Month: September 2012

Discovering Copita

| It all started with a margarita |

The Copita Margarita, that is. A recommendation from a friend raving about this signature cocktail led me to Copita restaurant in Sausalito, which, after trying one of these amazing creations, quickly became one of my favorite restaurants. I had the pleasure of returning to Copita to see more of the interiors, the food, and to take some photographs. After being whisked back to get a sneak peek at the small but fully functional kitchen at Copita by owner and “Maestra de Cocina” Chef Joanne Weir, I was instantly overwhelmed in the best way possible. Stoves blazing and knives chopping, I got a real sense for the amount of true talent and passion it takes to produce hundreds of delicious dishes for visitors of this Sausalito gem.

Boasting a carefully crafted menu of fresh, simple, and wholesome dishes, Copita stands out as a restaurant in which you know you will enjoy an authentic Mexican meal made with the purest ingredients. Their dishes are created in such a way that lets the flavors speak for themselves, whether its line-caught halibut roasted in banana leaves, fresh heirloom tomato salsa, or chicken slow roasted for hours on the custom built “rostizador.”

The food (margarita…) brought me in, but congenial atmosphere and the generosity and warmth of Chef Joanne, the General Manager Brian and the rest of the staff will keep me coming back.

| the infamous Copita Margarita |

| prickly pears: the secret ingredient in the delicious Corazon Espinado cocktail |

| the Corazon Espinado |

| removing the needles from the fresh nopales that arrived earlier that day |

| tortillas being prepared by the amazing Sous Chef & Gardener Dilsa Lugo |

| Sopes: “They’re like a little savory Mexican tart with mashed beans, nopales, crema, & queso,” described Joanne |

| Chicken Tinga |

| 24 Hour Carnitas |

| Chef Joanne Weir prepared the Sangria Poached Pear dessert for me, complete with Mexican cinnamon crema and crushed pecans |

| mid-taste… |

Copita | 739 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA | (415) 331-7400 | copitarestaurant.com

The Coveteur

| from the home of Amanda Ross, stylist |

One of my favorite websites to browse for interior and fashion inspiration is The Coveteur. The small team behind this incredibly innovative website gives readers an inside look into some of the most exclusive & desirable closets from some of the fashion world’s most influential people (Tommy Hilfiger, Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade, WhoWhatWear’s Hillary Kerr & even Coco Chanel’s apartment). Artfully photographed and impeccably styled, The Coveteur is a visual wonderland.

| here are a few of my favorite photographs |

| from the closet of Heather Marks, model |

| from the closet of Filipa Fino, Creative Director of Filipa Fino, Inc. |

| from the closet of Emese Szenasy, Director of Global Communications for Diane Von Furstenberg |

| from the closet of Aurelie Bidermann, designer |

| from the closet of Maria Dueñas Jacobs, Accessories Editor of Glamour magazine |

| from the closet of Lauren Conrad, designer |

| from the Chanel archives |

(images courtesy of The Coveteur & photographer Jake Rosenberg)

White Sangria

Last time my friend hosted a girls night she served the most amazing white sangria full of sweet summer fruit: strawberries, white peaches, and oranges. Simple to make and deliciously refreshing, this cocktail is a wonderful sip to serve at a gathering. I will be hosting a barbecue for some of my friends this evening, and while the cold weather is making its way in, I might just have to include this summer favorite on the menu.

| White Wine Sangria |

2 bottles of white wine (Riesling, Albarino, Chablis, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc)

3 ripe white peaches, pitted and cut into wedges

2 navel oranges, peeled and sliced

1 pint of strawberries, hulled & halved lengthwise

Place all fruit in a large pitcher or bowl, add wine and allow to sit at room temperature 4 to 6 hours.

When ready to serve add ice.

Holly’s Hideaway

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to visit a beautiful Pacific Heights home while it was being staged and photographed. Kendall Wilkinson, a San Francisco-based interior designer, completed this project, which will be featured in the October issue of California Homes magazine. Designed for a client with a cat named Grace Kelly, the two story Victorian is filled with sophisticated, girly and glamorous details that seemed so vividly inspired by Holly Golightly’s apartment in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We are thrilled to be featuring this home in our upcoming issue, which will be out in the next couple of weeks, and be sure to pick up a copy to see the full length feature.

Here are a few sneak peek photos I snapped while Kendall showed us around this home fit for Ms. Hepburn herself!

A Brand New Bag

When you’re looking for a great new handbag, sometimes you just have to go back to basics.

The Coach Legacy Leather Duffle, a reinterpretation of the 1973 Duffle Sac, has been causing quite a stir among those who toted the iconic Duffle Sac almost 40 years ago, as well as young style setters today (see Rachel Bilson, January Jones, Kristen Bell). I love the simple silhouette of this bag, but the customizable Kits (which include a shoulder strap, a leather hang tag, and tassels) that you can mix, match, and pair as you please in a spectrum of vibrant colors make these bags seriously covetable.

| my pick: a crisp green Duffle & classic grey Kit for Fall |

| a DIY spin on the Coach Duffle |

| bright colors & tons of combinations |