June 10, 2017

new menu items at Tommy Bahama's

A few weeks ago, my husband and I
had the opportunity to try a few of 
the new menu items at 
Tommy Bahama's Island Grille 
here in Newport Beach. 

Their menu always features super
 yummy tropical-inspired dishes,
and it’s always a treat dining there. 

We’ve often dined there for a fun date night,
treating out of town guests to a fun dinner or
just taking the family out for a nice dinner, 
so we were really excited to try some 
of these new flavors.

Shrimp Summer Rolls

We started out with the Shrimp Summer Rolls
and the Grilled Shrimp Ramen Noodle Salad.
Both of these menu items were
really fresh and so full of flavor!

Grilled Shrimp Ramen Noodle Salad

Grilled Shrimp Ramen Noodle Salad

My husband also ordered the
Miso Sake Ramen as an appetizer too,
and of course I had to have a little taste.
It was really good!

Miso Sake Ramen

The main star of the day was the
Prime Rib French Dip!

I love me a good French Dip sandwich,
and I’ve even dined at Philippe’s in downtown L.A.
where the French Dip is said to have originated,
but this sandwich at Tommy Bahama’s
was way off-the-charts!

Prime Rib French Dip

It was tender, melt-in-your-mouth
 delicious, and so full of flavor.

I’ve never had anything quite like it,
and I highly recommend it.
It’s definitely my favorite menu item,
and this is from a girl who generally
choose to eat a huge organic salad
or vegetarian pasta!  

Pork Belly Fried Rice

We couldn’t leave without also trying the
Pork Belly Fried Rice, which was highly recommended.
This yummy dish is the ultimate comfort food
that’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Here’s a list of a their new menu items:

Shrimp Summer Rolls
Pork Belly Sliders
Roasted Vegetable Tacos
Grilled Shrimp Ramen Noodle Salad
Prime Rib French Dip
Blackened Fish Tacos
Miso Sake Ramen
Pork Belly Fried Rice
& Peanut Butter Pie

Be sure to try at least one or two of these,
if you are at this Tommy Bahama's location!

Peanut Butter Pie

Chad the manager there at Tommy Bahama’s
 surprised us at the end of our lunch
by bringing over his favorite dessert for us to try,
 the new Chocolate Ganache Peanut Butter Pie
with a crushed pretzel crust …OMG!

What a way to end a fabulous meal!

ciao! fabiana

Tommy Bahama's Island Grille is
 located in the Corona del Mar Plaza,
right near Fashion Island.

854 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-8686

June 6, 2017

hamptons style for summer

Summer’s almost here!

I really don’t feel like it’s summer
until school’s out,
which for us is kind of late…
the third week in June.

This week we’ve been suffering
from a severe case of “June gloom”,
typical weather for us here in Newport.
It's been gray and drizzly every day
in June so far!

So, to brighten my outlook on summer,
I’m ogling some pretty outdoor spaces from
Frontgate’s newest collection
that has that hip Hamptons vibe.

This patio space next to the fireplace and under 
the gorgeous pergola is so inviting.

I love how all the white acccessories pop!  
So chic.

Using my favorite beach colors of
sand, sky and water, these vignettes
just make me want to step in and relax.  

Daybed out by the pool?

Yes, please!

Here are some of the key pieces from the 
"Summer in the Hamptons Collection  by Frontgate

Photo 1 Grayson Chaise
Photo 2 Melbourne Seating
Photo 3 Harbor Dining
Photo 4 Harbor Seating
Photo 5 Mandabo Daybed

ciao! fabiana

June 4, 2017

a house by the water

There’s nothing quite like
a house by the sea.

Living near the ocean is a luxury for most,
especially here in southern California,
but visiting the coast is only 
a short ride away for me.

The air there is different.
The sounds around you are muffled
by the roar of the sea
and the moody coastal winds.

The beach kind of encloses you inside a bubble.

The rest of the world seems like a far off thought.

I know I love going
to the beach to feel recharged.

Whether it’s a day at the beach
with the family,
or a quiet solitary walk,
the sound, air and water is
scientifically proven to be
a mood booster.

If you don’t live by the sea,
visiting a lake, river or waterfall
can have similar benefits.

Just being in touch with mother nature
grounds me gives me a
whole new outlook on the day!

“The cure for anything is salt water:
sweat, tears or the sea.”

--Isak Dinesen

“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach,
its waves seem to whisper to me:
If you choose the simple things and find joy
in nature's simple treasures, 
life and living need not be so hard.  

--Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

“Look at that sea, girls--all silver and shadow
and vision of things not seen.
We couldn't enjoy its loveliness any more
if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”

 ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”  

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The heart of man is very much like the sea,
it has its storms, it has its tides
and in its depths it has its pearls too”   

― Vincent van Gogh

“To judge a man by his weakest link or deed
is like judging the power of the ocean by one wave.”

― Elvis Presley

“One learns first of all in beach living
the art of shedding;
how little one can get along with,
not how much.

--Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Locally, I love walking in 
and visiting Coronado Island.

Of course, Hilton Head is dear to my heart.
We've been visiting that glorious island 
since we got married,
and it's always a nice change of pace 
from our own fabulous beaches on the pacific.

As a young girl, 
I spent a few summers in 
Cape Cod, which was my first 
real experience at the beach.

Such fun times! 

What's your favorite beach! 

ciao,  fabiana


While I’m here today, I wanted to share some of my "Tablescaping Essentials" with you. I have a whole page on the Amazon website with my favorite picks for setting a beautiful table.

Quite often time is of the essence, and I have last minute projects or events to work on, so I turn to Amazon for one or two day delivery. You’d be surprised at how many amazing items they have to offer! And I'm constantly updating this page with my new favorites. 

You can check it out here, at Tablescaping Essentials.

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