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It's our Fall Travel Issue and we couldn't be happier! I hope that sense of joie de vivre for our amazing world really shines through! This is the month where we celebrate travel and all the intriguing places that are available to visit. For our November issue, we are proud to present Blanca Blanco, actress and Hollywood beauty. She is obviously not only beautiful, but a talented actress with many titles under her belt. Read her story inside these pages. We can't wait to show off our close to 20 pages on luxurious travel around the world. We try hard to bring you the latest and best in travel and thank our writers and photographers for doing such an amazing job! As always we feature dining, fashion, beauty and so much more! Use these pages as your guide to the wonderful world of luxury! We scour the earth, so you donâ€™t have to! We know that there are other publications in the NYC and Long Island markets, so we thank you for your loyalty - we hope you love the magazine as much as we love putting it together. We are blessed to have the best writers and readers in the world!
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Some People Dream of Success… Others Wake Up and Work Hard for it
By Bobbie Catala | Photos by Filip Shobot
lanca Blanco is living proof that hard work and determination will get you EVERYWHERE. Born in Watsonville, California to immigrant parents, and YES, this is her birth name. Blanca was instilled with a strong work ethic at a very early age. Her dream for as long as she can remember, was to become an actress. But before she achieved her goal, and broke into the field of acting, there was a girl with perseverance, who overcame many obstacles. During our conversation, Blanca reflected on her early years, being one of five children, and having parents that worked multiple jobs to support the family, but still growing up poor. She believes that everyone is a product of their environment, but anyone can overcome difficulties. The actress feels these hard times are what shaped her into who she is today. When Blanca was nine years old, her family moved from California to Chelan Washington. Here, she took acting classes, and singing lessons, all while maintaining her schoolwork. Somehow this purposeful young lady
also managed to find the time to organize local theatrical performances. She also, along with her two brothers and two sisters, would reenact scenes from popular films for the amusement of her family. Blanca, in addition to wanting to be an actress, was steadfast in the importance of an education. She proudly told me she was the first Latino from her hometown to go to college. Blanca immediately attended Spoken Falls Community College after high school, where she earned an Associate of Science degree. From there, she received an impressive $80,000.00 in scholarships and transferred to Washington State University, going on to attain a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington University. While in college Blanca worked as a therapist for government organizations, as well as for a rehabilitation center, in her hometown, for individuals newly released from prison. She also worked teaching Spanish. Blanca shared her experience of working at a hospice also, stating she was very “uncomfortable” yet found it extremely rewarding.
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Having completed her education, she directly moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a successful actress. In Los Angeles, Blanca swiftly won her first acting role, a commercial for eye drops. Blanca’s first big break came in 2008, with a role in “Dark Reel”, a supernatural horror mystery film about the 1958 murder of actress Scarlett May, earning Blanca her first IMDV credit in a feature film. Blanco soon began acting with the Gordon Hunt Group. Here she studied with the acclaimed Gordon Hunt (twice nominated best director by the Director’s Guild of America) and performed in many stage productions. In addition to the Gordon Hunt Group, Ms. Blanco started training with Academy Award nominee actor’s Sally Kirkland, John Savage, and Bruce Glover. Blanca has trained intensively through the years, fine-tuning her craft, enabling her to take on various roles throughout her career. The actress has appeared in numerous films including “Spreading Darkness” (2010), with actors Eric Roberts and John Savage, “Bullet” (2014) with Danny Trejo, she also co-starred with Golden Globe nominated actor Steven Bauer in “Awakened” (2014). Some other movie credits include “Showgirls 2” (2011), “Anatomy of Deception” (2013), and “Crimes of the Mind” (2014). Blanco has appeared on ION television in “Defending Santa” (2013) and “Bermuda Tentacles”, which aired on SYFY in 2014. Blanca is dedicated to her craft, and is constantly striving to learn and reach new heights. The actress certainly keeps busy, and is currently working on the adaption of John Steinbeck’s “In Dubious Battle”, starring James Franco, Robert Duval, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, and Danny McBride. Franco is also directing the film. The original novel portrays the struggle between labor and capital in the 1930’s as America is close to all out warfare. Blanca says she loves playing dramatic characters, and looks to some of her idols including Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, and Meryl Streep for inspiration. She is also currently working on a western called “The River”, produced by Eleanor Daily, and co-starring long time boyfriend John Savage.
This complex and determined young woman certainly is multi-faceted. She has transformed herself throughout her life. Blanca, until her mid 20’s was a tomboy, and considered herself a bit of a nerd. She didn’t wear any makeup, and disliked getting dressed up. She now indulges in Sue Wong, Versace, and Adriana Propel. The actress can rock the red carpet and cause a stir with her daring sense of fashion. She was named one of the top dressed at the Oscars by OK Magazine. Ms. Blanco reminisced about her debut walking the red carpet. She said she felt uncomfortable… until she arrived… then she immediately felt at home. At home in Malibu, Blanca enjoys her serene environment, and unwinds wearing beach clothes. Out of the celebrity scene, its t-shirt, beach pants, no makeup, all natural. She enjoys running, hiking, and spending time outdoors. This multi-talented actress is also an artist, making abstract style her genre. Her paintings are now being displayed at various art shows in California. When she’s relaxing you might catch her watching a movie starring one of her favorites… George Clooney. Blanca admires the style of Clooney and actor Vincent D’Onofrio, calling their style “organic”. The actress revealed that the one movie she can watch anytime is “The Notebook”, saying this beautiful story never gets old. Blanca Blanco does not take her success for granted and will not forget where she came from. This actress of Mexican-American descent remembers growing up poor, and was not going to allow her environment to determine who she was going to be, moving forward. This woman enjoys helping people and giving back to the community. She works with Lupus L.A., a hospice, and Casa L.A., that helps foster children. She experienced the benefits of charity first hand, having grown up in poverty. Additionally, Blanca works with Autism Speaks, AIDS society, Breast Cancer Alliance, and the American Cancer Society. Ms. Blanco is an expert in End of Life issues, becoming a leader in educating the issues of Death and Dying. Bianca is steadfast in her commitment to being all she can be, and is certainly doing the job very well!
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MEET NEW YORK'S MOST ENTREPRENEURIAL WOMEN DALE NOELLE CEO of TRUE Model Management
By Carlos Lacayo | Photos by Chris Carroll Styling by Rachel D’Ruan | Produced by Carlos Lacayo
ale Noelle is the Founder and CEO of TRUE Model Management. For twenty years, she was a successful model, working with some of the most prominent fashion houses and popular brands like Oscar de la Renta, Oleg Cassini, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger and Nicole Miller. Over the years, Dale cultivated a robust network among the fashion elite and was regularly asked for referrals and advice. Shortly after becoming pregnant, Dale was diagnosed with cancer and her modeling career came to an abrupt halt. Despite her diagnosis and the anticipated challenges, she refused to let those sudden changes and obstacles define her future. She was confident in her skills and connections and immediately made the move from model to model manager. This was the beginning of TRUE Model Management. Headquartered in New York City with affiliates in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, TRUE continues to grow exponentially and actively recruits new models every day, worldwide. TRUE is known for providing models for some of the most in influential names in the industry such as Calvin Klein, DKNY, GAP, Ralph Lauren, Milly, Zac Posen, Alexander Wang, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria’s Secret. Dale’s passions for networking, modeling, philanthropy and empowering others continue to remain at the core of TRUE. From becoming a successful female entrepreneur to giving back and empowering others, Dale Noelle tells 25A Magazine how she manages to overcome obstacles and balance all of her endeavors and time.
Starting a business can be quite overwhelming and intimidating, let alone during pregnancy and amidst a diagnosis of cancer. Did you have a mentor, to help you through this process? I did not have a mentor to guide me specifically for TRUE Model Management, but however, my grandmother and my father were my life's mentors. From a very early age, they instilled a strong work ethic in me and always focused on the importance of supporting others. These lessons, combined with first-hand practical experience as a previous business owner and model, set me up to be successful in pursuing my dreams. Can you speak about your experience as a female business owner? What would you say is the greatest challenge? My experiences as a female business person in the modeling industry have all been very positive. However, when I worked and owned businesses in other industries, I needed to work extra hard to prove myself, earn respect for being smart and get men to look me in the eyes. TRUE was inspired by your passion for modeling and for networking and connecting with others. What advice do you have for someone interested in turning his/her passion into a business? My advice for others is to follow your heart, do your homework before starting your business and write a detailed plan. It is important to align yourself with honest business associates and intelligent, loyal employees. Knowledge of business laws, at least the basics in accounting and computer programming/ coding are helpful to know. To be successful as a businessperson you need to be aggressive and bold, while being kind and compassionate. Take calculated risks, be optimistic, resilient and persistent. Lastly, I’d recommend saving money and resting up for the ride! November 2016 | 45
25A What causes do you support and how does this compassion lend itself to your professional work? I strongly believe in giving back to communities and empowering others to further enrich the world. Philanthropy has always been very important to me personally and professionally, which is why I try to stay actively involved in many causes close to my heart. For the events that I host, I like to incorporate a donation and/or charity component. As a cancer survivor, I fully realize the importance of funding foundations and charities and the impact these philanthropic organizations have on the lives of others. Currently, I’m on the boards of the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation (FEHSF), TedX Fulton Street, DRAM Conferences and the Women and Fashion FilmFest. I regularly organize and participate in charity events and am on benefit committees for organizations such as: Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington’s Cancer Research, The Center For Discovery, K.I.D.S/ Fashion Delivers, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Women Helping Women, to name a few. Causes close to my heart include the following: Cancer, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy and Alzheimer’s Research, Empowering Women, Education, eradicating Human Trafficking, Homeland Security, Manufacturing in America, Assisting the impoverished and more. What makes you feel most empowered and how do you hope to empower others? I feel the most empowered and energized when I’m helping others to attain their dreams and improve their lives. I believe in the power of positivity and by helping to better the lives of others you are bettering your own, as well as the world. TRUE Model Management is an extension of my commitment to help others make their dreams a reality. At TRUE, we help our models to realize and pursue their dreams related to the industry and otherwise. I regularly participate and partner with organizations that share my desire to empower others, especially women. Some of the organizations include, Women’s Entrepreneur Day, the Women and Fashion Film Fest, Women Helping Women, INC.’s Women’s Summit and Women’s Leadership Live. truemodel.net
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CINDY GUYER Restauranteur & Romance Queen By Bennett Marcus
f Cindy Guyer looks familiar when you walk into her Upper West Side restaurant/wine bar, Guyer’s, it’s because she has appeared on the covers of over 400 romance novels. A model and actress, she has appeared in numerous national commercials for products like Prell shampoo, plus movies and television shows, in addition to being the queen of romance novel covers. Guyer is sort of the female Fabio, with whom she has shared many book covers. When we spoke to her on a recent Friday afternoon, Guyer was about to head to the restaurant, where she wears many hats. “I do everything,” she says. “I’m very hands-on.” One night she’ll tend bar, another night she’ll do the cooking. “I’m little overworked, but that’s OK,” she laughs. “Right now, I’m on my way over there, my cook will get there around 3 o’clock, and I’ll start to bartend, and at 7 o’clock I’ll turn the bar over to my bartender and then just be the hostess.”
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But it turns out that wearing many hats has been the hallmark of this entrepreneur’s varied career, starting at age 15, when the legendary modeling agency founder Wilhelmina scouted her at a Connecticut restaurant where Guyer was lunching with her parents. At 16, Guyer was signed by Eileen Ford, and became the face for the young-adult Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels. The agency that cast the books threw a corset on Guyer one day and put her on a romance novel as a “little Lolita,” and she graduated from kid lit to romance novels. “I guess I did such a good job, they just kept using me.” She continued her education, and also studied acting, worked on soap operas, and, she says, just got very lucky early on, and through hard work, wound up having a twenty-year career doing book covers. She still does book shoots. “I did one last month,” Guyer says. November 2016 | 47
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She takes care of herself, and realizes that she is very lucky to still look good. Yes, she says, the niche she fell into as romance novel cover-girl is a lot of fun, and she loves the people in the industry. “We have these big romance conventions, and I’m friends with a lot of the authors,” Guyer says. She recently went to a convention in Las Vegas for the magazine The Romantic Times, run by her friend, Kathryn Falk. “I call her my godmother. She’s so good to me. Both of my parents passed away, so her and her husband have always known my family, and they always look after me. She’s just great.” Guyer produced and hosted the series Mr. Romance, a breakout show for Oprah’s Oxygen Network, which featured Fabio and Kiss rocker Gene Simmons. She also wrote the concept and starred in the Lifetime series The Perfect Nanny. So how did Guyer end up in the restaurant business? “I think actors are natural-born entertainers,” she says. “We love people, we like to entertain. We sit around on movie sets waiting, so we’re used to just hanging out with other people, so I think certain actors are just good at hosting. They know how to handle people. I understand people. I love it.” The food she describes as French-American, “but it’s actually very continental, because I do have my grandmother’s fabulous meatballs on the menu.” Weekend brunch skews southern, with grits and homemade biscuits. She loves the kale salad, which she created. “It keeps
me skinny, I call it the model salad.” All of the salads are healthy, she says, and there are fabulous flatbread French pizzas, which are also “not that fattening.” There are daily fish and pasta specials. “It’s very homemade food; homemade, gourmet, fun food.” She hopes Guyer’s will become a neighborhood staple; she has a ten-year lease, and just added weekend brunch and outdoor seating. She hopes to paper the powder room with her book covers. She had previously run a wine bar in the same space, with several partners, a situation she found less than ideal. “This time, I decided I would be the only partner,” she says. “I have no investors, and I’m doing this all on my own.” Partners, Guyer has decided, are only for dancing and for loving. “When it comes to money and different ideas on how to run a company, it gets tricky.” She admits that by doing it on her own, she is overworked, but feels that the rewards will be worth it.
Even with working 7-day weeks, Guyer is still planning new projects; along with Romantic Times editor Falk, she’s cooking up a series of novels set at the restaurant. “With restaurants, there’s always a lot of drama, especially with the staff. And if you’ve ever watched the Bravo show with Lisa Vanderpump, there’s always drama when you’ve got a bunch of kids around. Instead of having a reality television show, we’re going to have books.”
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PAULANER NYC Bavaria in The Bowery
By Valerie Vitale
Bavarian brewhouse and Restaurant serving German Cuisine paired with freshly made beers and wines, Paulaner New York City is bringing Bavaria to the Bowery. Enjoy a large party across a sleek wooden 16 foot communal table in the center of the room. For an intimate evening, experience the tastes of Bavaria with a contemporary twist in an individual table against the backdrop of walls painted to look like a faded Bavarian flag. Chef Daniel Kill is a native of Bavaria who has served dishes at esteemed restaurants such as Tantris, a Michelin Starred restaurant in Munich. For German dishes that are a step above the rest, he uses locally sourced ingredients and artisanal spices to highlight the unique flavors of the delicious cuisine. If you are stopping by for dinner try the house-made sausages. Spicy lamb sausages come with a crisp red cabbage slaw or the Paulaner is smoked dry aged beef with dark beer, creamy cheddar cheese and potato salad. For dinner enjoy a meal with a presentation that lives up to its taste with the steak on hot stone; tender filet mignon served on a hot lava stone with vegetables sides. Paulaner embraces all seasons with several events. Stop in for Oktoberfest specials like Sauerbraten, tender braised beef shoulder in a red wine and awakening vinegar sauce served with refreshing red cabbage and spätzle. For unforgettable memories with family and friends during the Holidays, dive into the fixed price Holiday Menu. Choose from 4-6 divine courses from 50 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
December 1st through the 25th, served daily from 11 a. m to 10 p.m. Try the crispy Roasted Duck with buttery pretzel dumplings and braised red cabbage. If you are desiring fish, the fresh Slow-Cooked Cod is seeping with flavors and served with black trumpet puree and sunchoke cream (a creamy blend of artichokes.) Choose a dessert that lives up to the rest of the meal with the Warm Chocolate cake, decadent chocolate with sweet glazed bananas and invigorating passion fruit. Explore the flavors of Germany through the in house brewed beer at the custom made bar. Transition from summer to the beginning of autumn with Schwarzbier which translates to “Black Beer.” It has a surprisingly light taste although dark in color. Roasted with extra care, the malt exudes exhilarating notes of espresso and bitter cocoa. For a malt created specifically by a brewmaster for Paulaner New York City, the Munich Pale Ale is a top fermented IPA style beer. Using 3 different hop varieties the brewmaster created an extraordinary brew with a cleansing fruit flavor. Become enchanted by Paulaner’s bright orange and blue exterior and get lost in the extraordinary flavors and colors of this restaurant’s beer and cuisine. 265 Bowery NY, NY 10002 212.780.0300 paulanernyc.com
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FIFTY Fifty Shades of Deliciousness
By Lisa Loverro
ocated at 50 Commerce Street in Manhattan’s West Village, FIFTY is the newest dining destination that has the neighborhood all abuzz. The restaurant’s owner, 27-year-old Alex Kingman, was attracted to this space not only because he has close ties to the landlord (his family owns the building and he grew up in the apartment above the space) but also because former inhabitants of the space were some of the neighborhood’s favorites: Grange Hall, Blue Mill Tavern and most recently, Commerce. Teaming up with Ecuadorian chef Luis Jaramillo, the new-American cuisine menu uses seasonal ingredients but spices it up a notch with bold flavors from South America. The 91-seat restaurant offers a menu divided into various sections: Snacks, Crudo, Veggies and Plates. The Mini Lobster Rolls and Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs are crowd pleasers as are the Beef Tartare and Flake Crudo. Charred Broccoli and Glazed Roasted Beets grace the veggie section of the menu and for the main attraction; the Grilled Hanger Steak and Mediterranean Octopus can’t be beat.
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The cocktail menu, courtesy of Cocktail Ditector Darnell Holguin, offers playful and juicy cocktail elixirs such as the “Shiso Sexy” (Brugal extra dry rum, lime juice, watermelon juice, lemongrass, kaffir lime syrup, Aperol and a shiso leaf), “Market G&T” (botanist gin, green chartreuse, cane syrup, orange bitters, tonic and market herbs) and “Fenix” (Lunazul tequila, aji Amarillo, honey, lime, vanilla tincture and a red bell pepper). All are obviously intended to whet your appetite for more things decadent and indulgent. As for the restaurant’s décor, the owner was careful to preserve existing elements from the ghosts of restaurants past, including the white terrazzo flooring and large leather banquettes. There are large windows, which are great for people watching’ and a wood bar, all which add to the modern and sophisticated look of new restaurant in an iconic New York space. 50 Commerce Street NY, NY 10014 212.524.4104 fiftyrestaurantnyc.com
OIJI Refined Authentic Korean
By Sara Barry
he under-the-radar East Village restaurant, Oiji, serves upscale Korean cuisine in eco-chic surroundings. Taking over the former space of Korean spot Dok Suni, Oiji tweaks traditional Korean fare so that it can be served on small plates. Oiji elevates classic Korean cuisine to a higher level, as it is made by not one, but two highly-credentialed chefs. If you are thinking that the East Village doesn’t need another Korean restaurant, Oiji will prove you wrong — time and time again its creative menu has made diners’ mouths water while giving them a small taste of Korea. Oiji’s space is warm and well-ordered, with exposed brick and distressed wood walls. Part of the dining room features a chic table that could have been taken straight out of a reading room. The simple and clean decor, and the earthy atmosphere, featuring dried flowers and herbs and fla-vorful smells coming from the kitchen, complement the space and contribute to its warm ambiance. The restaurant’s menu is small and to the point, with dishes intended to be shared by an entire table, but flavor is definitely not compromised by size. You must try the flavor-packed Buttered Rice, soaked in Warm Butter and topped with a Poached Egg and a few slices of Braised Beef Shank. The homemade Honey Butter Chips, invoking imagery of kettle-cooked chips, are soaked in a fatty, but delicious French Butter and topped with a touch of Honey and Cayenne. This is also Oiji’s only dessert, a dish that is based on a bag of chips that led to a craze in Korea. 54 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
Try the Beef Tartare with Ramp Aioli, Cold Buckwheat Noodles, Truffle Seafood Broth with Siz-zling Crispy Rice, or the Handmade Dumplings in White Beef Broth. Vegetarian? Try the Homemade Tofu with Scallion Soy Vinaigrette or the Morel Mushroom Salad with Pine Nuts. Aside from the homemade potato chips, as side dishes, Oiji offers Assorted Kimchi or Lotus Leaf Wrapped Sticky Rice. The restaurant offers a notable cocktail list, but its most well-known libation is the Korean-classic, soju. Oiji makes a deep red-colored soju with pomegranate vinegar and offers drinks like the Namsan Pine, a tannic drink that consists of White Rum, Pine Extract, Honey, Lemon, Egg White and Lavender. Both chefs, Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku, grew up in South Korea and met in culinary school in the United States. After departing to master their cooking skills — Mr. Kim at Bouley, and Mr. Ku at Gramercy Tavern and his family’s restaurant back home — they reunited years later and cre-ated Oiji, a haven for creative, refined authentic Korean fare, with hopes of giving America a new perspective on Korean cuisine. 119 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003 646.767.9050 oijinyc.com
Eat. Drink. Celebrate.
72 Madison Avenue, NYC, Between 27th and 28th Streets, 212.696.9660, roccosteakhouse.com
By Valerie Vitale
his month it's all about the diverse flavors that New York City has to offer. We ventured all over the city to explore the melting pot of flavors and cuisines that make up the fabric of New York. From southern Indian to Italian, there is somthing for everyone, which is a testament to living in the best city in the world!
Da Tommy Osteria Rustic Italian cuisine becomes part of the West Villiage in Da Tommy Osteria. Specializing in flavor packed small dishes with an extensive cocktail and wine list, it is the go to spot for an evening dining on classic dishes with a modern twist that will give you a delightful surprise. Try the buttery Trofie al Pesto with Award-Winning Genovese-style Pesto by Chef Alfio Longo. 14 Bedford St, NYC 10014, 212.675.9080 datommy.com
Machiavelli With an atmosphere as stimulating as the hand rolled pasta, Machiavelli is serving authentic northern Italian to the upper west village. Listen to live jazz music and take in the painted murals on the wall. Spend an evening submerging your senses in Italian culture. Perfect for the fall, try the Tortelli alla Mantovana filled with pumpkin, creamy ricotta, amaretti and mostarda di Cremona served with butter and sage. 519 Columbus Ave, NYC 10024, 212.724.2658 machiavellinyc.com
Lala Sahab For modern Indian Cusine on the upperside, Lala Sahah will surpass your expectations. Walk into an array of mouth-watering spices greeting you. Bite into the Tikka Sliders, authentic Tandoori Chicken served as a slider with zesty paprika mayo and served with masala spiced fries. Refresh your palette with an Indian Craft beer while you enjoy the rich flavors of India.
Guadalupe Inn Authentic Mexican Cuisine is served with a modern twist and vibrant atmosphere in this Brooklyn spot. Guadalupe Innâ€™s menu is rich in decadent Mexican spices that rise from your plate and burst with the live music. Try the Trompito al Pastor, succulent pork marinated in guajillo chile for a kick with grilled pineapple and a variety of other spices.
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DELIGHT YOUR GUESTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Great Ways to Set the Mood By Andrea Correale
Andrea Correale, President of Elegant Affairs, is a celebrity caterer and the new national entertaining expert for the Lenox brand. Andrea has been featured in multiple magazines and on television networks such as People magazine, Woman's Day magazine, Oprah.com, FOX 5, WCBS, Bravo, VH1, Lifetime, and Martha Stewart Living. L'Oreal Paris Academy calls her their lifestyle expert with a series of entertaining videos used to inspire women nationwide. elegantaffairscaterers.com
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oliday season is just around the corner, and with it comes a whirlwind of fun filled events that can also be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re the one hosting them! Without the help of a caterer, it can be extremely challenging to manage all of the stress involved with entertaining during the holidays, but with the right approach, it’s actually completely manageable. Here are my tips on how to throw a low stress party this holiday season – or multiple parties, if you’re feeling brave! Start with the basics: knowing what logistics you need to be mindful of is half the battle. Things like guest parking, city/town permits, and even where your guests can put their coats are important to have sorted out in advance to keep your day-of stress low. Go with the flow: understand the flow you want your party to have – do you want your guests to move room to room or stay in a central area of your home? Make sure that your bar and food placement won’t create a bottleneck so guests can move about comfortably in the designated party area(s).
Set the mood: you want your party to feel festive from the moment your guests walk in. Think of the little things you can do ahead of time to create a fun atmosphere. Local party stores have plenty of decorations that will brighten up your home, or you can scour the internet for unique touches. Make sure you have a fun and festive playlist that will keep guests feeling lively – do this in advance and remember that it needs to last multiple hours. Think about elements that will make your guests feel warm and cozy, as well – light a fire in the fireplace and strategically place some candles around your home. You can even create a theme for your party if you want guests to dress up.
dishes that retain their integrity as the night goes on that are also easy to eat, such as foods that sit in sauces, such as meatballs and short ribs. I also love to present party food in “mini meal” format – fill small stemless glasses with delicious food combinations and place forks in them so guests can eat as they mingle. Put the food out before your guests come so you don’t have to spend all your time in the kitchen. If you’re short on time, you can create a few dishes and buy the rest of your food pre-made from your local grocery store – just remember to put them on serving platters to give a homemade appearance. No one is expecting a formal 12-course tasting menu, and your guests will appreciate the effort no matter what.
Stock your bar without overspending: did you know you can buy alcohol on consignment so you can return what you don’t use? Many liquor stores are willing to do so, so it never hurts to ask. In fact, some liquor stores will even deliver it and pick it up with a large enough order. Just buy the essentials (vodka, tequila, scotch, wine, and beer) as well as some mixers and your guests will be happy. If you want to take it a step further, make a fun signature cocktail in advance of your guests’ arrival so you won’t have to worry about playing bartender. Think about holiday flavors with easy-toget ingredients like a spiked apple cider or mulled wine.
Don’t overthink dessert and coffee: guests are no longer drinking as much coffee at the end of the evening as they used to, so make less than you think is necessary. For a festive end-of-the-night drink, think about hot chocolate – spiked or not – to warm guests up before they head back outside into the brisk weather. If you feel up to making dessert, do it in advance – create little parfaits in individual glasses to serve to guests. Or, when guests ask, “What can I bring?” suggest a dessert to eliminate this task from your to-do list.
Avoid complicated food: Want to spend time with your guests at your own party? Then don’t overcomplicate your menu! Plan a simple menu full of bite-sized foods that can sit at room temperature. Mix in a few hot
Follow these tips and you will have a fabulous set up for a festive evening! Remember – there’s no need to be perfect. What really matters is creating an inviting space for your guests to mingle and have fun, so take the stress out of your party planning and just enjoy! November 2016 | 59
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ANANTARAOcean KALUTARA RESORT Views from Bed
By Christopher A. Pape & Valerie Vitale
coconut tree paradise in Sri Lanka, Anantara Kalutara Resort is a new edition for both the Anantara brand and for the surrounding Kalutara area. 141 luxury rooms, suites and pool villas provide access to a coastal oasis. An hour away from the capital, guests can expect to be submerged in the rich culture and breathtaking nature of the island. Authentic Sri Lankan design mixed with modern furnishings create a luxurious feel in the rooms, suites and pool villas. Sleek wooden touches add a warm tone to the rooms so that you can relax in between snorkeling and exploring the nearby towns. You do not have to feel guilty about staying in with views of the Kalu Ganga River or Indian Ocean outside your window. 62 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
With the refreshing blue water of the Indian Ocean in view, the Deluxe Ocean View room is a tranquil haven. Turquoise pillows add a burst of color to the 60 square meter room lit by the island sun. Step onto the balcony or terrace and sip an ice cold drink from the mini bar. Post photos from the trip using complimentary wifi. For an unforgettable journey with friends or family, The Two Bedroom Pool Villa will meet everyoneâ€™s needs. Spend the afternoon gathering in the private plunge pool and enjoying lunch on the outdoor dining table. Two luxury en-suite bathrooms ensure that no one will have to waste time waiting to get ready. LED flat screen satellite TV will help the children wind down after a long day of excitement.
Each day is a new adventure with Anantara’s world class facilities. The Water Sports Club provides water activities for the thrill seekers and nature lovers. Jet skiing and windsurfing provide an adrenaline rush while scenic kayak rides show the beauty of the coast. For some alone time, the library is the place to relax with a book and cup of coffee. Wind down in the air conditioned space dedicated to the Sri Lanka’s most famous architect who designed the resort, Geoffrey Bawa. Spice Spoons Cooking Classes give you the tools you need to savor the taste of the island all the way back home. Sri Lanka’s unique cuisine was developed by a rich variety of spices brought by an entire history of settlers and traders, each adding their own touch. In this interactive cooking class, you will be led by a guide into the colors and textures of a traditional market to pick out a medley of ingredients. At the end you will be given a bag with a chopping board, apron and a box of Sri Lankan recipes, guaranteeing an experience you will never forget. After working up an appetite, create an entirely new adventure tasting dishes from around the world. Offering healthy options and a buffet for
anything you crave, Olu serves international cuisine in an electric and contemporary setting. Spice Traders serves authentic recipes from Indian, Thai and Chinese cuisines. Get lost in the dishes divine spices while gazing into the enchanting view of the river. Spend the evening at the Upper Deck to unwind with refreshing cocktails. Wooden tables and leather chairs give the room an elegant feeling. Windows from floor to ceiling give a view of the lagoon and island trees to remind you that you’re in paradise. For an intimate vacation or time with family and friends Anantara Kalutara Resort caters to everyone's needs. Adventurer Kids Club creates supervised activities to engage your children while you heal at the Anantara Spa or connect with your inner self during a yoga class. It is a magical place that you soon won't forget.
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ANANTARA PEACE HAVEN TANGALLE RESORT A Palm Tree Oasis
By Christopher A. Pape & Valerie Vitale
or an island getaway, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort offers 152 rooms and pool villas off the southernmost coastline of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by coconut trees, this beach front resort immerses its guests in a relaxing island life with all different forms of adventure. With its closeness to some of Tangalle’s most historic landmarks and various classes, you can experience the island in your own unique way. Guests enjoy their stay in a variety of different rooms or villas, which include luxurious designs, custom hand-woven furnishings, luxury bathrooms and modern amenities. There is a place to stay for every occasion whether it is a couple’s getaway, a family reunion or a friends retreat. Each room or villa
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provides a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean with a few steps to the crescent shaped beach or an entrancing view of an exotic garden. Daily comforts are provided in this luxury setting with an espresso machine for your morning coffee and a tea maker. The Garden Pool Villa uses Sri Lanka’s extraordinary cultural beauty to engage your senses in tranquility and luxury. Wake up with island light flowing into the glass doors that lead to coconut palms surrounding your personal plunge pool and sun beds. Grab a bottle from the wine humidor and enjoy the chic living room. Bicycles are included for exploring the island and this suite provides a unique view of the garden.
For a romantic vacation, the deluxe ocean view room offers a spacious room with divine views right outside the door. Take in the Indian Ocean view from the balcony or terrace while enjoying a drink from the mini bar. Cream colored walls with wood touches set the tone for a candlelight dip in the oval bathtub. Gaze at the palm trees and ocean right from the king sized bed. Area Excursions are an adventurer's dream. Explore Sri Lanka's extraordinary nature and visit Yala National Park 4x4 Safari. Venture into this wildlife reserve with a park tracker to gaze at storks, fan tailed peacocks, monkeys, the ubiquitous elephant and you may even be lucky enough to spot a leopard. For a trip on the sea, take a whale and dolphin boat trip. While watching blue whales and dolphins, you will be able to swim, snorkel or fish. This luxurious resort includes an array of activities. Swimmers can sunbathe and take a dip in the ocean or swim in the breathtaking 25 meter pool surrounded by island life. To stay in shape the resortâ€™s gym is open 24 hours with a personal trainer by request. Truly take in the energy of the island with holistic exercise. Yoga and meditation classes are available on the beach or within your private villa.
Rejuvenate yourself with a trip to the Anantara Spa. Therapists trained to the highest international standard will take you under their hands. Individually prescribed facials awaken the skin with scrubs and wraps made from nature. Ayurvedic and reflexology treatments provide relaxation and many holistic benefits. There are elegant dining options with various cuisines. The Verele restaurant hovers near the crystal blue ocean. Master chefs serve Sri Lankan cuisine including succulent fish while highlighting their acerbic skills. For Mediterranean cuisine, El Vino pairs wine with extraordinary tapas dishes. For fine Italian cuisine on the island, Il Mare is perched over a cliff above the ocean. Fresh seafood is brought in daily and master chefs prepare savory pasta dishes with wine recommendations from an in-house Sommelier. Indulge all of your senses in a Sri Lanka vacation at this resort. From waking up to the smell of salt water, to blissful lounging and immersive activities finished off with fine dining, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is a dream you will never want to wake up from. tangalle.anantara.com November 2016 | 65
PER AQUUM NIYAMA MALDIVES Chill or Play, the Choice is Yours
By Christopher A. Pape & Valerie Vitale
xplore island life, dance through the treetops, relax in an awardwinning spa. Per Aquum Niyama Maldives offers both exhilarating adventure and extraordinary relaxation with twin Islands, Play and Chill. Spend time in the clouds while taking a 40 minute seaplane flight above the Maldives from Male International airport. Arrive onto white sanded beaches and be greeted by the best hospitality team in the county before checking into your luxurious island home. For an intimate getaway, stay in the Beach Studio. Relax in 135 square meters of island paradise mingled with luxury. Sway on the Dhoni swing on your private deck with a gourmet drink or treat from the full-sized refrigerator. If you are missing something, call your personal Thakuru - the Maldivian butler service. Relax in the open air shower beneath the swaying palm trees and
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take in views of the crystal clear lagoon. Walk hand-in-hand through lush island gardens to the never-ending horizon of the beach. Wake up in the king-sized bed to the coolness of white decor with invigorating red accents. If you are taking the entire family, the three bedroom Family Beach Pavilion can accommodate up to nine people. Be greeted by an island foot ritual and bask in nature’s treats with fresh coconuts delivered daily. Relax and enjoy with a private spa treatment while the children go on an adventure of their own at the Explorer’s Children’s Club. Overlook the Indian Ocean from the infinity pool or go for a swim in the pool at the end of the master suite. Gather around the outdoor dining tables for a meal finished by a cigar from the humidor. Sip champagne in the bubbling jacuzzi under the stars for dessert.
Dining has been transformed into a fantasy on these twin islands. Enjoy all day Mediterranean dining on the Isle of Play at Blu. Arise in the early hours to lounge by the infinity pool and gaze at the ocean while drinking smoothies, gourmet crustinis and eggs 12 ways. Stop by for dinner and dine under electric blue lights creating a purple haze. Bite into the Maldivian Fish Fillets for a fish fresh out of the water daily. Surround yourself with glowing shades of yellow in the all day dining experience on the isle of Chill at Epicure. Sit poolside and select whatever you desire from the extensive buffet. Choose from a selection of 18 teas and 260 decadent wine labels to suit your meal. For dinner try the creamy Fettuccine Carbonara with pancetta, cheese, cream and eggs. Dreamily descend down a three-tier staircase into the underwater playground, Subsix. The blue ocean light illuminates an elegant decor where every detail is inspired by the ocean. Shells delicately draped from the ceiling create depth for the light to dance. The chic chairs are designed to look like Anemone, an
underwater flower. Indulge in the Edge Martini with sweet strawberries, basil, gin, Absolut vodka and fresh lime while swimming in the aroma of gourmet meals. Chill or play with endless activities. Go under the surface to experience the Indian Ocean. Snorkel around the enchanting reefs or swim with the Hammerhead sharks. Leave the shore with friends to fish for a giant Trevally or alluring sailfish. Take off from land in the Dream Dhonis and choose your journey. From Champagne Sunrise to Dhoni Adventure, this sailboat will fulfill your fantasies. Submerge yourself in play at Island Adrenaline, a game loverâ€™s paradise equipped with simulators. Sink into a bottle of champagne and chocolates while replenishing your body at Lime Spa, open 24 hours. Dance between Islands Chill and Play to soak in blissful relaxation and heart throbbing adventure in the alluring nature of the Maldives that will satisfy your mind, body, and spirit for a lifetime. minorhotels.com/en/peraquum/niyama November 2016 | 67
ANANTARA KIHAVAH MALDIVES VILLAS Maldives' Most Magnificent
By Christopher A. Pape & Valerie Vitale
xplore the vast Indian Ocean from the clouds to the powdery white sand at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. Located on the remarkable island, Kihavah Huravalhi, the resort is a 35 minute seaplane flight from the Male International airport. Overlook bright coral and the blissfully blue ocean while being transported to paradise. Each luxury villa includes a pool, breathtaking view and complimentary wifi. The Beach Pool Villa provides a divine atmosphere for an intimate getaway although, it can accommodate three adults and one child. Relish the experience of breakfast in bed with views of the turquoise ocean and sunlit sky. Sleek and innovative, this suite incorporates the Islandâ€™s beauty in
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its amenities. Sun bathe in a lounge chair hovering over your private infinity pool or take a romantic bath in the deep tub set in a small pond. Rest after a day of adventure in a king sized bed with Egyptian cotton bedding. Watch the turtles and dolphins glide through the bright water from your bed or private sundeck in the Over Water Pool Villa. Take a stroll down the steps from the deck and find yourself in the ocean. Cool off in the private swimming pool with extraordinary views. Bathe in the outdoor shower, bath or rain shower and get ready in his and hers walk-in dressing rooms. Unwind with a drink from the wine cooler beneath high ceilings with natural island light illuminating flares of colors in the decor.
For the entire family, the Family Beach Pool Villa provides ample space and stunning views. The master bedroom contains a king-sized bed with the finest linen and the second room features two single beds and a daybed. Both lead out to the private sundeck where the dazzling blue tiled infinity pool leads to the sand. Relax on the patio swing, enjoy a board game or gather around the LCD screen satellite TV. Take in the island by enjoying the freshest seafood at several nature themed restaurants. Watch schools of fish swim by in Sea, an underwater gourmet restaurant with a divine wine cellar. For an entree enjoy assorted seafood consisting of succulent lobster, prawns, fresh local reef fish and imported Seabream Medallions with chorizo and creamy avocado puree. Indulge in the Chocolate bombe filled with ganache and crunchy mascarpone coffee parfait with warm caramel sauce for dessert. For sensational hands on Asian Cuisine, Fire is bursting with delicious menu options. Sail above the ocean in a Teppanyaki lounge with a high dome
ceiling. Engage children in the meal with a chef that allows guests to flip and catch an egg. Enjoy a decadent cocktail like the Wasabi Martini with a fresh pineapple slice with wasabi powder, midori and vodka. Multiple magnificent activities take place at this beautiful haven. Dive into crystal clear waters to snorkel and seasonally watch the Manta Ray Migration. For your mind, body, and spirit take a yoga class instructed by a professional instructor. Visit the Master of Wellness to experience holistic healing. Enter the Anantara Spa for a tranquil getaway in the hands of professionals. Healing touches of natural ingredients, detoxify, rejuvenate and restore. Gaze out over the water in one of the 6 private over water treatment suites. With stunning views and endless activities you will be sure to want to return to create new memories within this enchanting oasis.
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ANANTARA DHIGU MALDIVES RESORT A Taste of Nirvana
By Christopher A. Pape & Valerie Vitale
ubmerge yourself in the tropical wonders of the Maldives at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort. Arrive by gliding over the sea on a 35 minute speed boat ride from Male International Airport to this paradise located on Dhigufinolhu Island in the South Male Atolli. Make this island oasis your home with their superior accommodations, activities, fine dining and a staff that will welcome you like an old friend. Watch the glowing sun rise over palm trees from your 124 square foot bungalow style villa in the Sunrise Beach Villa. A marine decor shimmers throughout the room, inspired by the seascape. Handcrafted timber accents add a comforting glow to the rooms. Take your morning coffee or tea
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outside to the dining area located on your private terrace. Bask in the sun on a lounger and sip on a drink from the mini bar before heading to the terrazzo bathtub under a thatched roof to replenish. Take a stroll through the garden area while music from your iPod hums gently from the docking station. Dive into the islandâ€™s lifestyle in decadence in the Anantara Pool Villa. 150 square meters of bliss await you. Go for a swim in your private plunge pool and walk steps away to sink your feet into the soft, white sand. Relax in a king-sized bed surrounded by warm colors. Spend the evening in watching the sunset on the terrace or unwind watching the flat-screen TV.
Invigorating dining meets the islandâ€™s beauty at an assortment of divine dining options. For light meals, Aqua serves iced cocktails with a view of the sunset beach. Live music electrifies the evening and an ocean hammock provides a relaxing retreat after a meal. For fresh Maldivian favorites and an astounding collaboration of cuisine, visit Sea. Fire. Salt. Dine on the wooden deck over the blue lagoon. A resident salt guru will aid you in choosing from salts around the world. Dig into luscious lobster and prawns, or enjoy prime aged imported cuts from Australia cooked in several styles for every taste. Immerse yourself in paradise aboard the luxury yacht, Nirvana. Take a loved one for a romantic evening during the Sunset Cruise. Clear your mind while sipping on champagne and become mesmerized by the endless ocean. Fulfill your childhood dreams of adventure on the Overnight Journey. Explore uninhabited islands and plunge into the rich aquatic life below the surface. Become hypnotized by a dark sky filled with dreamy stars while
enjoying dinner with wine. Let the sound of waves carry you to sleep in an elegant cabin. If you are bringing children there are several activities that will make it a trip they remember for the rest of their lives. Upon entering the resort they are given a Little Hermie beach bag, sun hat and coloring book. For some alone time, drop the kids off at the Childrenâ€™s Club. They can sit atop the trees in a treehouse, climb, make friends and enjoy 7 different exciting activity themes. Before you leave, soak in each memory at the Luxury Spa. Panoramic views of the ocean will surround you while you are receiving Ayurvedic and thai therapies. Try Three Days in Paradise, a collection of their most popular treatments combined for maximum benefits. The treatments include a floral foot ritual, Exotic Island Salt Glow, and many more. dhigu-maldives.anantara.com November 2016 | 71
ANANTARA VELI MALDIVES RESORT Island Oasis Meets Modern Luxury
By Christopher A. Pape & Valerie Vitale
ideaway in this exclusive, adult-only resort. Anantara Veli Maldives Resort is a blissful getaway for loved ones and friends. Select the perfect bungalow for divine views and amenities. Let your curiosity for the Indian Ocean take you beyond its views with fishing, sailing, or a relaxing swim. Enjoy water sports in the sublime, clear, lagoon. The islandâ€™s nature meets modern luxury in the Overwater Bungalow. Step into the open, intimate, 62 square meter bungalow with a coconut thatched roof. A private sundeck hovers over the sparkling lagoon. A day bed adorned with electric colors sits in the island sun. Indulge in the mini bar and gaze at the stars or watch a movie on the flat screen TV. Wake up to the scent of tropical flowers dancing into the room.
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For a view of the ocean with luxurious amenities, the Ocean Pool Bungalows sit on top of a secluded cliff edge and face the Indian ocean. Take a dip in your private plunge pool while taking in the infinite sky above the sea. Replenish yourself after a day of activities in the air conditioned, spa-like bathroom with views of the magical island through the glass. Hardwood floors add an earthy element accompanied by sleek white touches for bursts of energy. Relax with complimentary wifi, iPod docking stations for your ideal music and yoga mats. Dining options are as spectacular as the views. For socializing poolside with views of the swaying ocean, Dhoni will exceed your expectations. Grab an iced cocktail from the bar and lounge in the sun or have a light
snack while watching the breathtaking sunset. For breakfast, walk over to 73 degrees. This coastal style pavilion features a delicious buffet each morning. Bite into a plate of tropical fruit with warm homemade bread and omelettes made to order. At night, the restaurant becomes a semi-buffet dining venue with an ocean view. Sink your teeth into fresh hand crafted sushi in Origami. From Tuesday to Sunday enjoy the chefs showing off their skills with Teppanyaki cooking. Enjoy the fresh soft shell crab salad or get lost in the flavors of the Korean marinated lamb-chop while watching palm trees sway beside the windows. Fill your getaway with unforgettable activities. Experience the wonders of the ocean at the Aqaufanatics diving centre. Beginner certification courses are available or if you are experienced, oriented dives and deep water dives offer views 20 spectacular reefs blossoming with colorful aquatic life. For more time exploring the water, full and half day underwater safaris are available.
Take an exhilarating speed boat ride to several locations in North or South Malé Atoll or Felidhu Atoll. If you are seeking an intimate experience, private excursions are available. Thrill seeking adventures are at your fingertips with an array of water sports. The Underwater “rocket,” a Cayago Magnum will speed you through the water’s surface at 20 km per hour. Learn to ride the waves at the Anatara Surf school by Tropic Surf. Spend the day in the sun fishing for a dazzling dinner. Soar in the skies while parasailing above the white sanded beaches and breathtaking beauty of the islands. For a romantic outing, gently kayak across the lagoon. Whether it’s an intimate experience to relax and take in the mesmerizing island views or spend time with friends, Anantara Veli is a paradise you will not forget. veli-maldives.anantara.com November 2016 | 73
ROYAL TREATMENT The Goring, London By Janis Turk
efore Kate Middleton married Prince William and became Her Royal Highness, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, first she was a guest at The Goring.
London, and I’d stayed at The Goring in the past, but I hadn’t returned since its recent renovation. (Of course, Duchess Kate came back for the unveiling and celebration of the hotel’s 105th birthday last year).
Standing mere steps from the walls of Buckingham Palace for more than 106-years, The Goring is arguably London’s finest family-owned five-star hotel, the quintessential posh English retreat. So it’s no wonder Ms. Middleton chose to stay in its spacious Royal Apartments night before her Westminster Abbey wedding. Quite literally fit for royalty following its pre wedding $196,000 makeover in 2011, The Goring’s fifth-floor, six-room, $10,950-a-night apartment (“The Royal Suite, where Middleton stayed that night) was designed by Russell Sage, incorporating several subtle tips of his hat to royalty. Elegant silk wallcoverings specially commissioned from the Gainsborough Silk Company in Suffolk, a glass-bottomed drawer holding a love letter of HM Queen Victoria, a wardrobe with a Queen’s Guard’s uniform secreted inside, and even a portrait of Queen Victoria behind glass in the shower are but some of the suite’s subtle nods to sovereigns. The Goring’s other 60+ rooms and suites are equally regal. If The Goring were fit for a royal wedding weekend, then my husband and I thought it would surely do for our 21st wedding anniversary. I’m often in
I was dressed appropriately for a fashionable London hotel, but when I saw the elegant attire of the young ladies at reception, each wearing a little black dress, a smart ivory dress coat and single strand of pearls, I felt like an altogether unfashionable American. However, when owner Jeremy Goring greeted us with his uproarious laugh and wicked sense of humor, we immediately felt at ease. One can be posh, prim and proper and still make guests feel at home: Both Mr. Goring and his hotel share that gift. Since completing its multi-million-dollar renovation in 2015, the walls of Front Hall and the ground floor have been draped in hand-painted wallcoverings by Fromental. The wallpaper depicts English parkland dotted with exotic animals, which designer Russell Sage thus describes: “Imagine if all the animals in London Zoo had escaped into Hyde Park…” Just off the Front Room, is The Goring’s inviting Bar & Lounge, designed by Tim Gosling, a gentleman’s club-like living room where guests can enjoy a light lunch, afternoon tea or a nightcap by the fireplace. Adjacent is a sunny garden terrace overlooking Goring Gardens, one of the largest private gardens in central London.
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After enjoying a drink and chef’s house-made cheese straws in the lounge, we were escorted to one of the hotel’s four spacious Belgravia Suites. Impeccably English in style, these opulent one-bedroom suites were also designed by Mr. Sage and feature six historic silks rewoven from the fashionable Gainsborough Silk Company. Each has an elegant sitting room with a handsome marble fireplace and large windows with views of Beeston Place. The well-proportioned bespoke bedrooms with fine linens are styled with hand-made furniture in birds-eye maple, mahogany and walnut. The spacious marble bathrooms have walk-in showers, and ours even had a television secreted in a mirror by the tub. Guests at each suite are not only assigned their own footman, but they are also offered in-room cocktail service each evening. During our stay, we would return from sight-seeing to find our clothes cleaned and pressed, our bath drawn and a silver tray with a crystal decanter and two glasses along with printed instructions on how to mix a special English cocktail. On the evening of our 21st anniversary, The Goring staff left a crystal vase of fresh flowers and a box of Prestat chocolates and truffles (also a favorite of The Queen) in our room. After dressing for dinner, we retired to the lounge by the fireplace for an aperitif before heading to the Goring Dining Room, designed by another Royal: Princess Margaret’s son, David Linley, nephew of The Queen, a Viscount, designer and furniture maker. Linley has a noble touch when it comes to design, but his modern-take on old-school elegance is evidenced in soft, soothing colors, thick lush draperies and bold architectural elements, like walnut Greek columns flanking a white marble hearth. A creamy coved ceiling and frosting-white millwork pay homage to the room’s good Georgian bones. Two whimsical,
Swarovski chandeliers, each with a branch-like shape, hang dotted with lilac blue lights. The Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said they looked like Christmas decorations. But of course, the real star of the restaurant is The Goring’s executive chef, Shay Cooper, whose creative take on classic continental cuisine has recently earned a coveted Michelin Star. I enjoyed a first course of Dorset crab, leek and potato salad, rye bread, and sauce béarnaise, and later we were delighted by our shared course of Beef Wellington, carved tableside. Delightful desserts included Manjari chocolate, milk jam, salt caramel mousse, milk ice cream with Cornish clotted cream mousse, and an apple sorbet with caramelized hazelnuts. Over the past century, members of the Royal Family have visited The Goring, and the Queen Mother’s favorite dish, “oeufs Drumkilbo” remains on the menu. In 1948, Prince Charles' christening cake was created by the Goring’s pastry chef, so it’s no surprise that the Queen has awarded The Goring with a Royal Warrant, a discriminating mark of royal recognition. More than 106 years after opening its doors, The Goring remains aristocratic, yet modern, warm and welcoming. Named one of the top 100 of the World’s Best Hotels by Travel + Leisure in 2015, it was the perfect London lodging for our anniversary trip. For there in the shadow of Buckingham palace, we were treated like royalty, and I slept like a princess.
thegoring.com Janis Turk is an award-winning travel writer and a frequent contributor to the Dallas Morning News. November 2016 | 75
Bedroom at the Hamilton Penthouse
HAMILTON PENTHOUSE AT THE CORINTHIA LONDON Shines Bright Like a Diamond
By Victoria R. Crosby | Photos by Victoria Crosby and Courtesy of Corinthia London
he Corinthia Hotel in London has several duplex penthouse suites, and I was fortunate enough to stay in one of them recently. The Hamilton Suite, named for Lady Emma Hamilton, has a view over London’s rooftops with the statue of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, known as Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, looking in the direction of his true love, Lady Hamilton, and the River Thames. The suites are a favorite of many stars of films and the music world, and staying there certainly made me feel like I was a Hollywood star, but I am sworn to secrecy as to their identities. From the rooftop terrace you can also see the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and the big wheel known as the London Eye. There was a full moon during my stay and it was delightful to watch the glittering lights of the surrounding buildings from the soothing bubbles of the hot tub on the deck. There is also a fireplace and two heaters on the terrace, but the weather was quite warm for early September and extra heat wasn’t needed. 76 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
When you first enter the penthouse it is like stepping into the center of a diamond. The walls are all mirrors and glass, with a chandelier in the entry hall that resembles the branches of a tree in winter covered in sparkling ice. The rooms, living room, dining room, two bathrooms, a small kitchen and a large bedroom are elegantly decorated in white and beige, with touches of soft pink, and everything is controlled by the touch of a button; like magic the drapes open and close, the temperature control, the gas fireplaces and the televisions. A glamorous winding, white marble staircase, which is lit under each step leads to the second floor bedroom, bathroom and terrace. The television in the bedroom is hidden in a console at the foot of the bed, and can move up and down from the controls on a tablet on the night table. Everything is the epitome of luxury.
TOP LEFT: Massimo Restaurant Corinthia London, BOTTOM LEFT: Terrace at the Hamilton Penthouse, RIGHT: Marble staircase at the Hamilton Penthouse.
Soaking in the huge freestanding stone bathtub in the Carbuzzu marble bathroom, was a relaxing and luxurious way to melt away the jet lag from the flight from New York. The bath salts and all bathroom products are by ESPALife. The ESPALife flagship is actually located in the Corinthia London, and their fabulous products are used at all the Corinthia Hotels. The spacious suite has over 2,000 square feet and was perfect for entertaining my family who still live in England. My niece, a classical musician who lives in London, and was so impressed with my fabulous surroundings. Afternoon tea, served on fine English China in the Lobby Lounge with its humongous chandelier by Baccarat hanging overhead, and artistic floral arrangement around the room, or in the peaceful Garden Lounge, tea in the afternoon is a British institution.
Dinner at Massimo, an Italian restaurant, one of the fine restaurants at the Corinthia, was also a delightful experience. We were a small group for dinner and the Head Chef Andrea Cirino came to our table to check on our meal and to discuss various aspects of the menu. My starter was a delicious carpaccio of beef with black truffle, followed by duck breast with balsamic broccoli and apricots and then a dessert called Five Senses of Chocolate, which was a perfect ending to an amazing dinner. Of course we shared a bottle of red wine recommended by Adriana Valentini the Head Sommelier. This was my second time staying at Corinthia London, and the service and amenities are second to none. There are six other penthouse suites at the Corinthia London, although I haven’t seen them, I can’t imagine a more enchanting place to stay and be treated like royalty, than the one that “shines bright like a diamond”. corinthia.com/en/hotels/london
Victoria Crosby is available for poetry readings, which entertain and inspire, and power point presentations on historic preservation, at libraries and other venues. For further information contact 516.864.2525. Victoria Crosby has been Glen Cove's poet laureate since 1994. Her radio show, Oasis, for relaxation and inspiration, can be heard every Monday at 5pm on WHPC 90.3fm. and is podcast on NCC.EDU/WHPC. November 2016 | 77
BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL A Royal Stay in Palm Beach
By Katie Conti
ocated in the heart of Palm Beach, the Brazilian Court is a historic yet luxurious hidden gem. This peaceful oasis is one someone can easily fall hard for, with impeccably landscaped grounds, cozy accommodations and superb service. Tucked away within its discreet courtyards, the Brazilian Court provides visitors with the ultimate Palm Beach experience. As the hotel celebrates its 90th anniversary, it has not lost sight of its European old-world charm but also has been redefined for a new generation seeking a glorious sanctuary to escape to enjoy America’s first resort destination. After a six-year rejuvenation completed in 2008, the hotel boosts 80 custom rooms and suites with luxurious fabrics, plush beds topped with imported linens and custom-designed furniture. Whether you want to relax poolside
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amongst the lush gardens and tropical ambience, or experience a hydrothermo massage in your private air-jet bathtub, the Brazilian Court is sure to provide a serene getaway with minimal interruption. Or if you want that extra bit of pampering, the Frederic Fekkai Salon offers a variety of highlevel luxury spa services to soothe your senses. When your taste buds are yearning for high quality and delectable fare, the resort also features award-winning Café Boulud from world-renowned Chef Daniel Boulud. Located in the heart of the hotel and opened in 2003, this restaurant has become one of Palm Beach’s must-experience dining destinations, offering luscious French-American fare in a casually elegant atmosphere. The ceiling made from seashells and Pecky Cyprus shimmer at night as the bar and lounge pulses with live entertainment each weekend.
Should you chose to head off the resort to explore what else Palm Beach has to offer, the Brazilian Court’s luxurious BMW is available to chauffeur guests to the nearby beach. Or if you prefer to experience the culture of Palm Beach while walking down the palm-tree-filled avenues, the beach is only a short distance away. This beautiful beach coupled with year-round warm weather is the best way to experience its breathtaking natural beauty and will provide you with the ultimate in relaxation. For all of those boat lovers, choose to be whisked away on a private 101-foot yacht, the Seafarer Hargrove, provided by United Yacht Sales. Their charters offer lavish offshore getaways with impeccable service and beautiful views. After you have experienced some sand in your toes, take advantage of the height of Palm Beach’s affluent lifestyle on Worth Avenue. With its oldest store opening its doors in 1923, Worth Avenue delivers the ultimate fashion shopping district experience. The Avenue’s prestigious streets and boutiques offer the finest in designer fashion, accessories, art, antiques, dining and home furnishings. Stop in at Bice for a savory
meal in the heart of town or visit Renato’s for an unforgettable dining experience nestled within breathtaking architecture. Worth Avenue reflects old-world charm and historical glamour. To experience some more insight to Palm Beach’s rich history, one treasure to explore is Whitehall or the Flagler’s Museum. Built by railroad magnate, Henry Flagler in 1902 for his wife, the Museum now is a National Historic Landmark attracting visitors from around the globe. Proclaimed by the New York Herald as “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world,” Whitehall is a unique experience to learn about the important milestones of Florida’s history and America’s Gilded Age. America’s first resort destination has welcomed travelers since Henry Flagler founded the city in 1911. The historic charm in Palm Beach welcomes each visitor and makes them want to come back for more. Experience the radiant beauty of Palm Beach for yourself. thebraziliancourt.com November 2016 | 79
TAKE ON TELLURIDE Interactive Paradise
By Valerie Vitale
n my first trip out to Telluride, I thought I knew what to expect. Another ski resort, I figured, should be enjoyable. But as I sat there on the plane silencing the demands of a busy city life, my ears filled with the buzz that surrounded me. This wasn’t your normal, so long LaGuardia I’m off to chase the sun, kind of buzz; this was something completely different…something contagious… and I couldn’t help but catch it.
This became quite clear at my first stop – Wagner Custom Skis. With over 300,000 lines of code in their DNA software, the Wagner Custom design team takes great pride in creating custom skis that are perfectly matched to your individual needs. A more personalized gift simply does not exist. Don’t take it from me, take it from the team that lives and breathes the mountain lifestyle so deeply they have built their work schedules around optimal ski time.
From the mouths of those privy to Colorado’s best kept secret, “You’ll never leave Telluride without planning your next trip back.” The natural beauty of this box canyon coupled with its Butch Cassidy old-town historic charm, sets the stage for any ski enthusiast's dream destination. But there’s more to Telluride than just prime location. There’s an energy, a way of life, that draws you in and never lets you go.
In a town where happiness is measured by the number of runs you’ve hit in a day, it’s safe to say Telluride exudes a culture for skiing. Offering a wide variety of terrain, you can plan a perfect day on the slopes, unbothered by lines or crowds, for all ability levels. Or if it’s a thrill you’re seeking, drop the kids off at ski school and spend your afternoon heli-skiing over 10,000 vertical feet of untouched terrain. Those willing to part from their skis can experience
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the mountains from a whole new perspective while exploring backcountry on an exhilarating snowmobile tour led by Telluride Outfitters, soaring above the town in a glider plane, or riding across the valley floor on a fat tire bike. A little incentive never hurt, so why not end your Boot Doctor fat tire biking tour with well-deserved, locally produced refreshments from both the Telluride Distilling and Telluride Brewing Companies…believe me, they’re worth the ride. When you’ve had enough fun for the day, your luxurious accommodations await at Element 52. Ranging from two to five bedrooms, these Auberge Residences sit mountainside allowing for direct ski-in/ski-out access. Enjoy the convenience of an on-site ski concierge, storage, tuning, and private clubroom for après ski. Relax in your private steam shower, soak in the heated outdoor pools, or simply cozy up to your gas fireplace and unwind. And forget about a rental car, that won’t be necessary. The only transportation you’ll need is the free gondola connecting Telluride with its modern counterpart, Mountain Village. Boasting breathtaking mountain vistas, unbeatable sunsets, and access to the Telluride Golf Club, come up and behold the grandeur of the artfully refined Mountain Village. Whether for rejuvenating hand and foot therapy, warm oil treatment, or a couples’ aromatherapy message, the Madeline Hotel Spa and Salon offers high-alpine tranquility like no other. With a
stunning rooftop pool and restorative altitude adjustment bar it’s a stop you certainly do not want to skip. Also noteworthy is the abundance of dining options available for your tasting pleasure. Start your day off right with a hand-crafted artisan pastry or homemade bagel at the local hotspot the Butcher & the Baker Café and reward yourself with a signature cocktail at Lumiere after a tiring day on the slopes. For dinner, stop by 221 South Oak or La Marmotte for a mouthwatering experience that will not disappoint. Both restaurants, set in historic landmarks, offer the characteristic old town charm Telluride is known for. Whether your travels lead you to Telluride for the weekend or the season, no stay will feel quite long enough. From excitement to relaxation, Telluride possesses luxury and convenience enriched with bountiful beauty and rich history. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself whispering the words I and so many others know all too well…until next time, Telluride. Saturday flights out of LaGuardia direct to Montrose on United start December 17. Additionally, Great Lakes has partnered with United to book flights to and from Denver directly into Telluride. tellurideskiresort.com November 2016 | 81
OMNI MT. WASHINGTON RESORT New Hampshireâ€™s Illustrious Getaway
By Valerie Vitale
grand white building with a blossoming red rooftop rests in between the lush green mountains of New Hampshire. Located in Bretton Woods, Omni Mt. Washington Resort is offering guests immaculate modern amenities and excellent hospitality worthy of its rich history. Opening as a hotel under the ownership of Jack Stickney in 1902, this resort has hosted a plethora of celebrities including: Alfred Hitchcock, Thomas Edison and three U.S presidents. You can experience the history of this building in a variety of accommodations. Traditional rooms are ideal for a quaint stay of 1-2 guests. Awake under the mountain sun in a queen bed. This 200 square foot 82 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
room is filled with warm tones giving it the comfort and charm of a New England home with the elegance of the resort. If you are visiting with a larger party, family rooms are available with several options for sleeping arrangements or Corner Vistaâ€™s include one king or two queen beds. Light green walls bring the serenity of the surrounding nature inside, only separated by panoramic windows. To indulge in the rich history, stay in the Premier Queen Princess Carolyn room. Named after its former resident, this room features the Princesses original four-poster queen bed adorned with plush bedding. Ponder the divine history while warming up in front of the gas fireplace and gazing out the windows into a sky full of stars.
There are dining options to fit your every desire. The main dining room is a four diamond restaurant highlighting regionally sourced produce, meats, and seafood. Walking in you will be mesmerized by the glamorously high ceiling with mountain light flowing in from arched windows. Fuel your day with the Art of Breakfast, a buffet with chef-attended stations for cooked to order omelets with fresh ingredients. For dinner in the main dining room, sink your teeth into the exhilarating Coffee Crusted Ribeye with thyme roasted carrots. Spend the evening dancing to contemporary or classic music under the lights of the immense chandelier. In need of a late night drink or snack? Enter The Cave. Once a prohibition-era speakeasy, The Cave is bustling with live entertainment and televised sporting events. Stone walls and brick floors with an abundance of sleek wood provide an earthly quality. Indulge in a Mason Jar snack like smokey maple candied bacon and nuts. Head to the Rosebrook Bar for mystical cocktails with an astonishing view. Time Honored cocktails are a unique interpretation of classic cocktails.
Enjoy the refreshing Champagne Cobbler with Svedka Raspberry Vodka, fresh lemon and strawberry puree, topped with Chandon Rose. Step outside and experience the many activities. Play golf in the award winning 18-hole golf course or fly through tree tops on the longest zip line canopy tour in New England. Trot through the surrounding scenery horseback or take an enchanting carriage ride through the resort grounds. Voted “Best in the East for Weather” by ski magazine, during the winter the grounds become a wonderland. Ski or snowboard within 464 acres, New Hampshire’s largest Ski Area. Create an unforgettable journey with the family on a ride behind sled dogs. Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and inhale the vitalizing air. After working out at the nearby gym, jump into the indoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Whether you would like to explore the vibrant earth surrounding the resort, rejuvenate in a 25,000 square foot spa, enjoy fine dining or all of the activities, become a part of history at Omni Mt Washington resort. omnihotels.com November 2016 | 83
INTERCONTINENTAL NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE A Luxurious Escape
By Valerie Vitale
he largest hotel built in New York City since 2002, Intercontinental New York Times Square, has brought a luxurious escape from the commotion of the city to Midtown. Soaring 36 stories over the notable Timeâ€™s Square district, 607 elegant guest rooms and 4 suites give its guests the experience of the city with the comfort of home. Share the experience with the entire family in the Family Friendly rooms. Ideal for families of 4, the rooms include a king bed in a separate sleeping area and a divide lounge section with a full sofa bed. Dazzling lights from the Broadway skyline shine outside the windows like stars. Relax before sleep with two HDTVs. Wake up to the sunlight shining over the city and enjoy a soothing shower in the walk-in rain shower. Simulating a high end apartment, the Manhattan Suite provides a luxury that cannot easily be surpassed. Floor to ceiling panoramic windows allow you to gaze over the wonders of the city, including the hudson river. Get ready for a night out in one of the two spa inspired bathrooms featuring updated amenities. Entertainment is steps away when you stay at this hotel. Take a stroll to the Broadway Theatre District and become immersed in the stories of many characters. Stop along the way for high end shopping opportunities and world 84 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
renowned restaurants. Only 1 mile away is Central park, a refreshing taste of nature that has provided New York City with serenity for over 150 years. Whether you are staying in or coming back from a day in the extraordinary city, Ca Va Cocktail Lounge, located inside the hotel, by celebrity chef Todd English is a decadent destination where kitchen and cocktails go hand in hand. Enjoy a variety of cocktails including, Light My Fire, casa blanco crystal tequila with sweet agave nectar, a spicy touch of jalapeno, fresh lime and fresh pineapple. For a Main course the succulent pan roasted salmon with perfectly charred asparagus, fingerling potatoes and a red wine demi glace. Beyond its luxuries, the Intercontinental New York Times Square has taken action to improve the environment and encourage self sustainability, earning it the LEED certificate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Two rooftop apiaries and an herb garden will soon be bringing honey and aromatic flavors from roof to table. Eco friendly house cleaning products are used and the Floor-to-ceiling window design promotes natural lighting and ventilation to help optimize energy efficiency. Experience the city that never sleeps with the finest service and elegance. interconny.com
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PEEL AWAY THE DAMAGE With a Non-Chemical Phytopeel
By Katherine Sempecos
hhh, the ocean… calming… soothing… wait a minute. What’s that green stuff floating at the surface? It’s phytoplankton – a type of microalgae growing abundantly in oceans all over the world, with absolutely amazing skin care benefits! It’s also the main ingredient in our exclusive Phytopeel facial treatment that allows us to peel away the damage! A Phytopeel is an amazing, non-chemical peeling treatment, with very little downtime, that uses natural phytoplankton from the lakes of Northern Europe. Performed in a two-part treatment protocol. Five days after your Phytopeel, you return to PRISM Med Spa for the Deep Exfoliation and Moisturizing After-Treatment, revealing eventoned, tightened and brightened skin like you’ve never seen before! Our exclusive Phytopeel is also one of the only peels that can be combined with laser skin rejuvenation for even more beautiful skin. 86 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
Here are some other outstanding benefits of our exclusive phytoplankton Phytopeel: Long-Lasting Moisture Phytoplankton has a naturally high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids that penetrate deep into your skin. This allows your skin to hold moisture longer, which means you’ll always look refreshed with a dewy, youthful glow. Antioxidants to Zinc Phytoplankton is also a powerful antioxidant of bioflavonoids, protecting us from free radical damage. This translates to smoother skin with a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, phytoplankton is a great source of zinc, which is a nutrient that helps regulate sebum production to diminish acne flare ups.
Anti-Inflammatory As it works to calm inflammation, phytoplankton helps reduce redness and swelling, which makes it ideal for sufferers of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Rejuvenation Our phytoplankton Phytopeel stimulates cellular rejuvenation and removes dead skin cells, preventing occurrences of superficial dark spots, while allowing serums and moisturizers to penetrate into the layers of your skin. It also restores dermal elasticity and brightness, while promoting collagen growth, revealing softer, smoother skin.
to allow you to treat yourself to a professional med spa treatment at a fraction of the price, while targeting your exact skin issues. Professional home kits to choose from: 1) PRISM Rx’s™ – ACNE ‘BUSTING’ KIT 2) PRISM Rx’s™ – ANTI-AGING SYSTEM KIT 3) PRISM Rx’s™ – SKIN BRIGHTENING KIT 4) PRISM Rx’s™ – SKIN RESURFACING KIT
Here’s to revealing a beautiful new you… naturally! 5) PRISM Rx’s™ – ULTRA HYDRATING KIT Peel Away the Damage! 30% Off Your Next PHYTOPEEL Facial & After-Treatment Get the Skin You’ve Always Wanted! Schedule Your PHYTOPEEL Facial Now! Call PRISM Med Spa at 516-277-2293. Hurry! Offer Expires December 31, 2016. Also, ask about our Exciting News from PRISM Rx! PRISM Rx’s™ has just launched its Professional Kits for home use, designed
For more information about the Phytopeel or which products suit your skin issues call Kathy to book your Complimentary consultation, at PRISM Med Spa, 516-277-2293, which is located at 41 Main Street, Roslyn 11576. Prism was voted the Spa on the Northshore for second consecutive year (2015-2016), as well as received the Roslyn “Excellence in Physicians” Award for 2015-2016. November 2016 | 87
A NUTRITIOUS THANKSGIVING Eat Healthfully this Holiday Season By Lindsay Brustein Rosen, MS, RD, CDN
ith Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am constantly getting requests for recipes that are both tasty and nutritionally-sound. Here are a few that are sure to be crowd pleasers but wonâ€™t derail your diet:
Roasted Root Vegetables Ingredients: 4 carrots 4 parsnips 2 sweet potatoes 2 Japanese yams Avocado oil (or olive oil) Pink sea salt Pepper Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 400F. 2) Peel off the outer layer of the carrots and parsnips and then cut them into large pieces. 3) Wash the sweet potato and yam and cut them into large pieces. 88 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
4) Lightly grease a roasting pan with avocado oil (or olive oil). 5) Place all the veggies in a large bowl and lightly coat in avocado oil or olive oil (about 2-3 Tbsp). 6) Place the veggies on the pan and sprinkle with pink sea salt and pepper. 7) Bake for 30 minutes or until perfectly roasted. 4-Ingredient Zucchini Tater Tots Inspired by: She Likes Food blog Ingredients: 3 large russet potatoes, peeled 2-3 cups shredded zucchinis (about 2 whole zucchinis) 1-2 teaspoons salt, plus more for sprinkling on top Olive oil Directions: 1) Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and cook potatoes for 20-30 minutes, until fork tender (but not too soft). 2) Drain water and let potatoes cool until they are comfortable to handle (but still warm).
3) Preheat oven to 425F. 4) Grate potatoes into a large bowl. 5) Grate each zucchini and squeeze out the liquid using a clean dishtowel. Place grated zucchini into the bowl with the potatoes and add 1-2 teaspoons salt. Use your hands to mix everything together. 6) Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use your hands to form small cylinders with the mixture. (Use about 1 tablespoon per tater tot.) Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 10 minutes to allow them to firm up. 7) Brush the top of each tater tot with a small amount of olive oil and sprinkle each one with salt. 8) Bake tater tots until browned and crispy (about 30 minutes), flipping halfway though. Sweet Potato Hummus Inspired by: The Lean Green Bean blog Ingredients: 2 cans chickpeas, drained & rinsed, ¼ cup liquid reserved 1 medium sweet potato 1 tsp paprika ½ tsp cayenne pepper 1 bulb of roasted garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder) Juice from one lemon 1/3 cup water Directions: 1) Place the chickpeas in a food processor along with ¼ cup reserved liquid and puree for about a minute. 2) Poke holes in sweet potato with a fork and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Then slice the sweet potato in half and scoop the insides into the food processor. Pulse several times. 3) Add the spices, roasted garlic and lemon juice into food processor and pulse several times. Slowly add the water until the mixture reaches your desired consistency.
Farro-Stuffed Acorn Squash Inspired by: Skinny Taste Ingredients: 3 acorn squashes, cut in half, seeds and fibers removed Olive oil spray Salt and pepper, to taste ¼ cup water ½ cup uncooked pearled farro, rinsed and drained 1½ cups reduced sodium chicken broth ½ Tbsp olive oil ½ large white onion, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 4 oz sliced fresh mushrooms 2 sage leaves, chopped
Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 350F. 2) Spray the cut-side of squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish and add ¼ cup water to the bottom of the pan. Cover with tin foil and bake 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 3) Meanwhile, cook farro in chicken broth according to package directions. 4) While the farro is cooking, coat a large sauté pan with olive oil. Once hot, add onion and sauté 1 minute. Add the celery, salt and pepper to taste; cook until celery is soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. 5) Add the mushrooms and sage to the pan and cook until the mushrooms have released their juice and are cooked through. Add the cooked farro to the sauté pan and mix well. 6) Divide the farro stuffing evenly between the roasted acorn squash and serve. Parmesan-Roasted String Beans Ingredients: 1 pound string beans, trimmed 2 tsp avocado oil (or olive oil) Salt and pepper, to taste ½ tsp garlic powder 2 Tbsp shredded Parmesan Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 425F. 2) Spread string beans out on baking sheet and drizzle oil over them. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder and toss to evenly coat. 3) Bake for 20 minutes, tossing about halfway through. 4) Remove from the oven and sprinkle with grated cheese.
Lindsay Brustein Rosen, MS, RD is a registered dietitian and the founder of Nutrition by Bru, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice in New York. She received a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Greater New York Dietetic Association.
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THE CHORD CLUB New York's Hottest Recording Studio
By Cat Andersen
t started out as a pop up. Now, it’s a full blown state-of-the-art 5700 square foot recording studio with the likes of Wyclef Jean and American Authors walking through its doors. To say that The Chord Club has come a long way in the last 18 months would be an understatement.
So while artists like Brandy and Joss Stone are loving The Chord Club for being incognito and open 24/7, there are toddlers who are loving its interactive class called “Little Rockers” and the live three-piece band that comes with it.
“I would have never ever ever thought I’d be in the position that I’m in now,” says the studio’s owner, Theresa Scotto. Prior to it’s opening, Scotto had spent 25 years selling life insurance. “Who was I to build a recording studio?”
“We play current music so we’re not playing The Farmer in the Dell or the music that I grew up with taking my kids to these classes. We’re playing the Katy Perry and the Taylor Swift songs that you’re hearing on the radio now.”
The idea came to her about three years ago when her daughter, Gabriella, who was 14 at the time, came to her and said she wanted to sing. In support of her daughter’s dream, Scotto arranged a session for her at a recording studio. It was then that Scotto had her aha moment: “I had an idea of doing children’s parties in a recording studio and from that this whole notion came about of giving children and adults a place to come and take lessons.”
The Chord Club also hosts band rehearsals and private lessons for all ages in everything from keyboard and drums to guitar and vocals.
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Scotto says one of the things that sets them apart from other places that offer music instruction is that The Chord Club is an actual recording studio, so they’re able to record their students and let them hear how they sound compared to their last lesson.
“It’s really quite cool to see them listening to themselves as the weeks go on lesson after lesson. They get a feel as to how they’re progressing and to be able to see it and hear it, it’s pretty special.” And not a square foot of space is going unused. The Chord Club also has a party room for corporate team building events, luncheons, and birthday parties for both adults and children. If you’re the birthday boy or girl (or guy or gal), you get the full rockstar treatment—a chance to sing a solo in the recording studio on professional mikes with an engineer in the booth giving you feedback. “I made sure the décor wasn’t a child facility just because we do children’s classes but also a place where adults would want to have a party,” said Scotto. Within the next year, she’s hoping to expand the business and open more locations. Looking back, Scotto says it’s hard to believe how it all began. She says the tipping point was a conversation with Charlie
Walk, the head of Republic Records, who booked his child’s birthday party at Scotto’s pop-up location in midtown. Walk suggested that Scotto open up her own studio. Her reply: “Are you crazy? I’ve been selling insurance for 25 years!” Walk countered with his own question: “What do you see this place as?” Scotto continues the story: “And I said, ‘you know, I get calls all the time for lessons and parties…’ and Walk interrupted her, saying simply: “So do it. You need to do this. You know you could do this right.” Scotto reflects on how much has changed since that conversation. “It’s just a whole new chapter. To watch my kid grow like this and to be able to offer the community a facility where they’re getting top notch instructors and top notch equipment has been pretty amazing.”
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MICHAEL BEDNAR Fights for a Cause
By W.A. Muller
ichael Bednar grew up in Binghamton, New York. After high school, he started in the hospitality industry. Michael worked his way up the ladder and learned everything he could about the restaurant business, eventually moving into the club business becoming a bartender as well as a doorman bouncer for several years. He eventually became beverage director, overseeing five restaurants, as well as, the catering department at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. Michael went onto become director of food and beverage for country clubs all over the country Eventually, Michael found his way back to New York and Long Island, where he worked at the newly-opened Serata Oyster Bay, becoming managing partner in September of 2015. His sister suffered a stroke in late October of the same year and he returned to Virginia Beach to take care of his sister
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for a year. Upon returning to Long Island, Michael started a new venture called Catering by Michael. Catering to some of his clients from Serato Michael focused his business on small parties at the homes of his clients Michael has been a member at ilovekickboxing Oyster Bay for 5 years. Bobby Ray, the owner, and his wife started five years ago and Michael has been with them ever since February of this year. One of the instructors had mentioned that there was a charity event to box, as Michael had never boxed before and something he always wanted to do when he was a child. His dream will become a reality on November 21, with Long Island Fight for Charity. This amazing organization \will be celebrating its 13th year for this event and Michael has had the pleasure and honor of having Village Cigarro, former Marine boxing champion and professional fighter, training him, as well as, Joanne Hutchins.
Michael has tremendous respect for boxers. Boxing is an art and boxers are probably the most conditioned athletes in the world. When boxing you need to control your emotions you cannot get upset when you're getting hit. Long Island Fight for Charity donates its proceeds to Long Island Community Chest, The Genesis School and the National Foundation for Human Potentia. Michael has not set a limit on how much money he will be able to raise, $5000 is the minimum. He was also fortunate for the Crescent Club to hold an event for him, where he raised money for the event. On another note, 22kill was started by an American Army veteran who decided doing 22 push-ups a day to 22 million to bring awareness and support for our veterans. On average based on a 2012 study 22 veterans commit suicide daily number that is way too high one is too much. Michel started doing his pushups on June 20 and after his 22 days he decided not to quit and to continue to the 22 million or over. His thought process was when the challenge is over that does not mean that the 22 veterans
on average daily are not going to stop him to stop committing suicide. He has also decided that be would start doing 22 jumping jacks a day until 22 million have been reaches. And when jumping jacks are finished, he intends to continue to do 22 millions squats or 22 million curls or 22 million lunches. He believes this is going to become a lifestyle change for him, so he decided to create a new foundation called Lifestyle 22 Fit. Hid intention is to go to historical landmarks in New York City like the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, Times Square and get people to do 22 jumping jacks with him. This will help to continue the awareness of veterans' needs. Micheal believes in giving back and doing the right thing. There was a time in his life, when he was down on his luck and people helped him through it, so he believes that paying it forward and going forward to start this foundation/project for the veterans is it the right thing to do. November 2016 | 93
BRAD GERSTMAN The Fixer
By Bennett Marcus
ttorney Brad Gerstman is known in political circles as a “fixer,” and the first thing that people ask him is how his work compares to that of Olivia Pope, of ABC’s hit series “Scandal,” and Showtime's “Ray Donovan,” both fictional “fixers.” Some of what Gerstman does is analogous to what you see those TV characters do, but a lot of it is very different. “We do things which are entirely legal and, that crosses out 75 percent of what Ray Donovan does,” Gerstman says. However, Gerstman is hired to deal with some of the same types of cases in real life, and points out that most of what that character does can be done legally. His approach is to use Donovan-like “creative” methods to solve a problem - but legally. In his two practices, Gotham Government Relationships and Communications and Gerstman, Schwartz and Malito, Gerstman also does a lot of the things that Olivia Pope does. “I mean, again, within the world of where it’s legal; we’re not hacking people, you know.” What Gerstman does is lobby politicians and government agencies for his clients, but again, his practice is different because unlike the shadowy figures we read about, his work is completely out in the open. “When people think of lobbyists they think behind-the-scenes kind of people, you don’t know their names, you don’t know who they are, but they’re the ones moving government,” he explains. “We do it very differently. We’re up in front. I put my name out there, put my face out there, and lead the way as a public figure in these battles, small or large.” Gerstman appears regularly on Fox News, and speaks with multiple newspapers on a daily basis to publicize his causes. The battles he wages vary in scope, but they do not all involve lobbying on behalf of the rich and influential, or big business. Some of his clients are schools, including special-needs schools, for instance. “Sometimes we have to deal with the people on the committees, like the Legislative Committee, to try to get assistance for the schools.” It may be about funding, or changing locations, or issues of expanding their programs. He also works directly 94 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
with several organizations dealing with autism, and was one of the leaders in getting the autism insurance bill passed in New York City. Another passion of his is working against Uber on behalf of yellow cab medallion drivers. He is especially outspoken about Uber’s record with the disabled. “Uber has 35 thousand cars on city streets and not one of them is accessible by a wheelchair,” Gerstman says. “Disability is important to me as a charitable portion of my life, it’s something I get very passionate about.”He got his start in the Bronx D.A.’s office, and even as a young lawyer, he realized that many of the problems he dealt with did not necessarily require the legal system to resolve, but rather a phone call to the right person. “The DA would ask that constituents be serviced, and when I was called upon to do it I found it to be a very empowering and powerful situation where I’d be able to make some calls for a constituent and resolve matters for them easily without putting on my law hat,” he says. He then became a defense attorney, and again found that he was moving away from a traditional law practice and more toward problem solving for his clients. “I was saying you know what, I don’t need the courts to do it, I could do this politically.” “To this day, people come in and say I want to sue this one, I want to sue that one, I want to sue this public authority, I want to sue, sue, sue,” Gerstman says. “And I say, ‘Well, we can do that, we have a law firm that handles plenty of lawsuits, but let me make some other suggestions first.’ To me, it’s a more effective and more cost effective way of dealing with a number of these issues. I enjoy it. Again, it’s more like a fixer kind of thing, where they have a problem that needs to be solved. “He realizes that lawsuits cannot always be avoided. “I’m not saying that you never have to sue, our firms can and will do it, but there are times when you can do this more efficiently without the lawsuit.”
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SEVEN13 FILMS Focus on Community Outreach
By W.A. Muller
oseph A. Halsey and Lee Kolinsky launch their new film production company seven13 films and web site seven13films.nyc. The focus of seven13 is to create films that provide positive messages that ignite discussion on social issues. The website seven13films.nyc launched in August. Their debut project titled Black Like Me takes place in a grand jury hearing where two police officers are being accused of shooting a 16 year-old autistic boy. The brother, who was on the scene must now testify about the fateful day and the jury has to decide whether there is enough evidence to go to trial. Black Like Me is a film that explores autism and law enforcement training. “This project is important on several levels,” said Lee Kolinsky, co-owner of seven13. “It recognizes the challenges of those who have a child with autism, it recognizes the daily perception of police on patrol in distressed neighborhoods and it recognizes the need for community involvement.” seven13 films will develop productions that actively request the involvement of the local boys and girls clubs in the filmmaking process. The company also plans to bring in local businesses and law enforcement agencies to help support an environment that strengthens bonds for a positive future. "The idea is to inspire young people who seek out the art of filmmaking by exposing them to the process right in their own back yard,” said Joseph A. Halsey, co-owner of seven13. “We are hoping to bring the filming process into areas where film companies typically don’t film in.” To help the progress of community development and outreach programs, seven13 films is seeking sponsorships to help with the film’s production. Partial proceeds will be donated to autism awareness and local law enforcement training on how to identify an Emotionally Disturbed Person
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(EDP). Additionally, seven13 will be donating items such as athletic equipment and clothing from companies who use their product placement program. Sponsorship and product placement opportunities are available on the seven13films.nyc web site. “We like to make films that have substance and provide thought-provoking conversations,” said Kolinsky. “Through sponsorships and product placement, we can creatively express social issues, provide opportunities in film and donate products to those who can use them.” Halsey and Kolinsky have many years of experience in film and television. Halsey’s credits include The Cosby Show, Law & Order SVU, Guiding Light and One Life to Live. He has also received notoriety for his award winning role in the short film Junkie Heaven. Joseph stepped into directing with the debut of his short film Choice “Mother,” which touches on the controversial subject of Death with Dignity. The film is part of a series that touches on different aspects of the subject. Kolinsky is an award-winning screenwriter whose career includes developing the story for the independent feature film Send No Flowers. He has provided content for Doubleday Entertainment, Columbia House DVD, BMG, PR Newswire, yourmusic.com. Seven13 films is dedicated to providing social messages that spark conversation through the art of filmmaking. With several years of experience in television and film, seven13 films offers comprehensive media strategies designed to drive education, awareness, community outreach and engagement on important public issues. Seven13 films covers topics with relevance because our community matters. seven13films.nyc
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MESSINA MARKET Brings Quality Food to NY
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hen an Italian family invites you to dinner, what do you usually do? I mean after you breathlessly accept in excited anticipation. You have a light breakfast that day and skip lunch because your stomach is going to need the space. Because there’s a powerful mother figure scooping yet another helping onto your plate, refusing your refusal, commanding you to keep eating: “Mangia, Mangia, Mangia!” That’s the picture I painted for Daniele Messina, President of the Messina Group, a family-owned company that runs four restaurants in New York and a catering business. I expected him to take the bait and run with it, in his description of what his Messina Market eateries offer. Instead, he threw my picture right out the window. In other words, he was frank, which was refreshing. “The Italian culture from Italy is actually a very different way of eating. It’s actually smaller portions, a lot of fresh food. It’s a lot of vegetables, a lot of pasta and not actually too much meat. There’s a lot of fresh food in Italy so that’s why most people are not overweight and why they have the second highest longevity in the world.” It’s clear that Messina Market embodies all of that. All the food is fresh and your order is cooked right in front of you. Messina says it’s the reason his customers keep coming back. They rave about the different stations where you can get everything custom made, from omelets and fajitas to crepes and smoothies. All of it whipped up right on the spot. “People feel more comfortable when they’re watching people make their food, fresh in front of their eyes. It gives them a sense of security,” Messina notes.
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But is it as good as Grandma’s home-cooking? Once again, Messina wastes no time setting me straight by telling me about a conversation he recently had with an acquaintance: “Somebody asked me one time, ‘why is it that my grandma can make something so good?’ I said, ‘She’s not really as good of a chef as you think that she is.’ He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘All it is, is that she uses quality ingredients and makes it fresh. That’s really why it tastes so good. That’s pretty much the premise of everything.” Did I mention Messina was frank? The guy is challenging Grandma. The thing is, he’s able to get away with it, because the food at Messina Market is that good. He points out that Grandma’s secret ingredient (Hint: the L word) is the same one he uses too..: “You have to really have a love for food, and on top of that you have to have an understanding because it’s a very delicate subject in the sense that people are ingesting what you’re making.” At this point, I’m starting to understand where his frankness comes from. Mixing words leaves room for error and that’s not an option in his line of work. Messina put it this way, “I have friends that have construction companies that at the end of the day, if something like the paint was incorrect, they can always go back and correct it the next day. We can’t do that in our business. You can’t tell somebody, ‘oh, have your party again.’" So frank. So refreshing. It’s clear Messina Market is an extension of Messina himself. It’s about being real-Real food, real people. And taking the time to appreciate both. messinamarket.com
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NEW YORK ART, ANTIQUE & JEWELRY SHOW The Best of the Best
By Bennett Marcus
cott Diament, CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group, presented Lauren Bush Lauren with a check for $10,000 that will allow the Feed Foundation to give 90,000 meals to those in need. The show, which featured more than a billion dollars’ worth of rare and one of a kind treasures, opened with a private VIP Preview for collectors, aficionados, curators and art fans from around the globe on November 9th. nyfallshow.com. Open to the public through the 13th at Pier 94 at 711 12th Avenue, the fair included more than 100 international exhibitors, including M.S. Rau Antiques, Pat Sailing, Rehs Gallery, The Emporium, Macklowe Gallery, Oriental Treasure Box, Willow Gallery and Jeff R. Bridgman Antiques, whose “Vote for Women” sash gifted to Hillary Clinton on her birthday from her daughter Chelsea and her husband Marc Mezvinsky. jeffbridgman.com. Sharon Bush hosted a private reception that saluted her daughter Lauren Bush Lauren and the FEED Foundation at the opening night of the New York Art, Antique and Jewelry Show. feedprojects.com The New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is put on by the Palm Beach Show Group and Scott Diament. “Pier 94 allows us to plan, design and deliver a much bigger, world-class event in Manhattan,” explained Diament. “We have amassed one of the best dealer participation lists of any show anywhere. For us, it’s very exciting to steward the progression of the show, which continues to grow each year. Now that we are at Pier 94, we were able to expand our offerings and showcase these amazing offerings in one of the greatest collecting areas on the planet Earth – New York.” Palm Beach Show Group is one of the world’s preeminent production companies with eleven important annual shows including Baltimore, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, New York, and the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show that opens at the Palm Beach Convention Center from February 15th – 21st.
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Diament, a certified gemologist with a string of jewelry stores, founded the Palm Beach Show Group after exhibiting at shows in Europe and noting the contrast with those in the United States. When Diament heard that there were plans to build the Palm Beach Convention Center, he and his partners decided to secure Presidents’ Day Weekend and bring in a European style fair. The inaugural show took place in 2004 with 230 dealers from around the world. At the same time, it became the largest art, antique and jewelry show in U.S. history, and remains so today. palmbeachshowgroup.com. Bill Rau, a third generation antiques dealer and owner of M.S Rau Antiques in New Orleans, showcased a rare first edition Wedgewood Portland Vase for $50,000, a 10.06 carat ring named The Royal Blue priced at $9.6 million. “I have theory that I believe to be true that are the rules for all collectibles,” explained Rau, “if you love 19th Century paintings and are an expert in that and you want to learn about Old Master paintings, I think what you have to learn is only about 15%, because 85% of those rules are the same,” Rau became knowledgeable in so many niche collectibles categories. “If you’re an expert in painting, and you want to learn about jewelry, that might be the biggest difference, that might be 30% different rules, but the majority of the rules are going to be the same,” he says. Those general rules: is the piece in good condition, is it rare, is it unique, does it come with papers, does the origin matter, is it signed? Those rules are going to be the same whether you’re talking about jewelry or paintings, and then, obviously, you have to learn the 30% different rules,” Rau says. “I was blessed, obviously, because I grew up in the business, so I learned a number of things very early.” rauantiques.com. Up next, the Palm Beach Convention Center will host the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show from February 15th to the 21s
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BECOME A GAZELLE A Unique Adventure for the Modern and Courageous Woman By Elizabeth Darwen
ear after year, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc has been a pioneer, never ceasing to grow, constantly developing and evolving with the times, always faithful to its founding values: courage, the desire to push one’s limits, loyalty, solidarity and social commitment. 2017 marks the 27th annual event, which takes place between March 17 and April 1, 2017 in the unspoiled beauty of the Moroccan desert. The Rallye respects its scenic host country and its people through the actions of the Rallye’s non-profit, Cœur de Gazelles, as well as the environment: the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is the only motor Rallye in the world with ISO 14001 certification. The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is a human adventure that is one of a kind. It is the only international off-road Rallye race for women only. Since 1990, it has been bringing together women between the ages of 18 and 71, from more than 15 different countries, who embark on an adventure of a lifetime 102 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
from the French city of Nice on March 18th, 2017 and onward to the start of the Rallye in the Moroccan desert. The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is developing a new vision of automobile competition: no speed and no GPS, just old-fashioned navigation, completely off-road. All Rallye participants, known as “Gazelles”, leave this adventure marked forever by the experience: they push their limits, have to face themselves, far from their sometimes difficult daily lives as women; there is also a strong element of sharing and mutual aid with their teammate as well as with the other “Gazelles”. But while the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is a return to the roots of adventure, it is also, with its satellite system for tracking the teams, on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to safety. This duality is the strength of this unusual competition. With its unique concept, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc is changing the way people view automobile use.
About Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc is the only women-only off-road Rallye in the world. Created in 1990, this unique event brings women between the ages of 18 and 71 from more than 15 different countries together in the Moroccan desert. Since its inception, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles has been creating a new vision of automobile competition: no speed and no GPS, just old fashioned navigation, completely off-road: a return to the roots of Adventure. The only requirement is determination. The women who take part in this Rallye—known as Gazelles—are of all ages, social backgrounds, nationalities and levels of off-road experience. Whether in a 4x4, Crossover, Quad, truck or motorbike, they all come to take part in a unique competition: whose competitors share the values of tolerance, solidarity and determination, that respects the host country and its people through the actions of the Rallye’s non-profit, Cœur de Gazelles, and that cares about the environment: the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is the only motor Rallye in the world with ISO 14001 certification. While the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles marks a return to the roots of adventure, it is also on the cutting edge of technology, with a satellite tracking system for optimal safety. A new vision for the world of motor sports! We have been putting forward a new vision of motor sport for years, with the development of an event where the pleasure lies in driving without excessive speed, and where the goal of driving the shortest possible distance is in line with our environmental commitment.
About Cœur de Gazelles Coeur de Gazelles is a group of highly motivated volunteers working daily to provide people with the help they need. A registered non-profit organization since 2001, Coeur de Gazelles is committed to providing sustainable aid through concrete actions. Our cross-border efforts must remain strong to allow us to uphold our values and continue to help those who are the most in need. Coeur de Gazelles works on projects that meet the needs of Morocco’s remote populations: medical care, education, the environment and sustainable development, job training for women, improving living conditions and a desire to spread joy by distributing donations. Our actions are established on a "human scale": we work with the local population to address the source of the problem. We work with and for the most disadvantaged: our actions enable people to become agents of their own development. We work in a spirit of partnership: we do not create alternative structures; we strengthen and develop existing local ones. We work with low operating costs: all donations are used for the direct benefit of the population. Our actions are recognized by the Moroccan government: we work on legitimate projects in collaboration with local authorities. coeurdegazelles.org
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ACCESSIBLE ART FAIR NEW YORK MvVO ART Brings Emerging Art To The City
By Peter Elston
he highly anticipated Accessible Art Fair New York presented by MvVO Art opened with a VIP First Access Night on Tuesday, November 1 and a VIP Premier Event on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the iconic National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. The New York edition, which debuted after ten successful years in Brussels, breaks down the conventional barriers between artists, art collectors, art market professionals, and art lovers, by making the artists accessible, and providing a setting that inspires dialog. A jury of contemporary art experts selected more than 50 top emerging artists for the Fair, from New York and around the world. Tickets are available until November 25, 2016 at mvvoart.com, Eventbrite or at accessibleartfairnewyork.com, and a portion of ticket sale proceeds is donated to Friends of Materials for the Arts (MFTA.org), New York’s premier creative reuse center. 104 | 25A www.25Amagazine.com
The more than 150 artworks on display are all available for purchase over the course of the fair, which runs from November 1-25, 2016. Art fair visitors also have the unique opportunity to meet with the artists, whose artworks include sculptures, photography and paintings, spread out over two floors of the renowned National Arts Club. Throughout the month of November, art fair attendees will also have the chance to attend scheduled panels on a variety of art-world topics, such as: Practical Perspectives on Buying Art, Emerging Trends, and Art & Technology. Said Maria van Vlodrop, Founder of MvVO and Co-Founder and Director of the Accessible Art Fair New York; “This fair is focused on artists. We hope that the format will jumpstart careers and stimulate adventurous collectors”.
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To ensure the quality of the work presented, the panel of experts made selections from over 400 artist applications, which the Accessible Art Fair New York received during their Call To Artists in March & April 2016. For the 2016 edition of the Fair, the panel welcomed experts from Sotheby’s, Gagosian Gallery, artnet, Christie’s Collectrium, and Sutton. Curating the 2016 Fair in New York are Stephanie Manasseh (Founder & Chief Curator, Accessible Art Fair), along with Guest Curator, Isaac Aden (Ethan Cohen, WhiteBox).
Accessible Art Fair New York; “The Accessible Art Fair New York is a departure from conventional art fairs. The objective is to bring talented emerging and mid-career artists — unknown and often unrepresented — in direct contact with art collectors, art world professionals, and the general public. It’s an opportunity for everyone to discover new talent and break down barriers between artists and collectors, all within a high-end and friendly environment”.
“We had such a wonderful response to our call for artists and I think our jury did a great job and made a fantastic selection of artists which we are planning to show. I am very excited to be working with my guest curator Isaac Aden. Isaac has extensive experience in New York. With our combined experience, I think we make a great team”. —Stephanie Manasseh, Founder, Brussels’ Accessible Art Fair
2016 sponsors and partners include: Stoli Elit Ultra Luxury Vodka, Brussels Airlines (official airline), Neuhaus Belgian Chocolates, artnet (primary media partner), Tumblr, One Art Nation, The Clarion List, BelCham, Christie’s Collectrium, The Lowell Hotel, Racine Berkow Associates, The Art Conference and Lawlor Media Group.
The Accessible Art Fair New York welcomes a range of visitors including collectors, art enthusiasts, art advisors, gallerists and the art-buying public. Said Maria van Vlodrop, Founder, MvVO ART and Director & Co-Founder,
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TRACY STERN'S Fabulous Cover Party By W.A. Muller | Photos by Lenny Stucker/lennystucker.com 25A Magazine was proud to host a fabulous party for cover star, Tracy Stern to celebrate her appearance on our September Issue at Beautique restaurant in New York City. Guests mingled in Beautique's gorgeous party room. Food was provided by Blossom and the Match Restaurant Group. Thanks to 50 Blue Vodka and Eximius for sponsoring the event.
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PARTIES IN THE CITY AND ON THE ISLAND By Victoria R. Crosby The Interfaith Nutrition Network, the INN, honored Constance Cincotta at a gala event at the Garden City Hotel. Cincotta is the owner of the Glenwood Mason Supply Company, and is a longtime supporter of the INN. In addition to volunteering at one of the soup kitchens with her staff, she endowed a kitchen in memory of her parents Marian and Joseph Cincotta. the-inn.org
Merchantâ€™s House in NYC hosted a garden party to benefit the Historic Royal Palaces, with a surprise guest, the Head Yeoman Warder, Alan Kingsshot, from the Tower of London. hrp.org.uk
Nassau County Museum of Artâ€™s annual Ball, Glamorous Graffiti, featured colorful outfits and decor inspired by the works of artist Kenny Scharf. nassaumuseum.org
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Denise Rich and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Michelle Rella and Denise Rich at the Angel Ball Cancer Research celebrated the support of the Launch Party 2016 at TAO Downtown, NYC foundation through its Angel Ball Launch Party 2016 ©Getty Images at TAO Downtown. Guests toasted with cocktails by Manhattan Moonshine, the world’s first premium silver whiskey, NYC: Will Kehler ©Getty Images
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Global Lyme Alliance hosted 2nd Annual New York Gala honoring Bella Hadid, Heather Glass, Arthur J. Mirante II & Karen Peetz. The event was produced by event planner Extraordinaire Lawrence Scott, NYC: Rob Kobre, Yolanda Hadid, Bella Hadid, Larry Scott, Scott Santarella ©Getty Images
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The Decoration & Design Building held it’s two-day Fall Market to celebrate the best in the design industry. CEO/Owner of Cohen Design Centers, Charles S. Cohen provided the opening remarks at the morning Keynote programs, including House Beautiful’s opening keynote presentation, NYC: Sophie Donelson ©PatrickMcMullan.com
Rosanna Scotto at the Global Lyme Alliance’s 2nd Annual New York Gala, produced by event planner Extraordinaire Lawrence Scott ©Getty Images
Charles S. Cohen at The Decoration & Design Ashley Whittaker at The Decoration & Design Building’s Fall Market Building’s Fall Market ©PatrickMcMullan.com ©PatrickMcMullan.com
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A DINNER PARTY, A MAMARAZZI EVENT, BLOW OUT CANCER & GETTING HEALTHY By Clara Morgan
Haute Living and their partner JetSmarter held an Intimate Dinner Party at MAMO Restaurant presented by LOUIS XIII, NYC: Mike Mammoliti, Philippe Vasilescu ©Jason Mallihan
Paul Gerben and Matt Harvey at the Haute Living an JetSmarter Dinner Party at MAMO Restaurant ©Jason Mallihan
The MOMS and Warriors In Pink held a MAMARAZZI® event with KristIn Chenoweth to celebrate her new album The Art Of Elegance, at the Carlyle Hotel, NYC: Denise Albert, Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Musen Gerstein ©Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 Productions
Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ hosted 2nd Annual BLOW OUT BREAST CANCER in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All Proceeds were donated to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. Sponsors included Elchim Milano, Tabooze, Sufi Wine and Baked In Color, NYC: Carrie Preston, Angelo David ©James Edstrom
Aviva Drescher at Angelo David Salon’s and 95.5 PLJ’s 2nd Annual BLOW OUT BREAST CANCER ©James Edstrom
Jayde Donovan in a Hawke & Co. down jacket, at Angelo David Salon’s and 95.5 PLJ’s 2nd Annual BLOW OUT BREAST CANCER ©James Edstrom
Healthy Guru hosted The Fitness, Fashion & Wellness Event of Fall 2016 Featuring Lady Gaga’s Trainer Tricia Donegan, Victoria’s Secret Model Trainer Justin Gelband, InternationallyRenowned Trainer Carlos Leon, and NY Jets Nutritionist Glen Tobias, NYC: Tricia Donegan ©Cassidy Maldonado
Carlos Leon at the Healthy Guru The Fitness, Fashion & Wellness Event of Fall 2016 ©Cassidy Maldonado
Justin Gelband at the Healthy Guru The Fitness, Fashion & Wellness Event of Fall 2016 ©Cassidy Maldonad
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NEW YORK PARTY SCENE AN ANNIVERSARY, A FILM FESTIVAL & AN AWARDS DINNER By Clara Morgan
Charles S. Cohen and wife Clo hosted the 120th anniversary party of House Beautiful magazine to kick off Fall Market Week, NYC: Charles S. Cohen, Clo Cohen ©Editor at Large
Sophie Donelson Editor in Chief of House Beautiful, Thom Felicia and Celerie Kemble at the 120th anniversary party of House Beautiful magazine ©Editor at Large
Miles Redd and John Rosselli at the 120th anniversary party of House Beautiful magazine ©Editor at Large
Union Cantina held an exclusive private reception Ian Duke, Donna and Carmelo Garufi at the HIFF following the HIFF Southampton opening private reception at Union Cantina night screening of Strange Weather starring ©Society-In-Focus Holly Hunter, Southampton, NY: Holly Hunter, Katherine Dieckmann ©Society-In-Focus
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years’ New York Premiere at Village East Cinema, NYC: Paul Shaffer, Stevie Van Zandt ©Getty Images
Marchesa fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station, NYC: Maya Henry ©Getty Images
The Long Island Business News hosted their annual “Business and Finance Awards” Dinner at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY: Dede Gotthelf, Scott Schoen ©Long Island Business News
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Couture fashion designer Jackie Rogers presented her 2016 collection for all seasons in Southampton, NY: Jackie Rogers, Joyce Duijx, Mackenzie Vickers ©PatrickMcMullan.com
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AFTER DARK Manhattan Events that Matter By Carlos Lacayo | Photos by Patrick McMullan
America’s Next Top Model’s Nigel Barker celebrated the opening of his new show Next Top Photographer at the Paper Factory Hotel’s restaurant Mundo with Coco Rocha. Paperfactoryhotel.com
Tony Cointreau, heir to the liquor fortune, launched his new book, “A Gift of Love – Lessons Learned from My Work and Friendship with Mother Teresa,” at Michael’s. tonycointreau.com
Attorney and lobbyist Brad Gerstman attended the Police Athletic League’s lunch where Larry Kudlow spoke about his new book, JFK and the Reagan Revolution at 3 West Club. gothamgr.com
Tony Danza lead the applause for singers Karen King and multi platinum Italian sensation Patrizio Buanne at their concert for the Boys' and Girls' Towns of Italy. achanceinlife.org
Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, Christina Milian and Victoria Justice starred in the revamp of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Thelindeman.com
AD 100 designer Tony Ingrao curated Blue Heaven, a contemporary furniture show at R & Company in SoHo founded by Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman. Guests included Ingrao’s partner Randy Kemper. ingraoinc.com
Ambassador Donald Blinken , Sylvia Hemmingway, Daisy Soros, Kati Marton, R. Couri Hay, Christine Schott and George Ledes hosted a kick off for the Budapest Festival Orchestra’ appearance at Lincoln Center in February 2017 under the direction of Ivan Fisher. The classical mucialal,, at the Hungarian Consulate celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. Bfz.hu
GALAS GALORE Manhattan Events that Matter By Carlos Lacayo | Photos by Patrick McMullan
Naomi Judd and Alison Eastwood were honored at the Pet Philanthropy Circle Galaâ€™s Pet Hero Awards. Among the attendees were the organizationâ€™s founder Jewel Morris, Naomi Judd, Katie Cleary, Prince Loren Borghese, Shannon Elizabeth and Jean Shafiroff. petphilanthropycircle.org.
HRH Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine hosted Lifeline NY luncheon at Le Circue. The benefit chaired by Cheri Kaufman, raised funds for pediatric cancer victims in Serbia. VIPS were Kerry Kennedy, Ivana Trump, Prince Dimitri, Luanne De Lesseps, David Hryck, and Kelly Bensimon. lifelineny.org
Leesa Rowland, and Larry Wohl hosted a toy and supply drive for her charity Animal Ashram, which helps homeless pets find a home. Raffle prizes included a cruelty-free clutch by Cornelia Guest, vegan shoes by Arden Wohl X Cri De Coeur, and a necklace by Mina D Jewelry In the mix Joey Reynolds, Cindy Guyer, Barbara Regna, Alessambra Emanuel and Jane Scher. animalashram.com
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