Best place to live: I’d kill to have an apartment in Paris and a house in Provence for the summers and a cabin in the woods in the Auvergne. I would have a nice vegetable garden, chickens of all kinds, ducks, geese, etc. so I can have a daily supply of eggs in all colours.
Best meal: a nice selection of cheeses - cow, goat and sheepish blue, with cracker assortment and the best red wine I can afford. Then, Neuhaus chocolates for dessert with a nice cappuccino made with crème bruleé flavoured beans and creamer.
Best way to relax: eating my “best meal” in bed, while watching a good movie.
Best piece of clothing I own: my
trench coat. I bought it last year and wear it any chance I get (which in Florida is not very often).
Best blog: Lost past remembered. She offers history of luscious food. A sight and sigh for true epicureans.
Best inspiring individual: Princess Diana has inspired me throughout her lifetime. Her contagious energy in the face of adversity was remarkable and her elegance unique and always impeccable.
Best music: I grew up on ABBA, and for years they were the only group I would listen to. Nowadays I like Celine Dion, mostly for her positive attitude towards life and unrelenting character, and Adele for her absolute talent.
Best read: The murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. The first time I read it I didn’t know the twist at the end. Christie broke the rules when she wrote it. It is a book that you only need to read once, and the surprise hits you like a bucket of iced water.
Best TV: This is so hard. TV is really bad these days, especially in the U.S. I like Mad Men and Sex and the City - both excellently written, and the reality TV show Giuliana & Bill; the latter because of the ridiculous way in which it is filmed, and the even more ridiculous way in which they handle themselves.
Best fashion designer: Alexander McQueen. He possessed true genius.
Best beauty essential: False eyelashes! I just discover this and have yet to master their application, but they give the biggest oomph to the eyes with minimal effort, even when one is utterly tired.
Best shop: I have a love-affair with Anthropologie these days. But I am counting my days till I get to visit Liwan, in Paris. I have a feeling I will feel like buying the whole shop.
Best thing about blogging: it gives me a sense of freedom to express myself and my deepest feelings and opinions without any contrition.