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I have been living abroad for a few years now but being originally
from New York, anytime I get the chance to visit this amazing city, I
find myself eating and drinking my way through my trip. My hot stops
so far…and this is just a Sunday!

  • Clinton St. Bakery- I always make sure to meet my friends for brunch here. They have the most incredibly decadent banana walnut pancakes. It’s about an hour wait but well worth it.
  • Vandaag-There is nothing like following brunch with a warm (alcoholic) treat. I like the cider or warm beer cocktails.
  • Billy’s Bakery- I absolutely cannot come to New York and not get the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie from Billy’s. It is literally a slice of heaven.

Stay tuned for more treats…

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Up until this point, we’ve blogged about our favorite fashions, the places we’ve been to and loved, and the places we’ve been to and hated. As we mentioned, our work takes us to many places, so I thought maybe it’s time for a travel story. For those of you who have the pleasure of traveling often or even sporadically, you know that some of the best and funniest events happen while you’re on the road. This is the story of one of those moments…
I was traveling from London to Tel Aviv via Vienna where I had a 9-hour layover. Let me just say that there is no way to keep yourself truly busy for 9 hours straight in an airport. By hour 7, I had done work, eaten everything the lounge had to offer, streamed and watched my TV shows, and visited the duty free shops…twice. So there I was 2 hours before boarding, thoroughly bored, and I thought, well I might as well have a drink. One drink turned into a few and I was feeling nice and toasty when I finally got to the gate for my flight.
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I absolutely love love charms-in all forms and on all types of jewelry-necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earings…For me personally, gold mini charms that I can layer onto one single necklace is a look that I adore. I often wear two-to-three charm necklaces at a time and on most days. What I find so appealing about charms is that they are almost always personal and are typically given to you by someone special whether it be a friend, your parents or a loved one. I can never have enough as each one of mine reminds me of a special moment or person + I think it’s a look that will always be in style.

{part of my charm collection}

and here some others that I love
{Serengeti by HoneyThistle}
{Ice Pick – Brass Charm Long Necklace – Recycled Glass on Brass Ball Chain by trillium}
{Time Flies Watch Necklace by HollywoodHillbilly}

I’ve always been the kind of girl to carry a huge, throw everything you could ever possibly need in it, handbag. I like to be prepared. But recently I’ve traded in my hobos for easy, around the shoulder-type, small satchels, and I couldn’t be happier. I feel lighter to say the least and realize that there is no occasion that merits my need to carry everything. My favorite is this tan, handmade, bucket satchel that I found in a tiny boutique shop in the old city of Jaffa in Israel.

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A few weeks ago we posted our picks for the worst hotels. Today, while browsing the CNN website, I found an article about the world’s best airport (Changi Airport) in Singapore. (See http://www.cnngo.com/singapore/visit/24-hours-changi-airport-039443)

We are no strangers to being stranded for hours in airports but seeing this article made me jealous, to say the least, since unfortunately we happen to get stuck, quite often, in the world’s worst airports. Here are our picks for the worst airports:

  • Kiev Airport (Ukraine)
  • Bucharest Airport (Romania)
  • Belgrade Airport (Serbia) *We love everything else about Belgrade
  • Varna Airport (Bulgaria)
  • Old Delta Terminal, LaGaurdia Aiport (New York)

Our work takes us to mainly Eastern Europe but if you have other “worst airport” picks please feel free to add them.

I came across this recipe and have been making them almost daily ever since. They are coconut covered date balls-healthy, so delicious and low in calories-a perfect snack or a great holiday party treat. And, they are so simple to make (no baking required).

What you’ll need:
  • Dried dates (about 20)
  • Pecans (or any nut of choice)
  • Dried oats (I used Quaker)
  • Coconut flakes
Assembly:
  • Pit and cut dates into pieces
  • Use your hands to mix and mush together (very technical I know), in a bowl, the dates, crushed nuts and oats (you will have to eyeball it but the idea is to end up with a ball of the mixture much like a ball of doe)
  • Make little balls about the size of a small ping pong balls
  • Roll them in the coconut flakes and serve (or refrigerate until ready to serve)
This recipe makes about 20 coconut covered date balls. Enjoy!



Early Friday morning we headed out to the Judean Hills where there was a wine tasting festival. We happily spent the day sampling some of the best wines Israel has to offer. Some of my favorites were Petit Castel and Soreq‘s Port wine. Good food, great wine and friends made for the perfect Friday afternoon. Great weekend outing!

Now while many would find this a bit odd, we felt that this chocolate fudge made for a perfect sweet something after all the wine and Argentinean meat snacks.