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Delightful Recipe: Caprese Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Pesto Sauce

30.9.14


Bonjour mes ami's!  Here is a little appetizer I made for a dinner party awhile ago and it was a huge hit.  I make it from time to time and shake up the ingredients a bit but the original is delicious and I get so many compliments when I make it.  It's really quick and easy, especially with store bought pasta sheets.  It would also be perfect for a main course.

Caprese Ravioli with Roasted Tomato and Pesto Sauce


Ingredients:

Quality pasta sheets, or you can make from scratch
Pre-roasted grape tomatoes
Mozzarella balls
Fresh basil
Pesto sauce
Lemon zest
Balsamic glaze {optional}

Tools:

3" pasta cutter, or any size you prefer



Cut pasta and wet the edges, layer filling in center {be sure the tomato is not too juicy as it can cause the ravioli to be too wet}, then crimp edges together with a fork close to the mozzarella ball so it doesn't slide around.  Place in pot with boiling water until tender and let drain on cloth.


To save time, use good quality store bought pesto, add a few roasted tomatoes, a little lemon zest, mix together and spoon all over.  You can also drizzle your plates good quality balsamic glaze.

xoxo,
B
If you would like help in creating a home you love, please contact me at Brenda@atelierdhautedesign.com

Recipe via here

Bonjour Monday, Plus a Venetian Wedding

29.9.14


I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  The weather has been beautiful the past weeks which makes being outdoors imperative - sunset champagne toasts after a bicycle ride, night out with the girls, and a little relaxation...  

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin might just be the best looking married couple... ever.

I'm sure you've heard the eternal bachelor, George Clooney, was married over the weekend to love and human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin.  The intimate ceremony took place at the Aman Canal Grande Luxury resort in Venice on Saturday.

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The festivities began on Friday afternoon as the glamorous couple rode down the canal...

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... the groom left dinner at Da Ivo restaurant as the couple spent the evening separately with their friends and family.

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Clooney enroute to the wedding ceremony.

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Leaving their resort on Sunday as a married couple.  I am swooning over Amal's Giambattista Valli dress.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin leave The Aman Canal Grande Hotel

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A close-up photo showing both Amal and George's wedding bands, as well as more detail on her stunning Giambattista Valli dress. via @stylelist

The beautiful details of Amal's dress.  I also love the simplicity of her wedding band.

They looked incredibly happy and each ensemble they wore was impeccable.  There are not photos yet of the wedding dress, however, Vogue reportedly has the rights to the photos.  Rumors are that the dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  I can hardly wait to see it.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

xoxo,

B

If you would like help in creating a home you love, please contact me at Brenda@atelierdhautedesign.com


Photo via here and here

Bon Weekend, Couture Cocktails, Plus Exciting News

26.9.14


Bon weekend!  I hope you had a wonderful week and an even better weekend planned, or perhaps no plans and a weekend of repose.  This has been a busy week and we have a full schedule but planning a champagne toast to the sunset this evening after our bike ride.  I love that moment of watching the sun go down across the lake... beautiful and peaceful. 


Couture Cocktails


  • Limoncello-Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme

  • 2 large sprigs fresh thyme; more for garnish
  • 1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) fresh lime juice
  • 1-1/2 fl. oz. (3 Tbs.) gin, preferably Bluecoat American Dry
  • 1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) limoncello, preferably Averna Limoni di Sicilia
Prepare a gas or charcoal grill fire for direct cooking over medium-high (500°F) heat. Grill the thyme sprigs until fragrant and lightly charred, about 15 seconds. In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, gently muddle the grilled thyme with the lime juice. Add the gin and limoncello and fill the shaker with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with fresh ice, garnish with thyme, and serve.

~ Exciting News ~

Do you remember my foster Frenchie, Mac?  He will be in the teaser for his dad's show, Hell on Wheels, tomorrow night.  Be sure to watch him!

Is that not the most beautiful smile?  He sure made me feel loved when he looked at me like this!

Wishing you a most beautiful weekend!

xoxo,

B

If you would like help in creating a home you love, please contact me at Brenda@atelierdhautedesign.com


Photo via here, recipe via here, Mac photo via Moi

Wanderlust: Prince de Galles Hotel, Paris

25.9.14



While on the subject of Paris {when are we not?}, the Prince de Galles hotel, in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, recently underwent a $100 million renovation, courtesy of Pierre-Yves Rochon. 



Built in 1928 by architect Arfvidson for Charles de Galles, the Prince of Wales and son of King George V of England, during his annual visits, the 159-room hotel on Paris’s Avenue George V was built on chaillot quarries and inspired by the Decorative Art exhibition in 1925.  It reopened last summer after a two-and-a-half-year, $100 million redo overseen by designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon.  Rochon is known for his work at the Peninsula Shanghai hotel, London’s Savoy, and Four Seasons, all of which have won rave reviews, as well as restaurants for chefs such as Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Paul Bocuse and Gérard Boyer.  The firm has offices in Paris, Chicago, and Shanghai.  

Prince de Galles Hotel Lobby
The lobby’s rich Macassar ebony furnishings are complemented by gold light fixtures and details.









The hotel has so many beautiful details... above are some of my favourites.

Extravagant details fill lavish Paris hotels, but it's rare that a property embraces the city’s Art Deco decades, however, Rochon decided to return the building to its roots.

Prince de Galles Courtyard
The courtyard features towering palms and restored mosaics that highlight the hotel’s original detailing.
Rochon specifically targeted the 1930s, which he describes as a period “that is not yet very modern, but between the classical and the contemporary. It is really the difference between the past and the future.”

Prince de Galles Bar
The centerpiece of the hotel’s Bar, Les Heures, is a stunning chandelier with a modern twist in the Deco style.
Giving a nod to the hotel’s original design, Rochon designed a tightly tailored 'tour de force' of polished Macassar ebony, black Saint Laurent marble, wrought-iron filigree, and gilded accents. For the fabrics, he and his team perused vintage textile books and samples while he designed much of the furniture and lighting himself while taking inspiration from icons of that era, such as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.

Prince de Galles Corridor
The corridors feature Deco-era photography, as well as for the carpet and wall coverings.
“When you close a hotel and then open it back up, you need to have something different,” concludes Rochon. “It would have been possible to design a contemporary hotel, but I was thinking it’s not necessary because you have so many hotels that look the same—just the name changes. But here, the hotel has character.”

Prince de Galles Guest Room
A guest room’s mix of patterns is paired with glossy black finishes, pops of colour, and Macassar ebony.
I've always wanted to stay here, or at least stop by for a cocktail.  Did you know, while in Germany for his military training in the 1960’s, Elvis Presley caused quite a stir when he walked through the lobby of the hotel. 
xoxo,
B
If you would like help in creating a home you love, please contact me at Brenda@atelierdhautedesign.com


Via here, here, and here

Paris in 48 Hours

24.9.14



I'm often asked what my favourite site is in Paris and, recently, what I would do if I only had 48 hours.  That seemed impossible to me as I feel there is so much to do, however, I successfully narrowed down my list.

Make a list of your top 10

Seine River and the Love Locks Bridge, Paris, France

I did this for our first visit and we worked our way down.  It assured that we saw everything we wanted to and didn't leave feeling we missed something in case we never made it back.

Map everything in each Arrondissement

If you're planning a visit to Paris, here is an interesting map which summarizes the attractions to see.

One of the best things I did for our first visit was think about how we could maximize our time.  This is helpful whether you're there two weeks or more, or only 48 hours.  I included top sites, shopping, and dining.  It helps to get the hours and any special events such as extended hours for museums, etc.  I also figured out which dates/times are the busiest at each site so we could avoid them, however, I realize this may not be possible if you're on a schedule.  Although I'm a shopper at heart, I didn't include this in my "Must Do" list.  I knew I could get anything I wanted after I left so I'm not going to add boutiques in my list.  This will be a separate post and trust me, I have many places to include!

Le Grande Dame

Merry go round, Paris
Note: the champagne bar opens at 5pm, and there are two restaurants.  We love le Jules Verne and the view is breathtaking at sunset.  Also, the Eiffel is a perfect spot for a picnic... I love to watch her twinkle.

Notre Dame

Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame Catheddral, Paris
You can view the Crown of Thorns on certain dates, plus the Rose Window is a site to see.

Museums

Musée du Louvre, Escalier du Ministre, aile Richelieu
For us, this was the D'Orsay and Louvre, however, you need to determine which museum{s} is best for you.

Pont Alexander III

I am in love with this bridge and just wanted to stroll across.

 Ladurée

This photo was taken during our fist trip.. I love the cocktails also!  PS: The bar is wonderful, I especially love the macaron cocktails.

Montmartre

Montmartre, Paris
There are artists painting and selling their art on Sundays.

Moonlight walk along the Seine

Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the Seine River.
This is one of my absolute favourite things to do, perfect for late hours once everything is closed.  If I only have 48 hours, I would stay awake the entire time and sleep after I left.

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Palace and gardens
And a stroll around  Saint Germain-des-Prés.. wonderful shopping and beautiful architecture.

Flower and food markets

Rue Cler, Paris, France. I'd love to visit here again. It's the perfect neighborhood.
I prefer the Rue Cler since we always rent apartments in the 7th.  Fresh flowers are always a must for me, plus I love picking up wine, cheese, breads, and any item that cannot be found in the US.

Angelina's

Angelina | Paris, France | Rue de Rivoli near The Louvre Museum
The chocolate chaud is out of this world!  Plus, there are great boutiques near by if you have the time

Tips:

Paris cafe.

- We traveled via Batobus since we prefer to see the beautiful city rather than be underground, plus you can view more sites that you may not be able to see otherwise.

- Purchasing tickets in advance saves time and money.

- Wear comfortable shoes and carry a small bag {if you need one}.  I typically don't carry one unless we're going to dinner in the evening and we take a cab.  The last thing you want is to be a victim of pickpockets.

- Plan for the unexpected.  You may see something you must do or see.  Some of our best memories are strolling down unexpected corners of neighborhoods and talking with locals.

- Learn about the history before you visit.  My husband wished he read more about the history of the Notre Dame before our first visit so he could have appreciated it more.

If you had 48 hours, which sites would you visit?

xoxo,

B

If you would like help in creating a home you love, please contact me at Brenda@atelierdhautedesign.com


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