this is one of my favorite shops and cafe stops in all of New York City. it has the perfect balance of made in america furniture pieces highlighting natural materials while pairing the most beautiful textiles and ceramics to decorate your surfaces.
also can’t forget its equipped with a flower shop to greet you at the door.
anyone in the furniture or interior design industry should check out this new 21st century way to experience shopping in search of fewer, better things for your home.
Off the Beaten Path:
Anahi – Argentinian Steakhouse - best meal of my life!
Rue de Claire - farmers market
Frenchie To Go + several other drink & eat locations nearby all by the same owner.
Chez Ferdinand – A locals favorite. Order the steak tartare! This area is the Latin Quarter and great for dining, shopping, & nightlife for the adult crowd.
Hotel Costes – Very cool ambiance & atmosphere. Stop in here for some frites & cocktails. Near the Louvre.
G.detou – The best baking supply store in Paris.
Merci - Housewares, apparel, and other cute pick ups (near the Picasso Musuem) if you are wandering that area.
Moor Paris - Flower & antiquities shop for interesting unique finds.
Empreintes - The French Craft Concept Store - ceramics, furniture, art, and jewlery made locally.
Sights to not miss:
The Louvre - Key things to see in this museum: Mona Lisa, (look at the painting opposite of it as that one I think is way more compelling), Angel wings, Athens statue, some monet here but focus on viewing Monet at the Musee de Orsay.
Musee De Orsay museum - all the impressionists paintings start on the 5th (top floor?) & spend the most time there reveling in Edgar Degas & Monet :)
Don’t miss the Van Gogh section on the 2nd level as well! Its small exhibit but not to miss!
Musee Rodin- Thinker Statue is here in the courtyard, never a line.
Pantheon - I really liked this place! Very interesting people are buried here!
Grapefruit Olive Oil Pound Cake
Recipe from the The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Makes one 9x5 loaf
For the cake
1 ½ cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
2 tablespoons freshly grated grapefruit zest (from 1-2 large grapefruits)
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup raw or turbinado sugar (or use more granulated sugar)
½ cup olive oil
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons grapefruit juice
1/3 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
For the syrup
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 cup grapefruit juice
For the glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons grapefruit juice
Pinch of salt
Heat the over to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine the two sugars and the grapefruit zest. Rub the grapefruit zest with your fingertips. This will help release as much grapefruit essence as possible. Whish in the oil until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk until combined. Scrape down the bowl.
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a second bowl. In a liquid measuring cup combine the 2 tablespoons of grapefruit juice with the buttermilk (or yogurt. Add the flour and buttermilk (yogurt) mixtures, alternating between them, to the oil-and-sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour.
Spread the batter in the pan and bang the pan on the counter a few times to make sure there are no air bubbles. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean.
For the syrup, combine the 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1/3 cup grapefruit juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
When the cake is finished, let it cool for 10 minutes in its pan before inverting it onto a rack. Poke holes in the cake with a toothpick or fork. Spoon or brush the grapefruit syrup over the cake. Let cool completely.
For the glaze, combine the confectioner’s sugar, grapefruit juice, and pinch of salt in a bowl, whisking until smooth. Pour the glaze over the top of the cooled cake and allow to drizzle decoratively down the sides.