Breakfast At Tiffany’s is Made a Reality at The Blue Box Cafe

What is it about the allure and long-standing tradition of Tiffany & Company? I remember how excited I was to be gifted with my first Tiffany blue box. I now have a collection of boxes that I can’t find myself to throw out. I’ll probably keep them forever since they contained very special gifts. I once knew someone who got engaged in front of a Tiffany store (inside a mall! — South Coast Plaza, to be exact) with a small CD player set next to the groom-to-be that played music while he proposed (during mall business hours). Was it a corny and super cheesy proposal? Absolutely. But there is something about Tiffany that hopeless romantics cling to that probably has something partly to do with the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I’ll admit to never have seen the movie although someday I will. I’ve always wanted to see it…

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Audrey Hepburn for the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Circa 1961.

The New York flagship store of Tiffany & Company recently completed the renovation of its fourth-floor space that includes a new cafe, Blue Box Cafe, named after their iconic packaging (read a related post here). With much anticipation, the cafe opened its doors yesterday with a line down the block. Naturally, the cafe is decorated in the company’s signature robin egg blue and the space is every bit as elegant and sophisticated as you would expect from Tiffany.  If you have ever dreamed about your own real-life breakfast at Tiffany’s, well…here’s your opportunity. tiffany blue blox cafe new york_3_ Reviving Charmtiffany blue blox cafe new york_2_ Reviving Charmtiffany blue blox cafe new york_1_ Reviving Charmtiffany blue blox cafe new york_5_ Reviving Charmtiffany blue blox cafe new york_4_ Reviving Charmtiffany blue blox cafe new york_9_ Reviving Charm

I would have loved to be in New York last night to attend the opening party or test out the cafe for myself. Tiffany states that they are serving up refined American classics that will change from season to season. I’ve heard the menu is simple and although I haven’t seen it for myself, the New York Post reported that breakfast, consisting of coffee, croissant and your choice of avocado toast, truffle eggs, a smoked-salmon-and-bagel stack or buttermilk waffles, is available for $29. A two-course lunch is $39. I’d love to try the “Fifth Avenue Salad” comprised of lobster and avocado, or the “C.L.T. Sandwich” paying tribute to the company’s founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, comprised of chicken, lettuce, and tomato. Tea service is also available. I am overdue for a trip to New York but next time I’m there I would love to try Blue Box Cafe and check out the newly renovated fourth floor with its cafe, new home and accessories line, collection of vintage books and perfume lab for myself.

Tiffany & Company – 727 Fifth Avenue  – New York
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5:30 pm  / Sunday: Noon – 4:30 pm

 

Mastro’s Ocean Club: Las Vegas

I previously mentioned that I was in Las Vegas last week for work. While my days were filled with meetings, my evenings were free to enjoy with Mr. B. It’s my opinion that good food and fabulous company in a unique environment makes for a wonderful experience so we made sure to make dinner reservations for each night we were in town. Our last evening was spent dining at Mastro’s Ocean Club situated inside the Crystals at CityCenter Mall on the Las Vegas strip, shown below. Whether you like modern design or not, you can’t deny that it’s an impressive looking building. Particularly for a shopping center. citycenter mall las vegasIf you are looking for a great steak this is a great place for one. Mastro’s has restaurants around the country but most of them are located in California. Mr. B and I enjoy dining out and we are both architecture buffs so when we learned of the Las Vegas location, we knew we had to make a reservation.mastros ocean club las vegasThe restaurant itself is a key focal point in the mall. The restaurant is housed in what is described as an 80 foot tall “sculptural treehouse”. You forget that you are dining high above in a structure actually located inside a mall. mastros las vegas architecture Reviving Charm 1mastros las vegas architecture Reviving Charm 3mastros las vegas architecture Reviving Charm 2amastros las vegasmastros las vegas 1mastros las vegas 2mastros las vegas bar Reviving Charmmastros las vegas architecture Reviving CharmI have to apologize in advance for some of the not so great photos of the food. I normally don’t do foodie posts and this wasn’t something I was planning on writing about. I took numerous quick snapshots just for the heck of it and it wasn’t until I got home that I realized that this was such a unique dining experience that others may want to experience it for themselves the next time they visit Las Vegas. Afterall, sharing is caring…mastros ocean clue table las vegasOnce we sat down we were immediately provided with a basket of fresh, warm bread. I also I started my experience with a drink called “Ruby Slippers”. It was a combination of Nolet’s Silver Gin, Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, fresh lime and agave nectar served in a wine glass with a splash of Fever-Tree Ginger Beer. It was delicious and I’m ready for another…
mastros ruby slippers drinkWhen talking with people about food and the things people crave I will always make them guess what one thing I enjoy and crave on occasion. Before you read any further, do you have any guesses of your own? Well, if you guessed escargot then you are right! I ordered the escargot and it was accompanied by the most flakey puff pastry ever. It definitely hit the spot!mastros ocean club escargotMr. B ordered shrimp cocktail as an appetizer. Three of the largest shrimp I have ever seen arrived chilled in a bowl of dry ice which makes for quite the fun presentation. Again, not the best picture, but you get the point…mastros ocean club shrimp cocktailEntrees are served a la carte. We both ordered a 6-ounce steak, the smallest they offer, with a side of lobster mashed potatoes, a specialty of theirs. Once the food arrived we laughed at the fact that we didn’t order any greens. We both had enjoyed a  big salad for lunch so we figured we were covered in the veggie department for the day. dinner at mastros las vegasIt might not look like a lot of food but it was definitely filling. And unfortunately, we didn’t save “room for dessert”. I guess we just might have to plan another next trip. Afterall, I need to order myself another “Ruby Slippers”. Care to pull up a seat at the bar with me?

All photos by Reviving Charm via iPhone 6s, except photos #6, 7 and 8.

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TYDES RESTAURANT AT THE CORAL CASINO BEACH AND CABANA CLUB

Southern California experienced severe storms all weekend long. The downpours were so bad in our community that streets were flooded and many roads blocked. Flash flood alerts seemed to be issued nonstop. I saw a guy float down the street on an intertube (really?) and another guy on a surfboard. Crazy, huh! This is in vast contrast to what Mr. B and I experienced last weekend while on vacation in Santa Barbara and Montecito where the weather was in the high 60’s with intermittent sunshine. I want to share a little bit of that sunshine with you today by posting pictures taken at Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club and Tydes Restaurant in Santa Barbara.

Before mentioning anything about the restaurant I must first tell you a little bit about the Club. It’s a place of historical significance and has maintained its exclusivity since it opened its doors in 1937. An article I read from a few years back reported initiation fees in the neighborhood of $300,000 and that’s in addition to the annual dues. Membership is limited to a maximum number of people and not just anyone with the means can enlist. However, for the price of a hotel room at the lovely Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel across the street, you are entitled to use of many of the Club’s facilities. Something in hindsight that I wish we took advantage of when Mr. B and I stayed at the hotel many years ago. I guess we’ll just have to plan another getaway!

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We enjoyed a lovely stroll around the grounds of the historic Biltmore Four Seasons before walking across the street to the art deco designed Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. In the pictures above and below, the hotel’s lush landscaping is seen in the foreground with the Club and its landmark beacon in the background.

There are two entrances to the building: one for members and one for those choosing to dine at the Club’s restaurant: Tydes Restaurant. Naturally, we chose to use the member’s entrance. We aren’t members of the Club but we proceeded past the guy tending the reception desk as if we knew exactly where we were going. We weren’t stopped and entered without being confronted. Given that many of the Club’s facilities can be used by guests of the Four Seasons, I’m going to go out on a limb here by saying that they aren’t particularly strict about people poking around. Or were we just lucky?

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Once you pass the reception desk, you immediately walk through a set of doors that lead you to the oceanfront Olympic-sized saltwater swimming pool. It has been the venue for fashion shows and events since the Club’s opening. Isn’t the location just stunning?
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This picture of a seagull flying in the distance is turning out to be one of my favorites! He’s actually much farther than he appears.
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The building overlooks Butterfly Beach and even provides direct access to the sand.tydes-restaurant-santa-barbara-via-revivingcharm

Our purpose for actually visiting the Club was to have a casual lunch at Tydes Restaurant. We wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous California weather and beautiful scenery by eating somewhere that offered oceanfront dining.

Tydes Restaurant is located on the second floor of the building. Instead of taking the elevator we decided to walk up the circular staircase. This transitional space serves as somewhat of a lobby for the restaurant. It has a very Califonia cool vibe, doesn’t it? coral-casino-santa-barbara-tydes-restaurant-via-reviving-charm

There is a lot of history that surrounds the Club so you will find many historical photographs throughout the facility. Many of them include various celebrities, which is not surprising since Santa Barbara is a short drive from Los Angeles. This particular picture shows a procession of debutantes parading the latest in fashion poolside circa 1951.
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The views of Butterfly Beach and the Pacific Ocean are a perfect backdrop for a good meal.

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I couldn’t remember the last time I had a hamburger so I decided on the “Members’ Burger”. It came on a potato bun with tomato, bacon, bacon marmalade, sharp white cheddar cheese, baby gem lettuce, pickles, garlic aioli, and avocado. I ordered a quinoa salad as a side. And yes… it really was as delicious as it looks. The burger was a happy indulgence!

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