My Villa Bisono Fr..

 I couldn’t help and come back and share my version of Alton Brown’s amazing french toast I made for my sister Lyzbeth who just started her blog and my friend Yen.  We were not in the mood of going out for brunch, so I decided to treat them to my first attempt on creating french toast…and boy was it good!  For those of you that know me pretty well, I am a lover of french toast and I try to scout every NYC restaurant to try the best in the market.  I can’t wait to invite more friends over and have them try this delectable french toast!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 large brown eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 (cut them 1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons of Powder Sugar to sprinkle at the end
  • Strawberries or any kind of fruits for topping

Directions

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, eggs, honey,  and salt. You may do this the night before but I did it an hour before starting. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, or fruit.

 

Hope you try it too and enjoy!

Maurenice

A piece of Morocco

Dear readers,
I don’t even know where to begin and express how sorry I am for neglecting my blog.  I have been meaning to post every day in these past 4 months but kept making up 101 excuses to NOT share a piece of me. Luckily, some of you have been following me on twitter and on Instagram which have been the only social media outlets I have used to express anything going on in my life.  I have been working on numerous projects and my lifestyle transformation which I briefly had shared at one point on the blog.  I could probably write a novel on all the things that has happened to me on these past 4 months. I want to thank those readers that have personally written to me or left me comments on their concerns with my blog…I really appreciate all the love and attention I have received from you all! Well Now I am back and I am here to stay and rebuild what I had started!  I hope you are still interested in my blog and continue to follow me…I sure have tons to catch up with you all and can’t wait to continue sharing the Villa Bisono world!
Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!
Warm hugs,
Maurenice
Picture taken on my last trip to Morocco at YSL’s  Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech…great posting next week on this!

{THE HERMES TRAY}-..

I know a lot of us have been obessed with the Hermes tray and I have always wanted to get my own…maybe one day.  Until now, I am going to have to work some DIY magic and try to do my own little knockoff.   I had written a blog entry in the past about these trays being real or replicas…and to my understanding its hard to really find a true authentic one. I think my blog will soon be shapping into a more DIY blog with tons of inspirations and cool projects I have been working on.
I found this cheap round tray at Goodwill that has a similar shape to the one above for $5. I know it looks like crap and layered with years of dirt and mildew. I didnt care as the dirt could come off and there is no nothing a paint job cant fix.
Next up- find my Hermes box and go to the Benjamin Store and find all the shades of orange.  I wanted something that was bright and not as muted as I sure wan this tray to pop in my living room. Here are the colors I was looking that have potential.
Stay tune for second part as I show you which color I chose!xoxo

Maurenice

Give up or Push Fo..

Today is the ING NYC Marathon and a couple of my friends are running in it. I am so inspired by them and can only imagine the feeling as they cross the finish line. I wanted to share this video that completely inspire me on this special day.
Derek Redmond who everyone though would win the Olympics.  Sometimes things don’t go as expected or planned so you have two choices- Give up or Push Forward…watch what he did!
One of my goals is to run this marathon perhaps this upcoming year, so we shall see!  Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!
xoxo

Maurenice

Follow my Instagra..

I am kind of old school when it comes to technology and I am never the first one sleeping outside the APPLE store or lining outside of BestBuy to get the latest gadget.  I still love handwriting Thank You notes, sketching in my 1001 different notepads, sketchbooks and drooling all over napkins in restaurants whenever I think of any kind of ideas, and collecting books, instead of buying a kindle.  I was still stuck in the ice age with my IPhone 3G that I got over 4 years ago so I’ve been a patient child and decided to finally upgrade my life and my little gadget.  I pre-ordered my phone 2 weeks ago and got it this last Friday.  I hardly got much accomplished this weekend as downloading Apps became my new vice.   Here are some pics I took with my old 3G phone and can’t wait to continue sharing with you my new ones with the 4Gs!
 So did any of you get the new IPhone 4Gs?  If so, do you love it?  and how is Siri working out for you?  I am trying to teach her some Spanish, jajaja.
Don’t forget to follow my Instagram @ VillaBisono
xoxo
Maurenice

Designer Series {S..

I am in love with the luxurious designs of Michel Boyd of Smith Boyd Interiors. His high end designs feature rich and elegant spaces with fresh tones of colors.  I love how he combines different textures of brass, gold and silvers with different kinds of woods. It’s noticeable that Boyd is very much inspired by my idol Kelly Wearstler with his use of rich and eclectic pieces that offer a unique and fresh combination. It’s evident that Boyd is also passionate and inspired by fashion, architecture, textiles and furniture.  I also love all the Fornasetti plates he used in a few of his dining areas…I would love to start my Fornasetti collection one day. 

  Oh, and to top it off he was just named of one of the top 20 African American Interiors Designers to watch…way to go Michel!  So what do you think about his spaces…do u like them?