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I truly believe that the kindest gift you can give to anyone is a gorgeous dinner, and that is what makes Thanksgiving the perfect holiday.

I hope everyone has a knockout day filled with amazing people, inspiring food, and loads of alcohol.

In France, today is a regular day like any other, so we are celebrating our thanksgiving this Saturday, stay tuned!

A super chic city wedding is always such a fun project…..This glamorous couple wed at St Patrick’s Cathedral and the reception followed at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park.  The gentle drizzle made the city lights so romantic and Gramercy Park was brilliant in fall foliage.

We created a lush autumn cocktail in warm oranges, ambers and reds, followed by a more formal, crisp dinner in impeccable white linen, antique silver and gorgeous pink and red roses.

If you live, like I do, in Europe, and come from, like I do, the United States, you will understand the extreme dreaminess of the image that follows.  Mexican food is just something that does not exist here, anywhere. You can get a very good margarita at the Studio at the Café de la Danse on the Rue du Temple, Paris3….but DON’T eat there you’ll be sorry.

I had the extreme good fortune to have recently been out to San Francisco, which in my opinion, has the best mexican food outside mexico. This was the lunch i ate every day in the Mission.

img_0124QUE RICO!

i was working in new york city for the past three months, and so many parties and dinners happened there, i’ve been consumed with attending them rather than documenting them.  I will, however, recap some highlights before the Thanksgiving in Paris Marathon begins.

For my favorite friend Gabriel’s birthday, there was a stunning feast and rooftop sun.

img_4678LOBSTER ROLLS!!

 

img_4680JUDITH, who is a beyond fabulous cook, hostess, and a real knockout made fried risotto balls….a highlight of the menu.

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img_4681these risotto balls were made with a seafood broth and were so light and delicate…

 

img_4691 these are barbecued grape leaves stuffed with goat cheese                                                                               and figs!

 

and these are gorgeous lamb chopsimg_4701

gabriel was very happy……

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I made the cake which totally melted and fell apart, but was maybe the most delicious cake i ever made, ever.

img_4718to make the cake:

heat your oven to 350.

butter and flour 2 8″ x 2″ cake pans.

melt 1 1/4 bars of unsweetened chocolate (choose wisely) with 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter..then let rest and cool 

mix 2 3/4 cups cake flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder (use valrhona or van houtens if you’re sophisticated), 2tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp sea salt.

in separate bowl, mix 4 eggs, 1c. sugar, 1c. dark brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla until pale and thick

slowly mix in chocolate.

in 3 alternating batches batches,  mix in flour mixture and 2 c sour cream. 

pour evenly into both pans, and bake for around 45 minutes.

FOR THE FROSTING:::

melt 4.5 oz chocolate with 1/2 c butter

add 4.5c 10x sugar and 4.5c sour cream in alternating batches

add 2tsp vanilla.

now, you can slice each cake horizontally and make a four layer cake!

don’t worry if it all melts and slides apart like a sad accident,

imperfection is poetic, and a wilted cake will make your guests laugh and cry,

and frankly when they eat it, they will kiss your toes.

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