Monday, August 11, 2014

Pizza Vita Birthday!



If you have followed my blog for awhile you know by now how important the role of food is in our family gatherings. My husband thinks it's hard to have a satisfying dining experience outside of our homes with what is created in our kitchens. Cooking and eating delicious fresh food is a passion we all share.
 
My son Ryan's big birthday was approaching and sweet Hannah, his girlfriend, wanted to party!! As a side note Hannah finds a way to celebrate even a good sneeze so, even though Ryan just wanted to celebrate his day by working on his car, she wasn't letting the day pass without a party!  ENTER THE PIZZA TRUCK!!!



Pizza Vita is right around the corner from my store in Summit, NJ.  It is a hip pizzeria and restaurant featuring the best Neapolitan food....pizzas, pastas, salads, even homemade gelato!  And then the pizza went mobile and started winning food truck wars, Munchmobile accolades and long lines at farmers markets ...they even did a stint on the Today Show!  Well the truck pulled up outside the garage and within 5 minutes owner Rocco Flores and
Matt Bowman (pictured above) were cranking out the most delicious Neapolitan thin crust pizza you have EVER eaten. (NOT KIDDING!!)




An instant party like atmosphere was created when it rolled in but it didn't just look good....it tasted great, as well. The team is trained and certified using ingredients and methods in accordance with the controlled association from their Neapolitan homeland. MORE




They personalized and named the pizzas after discussing toppings with the "oh so fussy " birthday boy (where did he get THAT from?) ....Hannah got to wear her party dress and Ryan got to wear his summer mechanics outfit and family and friends with a discerning palate were VERY impressed!!




The RYAN pizza had eggplant, spinach, roasted peppers, homemade mozzarella and ricotta....I want one NOW!!


 
The birthday boys latest pastime...the KIT CAR!



Everyone enjoyed hearing about his kit car adventure. As his mother I was overjoyed when he sold his motorcycle but NOW I lie awake wondering how this guy, who never took a shop class, feels qualified to put together a fast car and plans on DRIVING and RACING IT!!! WHY?? Does the maternal worrying ever end??



Jake loved the rolling cart.



In addition to the pizzas the colorful lentil salad I made was a hit...easy easy  recipe  HERE



Roger's 1955 Chevy pickup truck and Sam Selimo's Harley appropriately added to the event.



Keeping with the theme Ryan lit his candles with a blow torch.



His high school friends and little? brother on the left shared the day...



And, as planned, it wasn't easy but he started the "car" for the first time. He was thrilled!!! His smile brought back the little boy I remember. Time just flies and I told him I don't know how he's getting older because I'm getting younger, HA!



Pizza Vita owner Rocco Flores loves sharing all the details of his fantastic restaurant he heads with Ernesto Santorelli. Rocco had a not so surprising attraction to the antique oven peels on a recent visit to the warehouse. It's a treat when he stops by and we share the passions of what we do!



Pizza Vita is located at 7 Union Place in Summit, NJ.
It's all about the beautiful oven at the restaurant handmade piece by piece from volcanic rock of Mt. Vesuvius but every detail has been attended to by this dynamic team.  A meal shared at Pizza Vita is another great reason to visit Summit....it's a great town! CLICK for a good read and more info on having the Pizza Truck at your event!







I don't like to say it but, even though there are weeks left to the summer, I know your thoughts may be turning to Back to School shopping.  I have bought a few backpacks and thought it would be nice if you could pick up an extra notebook or pack of pens or another standard school supply for elementary school or something and I could put backpacks together to donate locally. Some families are feeling the pinch of what turns into a big expense. It may be a nice conversation when shopping with your kids as you ask them to grab an extra folder or 2 and also may make them a little more tuned in to the many different lives we all lead. LET'S DO IT!! Sometimes we are all overwhelmed at the holidays so I know all you locals will respond for this good cause. It's even easier to drop off as you don't have to worry about parking at the warehouse because we are enjoying the parking lot attached.
It feels good to help!



  Happy summer!
Warmest regards,
Bonny


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Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com


 Beechwood Road location is temporarily closed for renovation, please visit us at the warehouse Monday-Saturday 11-5:30.
315B Springfield Ave. Summit, NJ. (Free parking lot!) 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

A stroll through East Hampton town and the giveaway winner!!



I always enjoy a stroll through town in East Hampton. Sitting on a bench people watching is always fun in this town of celebrities. The star spottings are a summer past time in our family,  a game we have adopted to see whose star trumps another.  I believe my sister wins with seeing Paul McCartney skip down the street past her with his daughter.  I was sitting in the same row at the theater recently with Bill and Hillary Clinton but it didn't count because it wasn't out at the beach. I was totally star struck and speechless and found their close proximity to be completely distracting. I mean my favorite actor from Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston, was portraying LBJ in All The Way and I couldn't fully concentrate with the Clinton's a few seats away. I will spare you the details about how Bill ended up sitting right behind me for the entire second act and I kept thinking he was looking at the back of my head...whatever...it was fun!

I digress because, although the play was great this post is about East Hampton..


Hydrangea grace many storefronts...



I love swinging through Mecox.



Ralph Lauren's displays always inspire. (I was at his vintage store once and he popped in with Ricky....they looked cute together......McCartney still wins!)






Stores were giving away lots of freebies....gelato pops!



Gift bags from Ricky's, a unique fashion accessory store.



 Hors d'oeuvres and champagne at Elie Tahari...



An auction pop up looking to capitalize on the summer crowd had nice noshes but all repro art.



This dress at Haute Hippie was so beautiful. I love bias cut dresses, do you?



It's hard to see but it had a delicate spray of beading on the top..



What I love about the stores here is the inventory is extraordinary, a real feast  for the eyes.



The leather is the finest....look at that woven one. Sometimes the hardware disappoints but not here. Hefty price tags, of course!



These are not your typical Converse sneakers....sparkled and distressed they were $450.00 a pair.



Back rooms were open to outdoor gardens and beautiful breezes.



Obligato always has colorful dresses with prices a little more reasonable. The sales staff is always nice, too!



The small shops have struggled with rents that keep going up and up and I thought it was nice one shopkeeper was helping another.



My favorite shoe store is Shoe Inn on Newtown Lane. They have dozens of great styles not found in department stores and a terrific sales staff. There is even a smaller one in Livingston NJ if you don't get out to East Hampton. Definitely worth a visit if logistically  possible for you.  The pricing is not sky high, they also have handbags, hats and accessories.



I never like to leave the compound for long because I don't want to miss something. Hands down my favorite summer photo is this one, above, of my mother, niece and sister....cracks me up each time I look at it.  I hope you are having some summer laughs.


We have a new shipment arriving first week in August.  This week we had a "blue sale" where anything blue was 20% off.  Currently we are running 15% off all indoor/outdoor pillows. Notified through Facebook and Instagram, it's the best way to see the new arrivals daily and receive notice of our spur of the moment sales. Like us on FACEBOOK and follow me on INSTAGRAM to receive notice. I will continue to share our progress with the renovation project here.

The winner of our giveaway is Valerie Wise. Valerie liked us on Facebook and won 2 beautiful books covered in handwritten French script paper. Thank you to all who participated, we are running another giveaway soon.

  Happy summer!
Warmest regards,
Bonny


Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items

EMAIL ME with any questions.


Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com
  12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ

 Beechwood Road location is temporarily closed for renovation, please visit us at the warehouse Monday-Saturday 11-5:30.
315B Springfield Ave. Summit, NJ. (Free parking lot!) 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Sign up and WIN and a Hamptons visit!!



It's not too late to enter our giveaway!  Just LIKE US on Facebook or FOLLOW ME on Instagram to be in the running and we'll ship you these 2 beautiful books covered in handwritten French script.




Visits to the Hamptons always have me clicking away as there are so many opportunities for beautiful and interesting pics. Enjoy these few with more next blog...

A charming old shingled home ...



Wisteria bloom abundantly as do all the plantings out east....herringbone path and an old, old fence add so much to this poolside entry.



Only in East Hampton will they take credit cards where they are selling yard sale items for $2.00. 



A ruckus game of  "heads up!" was going on when we arrived on Friday night...this is a family pic with napkins on their heads (WHY??) LOVE my Dad's belly!!  We heard the laughing as we walked up from the driveway. Get the HEADS UP app on your I phone and check it out, it's really fun and every age can play.



Saturday we headed out to Montauk to go riding.  My brother-in-law requested a horse named "Almost Dead".



You know you are getting old when you enjoy a nice easy trail ride...beautiful day!!



My cowboy stud...xo



One day it rained the entire day but it was a good time for cousins, young and old, to connect. (Sorry Rye....he's 30 now)



I was in the kitchen and clicked this picture.  16 of us in 2 rooms with multiple things going on.....my sister in the white brushing one of the dogs....this cracked me up as there is an ample size mud room, no one
wants to miss anything, HA!



Madison lovin' the ribs!



We pass by the beautiful windmill several times a weekend and this time we were lucky enough to find it open and I got to take the kids for the tour...




Nicky is just LOVING all the old wood ...



You know meal prep is a big part of the day and my sister Denise prepared a delicious stuffed flank steak.









The guys grilled...



Go to the stuffed flank steak recipe HERE ...we substituted the mozzarella for provolone. Let me know if you tried it, everyone loved it.



An old wooden board (available) makes happy hour down home! Pictured here is homemade hummus, soppresatta, ricotta salata cheese and my mother made homemade crackers.


Next blog will be East Hampton photos from town.


Still available at the warehouse are terrific summer entertaining items to make you the houseguest always invited again. Vintage items personalize any hostess gift!



Vintage fish pitchers......great vase when you show up with flowers too!




Vintage sailboat cocktail shaker...


Don't  forget to like us on FACEBOOK and follow me on INSTAGRAM to receive notice of spur of the moment specials and the new lines coming in. This week we unknowingly all wore blue and offered a discount on any item with blue! Also stop by this Wednesday the , 23rd at 4pm for happy hour at the warehouse!
I will continue to share our progress with the renovation project here.


  Happy summer!
Warmest regards,
Bonny


Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items

EMAIL ME with any questions.


Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com
  12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ

 Beechwood Road location is temporarily closed for renovation, please visit us at the warehouse Monday-Saturday 11-5:30.
315B Springfield Ave. Summit, NJ. (Free parking lot!)