Category Archives: Restaurants

BOYCOTT the Hotel Le Meurice in PARIS

The HOTEL Le MEURICE in Paris is part of the DORCHESTER Collection [as is the Beverly Hills Hotel in California].  It is owned by Sultan Hassanl Bolkiah and he has instituted a penal code against all GAYS!.

 They will be amputated and stoned to death.

 Sultan said that GOD gave him guidance to do this.

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When I was a designer for a fashion house in Germany………I attended the “Pret-a-Porte” shows in PARIS and always stayed at Le Meurice.……….and I loved the pampering by the staff.  BUT, I WILL NEVER STAY THERE AGAIN!

 

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The Russian designer Yulia Yanina just had her show there…….Couture Spring Summer 2014.  I hope she will never show there again!

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The designers Peter Som and Brian Atwood have already boycotted the Dorchester Hotels.

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Francois-Henri Pinault…..the owner of Gucci, Stella McCartney and Alexander Mc Queen has joined the boycott of the Dorchester Collection.

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Saint Laurent has declared the Brunei laws are an outrage………and has forbidden any of his employees to stay at Le Meurice.  They will NOT be eating in this magnificent dining room!

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If you want to sleep in this room it will cost you $1400 per night during one of the fashion shows.  It is a huge financial loss for Le Meurice.

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This is about HUMAN RIGHTS!  No hotel is nice enough for that…..so says Cindi Leive, the editor of GLAMOUR Magazine.  BRAVA!

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The loss of income for this suite is $3500 a night.  But, will the Sultan really care?

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Ellen DeGeneres took to twitter to announce her boycott.  She will NOT be having cocktails or meals in this gorgous dining room.

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I was thinking of having my wedding reception in this lovely “BALL” room.  NOT!

BRUNEI has returned to the STONING AGE!

 

 

FLEET WEEK and WALL STREET

It was time for “day tripping”…….down to SOHO and Wall Street.

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Graffiti truck…………corner of Crosby street and Houston.

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FIRST STOP……….Balthazar’s Restaurant in SOHO!.  Loud and very noisy. We did not stay!

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Off to the Crosby Street Hotel…. a quiet and civilized spot for lunch.

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Superb burger and a chicken BLT………..with avacado.

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RING RING! Don’t bother to pick it up!…………no one will answer.

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Tea after lunch in the “living room”of the hotel.

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At the bottom of Manhattan…….a clipper ship came sailing in.

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It is FLEET WEEK in NY City……….three of our “finest”………..and cute to boot!

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Cute?  The boots, Yeah. But the skirt is a tad too much???

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National Museum of the American Indian at ONE BOWLING GREEN in lower Manhattan………..and admission is FREE!

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Allegorical statue of the continent of America, carved by Daniel Chester French just outside of the grand entrance to the Alexander Hamilton U.S.Custon House.

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The Rotunda is surrounded by paintings of Reginald Marsh.

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Our friends from Detroit were amazed at the ceiling of the ornate “Collectors Room………….

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The magnificent the oval ceiling was built using the principles of the Spanish engineer Rafael Gustavino. The 140 ton skylight was constructed with our any visible signs of support.

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The Indian Museum is now located in the Alexander Hamilton United States Custom House.

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The first secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

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Murals painted by school children to cover up a construction site.

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What is it???  The roof over the new subway station………the one that was destroyed by the 9/11 terrorist attack.  The memorial and the museum is now open to the public.

 

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NEW YORKERS just being themselves!

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Morning Tea at PATISSERIE MARGOT

The ANSONIA HOTEL was opened in 1904………opulent………some apartments had 20 rooms.  Chickens were raised on the roof…….and fresh eggs delivered to each resident every morning.

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The hotel had a dining room that could hold 1300 people……….a ballroom…and the world’s largest swimming pool [where Bette Midler started her singing career.............the pool was a gay spa at this point].

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The architect was a Frenchman named Paul Deboy…….. the owner of the hotel was William Earl Dodge Stokes and he decided to dump his architect………paid him $5ooo and shipped him back to France.

 

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On the ground floor……..tucked away in a tiny space is my favorite spot for morning tea.

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The charm of Patisserie Margot begins before you even get inside.

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How true!

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Two tourists found a  nice quiet place to read their New York Times……..and have their morning Joe.

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OH GOSH………….lemon curd tart……….one please.  [Maybe two].

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Blackberries……….I can’t resist!  As a child growing up in Georgia…….we had an acre of thorny blackberry bushes.  I picked and ate them by the bucketful.

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Margot sells her sweets in containers that I designed!  Nice.

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Check her out online.

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The BRIE sandwich is the one I can’t resist.

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Simple setting…………no fussy frou-frou…….no Eiffel Towers on the wall…….

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The peach tart……….at $28………..is a steal………..[on the east side of Manhattan is goes for $45] .

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Sitting next to me…….with her expresso and muffin…….sata dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet………..chic…….sweet……..but I dare not reveal her name………..she was late for class and hurried off.

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Is that not the strangest little white beard you have ever seen…………his name……..I dare not reveal it!

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Do drop in………..Margot is in the kitchen.

 

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL • 2014 NYC

The Tribeca Film Festival’s artists dinner  was held last night at BRASSERIE BALTHAZARS in SoHo. Hoards of film makers and their stars packed into the restaurant.

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Sophia Loren.…..looking marvelous for her 80 years.

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Robert De Niro, the founder of the festival with his wife Grace.  Love her outfit!

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The model, Lily Aldridge, Victoria’s Secret “angel”…….you may remember her from the Sports Illustrated swim suit issue.

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Harry Brandt is a cutie.  Not really a celebrity but he shows up at all the Galas in New York and has thousands of adoring fans.  I usually catch him at Lincoln Center events.

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Julianna Moore……four times Oscar nominee……and now has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Her husband Bart Freundlich is the guy on the right.

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Greta Gerwig…..the actress…….in her pink and white Chanel……and a platter of oysters.

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Matthew Modine.……..actor……….best remembered  for his role in “Full Metal Jacket”

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Jean Pigozzi.……Stephanie Seymour……looking down at his cute little bunny.

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Lauren Santo Domingo [on the right]…….is a contributing editor for Vogue.

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Ron Howard..………memories of HAPPY DAYS………..linger in my head.

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JR.……..French Artist/Director………..[ he has a commission with the NYC BALLET ].

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I love BALTHAZARS when it is NOT so crowded…..which is almost never.  I don’t eat shell fish so I always get their awesome burger.  They serve 10,000 guests every week…….thanks to the chef Shane McBride.

 

PALM SUNDAY BRUNCH with Ilona

PALM SUNDAY and a stroll thru Greenwich Village.

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” THE PLACE”.……… is THE place for a Sunday brunch.

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Tucked away in a townhouse in the Village on West 4th  street.  Charm!!!

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The BRUNCH SPECIAL here is really special.

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The Donald and Shel spent two hours talking about their favorite operas.

 

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Ilona and Margo……always keep us laughing.

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Eggs Benedict……….an old standby…..here with a potato cake.

 

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The “Full Monty”………and NO………..the waiter does NOT do the ‘full monty”.

 

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French toast and pancakes are not to be missed.

 

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Time for Easter prezzies.

 

 

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With our KAREN WALKER sunglasses……..taking in some rays……..and the ILONA is always radiant

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Margo and Ilona…………always entertain us.  Love them both.

 

 

 

 

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CHELSEA………Saturday Afternoon

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