Monthly Archives: September 2009
Over the years, I’ve made ten separate trips to New York but I’m embarrassed to say that until this most recent stay, I had never set foot inside of a Dean & DeLuca store. I’d heard people constantly praising the New York locations as if they were a sacred place where one would make a religious pilgrimage in search of treats. Truth be told, I’m not a foodie so I kept on wondering what the big deal was. Why were these stores so different from typical supermarkets?
Two weeks ago, I was walking through Soho with Gala and we decided to stop into the flagship location that started it all back in 1977. Once we entered, I immediately understood what the hype was all about.
Upon entering, the first thing I noticed about Dean and DeLuca was the overwhelming variety and impeccable service. The employees all wore perfectly pressed white uniforms with little name tags. This couldn’t be America!
Dean and DeLuca reminded me of a quaint neighborhood shop but slightly bigger and much, much better. Just the bakery alone could give you heart palpitations. Cookies, cakes, tarts, and confections beyond description lined the perfect little glass cases. My senses were overloaded so I settled on some small heart-shaped cookies.
Even though the store is quite compact compared to the typical American supermarket, they somehow showcase more items than one could ever hope to encounter in one place, perfectly arranged like a museum for food.
The produce section was also a sight to behold. Perfectly stacked rows of fruits and vegetables glistened under the lights.
And, as if the arrangements of fruits and vegetables weren’t enough, a small selection of flowers were also available.
If I were a rich and famous chef, I’m pretty certain that I would do all of my shopping here.
Meats, cheeses and jugs of old fashioned milk also made an appearance. The mass chain grocery stores dotting the U.S. need to take note of the atmosphere, ambience and old school charm that this place evokes.
Exotic varieties of fresh baked bread were proudly showcased.
Gourmet chocolates including gold-flecked edible buddhas, colorful animals and small squares infused with otherworldly flavors all competed for attention. How could you choose just one?
Silver canisters of spices with minimal packaging were perfectly aligned on trays. Magical potions? Perhaps.
It should be noted that Dean & DeLuca is pricey. This isn’t a place that you frequent if you’re purchasing a month’s worth or groceries (Trader Joe’s is much more appropriate).
Instead, Dean & DeLuca is about the visual experience. It is a place that is ripe with new discoveries and culinary delights that cannot be found anywhere else. Dean & DeLuca will make your tastebuds sing and your wallet hurt. But isn’t that how the best things in life usually are?
It’s impossible to do a legend proper justice. True icons make everything look easy because they have such an abundance of raw talent. I’m not a dancer or a singer, just a graphic designer. I can at the very least interpret the style of those I admire and give it my own spin. All good things must come to an end and it’s never easy to say goodbye. But, it is possible for a legacy to live on forever.
Photos by Bianca Alexis.
Fall is in the air (and so is mercury retrograde). Between birthday celebrations, rooftop gatherings, performances in the Thompkins Square Park, dinner at german pubs and Brooklyn diners, freelancing in midtown, midnight photo shoots (with an abundance of sparkles and sequins) and attending Fashion’s Night Out, it’s been an eclectic mix of events this week.
Follow the arrow. I love this sign! I just noticed it a few days ago on Ave. A near my friend’s apartment and supposedly the document proclaiming the sale of Manhattan was signed in the bar below.
Fall fashion. Last night I visited the Miu Miu boutique and fell in love with a white coat and black flats with gold toe caps. The cooler weather is here and strolling through Soho at night while peaking into boutique windows is a nice way to pass the time.
Midtown. I spent a few days working at a marketing agency this week and it was fun getting dressed up for a change and taking the train up to Grand Central Station. I love mixing things up routine-wise and get a thrill trying out new settings.
Speaking the truth. During a visit to Williamsburg, I noticed this poster. One of my favorite things about New York is the abundance of homemade street art.
Fashion’s Night Out. Bianca and I hit Fashion’s Night Out last night and my favorite experience by far was visiting the Phi boutique. The staff was super nice, the entire collection was impeccable and the ad campaign covering the walls was pretty flawless.
Turning 26. Bianca turned 26 a few nights ago and had a birthday bash complete with red velvet cake on Wall Street. We met back when she was 20 and its nice having a friend that you can grow up with and always depend on no matter what. It’s funny how the social circles in New York are actually really small; I’ve ran into Timothy and Jeffrey (on the right) on at least three occasions in the last two weeks! Adore them.
Strange posters. Can you believe that this is a Converse ad? It stopped me dead in my tracks because it was so weird. Those crafty marketers!
Head Shots. This week I finished my first legit magazine writing gig and realized that I didn’t have any basic head shots to accompany it. I called Bianca and by that night, the problem was solved! What can I say? Virgos are super punctual and organized. This is my trademark ‘scholarly look’….which is really quite far from reality!
My birthday is swiftly approaching; I’ll be 28 on September 14th! It’s been a roller coaster of a year but change is good, right?
Readers: How was your week?
• Six fonts that piss people off.
• If you’re new to web design, Smashing Magazine just posted a really helpful article about navigation menus including current trends, patterns and the best practices.
• Have you ever wondered what film posters in Ghana look like? Here’s your chance! My personal favorite is Cujo The Killer Dog. Priceless.
• Rick Owns is one of my favorite fashion designers and as the NY Times observes, he is having a major fashion moment. His aesthetics have become so popular that other designers are trying to copy and cash in on his looks as well.
• The question everyone is curious about: Why did you start blogging?
• Find out how to create a better online portfolio.
• In LUXIRARE’S world, a bento box is not simply a bento box. Jello shots, handmade sushi rolls, tiny labeled jars of sauces…this girl’s talent is so beyond words.
• Gardi Amit wonders, How should we define design?
• If you’re self employed and need a little cheering up, 10 Reasons Why Freelancing is the Best Job Security is the article for you!
• If I ate hamburgers, I would visit Larkburger just based on its branding alone.
• If you’re a designer and obsessed with Twitter, Helvetwitter is definitely for you.
What are your favorite links of the week?
Don’t stop till you get enough! Another collaboration with Bianca, we shot these out on her deck near Wall Street last week. This set of photos was a little test for a much bigger production that we have staged for tonight. Stay tuned!
Vest, Target Go International
Shorts, Forever 21
Studded belt, Forever 21
Zoe Boots, Sam Edelman