Showing posts with label cocktails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cocktails. Show all posts

Friday, August 22, 2014

a peek at Lisa Vanderpump's "Pump"

Real Housewife of Beverly Hills' 
Lisa Vanderpump's new restaurant Pump is stunning!
And, surprise, surprise look who collaborated with her on the decor...
Bravo's own Jeff Lewis, talented designer and idiosyncratic reality star.  
 Pump is filled with glamour, drama and sexy details.
You enter the courtyard through a wrought iron gate, 
which is embellished with a golden coat of arms.
So British! 
 Olive trees and candles create a intimate setting.
Here are three different vignettes of that same space.
Lighting is the key to a romantic mood
 A group of vintage chandeliers above the bar is stunning
You can always count on Lisa for glamourous details.
{pretty cocktails too}
Vintage finishes and furnishings add to the charm.
  Wouldn't you love to lunch with these two?

Photos via Domaine Home and Pump.

 ciao! Fabiana
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Monday, May 5, 2014

cinco de mayo recipe ~ horchata

A tasty and nutritious sweet Mexican drink made from almonds and rice.


Yeild : Makes about 1 quart
·         6 tablespoons long-grain white rice
·         1 1/4 cups whole blanched almonds
·         1 1-inch stick cinnamon
·         1 cup sugar
·         Large pinch of coarse salt
·         ½ scraped vanilla bean
·         1 lemon strip (optional)
  • STEP 1
  • The night before serving, pulverize the rice in a spice grinder. Transfer to a large bowl and add the almonds, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean and lemon rind. Stir in 2 1/2 cups hot tap water, cover, and let stand for at least 6 hours.

  • STEP 2
  • Remove cinnamon stick, vanilla bean and lemon and discard. Puree the mixture in a blender until no longer gritty, about 4 minutes. Add 2 cups water and blend for a few seconds more. Set a large sieve lined with 3 layers of dampened cheesecloth over a medium bowl. Pour the almond rice mixture in, a little at time, stirring gently to help the liquid pass through, and then gather up the corners of the cheesecloth and squeeze out all the liquid. Stir sugar and salt into the strained liquid. If the consistency is too thick, add water. Cover and refrigerate. Stir before pouring into glasses.

I made it this morning for the boys, and they loved it!

ciao! Fabiana 
p.s. need a  great idea for a cocktail?  just add a splash of rum!  
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