enjoy.

December 2, 2016

Homemade Fettuccine and White Truffles of Alba

The holidays are the best times to indulge in favorite foods.

On the day before Thanksgiving, I stopped to buy truffles at Urbani in New York City. Urbani is the largest truffle company in the world, with locations in more than 60 different countries. Luckily, a shipment had just arrived from Italy, and the truffles I chose were picked less than 24-hours before I walked into the shop. If you’re unfamiliar with truffles - the non-chocolate variety - they're a type of fungus that grows on the roots of trees, such as oaks and beeches. Truffles are decadently delicious and among the most exotic and costly delicacies. In fact, they are prized by chefs all over the world. Truffles are also quite fascinating because of how they're grown and gathered - I was so excited to share them with my family.

Over the holiday weekend, I cooked fettuccini from scratch and served it with white truffle for dinner. It was simply fabulous! Enjoy these photos.

December 1, 2016

A Visit to Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Whenever I am in Maine, I always try to fill the days with fun and interesting activities - especially when my grandchildren are there with me.

On the day after Thanksgiving, we planned a short trip to Roosevelt Campobello International Park - the "beloved" summer retreat for the Roosevelt family. The Park is located on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada - just across the international border from Lubec on the easternmost tip of Maine. The Roosevelt Summer Cottage and the Park’s Visitor Centre are closed during the colder months, but we were able to arrange a special tour while were there. It is a most beautiful place to visit - steeped in history, nature and charm.

Enjoy some of my photos.