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San Francisco

This month has been a whirlwind in the very best way possible. I’m excited to finally take a moment, catch my breath and report back from the other side. I was lucky enough to go on a bi-coastal book tour to promote Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet. The tour started with a launch party in Providence,…

Painted Ladies2 This month has been a whirlwind in the very best way possible. I’m excited to finally take a moment, catch my breath and report back from the other side. I was lucky enough to go on a bi-coastal book tour to promote Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet. The tour started with a launch party in Providence, and concluded this past week in Seattle. In between there was NYC, Boston, and San Francisco. In the past month I’ve made over 400 (!) pops for samples and demos, and churned countless batches of ice cream. I’ll be doing a recap of events in a coming post, but in the meantime, I’m eager to share my travels.San Fran neighborhood Painted Ladies San Fran Golden Gate bridge It was my first time in San Francisco. I loved the hilly streets and the way the fog rolled in off the bay. I managed to cover quite a bit of ground, though I was only there for a few days and those days were packed to the brim with event prep and signings (more on that in my next post). I’d love to share with you a few of my favorite shops and restaurants, starting with Zuni Cafe. Everyone talks about Zuni Cafe and insists that if you’re visiting San Fran, you simply must add it to your itinerary. I am so glad that I listened as I had the most gorgeous lunch there. The peach and whipped goat cheese tartine topped with arugula will go down as one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted.Zuni Cafe Zuni Zuni, peaches The coffee culture in the city was also such a treat. I started every morning with a cup of coffee from a different cafe. A few of my favorites included Blue Bottle and Sightglass Coffee. If I’d had time, I had about twenty other cafes on my list. However if I’d have indulged in any more coffee my heart would have pounded right through my chest!  Blue Bottle San Francisco Sightglass I figured I’d have very little time for shopping, so I was pleasantly surprised to fit in stops to Heath Ceramics, and Olli (which shares a building with Heath). I was incredibly inspired by the artistry I witnessed at both.Heath5 Heath Heath3 Heath1 Heath6Heath2 Heath4 I’m not sure that Olli is open to the public, though I simply rang the buzzer and asked if I could take a peek into their studio and they happily obliged. Thank goodness, because that loom is just exquisite. And those poufs…oh if only I could have squeezed one into my bag!  Olli2 Olli I knew that I wanted to schedule time to visit Heidi Swanson’s shop, Quitokeeto, and I am so glad that I did. The space is gorgeously edited, very serene and minimalist. You can tell that each product was chosen with care. I spent quite a while trying to choose one of Colleen Hennessey’s bowls to come home with me and I’m pretty thrilled with my choice. It will serve as a beloved souvenir from my time in San Francisco. quitokeetoquitokeeto3 quitokeeto2 quitokeeto1 On my last free afternoon, I grabbed an Uber to Oakland for a visit to A Verb for Keeping Warm. I felt that as a knitter, I simply couldn’t miss the opportunity to meet Kristine and see her work. It was so worth the trip. Kristine took time to show me around her shop, her studio and her dye garden and I came away wondering if I might convince her to pick up and relocate to Providence so that I can take every single class she has to offer! Seriously, I could spend the rest of my days happily knitting and learning to dye in her space.avfkw5 avfkw avfkw2 avfkw1 avfkw4 And that brings me to my last evening in San Francisco, which was spent at the lovely Omnivore Books. It was a fabulous signing and I had fun passing out pops and answering questions about natural sweeteners and ice cream makers! It was a lively and warm discussion and perfectly wrapped up my time in the city. The following morning, shortly before 5am I was in a cab being whisked to the airport to catch a flight to Seattle. But that is a story for another day. Stay tuned…Omnivore Omnivore2 Suggestions for San Francisco (there was so much more I wanted to see/do/eat but this is a list of what I did manage):

Eat:
Zuni Cafe
Bi-Rite Market
Tartine
Greens Restaurant
Loló
Liholiho Yacht Club
The Mill

Coffee:
Blue Bottle
Sightglass Coffee
Ritual Coffee Roasters

Shop:
Heath Ceramics
Olli
Quitokeeto
A Verb for Keeping Warm
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Shaved Ice Recipes with HawaiianShavedIce.com

I held my book party this weekend and treated guests to a hearty sampling of treats from Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet. It was such a great reminder of the joy of sharing frozen treats! Both kids and adults couldn’t contain their excitement when I brought out trays of pops (made in dixie cups), ice cream…


I held my book party this weekend and treated guests to a hearty sampling of treats from Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet. It was such a great reminder of the joy of sharing frozen treats! Both kids and adults couldn’t contain their excitement when I brought out trays of pops (made in dixie cups), ice cream sandwiches and flavored ice. Another of my favorite party tricks is a shaved ice station. HawaiianShavedIce.com makes really cool shaved ice machines, and with a few simple ingredients, you can make a whole host of beautiful, delicious, wholesome syrups. Watch the video above for some fun ideas! If you’re interested in a shaved ice machine of your own, HawaiianShavedIce.com is offering 30% off the the S900A Electric Shaved Ice Machine with the coupon code — ICYHEALTHY. It retails for $29.95, which is such a great deal (and that’s before the coupon code)! I love that this machine produces shaved ice that is light-as-air and fluffy. It makes for such a light and refreshing summer treat. Cheers to super summer parties!

Recipes:

Watermelon Lime Mint Syrup
2 cups watermelon, cubed
1 lime
4 mint leaves

Berry Lemonade Syrup
1 cup blueberries
1 cup blackberries
2 lemons

Pomegranate and Stone Fruit Syrup
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 peach, peeled and pitted
1 nectarine, peeled and pitted
1 cup cherries, pitted

Strawberry Kiwi Syrup
1 cup strawberries, chopped
2 cups kiwi, peeled and chopped

Directions:
1. Prepare fruit for blender (washing, peeling, pitting, chopping). Blend until liquid. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and compost the pulp. Alternatively, you can use a juicer to extract the juice.

2. In a small bowl whisk together 1 tablespoon of water with 1 teaspoon of arrowroot starch (this helps to thicken the liquid into syrup).

3. In a small saucepan combine the strained fruit juice with 1 tablespoon of honey (feel free to add more, depending on your taste). Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring until the honey is dissolved. Add the arrowroot slurry to the pan and stir. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to thicken as it cools.

4. Using a shaved ice machine, prepare your shaved ice.

5. For serving, add 2 heaping cups of shaved ice to a small cup or paper cone and drizzle the syrup on top. Enjoy!

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A Wander Through Brimfield

It has become a May tradition, taking a day to explore the vast fields that make up the Brimfield Antique Show. I’ve attended in every possible state; pregnant, with baby, alone, with friends and their babies, in rain and sunshine. This year I went alone with no agenda or schedule, just the day to wander…

Brimfield_20 It has become a May tradition, taking a day to explore the vast fields that make up the Brimfield Antique Show. I’ve attended in every possible state; pregnant, with baby, alone, with friends and their babies, in rain and sunshine. This year I went alone with no agenda or schedule, just the day to wander as I saw fit. The sun was shining, I had a hot cup of coffee for the drive, and I avoided all the show traffic by taking backroads. Yes, the stars aligned this year and I had a fabulous time. I usually end up leaving empty handed, but this year I came home with two incredible finds; a handmade dress by a small, Maine-based maker, Luksin Designs, and a gorgeous vintage-textile pillow from Rare Cloth. I’m sprucing up our bedroom a bit and this pillow is going to be the statement piece! Brimfield_14 Brimfield_7 Brimfield_3Brimfield_6Brimfield_12 In all my years attending Brimfield, I’ve never made a large purchase! Isn’t that kinda amazing? I guess it begs the question why I still bother to attend. The truth is I love wandering, people watching, and taking pictures. As I’ve spent the past year minimizing the number of possessions in our home, I have no real desire to bring in more. However ‘window shopping’ is immensely pleasurable to me and as I wander I enjoy speculating on the past life of all the various objects. This year I stayed in a good head space for the most part, and didn’t allow myself to become depressed over the sheer amount of STUFF. Brimfield_15Brimfield Brimfield_1 Brimfield, bread board Brimfield_16 Brimfield_5 Brimfield_18Brimfield_10 Brimfield_13If you’d like to go back and read about my previous Brimfield adventures you can find them here: September 2015, May 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011 (oh and this really cringe-worthy 2009 post!). I especially recommend May 2012 where I gave tips and recommendations, which still hold true! If you go back in time, take a look in 2015 and 2014 for that same quilt (blue with flower, in the right corner of above picture)- it is STILL for sale three years later. Now that does blow my mind! Brimfield_4 Brimfield_17 Brimfield_9 Brimfield_19 Brimfield_11

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The Wedding of the Century

There are certain experiences that you know, without a doubt, are once-in-a-lifetime. The wedding we attended in Vienna was once of those experiences. It was truly a royal wedding in every way except the title. I’ll share more about the wedding in a moment, after I make you scroll through all of my favorite pictures…

Vienna3 There are certain experiences that you know, without a doubt, are once-in-a-lifetime. The wedding we attended in Vienna was once of those experiences. It was truly a royal wedding in every way except the title. I’ll share more about the wedding in a moment, after I make you scroll through all of my favorite pictures of Vienna, a city breathtaking in its beauty. We had exceptionally gorgeous weather; the sun was shining every day, there was hardly a cloud in the sky, and the city seemed to be glowing from within. We arrived on Saturday morning, and that was really our only free day to explore. The rest of our time was spent celebrating and partying! Indian weddings are four-day affairs, beginning in the afternoon and stretching on through the wee hours of the morning. Join me on a wander through the streets of Vienna, before we get to the wedding goodies…Vienna13Vienna11 Vienna20 Vienna8 Vienna 3 Vienna 4 Vienna6 Vienna10 Vienna 2 Vienna7Vienna2Vienna19 Of course the churches were just gorgeous, both inside and out. I used to complain bitterly when my mom would make us visit churches during my childhood travels, and now I find myself following enthusiastically in her footsteps. I guess it’s true- we really do turn into our moms! Vienna22 Vienna24 Vienna23 Vienna14 Now for the juicy bits- the wedding to end all weddings. I didn’t bring my ‘real’ camera along for the festivities. I didn’t want to be weighed down, and let’s be honest, a camera bag isn’t really an appropriate accessory for a sari! So please excuse the quality- these were all taken on my phone. I’ll take you through day by day. We arrived on Saturday, and the welcome dinner was that evening at the Hofberg Imperial Palace. The decor was breathtaking, and special guest Enrique Iglesias was pretty breathtaking himself 🙂IMG_4491Night 1 IMG_4563 IMG_4578 On Sunday, we roused our jet-lagged, sleep-deprived selves out of bed for the Mehendi, which took place at Liechtenstein Palace. Upon walking through the castle entrance, we were greeted with a lush, rose-filled garden, where stalls served food from around the world. Pasta was being handmade at one stall, hand rolled tortillas were being grilled at another, and large pots of dahl were being stirred at yet another. It was an incredibly decadent feast in an incredibly gorgeous setting. IMG_4701 IMG_4688 IMG_4595 IMG_4609 IMG_4640 IMG_4704 MehendiAfter a quick catnap at the hotel, we headed back out that evening for the Sangeet, which was held at Art for Art, the most modern of all the venues. The dancing went on all night into the wee hours of the morning (though we were some of the first to leave at 1am!), with the highlight being a performance by Mika Singh, a bhangra music star. art for art art for art interior interior detail dancing Just when we didn’t think they could top all these incredible events and venues, the day of the wedding arrived. I can’t quite put into words what it was like to pull up to the Belvedere Palace, decked out in wedding finery. It was a sight that I won’t soon forget. At this point, I was practically weeping for my real camera, I wanted so badly to capture the beauty. So although these Iphone pictures don’t nearly do it justice, they’ll have to do. For a look at each venue, visit here, and for more about the wedding, including a look at the beautiful bride, visit Vogue India. And just like that we were back on a plane Tuesday morning, and I was back to work on Wednesday with my head spinning. Honestly, it all feels a bit like a dream.FullSizeRenderIMG_0380 IMG_0354 IMG_0376 IMG_0395IMG_0428 IMG_0457 IMG_0471 IMG_0482

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Strawberry Rhubarb Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Strawberries and rhubarb come together in this delicious, dairy-free ice cream. I created a fun little video, thanks to Vitamix, to show you how the ice cream magic happens. For more super delicious, dairy-free ice cream treats, be sure to check out Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet! Ingredients: 1 cup strawberries, chopped 1 cup rhubarb, chopped…


Strawberries and rhubarb come together in this delicious, dairy-free ice cream. I created a fun little video, thanks to Vitamix, to show you how the ice cream magic happens. For more super delicious, dairy-free ice cream treats, be sure to check out Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet!

Ingredients:
1 cup strawberries, chopped
1 cup rhubarb, chopped
1 vanilla bean
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 13.5 ounce can full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

Steps:
1. In a small saucepan combine the strawberries, rhubarb, the scrapings of half the vanilla bean, salt and lemon juice. Place over medium-low heat, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring gently, for 3 to 5 minutes, until the berries and rhubarb soften and begin to release their juices. Remove from the heat and pour into the Vitamix. Give the saucepan a rinse.
2. In a small bowl mix together the arrowroot and 2 tablespoons of coconut milk. Mix together and set aside. In a small saucepan combine remaining coconut milk with the scrapings of the remaining half of the vanilla bean and honey. Place over medium-low heat, bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring constantly to avoid burning, for 2-3 minutes or until thoroughly blended. In the last minute, add the arrowroot slurry and mix to combine. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
3. Pour the coconut milk mixture into the Vitamix with the berries and rhubarb. Blend on medium-high until the two are well combined. Set the blender in the fridge to chill for at least a few hours, preferably overnight.
4. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can eat the ice cream right away for a softer version, or freeze it for about 2 hours for a firmer consistency. Enjoy!

Thanks again, Vitamix! I’ve loved my Vitamix blender for years now, and I’m so happy to be partnering with this wonderful company for my book tour. Visit my events page for a full calendar of upcoming demos and signings!

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Wicked Tulips Flower Farm

Spring has sprung. For real this time! There were a few false starts and warm days that quickly turned cold, but the blossoms are out and the sun is showing itself more and more with each passing day. Every single year I forget how incredibly gorgeous Rhode Island is in the spring. This year, local…

Wicked Tulip Farm4Spring has sprung. For real this time! There were a few false starts and warm days that quickly turned cold, but the blossoms are out and the sun is showing itself more and more with each passing day. Every single year I forget how incredibly gorgeous Rhode Island is in the spring. This year, local flower nerds were abuzz with the gossip that a pick-your-own tulip farm was opening in Johnston, Rhode Island. Anyone who knows me well knows that I penciled in a flower date the very minute I heard the news! Wicked Tulip Farm2 Wicked Tulip Farm9 Wicked Tulip Farm1If you are local- or even within an hour drive- I would highly suggest a trip to Wicked Tulips Flower Farm. The tulips are so gorgeous, and there are so many varieties and colors. If you plan to go on the weekend, it might be smart to buy your tickets ahead of time. It was packed on a Thursday morning, so I can only imagine that the weekends will certainly be crowded. Wicked Tulip Farm7Wicked Tulip Farm Wicked Tulip Farm13 Wicked Tulip Farm6 Wicked Tulip Farm5 I let the boys pick our tulips and I was so surprised at the colors they chose. Our bouquet was stunning- in fact several people stopped to comment on it! Of course with Vijay wearing his SpiderMan costume and a random dinosaur mask, I suppose we were rather hard to miss! Wicked Tulip Farm11 Wicked Tulip Farm12 Wicked Tulip Farm14

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Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet EVENTS!

I am so thrilled to share with you a packed calendar of book events coming up this spring and summer. I’m taking Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet to NYC, Seattle, San Fransisco, Michigan and more, all thanks to my amazing sponsors Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com. I hope to see you there- it’s going to be a blast!…

Strawberry Cheesecake copy I am so thrilled to share with you a packed calendar of book events coming up this spring and summer. I’m taking Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet to NYC, Seattle, San Fransisco, Michigan and more, all thanks to my amazing sponsors Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com. I hope to see you there- it’s going to be a blast! Check out my EVENTS page for the most up-to-date information.

Sunday, May 1, 3:30-4pm
Food Book Fair, Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

I’ll be in the garden with sweet samples and signing books at the 5th annual Food Book Fair! Tons of panels, workshops, and events are taking place during the fair, as well as Foodieodicals; an indie food magazine festival-within-the-fair. Follow along at #FBF2016.

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Sunday, May 22, 11am-1pm
Home Launch, Providence, RI

Join me at my home for a family-friendly, all-are-welcome bash, hosted along with Stock. There will be party games, ice cream making demos, book signing and samples galore! To RSVP and receive directions to my home, please use this form.

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Friday June 10, 3pm-5pm
Baked NYC, TriBeCa, NYC

Brownie à la Mode, anyone?! I’ll be setting up shop inside one of my favorite classic American bakeries at Baked NYC, on 279 Church Street between White and Franklin. There will be tasty treats to sample, books available for signing, and maybe even a beer or two to ease you into the weekend.

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Saturday June 11, 11am-1pm
Union Square Greenmarket, NYC

Located in one of New York City’s great public spaces, the Union Square Greenmarket is one of the biggest and most well-known farmer’s markets in the country. You know how I feel about farmer’s markets! I’ll be signing at the GrowNYC tent on Union Square West between 15th and 16th st. Swing by and say hi, and pick up a signed copy with your summer produce.

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Sunday, June 19, 2-3pm
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is a must-see for anyone with a green thumb. I’m so happy they’ve asked me to return for a sweet treats demo and book signing! Click here to pre-register. This event is FREE with admission.

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Wednesday, June 22, 6:30-7:30pm
Omnivore Books on Food, San Francisco, CA

Cross this off my bucket list! A book signing at Omnivore Books is a dream come true. I’ll be whipping up tasty frozen treats, and giving away fabulous prizes from my lovely sponsors Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com.

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Thursday, June 23, 6:30-8pm
Book Larder, Seattle, WA

I can’t wait to get into the kitchen space at Seattle’s famed cookbook store, Book Larder. I’ll be making some delicious treats and signing books and I couldn’t be more excited. There will be amazing giveaways as well, provided by my wonderful sponsors, Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com.

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Saturday, July 16, 10am-12pm
Horizon Books, Traverse City, MI

I always spend July in Northern Michigan with my family, and I am so excited to bring Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet to the Great Lakes State and the wonderful indie bookstore Horizon Books. Once again, my fabulous sponsors, Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com will be providing door prizes. Stop by on your way to brunch for a sweet treats demo and signing!

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Today’s the DAY!

Today is the day! I am so thrilled to announce that Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet is out in the world. I cannot wait to see what recipes you make, so be sure to tag me @ch_chitnis and use the hashtag #icycreamy so that I can take a peek. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll let…

AB5A3451 Today is the day!

I am so thrilled to announce that Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet is out in the world. I cannot wait to see what recipes you make, so be sure to tag me @ch_chitnis and use the hashtag #icycreamy so that I can take a peek. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll let you know as different recipes are showcased online and in print- lots of exciting things coming up! You can find my book at any of the retailers listed below, or your local bookstore. Thank you all for your unwavering support over the years and the love that you have shown my books.

AMAZON / BARNES AND NOBLE / POWELL’S / ROOST / INDIE BOUND

And now for the most thrilling news imaginable! I’m going on a BOOK TOUR sponsored by Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com, both companies that I use and love, and both of which played a prominent role in the making of this book. So what exactly does that mean? Well, that means we’re busy planning amazing events in Providence, NYC, Seattle and San Francisco!  West Coast, I’m coming for you! Stay tuned for more to come in the weeks ahead. I look forward to meeting you at book events this summer!

IcyCreamyHealthySweet If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to photograph and style an entire cookbook- well, here’s my working wall! I devoted a wall in my studio to the book, and after every shoot I would print out the pictures that made the cut and tape them to the wall. When I stood back from it I could easily tell when a picture didn’t fit. I had a very specific aesthetic in mind for the book: light, clean, bright and cheerful. I wanted it to feel like a beautiful summer day- and I really hope I accomplished that goal. I’m pleased as punch with how it turned out and when I look back at this wall, it kinda blows my mind how much work went into the making of this book! I guess I was having so much fun with it I didn’t realize what a big task it really was. To celebrate the birthday of Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet I am giving away two copies on Instagram, so hop over and enter for your your chance to win! Icy Creamy

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Terrain in Westport, CT

Spring is here in full force…how did that happen so darn fast!? With the first blooms appearing my mind turns toward gardening and there is no better place to draw gardening inspiration than Terrain in Westport, CT. The first thing that greets you when you walk through the doors is this gorgeous potting display, which…

Terrain at Westport 3 Spring is here in full force…how did that happen so darn fast!? With the first blooms appearing my mind turns toward gardening and there is no better place to draw gardening inspiration than Terrain in Westport, CT. The first thing that greets you when you walk through the doors is this gorgeous potting display, which is pretty much what my dream potting table looks like! Terrain at Westport 15 Terrain at Westport 13 Terrain at Westport 16 Do you have a favorite color combination- one that just makes your heart sing? Mine is a certain blue-green, and dusty rose…and what do you know, it was on display throughout the shop. I had to stop myself from buying up this whole display just so that I could recreate it at home! That pitcher…that pink glass…those adorable enamel mugs- I loved them all. Terrain at Westport 14 Terrain at Westport 4 Terrain at Westport For all of the beauty and inspiration, I did leave empty-handed. I am trying to be incredibly conscious of what I bring into my home these days, and how I spend my money. And it is a funny thing- just looking at these pictures makes me as happy as if I would have bought every little thing that I loved. The pictures capture the styling and beauty, in a way that a single object can’t quite do. So enjoy this bit of eye candy, and have a lovely weekend. Next week is the launch of Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet and I am so thrilled by all that is planned. It is going to be an exciting spring and summer- I can’t wait!Terrain at Westport 8 Terrain at Westport 6 Terrain at Westport 12 Terrain at Westport 11 Terrain at Westport 10

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A Weekend Away, NYC

What a weekend of beauty and inspiration! I’ll tell you, traveling with Elizabeth is such a treat. We both love to find balance between adventure and relaxation when we travel, and by that I mean days filled with beautiful food, explorations and shopping, and evenings filled with chick flicks. We might have been back at…

NYC1 What a weekend of beauty and inspiration! I’ll tell you, traveling with Elizabeth is such a treat. We both love to find balance between adventure and relaxation when we travel, and by that I mean days filled with beautiful food, explorations and shopping, and evenings filled with chick flicks. We might have been back at the hotel by 10pm, but we were laughing well past the wee morning hours. After a winter filled with solo parenting, it was the perfect rejuvenating weekend away. And as luck would have it my husband took the boys to Florida for the week to join my dad and brother for a little spring break boy’s vacation. I have to work this week, so I am now by myself here at home. It feels weird to be in an empty (really clean!) house and I am kinda loving having some time to catch up on work, spring clean, and sew/ knit late into the night.  Greenmarket, NYC TulipsGreenmarket But back to NYC- we spent most of our time walking around, ducking into little shops and eating. It’s funny- neither of us were craving heavy, rich food. Instead we sought out little cafes with great coffee and light eats. Our absolute favorite was Bluestone Lane, an Australian coffee shop. Their almond milk coffee, and grilled gluten-free banana bread with whipped ricotta are the stuff dreams are made of and I would gladly move to NYC just to eat breakfast there every morning. Please come to Providence Bluestone Lane- I’ll be your most loyal customer. Promise! Church NYC Blooms NYC3 The Butcher's Daughter Village We were lucky enough to have great weather- a bit chilly, but nothing we couldn’t handle. This made for the perfect walking weather, and we had some lovely strolls through Greenwich Village and Soho, the Upper West Side and Midtown. The magnolia trees were in full bloom and it was just gorgeous.

Purl SohoPurl Soho2 Purl Projects Of course we made it to our favorite two shops- Purl Soho and ABC Home. Endless beauty and inspiration. I left with a few skeins of yarn, including two of Purl’s new Linen Quill, which I am really excited to try.  ABC Home 2 ABC Home4 ABC Home 3 ABC Home 4 ABC Home 1 It’s nice to be back in Providence now, awaiting spring and the return of my boys. I’m excited to take some time this week to get caught up on life before we embark on what is shaping up to be a busy and exciting season, filled with travel and new projects. And maybe…just maybe another weekend trip to NYC. I always leave wanting more. Spring in NYC