June 28, 2017

new menu items at Tommy Bahama's


A few weeks ago, my husband and I
had the opportunity to try a few of 
the new menu items at 
Tommy Bahama's Island Grille 
here in Newport Beach. 

Their menu always features super
 yummy tropical-inspired dishes,
and it’s always a treat dining there. 

We’ve often dined there for a fun date night,
treating out of town guests to a fun dinner or
just taking the family out for a nice dinner, 
so we were really excited to try some 
of these new flavors.

Shrimp Summer Rolls

We started out with the Shrimp Summer Rolls
and the Grilled Shrimp Ramen Noodle Salad.
Both of these menu items were
really fresh and so full of flavor!

Grilled Shrimp Ramen Noodle Salad

Grilled Shrimp Ramen Noodle Salad

My husband also ordered the
Miso Sake Ramen as an appetizer too,
and of course I had to have a little taste.
It was really good!

Miso Sake Ramen

The main star of the day was the
Prime Rib French Dip!

I love me a good French Dip sandwich,
and I’ve even dined at Philippe’s in downtown L.A.
where the French Dip is said to have originated,
but this sandwich at Tommy Bahama’s
was way off-the-charts!

Prime Rib French Dip

It was tender, melt-in-your-mouth
 delicious, and so full of flavor.

I’ve never had anything quite like it,
and I highly recommend it.
It’s definitely my favorite menu item,
and this is from a girl who generally
choose to eat a huge organic salad
or vegetarian pasta!  

Pork Belly Fried Rice

We couldn’t leave without also trying the
Pork Belly Fried Rice, which was highly recommended.
This yummy dish is the ultimate comfort food
that’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Here’s a list of a their new menu items:

Shrimp Summer Rolls
Pork Belly Sliders
Roasted Vegetable Tacos
Grilled Shrimp Ramen Noodle Salad
Prime Rib French Dip
Blackened Fish Tacos
Miso Sake Ramen
Pork Belly Fried Rice
& Peanut Butter Pie

Be sure to try at least one or two of these,
if you are at this Tommy Bahama's location!

Peanut Butter Pie

Chad the manager there at Tommy Bahama’s
 surprised us at the end of our lunch
by bringing over his favorite dessert for us to try,
 the new Chocolate Ganache Peanut Butter Pie
with a crushed pretzel crust …OMG!

What a way to end a fabulous meal!


ciao! fabiana



Tommy Bahama's Island Grille is
 located in the Corona del Mar Plaza,
right near Fashion Island.

854 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-8686

June 26, 2017

festive weekend table



table over the weekend.

We had no guests over this weekend,
and sometimes it’s just fun setting a
pretty table for the family.


all ready to go on pre-wrapped burlap.

All I have to do is slip the whole thing over
a napkin, and we’re all set. 


Strawberries and blueberries are the perfect
summer fruits to add a little pizzazz to the table,
and so yummy too!


I love all the rustic textures on the table,
and this burlap runner fits right in.

I was going to put up the patriotic paper lanterns,
but I kind of like them scattered along the sideboard.

They look pretty all day with the sunlight streaming in,
and lighting them up.




I made a huge pitcher of lemonade and
we enjoyed it all weekend.

It was perfect for this HOT weekend.
And so economical, made with 
fresh mint and lemons from the garden.  


I just refilled this dispenser a few times over the weekend,
and everyone could serve themselves.

And just for fun, we made
lemonade flavored ice cubes with fresh
lemon and mint added.

They looked pretty in the glasses too!


I hope you had a nice weekend too!
It was nice to sort of unwind and chill,
since school just got out last week.


Things are ramping up for the summer,
so a little recharge was more than necessary!


ciao! fabiana


And it all came together like this:

Anchor Charms: Oriental Trading
Tiny Patriotic Tassels: Oriental Trading
White Napkins: vintage
Blue Glasses;  vintage
Clear Glasses:  La Rochère
Patriotic Burlap Runner: Oriental Trading
Plates: Home Goods
Place Mats: Ikea
Flatware: World Market
Beverage Dispenser:  Oriental Trading
Wooden Stand for Beverage Dispenser:  Home Goods
Patriotic Paper Lanterns: Oriental Trading
White Star Bowl:  Target



Thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me these products to review. 

The opinions expressed in this post are truly my own.

June 24, 2017

to étagère with love


An étagère can become
the perfect focal point for a blank wall. 


When it’s beautifully styled,
you can have the option of changing it up
every season, when you feel
like it’s time for a little refresh. 


I love the vintage brass and bamboo
ones I’ve seen.

Both options offer a different timeless look.


They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Keep your eyes open at flea markets
or antique stores for just the right one.


They even look great in a kitchen,
where extra storage space is always welcomed.


I love all the kitchenware
and dishes that Happy Housie has on this étagère.

All my favorite colors and textures
are all in one place!


And look!

You can use it as the perfect beverage station for a party,
or just for to pamper yourself for everyday use.  


é·ta·gère [French ey-ta-zher] 
a stand with a series of open shelves 
for small objects, bric-a-brac, etc.


ciao! fabiana



photo credit:
My Domaine
I Suwannee
Living Spaces
The Decorista
My Domaine
Planete-Deco France
Happy Housie Blog
House Beautiful



June 23, 2017

switch to a summer home


The start of summer brings endless possibilities
for outdoor living options at home.

With the warmer weather,
our attitudes become more relaxed,
the kids are off school,
carpools and pick-ups slow down,
and our lifestyle at home reflects that
laid-back mood.

I love this easy breezy little porch
with the skateboard and sneakers 
waiting at the door.

It's the "kids are home for the summer" look!


This backyard is ready for summer too…
isn’t that giant checker board fabulous? 


Pillow ready at this adorable little
1930’s Spanish-style house in
San Mateo. 


This show house in the Hamptons is
party-ready all summer with my
favorite Serena & Lily chairs and
dramatic black and white striped drapes.


Super fancy outdoor tablescape
blue and white is always a favorite.


I love me a classic picnic table.
Look at how pretty this one
looks all dressed up! 


Here’s a wee little picnic table used as a beverage station.

All you need is some festive flags to complete the look!



ciao! fabiana


photo credits:
Elle Decor
Traditional Home
Country Living
Veranda

June 22, 2017

nantucket garden inspiration



Cathy Graham is a natural born artist
and in the latest issue of Veranda,
we are invited to catch a glimpse
inside her glorious Nantucket home
and garden.


Oh, that house!

This house is all that you imagine
Nantucket living to be! 

Gorgeous bright white interiors,
amazing old-fashioned porches.
and oodles and oodles of colorful summer blooms.


I love the artistry she
puts into her tablescapes!


Floribunda magnifique!


Cathy also has a fabulous book out called
“Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table.”

A must read for summer parties!



ciao! fabiana

June 21, 2017

the homes of Ramona and Dorinda


It’s Wednesday,
and for us housewives fans,
that means it's RHONY night!

So for fun,
 I'll be sharing an up-to-date look at
Ramona Singer’s newly updated
Upper Eastside apartment,

and then we'll have 
a little look at Dorinda's amazing
"Blue Stone Manor" set in the beautiful
countryside of the Berkshires.

So, we'll start with Ramona's 
super chic Manhattan apartment...


Since her divorce,
Ramona’s been reinventing herself in
more ways than one.  

Out with the old, and in with the new!
Ramona's place now looks 
sophisticated and super hip.

It's the perfect pad for a single girl. 

Turtle time, anyone?


Doesn’t she look great for being 60?!


I love the updated and fresh white look
which starts as soon as you walk in the door.

It’s such an improvement!


There are some really nice contemporary
accessories and artwork and
they play wonderfully against all the
white and grays.


She started the transformation by
 removing all the overbearing drapes
and painting the walls decorator white.


White marble in the kitchen

is always a good idea!


She calls this apartment her “Sanctuary in the sky”.


Ramona was originally planning on selling this
apartment after the renovation, 
but it turned out so beautifully,
that she’s decided to stay here after all!


Pretty powder room…

And, you can’t beat its location near Central Park!


Here are some before pictures…


Such a HUGE improvement,
don’t you think?

Now moving on to Dorinda Medley’s fabulous
“Blue Stone Manor” in the Berkshires…


She has an apartment in the city,
but this amazing mansion is Dorinda’s true home.

She grew up here in Great Barrington,
and her mother and sister live close by,
so this home is really near and dear to her heart.

was built in 1904,
and the inside was redecorated
by Dorinda a few years back
with the help of the design firm of
Marshall Watson Interiors.

She humorously gave them the basic vibe
she wanted for the house, which was
"Marilyn Monroe meets Frankenstein!"

Of course, most of the original 
character and details of the home were
lovingly maintained. 


Oh, how I wish I was on the east coast because
Dorinda’s home is going to be featured in the
Lenox Garden Club’s
House & Garden Tour on
July 15th!

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to get a chance to
walk through Dorinda’s house and take an
up-close and personal look at all the
amazing details?


Well, for now, I can take you
on a little bit of a virtual tour…


This is her vibrant billiard room.


And here’s the easily
recognizable dining room,
where many a housewife has dined
and taken verbal jabs at each other.

By the way, Dorinda has about 15 sets of china
because she likes to have different options for the
different themed dinner parties she throws.

A girl after my own heart!


Here’s the spacious kitchen,
where Dorinda always whips
up a yummy home cooked meal,


and always makes it nice.


(Sorry I couldn’t resist!)


Details in one of the guest rooms.


And now on to the living room
with the blue lacquered walls. 


This is a very grand space with
great fun accent colors,


and there are plenty of
cozy spots to nestle with a good book
 and a cup of coffee,
or a  martini! 

If you're in this area Massachusetts
and plan to go on the home tour
please let me know! 


Cheers, Dorinda!



ciao! fabiana


photo credit:
Daily Mail UK
Town Vibe Berkshire
Bravo
Dorinda Medley, instagram & twitter
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