Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday's Quote of the Day for September 30, 2014

This is another great quote, and one it took me many years to actually put into place. But I promise you, when you do that, your life is just so much easier. No more drama. My school counselor told me if you could count on 1 hand your true friends, you are very lucky. I now understand. Quality over Quantity. 

Have a most extra fabulous day today everyone!! 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Laduree Soho Review

As you all know, going to New York City a few times a month, I still have places on my list I need to visit. The famous Paris-born pâtisserie/cafe’s first American restaurant opened in 2011 and has been receiving mixed reviews. I always like to form my own opinion, and I tell my readers to do the same. I was quite excited and had my reservation via my favorite place, Open Table 
The famous cup and menu were beautiful. For some reason, they couldn't find my reservation and I advised it was via OpenTable. They didn't seem to care as the place was not crowded, which I thought was odd for a Saturday afternoon. They have 2 dining rooms as well as a beautiful outdoor garden. I wasn't offered garden seating, even though there were seats available.  
The interior is pretty over the top but that is what they are known for. Just lovely.  
I was really disappointed in a family behind me, 2 small daughters and a Mother, who were loud beyond loud. The daughters were small, and loud and obnoxious. The Mother didn't seem to care to discipline them at all. This restaurant is very high end, and for people to come and pay the money it costs to dine here, they should not have to deal with unruly children. The little girl in my photo below was very well behaved as well as some older children that were eating, fabulous. But this family, being right behind me, kind of ruined the atmosphere for me. Even 2 young girls sitting next to me said "Why would they bring them here if they can't behave?" so I knew it wasn't just me.  

Okay, on to the food. I had the Laduree Omelett which consisted of mushrooms, cheese, ham, tomatoes, onions, fresh cream and fine herbs. It was okay, I wasn't rocked out with it or anything. It was very big, but for $16.00, it should be tasty as well as large.  
Laduree is just like a painting, don't you think ?  
My waiter was new, so I will give him that much, but seemed like didn't get receive a whole lot of training. My food came before my tea, which was odd I had to ask him for my tea. I choose Thé Chéri delicate blend of black tea, cocoa, caramel and vanilla and it was really very tasty.  
Elegant decor for sure.  

A chocolate St Honore' was my dessert choice as I wanted something I had never tried before. This was to die for and just really out of this world. I had wanted a Mont Blanc but of course my waiter had no idea what it was, and then came back to say they didn't have any today.  
The other tea room which was empty as empty could be.  

In the front counter you can purchase items, desserts and macarons.  

My thoughts here are that I would not head down to Soho just to eat here. I can get their macarons in the Upper East Side location, and for savory, I really prefer Maison Kayser. The breakfast I had there a few weeks ago really made me happy as a clam. I feel these upscale places need to be perfect, there should be no issues, because you are paying for perfection. Oh, and the next day Open Table emailed me if I didn't keep my reservation at Laduree Soho. They are very strict as if you are not going to use the reservation, you need to cancel. I think it's a good policy, but when the restaurant doesn't care to look for your reservation, that can be an issue. I advised them I was there, and they will research for me.
Ladurée on Urbanspoon

Have any of you been to this location? What were your thoughts ? 

Today's Words of Wisdom: “I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” ― Julia Child

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Friday, September 26, 2014

A Trip to Chelsea's Historic District

This is one of those posts that makes you want to visit NYC at least once a week! When I attended my wine class at Pastai NYC I came across an amazing area of Chelsea. There are so many little streets in NYC, that no matter how many times you visit, you can't see everything. I am always impressed by my findings when I go in a direction I never have before. To me, that is what makes this city great - always surprises at every corner! How fabulous is this door above?? 
This area is West 20th and 9th Avenue, part of the historic district of Chelsea. It was built between 1853 to 1845. Some of the homes have their original elements such as the stoop, door, cast iron and windows. Many are in the Italianate style, a few in Greek revival period. 
Is this not perfect? 
I just was in awe of the various designs of wrought iron and to think some of them were here since the 1800's is mind blowing! 
Due to the fact that the area is a historic district, the Historical Districts Council helps keep the neighborhood's character alive. The HDC performs regular architectural surveys of historic neighborhoods that may merit protection. I think in the USA, we are too quick to tear things down then try to restore and keep them around for everyone's enjoyment. 
Love the red door and that door knocker is just sweet! 
Artisans work on these designs from metals such as custom wrought iron, copper, bronze, aluminum, stainless steel or brass. They really are works of art! 

The Italianite style was a popular Victorian-Era housing style from the mid to late 1800's which was inspired by the villas of Italy. They had nearly flat roofs, wide eaves and massive brackets. Italianate architecture knew no class boundaries. 

I apologize for this post being so long, but I really felt the need to showcase this wonderful area of New York City. I found my research interesting, and have an even more appreciation for these artisans who crafted these homes. I am so thrilled that New York City has organizations to preserve these areas for all of us to enjoy. Every state should have an advocate for historic neighborhoods to preserve all the beauty from centuries ago.

Today's Words of Wisdom: Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own Earth. It is at least the geometric pattern of things, of life, of the human and social world. It is at best that magic framework of reality that we sometimes touch upon when we use the word order. - Frank Lloyd Wright

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