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Maya Henry The World's Luckiest Teenager By W.A. Muller | Photos by Antoine Verglas
lam girl Maya Henry gained overnight celeb status and tens of thousands of Instagram followers after her $6M Quinceañera party, featuring live performances by Pitbull and Nick Jonas, went viral earlier this year.
Overnight, the world took notice. Dubbed, “The World’s Luckiest Teenager” Maya has since made the rounds on some of the biggest entertainment stages- from Inside Edition to the Steve Harvey Show. She has appeared in specials for Pro7 in Germany and Australia’s Sunrise Morning Show and will star in an upcoming episode of the U.K.’s “Rich Kids of Instagram.” She has been photographed by highfashion photographers Vincent Peters and Antione Verglas and has been featured in fashion spreads for major publications.
Most recently, Maya attended the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Fashion Awards along with the likes of Beyoncé, Michael Kors, Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell. The young fashionista looked radiant in a full-length semi-sheer Etro gown with long sleeves and a floral pattern, matched with jewels by David Webb. Maya also sported a trendy triple braid hairstyle by expert hair stylist Laura Polko and makeup by celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta. Allure.com called Maya’s CFDA look one of their “Favorite Beauty Looks” from the award show. Jet-setting from Hillary Clinton fundraisers and photo shoots in NYC to Coachella and dinner at George Clooney’s house in L.A. is a typical weekend for this trendsetting teen. Viva LA has called Maya “the epitome of what it means to be a young and rich Latino in today’s world.” August 2016 | 33
Have you always been an influencer; someone that people get inspired by? In my teens I started to realize I was becoming an influencer. As a younger girl I would study and make good grades, I would play tennis and compete, and I was into fashion and had my own style. I then started Maya’s Corner in an effort to help less fortunate families and kids with school supplies. I realize how important it is to be a positive influence and a good role model to young kids and I hope to inspire others. I hope to become a more significant influencer in our world as time goes on. You recently created your own hashtag #teensforhillary to support Hillary Clinton’s political campaign. How important do you think it is for young people to take a stand in politics, even before they are able to vote? I do support Hillary Clinton even though I am too young to vote. I think it is very important for young people to know what is going on in the world and to care about their future. I feel that as a young woman it is important to have leaders that understand and care about women’s issues and rights. I am also Latina and I have a grandmother that came from Mexico not knowing any English. I think that Hillary Clinton wants everyone to have opportunities in this country. At what point in your life did you discover your interest in philanthropy and activism? I discovered my interest in philanthropy and activism when I was very little at my father’s annual turkey giveaway. I went every year to his giveaway and would see the lines of people wrapped around the streets waiting for a turkey. Seeing all the children in the lines made me understand what a blessed life I have and that I am very fortunate. I created Maya’s Kids Corner at all of my father’s events so that all the children were entertained and could have fun. Maya’s Corner came from that and has since evolved. I am now helping kids with school supplies. Education is the key to all of our futures and this assistance I hope will nurture the minds of children. You are an avid and competitive tennis player. How did you first get involved in tennis? Are there any other sports that you like to practice? My dad started my brother in tennis. He was very good, so I was a little intimidated to start playing but I did it anyway. I doubted myself early on but tried hard and practiced. I entered a small tournament and won! This taught me to work hard and practice and that sticking with something pays off. Now I train in tennis several hours a day and I play at a high competitive level. I really enjoy working out! I also love boxing and Pilates. You recently spent some time in the Hamptons. What do you like most about the Hamptons? The Hamptons were so much fun! I like how it reminds me of NYC, but a beach version. The restaurants were great and there were so many different workout places that I tried. I really enjoyed eating at Kozu and Tutto il Giorno in Southampton and the classes at Physique 57 in Bridgehampton were great. August 2016 | 35
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Favorite vacation spot? Harbour island, Bahamas, where we rented a villa on the beach. We visit regularly and I love this place because it is so relaxing and our family gets to spend quality time together. The beach is amazing with turquoise water and the sand is light pink. I enjoy seeing the same locals when we visit because they are so friendly and nice. I also get to snorkel with my dad, which is a special time for me.
You were thrown a magnificent Quinceañera earlier this year with guest appearances from world-renowned artists Pitbull and Nick Jonas. Tell us about the most unforgettable moment at the party? Not to brag but my Quinceañera was one of the best parties ever! Nick Jonas was amazing and he is such a nice and friendly guy. Pitbull was so much fun and so energetic. He had everyone dancing and jumping up and down. My event planner was David Monn from New York. He made everything happen and he had the venue built for my party. It took a month to get the venue built and he had 150 people helping him. It is hard to describe how amazing the venue is unless you were there. When we walked in we were amazed even though we knew what to expect. There was a garden room with a live fountain, cherry blossom trees, grass flooring and flowers everywhere. Then the curtains opened to a huge party room that had lounge-style seating, butterflies hanging from the ceiling, huge flowers everywhere, a dance floor in the middle, and an amazing stage set up. My favorite part though was the father/daughter dance. I am very close to my dad and he does a lot for me!
What song do you listen to on repeat? Bad Decisions by Ariana Grande. I am a huge fan of Ariana Grande because she is so nice to her fans and this particular song is great.
You have Mexican heritage on your mother’s side. What role does that play in your life and family traditions? I am an American Mexican! My mother and grandmother’s cultural influence has taught me not only a language, but the spirit of life, family, loyalty, hard work and respect for yourself and others. My grandmother is the earth beneath my feet, my mother is the foundation of my life. Without them I would not be the young woman that I am.
Where do you see yourself in five years? In five years I would like to be modeling and attending an Ivy League college or go to Georgetown and become a human rights/ international lawyer. If you could meet anyone in the world, whom do you want to meet? The world is full of amazing people. I have had the opportunity to meet many of the people that I admire, like Hillary Clinton, Amal Clooney and Anna Wintour. The person I would like to meet that I haven’t already met would be Oprah Winfrey. Oprah Winfrey is a woman that has risen to the top in spite of every possible obstacle in her way. I would love to know what inspired her and still inspires her today. Describe your style. Who has been your greatest style influence? My style varies. I dress for comfort most of the time. My look is either very girly, tomboyish or boho. My style depends on my mood that day. I love dresses and heels and I do like to steal my brother’s bomber jackets or shirts. I have been stealing his clothes since I was a toddler. Do you have any favorite quotes? “When life puts you in a tough situation, don’t say why me?...say try me!!”
Tell us something that most people do not know about you. Most people do not know that I have a wicked sense of humor. I also love to dance! I wish I could have been a dancer.
“You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic!”
What is your favorite restaurant in New York? Favorite restaurant is Per Se because the food is amazing and they can accommodate the menu to your liking and the service is great. My favorite dish would be the salmon cones and the potato croquettes.
Do you have or have you ever had any pets? I have four dogs: Three poodles and one mutt. All but one are rescue dogs. I am very involved with animal shelters and I donate to Mercy for Animals.
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THE ITALIAN DINING TRILOGY Il Gattopardo, The Leopard At Des Artistes, And Mozzarella & Vino
By Peter Elston
he Godfather is considered by many to be the greatest Italian trilogy of all time. Over the last few years, thereâ€™s only one trilogy that stands above the rest; Il Gattopardo, The Leopard At Des Artistes, and Mozzarella & Vino. The trilogy of restaurants sets a new standard in fine Italian dining, with the only debate being whose everyoneâ€™s favorite of the three. One, Two or all three are sure to satiate your appetite with their delectable dishes. The Il Gattopardo family of restaurants is owned by husband-and-wife team of Gianfranco and Paula Bolla Sorrentino, and Partner Chef Vito Gnazzo. Originally from Naples, Italy, Gianfranco Sorrentino carries over 40 years of experience in restaurant management, some of these include Quisitana Hotel in Capri, Dorchester Hotel in London, Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo, Bice restaurant in New York, Sette MoMA restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art of New York, and Union Bar & Grill in Great Barrington, MA. In September 2001 he opened Il Gattopardo, just across the street from MoMA, along with his wife Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and his talented Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo. Most recently the Sorrentinos embraced in one of the most rewarding journeys of their careers, the re-birth of the New York landmarked des Artistes restaurant. 44 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
IL GATTOPARDO Fine dining icon Il Gattopardo opened in 2001, and still attracts a loyal clientele who come for both the authentic southern Italian cuisine and the warm, Italian hospitality. Il Gattopardo is located in the historically landmarked Rockefeller Townhouses at 13-15 West 54th Street. Aside from the sleek, modern main dining room, the restaurant also boasts a beautiful, lushly-planted 6-story Atrium, in which weekend brunch is served (with live jazz on Saturdays), and a wide range of private events are held. Il Gattopardo serves traditional Southern Italian comfort food that has been adapted for the contemporary palate without compromising the authenticity of the cuisine, which became a must to its loyal upscale New Yorker clientele. Il Gattopardo presented their new Summer menu just in time for the warmer weather. An exceptional array of new dishes join the longtime crowd favorites at the midtown restaurant, including delectable appetizers, pastas, and entrees. 212.246.0412, or ilgattopardonyc.com.
THE LEOPARD AT DES ARTISTES Five years ago, in the historically landmarked Hotel des Artistes, on a beautiful, tree-lined block between Central Park and Lincoln Center, Gianfranco Sorrentino and his wife Paula Bolla Sorrentino, along with Partner Chef Vito Gnazzo, opened The Leopard at des Artistes. The opening included a floor-to-ceiling renovation of the existing space, and a complete restoration of the original, famed Howard Chandler Christy murals that adorn its walls. The Leopard at des Artistes, located in the historically landmarked Hotel des Artistes at 1 West 67th Street, boasts a diverse menu that finds its roots in the area once known as The Kingdom of Two Sicilies of the mid-1800s, and the culinary traditions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course, Sicily. The menu also features dishes traditionally found in regions outside of southern Italy, such as Lazio and Umbria.
MOZZARELLA & VINO Mozzarella & Vino, located at the former Il Gattopardo space, at 33 west 54th Street - as you may know, Il Gattopardo moved to the new location, on the same block at number 13 West. Their talented Chef Vito Gnazzo is responsible for the mouthwatering menu that reflects the simplicity of authentic Italian ingredients, with a heavy emphasis on the Mozzarella di bufala Campana, Italian cheeses and affettati. Based mostly on classic Italian antipasti, such as arancini, panzarotti, and mozzarella rolls, they also serve a wonderful selection of panini , soups, salads, and of course mozzarella on all shapes and combinations â€Ś even on desserts. Their enoteca style bar focuses on showcasing rather smaller family estates and independent Italian winemakers. They proudly share beloved wines, definitely not mainstream, wines that translates history, quality and good value. A variety of by the glass is offered, as well as by the bottle. Their selection greatly varies due to constant new discoveries.
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Bagatelle French Flair in Manhattan
By Sara Barry
steemed French restaurant Bagatelle New York invites you to the Meatpacking District to bask in European-style grandeur. Located in the former Collective space at One Little West 12th Street, Bagatelle invigorates the Meatpacking District with French cuisine, a lively atmosphere and European flair. Bagatelle’s cuisine is a marriage of contemporary and traditional French cuisine, with dishes drawing inspiration from the south of France that are executed exquisitely. Bagatelle is adorned with a new outdoor terrace, reminiscent of one at a Parisian cafe. An intimate dining room with a full bar awaits you as you walk through the doors. Modern art, in an almost abstract-expressionist style, adorns some of the sleek white walls, which are detailed with fine molding. The decor is sophisticated, yet has a hidden lightheartedness evident in the choice of art. Bagatelle is well-known for its over-the-top, energetic brunch party, featuring thundering music courtesy of a DJ, champagne, even people dancing on chairs. This is what results when classy meets hip. Be sure to reserve a table before heading over, because Bagatelle, restaurant by day, club by night, is typically bustling with people. For appetizers, delight in fruit of the sea and try the Maine Diver Scallops or the Ahi Tuna Tartare with Avocado Salad. Or, try the ceviche-like Crab Salad, a meal sure to be memorable. As an entrée, the Châteaubriand Pour Deux is a crowd favorite, topped with truffle potato purée, and a red wine and peppercorn sauce. Try the Pizza à la Truffle Noire, topped with black truffles, or the Côte de Bœuf, a perfectly cooked bone-in ribeye. The chef’s unique creations, such as Crab
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Salad with Grapefruit and Fennel or a Poulet Truffle Pour Deux with Yukon gold potatoes, shallots and button mushrooms, are also sure to impress. Bagatelle also shines in the dessert arena; try a Pavlova Fraises et Vanille, an Italian meringue crisp with strawberry marmalade and sauce and vanilla Chantilly or a Chouchou Caramel, caramelized hazelnut mini choux puff with milk chocolate caramel sauce, among other great options. The Huge Sundae can be shared by ten people and is equipped with sparklers, making it a show of its own. The restaurant offers a one-thousand-dollar ice cream sundae, the Mauboussin Mega Sundae, featuring scoops of vanilla ice cream and Dom Perignon Rose sorbet topped with chocolate truffles, macarons, whipped cream, chocolate vodka sauce and gilded brownies, with a sprinkle of gold leaf. If you are in search of a luxury dessert, this is the one. Bagatelle’s chefs have grown up in Normandy, Alsace and Brittany, and expertly and creatively craft cuisine that finds its roots in two continents. Bagatelle New York’s kitchen is led by acclaimed Chef Nicolas Frezal who brings his exciting creations to the New York dining scene. Bagatelle New York’s union of finely prepared French cuisine and a lively club-like atmosphere is what makes the New York dining scene an adventure. 1 Little West 12th Street New York, NY 10014 212.488.2110 bagatellenyc.com
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Da Claudio Downtown A Rustic Italian Kitchen in FIDI
By Christopher A. Pape
ocated in the heart of lower Manhattan, Da Claudio brings seasonal Italian cuisine and a friendly modern aesthetic to Nassau/Ann Street, one of New York City’s oldest and historic streets. Owners Linda and Claudio Marini are proud of this cozy Italian dining spot that is nestled comfortably within the Financial District. Situated in a sleek and contemporary space, the 100-seat restaurant has a warm and friendly atmosphere with its open kitchen and handsome bar serving wine, beer and cocktails. This light and airy dining spot is decorated with artwork representative of both the past and present. Salvaged artifacts from Linda and Claudio’s former restaurant, Barbarini, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, are mounted on the walls–however, its legacy continues at Da Claudio. Da Claudio offers a specialty Italian menu with a modern and creative twist. The seasonal menu is always changing with new and exciting dining options for guests to enjoy. Using only the freshest and finest imported ingredients, all pasta, sauces, stocks and desserts are made in-house with each dish unique in flavor. Take-out, delivery and catering are also available for guests to treat themselves to some of these gourmet dishes outside of the restaurant. Da Claudio welcomes local employees and residents to enjoy refreshing cocktails and small plates after their long workday. Sip on a glass of Fattoria Sardi Rosato, a pale & dry, lightly herbaceous, raspberry and melon Italian Rosé as you indulge in small plates of Ciccetti and Crostini. Or enjoy one of Da Claudio’s seasonal cocktails; might we suggest the Amarcord– made with Tanqueray gin, peach puree, fresh lemon juice, St. Germaine and agave.
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The menu features both lunch and dinner, beginning with classic antipasti. Start the antipasti adventure with the Polpo, grilled octopus with herbed sautéed potatoes and taggiasca olive tapenade, tender and rich in flavor. Share an Italian-style salad, the Insalata Verde del Mercato, paired with pickled beets and squash, radish, pear, cabernet vinegar and topped with pumpkin seeds–a perfect light beginning before the main course. At Da Claudio the cuisine is tailored to dining preferences with its extensive variety of entrées to choose from. Try the Linguine Nere House, a perfect seafood and pasta combination made with homemade black linguine and prawns combined in a spicy tomato sauce. The Fettucine Casalinghe al Pesto is a luscious house-made fettucine with pesto and cherry tomatoes–a popular and authentic Italian recipe. For meat lovers, enjoy a mouthwatering Bistecca Tagliata, a sliced sirloin steak with a Cabernet vinegar reduction accompanied with herbed sautéed potatoes. Artfully prepared, the Stinco di Maiale Pork Shank is a succulent and flavorful dining option paired harmoniously with Fuji apple and cipollini agrodolce. Da Claudio is a fitting addition to Downtown with its heritage of traditional house-made Italian delights, carefully pairing delectable entrees with refreshing wine and cocktails while serving guests in a contemporary setting. 21 Ann St NY, NY 10038 212.285.2668 daclaudionyc.com
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Blue Fin A Temple of Fresh Fish
By Georgette Malitsis
reeting the street with its sleek glass design, Blue Fin brings the deep sea to the heart of Manhattan. Blue Fin is designed to maintain a modern New York City feel while bringing Zen to your taste buds. Located inside of New York City’s world-class hotel, the W Times Square, one can dive into the varieties of fresh seafood. Seeking a pre- or post-theater dining experience? You may find comfort trying their sushi and raw offerings or perhaps the lounge area may be suited to satisfy your dining pleasure. At Blue Fin, the menu divides the ocean bounty between cooked fish and raw. In the raw-fish portion of the menu are the notable Shellfish Towers showcasing a tasteful variety of oysters, clams, crab and lobster. Priced by size and defined by luxury, you may choose between “balcony,” “mezzanine” and “orchestra” for an all-encompassing seafood experience. For sushi lovers, you will find yourself enticed by the Dressed Sushi; each piece carefully crafted with tasteful accompaniments tailored to the particular fish ordered. We enjoyed the Eel dressed with sweet grilled pineapple seasoned with spicy gochujang (serrano chili); both flavors harmonious with every bite. On the cooked side, we recommend the Charred Tender Spanish Octopus topped with spiced Romesco sauce, and seasoned with smoked paprika (essential for Spanish cooking) for a distinct sweet and smoky taste accompanied by olive-oil potatoes. If you are looking for a quick bite, may we suggest the mouth-watering Lobster Mac & Cheese. A creamy combination of bacon, truffle and English peas tied together with melted Italian Fontina.
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For dinner, we found that the most notable entrée to be the Glazed Chilean Sea Bass accompanied by sesame roasted eggplant, crispy rice and lemongrass soy. A dish full of flavor– definitely to be revisited. To grasp the theme of Blue Fin you will find yourself fulfilled by the Thai Seafood Hotpot. Composed of lobster, shrimp, calamari, littlenecks and scallops in a kaffir lime broth, it is a dish so satisfying that you may not have room for dessert. However, the exceptional flavors of homemade ice cream are a must. Indulge yourself with a cold treat that will be a fitting end to your dining experience. Our personal favorite was the blueberry cheesecake-flavored ice cream. In a hurry to catch the matinee? Be on your way with a one of Blue Fin’s “Theatre Treats to Go.”—a choice of sweet or salty treats, such as warm chocolate chip cookies or caramel popcorn. Blue Fin offers an extensive variety of dishes from the ocean. From the depths of the Mediterranean, to the Italian Riviera all the way to the shallow waters of Thailand, lose yourself among the delicious and exotic flavors that are brought to the table. Blue Fin is a modern seafood restaurant, bringing you a quiet sophisticated dining experience among the action in Times Square. W Times Square,1567 Broadway NY, NY 10036 212.918.1400 bluefinnyc.com
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Dante NYC Classic Italian in the Village
By Georgette Malitsis
storied Greenwich Village restaurant, Caffe Dante (now known as Dante NYC), has proudly served New Yorkers for over 100 years. It continues to serve its loyal patrons with a newly refined menu offering full meals and an extensive variety of cocktails. Currently, the historic restaurant is under new Australian ownership, yet the restaurant’s team leader, Linden Pride, has successfully preserved the Italian culture and hospitality of the original Caffe Dante.
If you are seeking true Italian tradition then enjoy the Maitake and Oyster Mushroom Lasagna crafted with ricotta and Parmigiano cheeses. Find yourself comfortably satisfied with the Pappardelle pasta combined with veal shoulder, ragu, asparagus and spiced with herbs. Stop by any day during the week from 4pm to 7pm for Dante NYC Negroni Sessions, with notable cocktails such as the Negroni or Negrogi Frappe, using careful combinations of ingredients to complement your dinner.
The space is decorated with classic European detailing such as an exposed brick wall, tin ceiling and cream leather banquets. The checkered tile flooring and charred oak bar conserve the old feeling of the 100-year-old restaurant. Regulars will be pleased to see photographs of past Caffe Dante patrons lined up against the walls, reassuring its customers that the memory of the restaurant forever remains.
If you’ve had an early start to your day, head to Dante NYC for a decadent brunch. Choose from a selection of breakfast options that offer an AmericanItalian twist, such as the Pumpernickel French Toast with ricotta, cinnamon, agave and caramelized banana. A Green Bowl of Quinoa is perfect for a light brunch, with spring peas, green beans, avocado, arugula and soft poached egg–add pancetta (Italian bacon) to complete your meal.
The menu features classic Italian dishes with an emphasis on homemade pastas. Since the reopening there have been several New York classic ingredients added to the menu as well. The menu is sectioned by crudos, appetizers, sourdough flatbread and large delectable entrees. Dante NYC also offers an assortment of classic desserts and pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth.
An ideal addition to your brunch is freshly baked artisan bread such as the house-made banana bread, served toasted with ricotta and honey. If you are craving something really sweet then there are daily homemade treats including pastries and gelato with flavors such as tiramisu, stracciatella and pistachio, or perhaps a lemon sorbet to cleanse the palette.
Start off with the Beef Tartar, decorated with watercress, pickled mustard seeds and crispy quinoa accompanied with sourdough bread. If you don’t care for raw meat, then treat yourself to one of Dante NYC’s warm Sourdough Flatbreads, such as the Verde with spicy lamb sausage, mozzarella and arugula.
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Molos A View to Match the Meal
By Georgette Malitsis
verlooking the famous New York City skyline, Molos, offers upscale Greek Mediterranean-inspired cuisine alongside a spectacular view. Located in Weehawken NJ, the restaurant is nestled right along the Hudson River, with clear views of the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower and Verrazano Bridge. As you admire the riverfront view, dive into the flavors of some of the freshest Modern Greek cuisine. The two-story restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing a panoramic view of the skyline for all diners to appreciate. The main dining room features a contemporary modern design, bright and white, carefully decorated with Mediterranean-style décor. The restaurant also has a cozy lounge area and full bar offering a vast selection of Hellenic wines and weekday happy hour specials. The second floor of Molos is a private dining space that sits 120 guests comfortably for special events such as birthdays and weddings. Executive Chef Gregory Zapantis, prepares each dish with uncompromising quality and freshness. The notable Chef Zapantis has received much recognition on several media outlets such as the New York Times and the CBS cooking channel. The menu stays true to Greek tradition alongside extensive dining options such as a weekend brunch, lunch and dinner as well as a Sunday lobster feast. The dinner menu starts off with a selection of raw offerings, such as blue point oysters, little neck clams, chilled lobster and crab legs. A traditional Greek salad and an order of the Pikilia consisting of a selection of Molos signature spreads are classic options to prepare you for the main course.
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Dive into the Mediterranean waters with an order of the Lavraki–a moist, mild and tender white flesh European sea bass indigenous to the shores of Greece. Or try an order of the Seafood and Orzo made with lobster, shrimp, calamari and mussels in orzo pasta–perfect for our seafood enthusiasts. Stop in for a weekend brunch, early birds can enjoy the Lobster Benedict with poached eggs and a mint hollandaise sauce. If you choose to fully embody the essence of Greece at Molos then might we suggest the Grecian Frittata–three organic eggs, tomatoes, peppers, Kalamata olives and feta cheese. Top off your brunch with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s for as long as two hours. Delight yourself with delicious desserts to choose from to conclude your main course. Satisfy your taste buds with a Sweet Almond Baklava, a phyllo pastry filled with almonds topped with sugar syrup. Devour an order of Galaktoboureko, a traditional Greek dessert made with semolina custard in a crispy phyllo shell. If you are looking for mouthwatering seafood and a priceless view, then make your way to Molos Restaurant. This Modern Greek restaurant prides itself on serving the freshest ingredients ensuring that your dining experience will be memorable. 1 Pershing Road Weehawken, NJ 07086 201.223.1200 molosrestaurant.com
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DIRTYBURGER Inventive American Cuisine
By Sara Barry
rought to you by Chef Ian Russo, aka The Dirty Chef, Dirtyburger is located in Plainview, showcasing a unique type of American cuisine. Don’t let its name fool you—Dirtyburger uses the freshest ingredients possible, and boasts the use of all-natural, hormone and additive-free Angus beef. Dirty cooking, the combination of the Chef’s own enhanced spice blend with a caramelizing agent amplifies taste to an entirely new level and caters to every palate under the sun. Diners can order Dirty-style fries, wings, mac and cheese, even ice cream.
The Dirty Lamb Burger is mouthwatering, almost like a glorified gyro; it includes an arugula cucumber mix and signature “Dirtziki” sauce. Pescetarian-friendly options include the Dirty Salmon, topped with avocado and wasabi mayo, or the Dirty Ahi, with a lightly seared sushi-grade Ahi Tuna Steak. Order your favorite cocktail from the full bar and enjoy the marriage of a Dirty Margarita and Dirty Burger. The Dirty Entrées are also a crowd favorite; choose from ribs, steaks or a Chef’s barley bowl where you can choose your protein.
When you first step into Dirtyburger, you are welcomed by an open dining area featuring wood-topped tables paired with steel chairs and black leather banquettes. Red, a signature color of Dirtyburger's, adorns some walls accented with graffiti. One side of the dining room is lined by a reclaimed wood wall, embellished with a few works of pop art. The dining area has a clear view of the kitchen, and has a television for live sports. The restaurant’s simple yet contemporary vibe pairs nicely with its modern spin on the burger.
Dirtyburger entered the world when Chef Russo returned to New York after spending time traveling across the globe. In New York City’s Upper East Side, he opened IAN, his eponymous restaurant, where his signature Dirty Drunken Rib-eye, New York Magazine’s “Best Steak in the City,” was created. Russo is classically trained and has cooked in international kitchens, from the world-famous kitchen of Michel Guérard at Eugénie-les-Bains to Hawaiian fusion cuisine at the renowned Roy’s. After perfecting his dirty cooking style, he launched Dirtyburger, and has shared his signature dishes with Long Island ever since.
The amount of passion that Russo injects into his food is obvious after taking a bite. Every morsel is flavorful, as rave reviews concur. While the original Dirtyburger is intended to be eaten as-is, it is fully customizable, along with over 30 other menu items. Vegetarian? Try the Dirty Veggie, a savory veggie burger served with curry mayo, avocado and lemon vinaigrette over mixed greens on a brioche bun. Or, try the Serious Dirty Veggie, which adds a Dirty Portobello cap married in Dirty and honey. Delight in the Tofu Burger, caramelized with honey on a brioche bun, with spicy mayo, cucumber, greens and avocado. 56 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
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Kozu Setting New Standards in Southampton Dining
By W.A. Muller
he hottest reservation this summer is at new Japanese Fusion restaurant Kozu, run by restauranteur and 75 Main & AM Southampton owner Zach Erdem. The restaurant offers Japanese cuisine and sushi with Peruvian influences. The menu, designed by Head Chef John Keller, features signature dishes such as the Kozu Jalapeño Yellowtail with Smoked Tomato Ponzu; the Summer Corn and Lobster Salad with a Corn "Pudding", Shiso, and Yuzu Dressing; and the Heirloom Tomatoes and Japanese Cucumber with Toasted Sesame Dressing, Yuzu Salt, Micro Cilantro and Piment d'Espelette. The kitchen also proudly hosts Sous Chef George Nikolopolous, formerly of Le Bernardin, and Sushi Chef Joseph Kim, formerly of Morimoto. The décor invites diners to an intimate and elegant atmosphere, featuring dark wooden floors and white walls covered in colorful artwork by Raphael Mazzucco. Fresh flowers add a sense of luxury to the restaurant, as will the scorched ash tables in conjunction with rich hues and soft lighting. The indoor space holds 100 diners. The large outside patio, which seats 150 people, will offer additional dining space “al fresco”. 58 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
The restaurant also boasts the private room and lounge Summer House, which is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, featuring famed DJs from all around the world. The upscale lounge make guests feel like they are in the middle of the ocean, with light blue colors and inset LED lighting. Summer House is also be offered for private bookings and special occasions, and has a beautiful outdoor patio with white linen covered day beds. For those who are looking to stay overnight, the venue also includes Hotel ZE, which is a 5-star boutique hotel with a total of 9 rooms: 5 suites and 4 standard rooms. The hotel and rooms are designed by world renowned architect Costas Kondylis, in a modern European style. Rates for suites are $800 Sunday-Thursday and $1000 Friday and Saturday. Standard room rates are $600 Sunday-Thursday and $800 Friday and Saturday (3 night minimum stay). 136 Main Street Southampton, NY 11968 631.619.6660 75maingroup.com
Union Cantina New Innovative Mexican in Southampton
By W.A. Muller
o not miss this season’s flavorful new addition to Hamptons dining - Union Cantina! For a while now, everyone in Southampton have been longing for Mexican cuisine. Owners of the Southampton Social Club Ian Duke and David Hilty have teamed up with Southampton Social Club’s award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf to create this innovative modern Mexican eatery in the old “Publick House” space, designed just for Southampton. Chef Kampf, who has been featured on the legendary television show Iron Chefs of America, brings his dedication to the classic “farm to table” cooking style to the new Union Cantina. The menu includes signature dishes such as the Castilla de Res Mole – a beef short rib with sweet local corn bread pudding, charred heirloom carrots and mole sauce, and the innovative Deconstructed Enchiladas, which come in five variations: Marinated Aracherras (skirt steak), Robalo Rayados (striped bass), Picante Camarones (spicy shrimp), Pollo Tirada (pulled chicken) and Vegetales (vegetable). Pair these flavorful dishes with Union Cantina’s signature cocktail Cinnamon Sol, which is a refreshing mix of Don Julio Reposado, cinnamon, pineapple & fresh lime juices. The restaurant is open year round for lunch and dinner and features a bottomless brunch on Saturday and Sundays. The space also incorporates a former prohibition speakeasy which reopened as the 400 Rabbits Tequila
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Bar, which carries more than 100 types of tequila. Diners can also enjoy the outside bar and café space which will remain open throughout the warmer months. A signature cocktail program is offered, featuring an extensive tequila menu, in addition to sangrias, punches and frozen drinks. The restaurant is situated in the iconic Bowden Square, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The square offers a central meeting point in Southampton to gather with friends and family for great food and drinks. Union Cantina pays homage to this historic building by keeping the original features while giving the space a modern touch. The décor, which is best described as “Hamptons chic meets Rustic Cantina”, features a mixture of dark woods, Spanish glass and vibrant Mexican artwork. The bars have been restored to their original beauty from days long past and the newly renovated outdoor bar is the feature of a reclaimed wood art installation. The venue seats over 200 indoors, with an outdoor patio that seats 35 for dinner and assorted lawn seating. 40 Bowden Square Southampton, NY 11968 631.377.3500 unioncantina.net
Summer Seafood Bake A Great Time with the Family By Andrea Correale Andrea Correale, President of Elegant Affairs, is a celebrity caterer and the new national entertaining expert for the Lenox brand. Andrea has been featured in multiple magazines and on television networks such as People magazine, Woman's Day magazine, Oprah.com, FOX 5, WCBS, Bravo, VH1, Lifetime, and Martha Stewart Living. L'Oreal Paris Academy calls her their lifestyle expert with a series of entertaining videos used to inspire women nationwide. elegantaffairscaterers.com
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t’s not a summer if there isn’t at least one all-out clam or lobster bake. It begins with the fruits of the sea and extends further, which includes the décor and numerous menu items. I love to set up one long table - what some refer to as communal dining - and use the bright colored menu items to light up the table. Corn on the cob, lobster, mussels, clams, all present beautifully on a table covered with a neutral colored cloth flanked by benches. When your guests enter, they are instinctively drawn to sit together and indulge in an array of summer flavors.
If it is in fact August, seafood and local catch is in its prime season. First set your table. Arrange two plates per guest to accommodate the size of lobster and provide a two-pronged lobster fork, a nutcracker, a ramekin for individual butter for dipping and a lemon wrapped in cheesecloth for seasoning. Set up plenty of decorative buckets and bowls on the table so the guests can discard the shells and corn cobs easily. Lastly, a wet napkin is a perfectly convenient accent – make sure it is within reach on the table. In addition to corn, a sliced tomato alternating with fresh mozzarella fits in perfectly with the summer theme. Offering your guests more than one vegetable is key and simple during the summer months. Organic produce is available at most of the farm stands. Fresh mussels are inexpensive and can be prepared in a variety of sauces. For a traditional clambake, I prefer a sauce of tomato, garlic, white wine, and fresh herbs. There are also plenty of indigenous oysters out east and they’re ready for shucking. Consider a sidebar with a few different types of oysters set on a bed of ice, along with the requisite horseradish, Tabasco, and fresh lemon wedges. You can hire and onsite shucker if you like as oysters need to be eaten shortly after they’re opened, otherwise keep the unopened oysters on a bed of ice and start shucking just before your guests arrive.
Lobster is traditionally steamed, but for cooking on the grill, wrap the lobster in aluminum foil and create a pouch to hold the lobster. Before you close up the foil, add seasonings like lemon, dry white wine, sea salt and pepper. Close the pouch and cook on the grill on high heat for 20 minutes. In addition, you could include potatoes and corn with a few pats of butter in the foil so as to provide a clambake-in-a-pouch. It’s an alternative way of serving, otherwise you can place all the elements of the clambake in serving dishes on the table. If you want to serve up something a little less expensive, try substituting crawfish for lobster. The truth is if you placed a Maine lobster next to a crawfish the only major difference people would notice is the size. In fact, they look like baby lobsters and are so close in taste. For a festive enhancement of the beverages, beer pairings would certainly punch up your seafood feast. Lobster or its like should be served with white wine only. The tannin in red wine and the iodine in the lobster react unfavorably, giving the lobster a metallic taste. Stick with a big fruity Chardonnay. The saltiness of the seafood combines beautifully with it.
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Caesar Augustus Royal Living on Capri
By Georgette Malitsis & Tracy Stern
enowned for its unique beauty and romantic charm, the luxuriant island of Capri is an ideal destination for those seeking the finest vacation experience. Appreciate the natural beauty of Capri at the Caesar Augustus, an ancient cliff-edge villa located on the slopes of Mount Solaro, the highest point in Capri. Upon your arrival, a driver will accompany you to the hotel–a prime location away from congested tourism, promising a tranquil and pleasurable experience throughout your stay. Century’s prior, the Caesar Augustus was a private home, serving as a blissful retreat for many artists and intellectuals. Today, the luxury hotel houses six exclusive suites and 49 individual rooms with each room unique from one another, individually decorated with exquisite touches. Whether you choose to stay in one of the private rooms or master suites you will be stunned by the jaw-dropping sea and ocean views and the welcoming aromas of orange and lemon trees along with the sea breeze.
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The hotels cliff-side position has stunning panoramic views of the dramatic surrounding landscape, such as Mount Vesuvius, the Sorrento Peninsula and the azure-blue Bay of Naples. The luxury 5-star hotel is nearly 300 meters (approximately 984 feet) above the sea—the look and feel of the hotel is designed to provide the utmost level of privacy. Just within steps of the hotel is the Villa Axel Munthe’s museum-house, a chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro and the historic center of Anacapri– less than two hundred meters (approximately 655 feet) from the hotel. If you are seeking a more glamorous experience then take a 5-minute drive to downtown Capri and explore the famous Piazzetta. Perched right above the sea, the Caesar Augustus terrace fully captures the astonishing view from every perspective. Enjoy a romantic dinner at Restaurant La Terrazza di Lucullo, located right on the terrace overlooking the bay of Naples and the clear skies of Capri–a truly unforgettable dining experience.
La Terrazza di Lucullo refers to its tasteful cuisine as “Capri on your Plate” offering regional dining with local products and fish from the local sea as well as fresh ingredients grown right in the hotel’s kitchen garden. The kitchen garden is located on the grounds of the hotel where aromatic herbs such as basil and rosemary are grown in abundance alongside organic vegetables. Chef Eduardo Vuolo has mastered the art of gourmet, “zero kilometer cuisine”–the philosophy that all cooking materials are used with products strictly from the Isle of Capri. Although strictly committed to local products, the chef’s worldly culinary expertise brings creative interpretations to the table. Guests may fully personalize their dining experience as far as picking out their own ingredients for their salads and mouthwatering pasta sauces. The outdoor wellness center is the perfect spot for guests to find inner peace and balance. The surrounding lavender and rosemary bushes fill the air with a sweet and pleasant aroma and accompany the panoramic sea
view, which can be admired from all fitness facilities located directly on the terrace. Occupying most of the lower terrace is the infinity pool, ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Enjoy a refreshing steam bath at the hotel–it is the only steam bath to have a view of the surrounding Sea of Capri. This anti-stress treatment is meant to stimulate blood flow, improve circulation and cleanse and tone the skin. Following your steam bath treat yourself to a professional massage or body treatment for all-encompassing rejuvenation. Hotel Caesar Augustus is unmatched by any other hotel on the island of Capri. Breathtaking views of the whole of the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, homegrown kitchen ingredients and a unique twist on outdoor wellness simply sets the hotel apart from the rest. caesar-augustus.com August 2016 | 67
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa La Dolce Vita on the Amalfi Coast
By Sara Barry & Tracy Stern
n Italy’s Amalfi Coast, you will find the elegant Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa, set in a restored 17th-century monastery property. While keeping the integrity of the monastery, the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa adds a modern flair with its sublime amenities. With breathtaking views and beautiful gardens, this clifftop hotel is heaven on earth. Guests are welcome to explore the hotel’s secret gardens and marvel at the fully-equipped spa. Off-site there are various fitness activities to choose from, including windsurfing and scuba diving. Boasting upscale rooms and exquisite bedding, everything the hotel has to offer is of the highest quality, including modern comforts—free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, even heated bathroom floors. The hotel’s accommodating staff ensures that their guests feel like royalty and their time at the hotel is of the highest caliber.
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When you first walk into your hotel room, a bottle of chilled Italian Valdobbiadene Superior Prosecco welcomes you. After having a drink and unwinding, a variety of activities await you. Enjoy the outdoor heated infinity pool, which is sculpted into the cliff of Monte San Pancrazio, and become one with the sea. Wind down in the incredible spa, which features a sauna, steam room, mosaic-tiled experience shower and hydro pool. Even travel back to Ancient Rome in the spa’s tepidarium, with mosaic heated benches and whirlpool footbaths. At the library and bar, guests can play chess, cards or read while having a drink in the cocktail area. Aside from the spa and library, the hotel offers even more options for relaxation, which include quiet sun decks, four levels of gardens and indoor relaxation areas.
After ambling through the semi-tropical gardens and enjoying the complimentary breakfast, guests can indulge in one of the many exquisite dining options the Monastero Santa Rosa Spa & Hotel has to offer. Both casual diner and health-food enthusiast alike will appreciate a guilt-free Mediterranean dining experience, as Chef Christoph Bob uses only all-natural ingredients from the surrounding Campania region, when available, for his innovative dishes, making for a beautifully presented health-conscious meal. At his Ristorante Il Refettorio, the main component of Chef Bobâ€™s dishes is seafood, using unique, mouthwatering ingredients. A sample dish of his is a fusilli with baby squid, Piennolo tomatoes and basil-scented aubergines. The Chef uses a special Italian olive oil, from Conca dei Marini, that is exclusive to the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa and the finest quality pasta from Pastificio dei Campi, even crafting a shape of pasta unique to his restaurant. In addition to the innovative dining, Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa boasts a well-stocked wine cellar, ranging from local Italian reds to vintage French champagne to fine chardonnays.
terrace, guests dine alfresco overlooking idyllic scenery, above the Gulf of Salerno. Inside, is an intimate formal dining room, offering Mediterranean haute cuisine. These luxuries are not exclusive to dinner, however. For lunch, guests can delight in a light Mediterranean meal served alfresco on the dining terrace, adjacent to the infinity pool under the warmth of the sun, or in the garden terraces with a view of the Gulf of Salerno. Considering the hotel has only 20 rooms, the culinary team can personalize guestsâ€™ dining experiences and work with the Sommelier to make sure individual tastes are thoroughly satisfied. With the Monastero Santa Rosaâ€™s extensive catalog of amenities and activities, you can customize your stay, making it either relaxed and meditative or active and energetic. Fine dining, courtesy of Chef Christoph Bob, caters to every palate, all while offering views of picturesque scenery. A stay at Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa can be the getaway of your dreams.
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Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte Luxury in the Italian Countryside By Georgette Malitsis
armoniously nestled in a private park, the Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte is a royal country manor enclosed by thousands of trees, situated in the town of Fiuggi, Italy. The community is famous for its Acqua di Fiuggi (Fiuggi water) that flows from Italyâ€™s natural springs and mountainsâ€“well known for its natural healing properties. The Palazzo is in a perfect setting amid its beautiful surrounding landscape, offering five-star luxury accommodations for over one hundred years. After opening in 1913, it was the most fashionable meeting place for high society as well as a favorite destination for the European aristocracy. After several years of consolidating its reputation as one of the most luxurious and royal residences, the Palazzo was recognized by the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture as a palace worthy of protection and conservation. The Palazzo features early twentieth-century Art Nouveau style, giving the building a unique architectural beauty that blends with the natural environment.
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The 153 spacious rooms at the Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte offer a comfortable and welcoming stay with rooms decorated with floral embellishments and radiating warm natural sunlight. The rooms are inspired by exclusive English country-style drapery and furniture and some rooms offer a private terrace with views of the sun setting behind the magnificent surrounding hills alongside breathtaking natural vistas. The hotel offers five living accommodations, ranging from a finely decorated standard room ideal for two, to the Royal Suiteâ€“the most luxe living arrangement. The Royal Suite is a lavish apartment composed of an entrance hall, living room and guest bathroom offering a comfortable space for up to six guests. The apartment features a king-sized bed and private bathroom as well, separate from the rest of the apartment. Enjoy a romantic dinner on the terrace or in the private lounge or gazebo, an ideal spot to enjoy the attractive view.
At Fiuggi, water is the all-healing source, and since the Middle Ages was known for its ability to “break stones.” It is said to have cured the illnesses of Pope Boniface VIII and Michelangelo. The Luxury Fonte Spa takes healing to the next level with its extensive spa services, that guests can customize, and facilities that offer a wide range of treatments and rejuvenating experiences. The spa utilizes the natural properties of the Fiuggi water springs alongside a vast selection of massages, haute beauté treatments and water facilities such as a Turkish bath to initiate a state of deep relaxation for all guests. Pamper yourself with the Aqua Aura, a 120-minute exclusive Fonte Spa ritual, merging ancient Samvhanam massage and Chinese Medicine techniques and delivering a deep sense of balance, serenity and healing through the fusion of hyaline quartz crystals and natural pure gold. Beauty of the face and body are taken into high regard at the Fonte Spa. Originating from Paris, Carita Haute Beauté was
born under the creative inspiration of the Carita sisters. These artisans of beauty have perfected the art of unique relaxation and sensual delight tailored specifically to the unique body chemistry of each guest. Enjoy Carita treatments such as the refreshing Hydration des Lagons to give your skin a burst of moisture–a treatment rich in minerals, designed specially for tired and dehydrated skin. For those who prefer health and wellness through fitness, the hotel offers a fully equipped Fitness Center that is open everyday. Upon request, guests may receive personal training sessions as well as running guides provided by the Hotel Palazzo della Fonte. Guests may also choose from two swimming pools, a heated indoor pool with a Jacuzzi or the 25-meter-long outdoor pool, amid the hotel’s beautiful surroundings. To accompany your poolside relaxation is the Il Portico Bar– perfect for a quick lunch or refreshing cocktail. August 2016 | 71
Indulge in Italian culinary excellence at Savoia, the five-star restaurant located in the hotel that proudly serves only the finest dishes while staying true to traditional Italian cuisine. Chef Francesco Marino brings his international expertise to each dish, bringing elevated home cooking right to the palates of the Palazzo guests. The Savoia features an open terrace where guests may indulge in a romantic candlelit dinner, surrounded by the lush hills of Ciociaria, near Fiuggi. Or enjoy a stylish and sophisticated setting at the Fonte Bar as you indulge in a range of signature cocktails and drinks. Acquaint yourself with nature through a variety of excursion opportunities available just moments away from the Palazzo. Venture through the luxuriant hills with a horseback excursion guided by specialized riders. Take a ride on a mountain bike and enjoy the scenic and challenging trails, suitable for both beginner and professional riders. 72 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
Not far from the hotel is the Fiuggi Golf Club, also historically known as Europeâ€™s first golf course. It is an 18-hole natural golf course fed by the purest waters of Fiuggi flowing beneath the course. Tennis is also accessible right at the Palazzo, with two private courts and tennis classes as well. The Grande Hotel Palazzo della Fonte is an ideal location for vacation goers. Located among the beauty of Ciociaria, traditional central Italy and with just a short distance to some of Italyâ€™s historic landscapes such as Rome, Naples and the Amalfi Coast, discover the treasures within and beyond the historic royal manor and experience extravagant Italian living.
Palazzo Scanderbeg A Modern Palace in the Heart of Rome
By Georgette Malitsis
15th century palace, Palazzo Scanderbeg reopens its doors as a newly transformed luxurious lodging in Rome, with Renaissancestyle townhouses and suites. A prime location, just mere steps from the Trevi Fountain and Palazzo del Quirinale and a short distance from historic Roman landmarks such as the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum. The founding of Rome dates back to the early days of civilization. A city so abundant with history that today it is known as “the Eternal City.” The capital of Italy and home to the Vatican, Rome is the center of an ancient empire with a vast historical focus. Palazzo Scanderbeg's central location makes it the perfect place to explore the city. It is only a two-minute walk from the world-famous Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains 74 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
in the world. Other sites within walking distance include Trajan’s Market, a large complex of ruins located on the opposite end of the Colosseum. The Piazza Venezia, Vittorio Emanuele Monument and the Pantheon are also locations to see, not too far from the Palazzo. Just like the rest of Rome, the Palazzo Scanderbeg carries rich history. Originally built in 1466, the Palazzo has undergone changes and various uses over several centuries and recently was the home of the Italian Pasta Museum. The palace takes its name from the Albanian hero and Prince, George Castriota, known as Scanderbeg, who commissioned it in the 15th century. Scanderbeg is considered instrumental in building an alliance against Ottoman expansion and defeating Ottoman attacks in defense of Christianity–
for this he was proclaimed “Difensor Fidei” (Defender of the Faith). As Albania’s greatest national hero, his deeds inspired Vivaldi, who composed Scanderbeg the opera in 1718. Today, his portrait remains on display for all to honor his memory. A tranquil oasis in the center of Rome, the Palazzo is surrounded by terraces overlooking the Eternal City. The four-story Palazzo is built around a courtyard, decorated with a beautiful flowing water fountain. Location is the selling point of the lodging – it is a perfect resting spot after a long day of shopping, dining and exploring. The Palazzo features original artifacts as well as reclaimed wood floorboards from Venice. All bedrooms ensure the comforts of home with free Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions and air conditioning. Each suite is unique in individuality, some with a private rooftop terrace overlooking Piazza Scanderbeg and others with a Hammam shower. The spacious suites feature classical Roman architectural detailing and exposed beams.
With six different suite styles to choose from, you are bound to find the perfect spot for your vacation. Enjoy a modern living arrangement in the Scanderbeg Suite on the top floor of the Palazzo. The suite houses two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, dining room and full functioning kitchen–a large space where guests may feel at home. The largest suite–the Ambassador suite–is 166 square meters with one double bedroom and one bedroom with a French bed. The suite faces the inner court, wellness turret and the private terrace where guests can immerse themselves in the authentic Roman atmosphere. The Victory Suite is a home away from home for traveling families. Soft lighting, a vast living room and six-seat dining table is an ideal choice for families looking to live a little more comfortably and privately in Rome. Charming, the luxurious Scanderbeg Townhouse apartments are a perfect accommodation suitable for your short- or long-term stay. August 2016 | 75
Choose among Classic, Superior or Deluxe living arrangements. The Classic townhouse is perfect for a short-term stay, but the Superior townhouse located on the second floor promises comfort and livable space. Contained within the suite is a wet bar for your pleasure and large closets available for your convenience. If you are seeking an even more luxe accommodation, then you will find superior comfort in the Deluxe Townhouse. The large guestroom is over 70 square meters with a view of the Scanderbeg Square. Each townhouse provides unique features yet none fall short of excellence. Upon arriving at the Palazzo you are greeted by the welcoming and friendly staff. A 24-hour concierge service is available to all guests; ensuring that all needs and inquiries are taken care of immediately. 76 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
You will find yourself welcomed with drinks as a delightful beginning to your stay. The Palazzo Scanderbeg is most definitely a lucky find. It offers luxurious accommodations for your short- or long-term stay amid a prime location for guests to venture. You will sense the exquisite Italian details from the moment you enter the space. Nestled on a quiet street, the palaceâ€™s warm and inviting ambiance enhances the quintessence of your overall vacation. The Palazzo Scanderbeg, a place with an extensive history that mirrors the ancient ruins and antiquity of the city of Rome.
Hotel Capo d’Africa Excellence in Rome
By Georgette Malitsis
ust a short walk to some of Italy’s most beautiful and historic attractions, such as the Colosseum and the Roman Forums, Hotel Capo d’Africa provides the perfect location for your trip to Rome. Nestled on a quiet street, away from bustling tourism, you will feel less like a tourist and more like a native in this calm neighborhood known as the Celio district, now referred to by many as “the Village.” A prestigious boutique hotel with a modern and contemporary design tastefully combined with warm tones and decorated with a collection of contemporary artwork. A rooftop panoramic terrace with a view of ancient architecture and structures is accessible to guests– this sweeping view encompasses all of the beauty and history of the city. While Rome is rich with history, the hotel carries some of its own as
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well. Built in the early 20th century, the building of Hotel Capo d’Africa was once a school and the hotel’s name derives from a personified image of Rome’s African provinces, known as Caput Africae. The area was also in the prime location of notable buildings and monuments, providing services for the arena. The top-ranked, 4-star hotel houses 65 spacious rooms well equipped for comfort and privacy. The hotel offers various living accommodations for your stay and features a rooftop studio suite comprising a large bedroom that leads to a spacious terrace with a breathtaking view of the Colosseum and the imperial city of Rome. Perfect for two, a couple may arrange for a romantic breakfast or a candlelit dinner. The bedroom’s warm atmosphere with parquet flooring and contemporary furniture provides a pleasurable ambiance, exceptional for a couple’s getaway.
The hotel also welcomes those with unconventional taste and a free-spirited attitude, offering a “Freedom Room.” This room provides an alternate vibe to your vacation, away from strict hotel rules–guests may smoke, bring their furry friends and enjoy a vast selection of complimentary alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. For business trips to Rome, the hotel offers modern and elegant, high-tech meeting rooms. Each room is equipped with wireless Internet access, and state-of-the-art business facilities with capacity for up to 75 seats. A well-equipped gym with numerous machines is also available, keeping guests toned and relaxed 24-hours a day. Sight-Jogging is the best way to discover the historic parts of the city while staying fit –a map can be provided to you or for our mobile friendly users, download one of the park route jogging apps to direct you through the city! For our cyclists, explore the local area with a ride on a Hotel Capo d’Africa REDBike! Pedal through the exotic gardens of Villa Celimontana, Via dei Fori Imperiali or the Appia Antica Park if you’re looking to escape the city center.
For a unique dining destination, Hotel Capo d’Africa features the Bistrot L’Attico, situated on the top floor of the hotel with views of the city and a rooftop-dining terrace. The menu changes seasonally– each dish is carefully prepared with the freshest ingredients ensuring pure Italian excellence. After a day-long excursion through the streets of Rome, sip on a refreshing cocktail at La Terrazza, the hotel’s dramatic rooftop bar offers a view of historic Roman buildings and surrounding bell towers. Find yourself at the Centrum Bar, for a selection of drinks and light meals–a fulfilling way to end your day. When booking your vacation, choosing the best hotel location is imperative– a location close enough to shop, sightsee and dine throughout the city is always favorable. Hotel Capo d’Africa is well connected by public transportation, making your stay stress-fee, convenient and of course, memorable.
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Corinthia "Grand" Hotel Budapest Hungarian Rhapsody
By Victoria R. Crosby
his was my second visit to the wonderful city of Budapest in Hungary, but the first time staying at the grand Corinthia Hotel Budapest. It was the occasion of the hotelâ€™s 120th anniversary, and I was there to celebrate at a gala event in the Royal Ballroom at the hotel, which has been restored to it's former glory of the original Grand Royal Hotel built in 1896. It was the largest restoration project in Hungarian history. Last year the hotel was officially declared part of the Hungarian National Value, joining buildings, artworks and other treasures of Hungary. The weather was perfect, warm but not too hot. On my arrival at the Corinthia I was awed by the magnificent marble staircase in the lobby, then welcomed with a refreshing cup of tea in the executive lounge, followed by a relaxing massage in the historic Royal Spa, to rid me of any effects of jet lag. My luxurious suite of rooms, one of the newly remodeled Executive Suites, were the epitome of elegance, and a bottle of Hungarian wine and a dish of chocolate covered strawberries, and other delicacies compliments of our host Jean Mifsud, General Manager , Corinthia Hotel Budapest, were there to greet me. That night was a visit to the Hungarian State Opera House, a short walk from the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, with its beautiful intricately painted ceilings and gilded hall and another impressive marble staircase covered in red carpet. The opera was The Tempest, the Shakespeare story, but in a contemporary 80 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
setting with costumes and scenery in a more modern style. The words were on a screen above the stage in Hungarian and English. Champagne and hors dâ€™oeuvres were served during the intermission. Construction began on The Hungarian State Opera House in 1875 in neo Renaissance style with a Baroque influence, and opened to the public in 1884. It is considered an architectural masterpiece, with fabulous acoustics, one of the best in Europe. On the day of the hotelâ€™s 120th anniversary gala the ladies were taken to Caprice Jewelers to choose jewelry to wear for the big event. Before making our choices of jewels to compliment our gowns, we were served champagne and given a tour of the facility while learning of the history of diamonds and other precious gems. As I was wearing a red gown, I chose a deep pink sapphire drop necklace with matching earrings, and a ruby and diamond ring. It was like winning an Academy Award as I posed for photographs on the grand staircase. Waiting to greet guests at the top of the stairs was the Chairman of the Corinthia Hotels, Alfred Pisani, and his lovely wife Maria. Following the champagne reception everyone proceeded to the grand ballroom where a musical group, Csicso, a Gypsy band, was performing. Led by virtuoso violinist Joseph Csisco, with other string instruments including, cello, viola and a cimbalom, a concert hammered dulcimer, which is a popular Hungarian instrument. The
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The Grand Ballroom is adorned with portraits of many famous Hungarians; artists, authors, scientists, and composers. Franz Lizst and Bela Bartok, who are probably the most well known. Bela Bartok frequently conducted his music there. Many people may not be aware that Erno Rubik, who invented the Rubikâ€™s cube was also Hungarian, and Harry Houdini, who was born in Budapest as Eric Weisz. The portrait mural in the Grand Ballroom also includes the illustrious Chairman of the Corinthia Hotel Chain, Alfred Pisani. When the hotel first opened the Lumiere Brothers had the first screening of a motion picture outside of Paris. The hotel was visited by many celebrities over the years, including Josephine Baker, the American born French singer and exotic dancer, and more recently, opera stars Anna Moffo, Renata Scotto and Elizabeth Schwartzkopf. After an amazing dinner paired with Hungarian wines, there was the cutting of the 120th anniversary cake in another room, and people danced while a band played Frank Sinatra songs. Each lady was given a white rose as they left. An after party, featuring music of the disco era, was at the Orpheum Night Club, located downstairs from the hotel, but accessible and open to the public, not just hotel guests. Of course at the end of the evening we had to return our jewels, so like Cinderella our magical evening was over.
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band played lovely music, from the classics and traditional waltzes, to popular songs in Hungarian style. Later there was a virtuoso performance by Eszter Horgas, a glamorous flute player in a stunning pink gown.
Budapest is two districts separated by the River Danube, the hilly Buda side and the flatter Pest side. The Corinthia Hotel is on the Pest side, along with many stylish shops and restaurants. The Buda side has the more residential areas, and also the Buda Castle District, with medieval churches, with colorful tile roofs, and museums. A boat tour took us on the River Danube, past the iconic Houses of Parliament with its bright red roof and past the well known bridges, including the Chain Bridge and the Elizabeth Bridge. Hungary is known for its wines and sparkling wines, so we visited the Torley Winery which was founded by Josef Torley in 1882, and after a most interesting tour, tasted the sparkling wines. This Budapest visit was certainly a most memorable experience. Corinthia Hotel Budapest is part of the Corinthia Hotels luxury five-star collection with properties in London, Malta, St. Petersburg (Russia), Prague, Lisbon. Most recently Corinthia acquired the Hotel Astoria in Brussels, commissioned in 1909 by King Leopold ll, It will be completely refurbished and open as the Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria. In Dubai, Corinthia Hotels was recently engaged to support the design development and operate the iconic luxury beachfront resort being built on the site of the former Meydan Beach Club.
Victoria Crosby is available for poetry readings, which entertain and inspire, and power point presentations on historic preservation, at libraries and other venues. For further information contact 516.864.2525. Victoria Crosby has been Glen Cove's poet laureate since 1994. Her radio show, Oasis, for relaxation and inspiration, can be heard every Thursday at 2pm on WHPC 90.3fm. and at any time on NCC.EDU/WHPC. August 2016 | 81
Rocky Mountaineer Travel Luxuriously in Western Canada
By Jennifer Pelaez
kingdom of abundance, Western Canada is home to some of North America’s most magnificent glaciated mountains, pristine lakes and unadulterated natural beauty - a land with breathtaking backdrops, including majestic vistas of the Pacific along with an abundance of wildlife and lush forests. One of the best ways to discover the vastness and diversity of this Canadian outback is by rail. The Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury train tourist operator, offers the opportunity to traverse British Columbia into the next province of Alberta by a century-old route that not only honors the past but celebrates the unspoiled scenery along this classic journey. With over 65 Canadian Rail vacation packages in four distinct routes, from the Circle Journeys, to the First Passage to the West (the company’s flagship route)–rest assured you are guaranteed exquisite landscapes and a relaxed scenic passage. 82 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
Before embarking on your route, be sure to allot a few extra days to spend in Vancouver, the departure point for many routes, to get in some epic urban sightseeing before the Rocky Mountaineer journey begins. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver’s numerous green spaces, luxury hotels and myriad of outdoor adventures, is a fun yet laidback seaport and outdoor playground. Discover Stanley Park, best done on bike, to a Sea Safari Zodiac Tour in Horseshoe Bay to take in the variety of activities the city has to offer. For the best views of Vancouver and Howe Sound, the Sea to Sky Gondola features panoramic vistas complete with a suspension bridge and hiking paths for a full afternoon of spectacular sights. Among its iconic and luxurious hotels, The Fairmont features three amazing properties from which to explore all these fun excursions. The Fairmont Waterfront and the posh Fairmont Pacific Rim are perfectly situated near
the harbor and close to the boardwalk filled with restaurants and shops, while the Fairmont Hotel downtown sits in the middle of the action and minutes away from some of Vancouverâ€™s biggest attractions, including Granville Island, Stanley Park Seawall and Gastown. These upscale hotel accommodations are available when booking with Rocky Mountaineerâ€™s Goldleaf Package with a Deluxe Room option.
to four hosts, drinks and snacks, as well as great storytelling and narrative descriptions when passing important landmarks and sights, itis a great way to enjoy the slow steady pace of the Rocky Mountaineer, where you can slow down and be enveloped by these beautiful vistas. Along the way, the possibility of spotting eagles, big horn sheep, elk and bears adds a bit of childlike excitement.
Once you are aboard with the Goldleaf Package, you will notice the bi-level, glass-domed coach featuring 360 degree views while also featuring a lower level dining room with booth-style seating and crisp white linens, alongside an impressive menu to complement the sensational scenery. The gourmet meals are created by award-winning executive chef, Jean Pierre Guerin, and showcase his creative genius with a variety of dishes and impressive options for both breakfast and lunch. Meals are prepared from fresh, local ingredients and selections vary from delectable Apple Cinnamon Pancakes to savory Wild British Columbia Salmon.
Depending on your selected journey, you may end in the alpine town of Jasper, iconic picture-perfect Lake Louise, or the resort town of Banff which is within Banff National Park. The charming town of Banff boasts one of the most picturesque and charming main streets, Banff Avenue, as well as the Sulphur Mountain Gondola and Bow Falls both of which should not be missed. Here, the stately Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is the culmination of an uplifting and magical experience, and it is a hotel where you can relax simply by taking in the views from this gorgeous Scottish castle amidst the abundant forests, snow-capped mountains and glacier-fed lakes.
Throughout the day you will be wined and dined while you take in the views of the verdant valleys, canyons and pine-covered slopes. With three
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Summer in Park City Utah's Playground
By Sara Barry
ithin the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains lies the spirited ski town of Park City, Utah. About 30 miles from Salt Lake City, Park City is a destination that tops the travel lists of families and college students alike — but it is much more than just a ski town. Whether for summer or winter vacation, Park City’s endless recreation and relaxing atmosphere ensure that its visitors are given the warmest welcome. With its breathtaking natural beauty and abundance of activities both on and off the mountain, Park City continues to inspire awe in its mass influx of visitors. While many visitors find solace in mountain activities, summertime in Park City offers a plentiful amount of alternate activities, catering to every interest under the sun — exquisite dining, vibrant nightlife, abundant shopping options, luxury accommodations,
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festivals and free outdoor concerts. In this lively city, also home of the Sundance Film Festival, adventure-filled days and nights are a guarantee. This summer, the Park City Mountain Resort, renowned as the largest ski resort in the United States, will be swapping its slopes for spectacular hiking and mountain biking trails. As well as being a Mecca for mountain activities, the Resort has an impressive catalog of family-oriented outdoor activities, including fun for the young ones. Activities include zip lines, a 4,000 foot alpine coaster and even a challenge course and tubing hill for the kids. There are dining options, including The Farm, ranked as one of Utah’s best restaurants, the course at Canyons Golf, and opportunities to lodge mountainside, making certain that guests can relax any way they
please after a day on the mountain. Pair impeccable mountain views with outdoor concerts headlined by internationally-acclaimed musicians, and you will find yourself at the Deer Valley Resort, the Park City Mountain Resort’s equally hip cousin. Park City is as teeming with culture and festivals as it is with mountainside hustle and bustle. During Savor the Summit, Park City’s massive outdoor dinner party, one dinner table spans the length of the historic Main Street, so that over 1,500 people can dine and celebrate the summer solstice together, enjoying delicious food and music. The Kimball Arts Festival, in August, boasts over 200 artists, live bands, splendid wine and beer gardens, and the Kimball Kid’s Corner, sure to be the pièce de résistance of the night where parents drop off their kids to create art while they go out to dine and sample the fine cuisine and perhaps have a glass of wine. Thanks to free public shuttles, visitors can easily experience Park City’s culture through these summer festivals and extravagant events. Savor local flavors in more ways than one, whether by dining at one of Park City’s award-winning restaurants or perusing the Wednesday Farmer’s Market. The presence of both casual dining and upscale cuisine caters to
every interest — the couple seeking a romantic dinner or the connoisseur of fine food. From its high quality locally grown food to its various vendors, live music, and artists, the Park City Farmer’s Market is not to be missed. Stop by a gift vendor’s tent and even pick up a souvenir for someone back at home. Need a coffee break? Look no further than Atticus Coffee & Tea House, where you can peruse thousands of used books, and get a side of Hemingway with your espresso. Those seeking the comfort of bar food and a warm atmosphere should check out Squatter’s Roadhouse Grill, specializing in organic and locally sourced pub favorites. Silver Star Restaurant, an upscale cafe serving Roots Cuisine — an assortment of flavors of the American Melting Pot — makes its diners feel at home with an intimate, small dining room. Park City really has it all, from idyllic scenery to a dazzling local art scene and eclectic cuisine. A trip to the easily accessible Park City provides a range of activities as wide as the mountains, for everyone from the mountain enthusiast to the energetic youngster to the connoisseur of food.
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Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore Hideaway
By W.A. Muller
he premier four diamond resort on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is undisputedly Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. Set like a gem on the scenic banks of the Choptank River, the 342-acre, waterfront property reflects all the best offerings of the region. Guests experience the beauty of the bay’s natural environs while luxuriating in first-rate amenities with broad appeal. The picturesque landscape includes the resort’s own wildlife refuge, where great blue herons and American bald eagles come to nest amidst lush vegetation. Golfers tee off alongside the majestic river while playing the resort’s 18-hole, par-71 championship course, rated one of the best in Maryland. Boaters dock at the full-service 150-slip River Marsh Marina to take advantage of the resort’s diverse recreation and restaurants like the 86 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
Blue Point Provision Company that specializes in fresh catches from the bay. Maryland blue crab cakes and broiled oysters are two of the most popular Eastern Shore specialties served here. The allure of crabs is so strong that the resort hosts its annual crab week each August, entertaining guests with a full schedule of unique, crab-inspired activities and superb dining options. Later, in November, the annual oyster week provides a multi-sensory feast for oyster lovers. Guests can enjoy watersport and boating activities such as kayaking, jet-skiing, paddle boarding, fishing charters, and sunset cruises along the Bay’s 4,000 miles of shoreline. You may also want to explore the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a nationally renowned park with hiking and biking
trails as well as waterways for canoeing. Or, take a stroll along the quaint streets of maritime villages like historic Cambridge. You’ll find boutique shops with original art and antiques, quiet museums, and local cafes. After a day of sightseeing, the resort’s activities will entice you with its two outdoor pools overlooking the river as well as the indoor Wintergarden pool for year-round swimming. You may also enjoy mini-golf, beach volleyball, bicycling, tennis, disc golf, game room, billiard tables, and the well-equipped fitness center – all conveniently part of the resort. If you’re traveling with kids in tow, the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort makes it easy to please all ages. The family-friendly (and pet friendly) property offers Camp Hyatt, a fun way for children to play with their peers while their parents enjoy alone time. Consider escaping to Sago Spa & Salon for much-needed pampering. Relax and rejuvenate in a soothing atmosphere with a full menu of spa services using sea-based products provided in 13 treatment rooms. Adjoining the spa is a modern salon with hair, makeup, and nail stations, and spacious locker rooms with steam and sauna. While you wait for your treatment, unwind with a glass of fruit-infused water and small bites of freshly made granola bars.
No matter how particular you are about hotel accommodations, the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort fulfills your wishes. Each of the 400 luxurious guest rooms, including 48 suites, has a private balcony with views of the water or the magnificent resort. The VIP and deluxe suites offer more than 1,200 square feet of space and feature in-room fireplaces. Groups arriving for a business meeting or social event will find distinctive outdoor settings that are perfect for catered events. From lavish weddings to large conferences, the resort takes care of every detail, offering 42,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, including two ballrooms. Reached easily from New York City, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is ideal for a romantic sojourn, a girlfriends’ getaway, a golf weekend, a family reunion, an executive retreat, or any occasion you choose.
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Hampton Hills Country Club A Golferâ€™s Paradise At Hampton Hills Country Club
By Peter Elston
ust ninety minutes outside of New York City, Hampton Hills Country Club is one of New York's best kept secretsâ€“and members like it that way. Hampton Hills is located in the middle of a 2,000 acre pine and oak tree preserve in Westhampton Beach. The wooded setting allows members to escape the rush of the city in favor of peaceful competition against a challenging golf course. Built in 1965 by Francis J. Duane, the course at Hampton Hills Country Club is said by members to never play the same way twice. Duane, a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, frequently collaborated with famed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and designed over a dozen courses with Arnold Palmer including the iconic Sea Pines Country Club course in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Complementing a full service pro shop on the premises are the teaching professionals at Hampton Hills, both of whom bring PGA and LPGA experience to deliver an exemplary sporting experience. Jack McGown has been the director of golf for the past twenty-nine seasons. A New York native, McGown has been giving lessons for over thirty-five years. His knowledge of golf and understanding of the terrain is reflected in his dominance of the course: Jack holds numerous course records including two tournament wins on the same day.
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Hampton Hills' teaching professional Patricia Baxter-Johnson has held that position for the past four years. A Dr. Rick Jensen Certified Golf Coach and Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Patricia has had the honor of working with some of the game's greatest instructors, including Chuck Cook and Todd Anderson. Not just a club pro, Patricia has played in many LPGA Major Championships including several U.S. Women's Opens, the Women's British Open and the LPGA Championship competing against the likes of Annika Sorrenstam, Lorena Ochoa, and Michele Wie. Celebrity golfers who have been known to play the Hampton Hills course include Tommy Hilfiger, Russell Simmons, Rudy Giuliani, Kelsey Grammer, Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, John Starks, FOX's Bill Hemmer, and former NY Jets' Nick Mangold. Former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree turned to Hampton Hills to relax shortly after making his legendary Super Bowl XLII helmet catch. In the summer months, members can head for a round of cocktails on the clubhouse's patio or dine inside overlooking the breathtaking 18th green. Breakfast, lunch, and a simple bar menu dinner are served daily. In between games the full bar, snack bar, and restaurant encourage a relaxing break from friendly competition at Hampton Hills Country Club. hamptonhills.com
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HOLLYWOOD’S LATEST Body Secrets
By Katherine Sempecos
he summer is not over yet. Summer can bring a lot of stress for people who don’t quite feel ready to shed the layers and embrace the heat. Many of you are still thinking about those embarrassing areas of concern. Whether it’s dull, wrinkly or excess skin or fat around the arms, abdomen, legs and butt, we all have them. Wonder how to make the most of what’s left of the summer and conceal them at the same time? That’s where PRISM Med Spa comes in. PRISM has developed a New Body Contouring combination of Fat Fighting & Skin Tightening Treatment protocol that can work miracles in just 4 weeks! It combines our most effective Venus Legacy treatment to help you achieve the banging body you’ve always dreamed of! PRISM Med Spa in Roslyn prides itself in bringing the most innovative, latest and most effective technologies to its clients. One of our most popular treatments to date has been the Venus Legacy Body Contouring treatment. Venus Legacy combines two of the most successful technologies into one very effective treatment. The treatment consists of an exclusive combination of magnetic pulses and radio frequency, merging the two and creating a painless, risk-free procedure that really works. Patients have been ecstatic with the difference in their appearance. A Revolution in Medical Aesthetics -Venus 4D™ Technology Acclaimed by top-dermatologists and aestheticians, Venus Legacy has been touted as the body secret for many well-known Hollywood celebrities. 90 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
While other technologies also exist for melting topical fat, they do not tighten the skin at the same time. This may leave sagging skin in the areas where the treatment was performed and create a new problem where the old one left off. Additionally, most other such treatments are painful and uncomfortable. Unlike them, the Venus Legacy Skin Tightening & Fat Melting Treatment is an all-in-one procedure used to tighten skin, improve elasticity, trim circumference, reduce fat and cellulite, and alleviate wrinkles for both men and women. There are a number of benefits for those who choose to try radio frequency over invasive or surgical aesthetic procedures. The first is safety. Radio frequency treatments have been trusted for decades, and as the industry has innovated, treatments have become even safer and more effective. Venus Concept treatments provide no discomfort, with most patients feeling only a warming sensation during the procedure. How It Works Venus Legacy radio frequency treatments have become a trailblazing force in medical aesthetics. As the industry progresses and fads come and go, radio frequency treatments have remained incredibly effective, safe, and long-lasting. However, Venus Legacy also uses proven (MP)2 technology— Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields—but combines it with the innovative VariPulse™ technology, which enables therapeutic heat energy to safely travel deeper into the skin, creating a
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“matrix” of energy resulting in increased blood circulation, noticeable skin tightening, and immediately plumped and glowing skin. The radio frequency causes a thermal reaction in the tissue, which stimulates the body’s natural healing response. This restoring response causes new collagen to form, along with the increased production of fibroblasts and new elastin fibers. What really sets Venus Legacy™ apart from other devices is the advanced VariPulse™ technology, an adjustable pulsed suction feature that gently pulls the skin upward. This allows for the energy to penetrate even deeper into the skin to further stimulate healthy circulation and lymphatic drainage. It’s actually like having a fat melting and cellulite reduction treatment in one. The Venus Legacy difference is the speed at which the radio frequency treatments operate, resulting in a more comfortable experience. In our devices, radio frequency waves move from electrode to electrode on the head of the device’s applicator—the section that makes contact with your skin—over a million times per second. This speed is simply too fast for the brain to register; in other words, it’s gone before we can feel it. Other machines that move their frequency between fewer electrodes at a slower speed may result in the patient experiencing some pain during the procedure. The best part? Unlike some other medical aesthetic treatments that can cause discoloration, our radio frequency treatments are safe on 100% of skin tones, meaning anyone can get the results they want without worrying about damaging skin. What to Expect Venus Legacy™ treatments are non-invasive and virtually painless, with many patients comparing the experience to a relaxing hot stone massage! As you lay comfortably on a treatment bed, the technician will apply a gel to the skin that helps the applicator glide more easily and protects your skin from the heat. The treatment provider will then begin using the applicator to apply smooth, consistent movements on the skin’s surface. You’ll feel
the pulsating suction right away along with gradually increasing heat, but only until you reach a comfortable temperature. In fact, the procedure is so pleasant that patients are encouraged to close their eyes and just relax, and some even fall asleep! Each treatment can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the area. Your skin may appear a little red and warm to the touch afterward, but there’s still no pain at all and the redness usually disappears within a couple hours. Initial results can be seen in as little as one treatment with no pain, discomfort, or downtime! The number of treatment sessions needed to see optimal results usually depends on the area being treated—a minimum of 6-10 treatments are usually recommended for the face, with ten for the neck and other parts of the body. That being said, it is not uncommon for patients to see continuing improvement in their skin up to three months after the series of treatments is complete. So go ahead and melt away those inches, stubborn cellulite, and stretch marks using our Venus Legacy treatment. Check out our website at prismmedspa.com and blog post for further information on this treatment. Exclusively for 25A Readers, RECEIVE 50% OFF ALL of the above SUMMER BODY TREATMENTS (Offer Expires Sept. 30th, 2016) Call Prism Today and ask for Owner Katherine Sempecos for your Free Consultation at 516-277-2293. Prism Med Spa is located at 41 Main Street, Roslyn 11576. Prism was voted the 2015- 2016 Best Spa on the Northshore, as well as received the Roslyn “Excellence in Physicians” Award for 2015-2016. August 2016 | 91
Empire City Laboratories The Smart Choice for Medical Testing
By Georgette Malitsis
mpire City Laboratories is a full-service clinical laboratory that caters to all medical specialtiesâ€™ and is recognized for their quality and customer service. ECL understands that personalized medicine is the future of healthcare, and is at the forefront of technological innovation with advanced diagnostic tests and tools. That is why ECL exclusively partnered up with Integrated Genetic Solutions (IGS) to bring a comprehensive and fully individualized medical solution to the mass market. IGS technology is the first of its kind that uses mathematical analysis of the DNA and body chemistry for a comprehensive
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and completely personalized medical treatment needed to maximize each individual patientâ€™s optimal mental and physical health. What normally would take over 30 hours to do, IGS accomplishes this in a click of a mouse with its mathematical algorithm. The personalized solution starts with laboratory-certified DNA and blood chemistry testing, using IGS, a doctor is able to isolate imbalances and underlying causes in the body by the personâ€™s unique composition of hormones, pre-hormones, fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins, minerals, proteins and various genetic markers as well as age, gender and
weight. Based on these no-two-alike factors, a doctor is able to recommend specialized and personalized compounded medications and supplements along with a completely tailored nutrition and exercise plan to reach optimal levels of health both mentally and physically. Founded in 2005, when a vision to provide customized medical services tailored to client needs became reality, ECL opened its 40,000-square-foot facility in Brooklyn, New York. Being a fully accredited private and independent laboratory, with their quick availability, conscientious staff and customizable lab service ECL has a huge competitive advantage against the rest. Aside from the standard superior service to various medical specialties, ECL is the lab of choice for integrated health and anti-aging physicians, specializing in vitamins, hormone testing, trace elements testing, genetic testing and more. ECL provides anatomical and clinical laboratory evaluations through its state-of-the-art technology.
One might wonder how a private business competes with larger national brand laboratories. The answer is simpleâ€”provide more tailored services and always look into new and innovative ways to excite doctors. Empire City Laboratories is at the forefront of revolutionizing medical advancements. Their next direction will specialize in immunology, oncology and cancer testing. Keeping up with the movement of technology and being one of few laboratories nationally with its own Lab Information System is what sets them apart from others labs, offering unique and convenient services focused on preventative care, health and nutrition.
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Integrated Genetic Solutions Helping You Look and Feel Younger
By W.A. Muller
isa DeMayo and Dawn Anatra were far more concerned with youthfulness than youth. These two bright, successful and innovative powerful women realized they were on to something big when they crossed paths with a brilliant technology from Silicon Valley that wasn’t being sold or marketed. “I couldn’t believe that this technology was just sitting there and hadn’t been taken to market” said Lisa DeMayo. “Never before have I seen or heard of anything like this program.” “I thought I had found a solution to the many unanswered questions being asked in the health and wellness world, but after I tried the program I knew there was nothing else like this.This was the business opportunity I had been waiting for my entire career” stated Dawn Anatra, a veteran in the medical arena. In a world where anti-aging breakthroughs are rapidly occurring, this technology was the perfect complement to aesthetics and surgery, but
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now from the inside out. Lisa and Dawn quickly figured out that using one technology without the other is like putting veneers on decaying teeth. If people are not healthy, they tend to spend more and more time and money on quick fixes that only mask the problems. Lisa and Dawn knew this game-changing collaboration would take the Integrated Medical world by storm. Instead of using fillers and makeup trying to just look healthy, healthy people are simply youthful and vibrant. It turns out Lisa and Dawn were more than correct. They went to market in January 2016 and the doctors that used it on their patients felt it was revolutionizing medicine. Dr Eduardo Bruno Martins, MD PhD said, “Over the 30 years, I have been in medicine and research, I have seen breakthroughs about once every decade. Integrated Genetic Solutions allows doctors to apply what would normally take dozens of hours of calculations and research with the click of a mouse. Integrated Genetic Solutions’ approach to personalized medicine revolutionizes how doctors treat their patients.
One of the patients, Patty, said “I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I felt well. Integrated Genetic Solutions has changed my life. I was wasting money on vitamins, etc. This program has given me my spark back, and now I have a feeling of enthusiasm. It changed my cravings and without any effort, I started to crave healthy food and I lost 15 pounds. My goal was not to lose weight. My goal was to become more balanced, yet it happened naturally because my body was getting the correct amount of nutraceuticals it needed and my appetite for healthy foods, energy level and recovery time after exercise all improved. I'm very grateful!!!” Using IGS, a doctor can provide a comprehensive, individualized solution to optimize patients’ mental and physical health. The roadmap starts with laboratory-certified DNA and chemistry blood testing. Using Integrated Genetic Solutions, a doctor can isolate imbalances and more importantly the underlying causes by applying specific treatment programs with customized dosages of bio identical hormone replacement and supplements. It is like creating a snowflake: no two are the same just like a person’s genes. It is the difference between buying something
off the rack and a custom-made tailored suit. Personalized packages of NSF GMP-certified supplements and nutraceuticals are tailored for each patient based on their individual optimal body chemistry. Doctors report that optimal body chemistry can deliver better aesthetics, increased muscle to fat ratio, more energy, sharper mental acuity, better memory, and a longer life. Integrated Genetic Solutions' programs are designed to return hormones, pre-hormones, vitamins, minerals, proteins and electrolytes to optimal levels. Lisa and Dawn won’t share their age but pictures don’t lie. Dawn said,"She now has the energy she had in her twenties but the business knowledge she has acquired over the last thirty years.” Lisa said, “She cant remember feeling this good.” How well does it work? Lisa and Dawn recommend that people try it because it is hard to describe being how it feels to be awake after twenty years. They did say IGS has grown faster than 50% each month since it launched. integratedgeneticsolutions.com August 2016 | 95
FLIRT Elevating Beauty Standards on The North Shore & NYC
By W.A. Muller
uxury beauty spa, Flirt Spa & Brow Bar brings the latest beauty trends to Manhasset, Long Island. Specializing in brow shaping, skin care and beauty treatments, the spa is an oasis tailored to relaxation and rejuvenation. Spa partner, Violet Chulpayev, takes pride in her passion for refined beauty. She has assisted in the expansion of the spa to their New York City location, Flirt Beauty Boutique. The city space hosts 8,000 square feet of an extensive range of beauty services alongside a distinctive array of makeup, nail and hair design options. A modern space inspired by luxury, both locations are beautifully decorated with elegant detailing and majestic pedicure chairs ensuring that all customers feel like royalty. Highly trained spa technicians honor specific beauty requests with a promise to provide nothing less than a high level of custom and personalized service.
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Flirt Spa & Brow Bar is the first brow bar on Long Island and sets the tone for beautiful eyebrow transformations with brow shaping options of either waxing or threading. Brow tweezing, tinting and eyelash tinting are also available as attractive additions to your overall look. Pioneers in the art of eyebrow shaping customize individual brow perfection by tailoring to the specific needs of every customer. Hair removal services extend beyond waxing and threading at the spa. Beauty experts at Flirt use the GentleMax laser treatment; the most up-to-date and powerful machine for safe hair removal suitable for both light- and dark-skin types. Trained aestheticians promise the safest and most effective results for their valued clients.
Combining the most effective natural ingredients to create its spa products, Flirt Spa & Brow Bar steers away from harmful chemicals and Parabens that can be detrimental to your health. Unique products, such as customblended lipstick are available at the spa, offering the ability to replicate and produce any of your favorite lip colors right on the spot. Other beauty services include traditional or airbrush makeup trials, airbrush tanning, mani/ pedis, facials and body treatments. Treat yourself to NexGenNails, a safe and healthy alternative to acrylic nails, adding shine, length and protection to your nails. The innovative technology has revolutionized the nail industry and the new, high-end product is conveniently available to you in both the Long Island and New York City Flirt Spa & Brow Bar and Flirt Beauty Boutique locations. As summer reaches its end, restore your skin with a Flirt hydro facial or microdermabrasion treatment to rejuvenate skin that perhaps has been too friendly with the sun all summer. A minimally abrasive treatment, microdermabrasion gently removes the thicker, uneven outer layer of skin in order to lighten scars, discoloration, sun damage and even stretch marks! This treatment has shown success in improving and minimizing signs of aging and unwanted blackheads.
Mention should also be made of their fantastic babershop adjoining their New York City location. Called Vintage Barbers, this throwback to an earlier time is the perfect place for men to receive that perfect cut, while waiting for his woman! If you find that the Manhasset location doesnâ€™t have all the services that you desire for your beauty needs, rest assured, the New York City location offers an even more extensive variety of beauty treatments. Hair styling services including haircuts, blowouts and coloring are offered at Flirt Beauty Boutique. The large space also offers a secluded space within the beauty boutique, for guests hosting special events or those seeking more privacy. Flirt is the ultimate destination for relaxation offering you the most luxurious spa experience on Long Island and in the city. Combining gracious service and excellent treatments, the spa serves as a beauty haven for those seeking a modern and private escape from their stressful daily routine.
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RaiseAvoid Healthy Eaters These Common Mistakes
By Lindsay Brustein Rosen, MS, RD, CDN
s I mentioned a few months ago, I recently became a first-time mother. Since educating those around me about nutrition and dietetics is a passion of mine, it has been quite fun to discuss all things related to food and feeding with my fellow mommy friends. Because this is such a popular topic in my new social circle, I wanted to share the common mistakes to avoid in order to raise healthy and adventurous eaters. 1) Lack of flavor Where does it say that kids prefer bland foods? Although it can be agreed that sprinkling spicy cayenne pepper on your little one’s mashed sweet potatoes is probably not the best idea, there is no need to keep every meal super boring and tasteless. Feel free to add some ground cinnamon to jazz up those potatoes or marinate their chicken in an allergen-friendly sauce. Eventually you can work your way up to adding more herbs, spices, sauces, and condiments as they mature. 98 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
2) Too much snacking If your little ones do not eat much during mealtime, you may feel tempted to allow them to snack between meals. Although snacking is important to keep your kids properly fueled throughout the day, be careful to choose nutritious snacks like fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. If you opt for the processed junk food like pretzels, crackers, chips, and the like, do not be surprised if they prefer snacks to meals. In general, the more children snack, the less they tend to eat at the main meal. 3) Not letting kids get hungry Many parents feel unsettled by the thought that their child is “hungry.” To be blunt, if your child has regular access to nutritious foods, it is certainly okay for him/her to be a little “hungry.” I am obviously not encouraging you to skip meals and truly let your child go hungry, but a child can make it from lunch to dinner (sometimes just a mere 3-4 hour span) without a snack. If your child has a long stretch between meals or is playing sports,
snacking may be more necessary. As adults, we have days where we snack more frequently ourselves. It is likely that there are some days your child may need more snacks as well. Still, I do not feel that kids need a constant stream of snacks readily available to them on every occasion. 4) Not letting them decide what they like for themselves In general, children will eat what they are exposed to. Simply put, if you expose your children to a wide variety of foods and cuisines, it is more likely that they will consume a wide variety of foods and cuisines. On the flipside, if you limit your kids’ options because you don’t think they will like certain food items, you are doing their developing taste buds a disservice. I recommend deciding WHAT is introduced and WHEN it is introduced and allowing your children to decide WHICH items and HOW MUCH of them they want to consume. 5) Sharing your food preferences with them It is important to keep your food offerings “emotionally neutral.” If you get extra excited about pizza night but make it clear that you are not as into
dinner when salmon is being served, your kids will likely feel the same way. Similarly, when you are introducing a new vegetable, there is no need to make a big deal or give the impression that you are going to be watching for their response. In other words, just put the food down and let it be.
Lindsay Brustein Rosen, MS, RD is a registered dietitian and the founder of Nutrition by Bru, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice in New York. She received a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Greater New York Dietetic Association.
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ASK DR. CHRISTOPHER CALAPAI, D.O. By Carlos Lacayo This month, the Stem Cell Guru Dr. Calapai addresses a couple more of the most asked questions from the world of stem cell research.
them reverse degenerative diseases being able to function as they did before and how happy and ecstatic patients are
What can we learn from stem cells? They can learn how your body has the innate ability to repair itself for any area of the body.
Why do you think there are some people that find stem cells immoral? They feel that using an aborted fetus is immoral and I agree, but that’s why we only use it from your body.
Can you tell me about the different types of stem cell treatments? The ones that we’re doing for what I would call government-approved techniques are either fat or bone marrow and bone marrow is the best mechanism because you’re getting a larger number of cells to activate in order to repair your body What excites you about stem cell research and treatment? The exciting results that people get are the most rewarding, watching 100 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
How does someone go about donating stem cells? There’s no donation. Universally anyone can come in and do stem cell therapy.
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SculpSure Laser Alternative to Liposcution Destroys Fat in 25 Minutes
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ou're at the gym, you're dieting and pockets of fat just won't disappear. Well, there's a new FDA approved solution sweeping the beauty industry and it just hit Long Island. The best part? You can squeeze it in during your lunch break or just before picking up the kids.
Dr. Peter Neumann, Chief Plastic Surgeon at Nassau Plastic Surgical Associates in Roslyn is now offering SculpSure - a 25 minute, non-invasive fat burning treatment proven to kill 24% of fat in a targeted area. Patients can opt to treat areas of fat around their bellies, thighs, love handles, back or arms with no downtime - and kiss stubborn fat goodbye! "This is a remarkable, easy solution for women and men trying to lose fat. In six to twelve weeks, patients are seeing excellent results with multiple inches lost. Patients are back in the gym the same day, resuming normal activities while SculpSure continues to work its magic", says Dr. Neumann. "This ground-breaking treatment isn't a fat loss gimmick and gurantees results. I see it working for patients everyday."
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SculpSure is a breakthrough in light-based, body-contouring technology. Applicators snap into a plastic frame that is fit to your body's target area. Once the treatment starts, patients feel a varying cool/warm sensation that does not affect or damage the skin's surface. The lasers work to penetrate deep levels of fat throughout the duration of the treatment. Patients can treat multiple areas in one visit (25 minutes per area) and unlike liposuction which typically requires general anesthesia, limited activity and a six week recovery window, SculpSure enables people to get back to work and life the same day. To schedule a free consultation with Dr. Neumann, call Nassau Plastic Surgical Associates at 516.484.0800. Mention 25A to receive exclusive VIP pricing. nassauplasticsurgeryli.com
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Lila Beudert Hamptons Hottest Entrepreneur Goes Global
By Jennifer Pelaez, Photo by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman Styling by Janine Mcloughlin
outh Fork native and entrepreneur, Lila Beudert, brings the art of hair care and affordable glamour to the Hamptons and beyond with her recently launched new concept salon, Blow Beauty Bars, that has been redefining the salon experience. Her vision and philosophy of providing the best customer service and experience has made her Blow Beauty Bars an immediate success, both in Bridgehampton and East Hampton, as well as in her recent expansion into Manhasset, with New Jersey and Europe on the horizon. Inspiring and ebulliently charming, Lila sits down with 25A to candidly speak about her entry into the industry at the young age of 24 and her subsequent rise into the visionary businesswoman she has now become. As a lifelong East Ender, Lila understands the market and spotted a hole in the existing beauty options that seemed overpriced and inconvenient, especially for locals who live there year round without access to affordable salons. She had seen many blow dry bars popping up in New York City, and at the urging of her fiancé, decided to delve into this new venture. What especially appealed to Lila was the knowledge that she was contributing to women looking and feeling better about themselves. So in April 2014, she opened up her first location in Bridgehampton, which was an instant success. Embraced by both Manhattanites weekending in the Hamptons, and locals who truly appreciate the taste of affordable luxury, this easy,
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convenient and fun salon was destined to become a local favorite. Who wouldn't welcome a pristinely furnished modern space where you can walk in, get your tresses styled, and all starting at $40. With an overflowing waitlist and summer quickly approaching, Lila boldly opened up a second location only two months later in East Hampton, confident it would also be well-received. Blow Beauty Bars at first were only designed to specialize exclusively in blowouts. However, the ever-evolving nature of the beauty industry caused Lila to gradually expand her salon’s menu to offer a wider range of services at the request of her clients. The updated service menus in all of her Beauty Bars now include cuts and color, as well as makeup. The flagship location in Bridgehampton also features nail services and a Bare Wax Bar, as well as eyelash extension services. Lila says, “It should really be a one-stop shop for all hair needs, and now I'm moving into a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs.” You can even purchase products to extend the life of your blowout with her recently launched full-range signature product line. Read her July cover story online at 25amagazine.com blowbeautybars.com
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Harriette Rose Katz The Chosen Few
By Carlos Lacayo
conic event planner Harriette Rose Katz is the Founder of Gourmet Advisory Services and The Chosen Few, a luxury services collective for event professionals. Harriette has been one of the country’s leading wedding and event planners for over 30 years and is known within the industry as a trendsetter. The term “event planner” was practically coined for her. She was named the “Number One Wedding Planner in Manhattan” by New York Metro and has been quoted as an industry expert in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Modern Bride, InStyle, People, New York Daily New and New York Post. “Because I’ve been in business so long, I know everybody in my field. I love what I do.” The Chosen Few Not one to rest on her laurels, Harriette took her passion for design and the culinary arts to create The Chosen Few, a new force in the event planning world. This visionary and talented group of professionals is dedicated to executing the highest quality events from the invitations, flowers, food and décor to the lighting, music, photographs and more. Under Harriette’s magic touch, her team brings experience and passion to their work through creativity, integrity and excellence in everything they do. “We work in a very unregulated industry. There’s no one to say who’s the best of the best, the way Michelin Stars rate restaurants,” says Harriette. “The Chosen Few is a sign of distinction. It is a very new idea. No one has ever done this before in
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the event industry.” The Chosen Few is currently made up of 24 members who were tapped after extensive vetting by Katz and her team. Among the exclusive members are Abigail Kirsch, Stephen Starr Events, Diana Gould LTD, DeJuan Stroud, Michael Scott Events, Frank Alexander NYC, Stonekelly Events, Total Entertainment, Untouchable Events, Stamford Tent & Event Services, Alpine Creative Group, Fancy That, Frost Productions, Element Music, Michael Jurick and Starr Tent. “Reputation is everything, which is why we vet the candidates so thoroughly,” says Harriette. “It takes years to build a reputation. It takes minutes to break it.” South Florida in 2016 The Chosen Few recently celebrated their second anniversary, where five new members were welcomed to the elite society: Hart Pictures, Anthony Taccetta Event Design, Natural Expressions NY, Generation Events and Pat Glenn Productions’ P&G Floral. Harriette thanked her daughter Melissa Rosenbloom, nieces Claudia Warner and Trisha Stern and her Gourmet Advisory team for being by her side. Katz is planning on expanding the organization into South Florida in 2016. “I think there is a need for The Chosen Few in other cities,” states Harriette “I love our members and The Chosen Few is an idea whose time has come.” hrkchosenfew.com
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BarbaraA Timeless Waszak Grena Artist for All
By Christopher A. Pape
nspired by the feeling of freedom in God’s world, artist Barbara Waszak Grena, shares her passion for beauty, nature and all components of the natural world. Barbara enjoys painting outdoors, where the changing attributes of climate, hues and wind add finishing touches to her work.
Influenced by her father and maternal grandfather, what was once a hobby at age five soon transitioned into a life choice where Barbara has continued her success through several decades. After studying art at Newton High School in Jackson Heights, Queens, her journey as an aspiring artist pushed her in several different directions. Her artistic endeavors in drawing, painting, pastels, commercial art and photography give her artwork a strong sense of novelty and a distinctive quality. A notable artist, Barbara’s artwork has been featured in numerous shows, including the Guild of Creative Art, the Ocean County Artist Guild, the Little Silver Borough Hall and Georgian Court College. Her work has 108 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
been featured in exhibits at the Lever House Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Pastel Society of America (P.S.A.), and Salmagundi Club, honoring her talent throughout New York City. She has received several awards and medals for her work and is currently recognized as a New York signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Barbara’s latest accomplishment was inclusion in the Best of Worldwide Landscape Artists book. One of Barbara’s most valued pieces of art is her pastel “In Honor of All the Heroes,” a tribute to all of the heroes and victims of the 9/11 tragedy. Little by little, the portrait was developed with intense feeling and emotion, to fully encompass the meaning behind this day in history. In July 2004, the pastel was accepted for the exhibition entitled “American Dreams Post 9/11” at the Salmagundi Club. A personal letter from both former Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg was sent to Barbara thanking her for the moving depiction of the September 11th tragedy.
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When beginning a work of art, Barbara’s key is to not think about selling her work but to think about what pleases her and where her inspiration stems from. If need be, she will take photographs to capture a moment that she would like to replicate on canvas. She will then start the piece in her studio, and decide which medium to paint with. Her artwork is a collection of oils, pastels and watercolor portraits, figures and landscapes. She is known for her figure work, but due to popular demand, her focus lately has been on landscape art where she paints the rich colors of the earth around her. Barbara organizes her work by designating specific days of the week to working outdoors, in her studio or teaching her skills to other adult students. Depending on her choice of art medium (oil, pastel or watercolor) Barbara’s work can take anywhere from a few hours to several days to complete.
Drawing is the foundation of a good artist. In Italy, during the Renaissance, drawing was taught before any other form of art was practiced. Once mastering the skill of drawing, then one could move forward by breaking the rules and making the art one’s own. Simply put, technique is the foundation of any valuable art. Barbara’s work combines classicism, aesthetic and natural components of the surrounding environment. The driving force behind her work comes from the heart–art that is attached to her family she holds close to her. Her collection is vast, with thousands upon thousands of drawings and artwork. Upon entering her studio, and seeing the eclectic selection of her artwork, you are bound to walk out with a classic Barbara W. Grena piece of your very own. 732.961.6548 barbaragrena.com August 2016 | 109
The Breadth Within Art Gallery Brings Art to Roslyn
By Georgette Malitsis
n artist since early childhood, Daniella Cippitelli’s dream of opening her own gallery came to life last February. Located in the old town of Roslyn, The Breadth Within Art Gallery has a unique twist, hosting yoga and meditation classes alongside various wellness workshops right inside the gallery. The gallery’s modern aesthetic brings the contemporary art scene of New York City right to the North Shore. You can find Daniella’s abstract paintings and fine art photography featured within the gallery. With her extensive art background, she has served in various senior-level creative roles with ad agencies and publishing companies after graduating college with a B.F.A. in Arts Management. She also holds an M.A. in Media Studies and an A.A. in Commercial Art. At the Breadth Within Art Gallery, Daniella represents not only herself but other emerging artists as well. The art displayed in the gallery is carefully selected to reflect a sense of our deeper selves. She chooses art based on the feelings that are reflected in the artwork, hoping that these pieces enhance the experience of anyone who enters the gallery–whether they are seeking to purchase art or practice yoga. Practicing yoga in an art setting goes beyond just the physical level. Along with the obvious benefits, practicing yoga and meditation in such a setting allows guests to also connect with the art around them. Yoga is physical, spiritual and emotional while art can be both visual and expressive– these 110 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
human activities go hand-in-hand and together can bring about peace and balance. The gallery hosts yoga therapy for cancer patients through the non-profit Magic Happens Foundation. The idea is to give patients the opportunity to escape the medical setting and allow them to come and experience control over their bodies, discovering peace within the gallery. The gallery lives by the philosophy that what you surround yourself with outside, nurtures what you feel on the inside–leaving the gallery you will feel far more tranquil than when you came in. Stay connected with the Breadth Within Art Gallery by downloading their interactive app, allowing users to see how the gallery’s art looks in their personal space while offering access to their latest art collections as well! The app also works well for interior designers who now have the ability to browse through art on the spot without having to visit the gallery. This convenient and efficient app offers access to the gallery at all times. Daniella Cippitelli’s Breadth Within Art Gallery will continue to spread their philosophy and hope to expand with future locations. She will continue to work with other artists to represent the gallery specifically as a way for guests to experience harmony and balance motivated by the feeling of art. thebreadthwithin.com
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