Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Porter House New York Review

Another place I have had on my list to visit for some time, Porter House New York, located in the Shops at Columbus Circle, with head chef Michael Lomaonaco. I had time one day before an appointment, and thought this would be great for lunch. And it was! 
From the Porter House New York Website: 

A native New Yorker, Chef Michael Lomonaco has spent his career celebrating the bounty of the American table at some of the city’s most iconic restaurants including ‘21’, Windows on the World, Wild Blue and Guastavino’s, before opening Porter House in 2006.

I decided on the 3 course lunch for $28.00 which in New York City is a pretty good deal. The Caesar salad was very good, large portion and fresh. You could also choose the daily soup or endive salad.  
The decor is very lovely, very New York and wonderful to bring a friend or two! 
My main was salmon and it was melt-in-your mouth good! I love a good cooked salmon! A very nice portion as well.  
You can see how moist it is in this photo.  
For dessert, being the chocolate lover, I ordered the molten chocolate cake, the other choices were sorbet and New York cheesecake.  
I was very impressed with this place, and can't wait to come back with a friend. It is a higher priced restaurant, so to do lunch would be a very affordable way to dine here. I can't imagine anything would be not tasty here at all. 



Porter House New York Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 


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Monday, September 26, 2016

The Rubin Museum of Art Gift Shop

From our visit to The Rubin Museum of Art on Friday, a trip now to their amazing gift shop. I know I have said before, but if you are looking for unique gifts while visiting New York City, museum shops are the best place for original and unique items.  
I really could have went crazy in this shop. Many wonderful books, jewelry, home goods and more!  

Loved these!  

I really wanted this, but I was good and didn't purchase  
Love these mugs. I am so into at the moment positive thoughts and energy in my life. You only live once and you have to make the best of it.  
I actually purchased this gorgeous white Buddha for my home. I just love it!  
More lovely jewelry, so gorgeous!  
Wonderful inspiration books for you to keep positive on a daily basis. 


150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

The Rubin Museum of Art Hours 
Monday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Museum is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, 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 4:15–6:00 p.m. to prepare for the evening’s K2 Lounge.


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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Rubin Museum of Art

I was finally thrilled to be able to visit the Rubin Museum of Art on a recent trip to the city. It again was one of those places on my to do list! What a fantastic place, and so relaxing with all the Asian art and Buddha statues. 
Here is their Mission: 
The Rubin Museum of Art is a dynamic environment that stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan Asia.


They have a lovely cafe, Café Serai, which smelled amazing when I visited, and I need to go back to try some of the wonderful Asian inspired menu. I just love all the spices they use in cooking, and they are so healthy for you too. 
Information from their website: 

The Rubin Museum’s preeminent collection of Himalayan art includes over 3,200 objects spanning more than 1,500 years to the present day. Included are works of art of great quality and depth from the Tibetan plateau, with examples from related surrounding regions including Nepal, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Mongolia.
















This photo came out so well I think I am getting one made framed for my home. So beautiful! 






The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room provides an immersive experience inspired by a traditional shrine that would be used for offering, devotion, prayer, and contemplation. It was amazing to sit here and just relax and be. This exhibit will be running until October 17, 2016. It is a must see for sure! 

There will be a separate post for their gift shop which is AMAZING! You can visit the gift shop and restaurant without visiting the museum, if you wish. 

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

Rubin Museum Hours 
Monday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Museum is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, 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 4:15–6:00 p.m. to prepare for the evening’s K2 Lounge.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

10 Best Halloween Costume Shops in New York City


I can't say Halloween is my favorite holiday. When I was little, my Mom actually made all my costumes and they were pretty cool. She had quite a knack for doing things like that. I never did well in Singer Sewing School, just wasn't my thing. I would be more happy to purchase something, but not a plastic get-up from some basic store. Something unique, cool and maybe even classy! In New York City, there are so many options and even the vintage shops are a great place to get some neat apparel and accessories. The Manhattan Vintage Show is held the end of October, great place for guys and gals to find some very cool costumes!!

In no particular order, here is my top 10 list :

Spirit Halloween 
Ricky's Halloween Pop Up 
Screaming Mimi's 
Abracadabra Superstore
Patricia Field 
Early Halloween 
Creative Costume Company 
Frankie Steinz Costumes 
New York Costumes
Manhattan Vintage Show


What was your favorite costume as a child? Mine was a princess, of course! My Dad made my wand and crown with cardboard covered with tin foil. My parents were pretty crafty folks!!




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