Friday, December 8, 2017

A Longwood Christmas

Visiting Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., outside of Philadelphia, is a special treat during the Christmas season. The whole area consists of 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows. 

 Pierre du Pont was born in 1870. His early years were influenced by the area’s natural beauty and by the du Pont family’s long tradition of gardening. But not even Pierre himself could have predicted that he would someday become one of the country’s most influential gardeners.

It didn’t take Pierre long before he started making his mark on what he called Longwood. In 1907, Pierre laid out his first garden – the 600-foot-long Flower Garden Walk, which is today one of Longwood’s most popular gardens.
This just makes you feel so calm, doesn't it ? 


The flowers at the bottom are poinsettia's and I purchased one when they first came out at Longwood Gardens. It is called the Poinsettia Rose and it is just beautiful. 












If you are ever in this area, Longwood Gardens is a real treat for the flower lover. During the holiday season it is extra special, and is fun for folks of all ages. The lights at night start to come on around 3:30pm and really make you feel like you are in a magical wonderland!!


On View NOW to January 7, 2018

A Longwood Christmas soars this season with our bird-inspired display.

From trees adorned with nests and feathered friends, to topiary swans in our Exhibition Hall, to birdhouses, owls, and bald eagles decorating our tree houses, this holiday season flies high. Our Music Room depicts a festive Peacock Masquerade Ball, featuring elegant table settings and an 18-foot rotating tree. Stroll outside where colorful fountains dance, glimmering snowflakes hang overhead, and a half- million lights illuminate more of our outdoor gardens than ever before.

1001 Longwood Road,
Kennett Square,  PA 19348
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Throwback Thursday " Santa Claus at Macy's"


How great is this photo? The year is 1942, in the famous Macy's department store, who always have the best Santa! I love the Santa in the parade each year, he always looks so darn perfect. This year they started to have reservations to see the man in the red suit, to make the process go a bit smoother. I love the Mom's hat in this photo! We are so lucky to be able to still view these memories. I love how photography makes time stand still.


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Afternoon Tea at Baccarat Hotel New York


I was very excited to experience afternoon tea at the Baccarat Hotel New York. You take the elevator to the 2nd floor, and the Grand Salon which is such a gorgeous place for afternoon tea. You can even experience the city's most expensive tea service here, at $600, the Baccarat’s Tsar Nicholas II menu is 10 to 20 times as expensive as those of most of its competitors. The other available tea services are the King Louis XV ($95) and the Prince of Wales ($110). There are so many choices here, and very unique offerings. 


The gorgeous chandelier as you walk in to enter the elevator to the Grand Salon 


The table setting, with Baccarat crystal of course, is stunning 




I LOVED these champagne flutes 


The decor is just as over-the-top as you would expect 


We choose the Prince of Wales tea service, like having an English tea at Windsor Castle. 

Savories
Cucumber with Cream Cheese Foam and Grapefruit
Vadouvan Courgette Presse with Brie and Apple
Lamb Botifarra Tartelette with Romesco
“Peas and Rice” with Snapper Crudo and Tomato
Foie Gras Gougère with Strawberry Rooibos Jam

Sweets
Raspberry Rose Charlotte
Tartlette aux Fruits
Baba au Rhum Exotique
Religieus des Tuileries
Warm Housemade Scones
with Devonshire Cream and Seasonal Gelée



Unfortunately, the staff was not totally on their game the day we were there. We ordered tea service for 2 but were only brought one at first. It took a while to flag our waitress down to say we had ordered 2 afternoon teas. I really felt for the level of this hotel ( a five star ) and the Baccarat name, it should be perfect every time someone dines here. 


As pretty as everything looked, this was the least amount of food I have ever received at an afternoon tea. I must say I was a bit disappointed but I loved the tier plates it was served upon. 



These were the savories, which was very tiny indeed 


Desserts looked pretty but I didn't feel they tasted anything special 


The tea service used was of course Baccarat and was really lovely. We paired the afternoon tea with Earl Grey which was very tasty.  



This was the lamb tart which I did enjoy 


These two items were interesting looking but not a whole lot of flavor 


Vadouvan Courgette Presse with Brie and Apple was quite tasty 




Raspberry Rose Charlotte was very pretty looking, taste was okay as I am not a Raspberry fan 


Foie Gras Gougère with Strawberry Rooibos Jam was my first try at Foie Gras and I must say, it didn't really appeal to me 


Baba au Rhum Exotique which I felt is made much better at the Italian bakeries 


You can also dine from the menu at The Grand Salon, which is something I would like to try. I hate to say but I wouldn't do the afternoon tea here again. The atmosphere was gorgeous, the Baccarat crystal is just divine, but I do not feel it was worth my $145.00. If money is no object, and you just want to experience an afternoon tea as luxe as possible, this would probably be right up your alley. Please leave a comment if you do experience afternoon tea here and let me know how you liked it.

The Grand Salon 
Afternoon Tea Hours
Wednesday - Sunday
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Random 2017 NYC Christmas Photographs


Some of my photographs walking around New York City during the holiday season. I never get tired of seeing the tree at Radio City Music Hall. A real classic gem in New York! 


The famous Swarovski star always makes me smile. 



I actually had the chance to see the important people installing the angles near the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. I bet they love their job! 


I love the toy soldiers! 


Teuscher always has some of the BEST windows! 






There is something about red that makes it magical 


Love this bow! 


A few little rings at Tiffany and Co. 



I have seen better windows from Tiffany during the holiday season, but these were very cute! 


What is your favorite decoration during the holidays in New York City? It is hard to pick just one!! 


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