The roots of classic Riva yachts go right back to 1842, when a young Pietro Riva began repairing and building yachts on Lake Iseo in northern Italy. But it was his great-grandson, the legendary Carlo Riva, who had the vision to create a range of wooden-hulled speedboats that were to become the epitome of the jet-set era of the 1950s and 1960s.
Carlo Riva was inspired by the products of the American yacht builder Chris-Craft, for which he was an agent, and he used Chris-Craft and Chrysler engines in his classic Riva yachts before developing the firm’s own Crusader power units that prevailed from 1967 to 1996.
The arrival of fiberglass as a boatbuilding material sounded the death knell for the viability of wooden Rivas. After decades in the doldrums, Riva was bought and revived in 2000 by the Ferretti Group, which today uses the Riva name on a new range of high-end yachts – some runabouts that capture the essence of the original classic Riva yachts, and other contemporary beauties, such as the recently launched Riva Mythos, which stands far apart from that first wooden-hull speedboat.
Inspired by the design of sports cars, the Riva Rivamare Speedboat carries the tradition of Italian speed to the water. Measuring 39 feet long and 11.6 feet at its widest, it’s powered by a pair of 400 hp Volvo Penta D6 400 engines, capable of propelling the craft to a cruising speed of 31 knots and a top speed of 40 knots. On the mahogany panelled deck, you’ll find an intuitive control system with joystick and docking mode functions that make navigating narrow passages a breeze, as well as a rear hatch with mahogany steps that extend to form a faux “beach” area with water access. Meanwhile, the downstairs is as luxurious as up, with a kitchen, bathroom with glass shower, and living area that converts into a double bed for sleeping.
For the “when I win the lottery” file. . . The Silver Fast Superyacht would be interesting for its design alone, which incorporates a helipad, a glass-fronted jacuzzi, an indoor/outdoor dining area with sliding glass panels, and a full-on spa in a sleek profile. But it didn’t get it’s name for those reasons — it also happens to be the largest, fastest aluminum motor yacht ever built with conventional propulsion, with a top speed of 27 knots and a cruising speed of 22. It’s also unusually shallow, letting it access waters many similarly-equipped yachts can’t reach, offers accommodations for up to 18 guests spread across eight cabins, and has two 25-foot custom tenders hidden in the front under gullwing doors.
In honor of the July 4th holiday this post is all about grilling and cookouts. It will be light on content (hey, everyone needs some time off!) and heavy on links but I think you will find lots of helpful hints and tips. First up (and the title of the post should have been a giveaway) a video from Eater starring Marc Forgione, chef of American Cut in Tribeca: How to Not Fuck Up a Steak with Marc Forgione
Next, another video from Eater; this one starring Nick Anderer of chef of Marta restaurant in New York that will help you expand your grilling repertoire beyond steak: Beyond Basics: The Art of Grilling
In case the video with Marc Forgione wasn’t complete, see the post on The Daily Meal with tips on how to grill the perfect steak. How to Grill the Perfect Steak
The annual Palm Springs Modernism Week started last weekend and runs through Sunday, February 22. For those of you lucky enough to be in Palm Springs this week there are still a number of events with tickets available (I barely escaped the latest round of frigid weather to hit New York and am writing this on my patio overlooking the mountains and the pool in Palm Springs. . .)
The Christopher Kennedy Compound – situated on the golf course in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs this 1964 home has been “reimagined for today’s style of Southern California living by an unparalleled roster of celebrity designers.” Daily Tours. http://www.thechristopherkennedycompound.com
The Williams Residence Tour – Built in 1983, but designed by an architect with a strong mid-Century pedigree, E. Stewart Williams, for his son and daughter-in-law. The home is rarely open to the public and located on the hillside of the Las Palmas neighborhood, taking full advantage of the views the location offers. Williams was responsible for several significant properties in Palm Springs including the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs Desert Museum and the Frank Sinatra House. February 18. http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/248643/
Tour of the Dr. Franz Alexander House Designed by Walter S. White – While White is not widely known in the Coachella Valley, this will start to change with the first-ever exhibition of White’s work at UC Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum this fall. Located in the secluded enclave of Little Tuscany, this is an unusual opportunity to tour this home. February 19.http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/248453/
Jaffe House Tour Designed by William F. Cody, 1963 – the house was built during the phase of Cody’s career when his buildings were built of steel with ultra thin roofs and acres of glass. Located in Rancho Mirage on the Tamarisk Country Club golf course, The Jaffe House encompasses large expanses of glass with deep overhangs to blend indoor and outdoor space while offer some protection from the desert sun. This is the first time the house has been open to the public. February 20. http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/248644/
Sackley Home Tours – While the 70s are not by definition mid-Century, Stan Sackley homes feature mid-Century touches and are a personal favorite (it helps that they are a bit more spacious than a traditional mid-Century). Tour five of his designs along Caliente Drive (one of which was his personal residence. February 21. http://www.modernismweek.com/event/details/248407/
For more information on other events during the week visit http://www.modernismweek.com as there are many more walking tours, lectures and films available.
And a few of my favorite restaurants while you are in town:
Tinto at the Saguaro – the Tinto is at the Saguaro hotel (under the same ownership and management at the painfully hip Ace Hotel chain). Probably the only Basque restaurant in Palm Springs (in fact the only Basque restaurant I have ever visited) it is run by Iron Chef Jose Garces. http://palmsprings.tintorestaurant.com
Spencer’s – Great food, ambience and wine list (unusual for Palm Springs restaurants which tend to favor cocktails with a generous pour). Weather permitting the patio is a lovely spot for dinner or a weekend brunch. http://www.spencersrestaurant.com/index.php
Workshop – located on north Palm Canyon in the design district, Workshop brings a healthy urban architectural feel to Palm Springs and a menu focused on local seasonal ingredients. http://workshoppalmsprings.com
Trio – located on north Palm Canyon in the design district, Trio is a popular spot which offers solid California contemporary cuisine. http://www.triopalmsprings.com
Le Vallauris – by far the most romantic of all the restaurants on the list, Le Vallauris is (perhaps obviously) French. Located off the main downtown strip in a restored historical landmark the location, food and service are all excellent. http://www.levallauris.com
LG’s Steakhouse – frequently seen on top steakhouses in the country LG’s (with a couple different locations in the desert) dry-ages its own beef on location. Steaks are terrific and the wine list is also good. http://www.lgsprimesteakhouse.com/index.html
I decided to start this blog for two reasons: first (given the explosion of information available on the internet) I was looking for a place that had a simple approach and not finding it. I was looking for highly edited information – a focus on lifestyle products and experiences that spoke to me. Second, while there are many lifestyle blogs that cater to – well, let’s just say a slightly younger version of me – I wasn’t finding one that I though addressed me.
This is a new venture for me so I appreciate your patience as I learn by doing!