Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Best Ice Cream in New York City


It's that time of year when ice cream can be a daily treat! I just love ice cream, we always enjoyed it in our home, 12 months a year. New York City has some of the best ice cream offerings, and here is your list, not in any order, that you should take with you when you visit, and try to check out each one. They are all unique, some old fashioned, some with interesting flavors you would never think to put together - but they work! The last one I listed is gelato from GROM, but it is sooo darn good, I couldn't not tell you to stop there. It is really mind blowing! Please let me know if you do try any of these places, and what was your favorite?

  1. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 
  2. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop 
  3. Davey's Ice Cream
  4. Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream 
  5. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
  6. Ample Hills Creamery
  7. Jacques Torres Ice Cream
  8. Popbar
  9. 10Below Ice Cream 
  10. GROM 

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson

The Morgan Library has become one of my favorite places. I just love the small size of it, and the architecture of the building. It is becoming my second favorite museum to The Met in New York City!  
These are some photos from the other side of the museum, which are just so gorgeous! 

Can you imagine walking through those gates to the inside of your home? 


The gorgeous original exterior of the McKim building 

Edward Clark Potter's Assyrian lionesses guard the stairs to the McKim building, 1906 

From The Morgan Library Website: 

One of the most popular and enigmatic American writers of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) wrote almost 1,800 poems. Nevertheless, her work was essentially unknown to contemporary readers since only a handful of poems were published during her lifetime and a vast trove of her manuscripts was not discovered until after her death in 1886.  

Often typecast as a recluse who rarely left her Amherst home, Dickinson was, in fact, socially active as a young woman and maintained a broad network of friends and correspondents even as she grew older and retreated into seclusion. Bringing together nearly one hundred rarely seen items, including manuscripts and letters, I’m Nobody! Who are you?—a title taken from her popular poem—is the most ambitious exhibition on Dickinson to date. It explores a side of her life that is seldom acknowledged: one filled with rich friendships and long-lasting relationships with mentors and editors.  

The exhibition closely examines twenty-four poems in various draft states, with corresponding audio stops.  In addition to her writings, the show also features an array of visual material, including hand-cut silhouettes, photographs and daguerreotypes, contemporary illustrations, and other items that speak to the rich intellectual and cultural environment in which Dickinson lived and worked. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with Amherst College.








 How very cool to see her handwriting! 











This exhibit is actually on view until May 28, 2017, and I would highly suggest a visit. It is a wonderful exhibit of one of the greatest poets of our time.

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
New York, NY 10016

Hours 
The Morgan Library & Museum and the Morgan Shop are open
Tuesday through Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Sant Ambroeus Upper East Side

Sant Ambroeus is one of the most tasty and iconic places in New York City to dine. They have quite a few locations in the city, this one on the Upper East Side. Perfect after a trip to one of the fabulous museums on museum mile, you will not be disappointed here. 
I love the design of the menu 
Mimosas make me very happy 
Did I say they have dessert? Oh do they ever! 

My selection was prosciutto filled ravioli 
Totally mouth watering! 
My lovely friend had the breaded veal and it looked so good. A very generous portion too! 
When you come here to eat a main meal, it's kind of hard to have room for dessert 
Best to come just for coffee and dessert 

Sant Ambroeus should be on your "to do" list. It's great for lunch as well, or brunch on the weekends. Italian restaurants can really never be bad, but this one is completely top notch!!

Ristorante Saint Ambroeus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual at The Rubin Museum of Art

Another exhibit I was able to view at The Rubin Museum of Art was Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual which was pretty amazing. I really love these smaller museums, even though The Met is my most favorite. 

Some information from The Rubin Museum of Art website: 

Featuring almost fifty objects from the Rubin Museum’s premiere collection of Nepalese art and select loans, Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual illustrates the enduring manifestation of rituals, agrarian festivals, and the natural environment in the art of Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. This is the first exhibition connecting well-known deities represented in Nepalese art to rituals and festivals surrounding the rainy season, or monsoon, and highlighting the importance of the seasons to the culture and everyday life of Nepalese people. Through this lens, the exhibition will offer visitors a new understanding of the region and its art, which is already renowned for its high quality and aesthetic appeal.

As life in Nepal faces ongoing threats from natural disasters and climatic changes, Nepalese Seasons poignantly illustrates how the country’s dependence on monsoon rain continues to play an important role in its agriculture, spirituality, social culture, and art.






I loved this piece. They are all so lovely, and when you see how old they are, you are amazed the wonderful condition they are kept. Fantastic! 







The colors in this banner were very bright and just wonderful 






Love love this one 




The detail in this piece was amazing 


Café Serai is wonderful for a light bite, and I just loved my rooibos tea  

I am a huge fan of Indian food, and the spices they use are very healthy for you. I first tried a Bao Bun here last year, with chicken, and was totally impressed. They didn't offer the chicken this time, but a Pork Belly Bao Bun. I was up for the challenge. 

It looked pretty good even though I will say I do not eat much pork belly 

Amazing! Wonderful flavor and I just LOVE the bao bun! You must try one if you never have, it is a fabulous experience! 

This was the perfect little bite I needed for lunch. 

As I was walking up to midtown, I came across this cute little cafe. So darn adorable! 

The Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

MUSEUM HOURS
Monday11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Thursday11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

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