Coming soon. 2015

Your choice. Your move.

It’s time. It’s now.

Happy New Year!




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Holiday gift suggestions

I’m half way done with my holiday shopping? We have 12 more days. And we’re not stressing out this year.
Here are some suggestions -

For the foodies in your life - keeping it healthy


Olive oil. Always welcome in any kitchen. Choose organic, extra virgin at Eataly


Artisanal vinegars at  Eataly

Home made flavoured salt. Here’s how -

Lemon-Rosemary Salt. Mix the following 1/2 cup sea salt, 3/4 tsp dried lemon zest,
3/4 tsp dried orange zest, 3/4 tsp dried rosemary


Cutting board at William Sonoma


My Kitchen in Paris by David Lebovitz. You can order here


Gift cards from for their specialty bread a month club,
or a gift basket specially hand picked and packed with the recipient in mind. Contact us at

For the wine aficionados -

Cannonau di Sardegna, for its high polyphenols, antioxidants, here
To purchase, click here

For the book lovers -


The Kindle Fire, Amazon

For the fashionistas - in the know


Furry fingerless gloves, Shopbop


Anything from Alexis Bittar

For the gym enthusiasts - to end up fit and fabulous


Fitbit, an activity tracker here


UP3 Jawbone, another activity tracker, to pre-order here


Ice cleats or traction devices for runners and/or walkers in the snow here or here

For the very last-minute - go to Open Table here
And purchase a restaurant gift certificate.


There are always tickets to a Broadway show, a performance at the Lincoln Center, a jazz concert at The Blue Note Club,
a pampering session at a spa, a museum membership …. the list goes on.

What’s on your gift list?

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Let’s get acquainted -

I’m Valérie. (I added that accent on the “e” to make it frenchy.)

French cards

Wannabe French. French no wannabe me.

Sleepless nights no longer a problem. I just roll with it. Down by 10p, up by 2a, reach out for my e-toys, or one of the books in bed with me, and out again in two. Yes, candles. Yes, Chanel No. 19.


It’s definitely coffee in the morning, and a slow, lingering one to start my day.

My early morning mantra – I am my dream. I write. I sketch. I paint. (I do not but I believe in my “vision”.)


My two shih tzus, Coco and Marcel, are my exercise pals. And the shore. And a lady named Amy. My goal is to live to 100.

Always with my phone or pad. Always.

My middle name is Manhattan. It used to be Manila. Came to this country 35 years ago.

Yearly jaunts to France.

Born with black straight Asian hair. Dying to have long tight curls. 
Grey is a problem. Color is a friend. Have gone bronze, copper, and red.

My nails are red. A signature.

My lips go red too.

Crazy for high heels. Used to be. Knees and cold weather – they don’t go together.

Love to wear cloche in winter. Nothing in the summer. Gotcha!


I cook. I bake. I eat. Am a food fan.

Started my bread biz last year, Bread and Passion. Re-energizing it this year – from bread dough to bread site.

Check in regularly.

Welcome to my world. …

Your turn.

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