We have wine tasted all over the world, from Napa Valley, France, Italy, Greece, the Finger Lakes, and beyond. I love tasting wines from all over, better understanding the “terroir’s” unique importance on the taste of the wine, the unique grapes from each region, the wine making process, food pairings, and of course the deliciousness. I love all wine, from a hearty red in the Autumn and Winter, a cold rosé in the Summer’s high heat, Bellinis at brunch with the freshest peach puree made with sun ripened peaches freshly picked in our backyard orchard, celebratory Champagne, which at my age, no longer calls for a “special occasion”. Every single day is a gift and special occasion. All the various wines, hold a special place in my heart with memories of where we had them and who we were with.Read More
Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar
Looking for something to do in New York City? Perhaps on a quiet summer day during the week! Well, do we have the perfect thing. First of all, I want to start by saying if you can fit it in during the week I would highly recommend it, the weekends get very crowded. We started our day on a Tuesday afternoon up on the rooftop bar at Loopy Doopy, with lovely views of the water and a nice breeze. You can choose various cold cocktails and beer or as I do their famous Loopy Doopy Prosecco ice pop cocktails. You choose between a rosé or prosecco base and then whichever popsicle choice you like. I love the peach mint rosecco. So yummy and refreshing on a warm summer day. It is the perfect spot to relax with friends, meet new friends, and capture that coveted Instagram shot. They also offer a sip and sail package. Contact the conradnewyork.com hotel for more information. And to check hours and days Loopy Doopy is open. It changes seasonally and the cocktail menu changes too.Read More
I have always wanted to travel to Iceland and I counted the days until our plane took off for Reykjavik in April. It was everything I thought it would be and more.
We arrived on a very snowy early morning, so snowy in fact that our plane was rerouted to the opposite end of the island. According to the map it seemed as if we flew up over the arctic circle before touching down safely. While some on the plane seemed annoyed by the delay, I thought it made the adventure even more exciting! I had now been on both ends of Iceland, how exciting is that! The plane was refueled and we landed safely in Reykjavik. The snow had slowed to a flurry and our smiling driver Jon met us in a snow friendly Mercedes truck and whisked us off to town.
Springtime in Washington, D.C. is glorious, surrounded by the heavenly scent of cherry blossoms that perfume the air, with views of national landmarks, the Tidal Basin, and much more. If you are looking for a quick getaway over Easter break, especially if you are in the states on the east coast, then Washington, D.C. is the perfect place. It is a very doable road trip. If you are not nearby, then I highly recommend planning a once in a lifetime trip to the Nation’s Capital. You might get very lucky and see the cherry blossoms in bloom while you are there. You can track their progress and estimated bloom time here cherryblosomwatch.com. The Yoshino cherry blossom is the first to bloom, which is the grand dame of the festivities. They are followed by the Kwanzan, which typically bloom approximately 10-14 after the Yoshinos.Read More
Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your lover or with your squad, I say we do it up this year and go all out! After all the turmoil 2017 brought us, we deserve a little luxury! So lets drop some hints or treat ourselves to the good life as we ease our way into a brighter 2018! I have outlined a variety of ideas to do in the Greater New York City and New Jersey area. However, you can use my suggestions to make them your own wherever you may live. Don't forget to check out our “Shop This Story” below for overnight floral designs straight from the New York City Flower District.Read More
Saratoga Springs in upstate New York is a delightful Victorian town with a vibrant social scene. Located only 3 hours north of New York City, an easy train ride away, 25 minutes from Albany, about an hour from southern Vermont, and only a few hours from Montreal, Canada.
It has an eclectic art scene with a variety of shops, gourmet restaurants, and European-style patisseries. There are many bars where you can dance the night away. The art and culture scene is also spectacular: the New York City Ballet takes residence here each July at SPAC, there are music concerts, plays, jazz bands, and much more. Spend a day at the historic racetrack, have dinner at Lake Local, and watch the sunset over the water. With Lake George nearby, as well as the states capital, ski mountains in Vermont and much more, you are guaranteed a wonderful getaway all year round.Read More
Our month of Holiday fun continues on with The Paris House's NYC Holiday Travel Guide!
Each Holiday season we spend a day at the world-famous Rockefeller Center ice skating under the most famous tree in the world. I book an early morning brunch at The Sea Grill, which is straight out of an enchanted Hallmark Christmas show. We prefer the 8:30 am seating while the city is still somewhat quiet on a Sunday morning. Christmas carolers serenade the guests while they enjoy a fabulous brunch and a visit from Santa complete with a gift, gingerbread cookies, and cocktails for the adults. The tickets to skate are included in the price. You can bring your own ice skates or rent a pair for around $12. Brunch includes everything you could possibly want to eat, from a decadent chocolate fountain, an omelet and crepe station, smoked salmon, assorted pastries, fresh fruit, beverages, and much more. Santa comes out to skate with the crowd making the experience even more magical. This ticket lets you get directly on the ice from the restaurant door bypassing all the lines. Another option is the Rock Cafe which offers a more casual breakfast at a more affordable price. If you really want to do it up, reserve the private warming igloo hut where you can enter at any time during your skating to warm up with a hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and homemade cookies. For more information visit therinkatrockcenter.comRead More
Our month of Holiday Cheer in NYC continues with fun, iconic stops!
If you enjoyed the beloved "Downton Abbey" series you will love this beautifully curated exhibition. You will be immersed in post Edwardian-English culture where the characters come to life. The Kitchen is recreated exactly like in the series and the fashion and styling is wonderful to see in person. There are elevators that help anyone with limited mobility to access each floor of the museum. When Ordering tickets please let them know if you have any special needs or requests. Plan your visit online or call 866-811-4111. I selected the V.I.P. tour and was able to enter the exhibit at any time. downton.wpengine.com located at 218 West 57th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.Read More
My love for New York City is endless, as are the many wonderful and joyous things this enchanted city has to offer. Although I love any day I’m in New York City, Christmas time is the most magical time to be here. Whether it's your first time or you have lived there your entire life, the shop windows are a welcoming sight to all who pass by. Iconic stores like Macy's, Saks, Barneys, Bergdorf, and Tiffanys are just a few of the most famous. Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday windows are my favorite this year. They are decorated with a variety of cultural city icons such as The American Museum of Natural History. The window is spectacular and features dinosaur skeletons encrusted in 1.5 million crystals! While you are there you can enjoy a delicious meal in the Bergdorf restaurant with unsurpassed views of the city. Call ahead for a reservation especially during the busy holiday season. Stop off on the fourth floor to visit Linda Fargo’s brilliantly curated boutique. Trust me, you will capture THE Instagram shot of the day and take home invaluable creative inspiration for upping your fashion game. I love Bergdorf so much I wrote a little poem about it.Read More
Magdalena's hands were trembling, she was down on the antique brick floor in her parent's garden room picking up pieces of terra cotta. She was careful not to get small broken sharp bits into her knees. Magdalena was jet-lagged and nervous that she dropped a gorgeous Terra cotta pot filled with her favorite Apple Blossom scented geraniums. The garden room was perfumed with a variety of cherry blossoms that her mother brought in from their orchard to force into huge flowering branches. They reached up to the ceiling surrounded by glass windows that allowed the sun to shine in on the plants for hours each day. There was also an abundance of scented orange blossoms, small fruit trees, boxwoods, roses, a collection of scented geraniums, and a variety of fern and flowers that her mother wintered over. The room was filled with antiques from the Paris flea market, her mother adored the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt and she decorated this room with the treasures she found in Paris and all over the world. Magdalena could spend hours in this enchanted Garden Room listening to the bird sing, enjoying a cup of tea in the morning, a glass of champagne in the evening and she often did, that is when she was home.Read More
I am not sure where this wonderfully creative cake originated from, so I cannot credit its original creator. I can, however, share my easy version of making a cake that your children and grownups will not only love but be impressed by. I have been making buried witch cakes for at least 15 years and my boys love it every time!
You can use either a chocolate box cake or your favorite homemade chocolate cake recipe. I do both depending on my time crunches. If using a box, follow the directions and make 2 round cakes.
Let both cakes cool completely on a rack.
Place the first round cake on a decorative Halloween platter and spread the top with a chocolate fudge icing. Again either homemade or store bought will work.
Crumble the second layer and sprinkle onto the cake to resemble dirt (see photo for guidance).
Next is the fun part: making the marzipan witch.
Brooklyn's iconic waterfront has the most unsurpassed views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, and The Statue of Liberty. Old fashioned yet chic and trendy, Dumbo's (District Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) plentiful boutique shops, fine dining, and art scene bring together the most spectacular melting pot of culture.
I'm wearing Teggy French (@teggyfrench) Cafan pictured above.
Ride the historic carousel while wandering along the quaint cobblestone streets or enjoy New York's finest pizza as you take in the waterfront views.
Plan your day and activities:
1. Ride the antique carousel along the waterfront
2. A window seat at The River Café for exquisite cuisine and their Brooklyn Bridge-shaped chocolate cake.
3. Hit the shops along the cobblestone streets
4. Grimaldi's pizza
5. Jacques Torres's chocolate and ice cream
6. Luke's Lobster
7. Visit art galleries
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Lobster Roll recipe inspired by Brooklyn:
- Fresh rolls (toasted & buttered)
- Fresh lobster meat
- A little mayo
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Finely diced celery (optional)
Keep it simple and fresh, serve with a sparkling rosé such as Michel Freres (seen in above picture)
Some potato chips and pickles on the side