Since its revolving door first rotated in 1906, The Ritz has been at the heart of London society and continued to play host to royalty, aristocracy, and stars of the stage and screen within its luxurious Louis XVI style interiors. North Shore residents who have enjoyed its opulence and ambiance over the decades may be thrilled to know that the prestigious Picadilly landmark has just released its first cookbook from one of its iconic chefs. The Ritz London: The Cookbook allows anyone who has enjoyed a meal by Executive Chef John Williams to attempt to recreate his iconic dishes at home. Whatever your desire—the definitive Negroni during the cocktail hour, the ultimate macaron at afternoon tea, classic comfort food with a twist, an extraordinary cheese course, or something spectacular to impress—The Ritz London: The Cookbook transports us all into a five-star world where, it is said, “resistance is futile.” Available October 2 on amazon.com or theritzlondon.com.
While made for the beach, the SANDLITE mat is perfect for fall picnics, festivals, and weekends away. The beauty of the patented technology is that sand and dirt particles pass through the mat as the dual-weave material acts as a sieve. The soft fabric is water resistant, which means no more wet blankets. The SANDLITE mat rolls up in a compact bundle for easy carrying, with a built-in carry handle. We tried it and highly recommend for savoring what’s left of summer. To purchase, visit cgear-sandfree.com.
Your children’s most magical dreams will become reality when they meet Jasmine, a rescue horse from HARPS of Barrington Hills, whom April Graves and her team from Light Drawn Studios transform into a mystical unicorn. Captured among the glorious garden and magical lane of the HARPS property, these ethereal images are created to help raise money for the hooved animals of HARPS. The session fee along with 10 percent of all portrait sales will be donated to HARPS. All costumes are provided. Sessions will take place September 19 to 21 and October 2 to 4. Contact Light Drawn Studios at 224-655-7801 to reserve your session.