“Trending” in Culinary Arts

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In asymmetrical Komarov dress

One thing that I have realized is that trends do not just apply to fashion but they apply to culinary arts as well. With my recent visits to restaurants and cafes, these are three new trends in culinary arts that I have noticed…

  1. From ordinary to extraordinary side dishes! It seems like restaurants are kicking out the typical garlic mashed potatoes and cooked carrots to opt for much more alluring meal additions. Quinoa with pine nuts instead of rice? It is safe to say that side dishes are no longer the overlooked meal ‘co-star’.
  2. Southeast Asian cuisine is quickly stealing the culinary spotlight. Although we will all always love our Italian and French food, restaurants have been incorporating more and more Southeast Asian inspireddishes into their menus, but, hey! I’m not complaining!

The array of mouthwatering culinary trends that are currently sweeping across restaurants are surely satisfying. What culinary trends do you see happening in 2014?

Styling à la Florentine

When you enter a city trough the medieval gigantic doors, you know it is a special place.

Firenze (Florence)  is an epitome of the Italian Renaissance where even the hotels are built with the Renaissance in mind.

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When the hotel room has a Renaissance themed frescoes on the walls, it must be Florence!

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Florence has a very distinct style.

It is an open air museum that would take a visitor a few months to experience and appreciate all the gems that this city has to offer.

One of the least touristy places is the Medicis’ villa. There are so many primary spots that I think the Medicis’ villa hardly gets any traffic.

It is a unique feeling to experience such historical locations in a Zen atmosphere.

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In this Zen environment, I have stumbled upon the most beautiful movie theater ever!IMG_1998

Doesn’t it just look fascinating?

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It just needs a popcorn and a soda machine!

Talk about Form NOT Following the FUNCTION!

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And if the movie is boring, one can always look up to the “sky” for more action!

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What do you think? Would you like a home theater à la Florentine ?

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all Dads!

I have best memories of my dad,who was an amazing artist  but would dedicate less than 1% of his time to his talent.

Most of the time he was busy working on his business. I actually took his first name as my Pen Name; Galli ( from Galust, his full name).

GalliFortunately right before he passed away he made a series of paintings reviving old Armenian “Illuminations” from Medieval Bibles.

Illumination painting by Galli

He made 33 of them (the age of Jesus Christ), and all of them look absolutely stunning!

Here I am posting 2 of the paintings and maybe someday I will organize an exhibition of his work, to let public see all that beauty.

Painting by GalliHappy Father’s Day to all Dads! Make best memories for your kids!

Shadow World…

“Maybe the only thing each of us can see is our own shadow…”

Carl Jung called this his shadow work. He said we never see others. Instead we see only aspects of ourselves that fall over them. Shadows. Projections. Our associations.

IMG_6863“The same way old painters would sit in a tiny dark room and trace the image of what stood outside a tiny window, in the bright sunlight.”

Arya Green

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Is it true ?…or are we are capable of seeing each other as we are…

More Kate Middleton Hats !

Paris is always a good idea!

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Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

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A girl should be 2 things: classy and fabulous.

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Isn’t elegance forgetting what one is wearing?

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Bravo Mr.Alakazia!

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Coachella is not only a music festival, but one of the biggest “Fashion Shows” in the world.

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Trend setting event for Junior Fashion and endless source of inspiration :)

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Flower Tiaras are the leading trend! Flower Power!

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Nano Shorts and Boots!

Coachella FashionTOMS, Trucker Hats and Bare Skin…

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Red State

I have a long time love affair with the color RED. It is my absolute favorite color!

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I adore all shades of red from deep Bordeaux, True Blood all the way to the pinkish hues. I l love red accessories, red pencils, red lipstick, red clothes…Unfortunately red clothes are often reserved for the Holiday season or the Valentines Day…but I completely disagree! Red can look fabulous any time of the year.

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The key is to select the right shade for the right time and for your skin tone. For a man it can be a red tie, red scarf, or even a red cardigan….

What do you think? Are you in the Red State of mind?

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Total Package or The Benefits of Venturing Out

-Why there are no Restaurants on the Moon?

-Because there is no Atmosphere!

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I mentioned before about my addictive personality. It definitely applies not only to fashion, but to other things as well, such as Restaurants.

My decision-making strategy about where to eat is simple: depending on which neighborhood of LA I am in, I have my ultimate place to go to and I don’t venture out.

I feel “exploring” new restaurants can be hit or miss and since I don’t have much time, I don’t want to end up at a “miss.”

Well at least that was my thought process until recently…

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I was at the “Prive” salon in West LA, where amazing hair sculptor Brian Borg was trimming my hair (he actually calls it “dusting off” not trimming… sounds so much better !)

…My later plans included having dinner at “The Little Door” an intimate French-Lebanese place that I became “hooked on” because of my friend. The food is consistently great and there are no unwanted surprises…Well that was my plan, until Brian asked ”You know that the best Italian restaurant in LA is right next door?”

“Seriously Brian?”…“The Best? Right here?”… after realizing that I had already accidentally parked my car at the “Angelini” valet, combined with the degree of starvation I was experiencing , the decision was made in nanoseconds!

Evelina GalliJust like that I diverted my dinner plans from “The Little Door” to the next door and landed at Angelini Osteria.

I have never been to Italy before, but stepping into Angelini was as good as buying a ticket and flying to Italy!

The staff spoke in Italian, the customers were charming, and the colors of the interior were warm and welcoming!

House made black ink pasta with lobster and cherry tomatoes was unbelievable and to compensate me for not having any company, they offered a glass of champagne on the house. The high note was when Venetian tiramisu arrived with a small cup of espresso. The dinner was fantastic from the very first bite of the Ciabatta bread and the Extra Virgin Olive oil delivered from Italy specifically for them.

Only after the dinner I noticed the Zagat rating award/trophy, where it spelled out that Angelini was the best. But the truth is, you did not have to see any Award/trophies to know this was the best. It was not the food or the staff that made this place so special and not the customers or the decor…it was all of the above creating an ATMOSPHERE, a sum that was greater than its parts!

Have you ever discovered a “true” hidden treasure in your neighborhood by chance?

Celebrating the 100th POST!

When I started this blog almost 2 months ago, I had no idea that I would be writing about the 100th post in April. It has been a really cool experience, since along the way I have discovered amazing blogs, amazing people, which led me to interesting self-discoveries and as a result to some of my posts .

Here are some of my personal favorites:

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Arachnophobia, Claustrophobia or… Nomophobia

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Clean Energy.

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Simple pleasures…

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Getting ready for the Oscar Party

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Which one is Your Favorite?

La Dolce Vita

…As I promised !…In this post I am going to name people who I’m going go draw and who posted their pictures on my Facebook site . I will draw them in Fashion Illustration style, post the pictures here and send framed and signed ones to the Models.

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Model #1

Line Facius Astrup Hansen

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Model#2

Benjamin Prewitt

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Model #3

Kevin Meyers

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I will post the final drawings shortly. Stay tuned!

It is a fun way to stay connected :)

Yours,

Evelina