La Dolce Vita

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It is no secret that I have a strong hedonistic streak. These days the word takes on a negative connotation, partly due to the popular “Hedonism” resorts. I won’t go into that here, though a simple google search will tell you all you need to know. (I won’t even sit fully clothed on the bedspread in a 5-star hotel because I know they don’t wash them. Yet this place has cloth couches in their “all-nude” rooms. Boggles the mind).

I subscribe to the original meaning of the word, by Greek Philosopher Aristippus. He wasn’t advocating pleasure in the form of sharing nude hot-tubs with strangers, but the higher pleasures in life such as love, friendship, altruism and yes, maybe sleeping in every weekend. I believe in following your bliss, whether that leads you to a 9-5 office job with weekends off and full benefits or to a tiny home studio with your grandmothers sewing machine, glass etching tools and complete contentment.

my bliss

One of life’s greatest pleasures is a delicious meal, prepared in a kitchen full of people you love, preferably over a glass or two of good red wine and accompanied by boisterous conversation and laughter. Meals like this nourish not only the body, but the psyche. Picture this kitchen overflowing with close friends, steaming pots, simmering pans, the tinkling of wine glasses and a warm late spring breeze coming through those doors. Yes.

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In my ongoing hunt for interesting recipes and new cuisines, I have discovered some real gems and look forward to sharing them with you. One of my favorites is The Communal Pantry, a self-described “book club for foodies and mixologists” and is my go-to resource for meal ideas that are as pleasurable as they are nourishing. Take a look around, but definitely check out their “Pantry Must Haves” (under the “kitschy and unique tab”), an invaluable list of foodstuffs that no pleasure-seeker should ever be without. Click on the photo below to explore all they have to offer.