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3 on Thursday

As I mentioned in last week’s 3 on Thursday, our first weekend back since the wedding and minimoon was pretty much perfect.  Here are a few reasons why:

I love spotting street art and spotted these two in the SoHo area last Saturday.  Two very different styles, both great.

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Jourdan, Brittany, and I like to plan theme days around the city.  We pick a country and try to go to as many restaurants and stores as we can before our bellies and wallets scream at us to stop.  We first did British Day and when that proved successful, we decided French Day was in order.  We started at Café Gitane, then hit up a few French boutiques (Joie, Equipment, etc.), stopped for macarons at Ladurée, and, finally, hit up Dominique Ansel Bakery.  I believe DAB to literally be the best bakery.  Period.  (Milk Bar is a close second.)  I think Ansel is a genius and does the most innovative things with pastry.  I always love a trip to the bakery so this was my favorite stop of French Day.  I usually order the same items (the Paris-New York is always good) but decided to mix it up this time.  In addition to my usual cannelle, I grabbed one of those adorable Marcel the Monkeys.  It’s a seasonal treat so I couldn’t pass it up.  It didn’t just look good – that caramelized banana jam and dulce de leche glaze was amazing.

There are always fun art installations at the bottom entrance to Central Park.  The current work highlights the class distinction in the Upper East Side around the turn of the century.  Back in the late 1800s, the wealthy hosted events in glorious ballrooms to show off how fancy they were.  Around the same time, the park opened to the public for everyone, even the poor, to enjoy.  Liz Glynn’s work shows this classification by bringing the ornate furniture from those ballrooms to the public space, this time in concrete, the people’s material.  This is one of my favorite installations in this spot.

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