Friday, May 23

Happy Birthday .......

To my little Rock Star , who isn't so little anymore !

[ photo editor: julia romano ]

it goes by so fast!

Thursday, May 22

Chocolate Mint

While doing a recent "catch-up" on some blog reading , I saw a post on Steve Depino's site about his Jasmine Plant. It quickly reminded me of my love of Chocolate Mint.

I discovered this little prize while at the Greystone Campus of the Culinary Institute of America

The company I worked for in my twenties sent me, along with some other folks from around the country to an intensive week long cooking class - glamorous , no?
I love NAPA! I had been to the campus many times before when it was still Christian Brothers. My family lived outside of San Francisco - and my parents dragged us on many trips to Napa. Then when Mark and I were first dating - we went out several times- as self proclaimed " foodies" and wine lovers - this to me was paradise.

Anyway.... while at this class - we would go out to their gardens every morning and cut the herbs we would need for the day. This is where I met " Chocolate Mint" . I used to keep it in my Chef Coat pocket so I could take it out and smell it when needed most. The Chef's weren't exactly like Gordon Ramsey ..but they were very intimidating. The mint gave me my zen back.

The mint and some very panicked phone calls to Mark [ who did graduate from the CIA in New Hyde Park]. I would sneak away , and use a pay phone, there were no cell phones back then [ gasp!], and say things to Mark like.... "They just gave me potatoes, eggs and Chicken... tell me what to do". He would respond to me with " Traci, I am at work ... just make a Francaise". to this I would say " a what?, If I could make that I wouldn't have called".

Now, off to find a chocolate mint plant.....

Tuesday, May 20

Gramercy Park Hotel

Oh! The Gramercy. I am not sure what I love more about this hotel:

  • Ian Schrager Design
  • Private Roof Top Club
  • Stunning Art Collection
  • Great Space for Parties
  • State of The Art Gym
  • Outstanding Hospitality
  • Modern Spa

.... Described as Bohemian reinvented for the 21st Century , entering into this hotel is a true multi-sensory experience. I toured the space with a fabulous client of mine just before the renovation was complete it was stunning then and even more so now.

On my "to do" list at The Gramercy: Enjoy a Dim Sum Brunch at Wakiya, Thai Massage at Aerospa, Drinks at The Rose Bar - and oh ya, find a reason to throw a party on The Roof Top.

To Learn more about The Gramercy Park Hotel :
The event spaces/menu's can all be accessed online and provide a wealth of opportunities for your next soirée.

Sunday, May 18

Cute Taffeta Dress

I love this new adorable dress from Thread. Aside from how cute it is - the price is even better!