Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: August



Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  August





The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

 Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.




See photos from my home in July.

“In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years.”  

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”






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Monday, August 10, 2015

Estérel Restaurant's Grand Re-Opening



Estérel Restaurant's Grand Re-Opening






I recently attended the grand re-opening of the Estérel in Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.  The public relations manager and all other staff were friendly, welcoming, and enthused for the event.  I enjoyed the tastings of savory appetizers, sweets, and cocktails, such as the basil greyhound.  

Estérel’s menu, dining room, and patio, fully sustain the garden theme.  The restaurant is designed with an effective open seating plan, greenery, dark wood floors, white linen, and a collection of portraits.  The outdoor area, Le Jardin, includes a private bar and is adorned with French herbs, bird cages, mirrors, and a dark blue accent wall.  There is a strong, luxurious, connection between the menu and environment.

Executive Chef Victor Boroda has a rich culinary experience from Estérel in the Sofitel, to True Food Kitchen, and Scarpetta in Beverly Hills.  The Sofitel Hotel is an elegant venue located on the corner of La Cienega and Beverly Boulevard.  The new menu and dining experience at Estérel embraces the locale, integrating French fare with Hollywood style.  




“Estérel in Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills takes you on a culinary adventure of innovative flavors and tempting tastes. Reflecting its origins in the South of France, this exciting new French restaurant and lounge offers an inspired contemporary menu featuring seasonal selections infused with fragrant herbes de Provence: saffron, fennel and basil. Savor each artistically prepared meal in an inviting setting where California casual meets French chic.”







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Thursday, July 23, 2015

New York Fashion Week: Men’s Review by Jesse Bluma



New York Fashion Week Men’s Review





New York Fashion Week originated with Eleanor Lambert, a publicist during the 1920s and 1930s.  This is the first year since the 1990s there has been a standalone showcase for men’s wear.  During the 1990s men’s was combined within the week of women’s shows.  The Council of Fashion Designers of America brought back the men’s week this year showcasing brands such as Todd Snyder, Thom Browne, Public School, Robert Geller, Michael Kors, Carlos Garciavelez, and Calvin Klein.  Although, this caused more travel and expense for industry insiders, buyers, and press.  The week was presented by Amazon, Cadillac, and East Dane, and others.  

Trends:  monochrome, white, army green, stripes, light-washed out colors.  While classics are the way to go in wardrobe, incorporating some of the trends from designers will give you some variety.  Monochrome was well established within the fashion lines, including executions of black and white and varying tones of a single color.  White was another common color presented on the runways, especially white shoes.  Army green or olive green military inspired jackets was another prevailing item.  Stripes.  A lot of stripes.  In traditional and creative designs.  These may be suitable for a fashion show, underscoring show, and may be incorporated into your wardrobe in a well thought out manner.  Light-washed out colors also made an appearance in shirts and shorts.





I curated the looks above to provide an overview of New York Fashion Week:  Men’s.  The models in these looks represent some of the trends and best of the lines.  You may see the same or similar looks in stores within the next year.  

Todd Synder’s collection stood out as one of the most well focused.  The clothing from shirts, jackets, pants, and shoes were fully sustained and consistent in design work and quality.  His show was clear and effective in its vision, providing a strong beginning and finale.  Todd Snyder began his career working in a haberdashery in De Moines, Iowa.  After years of apprenticeship and work he designed for Ralph Lauren, the Gap, and J. Crew.  He then went on to launch his own brand and his collections can be found at Bergdorf Goodman, Ron Herman, and Neiman Marcus.


Runway footage of the Todd Snyder Spring 2016 Fashion Show. Filmed at New York Fashion Week: Men's.









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Image Credits:  Wilhelmina Models, VOGUE.CO.UK, Anya Shvetsova, GQ México y Latam, Carlos Garciavelez, LA Models, XXY MAGAZINE, Todd Snyder.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: July



Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  July
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The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

 Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.



See photos from my home in June.

“Nature is a setting that fits equally well a comic or a mourning piece.  In good health, the air is a cordial of incredible virtue.  Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration.  I am glad to the brink of fear.”

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”







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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Martha Stewart Café: Martha’s Blend Coffee Review by Jesse Bluma



Martha Stewart Café:  Martha’s Blend Coffee





The Martha Stewart Café provides a wonderful assortment of coffee, tea, and baked goods.  Martha’s Blend ground coffee is a medium-roast sourced from beans across the globe, including Kenya, Guatemala, and Indonesia.  I enjoyed the warm, chocolate aroma and flavor of this bold and well composed coffee.  The coffee beans are curated from Kobrick Coffee, Jersey City, New Jersey, who provide sustainable products.  

“Welcome to the Martha Stewart Café, a dream of mine that has finally become a reality!  Inspired by the wonderful coffee shops I’ve visited all around the world, it’s a place where I can share my favorite handcrafted coffees, teas, and bakery treats with customers who will enjoy them as I do. I hope you’ll make the Martha Stewart Café a part of your daily routine—or a stop on your itinerary when visiting New York’s exciting High Line district! I promise you a delicious cup as you explore this vibrant part of the city.”





For information on visiting the Martha Stewart Café or ordering go to marthastewartcafe.com.








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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: June



Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  June





The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

 Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.



See photos from my home in May.

“Nature says, — he is my creature, and maugre all his impertinent griefs, he shall be glad with me.  Not the sun or the summer alone, but every hour and season yields its tribute of delight; for every hour and change corresponds to and authorizes a different state of the mind, from breathless noon to grimmest midnight.”

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”






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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gretchen Carlson Getting Real by Jesse Bluma



Gretchen Carlson Getting Real





I recently participated in a Question/Answer session with Gretchen Carlson.  She answered a variety of questions related to her book, news, politics, and food.  I inquired, “Any favorite desserts of all time?  Have you discovered any brilliant sweets on all your travels?”  I liked her response, “Everything!!!”  That is an attitude I can appreciate.

Getting Real is her story and insights into living life, her growth and development as a person, and her career.  The book also chronicles serious events in her life, Gretchen’s own situations with health and wellness, and dealing with inappropriate co-workers.  Carlson’s attitude and approach to life is an inspiration and example of how to persevere.  As she states in her book “You have to...have an inner core, and know who you are to have the confidence to achieve your dreams”.




“Gretchen Carlson is an award-winning journalist and host of FOX News Channel's The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.  She previously co-hosted Fox and Friends and served as a CBS News correspondent and co-host of the CBS Saturday Early Show.  She was the first classical violinist to be crowned Miss America and serves on the board of the Miss America Organization.  She is also a National Trustee for the March of Dimes.  She is married to sports agent Casey Close, has two children, and resides in Connecticut.”







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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: May



Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  May





The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

 Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.

The following photos provide a snapshot into the the month of May.  The forging of spring and anticipation of summer at any moment in the northern hemisphere.  Along with the unpredictable light and shadow of the month.



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See photos from my home in April.

“Most persons do not see the sun.  At least they have a very superficial seeing.  The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.  The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”






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Monday, May 25, 2015

Roasted Artichokes Recipe by Jesse Bluma



Roasted Artichokes by Jesse Bluma





Roasting or grilling artichokes adds another dimension of flavor as opposed to the method of boiling.  The nutty flavor of artichokes is enhanced by the process of roasting or grilling.  After purchasing artichokes remember to store them in the refrigerator to diminish dehydration of the vegetable.


Ingredients 

4 large artichokes
2 Tablespoons fresh organic lemon juice
2 Tablespoons fresh organic lime juice
4 garlic cloves (segments)



Materials
serrated knife
paring knife
parchment paper
aluminum foil
baking sheet


Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (or 220 degrees Celsius).

Peel the garlic cloves.

Wash lemon with water.
Cut the lemon in half and juice 
(Save the sliced lemon to rub on the artichokes to prevent discoloration).

Wash lime with water.
Cut the lime in half and juice.

Pell off the outermost loose leaves (bracts) of each artichoke. 
Carefully cut off the top third of each artichoke with a serrated knife.
Then cut off the stem of the artichoke with a serrated knife as well.
Next, use a paring knife to trim off the prickly ends of each leaf (bract).

Rub each artichoke with a sliced lemon.

Use a spoon and your fingers to separate the artichoke leaves, making slight room for the garlic, citrus juice, and olive oil.

Whisk together 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons lime juice, and extra virgin olive oil.

Lightly drizzle each artichoke with the lemon-lime-extra virgin olive oil mixture.

Place a garlic clove in the open center of each artichoke.

Lightly season each artichoke with coarse sea salt.

Individually wrap each artichoke with parchment paper.

Then wrap each artichoke tightly with aluminum foil.

Place artichokes on baking sheet and then into pre-heated oven. 

Cook approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.







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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: April



Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  April






The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

 Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.





See photos from my home in March.

“When we speak of nature in this manner, we have a distinct but most poetical sense in the mind.  We mean the integrity of impression made by manifold natural objects.  It is this which distinguishes the stick of timber of the wood-cutter, from the tree of the poet.  The charming landscape which I saw this morning, is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms.  Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond.  But none of them owns the landscape.  There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet.  This is the best part of these men's farms, yet to this their warranty-deeds give no title.  To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.” 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”






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