We're thinking maybe an "indoors clam bake" might be the way to go for an upcoming housewarming party. Wouldn't it be a cute theme? We're thinking rope-wrapped napkins and silverware, locally collected shell escort cards (with handwritten names on them like when we were kids), a big red ice-filled cooler of drinks, candles on sand in glass votives, the obvious menu of lobster, clams and corn and beach towels in the bathroom. All food, wine and design things beachy!
Some friends are calling it the end of en era. After almost 20 years in New York City, we're moving to New Canaan, CT. However, after 20 years in the bustling center of it all, we're excited about a new adventure. We'd prefer to think of it as the start of something different; change is good. We'll miss being able to have delicious dinners delivered (up 4 flights) to our door, Central Park, the smartest, most driven people ever, the noise (well, maybe not the noise) and the uniqueness of every day here. Plus the immediate access to the greatest food, wine and design resources in the universe!! But we're looking forward to discovering New England. We love our new home, our working fireplace which we expect to use all the time, a friendly neighborhood, a quaint downtown, being a block from the train to Manhattan, more space, lower prices, parks, shops and having a car nearby. CT is home to great people, beautiful places and unbelievable food, wine and design! We hope that you'll come with us at www.foodwineanddesign.com to New Canaan, CT to check it all out! Fingers crossed for a successful move. And hey, let's keep in mind that the city will always welcome us back! It's very forgiving after all.
Rather than dwell on the terrible storm damage the Hudson Valley suffered about a month ago, and the thousands of dollars Food Wine and Design will have to pay to have the dangerous "widow makers" clipped from the tops of our now-sad looking trees, etc. etc., we thought we'd focus on sweeter things. Food Wine and Design thought cupcakes were in order, yes...again (see Crumbs Bake Shop Cupcakes posted November 10, 2010 at http://www.foodwineanddesign.com/blog/2010/11/crumb-bake-shop-cupcakes.html.html). This time we sought out yellow cupcakes with vanilla frosting. We grabbed one from the Irving Farm Coffee Company in the village of Millerton, NY. We love this spot for a quick sandwich right in the middle of all the village action. Then we made our way over to check out Back in the Kitchen (great name!!), Peggy McEnroe's newly opened and wonderfully designed and decorated cafe' (January) in Amenia, NY.
See photos of the sweet treats above. The cupcake from Back in the Kitchen is on the left and the cupcake from Irving Farm is on the right. Yum!! Cupcakes are always great, but if we're picking strengths here FWandD would mix the moist and delicious yellow cake (i.e., the bottom of the cupcake) from Back in the Kitchen with the sweet, rich vanilla frosting and multi-colored sprinkles (i.e., the top of the cupcake) from Irving Farm. And isn't "the mixing" what's great about the Amenia/Northeast/Millerton/etc. area after all? It's a wonderfully eclectic area where people from all walks of life mix together sharing a vast array of foods, arts, activities, causes and defense of the environment while local businesses support each other. Coincidentally, we understand that Peggy McEnroe used to bake for Irving Farm. See what we mean?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Don't forget to have a cupcake!
Good friends of FWandD suggested that we document the building of our new mantel shelf. This is the before photo. Our fireplace has probably looked this way since 1988. Thanks to FWandD husbands, brothers, friends, sisters-in-law and fathers...and a three-day weekend get-together...this DIY project took shape very nicely. We used the following link on the diynetwork.com site with deviation as needed and as laziness required. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-make-a-hollow-plywood-mantel/index.html The men at work. We let them keep the game on so they'd stay motivated. Just kidding.
The finished mantel! Thanks for the labor of love guys! We'll cherish our new home for local artists' work (we're thinking of a horse painting...or maybe a local barn), candles, photos and of course holiday decorations.
FWandD would like to take a moment to wish all of our readers, family and friends an amazing 2011. You deserve it. This past year was filled with personal and professional challenges for so many of us and our hope is that we can collectively move on from some of the negative moments or memories and use that energy to create the future we've been dreaming about. Maybe you're getting married, having a baby, buying a house or finding a new job...maybe you're starting your own business...maybe you're simply redecorating. Maybe you'd like to get healthier and happier and spend more time with friends and family. Whatever your priorities, we know that 2011 is your time! We can't wait to share it with you. We hope you'll email us your pictures, stories and tips. We'd love to post them for the FWandD community to enjoy.
As for us, our plan is to refocus on health, decrease stress and start building that luxury B&B! It's been a dream for years so, as a loved one once said to us, it's time to "stop talkin' about it and be about it!" We look forward to sharing the before and after photos with you, as well as the recipes, party planning tips and restaurant and wine recommendations we find along the way. Also, thanks to all of you, we're now happy to report that our FaceBook page is available at FaceBook.com/foodwineanddesign for more ways to share FWandD ideas together!
We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the incoming new year in whatever way suits you best; at FWandD we'll be decorating cupcakes, sipping Moet & Chandon, enjoying blue cheese and fig crostini apps and an orrechiette with creamy pink sauce in the country (look out for photos and recipes!).
All the best for you and yours in 2011,
Food Wine and Design
PS: The gorgeous holiday photo above is from the website (and home) of a designer we're learning about and loving. His name is Eddie Ross and you can check him out at eddieross.com