Jack's Wife Freda

Jack's Wife Freda is my favourite restaurant. I always visit (often more than once) whenever I'm in New York. So what do I love about it?

1. Food

"South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine"  *gimme gimme gimme*

"South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine"  *gimme gimme gimme*

2. Atmosphere and branding

Cute details everywhere! Especially appealing to a tiny doodle aficionado, like me.

Cute details everywhere! Especially appealing to a tiny doodle aficionado, like me.

3. Cutest owners and servers

Run by the stylish couple, Dean and Maya Jankelowitz. Maya has an amazing wardrobe! More here about her style. The servers and staff wear striped t-shirts.

Run by the stylish couple, Dean and Maya Jankelowitz. Maya has an amazing wardrobe! More here about her style.

The servers and staff wear striped t-shirts.

I'm so excited that they are releasing a cookbook! Soon, I'll be able to recreate all of the fresh and delicious recipes by myself and host lots of brunch parties.

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Hygge

Hygge seems to be everyone's favourite new trend of the moment. But I don't understand why it's such a new thing. Don't you want to have a cozy and warm home in the middle of the dark winter? Cute pajamas and lounging clothing so you don't feel like a complete slob? Warm tea and lit candles? All your friends together? And ahem, binge watch Netflix?

It's all just marketing, I tell you. Even though the Danes have a cool word for it, we all know how to survive winter in hibernation bliss! 

Pink sheepskin from Iceland to keep your feet or bum warm.

Pink sheepskin from Iceland to keep your feet or bum warm.

Hinoki bath salt from Japan. Only $10! I have been having detox baths recently to relax my muscles after working out. Don't know if they actually work or it's all pseudoscience, but I have been adding 2 cups of plain Epsom salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide to my baths.

Hinoki bath salt from Japan. Only $10!

I have been having detox baths recently to relax my muscles after working out. Don't know if they actually work or it's all pseudoscience, but I have been adding 2 cups of plain Epsom salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide to my baths.

If you're a lazy moisturizer, but have dry skin, this is a worthy investment. Smells so good and doesn't irritate skin. Feels like a treat to yourself everytime you use it!

If you're a lazy moisturizer, but have dry skin, this is a worthy investment. Smells so good and doesn't irritate skin. Feels like a treat to yourself everytime you use it!

I miss you sunshine!

Some summery things to dream about while hiding under a pile of blankets, drinking endless cups of tea, and scowling at leafless trees blowing in the wind outside.

Wow... that's dark. So on to the happy!

Lulu Mules by Loeffler Randall. These would look so good with cropped jeans and a striped tee.

Lulu Mules by Loeffler Randall. These would look so good with cropped jeans and a striped tee.

Small picnic tote by Fivestory New York just large enough for a hearty sandwich, an apple and some crackers. If you get creative, I think there should be some room left over for your wallet and phone too.

Small picnic tote by Fivestory New York just large enough for a hearty sandwich, an apple and some crackers. If you get creative, I think there should be some room left over for your wallet and phone too.

Wall art for exercise inspiration. By Racquet - a quarterly magazine that is all about tennis.

Wall art for exercise inspiration. By Racquet - a quarterly magazine that is all about tennis.

Japanese Gardens

Last spring, John and I traveled to Korea and Japan for two weeks. I have never been to Asia before, so it was such an eye-opening experience for me. One of the highlights of the trip was The Nezu Museum in Tokyo, designed by the architect Kengo Kuma. The renovated main building of the museum was open and modern, with some elements reminiscent of traditional Japanese architecture. But what I really loved was the lush garden behind it. It was an enchanted forest with little winding white gravel paths that led to different vignettes. 

I was reminded of this trip because Gardenista just published a post about a Japanese-inspired garden in Westchester County, New York and it's a beauty! The elements - tall grasses, crushed granite pebbles, large rocks and structural trees - work together in harmony to create a visually interesting, yet calming space for many different activities including raking!

One day, I hope I can have a Japanese meets Baltic garden of my own with pine trees and birches that still let light through, tall grasses that rustle in the wind, and big rocks to sit on. Some items that are on my wishlist:

A gravel rake to keep my paths clean and organized that is pretty enough to have out on display.

A gravel rake to keep my paths clean and organized that is pretty enough to have out on display.

Reed fencing to easily hide any unsightly corners or to create an intimate nook.

Reed fencing to easily hide any unsightly corners or to create an intimate nook.

A Jasper Morison bench for contemplating my wonderful life now that I have a garden, and can afford said bench. Big enough for my friends and dog too!

A Jasper Morison bench for contemplating my wonderful life now that I have a garden, and can afford said bench. Big enough for my friends and dog too!

Chabako Tea Box for making a perfect cup of matcha.

Chabako Tea Box for making a perfect cup of matcha.

Eames Wire Base Table to rest my book and tea (honestly, more like iPhone and LaCroix but shhh).

Eames Wire Base Table to rest my book and tea (honestly, more like iPhone and LaCroix but shhh).

Hope

Today was beautiful and awe-inspiring. Women, men and children around the world united to stand up for equality and respect. In Boston, I saw entire families spanning generations walking for Women's March, because they recognize that women's rights are human rights. 

Let's support one another and lead with love. We are stronger together!

Image by the talented Stephanie DeAngelis

Image by the talented Stephanie DeAngelis