Photo Diary: Happy Macaron Day 2015!

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Free colorful pastries in NYC? Yes, please!

Today, March 20th is Macaron Day, sponsored by City Harvest. The French treats were given out at several NYC locations today for free, so my friends Kristell and Vickie joined me on a mini excursion to try some deliciously flavored macarons.

1. Bouchon Bakery (Columbus Circle)

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Raspberry macaron from Bouchon!

 

2. FPB (Francois Payard Bakery on Broadway) 

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Mint chocolate macaron!

 

Look at that filing.

Look at that filing.

Cool macaron tree!

Cool pointy macaron tower!

Mmmm.

Mmmm.

3. Épicerie Boulud (Lincoln Center)

Kristell and Vickie :)

Kristell and Vickie 🙂

Awesome totes, yo.

Awesome totes, yo.

Peanut butter macaron wasnt as good as the others)

Peanut butter macaron (wasn’t as good as the other flavors).

Hope you got to enjoy some macarons today, wherever you are in the US!

Keke Palmer to Play First African-American Cinderella on Broadway

 

Keke Palmer is on a roll lately. First a talk show on BET and now a lead role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway play Cinderella.

On September 9th, Keke Palmer will make history as the first African-American Cinderella to step foot on a Broadway stage.

That’s pretty amazing.

The 21-year-0ld actress is the youngest to have a talk show on cable television. She is also famous for her role as True Jackson on the Nickelodeon show True Jackson VP.

Rumor has is that Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes might play alongside Palmer as the fairy godmother.

That’s gonna be one for the critics.

The play currently features Nancy Opel as Madame, Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Tony winner Victoria Clark as Marie, Ann Harada as Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as Gabrielle, Todd Buonopane as Jean-Michel, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton.

I can’t wait to see Keke Palmer in a ball gown and glass slippers. I’m sure she’ll make Broadway proud!

 

Macy’s 87th Thanksgiving Day Parade

This morning, NBC brought the Thanksgiving celebration to all of our hearts with Macy’s 87th Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

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The parade was almost balloon-less this year due to the wind gusts in NYC today. Balloons were flown lower than usual as a precaution.

The festivities began on television at 9 a.m. with the Macy’s Great American Marching Band’s instrumental version of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us.”

It was a great start to the morning!

Here are ten other great performances/floats/balloons featured in the parade:

1. Kinky Boots “Raise You Up”/”Just Be”: The performance from the cast of the Broadway musical Kinky Boots stirred a bit of controversy…

Regardless, I think the performace was great. Those guys dance really well in high heeled boots! I do understand how that can be hard to explain to young children.

2. The Sound of Music “16 Going on 17” (Leisl and Rolf): The performance of “16 Going on 17” by Leisl and Rolf from The Sound of Music was simply adorable. The kiss at the end was so sweet!

3. All That! Cloggers: The all male group of cloggers from South Carolina did a fantastic job. Is there any chance you guys would be willing to let a female join in? (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

4. Cher Lloyd “I Wish”: Cher Lloyd performed her song “I Wish” while on board the Hess float this year. Loved it!

5. Richard Simmons: I think this one was more odd than great. Russel Simmons rode passed the green carpet inside of a tortoise while kicking his legs up and down. I don’t quite know how to understand this.

6. J.U.M.P.: Okay, I know some people didn’t like them, but I thought they were really cool. J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade) skipped rope to Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding’s “I Need Your Love.” (Maybe I liked them so much because the only sport I can actually play well is jump rope. I felt a connection. What can I say?)

7. South Shore Drill Team: I thoroughly enjoyed the South Shore Drill’s routine to Usher’s “Euphoria.” They’ve got some great moves!

8. Despicable Me Cast: I can’t get enough of those cute little minions! The minions, Gru and the evil purple minion danced on their float to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” a song from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.

9. Ariana Grande “Last Christmas”: I hadn’t yet heard Ariana Grande’s version of “Last Christmas” before her performance on the Dora float this morning. I can’t say I didn’t like the R&B spin she put on the song!

10. Elf on the Shelf: The Elf on the Shelf balloon is one of the largest balloons to ever be part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I think this is the cutest elf I’ve ever seen!

As usual, the grand finale was Santa and Mrs. Claus, the cutest couple of the morning (well, afternoon at this point). Santa’s still looking healthy, and so does Mrs. Claus!

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! I’m thankful for all of my wonderful Whisper Box fans! You guys are awesome!

Have a great holiday!