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Monday, March 18, 2019

Rizzoli Bookstore


Happy Monday everyone! First off, I wanted to talk a little bit about the blog in 2019. I have been recently promoted in my full time job and my hours have been long and many. I do plan to still keep up this blog, as I love showing you all the great places to check out in my favorite city. I am looking for a different format for the posts, one that helps me and you as well. I wanted to showcase the photos more, so this will be the format from now on. I appreciate all who read this blog, and all the wonderful new friends I have met in the process. I hope to be posting more often, and if you are in need of a NYC fix, check out my Instagram as I post daily there. 

This post is to showcase one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, Rizzoli. They were located at West 57th street for about 50 years, and just moved to one of my favorite areas, the NoMad. I was walking by and had to pop in - what a glorious treat. The only thing missing from here would be a cafe. The decor is fantastic and this is a great place for finding that special gift book for your favorite person. The books you will find here are very unique, as well as regular titles as well. The decor is just so lovely, I love the painted ceilings and chandeliers. My kind of bookstore. 

Enjoy! 













RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE 1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Wayne Thiebaud Draftsman

This is a real fun post and one of my favorite artists, Wayne Thiebaud, exhibit at The Morgan Library and Museum last year. I was so thrilled to see this exhibit in one of my favorite museums in the city.  

I was first introduced to Wayne Thiebaud's work, at Christies, this Tie Rack painting was for sale in 2015. The estimate was $1.4-$1.8 million US dollars and it sold for $3.4 million US dollars! The piece attracted me due to the colors, I love color, and just the method in how it was painted. When I got home I researched his work, only to find even more paintings I just loved. Mr. Thiebaud was born in 1920 and is still alive today. I find his work brings a smile to my face, and I am so thrilled to share this exhibit with you!  
Even this simple work is just so darn wonderful  


Love, love, love this one  

This is very cool as well even though not much color is used, if any  

Loved this one as well of a city street  

How can you not fall in love with this work?  

Mr. Thiebaud has said all his paintings are done from memory - pretty darn amazing if you ask me!  
This one would make Willy Wonka or Dylan Lauren very happy!  
 

After viewing these lovely works, nothing is more relaxing than some fried oysters at The Morgan Library restaurant. They were quite the tasty, I must say!  

I hope you enjoyed this exhibit and be sure to Google Mr. Thiebaud's work to see more fantastic paintings. I purchased a print from the show and now have it hanging in my dining room. It makes me smile every time I walk by. 


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Monday, March 4, 2019

The Top Museum Gift Shops in New York City

I cannot tell you enough how much I love museum gift shops. You find some of the most unique items in these shops, and lucky for us, NYC has some fantastic museums. These are the 10 which I feel you should visit when in the city, and if looking for a gift for someone, you will probably find that special gift in one of these shops. I love original gift giving, I hate giving the same old stuff everyone else has, we want original, artisan items. You can also shop at many of these wonderful places without paying the fee to enter the museum if you are just looking to shop their products. The best thing as well is most of them have online shops so you can shop from your own couch, and have it shipped to you or direct to your favorite person!

In no particular order:

1. Brooklyn Museum
2. Metropolitan Museum of Art
3. MAD Museum
4. Cooper Hewitt 
5. MOMA
6. Neue Galerie
7. The Frick
8. Rubin Museum of Art
9. Museum of the City of NY
10. The Morgan Library and Museum 

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Monday, February 25, 2019

A Food Tour of the Village

Greenwich Village is really a fabulous place to walk around and enjoy the architecture as well as fantastic food options. How gorgeous is this door ? I am taking you today on a food tour of the village, something you can do by yourself, or with a group of friends. 

A purple door is my dream door! 
The flowers in the city are always so reasonably priced and so fresh, they have lasted me for 2 weeks when I have taken them home. 
Joe's Pizza is the one everyone talks about and I was curious if it was really that good. Sometimes you hear about places and you get there and it's not what you expect. 
This pizza was amazing! Very thin crust and the right amount of cheese and sauce. Worth standing in line for one piece or a whole pie! 
Next to Joe's is Popbar which is fantastic gelato, sorbet & yogurt popsicles to make your palate very happy! 
The only thing I am not a fan of is that wood stick but otherwise, this is a must stop! 
Faiccos has some of the BEST Italian foods, homemade sausage and is a must stop. 
Amazing Italian arancini (rice balls) stuffed with mozzarella and homemade salami. Life is good after you try these wonderful Italian treats! 
Gorgeous architecture 
Cornelia Street Cafe which has recently closed. It is very sad so many places that have been in business for many years closing due to high rents from landlords. 
Pesce Pasta is a fantastic spot for some of the best meatballs you will ever taste. My Mom used to tell me her mother made meatballs the size of footballs! I so wish I was able to meet her, she was an amazing cook just like my Mom.
These were so yummy and hardly any filler at all. 
Rafele is a really fantastic restaurant on 7th Avenue South for some top notch Italian food. Do you notice a pattern here? I have only spoke to one person who said they didn't like Italian food, and she was not actually someone I would consider a smart person! 
The inside decor is really lovely 
I tried some of the their eggplant parm which just melted in my mouth. I hate when I order eggplant and it's still raw! One of my pet peeves! 

I have heard about Milk and Cookies Bakery for a long while and once I popped in to try a cookie, I was hitting myself why I waited so long! 
Hot chocolate chip cookies, the smell just was too much for one to handle. These were really good and different from others I have tried. I will be back. Very soon! 


Rocco's bakery is one of my favorites and they have some of the best cannoli you will enjoy! 
The selection here is mind blowing! Be warned. 
It doesn't get any better than this, does it ? 

Don't miss out on visiting the village and make it a fun time to do your own food tour! Here are the addresses of all the places I mentioned, add it to your Google Maps and you are ready to go!


Joe's Pizza                              7 Carmine Street (between 6th Avenue & Bleecker Street)
Rocco's Italian Pastry Shop   243 Bleecker St (between 6th & 7th Avenue)
Faicco's                                  260 Bleecker Street
Pesce Pasta                            262 Bleecker Street (between 6th & 7th Avenue)
Rafele                                    29 7th Ave South (between Morton & Bedford Sts)
Milk & Cookies Bakery       19 Commerce St (between 7th Ave & Bedford Sts)


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