Thursday, January 19, 2017

National Popcorn Day with The Little Kernel

One of the best things about being a blogger, and loving all types of food, is the new companies I meet. The Little Kernel contacted me about trying their hulless mini popcorn, and I never heard of them but was excited to give a try. I just love popcorn, and if it is made healthy and tasty, I am in! 

Here is some information on The Little Kernel: 

The Little Kernel is the perfect healthy snack with a unique, hulless, "miniature kernel." The newest popcorn brand on the market, The Little Kernel is the perfect healthy snack with a unique, hulless, "miniature kernel." Popped in 100 percent pure olive oil, each kernel is gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher and certified whole grain. The Little Kernel is available in six delicious flavors, including Truffle Sea Salt, Sweet & Salty, Pink Himalayan Salt, White Cheddar, and Butter and Naked (no salt added).

I just love Kettle corn, salty and sweet, perfect. When I opened the bag, the smell was fantastic! This has to be one of the best kettle corn I have had, and I have been to Lancaster, Pa where they make some of the best quality. It is very hard to not eat the whole bag! 

Pink Himalayan Salt is quite tasty as well. I just love the little hulls, they melt in your mouth. 

Truffle Sea Salt - need I say more? I just love the fact they are hullless and you don't have to worry about getting stuck in your teeth. I also really love the colors of the bag, color just makes you happy. 
The Truffle Sea Salt is pretty awesome, you can taste so much flavor.

Even better, The Little Kernel comes in six delicious flavors, including:

Truffle Sea Salt
Sweet & Salty
Pink Himalayan Salt
White Cheddar
Naked (No Salt Added)

If you are a popcorn lover, this is a MUST try! If they do not see the product in your area, you can order online with free shipping with a $25.00 purchase. I am hoping more stores will carry this line, it is really a wonderful healthy snack to start the new year!

THE LITTLE KERNEL is a proud supporter of Generation Rescue. A portion of all our proceeds goes towards helping provide hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Disclosure: I was provided some popcorn from The Little Kernel 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. All opinions are my own. Thank you!! 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Morrell Wine Bar and Cafe Review

I visited Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe with a friend recently. This was a place I walked past a zillion times but never stopped to dine. It is right in Rockefeller Center location, next to Bouchon Bakery, and usually very busy. I was very excited!

Here is some history from their website:

A New York institution since 1947, Morrell Wine Group has expanded from a small wine store on East 49th to a flagship retail store and wine bar at One Rockefeller Center and fine wine auction division. Today, the wine bar features 150 wines by the glass, one of the largest in the city, and the company’s massive Rare Wine Vault includes some of the most difficult to find bottles in the world.
Morrell & Company owes its origins to brothers Samuel and Joseph Morrell, who entered the American wine trade in the 1920s as salesmen for an old-fashioned Virginia winery. When Prohibition hit, the brothers remained active as vintners to New York City’s churches, synagogues and physicians.

In 1947, the brothers parted ways, and Samuel opened a small wine store on East 49th Street with his wife, Charlotte. Over the next seven decades, three generations of Morrells made their careers as merchant vintners to Gotham City’s wine lovers.

The Morrell name is associated with several important “firsts” in the New York wine scene. In 1994, Morrell & Company became the first to hold a fine wine auction open to the public and the first to offer wine auctions online. In 1999, Morrell Wine Bar & Café opened at One Rockefeller Center, next to the newly relocated retail store, as the first “wine bar” in the city, dedicated to serving a wide range of wines by the glass.

Lots of choices on the menu! 

3 different types of dips with pita bread 
Pasta with mushroom, spinach was just amazing. We both ended up getting the same main course and both really loved it. 

I actually prefer pasta this way than with sauce. I just feel it is lighter for some reason. 
Truffles for dessert are always a good idea 

Cheesecake is another good choice, this was very good and creamy. 

I really enjoyed this meal. I am not sure if I would go again, but I wouldn't not go. The food was very good and quite tasty. The location is perfect for those in the Rockefeller Center area. I know if I am in this area looking for some good food, this is a very smart choice. 

Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Manhattan Vintage Show February 3 and 4 2017

New York, NY— The Manhattan Vintage Show, NYC’s premier vintage shopping event, returns this February 3rd & 4th, at the Metropolitan Pavilion.  Launched in 1992, Manhattan Vintage has become the largest, and oldest, vintage apparel & accessory show in the country, and a shopping mecca for designers, costumers, and vintage fashion lovers alike. 

For those in the know, Manhattan Vintage acts as more than just a vintage shopping experience.  If you’re a lover of all things vintage, shopping the show is like visiting your favorite museum, except you actually get to touch and buy the art. It goes deeper though, the vendors at Manhattan Vintage are the best in the business. Offering up the best vendors in the business, these merchants are also historians, able to educate you on each piece and provide you with a shoppable history lesson. 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this seasons special exhibition will be entitled “Jean-Paul Gaultier: Lingerie Through the Ages,” and will be comprised of archived, lingerie inspired, vintage Gaultier pieces alongside the original vintage lingerie styles that inspired the designs.  

“By now it’s legend that Gaultier found inspiration in his grandmother’s closet. He was particularly fascinated with her corsets and other under garments. This exhibit will be an opportunity for attendees to see these early vintage lingerie pieces alongside Gaultier’s groundbreaking designs. We’re very excited to share this experience with the public,” said  Manhattan Vintage owner David Ornstein. 

Dealers including Cherry Vintage, Daybreak Vintage, and James Veloria will be contributing pieces to the Gaultier exhibition, many of which will be exclusively available to shop at the show. 

With 80+ vendors that span the decades, there’s a vintage dealer with a one-of-a-kind piece for everyone at Manhattan Vintage. NYC based vendor, Metropolis Vintage, recently acquired a substantial collection of vintage Bonnie Cashin designs that will bring lovers of layering and vintage Coach running. And then there are the ladies of Spark Pretty, who will be owning the vintage 90s market with several vintage Tony Alamo denim jackets, as well as all the 90’s prom dresses you could ever dream of. 

The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show will be open at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday, February 2nd (1pm to 8pm) and Saturday, February 3rd (11am-6pm). 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Fashion Exhibits at the MAD Museum Spring 2017


Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture
Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story
fashion after Fashion
Museum of Arts and DesignNEW YORK, NY (January 10, 2017) – This spring, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents a series of exhibitions showcasing three dynamic moments in fashion that emphasize history, practice, and critique. Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story is the first major survey in over 20 years of the designer’s iconic career. Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture will spotlight handmade fashions from the 1960s and 1970s, while fashion after Fashion will examine contemporary fashion as a conceptual and critical practice through works by Eckhaus Latta, ensæmble, Lucy Jones, Ryohei Kawanishi, Henrik Vibskov, and SSAW Magazine.
“As a museum with roots in studio craft practice, we are excited to expand our lens to look at fashion—from the couture to the conceptual—as a creative field that has long been invested in craftsmanship, expressiveness, and the symbolic,” says Shannon R. Stratton, MAD’s William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator. “Our spring chapter explores how fashion practices can have at their bedrock the qualities that we associate with contemporary art and craft. Throughout these exhibitions, audiences will appreciate fashion designers as expert craftspeople, masters of allegory, witty inventors, and sociopolitical artists.”

Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture
March 2–August 20, 2017
Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture celebrates the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and ’70s. Often referred to as the hippie movement, the Counterculture swept away the conformism of the previous decade and professed an alternative lifestyle whose effects still resonate today. Moved by the rejection of a materialist and consumerist interpretation of the American Dream, Counterculture youths embraced ideals of self-sufficiency and self-expression. Against the backdrop of Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement, hippies, flower children, and other idealistic young people shunned the cultural standards of their parents, embraced the struggle for racial and gender equality, used drugs to explore altered states of consciousness, and cultivated a renewed dimension of spirituality.
The pursuit of a personal style proved a transcendental tool toward self-realization, enlightenment, and freedom from conventions. Counter-Couture exhibits garments, jewelry, and accessories by American makers who crafted the very reality that they craved, on the margins of society and yet at the center of an epochal shift. The works on display encompass the ethos of members of a generation who fought for change by sewing, embroidering, quilting, patchworking, and tie-dyeing their identity. Putting the handmade at the center of their daily revolution, they embraced and contributed to establishing a folk sensibility in a seminal moment for the development of American Craft.
Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture was organized by the Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Guest Curator Michael Cepress. It was secured for the Museum of Arts and Design by William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator Shannon R. Stratton with the support of Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford.

Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story
April 4–August 6, 2017
Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story pays homage to craftswoman, designer, and businesswoman Judith Leiber as an enduring icon of the American handbag and fashion industries. The exhibition follows her trajectory from handbag apprentice in Budapest at the outbreak of World War II to venerated female entrepreneur, spotlighting her most iconic works—such as her trademark animal-shaped minaudières—while also exhibiting both her more traditional and experimental forms. The exhibition will examine the practice and the person behind Leiber’s cult-like clutches, which are a wardrobe staple of First Ladies and red carpet starlets.
Judith Leiber spent 65 years in the handbag industry. As the only female pattern-maker at that time, and with the unusual ability to make a handbag from start to finish, she brought a distinctly European training and skill set to the United States, where handbags were made with assembly-line skills division. This allowed her not only to succeed as a designer, but also to revolutionize the meaning of handbag craftsmanship for the American consumer.
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 best known. Inspired by a lifelong admiration of art, travel, and opera, her bags include Art Deco–influenced hardware, materials such as Lucite and seashells, and references to the artwork of Piet Mondrian, Georges Braque, and Sonia Delaunay. Leiber also collaborated with visual artist Faith Ringgold on a collection of handbags inspired by Ringgold’s 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 eponymous company, Leiber pushed the boundaries of handbag design. This innovative drive is epitomized by her famed sparkling minaudières, born from a technique used to salvage a group of damaged metal frames, and propelled into popularity by the design of her imaginative animal- and food-themed clutches.
Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story includes handbags that encompass the history of Leiber’s internationally renowned company, Judith Leiber Handbags, which she founded in 1963 at the age of 42, 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 to the fabric of New York.
Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story is curated by MAD’s Assistant Curator Samantha De Tillio, with the support of Curatorial Assistant and Project Manager Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.

fashion after Fashion 
April 27–August 6, 2017
Eckhaus Latta, ensæmble, Lucy Jones, Ryohei Kawanishi, Henrik Vibskov, SSAW Magazine
In 2015, fashion trend forecaster and authority Li Edelkoort declared “the end of Fashion as we know it,” and in her “manifesto for the next decade” provided “ten reasons why the fashion system is obsolete.” In doing so, she echoed a sentiment shared by fashion industry insiders, journalists, pundits, and scholars alike—from reporter Teri Agins, author of the 2000 book The End of Fashion, to fashion theorist Barbara Vinken, who coined the term “postfashion” to describe the contemporary zeitgeist. As the world of fashion continues to evolve, the term “fashion” itself demands redefinition.
fashion after Fashion presents the work of six designers who are thinking—and making us think—about fashion anew. The exhibition features some of the most innovative work being produced in the context of contemporary fashion, focusing on commissioned, site-sensitive installations to offer an experience that is as immersive and affective as it is mentally stimulating. Encompassing sculptures, installations, and video pieces by Eckhaus Latta, ensæmble, Lucy Jones, Ryohei Kawanishi, Henrik Vibskov, and SSAW Magazine, it presents fashion as an expanded field of practice that is determined by concept and context, and whose practitioners work collaboratively and creatively between and across areas of design and art.
The exhibition’s use of “fashion” (in the lowercase) signals a more reflective, concerned, attentive, creative process that is not determined solely by commerce, the market, and trends. Independently and collectively, the practitioners included in fashion after Fashion call into question the state and nature of Fashion (in the uppercase) and challenge some of its main constructs, including the myth of the individual star designer, short-lived and commodity-driven products, gendered dressing, ideal bodies, and waste. Their work demonstrates the need to diversify the term “fashion” in order to encompass new types of contemporary practice that acknowledge intention, ideas, and process and offer greater creative potential to both the designer and the consumer.
Lucy Jones considers body types that would typically be left out of fashion practices and conversations. Eckhaus Latta works in more liminal and virtual spaces—the New York of real people and things, beyond the “fashion city” of runways and fashion weeks. Henrik Vibskov refocuses attention on the body in movement and on relationships between fashion and time. Ryohei Kawanishi delves into the fashion system to offer new perspectives. SSAW challenges norms of body and gender, and ideals of beauty. And ensæmble raises questions about origins, authorship, and the nature of fashion’s objects.
fashion after Fashion is co-curated by Dr. Hazel Clark and Ilari Laamanen in collaboration with the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, with support from MAD’s Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford and Curatorial Assistant and Project Manager Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields, presenting artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, fostering a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design. The Museum will be celebrating its Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary this year.

The MAD Museum is one of my absolute faves, and be sure to stop in their fantastic restaurant, Robert, for great views of Columbus Circle and Central Park!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

The History of Bloomingdales

I'm not sure how many of you have enjoyed watching the Mr.Selfridge program on PBS, with the very talented Jeremy Piven, but I have been finding it quite interesting. To see how they came up with many department store staples like sales and cosmetics in the front of the store, it made me wonder about the history of one of my favorites in NYC, Bloomingdale’s. I wondered how long it has been in it’s current location. I love when a television program makes you want to know more history of places you visit.
I remember visiting Bloomingdale’s when I was little with my Aunt. When we walked in the store, I felt I was walking into a most wonderful place. It just seemed like magic to a little girl, and I so enjoyed our visits there. We would eat at 40 Carrots, the fabulous little eatery, with some of the most delish food. It was quite nice, as I became an adult, and went with my Godmother, to be able to treat her to lunch at 40 Carrots. Then there is also the Le Train Bleu Restaurant at the flagship store on 59th Street. On the 5th floor of the store, you feel like you are in a fancy old train car, and enjoy a bite to eat. Sadly, Le Tain Bleu just closed in 2017, they are hoping to do some different type of restaurant. Their motto: “Like No Other Store In The World” is so very true.

Here is their press release of their history from their website which really has some quite interesting information:

NEW YORKNY . . . Bloomingdale's began with the extraordinary vision of two brothers, and with a 19th Century fad--the hoop skirt. From the first day of business, Lyman and Joseph Bloomingdale set their store on a course to pioneer nearly every major change in the evolution of department stores. The same innovative philosophy guides the store's merchandise and marketing to this day.

On April 17, 1872, Bloomingdale's Great East Side Bazaar opened on East 56th Street in New York City, selling a variety of women's fashions. This was a bold move in the era of specialty shops, but their Bazaar would become a harbinger of today's true "department store." Bloomingdale's receipts that first day totaled $3.68. Perhaps even more daring than the store's merchandising was its location, far to the north of the City's retail center at the time. Yet, the Bloomingdale brothers were keenly aware of their surroundings, and of particular note, that the City had purchased a huge tract of land nearby and was busily creating a green haven of lakes, trees and footpaths to be called Central Park. Soon both the business, and the neighborhood, would boom.

In 1929, Bloomingdale's moved to its present location on 59th Street. The store continued to rapidly expand and a short two years later, with the completion of the glamorous Art Deco edifice facing Lexington Avenue, Bloomingdale's covered the entire city block.

From the beginning, the Bloomingdale's brothers sought to present new products first; and when they weren't first with an idea, they simply did it bigger and better than anyone else. They also catered to America's love of international goods, and by the 1880's, their European selection was dazzling. A buying office in Paris in 1886 was the beginning of a network that now spans the globe. The 1960's brought promotions resulting from Bloomingdale's fascination with the foreign market: the first was a small affair called "Casa Bella" featuring merchandise for the home from Italy. For the next three decades, the promotions took on an increasingly grand scale - including unique merchandise and cultural exhibits that would touch every department in Bloomingdale's.

In 1971 Bloomingdale's "model rooms," a highlight of the store since 1947, gained worldwide attention through its newest installation. "The Cave," an intricate multi-level frame sprayed entirely in white polyurethane, was a spectacular example of the lengths to which Bloomingdale's would go to make a statement of style. Over the years, the model rooms have been showcases for the talents of everyone from architect Frank Gehry to filmmaker Federico Fellini.

The direction in merchandising was both to seek and to create. Buyers covered the globe to find exclusive, one-of-a-kind items. When they couldn't find what they wanted, they had it made. In fashion, Bloomingdale's launched new designers and created boutiques for already-famous names. Among the discoveries: Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabanna, Norma Kamali, John Galliano, Sonia Rykiel and Kenzo. Designers opening their first in-store boutiques at Bloomingdale's include Calvin Klein, DKNY and Yves St. Laurent. Bloomingdale's ability to spot new talent first is legendary and the store has played a pivotal role in the development of important young designers from Marc Jacobs to Zac Posen.

Brand Bloomie's

During the 1970's, Bloomingdale's was a favorite stop of the international avant-garde, epitomized locally by the "Young East Sider" who lived right in the neighborhood. In 1973, when the store decided to stamp its name on panties to launch an intimate apparel promotion, they chose the company nickname as a nod to the young, trendy crowd, and the "Bloomie's" logo was born. Soon, New Yorkers were affectionately referring to the city's second most popular tourist attraction (after the Statue of Liberty) as "Bloomie's" and the hottest souvenir in town was anything emblazoned Bloomie's.

Bloomingdale's promotions were so exciting that the term "Retailing as Theater" was coined to describe the "happenings" at the store. Bloomingdale's was depicted in dozens of the iconic cartoons appearing in The New Yorker magazine, and played a staring role in many motion pictures. It was the era of pet rocks and glacial ice cubes, of visits by movie stars and royalty, from Elizabeth Taylor to Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty's visit, on May 5, 1976, was the culmination of a three-decade transformation of the store?s image that created a cultural phenomenon all its own.

The Ultimate Shopping Bag

In 1922, years before there were such things as shopping bags, Bloomingdale's printed an anniversary message to thank its customers on the face of its small brown paper bags. It was far from great art, but it was the store?s first recognition that the bags in which its merchandise was carried could be used to make a statement about the store itself.

The shopping bags we use today, expansive paper sacks with strong twisted handles, weren't manufactured until the mid-50's. In 1961, Bloomingdale's found reason to tinker with its bag again and by doing so made retail history in yet another area. Artist Joseph Kinigstein was commissioned to create a bag for the "Esprit de France" promotion. Rather than doing the obvious - ladylike flowers in pastel colors - he reproduced antique French tarot cards in bold red, black and white. Most daring of all, the bag omitted the store name. Even so, it was unmistakably Bloomingdale's, and the collector's shopping bag was launched. Since then, Bloomingdale's bags have been created by both famous and fledgling artists, architects, photographers, graphic and fashion designers; and the various bag designs have been featured in art museums all over the world.

The most famous bag of all, Bloomingdale's iconic Big Brown Bag, first hit the streets in 1973. It was designed when the linen department requested a really big bag to accommodate the increasingly larger and more luxurious pillows and blankets that were becoming popular. The little brown bag, for cosmetics and accessories, followed naturally a year later. 


Bloomingdale's ventured outside Manhattan first in 1949, beginning with stores in the Metro New York tri-state area. By the mid-70's there were Bloomingdale's stores in suburban BostonPhiladelphia and WashingtonDC locations. The 80's were marked by expansion beyond the northeast with units in South Florida and a Midwest flagship store in downtown Chicago. Two long-awaited events occurred in 1996 when Bloomingdale?s reached the west coast debuting four stores in California; and in 2004, when the store opened a second location in Manhattan, in the Soho district. Since then, a west coast flagship location has been added in San Francisco, and today Bloomingdale's has a broad national brand presence with 39 stores in 18 major markets from coast to coast. The store?s website,, arrived in 1998. 

Today, Bloomingdale's is America's only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store. With an enduring international reputation for quality, creativity and uniqueness, Bloomingdale's has remained at the forefront of retailing worldwide. Emphasis continues on distinctive products, available only at, or first at Bloomingdale's together with passionate focus on creating special customer services for, and building lasting relationships with its clientele. Personal shoppers are available by appointment or by phone to give customers full-service access to Bloomingdale's-- all guided by the experts.

From humble beginnings more than a century ago, Bloomingdale's has grown with, and ahead of the times, justifiably earning its reference "Like No Other Store in the World."

Bloomingdale's is America's only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store; and a division of Macy's, Inc. It was founded in 1872 and currently operates 40 stores in New YorkNew JerseyMassachusettsPennsylvaniaMarylandVirginiaIllinoisMinnesotaGeorgiaFloridaNevada and California. For more information, or to shop any time, visit

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