Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blend 1776 Tea Giveaway

 I purchased this package (wood box) of Blend 1776 Tea by
The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd.
at the Independence National Historical Park gift shop to give away.
If you would like to enter the giveaway for this package of 25 Metropolitan tea bags,
please leave a comment with your contact information on this post by August 1st.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 7 - Last Afternoon in New York

 Our trip to Philadelphia and New York City was a great experience for all.
We were so happy daughter #1 and the SIL let Peyton travel with us.
We were invited to attend the Closing Bell Ceremony at the NASDAQ
on our last afternoon, July 14. 

After a very busy afternoon of tea at The Plaza and our visit to the NASDAQ,
we attended the Lion King on Tuesday evening.
We had seen the show before, but it was Peyton's first time to see it.
 Wednesday morning, July 15,  I snapped this photo in the taxi on the way to the airport.
We made lots of wonderful memories. 
This photo says it all! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Day 7 - Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Plaza

The Plaza Hotel, founded in 1907, is listed on the Register of Historic Places 
and is the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Since 1999, the hotel has been managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. 
The hotel closed and underwent a major restoration 2002 - 2007.
We've enjoyed afternoon tea several times at The Palm Court  before and after 2007.
 I was aware and somewhat prepared for the changes to The Palm Court made under the direction of Food Network Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, the new culinary director at the hotel. 
In addition to new furniture and china is large circular bar in the middle of The palm Court.
  The background music was recorded. 
In my opinion, it has lost the feeling of old world elegance.  No white table cloths, tables have mirror tops and new china special-made for the hotel. See photo below. 

Glenn drank Earl Grey, Austin had Jasmine Pearl, and I enjoyed Silver Needles. 

Warm scones were wrapped in a napkin on the bottom tier. 
Cream, lemon curd, and jam were on the table. 
Five gluten free sandwiches. on the middle tier. 
Gluten free sweets on the top tier. 
We have been visiting The Plaza since the 1980's. 
Below: our April 2014 afternoon tea
The April 2014 Eloise Tea.
Compare this photo to Friday's post to see how the menu has changed.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Day 7 - Afternoon Tea at The Plaza

 Visiting The Plaza Hotel was high on Peyton's NYC list because
of the movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
The hotel lobby has totally changed since the movie, but we enjoyed an interesting  
discussion with an employee who was there during the filming.
He pointed out a locations of a few of the scenes. 
Since our last visit, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian was named the Culinary Director at The Plaza,
and The Palm Court has undergone a complete renovation. 
Afternoon tea prices have increased and, if you wish, cocktails are served with tea. 
Peyton ordered the traditional Eloise Tea with  "Cold Cold" Pink Lemonade to drink. 
The Eloise Menu
There are no more white table cloths in The Palm Court.
Notice the "modern" look of the wood and mirrored table.

 The top tier of sweets was Peyton's favorite course of the Eloise tea.

The boys were not familiar with the Eloise story,  I told them about the
adventurous 6-year-old little girl who lived at The Plaza, became famous
in the 1955 book Eloise.
After tea we visited the Eloise shop for a little shopping.
I just love, love, love Eloise.
My fun book purchase:
Next Post:  Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Plaza

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Day 6 - New York

 Monday, July 13 was a quiet day for the boys and me.
While Glenn attended meetings all day, the boys wanted to build their Lego sets
and play games and videos on their electronics.
I convinced them to go out and shop for souvenirs.
I was determined to send Peyton home with a few NYC items 
in addition to all the Lego sets that his Grandpa bought him.
After Glenn returned from his meeting we went to dinner and out to explore.  
Visiting the Top of the Rock was a priority on my list. 
 These boys are really into selfies, and far better at taking them than me. 
I'm sure you can recognize the fingers "holding" the Empire State Building in the selfie  below. 
 The view was amazing in all directions. 
It was fun for the boys to see Central Park from this angle after driving
all the way around via tour bus, and through it via horse-drawn carriage. 
Glenn and I were there, too. Thanks to Peyton for the photo. 
 NYC is a great place to visit, but I sure am glad I live in my small Kentucky town. 
 After visiting the Top, we continued to explore around Rockefeller Center
 A little visit with Matt.  Peyton has never seen the Today show...
 We peeked in on the studio and I told him I was going to tell his mom to "make" him watch it. 
I told him the same when we looked into the Good Morning America studio. 
He didn't take my threat very seriously, and I doubt he has watched them, yet. 
 By the time Peyton enjoyed this milkshake, he was tired of posing for photos! 

The only time he complained was when we walked long distances in the heat,
and he said his legs were tired.   
I told him I've never heard him complain about running for hours on the soccer field in the heat.
He didn't have a comeback for that one, and kept on walking toward the hotel.
Of course, I knew Lego sets and electronics were in the hotel room.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Day 5 - New York

Sunday morning, July 12, we had reservations for the 10:00 AM
Circle Line Best of NYC sightseeing cruise.
This was a first for all of us, recommended by several friends. 
 We very much enjoyed seeing the city from the water.
Ellis Island below

The top item on Peyton's NYC list was to see the Statue of Liberty

A selfie he sent his mom via textMelissa Jennings's photo.

Yankee Stadium, below, was one of the many sights from the cruise.

We ate lunch at Ruby Foo's Asian Restaurant on Times Square. 
 In case you didn't know it, Austin loves sushi!  
I found Ruby Foo's on the Find Me Gluten Free app. 
They have a nice selection of organic loose leaf teas on their menu, too. 
After the delicious lunch, the boys joined artist Huy Voun Lee
for fun origami lessons. She is an author and illustrator of several children's books.
 After Glenn's late afternoon meetings, (yes, of course this was a business trip)
we had dinner and New York cheesecake at Rosie O'Grady's near Times Square
including NY cheesecake for some of us... 


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