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VH Eats

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‘A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness’ – Elsa Schiaparelli

I’m a foodie … somewhat lapsed, although I still hold a fascination for all things food. In a former life, I entertained constantly, threw dinner parties for 50 people on many occasions and would travel miles for special ingredients. I made Chocolate Mousse cakes that took three days to complete, glorious roulades that didn’t split and a six tier ‘Maltesers cake’, which my children and their friends still talk about!

Cookery books, I devoured them and would spend hours reading them and looking at the evocative photography. The wonderful shop, Books for Cooks (in Notting Hill) was a constant source of many memorable moments, none more so than when I discovered The Silver Palate Cookbook series, which are still amongst my most favourite books, although I’m not too sure they are still in print. Read More…

Kazu Namise’s Los Angeles

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Although I grew up in LA, I don’t think I ever thought too much about my love for this city until I was in my early 20s! Spending much of my youth plotting my departure, I left to Washington DC for university and also spent a year living in NY. But LA called me back. It is very much home for me now, the place I live and love! Less like a city and more like a collection of sweet little pockets, much of LA’s best has to be found, or shared! And so here are my tried and true that hopefully you will love too!

Let’s start with Shopping (!):

Satine Boutique – the best and most unique of the collections from European, Japanese, and American designers. Owners Jeannie Lee and Virginia Pereira definitely know how to put everything together. Mixed with cute little odds and ends from all over the globe, Satine is my favorite & fun destination shop for my girlie place of fashion dreams. A whole lot of window shopping going on here. Read More…