open for business: atelier300-etsy

Just in time for Christmas I’ve released four photographs I’ve taken while traveling through Europe. They’ve been enhanced by me mostly as a result of how I defined each photograph. They are available through my Etsy store for purchase, and if you plan to give any of them as a gift for the holidays, be sure to order them no later than December 10th.

holiday shopping guide: coats for her

It’s almost time for the holiday shopping kick off or at least when you start getting ideas online (or maybe this is a little early). But I couldn’t wait, especially since I fell in love with and bought a camel coat (see below), a color and style I’d been looking for a while. With that, I listed a few other coat ideas I’ve tossed around this year, craving them all. Now I wonder if we are going to get the cold winter weathers here in San Francisco this year? And by cold I mean below 58degrees F. :)


Boiled Wool Kimono Eileen Fisher 378

Boiled Wool Kimono Eileen Fisher 378USD


Fleurette Loro Piana Wool Clutch Coat 1095

Fleurette Loro Piana Wool Clutch Coat 1095USD


Notch Collar Alpaca Tweed Jacket Eileen Fisher 578

Notch Collar Alpaca Tweed Jacket Eileen Fisher 578USD


Stand Collar Loro Piana Coat Fleurette 775sale

Stand Collar Loro Piana Coat Fleurette 775USD (Sale and the one I purchased)


Waltford Belted Wool Blend Burberry Brit 1295

Waltford Belted Wool Blend Burberry Brit 1295USD


(shopping guide and source}

holiday recipes to share

I can’t believe we are a week away from Thanksgiving here in the states, and the planning begins for most people looking forward to entertaining. Here are a few recipes I stumbled upon which I consider a fresh take on the old tradition, especially for those who hate turkey as much as I do. Also, I take no credit for these recipes or photos, I’m just passing them along, so click away on the photo to be redirected:


Roasted Port Chops and Potatoes



Peppermint Almond Steamer



Holiday nog pull apart bread


boutique hotel pick – relais and chateaux hotel heritage – bruges, belgium

It’s been a while since I’ve suggested a boutique hotela blog entry I’ve put aside for a while, focusing on other topics instead. But since I am an avid traveler, always longing to get on a plane to go somewhere, at times more or less on a whim, I decided to bring this popular entry back, even throughout the off-season in travel.

The city of Bruges, in Belgium came to mind recently since I normally crave to be in a storybook type of place in the winter months, hibernating in a room with character, a fireplace if possible, hot tea at my disposal, the ambiance exuding enough energy to inspire me to write at the very least, the romance portion of my novels. In Bruges, I would stay in Relais and Chateaux Hotel Heritage, and although there isn’t a fireplace in the rooms, the character and charm of each space make it a wonderful destination for romance I could go on forever, detailing bits and pieces of information about this romantic town, but you can click here for that, and here for the property details. My goal is to share with you a place, and let your imagination lead you to it.



room bruges

dining bruges


{photo credits here and here and source}

filmed in san francisco: happy birthday to gerard butler

I am a fan of the man. The man behind the mask, behind a beard, behind an Irish accent, a killer in a role, a lover, a hero, on land and on the water. A preacher, a soccer player, anything goes. And while I was researching for book 3 – which I’ve been working on diligently to have ready by February 2015, I stumbled upon this video, pausing to take it all in.  It was filmed in San Francisco, I know exactly where, since I stalked the shoot, naturally :) It’s wonderful  to see the finished product.

Anyway, enjoy for all of you Gerard Butler fans, or not. Happy birthday to the man of today!

recipe: banh mi bites


As you know I follow many bloggers, and always appreciate the wealth of information from the blogger community, here and there sharing the details with my readers. Being a San Franciscan, I must say we have the best Asian Kitchens, traditional or Asian infusion, and I swear every time I turn around, another one is popping up in the city, exciting me to try each and every one of them.

Anyway, one of my favorite bloggers here, had a recipe posted on her site I couldn’t pass up since it tapped into my Asian food cravings. Which happens on a daily basis, right around the lunch hour. This recipe I decided to try last night, except instead of using pork – which I don’t eat, I opted for Sweet Italian style chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s, adding my own touch to the very perfect recipe.


Serves 6-8 as a side dish


  • Meatballs
    • 1 pound ground pork
    • 1 bunch green onions, diced
    • 1 cup of cilantro, chopped
    • 1.5 tablespoons of sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 1 tablespoon of shallot oil (for cooking)
  • ShallotAioli
    • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
    • 1 cup shallot oil
    • Juice of one small lemon (1.5 tablespoon)
    • salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish
    • 1 large carrot, grated
    • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 cup of basil, chopped
    • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
    • 1/4 cup of Amber Vinegar
  • 1 fresh baguette


{for full photo and recipe credit and details, click here}