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Tuesday
Apr302013

Tea at Three: The Des Concubines & Almond Brioche

TEA: The Des Concubines [Le Palais des Thés]
SWEETS: Almond Brioche [Bouchon Bakery]

A lovely combination. From Le Palais des Thés, The Des Concubines is a blend of black and green tea with fruity notes. Rose petals and fruit pieces can be found in the tea. That's paired with a nice slab of brioche covered with toasted almonds and powdered sugar ($3.50) from Bouchon Bakery. 

Monday
Apr292013

Review: Two E Bar/Lounge at The Pierre

The Pierre used to be my favorite place for tea for many years, then they went ahead and moved afternoon tea out of the Rotunda, a gorgeous space in the hotel used just for afternoon tea. Everything was white glove service, down to the servers pouring the tea for you. They would keep the teapots at a nearby smaller serving table and would magically appear to pour your tea just before you saw the bottom of the teacup.

They no longer serve tea in the Rotunda -- now it's served in the Two E Bar/Lounge. 

SETTING:
The Rotunda was THE BEST place for afternoon tea. I was upset that they had moved it to The Two E Bar/Lounge, which is a space not exclusive to afternoon tea, unlike The Rotunda. The setting is a lot more casual, but it does feel grand and the decor is art deco.The tables are nicely spaced apart and it never gets packed in there, so that gives it an intimate feel.

SERVICE:
Service is great. I was looking for a refill of hot water and just as I was going to ask, the server already had the hot water carafe in hand, heading over to our table. 

TEA & TEA SELECTION:
There's a small tea selection with just two kinds of green tea. I went with the Lung Ching green tea, which got a little bitter too quickly. More hot water helped dilute the bitterness.

Afternoon tea three-tiered tray for two. One thing to note right away, EVERYTHING is miniature, which, of course made me swoon.

SAVORIES:
Carefully thought-out mini savorites and sandwiches filled the top tray. Everything was fresh and damn tasty. No stale bread here. A good variety and just the right amount of savories.

SCONES:
Perfectly sized and made the same day, the scones were very good. Served with Devonshire cream, lemon curd, and raspberry jam, the scones were enjoyable, flavorful, and moist.

SWEETS:
A fantastic selection of sweets. A lot of them and all none more than two-bites. The marshmallow meringue  was especially good. Oh, and the tarts were also a highlight. They were super fresh and delicious.

OVERALL:
The food and presentation on the three-tiered tray is one of the best in Manhattan. Definitely in my top 5 places in New York for afternoon tea.

LOCATION: Two E Bar/Lounge at The Pierre | 2 East 61st Street at Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10065 | 212.838.8000
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Daily from 3PM - 5PM
COST: Traditional Tea Service $55 | Menu

Friday
Apr262013

How to Figure Out Where You Are in Central Park

Here's a secret to not getting SO lost when wandering through Central Park. Take a look at the lamp posts. Most will give clues to your location within the park.

The letter on top will let you know if you're on the Upper West Side (W), Upper East Side (E), or in the center (C). The numbers underneath tells you the street you're on, followed by the last two numbers which indicate the lamp post number.

Happy wandering!

 

Thursday
Apr252013

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Home of The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center is made up of multiple performance venues. There are three guided tours offered  and the one I went on was the Daily Tour which covered a few buildings within Lincoln Center. 

Guided Daily Tours are $17 per person and lasts about an hour. Get tickets at the David Rubenstein Atrium which is where the tour starts. Check the Atrium site to get that week's daily tour times. Aside from the Daily Tour, there's also the Art and Architecture tour and the Jazz at Lincoln Center tour.

The day I went, the tour was showing limited venues since certain performances prohibited tours from visiting. 

Our tour group of five each put on a pass to tour the venues.

From the Atrium, we walked across the street to Avery Fisher Hall. It was nice to see the place so empty inside. 

The fountain? It was designed by the same folks who made the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas. If you're there at the right time, the fountain will dance to music and put on a water show, just like the Bellagio fountain.

The best part of the tour was being able to sit in on a rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic in a practically empty theater. It was fascinating.

Interesting fact: The Avery Fisher Hall is built right over a subway line, but you won't hear a single rumble of the subway running underneath since the building was built on rubber pads to muffle the noise. Apparently, the MTA runs the subway at a slower speed when it goes under the building.

Inside the Beaumont Theater is a Broadway theatre. A theatre with over 500 seats is considered a Broadway theatre even if it's not on Broadway. It was an empty space with a bright light in the middle of the stage, called a ghost light. A ghost light is said to be left on an empty theatre to ward off unfriendly spirits and to illuminate friendly ones. 

The room was pretty dark, hence my blurry photo.

The hour went by really quick and I was sad to see it come to an end. I'll have to go back for the other tours soon, maybe for another Daily Tour to see the venues I missed out on this time around.

INFO: Lincoln Center | Tour tickets at David Rubenstein Atrium | 61 West 62nd Street on Broadway btw. 62nd St. & 63rd St. | New York, NY 10023 | 212.875.5350
TOUR: $17 for the Daily Tour

Wednesday
Apr242013

Tablecloths

1/ Love the color combination on this pretty and casual Anthropologie Begonia Tablecloth. 
2/ Crisp and clean in cotton twill, the Caterer's Tablecloth from Pottery Barn can be monogrammed. 
3/ Provence Linen Tablecloth is hand-loomed in natural linen.
4/ Also from Pottery Barn, this Vintage Ticking Stripe Tablecloth can be monogrammed as well.
5/ it's all in the details. Matteo Cluny Tablecloth from Layla Grayce with a soft and delicate crochet trim. 
6/ Early Bird Tablecloth is perfect for spring and summer. 

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