Blue Frog


On Friday evening I went to Blue Frog, a club in Mumbai, where Ashu Phatak, the son of a dear friend of ours performed. Here some information on Ashu:

“Ashu is a part of the blueFROG family and we have been watching him perform since his very first gig at The Frog after a gap of 15 years. We see a remarkable evolution in style and content from that first Frog gig until now – a journey that very few musicians succeed in taking in such a short period of time. His new album Petri dish is testament to that. From his first psychedelic Rock album, Ashu has transformed his sound into something very experimental and alluring. This gig is a must watch for people who have seen Ashu before because they are in for a sweet surprise; and for those who haven’t because they are in for a revelation. Ashu will perform a few songs from his latest album Petri dish.”

All I can say is: his stuff is awesome – I use that word rarely, but he deserves it! While you will miss the performance, which in his case is a big part of the experience, here is a very neat nugget: You can download some of his music for free – legally – from Blue Frog’s website


Mumbai Boss

sesame egg on chives

Good press is a wonderful thing and I am very happy to be the subject of a lovely article in the popular Mumbai Boss blog:

“It’s not often that a restaurant enlists an artist to cook a nine-course sit down dinner. But Cariya Breemen, an American culinary artist, as she calls herself, is not your average brush-toting creative soul. For one, she has degrees in psychology and sociology, and in addition to being a full-time painter, is a professional cook who also dabbles in couture.

For another, despite being vegetarian, she is able to masterfully plate up non-vegetarian dishes based on how they smell and feel (for the record Breemen was once a carnivore). Her Italian-influenced style of cooking is entirely self-taught, born out of 30 years of experience rather than through cooking courses.

Having already served as a guest chef at Valhalla last October to great success (the event was sold out before invites were even issued), Breemen returns on Tuesday, April 6 and and Wednesday, April 7 to serve up a nine-course pre-plated treat for 60 guests. The menu is carefully planned, with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options including hot gruyere thyme gougeres, chargrilled prawns, pea cappuccino and blue cheese mousse. The rest of the menu can be seen here.

To make a booking, call Abby on  96191 95237.”

To take a look at the actual article, please visit: and to see and read more of the really cool Mumbai Boss blog, just go to

Thank you, Tara!!!

New York in February

New York at night

Back to New York for a while – I am very excited! Tomorrow evening we will go to London and then back to New York for two weeks.
I can’t wait to catch up on all the new restaurant that opened, to visit my old favorites and to indulge in all the delicacies I miss so much. I am thinking fresh, crusty bread; real mac&cheese, maybe with some truffle; a nice veggie duck Thai dinner, etc., etc.
I will report on all my new discoveries and keep you posted on old favorites. More soon from cold and wintery New York!

Paola Trevisan, Italian curator

Paola Trevisan

Paola Trevisan

This is Paola Trevisan, a dear friend of mine and a wonderful curator!

She puts together a great exhibition every year in the late fall at Estense Castle in Ferrara, Italy. I participated in the exhibition in 2006 together with about 50 other artists from all over the world. Since then the exhibition has increased in numbers and visibility.

No wonder considering the location – take a look below – and the curator: Paola, you are a star!

Castello Estense in Ferrara

Castello Estense in Ferrara

And if you can’t make it to Ferrara in the late fall, how about Bologna in May? From the 8th through the 21st Paola is putting on “Little Treasures”, an exhibition focusing on artwork no bigger than 20 x 20 cm or 7.87 x 7.987″.

For more information on that event, please take a look at http://www.trevisanarte./eventi-eng.htm and for more info on Paola, her work and her artists, please check out and

Chianciano Museo d’Arte Biennale

Chianciano Museo d'Arte

Chianciano Museo d'Arte

The Chianciano Museo d’Arte Biennale exhibition, where three of my paintings are on display, got a write up in the New York Times:

and if you are interested, here is also a video on YouTube about the museum:

also if you would like to see the exhibition catalogue (one of the other participating artists was kind enough to put it online), please check it out online at:

My work is on page 12 –  enjoy!