Friday, December 21, 2018

Fine Jewels Offered by Houston Jewelers - Beautiful and Different

Diamond and Sapphire Ring. Nazar's and Co. 

Fine Jewels Offered by Houston Jewelers - Beautiful and Different

My infatuation with fine jewels is somewhat similar to my deep interest in French châteaux or Italian Palazzi. The fact that I’m unable to buy them in no way diminishes my desire to closely inspect, and in most cases, try to learn about their design and materials. In my opinion it's incredibly exciting to come across exquisitely crafted, achingly beautiful jewels. Hitching my love of jewelry design to the Santa season, I decided it would be fun to create a post showing readers memorable jewels being sold by establishments located in Houston. The ones I chose are gorgeous, I believe, yet different. 

Diamond and Cultured Pearl Necklace. Tenenbaum 

Victor Velyan 18K yellow Gold and white Gold ring
 with black opal and Diamonds. Lewis Jewelers.
Etho Maria Sharp collection 18K yellow Gold
 and Green Sapphire Drop Earrings. Saks Fifth Avenue
Houston, The Galleria.

Sutra 18K White Gold bracelet with pave set
round brilliant diamonds. Zadok Jewelers.

Brooch with rubies, emeralds and sapphires set in
18K gold. Tiffany, The Galleria.

(Selected Articles on BOUDINANDBOURBON.COM)

Consciousness Screwing with Us: Rice University’s 2023 Archives of the Impossible Conference

Garland Fielder Weighs In on Architectural Design and the Creative Process
A Talk with Angie Dumas About Her Blog "Da'Stylish Foodie" - Interview

Eating Garlic Beef at Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant - Mai's Immigrant Story

Discovering S.P.Q.R. and Miraculous Oil at the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere
My Visit to Houston Farmers Market

Visiting ShyKatz Cafe on Galveston Island, Historical Architecture

Eating Oysters at Topwater Grill in San Leon at Galveston Bay

A Tribute to Legendary Wildcatter Jim Bob Moffett

A Talk with Food Guru George Graham about - Graham’s New Cookbook “Fresh From Louisiana: The Soul of Cajun and Creole Home Cooking” - Interview

Ryan Baptiste - The Light Beyond The Blight - Redbud Gallery - Echoes of New Orleans

Billeaud's Too, Calvin Trillin, and Jacking with Cajun Boudin

Martha Stewart Visits Lucullus Antiques - Patrick Dunne - New Orleans

Jimmy Domengeaux Chats about His Louisiana Wetlands Photography Exhibition – Interview

A Closer Look - Beef Empanadas with Olives - Seco’s Latin Cuisine - Essay

Giacomo Restaurant's Foradori, Rotaliano, Trentino 2015" - Red wine produced by Elisabetta Foradori in Trentino Italy - A Closer Look

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A Few Words About "Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol" from the Natural Portrait Gallery, London" at MFAH

Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Henry VIII,
1540, oil on wood, Palazzo Barberini, Rome

"..One easily imagines Henry glittering in the torch light at Whitehall Palace..." (I was invited to preview the exhibition “Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol,” from the National Portrait Gallery, London, at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Here is fun background to some of the show's portraits.)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Meeting Carolyne - Carolyne Roehm 's New Book Carolyne Roehm Design and Style - A Constant Thread

Carolyne Roehm Design and Style: A Constant Thread

"...posh hotels and restaurants in the area inflated costs. Geezers recall when that part of downtown was an armpit..." (This post tells blog readers about meeting Carolyne Roehm, about her newest book Carolyne Roehm Design and Style: A Constant Thread, and about how she inspired me.)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Interviewing Sergio Vazquez about Wine Selection at Sorrento Restaurant - Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese grapes in Montalcino region are used for Brunello di Montalcino

"'s quite common for customers to want to see vintage years, and he is happy to accommodate them" (Sergio Vazquez Sorrento Restaurant) Virginia Billeaud Anderson - interviews Sergio Vazquez about wine selection at Sorrento Restaurant after choosing the Brunello di Montalcino.)

Friday, October 26, 2018

My Visit to Irene’s New Location - New Orleans French Quarter

Bar at Irene's - 529 Bienville - New Orleans

"...The moment I saw the “new” Irene’s brick walkway, the instant I stepped inside and saw the wooden wine barrels, I knew it was dumb to worry... (Virginia Billeaud Anderson - writes about Irene's move to its new location at 529 Bienville in New Orleans. Includes fun history of southern Sicily.)

Friday, August 31, 2018

Fernando Casas - Interior with Disappearing Mirror - After Velázquez - A Closer Look - Essay

Fernando Casas, Interior with Disappearing Mirror - After Velázquez 

Fernando Casas said "At the moment I am working on a painting I wanted to paint for over 40 years..."  (Virginia Billeaud Anderson writes an essay about Fernando Casas' painting Interior with Disappearing Mirror - After Velázquez, which Casas considers a cornerstone of his career.)

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Closer Look - Christy Karll’s Painting “Swerve” - Interview

Christy Karll, Swerve2018, Oil on archive paper,
17 x 16 1/4 inches (framed), from Barbara Davis gallery

“...You bitch,” I replied.  Surrounded by inspiring architecture.  I on the other hand was in Houston..."

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Beef Empanadas with Olives - Seco’s Latin Cuisine - A Closer Look - Essay

Seco’s Latin Cuisine - Parrilla Seco with Margarita and Malbec

" olives that juice-up Seco’s beef empanadas yanked my mind back to the time I was lost in an olive grove in Spain.."

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Giacomo Restaurant’s Teroldego, Foradori, Rotaliano, Trentino 2015 - A Closer Look - Essay

Teroldego, Foradori, Rotaliano, Trentino, 2015

Jose, the waiter at Giacomo, listened politely while I reminisced about “the old days.”

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Michelangelo and Pope Paul III Background Story - Michelangelo and the Vatican Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples - Essay

Tiziano Vecello, called Titian, Portrait of Pope Paul III
1543, oil on canvas, 
Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte,
Naples. Courtesy of MFA,H.

"...his unwavering belief that Michelangelo was as much saint as genius, 'infused with divine grace,' can be tiresome..."

Friday, May 25, 2018

T-Coon’s Restaurant - Savage Breakfast - A Closer Look

T-Coon's Restaurant (Southern Breakfast) Eggs, Sausage, Biscuit and Grits

"..the reason lawyers and farmers and kids and tourists crowd into T-Coon’s Restaurant..." (Just a reminder that T-Coon's Restaurant in Lafayette Louisiana in packing them in for Southern-style breakfast - eggs, sausage, bacon, grits and a biscuit.)

Monday, April 23, 2018

Thoughts about Crawfish and Slot Machines - Louisiana Food, Politics, Gambling - Essay

Crawfish Etouffée - Billeaud's No. 3

" instinct tells me that only a dumb-ass would boil a sack of crawfish inside..." (Virginia Billeaud Anderson discusses Crawfish Etouffee, Louisiana politics & gambling. Mentions Don's Seafood, Ella Brennan, Paul Prudhomme, Floyd Landry, Marcelle Bienvenu and Edwin Edwards.)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My Visit to Lynda Frese’s Studio to Learn About La Femme Chauve-Souris (Batwoman)

Lynda Frese, La Femme Chauve-Souris (Batwoman), 2013, 11x14” pigment prints,
found postcards, egg tempera, metal foil on gesso board

"...Only good bourbon in a bar after could have made my visit to Lynda Frese’s studio more fun, but perhaps it was too early in the day for two old broads to be “drankin” at T-Boy’s Lounge..." (Visited Lynda Frese's studio to learn about the fascinating myth-based and metaphysical associations in the artist's collage painting La Femme Chauve-Souris - Batwoman, 2013, reaching back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age.)