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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Friday, July 21, 2017

Met Museum Welcomes 7 Million Visitors


(New York, July 11, 2017)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it welcomed 7 million visitors across its three locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer—in the fiscal year that ended on June 30 (FY17). The increase in attendance over the last fiscal year is due primarily to the influx of visitors to The Met Breuer, which saw a total of 505,590 visitors in FY17. 
 
"The Met is thrilled to see our visitors responding so enthusiastically to our collection, exhibitions, and programs" said Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met.  "We're honored that so many people decided to spend their time with us this year."
 
The Museum also continues to be New York City's most visited tourist attraction for domestic and international audiences. In FY17, international visitors accounted for 37% of the Museum's attendees. The Met is also a popular destination for local visitors: 30% of the Museum's visitors came from the five boroughs of New York City, while 12% were from the tri-state area outside the City. Also in FY17, The Met was named TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice for Best Museum in World, and The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters all won TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.


Exhibitions
The varied and plentiful exhibition program at The Met drew steady audiences throughout the year. Exhibitions such as Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven and Max Beckmann in New York each saw over 200,000 visitors, and Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220) had nearly 300,000 visitors as of June 30 (the exhibition closes July 16). Recently opened spring exhibitions are also drawing strong attendance: as of June 30, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between had brought in over 275,000 visitors since it opened on May 4The Roof Garden Commission: Adrián Villar Rojas,The Theater of Disappearance had brought in over 190,000 visitors since April 14; and Irving Penn: Centennial had brought in over 180,000 since April 24.



Also contributing to the high attendance in FY17 were the final months of last summer's popular exhibitions Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which closed September 5, 2016, and attracted 752,995 visitors and The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (Psycho Barn), which closed October 31, 2016, and drew 586,105 visitors.

The Met Breuer also drew robust exhibition attendance in FY17 with diane arbus: in the beginning (176,281 visitors); Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (160,437 visitors); and the final months of Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible (228,078 visitors from March 18 through September 4, 2016). 
Education and Public Programs
The Met remains committed to reaching and engaging the broadest audience and making art and programs accessible to all. In FY17, the Museum welcomed 200,000 students, including more than 80,000 students and teachers from New York City and offered tens of thousands of classes, programs, and activities. The twice-yearly Teens Take The Met! event continues to bring in teens from New York City's five boroughs, this past year over 5,000 in total, many of whom are visiting The Met for the first time. And day-long celebrations such as the World Culture Festival and Lunar New Year Festival welcomed a total of over 6,000 visitors.
Digital Visitorship
The Metropolitan Museum's website (metmuseum.org) ended FY17 with a total of 31 million visits, 35% of which were international. The pages of The Met's online collection and the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History continue to draw the most visits, with 8.3 million and 10.4 million respectively. The Met's new Open Access policy—which made over 375,000 online collection images available for free and unrestricted use—resulted in 94,000 downloads since the policy was announced in early February, an increase of 128% over the previous five month period. 

The Museum's social media following has grown: its Twitter feed more than doubled to 3.3 million followers (47% international); its Webby Award-winning Instagram account grew to have over 2 million followers (68% international); and its Facebook account had more than 1.7 million (67% international) in FY17. The Met 360° Project—which presents videos on Facebook that allow viewers to explore iconic objects and spaces in the Museum from never-before-see perspectives—has proven to be extremely popular. The videos have won both a Webby and a Shorty Award, and so far garnered 11.5 million views and 451,000 interactions, including 22,000 comments. 


About The Metropolitan Museum of Art                                                   
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth AvenueThe Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.
 
Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Open Seven Days a Week
Sunday–Thursday: 10 am–5:30 pm*
Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm*

Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May. Friday evenings are made possible by the Ruth Lapham Lloyd Trust. Saturday evenings are made possible by the William H. Kearns Foundation.

Met Breuer 
Closed Monday
Tuesday–Thursday: 10 am–5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm
Sunday: 10 am–5:30 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. Friday evenings are made possible by the Ruth Lapham Lloyd Trust. Saturday evenings are made possible by the William H. Kearns Foundation.

The Met Cloisters 
Open Seven Days a Week
March–October: 10 am–5:15 pm
May 26–September 1, 2017: Open late on Fridays until 7:30 pm
November–February: 10 am–4:45 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1

Extended Summer Hours at The Met Cloisters are made possible in part by the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, Inc. and The Helen Clay Frick Foundation.


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Bathing Beauties"


Two beach babes working on their tans at Jones Beach in New York, ca. 1939. Photograph from the New York Daily News. The park, which opened in 1929, 6.5 miles (10.5 km) in length – is renowned for its beaches (which, excepting the beach on Zachs Bay, face the open Atlantic Ocean) and furnishes one of the most popular summer recreational locations for the New York metropolitan area. It is the most popular and heavily visited beach on the East Coast, with an estimated six million visitors per year. These ladies look very chic on what probably was a very hot summer day!


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Visiting with Fat Witch Bakery

We are at the fabulous Chelsea Market, and Fat Witch Bakery. I have been buying these brownies for many years, and was thrilled to meet the witch herself being the owner of this blog. It has been so much fun for me to work with places where I have been a customer for a long time, and to tell others about great products. 
When you walk in here, you cannot help but smile! Butter, chocolate, sugar, cute witch ....perfection! 

This is the lemon witch which was my Mom's favorite. She loved anything with lemon, and felt these were the best she ever had. When I see something made with lemon, it brings a big smile to my face.  
I would buy one of these if they were available for sale. I think they are just too adorable! 
Mini brownies are the BEST. These freeze very well, they taste like fudge, so wonderful and rich. 



They even sell the mix to make your own which is just so easy! 

Special Fat Witch drinks which go well any time of year. 
Even the ends do not go to waste here. Great for dunking in coffee, tea or milk. 

Be sure to stop in our friends at Fat Witch Bakery if near Chelsea Market, you will be happy you did! They are also available online for shipping at Fat Witch Bakery.


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