&what | Balthazar.

I have now eaten my way through New York with no shame twice this year.

Every street you walk down and every corner you turn there is another delicious smell you have to follow, a line-up of people waiting for a famed food creation or those good old classics everyone has told you about and now you just have to visit for yourself.

Balthazar is just that. My friend Marisa, first told me about it when she went to NYC last summer. Then Kate and Rebekah and Steve and Alex, who we were with this time. After four recommendations and counting, it had to be incroyable.

We started off with cocktails and I got a fruity creation made with passionfruit puree. Delicieux.

Balthazar offers French cuisine, which can be felt through out your whole experience. Almost like you hopped on a plane and are sat in a Parisian cafe for a few hours – although the thick New York accents quickly burst that bubble. I chose a Salmon dish (I could never pronounce the name and now I can’t remember it!) but it was something I had never seen before so it seemed like a good idea to be adventureux. And in the hands of Balthazar’s local chef, Shane McBride, it couldn’t be too far from drool worthy.

Yup. It definitely got you salivating. The monster sized salmon on my plate was wrapped in rice and cabbage then tucked in with a pastry shell and doused with the most amazing mushroom cream sauce. I have no words.

If you’re every in NYC, visit definitely Balthazar  here (that’s 6 recommendations and counting)…:

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 (Between Broadway and Crosby – because you can’t get anywhere in NY without knowing the crossroads)

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&what | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

THE best week to spend in the concrete jungle where dreams are made of.

When I thought of Fashion Week in NYC, I dreamt of Anna Wintour flying in to sit front row. Anne Hathaway from the Devil Wears Prada when she walks out of the Vogue closet decked head to toe in next season’s must haves. And Chiara Ferrgani running from show to show being followed by street style photographers. It was all that…and more.

Outside the Lincoln Centre before every show started a flow of exquisitely dressed ladies would push past. There was A LOT of fur spotted, in every colour, kind and form. There were hats, bags, gloves, vests, floor length Cruella Daville coats, you name it. Mirrored aviators or sunnies in general seemed to be another must have accessory. Taking street style pics were my fave part of the week. Having the chance to chat to up and coming street style bloggers and hear there story was amazing. So many had travelled from around the world to be in NY for the name of fashion.

Here are some of my favourite street style snaps from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. I need all of these looks my wardrobe now. Minus the last one, but I had to put him in!

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