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Monday, October 19, 2020

The Bank of America Winter Village 2020-2021 Season

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. I cannot believe the end of October is here but I am happy to tell you about the opening of the Bank of American Winter Village at Bryant Park October 30th. I am so pleased they are going to open, this will be the first year that I have not visited in a long time. It is truly a magical place, as I often spend Christmas Eve here enjoying the wonderful hot chocolate and lovely vendors. I love finding unique gift items here for friends and family, as well as myself! 

If you are able to visit the city this holiday, please give this place a visit. You will not be disappointed and they are taking very good measures to ensure your health and safety. 

Information from their website is below: 

Smaller, safer: We’ve reduced the number of kiosks and reconfigured the layout to avoid congestion and allow for more spacious walkways. Staff will wear face coverings, make hand sanitizer available, and conduct contactless payments.

Park safety: Handwashing stations are available throughout the park. Visitors must wear a face covering at the Holiday Shops and maintain social distance while circulating through the park. Be safe, be kind, and please heed all park and Holiday Shops’ directives.

New York City's only free admission ice skating rink, which is located in the park, is scheduled to return this year. Tickets, however, must be reserved online in advance. (Reservations are expected to come online in the coming days.)

Health and Safety

New this Year: Ice skating at Winter Village is now a fully outdoor experience, and the Holiday Shops have a reconfigured layout with fewer shops to allow for more spacious walkways. At The Rink we are also implementing:

Enhanced cleaning protocol: high contact surfaces will be sanitized throughout the day.
Contactless payment: advance online booking is now required for all rink reservations.
Skate sessions: to reduce capacity on The Rink and give more visitors a chance to skate, skate time will be booked per timed session.

Masks: all visitors must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths for the duration of their visit to The Rink.

This season, ​The Lodge has transformed into The Lodge Deck, a completely outdoor experience.
Visitors can still enjoy rinkside eats and drinks with a stellar view of skaters and the Christmas Tree.


Face coverings are required unless patrons are seated at a table.
Contactless ordering will be available.
To enjoy food and drink at The Lodge Deck, you must be seated at a table.
High-touch surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day.
Hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer can be found throughout the park.
We ask all visitors to the park to please maintain social distance from other guests.

October 30th, 2020 - January 3rd, 2021
Monday - Friday, 11am - 8pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am - 8pm

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Fishs Eddy Needs Your Support

Happy October everyone! Can you believe it's October already. Even with my daily schedule consisting of highlights Wegmans and local shopping, the days have been going by pretty fast. I hope you are all doing well, staying healthy and wearing your mask. I have a mask collection at this point, maybe I should post which ones I have found are the best. 

Our post today, which is Not A Sponsored Post, is about a wonderful home wares shop called Fishs Eddy.  They have been in business since 1986, and are fantastic for fun gift giving ideas or to treat yourself. I recently read that they were hurting with COVID-19 as one of their main customers are tourists as well as local restaurants. I would hate to see a place like this close, they have such quirky items you will not find elsewhere. They do have a website, and I would highly suggest you take a look and maybe start Christmas shopping. The quality of their products is wonderful, and it is actually nicer to purchase online and have the items shipped than carry around the city all day. 

Here are some photos of the fun items they have available from my visits to the store. I am sure you can call them as well if you are looking for something that may not be in the online shop. 

889 Broadway at 19th Street

Mon.-Sat. 10am to 6pm
Tues. - CLOSED 
Sun. - 11am to 6pm 

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Support NYC Businesses: Veniero Pasticceria

I feel the need to showcase for you some of the wonderful NYC businesses that are having a bit of a hard time during this pandemic. There are so many wonderful places in the city which have been around for over 100 years, survived the Spanish Flu in 1918 - two world wars and September 11th - but are finding this 2020 COVID-19 pandemic very hard. I realize many of you are not traveling or staying close to home, but many of these places deliver their products. Now is the time to try delivery to treat yourself to a bit of NYC right in your own home. I have had food delivery many times and I tell you, they do a great job packing the items and having them arrive in perfect condition. Some ship direct from their website and many ship from Goldbelly. Here is the first of many we will feature, Veniero's in the East Village which has some of the BEST Italian pastries around. 

Window was decorated sweet and I loved the stain glass at the top.......
Of course they have cannoli, but as you can see, chocolate and vanilla cream which I do not see everywhere. The cream is the "correct" cream as I call it, made with ricotta which I could eat alone with a spoon. 

I was delirious looking at these cases of pastry and there are quite a bit of them 
I had brought a cooler with me to be able to take items with cream to not worry about getting spoiled until I got home. You must come prepared when you visit a place like this. It is a must!! 
They make their own maripan, which iss a confection made of almonds reduced to a paste with sugar & often molded into different forms, usually diminutive fruits & vegetables. 
Did I mention the cannoli? I love the choices of chocolate shell with chocolate must really love chocolate for this cannoli !! 
So many dainty works of pastry art adorned these cases......I couldn't help but smile !! 
For the fruit lovers out there, wonderful little tarts with pastry cream await you .......
This is probably my second favorite Italian dessert to cannoli. It is just so light and fluffy and nice after a meal as not too sweet or heavy. 
I took home a lobster tail and oh my goodness. Veniero's says if a croissant and a cannoli had a baby, it would be a lobster tail. Yes, this is what life is all about. 
Is if very filled you ask? Why yes it is as you can see above. They do ship these as well so you could enjoy these for a small gathering or just for yourself. I think anytime is lobster tail time! 
The good news is they ship their items! Click on their name below for their website and see what you would like to cannot go wrong with any items here. They are made in the old-world style with care and passion which you cannot find in just any bakery. 

Veniero's ships direct from their website. The store has outside seating and you can order to pick up items to take home as well. Gift cards are also available for friends/family to use at a later date or they can use the card to order online to have goodies shipped to their door. 

342 E. 11th St. (Between 1st & 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY 10003
212-674-7264 or 212-674-4415

Sunday-Tuesday 8:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday-Thursday 8:00am-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday 8:00am-11:00pm
We stop seating a 1/2 hour before closing.


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