Saturday, October 28, 2017

New York, New York...So Nice They Named It Twice

If you are here for the first time, welcome to Mountain Breaths!  This was one of those weekends I will remember forever. When I started this little blogging journey, I had no idea what it would lead to. Over the weekend, I travelled to New York City via Amtrak with Joe to meet a group of talented bloggers that are members of the Tales of the Traveling Totes. My hubby was born and raised in NYC and is happy to visit anytime. We always take the train so we can relax for the four+ hour trip. I managed to get a decent photo of the Hudson River through the window. 
On Saturday, our group of seven bloggers met for brunch at The Russian Tea Room located at 150 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Ave) in New York City. 
Seated from left to right are:

Linda Life and Linda Life and Linda
(Me) at Mountain Breaths
Emily @ The French Hutch

Jenna @ The Painted Apron and Rita @ Panoply
were definitely with us in spirit.
And our special birthday girl Linda @ More Fun Less Laundry.

The Russian Tea Room web site states:
 "For over eighty years, New York’s defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite—an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. The lively tradition and legacy of the Russian Tea Room is alive and well!"

We were invited to the upper floor of the restaurant where we were rewarded with the 9-foot-tall acrylic bear-shaped aquarium in the bear lounge. Of course we felt the bear would look even more handsome surrounded by our totes. 
The 15-foot-tall Egg Tree, hung with 35 Fabergé-inspired, hand-blown Murano glass eggs created by a Venetian glassblower, also in the Bear Lounge.
I wonder if the Russian Tea Room will remember us and our tote bags? Ha! 
Our next stop was MacKenzie-Childs where we were warmly welcomed. We notified them in advance that we would be visiting, and they let us "party" on their mezzanine where we enjoyed cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, champagne, wine and some delicious brownies that Patti from "Pandora's Box" brought from a bakery in central New York. 


In the evening, we had an enjoyable al fresco dinner with Joe's family who lives in NYC. I can't wait to see them again when we go for the week after Christmas. 
Until next time,
xoxo
Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

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  1. So fab. Love the RTR history, too!

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    1. Looking forward to meeting you at the next meetup Rita :-) Not sure when or where, but hoping it will happen sometime.

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    2. Yes, eager to do this again so Rita and Jenna can join in the fun. Best time!

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  2. You all look so happy, especially the totes! What wonderful poses you created both with the girls and the bags! I am sorry I couldn't be there, of course, but I love seeing all the pictures and trying to imagine! Thank you so much for asking me to design the card for this special occasion, at least a little part of me made the trip!
    Jenna

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    1. We missed you Jenna, but you were there in spirit! I'm going to share a photo of your card design in my December post.

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    2. Yes, Jenna, you and Rita were missed. Eager to do this again to meet you two ladies.

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  3. It was fun. wasn't it.....I see Joe has a new tote? LOL

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    1. LOL, Joe has a variety of totes. He was carrying that for his sister, because he's that kind of guy.

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  4. Charming post! How fun all your totes..and this meeting..how did it all come about?Perfect perfect outing.

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    1. Monique, our meeting came about when Sarah decided to plan a trip to the East Coast including the Cape and then NYC. From there it blossomed into others planning a trip to NYC, and we met Friday night for happy hour at Fonda and then again on Saturday at the RTR and MKC. It was so much fun, and we're glad it all came together.

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  5. Debbie, you and Joe are a adorable couple. I can't thank you enough for inviting me into the group. Paul had a great time with Joe at the deli. It was a pleasure meeting all of you gals. A fun trip for all. I shall see if I can grab the video.

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  6. Debbie, love your clever title! I loved every moment of our NY adventure. It was a treat to meet you and Joe and to have the opportunity to really chat and visit. I hope you two will find yourselves visiting TX sometime soon.

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  7. What a fun trip to meet some of the Traveling Tote girls, Debbie! You and Joe are so cute together, and I loved seeing pictures of all you special ladies.

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  8. Debbie... you and your hubby are TOO cute!!! It was wonderful meeting you two and I look forward to my reunions to come. Enjoy your week!

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