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blueberry picking at terhune orchards

I’ve done a few posts on how much I love Terhune Orchards before (here and here). If you are in the Princeton, New Jersey area you should definitely check it out. We headed out to the farm to pick some blueberries for the West Windsor Farmers Market Blueberry Pie contest that I’m participating in.

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The farm has so many different areas that you can “pick your own” but we hit up the blueberry patch. It’s a little bit intimidating deciphering which ones are the best to pick but it was fun going up and down the aisles and finding little patches are darker ripe blueberries. blueberry pick you own - terhune orchardsIt was fun until we were sweating and beetles and other swarming creatures kept coming at us. Luckily we ended up having plenty of blueberries for my pie and headed over to the farm store for apple cider donuts.
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rittenhouse farmers market

Looking for something to do in Philly on a Saturday? Check out the Rittenhouse Farmers Market. Every Saturday its lined around the 18th/Walnut perimeter of the park. There is everything from amish flowers, lemonade, succulents, fruits, veggies, herbs and even seafood. Don’t forget to bring cash along as most of the vendors only accept cash.
rittenhouse farmers marketTo learn more about the Rittenhouse Farmers Market + other local Philly farmers markets check out their website.


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laudree macarons nyc

I’ve caught the macaron bug and I’ve been dying to head to Laudree to try the queen of the macarons. It wasn’t too long ago that the notorious french pastry shop came to New York City from Paris and now has two locations. I went to the Soho location which also has a full kitchen and tea room. I was in a moderate hurry but plan on popping back in this summer for more macaron’s and tea.
laudree macarons | as GOLD as it gets

I picked up a box of 6 which is $21, which is a lot but this is something that I cannot make on my own (yet!) and I also didn’t want to eat them right away and if you buy less than 6 they put them in a little sleeve like you get at Starbucks and these delicate little gems would just have not survived NJ Transit back to Princeton. And well, life has been hard and macaron’s are great! (Also something to note is they don’t have a credit card minimum).

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A little about the shop: It’s gorgeous and feels like you are transported into a Parisian fantasy. The windows are decorated adorably and the shop has a bright mint exterior with a huge Laudree flag fluttering in the wind on W Broadway. The staff is so friendly. Honestly the reminded me of the ladies on Disneyland’s Main Street that serve ice cream, they look (and sound) like they flew in from Paris and they are so patient as you peruse the mountains of treats that you can get. You even get to choose the color box that you want (and they don’t seem to mind as you snap a few photos!).

window display laudree  Who doesn’t want to have a little dessert on this china?laudree tablesThey absolutely live up to the hype. They are so flaky, chewy but cripsy and obviously have amazing flavor. The one below is the Rose which is understated but fresh and smell heavenly.
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Laudree Soho Location
398 W Broadway 


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unionville vineyards – central new jersey wine

I wanted to share this great vineyard – if you find yourself near central New Jersey you should definitely check it out or you can also order it online at their website. I had gotten a Living Social deal for a wine tasting and tour and it was so much fun. The grounds are beautiful and the tasting room is super cool and rustic.

unionville winery | as GOLD as it gets

Their wine tastes really good. And not just, “I’m at a vineyard and this is cool” tastes good, but a “I’d embarrass myself trolling stores looking for this again“. That good.

unionville winery | as GOLD as it gets

There is a ton of info in their tasting room about the vineyard owner and his inspiration and goals. It’s cool to see the man behind the whole adventure.

unionville winery | as GOLD as it gets

We actually first heard about the vineyard when we ate here. They pull from local farms and vineyards and we of course HAD to order Revolutionary Red, they also have George Washington wine.(have I ever mentioned on here our cats names are Martha Washington and Betsy Ross? #america). Anyway, we saw it was local and our waitress told us all about how they had a great relationship and really the wine spoke for itself.
unionville winery | as GOLD as it getsWe had a private tour of the facilities and it was so cool to see how they do things there. Most vineyard tours are the same but they really go into detail to share about what makes them different. I highly recommend a visit (or an online order!).


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New Orleans

I am lucky enough to been able travel frequently for work but its usually to the same general places. I recently attended a conference in New Orleans, my first time there, and my first time to really explore a city alone. I know understand why people travel alone…because its awesome.

Jackson Square, New Orleans

Here are some of my recommendations from my brief stay.

Hotel: I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott and it was so convenient. I definitely recommend staying there, its just a few blocks away from the French Quarter, quiet and clean! The only weird thing is that my room had no windows to the outdoors, only out into the interior of the hotel.

Food: I found Chartres House on Yelp a couple of weeks before I arrived. It’s located right off Jackson Square on Chartres. You can see more about Chartres House here. My table looked right out onto the street, hence the scary van in the picture. The food was amazing and I only wish I had more people with me to split and try more things. I think that’s the worst thing about traveling alone!

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Terhune Orchards

My favorite season is definitely fall – and this one couldn’t have been better! As we speed through the end of fall and approach winter and Christmas I’m thankful for so many things including these beauties, a job I love, and a hard-working husband.

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Are you near central New Jersey? Definitely check out Terhune Orchards in Princeton. There is a farm store with hot cider (+ more importantly hot cider donuts), fields to cut flowers, orchards to pick your own fruit and even a wine barn.