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Spring is around the corner and I couldn’t be happier! It’s a time for renewal, fresh flowers and brightness all around. Easter is also almost here, which for me, is one of my favorite times of year; it marks spring and growth. With that in mind, the March issue is our Fashion Issue. We’ve packed our pages with the hottest looks the runway, to the must have fragrances of the season. We’ve got the best of the best for you. We are also proud to present the stunning Blanca Blacnco, a true Beverly Hills beauty. On the cover this month, is one of the hottest starlets of Hollywood, Danielle Savre. She’s just landed a starring role in Shonda Rhimes’ newest creations, Station 19. We were thrilled to snag an exclusive photo shoot with her, as well as, a sit down interview. I think you will love her as much as we loved speaking with her! Travel, dining, art and the latest social events are all covered. Use us as your guide to luxury living and you won’t be disappointed! We work hard to bring you the best of the best, because we know, you demand nothing less.

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A TRIO OF AMERICANS A Night of Culture at the New York Philharmonic B Y CHRI S T O PHE R A. PAPE

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he New York Philharmonic is a cultural institution of which New Yorkers should take pride. With its storied past – I think of Aruturo Toscanini – monumental performances have happened under their auspices. To give some context, Toscanini made his Philharmonic debut in January 1926. He guest-conducted and shared the music director post with W illem Mengelberg before taking the helm single-handedly. In 1930, Toscanini led the Philharmonic on a highly successful tour of Europe. Toscanini’s Beethoven cycle with the New York Philharmonic continued through the 1932-33 season, and listeners experienced a musical repudiation of tyranny that matched his public opposition to Hitler. During his tenure, the Philharmonic performed more than 30 world premieres and over 40 American premieres (including Ravel’s Bolero in 1929). B a c k t o p re s e n t d a y, i t w a s j u s t over a year ago when the New York Philharmonic appointed Joshua Gersen as

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the orchestra’s assistant conductor. This past February, he was finally able to use his considerable skills to good use. I am, of course, referring to a trio of American composers he conducted recently. Those c o m p o s e r s — B a r b e r, B e r n s t e i n a n d Copland—were in good hands under his steady baton. Starting with Barber’s Adagio for Strings, followed by Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and ending with Copland’s Third Symphony, it was an American powerhouse lineup, and Gersen gave us a wonderfully adept and perfectly honest interpretation to each piece. Barber’s enigmatic Adagio has long been associated with sadness and grief, but to others, it seems somehow sexual in nature. The piece responds to both hot and cool interpretations; Gersen was on the latter side, using long lines and a steady tread, which was entirely fresh and thought-provoking in its deliverance. I’m sure this orchestra could play Bernstein’s West Side Story in their sleep. Gersen was almost ornamental in nature;

however, he prodded the performers to their maximum, especially in explosive numbers like “Mambo” and “Rumble.” The suites more quieter moments were also played with aplomb. While I wouldn’t say I am the biggest admirer of Copland’s Third Symphony, Gersen did well to play it tightly. There are long stretches of the piece, where the composer seems not to have any goal but to sound as if he wrote it; he also doesn’t know what an ending should sound like (at least in the tradition of Italian opera, because you always know a piece is coming to a close when there’s a loud bang!). Now that New York has seen what Gersen can do with his baton, we are sure to clamor for more. Although his tenure is presumably coming to a near end, we think he has a long and bright future ahead. As for the philharmonic itself, there is no doubt it is still as monumental as when Toscanini was conducting.


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n t h e e d g e o f B ro o k l y n Heights, a building designed in 1913 for a bank with a grand entrance resembles the Italian Renaissance style and is modeled after the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona designed by York and Sawyer. The bank was designed to entice patrons, and make them feel their money was safe. The magnificently built structure is now remodeled into luxurious style condos. The bank still remains, but the upper floors is transformed into lofts with a townhouse feel. The space resembles modern loft style living. Under Barry Rice Architects, the designs are respectfully enhanced for living, featuring beauty and practicality. Original details remain preserved throughout the building. The boutique-condos feature amenities that

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would be expected to be found in luxury high-rise developments. Featuring open floor plans, professional grade kitchens, white oak flooring, walk in closets, lounges, and top floors with skylights. Relax on the common rooftop terrace with family and friends, while bbqing and soaking up the sun. More amenities include child’s play area, teen room, laundry room, pet spa, state of the art fitness center, bike/stroller storage room, and a first sound-attenuated private music room in Brooklyn. The 12 apartments bring in natural light that will fill in the space with a beautiful glow, and with the cozy feel and spectacular views, you will never leave. The building includes a doorman, and a live-in super. Residents enter through a canopied entrance in new lobby on Pierrepont Street. Make sure to take in the stunning facade detail on the

outside of the building. Since its recent completion, the sales success at The Brooklyn Trust Company Building has been impressive, with only four out of 12 units remaining. You won’t find anything else like this in Brooklyn. The robust list of amenities and historic building offers a beautiful Italian to American style and decor. The Brooklyn landmark has a grand entrance that is breathtaking and gives a prestigious feel. Behind the former vault’s gilded gate lies a mud room for an unexpected touch. Explore the authentic neighborhood filled with history and a charming community. The Brooklyn Trust Building is a landmark that is flourishing. | | 21

MANHATTAN ARRIVES IN L.A. Peebles Corp joint venture to deliver tallest building in the Wester n United States B Y PE TE R E LSTO N


or those used to thinking that Manhattan was the only place you could live in an ultra-luxury apartment with amenities to match and globally recognized landmarks in service and entertainment on your doorstep, think again. The Angels Flight site, where the Pershing Square Metro stop exists in Los Angeles is the location for a stunning new redevelopment plan. Awarded last December by the City of Los Angeles, a joint venture team comprised of the Peebles Corporation, MacFarlane Partners and Claridge Properties will change Angels Landing fundamentally in a $1.2 billion re-development plan to be completed in the next six years Their

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winning design from Handel Architects with Olin involves two towers linked by a sky bridge, one of the towers will, at 88 floors, represent the tallest building on the Western United States. Angels Landing will encompass construction of both an SLS and Mondrian Hotel (192 and 289 rooms respectively) by sbe. Sbe encompasses both SLS Hotels, founded by Sam Nazarian as well as Mondrian (formerly Morgan Hotels Group). catering to a global, sophisticated audience and aims to create a ‘modern playground’ with world class cuisine, service and design SLS currently has properties at the heart of their upscale social neighborhoods in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, South Beach

Florida and Baha Mar in the Bahamas. For the residents of the re-developed Angels Landing there will be some 425 apartments with an element of affordable housing to help avoid losing the community along with 250 ultra-luxury condominiums located in the center of a flourishing renaissance of this arts community. The residents will be able to enjoy a food hall emphasizing sustainability incorporating local businesses in addition to some 45,000 square feet of retail and restaurants designed to offer a mix of cuisine and shopping for residents and visitors. Young families moving to the re-developed Angels Landing will not have to worry about their children having to endure a substantial

urban commute. An elementary charter school providing education from K through Grade 5 will be established to serve educational needs in the area The social centerpiece of the re-development will be the Angels terrace - a 25,000 square foot outdoor area capable of hosting cultural performances and art installations to enjoy and enhance the social fabric of the area.

this 2.24 acre site. ABOUT THE PEEBLES CORPORATION A privately held, national real estate investment and development company specializing in residential, hospitality, retail, and mixed-use commercial properties. Founded in 1983 by R. Donahue Peebles, the current portfolio totals more than 9 million square feet and $7 billion.

Whilst the finished development w i l l o ff e r a n e w m i l e s t o n e i n rejuvenating a district both in terms of real estate, arts and culture, Angels Landing will be developed with a keen eye to ensuring social and economic inclusivity. The joint venture team comprised of the Peebles Corporation, MacFarlane Partners and Claridge Properties are committed to supporting minority and women entrepreneurs committed to making an economic difference in the area. The Angels have truly landed on

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n an established Bergen County, NJ location just ten minutes from the George Washington Bridge and minutes from the Gold Coast’s bustling Hudson River waterfront, Trio, a moder n, amenity-rich condominium, features a collection of Penthouse residences offering luxury living with the comforts of home. Situated on the top floors of the two nine-story buildings in Palisades Park, the limited collection of residences boast expansive living spaces with stylish finishes and appointments. Four distinctive twoand three-bedroom Penthouse floorplans are available, with desired elements such as separate kitchen and dining areas, two-

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and-a-half to three bathrooms, spacious master bedroom suites with walk-in closets and designer kitchens. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the homes in natural light, while hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, marble floors and custom cabinetry add style and detail to every corner. Some of the Penthouses offer spectacular New York City skyline views, while others feature spanning vistas of the westernfacing landscape. “Trio is already a popular choice for homebuyers looking for a modern living experience with convenient access to Manhattan,” says Honey Hwang, Sales Manager for The Marketing Directors,

exclusive marketing and sales agent for Trio. “The Penthouse collection creates additional opportunities to enjoy this lifestyle on a grander scale.” Beautifully designed indoor and outdoor amenities enhance the residents’ lives at Trio, including a lounge with billiards, ping pong, large screen TV and catering kitchen; a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga studio, game room, virtual golf simulator, business center and outdoor terrace. Homeowners also enjoy Concierge service and covered parking.

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and salon, ballroom facilities, meeting rooms, a business center, additional storage units and a parking garage. Internationally renowned Robert A.M. Stern Architects designed the exterior and interiors with intricacy of shape and a powerful skyline silhouette in mind, with SLCE serving as the Architect of Record. The array of one to six bedroom residences feature oversized bay windows, ceilings as high as 13’10”, and a refined selection of finishes featuring solid white oak floors, white oak framed Bilotta kitchen cabinetry and marble baths with custom-designed vanities. Eleven

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his year we saw bold use of color and design. It was therefore no surprise to see reds and metallics everywhere. Another great feature was all the use of pattern. And what would New York be without our favorite color of all, black. Hope you are as inspired by these looks as we were by the shows! | | 35

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Dress: Kalayci London Stylist: Harpers PR Ring: Plodowski Ring provided by DPA lounges Hair: Tina Dixon + The Private Room Make-up: Roberto Vega Location: Mulberry Pizzeria Beverly Hills

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Outfit: LexiClothing Stylist: Harpers PR Shoes: Kamica Hampton Sunglasses: GUCCI from Dan Deutsch Make-up: Akemi Yagi Hair: Vladimir Simic | | 43

Ezili Swimwear Stylist: Harpers PR Make-up: Akemi Yagi

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Dress: Ashleigh Kwong Stylist: Harpers PR Shoes: Arnaa Official Make-up: Akemi Yagi

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hen Danielle Savre enters the room, all heads turn. She is a beacon of brightness in this grey world. Her energy, enthusiasm and vivaciousness shine through. The hottest actress today is humble enough to think her recent string of successes is merely good luck. I, however, think her talent and hard work have made her what she is today. This humility also shone through as she gave us an abundance of time to speak on a wide range of issues. What follows is an enthralling interview, which showcases this actress at her fullest. I hope you love the interview as much as I loved meeting Danielle! Christopher Pape (CP): Tell us a little bit about yourself? From the beginning, please. Danielle Savre (DS): I was bor n and raised in Simi Valley, California. It’s on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I got, or I should say fell, into acting at 7 years old. Even though it sounds hard to believe, the mom of my best friend in second grade was an agent at one of the leading child acting/modeling agencies in California. She knew I would be perfect, because she thought I was a little adult. She said I was 7 going on 30. My mother was very apprehensive at the time, but she finally relented after I kept bugging her. I met with my friend’s mother and her boss, without my mother in the room, and they brought me on as a client. My first audition was with Mattel, and I ended up signing a two-year deal with them. I was on the boxes of Barbie, Cabbage Patch and Plooy Pocket. I modeled for Mattel and American Girl in Florida and Wisconsin. I did K-Mart and JCPenney. At 12, I started auditioning for acting parts and was hired on my third try. Gavin O’Connor, the director of the project (who has gone on to do wonderful things), hired me on the spot. I couldn’t believe it. I kept asking him if he was serious. I was so happy! I really got into acting and hired an

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acting coach, whom I’m still with today, and I dedicated myself to the craft. My parents insisted I maintain a 3.5 GPA, and having done so, I was able to accelerate my classes and graduate high school at the age of 15. Almost immediately after that, I landed my first television series part on a show called Summerland on the WB. The rest is history! CP: The main reason we are featuring you is for the new spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, you are starring in. Can you give us some background on it? DS: Our first episode airs on March 22. There is only one character who is a crossover from Grey’s Anatomy: Jaina Lee Ortiz. Otherwise, we are all new characters with a new environment from the mind of the wonderful Shonda Rhimes. CP: What is the premise of the story? DS: The premise of the story revolves around a group of seven firefighters and three women, which is badass, and four men. It is narrated from the perspective of Jaina Lee Ortiz. It portrays the everyday occurrences and lives of these men and women who risk their lives for the greater good. On top of all that, it delves into the relationships of the characters and the dynamics between one another. My character, Maya Bishop, can best be related to Cristina of Grey’s Anatomy, played by Sandra Oh, because I am Andy Herrera’s (Jaina Lee Ortiz) best friend. They would do anything for each other. Maya is Andy’s number one support and there to cheer her on. My character is there to give the best advice as possible and keep Andy levelheaded. Of course, there is a love triangle, and Andy’s father is the captain of the station, so much drama ensues. You get to hear and see from each character every episode, which is super exciting. The show also delves into the backstory of each character, and as the plot develops, we learn more and more about each of them. CP: Tell us more about Maya Bishop. | | 51

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DS: Maya is an ex-Olympian. She won Olympic gold for running the 10k at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She has an amazing background. She decided to retire from running and become a firefighter. As the story unfolds, we learn why she decided to switch careers. Obviously, to be an Olympian, she has an unbridled drive and passion for what she did and currently does. She loves fighting fires, she loves saving people’s lives, but she also loves life. She is a girl of her times, as I like to say, because she is open to everything and anything that is thrown at her. CP: The first season is 10 episodes? DS: Yes. We air after Grey’s Anatomy and before How to Get Away with Murder, so we fill the spot of the recently-ended Scandal. What’s great about our premiere night is that it is a two-hour episode. We will continue to air past the finale of Grey’s Anatomy. And hopefully, if all goes well, we start filming again in the fall! CP: Is there a lot of diversity in the cast? I would assume so since this is a Shonda production. DS: Yes! We have a Latina lead, which

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I think is amazing. We have a biracial member of the cast, Barrett Doss, who plays Victoria Hughes and a biracial Asian/ white character and of course, Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan (of Hamilton fame), a Nigerian-American.

for this role, the production company took us out to San Pedro, so we could learn about being a firefighter. It was the actual drill tower where my sister trained. The same captain was there too. Talk about full circle!

CP: A little bird told me that your sister is a real-life firefighter? DS: Yes, she is!

CP: On a personal note, what do you do for fun? DS: I’m very happy to say that a lot of times, the cast gets together on the weekends, and we really love getting to know each other. Otherwise, my time off these days is either getting a massage or going to the movies.

CP: Have you drawn inspiration from her? DS: Absolutely. I feel like I’ve been preparing for this role for the last four years. For me, this role was meant to be because of who my sister is. I look up to her so much. And the most exciting thing is, she gets to come to set to double for me while driving the firetruck, because obviously, I have no idea how to do that. She’ll come to set and put the hat on; that way they don’t have to hide my character when there’s a driving scene. CP: Your family must have been super excited when you got this role. DS: It was surreal how this happened. In fact, my sister and I were just talking about all this. When we did the training

CP: Last question, tell me about the charities you’re involved with. DS: I just finished a race (5 miles in length) for My Friend’s Place, a great organization that provides housing and services for homeless youth. The homeless rate in LA is horribly high, and I’m proud to be involved with that. In addition, the entire cast was on Celebrity Family Feud, and we donated all the money to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. I’m very proud to be involved with both. be involved with both.

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t almost seems that daily, a new ramen shop opens in Manhattan. New Yorkers’ insatiable desire to eat this Japanese noodle knows no bounds. From long lines at established hotspots to exciting and innovative offerings, the ramen craze has set in, and thankfully, we are here for this long and delicious ride. Late last year, the Midtown outpost of a family-run, Tokyo-based ramen chain opened to wide acclaim. Tonchin focuses on tonkotsu ramen with housemade noodles, along with nambutekkiyakki (griddled dishes), dumplings and fried chicken. The setting is sleek with dark, candlelit booths, deeply-grained wooden tables and an open kitchen. Dark blue walls and furniture form dining areas, while geometric-patterned wall surfaces match the menus and tableware. There is even a riff of the rising sun, half in the lighter portion of the wall, half in the darker, as if the paint itself is rising.

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Tonchin opened in Tokyo in 1992 and now has 16 locations across Asia. The Sugeno family, which still owns them all, also operates 70 other restaurants in Asia. As this is the brothers Anan and Toi Sugeno’s first venture on their own, they asked Brooklyn-based creative studio Carpenter & Mason to guide the aesthetic for the restaurant, located just north of the Empire State Building, to “design a Japanese restaurant that didn’t feel traditionally Japanese.” As for the food, Tonchin has four kinds of ramen on the menu. Common to New York is the classic tonkotsu or spicy tantan (which I could not resist ordering and loved the nutty undertones); less so is the smoked dashi ramen with a pork broth, smoky fish oil and clams. Of note is that the noodles here are made in-house daily, rather than trucked in from the prolific Sun Noodle. Small plates include pork ginger gyoza and tuna tartare with yuzu pepper, and the octopus and avocado salad with

wasabi shoyu dressing, which was not only a standout, but transported me to the shores of Japan (even my Japanese guest, not necessarily the most generous of spirit, remarked on how much he loved this dish). Rice bowls, like boiled shirasu don and unagi with tototo don, fill out the rest of the menu (and made for a very filling meal). Drinks are Japanese-accented, like the wasabi vodka tonic or shiso Moscow mule, and a definite must-have. Friendly and attentive service, paired with innovative and high-quality food offerings, make for a winning combination. It was no wonder the place was packed the night we dined there. Take my advice and make your way over to this temple of ramen! 13 W 36th Street New York, NY 10018 646.692.9912 | | 57

OPHELIA A Drink with a V iew (And Great Food Too)! B Y CHR I STO PHE R A. PAPE


pulence is back! And we are more than thrilled that it has taken the form of Ophelia Lounge on the rooftop of Midtown East’s Beekman To w e r. T h i s re f u r b i s h e d lounge (originally built in the 1920s) is stuffed to the gills with luxurious velvet banquettes backed by expansive windows looking out to the skyline and East River. Just last month, this new rooftop cocktail lounge opened to much anticipation. On the 26th floor of this Art Deco landmarked building, blocks from the United Nations Plaza, Ophelia pairs sophisticated interiors and panoramic views with characteristics more common to New York’s speakeasies: a long and storied history, elegance, deliciously-designed cocktails and mouthwatering dishes. While restoring the space, the team behind Ophelia, principally Merchants Hospitality, had no shortage of historical material to work with. Built in 1928 and designed by American architect John Mead Howells, the building, formerly named the Panhellenic Tower, served as a women’sonly hotel and lounge for college graduates who had belonged to sororities. After the rooftop space opened to the public in the 1930s, it entered a new era as the Top of the Tower restaurant, a neighborhood favorite. The opening view, as a patron enters the space, is a 24-foot bar, lined with stools upholstered in deep red velvet. A stuffed albino pheasant, wings spread in flight, hangs over beautifully-displayed liquor bottles, lit from below. Three paneled windows are behind the bar. A wall of windows gives the diner 360-degree views, while two fully open-air terraces, on the north and south sides, offer the full rooftop experience. As for the food, Chef Stephen Putnam offers a delectable mixture of classics, like caviar service and oysters Rockefeller, and updated New American offerings, such

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as a Maine lobster spring roll with mango and Thai dipping sauce. But the singular cocktails, designed by Amir Babayoff, make this place a standout. The Purple Tuxedo cocktail was one of our favorites, made with Empress 1908 gin, aquavit, vermouth, Velvet Falernum liqueur, absinthe and plum bitters; as a finishing touch, Babayoff sprinkles real gold flakes across the cocktail’s surface. The first drink I had, the Far East Side, made with shiso-infused mizu shochu, Tanqueray gin and yuzu, was a bright spot on an otherwise cold evening. Overall, Hamachi

Babayoff’s drinks are carefully considered, beautifully poured and delicious to drink. In the final analysis, the big views, the thoughtful and inspired design, and the professional mixology (resulting in excellent cocktails) makes this a magical visit for a perfect first date or a place to rekindle love. 3 Mitchell Place, 26th floor New York, NY 10017 212.980.4796 Ophelia’s Ascension

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s an American of Italian extraction, I have much to be proud. From art, music, fashion, literature, architecture and most importantly, food, there are few places in the world that rival the glorious contributions of Italians. Therefore, it is no surprise that New York, capital of the world, has so embraced Italian cuisine, as to make one (almost) think that Italian cuisine was invented on our fair shores, rather than back in the motherland. Recently, I had the pleasure to eat at a fantastic new Italian restaurant and was impressed by its quality, attention to cooking detail and taste. Every so often, a restaurant appears that seems entirely innocuous; the storefront and interior suggest lack of quality, while the price

point seems so low that it must just be a nondescript “cheap eat.” However, as the saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” so the same is true of Mani in Pasta, a small Roman-style pizzeria and Italian eatery. Having eaten there twice, I can say with confidence, that it is some of the best, most delicious bites I’ve had in a long time. And in it’s short tenure, I have recommended it to as many people as I possibly could. The restaurant is owned and operated by three young Italians, Pietro Toscano (who runs front of house for both locations), Eleonora Calvacci (who runs front of house at the 37th street location) and Giuseppe Manco (the executive chef for both locations). All were born less than hour from my grandmother’s hometown. Mani in Pasta is their second location, Chef Giuseppe Manco

having opened a fast-casual café in midtown (with the same name) in order to service the lunch crowd. Their new place, as previously mentioned on 14th, is more like a sit-down pizzeria. However, don’t be fooled by its beggar appearance, this food will “knock your socks off.” From first bite to last, my guest and I were enthralled by the boldness of the flavors and quality of the cooking. In no particular order of either timeline or deliciousness, dishes we loved included pizza carbonara, spaghetti cacio e pepe and a frito misto, which included suppli (rice and mozzarella), potato croquette (which tasted remarkably similar to my grandmother’s version), zucchini flower stuffed with buffalo mozzarella (what else one earth can taste this good?) and a fittatina made with fried spaghetti, ham and mozzarella (this was probably the most interesting bite of all and I’ve begged, with no avail for the recipe – maybe after reading this Pietro will spill the beans!). But back to that pizza carbonara. As a food writer and home cook, I’d like to think I make an excellent spaghetti carbonara (making it as authentic as possible). But one taste of this slice (served in slices or as a whole pie) will make you reconsider the existence of God. The luxuriousness and creaminess of the consistency, the umami (a Japanese word closely associated with savoriness) made me cry in my plate, as I wept with joy. I was instantaneously transported to Rome. Mamma Mia, as the Italians would say, I have I fallen in love with this restaurant. I urge you to make your way over and while this isn’t an Alto Italiano (haute in French) experience, it beats many fine dining establishments in taste, quality and caring service. 245 East 14th Street New York, NY 10003 646.870.5851

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onsidered by many to be one of the top food Meccas in the world, New York City can lay claim to a bevy of fabulous and famous restaurants covering a wide variety of different styles. New restaurants are always coming and going in the city, hoping to make a lasting impression. And Charlie Palmer Steak New York, located at the Archer Hotel in Midtown, is certainly one that is garnering much attention. Charlie Palmer Steak New York is one of the many temples to food created by the Charlie Palmer Group, which owns several different restaurants all over the country. The owner, the titular Charlie Palmer, is not just a skilled entrepreneur, but is also a master chef in his own right. Palmer’s signature style is Progressive American, which blends together intense flavors in surprising ways to create an unforgettable dining experience. He has achieved great fame through his cooking and as executive chef brings all of his culinary technique and flair to Charlie Palmer Steak New York.

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Charlie Palmer Steak New York has menus for all three major meals, and each menu features several delicious options. Start your day off with a bread and pastry basket, a steak and eggs special, or a bagel with house-made lox and optional caviar. For lunch, help yourself to one of their raw bar options, or simply have it all with their Prime Platter, which features all of their raw bar foods. Continue your meal with their specialty 50-50 Burger, with a patty consisting of half ground beef and half ground bacon. But it is at dinner where their steaks truly take center stage. From Japanese Kobe Beef to a filet mignon, you can hardly go wrong with any of these options. Also of special interest is their 30-day dry aged New York strip, Ribeye, and Porterhouse for two. Mention should also be made of their non-beef options, such as a starter of Charred Spanish Octopus served with salsa verde, chorizo and fingerling potatoes that will convert you to or reconfirm your love of octopus. And for dessert, try Ryan’s Sticky Bun with vanilla ice cream and cream cheese frosting, a delicious ending to your

meal. When it comes to drinks, Charlie Palmer Steak New York is at the top of their game there as well. Amanda Streibel, their lead sommelier, has worked with Charlie Palmer for many years having been sommelier and bartender at Aureole, his very first restaurant. The wines offered range from crowd favorites like California Cabernet and Italian Montepulciano to niche wines from as far off as New Zealand and Tasmania. Charlie Palmer Steak New York is a truly wonderful example of what makes the New York City food scene so spectacular. With Palmer’s experienced hand at the reigns, the food is utterly superlative and there are more than enough options to cater to whatever mood you are in. It is without exaggeration to say that in the firmament of New York City dining, Charlie Palmer Steak New York is one its brightest stars. And therefore, I implore you to go there soon and experience everything that the restaurant has to offer. 47 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 (212) 302-3838 | | 63

Boulud Sud Bar. Photo by Melissa Hom



hen it comes to the culinary world, New York City is a veritable Mecca for fantastic taste opportunities. From Spanish to Chinese, a savvy gourmet can find just about anything somewhere in the city. For those who want to experience authentic Mediterranean cuisine, then look no further than Chef

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Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, Boulud Sud. Located at 20th West 64th Street between Broadway and Central Park West, Boulud Sud is a truly incredible Mediterranean experience, featuring flavors from all over the region. The tastes offered range from the south of France to the coast of North Africa, and emphasize fresh seafood and a variety of spices for a savory and flavorful meal. The décor matches the food perfectly,

creating an elegant and comfortable setting. Colored in sunflower yellow and slate gray, the space features a bar and lounge and is lit by floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating the vaulted ceilings, terrazzo floors, and the many Vik Muniz paintings lining the walls. It is truly an exquisite location, creating the proper ambiance for enjoying Boulud Sud’s culinary offerings. Under the purview of Executive Chef

Travis Swikard, who became fascinated with the craft of cooking at four years old, Boulud Sud’s menu has become a thing of beauty. As Chef Travis says, “Boulud Sud is about elegant and inspired Mediterranean cuisine. It’s about taste, texture, and aroma first and foremost, but it is also about fun.” Boulud Sud serves both lunch and dinner, and provides a Happy Pasta Hour at their bar and lounge, which starts at 9 p. m. every night and allows guests to order any of their house-made pastas at half price. With wonderful dishes like Rye Flour Spaghetti and Squid Ink Bucatini “Fra Diavolo,” it is an opportunity that is not to be missed. Of course, their other offerings are equally delightful. For lunch, start off with

a Za’atar Grilled Salmon and Quinoa Salad or a Ratatouille and Oeuf Mollet, based off a recipe by Chef Boulud’s grandmother. Next, try a Fire-Roasted Turkish Pizza with soujouk, feta, and spinach or a Harissa Lamb Burger with polenta fries. For dinner, begin with an Octopus “à la Plancha,” then move on to a Dover Sole “Méditeranée” or a Moroccan Chicken Tagine. Finally, finish up your meal with a Bittersweet Torta Caprese or the HouseMade Crèmes Glacées. Last, but certainly not least, enjoy some of Boulud Sud’s drinks, which are utterly spectacular. Curated by sommelier Joe Robitaille, their wines cover the full length and breadth of the Mediterranean region,

and their cocktail program is expressly designed to mirror many of the ingredients used in the kitchen. Boulud Sud is a marvel of Mediterranean cuisine and a must-visit for any gourmet. With outstanding food, amazing drinks and gorgeous décor, the restaurant is a vibrant and unique expression of the region’s diverse culinary culture, and it is guided by practiced and caring hands. Go soon, and see for yourself just how exquisitely flavorful this coastal cuisine can be when handled by the right team. 20 W 64th St. New York, NY 212.595.1313 | | | 65

A PERFECT NIGHT OUT Little Tong Noodle Shop & Bar Moga B Y CHR I STO PHE R A. PAPE


h e s e t w o A s i a n - i n s p i re d haunts – one decidedly Chinese and the other Japanese – make for a perfect night out. Take your date or loved one for these delicious treats and you are sure to impress. Start with a great meal at Little Tong Noodle Shop and wash it all down with Japaneseinfluenced libations at Bar Moga. I may have been late to the party, but at least I made it! That was my feeling when I first entered Little Tong Noodle Shop. This humble in size, but not so in flavor, Chinese eatery has been a hit with the food illuminati since opening its doors a year ago. Since then, it’s received glowing reviews from every major food outlet, culminating with a two-star review from the New York Times. Little Tong had a lot to live up to, as it is a few doors away from David Chang’s famous spot, Momofuku Noodle Bar. But starchy-food aficionados need not worry because the pleasures of southwest

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Chinese cuisine (principally from Yunan, the province closest to southeast Asia) are on full display here. Little Tong’s summit, the mixian noodle (a rice-based noodle) is the star attraction. Starters of Chinese broccoli salad with citrus soy, cured yolk and garlic chips and pork chao shou, and handmade wonts served in a chili soy sauce were the standouts of the smaller dishes. The wonton dough was nearly translucent and extremely tender to eat, while the meat was moist, flavorful and perfectly accompanied by the sauce. As for the noodle dishes, my guest had the Mala Dan Dan Mixian, which is a play on the famed Sichuan dish, Dan Dan noodles. Here, it was served with ground pork, ya cai, pickled celery and mustard seeds, green peppercorn oil, chili oil, and peanuts. I, however, had the famed Grandma Chicken Mixian, a dark and oily dish full of garlic and black sesame flavors and smells. These serve to deepen the chicken broth and give it a complexity few

noodle dishes possess. It was the hit of the night! After our wonderful meal, we headed over to west Houston for a liquid treat. Bar Moga is a cocktail bar inspired by the figure of the moga, or “modern girl,” that emerged in early 20th-century Japan. The bar’s focus is on cocktails, many of which feature shochu as an ingredient and incorporate traditional Japanese spirits into recipes inspired by those of the American prohibition era. The wine list features predominantly female winemakers, and many of the spirits come from female distillers, or companies in which women play a key role. It was a perfect ending to our terrific evening. We loved the setting and the refreshing drinks.

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ew York City is full of spectacular restaurants, so it’s understandably difficult to choose where to take a loved one for Valentine’s Day. No fear! Choose these eight places for an amazing and romantic evening.

CO. PIZZA James Beard Award winner James Lahey’s New American restaurant with bread as the centerpiece, featuring pizza, wood-fired vegetables, artisanal meats, cheeses and more is a masterpiece in West Chelsea. With a clean and modern interior, the restaurant serves up high-quality, and most importantly, delicious offerings. Black Trumpet pizza, a moist roasted poussin with polenta and lemon and an innovative escarole salad with anchovies are just some of the offerings. 230 9th Ave. New York, NY 10001 212.243.1105

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HENDRIKS Hendriks, the classic New American restaurant and craft-cocktail bar in Murray Hill, has expanded to include the Atrium, an intimate extension of Hendriks that offers a quieter, more sophisticated dining experience. Located just around the corner with a separate entrance on 37th Street, the Atrium opens to a chic, well-stocked granite bar with an industrial style exposed-brick backdrop. The ambiance extends to two partially separated dining rooms, one of which is a sky-lit, glassenclosed patio and a smaller, more intimate dining room. Owner Himansu Patel grew up in the food and beverage industry working in his father’s re s t a u r a n t s a n d c o n c e p t s . P a t e l re c e i v e d a n M B A i n p u b l i c h e a l t h and attended medical school, before changing career paths and coming back to take over the family business while beginning new ventures like Hendriks and Atrium. Patel emphasizes the guests’ experience through genuine connections with neighborhood regulars and consistently great food. The menu, created by Chef Jaime Munoz, who is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, includes house favorite appetizers like deviled eggs topped with smoked salmon and slow-cooked lamb meatballs in Romesco sauce, sprinkled with parmesan and Maine crabcakes. 557 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10016 212.686.8080

DUE WEST Due West, a new bar in the heart of the West Village, recently opened from managing partners Andrew McLaughlin, Joffrey Lupul, Jess Goldfarb and Camilo Viafara. They’ve teamed up with executive chef Adabis Castro, formerly of Atrium Dumbo and Le Bilboquet, to offer light bites in an intimate 65-seat space accented by a rotating selection of artwork from the renowned ACA Galleries in Chelsea. Goldfarb’s cocktail program at Due West features a selection of seasonal offerings like the Old Diablo, with tequila, lager, house spiced grenadine, lime and a charred citrus sea salt rim; as well as unique takes on classic cocktails like the Build Your Own Old-Fashioned program where guests can mix-and-match spirits (R ye Whiskey, Mezcal, or American Brandy), sugar (cane, smoked, or maple), and bitters (aromatic, orchard, or chai). Due West also offers draft cocktails, such as the Green Witch with Greenhook Ginsmiths Gin, saffron, grapefruit, a toasted rosemary; bottled cocktails like the Agri-Cola, a Rhum-based drink with house cola; and large-format cocktails like the Flight of the Concord served in a copper punch bowl with Absolut Elyx, concord grapes, sparkling wine, rooibos tea and mint. Chef Castro’s menu is designed to complement the beverage program, offering a raw bar and selection of elevated, yet straightforward bar snacks, small and large plates. Raw bar items include East Coast Oysters with horseradish and ice wine mignonette; and Bay Scallops with coconut milk. Bar snacks include Yukon Potato Bread with smoked onions, thyme and cultured butter; Chickpea Fritters with red pepper and bottarga; and Hot Crab Dip with cheddar cheese and smoked trout roe. Small plates include Fried Cauliflower with strained yogurt and a sweet & sour curry; Octopus with sunchokes and meyer lemon; and Beef Tartare with salsify and mustard. Large plates include a DryAged Burger with caramelized onions and bacon; Sasso Chicken for Two with foie gras and leek butter; and a Whole Fluke for Two with brown butter and lemon. A Valrhona Chocolate Mousse with vanilla cream and a crispy milk crumble rounds out the menu as a dessert item. 189 W 10th St. New York, NY 10014 646.687.4609

HOLIDAY COCKTAIL LOUNGE Built in 1835 and located in the heart of the East village, Holiday Cocktail Lounge has been a longstanding neighborhood fixture. A one-time haunt for the city’s vintage creative set, it’s an iconic speakeasy turned classy dive bar that’s served everyone from Al Capone to Frank Sinatra to Madonna. The legacy continues. This reborn classic is complete with banquettes and its original horseshoe-shaped bar, and is a favorite among industry folks as well as locals. 75 St. Marks Place New York, NY 10003 212.777.9637 holidaycocktaillounge.ny | | 69

FIFTY F i f t y, a N e w - A m e r i c a n re s t a u r a n t w i t h Ecuadorian influence, introduces an updated seasonal menu for winter. Exploring exotic South American flavors while utilizing fresh, seasonal ingredients and artful plating, Executive Chef Luis Jaramillo pushes the boundaries of NewAmerican cuisine in a refined setting in the heart of New York City’s West Village neighborhood. Chef Jamarillo’s additions to the winter menu are a fusion of cultural inspiration and dedication to seasonal ingredients. Highlights include: Grilled Octopus with potato, red wine vinegarcumin sauce, Cavatelli with Blue Crab, mustard greens, marjoram, and white wine, and Olive Oil Poached Halibut with black chickpea-mussel casserole, tomato, and kalamata olives. Since its opening in 2016, Executive Chef Jaramillo and Owner Alex Kingman have created a new wave of New-American and Latin American cuisine in New York City. “New York is one of the largest global marketplaces in the world; here at the intersection of so much talent and diversity, we strive to create a new winter menu that doesn’t fall into a traditional category,” says Jaramillo. “By pulling inspiration from art, music and travel, and by bringing in unique seasonal ingredients like mustard greens and black chickpeas, we are making New American cuisine that is just that— new.” 50 Commerce St. New York, NY 10014 212.524.4104 Photos by Andrew Werner |

VAGO RESTAURANT Vago Restaurant’s owners (509 3rd Avenue) were inspired by a historical term meaning beauty in old Latin and believe beauty is the essence of their f o o d a n d i t ’s s e r v e d w i t h passion, art and elegance. The dishes at Vago are inspired by the Mediterranean and European way of life. Once i n s i d e , t h e a t m o s p h e re i s elegant and comfortable with floor to ceiling windows making the space bright and airy. The menu includes dishes such a s C h i c k e n R o l l a t i n i , Ve a l Sorrentina, Linguine ai Frutti di Mare and Gnocchi al Taleggio. 509 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10016 646.559.0609

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BOWERY ROAD Bowery Road is a neighborhood American brasserie offering a marketdriven menu from Chef Ron Rosselli, whose background includes chef de cuisine at Locanda Verde and most recently as executive chef at The Standard Hotel Meatpacking. Located just south of Union Square, Bowery Road is an all-day restaurant serving Chef Rosselli’s approachable, local and seasonally inspired dishes with global influence. Bowery Road draws its name and ethos from the eponymous street that preceded Fourth Ave (the restaurant’s address) and functioned as an access road to Peter Stuyvesant’s bouwerij—Dutch for farm. Next door is sibling bar Library of Distilled Spirits helmed by beverage director Kyle Tran, formerly of Chicago’s The Aviary. 132 4th Ave. New York, NY 10003 212.432.1324

SHUKA The Bowery Restaurant Group’s Vicki Freeman, Marc Meyer and Chris Paraskevaides, opened Shuka in the former Hundred Acres space in Soho. Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja showcases the dynamic and flavorful cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean with the same dedication to sourcing and supporting farms from the Northeast like the other Bowery Restaurant Group properties (Vic’s, Cookshop a n d R o s i e ’s ) . S h u k a e v o k e s Freeman and Nurdjaja’s passion for Mediterranean culture and cuisine in a lively and energetic manner. Chef Nurdjaja, a Brooklyn native, found her inspiration for intense flavors from growing up with an Italian mother and Indonesian father. She honed her skills with Lydia Bastianch at Felidia, and with Missy Robbins at A Voce. In addition, Chef Nurdjaja has traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean, from Spain to North Africa and Israel and has been fortunate enough to stage at some of the most influential restaurants in Tel Aviv. Shuka’s menu begins with dips and mezze like Muhammara with Roasted Pepper and Walnut; Bourekas with Puff Pastry with Feta and Parsley, Grated Tomato and Zhoug; House Made Labne with Harissa; and Fried Halloumi with Spiced Yogurt. The appetizer section also includes a selection of skewers such as Pork Kofta, Shawarma Spiced Chicken, and Grilled Albacore Tuna. Larger dishes include Cod Shakshuka with Roasted Pepper, Tomato, Potato and Cilantro; Dizi with Braised Lamb, Roasted Pumpkin, Parsnip, Couscous, and Pomagranate; and Vegetable Paella with Foraged Mushrooms, Squash, Parsnips, Brussels Sprout Leaves and Tarragon. A selection of desserts round out the menu such as the Souk Sundae with Toasted Sesame Gelato, Medjoul Dates and Crushed Hazelnuts and Olive Oil Cake with Persimmon, Lemon Glaze and Thyme. 38 Macdougal St. New York, NY 10012 212.475.7500 | | 71

T-BAR Iconic UES Restaurant Presents a Symphony of Classic Dishes B Y PE TE R E LSTO N


pper East Side hotspot T-Bar Steak & Lounge, which has been warmly embraced by New Yorkers since it first opened its doors in 2007, is noted for its perfect execution of classic dishes. The restaurant’s Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, previously of the Four Seasons, Aureole and Petrossian, makes T-Bar’s classic steakhouse fare relevant and exciting, while also putting his unique twist onto other classic dishes. Owner Tony Fortuna celebrated 20 years of owning the space on the corner of 73rd and 3rd Avenue in April 2015, previously known as The Lenox Room. T-Bar is a wellloved mainstay, still buzzing with its loyal following night after night. Fortuna says there is no magic formula to achieve this

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sort of long-running success. “I think guests trust our kitchen and love our relaxed but vibrant atmosphere.” Diners are able to begin a meal at T-Bar with its unique spin on chicken wings Angel Chicken Wings with a Tamarind Glaze, or enjoy its classic take on Guacamole to split with the table. T-Bar also redefines the classic Kale Salad by including apple and sesame into it while drizzling it in a sumptuous chili-lime vinaigrette. Also available on its delectable appetizer menu are the popular Seared Spanish Octopus, Yellowfin Tuna Tartar, and Vietnamese Shrimp Roll. A meal at T-Bar Steak & Lounge would not be complete without ordering a favorite from The Steak Bar, which features an impressive range of superbly-cooked Certified Black

Angus Cuts of beef including its Black Angus Porterhouse for two served with your choice of Steak Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce or Poivre Sauce. T-Bar offers wealth of additional American classics including its signature Crusted Tuna served with Soy, Wasabi Rémoulade and Seaweed Salad or its Roast Free Range Chicken with truffle jus. Cap the evening off with irresistible desserts like the must-have Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles, with coconut and caramel sauce or the decadent Chocolate Sundae served with brownie, chocolate sauce and cream. 1278 3rd Ave New York, NY 10021 212.772.0404 |


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2 SPRING Gold Coast Favorite BY W.A. MU LLER


n the firmament of New York City dining, Chef Jesse Schenker is one of the brightest stars. Having owned and operated recette and The Gander, both beloved Manhattan properties, Chef Schenker has left his mark on a generation of chefs and devoted diners. His contemporary approach to creating American classics is a reflection of his devotion to highly-refined techniques combined with his passion for creating delicious food. In addition to being a twice-nominated James Beard award semifinalist, Schenker has received a number of awards and accolades, including a mention on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list in the food and wine industry in December 2011 and inclusion in Details magazine’s “America’s Best Young Chefs” list in August 2011. Schenker was also victorious in his battle on Food Network’s Iron Chef America in 2010.

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Along with Claudia and Michael Taglich, Chef Schenker is opening 2 spring in Oyster Bay. The restaurant combines coastal American cuisine with modern sensibilities, highlighting fresh seafood and premium farm meats. The menu is complemented by a raw bar, small bites and seasonal produce sourced from Long Island’s North Fork. The restaurant celebrates the essence of mid-century Manhattan, where exceptionally well-prepared food was served in settings that were both sophisticated and unpretentious. 2 spring brings the hospitality and quality of Manhattan’s finest downtown eateries to Oyster Bay. Chef Schenker transforms familiar favorites and elevates them to a new level. The result is a refined everyday elegance. Their deep wine list features both classic and littleknown wines, peppered with great value and older vintages. The multi-level restaurant includes a zinc

top bar, beautiful views of the town square and a garden patio for outdoor dining. The incredible space is a blend of refined and eclectic interior styles with brick lime washed walls, tin ceiling, and mid-century flair. This combination of inspired, elegant food made with care and great technique and a beautiful, comfortable room makes for a winning formula. The team at 2 spring is excited by these wonderful possibilities and aims to provide an unforgettable dining experience for residents of the Gold Coast. The restaurant I set to open in December and is sure to be an instant success.

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hen it comes to cultural cuisine, New York City has practically every avenue covered. From Italian to Chinese, New York City has a variety of delicious options for every imaginable culture. And in their Mexican culinary scene, two restaurants in particular are now prime destinations for hungry visitors. Whether you go to Rosie’s on East 2nd or Vida Verde on West 55th, you are guaranteed a deliciously vibrant and utterly unique dining experience. Rosie’s, the older of the two restaurants, comes from restaurant veterans Marc Meyer and Vicki Freeman, who have worked together on multiple projects in the past. Meyer serves as Executive Chef for Rosie’s, working alongside chefs Angel Andrade and Chester Gerl to produce a phenomenal and authentic menu. Rosie’s specializes in straightforward Mexican classics prepared using traditional techniques, serving lunch, dinner, and brunch to its guests. Diners can start with a snack of guacamole and chips or sikil pak, Mayan pumpkin seed dip with tomato and habanero, and then move on to a fish ceviche, a chicken tamale with mole sauce,

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or one of a variety of different tacos. As far as drinks are concerned, Rosie’s offers traditional options such as wine or beer alongside a variety of tequilas and mezcals. These traditional Mexican alcohols are sure to pair perfectly with the wonderful culinary offerings Rosie’s provides, creating an excellent dining experience that is not to be missed. Compared to Rosie’s, Vida Verde is much more recent, having opened in the middle of July 2017. Despite its newness, Vida Verde has already made a name for itself as an exquisite cocktail bar and restaurant, combining excellent food and enticing drinks to create an enthralling addition to New York City’s nightlife. Vida Verde’s menu was designed by Chef Hugo Orzoco to bring to mind his hometown of Mazatlan, Mexico, and it certainly succeeds at that. W ith items like their tableside guacamole with pico de gallo, serrano peppers, tostadas and charred tortillas, their refreshing watermelon salad, and their tacos consisting of housemade tortillas filled with a variety of different options, Vida Verde provides an authentic taste of Mexican cuisine. Their drinks are equally spectacular,

using fresh ingredients to create signature cocktails like their Old Town Oaxaca with Añejo tequila, mezcal, moscatel, and cane sugar, and their Vida Verde, with snap pea infused mezcal and tarragon among other ingredients. Vida Verde puts as much care into their cocktails as it does their food, providing an invigorating experience. Together, Rosie’s and Vida Verde offer two different viewpoints on Mexican cuisine. Rosie’s offers traditional Mexican favorites in a comfortable and relaxed setting, while Vida Verde offers enhanced dishes in a vibrant and modernized location. Both restaurants are fantastic, and both approaches are equally valid when it comes to Mexican food. The cuisine is a truly rich and flavorful one, and it should be experienced as often as in as many ways as possible to truly get the full effect. So feel free to go to either restaurant, as whichever one you go to, you are sure to get an absolutely marvelous experience. ROSIE’S 29 E 2nd St New York, NY 212.335.0114

VIDA VERDE 248 W 55th St New York, NY 646.657.0565

127 W 28th Street, New York, NY 10001 646.484.4361



ucked away in the small town of Assisi lies the elegant boutique hotel known as Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum. This boutique hotel boasts only 18 rooms, each elegantly executed with historically-themed furniture, inspired by the restoration of the St. Catherine monastery, built in 1275 to house Benedictine nuns. There are a variety of sleeping accommodations to choose from— basic bedrooms to suites to large scaled suites perfect for entertaining. One such example is the Privilege Suite—with stone walls that date back to the 1200s—that exemplifies the medieval essence of the town and hotel. Each suite is also designed with the most modern of technical innovations as well as amenities such as guests being able to choose from

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several custom wellness treatments and the utilization of two hydro massage swimming pools. When guests arrive at the hotel, they have the ability to custom order their furniture to suit their every aesthetic need. The pieces are designed by local artisans to make sure not only does the guest have a very traditional experience, but that the design is also infused with a modern touch. Additionally, run in conjunction with the hotel, is the Nun Spa Museum that takes the spa expereince to an entire new level. The building itself is crafted to resemble an ancient museum that offers a most unusual treatment experience known as the Nun Path (Tepidarium, Caldarium, Sudatorium, Frigidarium). Beyond all the typical spa amenities, the property includes a Jacuzzi, a multi-massage pool and a tea room. One of

its most intriguing features is the 1st century BC limestone pillars that are the base of the spa’s structure that surrounds the pool— the spa’s tranquil center. Treatments can be tailored for the guest’s individual needs and they offer a variety of packages such as the “Breath of Wellness” that includes a night in a double room, breakfast, access to the Nun Path as well as a pro-energy body massage. The hotel’s food and beverage program also coincides perfectly with the traditional atmosphere of the property. Guests of the hotel can dine at Osteria Gourmet featuring the local Umbrian cuisine. The kitchen’s philosophy is to source only the freshest ingredients from small, local farmers and each dish, whether it be a pasta dish, a baked goods or an ice cream for dessert, is made in-house daily. | | 79



aving the unique distinction of once being the home to Queen Margherita of Savoy, the Regina Hotel Baglioni is situated on the famous V i a Ve n e t o , d e s c r i b e d a s a meeting place for artists, writers and actors most notably during the Dolce Vita period. The hotel is within a short walking distance to the Galleria Borghese Museum, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, just to name a few iconic landmarks, and has played host to such famous guests as Isabella Rossellini, Liza Minelli and Enrique Iglesias. Its central location is only one of the hotel’s remarkable characteristics that make it an extremely desirable destination. Its distinctive atmosphere allows one to feel the warmth and welcoming Italian hospitality while surrounded by breathtaking art and history. The 125 guestrooms here are filled with lush furnishings accented with Art Deco accents pieces and even silk wallpaper. Most of the deluxe rooms have balconies overlooking the V ia Veneto, although some just offer a non descript view. The marble tiled bathrooms have showers, tubs and more than one would expect from a European hotel. The lobby of this grand hotel has floor-to-ceiling marble gleams and gilded mirrors as well Murano chandeliers that showcase the grand entrance. The hotel also boasts fine stuccos and eighteenth century works of art, along with more classic, warm tones at their Caffe Baglioni. In the summer months the hotel’s rooftop lounge hosts wine and champagne tastings led by a sommelier. Regina Hotel Baglioni Rome is perfect for the leisure traveler, the sophisticated

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business traveler and can handle business meetings, conferences and special events. The hotel has 3 elegant meeting rooms with a total capacity of 150 people theatre style. It’s estimated that the building where the hotel is housed was constructed somewhere between 1892 and 1894 and a major renovation was completed in 2009 during which the total number of rooms was reduced to enlarge some of the rooms and create the Regina Suite. The Baglioni SPA by Caschera SPA is considered a metropolitan oasis dedicated to all who want to experience authentic luxury, clam and well-being. The spa features two massage rooms, a beauty room, fitness centre, sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and changing rooms. Breakfast is served at Caffe Baglioni between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., and lunch is available in the cafe between Noon and 3 p.m. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday at the Brunello Restaurant. The Brunello Lounge & Restaurant is one of the trendiest addresses in Rome where visitors and locals meet nightly turning the lounge into a true workshop of creativity. The restaurant offers inventive dishes with classic Mediterranean flavors using only the highest quality ingredients. The lounge also caters to the beautiful people of Rome (which is almost everyone) and filled with an artistic vibe. It’s the place you want to be on any given night to enjoy one of their imaginative cocktails or a fine dining experience. As the old saying goes “when in Rome…” to which I would offer to add “when in Rome, stay at the Regina Hotel Baglioni.” | | 81



os Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is a popular vacation destination known for its perfect weather. With an average of 360 days of sun, there is always a perfect fun-filled day awaiting you on your vacation. You will never be bored on your trip to Cabo. Whether you choose to spend your day swimming, taking a boat ride snorkeling and seeing the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas, dinner on the Marina, or dancing the night away at Cabo Wabo. However, no vacation is complete without

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the right hotel accommodations. As you head closer to downtown Cabo from the airport, you reach Hacienda Encantada, a beautiful luxury resort hidden far off the busy highway amongst the tranquil cliffs of Cabo. This resort is truly the ultimate relaxation and luxury experience. You are welcomed by their friendly and endearing staff that help escort you to your new temporary oasis. The architecture and furnishings reflect traditional Mexican Hacienda inspired decor, featuring colorful buildings with elegant vine covered walls and

fountains. The resort offers studio suites all the way up to 4 bedroom suites, making this the perfect experience for both big and small groups travelling together. You can choose suites offering kitchen, dining and living rooms options, as well as ocean view balconies with private whirlpools. And the highlight of this resort is the breathtaking picturesque view of the Sea of Cortez. Although the beach is not swimmable, there are 3 separate infinity pools on site, ensuring room to accommodate all guests at the hotel.

towards children. At the main pool, the friendly staff offers fun-filled activities t h ro u g h o u t t h e d a y t o e n t e r t a i n a l l members of the family. Steps away, you will find a separate children’s pool, paired with the kids zone; a water playground and play area. Tennis and basketball courts are both on site and available to all guests as well. Also, be sure to ask about the resorts babysitting services if interested in a romantic dinner for two or a night out on the town. The adults only pool area consists of a 3-level infinity pool paired with a 5 star view of the Sea of Cortez and the iconic mountainous cliffs. Surrounded by a breathtaking view, you will truly experience luxury and relaxation unlike any other resort. The adults only pool area offers prompt waiter service and swim up bar where you can order poolside appetizers, sushi, and an extensive cocktail menu. Relax in one of the luxe lounge chairs and be immersed in the sound of the sea crashing over the rocks below. As the evening unfolds, make a reservation at one of the eight restaurants on site for dinner. This resort is known

for the high end cuisine and restaurant experience. Hacienda Encantada does offer an optional all-inclusive plan, which would include all eight restaurants on site. The all-inclusive package also includes restaurants found at the sister hotel in downtown Cabo on the Marina, called Marina Fiesta. If you feel like expanding your Cabo San Lucas experience some evenings, the hotel offers shuttle service to Marina Fiesta, the sister hotel on the Cabo San Lucas Marina and downtown Cabo, where there are a handful of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping for your entertainment. Hacienda Encantada truly brings you the best experience of Los Cabo San Lucas, providing a tranquil luxury experience, while also being a quick ride away from the flamboyant famous nightlife of downtown Cabo. The views, pools, rooms, and food are all the perfect 5-star combination for the ultimate vacation. This hidden luxury gem is truly a must see if you are visiting Cabo San Lucas, and will bring you a unforgettable vacation experience.

Expedite your relaxation level and treat yourself for a day at the resort’s Holistic Spa. The spa offers a large selection of pampering activities to choose from and has beautiful indoor and outdoor bed options. The smell of unique oils and Mexican holistic incense instantly has you relaxed from the moment you walk in. For some more interactive activities, book a day of horseback riding on the beach or Mexican cooking class paired with tequila tasting. When traveling with the whole family, the resort offers a list of services directed | | 83



ituated at the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, Hyatt Ziva Cancun ( com), is the area’s only resort surrounded on three sides by the Caribbean Sea. With

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its picture-perfect location (it’s one of the area’s most-photographed spots), beautiful beaches and perfect snorkeling spots (the clear turquoise water is ideal to spot the large variety of coral and colorful fish coral), this is a great resort for people who want

to do everything…or nothing. The property has 547 suites. What’s really nice is that there are 15 different room categories, so you really can tailor your vacation. For those looking for a quiet, kids-free vacation, the adults-only tower is

a great fit. There are also swim-up rooms with plunge pools and butler service. For the ultimate in luxury, stay in the 4,381-square foot Presidential Suite, encompassing the entire top floor of the resort, boasting not only amazing views but providing every imaginable amenity. Be sure to bring your appetite because the resort boasts nine different dining options. The Moongate has scrumptious Asian cuisine including dim sum and teppanyaki. Bastilles offers French fare in an upscale setting, while Lorenzo’s is a authentic trattoria-style Italian restaurant.

Tradewinds is steakhouse offering top cuts, while Habaneros is a laid-back taco and ceviche beachside spot. There’s also food carts roaming the property offering everything from fresh fruit, made-to-order crepes, burgers and creative drinks. Part of the appeal of an all-inclusive is having a variety of places to get a margarita at sunset or a Pina Colada at a swim-up bar. Hyatt has seven different watering holes including Sassil, which has indoor and outdoor seating in a Mayan-inspired atmosphere. Tequila lovers can put their taste buds to the test at Juana Margarita

where a number of different varieties are offered. For those into microbrews, Tres CerveZa’s sports bar has an on-site brew master. One of the best spots to watch the sunrise is the Punta Vista, the rooftop lounge with 360 degree views. Of course, there’s always a crowd at the swim-up bar. Whether you’re enjoying one of the dozens of watersport activities, including stand-up paddle board yoga, water basketball and kayaking, or sticking to the land (bike tours and Pilates reformer are quite popular), you’ll be sure to get your fill at this beautiful, relaxing property. | | 85



feel like a million dollars.” I’ve said it probably a million times. Usually, after something like a great night’s sleep or a big win at work to express to someone how vibrant I feel at the moment and to get a laugh out of them at the same time. “I feel like a million dollars” is almost always said in jest because, let’s face it, what does a million dollars really feel like? Now, I know, because as soon as I stepped into my room at the Royalton St. Lucia Resort and Spa, it truly felt like a million dollars. My corner suite was chic, spacious and wrapped in sunshine. Instead of walls, there

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were sliding glass doors—floor to ceiling— providing multiple entrances that led out to the wraparound terrace from both the living room and the bedroom; their curtains breezily hypnotized me over breakfast throughout my stay whether I was curled up in the suite’s delicious Dreambed™ or savoring my omelet and coffee at the dining table. The living room felt like a white canvas accented with brushed steel art, mirrors and a bar full of all the details: a set of glasses to suit whatever cocktail you desired, a mini wine cellar and, oh yes, wine taps. Then, I saw the bathroom complete with a gorgeous, long vanity, a shower with dual rain-drop showerheads, and the

centerpiece: a Jacuzzi already drawn for a bubble bath waiting for me. I felt like Marilyn Monroe, kicking bubbles in the air. It was divine. Just in case I’d rather enjoy my bubbles outdoors, there was a second Jacuzzi on the terrace overlooking the beach. I wholeheartedly took advantage of both. I learned this place has a pillow menu (yes, that’s a real thing) and standard operating procedure for putting in your order is done via the designated butler cell phone. It’s mobile so you can bring it with you wherever you go (I called it the “bat phone” because I could ask for anything and a lovely friendly staff member would appear wherever I was

in the resort to help me). Let me just pause for a second while we’re on this subject. This is important. I’ve traveled around the world and have been to many beautiful places, but it’s the people who are there who always seem to make or break a trip for me. Each place, whether it’s a city, or a region or an island, has its own personality. If their vibe is closed-off or cold, you don’t absorb the same rich flavors of a place as you do when you visit a spot where the locals are genuinely warm and friendly. The locals in St. Lucia make you crave your next trip back. Because of how welcomed I felt by everyone I met, I could fully absorb the island’s beauty: the knock-out beaches, the gorgeous waterfalls, the volcanoes and Morne Coubaril Estate (tasting chocolate in its rawest form—a must!), the landscape, everything. Then there was the food. When I travel, I usually like to do most of my eating “off-

campus,” so-to-speak, to explore an area and get an authentic taste for the local cuisine. But after my first meal at Calypso, a restaurant within the Royalton St. Lucia, I realized this was one of the few resorts where I could have a culinary adventure every day without ever leaving the grounds. Each plate felt like a new experience on its own. Offering West Indies cuisine with exquisite style and creativity, Calypso served the perfect marriage of local flavor and high-end dining. After that, I found myself counting the hours between each meal because I couldn’t wait to try another restaurant at the Royalton St. Lucia—whether it was Hunter Steakhouse, the Zen Japanese restaurant or the darling Beachfront Seafood and Grill Restaurant, Dorado, to name a few The beauty of this was not only the food itself, but the fact that I could soak in every minute of the pristine beach, the infinity pools, the cabanas and entertainment at the resort instead of wasting that precious time

in taxis searching for a memorable meal. But, therein lies the conflict of any trip, right? You want to explore this place that you’ve never been to, but spending all day on a bus with a tour guide or wandering around on your own sounds less than desirable when you consider the beach and luxurious loveliness waiting for you back at the resort. That’s when they mentioned the excursions available. What better way to explore an island than on a boat? I couldn’t agree more. It’s like they knew me. But what was it that closed that milliondollar feeling? The spa. Anything that starts with a hydrotherapy circuit is going to be amazing. Then it continued with aromatherapy, exfoliation treatments, body wraps, and the most intuitive deep-tissue massage I’ve ever experienced. I caught myself tearing up a little when it was time for me to go. Yeah, it was that kind of heaven. | | 87



et on the enchanting volcanic island of Ischia, the largest of the Parthenopean islands in the Gulf of Naples, L’Albergo della Regina Isabella sits on a serene and picturesque bay, surrounded by rocky shores on the outskirts of the delightful fishing village of Lacco Ameno. Framed by magnificent landscapes, luscious Mediterranean vegetation, therapeutic hot springs, and pristine turquoise sea water, it should come as no surprise that this five-star luxury hotel has been a well kept secret amongst the rich and famous since the 1960’s, encapsulating the bygone age of Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy. Originally built in 1956 by the illustrious publisher and film director Angelo Rizzoli, L’Albergo Della Regina was the happening hangout for the likes of royals and stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, and Sophia Loren. This authentic oldworld Italian charm, history, and elegance continues to permeate throughout this island hideaway while also embracing the present, catering to today’s jet setters and global power players. Perfectly combining classic Italian glamour and Mediterranean panache, the Regina Isabella’s vibe is refined yet also warm and welcoming. Upon arriving at the main entrance, which faces the picturesque square of Santa Restituta, a feeling of tranquility emanates from the grand marble foyer. The interior décor is a bit reminiscent of typical fifties luxury and classically Italian

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with lavish furnishings, antique pieces, and Mediterranean style accents, all complemented by works of contemporary artists and some more moder n design elements like chic white sofas. This style carries over into the rooms, which have all been recently renovated, yet have maintained their unique and exquisite handpainted Maiolica floor tiles. All 128 rooms and suites are well-appointed providing the ultimate in comfort and technology, and adorned with Murano glass light fixtures, fine paintings and other artistic décor. The ‘Royal Sporting’ wing boasts private terraces with your choice of thermal or sea water plunge-pools. After lounging in the beautiful accommodations, plan to explore the ancient island which dates back 2700 years. The hotel is conveniently situated near several Ischia island attractions including the Archaeological Museum and characteristic antique shops and boutiques. A full day discovering Ischia’s rich history and culture will leave you ready to unwind at the Regina Isabella’s charming terrace where you can sit back on sun loungers around the pool and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the sea and rolling mountains in the distance. Or make your way down to the private sunbathing platform to soak up the sun and warm Mediterranean water. For sea lovers and the nautically inclined or those looking to simply relax in style, the Regina Isabella provides guests with a magnificent Magnum 53, whether planning to dive at Punta Imperatore or discover the

blue waters at San Pancrazio. After all the exploration and oceangoing, the well-known Regina Isabella Thermal Baths must not be missed. Rebalance and regenerate in the world famous thermal waters and volcanic mud which are said to balance body, mind and spirit. On offer is an extensive menu of both medical and beauty treatments, ranging from traditional volcanic mud wraps to advanced massages and relaxation therapies. An expert professional team of massage therapists and beauticians are at hand to create a tailor-made program to pamper and cater to your every need. L’Albergo della Regina Isabella also features savory and fresh gourmet creations at three restaurants, all offering stunning sea views and numerous delectable traditional Mediterranean dishes that are born from l o c a l re c i p e s a n d h e a l t h c o n s c i o u s , accompanied by the finest wines. The main dining room for breakfast and dinner is decadently decorated and lit during the day by huge panoramic windows looking out across the bay. Food connoisseurs must reserve at Michelin-star restaurant, Indaco, which presents modern and creative cuisine from renowned chef, Pasquale Palamaro. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap at the Piano bar or at Caffetteria, where your evening will pleasantly conclude with the lovely sounds of entertainment from local artists which is a perfect ending to a fun-filled day of wellness, Italian delights, and elegant relaxation. | | 89



o n t e n e g ro h a s r a p i d l y emerged as the Adriatic playground for the megarich, rivaling the nearby hot spots in the Côte d’Azur and the Costa Smeralda which have hosted international billionaires and jetsetters for decades. Seeking respite from their usual destinations which have now become less a novelty, Montenegro offers a change of scenery and unspoiled beauty. Positioned to become the next Monaco, the Porto Montenegro, which was once headquarters for the Austro-Hungarian Imperial Navy, has been transformed into a luxury yacht marina complex and waterfront development including posh private membership clubs, nightclub and lounges, fine restaurants, a museum, and five-star hotels catering to the elite. The first hotel

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to venture onto the scene was the Regent Porto Montenegro, which has been dazzling its guests since its opening in August 2014. Located on the palm-lined shores of Boka Bay, in the picturesque town of Tivat, the Regent Porto Montenegro boasts expansive views of the sea that contrast with the towering mountains framing it. Charming nearby city streets, palaces and squares, all built in grey limestone from the adjacent mountains set the stage for this five-story, terracotta roof hotel. Sophisticated yet stylish, the Regent artfully preserves the historic character and best of the past with that of modernity. Designed to reflect the area’s rich history and culture, the Regent successfully draws inspiration from the Venetian Renaissance Masters and the local architecture. Upon entering the impressive central double-height atrium, you are greeted by graceful warm interiors accented w i t h w o o d f u r n i t u re and vibrant striped textiles. The elegant yet contemporary style carries over into the living spaces, 51 rooms and 35 suites and residences, all commanding similarly i m p re s s i v e v i e w s o f the bay or mountains. Paying homage to its nautical heritage, Parisbased interior designer Tino Zervudachi captures the essence of luxury yachting with

sleek yet comfortable rooms evoking life at sea. All rooms feature modern amenities like flat screen TV’s, Wi-Fi, spacious bathrooms with deep tubs, king-sized beds, and a furnished balcony or terrace. The grounds are just as pleasing with plenty to do to unwind during the day. Stroll through the lush gardens, courtyards, and the unique submergible stone catwalk within a water garden, which connects the hotel to its own gorgeous private island. Take a plunge in one of the two pools, an indoor and an infinity-edge outdoor pool that connect in the summer, or book a spa treatment to refresh and reinvigorate the mind and body. After your holistic pampering, decompress in the relaxation

room, followed by a heavenly dip in the hammam. The Regent is perfectly situated, allowing g u e s t s t h e o p t i o n t o e n j o y l e i s u re l y downtime or walks along the marina village to discover all its offerings, from tennis to elegant lunching and shopping, to an overview of Montenegro’s maritime traditions at the Naval Heritage Collection. For more sightseeing and exploration of the region, book a full-day tour, starting with a drive to nearby Cetinje, followed by a boat ride to the small delightful village of Virpazar. Wine enthusiasts must stop by the Kopitovic cellar door to purchase some of Montenegro’s best wines. For a more extensive sampling of fine cocktails and liquors, head to the Library

Bar which offers a menu filled with some of the world’s finest cognacs and whiskies, an ideal spot for splendid sunset-watching. In the evening reserve at table at the Dining R o o m , t h e R e g e n t ’s m a i n re s t a u r a n t featuring elegant yet simple gastronomic wonders from Executive Chef Jusman So. His creations are prepared utilizing the best local ingredients and include such dishes like lobster au gratin with zucchini mille feuille, and wagyu beef carpaccio with olive oil pudding and black truffle mignonette. With its situation in the Adriatic sea Montenegro offers the best of what the Mediterranean is known for- fine living, exquisite wines and tantalizing gastronomic fare. | | 91

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ravel trend watchers suggest that travelers are increasingly tur ning a flight layover into a mini-break of its own, to maximize a vacation and experience somewhere unfamiliar as a break en-route to a final destination. Dubai in the United Arab Emirates fits this profile as an ultra-modern City with a wealth of things to see and experience while being a hub for flights to Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa. Dubai is full of surprises which a North American traveler would see in shorthand as a mix of the Bahamas, Miami and Beverly Hills with a dash of Las Vegas extravagance thrown in. 24 hours can go very quickly so here are our top must-experience suggestions. See La Perle by Frank Dragone Frank Dragone was the inspiration behind the Vegas show La Reve at the Wynn and has brought his skills to a permanent show held at the W Hotel, Al Habtoor City in Dubai. Held in a specially designed 1,300 seat theater with 65 international artists the shows water effects involve a staggering 2.7 million liters of water to create a range of highly memorable visual effects. Visit the Dubai Mall Although a 5% sales tax is being brought in from January 1st 2018, the Dubai Mall is still well worth allocating a full day to visit. Even if shopping is not your thing there

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is much to do here at the world’s largest indoor shopping mall. It would seem that brands and stores from across the world are present here along with a plethora of cafes and dining. Not to mention there is an aquarium. Seriously. Best kept secret: See the fountain music show (think Bellagio in Las Vegas on a greater scale) from either a restaurant or from the balcony at the Apple Store. Replenish your energies at the Talise Spa Madinat Jumeirah This award-winning spa is a destination in itself featuring gardens, cabanas, private pools and no fewer than 26 treatment rooms offering a wide variety of treatments. For something try the unique Alphasphere – a treatment unique to each individual experiencing a sensual perception and deep relaxation. At the cutting edge the Talise spa also features the DNA Health & Wellness center – offering diagnostics and medical treatments lifting the Talise offering from amazing to cutting edge. Enjoy a sunset drink at Ambar Bar at the Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel The word Ambar is derived from Arabic and used to describe a scent that is the basis of many regional perfumes with rich, earthy and oriental tones. With its classicly designed rooftop location overlooking the gardens and pools of the hotel property

towards the majestic Burj-al-Arab, Ambar provides the perfect ambience for a sunset drink at this premier modern Arab Mezzeh bar and then take in its vibrant vibe into the late hours. Dine on the beach under the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah at Shimmers With a prime location on the Madinat Jumeirah private beach with jaw-dropping views of the world recognized Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Shimmers offers beach dining of a five star, greek variety at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam. Offering a wide range of tantalizing dishes in a relaxed environment why not try from the Sta Karvouna (“from the coals”) the Lavraki Me Lahanika (Grilled mediterranean sea bass) or the Mosharisia Brizola (Rib eye steak with garlic butter). Sleep at Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel The newest Jumeirah property in Dubai which opened in 2016 Jumeirah Al Naseem brings the outdoors indoors with its stunning design bringing together water, sand dunes and Bedouin traditions for a unique experience. Home to some ten restaurants and bars unified by a common theme of the Arabian explorer, and sharing large, modern fitness and the Talise spa facilities Al Naseem offers an ideal location for a short break from which to explore Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

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MONTREAL T h e Pa ri s of Nort h A me ri c a BY CATHERINE AND ERSEN


ou know that feeling when someone lets you in on a secret? All of a sudden you feel a little sneaky and a little giddy. You’ve just been trusted with some very special information. You now have access to something that few people do and you are now one of the few keepers of this treasured knowledge that was given to you in a whisper, because it was that precious. I live for those moments, especially when I travel: The secret dish that’s not on the menu and has to be ordered in a very specific way; the password that gets you into an underground watering hole to hear the best live, local music; the undisclosed hot spring that’s off the map and way off the tourist trail. I live for those moments-when a local trusts you so much that they’re willing to let you in on one of their city’s secrets. My trip to Montreal felt like one whispered secret after another. It started before I even got there. So I’m waiting in the Delta Sky Lounge for my flight and a Delta representative asks me to follow him. He takes me through a door I’d never noticed before, down a set of stairs and before I can ask why, he opens another door and there we are on the tarmac—as in, where the planes are. He explains that my plane is now departing from a different terminal and walks me over to a Porsche. Yep, it’s right there on the tarmac too. He opens the passenger door for me and explains, “We do this for VIP’s—Celebrities, Government Officials, and Delta Diamond Club Members who have tight connections. It’s called our Porsche Service.” The last part was uttered just above a whisper. The Delta representative then drives me past a dozen or so planes until we arrive at mine. A private stairway is set up and at

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the top, is a covert door. “This is how I get on?” I ask, walking up the stairs in disbelief. When we get to the top, he nods and opens the door to the plane. No need to go back into the airport and wait for boarding instructions. Just up the steps and there I was, in my seat sipping champagne before the jet bridge for all the other passengers was even set up. How did I not know about this Porsche Service before? It was a secret. The next one was disclosed about 20 minutes later. This time, not in a whisper. Our pilot announced that our flight from NYC to Montreal would be 45 minutes. Yes, as in less than an hour. I’ve had commutes from one side of Manhattan to the other that were longer than that. Instead, today, I’m commuting to--what I’ve been told is--a miniature version of Paris which is a little bit different, isn’t it? Next, we arrive at our hotel, Sofitel

Montreal Golden Mile, where every staff member we encounter is genuinely smiling and happy to greet us. It became quite clear over the course of our stay that their staff is carefully hand-picked. They truly enjoy hospitality. Again, I found myself questioning how seasoned I actually was as a traveler: How am I not more familiar with this hotel group? I’d obviously come across the brand before, but I had no idea it was such a step above. It’s almost as if it’s been kept a secret. Part of a French multinational hotel group, Sofitel sums up its philosophy in one word: Magnifique--the French word for magnificent--a word that’s synonymous with gorgeous, splendid, lovely, and royal. Nothing could be more true of this hotel and its staff. The Le Renoir restaurant and Le Bar within the hotel were refined down to the detail from the dashing décor and clever cocktails to the creative menu and

elegant dishes. Dessert was no exception. (Psssst, don’t tell anyone, but their Head Pastry Chef, Roland del Monte, renowned for his ice cream, was made a knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit by the French Agricultural Minister and has indulged the sweet teeth of French presidents and other state officials. He wants people to enjoy his creations, not his titles, so that stays between you and me.) That air of charm and French refinement shines throughout the city of Montreal, however I wouldn’t confine it to being “a miniature Paris.” Its flavor is slightly different. There’s a modern flair added to the Old European feel in Montreal that’s magnetic. You get the sense that the city doesn’t want you to just wander in and out of its historic sites and museums. It wants to make sure you’re engaged while you’re there. For example, I was caught by surprise at the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal by the spectacular multi-media light and music show called Aura. It was, not only stunning by way of its production value, but also by the way it left me with a much deeper appreciation for the architecture and sanctity of the Cathedral itself. Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts Museum

was another perfect example of the city’s desire to keep you captivated. One minute y o u ’ re l e a r n i n g a b o u t c l a s s i c R e n o i r paintings and the next, you’re diving into “Love is Love,” a daring and exquisite exhibit by French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier. It’s remarkable. Here’s what’s not a secret: My fascination with food. It’s amazing to me how much eating through a city will tell you almost everything about it. In Montreal, that happens right in the streets—open-air farmers markets taken to a whole other level. Not just once a week, but every day, they set-up these elaborate indoor/outdoor markets with colorful, fresh, seasonal produce, artisanal breads, pates, foie gras, soups from scratch, pastries, and the types meats and cheeses that, in New York, you would have to seek out a specialty store to find. Within 15 minutes of being at the market, we put together a charcuterie board that would rival most fine dining restaurants. In Montreal, they simply call it “grocery shopping.” I know. It makes me jealous too. These markets are everywhere but the most prominent ones are the Jean Talon Market and the Atwater Market. And now, one of the best-kept secrets

I’ve ever come across: The Sugar Shack of Chef Martin Picard’s restaurant, La Pied de Conchon. Quick background: The term “Sugar Shack” comes from the Canadian tradition of boiling sap down to maple syrup in a shack out in the countryside. In short, it describes a rustic atmosphere. Get Picard involved and what you have is a renowned chef’s gourmet reinvention of local, traditional, harvest season recipes. Imagine, being out in the peacefulness and fragrance of a gorgeous farm, knowing everything from this land you’re on is being cooked for you elegantly course after course, and you’re being served in a cozy log-cabin like setting—picnic-table style with a front porch outside where the barbeque smoker is within arm’s reach. I was in foodie bliss. The atmosphere, the flavors, everything was so grounded and sophisticated at the same time. One of the best culinary experiences of my life. Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels that way. It can take months to get a reservation. But I assure you, if you plan ahead, it will be a night you will never forget. Sometimes a secret is just too good to keep.

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MARIGOT BAY RESORT & MARINA St. Lucia’s Best Caribbean Hideaway BY JANIS T U RK


f all the Caribbean islands, none seems as extraordinary and as sublimely tucked away as St. Lucia. There guests can hide away on a private sparkling bay flanked by rainforest-covered jungle mountains and a pristine little beach, making it a sublime vacation or honeymoon spot. And with direct/nonstop JetBlue flights from JFK, getting to St. Lucia is a breeze. All the best island fun—like street parties and water sports—await, or simply unplug from city life and enjoy a peaceful Caribbean retreat. St. Lucia is home many spectacular hotels and resorts, but my favorite is one far from where the cruise ships dock. For the best

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and most luxurious St. Lucia experience, I prefer to stay at the secluded elegant Marigot Bay Resort & Marina by Capella. Romantic, playful, scenic, and sexy, this tony little resort offers the best island adventure in the Caribbean. Centered by two freshwater infinity pools on the upper and lower levels of the resort, Marigot Bay Resort also offers a luxury spa, an active marina, attractive shops, boats and beaches, fine-dining restaurants, Sushi bars and a swim-up watering hole, along with a newly renovated Rum Cave restaurant, featuring fun and informative rum tasting events. The lavish resort has sprawling indoor/outdoor lounge spaces, garden pavilions, patios, cabanas, water features, and a private boardwalk. With

stunning views of Marigot Bay (featured in movies), and with shimmering waters, and mountain flora and fauna, Marigot Bay Resort offers a blissful escape. The resort’s 124 extravagantly handsome rooms and suites offer hot tubs, balconies, and West Indian-inspired décor. You’ll feel as though you’re in your own private island residence, complete with five-star amenities and your own personal assistant. Whether guests book the most expensive suite or simply a standard room, all are assigned their own Capella Personal Assistant who calls in advance of their trip to make their every desire is ready once they arrive. Once there, the personal assistant will book romantic dinner reservations, arrange a cruise from the resort’s own Capella Marina, or set up

special island adventure excursions. During my stay, the staff pampered me as I enjoyed an enormous one-bedroom suite, complete with a living room, ultra-contemporary kitchen, laundry room, spacious master bedroom, and grand master bath. With my own deck overlooking the pool and Capella Marina, and with a private hot tub and fast dependable Wi-Fi, I couldn’t imagine nicer island accommodations. Two- and threebedroom suites are also available, and families with children will appreciate the resort’s “Zando’s” Kid’s Activity Program. One of the highlights of my stay was a visit with Billy Boyle, Marigot Bay Resort & Marina’s executive chef, who carefully and skillfully cultivates the resort’s farm-to-fork dining experiences. Chef Billy’s meticulously curated menus feature delicious, locallysourced dishes inspired by fresh ingredients available seasonally from Saint Lucian farmers. Local fisherman Captain Warren

docks at the Rum Cave to deliver his catch of the day for the evening’s dinner. Another blissful part of my stay was an afternoon at the Auriga Spa & Fitness at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina. With views of the bay and mountains, the private indoor/ outdoor spa village and fitness facilities are hidden among trees and verdant foliage, creating an exclusive oasis. Before my treatment, I enjoyed the steam inhalation room, Jacuzzi, and sauna cabana, and a welcoming, grounding ceremony, employing carefully selected herbs designed to prepare the body for the spa experience. The large state-of-the-art fitness center was also handy day and night. The Spa village is even home to a treehouse gazebo, perfect for a romantic dinner for two or a special spa treatment setting. W i t h t h e re s o r t ’s m a r i n a ’s s h o p s , restaurant and sundries store, and with a ferry to take guests across the bay to

LaBas Beach at Marigot, to swim, kayak, and more, guests never want to leave Marigot Bay. But if you do, be sure to take a “Smooth Operator” private charter boat to the other side of the island (or you can ask your Capella Personal Assistant to arrange for a car). Take day trips or half-day excursions to visit cocoa farms, or to bathe in natural hot springs, or take a volcano tour, and along the way pass through charming villages and see St. Lucia’s famous twin volcanic mountain peaks, the Pitons. Visit Pigeon Island and Anse Cochon beaches, where snorkeling and diving is a delight. Or make a scenic climb up the Marigot Bay Ridge with the resort’s resident Ranger. With all this to do and see in St. Lucia, you owe it to yourself to book your Marigot Bay getaway. | | 97

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LOS ANGELES Introduces You to Califor nia Style Health & Wellness This Spring BY NORAH BRAD FORD


our Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Hotel is looking beyond its p ro v i s i o n o f s e r v i c e a n d comfort whilst a guest to offering the chance to make holistic lifestyle changes through its new wellness rooms and suites. Designed from the ground up with certified experts in the field of wellness, the suites aim to maximize your experience at the hotel and minimize the impact that modern travel places on the body and mind. Firstly, the Wellness rooms are located close to the spa, swimming pool and fitness centers which re-focus the mind of the guest on the facilities at their close disposal. Working with wellness expert Delos, the rooms have a number of unique features to benefit the body including air purification systems, hypoallergenic wooden flooring, circadian lighting, water filtration systems and de-chlorinator for the shower, eco friendly bath amenities by LATHER and a cleaning protocol involving the use of a UV cleaning tool to neutralize bacteria. Exercise options include in-room yoga equipment including an Alo Yoga mat, weights, and medicine ball. Wellness suites have equipment available by Peloton should you wish to pursue your exercise routine in private. The mind is also fully catered to by the wellness room experience, a welcome

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message and guided meditation program by Deepak Chopra is provided through the television to help guests relax and the room enables access to the Jiyo app created by Deepak which aims to engage the user through videos and articles to consider their daily regime. A further element to the wellness experience is complimentary access to the Go!Well program created by the renowned Cleveland Clinic. The Go!Well program uses online programs to guide thinking on sleep, stress and the importance of nutrition. Leaving the wellness room, the guest is close to the open air swimming pool, spa and fitness centers which offer a wider selection of ways to engage with your health and general well-being. One further element to this unique program is the addition of a juice bar in the Vinoteca restaurant from Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist, entrepreneur and the multi-time New York Times best-selling author of The Beauty Detox series and Radical Beauty co-authored with Deepak Chopra Kimberly has designed a detoxifying juice menu, which includes the Power Green with kale, parsley, cucumber, celery and lemon; Glowing Green Juice with cucumber, celery, kale, parsley, lemon and apple; Detoxifier with pineapple, cucumber and mint; and Clean Red with

beets, apple and ginger. Smoothies available include her signature Glowing Green Smoothie with seasonal greens, apple, pear, banana and lemon; Youth Fountain with mango, lime, mint, stevia and coconut water; Power Protein with raw protein powder, pre-hydrated chia seeds, banana, stevia and almond milk,Yogi with spinach, banana, almond butter, dates, vanilla, and almond milk, and Goji Fruit with Goji berries strawberries, banana, coconut nectar and coconut water. “We are excited to partner with Celebrity Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, who has such integrity and authenticity in the Wellness world, which truly resonates with her clients and fans,� said General Manager Michael Newcombe. 300 South Doheny Drive Los Angeles, California | | 99

LEAP INTO SPRING Three Exciting Destinations & the Ideal Hotel to Experience Them BY NORAH BRAD FORD

SAND: The Crane Hotel, Barbados

The world-renowned swimming pool at The Crane remains the center piece of this luxury resort, being set at the top of a cliff and framed by a row of columns, overlooking the naturally spectacular Crane Beach. The Crane is the Caribbean’s first resort hotel. First opened in 1887, this truly unique property combines old-world charm and incredible natural beauty. With 252 luxuriously appointed residences and suites, this cliff-top resort looks out onto the powder pink sands of Crane Beach, voted one of the world’s best beaches. The Crane goes beyond the typical Caribbean vacation packages, and offers unparalleled service and spacious, luxurious accommodation including private pools, gardens, and rooftop terraces. The resort also boasts award-winning cuisine (five restaurants, two bars), a relaxing spa and six outdoor pools including a cascading waterfall and whirlpool. Many guests at The Crane visit simply to enjoy the resort’s natural beauty and tranquility -- and spend much of their time relaxing on Crane Beach, lounging in their private pools, or tanning at the several pools overlooking the ocean. Nearby nature activities include the “Bat Cave,” a natural bat habitat within walking distance of the resort, and Hawksbill turtle watching, just south of The Crane at Foul Bay. For those who wish to have a little more activity during their stay, The Crane also offers a weekly catamaran cruise for guests in residence and can book a variety of additional activities, including deep sea fishing, island tours, golf or dinner theatre shows. Crane, St. Philip, Barbados

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SEA: Botel Amsterdam

With a typically Dutch sense of humor the boutique Botel is a boat that is a three star Hotel – and much more. Moored alongside the former NDSM shipyard, Botel is located at the center of a thriving arts and social community in Amsterdam. Arriving is easy - a complimentary ferry brings you from Central railway station direct to the pier where Botel is moored. Rooms are comfortable and well appointed. The novelty however are the five unique suites – which are inside the letters B – O – T – E – L atop the main deck of the ship. Each is obviously different, designed by a different international designer and has a unique feature; B – Comes with a halfpipe for skateboarders O – ‘o la la’ is synonymous with Histoire d’O T - The Captain’s Room with its many hidden gadgets E - A large screen ‘cinema’ bedroom: stream films from Eye Film L - Embodies traditional Japanese serenity, space, quietness, minimalistic design The Botel serves both English and continental breakfast overlooking the Cityscape and offers a unique base from which to explore this vibrant City. NDSM-pier 3, NL-1033 RG Amsterdam

CITY: The Life Hotel, New York

The former headquarters of the iconic Life Magazine, this exciting new boutique hotel property is located in the trendy NoMad neighborhood located between Chelsea and Mid-Town and close to the social action ranging from Madison Square Garden to Meatpacking to the up-and-coming bars, restaurants and entertainment in NoMad itself. The Hotel has 98 rooms with virtually no two the same layout though all boasting a combination of comfort, amenities and art. The restaurant Henry at Life Hotel, serves up a menu of crowd-pleasing shareable plates from BR Guest alum chef Michael Vignola. Expect dishes like a burrata with kabocha squash, pizzas, pastas, and roasted chicken thighs. The Hotel also boasts a speakeasy style cocktail bar Gibson + Luce, situated below ground level and carrying on its heritage in an area where staffers at Life Magazine would congregate after a stressful day for an impromptu drink… 19 West 31st Street, New York


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ising star, Madeline Carroll, opens up about her life as an actress and some of the most famous Hollywood talent she’s worked with over the years. But most i m p o r t a n t l y s h e s h a re s s o m e t h i n g deeper, an important aspect of her life that pushes her though the tough times, giving her hope, joy and something more fulfilling than Hollywood or fame. A native of Los Angeles, California, Carroll began her acting career as a young child, working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. When artist and writer, Nicole Troup, became acquainted with Carroll and her story, she saw nothing short of someone who is beautiful inside and out and worth telling about. As a visual artist who paints influential figures on canvas, Nicole knew Carroll would be a perfect subject for her next portrait to be showcased in her future NYC art show series titled “Deeper Than Fame.” The show will depict influential public figures and celebrities that Nicole has partnered with. Subjects, who have something to share, a story that goes much deeper and offers fulfillment that goes beyond any fame, money or what any celebrity life style could give. Nicole’s partnership with Carroll will be featured on the website giving people the opportunity to buy fine art prints of the painting of Carroll autographed by her. Only 15 prints available with every print sold benefiting orphans in South Sudan from the organization Angels of East Africa (for more info about the organization visit Here, artist, Nicole Troup speaks to Madeline Carroll about movies, life, her inspirational journey, what the painting means to her and what she hopes others will see when viewing it at Nicole Troup’s future NYC inspiring art show “Deeper Than Fame.” NICOLE TROUP - Tell me about your upbringing and how you broke into the movie business.

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MADELINE CARROLL - I was in a nail salon in Los Angeles when I was three years old. I talked a lot as a kid and it just so happened that the woman sitting behind me was a talent agent. She heard me talking and turned around thinking I was about six or seven years, but to her surprise it was just little three year old me. She wanted my mom to bring me by the agency so she did. They ended up signing me to the agency and I have been acting ever since. What is your film histor y and what Hollywood talent have you worked with? I have been acting most of my life so I have had opportunities to work with many Hollywood talents such as: Rob Reiner, Michael Forester, Joshua Michael Stern, Michael Waters, Kevin Costner, Gerard butler, Dennis hopper, Nathan lane, Stanley Tucci, Dennis Quaid, George Lopez, Jackie Chan, Jim Carey , T im

Allen, Patrick Dempsey, Tim Roth, Carla Gugino , Amber Valetta, Kelsey Grammar, and Michael Shannon just to name a few of them. I have been so blessed to work with all lovely people and I haven’t had any bad experiences. What movies are you currently working on? L a s t y e a r I re c e i v e d a w o n d e r f u l opportunity to work on a faith based film called “God Bless the Broken Road” directed by Harold Cronk (he directed the “God’s Not Dead” films ) and it opened the door for me to start a whole faith based film chapter. This was a turning point for me, because I was thinking about quitting acting altogether. But I prayed about it and felt God moving me in this direction! After the movie “God Bless the Broken Road,” I was in the movie “I can only imagine” directed by Jon and andy Erwin “Woodlawn” and then the movie

“Indivisible” produced by Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy” star). I just wrapped a film called “Pistachio” with Denise Richards, directed by my first female director, Anna Elizabeth James! It’s been a good year, God has moved so much in my life and I am so thankful. Tell me about your faith and the greatest lesson you’ve learned in life? I have always been a believer in Christ since I was little and have developed my own relationship with him when I was around nine years old. I just knew God was always real in my life. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that at the end of the day everything comes from God. You can try your hardest, but it is up to God to do the rest. I pray all the time for God’s will in my life and for him to open and close the right doors, because his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). One movie in particular that you had a role in stands out to me and that is the “Machine Gun Preacher” starring Gerard Butler. This tells the true life story a man named Sam Childers (aka Machine Gun Preacher) who left his drug and crime fighting ways to become a Christian and then rescue children from the war in South Sudan. In what ways has this powerful story of Sam impacted you? I still remember reading that script to this day. I was so moved by it that that it brought my mom and I to tears when reading it. It opened my eyes to the suffering that was out there that I didn’t understand before. We know people are hurting all around the world but I didn’t know about Sam Childers story (founder of Angels of East Africa) and the children that were suffering in South Sudan. I remember thinking to my self that “I have to book this movie and tell this story because it is too important.” I was so blessed to be a part of that movie and with everyone involved in it. My favorite part was meeting Sam. He is an intimidating person but has a courageous, sweet and lovely side to him. It is amazing to see people risking their life to help others. That is characteristic of a true servant.

asked me. This is a great way to get my story and message of faith out there. I think the painting captures my strength and the struggles I’ve went through in life and the movie business. It has been very tough and a lot of people don’t understand it. I have been practicing resilience for years so it is very hard. In the painting I also see peace and joy and that the hardships don’t happen for no reason! What hidden message is in the painting and what does it mean to you? Philippians 4:13 his hidden somewhere in the painting for viewers to find. The verse states. “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” Another one of my favorite verses that I feel speaks loudly in the painting and in the expression is: “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD. These are a few of my favorite verses and ones that I pray about all the time!

The painting will be showcased along with your story in my future art exhibit along with other portraits of public figures and celebrities and their stories. How do you hope your story speak to others? I hope I can help inspire others to be bold for God, because when you are bold for Him, He will be bold for you. God has shown up for me every time I’ve ever put him first. ALWAYS. When we are with him we are the head and not the tail. We are above and not beneath. I want people to choose not to compromise their faith but choose to fight the good fight. It is easy to go along with the crowd but hard to be set apart which is far more rewarding. What goals or dreams do you hope to achieve in your life and career in the future? I want to act, write, direct and produce wherever I feel God leads me to go. I would love to also start making my own films one day. Hopefully that will happen soon. I want to have my God given life not my Madeline chosen life and pray I am able to do it all to the fullest extent.

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ARIELA WERTHEIMER Israeli Family Making Their Mark in the US Art World B Y K AYLA ZO LE TA


he prominent last name Wertheimer immediately leads to an association with industrialist Stef Wertheimer, founder of the Kfar Vradim rural industrial village in Israel, who also founded Iscar Metalworking, the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced carbide industrial-cutting tools. His son, Eitan Wertheimer, served as CEO of the company. The Wertheimers sold 80 percent of the company to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway in 2006 for $4 billion, then sold the remainder to Berkshire for $2 billion in 2013. Currently, the family donates a plethora to various organizations in Israel.

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While the family has made a name for themselves as Israel’s most prominent family, Eitan’s wife, Ariela Wertheimer is achieving success in her own right. Ariela, a prominent artist with decades of experience, creates artworks that invoke self-reflection encourage contemplation. Ariela uses various mediums such as metal, wood panels, lighting, and photographs to depict complex stories and narratives. Currently, pieces of Ariela’s work are on display at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel, where she donates, among various Israeli organizations. With her unique and inspirational artwork, Ariela is leading her family to further

international recognition. In addition to exhibiting at the Venice Art Biennale this past summer, Ariela exhibited for the first time in the US at Scope Miami Beach in December. At the contemporary art show, Ariela presented her exhibit Ropes and Ties: The Freedom to Let Go, which features ropes that have a deep meaning and are tied to both physical elements and conscious and emotional feelings. Ariela will continue her stateside success with yet another exhibit at Artexpo New York this spring. Taking place from April 19th-22nd, 2018, Ariela will be exhibiting her art for the first time in New York.

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oel E. Kopelman, MD FACS, P a r k Av e n u e O c u l o - F a c i a l Plastic Surgeon takes a comprehensive look at why you should always choose an expert when deciding to get cosmetic fillers. According to Dr. Joel Kopelman MD FACS, Park Avenue Oculo-Facial Plastic Surgeon, facial fillers are amongst the most pervasive cosmetic procedures in the world. They have gained this popularity because in most cases because they are safe, they can help to restore facial balance and symmetry and the improvement is seen immediately with little or no downtime. “A number of non-invasive or short recovery procedures are increasingly more popular ... people do not want to have long recuperations. Injectables have become very popular in terms of

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cosmetic procedures that are done around the world because #1 they are safe. They’re fast. There are very few risks and virtually no recovery time...and there can be some very dramatic results, dramatic improvements...” Dr. Joel Kopelman says that facial hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero have many cosmetic uses. They can treat “laugh” lines around your mouth, forehead lines, under eye dark circles, hollow upper eyelids, sunken cheeks, and temples, poorly defined jaw lines, and can straighten the contour of your nose. In most cases, the treatments are associated with minimal risks provided the injector has experience and takes the appropriate precautions. However, just like any other medical procedure, experience counts! As one of the first physicians in the United States to uses fillers to restore facial volume, Dr. Kopelman has many years of experience and has perfected the techniques that consistently produces natural looking results. “the average person coming to me is about 4555 usually female but we are seeing increasing numbers of men who also want to look more competitive in the world or just want to look better... I have a number of gay men who are my patients as well who feel that after they are 30 they lose some confidence in themselves so I consider what I do in this world to be very important for them too. I worked in Beverly Hills, I did a fellowship at UCLA -- the year I spent at UCLA on my fellowship we operated on many movie stars and clients but I’m not willing to drop names of people in terms of using them and exploiting them. Every patient in front of me is extremely important, everybody is on equal footing whether you are rich or poor I treat everyone the same. I treat every patient with great attention and care-I try to look at them and be very honest with them and not try to exploit them in any way --and just say “this is what you need --don’t overdo it... be realistic about what we should do here...take baby steps and not major steps and then when you digest what you have done, then you can decide if you want to go any further in the future.”

Not All Injectors Deliver the Same High Quality Results “I have two aspects of my practice one is reconstructive and one is what I call truly cosmetic or aesthetic and the aesthetic side I think it gives people renewed confidence in their social interactions and I think it makes them feel good and basically I think that is the essence of what doing cosmetic surgery is greater happiness to a person in terms of their interaction with the world at large. The reconstructive side is also critically important --if I can put somebody back together -if they had cancer or I remove a cancer and I’m talking about skin cancers now and I can piece back their face their body in such a way that they have minimal residual evidence of that defect then I feel like I gave the patient a lot of hope and it’s very important to restore their function and that’s certainly one of the critical things that I do.... Sometimes I make improvements in their ability to see as well. like for instance when I elevate their eyelids their field of vision improves. There’s a lot of things that I do that have to do with the eyelids , I’m an eyelid specialist I’m an ocular plastic surgeon.” Because fillers are offered on virtually every corner of New York City is there really a difference between one injectors and another? When you visit Dr. Joel Kopelman, MD FACS, Park Avenue Oculo-Facial Plastic Surgeon, you are coming to an “expert” injector who has acquired these skills not only as a oculo-facial plastic surgeon with more than thirty years of experience but as an injector with highly developed aesthetic sensibilities and unparalleled visual acuity, who has intimate knowledge of the facial and eyelid anatomy, and who has been injecting hyaluronic acid gels for more than twenty years. “I was always interested in art and I was interested in science so I obviously became a Doctor first...and then I eventually moved into the field that matched my personality...There are artistic sensibilities that you have to bring to surgery when you do cosmetic surgery... It’s like a person who hears music and can understand the music on a deeper level and I think when I look at things in art I have a very acute

visual eye. I think that my ability to critique a face in terms of symmetry and the way that someone looks and how I can help them, it has a lot to do with my ability, my visual acuity. The sharpness of my assessment has a lot to do with my aesthetic sensibility.” Dr. Joel Kopelman also has the knowledge and critical eye to know which product is best suited to treat the eyelid or other parts of the face. There are specific injectables that are designed to treat specific problems. Choosing the right one can make all the difference. For example some products, like Juvederm, create too much swelling when injected under the eyes and therefore are not suited to treat deep dark under eye circles. Restylane is a better choice. Other products (like Voluma) produce more of a lifting effect and therefore are a better choice to lift the cheeks. Furthermore, Dr. Kopelman knows what level the injection must be placed to obtain the best result without precipitating unwanted side-effects. He will recommend the precise volume you need to replace lost volume and nothing more. Injecting too many vials of Juvederm or Restylane will produce exaggerated unnatural results. “Sometimes I have to modulate the patient’s expectations if they have unrealistic expectations I have to tell them that what they are asking for is not possible. I’m very honest...very, very honest... and I do very precise work and I’m a greater critic of my work than anyone else so if I see something isn’t just perfect I’m not satisfied, I can’t sleep till it is done to my level of expectations. I think I’m a perfectionist yes. I’m a perfectionist...and I’m very exacting about what I do and what I expect and my expectations are higher than the patient’s expectations most of the time.” Dr. Joel Kopelman’s ultimate goal is to rejuvenate a patient’s appearance by eliminating facial folds and creases and restoring lost volume to the cheeks, lips,

and jaw line. “The trend has been that people forestall major surgery basically with the use of injectables treatments like restalyne, uviderm, botox and so forth... In some instances, injections alone won’t do the trick you really do need to have surgery or restorative, beautiful contours. That’s where things have been going. There have been greater and greater attempts by laser companies to have devices that give you shorter recovery and that’s understandable because everybody wants to get back to their social or professional lives. However, some of these short term fixes are just what they are- they are short term fixes - they are not longlasting in terms of the kinds of results you get with surgery but with surgery there has to be some recovery time.” Dr. Joel Kopelman Expert Eyelid & Facial Injector In New York City. Although fillers are very common, they must be injected by an expert. Over 2 million people in the United States have had a hyaluronic acid filler injections. With this increased popularity, more and more physicians and nurses are starting to offer filler injections. However, this does not guarantee that everyone who is injecting filler is truly qualified to be doing so, especially in the eyelid area. When looking for a physician to inject filler either for under eye circles, hollow upper eyelids or hollow temples, it is very important to find an oculoplastic surgeon who has extensive knowledge of the eyelid structures and anatomy and years of experience to ensure a patient’s safety. “Some people will say oh you should do a facelift, a brow lift and your eyes and do a chin implant have your breasts elevated and do breast implants and liposuction all in one day-- and that type of thing just ends up to be a big mess --because... if you do pieces of the puzzle end up with better results rather than try to do everything at once. It’s like cooking if you have too many pots on the stove then something’s going to blow over or something

is not going to come out right-- if you have one item that you are cooking, you are much more likely to get a better result because you have the focus on that one particular thing. So I don’t believe in doing too many things in one day...” In addition Dr. Joel Kopelman, MD FACS, Park Avenue Oculo-Facial Plastic Surgeon, goes even further to keep all his patients safe. He injects fillers using blunt tipped micro-cannulas rather than sharp needles, particularly around the upper and lower eyelids. Blunt microcannulas minimize the chance that a blood vessel will be penetrated which reduces the incidence of bruising or other complications. By using microcannulas, Dr. Kopelman can reach many areas through one or two entry points which allows him to strategically place the filler at the right depth and minimize side-effects. Dr. Joel Kopelman, MD FACS, Park Avenue Oculo-Facial Plastic Surgeon’s Four Key Take Away Points to consider before you choose the right injector: 1. Cannulas are blunt tipped “needles that cause less bruising and because the blunt tip doesn’t penetrate blood vessels easily it is a safer option when you are injected near your eyes. 2. Cannulas also have the advantage that they can deliver the filler through a single port and this reduces the number of skin punctures which reduces bruising. There is a learning curve when using microcannulas, so make sure your injector is wellexperienced in using one. 3. When the cannula is used one entry site is usually sufficient to deliver the filler to many locations. With the needle, this is less so, and multiple sticks are needed, which is more traumatic and likely to lead to more bruising. 4. Choose an expert injector with years of experience who knows which product best fits your particular problem, an in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and knows how to correct complications should they occur. The pursuit of excellence in medicine has been both a professional and personal, lifelong, family commitment for Dr. Joel and the Kopelman family. “I have a son and daughter who are both in medical school ...I think medicine is the greatest profession of all...I consider it to be the highest profession...”when my family is happy I’m happy ...I get great satisfaction from both my family we spend a lot of time together and then I also get a lot of gratification as a doctor... so I have a good balance.” | | 111



azing from a distance at my life from afar, it appears to be going smashingly. I have my own radio show, singing on records, acting in movies, own my fitness company and a screenwriter, but looks can be deceptive. My life has been far from the fairytale I envisioned. A thrilling work life I lead now but I fought many wars and walked away with battle scars and a bag full of baggage. I always assume there are more battles to come so it changes my investments in relationships and my career. Violence came early in my life. That black shadow haunted me and took over my self esteem and trusts. It twisted me into a different person. I am an anomaly because who would live their life openly in the public’s eye while my demons crawl through my mind constantly unfolding in front of my listeners. This is a interesting trait as a hosts speaking my mind to thousands of listeners Coming from a affluent socialite family of the South, the women of my generation were taught to be seen not heard and as long as you go to the right college, the right sorority, in the right social status then you will always fit in and be accepted. I was all those things. Yet, my self esteem was still lost and could not be found. I knew early I wanted to be a entertainer. I moved to Los Angeles and signed with modeling agency and lived with childhood friend, Courteney Cox. Courteney was in the throws of her success and there was never any jealous at all from me but I slid more into a roll of an assistant and roomate. It was comfortable for me because it emulated how I was raised. I was to morph into another person’s life instead of creating my own. Living in the shadows of others was more comfortable. I later found out this would

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prove to be my achilles heel. But livinging in that life of fast moving entertainment world of success was too much and I felt out of place. Courteney had a amazing drive and backbone. I admired it but knew I would never acquire it, unfortunately. We ran with A list stars all the while realizing I was not wired like they were in their confidence level. Returning home, I found myself lost as so many of my friends were already married and living the dream. Feeling the need to get married quickly, I married the first one that asked. How can you claim it was the worst mistake in my life filled with so much pain, when my two beautiful babies came from it? I can never find the words to explain what it did to me and how it changed me forever. Still, I have my children who are the only things that have pulled me out of the darkest places imaginable. So for whatever the reason, I was supposed to go through that part of my life.

The two years I spent with my two babies was to this day the fondest memories I have with us living in bliss. Our home was a home filled with love and happiness. In walks who I thought was prince charming. The first man I really trusted completely. All I can say it was a set up in which my money, house and children’s savings account were taken and there were three in our marriage and I was unaware of her presence. Then came my soul mate whom I spent two glorious years until traumatized by his death. We went running before heading out of town. He had a heart attack. I performed CPR forever it seemed but I could not save him. Where could I go from here after all of this? In the midst of my second divorce, I wrote my first movie and then my second. I poured my misery and pain in to each of them. It was cathartic and freed me from so much pain and anger. I started to find a part of a life again and enjoyed it. I was asked to appear on a radio station in N.Y to talk about my movies. At that moment came my realization. There was a reason that I had been through so much trauma. These heartaches lead me to this new happy confident life. Touching others that needed support from someone who has lived through it and was not ashamed. I knew I had the ability to empower others that felt lost and alone. Then Stephen Miller offered me my first show and I slipped into a new life. Now, a career I love which gives back more than I could relay to my listeners. I then moved to Village Connection. Cosmopolitans with Lauren gives me the opportunity to reach out and entertain others. It also returned me back my second love, writing. I blog on beauty, health and fashion. Stressing to others to be truly healthy you have to be both physically and emotionally healthy. They both work in tandem to create peace within yourself. I speak for victims of PTSD, soldiers or abuse victims that feel they have no voice. I am finally happy, self assured and confident what my life was meant for and that is to entertain with laughter, fun and speak for those that have no voice.

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The Endometriosis Foundation of America’s

BLOSSOM BALL Honors Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter Halsey B Y E LI ZAB E TH DAR WE N


he Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound) is presenting Grammynominated singer-songwriter, Halsey with the Blossom Award at its Ninth Annual Blossom Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The Blossom Award acknowledges extraordinary individuals who inspire, advocate and help enact change in women’s healthcare leading to better lives for women, particularly those suffering from endometriosis. “Halsey is a vital voice for her generation,” says Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, co-founder of EndoFound with endometriosis specialist and distinguished laparoscopic surgeon Tamer Seckin. “Not only is she an amazing singer-songwriter, but she is also a wonderful advocate for women and their health and well-being. She’s been on my radar for the last several years because of how outspoken she’s been with her own journey. I salute her 114 | |

for being so open about her struggle with endometriosis and am honored to have EndoFound recognize her efforts this year.” The twenty-three-year-old has shown incredible strength, becoming a role model for so many young women. While she’s enjoyed a meteoric rise as an artist, she’s also simultaneously grappled with painful endometriosis resulting in multiple surgeries. And throughout, Halsey has been open with her fans, providing a raw honesty about the difficult journey so many women with this disease experience. In pain and recovering from yet another related surgery, she said this to her followers: “If you suffer from chronic pain or a debilitating disease please know that I have found time to live a crazy, wild, rewarding life AND balance my treatment and I hope so much in my heart that you can too.” Halsey’s courage has helped dispel the stigma that surrounds this disease, which affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive

age. It’s the third leading cause of female infertility and one of the most misdiagnosed (yet treatable) diseases. Most doctors receive little training in medical school about endometriosis. And as a result, a woman can suffer for years before getting the correct diagnosis and care. In addition to honoring Halsey, the Blossom Ball will include a performance by the Resistance Revival Chorus, who recently took the stage with Kesha at this year’s Grammy Awards. March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and the fundraising for this event will allow EndoFound to continue its mission to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, educate young girls and fund landmark endometriosis research. The Honorary Committee this year includes Ann Curry, Lena Dunham, Dr. Mehmet Oz, former New York Governor David Paterson and Eileen Guggenheim.

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Jean Shafiroff, Valery Jour, Laine Siklos, Mercedes Bass and F. Murray Abraham led the cognoscenti to the opening of The Metropolitan Opera. The gala evening featured a stunning new production of Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma starring the dazzling Sopranos Sondra Radvanovsky and Joyce DiDonato and tenor Joseph Calleja.

Valery Jour

Jean Shafiroff

Laine Siklos

Audrey Gruss and Michal Metrick, Jamee Gregory and Hilary Geary Ross, Lorriane Bracco attended the preview of Gruss’ new fragrance, Hope, which launched at Saks 5th Avenue with all profits going to the Hope for Depression Research Foundation. Candace Bushnell, and Nicole Miller.

Mark Metrick, Audrey Gruss. Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan PMC

Jamee Gregory, Hilary Geary Ross. Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan PMC

Lorainne Bracco. Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan PMC

Baked by Melissa’s founder Melissa Ben-Ishay celebrated the release of her 1st

Uma Thurman, NBC’s What to Wear star Stacy London and Victoria Secret Angel

cookbook at the DivaMoms Book Club hosted by Motherhood’s a B#tch author

Adriana Lima, wore dazzling earrings made of rare pink diamonds from the Argyle

Lyss Stern.

Diamond Mine by jeweler Jordan Fine.

Melissa Ben-Ishay and Lyss Stern

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Uma Thurman

Adriana Lima

GALORE Jennifer Lawrence’s new thriller Mother! by her boyfriend director Darren Aronofsky premiered at Radio City Music Hall with the dress code stating, “dress for a funeral;” rocker Patti Smith also performed. Guests included art advisor Kenny Ackerman, stem cell researcher Dr. Christopher Calapai. Emma Stone, and Matthew Rhys.

Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky

Kenny Ackerman

Dr. Christopher Calapai and Kate Lysemko

Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, The Village People’s Randy Jones and Mark Fleischman and Whitney Schott attended a book party for Fleischman’s Inside Studio 54 at The Dream Hotel. The explosive expose tells the late-night secrets of celebrities including Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Mick Jagger, John Belushi and David Bowie.

Mariah Kennedy Cuomo. Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury PMC

Randy Jones and Mark Fleischman. Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury PMC

Whitney Schott. Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury PMC

The Pastel Society of America’s Dianne Bernhard, hosted a party to celebrate the opening of their exhibition Enduring Brilliance, at her atelier in the National Arts Club. In the mix were Angela Bernhard Thomas and Society President Jimmy Wright. | | 117

NEW YORK SOCIETY SCENE A Fashionable Cause, A Charity Fashion Show, & A Team Celebration By Clara Morgan

Humans of Fashion Foundation Launch Event: Connecting the fashion industry to a support network of pro-bono lawyers and counselors, Cipriani Broadway, NYC: Kristina Romanova, Caron Bernstein ©Patrick McMullan

Genesis Jones at the Humans of Fashion Foundation Launch Event, NYC ©Patrick McMullan

DJ Chloe Jane at the Humans of Fashion Foundation Launch Event, NYC ©Patrick McMullan

The Second Annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show Benefitting the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Pier 59 Studios, NYC: Domenico Vacca, Eleonora Pieroni ©Patrick McMullan

Avanti Gupta, Alex Lundqvist at The Second Annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show Benefitting the Prostate Cancer Foundation ©Patrick McMullan

Felicia Madison at The Second Annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show Benefitting the Prostate Cancer Foundation ©Patrick McMullan

The US Team 2018 of pioneering all-women rallye, 28th Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, celebrated their journey to Morocco, MAMO Restaurant, NYC: Jazmin Grace Grimaldi ©Patrick McMullan

Keanna Erickson-Chang at The US Team celebration for the 28th Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc ©Patrick McMullan

Pauline Ducruet at The US Team celebration for the 28th Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc ©Patrick McMullan

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NEW YORK SOCIAL SCENE An Art Show & A Winter Ball By Clara Morgan

Innovative New York-based art venture MvVO ART invited art lovers to the AD ART SHOW at Sotheby’s with sponsors NBCUniversal, Y&R, Artsy, Geometry Global, NYC: Maria van Vlodrop, Laura Skoler ©Patrick McMullan

David Sable and Linda Yaccarino at the MvVO ART AD ART SHOW ©Patrick McMullan

Mikhail D. Poloskin at the MvVO ART AD ART SHOW ©Patrick McMullan

Eric K.T. Lau at the MvVO ART AD ART SHOW ©Patrick McMullan

Gavin Benjamin at the MvVO ART AD ART SHOW ©Patrick McMullan

Anna Bergman at the MvVO ART AD ART SHOW ©Patrick McMullan

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff Served as Mistress of Ceremonies At the New York Junior League 66th Annual Winter Ball, NYC:

Suzanne Manning at the New York Junior League 66th Annual

Natalie Ross, Eric Ross, Dr. Penny Grant at the New York Junior League 66th Annual Winter Ball ©Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff ©Patrick McMullan

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Winter Ball ©Patrick McMullan

LA OSCAR SCENE A Gift Lounge & A Viewing Party By Clara Morgan

GBK created its 10th Annual GBK Pre-Oscars Luxury Lounge. Top sponsors for the event were: Il Pilato, GE Lighting, ADM, Diamonds International, Healing Salt, and Woodchuck USA, St. Supéry, LA: Viola Davis ©GBK Productions

Susan Sarandon at the 10th Annual GBK Pre-Oscars Luxury Lounge ©GBK Productions

Mark Hamill at the 10th Annual GBK Pre-Oscars Luxury Lounge ©GBK Productions

Paul Nassif at the 10th Annual GBK Pre-Oscars Luxury Lounge ©GBK Productions

Christina Milian at the 10th Annual GBK Pre-Oscars Luxury Lounge ©GBK Productions

Wes Studi (R) and guest at the 10th Annual GBK Pre-Oscars Luxury Lounge ©GBK Productions

26th Annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised $5.9 million to help end HIV/AIDS West Hollywood Park, LA: Sir Elton John, David Furnish ©Getty Images

Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus at the 26th Annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party ©Getty Images

Lionel Richie, Sofia Richie at the 26th Annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party ©Getty Images

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A Gala, A Luxury Suite, & Parties to Celebrate the Academy Awards By Clara Morgan

The 3rd Annual Roger Neal Style Hollywood (RNSH) Oscar Viewing Black Tie Dinner Gala and Roger Neal Style Gift Suite Presented by Suzan Hughes Education Foundation, LA: Victoria Summer ©San Marino Photography

TMG International hosted their 14th Annual Pre-Oscar Beauty Suite keeping true to their metier with luxury and beauty activations at the TMG + CIREM PRE OSCARS LUXURY SUITE: Jimmy Jean-Louis ©TMG International

2018 MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) ‘Night Before’ 16th Annual Fundraiser in support of MPTF: George Clooney, Leslie Bibb, Sam Rockwell, Jack Black ©Getty Images

Ed Aner, Kate Kramer at the The 3rd Annual Roger Neal Style Hollywood (RNSH) Oscar Viewing Black Tie Dinner Gala and Roger Neal Style Gift Suite ©San Marino Photography

Celebrity Big Brother and UFC Fighter Chuck Liddell, Cirem Cosmetics’ Farid Vajid at the TMG International 14th Annual Pre-Oscar Beauty Suite ©TMG International

Giorgio Armani’s niece Roberta Armani hosted the fashion house’s soiree at their Rodeo Drive store in honor of Guillermo del Toro, Beverly Hills, CA: Guillermo del Toro ©LMG

Margot Robbie at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones, Beverly Hills, CA ©Patrick McMullan

Gary Oldman at the 90th Annual Academy Awards,Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, CA ©Patrick McMullan

Giorgio Armani’s niece Roberta Armani hosted the fashion house’s soiree at their Rodeo Drive store in honor of Guillermo del Toro, Beverly Hills, CA: Doug Jones (L) and guests ©LMG

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25a March 2018 Issue  
25a March 2018 Issue