Monday, September 25, 2017

Brunch at Zia Maria in Chelsea

I headed into the city on a totally gorgeous Saturday for an architecture cruise from Chelsea Piers. My initial place to dine for brunch, RARE bar and grill, only had the bar open for seating. So I decided to find something just walking around, that is always pretty easy to do in this city.  

I really scored a gem, Zia Maria Restaurant, which looked so adorable!  
The menu looked amazing and prices were very good as well. The frittata was calling my name!  
The inside decor is really lovely. The place has been open since 2016.  



Bread at the table with olive oil was hot and fresh. So darn yummy.  
My choice was totally delish and very generous serving.  



I cannot wait to bring a few friends here to enjoy this lovely place. They have a pretty extensive menu, including wonderful brick oven pizza. I would highly recommend if you are in the area looking for somewhere to dine. 

318 West 23rd Street
bet 8th and 9th Avenue
NY, NY 

Sun - Thurs 11am to 10pm
Fri - Sat  11am to 11pm 

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Friday, September 22, 2017

10 Best Seafood Restaurants in NYC


I am a huge seafood lover. I really do not eat a whole lot of meat, but I love a good burger. There are so many fantastic seafood restaurants in the city, I felt it was good to do a top 10 listing. There really isn't much seafood I do not eat, love oysters, salmon, haddock, shrimp, scallops, calamari. Funny thing is lobster is not a huge favorite of mine, but I had a lobster roll at Cull and Pistol which was pretty fantastic. I think as long as the seafood is the freshest available, it will be quite tasty. We always had the Feast of the Seven Fishes at Christmas Eve and I looked forward to it each year.

Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Le Bernardin - Chef Eric Ripert's most elegant and tasty seafood restaurant

2. Lure Fishbar - Wonderful Soho location with yacht design, amazing raw bar here

3. Oceana - Fantastic American seafood and very extensive wine list

4. Marea - Italian seafood by Chef Michael White

5. The John Dory Oyster Bar - If you love oysters, this is the place to be!

6. Burger and Lobster - Combining 2 of the greatest foods!

7. Grand Central Oyster Bar - The oysters are amazing however very extensive menu.

8. A Taste of Seafood - Amazing fried seafood

9. Red Hook Lobster Pound - For all the lobster lovers

10. Cull and Pistol - Located in Chelsea Market, totally amazing seafood including fresh oysters


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Tribute to Dad"


A tribute today for my Dad, who passed on this day in 2004. I cannot believe it is 13 years he is gone. I know they say time heals all wounds, but the passing of any parent never goes away. I miss him dearly, and this is one of my favorite photos of him when he was quite young. He became a father later in life, at 50, but that is more common today. He had a great sense of humor, and loved to cook on our outdoor grill in the summer months. I miss so much about him, but mostly just being able to chat about life. I know he is with me every day in spirit, and of course, in my heart.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Walking in NYC is Best

I always say New York City is a fabulous walking city. I hate to have a day planned and see rain in the forecast. Makes me frown! This is the amazing Rosemary's (great name, don't you think?) located on 18 Greenwich Avenue. They open from 7am to 12am so you can enjoy whatever type of fare you desire. A must stop.  
This is New York. You just walk along and see this architecture and you are amazed. This is why you need to get out of Times Square area! Love this !!  
We grabbed one of the Citibikes to Chelsea as there is a street that has some real cool shops. I still prefer to walk than bike. 
We are now in Chelsea at Academy Records West 18th Street and 5th Avenue/ If you love vintage records as well as new and used CD's, this is your heaven. It is fun to spend hours in here just browsing around. 
Krup's Kitchen and Bath is a fabulous place for your chic kitchen appliances. The selection below was in front of the store, and I just had to take photos for my readers. Love it!! 

I just love the detail on these buildings. It would have been great to see them actually carving all this gorgeous work. I get sad when they decide to get rid of old buildings as you are losing so much character for a neighborhood. This is the Trader Joe's in the Mattel Building, just gorgeous!! 
The Vidal Sassoon Salon in Chelsea on West 18th Street. The "master" of the bob style!! 
Ah, the fabulous shop Adorama, on West 18th Street near 6th Avenue, which carries a great selection of cameras and equipment. They also have classes as well, & great refurbished camera equipment which are like brand new, and work very well. I purchase mostly all of my camera items here and am always very satisfied. They are closed on Saturdays, but open Sunday and also during the week.  
Paper Presentation is a FAB shop for gift items, cards and whimsy that just makes you smile. A must stop when in this area, you will not be sorry!! 

These great shops are mostly on one street, or very near each other. It always amazes me in NYC when you can walk down one street, and find such amazing stores with lots of variety as well. If you know which street to stroll down, it really makes for a lovely afternoon. I hope you have enjoyed this little walk in the fabulous area of Chelsea!!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Force of Nature at Museum at FIT

I was thrilled to check out the exhibit Force of Nature at the Museum at FIT. They have some really fabulous exhibits here and they are always FREE!  

From the Fashion at FIT Museum Website: 

Leonardo da Vinci once said that “those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain.” Nature has inspired both art and fashion for hundreds of years. Fashion designers often reference the natural world — its ora and fauna, geology, and physical processes — to create wildly imaginative designs. As Alexander McQueen said, “I have always loved the mechanics of nature, and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that.”

Force of Nature examines the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world. The exhibition reveals how nature has historically influenced fashion, and how fashion can serve as an indicator of society’s relationship with the natural world. In eighteenth century Europe, for example, nature became an object of renewed fascination as a result of overseas exploration. This fascination found expression in garments that featured depictions of exotic plants and animals. 

Spanning the eighteenth century to the present, the exhibition is organized into ten sections, each focusing on a facet of fashion’s connection to nature. Garments, textiles, and accessories, exclusively from the collection of The Museum at FIT, illustrate how principles in the natural sciences, such as the dynamics of sexual attraction, have informed fashion design. Elaborately feathered women’s hats, for example, show how the plumage male birds use for sexual display has been appropriated to emphasize female beauty. 



This was really beautiful by Alexander McQueen  
A gorgeous Charles James gown  







Just beautiful  
I love this wedding gown as it was for someone of a short height. My type of gown, and so much detail. Just gorgeous!  









Some pretty wild outfits for the men!  

I just love this sequin dress!  



From our favorite New York City photographer, Bill Cunningham!  


Just love the dress on the right by Thierry Mugler. I could see that on the red carpet today!  

 
 
I love animal prints, they look great any time of year.  



Fashion & Textile History Gallery
May 30 – November 18, 2017
Share using #ForceofNature on Twitter and Instagram.
Explore the Force of Nature online exhibition and online resource for additional information about topics covered throughout the exhibition.


The Museum at FIT 
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992
Information: 212 217.4558

HOURS
Tues - Fri Noon - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and the following legal holidays:
July 4th
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year’s Day

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