John Turturro, last night at the Miami International Film Festival was honoured with a ‘career achievement tribute’ award for his outstanding work in film. he was there as well to present his new film, Fading Gigolo, in which he not only stars, but directed and wrote. starring Woody Allen, this is a comedy with depth and sentiment, that will leave you thinking about the various forms of love and smiling. luvFAB love is a luvFIND, and the various forms of love are to be considered. love does have so many expressions. love, in any expression is for thebestdressup now!
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust
there are givers and there are takers. thoughtful acts are extensions of kindness. the giver, gives. the taker? unlike a debt which is repaid with currency, an act of kindness can only be repaid with gratitude. sincere gratitude is the currency. i was once told that i was a giver, and i responded that i was grateful to have that gift. there are givers and there are takers. but takers, as well, can appreciate. takers can be grateful. it’s all about gratitude. let us be grateful. infinite gratitude is the sublime expression for thebestdressup now!
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated gelatin
- 200 gr. /8 ounces dark chocolate
- 4 tablespoons milk
soften gelatin in 2 tablespoons of chilled water.
combine cream, milk, sugar and vanilla bean in a saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes.
remove from heat and remove vanilla bean from cream mix, and scrape seeds into cream mixture.
whisk dissolved gelatin in warm cream mixture.
pour cream mixture in cups.
refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
before serving: melt chocolate with 4 tablespoons of milk over med heat or 1 min in micro wave and stir well.
pour chocolate sauce in container.
serve panna cotta cups with chocolate sauce.
when i am pressed for time to make a dessert, well, panna cotta is my choice. just the best quick recipe. as i make it in mini cups, it is light and yes, delicious. in warm days, i serve it with mixed berries and a strawberry coulis. it’s a versatile recipe, and can be made with a variety of flavours. coffee, orange zest or grappa are favourites. this is a luvMUST recipe for quick entertaining. yum…a quick recipe is for thebestdressup now!
elBulli was an experience. a true experience for all the senses. some years ago, near rosas, spain, at Ferran Adrià ‘s experimental restaurant, i enjoyed an ultra sensorial experience. not to dramatise, but to this day, it is difficult to speak clearly about this experience. it was not just about eating. it could best, perhaps, be described as dreamlike. all senses were indulged. and yes, the food itself was like no other. keep in mind that this now closed restaurant, was the most famous restaurant in the world, and had 1, ooo,ooo reservations requested per year. less than 10% of those requests were to be had. food and art were one. in new york, at The Drawing Center, this creativity is being exhibited in a museum setting for the first time ever, and will have an international tour that runs through 2016. ’Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity’ is a luvMUST exhibit. it will impress anyone who is interested in food, as well as art for art’s sake. the details involved that ferran adrià undertook, to amaze and challenge the senses at el bulli, do defy a wide range of artistic possibilities. ’Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity’ is an exhibit displaying pure creative and original discipline. this intense attention to detail will dazzle. this exhibit is dazzling creativity for thebestdressup now!
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire. ~ Francois de La RochefouOcauld
just the other day, at a luvFAB venue, Locanda Verde, i was told that i was missed. my absence was felt. i interpreted this as the equivalent to saying your presence is required. this warm extension reminded me of why i say ‘i miss you’. as i am not put in one place, i often feel the absence of many, and the need to say ‘i miss you’, which i do without any hesitation. there is much delight in extending ‘i miss you’. the absence of those great passions deprives us. ’i miss you’ says your presence is required. that presence is a luvMUST for thebestdressup now!
People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ~ Anton Chekhov
yesterday, looking out, i saw new york covered in white. it had snowed, and it was cold. actually, freezing, icy cold. nonetheless the city felt warm. i smiled. i was in a sort of ‘happy’ new york state of mind. the weather made very little difference at that moment. ‘happy’ is the luvMUST state of mind for thebestdressup now!
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind. ~ William Shakespeare
there is a dynamic relationship between what we ingest and who we are. in relation to our diet, we can be attentive of the quantity and nutritional value of the food that we ingest. this certainly has an effect on our well being.
Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. ~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
i have lately observed, that many take huge steps to eat healthy, yet give no concern to injesting negative energy. that negative energy can be more damaging than injesting ‘junk’ food. our existence is not just supported by injesting a healthy diet. you can control aspects of your diet vigilantly, but just as important to control the energy we ingest from others. i am reminded of a saying in spanish, “dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres” – “tell me with whom you walk and I will tell you who you are.” this rings true. we should be vigilant of those that give negative energy and surround ourselves with those that give their best. their best words, their best behaviour…their best intentions. we ingest the energy of those that surround us. that is food for the mind and soul. the day of love and friendship is celebrated in february. a wonderful time to ingest a healthy diet, and more importantly, to ingest love and friendship. love and friendship is the diet. that’s the luvFAB diet for thebestdressup now!
Everyone you meet comes with baggage, find someone who cares enough to help you unpack. ~ Ziad K. Abdelnour
everyone there had baggage to collect. i was awaiting for my luggage at carousel 14, and was reminded that 2014 was on its way. i had arrived with much baggage-metaphoric and actual. awaiting patiently for my ‘priority’ bags to arrive, a priority for 2014 became more evident. this ‘waiting time’ was just the best time to evaluate that through this journey, those that matter are those that do give you a hand. they help to carry the weight regardless of its weight. and help unpack as well. everyone has baggage that goes around the carousel. everyone has baggage to unpack. unpacking is for thebestdressup now!
In the end it’s not about how many breaths you took.
In the end it’s about the moments that took your breath away. ― UNKNOWN
i often find myself looking at the sky. in a moment, i see brushstrokes in the sky rapidly painting images. images that quickly move across the sky to mimic life. it’s in that simple, fleeting moment that anything can happen. i gasp, my breath is taken away, and love happens. a moment that is impossible to reproduce. i want to hold onto those moments as long as possible. a captured moment. capturing breathless moments is for thebestdressup now!
What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. ~ Karl Lagerfeld