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Diva-scovery: Reiseantiquitäten & Kunsthandel in Berlin

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I walked into one of my favorite antique malls in Berlin – the Berliner Antik & Flohmarkt – a few weeks ago only to discover that my favorite antique shop was NOT there! Now this, my dear Diva Readers, was cause for a national emergency! Fortunately for me, the stress was short lived as the perky owner of Reiseantiquitäten & Kunsthandel (Travel Antiques and Art Dealer) Priti Shambhu was still in the German antiques mall closing up details and she delighted me by appearing around the corner and explaining that she hadn’t closed shop, merely moved to another location across town!

The new location of her shop – Reiseantiquitäten & Kunsthandel, as fabulous as ever – is now located in Berlin’s Charlottenburg in the Suarezstrasse Antiques District!

Antik Centre Suarezstrasse
Suarezstrasse 48/49
Berlin, Germany

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If you like Travel Antiques and Accessories, a visit to Priti Shambhu’s Reiseantiquitäten & Kunsthandel in Berlin is worth taking a trip simply for the souvenir shopping in her charming new shop!

Happy Travels!

The Antiques Diva™

Rau Antiques – The Armory Show NYC

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>The lesson of the day is that the contacts in a Diva’s “Little Black Book” are worth their weight in gold – or rather make that jewels, fine art and authentic Versailles furniture! I’ve just added a contact to my address book that will have you swooning.

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Candid Kellogg writes:

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Bill Rau, the third generation owner of this venerable, prestigious antiques and fine arts gallery based on Royal Street in New Orleans since 1911, has a master’s eye when it comes to acquiring spot-on antiques and, lately, pedigreed fine art, a category that has shown a marked increase in the past 18 months.

Rau Antiques is a sprawling 30,000 sq ft gallery, with a neighboring townhouse called Le Salon, which offers the connoisseur and visitor to New Orleans an impeccable and historical tour of 18th and 19th century decorative arts.

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If Candid Kellogg has you salivating for more fine art and antiques, you must visit Rau Antiques Booth at The Armory Fair this fall.

Antiques & Art at the Armory
September 30 – October 3, 2010


Antiques and Art at the Armory features more than 50 dealers from around the world, specializing in high-end antiques and art. The show is vetted to ensure the highest quality and assurance of authenticity.

Special thanks to “Candid Kellogg” and her touch down from Paris! And stay tuned for more!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

Save the Date Berlin: The Art of Entertaining

Dear Diva Readers,

When I learned that CHEFinBERLIN was offering an “Art of Entertaining Workshop” I knew you needed to know about it!

THE ART OF ENTERTAINING

27 September @ 13:00

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►Cost: 20 €

Please email to:CHEFinBERLIN@me.com”>CHEFinBERLIN@me.com for registration details and address.

Sign up for more CHEFinBERLIN Classes! Stay tuned for details on Cooking Classes Chez Antiques Diva with CHEFinBERLIN!

Ciao for now!

The Antiques Diva

Treasures on Tuesday – Eat Your Colors

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My friend Jill DiGiovanni of “Chef in Berlin” – a Berlin Germany based Caterer and English-language cooking school – loves colorful food! Jill writes, “I really like colorful food ~ vibrant squash, heirloom tomatoes, black garlic, peppers, beans, flavored salts (the list is endless).” But when I told her about the Antique French Barbotine Knife Rests for sale in my online shop “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™, “Chef in Berlin” said she had the perfect dish to pair with this great turn-of-the-century treasure from the South of France. Chef in Berlin exclaimed, “You MUST try Truffle Potatoes!”

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“Germans call them truffle potatoes. Upon opening the pack it’s easy to see these are from the ancient Andes culture called Peruvian purple. They have a very long history stretching continents. The skin is dark, almost black and spotted with many eyes. Inside is a vibrant purple flesh. After cooking them the skin becomes almost dark grey and the flesh is an amazing deep purple. These Peruvian purples are the mealiest of all the fingerlings. They are great roasted or fried. Mix them with redskin and white potatoes for a vibrant potato salad. I like mine with a simple vinaigrette tossed with steamed green beans. I recently saw them on a menu at CAFÉ LOFT in Potsdam. They served them boiled with quark (German sort of cottage cheese). However you serve them they’ll make your next meal dazzle with color. Not only that, they taste ummm really much like a normal potato!”

“When purchasing make sure to buy ones that are plump and not shriveled, no sprouting eyes, soft spots or blemishes. Don’t store them in the frig because the starch will turn to sugar and they will become sweet. They’ll keep at room temp or in a cool place for approx 2 weeks. Your extra tip for today is to keep them away from onions and uncooked broccoli because they will decay more quickly from the gas that those veggies give off. That not only goes for potatoes but, in fact, any type of veggie.”

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  • 6-8 potatoes (in general they are all small potatoes)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsely (or any mix of fresh washed herbs)
  • salt and pepper fresh ground from the mill
Boil the potatoes or steam for 10 minutes (til done). On draining you will see they dry very quickly. Quarter them and mix with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy! And naturally, serve them up with style using this Set of 4 French “Barbotine” Pottery Vegetable Knife Rests – available at “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™

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Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™ with a little help from my friend “Chef in Berlin”
(Seen right at La Maison du Chocolate in Potsdam)

Guest Blog: Souvenirs de la Reine: Shopping for Blue Onion Pottery in Berlin

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  • blue and white tulip vase from Delft, Holland
  • cobalt blue vase studded with silver I found in a souk in Marrakesh
  • petite blue oil painting of Paris
  • blue and cream Dutch KLM house found in an antiques shop in Amsterdam
  • blue swirl glass bowl from Kosta Boda I found at their outlet store in Sweden
  • pale blue Limoges oyster plate I found in Savannah
  • dark blue fleur de lys on white platter from Madrid
  • blue and white taper candles from France
  • cobalt blue and white cake plate from Royal Copenhagen I found in Copenhagen

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And not only did I want Zwiebelmuster, I wanted antique. And more specifically, I wanted a lidless Zwiebelmuster crock to put on my stove and hold cooking utensils. The Antiques Diva was on the case! Our first stop (after Starbucks for my daily addiction of a Tall Skim Chai Latte, extra hot bitte) was the Berliner Antik und Flohmarkt. And as we wandered the stalls, the Diva introduced me to a vendor specializing in blue & white. It was love at first site. And as I browsed the crowded shop, I found my newest treasure:

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Who knew?

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  • it’s not an onion at all, in fact it’s a pomegranate!
  • this pattern was copied by Meissen from Asian pottery in the mid-18th century, and soon copied by other pottery manufacturers, most famously Czech factories, who produced a much more affordable version
  • Meissen Zwiebelmuster is treasured by traditional German housewives. In fact, when I travel Germany visiting my many family members, I’m always served kuchen und kaffee on their treasured Zwiebelmuster
  • Blue Onion is readily available in the US online at ebay or Replacements

La Reine’s Shopping Tip:
You can find your own blue “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva by shopping her new online brocante. Recent blue treasures include vintage Delft pottery, tiles, and vases.

Happy Shopping!
La Reine

PS. Enjoyed today’s post? You can read more a La Reine’s great blogs at She’s Shopping Now!

Diva News Network with Special Guest: Chef in Berlin – Making Tea Time Treats

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In this special Diva News Network I invited my good friend Jill DiGiovanni to be a special guest on DNN! Together we’re going to show you some behind the scenes details on preparing some super simple recipes for doing an Afternoon Tea Party – Diva Style! Jill is the brains and beauty behind the international cooking school (and exclusive caterer) Chef in Berlin.

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Diva News Network with Special Guest Chef in Berlin

Of course, this video is only the tip of the iceberg! Want to find out how to make those other 2 treats you see on our tray? Watch Two More Additional “Chef in Berlin” Videos:

Beet & Goat Cheese Tea Time Sandwiches

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Salmon Mousse and Caviar Puff Pastry


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Happy Entertaining!

The Antiques Diva™

(Photo Credit Right: CrissCross)

PS. I’d love to see how you entertain! Send me some pictures to post on my site of your next tea party! toma@antiquesdiva.com

Diva News Network: Tea at the Hotel Adlon

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Often blog readers write and ask me for travel advice – they ask for hints and tips of diva-worthy and luxe outings to do while criss-crossing Europe. Today I thought I would share with you one of my favorite Sunday afternoon excursions when I’m at home in Berlin. I love nothing more than taking tea at the Hotel Adlon located on the famous Unter den Linden nearby Brandenburg Gate, The Jewish Memorial, a hop skip and jump away from the Reichstag and mere blocks from my Mitte alt-bau apartment. This famous 5-star hotel is rich in history!

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For tourists in Berlin, the lobby of the Hotel Adlon is an excellent place to take a break – be it for coffee, tea or cocktails – while out touring the city or as you’re entering and exiting the hotel from your room upstairs. Ensconced in luxe-surroundings you can imagine Berlin as it used to be…and people-watch indeed. You never know when you’re going to see a celebrity! Remember when I bumped into Bono at the Hotel Adlon last year? And just a few months ago I saw the entire crew from Ghost Writer as they hopped into their chauffeured cars for the Berlinale film festival! And remember that infamous scene when Michael Jackson dangled his son out one of the hotel’s windows during a visit in 2002? You never know who or what you’ll see at the Adlon! In fact, keep your eye out for me – it’s one of my favorite locale haunts!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

PS. It’s Tea week at “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ – See what sensational tea-themed items we have in store for you!

Dutch Mania: From Delft to Bicycles

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My good friend Shirley Agudo – an international author and photographer – happens to have a serious case of Delft Mania! Her kitchen is filled to the brim with a sensational collection of Delft that captures the essence of Holland! Of course, it should come as no surprise that she’s caught the Dutch craze for blue & white – she’s down-right addicted to all things Dutch! A long-term American expat living in Holland, she’s also captured the essence of Holland in her book Bicycle Mania – a wonderful read about the Dutch bicycle obsession!

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Urban Cycle Gallery
Fehrebellinerstrasse 17
10119 Berlin
Photography Gallery Opening
June 11 – 7-10pm

Never fear, should you miss the fete this Friday, you can still see the exhibit! It’s on from June 11-26 and is a guaranteed good time!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva
(seen right with author/photographer Shirley Agudo in Berlin last month)

The Better To See You With, My Dear…

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Katia, my hair colorist – the woman who is credited with hiding every last inch of gray hair on my head – has recently started wearing these great funky glasses into “ la laboratory” (aka, the Aveda salon on Berlin’s famed Ku’damm.) She looks down-right adorable in her over-sized, slightly quirky spectacles and when I asked where she got her new frames, she responded,
“They are vintage… don’t you just love them? I figured if I had to wear glasses, I might as well wear frames with personality!”

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Next time you’re at a flea market and see a basket blooming with frames why don’t you take a gander and see if you can find a pair that you could bring your ophthalmologist to fit with new lenses!? And by the way, doing so might just save you a bundle – most of the frames in this pot were marked around 2 – 5 Euro!

If you want to save money & create your own one-of-kind style, going vintage is the way to go! Of course – I think my husband, The Wine Guy, and I are taking the “vintage spectacle thing” a tad too far….

Seeing is believing,

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Stay tuned to “The Better To See You With, Part Deux” later this week….

Soup’s On: Roasted Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

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from “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Soup is a staple in the Diva Household. After a hard day’s work hitting the flea markets, I love nothing more than to return home and dish up a steaming bowl of Roasted Tomato Soup. Often we serve alongside this dish a modern, diva-inspired twist on the classic American toasted cheese sandwich, substituting Kraft singles with brie or camembert! This substitute was made out of necessity when we first moved to Paris and couldn’t find American cheese – but now it’s one of our favorite comfort foods for casual weekends at home! While tomato soup of any kind is down-right tasty, following is my favorite Tomato Soup recipe courtesy of The Barefoot Contessa!

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Ingredients:
• 3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
• 1 tablespoon kosher salt
• 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
• 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
• 6 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice
• 4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
• 1 quart chicken stock or water

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.

In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.

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BASIC KNIFE SKILLS – Thursday May 6 from 18:00 to 21:00
NO COOK PASTA SAUCES – Wednesday May 12 from 18:00 to 21:00
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TREASURES ON TUESDAYS!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S-AiDRA6qVI/AAAAAAAAEsU/edIv7ffAk1c/s400/224.JPG” border=”0″ />Soup’s On! Serve up something sensational with this Vintage Silver Plate (marked) Soup Ladle in green felt-lined box. Purchased at the famed French Flea Market – La Foire Nationale a la Brocante et Aux Jambons in the Parisian suburb of ile de Chatou, this ladle originates from the late 19th to early 20th C and is as functional today as it was nearly 100 years ago!

“TREASURES” by The Antiques Diva™
European Antiques, Vintage Finds & Objects of Curiosity!

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Bon Appetit!


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