JAN/FEB 2018 ARTS & FOOD Magazine (Starts Here)

(Photo by Jack A. Atkinson)   Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe HELLO! A new year, a new day, a fresh start – another chance to get it right! One of the aspects…

HOME: Remodeling Ideas from Europe

Above: DOMUS WEB: – IT Erik Brandt Dam architects and Cornelius+Voge, The village in the school, Videboek, Denmark, 2017 Photo Laura Stamer. • Europe and the USA seem to have different approaches to similar problems. Here are a few ideas from our European Architects!           (Source…

MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT / Pizzeria Delfina

  I’m a true foodie – so much so that if you looked up the definition in a dictionary, you’d find my photo. I probably have a few recommendations for every kind of food and the options I give you depend on what kind of experience you’re looking…

MY FAVORITE DESIGNER / Donald Pliner

For almost 30 years, Donald Pliner has built a reputation for innovative materials, remarkable design and quality craftsmanship in men’s and women’s luxury footwear and accessories. The brand is known for combining premium leather and materials with impeccable design, while holding quality fit and comfort to the highest…

MY FAVORITE MUSEUM / The Accademia Gallery

Founded in 1784 upon Grand Duke Leopoldo of Lorena’s decree, La Galleria dell’Accademia was created to host a collection of antique and modern paintings and sculptures so the students of the nearby Accademia di Belle Arti could pursue their studies in the light of these great…

DESIGN: Wood-Burning Outdoor Pizza Ovens

Wood-Burning Outdoor Pizza Ovens You don’t have to settle for takeout to enjoy the taste of wood-fired pizza at home. With a wood-burning oven, you can prepare delicious pies for your family with ease. Wood-burning outdoor pizza ovens make it simple to add a…

DESIGN: IKEA’s “Recipe Posters” Could Replace Cookbooks

IKEA’s mission on this Earth is to make everything simple and understandable, which comes in handy for those of us stumbling through life without a clue. While their furniture sometimes misses the mark, a series of recipes they’ve just released makes cooking look easier than Paint By Numbers…

SURPRISE ME: A Master Class in Guitar: The Beatles’ Signature Techniques

THE BEATLES’ Greatest Guitar Techniques / an amazing master class! (working video is below) Master Guitar Player, Mike G. of  http://www.the-art-of-guitar.com Teaches “the-art-of-guitar program”, which is the culmination of over 25 years of learning, playing and teaching guitar techniques. He…

ART: Stewart Davis… America’s Jazz Painter

ARTIST: Stewart Davis  (Article reprinted from The NYTimes, 6/10/16,) In 1908, Henri Matisse tried some damage control. Alarmed that his new work was being dismissed as a provoking joke, he responded no, no, no, the critics had him all wrong: His aim was to create the opposite, a…

TRAVEL: The Halcyon Hotel, Denver

The Halcyon Hotel, Denver Cherry Creek area. The Halcyon Hotel, Denver is the first hotel to open in Cherry Creek, Denver’s upscale shopping district, in more than a decade, and the hotel’s concept will make them feel right at home. “We designed the hotel to…

TRAVEL Dept. Visit Mumbai, India – but don’t call it Bombay!

Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial center, it’s India’s largest city. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds…

DESIGN Dept. Brightly Colored Socks / The Rules – When and How to Wear Them

Sock Etiquette The basic rule of thumb for men’s socks is an easy one: The color of your sock should match the color of your trousers. That means wearing black socks with black trousers, dark gray socks with charcoal trousers, blue socks with your blue jeans, and so on…