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Piper W

23 Aug

My sweet little niece Piper has taken to calling herself “Piper W.”  Apparently she has a friend in school, also named Piper, and she’s worried about confusion.  Hard to mistake this one . . . .


The Glory Days Of Aviation

19 Jul

are over.  At least that’s what someone told me.  Apparently, back in the day, the skies were awful friendly.  Sigh . . . .




You’ve Never Lived

13 Jul

Until you have had pane pomodoro (bread and tomato).

This is one of the easiest things in the world to make, and it is summer comfort food at its best.  In Italy, this is a dream snack, particularly on a hot day.

You’ll need: fresh sourdough or ciabatta bread, a couple of tomatoes, good quality olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped fresh basil.

Cut the bread in half and place it crust side down.  Cut tomatoes in fourths.  Rub the meat of the tomato on the bread, making sure the pulp and juice of the tomato soften and integrate into the bread.  Drizzle with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle basil on top, also to taste.  Amazing.



Happy Fourth & Happy Birthday!

4 Jul

From Navy Pier!

And Happy Birthday, Fabi!

The Antidote To Apathy

28 Jun

I gave a presentation at a large law firm in Boston last week.  It was inspired, in ways, by this talk by Dave Meslin.  I thought I would share it here.  Don’t wait to be appointed a leader.

When You’re Living In America

15 Jun

This morning, I was out and about.  Outside of the dry cleaners on the corner, I overheard a woman say this: “I live in affordable housing.  My daughter got a full ride to Stanford University.  Don’t tell me what is possible.”  She was wearing a Stanford tank top.  I had chills.

(This was the scene.  I wasn’t close enough when I took the picture to see anything, really, but didn’t anyone to be offended by my eavesdropping.  If you look hard enough, you can see her cardinal top with white lettering.  Love.)

Best Restaurants In America – Bonus Post

8 Mar

I love this list of the 101 best restaurants in America.  Thanks to Sunil for sending it along.  

[Photo Credit: 101 Best Restaurants In America Slide Show]

The list was generated by food and wine editors, chefs, and food writers from across the country.  In all, it’s inspiring.  So many amazing places all over the country.

For me, the best ways to use this list include: (1) for the places I’ve been, to consider the review and whether those places are worthy of their placement; and (2) for the places I’ve not been, a jet-set travel list of where to go right now (or as soon as possible).

In the year of Professional Chicks, we’ve talked about Osteria Mozza (#6), Alinea (#2), Next (#28), Babbo (#14), Animal (#25), Frontera Grill (#30), Joel Robuchon Las Vegas (#32), The Publican (#63), and Gjelina (#78).  Not bad, but we have our work cut out for us.

First restaurants on my list of places I would like to go: The Inn at Little Washington (I have been dying to go here since I was a little girl) (#35), Michael Mina in San Francisco (#99), Herbfarm in Seattle (#70), and The Barn at Blackberry Farm (#66) (where Bob spent a weekend and said he had several of the most incredible meals of his life).

Abe better get packing!

What restaurants have you been to on this list?  Any you have been wanting to try?  Please share!

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