How about doing something different for a change and offer your valentine an original gift? Instead of taking him/her out to a fancy restaurant, show how much you care by cooking dinner. Avoid the packed, loud venues and enjoy your evening by setting the mood and pouring a fine wine along with a thoughtful meal.
My Choice? Foil Wrapped Baked Salmon
Easy to prepare, it’s an absolute winner when it comes to both presentation and flavor. Start by tearing a generous sheet of foil, large enough to wrap the salmon and vegetables. Slice the vegetables into thin slices and layer them, making a bed for the fish: here I went with onion, zucchini and tomato, you can adjust to your liking. Place the salmon on top and season it properly with a pinch of salt and black pepper, but most importantly herbs: I went with thyme and basil but fresh oregano or sage leaves will work nicely as well. As an optional flavor enhancer you can use chorizo, parma ham or pancetta and top everything with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil. Carefully wrap everything with the foil sheet, making sure it’s tight enough so all the flavors are kept in and it cooks perfectly and evenly. Pre-heat your oven to 180ºC and when it’s hot enough put the salmon in and leave it for about 20 min. Afterwards unwrap it and serve with a salad and some basmati rice (optional).
With the continuous flow of content coming from Firenze, Milan and Paris, it’s been challenging to actually get some time to write, and although new season’s arrivals are fast landing at the stores, I wanted to share my love for tweed with all enthusiasts of this wintery fabric. For those of you who immediately associate tweed with older, rosed cheeked gentlemen, think again…tweed has been earning its own place in current style panoramas (while having never left a few particular ones), with young men sporting them in a variety of ways and social/cultural contexts. Its superb patterns and texture make it a perfect way to add visual interest to an outfit whilst incorporating somewhat of that revivalistic statement, a play between old and new.
However, in order to successfully pull it off and give it an up to date vibe, a few aspects should be taken into account, the most crucial of which is fit, as usual. Traditional tweed jackets tend to have broad shoulders accentuated by thick shoulder pads, as well as a longer waistline hitting at the lower thigh. Add to that the general weighty, thick nature of the fabric and you end up with an awkward fitting garment. Getting an updated version from the likes of Rugby or Gant Rugger is definitely an option, as is browsing thrift stores hoping to find a suitable version. If you opt for the latter, be sure to check the inner lining for the Harry’s Tweed authentication label and bear in mind the aforementioned details in your choice, taking for granted you’ll need to pay your tailor a visit.
Afterwards, just throw it on and proudly sport one of your best sport jackets yet. Warm enough to wear it on its own, its perfect for layering it with complementing elements for that rugged final look. Also, remember this is an investment piece you’ll be able to wear even during early Spring.