Standing with a big smile, Far Rockaway Beach, NY
What a beautiful beautiful weather we had for this weekend! I almost want to put a big red circle on a calendar just to remember how gorgeous weekend we had!! Saturday was 12 mile run in Prospect Park enjoying beautiful sun and light breeze along the lake and lush trees, then long and nice walk down on the Atlantic avenue poking my head into some antique shops then had lovely wine and dinner with Tamara and Robert from London! It’s so nice to have Tamara and Robert so often! We catch up, always enjoy good food over good laughs and talk.
After a perfect Saturday, here we go we are totally blessed with another beautiful day, Sunday! After days of heat wave in NYC, this whole weekend feels almost like an reward to me. After quick chat with Beppe and Dani, we are decided on going to Far Rockaway Beach!!
We took A train then on a Far Rockaway Shuttle now. Cute homes on the water.
Surf boards, tank tops, flip flops and bikes. We are all going to the same place.
The place to be. Beach 96, 96 street.
A cute pit stop for yummy lunch! We are STARVING!
I am Not an Empanada. Excuse me.
Coolio, Rockaway Taco. Thank you for Not being Nathans or whatever the chain that is.
We are stopping here.
Real lobster roll with lots of real lobster meat. Lightly tossed and sandwiched. Highly recommend.
Darling, Don’t get Jealous!
Airy, light and juicy!
Yeap! We are talking Summer here.
Hitting the sand.
While I was napping, the sky has been really blue.
Heading back. A perfect day so far.
1 more stop for Blue moon and Munches! Round 2.
The best Calamari at “Clam Bar & Grill”, right by the Subway/Shuttle station.
Dani fu, waiting for a shuttle.
And the Souvenir!
LOvE you guys! Grazie per una bellissima Giornata insieme!
Yal-Ku Lagoon, Akumal, Mexico
It’s a hidden gem. We realized not that many people know about this spot. The spot maybe the one of the most beautiful one on the Riviera Maya. We’ve traveled around quite a bit of Tahiti, Hawaii and Virgin Islands but Yal-Ku feels quite special from anywhere else. The perfect intimate size that does not feel too small to feel it crowded. The shallow water is silky and warm from the sun. There are ton of beautiful fish that you would not expect to see in such a shallow water. It is absolutely crystal clear with softest white sand and pockets of chunks of limestone to attract all the fish you want to see. There is even a small piece of beach. Yal-ku is where clear salty water of Caribbean Ocean and the sweet fresh water of Yucatan peninsula meets. It’s perfect. I’ll call it a little paradise!
It feels like you are invited to a small private snorkeling party here. It’s a perfect spot to go with your kids, nieces and nephews or hang with your best friends. You can explore the water or park yourself somewhere and just read and sunbath. It’s quiet and lovely. Everyone behaves here. Maybe because the Lagoon guides you to do so…
Gael really had well learnt swimming and snorkeling. I couldn’t swim until the 4th grade. What a wimp I was! I missed out so much fun thinking back. I mean look at him he does so much!!! We have met a wonderful family Bork this trip. The owner of Posada Yum Kin where we like to stay often in Tulum village. Owner Dan and BV’s 2 amazing kids, Sam and Andrew were down in Tulum , so Gael had the blast with them! The 3 little gangs below snorkeling together. 3 of them can rock the world!
Sam, Gael and Andrew looking for a Barracuda! ha-ha!!
This pic is only taken by me standing outside of the water. The Yal-ku lagoon is sort of a natural aquarium.
The mangrove island.
Peaceful Yal-Ku end of the day. So gorgeous , isn’t it…? Perfect natural pool with ton of beautiful fish in nice shallow water…. Wooo. I want it!!
Yalk -Ku is raw and well kept it that way. No sunblock is allowed and a tee shirt is encouraged! It opens everyday 8:00-5:30. Adult $9.00. Kid $6.00. 25Km from Tulum. Go have fun, relax, sun bath and don’t forget to respect what the nature offers us!
Tan and Dan happily walking down the hilly winding road of Freshford surrounded by loving friends and family after the ceremony, July 2, 2011.
Between Emi’s and my pictures, we may have good 600 photos emotionally following Tan and Dan’s this special day and one picture is more beautiful than another to my eyes as every moment is being celebrated and blessed by loved ones including myself over this new and young family with a just born little baby girl, and Tan’s amazing strength and Dan’s impressive support and diligence to Win it All is something we all took away to learn for our everyday’s life. “Love is bigger than anything.”
Tan and Dan, we are so happy for you two and a little one and truly wish the healthiest and happiest lives ever after for all of you!
Looking up to St. Peter’s Church at Freshford, England. The wedding begins now!
July 2, 2011
Tan, Dan and the Baby girl, the new Family.
Walking into Tania’s, Freshford, England.
Yeah!! We are here visiting our dearest friend, Tania at Freshford in England! We are finally paying a long time overdue visit to Tania’s new nest. It was almost turning into guilty feeling for me that we haven’t done this for a long time, so the second I hit her land, it almost feels like a rain in the desert that quests the thirst that I was dragging around for all these time. It is such a satisfying feeling to visit Tania in Freshford!
We have been already woo and ahhhing about the beautiful scenery of Freshford from the Bristol Airport in the car, and the arrival at Tania’s home does not disappoint us either! She owns one unit with a beautiful garden out of this 6 family traditional Freshford limestone house complex. It’s a cozy home in a magical setting.
A view from the one of the guest rooms, which is our room! Me trying out the bed below…
Sitting on her amazing deck looking into the living room…
The view of Tania’s garden and her chicks! They make fresh & pretty eggs every morning!
More of her garden. It’s so good to see Tania doing well and living in her beautiful home and being happy. Tania, we love you….!
And… Earlier we had stopped at this cute pub on a way to Tania’s for a lunch. The general architects here consists of warm yellow lime stones. And the neutral tone of it really works well back to natural surrounding. It’s very lovely.
The lavender is almost surreal. It smells amazing.
A starter to share, warm baked cheese with garlic and honey and rustic bread, just waiting for a crisp bottle of white.
Ahhhh, Life is such a simple thing at the end. Simple things make you feel happy. Visiting a good friend. Have good food together and chatting and share laughs and share pains… 3 days at Tania’s home in Freshford and Bath, More to come!!!
The grand view of the park.
It was our last day with Tania at Freshford and we had the last minute plan to visit one of many National trust parks of England that are actually located throughout the country. I forget where this exact one was located but it was about 40 minute car ride from Freshford. I mean this view right here…. Its’ hard to believe that is a real view. Doesn’t this look like one of those 18 century’s oil paintings that you see at the Metropolitan museum or sort of thing? Everything is so perfectly placed and thought through I can’t find one little room to point out such something could have faced to a different direction or different tree or whatever that is. I find it quite amusing and amazing.
So the park also has park offices and quite a few of guest houses (not a little shack like, these are a real deal from those old days) that you can rent out for a few days or even get a lease for years to live in and can certainly enjoy this beautiful park and gigantic lush trees around. The park’s view is perfectly manicured yet has these wild bushes that are filled with humongous beautiful trees you can go hug and look up for hours. You can be a lucky member of this beautiful park by donating 40 pounds of yearly membership fee for unlimited visits and also staying at the guest houses.
Quite amazig, Aren’t they? This could be where the wild things were…. These trees are may be thousand of feet tall reaching out to the highest point of the sky…
Me and Tania resting on one of magnificent tree roots that excavated from the ground. It felt amazing to lie down on it..! It felt so soft and somehow safe like being protected… Again, the Nature is the mother. There are ton of flowering trees that I don’t know all the names of and pines and more kinds of pines that I have never seen, oak and what else… I mean there are trees and more trees…! And here is of my silly flower moment, Haha! ( I know you have this sometimes too!)
This tree right here has layers of thin skin that remind you of sheets of paper.
A super cool pine… I wished all the trees had name tags…!
Way to go Tania on your beautiful home and everything and everyone around you at Feshford! It was really wonderful to see you and your happy life you are making! Mmmmmwwwaaaa! See you very soon and catch us on a exciting journey to Barcelona!!!!
Gardiner, NY, a view from Mauro and Miki’s deck
Brrrrrrrr…! It has been SO cold and snowing a lot! But I must say that I am having one of the most proper winter in many years having lots of fun and relaxing time in upstate NY with many new great friends we have met. At the end, one of few reasons to have bought our new weekend home in Wallkill in upstate NY could be this awesome group of upstate folks being near us all within less than 20 minute car ride. Gael is having a blast since we started really going upstate most of our weekends. When we really all get together, we are talking about over 40 adults and kids! Lots of chatting and good food, wine will flow all night and kids having too much fun ending up with multiple sleep overs… It feels rich to have all us together. It feels right. The diversity and creativity among all of us has great energy and dynamic. Cheep and cheerful vintage shopping for little Knick Knacks on Saturday afternoons at the barn shops are something not to miss. Nothing like finding $10.00 awesome vintage dresses and cool bowls for tonight’s dinner table… I love running on Sunday morning hunting for a small winding road that would lead me to a quiet spot with a little stream.
Ahhh.. there is a different life outside of city that balances what we got going on in the city.
This is Paola making kale salad with roasted winter veggies. Mmmm, it was so good! For any gathering in upstate, Paola will always make something delicious. Her tiramisu is especially adorned by all friends! One day, I’ll convince her to open a hole in the wall shop called “Paola’s Tiramisu”!
Fabio and Laura’s fresh eggs from their farm!
Edo showing off his carving skill on a rack of lamb. Post Thanksgiving Feast…! So good! Good food is always given on any day of gathering days spoiling all of us.
Foosball tabel at Edo is always a hit!
So cold but also beautiful walk. We all hiked to Sam’s Point. Thanks to Mauro and Miki to get us out! Mmmm, a glass of wine and a warm bowl of soup sounds so good after this!
Ercole and Gael. Typical weekend morning at Paola and Chicco’s. We are regular guests at their coziest weekend home in Highfall. We are so blessed to stay at Paola’s so often during our renovation.
The best financial partners in entire upstate NY. Ercole and I never win these two…!!! Amelia and Gael.
Look how happy they are stripping us all night! So much fun playing together!
Karaoke nights and Argentinian grilling at April and Diego’s. ( The best chimichurri sauce!!)
The barn parties at April’s. This was on Luella’s Birthday!
On the Christmas eve, chilling and watching a film after the table set up for the night’s feast. We watched so many movies in this room!
Mada and Jorg right before our Christmas dinner!
Then some bites
The master chef, Paola and me! (I’m just a helper)
Our main dish of the night was Korean braised short ribs and heavenly polenta. Can I say I often think that Korean and Italian do really go well together! Delicious!
Edo’s home made bread.
We would go visit Beacon sometimes, I love here!
Then Saugherty for $10 vintage shopping and bowling nights!
We love our kids…!
And now we repeat! Jenny’s dinner setting for the kids. Can I sit here?!
I may have thousands of pictures of our moments together in upstate NY. The pictures do not justify it all but they help me to remember our good times. I cherish them all and I feel good that I put down little notes of our winter in upstate. I can’t wait for our home to be ready in Wallkill and have our big group over for pool parties when Summer arrives…!
Here I like to share what we do of our creative group of friends in upstate NY!
It’s our second year going to Miami for Art Basel. We have not been going to Miami since 2001 because we sort of swapped Miami with Tulum. But we are falling in Love with Miami all over again. We forgot its beautiful water. We forgot its gorgeous weather. Ocean drive’s cheesy crowd used to annoy hell out of us, then so be it. Let them enjoy their weekend drinking and let loose. Why not? Art Basel has this amazing energy. I love the fact that people will fly in from all around the world for some art shows. There is this sense of belonging to people I see on the street during this week, that we all made an effort to leave whatever we had going on to be in Miami for this. Art and Beach. It’s rejuvenating and super inspiring for me. It is just so much fun to be in Miami during this time. We would walk for hours to see all these pieces of Art. We will spend days talking about what we love and what inspires us. The beauty of Art Basel is being in Now. Contemporary Art. Even though I do get disappointed by contemporary art in general because I feel it lacks quite of depth and fineness. In many times, they feel quickly done rather to shock people, like some reality shows on TV. But I believe Miami Art Basel Week brings superior quality and taste in general. And I see what I see during this week definitely happening in everywhere later: fashion, graphic art, typography, decor… you name it!
There are so many great individual Art shows are happening in the same time, so you should plan it well. Also Art basel week attracts various great events all around the city in all different scales. That could be a simple happy hour to mega installation and collaborations among anything from fashion, music to restaurants. I mean Everyone is here this time!
Here’s our Hit list! These are the ones you should not miss!
LOvE ArT, LOvE MiaMi!!!!
Emiliano turning 40 was just Delicious for all of us!
Thank You All so much for coming! We were about 150 or even more friends and more than 100 pizza pies were freshly baked by Chicco, Leo and Giorgio at Union Pizza Works! And, Oh Boy, they Flew Off the Shelf so fast!
We like to specially thank to Chicco and Paola‘s awesome friendship and we pay a huge respect for your Passion for Doing it all and Having it all in Life!
Thank you All of You again for coming and hanging out till drop! We had this beautiful energy and friendship flowing through out the night for both Emiliano and Union Pizza Works!
We do what we do to have these little moments in our lives. Thanks Rosita and Richard for your song, Gael and Ercole for your super cool magic tricks for everyone!
We wish for many awesome nights and prosperous business for Union Pizza Works!
You can find The New Kid on the Block, Union Pizza Works at 423 Troutman Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Love to you all.
I LOvE YoU Emi!
We were All dressed for the birthday girl, Luella in our Halloween Spirit!
The DJ and DJs ( you know who you are!)
The sheriff and the thief, Werewolves, Zombies and Indian Tribes.
Dancing, singing, chatting, drinking, laughing, grilling and Trampolining!
Thank you, Diego and April for one kicking fun night and friendship.
We are already thinking of the next year’s outfit!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUELLA!!!
Be the one who you want to be and be the one who makes differences in this world!
October, 2013, Casarosas
Thanks to you all for coming and having a lovely dinner with us and Emi! Who couldn’t make it, you were there with us at heart. All the wonderful gifts ( especially this year’s trend DIY wonderful foodie’s gifts! YUm YUm) , Hugs and chats… That’s what friends are for and You Friends are Our Family.
And Special thanks to Chicco, the Chef and Owner of Celestino for Wonderful and Generous Full Course Meal! Wow.
Happy Birthday Emi! LOvE you So MuCh.