Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from Palais des Thés

Our friends at Palais des Thés have some wonderful choices for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday. It will be here before you know it, so I wanted to share some elegant ideas with you. When I think of this tea shop, elegant is the first phrase that comes to mind. It is always so nice to give a gift that someone can really enjoy and that is unique. You will find that here. Let's check out their lovely selections:  
  Thé des Amants (Lovers' Tea), a Palais des Thés classic, is a beautiful and fragrant black tea flavored with apple, almond, cinnamon and vanilla, spiced up with a bit of ginger. Now in a new reusable metal tin decorated with a red heart bouquet, this affordable luxury gift is just $19.

  Thé des Concubines is packaged in a bright red tin and the flavors are quite romantic: delicate blend of green and black Chinese teas with rich, fruity notes of cherry, mango and vanilla. Sweet and fruity, it contains rose petals and pieces of fruit ($21). There’s also a Thé des Concubines Candle ($45) for extra romance! 

Teapot made of lucid tempered heat-resistant glass. This teapot is inspired by the Moroccan tradition of tea. Would make a wonderful centerpiece to your table! 
SWEET TEAS is a new tea set with delicate illustrations that features 5 sweet flavored teas created by Palais des Thés.

This tea set contains 5 tubes (of 12 g / 0.4 OZ) of the following teas:

Thé des Amants, black tea, amond, apple, cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of ginger! 
Montagne Bleue, a delicious blend of black tea, honey, lavender, blueberry, strawberry and rhubarb. 
Thé des Concubines, blend of green and black China teas and sweet notes of cherry, mango and vanilla.
Thé des Vahinés, a rich recipe combining the scents of vanilla, almond, marigold petals and rosebuds!
Mélange du Cap, a delicious blend of red tea, splinters of cocoa and vanilla pods.

New York, NY - SoHo (US flagship)
156 Prince Street (btw West Broadway & Thompson)
New York, NY 10012
Monday - Saturday 10am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 7pm
Phone: (646) 513-4369 
New York, NY - Upper West Side
194 Columbus Avenue (btw 68th & 69th)
New York, NY 10023
Monday - Saturday 10am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 7pm
Phone: (646) 664-1902 
Have you enjoyed any teas from Palais des Thés ? If so, which is your favorite ? 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend roducts or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday " Class of 1931"

How gorgeous is this photo? I was going through my Aunt's album, where so many wonderful photos were kept, in pretty good condition. I am not sure who this lady is, from the Class of 1931, but she sure is pretty. It may have been a friend of my Aunt's, so many have name's on them, but this one didn't. I love her shoes and the short bob looks like it was in fashion. The cap and gown look much better made than those of today! I hope you have enjoyed this vintage gem! 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bergdorf Goodman 2014 Holiday Windows

I am sorry I didn't get these to you sooner, but I think you can understand. The holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman are to me the BEST windows in New York City. If you are going to see just one holiday window, be sure it is this one. You should also view the movie Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf's for a behind the scenes of all the work that goes into making this window art. Here is some information on this year's windows: 

We spoke with David Hoey, the man behind the legendary Bergdorf Goodman windows, about this particular season:
“Early this year, the creative departments at Bergdorf Goodman selected a one-word holiday theme for 2014: Inspired. We found this particular word itself to be inspiring. It was all we needed to launch a set of windows celebrating the arts—after all, isn’t art the product of inspiration?
We decided to base each window on a major art form, drawing equally from the fine arts, performing arts and applied arts. For our main windows, we settled on literature, architecture, theater, painting, music, dance, sculpture and film. Each window would be designed independently from the others. Each would be made from its own set of materials. But the entire set of windows would constitute a sort of eight-lesson course in art appreciation.
We now present these windows to pedestrians at 5th and 58th. Expect surprises. We have juxtaposed some of the arts with unexpected crafts. A few spoilers: The literature window has been made entirely from fabric, soft sculpture and needlework. The architecture window has been built completely from paper and old blueprints. The theater window is a sort of apotheosis of neon.
We are interested in traditional craftsmanship and the revival of old-school techniques. More than 100 artists and display artisans have contributed in some way to the completion of the windows this year. 
Can this be any more gorgeous?  

 Theater is the most colorful window  

 The film window was really just so lovely  

The mannequins in Bergdorf's windows are always just so beautiful. They are the ultimate mannequin you can probably purchase for window displays.

Have you watched "Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf's"? Did you enjoy it ? I thought it was just fabulous and so full of interesting history of the Bergdorf store.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday's Quote of the Day January 20, 2015

This is so true but we seem to lose fact of it for some reason. My parents were famous for "saving" certain things for "good" as they said. Then they never had a chance to use them. We have to remember to live in the now. If there is something you wish to try, try it. The worse thing that can happen is it doesn't work. The best thing that can happen is success. Don't wait to take a risk. You may never get that opportunity again. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour

Due to a technical glitch, as they call it, we are visiting the Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour again today. My old post somehow got deleted, so those who are new to the blog get to see this wonderful tour. This is from Tony Muia, who owns the company, and has been showing folks Brooklyn for 25 years. I think these tours are great for just about everyone, whether you visit NYC often, or are a newbie, or those who are lucky enough to live there. It takes all the guess work out of visiting some great places and makes your day so enjoyable. Let's be off on the tour!  
We met the bus in the Union Square area which was very easy to get to. They also bring you back here at the end of your tour which I think is awesome. I wouldn't want to have to get back on my own from Brooklyn.  
The views as you are heading to Brooklyn are just glorious. This city is just about the most beautiful, isn't it ?  
Brooklyn Ice Cream factory, we didn't have time to stop, but it would have been nice. I bet their ice cream is just so yummy!  
Paula, Tony's cousin, was our guide and she was wonderful. We learned so much about the history of Brooklyn on this tour.  
Another gorgeous view  
Okay, so this is the line to get in Grimaldi's which we totally skipped because we were on the tour. That is worth admission alone.  
Fresh ingredients, simple ingredients make for a most amazing pizza. Look at that mozzarella cheese to the right! They have been making pizza here since about 1905 in a coal brick oven, and the taste is like nothing else you have ever had.  
Even Brooklyn Soda is served here!  
The masterpiece. Margherita Pizza is like you are in Italian heaven. This is Neopolitan style, which is my family ancestory, I hope to try it in Naples one day! The sauce is plain (just San Marzano tomatoes) but paired with the wonderful fresh mozzarella and basil, Simple, fresh ingredients baked in a traditional method, this is real pizza!  
Then we were off to L & B Spumoni Gardens, which is a totally different take on pizza.  The current location has been owned by the Barbati Family since 1939. 
This sicilian pizza is very thick crust,  the sauce is sweet, and the top sprinkled with dried cheese for extra flavor and saltiness.
We also took a small trip to Luna Park in Coney Island. It really reminded me of being in the 1950's with all the nostalgic rides and places to eat. So much fun!  

The famous Wonder Wheel  
The other famous ride, the Cyclone  
The gorgeous homes in Brooklyn which just took my breathe away!  

I would highly suggest this tour to anyone. It is worth every penny, you are on the tour for about 4.5 hours, and you have enough food for breakfast and lunch for the day. Tony makes everything run so smoothly, and I love tours where I can just sit back, enjoy the day. 

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L & B Spumoni Gardens

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*Disclaimer: There has been no monetary compensation for posting this content. Brands mentioned are not affiliates or sponsors of this blog post. I was provided (2) tickets of this tour by A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours.  The opinions expressed are completely my own based on my experiences.

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