Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta

Flowers, flowers, flowers!! Anyone who knows me knows I love flowers! I absolutely love them. So when I read about an exhibition in San Francisco of Oscar de la Renta’s floral couture gowns, I had to go! All I saw in this little article about the exhibit was the word “floral”, and it got me hooked.   Continue reading Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta

Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Are you looking for a refreshing salad that is refreshingly simple? Try this avocado and grapefruit salad. I made this salad for a spring lunch I was invited to at my friend Rose’s home.  It was a casual lunch just to get a few of us together.  Rose had black bean soup and corn bread on the menu, and asked the rest of us to bring something that we felt would compliment it.  What we ended up with was a feast that was simple, healthy, and delicious and we were stuffed at the end of it!  This is a menu worth replicating. Continue reading Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.

It’s early spring and all the plants are leafing out with fresh, tender new leaves.  The garden is looking green, healthy, and plump with lush juicy flower buds all ready to bloom in a matter of weeks.  I’m ready for the spring flower show!

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And then I see it! Leaves and buds eaten off some of my rose bushes and lily plants and other flowering plants.   Continue reading Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.

Georgina’s Maltese Easter Figolli

The Bay Area is a great place to live.  A true representation of what America is today – a melting pot of various cultures, languages, and religions.  Where else could I have such a wonderful group of friends from such places like Ghana, Philippines, Japan, China, Ireland, Vietnam, England,  Iran, Fiji,  Russia, Kenya, all corners of India, Eastern Europe, and Malta.  Which brings me to the topic of this post; Georgina’s Maltese Easter figolli.

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Spring Greens Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.

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Here is a salad that looks and tastes like a gourmet salad you might order at a fancy restaurant.  A nice juicy pear is delicious in this salad, and a good Gorgonzola cheese or bleu cheese really gives the entire salad a kick of sophistication. You can pick up a small tub of Gorgonzola cheese from Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Lucky, Whole Foods, or any grocery store. Continue reading Spring Greens Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.

Flowering Fruit Trees

What is really beautiful about fruit trees and many times overlooked is their spectacular flower show in the Spring. Every fruit tree bears beautiful flowers before they become fruit.  When these fruit trees are in bloom they rival any sought after Spring Cherry Blossom trees.  Peach and nectarine trees have gorgeous flowers in a dark shade of pink. Cherry, plum, and apricot trees have mauve pink flowers as well.  Apple trees bear sultry pale pink/cream colored flowers with a darker pink center.  Even orange and lemon trees have lovely little clusters of white flowers whose intoxicating fragrance wafts through any garden. Continue reading Flowering Fruit Trees

Daffodil Dreams At Filoli Gardens

This year my daffodils are not blooming in profusion like they usually do. I do have daffodils in bloom, but I am used to a stellar show and I don’t have that right now.  I can only assume that they will start blooming later as most of my daffodils are in the shade.  But I am impatient. I love flowers and I am craving some color in the garden

I signed up for Filoli’s email newsletter a while back and recently got notified of Filoli’s Daffodil Daydreams weekend. I asked the girls if we could all go see the daffodils together, and if this trip could be the twins’ birthday party celebration. This would be something unique and special.  Both Anjali and Rani happily agreed and invited three of their friends; Charlotte, Claire, and Maya for the daffodil viewing.  It ended up being a gorgeous sunny day and what a spectacular show it was! Continue reading Daffodil Dreams At Filoli Gardens

Philz Coffee

A new coffee shop called Philz Coffee opened here in Los Gatos.  It was an instant over night success. I hadn’t heard of it myself but apparently a lot of people already knew about this coffee chain from their other locations in the Bay Area. What’s so special about Philz Coffee?  This is not your run of the mill coffee joint, no; this is a specialty coffee shop that doesn’t sell any espresso drinks, none. No lattes, cappuccinos, no latte macchiato, café Americano, no espresso drinks of any kind.   Continue reading Philz Coffee

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