October of 2011 offered a wonderful opportunity with my younger daughter to be in London for the annual Frieze Art Fair, and then on to the 54th Venice Biennale. Perhaps I haven’t mentioned that in addition to cooking, another great passion of mine is art! I owned an art gallery for fifteen years, and just retired (selling out to my business partner) December a year ago. (Check out their web site City Art Gallery!) But between the two art fairs, we had to rest a couple of days at the lovely Villa d’Este on Lake Como. Exhausted upon arrival we Skyped with my older daughter and her then four month old son and ordered room service, after they upgraded us to a lovely deluxe room with a breathtaking view of the lake! (Who cares if it was foggy!) Below is a pic of our lovely table with the refreshing Italian Prosecco and divine cheeses. Yes, feel free to be envious. It was a magical trip!!