Chasens Chili, Champagne & Superbowl July 06 2012, 0 Comments

 Chasen’s Chili recipe (Liz Taylor would order it flown to her on location) and Champagne – perfect for Superbowl watching.

Perfect for Champagne July 06 2012, 0 Comments

 With the designer’s 20th Anniversary being celebrated this week,

these shoes go very well with Champagne…


Champagne and Chinese New Year July 06 2012, 0 Comments

Celebrating the year of the Dragon, with Peking Duck and Champagne.

And I raise a glass to my mascot Xiao Loong (translation: Little Dragon).
His puppy photo reveals his dragon lineage…and he kindly modeled for this silhouette – my new signature – while quaffing the bubbly!


Everything Popcorn & Playoffs July 06 2012, 0 Comments

For the Giants v. Greenbay: put those extra brunch bagels to use with home made Everything Popcorn…

Olive oil, salt & pepper and 2/3 C popping corn in a giant pot with lid on over high heat shake pan. As popping slows reduce heat. Melt 4T butter with excess “everything” bagel topping (there’s always a bunch at the bottom of the bag or dust it off leftover Everything Bagels – raid your spice cabinet as needed to augment) and toss over popcorn.

Turn on TV. Serve with Champagne, extra cold – but give the guys a good beer option. If you’re a Greenbay fan, add cheese.


Champagne at Home with Friends July 06 2012, 0 Comments

A wonderful recipe for a good winter’s night lasagna by Daniel Boulud in Elle Decor encouraged a midweek dinner with friends (and Champagne). The table with orange tulips and stones from the beach, was set and the Lasagne, assembled the evening before, is in the oven.  The Lasagna link:

Chin Chin


Light Your Cork (or What to do with that/those empty Champagne Bottle/s) July 06 2012, 0 Comments

These Champagne Cork Candles are fun and available at Uncommon – it’s a great site for gifts (and one that carries some of my jewelry).   I can imagine a “Case” of Champagne bottle candles – or a Champagne Birthday Cake (but we’ll save that thought…)

photo with permission of: Uncommon Goods




Thinking Champagne in Paris July 06 2012, 0 Comments

Today, Monday, would be a good day for Champagne in Paris.



With a Glass of Champagne at the Bar July 06 2012, 0 Comments

It’s Friday. Let’s add some sparkle to the start of the weekend. Barside Champagne at bobo (neighbors steps to the left of my store), Kelvin, man behind the bar tonight, suggests bobo’s Tuna Tartare to enjoy with my Champers.


Champagne Decorating July 06 2012, 0 Comments

 Fun: Vintage “Champagne” bottles found in a lofty antique warehouse


Champagne Leftovers June 30 2012, 0 Comments


Besides celebrating the New Year with Champagne, why not add some sparkle to your salad dressing? And tuna marinade?

Salad Nicoise with Champagne Dressing

Ingredients for four:

2 T Last night’s Champagne

3/4 C Olive Oil

1/4 C Red Wine Vinegar

Squeeze of fresh lemon

1 t thyme

2 t honey

Sea Salt Fresh & Ground Pepper to taste

Mix the above with fork or small whisk and reserve.

4 handfuls baby arugula

8 small new potatoes, cut into about bite size pieces

2 ripe tomatoes

2 handfuls green beans, cut on diagonal into pieces of about an inch or two

1/2 C toasted walnuts

1/2 C Black Olives, chopped

4 eggs 1/2 Sweet Onion, finely cut

4 grilled tuna steaks (before grilling, it’s nice to marinade in 1/2 C of more of last night’s champagne, 1/2 C olive oil, 2 T soy and a squeeze of lemon).

Use a large pot to boil salted water to make hard boil the eggs. I like to keep it simple and add the potatoes to the same pot after a couple of minutes. If your tomatoes aren’t nicely ripe, carefully use a slotted spoon to dunk them in the hot water for 30 seconds and remove. (If you like, peel the skin away). When eggs and potatoes are almost cooked add green beans to slightly cook. Drain. Remove eggs and Peel. Cut into quarters and set aside. Put the potatoes, green beans, diced tomatoes, chopped olives, walnuts, baby arugula, and onion slices in salad bowl. Toss with dressing. Arrange salad on plate, top with tuna steak and garnish with egg quarters. Serve with good company, baguette and Champagne.

Chin Chin!