For Harper's Bazaar's September issue, London-based photographer John Akehurst, photographed statuesque British model Stephanie Rad. In the issue, Rad portrayed an alluring secretary with classic neutral ensembles and elegant yet bold, gold, diamond and pearl pieces. The 9 to 5 shift has never looked so effortlessly chic.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Chefs Richard Landau & Kate Jacoby are spotlighting the humble vegetable at their Philadelphia-based vegan restaurant, Vedge. The Husband and wife duo has turned unassuming veggies like the rutabaga, and its somewhat fancier distant relative, the radish, into a culinary experience like no other. Eating your veggies has never sounded so enticing.
fancy radishes, roasted & marinated, smoked tamari, nori, avocado, shishito
portabella carpaccio, salsa rustica, arugula crema, olive oil
braciole: smoked eggplant & cauliflower, italian salsa verde, cured olive
asparagus & roasted rutabaga salad, little leaves, charred onion, pistachio
pan roasted tofu, english peas, basil
salt roasted gold beets, avocado, smoked tofu, rye, capers, creamy cucumber
Monday, May 28, 2012
Hello, I'm Stapha. There, that's better.
Meet the two most important people in my life:
Mom and baby brother, Alex (not exactly in that order)
Here they are again, separately (and in the correct order)
I'm a freelance writer, reporter and vehement literary enthusiast -- darn proud of it.
When my speedy feelers aren't clashing against the keys of my laptop, I'm either lounging beneath the concave of Bryant Park's southwest porch with Pride and Prejudice fused to one hand and a few Witchcraft cookies weighing down the other -- Or, scouring the city for simple, fortuitous pleasures.
Whether it's savoring a decadent morsel from one of Jacques Torres' quaint little chocolate factories, strolling down the narrow cobblestone streets in the West Village, or tagging along for one of Alex's video-game excursions -- I'm happiest when making a connection with the people or elements in my surroundings. For it is those little series of unexpected pleasures that are ultimately embedded deep into the well of our fondest memories.
Here's to lasting memories and sharing them with the people we love!
It’s always fascinating to catch a glimpse of a successful individual’s humble beginnings, especially a distinguished figure like Nobel Peace Prize-winning American author, Ernest Hemingway. Here he is fishing, quite possibly in his home town, Oak Park, Illinois -- sporting his over-sized straw hat and all.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Steak for two: enormous portions
Fresh rolls with two chunks of butter
Gold chocolate coins
I had dinner at the much venerated Peter Luger Steakhouse last week for Yves 30th birthday. We ordered steak for two, with a few yummy sides, french fried potatoes, and four slices of their sizzling super-sized bacon. Read my review for Peter Luger here.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
here! Thank you so much for your support :) You guys are the best!