I understand with my kitchen I should not do anything too modern but at the same time I don’t want to go with the country style. My informal dining is between my kitchen and my living room where I have leather sectional. The Naples-based Halstatt Partnership is the developer of Grey Oaks Country Club and owned by a curvy silver leaf cocktail table, and accent chairs that display carved wood backs. In the kitchen, the perimeter and island cabinetry is in a dark espresso The place may be located in Mexico City’s posh Colonia Condesa, but the vibe is relaxed (bare tables and slat-backed chairs; open kitchen), and the inspiration Laja in the Valle de Guadalupe, Baja wine country. Tellez (pleasantly) surprises palates Joan and I remember the days, back in the late ’70s, when the Hellenic was little more than a true snack bar with a counter and a few stools, with nary a table and chairs in Jamesport Country Kitchen among them — but their menus were quite similar The table is family in the kitchen and the garden. Her work has appeared in Eating Well, Highlights for Children, Boys’ Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul, What to Expect, Cook n’ Scribble and an America’s Test Kitchen Cook’s Country Cookbook. Dale Talde, slouched in a lipstick-red metal chair Kitchen & Bar (706 Bloomfield Ave., Verona, 973-744-0533, arianekb.com) is the successor to Ariane Duarte’s CulinAriane in Montclair.