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Central Park in the Snow

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In the past couple of years I have been visiting NYC in the Summer. They have turned out to be some of the hottest days of the whole year. This time around I decided to visit NYC in the Winter hoping for snow. More specifically I was really hoping to see Central Park in the snow. Part of my trip didn’t turn out as planned but I was thrilled to see snow in Central Park. Monday my flight ended up being cancelled due to freezing rain, hail and snow. The park wasn’t a foot deep in snow but it was still beautiful. This time around NYC experienced some of the coldest days I have felt in a long time. Photographing is not so easy with gloves on my hands hurt for a while even after returning to warmth. I walked from the Upper East Side through the Park to the Plaza. I think it was worth the pain in my hands to be able to capture this beauty. What do you think?

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Never Forget

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It was 13 years ago when the twin towers fell from the terrorist attacks on 9/11. I was in my second year of college at Indiana University my college roommate at the time was a journalism major and had the routine of watching the news in the morning. While getting dressed for our morning class my roommate came into my room to tell me the news. We watch the news with blank faces and goosebumps, tears in our eyes. It feels like it was yesterday. Never forget the thousands of people that died on that day and all of the families that were affected then and now from a terrible tragedy. Tell the people you care about that you love them and hold your family close.

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Ways to beat the heat in NYC

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My last visit to NYC the temperature was around 100 degrees. It was terrible! I visited with my Dad and we had to pop into to different spots just to keep cool. This year the temperature was cooler but it was still summer weather. I decided to pull together some of my favorite picks for places to beat the heat in NYC.

10. Yoga in Bryant Park. I am a huge fan of yoga as I do it regularly and was so excited to see mats being set up in Bryant Park. Classes are available Tuesday and Thursday check the schedule for times

photo-439. Morganstern’s Ice Cream in Soho

This adorable ice cream shop just opened up in Soho. They have multiple types of vanilla and chocolate amongst many other flavors. More info here 

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7. If you have a sweet tooth but don’t want ice cream you can find any of your favorite past childhood candys at Economy Candy. Get ready to bring back a lot of memories from your childhood. This place is so much fun and stays cool!

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7. I loved exploring the West Village with a friend of mine popping into all the adorable shops. This beautiful Perfume shop has every candle and perfume you could imagine. Aedes de Venustas New York I felt like I was back in Paris.

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6. Buvettes – staying in the West Village if you start to get hungry you can stop by Buvettes. I am not sure how I missed this place all this time. I felt like I was back in Paris the minute I stepped inside. I cooled off with a salmon tartine and a tall glass of fresh lemonade. Even the straws are cute! This place stays open until 2am so there is no reason not to try it. I can’t wait to go back again!

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5. Hamiltons – This adorable old soda/ice cream shop just opened up last week. I stumbled upon it while walking through the West Village. I have been begging for someone to open one of these up and finally someone did and they did it well! Ice cream sodas, banana splits and more are on this menu.

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4. If you have had your fill on food its time to explore a little outside. If you are up for it you can head over to Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo. After all the walking I did this past weekend I had to throw in some extra yoga.

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3. Right next to Brooklyn Bridge Park you can hop on Jane’s carousel for a beautiful view of the water and city. At only $2 a ride what’s not to love?

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2. Central Park Boats – My lovely friend Taylor had me walking around a different part of central Park I had not seen before. We saw these super cute boats you could rent and send them around the water. It made me feel like I was back in Paris at Luxembourg Gardens.

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1. Central Park Stroll – if you aren’t into the boats you can always just stroll through Central Park and people watch. We had so much fun doing it last week!

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Thank you NYC

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This past long weekend I was in NYC for meetings and to photograph one of my favorite cities. I kept a very busy schedule but was able to meet up with some friends that were so kind to show me their city. I had a little time on the weekend to spend catching up with my Aunt and Uncle where my Aunt cooked the most amazing ravioli from scratch. I napped in the hammock while the sunset and we spent hours in the kitchen catching up while we cooked. I have a lot of catching up to do with getting out orders and editing in my free time. I hope to share some photos of my favorite places soon!

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Playing catch up!

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Recently I was with a friend who asked me if I journaled. Well the answer is yes, but since I have the blog I feel like I document a lot of stuff here. But I realized I didn’t have time to journal or blog lately! Life has been a little crazy lately which for most people it slows down in the summer. I am working on some exciting new plans for 2015. Fingers crossed they all work out! I am headed to NYC for meetings and to photograph one of my favorite cities. I have a running list of food spots I want to check out. Most of the spots on my list are French food places that they happen to have in NYC. A few include Eric Keyser where my baguette was typically from in Paris, Maison du chocolate I have had a strong craving for chocolate with praline, and Laduree of course.

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Along with some french favorites I am looking forward to trying new restaurants, meeting up with old and new friends, and of course exploring the city. If you have any NYC recommendations please send them my way! I had to the big apple next week!

Until then I will be at Buffalo Grove Art Festival this weekend. Booth 147.

xo

Rebecca

Summer Heat Wave – Central Park Stroll

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Last Week the heat in NYC was pretty intense. I woke up for a very early morning walk through Central Park and it was in the high 80’s before 8am. Here are a few photographs from my morning stroll

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Watermelon Gazpacho

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Doing things a little differently today. This past week while in NYC I dined with my friend Lauren. Since the city was so HOT, I decided to try a watermelon gazpacho on the menu. It was delicious! When it came to preparing food for dinner in the country my Aunt (who is a fabulous cook) offered we try to make the gazpacho. I hope you enjoy this summer recipe as much as we did!

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This is adapted from a watermelon and tomato soup in Anya von Bremzen’s wonderful book “The New Spanish Table” and we in turn adapted it from Martha Rose Shulman’s New York Times recipe.

 

4 cups cubed seedless watermelon, about 1 1/4 pounds

 

1 pound ripe tomatoes, quartered or cut into sixths

 

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

 

Generous 1/2 cup chopped celery (2 ounces)

 

Our additions: 

 

half a cucumber (peeled and seeded, you can use the other half for garnish),

 

¾ medium red onion, chopped (use the remaining ¼ for garnish),

 

3-4 medium-ish cloves of garlic, chopped or not

 

1 large jalapeno, seeded and chopped a bit

 

1-2 tbsp sherry vinegar, or to taste

 

Salt and freshly ground pepper

 

Thin celery slices or sticks for garnish

1. Working in batches, purée all of the ingredients except the garnish in a blender for two minutes or longer until frothy and smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings, making sure you have used enough salt and lemon juice for a vivid flavor. Transfer to a bowl, and chill for several hours. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve, garnishing each bowl with thinly sliced celery or, if serving in glasses, with a thin lengthwise slice of celery stick.

 

Yield: Four to six regular servings, or 8 to 12 aperitifs.

 

Advance preparation: You can serve this soup the day after you make it. Leftovers are good for two or three days. (I disagree – it really doesn’t hold up so great for more than a day.)

 

 

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