Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bridget Beari Interview with James Swan

What a treat to be invited to the Milllon Dollar Decorating family. I loved sharing my story with it's host James Swan.


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

La Subida in Colio wine region of Italy

My travels to Italy took me close to the Slovenian border to a resort called La Subida. A beautiful family owned resort that resembled a mix of Scandinavian and modern simplicity. The photo below shows just how close the Slovenian border was - at the mountain range.  The closest town was Cormons in the heart of the Colio wine region. 

The food at the trattoria was divine! Being in the smaller towns of Italy was a real treat. The way of life is simple and clean. 

One interesting feature of the resort was the different experiences offered from sleeping in the barn with the horses under a crystal chandelier or bathing in a cast iron tub in the woods among the ferns. 

There was a main restaurant and a more causal spot near the pool. The decor was rustic and earthy. 

I would love to have this kitchen in a farm house. 

They make there own vinegar at the resort in a beautiful handcrafted building. 

The resort consists of individual houses - this one called the nest is a one bed room covered in the tree branches. 

Most of the interiors of the other cottages had this raw Scandy feel. Lots of animal hides and natural stained wood.  Beautiful quaint spots for couples or families. 

Our dinner at the main restaurant was amazing - the local wines from Colio were a treat. Colio is more famous for its white wines than your typical Italian reds.  

Hand carved meats and fried cheeses were among the culinary delights. Not to mention the 7 course meal at dinner! 

It has been a traveling year with a few more stops to come - Tulum, NYC, Chicago and Hawaii! 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Traveling to Italy!

Even though I have taken many trips to Italy I have never been to Venice. This past May I was able to correct that mishap and what a beautiful city it was. I had been warned of the smell, crowds, and flooding but I did not see any of that. I was amazed that it was so small from the air. Such a remarkable city to be surround on all sides by water. 

Getting around by water taxis was interesting. Our hotel was on a different island so we were on those water taxis day and night. Luckily there were very handsome drivers! 

Dinners at beautiful historic villas which open to wonderful courtyards inside their guarded walls. 

Some images were just as I imagined ...

We were introduced to Col Fondo Prosecco, unfiltered. Slightly salty and cloudy.

Amazing chefs and amazing food. 

Just walking down the streets, every view was amazing. 

                         Beautiful architecture

With breathtaking details

A visit to the oldest fabric maker. The women were using old fashion wooded looms to create fabrics that were around $1000 per meter. Amazing! 

This is the home of the Scalamandre silk velvet tiger! 

Antique shops that are within the dealers homes. Incredible finds from some of the most prestige old homes. 

These Medieval columns were my favorite! 

We never missed a meal or a glass of wine that is for sure! 
Local would be a restaurant not to be missed. I loved the Squid ink! 

Off to Murano for the day! It is on one of the other islands. We brought a few things home. 

Dinner at an Organic Winery on another island called Mazzorbo. The winery is called Venissa with grapes that were once almost extinct called Dorona grapes 

Not only were the wines good, the food was amazing. Truly farm to table - fresh and flavorful! 

Next it was off to the countryside outside of Venice …..