new york city 2/14 last day

The final installment of new york city Feb 2014. I’m literally regurgitating (i mean that in a good way) the final long and productive day of tromping ten hours from mid town to Brooklyn and back with a few trains in the middle. You saw this one before- the day started with a little snow.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-3 Before I forget- Your red gloves, Stella, I did not lose. They had a full time job during their visit to New York City. So glad I saw you on the ferry. Thank you for taking them straight off your hands to loan to me for the week!

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Protecting those little paws

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Great admiration for real life in the city- notice the cane

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And the heroes of days like this one. You take for granted the hard work that precedes the ability to step one foot in front of the other with safety and ease.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-7Miss high heals, refusing to submit to weather conditions should be passing on some high fives and hot drinks to the guys in yellow.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-5Only a couple hours at the show to wrap things up that morning and then it was off to Brooklyn to visit my son’s friend who manages the baked goods production for Pushcart Coffee. The 150 year old Pfizer building at 630 Flushing in Brooklyn… a long time ago.

New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-3And a great article from Edible Brooklyn about this artisanal food production epicenter.
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And a wonderful snapshot of history from NY curbed-

…”When Pfizer closed down its Brooklyn headquarters in 2008 after more than 150 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing, the company left behind a deserted behemoth: 660,000 square feet of space, filled with lab equipment, computers and furniture. Acumen Capital Partners purchased the shuttered building in 2011 and have slowly brought it back to life”.

New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-7The rented space here produces the goods for three Pushcart Coffee locations in lower Manhatten.
New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-2 A smattering of the many producersNYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-22Because the building itself is ironically in an area void of food options outside its own walls, the vendors have started offering meal options from within.
NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-20 This pasta is on my list to bring to Chez Chloe.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-19 I bought five different bars of this Madecasse chocolate grown and produced in Africa- 4x the impact of Fair Trade. Each subsequent flavor grew on me. It’s not as smooth to me as the Belgium or French chocolate- these bars were a little more earthy and strong. I’m going to test further as I think variety is key. And I like it.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-18This young entrepreneur hit the raw and vegan scene at an ideal time in 2003 . She has worked long and hard to develop her brand, One Lucky Duck. Despite not being a total fit for Chez Chloe, I’m interested. I love to dabble in raw at home and I own her cookbook already.
NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-17 People’s pops wrap up over winter and seem to have their goods stored in the hall till the temperatures rise.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-16 New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-6Thanks Maggie for a great tour!

Are you getting tired? I hopped on the train for just 2 stops and another 20+minute walk to the ever-hip Williamsburg.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-21I did have to stop and rest and have a treat. By the end of the week I was far from my juicing days…and that was so fine.

New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-10This great little shop, Bedford Cheese, was packed with goodies I could easily have on my shelves.
New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-8Now it was the L train back to Manhatten. I thought how fun it would be to stay in Williamsburg sometime and it was so easy to get back downtown. But my son was like you should try it during rush hour when you have to wait three trains and that the L is know for breaking down.

Here’s real life on the subway- only thing I’m reading is my map.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-12This short break readied me for my round about walking trek to Dean and Deluca. I always go there for a little R&D. Not having the subway totally down (even after 5 days) I actually walked over 30 minutes to soho in what would have been a 5 min train. oops.

New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-13 Camera and notepad in close reach. Weary feet put on hold like a hungry, whining (with reason) child.New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-12 The simple merchandising always keeps the focus on the food.New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-11Oh… and we are not done. Heading back uptown because I also HAVE to make at least one visit to abc home.

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New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-21it is a work in progress
New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-20and since Eataly now really is right there- how can i not go in for a snack. 7.30pm on a Thursday night was a good time to go without the lunch crowds.

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New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-17Pick up a demi baguette for my parma hamNew York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-18And now after walking another fifteen blocks back to the hotel, because who can get a taxi at 8pm, I eat my snack, pack and get ready to head out to meet my son for dinner AT 9.30pm! I can do city life because I basically stay on west coast time.
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Dinner at cool mediterranean establishment Ilili- I loved the Fattoush salad with sumac vinaigrette and toasted pita. That will be on my list to re-create.

A lovely walk home, a big hug, thank you and goodnight to my son. Back in the room I watched Jay Leno’s last night on air. The day was done.

 

new york 2/14 second part

My first morning of NOT sleeping in and having brunch at 1pm meant getting myself up and out at 7.45am in this. I had the challenging opportunity to stay calm and carry on… but maybe not the way I had planned. Life’s like that right?NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2

And then here I am two weeks later…trying to find a chunk of time to sort through photos. A general, oft said statement and a valid dilemma in the day and age of digital photography. Not only sorting the bigger trips and excursions but the daily snapshots that are sometimes almost too easy to capture. My poor, only eighteen month old computer shouts daily “start up disk almost full” or when its pants are really in a wedgy “start up disk full”… and I have to force quit and clean out a corner.

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The week in New York provided daily feasts for my eyes, tastebuds and heart. Inspired by all the new products, merchandise and ideas within the trade show, in my go to shops and on the street, food every night that left me in awe, and quality time with my son sealed the deal.

I generally spent a few hours at the show each day. I imagined more but reality declined. A couple of talks on social media and blogging were quite useful. But the majority of time, I perused and visited my vendors for new merchandise. Couleur Nature for linens always provides. I’m looking for more solids with accents this year.

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NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com-26Cecile at the French Farm, an importer, may have been one of the first vendors I connected with in 2006 and has held a strong presence at Chez Chloe ever since. They have such a wonderful range of products and have continued to grow through the years, recession and all. L’Epicurean’s shallots confit is wildy popular and delicious and I’ll look forward to picking up the fig and olive confit. I remember seeing L’epicurean on the shelves when we lived in Paris in 2003. I’m happy to report their repertoire has expanded greatly and the quality has not diminished.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-14 These cheese confitures are always a win win NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-13 I love the classic ivory and stainless steel Laguiole knives but will add a dash of color for the cheese knives or serving utensils.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-12 Fallot mustards might make their way to Chez Chloe shelves once again. La Favorita in the right corner makes an excellent basil pesto and artichoke garlic cream.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-11

These never disappoint

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Andresey jams and Bernard Michaud honeys. Citrus, lavendar and wildflower.

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Izola was new to me this year being outside of the food or table realm. But being in a smaller space, I’ve strayed a little from only selling things related to food. I loved selling their beautiful green glassed, natural candles this year. The Heirloom was a delicious, popular summer scent. I look forward to carrying the new scents of Green Moss and Elderflower.

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I’ll be ordering these fun shot glasses.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com-29

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com-28A company I’ve admired from afar, John Derrian. Beautiful work. I’m debating how I can fit this in Chez Chloe. He works cleverly with decoupage and design and also has an eclectic shop on the lower east side filled to the brim with his serving pieces, art, books, tablewares and all sorts of unusual items. These paperweights are just a small version of what he creates.

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This wall of ribbon has little shop value for me but I had to add it in because it’s just so fun.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-9Same with the bed linen displays. I’m indulging my senses and the fantasy that I’d have a housekeeper who actually made the bed look like that everyday… or pretending like I’d have the patience to myself.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-3I also spent a couple hours in the personal body care aisles dreaming of a full on web shop just so I could buy and sell so many of the lovely products I tested and liked. Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by clean, all natural, salts, creams and age defying jars and bottles. All of course with packaging to match.

One afternoon took me to Chelsea Market on 14th. Always a lot of fun… This red fire hose asked to have its picture taken.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-15I spend the most time in Chelsea Market Basket, who also sell wholesale and where I do buy our own actual gift baskets and other products. They have an astounding amount of specialty foods from locals in Brooklyn and all over the UK and Europe tucked into every damn corner and inch of that store. Incredible.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-17I take so many notes when I’m in New York City. My brain is already bulging with the information I’ve been sifting through and I not even close to finished. Here’s one of many interesting producers, Hu Kitchen

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-16I’ll end this post with one of our dinners at Colicchlo and Sons. Tom Colicchio debuted as a cook in many prominent NYC restaurants but I believed launched his career with the opening of Gramercy Tavern in 1994 with Danny Meyer. He has more than one venue from which to choose.

Starting with the steak tartare, always a favorite for me- it was fresh and you can check out chef de cuisine, Chris Lavey’s recipe video here. Only traditional ingredient missing in his recipe is a raw egg yolk- maybe he’s too chicken. Hahahahaha. ahem…to continue.. This photo does not do justice.

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And for my main, the seared tuna. I was feeling raw that night:) Reminds me to get some radish seed started so I can garnish with radish sprouts like this at home!

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new york 2/14… first part

I left Seatac airport over two hours late last Friday, due to the arrival plane’s mechanical difficulties. Under the notion I’d be spending the night in Chicago, IL left me a) disappointed to think I wouldn’t even have time to make it downtown for a look around and b) that I truly wished to have a dash more enthusiasm for the Super Bowl in which case I could have at least been able to partake in the mass craze of blue and green jerseys and paraphernalia. Go Seahawks… and we all now know they did.

Flying out of Seattle and over the mountains…

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Incredible patterns we never consider when we are within them. Such a different perspective.

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Good eats in New York City

I’ve been dying to get my NYC food pics out. Bone marrow. There I said it. I had been a little leary to try it. I’ve tasted a fair amount of off the grid foods- brains and tongue included, which never made my list of must have again. But this bone marrow with salty, delicate gherkins, fresh parsley, moist (and there’s the m word) grey salt with perfectly toasted bread- my guess under a salamander, was divine indeed. My friends are tired of hearing me talk about. It’s my dinner party topic. But I just can’t help it. And no, this is not an April Fools!

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New York City: Day one on foot

Here’s a little visual recap of my first day in NYC. Instead of dropping my son at school with a kiss and a wave goodbye, it was at work. I watched him swipe his card to disappear behind the ‘employee only’ door with a proud smile on my face.  On my own till lunch at 1.45, I began to traipse south from Madison Square Park…

Not having had breakfast, I started at the Union Square Farmer’s Market

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Stuffed French Toast… NYC & Hamburg

Stuffed French Toast… NYC & Hamburg

My last day in NYC started with brunch at Serenity T in Soho with my son and niece. The place gave mixed messages with it’s atmosphere and servers. An interesting menu, way laid back servers and  a little chaotic looking in the dining room. But the food was great. My niece, remember who juiced me a montage of vitamins, had the spa brunch choice and tea. They offered a cool tea service… hence the name Serenity T … Made me want to return my coffee in a glass mug. Pretty but cools too fast.

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New York City snapshots- Brooklyn to Upper East Side

I loved my four days in NYC. Both great quality time and fun do nothing time with my son and plenty of plodding around the city on my own. Each of my five of my senses, often simultaneously stimulated, could give you a recount of how we spent the days. Here is a visual recap with some support from the others.

I had a fun morning in Brooklyn visiting with my niece who pushed about eight pounds of fruits and vegetables through a juicer to produce two large gorgeous glasses of fresh juice. Sweet from the apple, with a bite from the kale, plus a hint of lemon, a reprieve from my days of indulgence. This deserved a photo but I was to wrapped up in the moment. So nice to have a few quiet moments face to face to catch up a little. Before wandering from her apartment we watched a NYPD traffic van illegally back up and rear end another car. Ouch. Also wrapped up in that moment, the cars were clearing as I thought to get my camera. Auditory… check.

From her apartment I wandered down Myrtle Ave, past Fort Greene Park in the direction of Pratt. As I mentioned, my grandparents met at Pratt Institute in 1924, fell in love and produced my father. Tragically, my grandfather, out for a spin on a buddy’s new motorcycle, died in an accident on that spur of the moment trip around the block. He left behind a small toddler and a woman who I believe lost her true love. But all events lead us to today and here I am, grateful.  Willie Thomas, my father, jazz musician and a legend in his own mind, also spent many years in this same neighborhood as a doorman by day and a fierce horn blower by night. I snapped shots of interest as I walked.

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new york city the first day

new york city the first day

I arrived into JFK in pretty good shape. I stay hydrated with water and emergen-C’s and put lotion on my hands and face about every hour to combat the plane air sucking the life and elasticity out of my skin. Our section was so open it really lent itself to a relaxed flight. People= energy.  Few people=calm. I’m sure the flight crew enjoyed the break too. My only complaint was I didn’t start Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy early enough to be finished before the “entertainment portion of our flight” switched off. Damn you flight attendant lady. This is a very confusing movie. Not one to be watched on a 5×5 screen with poor sound quality. And missing the last fifteen? minutes didn’t help. It’s on the rental que!

A long rainy traffic filled hour later I arrived at my big kid’s apt. We ordered in and relaxed. Talked about life and the next few days. I enjoyed the fact that these days ahead were going to unfold. No big agenda’s or script to follow.

I woke up my first full day here imagining what it would be like to wake up in this city everyday. Such an array of so many really different people with such vast cultural and economic diversity.  So many thoughts traveling through so many minds every morning before millions of feet hit the floor.

My thoughts started about 4.30am. I actually try to stay on an early track for these short trips to ease the transition back. I walked out the door about 10am and started at the bottom of Broadway (downtown) and made my way to Madison Square Garden. The day went a little something like this…

We all know how many hundreds/thousands of food stands are  on the streets here. I love them all.

But this cupcake one deserved a snap shot

These got me thinking, “I would like to have something sweet now”… O’s line following a meal. So I just happened to pass this great specialty food store you might have heard of and got myself a chocolate chip crumb cake with a fantastic proportion of crumb to cake. Like a lot of crumb. Good crumb I might add.

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On the move- New York City

On the move- New York City

I gave Chloe a big goodbye squeeze and kiss just yesterday morning before we left the house to drop her off at school and take me to the airport. Definitely no PDA at school… or within twenty feet of school. Or anywhere there might be peers. Although I did get a hug once in the mall with a circle of nearby friends. I smiled and she said, “yeah you owe me”.

Gave another big squeeze and big kiss to O at the Hamburg airport. I thank them both for giving me the freedom to take this trip.    I love you O!  I headed through security for my first strip down. I had the good fortune to be flying out at the same time as a very close friend, Teri. I had oodles of time so we had coffee and window shopped. We chatted about the differences between the states and Germany. I have to remember to appreciate the qualities of each in the moment and not yearn for one when I’m in the other. High on the German list is healthcare. It’s really unbelievable.

I arrived in London in a short ninety minutes. Walking around I enjoyed the freedom of thought, comprehension and communication in the old mother tongue. I stopped at WH Smith….

and devoured the English magazines…

I skimmed the gossip mags I hate to buy… the Brits love their Hello as seen by the magazine ravaging.

and bought Elle (for Tina Fey interview…oh fine… and the fantasy of getting really stylish), Photography for Beginners and UK Delicious.

                                                                 

Bags and bags of candy….I passed on these. Although I love twix.

but had to search hard for some good dark chocolate… which i did… and found…

At lunch I stopped at EAT, I realized my down vest had been on backwards since the last security…

Turkey breast and cranberry sandwhich, carrot mango lime juice and a millionaire’s shortbread.

pretty fresh for the airport…

I love airports. I think I observe more of the people and environment when I’m on my own. I even understood the guy next to me talking with his mouth full. gross. And then on the phone smacking his gums and chatting. wow.

A second security check and five wisecracks later I sat waiting to board for the long haul. I love the HSBC ads all over Heathrow…

On the plane I was almost excited to be there for eight straight hours. A couple movies, nap and reading…. and a row of four seats to myself!  SWEET. I love these new milk sticks… clever.

Ok… tomorrow a little look into NYC… wt

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