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Contents Features 16 Keeping New Year’s Resolutions Alive 18 Men Don’t Say Anything They Just Leave 22 Five Tips To Curb Your Child’s Cheating Ways Lifestyle
26 Lifestyle Buzz 28 Get Organized And Gain Time 30 Trading Spaces: Moving To A Smaller Home Fashion 32 Spring Fashion 36 Pink Blossoms For Spring 38 The New Romantics: The Soft Touch
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Keeping New Resolutions
ew Year’s resolutions are fast becoming a joke. We all make them, but how many of us actually keep them? If you’re like most Americans, you vowed that you’ll lose weight, spend more time with your family, get your finances under control, or start working out. But by March, nothing’s really changed…
You’re disappointed and defeated. You may even be wondering if real lifestyle change is even possible. “We really can change behavior,” asserts lifestyle change expert, Dr. Howard Rankin, creator of www.scienceofyou.com, and founder of The American Brain Association. “Problem is, most people try to do it through sheer willpower alone, and that won’t work. Without a more comprehensive strategy in place, you’re just setting yourself up for failure,” he says. Dr. Rankin has identified five tried-andtrue keys to behavior change: Stoke Your Motivation Most of us are in the habit of beating ourselves up if we lack motivation. Somehow, we think we’ve failed if we just can’t muster the energy to go to the gym or to March - April 2011
pay the stack of bills that’s accumulated. But that’s normal. Motivation isn’t static; it ebbs and flows just like the tide. The key is to develop ways of keeping motivation at the forefront of your mind enough of the time to make a difference. “People don’t realize that motivation is about emotion and passion, says Dr. Rankin. “It’s the why that’s going to influence your actions,” he says. Dr. Rankin suggests coming up with a mantra that captures your why (for example, ‘Fit at Fifty, Free at Sixty’) and visualizing both what you don’t want (you eating junk food and having a heart attack) and what you do want (you exercising and enjoying an outing with your family). In most instances, he points out, it’s a fear of loss and negative consequences that kickstarts motivation the hardest.
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Find a Way to Self-Monitor A great deal of human behavior is done on autopilot — so if you want something to change, you’ll have to pay attention to your own behavior and experience. The more you’re aware of what you’re doing, the more you can control it. “You have to find ways of monitoring yourself,” Dr. Rankin asserts. “Most people write down their behavior patterns, but you might just as effectively talk into a recorder. Not only does keeping a record help you pay attention to what you’re doing, it allows for subsequent analysis that will help you understand what prompts your behavior, and any patterns it might fall into.” Dr. Rankin suggests recording every instance of a successful or unsuccessful
behavior in the first week. Thereafter, pick one day a week for self-monitoring. Hone Your Self-Control Skills While willpower goes only so far without good habits to bolster it, it’s still an important part of the lifestyle change equation. Self-control is a critical skill when changing a behavior. “There are two broad approaches to managing temptation,” he explains. “The first is avoidance. But that’s not always possible. A better strategy is to confront your temptation and develop a way to deal with it. Visualization is a valuable tool because it allows you to ‘practice’ your selfcontrol without being exposed to real-life dangers and pitfalls. On a daily basis 21
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hy do we shift our focus from what we’re grateful for to what irritates us? Often we’re complaining about such petty things as toilet seats and toothpaste caps!
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Once we get what we want — the shining star — we want more. He begins to seem ordinary, not because he has changed, but because he hasn’t. We decide he should twinkle from more angles or change colors now and then. You have to decide if you want to keep trying to satisfy your insatiable ego or satisfy your heart. Keep in mind that what you don’t appreciate has a way of slipping through your fingers. Remember the opportunities you took for granted, or the friend you thought would always be there? They’re gone. “Women complain, men leave,” says Noelle C. Nelson, Ph.D., author of “Your Man Is Wonderful.” If you’re thinking that nothing could drive your man away, you might ask yourself if he’s still there emotionally. As Nelson explains, they don’t necessarily leave physically. Women tend to speak up loudly about what’s wrong; men tend to simply bow out. That probably brings to mind those times he’s walked away in the middle of an argument. You know from your own experience that men don’t like to ask for help — they don’t even want to ask for directions.
Neither do they like to fall short of what you want, let alone of what you expect. And when they do, they often withdraw. That doesn’t mean they won’t get back on the horse, but be careful of beating them up regularly. It doesn’t work. If you notice what’s positive — he works hard, plays with the kids or cooks for you — and say thank you, he’ll think he has a shot at pleasing you. He wants to please you, but when it feels he can’t, he’s apt to leave. And what you really want is his presence. You want him to see you, hear you, understand you and back you up. You want him to care. Give him what you want. Shift your focus to what you can appreciate. And when you can’t seem to appreciate what he appreciates, try to understand it. Give your sweetheart the benefit of the doubt. Assume that he has a viable viewpoint. When you don’t get it, ask questions instead of making accusations or fueling your resentment. Act like you’re on the same team with the same goals. Then when you have a suggestion, you can present it in a constructive way. And he will receive it. When you give your attention to what you are grateful for, you nurture it. You Cedar
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also help to make the relationship feel safe, safe enough to open up emotionally rather than withdrawing. Then the star begins to twinkle, twinkle, twinkle. Perhaps the most ordinary thing about
him — and you — is his sensitivity to rejection. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to feed your ego by shooting holes in his. Get involved on a deeper level and feed each other’s spirits. Shine together! ∆
KEEPING NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS — From Pg. 17 you need to imagine yourself successfully them, and who can help you handle them resisting difficult situations.” effectively. “If temptation occurs when you’re not Take a Hard Look seeking it out, resist it,” says Dr. Rankin. at the “Other People” Factor “Walk away. Leave the building. Go to the restroom. Make a phone call!” Others have a huge influence over our behavior, so you’ll have to factor in other Identify and Manage people when going after your resolution“Backsliding” Red Flags keeping goals. You may have noticed: Your moods, “As much as possible, avoid people who outlooks, and attitudes tend to change aren’t acting the way you want to act and almost constantly — and they play an seek out those who have the same health important part in the decisions we make and life goals as you,” Dr. Rankin advises. and the way we behave. Many people are “I’m a big advocate of support groups, more prone to make unhealthy decisions, because they are very effective agents of give in to temptation when they’re tired, change. They give you helpful information, hold you accountable, and make sure stressed, or angry. To help you identify and then man- you stay connected to your motivation,” age self-destructive states, ask yourself he adds. If you take one resolution at a time and what moods, physical states (e.g., pain, fatigue), people, places, and times of day build behavior change slowly, you’ll be are associated with self-destructive states. amazed at how much healthier your life Then brainstorm how you can avoid will become. ∆
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Five Tips To Curb Your Childâ€™s Cheating Ways By Dr. Michael Hartnett
s technology has evolved to provide a vast wealth of information at anytime, anywhere, cheating has never been easier. From classmates receiving completed homework via a mass Email to answers popping up on I-Phones during a test, cheating has become as simple as text messaging.
Here are five ways to prevent your teenagers from falling to such temptation, assuring that they are attending school to learn rather than to learn how to cheat. Check your childâ€™s homework every night This advice may sound a little intense and age inappropriate by the time your child is in high school, but how else can parents truly know what their teenager are doing at school and what he/she is actually learning? A good sign that a teenager is cheating is the absence of substantive work. Naturally, teenagers can claim that they didnâ€™t have any homework, and while such a claim is possible, it is highly unlikely night after night. When students do not ever open textbooks or complete
assignments from them, the parents should also be suspicious. Yes, teachers can give materials online or as attachments (and increasingly do so in this cyberage), but again the students should be able to show concretely how they have completed those assignments too. Create a device-free zone of at least an hour a day for studying This approach is particularly important to take during summer vacations and holidays. Most teenagers are so addicted to the Internet that their lives seem barren without being able to text message a friend or to check online constantly about anything or everything. Yes, students can multitask, but can they unitask with the 23
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intense concentration that is often required to do an assignment well? Any hour a day by themselves without connections to cyberspace or to their friends is an hour of studying and learning they have devoid of cheating. It gives a great opportunity to improve their concentration skills without distractions, so necessary to achieve well on standardized tests like the SAT and to be better prepared for the demands of college and the workplace. Indeed an argument teenagers will make is that they need the internet/computer to complete whatever assignment is in front of them. Unfortunately, they are often right, especially given the fact that they will type up many of their assignments, so much so that a laptop almost becomes an appendage of the student. However, teenagers also greatly exaggerate their need for the computer and if you hold firm and fast to the one-hour rule, students will easily be able to fill that time with studying and still have enough time with use their various electronic devices to complete their assignments. In fact, they are more likely to allocate their time efficiently rather than dawdling in text-chats with their friends because they need to use the computer more as a workstation tool than an entertainment and social center. Give your teenagers practice tests the day before an exam If you know what they are studying and see from what materials they are studying, then you can determine whether they are truly engaged in the learning process. If their materials are sparse and generated from websites, then you know they are either cheating or performing poorly. Talk to your teenagers honestly and realistically about cheating That means you cannot be too selfrighteous or judgmental about cheating. Acknowledge that cheating is prevalent, and understand that you are asking for your teenagers to be exceptional instead of conforming to a pervasive cheating March - April 2011
culture. In other words, you will have to address some hard questions that every red-blooded American teenager will ask: “Mom and Dad, if I’m getting good grades and succeeding in school, what does it matter if I cheat? I’m learning how to succeed and thrive and isn’t that what school and life really about?” These questions become particularly challenging when your teenagers complain about learning subject material far removed from career interests: “How is reading Hamlet going to help me become a mechanical engineer?” Unfortunately, a cerebral response about developing critical thinking and analytical skills probably won’t cut it with your teenagers. Your best bet may well be to explain how skills in diverse fields make someone more adaptable and marketable. Explain how mental conditioning is similar to physical conditioning in that exercising the areas you are least interested in can increase strength and confidence overall, since by eliminating weaknesses. Will your teenagers embrace this argument? Probably not, but at least they’ll better understand why you are committed to their learning rather than their cheating, why you are checking their homework every night, why you are taking away their computer an hour a night, and why you are giving them practice tests. Avoid clichés Do not tell your teenagers “You know if you cheat, you are only cheating yourself.” That’s a pretty abstract notion and when teenagers are getting A’s cheating, then the cliché seems even more obtuse. And I wouldn’t try “Cheaters never prosper.” The truth is they do prosper. Cheaters may be ignorant and morally corrupt, but your sons and daughters have seen too many do well in school. However, most teenagers buy the argument that cheating will only get them so far. Ultimately, you have your own tough question to ask them: “What knowledge and skills will you have after you’re done cheating away your high school years?” ∆
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Get Organized And Gain Time By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore
re you wishing you had time to meet a friend for coffee or even just read a book? Just the simple act of getting a little more organized in some areas can unlock quite a bit of “free” time. Here are some ideas on how to gain a few extra minutes in the day. Be E-mail Fabulous Setting up e-mail filters is one of the best ways to keep from wasting precious minutes trying to sift though loads of unwanted e-mails just to get to your important messages. It also saves you March - April 2011
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Trading Spaces: Moving To A Smaller Home By Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
he real estate market has forced many people to look at what may be their biggest asset, their home, in a different light. Personal real estate has been transformed from an investment back into its primary function: housing. So it makes sense to see if it is possible to reduce monthly expenses by trading down. The way to look at this situation is to figure out all real estate options and then crunch the numbers to see if it pays to sell March - April 2011
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Unique, casual spring fashions at Simply the Best Clothing Teaneck, 201-836-2304.
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Bags from Hardware by Renee. A fresh take on a feminine favorite at ‘News’ Boutique Westwood, 201-722-0011.
Spring Savings, Fur Storage, Expert Repairs and Restyling at Cedar Lane Furs Teaneck, 201-836-2141.
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his spring it’s all about color. Wake up to hot pink. Chill out to cool coral. Fire up with ravishing red. “The colors designers have chosen for the spring season present an interesting marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “By cleverly combining complementary colors they have created a striking intensity in the palette. These unique color combinations make it possible for consumers to pair existing pieces in colors traditionally associated with fall with new favorites to punch up springtime wardrobes.” Eiseman notes that designers have taken their color cues for spring from exotic destinations like Africa, India, Peru and Turkey to satisfy a consumer’s need to escape everyday challenges with intriguing color combinations that transport them to foreign lands. “The exotic locales of Marrakech and Morocco that inspired the bohemian influences of Yves Saint Laurent in the ‘70s,” says Ken Downing, fashion director of Neiman Marcus. “Hot corals and deep pinks punctuated with brilliant blues ignite the carefree spirit of the coming season.” And what is THE color of the new year?
Pantone has named it “Honeysuckle.” “Flirtatious Honeysuckle is a feel-good hue that brings a festive sense of playfulness to this season’s palette,” says Eiseman. “This vibrant pinkish-red for both apparel and cosmetics makes consumers feel alive, and it’s a post-winter pick-me-up.” And you can expect to see this hot pink showing up not only in eye-catching apparel for men and women. How about a new pink tie for your “honey” or a new pashmina scarf for yourself? Consider making the intense color part of your wedding plans. You can find “Honeysuckle” wedding attendant apparel and accessories at Dessy, a manufacturer of bridesmaid, social occasion and flower girl dresses. You’ll even see the striking color in home accessories — patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories. And if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your living spaces, why not use the energetic color to brighten up a wall in your kitchen or hallway? This spring, it’s time to smell the honeysuckle and think pink! ∆ With her hot pink suit, designer Trina Turk takes her color cue for her spring collection from Palm Springs. Photo courtesy of Trina Turk.
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his spring, fashion designers are sweetening up their collections with all kinds of romantic notions from dreamy dresses to cotton candy colors. Put some romance into your wardrobe. Start by softening up: With flirty dresses The florals are flourishing this spring in watercolor palettes and neon brights. Artistic graphic prints are one of the newest ways designers have brushed up on romantic dresses, which gives them a decidedly vintage flair. With bow blouses Whether you wear one by itself with a pair of soft trousers or layer it under a menswear suit, the silky blouses with statement-making bows are your best bet.
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With embellished tops Think glistening sequins, metallic studs, or go for breezy crochet tops: the perfect companion for the season’s longer maxiskirts. With fuller skirts Pencil skirts may still be a serious stylemaker, but fuller A-line skirts in soft, floaty fabrics are another way to inject some freshness into your wardrobe. The newest? Longer mid-calf lengths! With flowing pants A refreshing change from the skinny pants of the past year, trousers are turning up in easy-going wide-leg silhouettes this spring. Team them with snug tops and fitted jackets. With dolman sleeves These roomy sleeves make any top or dress more interesting. And they’re the perfect way to be cool and still cover up bare arms. With frothy lace Inspired by vintage lingerie, lace is showing up in everything from dresses to skirts to tops; it is perfect for spring. Just throw on a fur or sweater if the weather doesn’t cooperate! With neutral Neon brights may be all the rage this spring, but if you’re a romantic softie, then stick to neutrals and stay cool 48
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The Spring Shoe
hoes are the fastest way to bring a little chic sunshine into your wardrobe.
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This season, you’ll have lots of fun footwear to spend your cash on, but just remember that no matter how beautiful the shoes look, if they aren’t comfortable, don’t buy them — unless you want to leave them on the shelf in your closet and just look at them. Here are the best new shoe trends to step out in this spring and summer: Get your groove on With the ‘70s making their way back onto the fashion runways, it’s no surprise that the shoes would follow. Look for retro styles with big-bottom wedges in straw, wood and cork to lift you higher and higher. Go for the clunky heel, such as in glittering gold at Stuart Weitzman (www. stuartweitzman.com). But if you’re not into the distinct possibility of twisting an ankle, there are lots of wedge sandals with lower heels that might do just fine. Check out the March - April 2011
sleek metallic ones from Kate Spade (www. katespade.com). Color your shoe world Eye-popping color is at your feet this spring. In bright multi-colors or all-over saturated hues, one pair of these playful shoes is all you need to turn heads and get noticed. At Dior, Gucci and Prada, some of the newest technicolor shoes are artful masterpieces. These are shoes you can hang on the walls of your closet! Be a lady Slingbacks, anyone? Yes, they are just the opposite of the chunky shoe trends, but there comes a time when you may want to dress up a little and go for more of a refined, glamorous look. Kitten-heel heights with pointy toes are favorites of first lady Michelle Obama. When they sparkle with jewels, they’re even more festive (www. jimmychoo.com).
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Loaf a little Who doesn’t want to just slide into a nice pair of practical shoes every once in a while, especially on the weekends? Finding a great pair of flat loafers is one of life’s best moments. Whether it’s a pair of traditional leather driving mocs or a trendier pair of hot pink, patent leather slip-ons, the loafer is a must-have for comfort anytime of the week. Check out the sunny orange tasseled ones at Banana Republic (www. bananarepublic.com).
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HOME Huge selection of wall to wall carpets, custom made area rugs and custom installations at Starr Carpets Englewood, 201-569-7067.
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Outdoor Kitchens Can Be As Well Equipped As Those Inside By Gretchen Mckay
oday’s outdoor kitchen is often as nice as the one inside, with every imaginable appliance and creature comfort. They’re also getting bigger, with defined spaces not just for cooking and eating but also separate “rooms” for socializing with family and friends. It’s still built around a grill, of course. But refrigerators increasingly are part of the outdoor culinary landscape, along with icemakers, warming trays and artisan pizza ovens. Elaborate ventilation systems control grease and keep smoke from perfuming the air. For people who like to socialize, there’s also an array of beverage March - April 2011
coolers and drink accessories. Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet offers a draft beer system that can serve up to three different kegs along with undercounter and free-standing wine coolers. The Michigan company also sells outdoor freezers and freezer drawers with vinyl-coated racks for frosting beer mugs and martini glasses and
storing vodka and other liquors. For high-end kitchens, the story often begins with a top-of-the-line grill. Kalamazoo’s 900 series hybrid cooks with charcoal, wood and gas through a unique drawer system and can sear at temperatures up to 800 degrees. It also sells a wok-ready cooktop that delivers 32,000 Btus of cooking power. Wolf, Thermador, Dacor and Viking also offer high-performance grills, along with Lynx, whose largest grill measures a whopping 54 inches. Weber’s juggernaut S-650 is a little more affordable, but still boasts six stainless-steel burners, a flushmounted side burner, a dedicated smoker and an infra-red rear-mounted rotisserie for cooking entire chickens, turkeys and large cuts of meat. A bit more unusual is Hammacher
Schlemmer ’s electric indoor/outdoor teppanyaki grill. Mounted on a wheeled, stainless-steel cart, it makes pancakes for breakfast as easy as filet mignon and lobster tails for company. It comes with a pull-out hornbeam cutting board for chopping vegetables and an integrated knife block. It wouldn’t be a kitchen without plenty of counter space on which to slice and dice and salt and pepper. The most popular choices include natural stone such as granite and quartz, which are impervious to the weather. Another option is cast concrete, which is easy to maintain and can be colored and customized to any shape or size. Companies such as Cal Spa and Bull Outdoor Products eliminate the need for custom work. Bull’s Angus BBQ Island
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sits on a stucco base (10 colors) and holds a four-burner grill and stainless-steel refrigerator; the tile countertop comes in five colors. Entertaining can be messy, so accessories that allow quick clean-up also are appearing in showrooms. DCS’s Liberty combo grill pairs two 17,000-Btu burners with a sink. To extend the outdoor room’s life through three seasons, there are also a variety of patio and tabletop heaters (gas, electric and propane). And they don’t have to be the stainless-steel models you find on restaurant patios. Sumatra electric patio heaters from Improvements look like decorative table and floor lamps. All Backyard Fun has an 8-foot-tall copper patio heater shaped like a palm tree that pumps out 40,000 Btus. For the dog days THE NEW ROMANTICS — From Pg. 39 in head-to-toe white or mix them with creamy tans. With jewelry Charms are charming this spring, especially when hanging from a jeweled necklace. Sparkling pendants are also a great way to soften up your spring image.
of summer, it comes equipped with a misting system. Fireplaces and fire pits are another musthave in the well-equipped outdoor room, either custom designed or of the modular variety. And don’t forget about theater systems. Amazon.com sells a LCD projector with a pair of portable speakers and a 72-inch inflatable screen that takes just five minutes to inflate. For more permanent entertaining, Hammacher Schlemmer offers a 32-inch weather-resistant outdoor HD TV with an anti-reflective screen and all-weather exterior that repels insects, rain and dirt. Frontgate’s television sets come with 23-, 32-, 46- and 55-inch screens. Arbors and gazebos often shelter separate grilling, dining and entertainment areas. ∆
are not necessary, unless you are not stepping outside the house. With polished lips Red lips are always romantic, but this spring, the pretty pinks and corals are smacking it up on the beauty scene.
With strappy sandals The stiletto is back in bold colors and glamorous embellishments. Sky-high heels
With tousled hair Soft and romantic hair is long and loose and set off by center parts. Chic updos and twisted chignons are also making a style statement. ∆
TRADING SPACES — From Pg. 31 nance. A smaller home could save money on every front, so to make an informed decision, you need to really understand these numbers. As an example, if you’re currently spending $3,000 a month on your house, and a smaller house would cut that by $200, it’s probably not worth your while, especially given the cost of selling and moving (see next bullet). But if you could lower your housing expense by $1,000 a month, that’s money you could start putting in the bank.
What costs will you incur by selling and moving? It’s expensive to sell a home and buy a new one. You’ll incur brokerage commissions on the sale of your existing house (typically 6 percent; on a $400,000 house, that’s $24,000). You may also have to pay a transfer tax on the sale. And if you have significant equity, you might have to pay a capital gains tax. And finally, don’t forget moving expenses. These one-time expenses could eat
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up a lot of your monthly savings, so ask yourself: Is it worth doing? How much house do you need? Obviously, before you act, you need to have a good sense of how much house you need so you can see what’s available in your area, to buy or rent. There is one more subjective consideration: Many people find they like having less house to care for as they get older. A smaller place, a condominium or even a rental may free you to spend more time on other things you love! Don’t overlook renting; rentals are very sometimes favorably priced relative to home ownership. Finally, what will you do with the money you save? Consider earmarking most of the savings for your IRAs, Roth IRAs or 401(k) s. Remember, if you’re over 50, you can make additional “catch-up” contributions to these plans. ∆
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Orchids Brighten Home With Little Effort By Joe Lamp’l
rchids are beautiful and fascinating plants. But the thought of growing orchids, especially indoors, is intimidating for lots of people. Despite their reputation for being finicky flower divas, orchids aren’t difficult to grow. Like any plant, they’ll thrive in the right conditions. The trick is sizing up your indoor environment and choosing the orchids that will be happy there. Three of the best orchids for windowsill gardening are: Paphiopedilum, also called March - April2011 March-April 2011
paphs; Cattleyas, catts for short; and Phalaenopsis or phals. Among them, you’ll find colors, fragrances and sizes to fit any space. Paphs are also known as lady slippers for a jutting, chin-like pouch that forms their lower flower petals.
The white, green, yellow, red or pink blooms are shaded, striped and covered with spots. These orchids bloom off and on all year with filtered light, though their flowering season is midfall through spring. Catts are stunning and versatile. They’re available in every size, shape, color, fragrance and bloom time you could want. They’re also the most confusing, because they’ve been crossbred to create many hybrids. Look for names such as Brassavola, Rhynchoaelia and Epidendrum or an entirely new genus, Brassoepidendrum. They’re all catts.
Phals, or moth orchids, have an arching flower spike covered with clouds of blooms for weeks or months at a time. They’re divided into standard, novelty and mini flora varieties. The standards have large white, pink and candy-striped blooms. Novelties are the most fragrant, in colors of yellow, orange, red and green. When buying any orchid, choose one that’s already flowering since it’s the only way to really see what you are getting. Look for uniform color and shape. Splotches on leaves or petals may indicate a virus. Leaves should be an even, medium green with no
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streaks. Roots should be fat and white with pale green tips. These orchids are epiphytes; they gather nutrients from air and water, not soil. They should be sold in an orchid potting mix made of bark, peat moss and Perlite. And that medium should be firm and damp to dry, not soggy. Bypass orchids sold in soil; their roots have likely been smothered or damaged. Orchids aren’t picky about light once they’ve flowered, but light is critical before they bloom. Give them at least six hours a day. Phals and paphs are low-light orchids that prefer an east, west or shaded south window. Catts do best in brighter, south-facing spots. Use sheer curtains to filter harsh sunlight, it can burn the leaves, turning them pale green. If you don’t have any suitable windows, try a 40-watt fluorescent light. Hang it about a foot over the orchids 12 to 14 hours a day. These plants like it 70 to 80 degrees in the daytime, 10 degrees cooler at night. If you have a winter-blooming phal, put it in the basement or outside in 55 to 60 degree fall air for a few nights to encourage GETTING ORGANIZED — From Pg. 29 try it. Your Blackberry can wait 30 minutes. It’s not a long time, but it is long enough for you to regroup and figure out how to tackle the rest of your day. Even turning it on “silent” during your lunch break is OK. Literally, 30 minutes is not the end of the world; it’s liberating. Do It Alone Normally we don’t advise this, but if you have something you really want to get off your plate, like scrapbooking pictures or reorganizing a file cabinet, do it alone and when no one else is home. Otherwise, you’ll be interrupted and frustrated that a 30-60-minute task takes you all day. Do It With Others Many hands do make light work. Cleaning the garage, doing laundry and washing and drying the dishes are tasks you should March - April 2011
budding. Give them all 40 percent to 80 percent humidity by setting pots in a tray filled with water and gravel. To prevent the risk of wicking excess moisture into the potting medium, be sure the pot is on the gravel, not in the water. Overwatering is the quickest way to kill an orchid. Wait until the medium is completely dry before watering. I use 2010-10 liquid fertilizer diluted 4-to-1 once a week to feed catts and phals, every other week with paphs. I flood clear, roomtemperature water over the medium until the water runs out the bottom, and then pour the fertilizer solution. Don’t wet the foliage or crown of the plant. A light mist of rubbing alcohol once a week will take care of any scale insects. Ordinary cinnamon will stop fungi. Just sprinkle a bit on the wet infected spots and the crown. Orchids can be a little tricky, but giving them the ideal environment — along with a bit of time and attention — will reward you with a great show. ∆
not try to do alone. With you washing and your son rinsing, a 20-minute task can take you five minutes instead. Stop Multitasking Five years ago, multitasking was all the rage. Well, as popular as it was in theory, multitasking just tacks more time onto your day. Instead, focus on one task at a time. If you were trying to do three things at once, it would probably take you an extra 10 minutes for each task, resulting in 30 minutes of wasted time. However, if you concentrate on one task, you will get it done faster and more efficiently. Learn to Say No This one’s simple. If you don’t have the time (or simply don’t want to give up your free time) to make posters for the ballet recital, that’s OK! You don’t have to do
everything, and saying no is a great way to get more time back in your day. Get Others to Say Yes Your kids and spouse are probably really good at finding excuses to say no. First of all, say, “Would you please...” “Could you ...” triggers a thought process of “Well, I could, but I am going to make an excuse because I don’t want to.” However, the phrase “Would you please” triggers that you really need and would appreciate help. Try it. Delegate Whether it’s a chore board or having your spouse take over more errands will certainly take more tasks off your plate. Just remember to fully relinquish the task at hand. If it isn’t done exactly how you usually do it, that’s OK. Stop Procrastinating Have a vacation in two weeks? Start packing. Now. Does your daughter have a school project due next month? Get cracking. When your mind is always scrambling at the last minute, even simple tasks become overwhelming. If you can schedule ahead, you can avoid the overwhelmed rush that wastes all of your free time. ∆
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Great Upholstery Can Transform A Room By Mary Carol Garrity
hen picking upholstery, it’s important to find the perfect combination of textiles for custom furniture so the overall look is singular and sensational.
Here are a few tips for transporting a room from bland to beautiful with just the right upholstery. Before you ever look at a swatch of fabric, you will need to develop an overall design for the room. Then create a floor plan that meets your design goals. For instance, if you’re working on your family room, will the configuration of furnishings give you conversation groupings? Allow you to see the TV? Ensure there is good traffic flow through the room? Some people frequently move furnishings to keep their spaces fresh and interesting. But I have found that there is one floor plan that typically works best for a space, so once I find it, I keep my furniture right where it is. Often people looking for a new sofa or March - April 2011
chair and are overwhelmed and discouraged. Usually, it’s because they have not yet come up with a design plan for the space and are trying to find the right furniture without really knowing what they need. That’s why it’s preferable to develop a plan for their space, breaking it down into several steps so it can be done in stages, if needed Once you select the right piece of furniture for your room — one that matches the scale, style and function you’re going for — it’s time to think about upholstery fabrics and custom finishes. If you’re not sure what sort of upholstery fabric you’d like, flip through stacks of decorating books and magazines. What types of upholstered pieces catch your eye? Start an idea file filled with examples of pieces you love.
Ask yourself three key questions: How do you live? The answer will help you pick out fabric that is not only attractive, but also functional. How will you use the piece of furniture? Do you have pets and kids who will be sitting on it? Rich listens carefully as customers describe their lifestyles, then he zeros in on the fabrics that will look lovely for the long haul. What else will be in the room with the new piece of furniture? Do you have other upholstered pieces, rugs or window treatments you want to harmonize with your new piece of furniture? Or are you starting with a clean slate?
How do you want to feel when you walk in this room? Textiles evoke emotions, so it’s important that the fabrics you pick create the right mood. One way to customize sofas is by adding a contrasting welting. Contrasting welting really highlights the architecture of the upholstered piece and refines it. If you’ve pick a neutral, textured upholstery fabric, simply adding a contrasting welting will transform it from ho-hum to impeccable. In my home, I’ve opted to upholster my furnishings in a mix of white and cream fabrics that are rich on texture. Then, I spark them up with a constantly changing medley of pillows. It’s amazing how the look of an entire room is changed just by a quick substitution of pillows. ∆
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Design ideas to help you transform a blah
An unfinished room becomes a stylish dining room.
An outdated bedroom receives a serious face lift.
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room into an amazing, modern space
A cramped kitchen is reborn into a contemporary space.
A washed up bathroom turns into a guest oasis.
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Design ideas to help you transform a blah A dated basement becomes a family clubhouse.
A kitchen with an awkward layout gets a new life.
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room into an amazing, modern space A cluttered basement is transformed into a multifunctional entertainment and fun space.
A boring living room becomes a vibrant family room.
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Ginger Spices Up Health By Rallie McAllister, M.D.
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inger does more than just add a snap of flavor to foods and beverages. For centuries, the root of the plant has been used as a remedy for a variety of illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer.
The spice has long been prized for its potent antiinflammatory and pain-relieving effects, but scientific evidence to support these properties was scarce. In a recent study at the University of Georgia, researchers confirmed that daily ginger consumption significantly reduces muscle pain caused by exercise by 25%. Gingerâ€™s anti-inflammatory properties also work wonders in the gastrointestinal tract. Long before commercially produced ginger ale became a popular remedy for stomach upset, ancient healers prescribed ginger tea to soothe a variety of digestive symptoms, especially nausea and vomiting. Research suggests that
taking up to one gram of ginger daily is a safe and effective remedy for nausea associated with morning sickness during pregnancy. Most experts recommend using ginger only as needed to alleviate nausea during pregnancy, rather than taking it on a regular basis. Ginger is so effective at alleviating nausea that it is often used by individuals undergoing chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer. In a government funded study of 644 cancer patients at the University of Rochester Medical Center, researchers found that chemotherapy-induced nausea was reduced by 40 percent among those patients who took ginger supplements along with prescrip72
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pring is in the air. What new change will spring of 2011 bring to your own life? What do you need to do in the coming months to move closer to being the healthier, happier, less stressed, person you want to be? Begin With Tough Love Take a minute to think about your activity level over the past few months. Did taco chips and sloth add an extra 5 pounds? Take off your clothes and stand in front of a mirror. Don’t judge. Don’t feel guilty. This is your body. Be happy you have one. Now visualize your body as you’d like it to feel. Lighter. Stronger. Filled with joy. Relax, and smile -- you look dreamy. Know that you can grow into this new vision of yourself if you are patient, persistent and willing to scrub old habits for new ones. Make the choice to spring into action, starting today.
Start a Journal That’s because it works. What you write down isn’t nearly as important as the act of keeping track. Use your journal to stay focused on your goals, workouts,
Set Your Goals The success of your springtime tune-up depends on your willingness to set some specific, achievable goals. Want to run your first 5k this summer? Bicycle your first 50-miler? Stop eating red meat four days a week? Once you have one to three clear goals, you need a plan (written is best) for making it happen. Step-by-step, working alone or with support, taking action toward your goal adds confidence and success to your daily routine, and from that place, the experts say, real behavior change can happen. March - April 2011
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food choices, mood shifts, obstacles to overcome, etc. If you start now, you’ll swoon this June when you look back at April and May and see how much progress you’ve made. At the same time, allow for backsliding. Change isn’t linear, but it will happen over time if you enjoy the process and never give up. Sign up for Something New. Are you tired of tennis? Down on wallclimbing? Publicly humiliated by golf? Spring is the perfect time to come up with a new sport or activity to love, something you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t, for a million good reasons. Life is too short to settle for workouts that are dull and uninspiring. Hula-
hooping is making a comeback. What about aikido? Dancing? There’s a sport for everyone. Find yours. Find the Time Everything starts here. I’m too busy... to go to the gym, to cook a good meal, to coach my daughter’s softball team. Not having enough time is the No. 1 excuse we give ourselves for not living the life we want. Find time! Set priorities. Get up an hour earlier. Just say a polite no to people and tasks that don’t suit your healthier lifestyle. Schedule fun, energizing activities the way you schedule car pools or client meetings. Write them down, make them happen, and don’t spend five seconds feeling guilty. ∆
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A Weekend Fling At The Rittenhouse Hotel In Philadelphia By Jane and Marius Rubin
he Rittenhouse hotel, located only a two hour drive from the GW Bridge, is an ideal place for a weekend getaway. The Rittenhouse is a luxurious property on Rittenhouse Square within walking distance to shopping and minutes from some of Philadelphiaâ€™s top attractions. A five-diamond hotel, part of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World group, The Rittenhouse ranks among the best hotels in the world Its spacious and beautifully appointed guest rooms, ranging from 450 to 600 sq. ft., are the largest in Philadelphia. The hotelâ€™s huge suites, equipped with full kitchens and large closets, have served as residences for Hollywood stars such as Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks. The Presidential Suite hosted George Bush Sr., Mikhail Gorbachev, and other politicians and celebrities. But rooms and amenities are only part of what defines a great hotel. The staff is its heart and soul, and The Rittenhouse is blessed with a professional team of long March - April 2011
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time employees, working under the able hand of general manager, David Benton, a jovial British import who treats the hotel as his home and the guests as his personal friends. If you check in on a Friday or Saturday afternoon, chances are that David will be by the reception desk offering champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and freshly baked cookies. Children are treated to toys from a packed “treasure chest.” Personal touches are prevalent throughout. The reception desk wall-clocks, for example, show the local time in the cities of overseas guests. Foreign guests receive a room key with their country’s flag and a welcome letter from David in their language Take advantage of the hotel’s Adolf Biecker Spa and Salon, a modern, 10,000 square foot oasis that attracts hotel guests and area residents. Swim in the large heated indoor pool, work out in the modern exercise room overlooking Rittenhouse Square, and indulge yourself with a rejuvenating massage, a blissful body treatment, or a soothing facial. Dine at Lacroix, the hotel restaurant, rated one of the “top in the world” by Conde Nast and Gourmet magazine. Dinner at Lacroix is a gastronomic event highlighted by a creative, ever changing menu based on seasonal ingredients. Try the lobster entree, served with avocado and black truffle terrine and white sweet potatoes, or the venison with celery root and brussel sprouts. The desserts are sublime, the wines are perfectly matched by the sommelier, and the service is smooth, courteous, and friendly. Make sure to experience the Sunday Brunch at Lacroix, a celebration to eye and palate. The lavish spreads feature artistiPhotos from Top: Lobster entree at Lacroix Sunday Brunch desserts National Museum of American Jewish History Paintings at the Barnes Foundation. March - April 2011
cally presented gourmet dishes, hand crafted specifically for the brunch. In the dining room there are several stations with caviar, sushi, oysters, smoked fish, creative salads, croquettes, and foie gras mousse. Hot entrees, served in the kitchen, are cooked on the spot by an army of chefs. Choices include Wagyu beef, rack of lamb, duck confit, charcuterie items, and much more. The dessert table is laden with exquisite mini pastries, cakes, mousses, and mouthwatering chocolate truffles, created by the hotel’s chocolatier. If you want to leave the hotel for a few hours, the city of Philadelphia offers a multitude of attractions from historic colonial sites to world class museums. Make reservations at The Barnes Foundation in Merion, about a half hour drive from city center, home to one of the finest collections of nineteenth and twentiethcentury French paintings in the world. Located in an elegant mansion, the collection showcases an extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne and Matisse. The galleries will close this year, and the collection will relocate to a new home on Benjamin Parkway, close to the city’s main museums. (scheduled to open in the spring of 2012). Don’t miss the city’s newest museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History, located in a 100,000-square-foot glass building in the heart of historic Philadelphia. The museum presents an in depth retrospective of Jewish life in America, from its first documented residents to today. Also visit The Philadelphia Museum of Art (its stairs immortalized in the Rocky movie) and view their fine collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and architecture from around the world. Complete your weekend fling with a stroll along Walnut St. where you can browse fine designer shops, and trendy boutiques. For reservations call 215-546-9000, or visit www.rittenhousehotel.com. ∆
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W Retreat and Spa in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
Shangri-La Hotel in Paris
Located on the unspoiled island of Vieques, just 18 minutes by air from San Juan, the W Retreat & Spa-Vieques Island resort is a beachfront oasis of serenity and natural beauty. The 157 room property offers four dining options from acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse, a 6,000 SF state of the art spa, watersports, and palm lined pristine beaches. www.WVieques.com.
Paris’ Musé d’Orsay Reopens the Impressionist Galleries
Shangri-La Hotels opened its premier European hotel in Paris, near Trocadero. The luxurious 109 room property is situated in the former residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon’s nephew. Restored to its original glory, the hotel combines an Empire Style decor with modern technology and the finest amenities. www.shangri-la.com.
Following a two year renovation the Musé d’Orsay reopens its famous fifth-floor Impressionist Galleries. The entire collection of Monets, Cézannes, Renoirs and others is back on display. www.musee-orsay.fr.
Nandana Resort, on Grand Bahama Island
Kensington Tours Offers Royal Wedding Packages
Kensington Tours offers several custom izable Royal Wedding experiences which will allow visitors to witness some of the pomp and circumstance first hand. www.kensingtontours.com. March - April 2011
Nandana is a super-luxe private oceanfront resort in the West End of Grand Bahama Island. The fully staffed property is ideal for intimate gatherings of up to ten guests, and for couples looking for an exotic, romantic getaway in a paradise setting. A full range of activities is offered. www.nandanaresort.com.
St. Regis Resort Opens in Puerto Rico
Proposal Packages at Ireland’s Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle, Ireland’s most historic five-star castle hotel is offering a special Proposal Package, through April 30, 2011. The two night package includes champagne breakfast, candlelit dinner, massages, and rose petal turndown. About $615 pp. www.ashford.ie.
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is a new 483 acre resort that has opened in Puerto Rico, just 25 minutes from San Juan airport. The resort features 139 luxurious guestrooms with ocean views and butler service, a world class spa, an 18 hole golf course, and a Jean-Georges restaurant. www.stregis.com.
Air France Features “Premium Voyager” Class
Airberlin Launches Non-Stop Service from NY to Berlin This summer Airberlin, Germany’s second largest airline, launches four weekly, non stop flights from JFK to Berlin. In addition, Airberlin offers non-stop to Düsseldorf. The airline participates in the Oneworld Alliance. www.airberlin.com.
Air France has introduced a new class of service - “Premium Voyager.” Located between Business and Economy the new service features 40% more space than Economy, leg rest, reclining to 123o, and amenity kits. Available on long flights on A330, A340, and 777. www.airfrance.com.
S.S. Antoinette, the Newest Uniworld “Super Ship” Uniworld, the boutique river cruise company, has launched their newest and largest ship, the S.S. Antoinette. Appointed with luxurious furnishings and elegant decor, the ship embodies the spirit of Versailles Palace in Paris. It features 73 staterooms, a cinema, fine art, a heated swimming pool and more. www.uniworld.com.
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NYC War Horse Comes to Lincoln Center War Horse, a play adapted from the Michael Morpugo novel and first presented by the National Theater in London, comes to the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The show features life-size horse puppets and an ensemble of 35 actors. Previews begin on March 15. Show opens on April 14. Telecharge 212-239-6200.
The Sunburnt Calf Restaurant The Sunburnt Calf is a local eatery at 226 West 79th St. Reminiscent of a tavern in the Australian Outback, the restaurant features creative Australian fare at affordable prices. The menu includes Barramundi fish, shark, kangaroo specials, and shrimp on the barbie. www.thesunburntcalf.com, or call 646-823-9255.
Graffit is a new, trendy restaurant at 141 West 69th St. The restaurant offers modern interpretations of Spanish tapas, and artfully presented dishes that focus on shapes, colors, and flavors. Visit www.graffitrestaurant.com, or call 646692-8762.
Architectural Digest Home Design Show The 2011 Architectural Digest Home Design Show will feature over 300 premium brands from furniture and lighting to kitchens and baths. The show runs from March 17-20 at pier 94 (55th Street at West Side Highway). www.archdigesthomeshow.com. March - April 2011
La Petite Maison Restaurant La Petit Maison restaurant from Nice, France, has recently opened a Manhattan branch at 13 â€“ 15 W. 54th St. (at 5th Ave.) in a former Rockefeller townhouse. The hip and elegant restaurant features superbly prepared dishes such as Provencal fish soup, striped bass with artichokes, filet of beef with pepper sauce, truffle dishes and more. Ask for a table in the soaring lower level atrium. www. lapetitemaisonnyc.com or 212-616-9931.
Luckyrice Festival Celebrates Asian Culinary Culture
Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden
Luckyrice culinary festival takes place at several city venues from May 2 through 8. The event includes a night market in Dumbo, a James Beard dinner, a Morimoto dinner, as well as a banquet by Daniel Boulud and Susur Lee at Restaurant Daniel. Info and tickets at www.luckyrice.com
The Orchid Show: On Broadway at the New York Botanical Garden features thousands of dramatic orchids in theater-inspired set pieces. March 5 through April 25. www. nybg.org.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Broadway Following a successful run in Toronto, Priscilla Queen of the Desert will open at the Palace Theater on March 20. The show, based on the popular movie, features dazzling costumes, and a score of dance-floor classics. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com.
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Ima Restaurant in Teaneck The famous Ima Restaurant from Jerusalem, has recently opened at 445 Cedar Lane in Teaneck. Ima is a Kosher Middle Eastern Restaurant specializing in Israeli - Mediterranean cuisine. Their menu features salads, soups, a variety of Kubeh, stuffed vegetables, meat entrees, and vegetarian dishes. Ima also offers Shabbat specials, catering and take out. Bring your own Kosher wine and enjoy. www.imarestaurant.com. 201-357-5789/90.
Coming Attractions BRIDE FLIGHT is a sweeping epic that follows three young Dutch women who emigrate to New Zealand. On the plane trip they become friends and meet Frank, a dashing young man who will play a critical role in their lives. Their paths will continue to cross in the years to come in life-altering ways.
QUeen TO Play. Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire star in an inspiring drama of newly discovered passions and midlife triumphs. Realizing that she has a talent for chess, HĂŠlĂ¨ne, a chambermaid, seeks the tutelage of a reclusive American doctor. The unlikely liaison transforms both of their colorless lives.
GINGER â€” From Pg. 61 tion drugs designed to reduce vomiting. Based on their findings, the scientists concluded that supplemental ginger is most effective in controlling nausea when it is taken at least three days prior to receiving chemotherapy, in doses of a half-gram to one gram daily. For cancer patients, supplemental ginger may do more than just ease nausea. Recent research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center suggests that the spice may have potent anti-cancer properties, as well. In laboratory studies, the scientists
found that application of ginger to ovarian cancer cells caused the cells to die. In a number of different ovarian cancer cell lines, ginger appeared to induce cell death at a similar or better rate than a platinumbased chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat ovarian cancer. Although the study results are preliminary, the scientists are hopeful that ginger will have similar anti-cancer effects in human trials. The medicinal use of the spice is particularly appealing because it is inexpensive, easy to take and well tolerated by
March - April 2011
Openings Tapestrie Opens in Englewood A new women’s clothing store, Tapestrie, has opened at 114 Engle Street in Englewood, next to Fleischman Furs, Party Plus Studio, and Fred Salon. Shop in casual luxury for great women’s fashions from the essential basic item to that special accent piece. Offering casual, eclectic, wearable clothing in sizes 2-16. Special ambience, free alterations, free shipping, and free parking. Make Tapestrie a “must visit.” 201-408-4910.
Red Velvet Luxe in Ridgewood Red Velvet Luxe, a boutique specializing in luxury watches and designer jewelry has opened at 59 E. Ridgewood Ave. in Ridgewood. Founder and President Randi Shinske leverages her more than 20 + years experience as a luxury brand executive to find the best buying opportunities on the most exclusive brands. Randi offers luxury watch and jewelry brands at 40% to 70% off retail every day — perfect for savvy consumers. 201-689-1800.
most people. Ginger has an excellent safety profile and is associated with few unwelcome side effects. Still, it’s wise to consult your physician before using it on a regular basis, especially if you’re taking other medications or if you have any problems with your health. For most healthy folks, ginger is a safe and effective remedy for nausea, stomachaches and muscle pain. The medicinal plant is available in most health food stores in a variety of forms, including capsules, teas and powders.
If you buy commercially prepared ginger ale, ginger tea or ginger snap cookies, be sure to read the label. Many products contain only artificial flavors rather than real ginger. If you want to prepare your own, you can buy fresh or dried ginger root at many supermarkets or health food stores. After washing, chopping or grinding the root, you can add it to foods or use it to make a tasty tea. Even if you don’t need to use ginger for its medicinal properties, you can still enjoy its distinctive, delicious flavor. ∆
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Israeli-Mediterranean Cuisine Catering • Take Out Bring Your Own Kosher Wine
201-357-5789/90 445 Cedar Lane, Teaneck www.imarestaurant.com
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Esposito’s Park Café – 790 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park, the original location of the first Villa Amalfi. The Esposito family has completely renovated the space, turning it into a modern, comfortable restaurant. The first floor features a full bar surrounded by tables and high tops. The upstairs dining room is decorated in a Mediterranean motif with a stunning wall mural of the Italian coast and impressive lighting fixtures. The menu offers a large variety of American and Italian favorites including salads, brick-oven pizza, pasta and more. This is the perfect spot for dining with friends or family. Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner Mon-Sun. Sunday Brunch. Parking on premises. 201-313-2441.
Greek Taverna Mykonos — 238 Broadway (Rt. 4E.) Elmwood Park - The atmosphere and décor in this newly opened restaurant in reminiscent of a typical taverna. Rated ★★★ by the Record, Taverna Mykonos specializes in Hellenic cuisine, a melting of Greek and Mediterranean influences. The menu features healthy and seasonal selections including fresh fish, the highest quality meat and sun-loving fruits and vegetables. Greek products such as cheese, olive oil, herbs and spices highlight the cuisine. The full bar offers wines from Greece and the US. On-site parking. Serving lunch and dinner. 201-7039200. www.tavernamykonos.com.
Italian Amarone Ristorate – 63 Cedar Lane, Teaneck. Rated Excellent by Zagat and in the “Top 5” for Atmosphere by the Record. Amarone Ristorante is serving distinctive Northern Italian specialties such as Osso Buco, Roasted Duck and many varieties of homemade pasta. The menu also features fresh fish, poultry, and beef. Owner Nick uses the highest quality ingredients and all 74
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dishes are made to order. The atmosphere is warm and hospitable and prices are moderate. Full bar service, ample parking. Open for lunch Mon-Fri and dinner daily. 201-833-1897. Café Italiano — 14 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs. The restaurant occupies the historic home of flamboyant 1920s NYC mayor, Jimmy Walker. The turn of the century architecture, combined with the fine Italian cuisine makes for a memorable dining experience. The menu features great selections, large portions and affordable prices. From the hot and cold appetizers, to the pastas, risottos, chicken, veal, seafood, beef and lamb entrees, you will find every item uniquely prepared and presented. End your meal with a cappuccino or sinful desert. A wine list at fair prices is now offered. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Available for private parties for up to 100 people. Ample Parking. Call 201-461-5041.
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Bar/Bat Mitzvahs Private Room • Bar Catering • Delivery • Take Out
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KANAME Authentic Japanese Cuisine & Fabulous Sushi Bar
783 Palisade Ave., Cliffside Park (Across from Winston Towers)
open Tue.-Sun. — Take-Out available
Villa Amalfi – 793 Palisade Ave. Cliffside Park. The elegantly appointed dining rooms are ideal for business, private occasions or intimate dining. The extensive menu features seafood, chops, prime steaks and pasta and is complimented by wines from France, Italy and California. Dance to live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. A private banquet room accommodates up to 250 people. Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sun and brunch on Sun. Valet parking. Reservations suggested. Call 201-886-8626.
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201-969-0202 1034 River Road • Edgewater (opposite Admiral Walk)
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Distinctive Northern Italian Cuisine Join Us for Our
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Kaname — 783 Palisade Ave., Cliffside Park. Rated ★★★ by the Record, Kaname is a favorite spot for Japanese food lovers, offering an extensive menu of traditional dishes and unique sushi & sashimi specialties. Sit at the Sushi bar and watch your host George create the most imaginative items using the freshest ingredients. If you haven’t tried Sushi before, George will assist you with your order. Portions are generous, the staff helpful and friendly. Cocktails, wine and beer are available. Ample parking in rear. Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sun. 201-886-0080. Koyama — 1034 River Road, Edgewater. After 81/2 years in Cliffside Park, Koyama has moved to a larger location in Edgewater. The restaurant is a favorite of those who love authentic Japanese cuisine. In addition to many selections of sushi and sashimi, the menu features traditional favorites such as shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, and an assortment of noodle dishes, all creatively prepared with the freshest ingredients. They offer pick up and drop off service for customers who don’t wish to drive. (available in Fort Lee, Edgewater, Cliffside Park). Lunch Mon-Fri and Dinner Daily. Local food delivery service. 201-969-0202.
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Kosher, Middle Eastern Ima Restaurant — 445 Cedar Lane, Teaneck. Ima Restaurant from Jerusalem, has opened at 445 Cedar Lane in Teaneck. Ima is a Kosher Middle Eastern Restaurant specializing in Israeli - Mediterranean cuisine. Their menu features salads, soups, a variety of Kubeh, stuffed vegetables, meat entrees, and vegetarian dishes. Shabbat specials, take out and catering available. Bring your own Kosher wine. Open Sun-Thurs 11:00am10:00pm. Lunch specials 11:30-3:00. Friday, lunch only. www.imarestaurant.com. 201-357-5789/90.
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Seafood Oceanos Oyster Bar and Sea Grill — 2-27 Saddle River Rd. Fair Lawn (1 block off Rt 4W). Manhattan comes to NJ. Oceanos, features raw bar selections, whole Mediterranean fish and steakhouse specialties. There is a sit-down bar offering a list of sophisticated cocktails and an inviting patio for outdoor dining. Open for lunch Sun-Fri, dinner Mon-Sun, and the kitchen stays open late. www.oceanosrestaurant.com. 201-796-0546.
Turkish - Middle Eastern Samdan — 178 Piermont Rd., Cresskill. This casual, elegant restaurant has won the hearts of area residents and food critics alike. Samdan offers mouth-watering appetizers, kebabs, a large selection of Turkish delights along with regional delicacies and daily specials. Lunch Specials Mon-Sat $990, Early Bird Special Mon-Fri 4-6, 4 courses plus coffee $ 1995. Open 7 days. Sun-Thurs noon-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-10:30. Party Room for 80-100 persons. www.samdanrestaurant.com. 201-816-7343.
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The Finest in Seafood, Chops, Prime Steaks, Pastas Join us for Easter and Mother’s Day lunch, dinner, sunday brunch, closed monday live music & dancing fri & sat, banquet room up to 250, valet parking
201.886.8626 • 793 Palisade Avenue, Cliffside Park • www.villaamalfi.com
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301 Bridge Plaza North Fort Lee, NJ 07024
The Bluffs Area â€” Gorgeous New Construction, Center Hall Colonial with approx. 7,500 SF of absolute Luxury! Brick and Precast exterior, 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, library, finished basement, 3 marble fireplaces, fine custom kitchen by Brookhaven with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, parquet floors, crown moldings, 20 ft ceiling foyer and family room, master bath with Jacuzzi and heated floor, sauna, exercise room, 2 car attached garage. Truly a masterpiece! Completion Spring 2011. Offered at $2,695,000.
BUCKINGHAM TOWER Fort Lee, NJ â€“This spacious residence has 2,599 interior square feet plus a 117-SF glass walled terrace with bright Southeast views of the Hudson River and New York from every room! The gracious layout offers exceptional entertaining areas as well as the ideal split-bedroom design. Smooth finish extra-height ceilings (no popcorn!). Custom lighting including recessed fixtures and special accent lights. Formal foyer with dramatic powder room. Spacious galley kitchen with granite floors and counters, vented exhaust hood and full-size laundry closet. Dramatic master bath with raised double vanity, steam shower, soaking tub and heated towel rack. Come experience the Buckingham Tower lifestyle!
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