Friday, May 27, 2016

Dessert Shopping in New York City


Dessert shopping? I think that is a great idea, especially in NYC ! The above wonderful cakes are from Lady M in The Food Hall at the Plaza Hotel. 
More from the Plaza Food Hall, at Payard, they are almost too pretty to eat 
I think I could get over it after a while, these are worth going off your diet for a day! 
I am obsessed with Paris Baguette! I love the colors and designs of their wonderful desserts! 


Maison Kayser is just silly for dessert! They are great for savory foods too but if you are dessert shopping, this is a must-stop! 
These Yumballs were located at the Plaza Food Hall and Three Tarts .....they are just amazing! 
Yes, more from Paris Baguette I just can't help myself ! 
If you are a serious dessert person, this fun set from Sprinkles would be great to own! 

As much as I want to like their cupcakes, I am not over the moon with them. I tried some of their cookies and actually thought they were better than the cupcakes! Go figure! 
Maison Kayser again and a Saint=Honore which is pure heaven! 
Paris Baguette is my new obsession - I confess 

Red velvet eclair at Pomme Palais 
Yes, it had a cream cheese filling - makes you very happy !! 
I never met a macaron tower I didn't like, this one was found at our favorite Woops! in Port Authority!

It is very easy to do a dessert tour all on your own. There are so many great places in the city, and if you have folks to join you, you can share all the yummy selections! I think I now need to go find a cupcake!!


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Throwback Thursday " 5th Avenue in 1905"

Another great photo from Howards Hollow website, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, in 1905. There is so much detail in this photo! The horse drawn carriages, those great hats on the gentlemen, and the gorgeous architecture which we still enjoy today! I really need to order some of these amazing photos and frame them for my walls at home. What a treat to enjoy these on a regular basis! If only that DeLorean car really was a time machine! I would be first in line to take a ride. Would you?

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lotte New York Palace Hotel Review

Here we are with another hotel review! I must say, it is pretty neat seeing what the various hotels in the city offer, or don't offer. The Lotte New York Palace is a historic building on Madison Avenue. I am in and out of their lobby many times as it is near where my bus picks up when I am in the city for the day. You can check out my photos of the gorgeous lobby on this blog! Their courtyard and the shop Pomme Palais have been featured here many times as well. To say I was excited to finally stay here was putting it mildly.  
I had one of their corner rooms with the St Pat's view, which was amazing. The room was a very large size, plenty for one to two people.  







 




 
Positives: 
  • Catherdal views if in one of the rooms which offer the view
  • Location near many attractions and shopping 
  • Molton Brown products in the bathroom
  • Room ready when I arrived at 10:37
  • Home feel to room, liked the wood decor 
  • 2 door size mirrors, 1 large closet with safe 
  • Comfortable bed 
Negatives:
  • Fee for Wi-fi, even in the lobby, except if staying in The Towers 
  • No full size spa for a hotel of this magnitude  
  • Business Center small and printing boarding passes can be difficult 
  • No Water bottles for free in the room
  • No fresh flowers in the room 
  • Waited 10 min on hold to request early check in, had to call back When calling for room service, had to let it ring about 30 times before someone answered 
  • Could hear next room talking on phone and adjusting their shades 
  • Pomme Palais closes at 5pm daily and there is no restaurant in the hotel 
455 Madison Ave at 50th Street
New York, NY 10022
212-888-7000

909 guestrooms  
Location: Midtown East
Non-Smoking Hotel
Five Star Hotel
7,000 square foot Fitness Center with yoga mats
Full Service Business Center
WiFi (fee)
Pets are allowed, fees involved
Trip Advisor Ranking 99 of 471 (as of 05/15/16)
Trivago Rating 90 out of 100 (as of 05/15/16)
Price Range: $276 - $885 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room) US Dollars

Hotel prices are at their lowest in the months of January and February; their highest September and October. Sundays are the cheapest night for rooms, on most months. My go to places for checking prices for hotels are TrivagoTrip AdvisorHotels.com and Travelzoo.

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

Would I stay at the Lotte New York Palace again? I would say if you can get this hotel for under $300, it's a good deal. If you are looking for a premium 5-star hotel, I would make another choice. I was very disappointed in the stay, just the little things I felt should be better for a hotel of this level. I actually got a better deal booking directly with the hotel than on hotels.com which I found interesting. I would suggest to you to always check the hotel site to see what they are offering before you book with another site. Comparing is always good, and can save you some money in the end.

My rating for this hotel, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect in every way, is a 6. 

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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 value 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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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tiffany Clock in Flatiron District


We are back in what is becoming my favorite part of the city, the flatiron district. 
Is this not gorgeous? Makes you feel spring/summer is around the corner!  
I decided to take a photo of this gorgeous clock to show you, one of those things I walk by dozens of times, and kind of take for granted. It's so lovely, isn't it?  
From 1909, and a landmark since 1981. How cool to think folks from 1909 have been looking at the same beautiful clock as we do! I just love that whole idea, how lucky are we??  

There are so many new shops and restaurants in this area, it should be a must see when you visit the city. If you have already been to the flatiron area, what is your favorite place? Do tell .........

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Monday, May 23, 2016

La Maison Maille Flatiron Boutique

Isn't that a view that never gets old? We are in the flatiron district visiting our friends LA MAISON MAILLE NEW YORK in their new boutique. I am so thrilled as I am in this area more than the Upper West Side.  
The boutique is really lovely, and near so many great foodie joints! I visited on a Saturday while I met Lisa, who makes great jewelry on Etsy, her shop is Georgie Girl Jewels and you should take a peek!   
The new spring mustards are so darn colorful! Mustard with carrot and a hint of shallot, Mustard with beetroot and a hint of honey, & Mustard with olives and herbes de Provence. How do you choose just one? They have a lovely set of all three available in the shop!  

Mango vinegar! My Dad used to make the best salad dressing with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a red wine vinegar. It was so good, and healthy for you as well. These products are so good to add flavor for your cuisine, but not salt nor fat. Perfect!  
The boutique is really lovely!  

This is a great place if you are looking for a gift for a foodie, they have wonderful sets that make fabulous surprises for friends/family.  

They have their famous mustard on tap here, if you purchase one, you can then have the crock re-filled once it's all gone. What a great idea!  
 


Apple Cider Vinegar with honey sounds pretty darn amazing to me! 


Maille is going to be offering mustard making classes at this location which I think sounds like so much fun! Their products are just made with so much care, and the best quality ingredients you can find. You cannot go wrong with any purchase from either of their locations!

New York Flatiron
927 Broadway at 21st Street
New York, 10010
United States
Phone : 9293356610

Monday to Saturday 10am–8pm
Sunday 11am–7pm


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