Category Archives: Restaurants

ILONA’S 95th Birthday at Cafe Gitane

Ilona Royce Smithkin and her friends celebrated her 95th birthday at CAFE GITANE in the Jane Street Hotel.

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95 today………and the last 365 were FABULOUS!

LUNCH at the HARD ROCK CAFE

With Spring in the air………time for a stroll through Times Square……….part circus,  part zoo……..but the tourists LOVE it and so do I.  A friend of mine is one of the chefs at the HARD ROCK CAFE………so it was time for a burger.

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The BURGER…..8oz of Angus beef……not a great burger……. but edible at $19.

A SUNDAY STROLL around the neighborhood

Sights and sounds just outside my door.  Every day is different.  That’s why New Yorkers LOVE their city.

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Boat House Cafe in Central Park………street vendors…….tourists………

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And a Hansom Cab ride around the park……..throwing seeds to the birds.

 

VALENTINES DAY in NYC…….Love is in the air…….

NEW YORKERS LOVE Valentines Day…………art………..cocktails……..teddys and LIPS.  Carriage rides in Central Park…….and “I LOVE YOU”

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XOXOX……… X O……. XOX …….XOXOXOXOXOX……   X O……. XOX 

CLICK ON the hot lips……… 

Did you recognize Linda Fargo………with the HEART shaped shades?  Yes, she is the design director for Bergdorf Goodman.

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This piece of sweetness just flew in from L.A.  She has fallen in LOVE with NY and we have fallen in LOVE with her.

VALENTINE BRUNCH at the Jane Street Tavern

Breakfast………brunch……….lunch……….or tea………..is always fun with ILONA.

We laugh…..we giggle……..and share the joy of just being together.

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The Jane Street Tavern in the West Village is one of our favorite hangouts………our waitress JACKIE is always a delight.  Margo made valentines…….Don took the photos and Shelly…….is a bit camera shy!

 

The cute little tyke……..Gavin……..our fellow diner…….was fascinated with the diamond orb on Ilonas’s finger.

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Tom the baker……….whipped up all of these valentines……...KISS ME!

GANESVOORT STREET MARKET • nyc

At the turn of the century it was a bustling market for produce……..meat……fish.

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Today it is again a spot where bustling New Yorkers go when hunger strikes.

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HEERMANCE FARM…………Thai veggie salad in a jar……….$12.

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CRÊPE SUCRE…………with Nutella………….$10.

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TACOMBI………Tacos………

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His smile alone is worth the $3.49

 

 

 

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LOVE his store.

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The lobster taco will cost you a bit more.

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DONOSTIA..……bar de conservas

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Big open space…….very twiggy……..pull up a chair………

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CHEESE CAKE CONES.……….sampled it….soooooo rich.  You cannot eat the whole thing.

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LUZZO’S neapolitan pizza………….in his wood fired oven.

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PIG GUY NYC.…….with his famous Original BBQ Sauce.

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She ate the whole thing…………….her cheesecake cone.

72 CANDLES on my cake……

NOT!  that would have been a BONFIRE!  So it was three swirly candles on my peanut sunday.

It was a fun lunch with fun friends at the HAMILTON LUNCHEONETTE in Greenwich Village.

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Ilona gave be a scarf that she bought at Bloomingdales 30 years ago.  She and Margo decided that I need to add COLOR to my wardrobe.  They are tired of seeing gray!

Lots of fabulous presents………….and a lovely bottle of wine from Lynn and Bob.