No. I have not tried this. There’s a look to baked goods in which the promise is not fulfilled in the eating. Somehow, my desire has not reached the point where I’m willing to try one. I don’t see a lot of inventory turnover. Therefore I have some questions about how/why the raspberries look so fresh. And I have found that the richness or lack thereof in these concoctions do not match with expectation. So for now they remain pretty to look at. And believe me, I do so like dessert.


Easter, New York Style

I have come to believe that in New York City people like to dress up. And an opportunity to strut is an irresistible calling. What I wonder is that folks seem to pay no mind that their outfits must look pretty outrageous as they travel about on mass transit getting to the venue. And the tourists, what do they make of a world seemingly gone mad. I remember one Halloween when a couple of tourists were cowering in their seats peering cautiously over the top of their map at all the outlandish costumed riders that clambered onto the subway car.

Astro-turf man

Easter festivities are on Fifth Avenue near St Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. Made famous from movie and song, everyone’s mission is to wear a hat and parade your stuff. There is no form and the crowd is ‘come as you like.’ So from about 11AM until dusk anyone can wander up or down Fifth Avenue. Come early, most of the photographers are there and you can be assured of being photographed into internet immortality. The headdress varied from simple bunny ears to virtual gardens atop some of the more ambitious participants. There are no rules.

Some old standbys appear. It seems that several people make it a habit to be in every parade gathering. Same costume, same shtick, it’s familiar but beginning to get worn – different day same person.

At all parades - see Chinese New Year

No themes and no organizers so there is little in the way of coherence. Some folks were really decked out. One thing I noticed this year, there were a lot of period costumes from the turn of the century. And for some reason it is attractive as a great venue for gays to be able to parade in front of St Patrick’s. There were many transvestites. Be sure to watch closely as it’s hard to tell some of them. Others were too obvious. Because you are virtually ‘eyeball to eyeball,’ a wide angle lens and close cropping were needed to isolate people. This year’s crowd was larger than I remember, perhaps because of the good weather. It was great entertainment and rich with photo ops.

You can fool some people

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14th Annual NY Chocolate Show








Amy found this event through a facebook connection. Eric and Wendy accompanied her. David came later. I went to bed so sick from overeating chocolate (like a kid in a candy store). How can that be!!?? I paced myself through the exhibits only eating a piece (sample) at a time. But we went through three times. (And I got a little finger happy with the small bites.) After that we were in a chocolate coma and wandered some more. The mannequins have outfits made of chocolate. Would you wear chocolate? There was a NYC Herald’s Sq to Time Sq sculpted in white chocolate. Dark chocolate is my favorite. After a few bites they all tasted pretty much the same. Good. I tried Valrhona chocolate which is world famous. I really had a great time.

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