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ART // FEATURE

IRVING PENN: CENTENNIAL

Imagine sitting across from some of the most influential names in history including actresses in Hollywood, famous artists, composers and fashion design icons. Photographer Irving Penn was celebrated as one of Vogue magazine’s top photographers for more than sixty years. Now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Irving Penn: Centennial is a comprehensive exhibition of his work celebrating the centennial of his birth.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
metmuseum.org
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THE DABNEY

I’ll be honest. I’d never heard of The Dabney or Jeremiah Langhorne before my most recent visit to DC. I normally spend a lot of time scoping out the food scene, but knew that I was meeting up with a friend of mine in DC that is also a food blogger,  The Capital Gourmand. I’m so glad that he introduced me to the cuisine of Chef Jeremiah Langhorne who earned a Michelin star in 2016 for the work he has done at The Dabney.

When you walk into the restaurant you feel like you’re walking into the quintessential southern home with welcoming interiors; upscale classic southern decor including an open kitchen that allows you to see everyone at work.  I am completely charmed by southern style and hospitality, so I knew I would love this spot. The Dabney specializes in mid-atlantic cuisine that is sourced from local farms. Some of the ingredients are so local that they are picked from a garden on their very own roof!

The Dabney
122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-450-1015
thedabney.com

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FOOD // FEATURE

ITV PHILLY

ITV Philly opened in July 2016 and is Chef Nicholas Elmi’s second restaurant concept featuring bistro-style small plates, snacks and a wine bar. I have been dying to try ITV Philly for a few months, but wasn’t able to get a reservation that worked into my schedule. Well, it finally happened and I am so excited that I’ve decided to do my very first Instagram giveaway because I want you to try ITV Philly too. Check out the rules below!

ITV Philly
1615 East Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 858-0669
itvphilly.com

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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Even if you’re not completely in the art world it’s probably rare that you haven’t heard of artist Yayoi Kusama who is known for her eye-catching art installations that employ the use of mirrors, dots, and light. You’d be hard pressed not to have been caught up in the news particularly around the hype of Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn and the conversations around a broken pumpkin. I got lucky enough to enjoy the exhibition last weekend and swooned over the use of light, space, reflection and color.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20560

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TRAVEL // FEATURE

HGU NEW YORK

Founded in 1905, the Hotel Grand Union is now known as HGU NEW YORK; a boutique hotel located off of Madison Ave that is the perfect blend of old New York meets new New York. A few years ago the property underwent $18 million worth of renovations to become the hip and fun hotel today. It provides the comfort and familiarity of coming home and the opportunity for fun with a lounge and contemporary art collection.

HGU NEW YORK
34 E. 32nd Street
New York, NY
212-779-3432
hgunyc.com

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RES IPSA

Res Ipsa is a small cafe located at 22nd and Walnut, just past the coveted area of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. I had heard rumblings of a new cafe open in that area and found myself needing lunch on a Saturday after work. I took a walk on a brisk Philly afternoon to find respite at the neon red triangle.

Res Ipsa
2218 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 519-0329
resipsaphilly.com

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A PEN OF ALL WORK :: RAYMOND PETTIBON :: NEW MUSEUM

The New Museum is an contemporary art museum located in lower Manhattan, New York City. The building is modern architecture at it’s best; comprised of a steel exterior that contrasts against the brick facade of the neighborhood. The interior is a concrete and white canvas perfectly suited for the contemporary conversations provided by it’s exhibiting artists. Currently on view is “A Pen of All Work” by artist Raymond Pettibon.

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
newmuseum.org

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FRIEDA FOR GENERATIONS

I spent the day exploring the neighborhood of Old City and had a complete love affair with Philadelphia. Sometimes when you live in one place for awhile you forget the amazing sites that are in your backyard and accessible all the time. I wandered through the cobblestone streets, window-shopped in the carefully curated independently-owned stores and caught glimpses into some American history including the first bank. I also happened upon a small eatery called FRIEDA, which turned out to be one of the highlights of the day.

What I Ate:
  • Mushroom Bisque
  • Oeuf á la Coque
  • Almond Orange Cake
  • Coffee
FRIEDA FOR GENERATIONS
320 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 600-1291
friedaforgenerations.com

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CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART

The Carnegie Museum of Art is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh right by the University of Pittsburgh. It was founded in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie and contains collections of contemporary art. Since contemporary art is my favorite I was thrilled to check this space out!

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
cmoa.org

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THE BUTCHER & THE RYE

There are so many restaurants in Pittsburgh that I had a really hard time deciding which ones to prioritize since I had such a limited time in the city. After perusing menus I decided on The Butcher and the Rye, which is run by chef Richard DeShantz.

What I Ate:
  • Rustic Bread – pan gravy, lard, black pepper and sage
  • Pig Candy – pork belly, apple kim chi, miso caramel, and cilantro
  • Brussels – brown butter, dill, parmigiano reggiano and preserved lemon aioli
The Butcher & The Rye
212 6th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
butcherandtherye.com

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