Skip to content

Subscribe to campari&sofa and receive new posts via email

Campari & Sofa Posts

Featured Post

(5) Great (and unusual) places to eat in Italy

Posted in Style & Travel

breadI ate. With an abandon I hadn’t allowed myself in years. Mostly at people’s houses, experiencing a mix of the traditional and the new, but also at some restaurants – Italy has moved forward from the trattorias of old (that still exist and, especially in Rome, are mostly good), and the new food scene, with sleek and modernist establishments borrowing in look and fare from both Northern Europe and the USA, is vital and interesting. Because Italians will never be able to eradicate their culinary roots, with a maniacal attention to provenance and ingredients, the end result is worth seeking. These are places that caught  my palate and left me wanting for more. Read More (5) Great (and unusual) places to eat in Italy

Featured Post
Featured Post

BYOF – or the urban picnic

Posted in Style & Travel

BOLOGNA.
Osteria del Sole

On my last night in Italy, before flying back to the States at an ungodly hour the following morning, my friends argued on where to give me a proper sendoff. Silvia, a woman I have known for over 50 years who is, inarguably, the life of whatever party she chooses to inhabit, suggested Osteria del Sole. We were all rather perplexed.

Read More BYOF – or the urban picnic

Featured Post

And then there was one

Posted in Life & Love

Magritte - Empire of lightThere is a light mist in London, which is well suited to my arrival.

Aircrafts and airports are the perfect form of insulation. Nothing can happen beyond the roaring of an engine and the silly movie on the screen in front of me. Nothing can happen among the throngs of humanity moving as one and the blaring lights of the duty-free, beckoning shoppers.

Read More And then there was one

Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post

(5) Things we love (and haunt us)…#113

Posted in Things We Love

halloween

We got caught in the rain yesterday, the dogs and I. We left the house under a steel grey sky, scarcely confiding the stingy Californian clouds would open their faucets. But open they did, gently at first, then insistently. We ploughed on, happy to get wet, the dogs shaking their furs now and then. I can’t even remember the last time I got caught in the rain. New York, this time last year? On the way to the Beacon?

Wishing you a dry weekend.

Read More (5) Things we love (and haunt us)…#113

Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post

Things I lost to the dogs and the lessons I learnt

Posted in Life & Love

PortiaLooking at Portia now, peacefully napping on her bed, the mischief that is perpetually swirling in her brain is not apparent. Yet, that scoundrel, aided and abetted by her brother, Ottie, have caused their share of havoc. Neither of them has ever chewed shoes or furniture, and long ago I learnt the trick of scattering a couple of cardboard boxes with a small treat inside before leaving the house, to be sure I will return to everything as I (mostly) left it.

Read More Things I lost to the dogs and the lessons I learnt

Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post

Louise Bourgeois – the dark side of feminine

Posted in Things We Love

louise-bourgeois-portrait-photo-jeremy-pollard-copyright-1Sometimes I bookmark art that I see in magazines, or online, for future exploration. Most of the time, what piqued my interest in passing, on closer inspection, doesn’t end up moving me but, when I dig deeper, and find more about an artist who caught my eye and I fall in love with what I see, it’s like happening on a wonderful book you had never heard of. Read More Louise Bourgeois – the dark side of feminine

Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post

Why book clubs don’t work for me

Posted in Life & Love

book-club-I am reading a book about a book club, populated by women more intent on eating, dishing out on each other and talking about sex than actually discussing books. The premise is an excuse for some thrilling adventures on the part of the first person voice narrator, and for dropping the titles of some high-brow tomes.

Read More Why book clubs don’t work for me

Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post

Hair and skincare fatigue

Posted in Beauty, and Health

Graffiti by Anastasia Brennab
Graffiti by Anastasia Brennab

A couple of years ago, once I got home after a fundraising lunch, I looked in the goodie bag that had been left under my chair, and found a pair of attractive bottles of shampoo and conditioner. I had read about these products online, in passing – clearly a well orchestrated media campaign, if even I took notice.

Read More Hair and skincare fatigue

Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post
Featured Post

Double chocolate cupcakes for grown-ups

Posted in Food & Entertaining

chocolate cupcakesI have a strong antipathy towards cupcakes, for no other reason that they became so popular and I never quite understood why. A cupcake is just a piece of cake baked in a cup with frosting on top. Like cakes, they come in all sorts of flavors and decorations and colors. And, since the cupcake craze started, ridiculous looking and ridiculous tasting options have proliferated.

Read More Double chocolate cupcakes for grown-ups

Featured Post
Featured Post

Robert Mapplethorpe – The search for perfection

Posted in Things We Love

Self-portrait 1975
Self-portrait 1975

Los Angeles is currently enveloped in Mapplethorpe mania. Two companion exhibitions are on view at the Getty Center and at LACMA, and a new documentary titled “Look at the Pictures” just opened on HBO. Twenty seven years after his death, it seems it was time to rediscover the work of an ambitious and provocative photographer who started taking pictures by accident.

Read More Robert Mapplethorpe – The search for perfection

Featured Post
Featured Post

Be not afraid – dealing with anxiety and fear.

Posted in Relationships, and Women's issues

10437609_10153038959378907_433491740597971405_nFear is padding around on little cat feet in the lives of too many people I love.

The first email I opened on Tuesday morning was from camparigirl. We’d had a conversation a few nights before about managing the disquiet we felt about a future that suddenly seemed so unpredictable and malevolent.

“Let’s embrace the possibility of possibility”, we’d agreed.  “Look outward with optimism. Can only help. We’re all going to die at some point anyway – may as well live until then.” Read More Be not afraid – dealing with anxiety and fear.

Featured Post

(5) Things we (love to eat in NYC)…#67

Posted in Food, and Things We Love

Bright lights, Big City
Bright lights, Big City – the central hall at the new Whitney Museum

This week we are going to tell you about some fabulous food we had during our most excellent vacation in NYC.  We are not going to bother with the restaurants that let us down (yes Shake Shack, we’re referring to you) – because that would be the wrong way to remember our adventure. Instead we are going to tell you about some restaurants or food stalls that will have us remembering them with love, smacked lips and happy discovery.

Read More (5) Things we (love to eat in NYC)…#67

Featured Post

Dos and don’ts around your friend with cancer

Posted in Health, and Women's issues

banksy-out-of-stock

How many people do you know? Seriously, think about it. Between your friends and family, close acquaintances and all those you keep in touch via phone and social media, how many are there you share tidbits of your life with? Hundreds?

On the same day I received my breast cancer diagnosis, I was struck by a variety of thoughts I never imagined would pop into my mind at such a time.

Read More Dos and don’ts around your friend with cancer

%d bloggers like this: