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Friday, September 28, 2018

My Paris Guide

Over the summer, my husband and I went to Paris with our kids for the first time..I had been there previously, but I really wanted to make this trip special for their first time visiting the City Of Lights!!!  When I got back, a good friend asked me to share some of the places that we went.  I thought about it and decided to share the email that I sent to her with all of you.  Below please find all of my must do's in Paris.....Bon Weekend!!! 

*Dinner at Le Relais de l’Entrecote. (Arrive by 6:45 to get in line for the doors to open at 7pm or you’ll have to wait for an hour or so!!).  There are no menus but they serve only 1 thing..the best steak frites in Paris…there are lines all night long it is that good.

*Marche aux Puces flea market:  You have to get into the antique section. Just follow all the well-dressed women.:)
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/france/paris/articles/a-beginners-guide-to-the-marche-aux-puces-de-saint-ouen/

*Montmartre/Sacre Coeur: Wander via Rue des Martyrs.Use your google maps to get you here. So many good food shops and sweet places to stop along the way!  I had the best brie and baguette sandwich here!!!!

*The Marais for shopping, & dinner (there is great street art here) 

*Breizh for amazing sweet and savory crepes. We loved the artichoke one!!!  You need a reservation!  There are cute shops around here too.


*Cafe St. Regis on Ile St. Louis (French toast “le pain perdu” is a fav!!!!)

*We went to Angelina on Rue De Rivoli 3 times during our trip..this is the amazing cafe that was Coco Chanel’s favorite…she sat at table 10.  Try the hot chocolate and the Mount Blanc…but everything is delicious…my kids loved the chocolate croissants

*Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte Chapelle (this is made of all stained glass windows….sooo cool).

Musee d’Orsay & Musee Rodin (this was the first Sacred Heart school..the grounds are amazing and there is a cafe there…you can stop for an ice cream or coffee).  The Thinker statue is in the center of the courtyard..its incredible.

Eiffel Tower..you can take the lift up the tower…there is an amazing restaurant there https://www.lejulesverne-paris.com/en


Bateaux Mouches (can buy ticket for boat when you arrive. Last sailing around 10pm).  I loved this so much.


The Louvre is a MUST...  here are the highlights... the maps they give out help a lot:)and Angelina is right across the street on Rue de Rivoli.  Its pretty crowded.    
 - Winged Victory (on the way to the Mona Lisa)
- Mona Lisa
- Feast of Cana (in the same room)
- Delacroix painting from the French Revolution (in the next room over from ML)
- Hammurabi’s Code
- Venus di Milo
- Egyptian Mummies

The Carousel Du Louvre is a walkway of fun shops!!!  Exit the museum from there.

Champs Elysees for macarons at Laduree (this is the flagship). 

Cooking class at La Cuisine Paris (check actual listings of what classes they have closer to the date on here).  They have macaroon classes and French baking classes.  It gets filled up so book in advance.

I also love Kong..it was the restaurant where Carrie met Aleksandr’s wife for lunch on Sex and the City. There is a great view of the city and the decor is awesome.

Galeries Lafayette for shopping..there is a cool rooftop where there are great views of the city as well.  There are also some fun shops around GL.  

Rue Royale and Champs Elysees have great shopping.

Versailles is a must do.  There is a Laduree and Angelina there too. My friend and her daughter love Versailles so much they just want to plan their next trip to stay there the entire time!!!!!!

If you like Nobu..the Paris one is so cool...
https://www.leroyalmonceau.com/restaurants/matsuhisa-paris/?lang=fr

This time we stayed at https://hotelducollectionneur.com/?&gclid=Cj0KCQjw-o_bBRCOARIsAM5NbIPUdR9yWDWvzFvh2qV-A5bETjIIyE8Dz4je_sFUSrJ9k7CcLNZp9C8aAlJ4EALw_wcB.  It was totally americanized…we saw the Eiffel Tower from our room…so the night show was amazing to watch every night.  The rooms were awesome and big.  Check Hotels.com for great deals.  I did not make it to the spa.  I wanted to because it sounded amazing!!!  My kids and I would sit in the gorgeous courtyard and have snacks…
I’ve stayed in boutique hotels before…my favorite is http://www.hoteldaubusson.com/en/.  

Here is one last thing that I have always wanted to do but never have..it is the In Coco Chanel’s footsteps tour..https://www.viator.com/tours/Paris/Coco-Chanels-Paris/d479-6327P4

And here are my photos.......


Always take the time to look up... Le Tour Eiffel



Here is Le Relais de l’Entrecote at 11pm..look at the line!!

Musee D'Orsay 


The Musee D'Orsay restaurant was very cool!!!

Ile Flottante

Notre Dame

I always wanted to be like Carrie Bradshaw and wake up and see the Eiffel Tower from my hotel room window!!!!




The first Sacred Heart Chapel.  See the Sacred Heart image in the top window?

A closer look!!

 My girls lighting a candle at the final resting place of St. Madeline Sophie Barat's (our school's foundress).


Spotted...A fellow Paris shopper..a true fashionista!!

The first Sacred Heart school founded in the 1800's.
 Here is the date from the window in the original chapel!

Another View


Even the bikes in Paris are chic!!!!

The Mt. Blanc at Angelina!!

 The Tuileries

Angelina..here is where Coco Chanel had her coffee everyday...she sat at table #10 which is right in the middle of the mural!!!


  Sacred Heart Schools were founded for the "sake of a single child" and here is the statue of the same title and the foundress.

L'Arc De Triumph...it gets me every-time!!!  Its so Les Miz with the hanging French flag!!!

 The glass pyramid at the Louvre is one of my most favorite sites in Paris..do you know why?!???..I worked in the same Madison Ave building as the incredible IM Pei (the architect) for years...and rode the elevator in the presence of his greatness a lot...(Howard Stern was also in that building but that's for another post)!!!!!!!

Sainte Chapelle

Galleries Lafayette

Oh how I wish we were still there!!!







Thursday, September 27, 2018

Easy Family Chicken Casserole

I am dying to make this casserole...I sure love a casserole..sooo easy and it almost always comes out right!!!   I have a friend who makes it all the time and says everyone loves it....Bon Appetit!!


image momontimeout.com

adapted from tastes better from scratch.com

    • Ingredients:

    • 2
       cups cooked chicken , diced
    • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 cup celery , diced 
    • 1 cup minute rice , uncooked*
    • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
    • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
    • 3 large eggs , hard boiled, sliced
    • 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup (or homemade)
    • 1 Tablespoon onion , grated
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup Corn Flakes cereal , crushed
    • 1 Tablespoon butter , melted

    1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl except for the cornflakes and butter. Pour mixture into a greased casserole dish.
    2. Mix crushed cornflakes and melted butter together. Sprinkle over casserole mixture.
    3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Something Important To Me.....

Through this blog, I feel like I share pretty much everything about me and my life with my readers. But I was discussing something with some friends last week and thought...not a lot of people know this about me...and it's time to share.....I love nuns.  They are my peeps..I have been pretty much been educated by nuns my entire life.  And, at least for me, a nun is the closest to what God here on earth might be like.  I have always been obsessed I mean REALLY obsessed with nuns.  For years, I have stopped dead in my tracks when I see a nun in full habit and literally gasp.  I am in awe of their faith and strong beliefs.  I have visited many many holy places and seem to be so lucky to come in contact with nuns from all over.  One day, I started taking photos of them.  Just for me, sometimes to send to friends...  Mostly to keep for inspiration or a reminder of my faith when I need it.  I love looking back at the photos.  Friends also send me photos...which I love too..I really wanted to share some of them with you.  Regardless of your religion I hope you just take a moment to indulge me.  Oh and if you do see a nun in a special place, please please please snap a photo and send it to me.


St Patrick's Cathedral NYC 

Sacre Coeur Paris

Westchester Country Club

A friend took this in Italy.  I think she is cleaning...

Madison Square Garden!!!

I think this was outside Port Authority.....

This was sent to me...I think from the Sister's of Charity newsletter!!! I wonder what they are singing...

St Patrick's Day Parade NYC

Also sent to me..I wish I knew where this was....the cutest basketball game ever!!!!

And of course..one of my favorite nuns of all time!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Home Goods Re-cap

I ran into Home Goods yesterday (the Port Chester location) to do a quick re-cap.  My phone was about to die but I did zero in on a few things.  The store right now, I can best describe, as harvest heavy...a lot of fall leaves, arrangements, pumpkins, orange...you get my drift. But I think if we are patient the higher end 4th quarter merchandise assortment will be coming in within weeks.  That is when stores such as Home Goods save up their really great stuff because more people shop.  I will really try to stay on top of it and do more re-caps within the coming months!!  Happy Shopping!!!

These were only $4.  I think they were oven oven safe..they would be cute for serving fall soups!!!

This "love" painting is in the style of one of my favorite local artists!!!

Again the coffee table book selection was amazing and that slinky statue would be so perfect for my son's college apt. but sadly I resisted!!!!

At one point, I had been looking for a pair these pillows forever..they have been sold out at all the high end home stores in this area....Please someone go get them...

These white pillows are perfect for a dorm or teens room. And I love the idea of getting the print to lean against a wall on a desktop!!!

Who can pass up Halloween candy containers!!???  Class moms the ghost is cute to bring filled with treats for in school halloween parties!!!

  You really cannot see the detail on these pillows...They would enhance any room!!!


I love anything to do with Thanksgiving, since that is the holiday that I host in my home..I just wish there were more of these!!!!

How cute are these stuffed animals.  They were labeled dog chew toys but I would take the label off and any child would swoon for them..I thnk the pug is my fav!!!

I cannot pass up anything chinoiserie...I fell in love with these pillows.I just don't think I have a place for them...Please please someone go back and give them a good home.  They are just too gorgeous to stay there...and another pair that you really cannot see the detail...BTW those cane back muslin covered chairs are not bad either!!!

Where was this when I was searching for a desk chair, the polished nickel legs are gorgeous!!!!

OK I had to show you this.....these collapsible laundry baskets were one of my son's absolute favorite things he brought with him in college.  Such a smart space saving idea.!!!!

If I had a beach house or Florida house..this chair would be coming home with me...the color is sooo cool!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2018

To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway!!!!

Our December show is Harper Lee's Global Phenomenon book made into a Broadway play,  To Kill A Mockingbird.  Jeff Daniels is going to play Atticus Finch and the the story is adapted by the Award winning Aaron Sorkin.  We have a limited number of mezzanine tickets for Monday, December 3rd for $120 each.  EMAIL to reserve your spot....

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning American classic To Kill a Mockingbird comes to Broadway in a new adaptation by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher, starring Emmy Award-winner Jeff Daniels.

Inspired by Lee’s own childhood in Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird features one of literature’s towering symbols of integrity and righteousness in the character of Atticus Finch, based on Lee’s own father. The character of Scout, based on herself, has come to define youthful innocence – and its inevitable loss – for generation after generation of readers around the world.

Published in 1960, Harper Lee’s debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate and astonishing success. It won the Pulitzer Prize and quickly became a global phenomenon, with more than 50 million copies in print to date. Considered one of the great classics of modern American literature, the novel has never been out of print since its original publication.