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a pop-up flower shop...



With the biggest flower sale day of the year coming up next week, I love seeing Valentine's Day options that are out of the ordinary. I've never been a red roses kind of girl, and instead would far prefer loose and wild florals like these by Saipua & Nicolette Camille. For you lucky New Yorker's, they're having a pop-up Valentine floral shop starting this weekend! See here for more details and to pre-order. — Joy

a lovely summer lunch in {new york}...





During my quick trip to New York, I had a perfect summer lunch at The Dutch in West SoHo. Accompanied by good friends and good conversation, the meal was topped off with my favorites...a soft shell crab sandwich, a side of cornbread, a zingy orange punch {yum!}, and a shared slice of salted lime pie {which is one of my most favorite desserts!}... — Joy

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...a gelato cone from Amorino, which recently opened its first US location in New York when I was in town a couple weeks ago. I love the flower-like petals that they make with gelato by using a spatula to arrange a few your favorite flavors on top a cone...yum! — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

currently {wishing i was} snacking on...


...the salted caramel ice cream sundae {on top of popcorn & hot fudge!} from ABC Kitchen...

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pizza for breakfast in {new york}...



I spent an awesome weekend in New York for a friend's bridal shower and tried to get my fill of some much needed eats. I'll post my favorites this week and wanted to start off with pizza for breakfast at Pulino's! While known for their breakfast pizzas {with an egg on top}, I always get the classic margherita pizza during my first visit to any pizza shop. The thin crust wood fired pizza was exactly the texture I love...crispy and chewy with a bit of smoky char. It paired well with my starter...a hazelnut and nutella fat baby...almost like a turnover with a delicious hazelnut center. There's nothing like pizza at 10am in the morning to start the day! — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy}

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I made sure to bring home some cake truffles from Momofuku's Milk Bar in New York this past weekend so I could be sure to capture them in their perfect miniature glory for you right here. These little guys are like baby cake offspring in perfectly round bite-sized proportions...perfect for when you want some cake, but not too much. My favorite flavors {shown above...but who am I kidding, I liked ALL of them!} include: Birthday Cake with rainbow cake crumble, sprinkles, vanilla frosting, Banana Cake with banana cream, hazelnut crunch, gianduja fudge, and Chocolate Malt Cake with malt fudge, malted milk crumbs, charred marshmallow. Gah! So good...are you drooling yet? I'm might cry once the last bit is finished! — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy}

a gardentop oasis in {new york}...

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This past weekend, I spent a quickie 36 hours in New York for a friend's black tie wedding at the Gramercy Park Hotel. During the time when I did live in New York, I had no idea that the hotel had such a beautiful rooftop club & garden space. It's seriously stunning and one of the most beautiful and unique wedding venues I've seen. It felt like being in an actual outdoor garden, yet with a beautiful view and in the middle of winter... — Joy

{iphone photos by Oh Joy using the Cross Process app}

an italian paradise in {new york}...





While in New York last week for my book party, I was told by Mari that I MUST go to Eataly while in town. Mario Batali's Italian mega gourmet market is exactly what its name implies. A mecca of Italian bites and delights housed within a beautiful and grand space that's essentially a grocery store with restaurants and tasting rooms. It combines a mix of things to taste on the spot with plenty of ingredients to buy and make a feast at home. There's so much to be seen and tasted here that I couldn't even capture it all in photos. Do yourself a favor, New Yorkers, and run, don't walk...

{photos by Oh Joy}

casual italian in {new york}...




Located in Tribeca, Locanda Verde combines a rustic ambiance with casual, yet spectacular, Italian food. I had heard great things about the place and found it to live beyond my expectations. We loved everything we had including the Orecchiette {2nd photo, with homemade duck sausage, broccoli rabe and piave cheese}, Broccoli Rabe Sausage Grinder {3rd photo}, and their amazing homemade bread {top photo}.

Final thoughts...4.5 out of 5 happy ladies! If weather permits, sit outside for some great people watching.

{photos by Oh Joy}

a montreal bagel in {brooklyn}...



When I heard about Boerum Hill's Mile End, I had no idea what this "Montreal Jewish Delicatessen" would have in store for me. Low and behold, this may have been one of the best bagel experiences of my life. Having had lived in New York for many years, I've had my fair share of New York bagels {the best in the States if you ask me}. But I've never laid my eyes or taste buds on the Montreal style bagel.

Montreal Bagels are hand rolled, par-boiled in a honey infused water, and then baked in a wood-burning oven. I'd describe the texture as somewhere in-between a bagel and a soft pretzel...dense, yet chewy...crispy and soft. Amazing.

{photos by Oh Joy}