Friday, July 28, 2017

Farmer's Market at Rock Center July 26 – September 1, 2017

I am so thrilled the Farmer's Market in Rockefeller Center is back on! It's wonderful if you are visiting the city, great way to purchase some fresh baked goods or veggies to take back home. I love the fact that NYC has many of these markets all year round. The prices are always fantastic and you are receiving the most fresh products you will ever find! 

The Farmers Market returns to Rockefeller Center Wednesday, July 26 through September 1, Wednesday - Friday each week from 8am - 5pm. Stop by to pick up specialty products from regional farms including fresh produce, meat, eggs, flowers, baked goods, cheese, wine and more!

The market is organized by the GrowNYC Greenmarket and is open to the public. 


Baked goods at Farmer's Markets are always the most tasty! 

So many gorgeous colors of vegetables!! 










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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Fiorello LaGuardia"

Fiorello LaGuardia at his Interpreter's desk on Ellis Island, c 1910
Library of Congress
From 1907 to 1910, he worked at Ellis Island as an interpreter certified for Italian, German, Yiddish and Croatian.

Fiorello LaGuardia was the 99th Mayor of New York City for three terms from 1934 to 1945 as a Republican. Since his height was all of 5'2, he was called "the Little Flower" (Fiorello is Italian for "little flower"). He defeated a corrupt Democratic machine, presided during a depression and a world war, made the city the model for New Deal welfare and public works programs, and championed immigrants and ethnic minorities. He succeeded with the support of a sympathetic president. He secured his place in history as a tough-minded reform mayor who helped clean out corruption, brought in gifted experts, and fixed upon the city a broad sense of responsibility for its own citizens. His administration engaged new groups that had been kept out of the political system, gave New York its modern infrastructure, and raised expectations of new levels of urban possibility.

We have to thank Mr. LaGuardia for all he did for the most wonderful city that is New York!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Random New York City Photographs June 2017

These are some cool photos I took either walking around the city or in the cab. I love shooting when in a cab because you can obtain some really cool shots! 

Love the cobblestone streets but not a fan of being in a car on a cobblestone street! Quite the darn bumpy ride! 
I am actually thinking of taking an architecture history class because the exposure I get in the city makes me so interested. 
I don't know if any of you watch "Bull" but they film in NYC and this restaurant "Lafayette" was featured on one of the episodes. I love when I see them going into a place that I have seen myself in the city. Very neat! 
The Schermerhorn Building actually can be found a block south of East 4th, on the NW corner of Great Jones Street. It was designed by prolific architect Henry Hardenburgh and built in 1888, a great year for building design. This architect also claimed the Plaza Hotel and the Dakota Apartments among his accomplishments.


Colonnade Row, also known as LaGrange Terrace, on present-day Lafayette Street in New York City's NoHo neighborhood, is a landmarked series of Greek revival buildings originally built in the early 1830s.
This is why I say to leave Times Square and explore other areas of NYC. There is so much history, and gorgeous architecture to be enjoyed!! 

My good old favorite Grand Central Terminal. It is such a photogenic building. 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Visiting The Central Park Zoo

Central Park is a great place for families to visit in the city. It can be an inexpensive day out and yet fun for everyone. If you were not aware, there is a Central Park Zoo, 6.5 acres of some pretty cool animals. The park was actually opened in 1860, and in 1934 it was modified with more buildings. In the mid 1980's it was renovated again and re-opened in 1988, with more natural environments for the animals. 
I have been meaning to get here in forever, and on a day during the week while in the city, a gorgeous day, I decided this was the day. The sea lions were not too photogenic, which did not make me too happy! 
What a life, just swimming around, people smiling at you and then throwing you food. That would be great for me, if I knew how to swim, of course!  
He was having way too much fun 
These cute little ducks were napping in the middle of the day. 
These guys were pretty neat looking, I love the colors on their feathers. 
It was so darn sunny, and these Snow Monkeys would not get any closer to me. 
Some areas were so calm and serene, you forget you are in New York City. While I was sitting on a bench, prior to going into the zoo, a lady next to me started talking to me. She was visiting the city, and I said I was heading to the zoo. She had no clue there was a zoo about a foot away from her! So she was going to take a walk in with her daughter. I love informing people of new information!!
Okay, so there are many animals at this zoo like Polar Bears (did not get to them sadly enough), Red Pandas, Snow Leopards, a Tropic Zoo and Penguins with Sea Birds. Let me say, the admission is worth it alone to see Penguins in person. This was my first time seeing them, and I felt like I was 5 years old again !!
The types that are here are King Penguins, one of the largest and deepest diving of the penguin family. 
They just really took my breathe away...are they not ADORABLE !! 
This was one of my best shots. They are behind a plastic wall, and it's not very clean, so it was hard to get some shots but I just kept shooting figuring some would come out. They all look so darn busy in this photo!! 
Ahhh, another cute shot....they are just so darn chubby! I wonder if they like Italian food? I know fish is a favorite cuisine of theirs. 
This zoo is a real treat and fun for everyone, not just families. I would think on weekends it is pretty busy, but during the week, you probably won't have too many crowds. 
I totally enjoyed my day and I can't stop talking about those penguins! I would highly suggest you visit the next time in NYC and looking for something new you have not done before, or in the city for the first time. It is a truly wonderful experience!! 



Hours & Rates

The Central Park Zoo is open 365 days a year.
Fall hours,
Sept 4–Nov 4, 2012
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Weekends & Holidays
Winter hours,
Nov 5, 2012–Mar 29, 2013
 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Daily
Spring hours,
Mar 30–May 24, 2013
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Weekends & Holidays 
Summer hours,
May 25–Sept 2, 2013
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Daily

Last ticket sold 30 minutes prior to closing.

Total Experience Tickets

Total Experience tickets include entry to the Main Zoo, Tisch Children's Zoo, and one admission to the 4-D Theater.
Adult$18.00
Child (Ages 3-12)$13.00
Senior (65+)$15.00


4-D Theater

Two family-friendly short films, Planet Earth: Ice Worlds from BBC Earth andDora & Diego's 4-D Adventure, rotate in our 4-D theater. The visual drama of these 3-D films is heightened by a variety of sensory effects in the theater, from water mist, blustery winds, and snow to bubbles, scents, seat vibrations, and enhanced floor lighting.
Ages 3 & up$7.00
WCS Members$4.00

General Admission Tickets
General Admission tickets include entry to the Main Zoo and Tisch Children's Zoo.

Adult$12.00
Child (Ages 3-12)$7.00
Senior (65+)$9.00
School and camp groups can receive discounted admission by booking a guided tour.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Cafe Valley Dr Pepper Cake Review

I was contacted by Cafe Valley to try their new Dr. Pepper cake, and  I couldn't turn down that opportunity! I remember my Mom making my birthday cakes with soda inside, and they were always so darn moist and tasty!  

The new cake will join an array of soda cakes including 7UP®, Orange Crush®, and A&W Root Beer™. The new flavor will be available in grocers nationwide in June with a suggested retail price of $5.99 per package. 
The cake is quite wonderful, fabulous for parties and the office. The price is very reasonable, and easy to pick up more than one! Just look at that icing! I love drizzle icing because it's not too sweet with the cake. This ring cake is their flagship product, and you can tell.  
The cake itself is really very good, so moist and not too sweet. The Dr. Pepper flavor is not overwhelming, just the right amount.  

Made with real Dr Pepper, the soda cake is exploding with the spicy taste of the popular soft drink made from a unique blend of 23 flavors.

You can check in your area who carries these cakes on Cafe Valley website. 

"Our partnership with Dr Pepper will guarantee consumers the real, genuine soda taste, just as delicious as our other fun soda cake flavors," said Brian Owens, chief executive officer of Café Valley. "This cake features premium ingredients and the high-quality taste our customers have come to expect. We look forward to bringing the latest delightful flavor and enjoyable experience home to your family."

About Café Valley Bakery 
Since 1987, Café Valley Bakery has been producing high-quality bakery products for in-store bakeries, club stores, food service and convenience stores throughout the world. Through innovative bakery techniques and unique recipes, Café Valley produces the most delectable croissants, muffins, Bundt cakes, ring cakes, loaf cakes, Danishes and turnovers, and their signature Café Bites. Café Valley's delicious baked goods are designed to complement every bakery's existing core items and add new excitement, profitability and growth to the bakery category. For further information about Café Valley Bakery, please visit www.cafevalley.com.

About Dr Pepper
Dr Pepper, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS), is the oldest major soft drink in the United States. Since 1885, the 23 flavors of Dr Pepper have earned legions of fans that enjoy its unique, refreshing taste. The brand is available in Regular, Low Calorie, Diet, Caffeine Free and Cherry varieties. DPS is a leading producer of flavored beverages, marketing Dr Pepper and 50-plus other beverage brands across North America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit Dr Pepper. For the brand's latest news and updates, follow Dr Pepper at Facebook.com/DrPepper or Twitter.com/DrPepper.



Disclosure: I was provided sample cake from Cafe Valley for this review. There has been no monetary compensation for this post. I only recommend products that I feel will be of interest to my readers, and that I am truly impressed by. All opinions are my own. Thank you!! 


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