Let us go back to New York and revisit three favorite experiences (after Freemans, of course):
The famous French macaron shop, Laduree (see above). Located on Madison Avenue between 70th and 71st streets, Laduree’s only shop stateside is as beautiful and sweet as the amazing confections it sells. My first impulse was take one of each (there must have been 25!) but I chose Salted Caramel, Pistachio, and Cassis Violette (a jammy blackcurrant). I have had many macarons in my life as they are among my favorite sweets, and Laduree’s live up to their reputation as the best of the best.
Mere steps from Laduree, the incomparable Frick Collection. Built in 1913, the neoclassical mansion was designed to house American Industrialist Henry Clay Frick’s collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts. Viewing the steel magnate’s breathtaking collection in such an intimate setting was a rare and moving experience.
And finally, Saturday afternoon with a college friend brunching at DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Daniel Bouloud’s casual space in the East Village. After catching up over Bloodys and omelets (with a side of their famous house made sausage), we worked off the calories perusing the fabulous shops in SoHo. Kirna Zabete may be my new kryptonite!