Hello, hello! Sorry for the radio silence these past few days - wish I could say I was enjoying the last unofficial week of summer somewhere poolside, but truth is I've just been slammed at work. Anyway, wanted to take a few minutes to send you all Happy Labor Day wishes! Hope you have fun plans to soak in the sunshine over the long weekend. I'm headed to the Hamptons for the last migration east of the season. It's bound to be crowded, but no matter - I can't wait to get on the beach. Farm stands, tennis whites, Southsides and pool parties await. Have a lovely Labor Day friends!
Saturday my baby sister, Carolina, goes back to Philadelphia to start her last year at Penn. (Ah! I cannot believe she is going to be a senior.) Monica and I decided we'd make a little weekend trip out of it and spend a night with the fam in Philly. Walks around campus and Rittenhouse restaurants sound pretty good to me. And even though it's been five years since I graduated (Ah! Again.), every time I'm back at Penn I get nostalgic for campus life as a student, especially this time of year. This weekend I'll be channeling my inner student with a back-to-school inspired outfit.
I just made plans for a trip in November, which brought me face to face with the harsh reality that summer is coming to a close. I cannot believe it. This has by far been the quickest summer of my life (does that mean I'm getting older?), and I'm determined to savor every last minute of this ever fleeting season. That means indulging in my favorite end-of-summer sweet, s'mores.
There's nothing more picturesque than friends around a campfire, marshmallow-tipped prongs in hand, chunks of chocolate and graham crackers waiting to be smushed together. S'mores are the perfect transitional treat to take you from those final summer weeks into the first month or two of fall. And while I'm a classics girl, I have to say I also love the idea of getting creative with these yummy bites as the fall air starts to cool. Fruity and light variations for the rest of August, spiced and hearty concoctions in September/October. Here are a few of my favorite flavors:
I've sort of started a love affair with the new Starbucks Teavana iced teas. The Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade has become my new favorite sweet treat on my way home from work. I've fallen so much in love that last week I decided to try creating an iced tea concoction of my own: Raspberry Ginger Green Tea Lemonade. It was just as good (mind if I brag?) maybe even better than my Starbucks fav. So thought I'd share my little recipe with you. It's too simple to not give it a try.
Brewed Green Ginger Tea
Tall Glass Filled with Ice
Brew the green tea to your desired strength, and let it cool in the fridge until chilled. Pour tea into glass with ice about half way up. Fill the rest of your glass with the lemonade and stir. I found that the lemonade added enough sweetness for me, but if you prefer a sweeter drink, add sugar to the tea while it's still hot. Top with a handful of berries, stick in a straw, and take it outside to enjoy!
I debated whether or not writing this post, which is why it's a day late. He's such a controversial character that it's hard to laud his 'artistic genius' sometimes. But the truth is I cannot deny the absolute romance and style, glamour and nostalgia that he creates in his films. I love them all. I try to separate the man the from the work. And completely unintentionally, I ended up having a "Woody Allen" themed weekend.
As we do each year, my family celebrated my sister's birthday at our favorite, The Carlyle Hotel - home to the Cafe Carlyle where Woody plays jazz for a well-clad audience every Monday. I think it was Friday night's jazz set at Bemelman's Bar, sprinkled with champagne and chocolate cake, that instantly set the tone for the rest of the weekend.
Saturday started with New York bagels at Zabar's E.A.T. and shopping on Madison, moving into dinner and a show: martinis and steaks at Wolfgang's and Bullets Over Broadway, a musical by Woody Allen starring Zach Braff.
Sunday continued with petite sandwiches at Sant Ambroeus and an uptown stroll, followed by a trip to the movies to see Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight (it was so good!), and ending with spaghetti and Primitivo al fresco at Cafe Fiorello.
I told you it was a "Woody Allen Weekend." Hope yours was great too!
Tuesday night we took clients to go see Beautiful on Broadway (It was so good by the way! I highly recommend it for your next theatre outing). We all had dinner before the show, which reminded me how tricky it can be to find the right spot to dine in the theatre district. With all the Times Square clutter, it's hard to filter out the good from the not-so-good.
Here's my little cheat sheet for theatre district dining:
The other day I was clicking through a Travel + Leisure article on America's Best Burgers, and it got me thinking... People are always asking what my favorite burger in the city is. And the truth is, I can never give a definitive answer. There are so many to choose from! If you don't believe me, flip through that T+L article and you'll see NYC isn't featured. I'm certain that's because they couldn't decide on just one. There are gourmet burgers (Crown Burger at Crown), steak house burgers (Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern), fast food burgers (ShackBurger at Shake Shack), brunch burgers (The Burger at Saxon + Parole), just to name a few of my top picks.
What's your best burger in NYC?
If you also can't deicide, consider checking out this year's TimeOut Battle of the Burger, featuring over a dozen of the city's most notable burger joints.
Thursday August 7th
7pm - 9pm
South Street Seaport
19 Fulton Street
Discounted tickets available HERE
Complimentary Amstel Light served throughout the evening.