big apple III
Breakfast at Cafe Falai did not disappoint. Delicious yogurt with berries and candied almonds, the ever consistent Illy cafe coffee and the above donut-like pastry called bambolini filled with berries and custard. Mmmmmm. The environment is a chic white on white with more white experience.
Next we wandered around for more shopping. I found my new favorite black bag to replace the one I've been carrying for the last 5 years at Mayle. What a fabulous little boutique with very stylish and well made garments. I took the look book and found quite a few things I'd love to have for fall, but uh hem who am I kidding? I've got a baby to birth and then baby boot camp to survive?! Across the street is a funky toy store called DAILY 2.3.5 with wonderful tin toys and other great finds like a Brio Golden Gate bridge. Next I fell in love with all the gorgeous colors of both the housewares and the jewels from Dinosaur Designs. There were so many objects I admired and wanted. the color combos alone inspired me greatly.
We walked by Oilily and they were having a "everything in this box is $3 sale" so I dug through and got the baby girl in my belly her first super girly pink flowery outfit and darling sea horse socks. So sweet and cute! So much for gender neutral. We had to return home with a gift for Max so after hitting Kid Robot and Evolution we finally settled on the more preschool appropriate choice of Scholastic and got Max an "I Spy" puzzle and book (he loves the ones he has).
We got hungry (again!) and stopped at Centovini for some cured meats, cheeses and shared a scrumptious bolognese pasta. This place is very classy inside without being pretentious (especially in comparison to the grandiose interior of Del Posto - which is far far bigger but they should hire Centovini's interior designer and I'd think it was perfect). We both loved the rubber tables - a brilliant surface. I'd recommend this place as a perfect date spot. Centovini's attached wine store also does not dismay. We picked up two bottles on our way to our friends loft for dinner that night (and what a wonderful dinner it was —thank you so much Michael & Stellah!)
And during dinner Stellah surprised me with a very thoughtful gift. She knows I love yarn and knitting and she came across this un-dyed beautiful handspun wool and picked up two different hanks for me. So sweet, thank you darling! I need to research natural dying methods...quick searches show Fiber Arts links, and the Herb Society looks really informative, sheep to shawl as well, your history blog looks fascinating, one blog link led me to Procion, while Two Sheep goes into madder root dye, ok I could link on and on but this should get me started.