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Ruth Reichl
I have read all of her books. I read them when I was pregnant, of course! My favorite is Garlic and Sapphires. I was fascinated by the social study of how Ruth was treated in the world depending on her disguise. If I didn't order the same thing in restaurants every time, this would be a perfect job for me!

Bedford Post Inn
954 Old Post Road
Bedford, NY
+1 914 234 7800
My husband I love to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries here. It is extra special in the Fall and Winter because the drive there is so pretty and there is a fireplace in every room. (Sit downstairs when possible).

Chez Julien
1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004 Paris
+33 1 42 78 31 64
This is for dinner a deux with your lover or your best friend. You will want to stay hours and it’s not the kind of place you raise your voice or get rowdy. You tuck in. Chez Julien is tiny, chic but cozy-cool spot in the 4th arrondissement by the Seine in Paris.

Gemma at the Bowery Hotel
335 Bowery, New York City
+1 212 505 7300
I love everything about the Bowery Hotel. The back garden begind the lobby lounge, the rooms and their restaurant Gemma. I try to branch out (see Ruth Reichl) but always end up with the prosciutto arugula pizza and roast chicken. It feels like home. I just hosted a Sunday Brunch baby shower their for my best friend. They let us stay all day!

Pearl's Poundcake
I happen to excel at baking and this Southern family recipe is an “any time of day” cake. High quality almond and vanilla extract as well as nice unsalted butter are key. It’s great toasted in the morning with raspberry preserves. You can add store bought dolce de leche sauce and pour in on for a fancy dessert.

the recipe


1 C whole or low fat milk (not skim)
3 C Flour
3 C sugar
2 sticks good quality unsalted butter at room temp
5  extra large eggs or 6 large eggs at room temp
1 tsp REAL vanilla extract
2 tsp almond extract
1/2 C Crisco

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Put everything in a large bowl and using an electric mixer, mix at low speed for one minute and 4 minutes on medium speed. 

3. Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes.

It really is easy. Sometimes the top looks golden and ready, but test with a knife or toothpick to make sure it's cooked all the way through. If it isn't, cook a bit longer on low oven shelf with foil over it at 325 degrees.