Friday, January 30, 2015

Tisserie 55

I had read about the Tisserie cafe online, so had to check it out. I normally am not in this area of the city, although I used to stay at the Park Central Hotel when I was in the city for the US Open. I still lose my sense of direction in this area, I need a compass for times like these! This place was moved from the Union Square area, and I was completely overwhelmed! I hope you are not hungry while reading this post. You have been warned!  
I am such a muffin person. I just love them. Love to make them myself too. They are even great for lunch with a piece of fruit. These looked pretty awesome to me!  

The sandwiches are just amazing! So filled and I love the smaller sizes if you just want a bite to hold you until dinner.  
These 2 looked so good.....Brie, Fig and Walnut are a great combo!!  
I really love the design of the place, very cool vibe 
I love seeing new pastry and these looked so interesting. I will have to try when I pop in again. 
A cheese and almond danish is always a good idea any time of the day or night! 
I had one of these as they sounded yummy. It was basically like a brioche bread, very rich and just so tasty! 
I am a big fan of quiche too and these flavors looked wonderful. I love the fact you can have these any time of day too. I find they make a wonderful light dinner. 

I was going to just get a cafe an lait but I was talked into a Nutella Mocha! The lovely design is being made here right before my eyes. 
It was so so good. They also make a Nutella Hot Chocolate and a White Hot Chocolate. Life is good. 
The only downside it is a pretty small place. I was able to find a seat and it wasn't too crowded on my visit. I would think many people get things to go, they are also near a few hotels, and if I was staying in one of them, I would pop in for something to take back to my room. 

Some other unique items to enjoy here. I was blown away by the selection. 
They use Stumptown coffee which some say is the absolute best. 
If you are in this area, I would highly suggest a stop here. It is really such a fabulous cafe, with wonderful offerings that are great to enjoy any time of the day. I know I will be back again sooner than later to try a new item!

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Tisserie 55

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday "The Lannier Hotel, 1921 "

The Lannier Hotel, 1921

The original black and white image at the Library of Congress
Colourisation from a black and white photo, courtesy of Tuesday, July 5th, 1921, New York, United States of America, by George Grantham Bain's Bain News Service
Proprietors Alex and Sigmund Fuerst stand outside their hotel and associated restaurant in what is now modern day Chinatown in New York City, opposite the old Bowery Theatre. The Fuerst family, consisting of five brothers, owned several restaurants along the popular theatrical strip along the Bowery, including the now demolished address at 15 Bowery, 109 Bowery and 221 Bowery, which has very similar architectural detailing to the buildings on 15 Bowery.
The surrounding area in what is now Chinatown attracted residents and transient visitors at the lower end of the economic ladder, staying in numerous lodging houses, or the more pejorative 'Flop House', where for 5 cents, one could literally 'flop over' in quarters about the size of a standard office cubicle. The Lanier Hotel as pictured was substantially more expensive (although very cheap by modern pricing), offering a small private room with clean sheets, somewhere between a capsule hotel and a bed and breakfast. The Lanier Hotel eventually closed down, though the Fuerst brothers remained in the substantially more profitable restaurant business.
Meals were also cheaper by today's standards, with meals working out about half the price of the same meals today, subsidised in part by eliminating the need to print menus as it was written on the street facing window in flowing script. **

Can you imagine getting a room in New York City for .25 ? This photo is really just so cool and I just love the history behind it as well. I love the fact that photography allows you to visit places from another era. Another classic New York City image!! 

**information on photo from

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lord and Taylor 2014 Holiday Windows

When I was in the city prior to the holiday, they were just starting to work on the Lord and Taylor Windows. I did get to visit right after Christmas, and was able to get some fun photos for you. The mini windows were done early, and you can see my post of those HERE. I am sorry to admit I only have been visiting their windows that last few years. They have always been so fabulous, I feel I really missed out all the years I didn't view them! Their theme “enchanted mansion”-inspired holiday windows; was a double celebration because the store’s Fifth Avenue building was also turning 100 years old. Lord & Taylor’s windows also feature video wall technology and are the only department store windows on hydraulics.
These fairies were just darling  
Loved this !  

Elegant ballerinas  
So much detail everywhere you look  
This is just too much !!  
I can't even tell you how much I love these scenes with the birdies!  

It doesn't get any better than this!! 

I hope you enjoyed these wonderful window art displays! Be sure if you visit the city during the holiday season, you have Lord and Taylor on your list. They are near Bryant Park, which is another great place to visit during the holiday time. I think they really outdid themselves last year. I cannot wait to see what is in store for 2015!!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

HallStreet Travel Website

One of the things I love about being a blogger is being introduced to new products and websites. I was recently contacted by HallStreet to share with you their website. This is a sponsored post, but as you know, I do not do many of these, only for products I really believe in. HallStreet is a very cool website for the traveler, or even those who do not travel. They provide you information for events, hotels and restaurants to be displayed all on one map. I think that can be very handy when traveling for sure. When I first pulled up the website, it gave me information about events/restaurants/hotels within my hometown.

Here is some information from their website:

Whether you are going to a conference, festival, your best friend’s wedding or just a weekend getaway, we're here to make your trip planning experience easier, faster and funkier.

HallSt is in the business of creating total travel experiences by linking events, hotels, restaurants, travellers and points of interests all on one map, so you can get a real bird’s eye view of the city, compare and book hotel and tickets at standard or peer-to-peer rates, get directions and find out what’s happening around you.

We’re also the first travel community that lets you take part in the sharing economy. At HallSt you will get paid for sharing your insider tips with us by creating your own city or event maps.

Some of the features that stood out to me:
  • All events, hotels, restaurants on one master map 
  • Sell hotel reservations 
  • Sell spare hotel beds 
  • Endorsed by my favorite Trip Advisor 
  • Worldwide Locations 
  • Compare and book hotel, tickets to events 
  • Insider tips from those who are familiar with various cities 
I would highly suggest you check out HallStreet for your travel needs. I think they offer some great options, and I love the maps idea. When you travel, you want to make things run as smoothly as possible, and HallStreet can assist you in this way. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The company who sponsored this post has provided compensation to me for this article. Regardless, I only recommend products and/or services that I have personally used or feel will be of interest to my readers.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from Palais des Thés

Our friends at Palais des Thés have some wonderful choices for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday. It will be here before you know it, so I wanted to share some elegant ideas with you. When I think of this tea shop, elegant is the first phrase that comes to mind. It is always so nice to give a gift that someone can really enjoy and that is unique. You will find that here. Let's check out their lovely selections:  
  Thé des Amants (Lovers' Tea), a Palais des Thés classic, is a beautiful and fragrant black tea flavored with apple, almond, cinnamon and vanilla, spiced up with a bit of ginger. Now in a new reusable metal tin decorated with a red heart bouquet, this affordable luxury gift is just $19.

  Thé des Concubines is packaged in a bright red tin and the flavors are quite romantic: delicate blend of green and black Chinese teas with rich, fruity notes of cherry, mango and vanilla. Sweet and fruity, it contains rose petals and pieces of fruit ($21). There’s also a Thé des Concubines Candle ($45) for extra romance! 

Teapot made of lucid tempered heat-resistant glass. This teapot is inspired by the Moroccan tradition of tea. Would make a wonderful centerpiece to your table! 
SWEET TEAS is a new tea set with delicate illustrations that features 5 sweet flavored teas created by Palais des Thés.

This tea set contains 5 tubes (of 12 g / 0.4 OZ) of the following teas:

Thé des Amants, black tea, almond, apple, cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of ginger! 
Montagne Bleue, a delicious blend of black tea, honey, lavender, blueberry, strawberry and rhubarb. 
Thé des Concubines, blend of green and black China teas and sweet notes of cherry, mango and vanilla.
Thé des Vahinés, a rich recipe combining the scents of vanilla, almond, marigold petals and rosebuds!
Mélange du Cap, a delicious blend of red tea, splinters of cocoa and vanilla pods.

New York, NY - SoHo (US flagship)
156 Prince Street (btw West Broadway & Thompson)
New York, NY 10012
Monday - Saturday 10am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 7pm
Phone: (646) 513-4369 
New York, NY - Upper West Side
194 Columbus Avenue (btw 68th & 69th)
New York, NY 10023
Monday - Saturday 10am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 7pm
Phone: (646) 664-1902 
Have you enjoyed any teas from Palais des Thés ? If so, which is your favorite ? 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend roducts or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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