• Alaine

    LA’s vegan pioneer

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Back in 1993, baker Alaine Shrewsbury helped pioneer the vegan, wheat-free, no refined sugar scene on the West Coast with her Alaine’s Rainforest Cake, a gourmet, healthy fruitcake chockfull of Brazil nuts and unsweetened, dried tropical fruits. Under the name of Alaine’s Bakery, she provided 70 different items to places like Whole Foods and independent […]

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    Spellbind your guests

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Every home needs one.  Designed by Martin Kastner, of Crucial Detail design studio, this unique infusion vessel for cocktails, lemonade, oils, teas or whatever you can imagine was inspired by a submarine porthole. RRP US$99  from www.crucialdetail.com .

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    Go Loopy in Soho

    Monday, December 30, 2013

    NEW YORK: We went in search of the perfect tea towel but ended up falling in love with Loopy Mango’s handmade crochet rugs.  In exclusive signature yarn from neutral to neon, the oversized stitching is an ironic touch for a unique accessory made to scale for studio kitchens. You can buy one ready-made but why […]

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    Watermelon beach balls

    Saturday, November 9, 2013

    TOKYO: Enoshima may be the usual Japanese beach-lovers destination but for a more authentic experience make a short trip further east to Kamakura.It was here on the dark sandy beaches lined with small temporary bars that I discovered some unusual practices with watermelons. Nothing untoward but certainly a bizarre sight for someone from the West.Here laughing […]

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  • Gourmet cookies

    Taste for high fashion

    Saturday, November 9, 2013

    NEW YORK: Sherrita Davis has an instinct for chic. The  fashion consultant has blended style with edgy business innovation to launch her venture Pipernilli The Couture Cookie Company. Her delicate vegan, organic cookies evoke exclusive designer style with names like Mocha Diva, Cashmere Drops and Banana Chiffon. And like any boutique product, her cookie range is […]

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    Start with falafel…

    Saturday, November 9, 2013

    TEL AVIV: The Israeli diet is chock full of fresh vegetables and fruits, partially because of the great produce that grows there, including bright tomatoes, snappy peppers, crisp cucumbers, and sweet dates. You can find greens in everything from the traditional salat katsutz, to falafel, and of course, hummus, which is on most menus. Yet, […]

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Lifestyle

Alaine
Aug
1

LA’s vegan pioneer

Back in 1993, baker Alaine Shrewsbury helped pioneer the vegan, wheat-free, no refined sugar scene on the West Coast with her Alaine’s Rainforest Cake, a gourmet, healthy fruitcake chockfull of Brazil nuts and unsweetened, dried tropical fruits. Under the name of Alaine’s Bakery, she provided 70 different items to places like Whole Foods and independent […]

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May
9

Inspired by florals

Lisa Rupp designs and sells delicious table decor like these linen and cotton floral dish towels. And she will ship anywhere.  www.lisarupp.com

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River stones bowl
Jan
22

From the river

The Riverstones bowl by designer Riccardo Marzi is available in a range of collectibles for kitchen and dining from the MOMA store. Marzi’s translucent resin serving bowls come in a range of natural materials from wheat to flowers and are available online from quality stores.

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Modern neon bowl
Jan
22

Making us smile

Designs for happy people: Modern Neon Hardwood 7-inch Salad Bowl in orange RRP $50; Six beechwood serving spoons $35 also available. From Nicole Porter. www.nicoleporter.com

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Recipes

Vietnamese brown rice noodles
Aug
9

Brown rice bountifully

Friends Thao Nguyen and Karen Cheng have a successful business based on many decades of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Thao’s grandparents came from a small town called Nam Dinh in northern Vietnam where Pho noodles originated. Their Pho soup was made famous at the family restaurant. Using their recipe, Thao and Karen launched their noodle brand […]

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Jan
22

Black Beans and Rice

(For 4 servings) Ingredients: For Black Beans and Rice: 2 teaspoons good-quality olive oil 1 small onion, peeled and diced 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 cup whole-grain brown rice 2 1/2 cups water 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon ground cumin 3 1/2 cups canned low-sodium black beans, drained For Pumpkin Curry: 1 […]