NYC Gem: Black Tap

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-59-20-pmIf you have a sweet tooth or will be visiting NYC with children….you have to put Black Tap on your agenda! Originally known for their award-winning burgers, Black Tap has taken instagram by storm with it’s “crazy shakes”….over-the-top sugar confections that make a vanilla milkshake look…well, pretty vanilla.

With 2 locations (Soho and Meatpacking), you have a better chance of scoring one of these photo worthy desserts. No reservations, so be prepared to wait. You know it will be worth it!screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-59-30-pm screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-59-48-pm screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-00-01-pm screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-00-19-pm screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-00-32-pm screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-01-19-pm screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-08-16-pm screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-09-12-pm screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-10-06-pm screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-11-26-pmNot able to get to NYC? Don’t fret…you can pre-order a copy of their brand new cookbook, with recipes for all their creations and make them at home. How fun would this be for a sleepover or birthday party?!!

Flip the book over and you get recipes for their amazing burgers. Two for one!

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-16-03-pmAre you hungry yet?!


Book Review: Mr Ken Fulk’s It’s a Magical World

img_0436Ken Fulk is part interior designer, part special event planner, part architect, part magician, and part ringmaster! Working out of a fantasy-like space in San Francisco, dubbed the Magic Factory, Ken Fulk and his team of “magic makers” have made a life and a career out of dreaming big and delivering bigger.

This gorgeous book,  takes you into the worlds Ken has created – homes that he has completely renovated and decorated and then welcomed the families back with a theme party that fits the decor –the fantasy wedding “in the woods” for Facebook’s Sean Parker–a bagel “emporium” in NYC — a private ski chalet/mid mountain retreat, a monumental masquerade….and much, much more.

With over 200 images of stunning homes and dreamy events, along with background shared by Ken of each project, I found myself inspired to create my own fantastical fetes and experiences. This is a chance to go inside the mind of a creative genius.

Ken is about the idea, the delivery and the details….lots and lots of details.img_0438 img_0440 img_0441 img_0442 img_0443 img_0444 img_0445 img_0446img_0447 img_0448 img_0449What a fabulous  book to add to your library or to give as a gift, especially if it’s to a fun-loving, adventurous friend with a sense of humor and an eye for detail!


images: courtesy of Abrams Books. I was given a copy of this book to review, but the opinions are entirely my own.

Trick or Sweet Treats

halloweencupcakes-102Has the Halloween candy sneaked into your house yet? I’m afraid to get the big bags, as they might not last until October 31st! But, I do love to keep little treats in the house. These Monster Cupcakes by Camille Styles are especially fun to do with your children or to take to the neighborhood gathering. If you want the details on how to create them, go here!halloweencupcakes-105 halloweencupcakes-107 halloweencupcakes-109

For something a little more “grown up”, try the recipes by Dana Loia of Dana’s Bakery….or you can order them and have them delivered to your door!candycornmacaronsCandy Corn Macaroonspumpkin-pie-macarons1Pumpkin Spice Macaroons

Now, you just have to get out the carving tools and decide on your costume….you’re ready for Halloween!


images: Camille Styles, Dana’s Bakery