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Do It Yourself: Tiramisu

A stroll on the Upper East Side was followed by a coffee and dessert break at Via Quadronno, a small Italian cafe. Below is Tiramisu di San dona (Venetian style) a unique “DIY” approach to traditional pre-mixed tiramisu.  The dish came with several ladyfingers, a bowl of espresso and a cocoa mascarpone concoction.

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DIY tiramisu > traditional tiramisu

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Sometimes, we need to look a bit fancy…

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(Paul Stuart Phineas Cole navy blue pinstripe suit,  Addison combat boots, Uniqlo +J shirt, Brunello Cucinelli cashmere tie and wool pocket square, Thom Browne tie bar, Brioni socks, Timex for J. Crew watch, Ralph Lauren Purple Label sunglasses)

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Photography by: Melanie M. Berger

Via Quadronno
25 E 73rd St (Madison ave.)
New York City, NY 10021-3521
(212) 650-9880
Hours: Sunday 10:30am–9pm;
Monday-Friday 8:30am–11pm;
Saturday 9:30am–11pm

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Late Start Lazy Sunday

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Late start coffee at Bergdorfs.

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austin wong Late Start Lazy Sunday (Thom Browne jacket, shirt, tie and tie bar, Band of Outsiders corduroy pants,  vintage braided nautical hook belt,  Alden cordovan chukka boots, Oliver Peoples Vintage OP-1955 sunglasses)

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Pants hemmed short, Alden cordovan chukka in color 8.

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No, Thom Browne doesn't make gradient blue striped collars, I mistakenly thought bleach had the same effect as stain remover.


A trip to macaron mecca, Ladurée

On one of the last days of fashion week, there was a five-hour gap between shows and I decided to visit the world-famed macaron mecca, Ladurée.  Many people seek these delicious pastries and most of the time, Ladurée has a line to the end of the block. Luckily, it was an off hour and the french bakery was virtually empty. One of the main reasons these macarons are so sought after is because they are flown in from Paris daily.

Ladurée also has a long relationship with the macron dating back to the beginning of the 20th century when they created the first one:

“The story of the Ladurée macaron starts with Pierre Desfontaines, second cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée, who at the beginning of the 20th century first thought of taking two macaron shells and joining them with a delicious ganache filling.

These small, round cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, are made every morning in Ladurée’s “laboratory”. The pastry chefs measure out very precisely the required amounts of almonds, eggs and sugar, before adding one final ingredient, a pinch of unique “know-how”, essential to the making of such a delicacy. Once cooked and filled, the macaroons are put to one side for 2 days before going on sale, the time it takes to achieve a perfect balance between texture and flavor.”- Laduré

I am not sure when I will ever feast on Ladurée’s macarons as the line is always very very long.

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Almost forgot to take pictures because they were so good.

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