I just got back from the most magical week back East.  First I visited my grandparents in Northern Virginia for a couple of days (it snowed :-), then I took the train to nyc – my birthplace and the best city in the entire universe – to meet one of my bff's who flew in from Seattle.  We walked, it snowed, we ate, walked some more, did a little shopping, ate, met more friends, ate.  Repeat next day x 4. Nothing compares to traveling with your best girlfriend/s – am I right?  Oh the silliness!

Some highlights…

1. Eataly.  The new 50,000 square foot mega food emporium slash food court created by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich.  Any and all Italian foods and food products are available to eat and purchase.  For lunch we shared an arugula topped pizza and lasagna at one of the sit-down places, then walked over to the coffee bar for an espresso machiato.  Good all around.

2.  Ralph Lauren Store. The guy can do no wrong. Four floors of the most beautiful clothes ever created housed in an architectural masterpiece of loveliness.  And if that isn't enough, the top floor is all home furnishings! 

architectural digest 

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I had to take a photo of this quintessential Ralph Lauren table. The textural affect of the wool tartan, embossed leather chargers and placemats, sparkly crystal glassware and silver pieces plus the linen table runners crisscrossing the table was awe inspiring.

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3.  Snow and the city.  Did I mention it snowed?  I haven't seen snow in snooow sooo long.  At one point it started blizzarding for about five minutes and I got so excited I did a little snow jig at the Jonathan Adler store. Normally I'm quite shy, but this being nyc, no one seemed to notice.

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Taken from the 33rd floor balcony of our apartment rental on the upper west side (found on vrbo).

4. William Greenberg Desserts.  I grew up on E 81st St and Madison Ave, and my grandparent's apartment was 7 blocks up Madison at E 88th.  In between, is the William Greenberg bakery.  Needless to say, their delicacies were a huge part of my childhood – the little pecan sticky buns (which my grandmother called schnecken), the seven-layer cake and best of all… the mini chocolate chip cookies.  The size of a quarter, crispy edges that get paper thin and golden brown and just the right amount of mini chocolate chips, these are quite possibly the best chocolate chip cookies ever.

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Photo taken post mini snow jig.  I'm wearing everything in my suitcase it was that cold.

5.  The Mark.  I've mentioned before that I love checking out great hotel lobbies, and The Mark is at the top of the list.  The lobby and bar were recently redone and designed by Jacques Grange. French Deco, tres chic.

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urban farmhouse photos

"Some folks like to get away, take a holiday from the neighborhood, hop a flight to miami beach or hollywood.I’m taking a greyhound on the hudson river line-I’m in a new york state of mind."

Billy Joel

Just a little something to listen to just because no one represents ny better, which is why he was asked to be the final performer at Shea Stadium before it was torn down and why he sold out 2 concerts in a record breaking 45 minutes, and why this video has over 3 million views on Youtube and also because it's the song that I danced my first slow dance to 😉


 

 

 

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