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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!

In The Press and Around the Blogosphere

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I feel like bursting into song, “Thanks for the memories….” Wait – make that “Thanks for the mentions…”! I’ve been overwhelmed these last 2 weeks by mentions In the Press and Around the Blogosphere! It started a few weekends ago when I was floating thru Rugen Island with my husband and felt a little vibration in my pocket. Google alert was buzzing on my Blackberry to let me know that I’d been featured in the quarterly print and digital magazine Fearless Woman Magazine – a publication committed to spotlighting successful women and giving valuable learning lessons to women currently defining and exploring their career paths.

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Add these great bloggers and this new magazine to you reading list!!!

Thanks for the Memories!

The Antiques Diva™

Spring Parisian Flea Market Calendar

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top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>The Antiques Diva™ is going Double-Diva on you… not only will you find me writing here on The Antiques Diva™ blog as normal, but twice a month you can also read my column as the In-House Antiques Expert in the Bonjour Paris newsletter – the definitive guide to Paris! I’ll be writing about everything from my favorite flea market towns in France to giving tips on how to bargain in France, what to buy and where and when to buy it.

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Make sure to subscribe for free to the Bonjour Paris newsletter by clicking here!

Spring Paris flea market calendarBonne Shopping,

The Antiques Diva™

Guest Blog: The Antiques Diva Meets Victorian Cobweb

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Today’s blog post comes to you from my Name Twin! A “Name Twin” is someone who has the same first name as you do. If you’re named Lisa, or Elizabeth, Amy or Jessica, finding others who share your name might be old hat, but when you have an unusual, somewhat bizarre, first name like I do it’s an utter surprise (and delight) when you find another person with your same first name! Though you know me by “The Diva”, in real life my first name is Toma and so when a few years ago I crossed paths with another girl from Oklahoma named Toma who happened to be as antiques-obsessed as me, I knew we were destined to become friends.

Over the past few years we’ve emailed regularly – tomas-and-round-top-texas-antiques.html” target=”_blank”>The Two Toma’s going back and forth, modern day pen pals and it’s been such a pleasure. Last year The Other Toma and I had a chance to meet face-to-face and we couldn’t stop gabbing!! But before I babble on, let me stop and turn this blog post over to The Other Toma – we’ll let her tell you our story!

So Ta Ta from this girl named Toma (aka The Antiques Diva) and Hello from My Name Twin Toma, author of toriancobweb.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>Victorian Cobweb!

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Tulip Vase from Freshome

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DeWit Unica Delftware at Dutch Village Shopping

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Web Gallery of Art
1690’s Royal Collection, Hampton Court

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Dutch Souvenirs
Fun and whimsical vase.

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Tulip vase Piet

Take a moment out of your busy day to stop and smell the flowers! And my advice is to find your name twin and start your own pen pal relationship!

Thanks for letting me guest blog!

The Other Toma,
toriancobweb.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>VictorianCobweb

* Dutch flag pic courtesy of www.kindergartenteacher.info and the tulip bulbs pic is from www.insidesocal.com

A Podcast Interview with The Antiques Diva and All The Best

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Dearest Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You’ve read my words, suffered through my comma splices & I fear that my high school English teachers (both of whom subscribe to this blog & to their credit have never once emailed me a page of red scribbles) cringe over my tendency for turning nouns into verbs and creating new words. What you might not know is that I speak with the same punctuation marks with which I write… and almost all my sentences end in an exclamation mark. I thought it might be fun if rather than reading diva details that, instead, I would let you LISTEN to me TALK in the first of a series of Podcast Interviews Ronda Carman, author of All the Best, is conducting on her sensational site!

I had an amazing opportunity last week to spend time tête-à-tête with Ronda Carman who happens to be one of the most successful design bloggers in the blogosphere. Google practically any mega name in design and you’ll find Ronda’s name paired in association with that person. A walk through her website finds an unparalled resource of “All the Best” designers, artists, entrepreneurs, movers & shakers and global taste makers. When I first started blogging, unbeknownst to Ronda, she became my hidden mentor. I stalked (er… I meant to say “studied”) her blog, the people that she profiled, and her way with the press, the personalities & paparazzi. This girl had style & as one who recognizes style I licked the crumbs of her site. And all along I had this secret fantasy that someday I might appear on her pages!

Flash forward 2 years and Ronda sends me a tweet saying “I’ll be in Berlin, can we meet up?” You would have thought I was meeting the Queen such was my excitement – I was meeting my Blog Hero in the flesh! And perhaps Queen isn’t so far off, for Ronda could easily be labeled “The Queen of Design” with the designers acting as her entourage! Needless to say, I was a little nervous. After sitting down face to face with Ronda & her darling husband for dinner chez moi, I was so amazed by what an approachable, kind, honest & utterly nice person Ronda was that I forgot how intimidated I had been to meet her and just started having fun! She has that way about her.

If I can say one thing, Ronda truly epitomizes “All the Best”.

Now, pop on over to Ronda’s site and eavesdrop on the conversation she & I had as we discussed my life story, revealing how the dreams of small-town girl growing up in rural Oklahoma lead to a life in Europe and starting a business abroad.

Listen Here:

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™
(seen with All the Best author Ronda Carman)

Photos of Bellagio & An Introduction to Studio Judith

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Perhaps I should have written Dear Diva Viewers, for today’s blog is light on the text and heavy on the travel pictures dedicated to my cyber-friend Judith at Studio Judith. She’s a mixed media artist and interior designer whose rather diverse portfolio includes everything from Airstream Trailers to Park Avenue Penthouses and whose works have appeared in everything from House Beautiful to HGTV to Sew Somerset. Of course, the work I enjoy most of all are those pieces of art and dreams she shares on her blog.

Judith recently did a series on Lake Como prior to my June trip to Italy and I think it might have been 3 of her posts on Como (Dreams of Another Place, Another Time, Como Dreams and Dreams of Lake Como) that inspired my husband and me to detour to Bellagio en route to Florence! Thanks for the inspiration Judith!

So Judith, these photos taken on my recent trip through the Lake Como area are for you! Alas, I looked high and low but Clooney wasn’t anywhere to be found – the pics of Bellagio, sans George, will have to do!

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The Antiques Diva™

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One Minute Diva – Paris Flea Market Celebration

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A Paris Flea Market Celebration

Visit the Marche Malassis in the Puces de Saint-Ouen for a sensual sensation watching tango dancers get their Latin groove on as the Casa Del Tango, led by Frédérique Behar, helps les Parisians et beaucoup des tourists kick off Summer/ été 2009!

Also, for you French-readers out there, I wanted to let you in on a recent discovery! Did you know The Paris Flea Market now writes a blog?? Visit Puces de Paris for great updates on what’s on at the Paris Flea Market!

Au Revoir,

The Antiques Diva™

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Have you heard of “That Travel Guy” Andy Hayes?

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I might have been away on vacation in Italy, but while La Reine, The Contessa and Lady Lotus were guest blogging on my site, I was guest blogging on another site… that of Andy Hayes’ Sharing Experiences. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you meet the nicest people on the internet and Andy is one of those friends I’ve made in cyber space. Andy is known as “That Travel Guy” and with good reason, for I think he’s traveled the globe with a pen (er, make that laptop) in hand. His posts are always informative and fun to read, chock-full of tips and tidbits. Plus, he’s just plain charming in his correspondence.

A few of his articles I’ve referenced when planning outings or past trips include:
  • 24 Hours in The Dutch Kitchen – Your 24.com
  • Best Capital Boutiques (Edinburgh) – Planet Eye
  • Out and About Day Trips Near London – Europe Up Close
Based in Scotland’s fashionable capital Edinburgh, you see him and his work everywhere. He is passionate about travel and does a lot of writing for major magazines, blogs, as well as a few print books. He’s also the man behind the blog, Sharing Experiences, a site where he interacts with other travel writers and shares travel tips with his wide range of contacts. Not only does Andy write about travel, but he also helps companies in tourism and travel-related businesses take advantage of the myriad of social media’s available and embrace online technologies, ensuring their content, both print and online, matches their business needs and their brand. Make sure to check out his services to launch your business into First Class!

Last week Andy featured me, The Antiques Diva™, on his blog. Leading into my article, Andy writes:

“Today’s guest post features some European highlights from my friend Toma Haines. Toma is one fabulous lady who is guaranteed to make you laugh and give you some great tips! I’d dare say there are more shopping suggestions below than any other blog post on the planet! She offers really unique tours and I’m jealous to say I haven’t been on one of them yet, but hope to do so in the near future – just chatting away with Toma is convincing enough. Anyway, I’ll stop spoiling the fun and will hand it over to Toma….”

With an introduction like that, all I can say is Thank You Andy for sharing Diva Tips with your readers! And Dear Diva Readers don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten you either… You too can read the full article to Euro-Fabulous Shopping with the Antiques Diva” href=”http://andyhayes.com/euro-fabulous-shopping-with-the-antiques-diva/”>Euro-Fabulous Shopping with the Antiques Diva on Andy’s site!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Now that I’ve returned home from Italy I’m gearing up for a series of great posts on La Dolce Vita! Stay Tuned for more!

Guest Blog – Impressionist Giverny Comes to New York

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Today’s blog comes to you “Live From New York”! The Contessa,a New York state-based antiques dealer and Diva reader, has written to The Antiques Diva™ to share details on a stateside exhibition of “American Painters in France from 1885- 1915”.

The Contessa’s conversational writing style is a joy, harking back to her days as a radio personality. I am delighted to say that The Contessa is joining the team of regular diva reporters as she’ll be writing a series of upcoming guest blogs which are sure to daze & amaze! Thanks Contessa!

The Antiques Diva™

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The Contessa – Impressionist Giverny Comes to New York

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you can’t afford a trip to Europe this year but happen to be in the New York state capital, there is a fix Francais for you. Impressionist Giverny – American Painters in France, 1885-1915 is currently on display through January 4th at the Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany, NY.

Giverny, the French village where Claude Monet did some of his most beautiful works, attracted hundreds of artists – many American – through the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. The beauty represented in Monet’s art attracted so many artists from around the world that it transformed the village from a sleepy hamlet to a colorful and thriving community.

More than 50 of those stunning oil paintings from American artists who lived in Giverny are on display, including “The Terrace Walls” by Will Hicok Low, “The Card Players” by Theodore Earl Butler and “Mabel Conkling” by Frederick William Macmonnies. The exhibit was originally presented by the Musee d’Art Americain in Giverny, France.

Admission to the display also includes admission to the Institute Museum as well. There are gallery talks on this exhibit by a museum docent every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.

Head to Albany over the next 2 1/2 months and soak up this wonderful gem of an exhibition!

The Contessa

August Special Edition: The Great 2008 Coleslaw Cook-Off

THE ANTIQUES DIVA™ TOURS – CLOSED FOR ANNUAL VACATION DURING AUGUST – REOPENS SEPTEMBER While my tour guides are taking a much needed holiday and I’m away for the month of August sipping champagne at sunset on a Mediterranean Cruise (after taking a driving tour of Italy), I haven’t forgotten you, my loyal readers, in my absence. August 2008 you’ll enjoy a multitude of guest blogs, pre-posted light blogs and miscellaneous reader questions. Don’t worry, I’ll be back with more great addresses and shopping tips this fall! All email inquiries or posted comments will be responded to come September!

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>While The Antiques Diva is lounging on deck aboard Holland America’s Noordam enjoying her 20 day Mediterranean Cruise, two American At Home Chefs, La Reine & Lady Lotus, take hold of the reigns for today’s blog, going head-to-head in The Great 2008 Coleslaw Cook-Off. In one court, we have La Reine with her soon to be famous mayonnaise-free coleslaw recipe. In the other court, Lady Lotus brings forth a very diva-colored pink coleslaw designed to impress friends and foes alike. Both Home Cooks claim their non-traditional coleslaw recipes make them “The Coleslaw Queen”. Only you can decide which contender takes home the tiara!

Contender # 1 – La Reine

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“I was just asked AGAIN for my soon-to-be-famous coleslaw recipe. A couple weeks ago we had a guest marathon and I was cooking one healthy and one very unhealthy meal. The only thing on both menus was my coleslaw. I hate mayonnaise, but love coleslaw. So in almost any restaurant, when they say: ‘Would you like coleslaw?’ I say, ‘Is it made with mayo?’ They say, ‘Yes’ and I say ‘No.’ So, I’ve concocted my own recipe, which since it’s been asked for so many times recently, I will share with you too.

I always make a huge batch, I never make it just for The Big Guy & me, but I made enough so that I can keep some at home while taking the rest to potluck lunch or BBQ. This easy, fast & healthy recipe is also inexpensive to make and keeps for several days in the fridge. What more could you want? “

La Reine’s Coleslaw Recipe
Mix:

  • 1 large bag shredded cabbage
  • 1 small bag shredded broccoli
  • 1 small bag shredded carrots
  • 3 chopped apples, I use Fuji but Granny Smith would be better except The Big Guy thinks they’re too tart
  • 4 chopped green onions

    Dressing Mix:

  • 1 large spoonful sour cream
  • 1/2 can frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 4 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs poppy seeds

    Add dressing to greens. You can add additional vinegar or apple concentrate to make it sweeter or tarter, to taste. Add raisins, cranberries, or nuts as preferred. You can also add broccoli florets or other tiny vegetable to taste (and color). Let blend in refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving, better over night. Serve cold. Keeps several days.

Contender # 2 – Lady Lotus

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Lady Lotus’ Horse-Power Slaw

  • 1/2 head shredded green cabbage
  • 1/2 head shredded red cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced green onions
  • 2 cups shredded broccoli stems (remove crowns first and save for another meal)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup nonfat mayo
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons creamy prepared horseradish (Or, better yet, do it yourself, a la Lady Lotus Style – Peel fresh horseradish root and cut into chunks. Toss in blender with a little water. Grind. Add half a lemon to neutralize).

Combine the cabbages, carrots, onions and broccoli stems in large bowl. In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, vinegars, sugar, and salt and pepper until sugar is dissolved. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cabbage mix and toss thoroughly. Refrigerate 30 minutes. In small bowl, combine mayo, yogurt, and horseradish. Stir. Add to slaw mixture and stir thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate again 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

So, Diva Readers, what do you think? Is one better than the other? Have an alternative suggestion? Let me know!!

Until next time, keep enjoying this wonderful summer!

The Antiques Diva™

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