Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas on Lexington Avenue

New York City during Christmas is so beautiful. I don't go that often during the holidays just because it is so darn crowded. If you stay away from Rockefeller Center area, it isn't quite as bad. I really love Lexington Avenue, there are great restaurants and shops, and it's easy to walk around during the holidays. How fabulous is this door and wreath? It was snowing that day too, go figure!  
Love everything about this building. The windows, the blue, the brick - Just Fabulous !!  
Another gorgeous piece of architecture here!!  
This is a french bistro called Sel & Poivre, still need to pop in for lunch one day. 
Their decorations were just adorable!!  
I came across this lovely decorated church or school, the best part of New York City is what you find when you are least expecting it. That happens to me almost always, and puts a smile on my face.  
Isn't this lovely?  
Be sure to not forget Lexington Avenue when visiting the city any time of the year. It is also the home of one of my favorite stores, Bloomingdales! 

Have you visited on Lexington Avenue? What is your favorite spot ? 





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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Winners of the New York Gourmet Coffee Giveaway




THE WINNERS ARE: 

Margarita Bloom 

Liz Grover 
Karolyn Stephenson

Congrats ladies and a BIG Thank you to "Java Josh" and NY Gourmet Coffee for this wonderful giveaway. If you are a coffee lover, be sure to check out his site, and try some of his products. You will not be disappointed, I promise!! 



FTC Disclosure:  
I have not received any monetary compensation for posting this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein. NY Gourmet Coffee will be providing this giveaway to the winner. A big Thank You to Java Josh for this giveaway and making such fabulous coffee!! 
My opinions are 100% my own. 





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Friday, December 19, 2014

A Visit with Hahn's Old Fashioned Cake Company

I first met Hahn's Old Fashioned Cake Company at this year's Coffee and Tea Festival. 
Samples of their wonderful crumb cake I was able to photograph, but not taste. Smelled wonderful and I saw they also sell the crumbs too. What a grand idea! So how thrilled was I when they contacted me to do a review for the blog. 
The variety pack is the best choice I think because it gives you 3 flavors - Crumb, Chocolate, and Raspberry Cakes . How great are those crumbs on top? 
I am not a huge raspberry fan, but I liked this. It wasn't too much raspberry, and the cake was so moist. It melts right in your mouth. 


This would be great to order for special occasions, or to send as a gift. I love crumb cake, it just makes you smile! 
This is the regular crumb cake. It was so moist it was falling apart as I tried to get it to the plate for it's photograph session! 

Chocolate crumb cake. Pure heaven. 

Then there is the crumbs. Yes, they sell them in buckets! What a darn great idea! They are very tasty over ice cream, but are great on their own with a cup of tea or coffee. When you open the can, you get this great smell of cinnamon. So fabulous!! 

The variety pack retails for $27.50 plus shipping and the bucket of crumbs is sold in a 3 pack for $28.50 plus shipping. It is fabulous to give business to a company in the USA, in business for over 30 years and makes everything fresh in Farmingdale, New York. Please visit their website and try one of their amazing crumb cakes! They also make a mocha cappuccino cake, and brownies which I image would be just so tasty!



Family Owned and Operated for Over 30 Years
All Our Cakes Are Baked Fresh Daily
Old Fashioned Crumb Cakes Are Made With Extra Large Handmade Crumbs
Rich Moist Base with Fresh Whole Eggs
Long Shelf-Life
Refrigeration Not Required
Kosher Certified


Disclosure: I was provided the above items from Hahn's Old Fashioned Cake Company for this review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own based on my own experience with this product. I only recommend products and/or services that I have personally used & feel will be of interest to my readers. 





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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday "Bloomingdales in 1935"


A new feature on the blog we will be looking at some vintage photography from New York City, as well as from my personal collection of photos. Since it is the holidays, I decided to start with my favorite store, Bloomingdales, and this amazing shot from 1935. I could stare at this for hours. Here is some of their history from their website:


    • 1860-1879
    • A Store Is Born
      To think it all started with a 19th century fad - the hoop skirt. That was the first item that Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale carried in their Ladies' Notions Shop in New York's Lower East Side. In the late 1800's, most fashion retailers specialized in just one type of garment. Not the brothers Bloomingdale - their East Side Bazaar, opened in 1872, sold a wide variety of European fashions. It was the beginning of what would become a "Department Store".
    • 1880-1929
    • Moving Up In The World
      In 1886 came the visionary move uptown to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue. The store expanded steadily and by the 1920's, Bloomingdale's converted an entire city block.
    • 1900-1910
    • Read All About It
      Flexing his marketing muscle, Lyman created splashy ad campaigns to bring people in the door. People started seeing the "All Cars Transfer to Bloomingdale's" slogan everywhere - on billboards, delivery wagons, and even ladies' beach umbrellas.
    • 1940's
    • Lights - Camera - Action!
      Print ads couldn't say it all. The store had to be experienced. So Bloomingdale's became the stage for gala events and fashion shows, including "Woman Of The Year, 1947." With music, lighting and sophistication, it was retailing as theater.
    • 1960's
    • It's In The Bag
      It's not just what you buy - it's what you take it home in, too. We've always looked for new ways to be creative. In 1961, the Bloomingdale's team came up with the first designer shopping bags. Since then, many have become collector's items.
    • 1970's
    • Not A Store, But A Destination
      By the 70's, everyone was stopping by 59th Street and Lexington Avenue for a look - including Queen Elizabeth. People came to see and to be seen. Once there, they were dazzled by the cutting-edge fashion of designers like Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis and Norma Kamali, who got their first truly big opportunities at Bloomingdale's.
    • 2000+
    • Looking Forward
      Bloomingdale's is committed to once again lead the way with exclusive merchandise, customized services, and alternative shopping venues. Carrying on the Bloomingdale's brothers' dream, we're always finding ways to set our stores apart. That's both the legacy and the promise of Bloomingdale's.





































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    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    A Pop into Pomme Palais

    I really love popping into Pomme Palais while in the area of Madison Avenue. My bus now drops off and picks up in the area, how favorable is that? 
    This pastry shop always makes you smile with the great colors you find here! Are these not gorgeous or what? Almost a sin to eat them. Almost. 
    Everything here are really edible works of art. 
    I first just got a latte but then decided to try the pastry I have always looked at, to the back there, a 
    St. HonorĂ© - for sure too pretty to eat 
    This is something you would NEVER make at home, unless you are a pastry chef. 
    St. HonorĂ©'s puff pastry dough was flaky, soft, and delicious, as was the cream. Caramel was just to die for, cannot help but smile when you eat this work of art.  
    I couldn't eat the whole thing, but what I did enjoy was just mind-blowing! That cream was so so good! 
    Much work goes into making this kind of a pastry, and a great excuse to go off your diet for sure. 
    Have you had a St. HonorĂ© ? Did you like it? I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't, to be honest! 

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