Men’s Summer Shorts are the Sartorial answer to women’s Yoga Pants.

Men’s Summer Shorts are the Sartorial answer to women’s Yoga Pants.

A lot of times men ask me, what is the men’s sartorial answer to women’s yoga pants that have taken the world by storm?
To dive into that question, one must examine what is the charm of women’s yoga pants and why they went viral ?
Women’s yoga pants are equivalent to Spanx that you can wear outside.They compress and lift in the right places as well as provide versatility and freedom of movement.
You can easily go from working out at the gym to the restaurant with only slight modifications in wardrobe and still keep yoga pants on. (I think from my previous blog post some of you might know about my current “love affair” with yoga pants).
So what would be the men’s fashion answer? I believe they are not another men spandex pants but rather classic American SHORTS!
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Shorts provide that casual coolness and comfort for men as yoga pants provide for women…some men even do yoga in shorts (although I am not sure if it is comfortable in that case). They don’t compress and lift the butt, but they are as versatile as yoga pants.
Men can wear shorts to the beach, to the office, to grab a quick bite and to play golf…it’s comfortable and looks chic!
One of my favorite brands is Old Bull Lee from Manhattan Beach California. www.oldbulllee.com
They make everything  in California; shorts look stylish and with the highest possible attention to details, which sometimes only the wearer knows.
Since summer season is here and 4th of July is approaching, I thought I’ll mention them for my fashion conscious friends, just in case they want to try on a New Summer Look for their backyard barbeque!

Happy Thanksgiving !

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you had a great year and have many things to be grateful for. My yoga instructor says that feeling of gratitude acts like a “reboot” system in our bodies. When we sit down  quietly and think about all those things that we are grateful for, out bodies tend to relax, stress tends to subside and we feel overall sense of well-being that is rejuvenating for our body and mind.

So wishing you to “reboot” your systems and have a great time!

And I am grateful for the wonderful WordPress community that we have here!

Happy Thanksgiving !

xoxo

Evelina Galli
Wearing asymmetrical Komarov top

“Trending” in Culinary Arts

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In asymmetrical Komarov dress

One thing that I have realized is that trends do not just apply to fashion but they apply to culinary arts as well. With my recent visits to restaurants and cafes, these are three new trends in culinary arts that I have noticed…

  1. From ordinary to extraordinary side dishes! It seems like restaurants are kicking out the typical garlic mashed potatoes and cooked carrots to opt for much more alluring meal additions. Quinoa with pine nuts instead of rice? It is safe to say that side dishes are no longer the overlooked meal ‘co-star’.
  2. Southeast Asian cuisine is quickly stealing the culinary spotlight. Although we will all always love our Italian and French food, restaurants have been incorporating more and more Southeast Asian inspireddishes into their menus, but, hey! I’m not complaining!

The array of mouthwatering culinary trends that are currently sweeping across restaurants are surely satisfying. What culinary trends do you see happening in 2014?

The 8th Wonder of the World!

The 8th Wonder of the World!

As you saw in my previous post, San Gimignano is a pretty unique place. A complete fossilized city in the middle of nowhere. One of the most intriguing things about the city is their delicious food!

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I found a restaurant that Tripadvisor gave more than 1200 reviews. It was located in a non-descript alley, with an unmarked door.

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A little curious fact is that the restaurant was  right next to the Museum la Tortura.

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(As you may have guessed, “Museum la Tortura” means “Museum of Torture.” Because my hands were shaking when taking the photo, you may notice the skeleton in the cage.)

The restaurant that I was looking for was called Cum Quibus. The sign said they will open at 7:30 pm.  And just in case someone wanted to open the door to peek in, it had curtains in front of it: a complete mystery.

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It was only 3 o’clock and I had to eat something. Some American tourist suggested Cafe Stella, and I thought, well maybe something light will help me survive to 7:30 pm. Of course I ended up eating a 3 course meal (dessert included) since this was the absolute best food I have had in Italy so far! Caffe Stella was not even close to Cum Quibus’ ratings on TripAdvisor, so my desire to go there was hightened 10 fold!

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At 7:25 I went back to Cum Quibus and waited another five minutes under the pouring rain, for the doors to open. The restaurant was booked completely but somehow they managed to find an extra table. The place had a really cool rustic Tuscan vibe and was very small.

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Food started coming in and despite the more casual presentation it had the most surprising, bold flavor combinations that were extremely artistic.

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Then some of the loyal patrons started coming and congratulating Lorenzo, the restaurant’s young owner that TripAdvisor just announced Cum Quibus as the 8th BEST Restaurant in the WORLD! 

That was unbelievable! 8th restaurant in the WORLD in the middle of nowhere?! How is it possible?

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Cheers for Cum Quibus from Instagram

But it made me think of an Armenian proverb that says “a polished diamond won’t sit on the floor for too long”.

Regardless of where you are and how small you are, if you’ll do a good job, it won’t be unnoticed.

That was the beautiful lesson from old San Gimignano and wounderful Cum Quibus.

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Lost and Found in Tuscan Hills

Lost and Found in Tuscan Hills

People don’t normally like the feeling of being lost, me included. It is the uncertainty, the loss of control, disorientation, frustration, anger, denial, and the list can go on.

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But if we have time and we can move past the initial sense of anxiety, being lost can be an opportunity to see new places, to discover new things, to become an explorer…almost like Columbus.

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I was not quite in the philosophical mood when I got lost on the way from Florence to Sienna. Rain and feeling hungry did not help the situation. But pretty soon a structure that resembled old city walls appeared, as well as promising signs of Trattorias and Pizzerias nearby. The medieval city structure was so impressive that for a little while I forgot I was hungry. Rain almost became a drizzle and my iPhone finally got an Internet signal showing that my location was at San Gimignano.

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Since I had never heard of this city, I wanted to get inside and see what was happening inside the city walls.

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Especially after seeing that TriplAdvisor.com recommended an amazing restaurant there, which had more then 1200 reviews on it, all being fantastic and fabulous!

Inside the city walls the cutest medieval city was hiding! Coming from LA it almost felt like a movie set. But of course it is as real as it gets!

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With the 14 towers that were leftover from the previously built 72 (the highest one 54 meters!), it was an architectural gem that I was feeling so blessed to see.

I will tale more about this fascinating city but I wonder if you can guess why people will build these labor-intensive tall towers in the 14-century, 72 of them and one higher than the other?

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Room with a View ….

Room with a View ….

Summer asks for pleasure. One of the simplest ways to add more pleasure in our days is to dine in a restaurant with a scenic view. In LA you can find some amazing views for dinner, lunch or even a simple coffee.

Today I’ll present you my 5 favorite places with amazing views, if you decide to visit LA 🙂

1. Number one would be WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, very chic, very formal, maybe a bit too business like, but with breathtaking views of Downtown Los Angeles. There is also a nice lounge area if you’re just in the mood for  drinks.

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2. Yamashiro... The name speaks for itself: it is a Japanese restaurant, where waitresses are  wearing  Japanese kimonos. Amazing views from Hollywood Hills, where it’s nestled. Food is ok, but has a cute inside garden and… Farmers Market every Thursday night from 5-9pm!.. You can’t beat that!

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3. The Ultimate Favorite: The Perch!  3 words: Too Much Fun!

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4. Soho House…this is a private club, so to get in, you need to go with a member or become a member if you can get a referral and you’re part of the artistic community… very who knows who Hollywood :)… West Side views, great at nighttime.

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5. I feel this one is a “secret spot,” not very well-known: The Castaway. It has a very 80’s cozy feel, very warm ambiance and scenic  views of everything: Downtown, Hollywood, Mountains and if it is a clear day, even the Ocean…

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Did this entice you to visit LA ?

P.S….and NO!… The State of California or above mentioned restaurants did not pay me …or give free dinner gift cards…or shoes for that matter 🙂

Just kidding. Hope I’ll see you soon!

xoxo

Evelina

R rated – Content only for over 21!

…We are not going to talk about porn today …just alcohol :)…and to be more precise:  WHISK(E)Y !

The show Mad Men revived the interest for the mid-century lifestyle. Among other trends, the famous TV show inspired a renewed interest for whiskey.

I was always fascinated with whiskey, along with wine and brandy, some types of uisge beatha (water of life) are very aromatic and complex.

In the 90’s Dot.com era, the coolest place to work was considered the one that had a Ping-Pong table and a skateboard cave. Now for young professionals, a  “dream place to work” is considered an office with a wet bar, a silver tray and crystal glasses. (Google and Facebook Headquarters should take a note.)

The reason it is better to drink while at work is that whiskey does not severely impact cognitive abilities; versus lets say Tequila or vodka! …For that reason, it is Vladimir Putin’s favorite drink and has become uber-popular in Russia.

There are some misconceptions though about whiskey.

#1 It is a man’s drink…

Being a firefighter might only be for men, but whiskey…no…women can handle it perfectly 🙂

#2  It is good on the rocks…

It looks good on the rocks!.. but a good complex whiskey would lose its aroma with the ice. The only additive should be a few drops of water; preferably bottled spring water from Scotland.

I am curious, would you vote for being able to have a glass of scotch at work?

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Total Package or The Benefits of Venturing Out

-Why there are no Restaurants on the Moon?

-Because there is no Atmosphere!

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I mentioned before about my addictive personality. It definitely applies not only to fashion, but to other things as well, such as Restaurants.

My decision-making strategy about where to eat is simple: depending on which neighborhood of LA I am in, I have my ultimate place to go to and I don’t venture out.

I feel “exploring” new restaurants can be hit or miss and since I don’t have much time, I don’t want to end up at a “miss.”

Well at least that was my thought process until recently…

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I was at the “Prive” salon in West LA, where amazing hair sculptor Brian Borg was trimming my hair (he actually calls it “dusting off” not trimming… sounds so much better !)

…My later plans included having dinner at “The Little Door” an intimate French-Lebanese place that I became “hooked on” because of my friend. The food is consistently great and there are no unwanted surprises…Well that was my plan, until Brian asked ”You know that the best Italian restaurant in LA is right next door?”

“Seriously Brian?”…“The Best? Right here?”… after realizing that I had already accidentally parked my car at the “Angelini” valet, combined with the degree of starvation I was experiencing , the decision was made in nanoseconds!

Evelina GalliJust like that I diverted my dinner plans from “The Little Door” to the next door and landed at Angelini Osteria.

I have never been to Italy before, but stepping into Angelini was as good as buying a ticket and flying to Italy!

The staff spoke in Italian, the customers were charming, and the colors of the interior were warm and welcoming!

House made black ink pasta with lobster and cherry tomatoes was unbelievable and to compensate me for not having any company, they offered a glass of champagne on the house. The high note was when Venetian tiramisu arrived with a small cup of espresso. The dinner was fantastic from the very first bite of the Ciabatta bread and the Extra Virgin Olive oil delivered from Italy specifically for them.

Only after the dinner I noticed the Zagat rating award/trophy, where it spelled out that Angelini was the best. But the truth is, you did not have to see any Award/trophies to know this was the best. It was not the food or the staff that made this place so special and not the customers or the decor…it was all of the above creating an ATMOSPHERE, a sum that was greater than its parts!

Have you ever discovered a “true” hidden treasure in your neighborhood by chance?

Wine Dilemma

Occasionally I do enjoy a glass of red wine…. Cabernet, to be more specific. But it is hard to navigate in the world of wine: with sulfites, no sulfites, organic, not so organic, old, young…the overwhelming display of cool labels and bottles …what to choose?

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My recent find is Groth, an amazing California Wine (2009). It is delicious in every variety. It has a unique flavor, but is reminiscent of something familiar. I love the look, the aroma and the way it leaves an impression on my senses.

In many ways, wine is like fashion. Certain wines fit certain moods. Color and texture is important. And everyone has a favorite!

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A good red wine is always a crowd-pleaser… especially dressed up in fine crystal!

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What is your favorite vino?