Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10 Best Unique Candy Shops NYC


When we visit a new place, we always like to take back items to friends and family. Candy or chocolate is a great choice, but to find places that carry unique items is even better. I always like to bring things home that folks have never had before. Better yet, candy that has some nostalgia to it, that you loved as a child but could never find in your local shops. These are some of the most unique candy shops in New York City, if you are a candy lover, be sure to add them to your list! Here they are, in no special order because that would be very difficult :

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Walking Through Chelsea and Meatpacking District

Upon my stay at the Maritime Hotel, I was thrilled to walk around the areas of Chelsea and the Meatpacking district. The Meatpacking has really grown into a lovely area, with the addition of the High Line and the Whitney Museum of Art. Are you ready for a stroll with me? 
This Kiehl's store was wonderful, I love the storefront! Their products are amazing, and I use many including their avocado eye cream! 


I did a full review of Gansevoort Market on the blog, a fun place with various food choices! 
Such great window detail here 
Flower boxes make everything so much prettier! 
I never get tired of doors, especially ones like these! 
This is near the Chelsea Pier, so cool ! 

L'OCCITANE is another favorite of mine, their hand massages are so relaxing! 
Homestead Steakhouse has been serving the best steaks since 1868. If they are in business that long, you know it has to be good! 


Very cool car parked on the street. I love the way it is painted! 
These views were just outstanding 

I was very lucky to be walking around on such a gorgeous day! 

The fantastic Chelsea Market and some blue skies! There is nothing better than this! 
Be sure to mark these areas on your NYC to do list. I love days when weather is nice, and I can just walk around to see what unique places I can find! 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Monica's Gourmet Cookies Review and QVC Alert


I am thrilled to bring you another in-depth review of Monica's Gourmet Cookies. I found out about these amazing confections on Instagram. I just love social media for introducing me to new products. I am a big cookie lover, and I like a soft, chewy cookie. Monica's are that cookie. 

Here is some information about Monica: 

Monica's Story: 

In 1991, while confined to bed rest during a high-risk pregnancy, the beginning stages of what now comprise my gourmet cookie collection began to take shape. Flavors, ingredients and measurements rushed through my head, and I diligently used my pen and paper – my only means of creation – to record it all. Post-pregnancy, having given birth to my second daughter, I returned to my list of potential concoctions.


Several months later the fruits of my 'labor' paid off – the ideal blend of ingredients was finally determined, and an incredible cookie was born … followed by more! However, it took a few years to duplicate each batch to absolute perfection – and for me to discover just how significantly these cookies would affect my culinary future. During this time, my cookies were a staple at every one of my gourmet catering bookings. Before long, it didn’t matter what scrumptious entrees and side dishes I had created as long as my cookies were a part of the menu! Over time, requests for my cookies became so frequent that fulfilling those orders began to eclipse my regular catering business. Ultimately, due to growing demand and my undeniable passion for my creations, the cookies became my primary area of concentration. 

I was sent the assortment of cookies, and so kindly shared with my co-workers. You receive 12 cookies in a 2 pound box. These make great gifts, for just about anyone and any reason. When you open the box, and the smell arrives at your nose, you are one happy person! 
I LOVED this included in the box and it is oh so correct! They do freeze well as I have done that before but you find yourself eating them before the 3 months is up. 

How fantastic do these look? My co-workers were amazed at the flavors and taste. 
Red Velvet, Peanut Butter with Chocolate dip, Lemon, Regular Chocolate Chip, Almond. 

The Almond one is just unreal. The flavor and taste is just so so good. They are all really wonderful. You cannot go wrong with any flavor. 

Monica's makes gluten free selections as well, which will make those who need to not eat gluten very, very happy! 

It is hard to choose a favorite, as they are all just fantastic. 

These cookies are great for your child in college, for Mother's or Father's Day, Christmas, any holiday as they can serve them with holiday dinner. It is really hard to share these cookies, you want to keep them all to yourself! 



I was thrilled to hear that Monica's Gourmet Cookies is going to be on QVC March 27th! I am sure they will have some great deal in purchasing these cookies, and I am sure I will be buying a box. They may even have a special cookie just for QVC! You can order direct from Monica's website, or when she is on QVC. I cannot recommend these cookies enough, and to see my co-workers go bonkers over them, confirmed it more for me. I love sending them to friends as a surprise, it really makes their day!

QVC ALERT: Monica's Gourmet Cookies will be debuting on QVC March 27th in the 3-6pm eastern time slot. It would be pretty smart and brilliant if you watched, and ordered some cookies. You will be the most happy person when you receive these cookies, just trust me!

You can follow Monica's Gourmet here

Disclosure: I was provided some cookies from Monica's Gourmet 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. These cookies are the best I have ever enjoyed. All opinions are my own. Thank you!!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Judith Leiber Exhibit at the MAD Museum


 I was thrilled to hear about this new exhibit at the MAD Museum! Judith Leiber is an icon in handbag design. The kind of handbag that gets passed on to the next generation. These are just as much, if not more, works of art than handbags. Here is some fabulous information about the not-to-be missed exhibit!

From the MAD Museum website:

Judith Leiber spent sixty-five years in the handbag industry, from an apprentice in Budapest to the owner of an internationally renowned handbag company based in New York City. As the only female pattern-maker, and with the unusual ability to make a handbag from start to finish, Leiber brought a distinctly European training and skill set to the United States, where handbags were made with assembly-line skill division. This allowed her not only to succeed as a designer, but also to revolutionize the meaning of handbag craftsmanship for the American consumer.

This was taken in Saks Fifth Avenue, a Judith Leiber fun design 


Leiber’s handbags run the gamut from finely crafted leather pieces and textile-based bags, to the fantastical Swarovski crystal–encrusted creations for which she is most well known. Inspired by a life-long admiration of art, travel, and opera, Leiber’s bags include Art Deco–influenced hardware; materials such as Lucite and seashells; references to the artwork of Piet Mondrian, Georges Braque, and Sonia Delaunay; and collaboration with Faith Ringgold on a collection of handbags inspired by her quilts.

As Leiber’s reputation flourished, designers and suppliers sought her out, offering interesting materials, particularly textiles. Thus, many of her handbags are constructed with obis from Japan, Parsi ribbons from India, and fabrics from Iran and Africa. From the earliest days of her company, Leiber pushed the boundaries of handbag design—innovation that is epitomized by her famed sparkling minaudières, a technique that began as a solution to a damaged metal frame, and was then catalyzed by the design of her imaginative animal and food clutches to become fashion staples for First Ladies and celebrities alike.

Another selection from the Saks Fifth Avenue store 


Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story tells the tale of this illustrious craftswoman, designer, and businesswoman. The exhibition includes handbags that encompass the history of her eponymous company, which Leiber founded in 1963 at the age of forty-two, through 2004, when she designed her last handbag. Although biographical in nature, the exhibition also explores the gendered significance of the handbag in twentieth-century Western culture, and the centrality of immigrant entrepreneurship in the fabric of New York.

Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story is curated by Assistant Curator Samantha De Tillio, with the support of Curatorial Assistant and Project Manager Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.

Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story is part of The Art and Craft of Getting Dressed, a series of three exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) this spring that embrace craftsmanship, cultural commentary, and critical thinking in fashion practices—from the couture to the conceptual—across multiple generations. In keeping with the MAD’s dedication to investigating studio “process” in modern and contemporary art and craft, these exhibitions highlight how fashion, as an expanded field of craft, serves as a platform for artists and designers to explore ways of making that champion artistry, expressiveness, and social responsibility—from concept to product.

Probably my most favorite, if money was no object, for sale in Saks Fifth Avenue 


Judith Leiber
Crafting a New York Story
April 4, 2017 to August 6, 2017

Museum Hours
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10 am – 6 pm
Thu: 10 am – 9 pm
Closed Mon and major holidays


Location
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
info@madmuseum.org
212-299-7777
Click here for detailed directions.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday " NYC 1905 Snowstorm"


I just had to do a snowstorm photo today. I think we are all pretty happy Spring is almost here. The weather this week has derailed so many of my plans. I am however looking at the bright side. This photo from 1905 of Fifth Avenue after a snowstorm is pretty darn cool. That looks like quite a bit and they probably didn't have the equipment we have in 2017 to clean it all up. I love the ladies in all their finest clothes out for a stroll on the snowy streets. They don't look too bothered by it at all. Spring is on March 20th. Thank goodness!!

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