Bibble & Sip


Whenever we have nothing particular to do, but want to get out of the house Cai and I search for a new coffee spot. This time we ended up at Bibble and Sip on 51st St. and 8th Ave.


This small cafe is super cute with window bar stool seating along with a few tables. They have their menu offerings on chalkboards all over the cafe and the best part of all their decor is the alpaca theme. Their brand logo and symbol is the alpaca and they have them on their to-go cups, business cards and as garden trimmings displayed on the wall.



Cailin ordered a lavender latte and I got a regular latte. Cailin loved her lavender latte and said it had just the right hint of lavender sweetness. My latte had a great smooth flavor and of course everyone adores some latte art from time to time!



TV Show Taping In NY


This week we went to a taping of the Wendy Williams show! It was really cool to see how live talk shows work behind the scenes. We had to get to the studio by 8am, but the show didn’t start filming until around 10am. We weren’t quite sure why we needed to be there so early, but as it turns out there was a lot of waiting around to be done. In those 2 hours, we checked in, went through security and chilled in a waiting area. During this time we were asked to fill out a few “Ask Wendy” questions for a segment in which you ask Wendy for advice. The people who submitted good questions got a chance to meet Wendy and some were chosen to ask their question on the live taping. Good thing they had a Wendy “selfie” station to keep us occupied while we passed the time.




Then we were lead to a different floor of the building and walked behind the set of the show to get to the audience’s seats. There were numbers on our tickets so we assumed we had assigned seating, but once you get there they choose your seats for you. We ended up in the first row!


Before the show a producer comes out along with the show’s DJ/audience energy-booster to explain how the audience should interact with Wendy for the live show. They led us through a few laughing, “oooing,” “aahhhing” and gasping exercises so we’d be ready.


Then Wendy came out and the show started. Producers, set managers and other crew members stand between the audience and the cameras, while other cameras go around getting shots of the audience. Crew members also prompt the audience’s reactions/applause and count down the seconds until they’re live after commercial breaks. We also got to see Terrell Owens and Jamie Anderson to hear about their time on Celebrity Apprentice. Overall, it was a really fun experience and since we were in the front row we got to high five and chat a little with Wendy. Later, when Cailin watched the show back we found out we made a brief television appearance. Haha!




After the show we headed to the 2nd Avenue Deli for huge corned beef sandwiches, coffee and double shot chocolate sodas. The double shot chocolate soda is kind of like an egg cream, just without the milk. Yum!






Our last stop was Veniero’s Pastry Shop. This place is filled with history since it has been opened since 1894. They have tons and tons of amazingly delicious Italian pastries, pies, cakes and other fancy sweet treats. Cailin got a chunk of chocolate fudge disguised as cake, which of course, she loved. I got rainbow cake, which is an almond cake with fudge frosting. It was the perfect ending to a great day!




There’s No Time Like Tea Time


Today I tagged along with Tara to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to eat lunch at the cafe they have there. She was meeting someone for a job interview, but I love CIA so I wanted to go get some food too! I had been there two times before but only had items from their lunch menu, and this time I was feeling tea and a pastry. After living in London for almost four months, I’ve learned to love tea with scones, biscuits, or crumpets. Since the cafe is known for their pastries, desserts, and macarons, I thought what better place to have tea time?! The cafe is completely run by the institute’s students so they have some really great chefs who are constantly practicing and making new things. Every time you go, there’s something different and they make all of their food look so beautiful! For today though, the Maple Frosted Brioche Donut looked pretty appetizing so I got that with a pot of English Breakfast Tea. I then got a Raspberry Macaron Tart to split with Tara after her interview was over as a treat!

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