Places to go

In all the hustle and bustle of daily city life, sometime all you need is a romantic day out in the countryside. In our efforts to find the perfect spot, the closest we got was the 79th Street Greenmarket. Without even having to leave the city, Columbus Avenue is transformed into a farmers market with tons of booths filled with locally grown products you won’t see anywhere else, making it the perfect day date.

Every Sunday from 9-5, between 77th – 81st Street (directly behind the Museum of Natural History) you’ll find about 30 different booths set up creating a “Bazar” or “Shuck” feel.

What we loved:

Each farmer was super friendly and happy to talk about their produce. With all the “Certified Organic” and “Gluten Free” signs, it’s hard to not let the health food junkie inside of you free. There’s lots of salad greens, and herbs. You can even buy little planters filled with celery and sweet potato. Of course they also have all your typical produce, such as corn, radishes, apples and tomatoes.

Hands down, our favorite booth was Lavender by the Bay. They sell individual lavender bundles, Lavender oils and soaps, as well as little pillows and neck rests filled with lavender.

Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers (LITERALLY) and even try something new. It’s really the perfect place to expand your horizons and try a new vegetable you’ve never eaten. Or better yet, head across the street to central park, throw down a blanket, and set up a picnic for two with everything you picked up.

What were buying:

Baked Goods! All this shopping was making us HUNGRY. We were so relieved to find the Kosher Las Delicias Patisserie booth. Under the certification of Rabbi Chaim Goldberger of the Twin Cities Community Kashruth Council, this boutique artisanal bakery has tons of beautifully packaged cookies and babkas, as well as lots of Gluten Free products. What really blew us away were their peach and plumb pies- Goodbye diet?

May we suggest… after experiencing the farmers market, plan another trip to visit the different vender’s farms out in Long Island- Road trip anyone?

The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition is open to the public July 13-23, featuring  the world of Patek Philippe. Its on display at Cipriani 42nd St, which already has a super luxurious but relaxed vibe. Theres about 10 specially themed rooms with over 400 current and unique timepieces.

Its super easy to get to being its right across the street from Grand Central Station.  While moving through out the gallery its hard not to notice the aura of sophistication, creating an environment of prestige and elegance.

Heres what to know…..First up, its open to the public with free admission.  You’ll begin the exhibit by watching a short clip about the founders of Patek Philippe, who created the first watch ever without a winding key.

On display throughout the exhibit are showcases of some of the most complex and exceptional timepieces.

Cool things to look out for on loan from the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, is a desk clock that was given to John F. Kennedy, which has the times zones for Washington D.C, Berlin, and Moscow simultaneously. This clock signified the establishment of a direct communications line between Washington D.C and Moscow.

It’s interactive so there’s a lot of hands on twenty first century activity to entertain your mind. Such as a virtual reality simulator that lets you envision building a watch. Your able to select from different blueprints of watches you want to reassemble.

Moving on from room to room you’ll come into contact with different professional watchmakers from Geneva, who explain to you the behind the scenes work at Patek Philippe, such as enameling, gem setting,and marquetry (which is a technique that only Patek Philippe uses, taking tiny pieces of colored wood to create an design for the face of the watch).

Lastly, there’s space to sit and sip some elegant coffee and talk.

There something for everyone. You can talk to your date but no pressure since there’s so much to see and do. And not only will your date enjoy it but so will you. You’ll be glad you went.