Shave Ice

18 Jun
Photo: NYT

Popular the world over in many incarnations, shave ice is poised to finally claim its rightful place in the upper echelons of refreshing summer treats. Gourmands are taking to to streets and bringing this once humble, albeit DayGlo, staple of the pushcart vendor to the hippest establishments. Lindsay Laricks of Kansas City’s delightful Fresher than Fresh, sells her all-natural snow cones out of a 1957 Shasta trailer at local markets and art openings.

With so many different flavor combos waiting to be tried and tested, it looks like I’ll be making these all summer! I’m envisioning lavender-lemon-lime-sea salt, blackberry-basil-cracked pepper, vanilla bean-ginger-almond…

Do you have any recipe ideas?


Festival Style

15 Jun

Would that I were Charlotte Gainsbourg, expertly navigating the festival circuit with boxes of Balenciaga. Alas, Mr. Ghesquière cannot play fairy godmother to us all! Instead, we mere mortals must maneuver the mud and music on our own.

Inspired by the V Magazine spread “Kate Moss and the Gypsies,”

Here’s the Coulter Curated Guide to Festival Style:

  1. See by Chloé Ruffle Eyelet Peasant Blouse
  2. Ann Demeulemeester Leather Waste Coat
  3. Earthlover Hemp Rucksack
  4. Kenneth Cole Fedora
  5. Top Shop Hot Pants
  6. Jeffrey Campbell Combat Boots
  7. Ann Demeulemeester Feather Necklace
  8. Oliver Peoples for Balmain Sunglasses

P.S. Download the free ‘NPR Music At Bonnaroo’ sampler!

Love from Bonnaroo: Mumford and Sons, Dave Rawlings Machine, Old Crow Medicine Show, John Prine, and Kris Kristofferson! This music fills my soul!

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Travel Style

4 Jun
For Him:
  • Mulberry Hand Clipper
  • The Art of Shaving Travel Kit
  • Asprey Flask
  • Canon Digital SLR
  • Hermes Portfolio
  • Tom Ford Sunglasses
  • Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  • iPhone
  • Bose Noise Canceling Headphones
For Her:
  • Louis Vuitton SC Bag
  • Louis Vuitton iPad Case
  • iPad
  • Bvlgari Cashmere Travel Throw
  • Newbark Flats
  • Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color
  • Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerit Yourcenar

Gone are the days of café society, when bright young things stole away to Europe with monogrammed steamer trunks aboard transatlantic ocean liners. But that doesn’t mean the modern jet set can’t still travel in style. Think the jungle patterned statement luggage designed by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton in The Darjeeling Limited.

Whether you’re heading to Capri for the Sun, Gstaad for the snow, or Paris for the shows, you will want to travel with ease and effortless style. I love the elegance of a classic hard-back suitcase, but nothing beats the laid back cool of a supple leather duffel.

      The Classic Framed Shoulder Bag

      28 May

      • Lanvin Toucouleur Besace
      • Yves Saint Laurent Medium Pochette
      • Roger Vivier Carlita
      • Chanel 2.55
      • Marc Jacobs The Single
      • Chloé Louise
      • Proenza Schouler Mini Messenger PS1
      • Céline Classic Flap Box Bag
      • Hermes Constance
      • Yves Saint Laurent Mini Twee
      This season marks a return to understated luxury and elegance. Bid adieu to gaudy logos and heavy hardware, and say hello to the new “anti-it” bag. Demure, feminine, and utterly romantic, they’re perfect companions for bicycle rides through the countryside and late afternoon lunches on the piazza. Simple, classic, timeless and made from the highest quality materials and workmanship, these are investment piece that will be treasured by both you and your granddaughter alike.

      Slow Food

      26 May

      Eating well and eating right is an art and should be approached with the same awareness, care, and patience as cultivating personal style. Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures and all my best memories feature distinct tastes- rosemary in Potrero, limoncello in Florence, beer at Coors Field.

      My relationship with food is full of love and adoration- we were not destined to be star-crossed lovers! There are certain tastes I love unequivocally- Amaretto Gelato, Pain au Chocolates, Red Wine, Shellfish, Avocados.

      But after a long winter full of unfettered indulgences, I find myself in the company of a…plushness (I’m very diplomatic!) that my ever compassionate and forgiving knits (bless them!) have heretofore been charged with the lofty burden of hiding (pr geniuses!). But with the coming of the warm weather, their tour of service is complete and I must reluctantly discharge them.

      So what’s a girl- especially one who loves food with such ardor- to do? Turn to the French! Bien sûr!

      Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 show (show stopper!) starring the gorgeous Laetitia Casta already has me feeling better!


      …So does reading French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano, who provides a blissful alternative to burying one’s weight woes in bon bons and brioche:

      “You have to be ready to embrace pleasure and individual happiness as your goals…discover and cultivate your pleasures…pay attention to yourself-to what delights you” and gradually find balance. Sounds wonderful! Let’s begin!

      Over the next week, I will eat only fruits, vegetables, brown rice, and lean meats, and drink water, pure cranberry juice, and green tea. Ideally, this will cleanse my palette so that I’ll no longer be seduced by the foods that neither delight me nor do me any good, but nevertheless feature prominently in my diet.

      Recipe Ideas:

      • A hearty vegetable soup chock full of celery, green peppers, spring onions, carrots, and cabbage and seasoned to perfection with sea salt, ground pepper, and fresh parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme from the herb garden
      • Braised Belgium endive
      • Vine-ripe tomatoes lightly drizzled in olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, and garlic
      • Sauteed bok choy with garlic and soy sauce
      • Strawberry and mango smoothies

      I think I’m going to enjoy this! Do you have any recipe ideas?

      P.S. I can’t recommend Born to Run enough! And check out my post on Natural Remedies for Asthma.


      25 May
      Pike Place Market

      My honey and I drove down to Seattle for the Victoria Day Long Weekend. We had a wonderful time exploring the city- taking in the sites, cheering for the Mariners, eating amazing seafood! Check out my guide to Packing for Seattle.

      The Very First Starbucks

      Fishmongers, Pike Place Market

      Sur La Table

      Byrnie Utz Hats
      Pioneer Square
      Safeco Field
      The Space Needle

      Myrtle Edwards Park

      Seattle Marriott Waterfront

      Check out Seattle Band, Hey Marseilles:

      Music Playlist at

      Pink Berry Mini Pavlova

      21 May

      As a child, I thought that clouds must taste like cotton candy. How silly I was then! Now I know better- they taste like pavlova!

      Named after Russian Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova, this ethereal confection from New Zealand is simply delightful.


      • Egg Whites, 3/4 cup
      • Cream of Tartar, 1/2 teaspoon
      • Vanilla Extract, 1 1/2 teaspoons
      • Salt, pinch
      • Corn Starch, 1 1/2 tablespoon
      • Granulated Sugar, 2 cups
      • Whipping Cream, 1 pint
      • Fresh Berries, 1 pint


      • Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
      • Mix Cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups Sugar in a small bowl.
      • Whip Egg Whites, Cream of Tartar, and Salt in a mixer until small peaks form.
      • Increase speed and add Corn Starch and Sugar Mixture.
      • Add Vanilla Extract and whip until meringue is glossy and stiff peaks form.
      • Pipe meringue into large rounds on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
      • Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees and bake for 1 hour.


      • Beat Whipping Cream and 1/2 cup Sugar in a mixer until cream thickens.

      Pink Berry Pavlova:

      • Pour cream over meringue and add berries!