Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity

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Last weekend I went to the Met alone. It was a pretty dismal Saturday so I figured I might as well go to a museum before it started getting really nice. Also, I had been wanting to see the exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity for a while. I don’t know a whole lot about art (besides a few art history classes I took), but I love impressionism. I have enjoyed the last few fashion-y exhibits the Met did (McQueen and Prada/Schiaparelli) and this one was great as well. Pictures weren’t allowed but you can check out images here. If you’re in New York you should definitely go. It runs until May 27th.

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Homemade Mozzarella

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A few weeks ago I took a mozzarella cheese making class at Brick NYC. My mom got me a Groupon for the class for my birthday. I was super excited about this since I love cheese and anything that has to do with it (the class also came with a bottle of wine!). Making mozzarella was so much easier than I thought it would be. Basically, all you need is cheese curds. Then you soak the curds in a hot brine (made out of water and salt) and the curds form together and you can shape the cheese. This is definitely something I want to try at home. Maybe one day I’ll perfect mozzarella and try making some other cheeses!

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Going to Boston

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I went to Boston two weekends ago to visit my friends from college. I had a wonderful time and naturally, we had some amazing food. On Saturday morning we went to Tatte Bakery & Cafe in Cambridge for brunch. I have to say, I have had some great food in Boston but Tatte is easily one of my new favorites. The interior reminded me of a lot of downtown Manhattan hotspots – industrial chic, if you will, and the center lighting fixture (below) is definitely something I would want to try to replicate in my future home. The food at Tatte is also super fresh and they have a crazy selection of pastries!

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Restaurant: Cafe Gitane at The Jane Hotel

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If you’re in the West Village and feeling bored, definitely check out The Jane Hotel. Fun fact – after the Titanic sunk, all the survivors were taken to the Jane Hotel. Stepping through the big wooden doors into the lobby with aged chandeliers and deer heads on the walls feels like traveling through time. I’ve been to the Cafe Gitane there twice (there are a few locations) – once for coffee and tea with my mom and boyfriend, and the other time for appetizers with my friends. The food is pretty good – not amazing, though. I LOVED the spiced goat cheese with pomegranate¬†vinaigrette that I had, but my friend wasn’t too crazy about her carrot salad.¬†Also, the second time, I got the feeling that the server wasn’t that into us (shocking, I know). What I like most about it is the atmosphere. It’s really bright and the decorations have a Moroccan flair. Next time I go, I want to check out the old bar in the hotel. It’s full of Victorian couches, chairs, and hanging tapestries.

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Past Weekends

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I haven’t posted in a while so I’m going to try to make an effort to do so more regularly. A few weeks ago I went to the Heard NY exhibit in Grand Central. It was a public art exhibit of decorative “horses” that performed twice a day. Two dancers could fit inside each horse. Unfortunately, it was so crowded during the performances that I couldn’t even catch a glimpse so I had to go back afterwards. They were amazing! I also went to Cape Cod over Easter weekend for one of the first nice weekends of the year. The following weekend I went up to Northampton, MA to visit my sister at school. We went to Tart Baking Co., which just opened a few months ago. The coffee was great and they had a ton of pastries and organic chocolate. If you’re in the area I definitely recommend going. Oh yeah, and I tried a Crumbs cupcake for the first time. Follow me on Instagram @kturro!

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