Old Stone Farm

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Shawn took me to the most magical place for my birthday. He didn’t tell me where we were going, he just picked me up from work and we drove  about two hours, arriving at Old Stone Farm just at sunset. From the moment we got there Sherri and Jeff made us feel right at home. I would describe it as family farm luxury, with organic beds, Frette sheets and chicken chili served for lunch. There are only 12 rooms, each named after one of the horses on the property. The owners spent 10 years renovating it and you can tell because every detail is just perfect. The whole time I was there I felt like I was walking from page to page in Kinfolk magazine. The food was my favorite kind of food: local, farm fresh and light. I had probably the best massage of my life in their spa. But, my favorite part, was the group meditation in the red barn (above), which was led by a monk whose voice took me away from the streets of NYC and made the weekend a true vacation in the country. Needless to say, we had a hard time leaving, and are counting down the days until we can go back.

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New Orleans

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I’ve never been to New Orleans, not until last weekend that is. I was giddy with excitement to finally see/hear/taste what everyone has been raving about all this time. It did not disappoint. We walked all over the French Quarter and the Garden District. There was not a beignet left un-eaten or a cocktail un-sipped by the time we were done.

The first night we went to Arnaud’s French 75 bar for strong drinks, cigars and fried oysters before dinner. I was full, and tipsy, by the time we got to Cochon but managed to try a bunch of delicious things appetizers and amazing peanut butter pie for dessert. In the morning we got up super early and beat the line at Café du Monde for a plate of beignets and café au lait. After covering ourselves in powdered sugar, we walked up and down every street in the French Quarter. That night we went to drinks with my family at the Foundation Room in The House of Blues, which is incredibly cool, but members only. For dinner that night we ate at the many times over recommended La Petite Grocery (get the blue crab beignets).

The next day we took on the Garden District and explored the amazing architecture and famous cemetery. Since no day is complete with out donuts in The Big Easy we taste tested three different kinds at District Donuts Sliders Brew. That night we listened to music at my cousin’s birthday party and then danced the night away listening to jazz at The Ritz-Carlton (where, believe it or not, Kanye made an appearance for a set).

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