Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella

I love spaghetti!  Any type, any sauce, I love it all.  Spaghetti Pomadoro is so delicious and so easy.  It’s a fast and easy family dinner for busy people.  Ciao Bella! xoxo

Spaghetti Pomodoro

1/4 cup olive oil (plus additional, to garnish)
1 small onion (peeled, finely diced
2 cloves garlic (peeled, minced)
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes (hand crushed)
bundle fresh oregano
1 pound spaghetti
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
1/4 cup whole basil leaves (to garnish)
parmesan (to serve)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
butcher’s twine

Place a medium saute pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, season with salt, and stir occasionally until the vegetables soften, about 8-10 minutes.

Add the chili flakes and tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Tie the oregano with butcher’s twine and add it to the sauce. Reduce to a simmer and cook on low heat for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook 2 minutes less than package instructions. Remove the herb bundle from the sauce. Drain pasta and place in sauce. Toss pasta in sauce to coat using 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup reserved pasta water. Add butter, basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil. Toss pasta until fully coated and glossy. Serve with freshly grated parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil.

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Chew.

South Beach Fun

South Beach Fun

On a previous blog post I told you about my recent shopping trip to Ft. Lauderdale.  It was really fun. Of course the primary activity was shopping but we did go into South Beach one night for dinner.  South Beach didn’t disappoint!

Uber picked us up on Thursday for the 45 minute drive into South Beach.  We had reservations at 10pm at a restaurant called Villa Azur.  Here’s a few photos.  It’s a beautiful place.

These are night and day photos, because you see the restaurant serves dinner until early morning.  But, when you reserve the table you only have a two-hour reservation and unless you are ordering bottles you have to adhere to that policy (the people at the next table were asked to leave, times up!).

The food was delicious.  I had a truffle and brie  cream salad for starters and sea bass for my entrée.  The sea bass had crushed tomatoes and a tomato vinaigrette. Both were so good.  They were almost too pretty to eat!

During dinner they have a DJ that plays a variety of music.  Everything from old school hip hop to rap music to AC/DC was playing.  It was really fun.  It was certainly a party atmosphere.  There were lots of good-looking people there.

During the evening I took a selfie (while sitting in my chair) as my back was to the outside. This is what I got, needless to say I didn’t know there were people dancing on the tables behind me!


Later in the evening they gave everybody sparklers.  It was really festive.  They also had models that walked thru the restaurant.  Check this out.

I had a lot of fun.  I hope you enjoyed hearing about the trip! xoxox




Do you grow mint and thyme? Spring is the time where the herbs start poking their little buds out.  I have a mint bed over on the other side of the house that I use quite a bit for recipes.  But, you have to be careful with mint because it will take over your yard!

This recipe from Food and Wine looks like an awesome spring and summer cocktail.  I can see myself on the patio now!  Cheers xoxo

Roof Garden Recipe

15 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish 2 thyme sprigs 1 ounce Simple Syrup 2 ounces vodka 1 ounce fresh lemon juice Ice 1 to 2 ounces chilled club soda

How to Make It
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the thyme and Simple Syrup. Add the vodka, lemon juice and ice and shake well. Strain into a highball glass over ice, top with the club soda and garnish with the mint sprig.

photo by Tina Rupp


Sold Out

In honor of The Royals returning to tv this weekend I wanted to share with you a recent Princess Meghan style moment.  I enjoy watching the young royals and their style.  Because Princess Meghan is American it really makes it fun to follow her.  Recently she donned a coat from JCrew.  The bad news is the coat is sold out, but I’m sure they will restock soon.  The great news is that the coat is only $300!

Photo Getty Images.



Broccoli isn’t Yucky

Broccoli isn’t Yucky

Food and Wine had a recipe for roasted broccoli recently.  I discovered roasted broccoli around a year ago when I had it at Lockbox.  You see, I had never eaten broccoli, I thought it was yucky.  Roasting it changed my world!  Add some Siracha sauce and BAM.  Eat your vegetables! xoxo


1 large head of broccoli (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1 1/2-inch florets, stems peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt freshly ground pepper 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon minced shallot 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

How to Make It

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 400°. On a large baking sheet, toss the broccoli florets and stems with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast the broccoli in the oven for about 30 minutes, tossing halfway through, until browned and tender.

Step 2
In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the shallot and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil; season the dressing with salt and pepper. Scrape the broccoli into a bowl. Add the dressing and the grated cheese, toss well and serve.


Photo by Ben Dearnly

Party Time

Party Time

Everybody has seen all the Oscar fashions from Sunday night by now.  There were a lot of blush colors, metallic, white and also some vibrant blues.  The fashion and the jewels did not disappoint.

But have you seen the after-party Oscars fashions?  There are many parties after the show, including the big Vanity Fair party in Hollywood.  That’s a hot ticket to come by for sure.  Traditionally the stars have a dress change and are ready to party.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Gal Gadot changed into a lovely red Giorgio Armani Prive’ dress.  Zendaya traded in her ho-hum Oscars dress for this va-va-voom custom Michael Kors dress (I like this a lot better!).   Award winner Allison Janney wore a cool Brandon Maxwell dress, but the best accessory is Oscar!

Mary J. Blige was a double nominee and changed into this lovely Vera Wang dress.  She might not have won as Oscar but she sure looks like a winner in this dress.  Rita Ora always brings it to awards.  The America’s Next Top Model host has great style.  Rita is wearing Zuhair Murad Couture.  Oscar winner Halle Berry chose a great dress to dance the night away in.  Halle is wearing a Zuhair Murad mini dress. Wow!

Kendal Jenner wore my favorite glam party dress of the night.  Of course, when you are one of the highest paid super models in the world you have your pick of designers!  Her dress is by Redemption, which is a new label to me.  Margot Robbie changed from a Chanel Oscar dress into a Chanel after-party dress.  She represents the label well.  Finally, Hailee Steinfeld arrived at the party wearing Giambattista Valli.  Looks like young Hollywood was up for the challenge!



My Oscar Favs

My Oscar Favs

I love the Oscars.  I mean the award show is a little boring but I love going to the movies and enjoy seeing who wins.  And of course the fashion!  The red carpet is my favorite.  Sparkles, jewels, high fashion and Hollywood glamour in one place.  Here’s some of my favorites.  What do you think?

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior and Gal Gadot in Givenchy are my favs.  I mean wow! The fringe on Gal’s dress was awesome.

Jennifer Garner in Versace was a show stopper.  The color alone was fabulous and did you know she was wearing $825k worth of diamonds! Wow.  And Lupita Nyongo’s Atelier Versace gown was to die for.  Just look at all the detail!

And of course you knew I would the love Viola Davis in her pink Michael Kors Collection gown.  That shade of pink happens to be my favorite!  Jane Fonda might be 80 years old but she can still bring it.  Balmain never disappoints on the red carpet.

What was your favorite?  xoxo