Friday, May 15, 2009

Legation Quarter

I'm heading to a wedding this weekend and the rehearsal dinner is tonight at Maison Boulud, yum! The food is excellent and the service is divine (as is the GM!). I've met chef Daniel Boulud a couple times in Beijing and New York; it's refreshing that he is a joyful, genuine guy. Image

Located in the Legation Quarter, the setting has a blemished history. Foreign legations fist located there in the 1860s, but after the Boxer Rebellion (1900) a wall was built around a cluster of structures and Chinese residents were forced out. For a period the American Embassy and diplomatic residences were located there, sealed off from the immediate environment--it became a city within the city exclusively for foreigners with many Chinese nationalists resenting the Quarter as a symbol of foreign aggression. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) looting and vandalism were rampant and only a few stately structures survived. One of those now ironically houses Maison Boulud, bon app├ętit. Image

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ink Blots

Seems like I have more art than walls to hang it on, but if I had room, I'd love to put these up and create an inviting niche space. Also liking artist Kaitlyn Sullivan's color palate.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I generally hate sunglasses on me, which is very trying in the summer. But these look decent on and make me feel elegant so I went for them. Sorry wallet!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Last night I met with an American fellow who had traveled to Beijing to visit his father and because of a slight temperature when he was tested at the airport, he was quarantined in a Chinese hospital for a week (mind you his temperature was normal and he never had any other symptoms the entire week). Not exactly a warm welcome, but he seemed to be in pretty good spirits, here's his story. In addition, pork is no longer being served at many restaurants and China has banned pork imports from 36 states. Man this nickname for the H1N1 virus is giving pigs a bad rep. Image

Friday, May 8, 2009


Back from a glorious weekend out at the Great Wall. Apparently the Domino tag sale was well picked over in the first hour, so I'm feeling my weekend without the lines and the hassle was especially well spent. I love this illustration by Noumeda Carbone entitled the 'Passion of Puccini,' it feels feminine without being girly. He uses ink, pigment liner and photoshop to create little surprises.

Domino Tag Sale!

I nearly fell off my chair when I read this NYT piece. I'm feeling very very blue that I won't be in town to partake, but a bit proud that these splendid events go on in my fair city. Would be fun to have a relic from the Domino era....

Pool Party

I'm headed to a birthday party and weekend getaway at the Commune--a beautiful hotel out by the Great Wall of China. Should be fabulous, hope the weather cooperates with my plans to lounge at the pool.