Style & Shopping Top Ten with Irena Stein The owner of Alma Cocina Latina shares her favorite things. By Rachel Hinch | September 2019 Found Objects: Most are rusted pieces with interesting shapes, and they live on the windowsills of our house like little sculptures. Wines: Wines are an essential and delightful companion to dinner every day. This summer I am seriously reading about them, traveling through Burgundy, France, and Willamette Valley, Oregon, all from the comfort of my bed, for now. Herencia Divina Chocolate: Born in the land of fine cacao, I admire, savor, and respect this amazing gift of the gods. Flowers: I stare at them for hours! I’m teaching my grandchildren to look at them as they walk by gardens and to make little bouquets for their mother. Natural Textiles: I like dressing with natural materials, soft and cozy wools in the winter, linen and cotton for the warm days. Found Objects: Most are rusted pieces with interesting shapes, and they live on the windowsills of our house like little sculptures. Ceramic Dinnerware: At home I surround myself with ceramic pieces from many countries. Each piece has a story, like all the things I own. They have beauty and nobility and enhance everything I put in them. Canon Camera: I have owned a camera since I was 24. [My pictures] are visual witnesses to my experiences. My grandchildren will always be able to know what I have been up to and how I became who I am. Coffee: I grind, brew, and drink great coffee in the early morning when most of the world is still asleep. Foreign Cinema: My father was a film distributor, so I grew up in the world of cinema. I still watch films several times a week, they disconnect me beautifully from the excess of work.