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VALENTINE’S DAY GUIDE

I HEART FOOD THE ISSUE DEDICATED TO WESTCHESTER FOODIES & THE FOOD WE LOVE

The best Valentine’s Day menus inside!

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FOODIE FINDS

Restaurant Men(u) Crave

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PLUS! SOCIAL LOVE, THE BEST CHOCOLATE + WINE, CAN’T MISS SINGLE SCENES and more!


FOODIENATION

Feel the {Foodie} Love To some, Valentine’s Day is a manufactured holiday—invented by the evil masterminds behind Hallmark cards or even Russell Stover chocolates. To me, Valentine’s Day has always been about celebrating the things I love. And I happen to love food. {Yeah, no secret there!} So this February 14th, I challenge you to avoid the last-minute checkout lines at CVS, and plan a little ahead. You’ve got a few days here, Westchester #FoodieNation, so choose wisely. Savor the flavor, relish in that moment, and do something you love. Live life deliciously!

Kate Schlientz Kate Schlientz IntoxiKate.com Founder

CONNECT NOW IntoxiKate: Living Life Deliciously www.intoxikate.com

AT E O N L IN E T H E IN T O X IK IG N ED T O S E D E R A S M A G A Z IN E C L IC K O N ! E IV T C A R E B E IN T IVE L IN K S L D N A S N O T HE BUT T RN MORE. A E L O T ) E U ( IN B L

ON THE COVER: Chocolate box filled with a variety of chocolate truffles from Chocolations in Mamaroneck.

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CHEERS Roses are red Rosé is pink Get her some flowers

And share a drink Celebrate your love with some sparkle! Berlucchi Franciacorta Rosé, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, has elegant notes of wild berry-fruit melded with subtle hints of crusty bread. This sparkling wine is perfect for a romantic dinner at home, or as a gift that pairs perfectly with her favorite box of chocolates. (SRP: $34.99)

Available at: Zachys Wine & Liquor Store 16 East Pkwy, Scarsdale www.zachys.com

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EYECANDY {IntoxiKate Series}

Men(u) Crave Sure, your favorite restaurant has great food, but sometimes we go for things that aren’t on the menu. Maybe it’s the ambiance, maybe it’s the VIP treatment, or maybe it’s the bartender’s eyes…. Wait, what? Men(u) Crave uncovers the cutest men in the restaurant industry, moves past those good looks, and discovers why they’re drawn to food (and why women and drawn to them)!

Antonio Guzzo Fleetwood Pizza, Sleepy Hollow Learn More

ET S U P E R S WE

Get the Digits Valentine’s Day, by the numbers. $130.97

$1.6 Billion

85%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED AMOUNT THAT PEOPLE WILL SPEND ON VALENTINE’S DAY

AVERAGE AMOUNT PEOPLE WILL SPEND ON CANDY

OF MEN + WOMEN BELIEVE SEX IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF VALENTINE’S DAY Reported by CNN.com

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EYECANDY

T H O S E EY ES !

Maurizio Caputi (right), Manager Chat 19, Larchmont

Christian Petroni, Chef Fortina, Armonk

M R . S UA V E

Nominate a favorite Men(u) Crave. Simply email their name, restaurant and why you love them to IntoxiKate.

Red Hot

THIS THURSDAY

Spice up your dinner (and your sex life) with foods that promise to get you in the mood. 1. Chocolate 2. Oysters 3. Bananas 4. Asparagus 5. Avocado

6. Hot Chilies 7. Pomegranates 8. Red Wine 9. Salmon 10. Vanilla

Tune those radios to WFAS 1230 AM at 5:30 p.m. to listen to IntoxiKate on air with Lisa Wexler. We’re talking aphrodisiac foods, and where to get them in Westchester. Listen online.

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CONVERSATIONHEARTS

Social Love

FACEBOOK

Feeling the trends on social media. INSTAGRAM

TWITTER @KatieSchlientz @HonorYourStyle @GreaterThanWe @AnujaDeSilva @stacyknows If u could spend #ValentinesDay #dinner with 1 #Westchester #chef, who would it be? @GreaterThanWe @KatieSchlientz @HonorYourStyle @ AnujaDeSilva @stacyknows thinking Blue Hill’s Dan Barber would show the love @AnujaDeSilva @GreaterThanWe @KatieSchlientz @HonorYourStyle @stacyknows Still trying to decide! Likely Jean-Gorges #Westchester @stacyknows @KatieSchlientz @HonorYourStyle @ GreaterThanWe @AnujaDeSilva jeanGeorge. Who else #Westchester

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LOVELETTERS

FOODIE FINDS

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The top five things you should sink your teeth into this month.

Check out Fortina’s Facebook page. When you’re not drooling over their latest dishes, you’ll be laughing over their crazy shenanigans.

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The Twisted Oak is new on the Tarrytown scene, but everyone is already buzzing about the poutine. Snag one of David Dibari’s signature pies and a pen— you haven’t made it until you’ve signed the graffiti wall at The Parlor. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Tuckahoe’s Broken Bow Brewery tapped their Broken Heart Stout featuring a hint of chocolate and coffee.

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SWEET

The Strawberry Nazi

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Chocolations owner Maria Valente, you know she’s as sweet as the delicate chocolates she creates. But when it comes to strawberries, the chocolatier sees red—the self proclaimed “Strawberry Nazi” is super-protective over the chocolate covered variety. So much so that she’ll deny a sale to ensure the quality and freshness of her product. “I’m not trying to be mean when I say you cannot have strawberries today if you plan to serve them tomorrow,” Valente says. “I’m just looking out for you—I have your best interest at heart.” Strawberry photos courtesy of Chocolations

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Avoid Strawberries: • With faded or discolored stems. • That are mushy. • Chocolate separating from the berry.


SWEET A GIFT SHE’LL LOVE Chocolations is also offering a chocolate box filled with a variety of chocolate truffles (featured on the cover). CONNECT NOW 607 E Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck 914-777-3600 www.chocolations.com

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TABLEFORONE It’s all about the

Single Scenes

Single in the suburbs? Check out these dating scene hot spots... The Mill 583 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson 914-231-7772

NoMa Social 1 Radisson Plaza, New Rochelle 914-576-4141

Village Social Kitchen + Bar 251 E Main St, Mt. Kisco 914-241-6260

Half Moon 1 High St, Dobbs Ferry 914-693-4130

Chat 19 19 Chatsworth Ave, Larchmont 914-833-8871 10 | IntoxiKate Valentine’s Day Guide

Savona 2 Chase Rd, Scarsdale 914-798-0550


Valentine’ s Day menus BEFORE YOU BOOK, CHECK OUT THESE SPECIAL CHEF MENUS, CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THE HOLIDAY

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PERFECT FOR DATE NIGHT!

SONORA RESTAURANT Prix Fixe Menu • Thursday 2/13 - $50 per person • Friday 2/14 & Saturday 2/15 $65 per person • Sunday 2/16 - $50 per person • *Beverages tax & gratuities are not included on the prix fixe price • *Menu subject to change, depending on market availability

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CONNECT NOW 179 Rectory Street, Port Chester 914-933-0200 www.sonorarestaurant.net


Valentine’s Day Menu FIRST COURSE CEVICHE TASTING FOR TWO Tuna, coconut, jalapeno and ginger ceviche/ shrimp, blood orange, cilantro, onions and citrus juice FILET MIGNON SKEWERS with Cilantro Horse Radish Sauce over Fingerling Potatoes and Wild Mushroom Salad MESCLUN GREENS SALAD with Dried Cranberries, Hearts of Palm and Shallot Vinaigrette

HERB HALF ROASTED “FREE BIRD” CHICKEN with Lobster Saffron Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Peanuts Chardonnay Sauce LOBSTER Cooked in Sherry Wine and Shallot Beurre Blanc Served with Black Bean Raviolis PAN SEARED MEDITERRANEAN SEA BASS with Spicy Shrimp, Tomato, Manchego Cheese and Arboreo Rice Risotto in a Asparagus Cava Reduction

QUESADILLA: Shredded duck with roasted peppers, smoked gouda cheese served with a roasted corn salsita, jalapeno aioli and pomegranate reduction

VEGETARIAN DISH: Quinoa and Potato Gnocchi with Asparagus, Zucchini, Trumpet Mushrooms in a White Rioja Chipotle Sauce

SOUP: Lobster and Lemongrass Bisque

DESSERT COLOMBIAN ESPRESSO CRÈME BRÛLÉE | PASSION FRUIT FLAN | LAVA FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE

MAIN COURSE GRILLED RIBEYE STEAK with Truffle Essence Mashed Potatoes and Basil-Sundried Tomato Sauce

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SUBHED PERFECT FOR DATE NIGHT!

42 THE RESTAURANT This five-course dinner is a wonderful experience to share with the one you love. $225 per couple plus all beverages, tax and 20% gratuity Seatings: 4:30 to 5:15 pm 7:15 to 7:45 pm 9:45 to 11:00 pm

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CONNECT NOW 1 Renaissance Square, White Plains 914-761-4242 www.42therestaurant.com


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Valentine’s Day Menu For the Table Jamon Serrano, Chourico, House-Made Terrine, Manchego, Aged Cheddar, Truffle Tremor Cheese, Grilled Bread, Quince Marmalade ***** Choice of: Beet & Pear Salad Yuzu Yogurt, Shaved Fennel, Parsley Oil Gambas Piri Piri Portuguese Chiles, San Marzano Tomatoes Oysters on the Half Shell Cocktail Sauce Granita, Jalapeño Mignonette Beef & Pork Pastry Burrata, Pistachio-Egg Yolk Sauce *****

Choice of: Arctic Char Creamed Watercress, Ranch Chips Beef Short Rib Potato-Onion Hash, Roasted Parsnip, DemiGlaze Chicken Fried Rice Soy, Sesame, Poached Egg Maple Pork Chop Sweet Potato Purée, Onion, Pear & Apple Balsamic ***** Choice of: Tartufo Dark Chocolate, Espresso Ice Cream, Banana Cake Vacherin Coconut, Kaffir Lime, Sesame

Semolina Cavatelli Winter Green Pesto

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SUBHED PERFECT FOR DATE NIGHT!

CHUTNEY MASALA $45 per person plus tax and gratuity

CONNECT NOW 4 W Main St, Irvington 914-591-5500 www.chutneymasalabistro.com

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Valentine’s Day Menu Cocktail ST. CHAMPAGNE prosecco, st. germain -----------------Appetizers GOBI MANCHURIAN Cauliflower florets in a ginger soy sauce CHICKEN 65 Tangy Hyderabad favorite diced chicken with 65 ingredients AMRITSARI MACCHI Gram flour dusted crispy tilapia CHETTINAD CRAB CAKES Spicy crab cakes with coastal spices TANDOORI OCTOPUS CHAAT Tandoor grilled octopus, savory potatoes and chickpeas tangy dressing

CHICKEN CETTINAD Spicy chicken curry, fennel powder and curry leaves TANDOORI SALMON TIKKA Chunks of wild salmon mild marination BOTI KALI MIRCH Black pepper infused lamb kebabs. GOAN SHRIMPS a tangy and piquant shrimp curry from the coastal region of goa -----------------Desserts MANGO CHEESE CAKE Cheese cake, mango coulis KULFI Indian style Popsicle CHOCOLATE DELIGHT Layered chocolate cake

-----------------Entrées DHINGRI PALAK Sautéed mushrooms with seasoned and tempered pureed spinach SHYAM SAVERA Spinach and cheese dumplings fenugreek scented tomato cream sauce

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SUBHED PERFECT FOR DATE NIGHT!

EASTCHESTER FISH GOURMET • Available Tuesday February 11 - Friday February 14 • Reservations accepted for any size party (instead of our regular 5 or more) • Serving our regular menu • Dinner from 5:00 - 9:30 (Tuesday through Thursday) • Dinner from 5:00 - 10:30 (Friday through Saturday

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CONNECT NOW 837 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale 914-725-3450 ext 4 www.eastchesterfish.com


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Valentine’s Day Menu

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ERNIE’S WINE BAR + EATS Prix Fixe Menu • $90 per person, inclusive of wines • A different glass of delicious wine served with each course

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CONNECT NOW 7 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville 914-652-7859 www.ernieswinebar.com


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Valentine’s Day Menu

THIERRY TRIOLET ROSE CHAMPAGNE (FROM MAGNUM)

BEEF AND RED PEPPER GOULASH (NON MEAT OPTION OF TRUFFLE MAC & CHEESE)

PRAWNS (MARIE ROSE SAUCE/SALAD) CHEESE PLATTER (MARINATED BEETS) POTTED RABBIT (PINK PEPPERCORNS/ TOAST POINTS)

CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES

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SUBHED PERFECT FOR DATE NIGHT!

TARRYTOWN HOUSE ESTATE THE HUDSON VALLEY ROMANCE GETAWAY PACKAGE With deluxe accommodations at the Winter Palace, the Estate’s Hudson Valley Romance Package provides guests with an overall extended stay starting with a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival. A full American breakfast for two is also available with this package. Overnight accommodations can be upgraded to the Estate’s King House Mansion rooms. This package starts at just $219. THE VALENTINE’S DINNER PACKAGE Let delicious cuisine romance your taste buds with this four course dinner package at the Estate’s restaurant, Cellar 49. The special prix fixe features Diver Scallops and Filet Mignon, paired with wine. Cellar 49

is located on the lower floor of the historic Biddle Mansion. The warm décor mirrors the mansion’s features: key-stoned brick archways, rugged granite columns and wood beams. This package also includes overnight accommodations and breakfast for two in the Winter Palace. Overnight accommodations can be upgraded to the Estate’s King House Mansion rooms. Guests can sleep late with this package with a late checkout time of 1pm. This package starts at $399.   THE BED & BREAKFAST PACKAGE Enjoy a deluxe room for two that includes a sumptuous full American buffet breakfast, which includes an omelet station. Overnight accommodations can be upgraded to the Estate’s King House Mansion rooms.This package starts at $199.

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Valentine’s Day Details

CONNECT NOW 49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown 914-591-3183 www.tarrytownhouseestate.com

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SUBHED PERFECT FOR DATE NIGHT!

MODERNE BARN • $85 per person • $130 with wine pairing • Plus Tax & Gratuity

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CONNECT NOW 430 Bedford Rd, Armonk 914-730-0001 www.modernebarn.com


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Valentine’s Day Menu APPETIZER Local Greens shaved beets, radishes, carrots, cucumbers kumato tomatoes, passion fruit vinaigrette Tuna Sushi seaweed salad, spicy mayonnaise, pickled ginger, wasabi Maine Lobster Bisque brioche croutons, tarragon Half Dozen Beau Soleil Oysters champagne mignonette, cocktail sauce, american caviar Beet Salad goat cheese, strawberries, hazelnuts, baby arugula, black truffle vinaigrette Baby Artichoke Hearts prosciutto de parma, capers, lemon, parmesan cheese, piccata sauce Baby Spinach Salad raspberries, maytag blue cheese, pistachios, balsamic dressing ENTREE Roasted “Free Bird” Chicken baby carrots, brussels sprouts, red bliss potatoes, cauliflower, sunchokes, natural jus Ricotta Gnocchi mushroom medley, swiss cheese, marsala truffle cream sauce Grilled Salmon winter spiced lentils, broccoli rabe, smoked tomato broth, jicama slaw

Seafood Risotto mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, tomatoes Broiled Filet Mignon mashed potatoes, asparagus, bordelaise sauce Roasted Atlantic Cod red wine risotto, apple parsnip purée, swiss chard, porcini mushrooms, kumquat chutney Thick-Cut Berkshire Pork Chop provolone polenta, roasted bell peppers, spanish onions, balsamic vinegar rosemary sauce DESSERT Chocolate Hazelnut Torte chocolate & hazelnut mousses, sponge cake, hazelnut crème anglaise Raspberry Linzer Torte ginger ice cream Three Way Crème Brûlée tahitian vanilla, chocolate walnut, caramel Meyer Lemon Cheesecake ginger graham cracker crust, blueberry compote,meyer lemon sour cream Petits Beignets fried doughnut holes, strawberry preserves, caramel sauce & dark chocolate sauce Sorbet coconut, lemon, green apple Ice Cream vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon

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SUBHED PERFECT FOR DATE NIGHT!

MORELLO ITALIAN BISTRO Morello Italian Bistro is adding a dash of romance to its traditional Italian menu with heart-melting a la carte specials this Valentine’s Day. The scrumptious specials will be offered Friday, Feb. 14, Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16. Serving our a la carte menu along with holiday-themed specials (see below).

CONNECT NOW 253 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich 203-661-3443 www.morellobistro.com

Yellowtail Crudo $18 pomegranate-fennel dressing, clementine, celery leaves

Seared Halibut Aqua Pazza $34 ginger- romaine broth, Manila clams, butter lettuce, fresh herbs

Seared Foie Gras $18 pineapple-citrus conserva, fried potato, toasted brioche

Bone-in Grilled Veal Chop $45 Porcini mushrooms, gaufrette potatoes, late harvest radicchio salad

Risotto with Crab $34 chilies, crab butter, scallion Trofie with Rock Shrimp $34 ndjua, tomatoes, basil, white wine, garlic

Available as a tasting for $75 per person

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Valentine’s Day Menu

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THE MILL Ok friends, here it is. Are you #lovers or #haters?!? #valentinesday #themill #hastings VALENTINE’S DAY 2014 Prix Fixe $35

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CONNECT NOW 583 Warburton Ave Hastings-on-Hudson 914-231-7772


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Valentine’s Day Menu LOVERS

HATERS

Scallop Crudo Shaved Asparagus, Lemon Oil

One Lonely Serving of Fried Scallops Siracha Miracle Whip

***** Bavette of Beef Fennel Celeriac Gratin, Fried Spinach

***** Blackened Beef Bavette Smashed Potatoes, Bitter Greens -or-

-orSeafood Stuffed Sole Saffron Rice, Roasted Broccoli

Shark Bites Crabby Beurre Blanc *****

***** Raspberry Pomegranate Panna Cotta

Broken Heart Cookies (and milk, of course)

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SUBHED PERFECT FOR DATE NIGHT!

VIA VIANTI! “All-Aphrodisiac” Valentine’s Day Menu Seatings at 6 & 8 p.m.

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CONNECT NOW 2 Kirby Plaza, Mt Kisco 914-666-6400 www.viavanti.com


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Valentine’s Day Menu APPETIZERS Italian Wedding Soup With mini chicken-veggie meatballs, baby spinach, kale and pastina in a chicken broth 8 cup / 12 bowl Maya Mia Mussels With a cilantro, lime, green chili and avocado sauce 13 Pistachio Crusted Shrimp On rosemary skewers, with fennel & orange mélange 15 Insalata Valentina Radicchio & rocket with festive fico d’India (prickly pear), pomegranate seeds and a blood orange vinaigrette 12 PASTAS and PIZZETTE Wild Boar Bolognese Strozzopreti – “strangled priest” pasta with a lusty wild boar (cinghale) ragu 15 appetizer, 24 main Orecchiette Vegetali “Little Ears” pasta with baby root veggies and teardrop heirloom tomatoes 13 appetizer, 20 main Romeo & Juliet Heart-Shaped Pizzette His Half: asparagus & spicy Italian sausage . . . Her Half: pears, almonds, goat cheese, rosemary & honey 15

ENTRÉES Pollo Fantastiche Rolled chicken paillard stuffed with figs, feta and walnuts, over creamy polenta with a red grape sauce 24 Veal Osso Bucco Tender veal shank simmered in a red wine, tamarind & tomato sauce with roasted garlic mashed potatoes 29 Salmon Veronese Oven roasted and wrapped in smoky speck, served atop sauteed broccoli rabe, roasted garlic and cherry tomatoes 25 South Sea Sea Bass Sea bass rubbed in ginger & lime with a hint of basil, mint and cilantro, wrapped & grilled in banana leaves with fragrant basmati rice 23 Paella Italiano Salmon, shrimp, wild boar sausage, chicken, mussels and white beans with a saffron tomato risotto 28

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FIRSTDATE

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Gwen & Alvin Clayton Alvin + Friends New Rochelle

o-owners Gwen and Alvin Clayton met at a restaurant in New York City where he was working as a model. “It was a Friday night,” Gwen remembers, “and Alvin said he would call me that weekend. He was a man of his word: he called on Sunday and we had a date for Monday.” The two arranged to meet at Time Café, and Gwen recalls that she was running late -- “Surprise, surprise!” says Alvin teasingly -- “and he was waiting for me at the bar, looking like a snack as my kids would say.”

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Gwen says she was so nervous she could hardly eat. “There was a comedy show, so I asked Alvin to tell me his best joke, and he just kept me laughing all night – his jokes were better than the comedian’s!” Alvin says he developed quite a repertoire of jokes working as a model “because that’s the way we passed the time on shoots, seeing who had the best jokes.” That shared sense of humor has served them well: Today the couple has three children, Matisse, Ollie and Bella.

IntoxiKate Valentine's Day Guide  

Dedicated to the Westchester #FoodieNation, the IntoxiKate Valentine's Day Guide includes the best foodie finds, special menus for local res...

IntoxiKate Valentine's Day Guide  

Dedicated to the Westchester #FoodieNation, the IntoxiKate Valentine's Day Guide includes the best foodie finds, special menus for local res...

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