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Mike and I met Dan and Jeannine for dinner last night at ABC Kitchen.  The dinner was to celebrate Dan’s birthday (which is today – Happy Birthday Dan!).  It. Was. Amazing.  From the house made ricotta with strawberry compote and grilled bread . . . to the pretzel dusted calamari . . . to the chocolate cake with malted chocolate ganache and toasted marshmallow icing . . . I’ll be dreaming about it for a very long time.  I’ll have to take you there sometime.

It was at dinner that we heard about James Gandolfini’s passing.  I was never a die-hard Sopranos fan but I have heard that he was truly an acting genius.  Life is just so short . . . you can be sitting in Rome with your son and just . . . leave . . . it’s just so incomprehensible . . .  I think that’s what has impacted people the most . . . the shock.  I was reading my favorite daily blog (EOS) and she had posted about how James actually saved her marriage.  It’s a pretty incredible post . . . take a look if you get a chance. RIP James.

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June 20, 2013 at 10:36 am

I’m Thankful For Girlfriends

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I have some amazing women in my life that are the best friends a girl could ask for.  They go to yoga with me, spend hours talking on the phone, go for walks on the beach, runs on the bridge . . . some are far . . . and some are close . . . but it doesn’t matter.  True friendship isn’t about being inseparable, it’s about being separated and nothing changes.

Speaking of girlfriends, I had dinner with Vicki last night.  We attempted to go to Dirt Candy (love the name) but were turned away because we didn’t have a reservation (well excuse us!).  😦  It’s a vegetarian restaurant – with the option to make all of the dishes vegan – we should try it out when you’re here!  I’m very intrigued by the Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu . . . grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton candy, mascarpone.  Only in NY, I swear. 🙂

Happy Friday!

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November 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

I <3 Anthro

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I could seriously buy everything on the website  right now . . . but these are my favorites at the moment.

Another thing I love is the new Adele song for Skyfall (which we have to see in IMAX when you visit over Thanksgiving).  Have you heard it yet?


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October 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

Instagram’d Weekend

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We had a great weekend in New York.  Felt so good to be home. 

On Friday we celebrated Dave’s birthday at a rooftop beer garden in Brooklyn (the weather has been aaaamazing – 70s and sunny.  loving it!).  I felt like a true Brooklyn-ite . . . riding my bike to and from the party. 🙂

On Saturday I got my hair done on the Upper East Side (they always have orchids at each station – so pretty)  . . . 

Then went to Lucy’s bridal shower out on Long Island . . . 

Followed by a pre-show dinner at Bar Frites . . .

Followed by the Florence + the Machine show (I seriously don’t have words to describe how incredible the show was). This is someone elses picture of the show – I couldn’t get a good shot. At one point she asked for people to get up on their friend’s shoulders . . . and as you can see . . . people did it! 

Sunday started off like this . . .

Reading the New York Times on our outdoor lounger with my boys, coffee and breakfast (which was originally just a peanut butter and jelly roll up and fruit – but Mike was bad an added a Dough doughnut and chocolate croissant to the mix!) is something I’ve wanted to do since we moved in, in May.  I enjoyed every moment.

We also rode our bikes around the neighborhood (including a stop at Crest Hardware – which you should go to the next time you’re in town.  they have an adorable lawn and garden area which includes a little home for Franklin . . . their little piggy) . . . and went to the gym and Dumont Burger and to the IMAX on the Upper West Side to see Dark Knight (SOOOOOO good).

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September 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Flowers on Friday: Health, Beauty and Genius

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Health . . . First off, I had Vicki and Bean over for dinner last night.  Vicki is on a strict 21 day raw diet (no processed anything, no cooked anything and, of course, no animal products) so I made a raw basil pesto (using basil from my little garden :)). 

The “pasta” was zucchini from Llama Mama Good Farm.  Vicki just got a new spiralizer that makes veggies, miraculously, into angel hair pasta (no picture of that because it wasn’t pretty, but it sure was tasty!).

Next to Beauty . . .

Ummmm, how STUNNING is that bouquet?!  It belongs to Jamie Beck (who I found out about through my favorite blog).  You want to see it again but from a different angle? 🙂 (More on that dress of hers next week).

And if you thought those were amazing look at the reception centerpieces (held at the Carlyle Hotel, which will forever remind me of the book An Object fo Beauty – if you haven’t read it yet you should).

Speaking of Jamie . . . here are a few pictures she took of fashion week . . . what incredible talent.


Speaking of fashion week, did you see the Man Repeller on yesterday?  Good for her!!!

Lastly . . . Genius. Daily Candy featured The Little Glass Slipper flower shop the other day.  Its a little flower shop in Greenpoint (next to Williamsburg) that specializes in creating bouquets using healing herbs (in addition to beautiful flowers, of course).   For September, they are focusing on end-of-summer and early fall herbs like rosemary (improves circulation), lavender (good for seasonal depression), echinacea (immune boost), and mint (soothing). Some bouquets help with skin and digestive system woes.



And if all that didn’t make you smile enough . . . this video will make you cry it’s so funny (thank you, Mike, for passing along to me).  Happy Friday!!

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September 14, 2012 at 9:41 am


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While reading Elle Decor the other day (getting inspired!) I ran into an article about this company called Marimekko. It’s a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colors.  They just opened a flagship store in NYC this summer and I can’t wait to check it out (adding this to the “next time you’re in NYC list”)!  I was immediately drawn to the fun, bright, playful colors and prints . . .  and the pretty reasonable prices!  What do you think?






                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Placemats and Ovenmits


Tea Towels

Shower Curtains and Bath Towels

Duvet Covers, Sheets and Pillow Cases 

 And even sell just the fabric.



 Doesn’t this store look like so much fun!?


(Thanks for posting the pictures of the quilts.  Both are beautiful!  I love our blog too.)

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February 8, 2012 at 9:27 am

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I know, I know . . . at first glance you probably think this post is going to be torture for you because of your “anything from a cow allergy” but you’ll be surprised . . .

After yoga last night I stopped by Depanneur to pick up grilled cheese fixin’s’ (Its been FOREVER since I’ve had grilled cheese!) (I had Mike pick up some chicken soup at Peter’s – he’s not into tomato soup for some reason, bummer but I’ll forgive him) . . . this was my exchange with the girls at the counter (your favorite Australian wasn’t working).

Me:  “Hi, I’m making grilled cheese tonight can you recommend a cheese and bread that would work best?”

Girl #1 (MacKenzie):  “Oh my, well my favorite kind of cheese for grilled cheese is Comte so I would totally recommend that.  Ohh, and we have this fresh whole wheat crusty bread from Roberta’s.  That would make an awesome grilled cheese.”

Me: “Wow, well thank you.  I’ll take enough to make two sandwiches please.”

Girl #2 (don’t know her name):  “She’s a grilled cheese expert, so you asked the right person.”

Me:  “Oh, do you make grilled cheese all the time?”

MacKenzie:  “Yes, but I also have a blog dedicated to grilled cheese called  Now, with this bread and cheese I would recommend making your own flavored garlic butter and using that instead of plain butter.”

At home later . . .

Mike:  “YUM!”

Randomly awesome . . . had to check out her blog this morning.  The first entry you can actually have (substitute the salted butter with that fake stuff :)).  We can make it the next time you’re up because I still have some homemade garlic scape pesto from this summer. Check it out.

Here’s whatch ya’ll need



– 2 slices of multigrain bread
– 1 egg, scrambled
– 2 pats of salted butter
– 1/3 cup of crumbled goat cheese
– 1 tbsp of arugula pesto (recipe courtesy of my other job at

Sprinkle half of the crumbled goat cheese onto one slice of bread. I used a nice Capricho De Cabra from Spain. It’s a super tangy, lemony, fresh goats milk cheese that melts really nicely without getting all gritty and gross like some do.

Next you’ll want to scramble one egg up, really quick, and add it right on top of that goat cheese-d up bread.

And add some of that arugula pesto.

Then sprinkle on the remaining goat cheese.

Place the top piece of bread on top along with a smear of butter.
Turn your stove top to medium high and place the sandwich, butter-side down, into the pan. Add a dollop of butter to the other side and let it cook for about 4 minutes until it starts to get brown and toasty.

When it looks good enough on one side, flip it and repeat. The goat cheese melts super quickly so it’s not really about waiting for the cheese to melt, it’s more about waiting to get a nice crust on your bread.

After it’s toasted on both sides, take it out of the pan, let it cool for a hot sec, and chow down.

Look at this one . . . she named it the “I’m Never Eating Again” sandwhich and it has mashed potatoes, Gruyère cheese, turkey and cranberry mustard).  Wow.
Or this one she named “The Frumpy Dumpling” which contains ricotta, gouda, pumpkin puree, sage, bacon, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar and dinner roll dough.
Two things:
1. This is reason #504 of why I love Brooklyn: Your neighborhood barista is also likely to have a pretty interesting/helpful second career . . . such as a grilled cheese blogger.
2. How do people take such lovely pictures of their food?  When I take pictures they alway look like crap.  I need a lesson!

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December 8, 2011 at 8:38 am