Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Polo Ralph Lauren Store on Fifth Ave NYC

Polo Ralph Lauren opened a New Store at 711 Fifth Avenue at the corner of 55th Street. This used to be  The Disney Store. I have always enjoyed the Ralph Lauren style of clothing, fresh Americana country chic. For October "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" Polo is celebrating with "The PINK Polo Fund" for early detection of Breast Cancer, research and education in under served communities. The clothes for this Fund are so cute of course with the logo being Pink Ponies I did a little shopping...all for a great cause of course! 
On the second floor they have a Cafe called "Ralph's" I love the clean simple tile work and the green kitschy coffee cup logo. Genius! I work across the street so it is a wonderful escape to the hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue. Ralph's transports you from the City to the Country where the tranquility of the lighting and lovely decor makes you want to sit by the big stone fireplace grab a Ralph Lauren Blanket and a coffee from Ralph's and relax. I am looking forward to the opening of a restaurant in the basement. What will that decor be....will let you know soon. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy NYC

Every September for 11 days, in the Streets of Little Italy in NYC people come from all over to celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro. San Gennaro is the Patron Saint of Napoli in Italy. 

This Street Fair is a sensory overload of music, food, smells, and things to see. There are restaurants on both sides of the streets with very aggressive waiters with chants of their special food to lure you in. Usually for me, I pick the least annoying and for 3 years in a row it has been Casa Bella. They are all wonderful places and no matter where you choose or the method you choose them will be a great experience. On Mulberry Street they opened a Christmas Store called "Christmas in New York" and it is opened all year round. They had a little Halloween inside but such beautiful Christmas displays and items to purchase along with the cutest little cafe inside.  It is really impossible to taste everything at the feast and I am Italian and make most of these items fresh at home but after dinner after walking the streets of Little Italy I always stop by Ferrara's Pastry Shop for a little sweet bite and coffee and Palermo Bakery for Cannoli's to bring home. As I was going home they were carrying the Saint (San Gennaro) in Procession through the Streets to bring him back to the Church of Most Precious Blood. Definitely a must see and experience. 

Procession of San Gennaro

beautiful wall art of the Statue of Liberty on the side of a building 

Sausage and Peppers

pocket watch display

zeppole frying

Cafe Palermo Cannoli and me

 Eat at Casa Bella:
Mozzarella in Carozza

Chicken Francese Alla Vodka with potato Croquette
I am sharing my post with Pink Saturday friends on Beverly our Hostess from "How Sweet the Sound"!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Joel Viehland - Cornwall Covered Bridge Dinner

I had the honor of attending an intimate fairytale-like culinary adventure filled dinner with Joel Viehland of Community Table in Cornwall Connecticut. 13 of us boarded a bus from Pier 40 in NYC for a 2 and 1/2 hour ride to join others who drove. It felt like we were in a movie scene as we got off the bus and it magically disappeared. As I looked ahead I saw the picturesque landscape around this beautiful "Cornwall Covered Bridge", built over the Housatonic River around 1864. A four piece band played music as we enjoyed Krug Champagne, Clos Dubreuil and a "special" Covered Bridge Cocktail. Chef Joel Viehland talked briefly about his Farm to Table approach to cooking and Lisa Simon of the Garagista Group spoke about the wine "Clos Dubreuil, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2010". and the wineries and Family that produced this magical elixir! (remember it is a fairytale-like culinary adventure) I mingled by the River and had some wonderful passed hors d'oeuvre and a table full of cheeses, nuts, honey and breads. 

Dinner: As I approached the entrance of this beautiful Covered Bridge I took a deep breath and smiled. Every attention to detail taken care of from the simple lights and table scape created by Michael Trapp. I was in a movie scene and wanted to enjoy everything from the smells to the sights. I believe there were 85 people from all over and with such diverse lives and stories. The food was a like an orchestra each plate, each taste, each ingredient composed By Chef Viehland was a symphony being felt through every part of your body to transcend you to a place where you have never gone before; well at least I have never been before. 

Desserts: A perfect ending to a Symphony, these works of art we call desserts, were the most talked about pieces. We were all saying we ate a plentiful amount but not really feeling "full" and these beautiful works of art appeared and we ate it all. My favorite dessert if I had to pick was the buttermilk custard, concord grape, yuzu, buckwheat, st. george gin ice cream! There was a silence at our table as it arrived, then the look over I turned the dish as to delight in every angle. I next put a taste of buttermilk custard in my mouth and it went to the top of my mouth and the taste of fresh buttermilk lingered I spooned in for some gin ice cream and concord grape the tastes were divine. You want to know where the buckwheat fits in? To me it was the fairy pixi dust placed on the side to bring a certain tiny crunch to it all. The textures, the design, the placement....and the Taste total Divinity! 
It was time to say goodbye to friends whom we had just met hours before. As I boarded the bus back to New York City I turned around and smiled goodbye thank you for the memories.
Thank you Chef Joel Viehland and everyone who helped with this event! 

Special Covered Bridge Drink 

Joel  Viehland and Lisa Simon

Michael Trapp Tablescape

Chilled Cucumber & Champagne  Soup with a piece of smoked John Dory fish
Served with: Krug Grande Cuvee NV

Home Made Bread

Connecticut Royal Red Shrimp, White Currants, Fresh Milk, Dill, Tarragon
served with: Krug Grande Cuvee NV

Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, Aged apple Vinegar, Olive Oil, Basil & Onion
Served With: Clos Dubreuil, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2010


Lamb Asada, Aji, Mint, Black Garlic, Smoked Potatoes, Caper Anchovy Aioli,
Kale, Peaches, Grilled Red Onion
Served With:  Clos Dubreuil, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2010

My Plate

Buttermilk Custard, Concord Grape, Yuzu, Buckwheat, St. George Gin Ice Cream

Cannoli Hazelnut, Ricotta Gelato, Rye, Nutella

Champagne Chocolate Mignardises
Served With: Haut Charmes, Sauternes 2009

Eventbrite:  All tickets sold benefit the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department!