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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Michel Cluizel Personalized Chocolate Gift


One of my favorite chocolatiers, Michel Cluizel, has a unique holiday gift this year. ChocoVoice comes with a jingle and personal message! This is a really fun gift for your friends and family, especially those that are afar.  
How adorable is this display? Even more important, is the taste of wonderful French chocolate. So darn amazing! The box with the chocolate display is $75, and if you want to add your personal message it is $5. All you have to do is send your recorded message to chocovoice@cluizel.us and it should not last more than 20sec. The box will be available to order on our website on November 1st and it is also available in all truffles.


You will also find wonderful holiday gifts at their shop on Madison Avenue 


Shipping is available from their website to the USA only 

Since 1948, gourmet Chocolat Michel Cluizel has been handcrafting chocolate from bean to bar with pure cocoa butter, bourbon vanilla pod and never any soy or artificial flavorings.

Chocolat Michel Cluizel 
199 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10036 ( near the Morgan Library)

Store Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat-Sun 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Chocolat Michel Cluizel
279 Bedford Avenue (Corner of Grand Street) • Brooklyn, NY 11211
Store Hours:
Monday to Friday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm




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Monday, November 12, 2018

Kiehl's Gifting Workshop Open in Soho


 Kiehl’s Gifting Workshop, Kiehl’s very first pop-up retail store, is now OPEN at 513 Broadway, New York. I am so thrilled to be working with Kiehl's because I use so many of their products. Their items are fantastic for gift giving and the prices are reasonable as well. 


Kiehl’s Gifting Workshop is a temporary retail store devoted to customized gifting, and it will be open Nov. 5 through Dec. 24 in New York, at 513 Broadway in Soho.  We’ll have a full slate of events throughout the holiday season—for details, check out Kiehl's Soho Gifting Workshop



Kiehl's On the Go make great stocking stuffers or a little something for a co-worker.


Kiehl’s Gifting Workshop
513 Broadway (bet. Spring and Broome)
646-960-7384
Open Nov. 5-Dec. 24, 2018
Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas


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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween from Chelsea Market

Happy Halloween! I cannot believe tomorrow is November! The time has just been flying by this year! I thought I would show some scenes from Chelsea Market as they have some pretty scary Halloween decor. 
Did you know located in Chelsea Market was the National Biscuit Company? The former home office of Nabisco, it is such a small world, isn't it ?  
If you stop here you need to stop by our favorite Fat Witch for some totally wonderful brownies. 
The baby witches are just too cute to eat!  
 
No matter how many times I see this guy, I still get spooked!  He really could use a teeth whitening system! 


They really go all out for this holiday!  
I wish I could carve a pumpkin that well  

Another must stop is the Artists and Fleas, especially for unique holiday gifts  
Pamela Barsky's stand is one of my absolute faves! 


Hours: Monday - Saturday: 7am to 2am, Sunday: 8am to 10pm
Address: 75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16 Streets), New York, NY 10011

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel Review


Hotel History : The Mondrian Park Avenue is a relatively new hotel, opening in October of 2017. The 189-room hotel has contemporary style guestrooms and suites. For the ultimate experience, the 1,300-square-foot Piet Suite offers the look and feel of a modern Manhattan residence with two bedrooms, a separate living room and dining area, wet bar, large private balconies, and other luxury amenities. On-property dining locations include Cleo restaurant, sbe’s award-winning culinary concept headed by Chef Danny Elmaleh that showcases a modern twist on Eastern and Southern Mediterranean cuisine. Also on property is Fifteen Stories, a rooftop lounge and outdoor terrace with music and other nightly events with drinks and small bites. The property was originally built in 1918 as a 15-story office building. Five floors have since been added during the hotel conversion.

Classification : Four Star

Room Category : Superior King Room

Month of Stay :  May

Trip Advisor Ranking:  54 of 479 (as of 10/20/18)
Booking.com Rating:     8.6 out of 10 (as of 10/20/18)


Cool decor in the elevator  
My view from the room 
9/10   Location:  The location on Park Avenue and East 30th Street, the NoMad district, is wonderful for just walking all over the city. Close to walking to Madison Square Park, Union Square, Empire State Building and Flatiron district make this a great centralized spot to call home while in New York City.

The lobby is neat but not very practical nor large 

8/10  Style & Character: The lobby when you walk in is very tiny and hard to wait for possible catching train or bus there. The artwork displayed throughout the hotel gives it quite a chic vibe. Contemporary styles define guestrooms and suites, which are designed to maximize comfort with plush bedding, spacious bathrooms, and neutrally toned woven leather furnishings. Floating desks also allow a versatile transition between work and play.




The very weird shape for the safe doesn't allow a large camera to fit inside 

7/10 Service and Amenities : The amenities are good especially with free wi-fi which everyone should offer. Dry cleaning, room service, FREE Wi-Fi , smoke free property, rooftop terrace. There’s also a fitness center  down the street for complimentary workouts between sightseeing, the facilities also include a full-service locker room with steam room to top off your work out.Valet parking is available (for a fee). Tea and coffee are available at the main bar in the restaurant each morning between 7am-10.30am. The service was professional but not over friendly.


10/10 Rooms: Mondrian Park Avenue offers 189 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Beds feature premium bedding. LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include showers, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested. The room I chose was a Superior King but not big enough for more than 1 person. It was designed very chic and modern, after I was there a while it grew on me. The bathroom was tiny but functional. I love the glass shower with rainfall shower head. The sink did have a chip which I thought was odd for a pretty new hotel. An excellent minibar offering Grey Goose, Bulleit and Glenlivet as well as bottles of Cosmo, Manhattan and Martini cocktails is a unique offering.








The bathroom even though small was designed well, only flaw was a chip on the sink 








8/10 Food & Drink : The restaurant Cleo is lovely for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a casual restaurant with sister properties in Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The decor is something I very much enjoyed, a very West coast vibe to it. Cleo's Alley is for the cocktails from 4pm to 6pm Monday through Friday. Mondrian Terrace is a sophisticated rooftop lounge set above the power corner of Park Avenue and 30th Street, open to hotel guests 8am-4pm and the public 4pm to 11pm. I had breakfast at Cleo and it was wonderful, I would go back if in the area again even if not staying at the hotel. I did not try room service, but I would imagine it would be well received since the restaurant was so good.

Family Friendly: To me, this seems to be more of a grown up hotel atmosphere. The suites do offer more space to fit a family.

Access for Guests with Disability: Yes. The hotel offers 12 ADA-accessible rooms.


Overall Value: $270 - $634 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

Overall Rating: 8/10 


In the Vicinity: 5 blocks from the Morgan Library, 1 block from the fabulous pizza at Marta, 5 blocks from Madison Square Park and the Flatiron district, easy walking distance to Union Square, lots of dining options in the area. Le Cafe coffee is a great spot for a latte and Sarabeth's is 3 blocks from the hotel for breakfast/lunch/dinner. This is a great area to stay away from the tourists, but you are still close to so many places to check out. I would never suggest to stay in Times Square, Park Avenue is a lovely part of the city and so much more enjoyable.

Hotel prices are at their lowest in the months of January and February; their highest September and October. Sunday nights are the lowest prices for hotel rooms, in most cases. My go to places for checking prices for hotels are TrivagoTrip AdvisorHotels.com and Travelzoo. Always remember to check the hotel's website itself, they are really trying to have you book direct and sometimes offer specials or a discount with AAA that is cheaper than the websites I mentioned above. I am also finding that if you book on your mobile device, you can save some money as well. I actually got a better rate via my mobile phone than using my AAA discount online direct at the hotel. You should really do some research on your price for hotel a few different ways, and ALWAYS book a room that you can cancel, you never know what may happen in the future. You also want the ability to change hotels if you should find a better option closer to your date of arrival. 

Resort fees are something I am seeing at more New York hotels, about 82 of the over 400 hotels in New York City now charge. These fees can run you between $30 to $60 per night for your stay. They list services such as newspapers, in room coffee or WiFi for these fees, and if you book with a hotel that has this fee, you are obligated to pay it. When checking your prices, be sure to look for the small print if there is an additional resort fee and make your decision whether you want that additional charge. Some of the hotels in New York City that charge the fee are: Park Central Hotel $40.16, WestHouse New York $53.93, Avalon Hotel $22.95, Royalton Park Avenue $40.00, The James New York Soho $45.90, The James New York NoMad $38.11, The Warwick $25.00, The Benjamin $38.11, The Quin $21.78, Crowne Plaza Times Square $34.43, Hotel 48Lex $60.00, The Redbury New York $32.66, The Knickerbocker $34.43, The Viceroy Central Park $29.00. These prices are as of 03/25/18

Remember to take into account for your total cost the NYC Hotel tax of 14.75% plus Daily $2.00 per room occupancy fee.

CONCLUSION

Would I reserve a night at the Mondrian Park Avenue again ? Yes, I would. The hotel is very modern and fun, the location is perfect for walking around and exploring the city. I requested the room be ready early, and it was at about 1:46 pm which wasn't too bad. The safe was rather odd-shaped and my large Canon Rebel would not fit in which I have never had happen before. The safe is more flat and long as opposed to height. Plugs near the bed for charging your phone made me smile. I love the fact it is a low-key area, and the bathroom although small, was nicely appointed. I would love to try a larger room next time, especially one with the terrace. This is a great hotel choice if planning to stay in the city 1 night or 5 nights. I would probably try to get the room for under $300 per night if possible, if you are paying over $300, I think there are better options out there. 


Disclosure: This stay was paid for by me. I will always state at the end of each review whether my stay was paid for by myself or if I was hosted by the hotel. I will honestly tell you about my experience at this hotel, not being swayed in any way by Complimentary services. I know you trust my opinion, and it is important to me to be as honest as possible.  All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Peddler's Village Scarecrow Competition


SCARECROW COMPETITION & DISPLAY
Mon, September 10, 2018 to Sun, October 28, 2018
Calling Scarecrow Creators of all ages to enter the 38th Annual Scarecrow Competition and Display! Participants may enter submissions in six scarecrow categories for the chance to win great prizes from cash awards to a Birthday Party at Giggleberry Fair! 
The colorful, larger-than-life scarecrow creations will be on display at Peddler’s Village from Monday, September 10 through Sunday, October 28, 2018. This is always a lovely Fall event! My parents used to take me here as a child, and I am so thrilled to see how much the village has grown in all these years. It is a wonderful place for a day trip of shopping and dining. 

From the Peddler's Village website: 

Discover a historic village with charming colonial-style buildings, award winning gardens, and distinctive shopping, dining, and lodging. For more than 50 years, visitors have followed the winding brick pathways to experience exceptional dining, explore the best of Bucks County shopping, enjoy family fun at Giggleberry Fair, escape from the everyday to a getaway at the Golden Plough Inn and celebrate favorite traditions at seasonal festivals and annual events.

It is a very picturesque area!  


Slash was one of the best from last year  




The Chaddsford Winery is really lovely, they have a testing room which is a great way to relax and unwind from a long week  








Peddler's Village, Routes 202 & 263 
Lahaska, Bucks County, PA - 18931
215.794.4000

SPRING/FALL SHOPPING HOURS
Monday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m 
Thursday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri., Nov.: 10: 10 a.m. – 9p.m. 
Fri., Nov. 17: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m

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