A fabulous dinner party was given in my honor and my Granddaughter Isabella's in Laguna Beach at Andrea's (of The French Basketeer) historic estate. Other guests included Tamara Beardsley and her husband, as well as Christina of Greige with her Mother, and many other talented and interesting friends. Andrea's Mother Laurie was a gem to us throughout our stay!
As an accomplished chef trained in France, Andrea truly outdid herself for this dinner party for 20 guests. Starting with a Burrata, peach, tomato salad with balsamic, an assortment of artisan cheeses and herbed breads, she continued on with farm to table salad, homemade pasta pappardelle with a sauteed varietal mushroom sauce, then Chicken L'orange. Below you will see just some of the delectable deserts. All through dinner paired with fabulous French Wines to whet the palette.
|Dessert included everything from light lemon curd with strawberries, apricot preserve filled vanilla torte, rich chocolate mousse, to decadent flourless chocolate cake with fresh whipped cream and berries!|
Image via Christina at Griege
With so many special guests, Christina of the design blog Greige with her Mother and Tamera Beardsley, accompanied by her amazing husband, the conversation was light and scintillating! We tried to get Andrea out of the kitchen as much as possible!
|The Historic Laguna Beach Estate|
|Dining sideboard filled with a lifetime of collections|
|One of many alcoves with statuary and artifacts; look at Andrea's copper pots from France)|
|The Dolphin Fountain, one of many fountains on this majestic property|
|One of many bar tables set up on the spacious terrace and loggia|
|French seating and Louis Vuitton trunks as tables|
|Isabella at the beach having a terrific time|
Dear friends and followers, this trip was a much needed getaway that happened in a magical way starting with an invitation to stay at Tina and Bob Dameron's, (She is my former Real Estate partner) home in Mission Hills, San Diego, she now owns Urban Homes Real Estate in Little Italy, San Diego. My long time friend Marty Pappas of Athens Market Taverna also hosted us for a dinner that was out of this world! Caught up with dear friend Jutta and we also had a lot of beach time, listening to the magical waves rolling into shore. The last weekend in Laguna Beach was heaven.
I feel so fortunate as this was planned by friends knowing I have another major surgery coming up, after over three years of surgeries and hospital stays. Thankful beyond, I am staying positive and grateful every single day!
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