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THANKSGIVING WITH MARTHA STEWART

Cynthia Simpson

With Thanksgiving Day a few days away, my plans are to go back home to Philadelphia where my mom will prepare her traditional candy yams, greens, string beans, mac & cheese and not to mention her mouthwatering turkey! I love to cook and help my mom out in the kitchen, but when it comes to making the entire Thanksgiving meal for my family, even I am a little intimidated. 

Are you interested in cooking for Thanksgiving this year, but haven't a clue on how to get started? Well not to fear, Martha Stewart is here to help you out! Martha has collaborated with meal delivery service, Marley Spoon, that will send you everything you need including step-by- step instructions for a full Thanksgiving spread.

My friend Kate Storey, Senior Features Editor at Hearst Digital, decided to take on the challenge and ordered the Thanksgiving meal box. Kate informed me that she was not that experienced in the kitchen nor has she ever cooked a turkey before, but regardless, my husband and I were happy to be invited as her taste testers. We arrived to dinner at 7pm equipped with good appetites.  The spread was certainly impressive - A full turkey cooked to perfection, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprout salad with pomegranates and cider vinaigrette dressing, classic stuffing with herbs and dried cranberries. Then for dessert we had homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Everything was moist, full of flavor and just incredible! 

 Here is a short video of the delicious meal and our wonderful evening.  For more details about Kate's cooking experience, read the full article she wrote for Delish

Thanksgiving Dinner 

SWEET SPOT & SWEET SHOTS

Cynthia Simpson

Dominique Ansel Bakery is a sweet spot on Spring street that is known for the famous Cronut as well as their delicious French treats. What I love most is their cute garden space in the back of the cafe where you can sit, relax and enjoy what's left of this summer.  

The DKA literally melts in your mouth!  

How pretty are these desserts! 

I love the cute uniforms the staff wears especially their suspenders. 

I had to try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot! It's served warm filled with milk and the inside is coated with chocolate. The cup is sweet, rich, buttery and soft. If I had it my way, I would fill the cup with vanilla ice cream and toss the small plate. Either way I enjoyed every bite! 

Photo Credit: Emily Mansfield

Riis Park Beach Bazaar

Cynthia Simpson

This weekend I went out to Riis Park Beach Bazaar to get away from the city and feel some sand between my toes. Even though this beach was far ( you have to take the A train to the end of the line to Rockaway Park Beach, then take a Shuttle, then you take a short bus ride) it was definitely worth the trip! At Riis Park Beach Bazaar,  there is a ton of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. 

THE BEACH 
You can enjoy the beach sun and be safe from all the rays. At Riis, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas for a small fee. You  have the option to reserve them in advance or get them when you arrive. The beach was not too crowded and there are life guards surfing the waves.  

Protect your skin

Protect your skin

MUSIC 
On the boardwalk it's a party with Dj's mixing and live performances from up and coming artists. 

DJ Tekitizi   mixing on the turn tables 

DJ Tekitizi mixing on the turn tables 

This band got everyone up and dancing!

This band got everyone up and dancing!

ACTIVITIES
There is so much to do on the board walk. You can rent bikes, three wheelers, relax in some banana hammocks and even do a little shopping. 

FOOD AND DRINK 
If you get hungry there are plenty of delicious foods you can choose from. There is also a pretty stocked bar with frozen drinks and beer. Everything is cash only but don't worry there are ATMs close by for your convenience.  

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Never get dehydrated with coconut water!

Never get dehydrated with coconut water!

Terry and I drinking a frozen delight

Terry and I drinking a frozen delight

Fried Chicken in a cone! What more can you ask for?   @thebrooklynstar

Fried Chicken in a cone! What more can you ask for? @thebrooklynstar

My fist time trying fried soft shell crab! It was so tasty! 

My fist time trying fried soft shell crab! It was so tasty! 

Soft shell crab sandwich

Soft shell crab sandwich

Mexican Corn

Mexican Corn

On a half shell 

On a half shell 

 Chef Valentino from   Wild Feast Foods

 Chef Valentino from Wild Feast Foods

Elina wearing a dress from Ethiopia

Elina wearing a dress from Ethiopia

Love this bag! 

Love this bag! 

Swim Suite: Madewell, Kimono: Anthropologie, Pants: Urban Outfitters (old),
Bag: Ralph Lauren (vintage)  

A SNOW DAY

Cynthia Simpson

Since the forecast said there was going to be a horrible snow storm, we were asked to work from home!  That gave me some extra time to get into the office, so I made a full breakfast. Spinach eggs with onions, sharp cheddar cheese and ham, along with turkey sausage and toast. I also had a nice cup of hot chai tea to wash it all down. Yummy!

I hope you are enjoying your snow day as much as I am!  WhooHoo!

LUNCH WITH TIFFANY

Cynthia Simpson

Tiffany is my girl that is beyond her years in style and fashion. Born and raised in New York, Tiff is talented, beautiful, and is oozing creativity! When in need of inspiration I turn to her. I stopped by Tiff's job for lunch and some very needed girl talk, but before we broke bread I had to take a moment and admire her cool outfit. 

Tiff is not only comfortable in her Nike kicks, she makes wearing sneakers to work look effortless. Mixing pattens and textures is a great way to layer, giving dimension to your outfit without it looking so bulky.

The nachos and salsa at  Lobo were really good as well as their 6 dollar margaritas!

Sneakers: Nike | Pants: Cheap Monday similar HERE  | Dress: Vintage | Fur Sweater: H&M | Coat: & Other Stories similar HERE and HERE | Hat: Made by Tiffany