November 15, 2023

Dear friends —

Seymour’s Little Owl cocktail, Palm Springs

Just back from the across the world in the Maldives. It was a brilliant, restorative and delicious times at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani resorts, it’s almost Thanksgiving family time here in the States and retreating for familial, cozy times and lots of cooking.

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SSAL caviar and uni course

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