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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Easter Brunch at The Morgan Dining Room

The Morgan Dining Room within the Morgan Library and Museum is a wonderful dining spot. They usually have special menus for Mother's Day and other holidays. I decided to spend my Easter Sunday there this year and it was lovely. It's a small space, nice to relax and enjoy good food. The setting is so lovely you feel like you are dining with Mr. Morgan himself! 

They had an Easter menu for the whole weekend and I chose:

Smoked Salmon & Avocado Mousse with Sturgeon Caviar 
Warm Breakfast Bread Basket
Seared Wild Bass 
Rhubarb Cheesecake with Almond Crumble 
Sparkling Aperitif 

This was $49.00 in addition to your tip which I thought was very reasonable 


I loved the glass the champagne was served in  
This was just totally delish and so different. I love to try new things especially when in the city.  


The sea bass was great except my first one was undercooked. I hate giving things back in restaurants but I couldn't eat it. They were very kind and brought me a whole new piece that was cooked correctly.  
I thought the dessert was a bit underwhelming. I wanted to try rhubarb as never had before, it reminded me of strawberry which I am not a fan, so I wouldn't do that again. The cheesecake part was good, and it was a light dessert at the end of the meal.  
Wonderful chocolate bunnies from Michel Cluizel which is a few streets down from the Morgan Library  
If you are in the city for a holiday, and are looking for somewhere unique to dine, consider the Morgan Dining Room. It is a lovely spot and the food is tasty, prices are very reasonable. 

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.

Closed Monday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.


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Monday, August 19, 2019

Summer Flowers in New York City and 40 Carrots

Can someone tell me where the summer went? I cannot believe Labor Day is in 2 weeks! I am not a HUGE fan of summer in the city, but everything looks so fresh and colorful. My favorite time of year is coming up, Fall, as the weather is perfect for exploring and walking around. The above shot was taken on Park Avenue, just a total gem of a shot. Here are some of the lovely views I enjoyed walking around my most favorite city. Enjoy !! 


40 Carrots in Bloomingdales did some renovations and it looks great. Their yogurt is a must try, but I had an amazing crab salad below that really blew my mind. It is best to pop here on weekdays or later on a weekend day, Saturday afternoons are pretty crowded. It is worth the wait I have to admit! 

The beauty of the NY Public Library and Bryant Park is always something to put a smile on my face. These places in the city are what make it so wonderful, you never get tired of these views. Such iconic treasures. 


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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Rubin Museum of Art March 2019

The Rubin Museum is one of my favorite smaller museums in Chelsea. As much as I love the Met, this place is really lovely and a much slower pace. A wonderful gift shop plus restaurant make it a must stop when in this area. Here are some items I enjoyed viewing when I was there earlier in the year. It is amazing to me the age of these items and yet such near perfect condition. 
























Bao buns are my new obsession and if you get the chance to try them, do so! 

The Rubin Museum of Art 
150 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

MUSEUM HOURS
Monday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
Saturday/Sunday 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

The shop and Café Serai are open during all Museum hours and do not require an admission ticket to visit. Café Serai temporarily suspends service on Friday afternoons from 5:00–6:00 PM to prepare for the evening’s K2 Lounge.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Making Maisel Marvelous Exhibit The Paley Center for Media


Is there anyone not watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon? Well, if you are not, you are missing one heck of a show. It takes place in the best city in the world (NYC), an Upper West Side housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) with impeccable fashion sense in the 1950's (best era I think) loves being funny. She finds herself doing stand-up after her husband leaves her, and gains a very skilled manager named Susie (aka Alex Borstein from Family Guy & MADtv). It's first season began November 2017, and after hearing so much about it, I decided to check it out. I fell completely in love  along with everyone else. Midge's (the housewife) father is the fantastic actor Tony Shaloub (Monk) and her mother is Marin Hinkle (Two & a Half Men). 

The show is just so different on so many levels. The writing is fantastic and the comedy is golden. Then there is the fabulous era of the 1950's in New York City, the vibe - the cars - the home decor - the shopping - the music - the FASHION - 

This past Saturday, the Paley Center opened a FREE exhibit about the show. I never stand in lines for anything but I stood for this, only about 25 minutes or so, on a very HOT day in August (I never visit in August) in New York City. It did not disappoint.  If you are a fan of this show, and you can get to this exhibit, do so. You will have a smile on your face from the time you walk in until the time you leave. It is truly MARVELOUS! 
My first time here, as I say, so much to do in this city and never enough time 
The line to get in of dedicated fans, some who were dressed in vintage styles which was so darn cool 

The Arthritis Telethon where Midge does her comedy bit is the first part of sets you see. It is done with so much detail.  


You can pose here and show up on the telethon tv - not my cup of tea but many did and it was fun  


The fashion. Costume designer Donna Zakowska who is from Brooklyn, is a pure genius. 

Zakowska said she leads a crew of at least 25 people on set to dress the principal players and the extras in hundreds of costume changes. She pays strict attention to detail, even for day players, who often wear 1950′s outfits found in vintage stores or the internet. But most of the clothes worn by the principal characters are designed by Zakowska. One of the most important accessories on the show is the underwear, which has to be tight and supportive to pull off these amazing looks. 

Pearls and a little black dress are classic and timeless  
Colors are used for each character depending on their storyline, brights for happy and darks for sad times. Color has a big tie to emotions.  


I loved that the show was playing in the background and we had great 50's music to listen to as well while going through the exhibit.  



Rose's apartment in Paris which is such a most wonderful episode of culture, and fashion.   
You can sit in the chair and get your photo taken.  
 



The switchboard where Midge is sent to after working the cosmetics counter. You can sit here and take a photo, there were actual people talking in the headphones. Brilliant!  

Fabulous Elizabeth Arden make up counter where Midge gets her first job. I would love to know where they found all these vintage pieces! Everyone was in LOVE!  
 
The hair salon from their vacation in the Catskills. Perfection. That is all. 

Color does make me smile!  




 
I just loved this armoire of shoes, clothes and hats! The show was playing in the background and kept changing scenes. Glorious indeed! 

RUN to see this if you are a fan. You will so enjoy it. 

Tickets are FREE but you should RSVP in advance 
The Paley Center for Media New York 
25 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Exhibit Hours:
Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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