Wednesday, February 27, 2013


I've found if you wear a cast, everyone you meet asks what happens. Same thing if you put it on Facebook. 

 Well, I was in New Zealand with my husband on holiday where everything is extreme sports.  It would be great to just say 'I hit it on a rock while bungee jumping' but at my age, I don't think I'll be flying and neither will that story. 

So here it is.....

It's 4pm and we had an hour to kill so I suggested we try another winery close by - they close at 5pm.  Mission winery in Napier, NZ. which is actually owned by the church. We had 2 small sips (not glasses) because they were closing. 

As we walk in - there is a wedding about to start. A  gorgeous young bride and her bridesmaids waiting for the music to commence.

As they walked out, we were told we could also go and see the view.  So we did. 

They are finishing their 'I Do's', I snap this photo and the guests are now applauding.  I walk a few steps to the main building and snap one more photo of the vines growing on the trellis staying out of view - (I'm thinking of the vines for my new home I'm building).  But while I'm standing on the step up (landing) the vine are too close so I step back.  OOPS!..there is no step back. 

The landing is curved and my foot catches the edge while I'm falling backwards ... my phone/ camera goes flying.... and with little balance I put my right hand down to catch myself on the brick pavement. 

But I'm wearing this lovely Mexican Sterling Silver cuff bracelet on my right hand.  My hand hits hard with my body weight and my wrist and this cuff become one.  I'm distorted on the ground in extreme pain ... but tell my rescuers to quickly scoop me up and out of there..... I don't want to ruin the wedding. (cause I'm going to start screaming very soon).

2 clinics and 1 hospital later (x-rays close @ 5pm at clinics) - I finally get my x-ray - it's broken on the right side and a bone chip severed on the left. It's also dislocated - so with the help of nitric oxide and my husband holding me down - the doc pops it back into place.  They cast the arm, only to break it open because I have to get on a plane the next day and it might swell. It's re-casted in Hong Kong a few days later. 

The real surprise - the 3 hours in the hospital .... was FREE.  If it's an accident - it's paid.

Luckily, it's our last night in NZ but we have a long 6 hour drive back to Auckland the next day - my husband has a 6 hour drive - I'm enjoying the scenery. 

My right hand - I'm right handed.
I was scheduled to play 2 matches that week when I returned - but instead I'm in this cast for at least 4 weeks and then a wrist brace.  


Tuesday, February 26, 2013


It's almost March and I'm just now wishing you a Happy New Year.  However, Chinese New Year just came to a close and the factories are finally reopening after being closed for almost a month.  Little can be done during this time.  It's difficult because we were just getting back from Xmas break and then another was upon us. So I vacationed in New Zealand with my husband - where I broke my right wrist in 2 places. But that's another adventure. 

March Schedule
Tuesday March 5th
Wednesday March 13th
Thursday March 21st

I was able to pull a van together of 7 lovely ladies on a gorgeous and unseasonable January day.  

For many it was just scouting and experiencing Zhuhai, but a few bought some amazing pieces this trip.  

  Trina bought this unique art deco sideboard for only $2800 rmb.  We found out later it was made of huanghuali.  There was a slight flaw but after investigation we thought we should leave it alone!
We found one auctioned off in Singapore for a value of $60,000 rmb.   Not sure if it's the same item - but why chance it until further investigation.

A member of the rosewood family, huanghuali stands for rarity, beauty and in today’s Chinese furniture market, high prices. It is believed that there are less than 10,000 pieces of huanghuali furniture left in the world. Because the wood is nearing extinction, and is now a protected species, supply is very limited. Matched with the rapidly increasing demand for Chinese antiques, prices for huanghuali furniture have skyrocketed over the past five years.

Lynn headed a totally different direction as we stumbled across this piece when I had to pick something up at another factory.  A contemporary reproduction for under $2000 rmb, if I remember right. 

Julia went hunting through the screen inventory and found some fabulous antiques for a project at home.  

Veronica's Wish list
Most of these are reproductions on the wish list, but we can find something similar - or make it. 
Be prepared for the trip - you will be more successful.

Other items we saw:

Now think of these - stripped, painted black or a wow color- or add a darker brown stain.  

 Great aged wood. 

This is an antique - but I can see it painted gray outside and painted white inside.   

Fresh Idea:
This stool is 24" high - perfect for a accent side table.  Now add a piece of marble to the top in the octagon shape and you have made a beautiful conversation piece. 


3rd factory

4th Factory

Gold leaf

love them because they are old, and very thin. I'm using them as a room divider. I'll temporary attach some accent fabric on the back wall for a punch of color. 

NEXT tour dates:
March Schedule
Tuesday March 5th
Wednesday March 13th
Thursday March 21st

Come join me!

Minimum of 4 people, maximum 7. 



Our Gift to You..........

Wednesday, March 6, 2012 - Mexican Classics
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Saveur Magazine Special Class:  (each student receives a one-year subscription to Saveur Magazine, a canvas tote bag filled with a recipe book and samples).
Salsa roja (tomato chile salsa with tortilla chips)
Red chile enchiladas 
Pescado a la Veracruzana (Veracruzana fish)
Frijoles Borrachos (Drunken Beans)
Sopa de arroz (rice with tomatoes and onions)
Spicy Mexican chocolate cake with Ancho whipped cream

109 MacDougal Street, Unite 2
New York, NY  10012

* Cancellation policy: No refunds are given. You can reschedule if we are notified at least 5 business days prior to the class you have signed up for. If you find you can not make it to a class at the last minute, please consider finding someone to take your place. 

Your registration has been processed and you are confirmed in the class listed below.  Class starts promptly; you do not need to bring anything with you.  Directions to the studio can be found on our web site.  Enjoy!  All our best, Miette


Classics of the Italian Kitchen - March 2 at 12PM

  • Truffled Eggplant & Mushroom Lasagna
  • Smoked Pork Chops with Cabbage, Caraway Seeds, & White Wine
  • Stuffed Zucchini with Herbs & Parmigiano
  • Slow-Roasted Fennel with Sage
  • Nonna's Dark Chocolate Cake with Vanilla-Scented Whipped Cream
Homemade lasagna is one of the pinnacles of Italian cuisine, and is only as delicious as its individual components. Learn to make the ultimate lasagna in this brand new class devoted to classic Italian home cooking. Our lasagna today will be made according to a recipe I discovered in Umbria, in the kitchen of an inspiring chef named Mimma... Mimma has quite a way with fresh pasta, and her lasagna manages to be both light and sumptuous at the same time (I'll show you Mimma's trick, promise!). As a main course, we'll cook smoked pork chops with slivered cabbage, caraway seeds, garlic, and white wine, just the way the Italian farmers have done for centuries, so they emerge tender and juicy. We'll stuff baby zucchini with a delicious mix of herbs, cheese, and a secret ingredient that provides a haunting note to the finished dish, and we'll slow-roast fennel with sage until it caramelizes, creating a lovely side for our pork chops. And to complete our feast, we'll bake my grandmother's chocolate cake... Need I say more about dessert?

Rustico Cooking 
40 West 39th Street 
Third Floor 
New York, NY 10018