1 Waking up on Saturday morning, this was the splendid view from my room in the Soho Beach House on Miami Beach.
2 The main swimming pool is 100-feet-long and flanked by Soho Beach House’s signature striped beds and gardens.
3 I really liked the palm frond wallpaper.
4 And the tile floor.
5 A view of the neighboring hotels
6 Another view of the ocean from the balcony
7 Leaving the hotel, we ran into Giada De Laurentiis. We shared a friendly hello.
8 Bobby Flay also came to say hello.
9 As did Nigella Lawson
10 Bobby was just hangin' out.
11 Here I am with Lucinda Scala Quinn and Sarah Carey at the Grand Tasting for our Culinary Demonstration.
12 We were there to demo 3 recipes from our new best-selling book, Meatless.
13 The Grand Tasting, the demo venue, was a large tent erected right on the beach. We drove here from Loews Miami Beach Hotel using golf carts.
14 KitchenAid, our sponsor, makes great appliances.
15 These are the ingredients for the Fatoush with Crumbled Feta, a popular Middle Eastern salad that combines whole-grain pita, kidney beans, and cucumber. In this version, feta is sprinkled over the top.
16 We also demoed Kale and Red Cabbage Slaw, which gets ample protein and healthy fats from a trio of sunflower, pumpkin, and hemp seeds. You can find hemp seeds whole or hulled at health-food stores and either type can be used in this recipe.
17 We also made Pasta with Beets and Ricotta, in which whole-grain spaghetti turns garnet when tossed with a puree of beets and sun-dried tomatoes. Toasted walnuts add nutrients and flavor to the dish.
18 Here I am making last minute adjustments to a mandoline slicer.
19 A very nice group shot - Sarah Carey, Jennifer Hager, Kelly Galvin, Lucinda Scala Quinn, Susan Magrino, me, and Daisy Schwartzberg
20 Before the cooking demo, I enjoyed a glass of freshly squeeze mixed orange juice, including blood orange and tangelo.
21 Here we are being introduced to the audience.
22 We manned our stations on the stage.
23 It was a sell-out crowd.
24 The audience was lively and fun and they loved everything.
25 Here I am about to taste the Pasta with Beets and Ricotta. See what a great color it is?
26 And speaking of color....
27 There was an auction of a flamingo pink KitchenAid mixer to benefit breast cancer research.
28 Here's the lucky couple who won. The mixer sold for $900!
29 The culinary demo lasted for one hour and immediately following, I signed copies of Meatless for the next hour.
30 This was the line. Not a bad place to form a queue.
31 I always enjoy connecting with my public.
32 While I was signing, Curtis Stone, the Australian celebrity chef, came to visit. It was great to see him again.
33 After the book signing, we hit the beach in search of our golf carts.
34 This Atlantic Ocean beach is quite lovely.
35 Our transportation
36 Back at the SoHo Beach House, I had two radio interviews scheduled.
37 Everyone else went off and had a fun lunch.
38 Those chilled glasses of rosé look quite enticing.
39 Later that day I got glammed up for the Tribute Dinner Honoring Nobu Matsuhisa and Christophe Navarre.
40 Back in the car for the drive back to Loews Miami Beach Hotel
41 The girl wearing the pretty necklace told Kevin that she became a Dolphin's Cheerleader at 19. She was celebrating her birthday that night.
42 Posing with Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, the owner of Lowes Hotels
43 I met up with Susan, who looked glamorous, as always.
44 My friend Nobu
45 Here I am with Daniel Boulud, Jonathan Tisch, and Nobu Matsuhisa
46 Some of the beautifully prepared and delicious nibbles served that night
47 There were many Nobu-inspired starters.
48 Black cod served on butter lettuce
49 Posing with Matt Hoyle, who is the chef at Nobu 57 in New York City
50 Posing with the group from City National Bank
51 And with the group from Bank of America, the presenters of the evening
52 I was the Mistress of Ceremonies and I showed some photos of Nobu and me taken over the years.
53 In 2000, Nobu and I toured Tokyo's Tsukiji Market, the largest wholesale fish market in the world. Nobu gave me an in depth tour of this fascinating place. Here we are studying traditional cedar wooden sake drinking cups called masu.
54 The SoBe festival has many important sponsors.
55 Here I am with Nelson Mandela's daughter, Makaziwe and granddaughter, Tukwini. They were at the festival to introduce the family's new business, House of Mandela wines to the U.S. market.
56 Posing with Nobu's wife, Yoko and some of their friends.
57 Back at the podium - I just happen to have a Nobu chef's jacket with my name embroidered on it and I decided to close wearing it. Here I am with Lee Brian Schrager, the founder of this amazing SoBe WFF event and also the VP of Southern Wine & Spirits of America.
58 A big thank you to all of the fabulous chefs of the evening
59 A really nice group shot
60 Afterwards with Drew Nieporent, New York City restaurateur and partner of Nobu