NYC Feb 2015 Walk about and more…

The larger part of our week was spent roaming NYC and hanging with my awesome son who is living a totally grown up life. I’m so proud and I still can’t believe he’s been on this earth almost 27 years… WHHHAAAT?!#$%%

We often meandered from the apartment in Tribeca through Soho… Look water leaks in the big apple

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and north on Broadway stopping at Dean and Deluca’s – here’s a pic of one of our vendors- Big Picture Farm- great folks with lots of goats in Vermont-  These caramels are back on the shelves now at Chez Chloe in seasonal boxes and cello bags- chai, mocha latte, raspberry rhubarb… yum

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and always a little stop at ABC Home. They have a cool foodie market downstairs now. It was just getting going last year. I don’t know how much actual traffic it gets but I find so many interesting lines there-

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then on up to Union Square

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I rarely see a winter farmers market and love it when I do

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So is this pooch a little winter warrior with his orange booties, red vest and purple leash!

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Loads of hardy, grounding winter veggies like sunchokes.

IMG_6237and celeriac- a little of this pureed into your potatoes adds just a little sweetnessIMG_6234Always a stop at Eataly – around 2.30 on a weekday is great. Less bodies to navigate and room to absorb the sights and smells of cured meats, cheeses, pastas and the highs and lows of voices, tablewares and general noise. Wed was brisket day at the sandwich stall. Extra green pesto sauce please. Thank you. IMG_6248We walked west towards the river and into the village- One block in and it’s like entering a church. Quiet with a lack of chaos.

IMG_6251We passed by Murray’s cheese

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And I thought this poster was a pretty good description of me… or cheese.IMG_6253

and quaint little shops with clever signs

IMG_6252This day ended back in Soho at Vosges

IMG_2155With a couple of gorgeous hot chocolates and ever so lightly sweetened, piped whipped cream

IMG_2157And a couple randoms must adds …

Gotham West Market in Hell’s kitchen- GO there.

IMG_2147Eat Tokyo Shoyu noodles at Ivan Ramen and slaw:

GothamwestGo to Tiny’s in Tribeca for brunchIMG_6294

and eat these killer potatoes… like mini square hash browns and

IMG_6301and check out their adorable bathroom – that’s me in the mirror – not a painting. I didn’t realize that myself at first. Going all Mona Lisa there

IMG_6303And if you aren’t suffering from scroll down trigger finger… I’ll leave you with some shots of our day up the Hudson- We took the train from Grand Central

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to Tarrytown on the metro North to rent a car

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We wanted time to enjoy the close proximity of the river together without either of us having to drive. Nor did we feel like driving in and out of the city. We saw lots of lovely white snow.

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 Made our way to charming Rhinebeck- here’s their cute little chamber of commerce

IMG_6278Then we drove north and admired farmlands and white vistas- then west and stayed a night in MA and woke to minus 11 degrees, crystal blue skies and even more dreamy white snow. THEN we headed back to NYC on the highway to little Tarrytown to drop our rental and train back to the city at sunset. It was a sweet 36 hour retreat mid trip.

IMG_6286Ok- we’re finished here. More food coming next post:)

 

New York Gift Fair Feb 2015

Another fantastic week in New York City has come and gone. The first half of the week was consumed with NY Now, the international gift fair at the Javit’s Center. On to a little Chez Chloe bricks and mortar business…

IMG_6214It was a lot of fun having my guy along- I have to remember next year to get Orcas Island on our badges. You’d think I had some kind of rack the way people stared at my chest trying to read “Olga”

IMG_6290We stayed with my son in Tribeca and frequented La Colombe Torrefaction on his corner.

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THE best mocha with hemp milk and pain au chocolats! I’d love to carry this dishware at Chez Chloe but it is made special for them

IMG_6291We walked miles, chatted, smiled, and learned at times more detail than we needed. Ollie and I discussed the ideal way to represent and sell your product. It’s not easy in those little cloth walled booths.

Here’s a new line for Chez Chloe- Vintage Girl Designs. Studio art, graphics and illustration combined with positive sayings and thoughts. I like it a lot.

IMG_6210Here’s a little R/X rated humor. This gal just watched people react as they come into her booth and saw this:) She’s got great flour sack towels printed with the funniest quotes. It took a few minutes to grasp the scene – the obvious and the subtle!

IMG_6206I can’t wait to make my order for new Tatine Candles along with their new liquid soaps in beautiful green recycled glass

IMG_6213Couleur Nature had some fun spring patterns out. I’ll be putting in an order in the next month as soon as we start getting just a little more traffic on the island

IMG_6197And from Deming WA, just a little north of us on the mainland is Moon Valley Organics. Can’t wait to get their organic herbal rubs in. I’ll be taking a little of this home straight away.

IMG_6202And another chuckle…

IMG_6205I went a little outside of the general store guidelines I originally set- merchandise that pertained to food in a direct or at least indirect way and picked up this classic wool blanket line- Faribault.

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They were just too soft and beautiful to pass up. Here’s three of five different styles of throws we now have in the shop-

photo 2I will also be bringing in a couple more body care product lines. Well, just because I can. And I want.Rue de Marli from Canada. 100% organic ingredients and plant based essential oils

rdm1 And Bayberry Naturals- also organic with botanical extracts… We are even going to try a few facial and hair care products! CAN”T WAIT.bayberrynaturalsNext up will be the latter half of the week- a night spent traveling up the Hudson and the NYC eat and walk about…

cheers… xx wendy

 

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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