November 22, 2013 in Chocolate! (and other less exalted food experiences), Random Thoughts, Reflections on Pop Culture

Inspired by Oprah’s List of Favorite Things and my recent trip to New York City, here is Part 2 of My Favorite Things—New York City style—just in time for your holiday shopping! (Read Part 1 here.)

Favorite New Way to Eat a Sandwich: Tartines

New York is the home of a delightful soup, salad, and sandwich shop called Le Pain Quotidien (Our Daily Bread). But these are not your ordinary sandwiches: these are tartines, open faced sandwiches topped with delectable flavor combinations and presented in the shape of triangles, like mini pizza slices. The Prosciutto, Pear, & Fig was a standout, and the Roasted Turkey & Avocado was brought to an entirely new level with the addition of a spicy mustard. I may never eat a regular sandwich again.

They have an online store with their cookbook and sweet and savory spreads, as well as a recipe section: let the cooking begin!

Most Powerful Scene in a Movie

Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, is based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. It is an intense, suspenseful, and terrifically acted movie that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. But the most honest, heartbreaking, and powerful scene came at the end of the movie when the ordeal was over. Tom Hanks should win an Oscar for that scene alone: the quietly devastating and ultimately human response to surviving a horrific event.

Favorite Place to Find Reasonably Priced Books for Kids: Scholastic Books

As a child, I lived for the Scholastic Books flyers that my teachers would send home, heralding books for only $1 and complete book collections for less than retail price. To this day, I am the most excited person in the house when my own kids bring home their Scholastic Book flyers. So when my sister and I were strolling along in SoHo and came across a real life Scholastic Book store, I just had to go in. Picture Books, New Readers, Chapter Books, Young Adult, Teen…it’s all there, along with puzzles, music, toys that stimulate creativity, and a lot of Harry Potter merchandise. It was fantastic! But you don’t have to travel to NYC to get these kind of deals: shop online for your books, toys, and games, and enjoy Free Shipping on online book orders over $25 now through 11/25/13.

Favorite Shoe Display: Converse Store in SoHo

I have never owned a pair of Converse shoes in my life, but this display made me want to buy three pairs: red, white, and blue. Visiting Converse’s store on Veteran’s Day and seeing this homage to our country took my breath away.

Did you know you could create your own Converse shoes online? Custom Converse lets you choose from a variety of colors and prints to design every portion of your shoe, right down to the color of the eyelets. A gift card for Custom Converse shoes would make a terrific gift for your hard to please, fashion forward, creative children!

Click here for Part 3 of My Favorite Things!