STORIES | A Midsummer’s Day | 15 September 2014

Strömma Kanalbolaget_Stockholm_Sweden

If you live in Sweden, Midsummer,or Midsommar, which is celebrated in June on the longest day of the year, is the most important holiday next to Christmas. 

If you’re American, and you’ve just arrived in Sweden on Midsommar’s eve, you’ll discover that everything, and I mean everything, is closed. 

Except for the boat tours.  Exploring Stockholm’s archipelago aboard the Strömma Kanalbolaget turned out to be a perfect way to spend a midsommer’s day.

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EYE ON DESIGN | A Feast for the Eyes | 12 September 2014

Pontus!_Stockholm_Sweden

I love sampling the incredible cuisine of restaurants around the world . . . but it’s often the design of the restaurant itself that really leaves an impression. 

In Stockholm, it was the walls of the lofty dining room at Pontus! (the exclamation point is part of the name) that really caught my eye.

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EYE ON DESIGN | Made in Sweden | 8 September 2014

Ikea TÄRNÖ bistro set

At the beginning of the summer, I bought a Tärnö bistro table and chairs from Ikea for my little balcony.

Soon after, I traveled to Sweden — home of Ikea. . .

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STYLE MOMENTS | Tivoli Gröna Lund, Stockholm | 5 September 2014

Tivoli Gröna Lund_Stockholm_Sweden

“Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft.”

Sven Nykvist (1922-2006) Swedish cinematographer

EYE ON DESIGN | STOCKHOLM | High Speed Design | 1 September 2014

idesign photo_Arlanda Express_Stockholm_Sweden

You know you’re in Sweden when even the train from the airport is stunningly designed.

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DON’T MISS | EXCEPTIONAL EATERIES | Copenhagen | Nimb Brasserie | 26 August 2014

It was my first night in Copenhagen and I was feeling the effects of an overnight flight full of screaming babies. I knew I needed to stay awake to acclimate, and the only way to do that is to go out.

Within the grounds of Tivoli, the famous historical amusement park, is a fabulous (and I don’t use that word lightly) hotel called Nimb.

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DON’T MISS | EXCEPTIONAL EATERIES | Paris Flea Market | Chez Louisette | 4 August 2014

Chez Louisette, Paris Flea Market, Paris, France

I love going to the Paris flea market to search for treasures, and to visit vendors who have become friends over the years.  When I’m there, I always break for lunch at a rollicking café that is just as exceptional for its character as it is for the food.

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DON’T MISS | EXCEPTIONAL EATERIES | Belle-Île-en-Mer | Citadelle Vauban | 29 July 2014

One of the most unusual hotels I’ve stayed in was also the location of an incredible, exceptional restaurant – but before I tell you about the restaurant, I must first describe the journey to get to this unique location.

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DON’T MISS | EXCEPTIONAL EATERIES | Portofino | Ristorante Puny | 22 July 2014

One of the (many) perks of working on “The Brian Boitano Project” for HGTV, was the opportunity to eat at some fabulous restaurants in Italy.  Brian, besides being an Olympic gold medal-winning skater, is a fantastic chef, with his finger on the pulse of the best restaurants.

Ristorante Puny is a Portofino landmark, and eating there, side by side with the locals, was one of my most memorable culinary experiences.

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DON’T MISS | Exceptional Eateries | London | Time for Tea at The Langham | 15 July 2014

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Henry James (1843-1916) American expatriate writer

When in London, one (well, I) absolutely must have afternoon tea. 

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