Hester Holiday Market


One of the most fun places to get all of your holiday shopping done in NYC is at the pop-up holiday markets. There are a handful of great ones, like Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg, that I’ve vended at, but one worth checking out is the Hester Holiday Market at One Penn Plaza. 


There are about 30 amazing vendors there at the convenient and famous 34th Street right near Macy’s, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. There are booths selling handmade jewelry, accessories, art and artisanal foods and beverages.  I’ll be there selling my Squish Marshmallows (follow on Twitter and Instagram to see what dates I’ll be there) there, by the bag, holiday gift boxes, and even by the piece with the option to have your marshmallow roasted. 


I’ll also be sharing my booth with two other amazing vendors. There’s Jam Jar Bakery, selling all natural, made from scratch, pies in little mason jars. They’re ready to eat and super delicious. I even wrote a a previous post here


Also at at the booth is JLR, fun, whimsical pop-art paintings and designs. These are beyond fun and adorable and make incredible gifts for others, or, great artwork for you to hang up in your own space. 

You can find a full list of all the other great vendors here.

The Shorts:
Name: Hester Holiday Market
Location: One Penn Plaza (between 33rd and 34th Street and 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC
Dates: December 1st-21st




This past weekend, I was in Washington DC. Different city, different restaurants…something I always look forward to. I usually scout out my own places, but this weekend, I let my friends surprise me, since I knew they wouldn’t disappoint. First stop was brunch at Eatonville.


Now, Eatonville sounded familiar to me right way. I’m from Central Florida, and there’s a town called Eatonville, so, I figured there might be a connection. Come to find out, it is indeed named after the town, in honor of the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston, the author. All around you’ll see brightly colored murals on the walls paying homage to the Florida swamplands, and even a pretty glorious picture of Zora herself. 


The food is southern inspired and you’ll certainly find grits, gumbo and Po Boys, to name a few. I went for a little classic brunch with a southern twist and got their Wild Mushroom and Spinach Omelet (soufflé omelet sauté spinach, mushroom ragout) with Braised Collard Greens. The omelet was great, light, and fluffy. But my favorite part was definitely the collard greens, great flavor, and just really love collard greens. 

The Shorts:
Name: Eatonville
Location: 2121 14th Street NW, Washington DC 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, I love southern comfort food and the greens were yummy.
Would I recommend it? Yes, the atmosphere really adds to the experience, it’s vibrant and inviting.