Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The New York Palace Courtyard, Eden Art and The Pomme Palais

When I find places I like in the city, I tend to return over and over. As much as I love to find new places, some are too good to not re-visit. My bus has a new drop off point now, Madison Avenue, and it gives me a great chance to pop in the NY Palace Hotel Courtyard. It is just beautiful.  
They were doing renovations for quite some time, so I was thrilled to see this reopened. Anyone can pop in here for a seat, and rest those legs from shopping/sightseeing all day. It is a glorious place.  

This fabulous piece of art was waiting for me on my last visit from Eden Fine Art. Eden is a really cool art gallery located on Madison and 50th Street and you must stop by for a peek.  

Kracov's "The Gift Of Life", standing over 10 feet tall, and consisting of over 3,000 individually hand-painted butterflies, is a perfect match to The New York Palace Hotel, where elegance meets modernism. 

"It's a beautiful experience to create a piece of art that in itself tells a story", says Kracov, "and draws the viewer into the artist's world, where they don't want to leave." 

The elegance and splendor of The New York Palace Hotel, located on the corner of Madison Ave and 50th St, is a perfect compliment to the colors and movement of Kracov's newest monumental sculpture, "The Gift Of Life", and is currently on display for public viewing. 

And to see many of Kracov's original sculptures and limited editions, come to Eden Gallery, next door to The New York Palace Hotel, located at 437 Madison Ave.

The fabulous restaurant VILLARD MICHEL RICHARD entrance is from the courtyard  
Pomme Palais is a less fancy place, with amazing desserts as well as savory items. Cheddar pecan shortbread cookies. Nothing more is needed to be said here. Yum.  
These remind me of colored pearls. So gorgeous!!  
 I sampled this macaron cake last year at their holiday tasting, To Die For. And, very pretty as well.  
 I still need to try these. It is on my ever long "to-do list".  
Mini apple pies I believe. How darn adorable!!  
French pastry is edible art. Look how great a painting these chocolate cakes would make! 

Today's Words of Wisdom: 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday's Quote of the Day for September 30, 2014

This is another great quote, and one it took me many years to actually put into place. But I promise you, when you do that, your life is just so much easier. No more drama. My school counselor told me if you could count on 1 hand your true friends, you are very lucky. I now understand. Quality over Quantity. 

Have a most extra fabulous day today everyone!! 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Laduree Soho Review

As you all know, going to New York City a few times a month, I still have places on my list I need to visit. The famous Paris-born pâtisserie/cafe’s first American restaurant opened in 2011 and has been receiving mixed reviews. I always like to form my own opinion, and I tell my readers to do the same. I was quite excited and had my reservation via my favorite place, Open Table 
The famous cup and menu were beautiful. For some reason, they couldn't find my reservation and I advised it was via OpenTable. They didn't seem to care as the place was not crowded, which I thought was odd for a Saturday afternoon. They have 2 dining rooms as well as a beautiful outdoor garden. I wasn't offered garden seating, even though there were seats available.  
The interior is pretty over the top but that is what they are known for. Just lovely.  
I was really disappointed in a family behind me, 2 small daughters and a Mother, who were loud beyond loud. The daughters were small, and loud and obnoxious. The Mother didn't seem to care to discipline them at all. This restaurant is very high end, and for people to come and pay the money it costs to dine here, they should not have to deal with unruly children. The little girl in my photo below was very well behaved as well as some older children that were eating, fabulous. But this family, being right behind me, kind of ruined the atmosphere for me. Even 2 young girls sitting next to me said "Why would they bring them here if they can't behave?" so I knew it wasn't just me.  

Okay, on to the food. I had the Laduree Omelett which consisted of mushrooms, cheese, ham, tomatoes, onions, fresh cream and fine herbs. It was okay, I wasn't rocked out with it or anything. It was very big, but for $16.00, it should be tasty as well as large.  
Laduree is just like a painting, don't you think ?  
My waiter was new, so I will give him that much, but seemed like didn't get receive a whole lot of training. My food came before my tea, which was odd I had to ask him for my tea. I choose Thé Chéri delicate blend of black tea, cocoa, caramel and vanilla and it was really very tasty.  
Elegant decor for sure.  

A chocolate St Honore' was my dessert choice as I wanted something I had never tried before. This was to die for and just really out of this world. I had wanted a Mont Blanc but of course my waiter had no idea what it was, and then came back to say they didn't have any today.  
The other tea room which was empty as empty could be.  

In the front counter you can purchase items, desserts and macarons.  

My thoughts here are that I would not head down to Soho just to eat here. I can get their macarons in the Upper East Side location, and for savory, I really prefer Maison Kayser. The breakfast I had there a few weeks ago really made me happy as a clam. I feel these upscale places need to be perfect, there should be no issues, because you are paying for perfection. Oh, and the next day Open Table emailed me if I didn't keep my reservation at Laduree Soho. They are very strict as if you are not going to use the reservation, you need to cancel. I think it's a good policy, but when the restaurant doesn't care to look for your reservation, that can be an issue. I advised them I was there, and they will research for me.
Ladurée on Urbanspoon

Have any of you been to this location? What were your thoughts ? 

Today's Words of Wisdom: “I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” ― Julia Child

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