When traveling with a family, a terrific and often more economical way to go is to rent a house or an apartment. We have found great sites that curate beautiful homes for short-term rent. Also in this week's mag, ways to keep your home in shipshape and beautiful spring recipes among other tidbits.
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First Spring Harvest
Some beautiful early greens are starting to spring. Here’s how we’re making some of them.
Green & White Asparagus Tempura
Asparagus is one of the first veggies to sprout in early spring. Though they're great quickly roasted with some lemon, there's something about an airy, crispy asparagus tempura that's so good. We use rice flour to give it that extra lightness and to keep this dish gluten-free.
Before garden peas are fully formed, these wonderful leaves or shoots can be plucked from the plant in early spring. With a subtle pea flavor and a light and delicate texture (similar to watercress) they are great in salads, lightly sautéed with some olive oil/garlic, and especially made into a pesto and paired with creamy, lemony flavors as we do here.
Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Spring Onion with Poached Egg
It's best to get this as fresh as possible from a farmer's market if you can to avoid the pre-cutting or ageing you may find in supermarkets. Serve this dish with a slice of crusty bread or, even better, with our Pea Shoot Pesto Toast (see recipe above) for a delicious and light spring breakfast, brunch or lunch.
This is what the broccoli looks like raw. Once it's cooked, it looses a little bit of that pretty purple, but none of the taste.
Photography by Ali Allen. And a very special thank you to Summerill & Bishop for lending us some of their beautiful goods for our shoot.
Inspirational images from a beautiful spring lunch at Valentino's chateau outside Paris.
Home Stay Vacation Spots
With sites like Airbnb making it easier to find accommodation in homes rather than hotels, we decided to look into some of the more curated and luxurious services out there for some vacation and city break ideas.
This site, personally curated by husband and wife team Heinz Legler and Veronique Lievre, is all about vacation homes with character and a real sense of style. You'll find truly special places all over the world, from Mexico to Spain to Yosemite and beyond.
A Mexican Hacienda for rent right near the beach in Todos Santos, Mexico. A pool, hammocks and plenty of outdoor seating make for the ideal setting for lounging. There's fishing, surfing and snorkeling nearby as well as yoga classes, galleries to explore and great restaurants in the colonial town.
This house in Corsica is notable for its airy spaces and living room that opens onto an outdoor deck with views of the ocean and mountains. Cycling, water skiing, kayaking and more are all available nearby.
This tasteful selection of homes and apartments in New York and London is one to trust. For anyone in the market for an authentic experience in either of these two cities (where the company currently operates) without compromising on hotel-like amenities, this makes for an excellent option. You are greeted upon arrival and left with an iPhone and the owner's recommendations to get you around the city, plus luxury hotel-like linen, housekeeping, and Kiehl's (in NYC) products in the bathroom.
This company started out about 20 years ago renting villas in Italy, then France and Spain. Now, the collection has expanded to a few more locations around the world including Mexico, Croatia, and Scotland. Each villa comes with a "local host" who can arrange anything and everything you may need while staying.
We asked our friend Oliver Hawthorne, a House Manager and former hotel butler at Claridge's, to share some of his miracle tips for stains, polishing and special touches for the home. The housekeeping staff at the Plaza Hotel in New York has some ideas for us too:
1. How do you remove difficult stains like grass and red wine?
Use white wine to get out red wine stains - I think a scientist proved why this works...
For stains on delicate clothing, use soda water and dab with a white cloth. If it doesn't come out, you can use a little bit of salt for abrasion.
The Plaza Weighs in:
On General Stains: "Most of the commercial spot removers out there on the market easily remove stains, we are a big fan of these. If you don't happen to have a spot remover at home, we would always suggest neutral soap and plain old water to do the trick."
On Red Wine Stains: [As Oliver mentions] "Club soda and salt is a great trick. The most important thing is to get to the stain while it's wet because once it's dried, it's very difficult to remove. The first thing to do is dilute the stain with water, club soda, even white wine. Then, take a cloth and blot the stain from the outside in. We've also had very good luck diluting the stain and covering in iodized salt. Let the salt sit on the stain for about an hour or until it's absorbed all the moisture. Then remove away the salt with a vacuum or dustpan and brush. The stain is gone!"
2. Any insider tricks for cleaning surfaces and/or pots and pans?
For stains in stone, marble, granite or any absorbent, hard surfaces: Make a paste out of baking soda and water. Apply to surface and cover with plastic wrap (so it doesn't dry out). Let sit for 24 hours. If left wet, you can easily lift it and the stain.
Hairspray removes permanent marker from walls. Spray on a cloth and then wipe.
Cleaning Copper: When I used to work at Claridge's Hotel in London, we used to mix equal parts malt vinegar, flour and salt, and use that to clean the copper pots.
The Plaza Suggests:
"Vinegar and water is one of those traditional yet powerful methods that works like a charm. It cleans, disinfects, and leaves surfaces shiny. Just keep it to a quarter cup vinegar to one gallon of water so the smell isn't overpowering!"
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