Where are the best spots to visit in Napa? Assouline’s gorgeous book answers all your wine-themed questions

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Assouline publishing’s In the Spirit of Napa with text by Jennifer Raiser provides the perfect mental reprieve from this heat wave. The stunning images of the valley’s rolling hills, sprawling vineyards, and impressive estates make you feel as if you’re amidst the dry air of Napa Valley sipping a glass of wine. Better yet, it helps you make your imaginings a reality by providing readers with a trip-planning guide to the region. The book includes surveys of Napa Valley’s local food and wine establishments, while specifying the best places for sightseeing, entertaining, recreation, and more. So, pour yourself a glass of wine and get some inspiration for your next trip to Napa through the stunning images below. more

If you’re looking for a relaxed, comfortable place to have food or drinks with your friends, Oliver Stumm’s Cafe Select is your go-to spot. Designed like an imaginary European train station cafeteria, Café Select combines the best of Stumm’s native Switzerland with New York City in both its food and decor. The casual chic atmosphere attracts young professionals working in nearby agencies who often become Café Select regulars. more

The homemade cook tells us about her new book, The Homemade Kitchen

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Have you ever wondered why your attempts at cooking never look like the pictures in the glossy recipe books? Well, cookbook author, food blogger, and working mother Alana Chernila certainly has. And while Chernila writes books with gorgeous images of food inside, she is the first to admit that her cooking is far from picture perfect. Working at home in a house that she shares with her parents, 17-year-old sister, two young daughters, and husband in the Berkshires, Chernila’s life is a controlled chaos. Clear boundaries have to be set while Chernila is working so that she doesn’t go off to clean the bathroom or do laundry once she’s in her workspace. more

By Linda Arntzenius

After a four-year ban that prevented him from all international travel and kept him from visiting Princeton in 2012, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has had his passport returned to him.

Last week, Mr. Ai posted a photo of himself on Instagram holding the document, which had been confiscated by Chinese authorities following the artist’s outspoken remarks on number of national scandals, including collapse of badly-constructed schools during a 2008 earthquake.  more

Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith

Lighting by Jamie Young Co. 

In May of 1997 Jamie Young Jeter and David Jeter, both artists with a passion for travel, took a day trip to Mexico, where they filled their car with interesting gardening pots they discovered in a roadside shop. more

Shakespeare in the Park begins performances of Cymbeline on Thursday, directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan.

Preview the Mostly Mozart festival for free at a concert on Saturday night at Lincoln Center. more

teNeues publishing shares their appreciation for the Big Apple in their colorful art book

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Whether you’re riding the tube in London or walking the streets of Japan, it’s not uncommon to spot the famous “I ❤ NY” t-shirt that’s available at seemingly every bodega and souvenir shop in NYC. No matter where you’re from, it’s virtually impossible not to fall for the lit up Empire State Building, get overcome by the green space in Central Park, or swoon over the stylish dames on Madison Avenue. Simply put by teNeues September 2015 title, Everyone Loves New York. Edited by the art book specialist, Leslie Jonath, Everyone Loves New York showcases the best of NYC through eclectic and vibrant illustrations created by artists from around the world. more

Jennifer Bunce of The Hudson Cakery discusses the wedding cake tips and trends for every bride-to-be

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The days of white multi-tiered wedding cakes and plastic toppers are over thanks to confectionary connoisseurs like Jennifer Bunce. As head pastry chef and owner of the boutique cake shop, The Hudson Cakery, Bunce is always on her wedding cake A-game, so much so that she’s been featured in the likes of NJ Brides Magazine, The Knot Magazine, and the New York Times. Decorated with remarkable artistry, Bunce’s custom cakes are showstoppers, but they’re also tummy pleasers. more

By Taylor Smith

The wonderful thing about following your favorite writers on Twitter is that they suddenly become relatable. They are people with opinions, a sense of humor, and a life outside of their writing duties. more

Escape to paradise with the fashion guru’s newest book on island living. 

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Caribbean flair collides with British sensibility in India Hicks’ third and newest tome, India Hicks: Island StyleA miscellany of breathtaking personal and professional photographs, design tips, and personal advice, Island Style acts as a bona fide scrapbook of Hicks’ home life. Readers are thrown into the colorful and free-spirited world of her Hibiscus Hill home in the Bahamas where she lives with her designer husband, four children, and fostered Bahamian son. more

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

http://www.mpbrooklyn.com

470 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn

929.250.2312

Michael Psilakis went from being a waiter at T.G.I. Fridays to an award-winning chef and owner of three successful restaurants: Kefi, Fishtag, and MP Taverna Brooklyn, Roslyn, Irvington, and Astoria. Impressed? Wait until you taste his food. A proud Greek-American, Chef Psilakis learned the flavors and techniques of classic Greek cuisine from his mother, who was an incredible cook. While Psilakis has since managed to run the kitchen independently – and write a book, cook for President Obama, and appear on several television cooking shows – he still admits to using his mother’s flavors in his dishes. more

Fly high with the 1950’s jet setters in Assouline’s elegant tome

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The Jet Set of the 1950s conjures up a bygone era of wealth, adventure, and endless amounts of glamour. In Assouline’s book, SWANS: Legends of the Jet Society, we’re taken away from our crammed commercial airplane seats and thrown into the world of private jets and exotic travels.  more

The Brooklyn Museum’s newest exhibition is a sneakerhead’s dreamland

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

We’ve all heard of coin collectors, stamp collectors, and even rock collectors, but what about sneaker collectors? Known as “sneakerheads,” these connoisseurs live for limited edition, rare, or exclusive sneakers. And since July 10, they’ve been swarming to Brooklyn Museum’s newest exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture.  more

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Any man whose cat alone has their own Twitter account with 46,000 fans deserves to be heard, especially when his name is Karl Lagerfeld. The famed fashion designer known for his enigmatic personality, signature black sunglasses, and endless talent has released his 2016 Fashion Agenda edited by Patrick Mauriès and Jean-Christophe Napias. more

The London-based Michael Hoppen Gallery announces esteemed photographer, Simon Norfolk’s third exhibition of photography from August 3rd – September 8th.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

“The winter snow marches up to summer peaks and then slowly returns, like the gentlest of waves lapping on a lakeshore. The surface of a field rises when it is full of crops and falls again when it is harvested. When the branch of a tree is full of sap it is heavy and it leans, in the autumn it is lighter and it ebbs” (Simon Norfolk). more

These mobile kitchens take NYC’s street-food game to the next level

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

A city obsessed with transportation and mobility, New York City was destined to have a love affair with food trucks. And over the last five years, that love affair has become an integral part of NYC’s cultural landscape. more

A New Guide Book to Shoes from Assouline

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Esteemed fashion journalist and author, Nancy MacDonell celebrates the history of shoes in The Shoe Book. The latest addition to Assouline’s Anthology Collection, MacDonell’s book explores the styles and fashions of footwear over the centuries. more

See how French photographer Sophie Gamand is helping animals through photography

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

New York based award-winning photographer Sophie Gamand knows dogs. In fact, she’s made a living photographing them. Through close-up portraits of man’s best friend, Gamand has made herself a name in the industry while simultaneously giving a good name to shelter animals through her charity, Striking Paws.

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Laura Rhys MS gives Urban Agenda NYC an inside look at the rigorous process involved in obtaining her prestigious title

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

When it comes to pairing wine with food, my rules are fairly simple: red wine = pasta, white wine = anything other than pasta. As sophisticated as my process sounds, it’s evident that my knowledge of wine is limited, to say the least. Luckily, there are individuals in the world whose job is to guide people like me. more

From swimming in a car to dodging bulls, brand ambassadors Daniel and Samuel Taipale give Urban Agenda NYC an inside look at their adventurous lives

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Finnish brothers Samuel and Daniel Taipale were born with a penchant for adventure. Joining their parents on unplanned camping expeditions and admiring their father’s nature photography since they were boys, this daring duo were always looking to explore new places. Fast-forward to 2015, and Samuel and Daniel still can’t shake their travel bug or their appreciation for photography. more

Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith

Rugs by Madeline Weinrib more

A stunning seaside library that redefines summer reading

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The beach is a reader’s oasis. With the waves crashing in the distance and the endless blue above and below the horizon line, it’s impossible not to get lost in your book. Knowing the escape a summer beach read provides, Vector Architects in Beijing, China have designed the awe-inspiring Seashore Library that allows readers to experience this feeling year round. more

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

191 Chrystie Street #2F, New York

This week’s “Plate to Date” comes from a rustic American tavern hidden away down a Lower East Side alley called Freemans Restaurant. In its 11th year in New York City, Freemans has gained popularity for its cozy ambience likened to that of a hunter’s cabin or a colonial-era pub.  more

See how synthetic biologist Tal Danino is giving a whole other meaning to the term “petri dish” by combining art and science

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

L.A. native Tal Danino is no stranger to science. In fact, with B.S. degrees in physics, chemistry, and math from the University of California, a Ph.D in bioengineering from the Systems Biodynamics Laboratory at the University of California in San Diego, and a current position as a postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University in New York City, Danino is more of a science expert. But not only does Danino have a knack for all things science, he also has a flair for art. more

An intimate view of Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and belongings through photographs at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London

Sarah Emily Gilbert

After Frida Kahlo’s death in 1954, her husband, Diego Rivera placed her belongings in the bathroom of their Mexico City house, which later became the Museo Frido Kahlo. Rivera wanted to keep the room sealed until 15 years after Kahlo’s death, but it wasn’t actually opened until 2004 when the museum decided to have Ishiuchi Miyako photograph the over 300 unseen items from Kahlo’s room for the Frida exhibit. more

Eliza J Designer, Dana Greechan, gives us an inside look at dress design

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

There’s nothing quite like putting on the perfect dress. Aside from making you want to belt out, “I Feel Pretty” louder than Maria from West Side Story, a well-fitting dress can make a woman feel feminine, fabulous, and fearless. For Associate Designer of Eliza J, Dana Greechan, the “dress-rush” is even more pronounced. Not only does Greechan get to spend her days designing beautiful Eliza J Dresses that are sold to the likes of Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, and Von Maur, but she also gets to experience others wearing her designs. And for a woman who admits that she’s “been obsessed with fashion since [she] can remember,” seeing a chic woman wearing her dress designs on the street of NYC is overwhelming. more

The Liberty Belle Extravaganza at Hudson Terrace

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How Sarah and Steve Gifford turned their love for New England into a family business

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The post college years can be a daunting time for young professionals, but brother and sister team, Sarah and Stephen Gifford were able to dodge the drudgery by taking matters into their own hands – or shall we say heads. more

A Taste of Mexican Culture in New York City

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

267 Elizabeth Street, NY, NY 10012

(917) 727-0179

http://tacombi.com

This week’s “Plate to Date” comes from a restaurant brand suffused with authentic Mexican culture and, of course, cuisine.  more