I do, I really do love burgers

With a strict diet, mostly eating healthy and simpler meals, my body has adjusted to a regimented eating, seldom craving fatty, and high-calorie foods. Although once in a blue moon (which by the way is in full gear tonight) I crave burgers. The kind I want to load up with mushrooms, jalapeno, grilled onions, avocado, cheese, and anything else I can manage to stack in a sandwich, with that in mind I share with you one of my favorite blogs-Porn Burger.

Check out just SOME of my favorites and for recipes go here:

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Boutique Hotel Picks from Rawsilkandsaffon

I’ve been writing about boutique hotels for a while on this blog, listing all of the ones I’ve stayed in, or simply walked through, or even considered writing about in my novels. A few I have, and some I am saving for future storytelling.

Either way here are some of my favorites. I apologize for all the travel posts lately, I just can’t get my mind off traveling.

Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris France
St James Hotel Paris France
Relais and Chateaux Hotel Heritage Bruges, Belgium
Soho Grand Hotel New York
St. Moritz, Switzerland

Location Is Everything When Writing a Novel

Like a film set, location in books are equally important, finding just the perfect house or apartment, cafe down the street, a restaurant, hotels, and cabins, beach scenes or inland, all of it play a major role while writing–enticing the imagination.

What’s funny is that I’ll stumble upon a place while exploring the world, or even in the bay area, and I’ll stop and take a picture, and take it home, download it on my laptop and arrange it in the order I want to see a story pan out.

In light of this style of writing if you will, I want to share with you the four significant hotels I used in my first novel – Piazza Navona click here to read about them and here to order the book

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Five Interesting Finds Online – Vol 4

Galaxy Sighting – I gotta get out to the countryside far far away – On my bucket list
Kitchen remodel ideas to copy
Best Cities for Expats which I hope to be someday
I am looking for a relaxing new bathroom color – which I found here in this article
France’s Natural Wonders – Pictured here Mont Blanc I’ve been fascinated with and seen on through an airplane on many of my flights from Paris to Rome

There Is This Show – Velvet – From Spain

I am always fascinated withthe 1950s-1960s fashion. I think the whole pencil skirt, A-line dresses, form-fitting jackets, red lipstick, perfect colored stockings and the best shoes, most of the fashion to this day appreciated and  incorporated here and there.

I love it when I see a period film perfectly detailing the fashion for  the period (50-60s) and  I think for me Mad Men was the best until just recently I discovered Velvet, a soap opera from Spain.

The show is pretty cheesy, in a funny and cute sort of way, and I have grown to love all of the actors passing through, or staying on so far in Season 2 on Netflix. Also perks on brushing up on my Spanish of course. But what I love the most is the show is based on a department store in Spain competing with the likes of Dior and Chanel, introducing to us the best of fashion, haute couture anyone can wish for or imagine.  I love it when a show gets it right in costumes and in Velvet’s case, set decor as well.

I can’t wait to see, as the show transitions from 50s to 60s, what’s in store for the fashion.


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{Click here to learn about Velvet – the Spanish television series}
{Click here, here, and here  for the photo source}

shoes: sale at nordstrom my picks

Working in the city, we are no longer required to dress up. Let me rephrase, maybe dress up  just in retail and some banks. I laugh. Only because a decade ago everyone was required to look corporate.

Lots has changed, and I am okay with it. Love coming to work dressed in jeans if I want to or dress up if I choose to.  So, shoes play a part in the look, as we know it, and most of the time I prefer to be comfortable  to walk everywhere for lunch, to climb hills, and hop on and off busses and trains, running to them on occasion.

Anyway, long story short, I walked into Nordstrom to simply order my favorite pomegranate ice tea, and ended up walking out with a few pairs of shoes. Ehmm. Oh well. Click here to go there-Norsdstrom Shoes

recipe: fried apples and toast

This is part of my romantic morning after breakfast series.

I hardly order dessert in restaurants and seldom even make them at home. As you see desserts are my weakness. Don’t get me wrong, when I’m in Paris, I do indulge, mostly puff pasty desserts with apples, or chocolate. Minus of course a daily intake of crepe here and there.

This recipe stood out for me, not so much because it is a dessert(although it can be used as such), but the fact, its made with apples, cinnamon, raisin and almonds some of my favorites. Anyway, blogger’s rule, I cannot post the entire recipe here so click here to get there:

Sometimes All You Need Are Photos…

…to get inspired. No words, just photographs, and you are quickly whisked away to a place that makes you happy, see what I mean.

Online photo which reminded me of a day where I walked along the Seine River, settling on a bench close to the river’s edge, eating baguette and chocolat
Online photo reminder of what I wish I could do full-time. Blog, write, and design my clothing line
Online photo right away reminds me of Paris, and all of the wonderful flower shops here and there, like no other anywhere else in the world….
Online photo of what I’d give to simply sit at a cafe and imagine the day away
Online photo of a wedding inspiration I used for my first novel Piazza Navona
Online photo of a bedroom, not sure, but if it were a hotel, I would love to wake up there, with the sunlight streaming against my face

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Top Five For Rawsilkandsaffron

{click here to go there – Napa Festival}

{Trending Wedding Wear}

{romantic breakfast in my opinion}


{Rome is always a good idea}

{with this ring…}



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