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Opulence is in the details with this season’s rich brocades crystal beading and delicate lace appliqués. Clean lines acentuarte fantasy accents for the bride with sophistication, style and grace…

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BEAUTY & FASHION 14 Consuming Collagen 16 Bloat Busters 18 Marcelo Calabrese

FEATURE 24 Stony Brook 26 Matty Sorrentino & Christopher Tsarsi


28 An Enchanting Evening 30 First Long Island Investors

ART & ENTERTAINMENT 32 Art Basel’s Isabelle Bscher 34 Richard Remblier 38 Nick Korniloff 40 Dianne Bernhard 42 MvVO Art’s Ad Art Show 44 Marc Dennis 52 Eight for Eighteen

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It’s wintertime and the holidays are just around the corner. In the blink of the eye we’ll be able to sit by the fire as we watch snow dust the trees and streets outside. While it can seem like a busy time of year, with the rush of holiday shopping and gift giving, it’s really about spending time with loved ones at the end of the day. For this winter issue, we bring you art, food, fashion, and travel. Not to mention, Dr. Kelly Powers, of Fox News, graces our cover with both beauty and brains. You will get an inside look at her dedication to helping others and how she balances her many different areas of success. These cold winter months give New Yorkers a desire to travel, which is why we will take you on an inside look at Art Basel Miami. This year’s event is going to be very exciting and we will share some of our favorite exhibits and artists with you. We also take you to The Desert Metropolis, Dubai, and showcase everything you need to do and see upon visiting. I wish all of our readers a happy holiday filled with love and warmth!

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t m a y s o u n d c r a z y, b u t a d d i n g powdered connective tissue from cows and fish to your morning coffee, smoothies, or oatmeal is the latest trend among the clean-eating crowd. Collagen powder (typically deriving from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides or wild-caught snapper) is loaded with protein and is said to soothe achy joints, improve gut health, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. You may be thinking “how?” and “what is collagen anyway?” Let me explain… What is collagen Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body; it accounts for one-third of the protein in our bodies and 70% of the protein in our skin. It is part of the connective tissue for bones, muscles, blood cells, cartilage, and organs. As we age, our natural production of collagen decreases. Consuming collagen from animal or fish sources may help offset some of that collagen loss that we are experiencing. When we consume collagen powder, our digestive systems break down the proteins into amino acids, which, in turn, are used as building blocks that support collagen production throughout the body. Benefits of collagen 1. Supplementing with collagen improves bone strength by stimulating new bone growth to replace old and damaged

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cells 2. Collagen is crucial for proper digestive f u n c t i o n s a n d c a n h e l p p re v e n t heartburn and ulcers 3. Collagen supplementation helps to repair gastrointestinal lining, helping to heal irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut 4. Collagen supplementation helps to strengthen the dermis layer of our skin and therefore smoothens cellulite and hides stretch marks and acne scars 5. Collagen is rich in the amino acids lysine and arginine, making it suitable for post-workout nutrition 6. Supplementing with collagen improves mobility and flexibility How to use collagen Collagen dissolves or blends extremely well in both hot and cold beverages. My favorite way to enjoy collagen powder is in my morning coffee or smoothie. When I add it to my coffee, I like the fact that it adds nearly 10 grams of protein to an otherwise protein-deficient drink. Protein Frappuccino: Ingredients: • ¾ cup organic Cold Brew coffee • ¼ milk of choice (I like unsweetened almond milk) • 1 serving of collagen powder • 8-10 ice cubes

Optional: ground cinnamon or stevia to taste Directions: Add all ingredients to a highspeed blender and pulse until incorporated. In addition adding collagen powder to beverages, this supplement is extremely versatile and can be added to various baked goods without changing their flavor! Grain-free Collagen and Chia Banana Muffins: Ingredients: • 1 ripe banana, mashed • 1 egg • ¼ cup natural almond butter • ½ cup almond flour • 1 serving of collagen powder • 1 Tbsp chia seeds • ½ tsp baking powder • ¼ tsp cinnamon Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside. 3. Mix dry ingredients in another bowl. Add dry to wet and mix through. 4. Pour mixture into well-greased muffin tins and bake for ~13 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.



t’s officially summertime. That means more time spent outside in the sun with family and friends. That also means less clothing. Whether you are in the best shape of your life, or looking to drop a few pounds, there is nothing more uncomfortable or frustrating than being bloated. Even those who work out regularly and eat a well-balanced diet may struggle from bloating. However, by ingesting the right foods and avoiding those that induce bloat, you will be feeling better and appearing lighter in no time!

My top 4 tips for avoiding bloat: Don’t eat too quickly. Eating too quickly and not thoroughly chewing your food can cause you to swallow air, which leads to bloating. Your meals should last at least 20 minutes. Because digestion begins in the mouth, you can decrease bloating just by simply chewing your food more.

BY L I NDSAY B RU STEIN ROS EN , M S , RD, C D N may be individualized as well. Recording your daily intake and noting how bloated you feel is a great way to pinpoint whether certain foods or beverages are triggers for you individually. It is always best to consult with a physician or registered dietitian for more guidance as well.

6 foods to introduce into your diet: Kefir

This food is rich in potassium, a mineral that plays a role in regulating fluid balance. Potassium-rich foods help counteract the effects of sodium, therefore reducing bloat.

Asparagus Asparagus is often referred to as the “anti-bloating superfood.” Ultimately, it helps you urinate, flushing out excess water and in turn relieving any discomfort and bloat. It also contains prebiotics, which help support the growth of “good” bacteria in the gut. This helps to maintain a healthy balance in your digestive system to prevent and/or reduce flatulence.

Keep a food journal. Although there are some common culprits, bloating

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Papain, the enzyme contained in papaya, helps break down proteins in your gastrointestinal system, easing up the digestive process. Also, this tropical fruit has anti-inflammatory properties along with a high fiber content that support a strong digestive tract.


The fizz in carbonated drinks can cause gas to get trapped in your belly. Opt for water with lemon, lime, mint, or cucumber to amp up the flavor without added calories or sugar. Eating high-sodium foods can trigger water retention, which can make you appear more “puffy.” Avoiding sodium isn’t as easy as steering clear of the saltshaker, however. Sodium sneaks its way into most processed and packaged foods (think soups, breads, crackers, and the like), making it very difficult to avoid. When and if you do succumb to salt, increase your water intake to help flush it out.


Probiotic bacteria found in kefir or yogurt help with the digestive process and fight off inflammation. Kefir is easy to tolerate by those sensitive to dairy. Opt for plain or unsweetened versions and sweeten it naturally with fruit.

Limit carbonated beverages.

Avoid salty foods.

gastrointestinal muscles, therefore dissipating the gas that causes your stomach to bloat. Chamomile has also been said to soothe and relax, which can help ease any sort of stomach discomfort.

Fennel Fennel is rich in potassium, helping to reduce post-meal digestive spasms. The seeds found in this plant contain compounds (anethole, fenchone and estragole) that relax the GI tract, allowing gas to pass and ultimately relieving bloating.

Peppermint or chamomile tea Both of these teas have been found to relax

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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sToNY BrooK A New Space for a New Chapter By Jody Sokol


ur client always loved driving past the 1941 colonial revival in historic Stony Brook Village, so it was a dream come true when she and her husband finally had the opportunity to buy it. Of course, after moving in, they knew that a lot of work needed to be done. A hideous green carpet covered the bedroom and office floors, while contrasting floral and burgundy striped drapes hung in the windows. After a year of living in the new home, they decided it was time for a fresh start. The bedroom went from drab to fab. Gray grasscloth wallpaper went up over stark white walls. The custom-made bedding was pet-friendly and passed all the cats’ tests. Swivel chairs with textural fabric and soft colors and a faux crocodile leather ottoman provide the perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee. The beautiful rope texture on the mirror adds a nice touch, while the black dresser with leather handles grounds the room. Rattan shades give the windows new life with their warm texture, and the embroidered linen drapes are now the focal point. Once the bedroom was complete, we needed to tackle the adjoining office. Because the rooms connect, the elements in the rooms needed to work together. A soft gray carpet flows throughout the space. Our clients were looking for a way to share the office; he needed room to spread


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out his paperwork while she needed space for working on her laptop, so his and hers desks with complimenting styles were added. We designed a custom desk to accommodate his needs and brought in a shagreen leather desk for her. Everyone loved the design on the roman shades so much that it became the focal point in the office. A lucite cart with rattan baskets and some fun starburst accessories brighten up the room. While we were in the midst of this project, our client quit her job to convert her new home into New York’s first Bed & Bike Inn, a bed and breakfast geared toward cyclists. The Stony Brookside is in the perfect location, across the street from the gorgeous Mill Pond Park, backing up to the historic Grist Mill, and just down the road from the Village Center.

Designer: Jody Sokol email:

Matty Sorrentino & Christopher Tsarsi BY AD AM KLU GER


etting legendary restaurant maven Matty Sorrentino on the phone is no easy feat. Sorrentino splits what time he does have between his life’s passions- his family, the restaurant business and his personal involvement in numerous charities like Safe Center for battered women and the Guardian Brain Foundation. Matty’s brother Andrew passed from a brain tumor several years ago. “You’ve got to give back and be thankful and grateful,” says Sorrentino, who says his charity work keeps him grounded and focused on what really matters in life,” these are the people that help us we don’t help them they help us.” Helping restaurants survive tough times and grow is the key to Sorrentino’s work as one of the world’s most sought-after restaurant consultants. The roster of critically acclaimed dining establishments he consults for include the extremely successful 388 Restaurant & Lounge in Roslyn, it’s sister restaurant Chris & Tony’s Restaurant & Lounge in Syosset, Ciro’s

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in Kings Park among many others. “Social media is big...but Facebook and Instagram don’t grow your creates awareness of your business.” In the restaurant trade, Sorrentino favors old school values over technology when it comes to winning over customers. “Social media is a valuable tool but the first day you open your business is the most important day of your life--even if you have three people come in that day --make them go out happy because they will tell three they will tell six they will tell nine they will tell eighteen...your most important day is your first day in got to make sure that is right.” And when things are going wrong with a restaurant, that’s when Sorrentino steps in to work his magic as a consultant. “It’s very important to listen to people that work--to see what their opinions are... you can’t just say I’m the boss you’re the worker-- no, no, no listen to what people have to say --they will fasttrack telling you about the problems --if five waiters tell you we have a problem with the pepper mills sure enough we have a problem with the pepper mills or maybe the manager

is nasty, you know it’s going to happen--they are going to tell you and then you’ll evaluate.” A fail-safe business tip for any restaurant? “Running any business is tough ...but the best marketing is in-house marketing --give something back...give an after-dinner drink, give cookies and food--besides the kindness and the service and the food --give a little something extra...”it’s just giving back- instead of spending $1000 a week in advertisements --give a thousand dollars of the product to the customer to come back--you know- give it to them. That’s the deal.” That’s just one example of why the Sorrentino name has been synonymous with fine dining and high powered clientele for decades. “treat people how you want to be treated when you go out. You get good food you get good service treat them nice and that’s it... there’s no secret to that just treat people nice...the food talks for itself. “ “ I worry about people - I worry about the service I want everybody to have a good time when they leave those restaurants -- they have to say wow this is a great experience.” Matty learned the ins and outs of the

restaurant trade as a teenager when he started working in the world famous kitchen of Don Peppe- a century old eatery in Queens. “I started working there when I was 15... that was the experience of my life.....the best experience of my life...starting there...learned so much- that’s where I learned a lot of what I know it was the best thing that ever happened to me I dropped out of high-school and i went to work washing dishes at 15 years old ...and I’m still washing dishes.” (laughs) And sharing his knowledge of the industry he loves. Joining the family tradition at Roslyn’s 388 Restaurant & Lounge, is co-owner and head chef Salvatore Sorrentino--named after his beloved Grandfather. “My son- he’s following in his grandfather’s footsteps --taking it to the next level. He runs the kitchen he’s the chef. he loves the kitchen, loves food, loves to create.” Co-owner Chris Tarsi, has helped the Sorrentinos tur ned 388 Restaurant & Lounge into a popular fixture on the Gold Coast’s culinary scene, offering up home-

style Northern and Southern Italian cuisine with such delectable dishes as the Shrimp Oreganata appetizer to the full-sized entrees like Linguine Marechiara and Chicken Scarpiello. Thanks to sublime ambience and an unparalleled menu, the 388 Restaurant & Lounge is redefining family style elegance. Ask Matty his favorite meal. That’s easy: The Zucchini Linguini Alexia -- named after his daughter. As for future goals... “I’m going to open myself up to more consulting and more restaurants open more restaurants ...little smaller units but in areas like Roslyn and north shore area and the gold coast area, Manhattan, Greenwich Ct.” “We’re going to start bringing little units --we’ll cut down the menu a little cut down the size of the restaurant -smaller maybe 100 seat units, 80 seat units --they’ll be manageable and go to the areas that don’t have what we give.” According to Sorrentino, when it comes to opening any sort of restaurant--there are three things to remember- location, location, location. “What I would tell everybody is to

put your business where there aren’t the same sort of businesses --if you are in the pizzeria business don’t go into an area where there’s 20 pizzerias-- look for where there’s a need and that’s where you go.” As the conversation comes to a close, Restaurant guru Matty Sorrentino shares a couple last tidbits before he has to get back to work. He says what makes him most proud is being a father to four children and of having a good reputation in a tough business, “because I work hard, I really work hard to service people.” And for restaurant owners--Matty offers one last tip--don’t be afraid to take some risks with the menu every once in a while. “people are going to come for your food. so you’ve got to have good food, good service, nice clean place- clean is very big --change it up every once and a while -- you go to the same restaurant and you eat the Veal Parmesan all the time --after a couple years you’re going to say what the hell am I eating?-- you’ve got to have diversification--that makes you special.” | | 27



resh from the sold-out premiere at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in Philadelphia, the brand new, innovative “docu-musical” AN ENCHANTED EVENING: A NIGHT WITH OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II is coming Off-Broadway for a limited December 2017 engagement. T h e s t a r- s t u d d e d e v e n i n g p re s e n t s award-winning vocalist and Billboard Top 100 recording artist Doreen Taylor in her official Off-Broadway debut, and a special performance by renowned Broadway star, Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha).

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Making her official Off Broadway debut benefitting the Oscar Hammerstein II Museum & Theatre Education Center, Billboard charting TOP 100 recording artist, Doreen Taylor raises the bar headlining the new docu-musical, “An Enchanted Evening: A Night with Oscar Hammerstein II” running December 8, 2017 to December 17, 2017 at the 777 Theatre at the Roy Arias Theater Center- 777 8th Ave. (Between 47th & 48th). Special guest performance by Broadway’s Davis Gaines. Tickets on sale at Proceeds will be donated to help save Highland Farm in Doylestown, PA.

After receiving critical acclaim in its Philadelphia debut, this cutting edge, 90-minute “docu-musical” highlights Oscar’s evolution to become one of the most important lyricists of all time. Possessing a rare opportunity to work closely with William Hammerstein (Oscar Hammerstein’s grandson) to obtain private, personal stories, rarely before seen images and videos, and an in-depth glimpse into the life of Oscar Hammerstein, “An Enchanted Evening” is a one-of-a kind, intimate show highlighting Oscar’s life and music through documentary story-telling and imaginative performances. Will Hammerstein has proudly embraced

this new production and is thrilled at the docu-musical’s success of highlighting the honorable values and principles of which his grandfather embodied. “Doreen’s talent and personal values make her a perfect torchbearer for this exemplary legacy [Oscar Hammerstein II]. I’m sure Oscar would be very pleased with the association.” Being able to retur n to her musical theatre roots in her home state of NY while supporting a cause that helps save a historic Broadway landmark makes this evening an extra special achievement for Doreen. “I grew up performing in the great shows that Oscar Hammerstein II helped create and to think that the very place these shows were conceived is now being threatened is a travesty. I created this show from a very special place in my heart and as a labor of love. I revere Oscar and will always be grateful for forever changing the landscape of musical theatre history and being able to help save this legendary landmark is a great honor for me.” Oscar Hammerstein II moved to Highland Farm in Doylestown, PA in 1940 and over the next 19 years, the farm became the birthplace for timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classics, including: Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, King and I, and Sound of Music. He also mentored a young Stephen Sondheim there, who famously said, “In one afternoon at Highland Farm, I lear ned more about songwriting and musical theatre, than most people learn in a lifetime.” Shortly after Oscar’s passing in 1960, the Hammerstein’s sold the farm and is now being threatened by a 4 lot subdivision. The Oscar Hammerstein II Museum & Theatre Education Center will not only help save the farm and what most consider “the birthplace of American modern musical theater”, but also restore the house for tours, a museum and to build a new theatre, where the Hammerstein legacy of great musical theatre, social engagement and mentorship can be honored. For more information, visit DOREEN TAYLOR is a multiple award winning singer/songwriter and has been dubbed “an excellent performing artist to keep your eyes on” by the Huffington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer raved that “Taylor’s enthusiasm, personality and musicality are engaging.” Doreen was also named one of the hottest up and coming artists by countless publications and television outlets like the Lifetime Network,

CBS, NBC, FOX News, CW Network, Ok!TV, Consumers Digest, etc. W ith 2 degrees in voice and opera performance, Taylor has played numerous leading roles in various musical theater and operatic productions across the country; including the Philadelphia Scottish Opera premiere as Cunegonde in “Candide” where she received rave reviews from multiple publications and critics. Most recently, her cross over, adult contemporary single “TOY” charted on Billboard’s Hot 100 (in the top 50) and reached #31 on the Adult Contemporary Chart after receiving heavy airplay on radio stations nationwide. Her newest album, “Happily Ever After” has received critical acclaim and is slated to be developed into a full Off Broadway musical in 2018/19. She has sold out multiple concerts in support of her solo albums across the country and she has gained national recognition as both a performer and a songwriter. Taylor was honorably chosen to collaborate on a new national anthem in honor of the US National Parks. “Colors of the USA” premiered at the ‘Salute to the Parks Gala’ in Washington D.C. Doreen was named an ‘Ambassador of the National Parks’ for her ongoing efforts to connect children and the millennial generation to parks for their centennial in 2016. Davis Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom), and in San Francisco, (where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor). Subsequently, he was chosen by Hal Prince and Lloyd Webber to play the leading role in the World Premiere of Whistle Down the Wind. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (with Carol Channing), Camelot (with Richard Burton) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (with Alexis Smith). Gaines’ Off-Broadway appearances include Des McAnuff’s The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, the Maury Yeston/ Larry Gelbart musical One Two Three Four Five, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, She Loves Me and Forbidden Broadway. He made his New York City Opera debut in The New Moon and appeared in the concert versions of Parade, Sitting Pretty, The Cat and the Fiddle, Pippin and the Encores production of The Boys from Syracuse. He has performed in cabaret in New York

at ‘Feinstein’s at Loews Regency’ and ‘Rainbow and Stars’, Hollywood’s ‘Cinegrill’ and San Francisco’s ‘Plush Room’. His voice can be heard over 30 cast recordings and compilation albums, as well as two solo CDs, Against the T ide and All My Tomorrows: Songs of Sammy Cahn. Gaines is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Florida State University with a BA in Theatre, where he established the Davis Gaines Endowed Scholarship in Music Theatre. At FSU, he was selected as a 1990 Grad Made Good, inducted into of the FSU Circle of Gold and was the 2016 recipient of The Torch Award. He also holds an honorary Doctorate of Music from Seton Hall University. In his hometown of Orlando, Florida he received the 1996 John Young Award presented by the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce and was inducted into the Edgewater High School Hall of Fame. Gaines currently resides in Los Angeles and is a frequent singer of our National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Dodgers. IF YOU GO: AN ENCHANTED EVENING: A Night with Oscar Hammerstein II The new docu-musical featuring Doreen Taylor and special guest, Davis Gaines in its official Off Broadway debut (proceeds from this show will be donated to the Oscar Hammerstein II Museum & Theatre Education Center) to help save Highland Farm in Doylestown, PA (Oscar Hammerstein II’s home and birthplace for timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classics, including: Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, King and I, and Sound of Music.) PERFORMANCES: Friday December 8th 8:00pm Saturday December 9th 2:00pm & 8:00pm Sunday December 10th 3:00pm Wednesday December 13th 7:30pm Thursday December 14th 7:30pm Friday December 15th 8:00pm Saturday December 16th 2:00pm & 8:00pm Sunday December 17th 3:00pm (10 performances) At 777 Theatre (Off Broadway), Roy Arias Theater Center, 777 8th Ave (Between 47th & 48th), New York, NY. Tickets: $80.00. | | 29



he dedicated team at First Long Island Investors, a Jerichobased wealth management firm, with their deep and broad base of knowledge, strives to make each client feel confident and secure in the knowledge that their money (and overall financial life) is wellmanaged. Since the firm was founded over 30 years ago by Robert D. Rosenthal and Ralph F. Palleschi, the principals have always invested side-by-side with their clients. With their belief that trust is the “foundation of all meaningful relationships,” and by developing an individualized investment approach for each client, the firm has enjoyed a loyal client base for decades. Their strong service ethic and tailored approach provides every client with the resources, expertise, investment guidance and confidence necessary to achieve a lifetime of wealth. The firm’s process begins with an analysis of a client’s holdings and an understanding of his or her goals. From there, the team develops customized programs and plans of action regarding the client’s investment plan. The firm builds a prudent asset allocation for clients designed to participate in market appreciation while protecting capital. The firm reviews every clients’ asset allocation on a quarterly basis to check that it is appropriate based on the individual’s goals and investment horizon, also considering the macro economic factors, the overall markets and company valuations. Because so many firms offering similar services, FLI is continually finding ways to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. One of the ways they do so, is by providing an extremely high level of service and always working to give the best to their clients. Even though 2017 has been a great year so far, they are determined to not “rest on their laurels.” The metrics by which they want to be scored, are not just based on performance, but also trust and service. This is how they maintain decades-long relationships. With that in mind, they are rolling out new initiatives. New for this year, is a “wealth-

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management hotline,” for their clients. With things like cyber-attacks and hacking a constant threat, which can happen afterhours or on a weekend, in order to better serve their clients, they established an emergency hotline. For example, they had a New York City based client, who was hacked on a weekend. She was concerned that her assets were in jeopardy. The firm took decisive action to ensure that everything was in order (and thankfully it was). This gave the client great comfort; “we want our clients to rely on us whenever they need us.” In addition, twice a year they offer a breakfast seminar for their clients. Offering thought leadership, they cover all different topics that can and do affect the investment landscape, even if it’s not directly related to investment strategies. For example, their most recent breakfast speaker was a former CIA analyst who now works for a non-profit dedicated to studying the issue of terrorism and its proliferation through online and social media channels. This level of service is quite unique and really sets the firm apart from their competitors. Rosenthal and Palleschi also weighed in on the financial status of the US and shared their expectations of what is to come in the markets. Since Trump’s election the S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ have continually hit new highs and we are in unchartered waters in terms of market highs which, as Rosenthal believes, are being driven by ear nings growth and low interest rates. In terms of market sustainability, the firm expects interest rates to stay relatively low, and the markets to make gains over the longer term. The firm believes that Washington needs to pass pro-growth initiatives such as repatriation of cash held overseas by US companies, as well as a lower tax on the repatriation than under current law. The tax proceeds can then be used to improve infrastructure. In addition, they would like to see tax cuts, especially for the middle class and businesses. Rosenthal shared his view, “if we are to see real economic improvement , any legislation passed should be wary of increasing our over $20 trillion debt,” Thankfully, the FLI Investment

Committee does not predict a recession in the near future and keeps a watchful eye on the economic indicators so that they are prepared when it does happen. The team at First Long Island uses several categories to put together an asset allocation for a client. The categories are: security investments, defensive equities, traditional equities and real estate/private equity. By using this particular matrix, the team customizes asset allocations so that clients are put in a place where their net worth is expected to appreciate while preserving capital. One example of a strategy used by

the firm, helpful in these uncertain times, is investment in companies that pay an aboveaverage dividend and grow their dividend each year. This defensive strategy provides a strong dividend yield and the companies in the strategy are expected to continue to pay a cash dividend and grow that cash dividend, generating an income stream for clients. By placing an emphasis on investing side-by-side with their clients, and using prudent and diversified investment strategies, the team at FLI helps clients commit their capital to sound strategies and prepare for changes in the market both

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l a m o ro u s g a l l e r i s t I s a b e l l e Bscher will be orchestrating her family’s booth at Miami’s Art Basel from (the private day starts December 6th) December 7th to 10th, where she will also host a party for artists and collectors during the fair on December 6th with Jean Pigozzi. Bscher is planning something special at her Galerie Gmurzynska saying “we always try to surprise people, to do something different, something interesting.” This year Galerie Gmurzynska will present Jean Pigozzi’s new dog series, Charles and Saatchi, at Art Basel. This is the second show that Isabelle has done with Pigozzi and they are set to publish a book about the series together with Damiani and text written by Charles Saatchi. The new photo exhibition dedicated to the pups will be complemented by master works from Yves Klein, Roberto Matta, Robert Indiana and Joan Miro. Highlighted works at the booth include Yves Klein IKB 240 from 1995, Fernand Leger’s Composition à la feuille from 1931 and Miro’s Femme aux 3 cheveux, constellation from 1976. Isabelle always melds modern works with new ones at Basel to create a more dynamic booth. Woman-owned art world powerhouse Bscher, an art historian with a master’s

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d e g re e f ro m S o t h e b y ’s , i s t h e t h i rd generation to run the gallery, taking over from her mother and her grandmother, who founded it in 1965. The family built it into an art world powerhouse, representing Picasso, Donald Judd, Robert Indiana and James Turrell, as well as architects Zaha Hadid and Richard Meier, actor/painter Sylvester Stallone, and designer/photographer Karl Lagerfeld. Art Expo Chicago Isabelle showed the work of her friend Christo at the Galerie Gmurzynska booth during the recent EXPO Chicago art fair where she also presented rare pieces by Joan Miró and Fernand Léger. These artists were each selected because they each have a strong connection to the Windy City. Miró had to struggle to find the funding to erect his now-iconic sculpture, “Miró’s Chicago” in the Loop back in 1981. A 1931 Léger piece that Bscher showed is significant because that year marked the artist’s first trip to America, including Chicago. “And Christo famously wrapped Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 1969. A sensory experience Antonio Monfreda, who has created exhibitions for Valentino and Fendi, and was creative consultant for the Metropolitan

Museum’s AngloMania exhibit, designed Galerie Gmurzynska’s Chicago booth. “He thinks looking at art is something very intimate, so he wanted to create something that involves all senses,” says Bscher. He created curtains using special fabrics, with custom scents from Santa Maria Novella for a fully sensory experience with the master works. ABOUT Galerie Gmurzynska: Galerie Gmurzynska is an international art gallery with locations in Zurich, Zug and St. Moritz, Switzerland, that specializes in modern and contemporary art as well as Russian avant-garde. Known for its museum quality and uniquely curated exhibitions, Galerie Gmurzynska has hosted over 150 shows in its various premises and published over 100 art historical catalogues and catalogue raisonné in close collaboration with experts worldwide. Future exhibitions Upcoming at the gallery’s four locations in Switzerland are exhibits on Alexander Rodchenko and Roberto Matta, and one on photographer Wayne Maser. | | 33



o r n i n N e u i l l y - S u r- S e i n e near Paris on May 11, 1972, since his childhood he has a pronounced passion for drawing and painting. Sensitive to arts during his teenage years, he is influenced by the Florentines artists, in particular Leonardo Da Vinci and his Sfumato tenchique

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personal and unique technique. He works with Parisian galleries and exposes his work in various cities across the world. Today, his art is appreciated in Europe and many states in the US. He took part in different projects such as a book containing his personalized poems that is inspired by the artwork within the book. | | 35

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Partner and Show Director of Art Miami, LLC Everyone in the art world descends on Miami for this important cultural event. This is the bellwether for the art fair market in America, and it only gets stronger,” said Nick Korniloff, director of Art Miami, which is the city’s original and longest running contemporary and modern art fair. Art Miami, along with its sister fair, CONTEXT is set to debut it’s new waterfront location on Biscayne Bay for it’s 28th installment and will kick off Miami Art Week; starting on December 5thwith a VIP Preview before opening to the public on December 6th through the 10th. This year’s VIP Private Preview will benefit the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) for the sixth consecutive year. Art Miami has already donated more than $150,000 to further the museum’s collection and mission. The event will be sponsored by Christie’s Real Estate. As always, Art Miami will showcase an array of iconic and exemplary works, dynamic projects and special installations from more than 140 international galleries from over

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22 countries. “Every year the quality of works shown at Art Miami and CONTEXT are unparalleled and this year will be better than ever, “said Korniloff whose fairs attract over 75,000 people every year. The fairs have earned a reputation for bringing out serious collectors, art dealers, curators, advisors and representatives from the world’s top museums. “It is time for us to create a new opportunity for our organization, our clients and our community as we move both Art Miami and CONTEXT to one of the most prestigious waterfront locations in the city, One Herald Plaza, on Biscayne Bay,” said Korniloff. Last summer soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi and Neymar had their portraits displayed at Casa Clasico presented by Art Miami. Adrian Brody and Metallica’s Jason Newsted have shown paintings at Korniloff’s fairs. Past exhibitors include ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN, Osborne Samuel and Vertes. Art Miami, CONTEXT, Aqua, & Wynwood As Partner, Show Director and Executive

VP of Art Miami, Nick Korniloff oversees the management and creative direction for Art Miami, CONTEXT, Aqua Art Miami, Art Wynwood, Art NY and CONTEXT NY and Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary. Korniloff has over two decades of experience in art fair management and production. His continued commitment to create new opportunities for the inter national art community through the development of new art fairs and collaborative partnerships has attracted some of the most prestigious galleries both in the contemporary and classical markets. He is known as a leader in the industry and has been touted as an expert in connecting dealers with new and affluent international collectors. Art & Auction Magazine acknowledged Korniloff’s work in repositioning Art Miami in its Power List. This year, Art Miami’s sister fair CONTEXT Art Miami will present over 100 contemporary galleries featuring one-of-a-kind talent from emerging and established galleries including ANNA ZORINA GALLERY, Corey Helford Gallery and 11.12 Gallery.



his fall Dianne B. Bernhard, a past President of the National Arts Club, will receive the “Patron of Pastels” Award from the Pastel Society of America for her work supporting young pastel artists. The Society’s 45th Annual exhibition dubbed Enduring Brilliance will open at the National Arts Club on September 5th and run through October 1st. The show will feature 175 artists from 10 countries. During the Hall of Fame ceremony, they will give out $40,000 in prize money to the wining artists. Dianne, who will host a party in honor of the Society’s President. Jimmy Wright on the opening night, lives art in the tradition of Robert Henri, an American painter whose philosophy was that art can be a powerful voice for impacting anything. Art is life, and life is art: they can be one in the same providing a joyous experience of the universe. The Patron Angel of Pastels Dianne is an accomplished painter, teacher, arts advocate and devoted patron. Her background as an art educator led her to develop deep insights into the needs of artists and inspired her to establish the Art Spirit Foundation, an institution committed

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to the work of living artists. Dianne knows the importance that competitions play in developing a successful career. Juried exhibitions allow artists to show their work for the prospect of recognition and monetary rewards. She entered many of these contests throughout her own career, but as her work with the pastel movement continued, as a priority she discovered that none of the major art competitions in America had a category dedicated to pastels. Knowing that her commitment to the renaissance of the medium would never have an impact if she didn’t do something to transform the way the art world perceived pastel, she contacted many of the most important organizations that juried such competitions and asked, “Why is there no category for pastel?” She learned that often pastel was relegated to a subcategory as if it were inferior to oil or watercolor. She quickly went to work to change this misconception and created a category just for pastels matching the amounts awarded to selected artists in the more traditionally accepted arenas of painting.

Foundation has been leading advocacy for the medium of pastels through monetary a w a rd s i n n a t i o n a l a n d i n t e r n a t i o n a l competitions and patronage of pastel artists. She hopes emerging young artists will take advantage of these opportunities to develop outstanding professional credentials to forward their careers. Dianne recently served as the Director of Fine Arts at The National Arts Club and currently serves as the First Vice President of The Pastel Society of America. Dianne received formal training in art history and business at University of Houston and Yale University, in addition to Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design. She currently resides in Connecticut and New York, where she continues her commitment to promote the arts and create platforms for pastel art and artists of all mediums. Through Art Spirit’s programs, monetary awards, medals, publishing, and films, Dianne continues to advocate the arts, nurture the renaissance of the pastel medium, as well as create awareness that the rewards of great art should be attained during the life of the artist.

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vVO ART, an innovative art venture dedicated to creating opportunities for artists, announces AD ART SHOW at Sotheby’s, NYC, February 22-25, 2018. This groundbreaking exhibition will celebrate & showcase a new generation of Contemporary Artists from Advertising— following in the footsteps of many renowned artists, including Warhol, Rockwell, Magritte, O’Keefe, Hopper, Rosenquist and so many others—often maintaining dual careers for decades, with one foot in the art scene and the other in the world of advertising. The AD ART SHOW Selection Committee

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is comprised of well-respected art professionals, chaired by Laura Skoler – Board of Directors, New Museum, NYC, and the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Drawing Foundation, and includes noteworthy art world figures such as Eric Shiner – SVP Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s and former Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, Lisa Schiff, Founder & President, SFA Art Advisory, and Isaac Aden – AD ART SHOW Curator. AD ART SHOW is championed by Linda Yaccarino of NBCUniversal, the Presenting Sponsor of AD ART SHOW 2018, as well as David Sable of Y&R, Jon Hamm of Geometry Global, The One Club for Creativity and AdForum.

AD ART SHOW is a unique opportunity for Fine Artists from Advertising who create artworks in Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Works on Paper, Mixed-Media and Video Art to exhibit at Sotheby’s and for art lovers to discover exciting new talents. “The venue couldn’t be more prestigious and we’re proud to bring artists, art lovers, art collectors, and Art, Advertising & Media influencers together for this exclusive exhibition.” Maria van Vlodrop, MvVO ART Founder & CEO.

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arc Dennis is an American artist known for his hyper-realistic paintings that celebrate the subversive potential of beauty and explore the charged subjects of identity, pleasure and decadence. Interested in transformative possibilities Dennis merges various movements throughout the western art historical canon with modern tropes in order to create clever, provocative and symbolic contemporary paintings that play on our psychological, cultural and spiritual relationships. Influenced by Southern European figurative masters such as Caravaggio, Velasquez, and Manet, and Northern European still-life masters, such as Ambrosius Bosschaert, Jan Davidsz de Heem, and Rachel Ruysch, Dennis introduces us to an alternate reality rich with hype, narrative and humor where art, history, nature and pop culture intersect. Artvoices Magazine informs us that, “Dennis is nothing if not frank and gregarious. He is a dead-ringer for Johnny Depp, a brusque, fast-talking sports fan raised outside of Boston, now based in Brooklyn, whose body of work has become one of contemporary art’s most recognizable signatures.” Born in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1971, Dennis was one of five sons. He received his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art of Temple

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University in Philadelphia, PA and his M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Rebecca, a full-time arts therapist and a maker of haute couture women’s fashion by night live with their two young children in Williamsburg. Marc’s studio is located in the posh hamlet of Dumbo, nestled between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges is certainly an inspirational place of artistic creativity. Each wall is lined with canvases in different stages of completion, filled with explosions of luscious flowers, like classic still lifes on steroids. Dennis’ works have been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Houston and Seattle among others. His paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including those of John and Amy Phelan, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, Bill and Maria Bell, Beth DeWoody, Larry Gagosian, Larry and Marilyn Fields, David and Jennifer Stockman, Carl and Donna Hessel, Bill Hair, Courtney and Karen Lord, Nancy Rogers, The Neuberger Berman Collection, New York; The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; The Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio, and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California among others. Marc’s works have been reviewed in many publications from The New York

T imes, Art News, W Magazine, Boston Globe, Hyperallergic, Whitehot Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and T ime Out Magazine. Recently the MTA commissioned Marc Dennis to design all the artwork for the $23.9 Million modernization of Wantagh Station as part of the LIRR Babylon Line. The Decoration & Design Building and the Cohen Design Centers honored 12 of the design industry’s most illustrious talents during the 10th Anniversary Stars of Design and Stars on the Rise Awards. Marc Dennis was awarded the Star of Art Award. Recipients were selected for their contributions to and achievements in their respective fields: Lifetime Achievement, Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Art, Photography and Stars on the Rise. The event was held at the Decoration & Design Building’s restaurant Upper Story by Charlie Palmer on the 14th floor during DDB Fall Market 2017. This invitation-only event saw luminaries from the worlds of interior, landscape, product and graphic design, as well as art, photography and architecture recognizing and honoring their peers in an intimate ceremony. Established at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles more than 20 years ago, the Stars of Design Awards are among the industry’s most prestigious events.

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ndustry watchers set your calendars – While there are over 2,000 annual film festivals in the world, only a handful are truly renowned. Attendees have the opportunity to critique each film and gain insight on the latest developments in the industry. These elite festivals also provide access to financing, professional advice, and access to some of the world’s most famed celebrities and celebrations as well. Here are eight of the best to consider as destinations in the coming year.

Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 2 – 15, 2018)

Sundance Film Festival, Utah, United States (January 18 – 28, 2018)

The 2018 Festival at Palm Springs will see some 135,000 attendees each year attend to experience the lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Cate Blanchett and George Clooney.

A winter time classic, The Sundance Film Festival stands as an ideal way for attendees to catch up on the independent film scene – and for a break to ski on the empty slopes. For the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, 110 feature-length films were selected. The New Frontier at the Sundance Festival incorporates experimental media, technology, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

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71st Cannes Film Festival, South of France (May 8 – 19, 2018)

69th Venice Film Festival (August 29 – September 30, 2018)

The Grand Dame of Film Festival s - Chic, international and very popular with celebrities and power players, The Cannes Film Festival stands as one of the most exclusive festivals in the world. The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from in May 2017 with the prestigious Palme d’Or being awarded to movie

The end of the summer season brings the 75th annual Venice Film Festival. This year, the festival will run at Venice Lido and will include screenings, ceremonies and celebrations, organized by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barbera. The Venice Film Festival was originally created to raise awareness and promote all aspects of the film industry – offering retrospectives and reverence to major players throughout the history of cinema. For more information visit

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41st Telluride Film Festival (August 29 – September 1, 2014)

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) (September 2018)

A short but very sweet film festival in the Rocky Mountains, Telluride packs a punch. This 40th Anniversary was attended by some 4,000 people to enjoy a 100 film program representing twenty-five countries including twenty-seven new feature films in its main program; six film revivals selected by returning Guest Directors: Don Delillo, Buck Henry, Phillip Lopate, Michael Ondaatje, B. Ruby Rich and Salman Rushdie; twelve Backlot programs; 33 shorts and/or student films, and hosted twelve seminars and conversations between festival guests.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is among the most successful public film festivals in the world. World premieres, galas and parties comprise this illustrious event where stars, directors and industry supremos make the rounds. If you are a cinephile or simply just love to experience new and innovative films, TIFF is the event to attend. In 2017 the Grolsch People‘s Choice Award went to movie Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.

31st Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), Japan (October 2018)

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (December 2018)

The only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), TIFF has played an integral role in Japan’s film industry and cultural scene – not to confused with Toronto Film Festival sharing the same acronym in English. Established in 1985, TIFF aspires to be recognized as one of the four major film festivals in the world and in the same league as Cannes, Venice and Berlin, which now stand at the summit of the more than 2,600 international film celebrations.

The 2018 15th Dubai International Film Festival will stand as the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. DIFF’s pioneering initiatives such as the Muhr Awards, Dubai Film Connection and Dubai Film Market have enriched professional experiences in the region, while also raising the profile of regional works on the world stage. | | 53


DR. KELLY POWERS By Adam Kluger | Photos by Benno Klandt

Designer: Maestro by Sylvio Roubertto Kovacic Hair Stylist: Cameron Lesiege @cameronlesiege Makeup: Nicole Cerro @nicolecerro_makeup On-Set Hair/Makeup Stylist: Ricky Moto for Angelo David Salon | The Beachwaver Co. Hair Colorist: Misty Miller, at Scott J Aveda @scottjaveda Jewelry: Mina Deutche of Mina D Jewelry @minadjewelry Coat: Fabulous Furs by Donna Salyers @donnasalyers On Location: Kellari Taverna Restaurant & Rockefeller Center Photo Shoot site location coordinator: Judy Sahagian Photo Imaging: Benno Klandt & Enri John Angeles

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t's a rare thing when you lear n about someone of high intelligence, talent, beauty and abilities who has dedicated their life to making the world a better place for others. It's even more special when you discover that this unique individual has been right there on your TV set all along. Dr. Kelly Powers is a full-time surgeon, who shares medical tips and health advice on Fox News. But there is so much more to her than meets the eye. Along with discussing hard news and medicine, Dr. Kelly has been a regular panelist on the FOX News political satire comedy show, Red Eye. In addition to Fox News, Dr. Kelly Powers is also a regular commentator

on CNN, HLN and NBC. If you see Dr. Kelly on a TV monitor, the first thing you might notice is the Westchester native's All-American good-looks, but after you pump up the volume on her commentary, you'll quickly realize that Dr. Kelly Powers is not just another pretty face or talking head. She is a truly brilliant doctor who is as comfortable discussing complex medical procedures as she is dissecting government policy, politics or breaking news stories. As a member of the media through her well known and respected contributions to FOX News and others, Dr. Powers has a reputation for presenting soft and hard news on medical and health issues of the day. She is becoming the "go-to" person on many health related stories, but is especially known for

articulating political analysis, public policy, and current events. "As a TV commentator, adaptability is the most important thing, says Powers, on TV you want to be charismatic but often the news topics require a stoic delivery... you've got to go with the have to think on your feet because we are often talking about breaking news. There's just no time to study and learn as much as you'd like so succinct talking points are so important... often I'm taking complex scientific terms and making them relatable." For Dr. Powers, becoming a trusted health and medical resource on TV came naturally. "I learned how to do this for TV audiences just in the way I speak with my | | 57

patients every day. Often, it's the doctors who know how to communicate best with their patients that receive the best reviews. It's all about being able to relate with your patients and establishing trust." It also helps to be a bit of extrovert. "I grew up on the stage. I was dancing and performing at four years old and had my first leading role acting at nine years old. Also, in college I was a Division One cheerleader in California." Dr. Powers credits Cheryl Casone, FOX Business/FOX News anchor and Jill Dobson, Entertainment Reporter for Associated Press for helping her become a more polished TV personality," I had the great fortune of working with both these ladies on-air at FOX, both are close friends who have helped me learn the ropes. I surround myself with good girls... Family & friends are extremely important in my life. I am actually an only child, so my close friends ARE my family and siblings." The good doctor has forged a number of high profile friendships in recent years,

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more often than not in the course of her never-ending work on behalf of the various health-related charities she is involved with like Plasterhouse https://www. theplasterhouse. org/ , Medgift https:// and RAM https://

Plaster House One of Dr. Powers' passions is creating awareness for a condition known as Skeletal Fluorosis. She holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and her interest in this topic/condition arose from her earlier studies and subsequent thesis work. Dr. Powers ended up completing a master's project titled: " Environmental & Medical Management of Skeletal Fluorosis in Easter n Africa" and she presented her work at the American Public Health Association national meeting. This condition is secondary to excessive fluoride exposure, via contaminated ground water or secondary to industrial

practices in niche parts of the world. Endemic in Eastern Africa as it occurs naturally in certain water sources and given rural areas inability to defluoridate or have access to technology or other sources, Skeletal Fluorosis is endemic leading to gross boney deformities of the lower extremity, leading to the inability to walk or walk without pain and peripheral neuropathy occurs often simultaneously. The Plaster House is a home in Arusha that enables children, from all over Tanzania, to recover after they have had corrective orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery or neurosurgery for a disability. Dr Powers plans to visit Plaster House and their affiliate hospital, Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania to volunteer in 2018. Her plan is to perform surgeries on children with Skeletal Fluorosis and Clubfoot and volunteer at Plaster House as part of their post-op recovery.

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MedGift is an organization, that has the complete resources and tools for those facing a health-related hardship or need. It works like a bridal or baby shower registry, however instead of gifts the patient requests specific health-related resources, devices, supplement medical goods, etc and others can purchase these specific medical goods instead of say buying a sick individual flowers. Allows the opportunity for people to give the patient what they really need.

RAM - Remote Area Medical Remote Area Medical's mission is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering. The organization is fueled by donors and volunteers who support the operation of mobile medical clinics that deliver free, high-quality vision, dental, and medical services to children, individuals, and families who do not have access or cannot afford a visit to a doctor. Dr Powers was a medical volunteer with Remote Area Medical (RAM) which provides health care to those in underserved populations in the US, particularly Appalachia. Dr Powers spent time in Tennessee treating patients with various lower extremity pathologies, wounds, and infections. Dr. Kelly says that it was her parents that instilled her with a sense of purpose at a young age. "I grew up in Westchester, New York from humble beginnings, my parents gave me endless encouragement and support my whole life. They stressed academics, hard work, personal responsibility, and above all strong values. From an early age, I was told 1) I can accomplish or be anything I want when I grow up and 2) No one is going to hand it to you. Work hard, keep dreaming, stay positive and goal focused and you can make any dream a reality." Throughout her life Dr. Kelly has pursued excellence wherever it has led her. The result: she holds five different academic

and medical diplomas . "I've lived in five U.S. cities, mostly for school (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, DC, and of course NYC). " Recently Powers was recognized as a "Future 40 Under 40" leader in America in politics and business by Maverick PAC for the year of 2017 where they lauded her medical background: When she is not on TV, Dr. Powers spends her time in the operating room as she is a podiatric surgeon, with an emphasis on diabetes, wound care & sports medicine. Dr. Powers completed a General Surgery Inter nship as part of her Podiatric Surgery Residency at Boston University Medical Center. She went on to complete her fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital, under the department of Plastic Surgery with a focus on diabetes/limb salvage & research. Dr Powers is a published author and her work can be found in esteemed journals, including: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of Diabetes Research, International Wound Journal, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Powers additionally hold a Masters in Science from University of San Francisco with focus of her study & research in environmental science, toxicology & epidemiology. Among those recognized as "Future 40" leaders are current sitting United States Senators and Representatives, and Dr. Powers made the cut to be recognized alongside these individuals. Powers received this award at the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC addressed by Vice President Mike Pence, who spoke at the event congratulating the "Future 40" leaders. Dr. Powers has never been happier working for an employer than in her new job at WestMed Medical Group, a large multi-disciplinary practice located throughout Westchester County, New York and Connecticut. Dr. Powers is excited to be a new member of the WestMed team and is a proud supporter of WestMed's

focus of continuity of patient care and whole body wellness. She is also a practicing surgeon at White Plains Hospital in Westchester, Stamford Hospital in CT, and Rye Ambulatory Surgery Center in Rye, NY. To stay in amazing shape, Dr. Kelly says nothing beats biking. She is a SoulCycle fanatic and swears by it for both physical and mental health. Powers has even completed two bike marathons, one last year in Napa, California to raise money for American Diabetes Association. In her spare time, when she's not saving the world, Dr. Kelly Powers is pretty much like everybody else--she's even found time for a personal life... Yes, because we know you're all wondering--yes, Dr. Kelly does have a boyfriend, Steve Doll, a Sales Trader in NYC originally from New Jersey. "Yes, I am in a relationship with an amazing man. I fall in love with this guy a little more with each passing day. I'm lucky to have such a genuine guy in my life who happens to be my best friend, my teammate, and truly inspires me every day. And he's always making laugh...he's a good guy...right now he's out walking the dogs." | | 61



ot only is French born Eric Demarchelier a well-known painter, but he is also the owner of one of the most iconic Upper East Side restaurants, authentic French Bistro Demarchelier’s, celebrating its 25 year anniversary this 2017. Talent runs in the Demarchelier family. Brother Patrick Demarchelier is a world renown fashion photographer while Eric Demarchelier has received acclaim as a painter. Eric’s artistic style encompasses figurative, geometric abstraction and abstract expressionism, as well as landscape and portrait painting. Born and raised in Normandy, French restaurant owner Eric Demarchelier has lived in New York since 1977, the same year he opened the very first location of

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his eponymous restaurant. After closing the original location on Lexington Avenue, Demarchelier re-opened the restaurant in 1992 on 86th street and his regular customers followed. The restaurant boasts a colorful and cozy environment, with artwork by Eric Demarchelier himself on the walls. He began painting in the 1990s and has been rotating the art exhibited in the restaurant every year since then. Apart from the rotating artwork, Demarchelier has remained consistent throughout the years, both in terms of ambiance and menu, though part of the responsibility of running the restaurant has been pledged to his daughter Emily Demarchelier. More bourgeois than bohemian, D e m a rc h e l i e r ’s c h e e r f u l l y n o i s y, c o z y

quarters are home to a menu of mainly familiar hits from French bistro fare, like standout French onion soup and briny moules mariniere au vin blanc, in a creamenriched broth. Main courses also hew to the classics; duck confit is served over a hearty mix of tomato- and tarragon-scented flageolets. For pure French luxe, sample the Sole Meuniere. Flour-dredged and pan-fried in butter, this tender fillet is accompanied by a grilled lemon half and fat wedges of boiled potato, tossed in plenty of butter and chives. 50 East 86th St. New York, NY 10028 212.249.6300 | | 63



n a c i t y re n o w n e d f o r e t h n i c restaurants, Russian Samovar is unique. Owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her children, this elegant, upscale establishment offers some of the finest Russian cuisine in New York. Located in the Theater District, Russian Samovar boasts a 19th-century feel, complete with picturesque green and red shades and Russian folk prints. Being entrenched in the theater and art community, Ballet Legend Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Nobel Prize winner for poetry Joseph Brodsky are former partners. The popular eatery is famous for its 26 flavored vodkas p re p a re d i n - h o u s e , i n c l u d i n g g i n g e r, horseradish, lemon and cranberry, as well as its Russian delicacies. Jilly Rizzo, friend and bodyguard of Frank Sinatra, owned the establishment in the past, and Sinatra held many personal concerts there and often spent time with The Rat Pack, as well as games of baccarat. Appetizers include Beluga and Osetra caviar, blinis filled with salmon or caviar,

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the Assorted Fish Platter – in house cured Salmon Gravlax with dill, Smoked Atlantic Salmon, Smoked Butterfish — vol-au-vent, a wild mushroom puff pastry, traditional borscht, a pate Russe laced with brandy, and Pelmeni Stroganoff, veal or chicken with sirloin tips in a creamy mushroom sauce. But its signature dishes have put Russian Samovar on the culinary map. House specialties include shashlik Karski, rack of lamb marinated in Georgian spices, beef Stroganoff, veal pojarksi, ground veal and breast of chicken cutlets, chicken Kiev, pelmeni, veal, beef and chicken dumplings, and chicken tabaka, a baby chicken split and grilled. Side dishes, such as marinated red cabbage, boiled or mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, compliment the succulent entrees. For dessert there is the Zapekanka, a very Russkiy cheese cake, and the Crème brûlée just to name a few. Russian Samovar seats 100 in the dining room and 50 at the bar. Upstairs, the intimate St Petersburg Hall & Lounge, which caters to private parties, small dinners and events, seats 34 for sit-down dinner,

and 100 for standing buffet comfortably. Designed by Felix Zbarski and Yuri Kuper, the lounge houses Kaplan’s extraordinary collection of samovars. The club-like feel is evident in the oak floors, schlacked with a warm gray/gold veneer. Because the restaurant is a magnet for artists and writers, poetry readings are held throughout the year and a classically trained pianist performs nightly. Russian Samovar features live interactive theatre every Thursday with award-winning actors, performance from Opera Singer Michael Peer on Mondays, Gipsy Fun Trio on Fridays and Saturdays on violin and guitar playing traditional Russian music, and Jazz Blues Brunch on Sundays 3:00pm - 7:00pm with the Uptown Jazz Company. Russian Samovar has been and continues to be a major contributor and supporter of the art community. 256 W. 52nd Street New York City, New York 10019 212.757.0168 | | 65



he Empire Diner made its grand revival this past April. Cafeteria Group and Chef/ Proprietor John DeLucie have joined forces to create a space that combines diner classics with elevated and fresh flavors. DeLucie noted, “I’ve always been drawn to nostalgia. I love historic spaces that can be revitalized. I’m thrilled to be working with Cafeteria Group to bring such an iconic New York establishment back to life.” Located in West Chelsea, the Empire Diner appears as any other milkshake and patty-melt joint on the outside, yet it has been transformed into a chic, modernized dining area on the inside. There is both a floor-level seating area and an upstairs dining area that serve as ideal spots for private events for up to twentyfive guests.

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Chef de Cuisine Justin Neubeck presents the diner meals we know and love with unique twists. Neubeck displays appetizers that intrigue his guests. From the macaroni and cheese served with mustard greens and sherry vinaigrette to the celery root soup accompanied by brown butter and crab, the list goes on. As for heartier options offered in Neubeck’s “Main” section, one can choose to feast on Braised Beef Short Rib with horseradish gremolata or even a Sourdough Pretzel Fried Chicken with chili mustard sauce and herbed French fries on the side. While you eat, you have the opportunity to sip on beverages creatively concocted by mixologist Jenny Castillo. Castillo utilizes her appreciation for simple and crisp ingredients to produce drinks that will truly tickle the taste buds. The Empire Diner’s “Mule,”

which combines matcha with notes of mint, lime and ginger, and the “Salty Dog,” which fuses pressed fennel and grapefruit juice, are only a couple among the many updated takes on classic beverages. Overall, the Empire Diner encapsulates a universe where the past and present join forces, and the results are innovative dishes and beverages within a stunning, comfortable space. With a glowing history of its own and a future towards refreshing takes on beloved classics, the Empire Diner is a spot you simply don’t want to miss.

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ustic Latin American restaurant La Pulperia, co-owned by Victor Medina and Head Chef Carlos Barroz brings eclectic European influence with Latin American touches to the denizens of New York. Since opening their first location in Midtown West, Barroz and Medina have since gone on to present their fresh take on the classic delicacies of Mexico and Argentina to their three locations on the Upper East Side, Midtown East and Hell’s Kitchen. With a menu that is both inviting as well as adventurous, La Pulperia serves classic Latin delicacies with European inspiration taken from countries such as Italy and Spain. Signature menu items include Las Tablas, which allows patrons to choose from a variety of perfectly grilled proteins such as their famous Pulpo (grilled octopus), accompanied by 5 seasonal varieties of “cazuelitas” tasting, such as the Eggplant Chambota, Russian Potato Salad and Celery Root; Pacu Fish Ribs, which are a rarity in New York, are made with grilled Brazilian fish ribs, served with orange chipotle BBQ sauce and coconut rice; and Moqueta Mixta which includes a mix of fresh squid, shrimp, mussels, white fish, scallops, soy beans, Spanish chorizo, bacalao and green coconut rice in dende oil. The Warm Farro Salad with parsnips, beets, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and butternut squash, tossed in an orange maple vinaigrette, is an excellent lunchtime choice for guests of the Midtown East or Upper East Side locations. Hungry diners will relish with La Pulperia’s dessert menu, which features dishes such as the Spice Chocolate Mousse, made with Herradura anejo tequila, olive oil flourless cake, popcorn toffee, espresso crumbs and

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24k edible gold flakes; and Mango & Lychee Tres Leches, a citrus sponge cake, topped with coconut mousse & sake soak, with a dollop of vanilla whipped cream, white chocolate shavings, mango and lychee pico de gallo. On the weekends, diners can enjoy a Latin twist to a classic brunch. Menu items include Lobster & Baked Eggs seasoned with fresh herbs, crema de blue cheese, fresh cream and truffled scented toasted bread; La Pulperia Omelette with caramelized onion, roasted red peppers, tomato confit, Chihuahua cheese, a side of home fries and a house salad; and Tortilla Espanola, a Spanish style omelette with potato confit, onions and a choice of cheese or chorizo. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of spirits and an ample cocktail menu featuring both classic and innovative cocktails. The Upper East Side location hosts live Jazz every Monday night, giving patrons a chance to unwind at the beginning of the week with Brazilian themed entertainment. Happy Hour specials are also available all day Monday, as well as Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Sundays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The Upper East Side location also offers delivery within the area. Hell’s Kitchen is home to the famous La Pulperia Drag Brunch Sundays from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. This location also hosts Tuesday Night Lady’s Night where from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM all female customers receive their first drink of the night free of charge! Hell’s Kitchen’s Happy Hour is every week, Sunday through Friday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with Weekend Brunch and daily Dinner menus. Full service lunch menus are available

Monday-Friday on the Upper East Side and all week long in Midtown East, though not at the Hell’s Kitchen location. La Pulperia serves modern Latin American fare with a several fresh seafood dishes, accentuated by select meat and vegetarian options. Chef Barroz brings simple yet refined cuisine with European influences from places like Italy and Spain and has received an Open Table Diner’s Choice Award. La Pulperia’s interiors were designed by Andres Gomez (Red Rooster, Whitehall, SoCo) and mirror the authentic pulperias of South America, with handcrafted floor tiles from Mexico, reclaimed wood from Brazil on the ceiling and walls, and abundant shelving displaying top shelf liquor, fresh produce, and wine.

For more information, call 212 933 0757, or visit

La Pulperia UES 1626 Second Avenue (Between 84th & 85th St) New York, NY 10028 La Pulperia Midtown East 151 E 57th St (Between 3rd Ave & Lexington Ave) New York, NY 10022 La Pulperia Hell’s Kitchen 371 W 46th St (Between 8rd Ave & 9th Ave) New York, NY 10036 | | 69



mong the cultures that have proliferated the American culinary scene, Italian is one of the most commonly found. From pizza to pasta and everything in between, Americans have come to truly love Italian food, and for good reason. In Boston, James Beard Award-winning chef Ken Oringer’s restaurant Coppa is showing just how fantastic Italian food can be when created by the proper people. C o p p a , c re a t e d b y a p a r t n e r s h i p between Oringer and fellow James Beard Award-winner James Bissonnette, is a neighborhood favorite in Boston, known as much for its comfortable atmosphere as for the quality of the food it produces. Coppa focuses primarily on small plates, allowing for a relaxed dining experience that is not to be missed. Coppa’s menu is seasonally driven, blending several staple dishes with creative new ideas produced using locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Because of this, guests are always able to find something they’ll enjoy, be it an old favorite or a brandnew specialty, which prompts repeated visits.

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The skilled hands of Executive Chef Trevor Smith and Beverage Director Jodie Battles work together to blend a rich and flavorful menu with an eclectic and inventive group of wines and cocktails. Together, the two ensure a perfect pairing between food and drink, enriching and enlivening every dining experience. Coppa serves dinner seven days a week, along with weekday lunches and weekend brunches. No matter when you visit, all the options Coppa provides are incredible taste sensations, causing guests to always walk away satisfied. Start your meal with some of their many special varieties of salumi, which can be selected separately or in a sampler of five. Their options range from classics such as their Prosciutto di Parma and Nostrano to more original variants like their Beef Heart Pastrami and their Duck Prosciutto. Pair your salumi with one of their cheeses, such as Taleggio, Robiola due Latte, or Arrocca for a truly marvelous experience. Guests can also choose between one of several Stuzzichini, or Italian small bar snacks, such as Mortadella Pimento Formaggio or an Olive Marinate as a starter. They also have more traditional antipasti,

such as their Italian Grinder sandwich or their Buratta. Their pastas and pizzas are among their greatest specialties, and they have several different varieties of both. From their Uni Carbonara with sea urchin to their semolina pasta-based Gemelli con Mais, from their flavorful Margherita to their zesty Fisherman’s Pizza, Coppa’s meals are truly something special. Their brunch menu, while small, is equally fantastic, featuring options such as Zeppole, ricotta donuts, and Pancake Mais. And of course, their wine and cocktails are truly spectacular, hand-selected and crafted to provide the best pairing with the meal. Overall, Coppa brings a neighborhood feel to Italian cooking with a comfortable atmosphere and a variety of small plates. Not only is it the product of chefs whose skill and pedigree cannot be overstated, but its food is rich, flavorful and full of innovation. Go soon, and see for yourself just how truly spectacular simple Italian cooking can be. 253 Shawmut Ave. Boston, MA 617.391.0902 | | 71



team comprised of Tamer Hamawi, Emelie Kihlstrom and Elise Rosenburg has created two delicious restaurants that really reflect the New York City dining experience and pay homage to the influences that impact their menus’ themes. Perched on the edge of Brooklyn Heights, Colonie strives to support the New York food community by using as many local farms as possible, all while providing a comfortable and inviting atmosphere to drink and dine. Colonie’s team appointed Executive Chef Jared Braithwaite to solidify what truly makes Colonie. Drawing inspiration from the history and beauty of the surrounding neighborhoods, Chef Braithwaite transforms produce and herbs into clean, flavorful dishes while maintain the integrity of each ingredient with his passion for food. The menu is arranged by categories of Snacks, Cheese, Vegetables, Pasta, Small, and Large, all offering tasty options for dinner. For pasta, the Campanelle made

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with hen of the woods, Tuscan kale, and parmesan cheese is a great entrée. For a smaller meal, The Bay Scallops paired with avocado, pea tendrils, citrus and green chile is a perfect meal for one, while in the larger options, the Montauk Sea Bream served with squid, heirloom beans, and salsa rossa makes for something a tad more filling. Colonie also provides a great brunch menu with a handful of baked goods, salads, and amazing breakfast foods perfect for an early lunch and a late morning meal. The bar at Colonie currently features a selection of wines created with natural and sustainable ingredients, along with regional craft beers and fresh creative cocktails. Perfectly located under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, Gran Electrica offers an authentic and market-driven Mexican menu. This Bib-Gourmand restaurant is inspired by travels abroad, particularly Mexican street fare. Creating a new take on Mexican cuisine, the menu aims to showcase diversity in a creative style. With the focus still being on freshness and traditional cuisine, Gran

Electrica emphasizes a menu rooted in authenticity through its techniques. From hand-pressed heirloom corn tortillas stuffed with lengua, cilantro, onion, and radish to marinated day boat scallops for aguachile, Gran Electrica gives a respectful nod to Mexico and celebrates the vibrancy of their culture and their foods. Beverages include Mexican ingredients and flavors incorporated in their cocktails, featuring Tequila and mescal by artisan distillers, a common theme by its management. Whether you’re dining at Colonie or Gran Electrica, you are definitely being taken care of and thought of. Stop by for a meal or casual drinks, and find out for yourself how these two restaurants embody what means to be a New York City restaurant. COLONIE 127 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 718.855.7500

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

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

meal. When it comes to drinks, Charlie Palmer Steak New York is at the top of their game there as well. Amanda Streibel, their lead sommelier, has worked with Charlie Palmer for many years having been sommelier and bartender at Aureole, his very first restaurant. The wines offered range from crowd favorites like California Cabernet and Italian Montepulciano to niche wines from as far off as New Zealand and Tasmania. Charlie Palmer Steak New York is a truly wonderful example of what makes the New York City food scene so spectacular. With Palmer’s experienced hand at the reigns, the food is utterly superlative and there are more than enough options to cater to whatever mood you are in. It is without exaggeration to say that in the firmament of New York City dining, Charlie Palmer Steak New York is one its brightest stars. And therefore, I implore you to go there soon and experience everything that the restaurant has to offer. 47 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 (212) 302-3838 | | 75



s a culinary destination, New York City is nearly unmatched in the variety and quality of its offerings. W ith old standards and new talents everywhere, it can be difficult to determine where to go. But with three particularly excellent new restaurants having opened recently, that decision can be made much easier. First is the Egg Shop, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This vibrant eatery features a delicious egg-centric menu. Specialties include their Car ne Asada Burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and avocado; their Crab Toast Benedict on brioche with poached egg and asparagus; and Le Street Food with duck egg, spicy coconut curry butter,

kelp noodles, Thai chili and holy basil. Visiting the Egg Shop is a truly unforgettable experience. Then there is Alice’s Arbor, which is a rustic farm-to-table restaurant with a fantastic menu. They serve three meals a day there, and all three are not-to-be-missed experiences. From seasonal breakfast omelettes with cowboy fries to a Kale Salad served with a fruity vinaigrette, from their Roasted Chicken served with seasonal mixed vegetables to their Spaghetti and Vegetables with mustard green pesto and pecorino cheese, Alice’s Arbor is a truly delectable taste of healthfully-produced cooking. Last but certainly not least is Badshah, which serves up dishes inspired by classic Indian street food alongside richly-flavored

signature dishes. Badshah’s menu is divided into three sections, titled “Appetizers from the Roadside,” “Tandoor” and “From the Pots” respectively, and each one offers several different options. These include Gol Goppa, which are seminola balls with chutney, their Boneless Tandoori Chicken and their rich pot-cooked Cheese Kofta with curry. This extensive menu ensures that Badshah can satisfy any and every palate. Together, these three restaurants are a perfect example of the varied food scene in New York City. From an egg-centric eatery to a farm-to-table locale and a celebration of Indian street food, all three restaurants are wonderful options, perfect for abating your hunger. Go soon, and taste for yourself the culture inherent in New York City’s cuisine.

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ALICE’S ARBOR 549 Classon Ave.Brooklyn, NY 718.399.3003 |

BADSHAH 788 9th Ave. New York, NY 646.649.2407 |

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

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

top bar, beautiful views of the town square and a garden patio for outdoor dining. The incredible space is a blend of refined and eclectic interior styles with brick lime washed walls, tin ceiling, and mid-century flair. This combination of inspired, elegant food made with care and great technique and a beautiful, comfortable room makes for a winning formula. The team at 2 spring is excited by these wonderful possibilities and aims to provide an unforgettable dining experience for residents of the Gold Coast. The restaurant I set to open in December and is sure to be an instant success. 2 SPRING 2 Spring St Oyster Bay, NY 11771 516.624.2411



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he American culinary landscape is one of endless variety and nuance. Even when preparing traditional dishes, most chefs are able to find a way to insert a cultural flair, making every restaurant a truly unique experience. At Tuome in New York City, Chef Thomas Chen prepares distinctly American meals with an Asian touch that not only taste delicious, but show the many ways a simple meal can be modified and explored. Tuome, located on the East Village, is the creation of Chef Chen, a ChineseAmerican native of New York. After working as an accountant for four years, he left the business in order to pursue a career in the culinary arts. Chef Chen spent years working his way through the ranks of Eleven Madison Park’s kitchen honing his cooking skills while also spending time learning business and commerce in order to properly run a casual neighborhood-style restaurant. Tuome, named after his parents’ pronunciation of his childhood nickname “Tommy,” is Chef Chen’s first restaurant, and it is by all accounts a major success. Tuome is open for dinner on Monday

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through Saturday, and its menu is heavily ingredient-focused. It is contemporary American in style but features unique additions and modifications from Chef C h e n ’s c l a s s i c a l t r a i n i n g a n d A s i a n upbringing, creating a scintillating taste experience. The menu is simple but well-made and filled with nuance. Begin your meal with an appetizer of crispy, devilled chili eggs, a lobster roll with wasabi aioli, chives, and celery, or octopus with brown butter and fingerling potatoes. From there, move on to a main dish of chicken with gem lettuce, basil, and porridge, beef with a shallot confit, sunchoke, and mushrooms, or branzino with corn, freeksh, and herbs. Of course, there is always the special Pig Out meal for two, Berkshire pork with spicy peanut noodles and condiments—a rich and flavorful meal perfect for an enjoyable evening. Their drink selections are equally excellent, with a variety of cocktails, beers, and wines designed to pair perfectly with your meal. From a Fire in the Sky—sake with Thai chili and yuzu—to an East Forest Blossom—brut rose with hibiscus and blood orange— your drinks are guaranteed to be exquisite.

Tuome provides special meal offers, including the “Taste of Tuome” and “Summer Picnic” experiences. The “Taste of Tuome” is a three-course meal offered Monday through Thursday, where guests choose one of several options for the first and second courses, including the already mentioned Pig Out. Guests can finish their meal with a beignet with goat’s milk caramel, citron, and ice cream. The “Summer Picnic” is a two-person meal of fried chicken, made with General Tso’s honey and herb ranch sauce and served with a jalapeño and corn waffle and Karee curry macaroni and cheese. Both of these offers are truly exquisite and wonderful ways to experience Tuome’s food. Overall, Tuome is a vibrant addition to the New York food scene, providing contemporary American favorites with a unique Chinese touch. Go soon, and experience Chef Thomas Chen’s masterful interpretation of American cuisine. 536 E 5th St. New York, NY 646.833.7811 | | 81



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

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

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

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orinthia Hotel London is a luxury hotel with a unique location. Nestled between the River Thames, The iconic structures of British government and 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and the art exhibition of the National Gallery and a brisk stroll from the chic boutiques and dining of St. James’s and Mayfair. The Corinthia London’s history has an interesting historical pedigree. The establishment opened in the late 19th century with its brochure advertising its virtues which would not be lost on the modern visi-tor. “That the hotel’s location is particularly re c o m m e n d i t t o l a d i e s a n d f a m i l i e s visiting the West End dur-ing the Season; to traveler’s from Paris and the Continent, arriving from Dover and Folkestone at the Charing Cross Terminus; to Officers and others attending the levees at St James; to Ladies going to the Drawing Rooms, State

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Balls, and Concerts at Buckingham Palace; and to colonial and American visitors unused to the great world of London.” During the First and Second World War the hotel’s location led it to be requisitioned by the Govern-ment in order to provide extra space for administrating the conflicts. Room 474 was the first headquar-ters for SOE, what today is part of the British Secret Intelligence Service or MI6 of James Bond fame. After the building was sold in the mid 2000s an extensive refurbishment took its history full circle - back to its roots as a luxury destination at the heart of London. The hotel today boasts a number of rooms, suites and penthouses all with Hypnos beds, Nespresso machines and a Loewe television. Essential for recovery after a long journey to the City, leaving the room you have within the hotel a beauty salon by Daniel Galvin and an extensive multi-floor spa - ESPA Life at Corinthia.

Dining and entertaining options abound and are all first rate experiences. Massimo Restaurant and Bar, a large open dining space with massive columns serves flawless Italian cuisine. The Northall restaurant looking forward towards the Embankment and River Thames serves Inter national C u l i n a r y D i r e c t o r G a r r y H o l l i h e a d ’s impeccable interpretation of classic British food. For afternoon tea or drinks the Lobby Lounge, illuminated by a custom chandelier by Baccarat is an ex-quisite venue. For evening drinks the more intimate Bassoon Bar offers cocktails and classic drinks in replica Queen Victoria glassware. Regular live music underscores the theme and the name of this see-and-be-seen in venue. Corinthia Hotel London Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD, United Kingdom Phone:+44-20-7930-8181 Website: | | 85



andarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is in the final stages of one of the most extensive renovations in its glorious 115 year history, which are designed to solidify the hotel’s position as one of the leading institutions in central London. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is constantly striving to ensure continuity of the highest levels of service with upgrading of its facilities to remain continually relevant to its clientele. Recently restoration of the façade on the front of the hotel was fully completed bringing back the full beauty of the structure. Situated in Knightsbridge, just a short walk from Harrods, and across the road from fashion emporium Harvey Nichols, the hotel remains open throughout the renovations which will be completed in Summer 2018. International renowned designer, Joyce

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Wang, has been commissioned to oversee the overall design concept, and has taken her inspiration from the hotel’s royal heritage and peaceful parkside location, as well as the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. All 181 rooms and suites will be more luxurious and comfortable than ever before, encompassing details inspired by the building’s Edwardian heritage and the natural beauty of Hyde Park. Art Deco inspired features include carefully curated artworks and custom-designed furniture, creating a warm and inviting environment. In addition, two entirely new, luxurious penthouse suites will be created, with private terraces and extensive views over the park. Esteemed New York designer Adam D. Tihany has been appointed to oversee an inspirational and uplifting renovation of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, as well as a light refurbishment of the hotel’s popular

restaurants and bar. This past September, the hotel unveiled its beautiful, newly restored Knightsbridge facing rooms that combine contemporary grandeur with a refreshing play on traditional luxury for guests to enjoy. Work has now begun on The Hyde Park facing guest rooms and suites which will be completed in Summer 2018. New experiences at the Hotel include cookery classes in concert with specialist cookware firm Divertimenti. For children the experience of the season has to be Afternoon Tea with Bertie Bear from Harrods – maybe for the Adults as well… Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, United Kingdom Phone:+44-20-7235-2000 Website: | | 87

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he desert has always been a place of romanticism, open skies bounded by snow capped mountains, set in ombre colors of mauve. The Coachella Valley looks as if it were the backdrop of an old George Montgomery Western, perhaps that is why he picked this scenic oasis to call his home. He wasn’t the only movie star to do so. Only 100 miles east of Los Angeles, made this the perfect escape for the glittering stars of the golden age of film, who were bounded by their contracts to never be more than a two hour drive from the studios. Palm Springs, known as the “Hideaway of the Stars,” has stayed true to its name. Walk through the wide, palm lined streets of the historic Las Palmas neighborhood and you can stand in front of the black and white regency style home once lived in by Marilyn Monroe. A short skip down the street and you will find yourself at the gates of the

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Howard Hughes estate, turn and face Mt San Jacinto and classic statuary is staring back down at you from the white hilltop compound of the Hearst family. Stroll down to the area know as Movie Colony and you'll be greeted by the towering hedges that once protected the privacy of Lucy and Desi and so many others. With some of the strictest historic preservation rules in the country, Palm Springs is virtually untouched. It still stands as it was created, a glamorous place of privacy. The city is seeing a revitalization like never before. A sexy and freshly affluent crowd of from across the globe are now calling the desert their holiday home. The new guard is sleek, cultured and sophisticated, Palm Springs has always been a city of sex appeal, but never more than now. As any resort, Palm Springs has its high season which conveniently opens as soon as the Hamptons closes. For any New Yorker looking for a sophisticated escape… pack your bright colors and head to JFK for

a non -stop flight to America’s Oasis. For those visiting the pool-centric town for the first time here are a few tips to make your experience a cool one: •

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Do ride your bike- Don't let the charm of this small town fly by through the window of a fast moving car, it’s best seen on a leisurely ride. Pack Sunscreen- high altitude of the valley means your skin is closer to the sun’s rays Wear linen- Even in the winter is a beautiful 85 degrees Don't be afraid of color - Trina Turk is the epitome of Palm Springs style. Have a gin and tonic with a squeeze of locally grown lemons

CHI CHI at the Avalon The Secret Garden Hideaway • Start with the Oysters- from the nearby Pacific coast

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The age that created the glamour of the Sonoran Desert can still be seen through the white, Spanish stucco walls, protecting four acres of private villas and fragrant landscapes. Like a secret garden, the rich greenery surrounding the interior of the Avalon holds a Mediterranean secret where poolside dining becomes the ultimate seaside affair. Leave the modern maddeness of city life at the yellow doors of CHI CHI at the Avalon and sip a refreshing, dirty martini next to the crisp turquoise lapping of the courtyard pool. Tucked away under a lush canopy of foliage where overhead fans cool the night temperature, an intimate row of benches flicker under calm candle lite, creating outdoor experience in fine fare. Chilled on a bed of crushed ice, local oysters from the nearby Pacific coast are shucked and served on the half shell for an inviting 1st course. In this playful setting of the Sonoran Desert you’ll find the Coachella Valley’s best Branzino. Mellow flavored and flaky it's the perfect aquatic complement to follow as second course. Clad in white

shirts and bermuda shorts, friendly staff, set off the coastal aesthetic. To complete the meal finish with a chilled glass of dry rose and fresh berries with creme. Alfresco dining is a main ingredient in the California lifestyle and fresh food based on fresh living is the theme at CHI CHI, where you can dine seaside in the desert. Korakia Pensione - The Artist's Hideaway • Sleep in the studio that once housed Winston Churchill • Curl up with a vintage book from the classic library • Watch Classic and foreign films glimmer under the night skies • Relax and refresh with a Moroccan tea service each afternoon • Explore the grounds barefooted • Indulge in an in-room spa treatment • Experience a midnight swim under the stars • Have lunch delivered to privacy of your room • Stay in the waterfall suite, a spanish adobe dating back to 1910 Walk through the intricately carved

Moroccan doors and enter the imaginative world that was once the home of painter Scottish painter, Gordon Coutts. Dar Marroc, as the villa was named, was created to reflect Coutts’s exotic life in Tangiers, then a popular resort among turn of the century european gentlemen. From the moment the white, Moorish arches opened along a sandy path in 1924, it was a gathering spot of artists and intellectuals, even housing Winston Churchill, who came to paint among the bohemians of his time. Today, walking through the same arches, the Korakia (Greek for crow, a local resident who makes her home among the fan palm trees...Palm Springs has the largest population of Fan Palms in the world), is a step back in time. A world away from the distractions of modern technology, this historic property has kept true to its origins as a retreat for the creative community, with all of the comforts of a private mediterranean estate tucked in the hills of Marrakesh. 1.5 acres of intimacy like no other is charm of this property. Though Morocco may be a world away, the experience of the ancient seaside destination is felt through the attention paid

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The Colony Palms. Photo Credit Scott Chebegia

to the design of the bungalows, villa and gardens. Relaxed attentiveness from the beautiful and worldly staff, makes sure your every need is seen to in the most private of fashions. The start of every morning is met with a full-cooked breakfast served in the courtyard, under the shade of thriving citrus trees. Casual crowds, dressed in loose fitting floor length dresses and linen shirts, sip coffee around antique wooden tables. Light conversation in art flows over the bubbling of a Moorish fountain that once greeted guest like Rudolph Valentino. In the afternoon, be treated to an authentic Moroccan tea service before strolling barefooted along the stone pathways that wind through the property. Discover the organically styled pools, at the perfect temperature and swim in the natural stone inset, reflecting a partition of calming fire side blazes. In the evenings curl up on the cushioned daybeds covered in rich middleeastern motifs and watch the sunset over the majestic view of Mt San Jacinto. Candle lit lanterns and firepits flicker in the evening twilight with a European turndown service as glittering movie stars project under the

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vast constellation of the night sky creating a luxurious indoor/ outdoor experience. The Colony Palms The Hollywood Hideaway • Stay in room 18 • Rent a poolside cabana • Tour the Movie Colony by bike A crackdown on crime in the Midwest saw a mobster influx to the Wild West. Seeing themselves as pioneers they fled to the desert to avoid prying eyes and the law. Visionaries, like Bugsy Siegel saw more than a pile of secluded sand, they say money, and lots of it! As a resort town, Palm Springs had a severe downturn in its economics every year at the end of each season and with the closing of the illustrious playground, El Mirador in 1932, the city was losing its style. Enter a pair of glamour toting, dinner jacket wearing, celebrity friended brothers known as The Wertheimers. Associates of the infamous Purple Gang, a predominantly Jewish mob of bootleggers and hijackers, Al Wertheimer arrived in Palm Springs to capitalize, as any western prospector would. Conveniently situated near the O’Donnell Golf Club (the millionaires playground) is a

discrete colonial facade of white stucco, topped by red Spanish clay tiles, known today as the The Colony Palms. What lay through the entrance of this discreet hotel is a history synonymous with the golden days of Hollywood. Opening its doors as “ The Colonial House” in 1936, Wertheimer’s hotel swiftly became the prefered playground of the silver screen elites, drawn to the property for its opulent accommodations and for its discretion. Prohibition may have ended three years prior but the good times were far from a close. In true mobster fashion Wertherimer installed a basement casino, speakeasy and brothel. Any evening one could catch a glimpse of Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable or Carol Lombard dancing the night away, granted you were among those admitted. Though the days of underground nightlife have long since left the property the elegance has stayed the same. Today the Colony Palms Hotel is a fashionably private hideaway attracting sleek socialites who have come to retreat in the courtyard style grounds of ivy and citrus. Under the mystical sound of cicadas you’ll find, cocktails in hand, lounging poolside in private cabanas the most attractive crowd of cultured individuals in the Coachella Valley.

Simplicity is the key to comfort at the Colony Palms. Plush white lined beds face Spanish fireplaces and spacious bathrooms with clawfoot tubs invite their guest to lounge in soapy suds like Joan Crawford would have. Attention to atmosphere, down to the appearance of the staff, who all look as if they’ve walked out of a Hollywood film themselves make this the “Hollywood Hideaway.” The Purple Palm A pantry without borders • Brunch with the locals • Have a Purple Palm bloody mary The Bloody Mary is a staple of Palm Springs brought here from NYC’s St Regis to the Palm Springs Racquet Club in the 1930’s • Share the 1st course Like the glamorous gangsters of golden age Hollywood, Chef Nick Tall is a visionary in the desert. Cuisine set from local ingredients seem to appear like a plated oasis. More than a Chef, Nick Tall is an artist. Each dish he prepares has a story, inspired and created. Like the classic stars who once sipped poolside cocktails at the Colony Palms, he has become quite the locally celebrated chef himself. Under the rust red scrolls of Jacobean printed wallpaper and antique beamed ceilings, The Purple Palm is a culinary experience reflective of the rich history of the Coachella

Valley. Finding innovative ways to bring exotic life to locally abundant ingredients, like the citrus grown right on the property, he has created an atmosphere that is the epitome of fine desert dining. The endless possibilities of Chef Nick’s talents are more than apparent in the fresh menus that he creates weekly. A menu that brings to life the elements of the international influence of the local culture, because after all no one is from Palm Springs. People who choose to come to the Sonoran Desert city of only 75 years of age, have lived rich international lives and Chef Nick Tall is no exception. A youth spent on the Southern Coast of Florida brings out the spices in Latin America, combined with his culinary career in the Orient and infused with the local region's rich agricultural and Chef Nick Tall gives you a cuisine that is authentically Palm Springs. V-Palm Springs- The Social Hideaway • Chat with the bartender to hear the properties vibrant history • Have the tuna tartare cigars delivered to you lounge chair • float on a Swan shaped floatie • Relax on your private walled terrace Called the “Beverly Hills of the Desert” South Palm Springs has a flavor all its own. Developed in the late mid-century this stylish area of palms and canyons is home to the fabulously preserved roadside inns.

Housed in a stone clad 1950’s lodge that has been transformed into a double, salt water pool oasis, the V is a sophisticated retreat that has all of the mid-century charm of the region's heyday. Sitting proudly at the base of Mt San Jacinto, entering the lobby of the V you are greeted by south facing views of the plummeting peaks and rocky ridges created by the Andreas Fault, a sight rarely seen from a hotel pool in the Coachella Valley. Flanked by terraced and walled guestrooms, the angular, eagle thunderbird shaped pool at the V is a natural social setting lending itself to an atmosphere of trendy luxury. Local DJ’s pump the sounds of sultry beats at the Saturday pool parties, where giant inflatable swans provide an entertaining lounging experience, for guests who have come to the desert for a social escape. At this property you will find a diverse crowd of vacationers infused with locals, all in Palm Springs for the same reason, to soak up the world renowned poolside party life. Staying in character with the mid-century design influence, the open floorpan of the guestrooms with ensuite walled terraces, provide the perfect place for inmates to gather around private firepits and swing in relaxing hammock chairs. A transitional property on the rise to a great farm-to-table restaurant soon to open its doors to the public, the V Palm Springs is gateway to the timeless social style this Sonoran Desert is home to.

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

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

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

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GM has a legendary history of hospitality in Las Vegas spanning more than forty years. Of the brand’s 14 hotels and resorts, the Delano stands apart as a sophisticated, refreshing alternative to its sister properties. Originally opened as The Hotel at Mandalay Bay back in 2003, it was reimagined as The Delano in 2014 after a top to bottom renovation inspired by the contemporary design of The Delano South Beach. A partnership between MGM and Morgans Hotel Group, the non-smoking, non-gaming 1,117 room all-suite hotel offers the boutique atmosphere and attention to detail that define Morgans properties. It begins with the inviting lobby experience-soft lighting, a cozy coffee and tea bar and friendly staffers with iPads ready to assist with any guest needs. Other thoughtful touches--complimentary flavored water, a rotating shadow box exhibit (currently highlighting vintage cocktail guides) and large mirror ador ned with handwritten inspirational sayings that change every day. Accommodations at the Delano are spacious at 725 square foot or larger and sleekly designed in neutral tones. Suites boast floor to ceiling windows with Strip, beach, or mountain views, a separate

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living area with seating for five, and master bathroom with a glass enclosed shower and soaking tub. Distinctively scented bath amenities come from BATHHOUSE Spa, the hotel’s well-appointed 14,000 square foot spa and gym complex. Unwind in the spa’s eucalyptus steam room and redwood sauna. With its location adjacent to Mandalay Bay, the Delano offers easy access to the resort’s dizzying array of restaurants, shopping, gaming and pools. Right next to the Delano Beach Club pool sits Mandalay Bay Beach--an 11-acre man-made beach with sand, a 1.6 million gallon wave pool, four additional pools and private cabanas. Culinary indulgence awaits at the Delano’s two main dining outlets. Located on the lobby level, Della’s Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch all day daily, with farm-totable items made from regionally sourced ingredients. The casual eatery’s peaches and cream French toast is a standout, garnished with peach compote, granola and bourbon crumble and creme Anglaise. For a more upscale experience, Rivea doesn’t disappoint. Located on the 64th floor, the rooftop restaurant is known for its spectacular Strip views, outdoor balcony dining and attentive, knowledgeable wait staff. Delano Executive Chef Bruno Riou updates the European-born Alain Ducasse concept, with fresh seasonal takes on small

plates inspired by food markets in the Italian and French Rivieras. Must-have specialties-marinated sea bass, beef carpaccio and chickpea fries. Save room for Rivea’s signature dessert--a decadent limoncello baba cake, drizzled tableside with chilled limoncello and fresh vanilla whipped cream. The Delano is one of only a few hotels on the Strip that is pet friendly, with a first-class selection of amenities available through its Doggie Butler Service. Four legged guests receive a welcome bag upon arrival with biscuits, a leather toy and waste disposal bag. In addition to a small but serviceable dog park right outside, the hotel provides dog walking services for a fee with optional text messages and photos so you know your best friend is being well taken care of. Like many other hotels, the Delano does not allow dogs to be left unattended unless they are in a crate or carrier. Not to worry-crates are available for rental. And yes, the 24-hour room service menu includes Doggie Delights. For a luxurious, rejuvenating oasis that will transport you from the Strip while staying right in the heart of it, The Delano Las Vegas is your best bet. | | 95



os Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is a popular vacation destination known for its perfect weather. With an average of 360 days of sun, there is always a perfect fun-filled day awaiting you on your vacation. You will never be bored on your trip to Cabo. Whether you choose to spend your day swimming, taking a boat ride snorkeling and seeing the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas, dinner on the Marina, or dancing the night away at Cabo Wabo. However, no vacation is complete without the right hotel accommodations. As you head closer to downtown Cabo from the airport, you reach Hacienda Encantada, a beautiful luxury resort hidden far off the busy highway amongst the tranquil cliffs of Cabo. This resort is truly the ultimate relaxation and luxury experience. You are welcomed by their friendly and endearing staff that help escort you to your new temporary oasis. The architecture and furnishings reflect traditional Mexican Hacienda inspired decor, featuring colorful buildings with elegant vine covered walls and fountains. The resort offers studio suites all the way up to 4 bedroom suites, making this the perfect experience for both big and small groups travelling together. You can choose suites offering kitchen, dining and living rooms options, as well as ocean view balconies with private whirlpools. And the highlight of this resort is the breathtaking picturesque view of the Sea of Cortez. Although the beach is not swimmable,

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there are 3 separate infinity pools on site, ensuring room to accommodate all guests at the hotel. Expedite your relaxation level and treat yourself for a day at the resort’s Holistic Spa. The spa offers a large selection of pampering activities to choose from and has beautiful indoor and outdoor bed options. The smell of unique oils and Mexican holistic incense instantly has you relaxed from the moment you walk in. For some more interactive activities, book a day of horseback riding on the beach or Mexican cooking class paired with tequila tasting. When traveling with the whole family, the resort offers a list of services directed towards children. At the main pool, the friendly staff offers fun-filled activities throughout the day to entertain all members of the family. Steps away, you will find a separate children’s pool, paired with the kids zone; a water playground and play area. Tennis and basketball courts are both on site and available to all guests as well. Also, be sure to ask about the resorts babysitting services if interested in a romantic dinner for two or a night out on the town. The adults only pool area consists of a 3-level infinity pool paired with a 5 star view of the Sea of Cortez and the iconic m o u n t a i n o u s c l i ff s . S u r ro u n d e d b y a breathtaking view, you will truly experience luxury and relaxation unlike any other resort. The adults only pool area offers prompt waiter service and swim up bar where you can order poolside appetizers, sushi, and

an extensive cocktail menu. Relax in one of the luxe lounge chairs and be immersed in the sound of the sea crashing over the rocks below. As the evening unfolds, make a reservation at one of the eight restaurants on site for dinner. This resort is known for the high end cuisine and restaurant experience. Hacienda Encantada does offer an optional all-inclusive plan, which would include all eight restaurants on site. The all-inclusive package also includes restaurants found at the sister hotel in downtown Cabo on the Marina, called Marina Fiesta. If you feel like expanding your Cabo San Lucas experience some evenings, the hotel offers shuttle service to Marina Fiesta, the sister hotel on the Cabo San Lucas Marina and downtown Cabo, where there are a handful of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping for your entertainment. Hacienda Encantada truly brings you the best experience of Los Cabo San Lucas, providing a tranquil luxury experience, while also being a quick ride away from the flamboyant famous nightlife of downtown Cabo. The views, pools, rooms, and food are all the perfect 5-star combination for the ultimate vacation. This hidden luxury gem is truly a must see if you are visiting Cabo San Lucas, and will bring you a unforgettable vacation experience. | | 97

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ou know that feeling when someone lets you in on a secret? All of a sudden you feel a little sneaky and a little giddy. You’ve just been trusted with some very special information. You now have access to something that few people do and you are now one of the few keepers of this treasured knowledge that was given to you in a whisper, because it was that precious. I live for those moments, especially when I travel: The secret dish that’s not on the menu and has to be ordered in a very specific way; the password that gets you into an underground watering hole to hear the best live, local music; the undisclosed hot spring that’s off the map and way off the tourist trail. I live for those moments-when a local trusts you so much that they’re willing to let you in on one of their city’s secrets. My trip to Montreal felt like one whispered secret after another. It started before I even got there. So I’m waiting in the Delta Sky Lounge for my flight and a Delta representative asks me to follow him. He takes me through a door I’d never noticed before, down a set of stairs

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and before I can ask why, he opens another door and there we are on the tarmac—as in, where the planes are. He explains that my plane is now departing from a different terminal and walks me over to a Porsche. Yep, it’s right there on the tarmac too. He opens the passenger door for me and explains, “We do this for VIP’s—Celebrities, Government Officials, and Delta Diamond Club Members who have tight connections. It’s called our Porsche Service.” The last part was uttered just above a whisper. The Delta representative then drives me past a dozen or so planes until we arrive at mine. A private stairway is set up and at the top, is a covert door. “This is how I get on?” I ask, walking up the stairs in disbelief. When we get to the top, he nods and opens the door to the plane. No need to go back into the airport and wait for boarding instructions. Just up the steps and there I was, in my seat sipping champagne before the jet bridge for all the other passengers was even set up. How did I not know about this Porsche Service before? It was a secret. The next one was disclosed about 20 minutes later. This time, not in a whisper. Our pilot announced that our flight from

NYC to Montreal would be 45 minutes. Yes, as in less than an hour. I’ve had commutes from one side of Manhattan to the other that were longer than that. Instead, today, I’m commuting to--what I’ve been told is--a miniature version of Paris which is a little bit different, isn’t it? Next, we arrive at our hotel, Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, where every staff member we encounter is genuinely smiling and happy to greet us. It became quite clear over the course of our stay that their staff is carefully hand-picked. They truly enjoy hospitality. Again, I found myself questioning how seasoned I actually was as a traveler: How am I not more familiar with this hotel group? I’d obviously come across the brand before, but I had no idea it was such a step above. It’s almost as if it’s been kept a secret. Part of a French multinational hotel group, Sofitel sums up its philosophy in one word: Magnifique--the French word for magnificent--a word that’s synonymous with gorgeous, splendid, lovely, and royal. Nothing could be more true of this hotel and its staff. The Le Renoir restaurant and Le Bar within the hotel were refined down to the detail from the dashing décor and

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Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, Opera Suite Bedroom

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

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

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And now, one of the best-kept secrets I’ve ever come across: The Sugar Shack of Chef Martin Picard’s restaurant, La Pied de Conchon. Quick background: The term “Sugar Shack” comes from the Canadian tradition of boiling sap down to maple syrup in a shack out in the countryside. In short, it describes a rustic atmosphere. Get Picard involved and what you have is a renowned chef’s gourmet reinvention of local, traditional, harvest season recipes. Imagine, being out in the peacefulness and fragrance of a gorgeous farm, knowing everything from this land you’re on is being cooked for you elegantly course after course, and you’re being served in a cozy log-cabin like setting—picnic-table style with a front porch outside where the barbeque smoker is within arm’s reach. I was in foodie bliss. The atmosphere, the flavors, everything was so grounded and sophisticated at the same time. One of the best culinary experiences of my life. Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels that way. It can take months to get a reservation. But I assure you, if you plan ahead, it will be a night you will never forget. Sometimes a secret is just too good to keep. | | 99



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

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

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

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

Captain Warren docks at the Rum Cave to deliver his catch of the day for the evening’s dinner. Another blissful part of my stay was an afternoon at the Auriga Spa & Fitness at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina. With views of the bay and mountains, the private indoor/ outdoor spa village and fitness facilities are hidden among trees and verdant foliage, creating an exclusive oasis. Before my treatment, I enjoyed the steam inhalation room, Jacuzzi, and sauna cabana, and a welcoming, grounding ceremony, employing carefully selected herbs designed to prepare the body for the spa experience. The large state-of-the-art fitness center was also handy day and night. The Spa village is even home to a treehouse gazebo, perfect for a romantic dinner for two or a special spa treatment setting. With the resort’s marina’s shops, restaurant and sundries store, and with a ferry to take

guests across the bay to LaBas Beach at Marigot, to swim, kayak, and more, guests never want to leave Marigot Bay. But if you do, be sure to take a “Smooth Operator” private charter boat to the other side of the island (or you can ask your Capella Personal Assistant to arrange for a car). Take day trips or half-day excursions to visit cocoa farms, or to bathe in natural hot springs, or take a volcano tour, and along the way pass through charming villages and see St. Lucia’s famous twin volcanic mountain peaks, the Pitons. Visit Pigeon Island and Anse Cochon beaches, where snorkeling and diving is a delight. Or make a scenic climb up the Marigot Bay Ridge with the resort’s resident Ranger. With all this to do and see in St. Lucia, you owe it to yourself to book your Marigot Bay getaway. | | 101



nce regarded as the “Paris of the East,” Shanghai is a city of incredible beauty and rich history. While its days of opulence may seem over, the Peninsula Shanghai is determined to keep the memories of those days alive and well. The mainland China flagship for its p a re n t c o m p a n y, t h e H o n g K o n g a n d Shanghai Hotels, Limited, the Peninsula Shanghai’s historical focus can be first seen in its location. It proudly proclaims itself to be the first new building on the Bund, Shanghai’s historic riverfront, since 1937, and it endeavors to bring the atmosphere of this storied location into the hotel itself. Apart from its commitment to history, the Peninsula Shanghai has a commitment to comfort. The hotel has 235 rooms and suites, all of which are filled with a variety of amenities. Common to all rooms are a deluxe marble bathroom, a personal dressing room and a nutrition center with a built-in minibar and Nespresso. Additionally, the rooms range in style from the Superior Room, the most basic room, to the Peninsula Suite, a two-bedroom suite with a dining room, living room, private gym and fully-equipped kitchen. These rooms are at the height of luxury, and designed to support every possible guest need. As far as dining goes, the hotel offers the choice of five different restaurants

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and bars, each with its own culinary style. From Sir Elly’s Restaurant and Terrace, which offer modern European cuisine and elegant cocktails respectively, to the Yi Long Court, which offers Cantonese cuisine in an environment that mirrors the opulent Shanghai homes of the 1920s, there is no shortage of wonderful options to appease your palate. Of particular interest is the lobby, which is important for several reasons. Not only does it offer all-day dining with both international and Asian options, but it also is another way the Peninsula Shanghai honors their historical heritage. The lobby is enhanced with two massive wall murals created by a prominent Hong Kong artist, which are designed to honor the memories of both the HongKong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, and the Bund itself. The murals change color and shape throughout the day, creating a beautiful viewing experience. This approach to beauty is also seen in the hotel’s Peninsula Spa. Covering 1,250 square meters of space, this gorgeous spa offers several treatments designed to purify both mind and body. From their treatments with Ayurvedic influence, to their traditional facials and massages, to their three special Peninsula ceremonies, the Peninsula Spa is designed purely to help you recover from the stresses of your life and to leave you refreshed and ready to return to the world. The spa area also offers a 25-meter-long

swimming pool and a fully equipped fitness center, both of which are perfectly calibrated to enhance your experience. Take a relaxing dip in the pool and then take a trip to the sauna, or work out with the state-of-the-art Life Fitness exercise equipment, depending on your mood and interests. One of the hotel’s specialties is its event planning. The Peninsula Shanghai is perfectly suited for anything from conferences to executive seminars. It offers a choice of several different meeting places, from the elegant Rose Ballroom to one of the four exquisitely appointed meeting rooms. In terms of travel, the Peninsula Shanghai offers guests a fleet of four bespoke RollsRoyces, perfect for getting around Shanghai in style. All of the hotel’s vehicles come equipped with a miniature iPad and free WiFi, allowing you to enjoy your ride in style. Overall, the Peninsula Shanghai offers luxury for your Chinese hotel experience. It honors Shanghai’s history in its location, in its artistic nuances and in the way that it provides its guests the opportunity to experience Shanghai. At the same time, it is equipped with modern luxuries, creating a wonderful and comfortable blend of Shanghai’s past and present. Come today, and see just how elegant and beautiful Shanghai can be. | | 103



apan is a country of remarkable beauty and history, one that includes years of isolation from the Western world. Because of this, visiting Japan is an utterly unique experience, invoking a blend of ancient traditions and modern influences unlike what any other country can offer. And it is that spirit, along with wonderful amenities and excellent service, that the Palace Hotel Tokyo offers to all its guests. The space where the hotel is located initially hosted the Teito Hotel in 1947, a symbol of the increased Western influence in Japan following the end of World War II. However, in 1961, the Teito Hotel was razed to the ground and replaced with the original Palace Hotel, which was a greater blend of the two cultures. It even won a prize for its innovative use of traditional Japanese architecture and materials in its construction. Rebuilt into the Palace Hotel Tokyo in 2009, it pays homage to the traditions of its predecessors while forging its own identity as a magnificent representation of Japanese luxury. The Palace Hotel Tokyo has several different kinds of rooms and suites, ranging in size from 484 square feet to 2,744 square feet, making them perfectly suited for individual or group usage. All rooms offer stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings, including lush gardens and a spectacular skyline. As far as comforts, its rooms feature a fully-stocked minibar, an in-room safe, two LCD TVs, one of which is located in the

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bathroom, and complimentary high-speed internet, both wireless and wired. The rooms go from Deluxe to Club Grand Deluxe, while the suites go from an Executive Suite to their Palace Suite. Naturally, their Palace Suite is the most luxurious suite they have to offer, with features such as a service kitchen with its own entrance, a walk-in wardrobe, 24-hour in-room dining, and an M’s brand speaker system. It is perfect for those who want to experience the fullest extent of the Palace Hotel Tokyo’s comforts. When it comes to food, the hotel is well-equipped to meet any and all culinary needs. With seven different restaurants, three bars, and a pastry shop, you will find wildly different dining experiences. Wadakura offers up kaiseki cuisine, a refined and uniquely Japanese meal experience involving several small plates brought out over the course of an evening. Tatsumi provides delicious tempura made with the freshest seafood available, making for a rich and flavorful meal. There is also Sushi Kanesaka, which provides sushi produced by Michelin-starred Chef Shinji Kanesaka. And for those who want to taste something closer to home, their Grand Kitchen is open all day and serves up an array of Japanese-influenced food from the American, French, Spanish, and Italian culinary traditions. The Palace Hotel Tokyo offers relaxation and comfort with their spa, Evian SPA TOKYO. Not only is the spa gorgeous, designed to resemble the path Evian® brand mineral water takes through its Alpine

home, but it also features several different luxury treatments all designed to revitalize its guests. Additionally, the hotel has several different venues for meetings or other events. It has seven different function rooms and three meeting rooms designed to suit whatever need is required of them. Among the seven function rooms, Aoi is the largest, capable of holding 1,440 people, while Kikyo is the smallest, capable of holding 90. All the rooms offer striking views and elegant décor and can be furnished and decorated to host occasions ranging from dinner parties to weddings. The meeting rooms consist of two regular meeting rooms and one boardroom, all of which are comfortable and tastefully decorated. These rooms can be used for any meeting and will surely lend an authentic sense of luxury to the proceedings. Of final importance is the hotel’s location, which is right in the heart of Tokyo. Surrounded by restaurants, shops, and beautiful scenery, guests can easily walk around the city and experience everything it has to offer. T h e P a l a c e H o t e l To k y o i s a t r u l y marvelous hotel and a perfect place to stay while experiencing Japan. With wonderful accommodations, fantastic restaurants, and a central location, it is an essential place to stay if you want to see what Tokyo has to offer. Go soon, and explore the full extent of Japanese luxury. | | 105



Ashley Black inventor of FasciaBlaster

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bout 5 years ago, Blast owner Maria Ciancio-Gioino, suffered a painful knee injury while working out. For years following, she endured multiple cortisone injections and physical therapy with no results. A f t e r h o u r s o f l a t e - n i g h t re s e a rc h , desperate for relief, Maria learned about Fasica Blasting – a treatment designed to help the body promote healthy blood flow, increase nerve activity, help with pain and lesson the look of cellulite. She gave it a shot, eager to find any chance of reclaiming her life and work-out regimen. After less than a year of self-treatment, 2x a week, she now considers herself fully recovered, thanks to the FasciaBlaster. Her experience inspired her to open Blast Spa & Fitness, where she now passes the success on to those looking to heal their bodies and get in shape. Maria says, “When I first got the FasciaBlaster, I was skeptical. I thought this could never be better than injections.

After just a few blasting treatments, I had less pain and more mobility. And even better, my skin was tighter overall and I could barely see cellulite in spots it used to be very visible.” The device, called the FasciaBlaster is an FDA-approved Class 1 medical device that resembles a wand with crab-like claws. At Blast, expert fascia technician Lauren Cornea, spends up to an hour and half with each client and says, “Fascia is the connective tissue that is on top of the muscle. It can recoil which creates pockets known as cellulite or restrict muscle activation and proper circulation. The FasciaBlaster works best on skin that has been oiled up. I recommend that clients

workout or sit in the sauna first so they’re heated up. Then with the wand, I use brisk up and down movements for 3-5 minutes per zone and over a few weeks clients are seeing amazing results.” The FasciaBlaster optimizes overall health by breaking up any restrictions, adhesions and distortions that have developed in the body. Blast Spa & Fitness, located on Northern Boulevard in Great Neck is the only spa offering FasicaBlaster treatments on Long Island. Clients can select treatments up to an hour and a half, complete with an infrared salt sauna and personal training session. Blast also offers daily fitness classes including TRX, Barre, Yoga, Bootcamp,

Self Defense, Reformer Pilates and Silent Spin - where each client gets a personalized Bluetooth headset to personalize the volume of the music. Blast offers massages and other body treatments in addition to a popup hair salon so clients can leave feeling beautiful from head to toe. For more information, to sign up for a class or book a treatment, call (516) 570 6300. Blast is currently offering introductory packages and a pay-as-you-go class option. Blast Spa & Fitness 550 Northern Blvd Great Neck, NY 11021 | | 107



omedian Felicia Madison draws on her experiences as a stay-at-home mom in affluent Manhattan as the basis for her observational comedy, poking fun at marriage, parenthood, and life in general. Felicia had a childhood dream of becoming a Broadway dancer. Her parents had other plans… which is why she was pre-med in college! A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in the biological basis of behavior and a minor in marketing (she jokes that she’s only qualified to sell drugs), Felicia decided to try her hand at comedy after a class at the Manhattan Comedy School. This interest grew an now she also blogs, podcasts, and is currently writing a television pilot. She can be found performing stand-up throughout New York City. In 2016, Felicia launched Laughing

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Affairs, which produces daytime and evening comedy shows for social events such as birthdays, showers, and corporate and fundraising events. A production of Laughing Affairs is Laughercise. Laughercise eschews the traditional late night environs of comedy clubs, instead treating guests to a one course meal, dessert, and glass of wine in the afternoon as both up-and-coming and veteran comedians take to the stage. Laughercise’s times and locations are perfect for comedy fans seeking laughs outside of the traditional late night, male-dominated clubs. One of Felicia’s and Laughing Affairs latest projects is Comedy for a Cause, where Felicia and other comics come together to raise money for a foundation, charity, or benefit, with all proceeds going to the cause. Felicia has two significant events coming up next month in January 2018.

The first one, Funny Business, is January 16th, 2018 at the famous Friars Club, a panel discussion where Felicia and female executives will teach the ins and outs of the comedy business. Felicia’s next Laughercise lunch will be January 31st, 2018 featuring comedians Jessica Kirson and Adrienne Iapalucci. Through the Laughercise lunches and her panel discussions, Felicia’s goal is to help elevate female comedians to reach the same level of success as their male counterparts. The format “enables me to perform during the day, when I am completely free, and in front of ‘my’ audience. The lunches have been a huge success for both the moms and the comedians,” Felicia told Broadway World.




ed Owen, the father of eSports, is close to seeing video gaming in the Olympics. Among the trailblazers of this multi-billion dollar industry, Owen has been working toward this moment for two decades, with outlets like Bloomberg. com recognizing him as “a pioneer of the video gaming industry.” The potential introduction of eSports offers the Olympic Movement potential to fulfill its own Charter that “the practice of sport is a human right”. Whilst many Olympic sports favor young athletes who spend a lifetime preparing with a specialist regime in a national athletic organization, eSports offers a potential democratization and broader participation in being shortlisted to participate. PlayAPI’s Ted Owen emphasized that, “whilst traditional athletic events may involve at most several hundred athletes being shortlisted for a particular event, eSports could potentially involve millions of individuals competing for a spot on their 2024 eSports national Olympic team”. Between 1993 and 2017, serial

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e n t re p re n e u r O w e n i n i t i a l l y f i n a n c e d several early stage companies in the video game industry such as 3DO and Spectrum Holobyte which gave an understanding of the complexities of the industry. Owen launched several groundbreaking ventures. Game Dealer (which became UGO) and Professional Interactive Entertainment which became Global Gaming League (GGL), the World’s first professional online gaming community. Among GGL’s achievements was to incorporate an eSports event into The Gravity Games and broadcast play-byplay coverage of the eSports scene and community through GGL’s media division, Epileptic Gaming (a precursor to Twitch), all aimed at making e-sports more accessible. As CEO, Owen made a name for himself leading to his latest endeavor - PlayAPI – which has the capability to create and maintain fair play between global eSports participants. Owen’s campaign to bring competitive eSports to the Olympics began over a decade ago when he had talks with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and

then the Chinese government to introduce eSports to the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Global Gaming League even held an Exhibition event prior to the Games. Although the idea was slow to catch-on, the rapid rise in competitive gaming and popularity of eSports (some 680m streams of video games were watched in the past year alone), led officials on reflection to give credence to what Owen has been suggesting all along. Ted Owen commented,“ eSports offers the Paris Olympics the ability to break new ground in becoming a truly global phenomenon in 2024. Handled correctly, eSports can provide a truly global, fair platform for everyone to compete in – what more could the IOC and Paris hope for in meeting the aspirations of the Olympic Charter?” O w e n ’s i n f l u e n c e o n t h e l a r g e s t entertainment form in the world both predicted and contributed to what is now the largest sport in the world: e-sports. He has again positioned himself as an entrepreneur to watch now and in the years leading up to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

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developing innovative new programs that allow real estate professionals to connect in informative and fun forums.“ We live in an increasingly wired world that allows us to communicate easily, but makes it much harder to connect personally.” Judy says, “Real estate in particular really still needs the human touch, and my professional life has been dedicated to helping our industry become more professional while retaining a sense of camaraderie.” Aware that 75 percent of deals are done at a dinner table, she founded and served as Executive Producer and Co-Founder of What’s Cooking in Real Estate. During these programs, she hosted industry leaders and real estate celebrities in a unique format – discussing market trends while preparing meals. The combination provided a glimpse into the state of real estate – and into the lives of some of the

industry’s most famous names. Judy Sahagian is a neighborhood expert on PIX 11 Design Recipes and looks forward to continue to feature businesses, commercial real estate and the changing trends happening from neighborhood to neighborhood. “We’ve been blessed to have some of the most successful people in our industry relate their stories to our audience, while we offer presentations from top professionals, products and companies. ” Ultimately, the common denominator in all of Judy’s dealings is solid deal making, as she facilitates business for her clients. She has led teams that have resulted in successful sales and leasing of luxury real estate. She previously has served with The Retail Group of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. | 917-853-2148



hen the mood of the day is walls and travel bans, it can be tough to talk about immigration. But that’s exactly why “Super Lawyer” Brad Bernstein is taking the issue to the biggest medium on the internet – Facebook Live. Widely known as one half of the longrunning “Brad and Squeeze Show,” the tristate region’s No. 1 source for Caribbean news and entertainment at WVIP 93.5 FM, the seasoned immigration attorney is bringing his informed and often uproarious advice segment to an even bigger audience with a new social media push. The Brad & Squeeze Show Facebook page has now officially launched and muchneeded immigration advice is going live daily

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for foreign-born temporary workers, visa holders, permanent residents, immigrants, naturalized citizens and Americans with family abroad – or anyone who needs a lighthearted and accurate take on the maddeningly complex U.S. immigration system. In addition to traditional call ins, Bernstein will now be taking questions from Facebook viewers looking to have their anxiety-ridden legal questions solved by a professional with New York City savoir faire. And, of course, Bernstein’s popular co-host David “Squeeze” Annakie, CEO and Founder of Linkup Media Group, is right there with highlights from the day’s news and his signature irreverent banter. Since the soft launch last month, followers have poured in. Bernstein’s personal and

professional pages are now liked by a total of more than 75,000 fans. David Annakie and his media group has another 250,000 followers. Off air, Bernstein is president of the law offices of Spar & Bernstein, P.C. and is recognized by “Super Lawyers®” as one of New York’s top-rated immigration attorneys. He has already helped approximately 70,000 clients with every kind of immigration problem imaginable and now he hopes to reach even more with this exciting social media debut Facebook Bradhberstein, Sparbernstein, Thebradandsqueezeshow Youtube The Brad and Squeeze Show Instagram @bradandsqueeze


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

Valery Jour

Jean Shafiroff

Laine Siklos

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

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

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

Lorainne Bracco. Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan PMC

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

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

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

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

Lyss Stern.

Diamond Mine by jeweler Jordan Fine.

Melissa Ben-Ishay and Lyss Stern

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Uma Thurman

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

Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky

Kenny Ackerman

Dr. Christopher Calapai and Kate Lysemko

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

Mariah Kennedy Cuomo. Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury PMC

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

Whitney Schott. Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury PMC

The Pastel Society of America’s Dianne Bernhard, hosted a party to celebrate the opening of their exhibition Enduring Brilliance, at her atelier in the National Arts Club. In the mix were Angela Bernhard Thomas and Society President Jimmy Wright. | | 119


The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its 20th Anniversary of the Collaborating for a Cure Gala Benefit Dinner & Auction, Cipriani Wall Street, NYC: William T. Sullivan, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Michael Nierenberg ©Patrick McMullan

Chris Wragge at The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) 20th Anniversary of the Collaborating for a Cure Gala Benefit Dinner & Auction ©Patrick McMullan

Mary Kantor, Marion Waxman at The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) 20th Anniversary of the Collaborating for a Cure Gala Benefit Dinner & Auction ©Patrick McMullan

Matthew Gorin, Jody Gorin, Allie Gorin at The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) 20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala Benefit Dinner & Auction ©Patrick McMullan

The Avett Brothers at The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) 20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala Benefit Dinner & Auction ©Patrick McMullan

Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Ali Nierenberg, Jonny Nierenberg at The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) 20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala Benefit Dinner & Auction ©Patrick McMullan

Maria and Kenneth Fishel at The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) 20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala Benefit Dinner & Auction ©Patrick McMullan

Howard Kurz, Nancy Kurz, Charles Kurz, Emma Kurz at The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) 20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala Benefit Dinner & Auction ©Patrick McMullan

Sandy Taub, Jake Taub, Chloe Taub, Marc Taub at The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) 20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala Benefit Dinner & Auction ©Patrick McMullan

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Angelo David Salon partnered with New York radio station 95.5 PLJ for the 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event with proceeds going to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, NYC: Angelo David Pisacreta ©Steve White/Staten Arts Photography

Annie Leamy, Marion Waxman, and Aviva Drescher at Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ the 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event ©Steve White/Staten Arts Photography

John Mingione at Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ the 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event ©Steve White/ Staten Arts Photography

Lud Merka and Joe Monk Pardavila at Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ the 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event ©Steve White/Staten Arts Photography

Margo Manhattan at Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ the 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event ©Steve White/Staten Arts Photography

Avanti Gupta and Angelo David Pisacreta at Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ the 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event ©Steve White/Staten Arts Photography

Joanne Martin and Gerijo Matyka at Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ the 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event ©Steve White/Staten Arts Photography

Carol Sue Gershman at Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ the 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event ©Steve White/Staten Arts Photography

Kelly McCarthy at Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ the 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event ©Steve White/Staten Arts Photography

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Renowned Attorney Thomas J. Henry threw a StarStudded birthday celebration for his son, Thomas Henry Jr. Hotel Discotheque lounge, San Antonio, TX: Maya Henry, Thomas Henry Jr., Austin Mahone ©Jay Layno

Ashanti, Dylan Marer at the Thomas Henry Jr. birthday celebration, Hotel Discotheque lounge, San Antonio, TX ©Jay Layno

Rumor Willis, Azteca Henry, Maya Henry, Thomas Henry Jr., Lance Bass, Michael Turchin, Thomas J. Henry at the Thomas Henry Jr. birthday celebration, Hotel Discotheque lounge, San Antonio, TX ©Jay Layno

Philanthropist, Jean Shafiroff, and IFC Films hosted the New York premiere of Rebel In The Rye at Metrograph, NYC: Jean Shafiroff, Riley Keough ©Patrick McMullan

Nicholas Hoult at the New York premiere of Rebel In The Rye ©Patrick McMullan

Zoey Deutch at the New York premiere of Rebel In The Rye ©Patrick McMullan

MvVO ART launched groundbreaking AD ART SHOW with presenting sponsor NBCUniversal Call for Artist Reception hosted by Y&R featuring Eric Shiner of Sotheby’s, NYC: Christine de la Garza, Maria van Vlodrop ©Teresa Pyskaty

Isaac Aden, Eric Shiner at the MvVO ART AD ART SHOW launch ©Teresa Pyskaty

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