The H.Bloom Gifts app is off to a great start, and we’ve now added the service to our website as well! We’re so excited to be hand-delivering a wide range of gifts alongside our namesake blooms, and we couldn’t make it happen without partnerships with some truly incredible businesses in each of our cities. We’re going to be taking some time to share a little more about the talented people behind each gift. First up is Tanya Ngangan of the utterly chic and absolutely delicious Bisous, Ciao Macarons.
Founded in 2004, Bisous, Ciao has been a labor of love for founder Ngangan. Having grown up at her mother’s Thai restaurant, a love and appreciation for food was instilled in her at an early age. Several years in Paris introduced her to the macaron, and training at Le Cordon Bleu allowed her to master the art of French patisserie. Today Bisous, Ciao operates out of two elegant boutiques on Bleecker and Stanton streets in lower Manhattan. With a unique approach to the classic confection, Ngangan’s shops feature inspired seasonal creations like poppy and lavender honey, as well as flavors that harken back to her days at her mother’s restaurant, such as Thai iced tea and kaffir lime.
If a weekend away in the Hamptons isn’t in the cards, look no further. We’ve rounded up some poolside locations in Manhattan-proper to beat the 90 degree heat without leaving the city. So grab your bikini, floppy hat, and sandals and enjoy a fabulous day sunbathing or swimming. Note: You do not have to be a hotel guest to enjoy these spots!
1. Gansevoort Meatpacking
18 Ninth Avenue
Cost: $275 per person (includes 30 minute facial, 30 minute massage + poolside cocktail)
Talk about the ultimate splurge – but worth every penny. This rooftop pool has gorgeous views of the city and you can even listen to music underwater! There is a bar and restaurant on site and a landscaped terrace for lounging after a day at the pool.
2. The Holiday Inn
440 West 57th Street
Get to this roof deck early, as lounge chairs tend to get nabbed fast on the weekends. A bar and restaurant onsite make this an all-day, one-stop excursion.
3. Le Parker Meridien Hotel
118 W. 57th St
Cost: $150 Day Pass
This could potentially be the best view in the city of Central Park. 42 stories up, the glass-enclosed pool is a dreamlike, and room service can be delivered directly to the sundeck.
4. Millennium Health and Racquet Club
One United Nations Plaza
Cost: $25 Day Pass
The Millenium Health and Racquet Club has breathtaking views of the UN. Covered floor to ceiling with windows, this pool is perfect for private laps at your own pace.
Bahamas, Puerto Rico or Bermunda not on your summer itinerary? Don’t fret. We’ve gathered some of our favorite beach locations that are less than 2 hours away from the Big Apple.
1. Robert Moses State Park
Travel Time: 1 Hour
Hightlights: This beach is on the smaller side and less crowded. For lunch, you can either pack a picnic to enjoy in the park’s picnic area or visit the resident food vendor.
2. Jones Beach State Park
Travel Time: 1 Hour
Highlights: Jones Beach is famous for its summer concert series (information here). The beach also has over four miles of bike paths, an Olympic sized pool, surf fishing and a nature center.
Image via Best of Long Island
3. Brighton Beach
Travel Time: 45 minutes – 1 Hour
Highlights: With a round trip total of $4.50 (via Subway) and all the Russian food you can eat, Brighton Beach has restaurants, shopping and of course, the ocean!
4. Rockaway Beach
Travel Time: 1.5 Hours
Highlights: Surfing and Volleyball? Check. In addition to being a great place for sports, Rockaway Beach is also a great spot for some grub–Rockaway Taco and Rippers are not to be missed.
The Chicago Field Museum of Natural History is one of the most beloved attractions for tourists and Chicago residents alike. Located in the gorgeous Museum Campus next to Lake Michigan, it’s the spot to see large collections of dinosaur skeletons, taxidermy, Native American artifacts, and human cultural anthropology exhibits–23 mummies are on display! The Grainger Hall of Gems, boasting a Tiffany stained glass window is not to be missed. And be sure to visit the “Evolving Planet” exhibition, which outlines the evolution of Earth over four billion years.
The museum also has working laboratories and collaborates as an educational institution with the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. After some quick hunting around the internet we also landed upon some great floral photos from the museum’s archives. Click here to see more of the below!
Lead image via Arenamontanus.
The King Cole Bar nestled in the glamorous St. Regis Hotel transports its visitors to another era. The cocktail lounge’s dark, private ambiance and mahogany is utterly reminiscent of the 1960′s–a time when a stiff drink was the approved “cure-all” morning, noon, and night.
More than just a spot to see and be seen, King Cole is famed for creating the original bloody mary. So, the next time you’re in Midtown, pull up a bar stool, order a Red Snapper, and settle in for a classic New York experience.
Image via The St. Regis on Flickr.
Brooklyn’s hidden treasure is, hands down, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s where New Yorkers come to admire cherry blossoms in the spring, visit Japanese Hill and the Pond Garden (which boasts the highest number of visitors of any Japanese-inspired garden outside of Japan), and view the horticultural exhibits and rotating gallery collections. Whether you’re visiting for a picnic or taking a stroll around the bonsai museum, the Garden is a terrific place to learn, relax and play. Admission is $10 for adults, or you can become a member for $50 and enjoy unlimited free admission. For more information visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden site.
Japanese Hill and Pond Garden
Patrick Dougherty’s “Natural History”
Lead image via tranquilocity on Flickr
Last year, the charmed owners of Fort Greene’s The Greene Grape expanded their neighborhood empire across Fulton Street, opening a bakery and coffee shop called The Annex. Today, the small shop boasts a unique array of baked goods. Pastry chef Audrey Leary is best known for her colorful macaroons, which are offered in inventive flavors such as raspberry lemonade, blueberry white chocolate, caramel apple cider, chocolate espresso, pear ginger, peppermint dark chocolate, and honey lavender.
While the ever-evolving menu is not to be missed, we also recommend a cup of The Annex’s single brewed Blue Bottle coffee–roasted locally in Brooklyn.
The Annex is located at 680 Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to take advantage of some wonderful restaurant specials? We’ve picked our favorite spots in Manhattan that are offering unique service on Sunday, May 13th.
1. Battery Gardens
Mother’s Day Three Course Prix Fixe Menu
$55.00 Per Adult * $25.00 Children 12 years & under (image via Battery Gardens)
2. Fig & Olive
$48 Prix Fixe Menu (image via Fig & Olive)
3. Bouley Restaurant
Mother’s Day Prix Fixe
6 Course, Prix Fixe $125 person tasting, 11:30AM-9:30PM (image via NY Magazine)
4. Marche Du Sud
Brunch special with 15 hand-selected menu items (image via Convivoo)
5. Market Table
Two course prix fixe for $30 per person (image via Market Table)