New York Botanical Garden

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The New York Botanical Garden

General Info: 718.817.8700
Directions:   718.817.8779
2694 Dr Theodore Kazimiroff Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

10:00am – 6:00pm Tuesday – Sunday

With the most elaborate exhibitions classes from horticulture, botanical illustration, gardening,  landscape design, Ikebana….




the legendary orchid show each February,  the cherry blossoms and  magnolia trees in bloom every April, and art installations May though November.  We truly believe this is the best thing in New York City.

These past years, installations have included Chihuly Glass in 2006, the dynamic sculptures of Henry Moore in 2008, Kiku – the art of the Japanese chrysanthemum this last October and luckily coming up again in November 2008.

Take the time and the train out of Grand Central to the Botanical Garden station for 40 acres of true old-growth forest and the most natural feeling locale in the 5 boroughs!





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Casa Wagner – Sighisoara, Romania

Casa Wagner

026 550 6014
Piata Cetatii 7, Citadel
Sighisoara Romania

When you are lucky enough to find yourself located on the center square of the UNESCO World Heritage citadel of Sighisoara, and you direct your gaze at the myridad of gothic buildings; your eyes will fall upon the very charming and comfortable Casa Wagner.

Do try to get a deluxe or double room; as they have wonderful details like wrought-iron candle holders, looming armoires, chests that have held warm blankets for 100’s of years and antique benches polished smooth by countless seatings.  On top of the lovely interiors, these rooms also have the prettiest views to the main square.  The other quarters, while clean and comfortable, are rather common.

There is a back terrace to contemplate and downstairs a restaurant that is only open during high season (spring-summer)

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Blue Ribbon Bakery Market – NYC

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Blue Ribbon Bakery Market

14 Bedford Street ( 6Ave. – Downing St. )
New York, NY 10014

11:00am – 8:00pm  Monday – Friday
9:00am – 6:00pm  Saturday and Sunday


The Blue Ribbon Market, not the cafe, is a little place in the west village where you can find some of the best breads this city has to offer; including flavored ciabattas (arugula, rosemary…), country breads, baguettes, rye, 9 grains…. some of them with organic alternatives.

They also have a wonderful selection of Mexican raw honey, with flavors like: Mesquite Blossom, Autumn Flower, Veracruz Orange, MT Mexteca and Golden Reserve

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Seasoned salts, flavored sugars, cheese and eggs from local farms, pickles, smoked fish olive oil , the best baklava ever with made real honey…. and now the selection really begins to fill out.

Prepared open toasts with all sort of toppings like honey and manchego cheese,  or  herring and pickled onions are just a bonus – try  to have with one of their daily soups.

But beyond all the tantalizing foods and top quality ingredients, once again we find service is king.  The staff here is ALWAYS on top of their game and easy with a smile.  This is one of the places that makes you feel great about spending your money there.


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