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The chic Diana Vreeland makes an appearance in New York City’s SoHo.Artist Bradley Theodore continues to share his style of some of New York’s most beloved fashion icons. Who would you like to see him portray? I would love to see an Edie Sedgwick or Bill Cunningham piece!
Follow Bradley on Instagram to keep up with where people find his artwork and upcoming exhibits.
Photo by Ruddy Harootian

The chic Diana Vreeland makes an appearance in New York City’s SoHo.Artist Bradley Theodore continues to share his style of some of New York’s most beloved fashion icons. Who would you like to see him portray? I would love to see an Edie Sedgwick or Bill Cunningham piece!

Follow Bradley on Instagram to keep up with where people find his artwork and upcoming exhibits.

Photo by Ruddy Harootian

Thankfully I got to see the Nearness installation by Cuban artist Arles del Rio in Times Square. It was interesting to see this piece in this specific area where New Yorkers always express feelings of “constraint” or being “trapped”. Times Square has always been a sort of sore spot for New Yorkers who try  to avoid crowds. I braved it all passed the Elmo’s and Spider-Men to show support for this artist. It was great!
Keep up with with all things Time Sauqre on twitter @timessquarenyc​
Thanks for snapping the pick Nikki!

Thankfully I got to see the Nearness installation by Cuban artist Arles del Rio in Times Square. It was interesting to see this piece in this specific area where New Yorkers always express feelings of “constraint” or being “trapped”. Times Square has always been a sort of sore spot for New Yorkers who try  to avoid crowds. I braved it all passed the Elmo’s and Spider-Men to show support for this artist. It was great!

Keep up with with all things Time Sauqre on twitter @timessquarenyc

Thanks for snapping the pick Nikki!

Welcome to New York. As seen on Lafayette and Prince in SoHo.
Photo by Ruddy Harootian

Welcome to New York. As seen on Lafayette and Prince in SoHo.

Photo by Ruddy Harootian

Remember when people used disposable cameras? AND remember when I had hair? Epic #TBT on many levels. #KodakMoment
Photo by Cathy Adames

Remember when people used disposable cameras? AND remember when I had hair? Epic #TBT on many levels. #KodakMoment

Photo by Cathy Adames

Get your world traveler mojo back. It’s never too late.

Get your world traveler mojo back. It’s never too late.

(via coffeenotes)

I’m incredibly proud to see an old boss of mine get his work featured in the pages of my favorite magazine. La Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980’s by Charles Traub documents the people and flavor of that time. The colors in the images pop and linger in your mind. There is a cinematic element and it’s all held together by the fact that these were everyday people candidly shot by someone who has a really good eye.

I’m incredibly proud to see an old boss of mine get his work featured in the pages of my favorite magazine. La Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980’s by Charles Traub documents the people and flavor of that time. The colors in the images pop and linger in your mind. There is a cinematic element and it’s all held together by the fact that these were everyday people candidly shot by someone who has a really good eye.

It was completely worth my time to take the Metro in Mexico City. I wanted to experience more of what locals were doing and I told myself I’d try it a few times just to say I did it. In the end I ended up taking the Metro many more times than I had originally planned mostly because the traffic in D.F is so horrible. The train is sometimes the faster option travel-wise and only costs about five pesos a ride. Do you know what that means? Just so that you get a clear picture, at the time of my travels one dollar equated to fifteen pesos.

The other unforeseen upside was the art underground. As most of you know, I lead a NYC subway art crawl. Finding art in the Mexico’s City’s metro was exciting and it was interesting to see how the art differs in style and materials we use here in the New York City metro. Look how cool the two murals are that make you feel like you’re in the metro of Paris or London! I was loving it.

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

This was the taco stand across the street from my apartment in Condesa, Mexico City. I miss the food so much! This was totally THE scene after a few drinks in the neighborhood.
Photo by Ruddy Harootian

This was the taco stand across the street from my apartment in Condesa, Mexico City. I miss the food so much! This was totally THE scene after a few drinks in the neighborhood.

Photo by Ruddy Harootian

As if Mexico city didn’t have enough to do and see, you have to also strongly consider doing a few day trips if you have the time.

The pyramids of Teotihuacan have a unique story and are an important part of Mexican history. They city is believed to be the largest in the pre-Columbian Americas. The actual name of the city is unknown, but the Aztecs named it “Teotihuacan” or “birthplace of the Gods”. This is because the Aztecs believed that the gods created the universe at that site.

The city is about two hours from Mexico City and extremely worth visiting. I thought it was beautiful to see these ruins. They are extremely well preserved! There must have been so many stories here of families and a community that was definitely ahead of it’s time.

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

The new and charming Mimi Chengs in New York City’s east village is taking over the neighborhood one dumpling at a time. What does it have going for it? Simplicity.

There are only 3 types of dumplings to choose from which makes selection that much easier. The Reinvented Classic, The Mimi Cheng, and The Mighty Veggie. All three look  delicious, but for my first visit I went with the classic which is made with bok choy, cabbage, and pork.

The taste was incredible and the palette was extremely vivid. No boring dumpling here. It’s incredible how much more flavor you can get out of a freshly made dumpling. I actually saw them make mine right on the spot!

The Chengs are clearly experts in making the delectable treats and the family vibe is a major component of the shop. The staff is friendly and the shop itself is decorated and presented in a boutique way that is very appealing. You definitely want to sit there and eat your dumplings.

I’m already looking forward to my return. Next time I will try the steamed dumplings and report back.

Here’s a tip for first timers: Get your dumplings pan fried as opposed to steamed. Just trust me on this one.

Follow Mimi Chengs on twitter and visit the shop at 179 Second Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets) New York, NY 10003.

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

The Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico city was an unexpected surprise for me. I really had not done any research or seen any images before I showed up.

The outside facade is mostly in the Art Nouveau style, while the interior  (which houses incredible murals by Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros) is primarily art deco. I was just as impressed with the mini sculptures of Chaac on the light panels. The attention to detail was incredible.

Photography is really not allowed (unless you pay for a press pass), but I snuck one in anyway.

Photo by Ruddy Harootian

Macchiatto, let’s make love. 

@ Birch Coffee in NYC’s West Village. 

Photo by Ruddy Harootian

Macchiatto, let’s make love.

@ Birch Coffee in NYC’s West Village.

Photo by Ruddy Harootian

Neveria Roxy in Mexico City was a sort of revelation. When you think of artisanal ice cream I think your mind directly goes to Italy, but this was proof that the Mexican’s definitely know a thing or two about dairy. In fact, there were many dessert stores heavily featuring ice cream or gelato.
These two magical scoops (Amaretto and Turron) were the highlight of my dessert escapades in DF. I was impressed by the selection of flavors and by the fun appeal of the store. This boutique ice cream shop in the neighborhood of Condesa is a must during your stay in the city.
Photography by Ruddy Harootian

Neveria Roxy in Mexico City was a sort of revelation. When you think of artisanal ice cream I think your mind directly goes to Italy, but this was proof that the Mexican’s definitely know a thing or two about dairy. In fact, there were many dessert stores heavily featuring ice cream or gelato.

These two magical scoops (Amaretto and Turron) were the highlight of my dessert escapades in DF. I was impressed by the selection of flavors and by the fun appeal of the store. This boutique ice cream shop in the neighborhood of Condesa is a must during your stay in the city.

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

To say that the street food scene in Mexico City was the highlight of my trip would be an understatement. The entire time I was planning my vacation people kept warning me about the food. Montezuma’s revenge was sure to get me!  What I found was that if you follow the locals lead and mix that with a bit of courage and common sense you will experience some of the best street food in the world. Period. The Mexican food you know is a sham. Burrito? I didn’t see one during my entire trip. 

I never got sick and I never tasted something that made me want to stop eating. I would show up in different neighborhoods for the sightseeing and while there I would stop and look around at the food scene. If I saw a place that looked cleaned and had many customers I would stop and eat there. When you see a little stand with a line forming for the food it means those are returning customers who I’m sure didn’t get sick any of the times they’ve been there. 

There are so many different types of stands. Tacos are the star, but people also sell quesadillas, tostadas, tortas, and all other types of things. One of my favorite finds was Tacos Arandas near the Zocalo. It was one of the best tacos al pastor I had up until that point, but they also had other great things on the menu. 

As long as you are adventurous the city will open up to you and offer it’s gifts. I also had some of the best churros I’ve ever had in Coyoacan. There is amarket by the Frida museum that had pretty much everything. There’s no picture of my dessert because by the time I realized I had eaten the whole thing like a hungry beast. 

Of course, be careful and use your common sense. Only because I was lucky and didn’t get sick doesn’t mean that it won’t happen to you. The advice is to be more open to different things. Simple. Just promise me you won’t go to a McDonalds and we can start off on the right foot.

I won’t name all the places I found because if I give you all the answers it wont be as fun. I don’t want to give anyone a “list”. I want you to enjoy Mexico City on your own terms. Find the things that appeal to you and experience them. All I know is that everything I’ve ever heard about that city was wrong and the only way to see it for real is by going there. It’s one of the biggest cities in the world, so there is definitely a lot to see. And a lot to eat!

Tacos Arandas - Corner of Avenida 9 de Mayo and Isabel la Catolica. 

Photography by Ruddy Harootian