dinners with friends

By dinners with friends | a photo journal of meals, gatherings and places: menu, home decor and the occasional recipe from various kitchens ...

Old world glamour and pretty interiors at Bar Schmitz in Cologne

Before moving to San Francisco in the late 90s I lived in Cologne, in a classic apartment with tall ceilings overlooking Friesenplatz - and right …

Travel

When life gives you oranges ... help supporting the Big Sur Bakery

It has been a crazy winter in California. After five years gripped in a near existential drought, this has been the wettest winter on record, with …

Baking

A rainy day in Antwerp { & stay at Boulevard Leopold }

After spending the past holidays at home, this winter we felt a sudden rather sentimental urge to hop across the pond for Christmas in the "old …

Travel

A cheese fondue under the moon and stars

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect first weekend of December: a crisp and sunny fall day turned into a glorious sunset and an almost balmy …

Food

A Thanksgiving picnic with friends

Even after calling California home for almost eighteen years now, I still have a somewhat ambiguous relationship with the Thanksgiving holiday.<p>As …

Thanksgiving

I { heart } San Francisco

SF AMATRICE Italy Earthquake Relief Fundraiser<p>I ♡ San Francisco. This pretty much sums up the experience of SF AMATRICE, the Italy Earthquake Relief …

San Francisco

A full moon gathering in West Marin

Disclaimer: this post was supposed to go live months ago. Let's blame the jet lag ... returning from Europe just a couple of days prior to this …

Jet Lag

A first class waiting room turned Gesamtkunstwerk {Intérieur No. 253}

Walking into Intérieur No. 253 makes for a striking first impression - from the museum elevator you step into a narrow hallway, opening on both ends …

Architecture

Everyday family life in a centuries-old villa { Tenuta di Valgiano }

Traveling in Italy, I often wondered what it might be like living in one of the centuries-old villas that dot the Italian countryside. This summer, …

Europe

Pizza, cocktails and music in an enchanted olive grove

Finally a long overdue update on this blog, while still playing catch up with so many rolls of {digital} film after this year's #anItalianroadtrip …

Travel

A summer lunch with friends in the Florentine hills

The impromptu invitation to a summer lunch in the Florentine hills arrived a day before, in the form of a private cooking class hosted by cookbook …

Travel

A lazy day under the cherry trees and impromptu market lunch in the Lucca hills

This year's Italy adventure started off with one of those experiences that make me love traveling with Airbnb: we had arrived in Florence two days …

Travel

A sunny birthday lunch for young and old {& Diego turns 4}

It's crazy how time flies by these days. I still remember Diego as a baby and have shared many meals with Diego and his parents, so it's not surprise …

Food

A backyard house concert & potluck dinner on a warm San Francisco night ...

Last Friday was one of those rare San Francisco days that start off with a pink sunrise, turn sunny and windless - and actually stay balmy into the …

San Francisco

Another Easter egg hunt and potluck in West Marin

After days of long awaited rain all over California, West Marin is exploding in spring colors right now, with lush rolling green hills and blooming …

Holidays

Memories of spring in Southern Italy & a local {taylored} walking tour

With the winter season already showing first signs of spring around here, I find myself thinking back to last spring and travel memories of an epic …

Europe

It's the most wonderful time of the year ...

'It's the most wonderful time of the year' ... or or so they say. I have to admit that for the longest time I only thought of the winter holiday …

Christmas

A traditional éclade de moules in San Francisco

A glorious Indian summer weekend in San Francisco, celebrating our friend Maxime's birthday and gathering in a hidden backyard garden to set up an …

San Francisco

A modern townhouse in Cologne & flammkuchen in a hidden garden

More long overdue catching up with this summer's dinners with friends while traveling and finally editing the photos of this fun flammkuchen feast …

Townhouses

An alfresco kitchen, {mostly seafood} moments and meals with Italian friends

This magical place, hidden in an olive and oak grove on the slopes of a small hill town in Tuscany's Maremma region, already made an appearance on …

Travel

A cool loft in Cologne and making pizza with old friends ..

No Cologne visit would be complete without a dinner with these two! Back in the olden days Petra and Feli, wardrobe stylist and DJ respectively, used …

Lofts

Making Gnocculi con Pesto alla Trapanese in Mazara del Vallo { recipe }

I have to admit, if there is one thing that always intimidated me in the Italian kitchen, it's handmade pasta. For some reason I always associated it …

Recipes

A Sicilian lunch in the shade of the fig and carub tree ...

On the tail end of an epic Italian road trip {following roads less traveled from Toscana through Campania and Basilicata to Calabria} we eventually …

Travel

An Italian road trip & finding gems along the way {Il Mulino del Porticello}

A last minute search for accommodation in Calabria turned into a favorite highlight of this summer's Italian road trip. <br>We were en route from …

Travel

Parkside Bakery & The Room in Stinson Beach {market}

The Parkside in Stinson Beach has been a favorite West Marin destination for years, for a weekend brunch in the sunny garden patio, a post hike …

Interior Design

Il Gemellaggio Toscano {part 2} & an enchanted garden in Montalcino

If you have been following this blog, you may recall another Tuscan dinner earlier last month, part one of a so called "gemellaggio" - a twinning of …

Food

Il Gemellaggio Toscano, a seafood dinner with {mostly Italian} friends

I have to admit I am a late adapter to Instagram, for years rolling my eyes about the concept of snapping photos with a cell phone - and therefore …

Travel

An classic oven and an ancient taste of Rome in San Francisco { Montesacro }

Montesacro SF PinseriaA first sneak peek at one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in San Francisco this spring, at least on my radar ~ say …

Food

Springtime in the city & dinner with Diego

If you have been following this blog, you might already know Diego {he's made appearances here, here and here}. His mom is French, his dad is German, …

Latin America