We love climbing Up these letters… When suddenly We see 2 lovely women spreading the American flag in front of the “I Am Amsterdam” Letters.

Happy 4th of July to you too we said…

Decided to share that nice image with you…

Enjoy the 4 of July everywhere ❤️

Nice meeting You Alice And Mallorie ! 

Xoxo Jessica 

Unbelievable but true these pictures were taken In Central Park this morning. 


Pictures by Hopeje ( Jessica de Vreeze ©) feel free To Share and use but keep The copyrights In mind and tag me.

Wishing You a Great Sunday !

Have you heard, or witnessed how we used to cook in our grandma and great-grandma generation?

Why Am I sexist, I could say in our grand-pa and great grand-pa generation.

Man also like to cook! Some of them.

In my father family,  men were and are always cooking.

In my mom’s family it is woman only! Until she met my father, who took over the stove!

I m both side grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter and daughter, and I love Cooking….

I cook like in the old days, With approximative proportions, and my 5 senses.

I also know how to follow a proper recipe but I find it usually less fun….very important under certain circumstances like : when you really can’tmess up your cooking and can’t order at the last minute to save the day!

So how to make Pate d Amande ( Almond paste):

Take some almond boil them, until they become tender and the brown envelopes starts detaching itself!

Then remove them from the boiling water and as soon as you can peel off the brown skin.

Once they are all cream color and shinny…

Use your mixer to reduce them to powder! ( for the lazy one buy almond powder premade… But won t taste as good).

Mix an egg  yolk, or 2 depending on the amount of almond you used! You ll see what you need as it needs to form a paste… Should not be liquid!

Add some sugar powder… Also depending on your taste but enough to keep the mix well binded !

Add some orange blossom flower water ! The delicious taste  needed in any North African desert! 

Then make little balls place them nicely on a plate 

Cover and place in the fridge for at least one hour so they become firm !

Then it s time to eat… Serve them and enjoy…

You can also open dates and insert the almond paste ball in it… Or put 2 nuts around the almond paste ball… Serve with tea or coffee or just as a dessert…

Can t believe I started writing  that post more than 500 days ago…

Kisses to all…

Miss my Grand-maman… So looking forward to these pates d Amande… I ll make some tomorrow with my kids. Send me your pixs if you try at home! Do not be affraid using my old fashion direction you can t miss.

All you need is :

Almonds

Sugar

 Orange blossom water 

Eggs ( in fact just the yolk) 

Additional any dry fruits ( better with dates or nutts).

A mixer and a fridge 


1/ Maison Harlem 

French ambiance, with a warm touch that completly Harlem, NY, USA’s style! This restaurant could be in the center of Paris, I would see it in Chatelet les Halles, as it could be in Lyon or Bordeaux, but it is for our luck in NYC! 

Food is delicious, mainly French with a North African touch (a delicious couscous and the best Mergues).

The product used are carefully selected from local producer. I did give up, eating meat in many places in The USA, but in MAISON Harlem I do not think twice, and enjoy myself. 

Next on my to try list: the half rosted chicken, Miam Miam  yummy.

And my unconditional love : their ratatouille.


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2/ ChaiWali 

Indian fusion I love Their Food And Their decoration. Well though inside-out! You ll find a nice terrass on the back with a gigantic bird cage! 

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3/ The Red Rooster

This one is a corner stone of Harlem! Amazing drinks! Earthy southern American food and live music you would not want to miss!

Ambiance !!!! A real Atmosphère! People are alive ! Sensual and want to enjoy life ! You feel it all around you! It s a real pleasure to be there !

Tip: no reservations during WE arrive early and enjoy a drink by the bar. 

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Challenge ! 

Novelty!

Pushing yourself !

Moving forward!

And more…

That is how I feel.

Fast is not enough to describe the rythme We are living at.

New York could be a definition of the “fast” I ld like to describe.

New York is full, fast, new, engaging, opportune, young, never ending, sleepless… 

When your away, 2 days seems like a week… You miss it… New York has grown into you… You are making One… But it s too much…it s oversize… But you like it … It feels right…les vitesses sont Enclenchees! ( the gears are looked ).

You become yourself, while losing sight of where your going, slow down and think ( almost impossible). Necessary : you break, adjust the speed… Look around realize … Full speed again … It s exhilarating… You are alive !

Hopeje / Jessica 

Some pictures of my first fine art photography exhibition in NYC: more can be found on my website.

This event was the opportunity to star a campaign for SACH such a beautiful adventure : healing one child is bringing life ! 

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I realize how overwhelmed we get in The USA with donation request ! It is terrible ! I agree too much … But should you have 2 mn and even 5 $ Donate and reward yourself for it! It s a beautiful cause and your generosity deserved to be thanked.

“Yes I can buy myself this beautiful dress, take the time to drink my coffee in peace, eat an ice cream.” Anything you wish for, in a normal day, you deserve it ! today you  earned it! No doubt.

Last week I saw a moving documentary on children saved by SACH… And I wished I could do more… It was about children in Tanzanie and miracles! generosity and passion of 2 doctors and the love of parents for their sick child! The strength of community! It was about beleifs ! Faith in God ! Any God! They all had a different name for God but believed in the same strengh! LOVE LIFE HOPE COMMITMENTS !

How the effort of men can change life for One and for all.

Some years ago a girl from Ethiopia with a congenital heart disease was saved by SACH she is now in the USA completing her studies to become medical doctor and go back to Etiopia to help healing her people!

Save one life and your ll save many more !
The campaign Hearted ! Artists for SACH ! started May 5ft will end in 2 days. Press here and reward yourselves. Thank you! 
 
Yesterday We met these bikers  in Central Park ! They had just completed 556 miles in a day from Quebec to NYC ! Free spirit! Great smile ! Love to meet people that follow their dreams!


Nobody said it s easy but it is surely worth it!

Believe in yourself and live your dreams! Make it happen ! Yes you can !

A Very good Address Upper East side NYC

Mei-Jin Ramen 

Located on:

3rd av And 82nd 

A quote From people living down town:

“We are coming From down-town To way Their Ramen”.

Nothing else To Add…


Enjoy…

Xoxo
hopeje