Inspired Colour – 3 ways ( New York, New York)
August was a very busy month for make my day. Ange and I headed to New York for our first showing at the NYIGF - New York International Gift fair. One word – ‘FABULOUS’ describes how the show went for us ( more on that later) and FABULOUS also describes how we found New York to be the the hours we had to spare while we were there.
On the First night of the show although we were jet lagged and all talked out we managed to rustle up the energy to cab it over to the Lower East Side and have dinner. A Brazilian restaurant on the corner of E 9th Ave and Loisaida or 145th Ave C called Esperanto caught our eye. It’s corner position and colourful outdoor seating drew us in… then the menu sealed the deal. We were hungry!
I don’t think the table cloth could have been more perfect for our colour inspiration! Plantain crusted goats cheese was delicious. For main I had another traditional meal - Moqueca Bahiana (choice of shrimp, crab, fish or mixed) cooked in a pot with coconut milk, dende oil, peppers, tomatoes, onions, cashews and served with rice and farofa. Filling and tasty as well. We thoroughly enjoyed this spot and wish we had more time to enjoy the live music that came on as we were struggling to keep eyes open! Next time….
In Art & Design
The view across the street from our table at Esperanto was of some fantastic street art by visual artist Jonathan Matas. I’m going to have to spend some more time really absorbing this piece but the impact on the streetscape was dazzling.
Take a trip into the heart of New York’s historic floral district and find some amazing florists that literally had Ange and myself running around in a dazed and confused excitement. The one that got us was Starbright at 150 W 28th st. Unfortunately had no camera DOH!!! but the images are in my head still. So here’s a little stretch on the ‘nature title’ that I think I can get away with it because New York is a jungle right and that’s nature! What a great picture taken by Angelina - the very talented and colourful lady herself.