Resident Magazine April 2018 Issue - Romio's Tarik Sansal

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Hillary Latos ASSISTANT EDITOR Tash Bazika EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Manoosh Maesumi LIFESTYLE EDITOR Norah Bradford, Josh Estrin CULTURE EDITOR Joe Alexander SOCIAL COLUMNIST Clara Morgan FASHION STYLIST Tanya Tauthong-Kass SOCIETY PET EDITOR Jane Pontarelli FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS Melissa Curtin, Elizabeth Darwen, Peter Elston, Jennifer Hedley, Ann Lawlor, Lisa Loverro, Bennett Marcus, Alicia Turgut, Jeanine Zelkas

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pring represents rebirth and renewal and and this month we celebrate the best of spring. Our cover story this month is Tarak Sansal, the trailblazing and inspirational CEO and founder of ROMIO- a game changing app catering to the busy New Yorker. If there ever was a singular commonality amongst New Yorkers it is that time seems to move at a heightened and frenzied pace and is one of our most precious commodities. Sansal’s solution was to create an app that developed a community of vetted experts and specialists for hire to assist in all areas of our lives. The community includes everything from dog walkers to tutors, personal chefs, handymen, nannies, hair stylists, event planners, and more that cater to the multi-faceted needs of busy New Yorkers. With the warmer temperatures we have come out of the winter hibernation making this an ideal time to get out and explore our wonderful city. We ventured out to bring you the best new openings and lounges from New York City hotspots to street food gems and Mediterranean inspired boozy brunches. We also featured the best of Broadway and not to miss art exhibitions happening in our cultural mecca. Of course spring escapes are always at the top of our list. This month we ventured around the world from the exotic and otherworldly landscape of French Polynesia to an eco-luxe jungle in Nicaragua. Closer to home we traveled to Los Angeles on the heels of the Academy Awards, Puerto Vallarta, South Florida, and relished in the quiet barefoot luxury of the Bahamas. In the spirit of rebirth and renewal, this is a great time to embrace change. Whether you want to change something about yourself, learn a new skill, change an outmoded way of thinking or even the status quo, you have the power within to instill change in your life. Taking that leap of faith can present a life changing turning point for the better.

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he artsy fartsy folks, socialites, pretty young things and business titans came out in droves to meet German’s answer to Andy Warhol, pop artist, Michel Friess. The artist agents’ and owners of Pop Art Gallery, Ralph & Stephan Barlog also flew in from Germany for the celebration. The event was hosted by Paul Anis, owner of Studio Anise in Soho, home to the Rolf Benz U.S. Flagship Store and Freistl. Studio Anise also presents a carefully curated selection from other leading contemporary high-end furniture manufacturers. Plenty of Forever Young wine was poured to keep spirits flowing while a lively jazz band played in the background. The “German Pop Art Meets New York” exhibition will be up through May 2018 and pieces can be shipped worldwide.


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THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE The Race of a Lifetime By Tash Bazika


t is the highly anticipated event of the year, where teams are put to the ultimate test as they battle Mother Nature in a race against time. Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has pushed even the great sailors to their limits and the 20172018 edition is no different. Teams will endure a harrowing 45,000 nautical miles around the world, crossing four oceans, touching six continents and twelve landmark host cities.

Every day, for 24 hours a day, teams work immensely hard to pursue even the smallest advantages to make a difference and get ahead of all the other teams.

Often hailed as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, the race sets sail on 22 October 2017 in Alicante, Spain and halts at The Hague in Netherlands eight months later. The other cities that will be hosting the teams on their journey include Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Newport RI, Cardiff and Gothenburg.

Each team is a collection of men and women from all over the world who possess the strength and passion to endure such a marathon as this. Team AzkoNobel were the first to enter the 2017-2018 edition, keeping alive the Dutch tradition in this race. The Dongfeng race team returns for a consecutive year after claiming a podium finish and winning a historic homecoming leg into Sanya in the 2014-2015 edition. The Spanish team MAPFRE also returns for a second consecutive edition following a successful debut in 2014-15, in which they claimed podium finishes four times. American duo Charlie Enright and Mark Towill lead the Vestas 11th Hour racing team with a passionate sustainability message to make an impact on and off the water. Representing Hong Kong is the Sun Hung Kai/Scalliwag team skippered by experienced Aus-

The race sits, just as it always has, at the intersection of human adventure and world-class competition. Every team is equipped with onboard reporters who provide the fans back home with a unique insight into the relentless individuals who have spent their life, training and preparing for this vigorous race that takes place every 3 years. Spectators will see what it takes to win a race of this magnitude.

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The competition is fierce and with the current era of One Design racing, the only way to win is to sail harder and smarter than competitors, the race is won out on the water as opposed to by design.

tralian David Witt who competed in the 1977-98 edition. Team Brunel has competed in four Volvo Ocean races and returns for a second consecutive edition this year. A consortium of Dutch companies including Brunel, Abel, Royal Huisemen and EY will support an initiative known as ‘Engineering the future.’ Skipper Bouwe Bekking is back at the helm for his eighth attempt at the trophy. Even though there is no prize money for the winners, the satisfaction of seeing your name etched into one of the silver rings of the Volvo Ocean Race trophy is a prize beyond compare for sailors who dreamt of this exact moment. The winners will join legends and heroic figures such as Éric Tabarly, Conny Van Rietschoten, Grant Dalton and Ian Walker. In the last edition, a total of 2.4 million people visited the race villages to get a glimpse of the heroes and experience first-hand the adrenaline of the race. Millions more followed the race on digital platforms and this edition brings new technologies so fans can be closer to the action with more live updates from the boats as they race for a chance to be revered as legends. | 21


APRIL 2018


By Joe Alexander with Photographs by Patrick McMullan

Red Sparrow & Tomb Raider

Jennifer Lawrence gets naked and has a lot of sex in the spy thriller Red Sparrow. Lawrence said, “I always talk like I want d*ck, but the truth is, when I look back at my sexual past it was always with boyfriends. I talk like I like it, but I don’t really do it.”……Alicia Vikander takes over the Angelina Jolie role in Tomb Raider. She confessed: “ I push myself hard. I don’t like pain, exactly, but as a ballerina, I lived in constant pain. At ballet school if someone had painkillers, we divided them among us. We were all addicted.”

New York City International Film Festival

The Girl Who Invented Kissing stars Suki Waterhouse as a quirky addict opposite Dash Mihok of Ray Donovan fame. The film, directed by Tom Sierchio, opened the NYC International Film Festival (NYCIFF). Suki said, “I’m the laziest person. When I’m hanging around my house, I literally look like a tramp. I love being comfortable and having no make-up.” …...Closing the festival was former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan and his wife, director, Keely Shaye Smith who presented their documentary, Poisoning Paradise. Pierce has said, “I will forever be a Bond. Someone said, more men have walked on the moon than have played James Bond.”

Jennifer Lawrence @ Red Sparrow

Alicia Vikander @ Tomb Raider

Suki Waterhouse @ Oscars

Natali Yura in N.Y.C.

Ryan Thomas Roth, Peter Thomas Roth and Jean Shafiroff @ Viennese Opera Ball

Meredith Schott & Eugenia Bullock @ Viennese Opera Ball

Rising Star Award

Dominating the red carpet was Natalie Yura who co-stars in the new Bruce Willis film Reprisal; she won the NYCIFF Rising Star Award. Other winners were Igor Vynesyski’s Pentimento and Steve Stanulis’s film Wasted Talent about A Bronx Tale actor Lillo Brancato which won Best Documentary.

Queen of Philanthropy

Hello¡ and Hola¡ magazine called Jean Shafiroff the Queen of Philanthropy in a 12 page feature. The animal advocate and tireless fundraiser accepted the Philanthropy Award from the NYCIFF for her support of the arts and film saying, “A life without giving is a lifetime wasted.”

Viennese Opera Ball

Eugenia Bullock, the daughter of developer Janna Bullock was the leading debutant from N.Y. at the 63rd Viennese Opera Ball in a dress by Nicole Miller. Also making their debut were Archduchess Isabella von Habsburg-Lothringen of Austria and from Palm Beach Christine Schott, Ledes and Steve Schott’s daughter, Meredith Baker Schott in a heavenly confection by Maggie Norris and a stunning diamond tiara and earrings by Jordan Fine. Escorts included William Ford and Ryan Thomas Roth, son of cosmetics mogul Peter Thomas Roth. Sipping champagne were Archduke Géza and Archduchess Elizabeth von Habsburg-Lothringen of Austria, Prince Dimtri of Yugoslavia, philanthropic advisor Laine Siklos, Executive Director Silvia Frieser and Artistic Director Daniel Serafin


Bill Murray and interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper are among the VIPs that have attended the cultural phenomenon known as ArtFields in Lake City, South Carolina. This art competition and exhibition was founded by Darla Moore, the first woman to ever grace the cover of Fortune magazine. Four hundred finalists will com-


pete for over $120,000 in cash prizes at their sixth annual event this spring.

Guild Hall Pastel Awards

Alec Baldwin, who has just announced that he and his yoga instructor wife Hilaria will add a baby boy to their brood of three children this summer is the President of the Board of Trustess of Guild Hall in East Hampton. The arts organization, founded in 1931,is giving the first annual Dianne B. Bernhard Award for Excellence in Pastels at the opening of the 80th Artist Members Exhibition on April 14th. The show, which will feature the work of over 300 artists, runs through May 19th. Over the years, Richard Prince, Chuck Close, Larry Rivers and Richard Avedon have all had exhibitions here.

Elton John Aids Foundation Laine Siklos @ Viennese Opera Ball

Beth Stern & Alex Donner @ American Humane

Heidi Klum stole the show when striking a pose wrapped in Helen Yarmak’s Pink Marabou Feather Coat with Adriana Lima at the Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Party which raised $5.9 million. Those who graced the white carpet that evening included Miley Cyrus, beauty expert Irene Michaels and Dr. Ehsan Ali.

“Queen Mary 2”

Guests on the “Queen Mary 2” world voyage from Sydney, Australia to New Zealand heard the secrets of 10 Downing Street from two Prime Minister’s Press Secretaries: Nick Pisani who worked for David Cameron and Jonathan Haslam who helped John Major. In New York “The Queen” hosted the premiere of The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Effron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya.

Joe Namath & Audrey Gruss

NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath and Audrey Gruss, Founder of Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) will cohost a benefit for the football legends namesake foundation and HDRF at the opening of Nick Korniloff’s Art New York at Pier 94 on May 3rd. The football icon was the Key Note Speaker at Gruss’ Palm Beach dinner about mind brain health at Club Collette. ArtFields’ Darla Moore

Joe Namath & Audrey Gruss @ Hope for Depression Dinner

Sex, Saints & Sin

If Victoria and David Beckham are looking for the perfect wedding gift for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, M.S. Rau Antiques have a “sex chair” from the Prince’s family for $128,500. Harry’s and Prince William’s great, great grandfather King Edward VII, who was famous for his womanizing including an affair with Prince’s Charles wife’s Camilla Parker Bowles’ great grandmother Alice Edmonstone, had a made to measure, siège d’amour, or “seat of love” installed in his favorite bordello, Le Chabanais in 1890. The luxurious sex chair, which allowed the playboy Prince to amuse himself with two ladies at the same time, will be on exhibit at M.S. Rau’s store in New Orleans as part of their new show Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints & Sin, which opens in April.

Hero Dog Awards

Dianne Bernhard @ Pastel Society

Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron @ Queen Mary 2

Society band leader Alex Donner, who has performed for both President Bushs’, played a tribute to the singer Vic Damone at the Lighthouse Gala in Palm Beach. Donner also performed at the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards hosted by Beth Stern, Daisy Funentes and Lois Pope at The Breakers. He sang “Hound Dog” and “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window.” Next up, Donner will perform at the NYC Mission Society’s Champion for Children gala on April 24th and the Anglosphere Society on May 16th where they will toast Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.


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IMANÍ SCOTT What You Need to Know about Pop/Funk Music’s New Rising Star By Elizabeth Darwen


rawing on musical influences from past and present legends such as Beyoncé, Etta James and Chaka Khan, Houston-born singer Imaní Scott brings a unique voice and presence to her music. Says Imaní, “When you think of a quality sound and a lasting legacy, these are among the names that come to mind.” Imaní aims to bring happiness back to music with her bold and soulful vocals that mesh a little bit of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop and Funk for a fresh take on multi-genre music. This talented singer-songwriter recently released her hot new single “Get Litty,” ahead of the highly anticipated release of her debut LP titled “The Introduction,” produced entirely by famous producer Isaac “Chill” Yowman, who produced Beyoncé’s “Beyoncé” album. Imaní’s funkadelic dialect, electrifying hairstyles, triumphant vocals and sensational stage presence is setting the stage to position her as the next emerging star.

The release of her second single “All Over Again” took the music industry by storm; an effortless sonic journey blending R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Funk, Reggaeton, and Country, that appeals to the masses, young and old, and will make you want to get up and dance. The pop funk singer is bringing back funk with a refreshing new sound that incites excitement and energy every time you listen, as evident in her most recent single “Throwing Glitter”, from her debut LP. The songstress is determined to create music that stirs up positive emotions; “These days we want to be so numb to everything, but I want to put that emotion back in the music, that Earth, Wind & Fire, so we can live in the moment.” Imaní continues, “I am determined to bring live instrumentation back to the music, to fulfill what we once had and get away from the artificial sound. I want to bring intelligence back to people listening and get us to level back up.”

Imaní recently kicked off her Diamond Rush tour, in which she performs with established acts such as Big Boi of the Dynaminc duo OutKast, the legendary heartthrobs Bel Biv Devoe (BBD), Wyclef Jean, Teedra Moses and Adrian Marcel, to name a few. The Diamond Rush tour is coming to San Diego, CA; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX; and to New York, NY in Spring 2018.

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oug Menuez is the acclaimed photojournalist who-- as with any great witness to history- was in the right place at the right time with the right camera. His career began in 1981 as an intern to the Washington Post. It was only four years later in 1985 that he found himself in Silicon Valley exploring and struggling alongside the young, still unknown scions of the emerging tech industry. He befriended the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates etc. while wielding his camera and capturing some of the most profound and earliest images of the men who would become the pioneers and founding fathers of the 20th century tech industry. Many of these images found their way into his highly acclaimed book Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution 1985-2000 which is regarded as one of the most important visual documents to the early beginnings of the men and few women who, indeed, truly led a revolution. Many of these images, some still never before

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published, will now form a fine art photography exhibition for his first one man solo exhibition at the leading Chelsea High Line HG Contemporary Gallery where he is represented by Philippe HoerleGuggenheim. Here we have the most detailed and exclusive interview the photographer has ever granted recalling those early days in Silicon Valley capturing the magic, the triumphs and disasters while witnessing history. HG Contemporary is located at 527 West 23rd Street. Opening Hours Monday thru Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm GEORGE WAYNE - Why do this fine art photography show and why now? These images are not new. They have been featured in your best-selling book. Why do you now feel this show will hold any particular resonance?

DOUG MENUEZ - A few weeks ago a young entrepreneur from India posted on Facebook that I saved him from severe depression related to the crash of his startup through the Fearless Genius book. He studied the photos and text and gained a new perspective on failure as he learned how differently failure is viewed in Silicon Valley. He said he used the book as a bible, reading it page by page, gaining inspiration. He went on to start a new company providing resources for founders of startups, including mental health in addition to funding and other stuff. So yeah images from history matter, not only to gain perspective, inspiration and see new opportunities for the future, but to avoid the mistakes of the past. Young entrepreneurs come to my talks and reach out to me all the time to tell me the book of photographs is helpful. Often they are very emotional as they are connecting with stories of sacrifice and creativity that led to change innovation they were not aware of - it was freaking hard what they accomplished back then.

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And that history is not taught much at all today. So I know this work resonates with audiences of all kinds as over 100 million people have now been exposed to it worldwide. This work has been touring continuously since the 2012 Moscow Photobiennale and keeps getting requested. But I think these images speak to people across a wide spectrum outside of tech. We are at a new inflection point in human history and technology development. You can see this with all the other nascent technology about to start scaling. It’s really important to pay attention to how technology is shaping our lives, will shape our lives in the near future, and where it all came from. My work asks who were the people who built our world and what were their motivations then? What motivates them today? That’s why we wanted to do this show now. Technology runs every aspect of our lives now. We can be sheep to slaughter or wake up and have a voice. Technologies are just tools for good. No, we didn’t get a vote on that atom bomb. We won’t be asked if we want to upload our brains into a hive mind and live forever in the coming singularity either. And Philippe and HG Contemporary have taken the work and put it in a new context as fine art. Which is how I saw it- a subjective interpretation of a hidden tribe that possessed immense power to change all our lives. In my work I’ve always been interested in the core human condition and culture of a people. I don’t care if I’m shooting AIDS orphans in Africa or tech geniuses in Palo Alto, all humans have universal truths, connections we all share, and finding those

connections visually is exciting to me. So this show is a new step for me that brought the project full circle from art school through my] career and back to art, for which I’m extremely grateful. GW – How did you start in those early days where you were part of the incubation and birth of Silicon Valley? DM- I returned from covering the famine and conflict in Ethiopia and Eritrea for Newsweek overwhelmed by the immense scale of human suffering I witnessed. I decided I needed to find a positive story about tangible change for the better, for the human race and for my own life. That’s when Steve Jobs was forced out at Apple and announced he was building a super computer for education. I knew that was the root solution to most social issues. Through friends I reached out and asked him for complete access to document the creation of this computer from beginning to shipping, to capture his process of innovation for LIFE magazine. Shockingly he agreed! And he gave me total access 24/7. GW- You, and for that matter, neither anyone else not even Steve Jobs and Bill Gates could ever have managed the revolution they were creating! Do you ever stop to think back and look back and say to yourself -- ‘Wow! I was in the right place and the right moment at the right time. And I documented it all for posterity’! DM- Ha! Well, not really but when you put it like that, it feels like I got very lucky. I will say my colleagues thought I was nuts shooting in Silicon Valley with nerds and bad flourescent light. Most of the action was unphotographable. But actually we kind of did know something special

was happening- at least they did. But they could see what could happen if they succeeded and would tell me how they saw the future. They were talking about cell phones and basically everything we have now way back then. And I started to believe them once I got inside the PR bubble and learned what was really going on. But no, it was not top of mind. I just got deeper and deeper into it and became obsessed with these people and their creative power. I also had not changed the world yet with my photographs but there, right in front of me were the people who actually were changing the world. All I had to do was make a record of that and that became my purpose. And the last thing Steve said to me when I stopped documenting him was “Don’t worry Doug, you’ll have fun with these photographs someday, they’re amazing!” He definitely had a vision of the future and believed his work would have a huge impact. After all, he’d changed the world twice by 1985 so I had to give him the benefit of the doubt. GW- What was Steve Jobs like? You knew the real Steve Jobs. DM- Ahhhh, well, how much time do you have? It feels like we put now have this mythology about Steve, that he was either a genius or a jerk. But he was human, like all of us, with layers of complexity. Yes he could rude or even brutal, and we all have our scars, but he could also be an amazing teacher. He was also very sweet and kind. He would come bounding up the stairs into work every day on fire with energy and enthusiasm, just incredibly driven and... View the ful interview at: | 27

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la dolce vita’s continued influence on this iconic fashion designers style By Peter Elston


ackie Rogers holds the unique distinction of being possibly the only living fashion designer who personally learned from fashion icon Coco Chanel and remains actively engaged in the craft of designing and producing couture fashions. Jackie has for many seasons continued to inspire with her collections which feature bold designs and unexpected fabric selections. Many of Rogers’ collections are influenced by her friendships with some of the world’s most well-known people and her time spent in some of the most fascinating cities in the world. Rogers has lived a life full of inspiration – from big-band singer to Hollywood starlet, denizen of Rome’s la dolce vita in the company of princes and magnates, a muse for Federico Fellini, Coco Chanel’s favored mannequin, and a successful New York model. The makers of HBO’s recent 2017 documentary on the life of Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli turned to Jackie as one of the tastemakers from that period and for her insights into the lifestyle and the man. Jackie Rogers has dressed some of the most recognized women in entertainment, politics and finance, and her prestigious client list includes icons including Jackie Onassis. In terms of her design credo Jackie utilizes materials other designers steer away from to create unique, timeless fashions. From blouses to pants to beautiful gowns, each piece is handcrafted in the New York showroom to ensure the highest standard of quality. When you enter a room, the

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beauty and craftsmanship of a signature Jackie Rogers design is unmistakable as Jackie still uses sewing techniques she perfected while originally working with Coco Chanel at the latter’s Paris atelier. It is her zest for both life and the experiences it offers that gives Jackie Rogers her extraordinarily sophisticated point of view, which translates into designs that make a statement of sophistication and style with every piece being impeccably tailored. The signature Jackie Rogers garment is the burlap jacket, which Jackie tailors to the body, creating beautifully structured designs. These often feature a perfectly paired colorduo, imparting to the wearer a striking, bold and modern look. Some of the most extraordinary experiences on Roger’s personal resume which have informed her fasion designs includes her past as a runway

model for the most renowned couturiers of Rome, including Simonetta and Fabiani, and her role in Fellini’s cult classic film 8 ½ where she starred against Marcello Mastroianni. However most impressive of all is probably her time working at the House of Chanel, where she absorbed the immaculate style and techniques of her mentor. Said Rogers, “It was the greatest experience of my life. I never realized what an effect she [Coco Chanel] had on me.” The effect was to prove lasting, and Rogers devoted her life to being a fashion designer on her return to New York. Rogers is often referred to as “America’s Coco Chanel,” and she likes to point out that, “I do not believe in fashion, I believe in style,” and this motto is reflected throughout her collections, which are made with the timeless elegance that is the signature of the Jackie Rogers brand.

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With warmer temperatures abound it’s time to rock that springtime glow. Here are some of our beauty favorites to reverse the damages of winter and create a gorgeous new you from head to toe.


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KLARA BEAUTY LAB By Melissa Kassis

What started you in the skincare world? ’ve always had an interest in the skincare and beauty industry. I actually owned a spa in Poland before moving to the states. I’ve worked in the best spa’s in New York to garner my craft and have never stopped expanding my knowledge with continuing education. My dream to open my own spa in New York was my constant driving force. And today I am living proof that dreams, mixed with hard work, determination and raccoon eyes from lack of sleep, really do come true.


You are extremely passionate about the skin. Is this what sets you apart from others? Of course my passion for skincare is at the forefront of what sets me apart from others but the bond I create with my clients is what keeps them coming back. I love my clients and my goal is always to create a sense of safety in the treatment room that allows them to open up. I am not only their skin expert, but their confidant. They get to unload their day to day trials and tribulations and leave with fabulous looking skin. Who doesn’t want that? I try to create the perfect scenario, so that means reading the client. I provide a shoulder when they need one or a place of tranquility when they just want peace and quiet. Either way, their skin always look great. What can your clients expect when visiting your spa? Nothing but the absolute best. From a welcoming glass of champagne to 5 star customer service,

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I give my clients the experience that I would expect when visiting a high-end spa. Once the champagne has played its part in helping melt away some of that NYC stress, they get to luxuriate in completely customized treatments. When the pampering is over, they float home with samples, recommendations, regimens and, most importantly, fabulous skin. What are some of the new technologies that you are excited about? There are several that are at the top of my list but I am currently obsessed with the Fibroblast treatment and it’s really growing in demand. It is a revolutionary and remarkable technique that gives you surgical results without having to go under the knife. You can actually immediately see the shrinking of sagging skin. I mean I don’t think you could ask for more. You have lots of equipment in your facial room, are you finding it a must to keep up with the latest technology? Yes! Because of my obsession and passion for skincare, I am constantly on top of the newest trends and transformations in the industry. I attend shows and conventions and am happily a guinea pig to ensure these innovations actually work. It’s hard work, but somebody has to do it. And if I see something works and I stand behind it 100%, then I will add it to my menu of services so my clients always have access to the best of the best. How do you think the industry changed throughout the years since you started?

As an esthetician, there is nothing more exciting than seeing the revolutionary and innovative treatments that are being introduced to the market. Whether its new equipment or new ingredients, I cannot begin to tell you how thrilling it is to see the changes going on in the industry. Things that weren’t possible 15 years ago are a standard today. I cannot wait to see what we will have access to in the next 15 years. Maybe a magic wand, youth elixir? But, I must say that nothing can replace the human relationship. And so, I hope that in the future the industry continues to cater to a one on one connection that just cannot be substituted by a chamber or another kind of technology that would eliminate the attention and expertise one would receive from a skincare professional.

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What is your go to recommendation for first time clients? My initial interaction with a client will always be a consultation. I get to know them and understand what it is that they are seeking from their experience. All of my treatments are customized so each client receives a very individualized service. Although my recommendations will always be different, my goal will never change – having my clients float out of the treatment room with their glowing, gorgeous skin. What is your favorite skincare brand? Being in the industry for over 15 years, I’ve literally tried countless product lines. I found the most effective line on the market to be Skinceuticals, who I ultimately partnered with. They are a results driven skincare brand that do continuous

research and testing for safety and efficacy to ensure they are able to provide advanced skincare that is backed by science. Because of this, I feel incredibly confident recommending the products and using them in my treatments. And of course, I use them myself. What is your most popular treatment that you would say is a must have? Facials are the most booked treatments and are the most well known in the skincare industry. I highly recommend everyone incorporate facials into their skincare regimens. Lash lifts are becoming more and more popular and are a very close second. My clients love having their lashes look amazing as soon as they wake up. Even after a long night they get to wake up looking bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Is it really possible to be proactive in preventing or slowing down the aging of skin? Absolutely. Having an anti-aging mindset sometimes has a negative connotation to it and is perceived as being vain. But it’s clearly in demand because of all the anti-aging products that are out there today. Some work and some don’t. Believe me, I’ve tried them all... When clients see me for a consultation, I help them decide what they can incorporate into their lives so they can be proactive or even erase some of those pesky signs of aging. | 33

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The Carillon Spa & Beach Club at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort By Hillary Latos


veryone needs a break from the hustle of daily life, and now the newly renovated Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is offering an annual membership program to experience “wellness your way.” Limited to only 200 members, this program includes access to their 70,000 square foot spa, integrative medical health center, pristine beach amenities, two-story state-ofthe-art gym, four pools, thermal experiences, spa treatments and personalized physician services. The spa and fitness center combined are 70,000 square feet. Can you please revise the copy so reader’s aren’t confused?

for achieving total wellness through proven medical practices to bring the body into complete balance. Additionally, members have access to healthy aging expert Dr. Adonis Maiquez who is known for his expertise in getting to the root cause of illness. He believes that the secret to a longer, fuller, healthier life is physical, mental and spiritual well-being. His top services with his team include intravenous vitamins; supervised weight loss; hormone replacement therapy; detoxification; executive physicals; functional, wellness, antiaging and regenerative medicine; and spiritual health.

Get in shape at the Carillon’s renowned fitness studio that offers more than 300 group classes per week including Ivengar Yoga, Pilates Reformer, Barre, Ballet, Gyrokinesis, TRX, Bootcamps, Boxing, Dance, Mediation, to name a few, and also a two-story indoor rock wall.

After an intense workout, members can schedule downtime and head to the hotel’s award-winning spa for some luxurious pampering. Members can choose any services from the comprehensive spa menu featuring over 50 different styles of massages, facials, mani/pedi, body wraps, hair removal, pure oxygen infusion, and the nonsurgical face lift.

On-site, the Carillon has an acupuncturist, nutritionist as well as an energy healer to create personalized regimens all to serve as a resource

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The expansive Thermal Experience is a European-

inspired circuit of therapeutic features designed to stimulate circulation, relieve pain, decrease stress and rejuvenate the body providing the ultimate in relaxation. This hot and cold circuit includes: Atlantic HydroSpa, The Crystal Steam Room, Experiential Rain Shower, Finnish Sauna, Foot Spa, Herbal Laconium, HydroSpa, Igloo and Thermal Heated Loungers. Members can also grab a healthy lunch at The Strand Bar & Grill – the hotel’s new contemporary farm fresh culinary concept with sweeping ocean views, or for those on the go – an energizing drink at its new Corner Store juice bar. Annual introductory charter membership fees start at $7,500 per person and available in 3 tiers which is open to only 200 members at a time. Unlike other private members-only clubs in Miami, Carillon does not focus on its applicants’ profession, financial or societal status, but welcomes those who are looking for an intimate and holistic wellness experience in a luxury resort style setting that is designed to rejuvenate the body and soul.



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THE BLING OF SPRING Pantone Inspired Jewelry By Josh Estrin


orty years ago, Lawrence Herbert created a code-based system for designers to match colors and since then Pantone has become a world-famous authority on color with designers turning to the company’s annual Fashion Color Chart for inspiration.

While one might not want to be covered from head to toe in Cherry Tomato, Lime Punch, or Little Boy Blue, there is nothing like a splash of color to create a signature look. Pantone’s chart for 2018 includes 12-multifaceted and unexpected shades that are being embraced by not only the fashion world but by everyone from the bold to the beautiful and all points in between. The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year goes to Ultra Violet, a deep, vibrant shade of purple with undertones of blue that is bold and beautiful. The violet shade is luxurious and elegant, offering an unexpectedly pop of modernity to jewelry and accessories. The vivid hue is just one of the radiant colors that can be incorporated into one’s wardrobe to create a sophisticated, inspiring, ultra-chic style. You do not have to go overboard to make a statement; there is veritable rainbow of Pantone-themed baubles that can add that “wow” factor to any look.

Here are a few top choices for Spring: L’ARMOIRE





L’Armoire Arcadia earrings

Helen Yarmak Birds

JFine/Argyle Pink Diamonds

LJ Cross – Chili Oil necklace

M.S. Rau Meadowlark ring

Green Opal Helena Earrings in

Pink Lavender - earrings

Arcadia ring

Carnelian with 2Ct Fire opal set on

4.12 carat Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond

Platinum with a Australian Opal (6.15

3 stone ring with 1.56 carat oval fancy

Sterling Silver

ring with halo of fancy yellow diamonds

carats), Peruvian Green Opal (19.20

light green bluish diamond with 2 .44

Price: $5,895

weighing 0.72 set in 18k yellow gold

carats) & Diamond (1.36 carats):

carat oval pink diamonds and .45

Price: $24,000

carat Argyle Pink Diamonds set in

Price: $298,500

18k gold Price: $140,000

L’Armoire – Pink

JFine /Argyle Pink Diamonds

LJ Cross – Ultra Violet

Lavender earrings

Almost Mauve ring


Dahlia pin

Sakura Earrings with Platinum, Rho-

Argyle 5 stone split shank ring

Oxidized Sterling Silver flowers with

David Webb Coral, Emerald & Dia-

Price $27,500

Amethyst drops

dolite, Kunzite (53.59 carats) & Diamond

Helen Yamak Birds Grapes

(2.47 carats)

Spring Crocus - earrings

Price: $52,000

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Price: $995.

M.S. Rau - Booming

mond Pin Price: $44,500

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Helping people monetize their skills—from tutoring math to teaching yoga—it puts real cash in people’s pockets,” said the tech CEO of his latest app venture, Romio. “At the same time, it helps users find exactly what they need, at the touch of their smartphone screens.” Naturally poised and soft spoken, with dark good looks and a trimmed beard, Sansal, 46, looks the part of a New York tech mogul. His lilting accent, with its British inflections acquired at university in London, doesn’t hurt, either. Launched in March, Romio connects regular people with skills with other regular people who need those skills. Do you need a dog walker, or do you want to walk dogs yourself? Sansal is hoping his app is the tool you will use to connect. Categories currently include parenting, education, pets, home, and many others, from accounting to Pilates instruction.

writers, Sansal had the confidence of an entrepreneur from an early age, playing professional soccer at just 13 years old. Today, he gets his adrenaline going by attending SoulCycle classes, using the five languages in which he’s fluent, and launching Romio.

expert I have the privilege of onboarding providers whose services I have personally used and love. Romio takes the pressure off users looking for highly vetted service providers. In essence, we do your homework for you.”

Sansal gets equally excited about the promise of his new App – not just a product but a social movement that’s spreading globally by acting locally—helping users find the services they need or promote the services they provide—with qualified recommendations from trusted experts.

“Joining was a no brainer!,” cooed Jamie Hord, a fellow entrepreneur whose start-up, Horderly, has quickly established itself as the city’s fastest growing home and professional space organizer. “It’s the smartest App in this field. What I love about Romio is the trust factor. You don’t normally invite strangers into your home, and vice versa, so this eliminates that anxiety because we’re no longer strangers. My team and I worked with a lot of clients in their personal spaces so having that trust and confidence off that bat is essential. No one else offers that.”

Unlike other service-oriented platforms competing in this space, Romio has enlisted the most authoritative voices to support every category. They call them Experts (with a capital E!) and each is highly accredited in his or her own field with local and natural media

Other experts include celebrity hair stylist Christopher Marrero, yoga and fitness guru Kristin McGee and parenting specialists Lyss Stern, Cherie Corso and Beth Feldman, all who have years of experience connecting with moms about raising children.

Users also leave recommendations to guide each other to the best service providers.

“As soon as I understood what Romio was all about, I wanted to be part of the Romio story,” said Corso. “As a national parenting expert, I understand the importance of needing a good recommendation quickly. Romio can save time, money, and effort.”

“There are platforms now in several different areas, but reviews are anonymous—they can come from anywhere. It has become harder and harder to trust what you find online. We saw a real need to build a sense of community and help people connect with what they need in their own neighborhoods,” said Sansal. “We wanted to give people a way to earn by leveraging their skills. We get very excited about how platforms put money in people’s pockets by monetizing an idle car and driving skills, or an empty room that otherwise wouldn’t be used.” Sansal’s degree in business services from Britain’s University of Westminster jumpstarted his desire for creating viable, digital businesses. Before the recent release of Romio, he founded InvestmentPositions. com and—which generated $160 million in revenue. The common denominator in all his business endeavors? Helping people progress in their careers. “I strongly believe that people should do what they love,” Sansal said. “People would be happier and earn more, while companies would be more profitable, if this were solved. Romio gives people a platform to follow their passions and turn them into lucrative businesses.” Raised in Algeria by a family of scientists and

“The beauty of Romio is that we’ve done the vetting process for you,” says Barbara Fight, one of Romio’s Business Development Directors. “Users know they will find trusted providers without having to worry about quality.”

profiles. And they are the gateway – the only way -- service providers can only be added to the platform: they have to be recommended, which ensures higher quality services. Getting Experts to sign on wasn’t difficult, but did take a little bit of time, as Sansal’s team spent nearly a year finding and recruiting only the best. And did they! The App launched last month with 400 of New York’s most qualified professionals lending their expertise and, naturally, their own recommendations. “I’m proud to be a part of Romio’s unique platform of trusted providers,” said Dr. Lisa Lippman, New York’s premier house-call veterinarian. “As an

For Sansal, Romio is also a solution for people looking to expand their services in an economy that is increasingly going freelance. With the continuing rise of technologies like robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence, 38% of US jobs are going to disappear over the next 15 years, according to a Price Waterhouse Cooper study. Sansal is motivated by statistics like this one to provide a solution for people so that they can continue monetizing from and living out their passions. Romio was built to help people and the company continues to be loyal to that idea throughout the platforms development. “Tarik Sansal’s vision for building a mobile platform to accelerate digital commerce, anchored in trust, is incredibly timely and appealing in today’s environment,” said Chris Budden, Romio’s Chief | 43

Brand Officer. “With powerful global investors backing the platform and a solid core team and partners, Romio will be a game-changing product.” Through Romio, Sansal is on a mission to solve waste, fake reviews, anonymity, and inequality in wealth. He strives to give every day individuals a fair chance in gaining prosperity on their own terms. It’s in part because of his passion for people and helping them achieve their dreams that Sansal created Romio and he did so with love being the driving force. “Romio is about the things that we love the most—our families, homes, pets,” said Sansal. “It’s designed to foster a sense of community and to ensure you can trust what you love the most with the services you need.” It’s much-buzzed about launch last month in New York proved there is a strong desire for this type of model. “New York City gives you a true advantage when it comes to starting a company, because you have an accelerated depth of opportunity around you,” said Sansal. “Neighborhoods are nestled into each other, which exposes you to a variety of people and experiences that gives you a great testing ground which has a direct impact on your business.” Sansal believes in launching a big company in New York City because of the SoLoMo (tech industry jargon that combines social, local, and mobile) space in New York that traditionally was only found in Silicon Valley. He is also inspired by more personal stories, like when he first came to the city and heard about Indochine, a FrenchVietnamese restaurant, and the bus boy from Vietnam who wound up buying the restaurant. “Since then, it’s become one of the greatest places in New York but maintains a relaxed vibe and humane atmosphere, which is in-line with what Romio is all about,” said Sansal. “It’s a platform that delivers high quality local services with a trusted, personal touch.” Romio launched in New York City with thousands of service providers already signed up, and will be expanding to cities throughout the United States in the coming year. As an active entrepreneur for over 19 years, Sansal is excited about the launch of Romio and the positive affects he knows it will have for its users and service providers. “Always have a deep reason to help people that’s far beyond financial gain,” said Sansal. “Only then can you really succeed.”

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Reaches New Culinary Heights By Tash Bazika | Photography by Oleg March


shrimp, wagyu gyoza, tuna tartare, Hamachi and much more. If that doesn’t tempt your taste buds, the menu is an endless list of delectable options such as sake braised short rib, filet mignon, hassle back Japanese sweet potato, Okinawa potato ravioli, cucumber salad and baked little neck clams. The sushi and sashimi menu is equal in quality and variety with items such as Megu roll with spicy tuna, crispy potato, akami and kanzuri mayo or opt in for the meatpacking roll with A5 wagyu, foie gras, simmered daikon, mushroom, crunchy leeks and BBQ sauce. They also offer the beloved classics such as tuna avocado, spicy tuna, cucumber avocado and unagi avocado. If you were looking to share, the sushi and sashimi platter is a combination of 5 pieces of Nigiri, 1 roll and 5 kinds of sashimi.

he finest Japanese concept and sushi bar marks its highly anticipated return, reincarnated with a fresh culinary perspective and curated bar presentation set amidst the iconic Dream Downtown Hotel in Chelsea.

room introduces an unparalleled event and dining experience. The 5,000 squarefoot venue with 145 seats is filled with customary Japanese interior accents, complimented with a contemporary ambiance.

Megu greets guests with a scroll-laden suite, offering a front row seat at the sushi bar or private dining room. Neon red glows throughout the establishment, creating a posh subterranean environment in which an infinity-mirrored staircase descends into the Kimono Room, Bar and Lounge, reminiscent of a slightly futuristic shoji screen. A visual tapestry of exotic Asian motifs set against a backdrop of customizable lights and 3-D imaging in the main dining

The main event goes to the cuisine, which is led by the duo of Culinary Director, Nils NorĂŠ and Chef de Cuisine, David Rashty. The menu features modern Japanese fare and sushi, with appetizers such as spicy cheese dumplings filled with mozzarella, feta, scallions and tomato-chili sauce or opt in for the classic miso soup with soft tofu and wakame topped with scallions. Small plates are great for sharing and include an edamame platter, crispy rock

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By Manoosh Maesumi & Hillary Latos


Since 1988, Bistango has been serving Italian comfort fare with plenty of gluten free options from its original location at 29th Street and now it’s more recent outpost at the Kimberly Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Upon entry, you have a warm and inviting sense from the environment. This stylish, classic setting is perfect for family dinners or just a casual night out with friends. Bistango excels in all things Italian. Since 2003, their menu which includes pastas, pizzas, breads, entrees, beers, and even desserts can be made with gluten or gluten-free. Executive Chef Humberto Corona prepares each item, including his specialty Arancini rice balls, Rigatoni with short rib and delicious Saffron Pappardelle, to perfection and most guests are rarely aware that the restaurant caters to the gluten-free diner. Other customer favorites include the Lobster Fettuccini and their Rigatoni with Short Rib and Salsa Verde Rustico. Make a night of it and visit the stunning Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel for a nightcap under the stars. Perched on the penthouse level 30 floors above the Kimberly Hotel, this 3,000 square foot urban oasis has three different indoor and outdoor atmospheres with a striking décor and a retractable glass ceiling that offers unparalleled views of the Chrysler Building. Imbibe in one of their signature libations for a truly unforgettable evening. 145 East 50 St |


The already hot NoMad neighborhood just became hotter with LDV’s flagship concept restaurant Scarpetta, located in the new James Hotel NoMad. Named after the Italian expression, “fare la Scarpetta”, which translates to ‘savor a meal to the very last bite’ is exactly what patrons dining at Scarpetta will do. This new incarnation of Scarpetta is led by Executive Chef Jorge Espinoza who creates rich and bold flavors by amplifying the essence of seasonal ingredients. All of the signature classics that customers love including the notable Spaghetti Tomato & Basil, Yellowtail Crudo, Creamy Polenta, Short Rib Agnolotti and Roasted Branzino are served to perfection. Additionally, the crudi menu has special items such as Tuna “Susci” and Raw Yellowtail which are complemented by a special Crudo tasting. The Verdure section has a rotating mix of at least 6 different seasonal vegetable dishes, each with bold flavors, vibrant colors and a simplistic approach to preparation. The mastermind behind the interior design is Thomas Juul-Hansen. A mix of metal, exposed columns, rustic wood, leather and marble replicates the intimate feeling of a chic dining room. What makes it even better is their new cocktail lounge downstairs, The Seville, which personifies the neighborhood balance of high quality dining paired with decadent social indulges and has already captured the attention of bold faced A-listers and celebrities. 88 Madison Avenue

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n a city that never sleeps, our appetites also never end. Here are some of our favorite spots to satisfy those food cravings whether it’s a rose fueled brunch, authentic Japanese, old school Italian, or comfort fare NYC has everything at your doorstep.


If you are looking for an authentic Southern style wood pit barbecue experience without having to leave Manhattan, dine at JAX BBQ in Hell’s Kitchen. Pitmaster/owner Nick Accardi was known for his acclaimed Italian eatery in the neighborhood, Tavola, but wanted to bring back the flair of Americana to the area. The interior matches the menu with a rockabilly Americana diner theme featuring exposed brick walls, black leather banquettes with red piping, vintage 1930’s bar stools, and antique gas station signs. Literally taking ‘cues’ from his stint in Vegas under BBQ legend Mike Mills, Accardi applied his technique of “slow and low” smoking and created custom rubs to achieve BBQ perfection. The menu touches has Southern specialties such as alligator fritters, crawfish hush puppies, and a variety of expertly smoked meats. Other specialties of the house include the Memphis style ribs seasoned with an 18 ingredient spice mixture that’s cooked for 8 hours, the 12 hour smoked Carolina pulled pork, or the crispy buttermilk fried chicken that’s juicy on the inside. Other crowd pleasers include a variety of mouthwatering burger creations that are loaded with flavor. Try the Jax Classic Burger, topped a house-infused truffle ketchup and caramelized onion, and the B-B-Q slab bacon burger with hand-cut slab bacon, Vermont cheddar and house bbq sauce. Even vegetarians can partake with the delicious “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat” burger made with an Impossible Foods vegetarian patty topped with a savory custom sauce. Save room for a decadent Southern dessert such as a real key lime (made with actual key limes), Mississippi mud, and chocolate pecan pie selection, in addition to banana ‘Nilla pudding. 496 9th Ave. NYC | 212.273.1168 |

BORRACHITO (photo credit: FOH)

Taking the vibes of the 70s taco truck theme, Borrachito is a Mexican street food concept by Den Hospitality located in the back of the uber hip East Village lounge, The Garret East. Executive Chef Yuval Ochoa hails from Guadalajara, Mexico where he drew his inspiration from family recipes. The menu is simple with a variety of spicy and savory tacos along with a delicious chicken tortilla soup. The tacos are reasonably priced at $4.25 with handmade corn tortillas are made fresh to order and filled with delicious fillings. Try the signature tacos including PORK BOMB, carnitas, chicharron, and house pico de gallo (the pork is prepared 3 different ways: roasted pork belly, confit pork shoulder and deep fried pork skin); NY STEAK salsa borracha & grilled onions; BAJA FISH, fried seabass, grilled pineapple salsa; and the vegetarian option of BURRATA, tomatillo salsa, fresh corn. The tacos pair perfectly with The Garret’s killer cocktails including a spicy margarita or a mezcal libation. 206 Avenue A, NYC |

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In 1937, Denino’s Tavern was opened in Staten Island by Sicilian immigrants and has remained in the family ever since reaching legendary status. Keeping it in the family, Carlo Denino, introduced pizza to the tavern in 1951 with his crisp thin crust pizza topped with light sauce that came to define the Staten Island style of pizza. It became such a hit, attracting politicians, celebrities, and locals, that officials later named the corner the pizzeria was on- Carlo Denino’s Way. To expand the family’s legacy, Joseph Castellano, a former employee for 27 years at the original location has partnered with Denino’s stepson Michael Burke to open the first Manhattan location in the heart of Greenwich Village. The signature dishes are of course the pizzas that achieve the perfect balance of a thin crispy crust loaded with flavor that doesn’t sag. The other key is the order of ingredient application: cheese first, followed by toppings, and then sauce last. This unique style ensures that the flavor of the sauce is not lost. Musttry signature pies straight from the original location include the 1951 (tomato sauce, mozzarella), M.O.R (meatball, onions, ricotta), Garbage (sausage, meatball, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions), and Clam (fresh garlic, parsley, olive oil, grated cheese, no sauce), which is purportedly the best in the city. Classic Italian-American dishes are also served such as the meatballs - a secret family recipe with fresh tomato sauce and a dollop of ricotta, and crispy rice balls (crisp outside, gooey inside with rice, grated cheese, ricotta and mozzarella). Other delicious entrees include Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Marsala, and Shrimp Arrabbiata. Tuesdays are pasta nights with $10 pastas to get your carb craving on. Try the mouthwatering Cacio e Pepe (imported pecorino, butter, cracked pepper) or Farfalle Crema (mushroom, peas, pancetta, light cream). Now you can enjoy some of the best flavors of Staten Island without leaving Manhattan.

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Located in the burgeoning area where the Lower East Side borders Chinatown, Brigitte embodies the warmth of Brazil mixed with Provencal chic and a downtown edge. Sitting on the corner of one of the last edgy neighborhoods in Manhattan, this Mediterranean hotspot exudes a lush interior with a light summery ambiance and a Brazilian inspired menu. A great spot for a rose fueled weekend brunch, start off with the fresh oysters topped with red wine vinegar and shallots or the shared charcuterie platter. For sweet options try the Instagram worthy healthy acai yogurt parfait or the pancakes with banana, spicy walnuts and maple syrup. Crowd pleasing favorties include Franco Brazilian inspired egg dishes such as La Cocotte with spinach and tomato confit, La Cassoulette with chorizo and yucca fries, or the grilled shrimp salad with mango and yucca chips drizzled with ginger dressing. For those with a hearty appetite opt for the generously sized cheeseburger or the elevated version of Chicken and waffles with a fried Butterfield Hen with chili maple syrup. Even though spring is just around the corner, you can still experience that carefree spirit of a Brazilian summer at Brigitte. 37 Canal St. NYC | 646.649.3378 |

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By Hillary Latos

ith a bounty of fresh ingredients from the sea and land and year round summer weather, Miami’s foodie scene is as hot as its nightlife and beach scene. Whether exploring the artistic enclave of Wynwood or the chic SoFi district in South Beach, here are some of our favorite new eateries in the ocean front city that never seems to sleep.

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As Wynwood has always been known for its artistic nod, new hotspot Beaker & Gray brings an artful approach to its globally inspired menu with Mediterranean and Latin influences. A perfect spot for brunch, dinner or late night bites, a mix of hipsters and other Wynwood cool kids come for the tasty and ambitious takes on global comfort food. Created by chef owner Brian Nasajon and bar manager/ owner Ben Potts who retained the area’s warehouse aesthetic with the help of local design firm Saladino Design Studios to create an understated chic feel replete with industrial steel bar stools, exposed brick walls, and repurposed wood furnishings. Experience a mélange of flavors in their brunch menu with unique tapas and sharing dishes such as the heirloom tomato salad with cilantro coulis

and coconut sorbet or the chilaquiles with crispy yucca chips topped with pollo asada and a savory chipotle sauce. Other delectable crowd pleasers include the creamy shrimp and polenta with blue corn, bacon and pineapple, a waffle panini with pork rillette, gruyere and maple mustard, or an eggs benedict with wild mushrooms and queso fresco with a side of coffee glazed bacon. These brunch favorites pair perfectly with Potts’ reimagined bespoke libations such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle- a new take on the classic Bloody Mary made with a fresh green tomatillo ginger and house pepper blend. If you are feeling ambitious opt for the 2 hour bottomless mimosas for only $30 before exploring the vibrant Wynwood neighborhood. 2637 North Miami Avenue 305.699.2637

LOBSTER BAR SEA GRILLE Known for creating upscale VIP food experiences, the glittering Lobster Bar Sea Grille is Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s first foray into Miami South Beach. Paying homage to the nautical theme the posh dining room resembles a luxury yacht with plush warm wood, art deco lighting fixtures and curved tiled archways. Offering world class seafood, lobster, and steaks, diners can select your choice of prime seafood from their sprawling display. Other customer favorites include the Mediterranean octopus, lobster, and sea bass served with a sushi rice cake and tomato jam. The mastermind behind Lobster Sea Grille’s delectable cuisine is executive chef Arturo Paz who brings a wealth of experience to the kitchen. Born

and raised in Puerto Rico, his passion for cooking originated from his grandfather at an early age from learning everything there is to know about cooking and making recipes. For Paz, each dish is about creation and harmony, something he learned as an architect and sees cooking as the ultimate art form, “It’s the only form of art that you can taste, smell, see, and feel.” Open nightly for dinner or Sunday Brunch, Lobster Bar Sea Grille also offers a twilight happy hour menu and a 3 course celebration menu for $49 from 5:30-7 pm. 404 Washington Street, Miami Beach 305.377.2675 | 51

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THE BELVEDERE at The Peninsula Beverly Hills By Melissa Kassis


elvedere restaurant boasts striking interiors and a recently re-imagined menu. Building on a rich, 25-year history of exceptional cuisine, The Belvedere – under the direction of Executive Chef David Codney – features Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and wild-caught seafood. A defining feature of the space is The Terrace: a stunning al fresco dining destination in the heart of Beverly Hills. Richly landscaped treillage frame the expansive space to showcase verdant greenery, French limestone fountains and a flickering outdoor fireplace. As Executive Chef at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Chef Codney oversees all aspects of the hotel’s cuisine, including the contemporary Mediterranean-inspired fare at The Belvedere, the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Southern California every year since 1993, and the al fresco Roof Garden. Executive Chef Da-

vid Codney has developed a thoughtful menu that caters to the seasonality of regionally sourced ingredients. Working with responsible farmers and companies who raise animals and grow produce with respect to the environment and local economy, the menu focuses on unique, locally- and seasonally-sourced ingredients presented in a simplistic, approachable manner. Adjacent to The Living Room and The Belvedere restaurant, The Peninsula Beverly Hill’s Private Dining Room adds a luxurious and intimate dining experience for guests. Featuring pieces from The Belvedere’s breathtaking contemporary art collection, the space is the perfect setting for wedding and bridal showers, meetings and gourmet dinners. A private patio offers space for al fresco cocktails. Displayed along the perimeter of The Belvedere’s white linen walls, The Peninsula Beverly Hills recently debuted a collection of privately cu-

rated art within the newly remodeled restaurant. The restaurant’s bright and spacious interior now serves as the perfect backdrop for 11 breathtaking works by acclaimed international artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Sean Scully and

Robert Indiana, as well a striking Fabienne Verdier piece commissioned specifically for the restaurant. I had the pleasure of dining at the newly renovated Belvedere restaurant at the gorgeous Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. This is where the Hollywood elite come to enjoy this all-day menu of Mediterranean dishes. From the moment, you walk into the restaurant, you are greeted with the warmest of welcomes and beautiful flower dÊcor and its true elegance without being stuffy. We were seated at a beautifully decorated round table that had a view looking out to a cozy patio with outdoor seating. The staff was amazingly attentive and especially our server James Hernandez, who made sure we were well taken care of and to ensure the most pleasurable experience possible. If you are not satisfied with something, they make sure to make it right. James was so knowledgeable about the menu and every detail mattered. We were then greeted by the Sous Chef Kelsi Armijo who was excited about the amazing menu that Chef David Codney had created with her and their team. We started with Sous Chefs Kelsi’s suggestions: Charred Caesar, Spanish Octopus, Grass-fed Lamb-Burger Meatballs and Salmon Flatbread. I ordered the Burrata and Beets, Beef Tartare, Hearth Pita with Hummus and Baba Ganoush. The flavors in the meatballs were aromatic with a hint of sweet from the raisins. The Charred Caesar had wonderful texture and by charring, truly opened up the flavors without being over powered by dressing. The Burrata melted in your mouth and was the highest quality with some citrus and beets which gave it a refreshingly flair. The Hearth Pita is homemade on premises with a hint of sourdough flavor served with the creamiest Hummus and Baba Ganoush which was extremely flavorful with the freshest herbs yet not overly seasoned. By the time dinner was served we could barely take another bite since we were surrounded by amazing appetizers. Sous Chef Kelsi recommended the Duck Confit Orecchiette which had tender pieces of duck with hints of escarole and sundried to-

mato. This was seasoned perfectly and the sundried tomato popped with flavor yet was not overpowering. The Seared Scallops dish was a table favorite! They melted in your mouth and a must try on the menu. The next dish was a winner and reminded me of a seafood paella- the Lobster Bouillabaisse served with ciabatta, Rouille, clams, mussels and shrimp. The flavors were in perfect harmony of each other. A hearty dish you cannot miss! I would have never guessed Ciabatta, but it worked. If you can leave room for dessert, and I suggest you do, a must have Sous Chef choice, the Faberge Egg. It is a must have just on presentation alone. It was so gorgeous we felt guilty cracking it open to taste. Once we did, it was a white and milk chocolate heaven. The next dessert was the Apple Strudel which looked

nothing like apple strudel. It was also a work of art and flavorful with a smooth textured of apple filling that looked like it was inside an eggroll shell. Flavors were subtle, yet the apple flavor stood out and the sour cream was a nice addition to the sweet. I have to say I have had the privilege of dining at many 5 star restaurants yet The Belvedere, by far, stands out. From the comfortable yet elegant dining area, to the top-notch team who made us feel as if we were royals, to the exceptional creativity and quality of the menu choices, it was an amazing dining experience. A MUST visit in Beverly Hills.

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Iconic Jewish-style Deli Celebrates 53 Years in Business By Luis Andres Droz


J Bernstein has been serving up Jewish deli and diner classics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 53 years! From piping hot bowls of soup filled with matzah balls, to home-cooked pastrami sandwiches on rye bread, you are sure to experience a delicious trip back in time to old New York in every bite. The restaurant was established in 1965 by PJ Bernstein, who wanted to offer true home- cooked meals to his guests. In 1986, one of his most loyal customers, Alex Slobodski, bought the restaurant and has been serving up delicious and wholesome meals for over 30 years! You’ll find traditional Jewish eats like chicken soup, challah french toast and borscht along with classic diner favorites. Original highlights include our famous Triple Delight Soup featuring homemade kreplach, matzoh balls and noodles all in one big bowl of chicken soup. At this classic New York City deli, you never know who’ll see. Celebrities such as, Liza Minelli, Joan Rivers, Marisa Tomei, Bette Midler, Simon

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Cowell and even Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz have dined at PJ Bernstein. Notable New York politicians Mayor Koch and Chuck Schumer have also visited! About Us PJ Bernstein has been serving up Jewish deli and diner classics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 53 years. The restaurant was established in 1965 by PJ Bernstein, who wanted to offer true home- cooked meals to his guests. In 1986, one of his most loyal customers, Alex Slobodski, bought the restaurant. Slobodski had come to America with his family from Russia via Israel and Paris. He drove a cab while learning English and had frequently enjoyed lunch at PJ Bernstein and brought his family in for dinner. He has owned PJ Bernstein for over 30 years! Slobodski has continued the tradition of using only wholesome ingredients at PJ Bernstein to create delicious dishes for his both old and new customers. From piping hot bowls of soup filled with matzah balls, to homemade pastrami sandwiches on rye bread, you are sure to experience

a delicious trip back in time to old New York in every bite. At this classic New York City deli, you never know who’ll see. Celebrities such as, Liza Minelli, Joan Rivers, Marisa Tomei, Bette Midler, Simon Cowell and even Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz have dined at PJ Bernstein. Notable New York politicians Mayor Koch and Chuck Schumer have also visited! PJ Bernstein has deep roots in the community. From hosting Club 100 complimentary dinner parties to celebrate customers turning 100 years old, to delivering soup to fire departments on 9/11, PJ Bernstein has deep roots on the Upper East Side. Some of our staff members have even been with us for 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years! You’ll find traditional Jewish eats like chicken soup, challah french toast and borscht along with classic diner favorites. Food to warm your belly and soul!

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A ROOM WITH A VIEW Upper Story By Charlie Palmer By Elizabeth Darwen


he best-kept-secret lunch spot for NYC’s designers and their discerning clients, Upper Story by Charlie Palmer sits 14 stories above 3rd Avenue at 59th Street in the prestigious Decoration & Design Building (DDB), a Cohen Design Centers property, owned by Charles S. Cohen. Upper Story, with cuisine by world renowned chef Charlie Palmer, features an American café menu by day and progressive American, seasonally-driven special events menus by night, featuring local ingredients expertly crafted into delectable dishes by Executive Chef Jennifer Day. With over 15 years’ experience in upscale events, Chef Day combines her life-long passion for food with her incredible attention to detail at Upper Story’s large-scale events. Café menu favorites include Pesto Zucchini

Noodles with Arugula and Oven Dried Tomatoes and Scottish Salmon with Wheat Berries and Roasted Artichokes. Enjoy spectacular views of Manhattan for lunch, Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM or for social or corporate functions in the 300 person event space (180 seated) and 1000 sq. ft. terrace. With a modern yet classic design approach, Upper Story offsets a soft color palette with dark nuances that complement both the daytime and nighttime views from the restaurant’s oversized windows, creating an elegant backdrop for uniquely themed private events, fundraisers, weddings, and more. The easily accessible midtown location is ideal for customized events. The restaurant is located in midtown Manhattan’s Design District, home to the DDB,

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which is an invaluable resource to industry professionals who seek to design and decorate luxurious residential and commercial installations. Owner Charles S. Cohen’s umbrella company, Cohen Design Centers owns and manages the DDB; the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California; Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach, Florida; and the Decorative Center Houston in Texas. The DDB is open exclusively to the trade and welcomes design industry professionals from all over the world, who can find inspiration in anything from the bespoke furnishings, ornamental wallcoverings and luxurious fabrics to unique decorative accessories and dramatic lighting, featuring styles ranging from the richly ornate to the sleek and modern. Celebrating 50+ years, the DDB is known nationally and internationally as the world’s most prestigious home to over 130 showrooms, and represents over 3,000 leading manufacturers dedicated to the very best in residential and business interior furnishings, and resource information. 979 3rd Avenue, 14th Floor New York, NY 10022 Monday-Friday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM Available for private events every day. |

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rench Polynesia is an essential destination for a truly bucket list vacation. While Tahiti and Bora Bora are perhaps the most wellknown in the region, there are over 100 islands in total, many still untouched and unspoiled, and all are a result of Mother Nature’s often volcanic personality. Those who visit have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular mountain vistas, pristine beaches, lush tropical landscapes, and stunning coral reefs. Visitors arrive by sea or air, with flights from Los Angeles that are just a little over eight hours.

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Major airlines serving the Faa’a International Airport include Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta. Other islands and atolls can be reached through the domestic airline, Air Tahiti, as well as local ferries or helicopter. Temperatures average 80 degrees, with cooling trade winds. Summer is December-March, with temperatures ranging between 77-95 degrees. It is also the rainy season, averaging about 13 inches of rain in January. The dry season is AprilOctober, with plentiful sunshine and temperatures

ranging from 70-80 degrees. Humidity can be high, so travelers are advised to pack light-weight, breathable clothing. With so many islands to explore, visitors to the region might consider a mix of barefoot luxury that includes some of the more well-known islands, along with the inclusion of some of the more remote and relaxed settings, each with a unique charm capturing the mystique and majestry of this remarkable culture.

BORA BORA Romantics will celebrate this volcanic island’s lush tropical slopes. The valleys of Mount Otemanu blossom with pungent hibiscus, while palm-covered reef islets formed by broken coral and sand circle the illuminated lagoon.

Where to stay:

The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort boasts traditionally designed rooms and villas including the iconic overwater bungalows, as well as spacious garden pool villas and beach suites. Bora Bora does have several more internationally recognized resorts, but “The Pearl” goes out of its way to make guests feel welcome and appreciated. The spa is lovely and authentic, honoring the natural beauty of its surroundings, rather than imposing an aesthetic on the island’s indigenous beauty.

Must do activity: The perfect marriage of Bora Bora’s ability to offer romance and adventure is a two-hour sunset cruise aboard the Okeanos Pearl, a solar-powered catamaran. This is the ultimate in luxury meets the ecofriendly cruising experience.

Best Jet Ski Tour: Moana Adventure Tours offers the best variety of Jet Ski rentals. Explore on your own or follow a professional guide around the island’s picturesque bays and inlets. Photos provided by Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort

TAHA’A Taha’a is recognized by chefs worldwide as the home of the best vanilla. The island is blanketed with lush mountains and valleys, turquoise lagoons, and numerous motu islets.

Where to stay:

The Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is an example of true barefoot luxury. The resort boasts outstanding dining options as well as 5-star Polynesian suites and villas built around the existing vegetation, allowing guests the opportunity to explore beneath a canopy of mature tree-lined grounds, accented with a host of tropical flora. Facilities include three restaurants, two bars, a Tahitian pearl jewelry shop, fitness center, and full-service spa.

Must do activity:

Spend the perfect day on a customized, day-long catamaran tour with Tahiti Yacht Charter company. *Note: Cruises can be customized for larger groups.

Immerse Yourself:

Take a combination tour with Terainui Tours for a land and lagoon excursion that includes snorkeling, swimming with rays and sharks, and an island picnic. Photos provided by Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa

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RANGIROA Rangiroa is hailed as one of the world’s greatest destinations for scuba diving, and the world’s second largest atoll. This sparselypopulated island has black pearl farms, coral churches, craft centers, and a few intriguing shops operated by locals.

Where to stay: The only luxury hotel, Kia Ora Resort & Spa, offers outstanding service boasting 60 guest “rooms” which are actually independent cottages. With a mix of local and French cuisine including Rangiroa honey and Rangiroa Wine, notably the world’s only wine grown on an atoll, allows even the most discerning palettes to find gastronomic joy in every meal. Must do activity:

With Top Dive Shop on the property, guests have access to some of the most gracious and accomplished guides on any of the islands. Dive packages can be customized to include action-packed and exhilarating adventures for the more robust traveler or focused on leisurely explorations of the extensive sea life including dolphins, marlin, grey and hammerhead sharks, and manta rays. Everyone should consider a Drift Dive package allowing for guided encounters while the gentle current carries one along for an effortless and leisurely exploration of a spectacular underwater world. Defined by endless stretches of blue skies, green peaks and the nearly unearthly beauty of its vivid turquoise lagoons, as shy as she is sensual, French Polynesia is the perfect place to slow down and enjoy warm, barefoot luxury like no other place in the world. Photos provided by Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa


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ake up to the sounds of the pacific parakeet or spot a great green macaw while lounging back on your balcony lounge in your very own luxury lodge. The Pacaya Lodge and Spa is perched in central Nicaragua and overlooks a jungle teeming with native wildlife that extends to the Apoyo Lagoon in the volcanic crater below. Guests will indulge in one of 26 rooms, all offering

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stunning views of the lagoon with Grenada and Lake Nicaragua visible on the horizon. The lodges occupy an art dĂŠcor sourced from local artisans, which allows guests to merge with the authentic Nicaraguan feel of warmth emanating from the wood and an array of vibrant colors that add vitality to the room. Each room is complete with in-room amenities such as WiFi, energy efficient climate control, indigenous bath products, local artisan made woodwork furniture and a private

balcony, or if in the king rooms and Pacaya suites, a large hammock for a unique experience. Nicaragua is known for its culture and the beautiful landscape making it an unforgettable experience. Take advantage of the sights with daily excursions available through the lodge which include an English speaking tour guide and driver. If you have a taste for adventure, paddleboard through Las Isletas de Granada, a haven made

Laguna de Apoyo

up of over 360 small islands just off the coast of Granada in Lake Nicaragua. Participants will get the opportunity to get up and close with howler monkeys and many tropical birds. Nicaragua’s most famous island is Ometepe, and you will have the chance to tour this volcanic marvel as you discover the Ceibo museum where the history is explained. There will also be many tour stops including the Charco Verde Reserve, known for its rich birdlife, howler monkeys and butterflies. Follow up the day with a swim at the Ojo de Agua, a natural spring rumored to have healing properties. Tour the Volcanic Masaya National Park for another great volcanic adventure. An expert guide will lead you through the park, explaining its geological history, as well as the ancient folklore that surrounds the crater. With stunning backdrops, this tour serves provides the perfect photo moments and best sunset activity. If volcano surfing is on your bucket list, why not try it on one of the youngest volcanos in the world,

Cerro Negro. Guides provide participants with volcano surfboards, which you can do standing up or sitting down. Granada is hailed as the cultural gem of Nicaragua and as one of the oldest and best-preserved cities in the new world, it’s easy to see why. The colorful and rich history haunts every corner and crevice in this charming city. Guests can browse outdoor markets, stroll through the Plaza Central and admire the city’s iconic sites on foot and horse-drawn carriage. Explore Nicaragua’s historic capital, Managua, or island hop and discover the rich Columbian history including ancient archaeological sites, petroglyphs and the islands’ best kept secrets and folklore all through local experts. After a long day of exploring, satisfy your hunger with a unique culinary experience in the open-air Restaurant Guardabarranco. The menu incorporates a blend of traditional flavors

and contemporary style dishes to bring you the best in seasonal and local produce. Wake up to a seasonal fruit basket or a typical breakfast consisting of gallo pinto sweet plantain, 2 eggs cooked to order, cheese and pico de gallo. For dinner revel in a 10-ounce rib eye steak served with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes or opt in for the 8-ounce corvina filet in caper sauce, served with vegetables and mashed potatoes. The on-site spa is the perfect spot for some down time. Guests can nourish their bodies with signature treatments in a tranquil full-service spa. Some of the services include a deep tissue massage designed to target stressed muscles and unlock tension, a lomi lomi coconut oil massage, perfect for revitalizing and rejuvenating the skin, mud therapy mask for exfoliating and papaya therapy to polish the skin leaving a healthy glow. | 63


ESCAPE TO A MEXICAN PARADISE By Udo Spreitzenbarth | Photos courtesy of Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa


ven if it’s too cold to enjoy a Northeast spring, it is time to pack up and leave for paradise, or more precisely Puerto Vallarta, even if it is just for a few days. The hotel of choice is the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. It is beautifully situated on a sandy strip between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay. With its infinity pool and water sports center, four full-service restaurants, the

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brand new lobby bar and its very own tequila education program, there seems to be no shortage of things to do. The perfect welcome to the resort is to enjoy the sunset guacamole and signature margaritas at Las Casitas restaurant. It overlooks the beach and you are perfectly situated to enjoy the legendary and breathtaking sunsets over Banderas Bay. The restaurant has a great menu of fresh seafood and regional specialties. The lobster tacos and the Red Snapper are to die for! A great way to start your first morning is to visit Ohtli Spa, which is recognized as one of the best spas in Mexico. It’s also the largest and most beautiful spa in Puerto Vallarta. Arrive a little early to take

advantage of the Roman tubs, plunge pools, the different saunas and steam rooms. The Ohtli Spa introduces ancient healing traditions from the Huichol tribe fused with modern techniques to help achieve the perfect balance between body, mind and soul. Apart from a rich choice of massages and facials, you can also experience unexpected, transformative treatments such as the water-based Jantzu Rebirth Therapy or an Aztec Chocolate Body Wrap. After this unique experience you are in the right mindset for a healthy and traditional lunch, in other words, ceviche! At the brand new ceviche bar near the lobby you can watch Top Chefs prepare a variety of unique and incredibly tasty ceviches right in front of you. The rest of the afternoon is best spent in the beautiful infinity pool overlooking Banderas Bay. En-


other its as if you’ve entered completely different worlds, to the chef’s enticing gourmet dishes, this upscale restaurant offers a gastronomic journey that can hardly be topped anywhere else in the world. It’s another morning in paradise and now it’s time to set sail and explore the hidden cove of Las Caletas. This spectacular beach hideaway once used to be the private home of film director John Huston. This beautifully designed retreat is perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, or just relaxing in a hammock. There are a number of little beach bars and the waiters will come right up to your hammock and serve your drink of choice. Talk about a perfect day of relaxation! After a great lunch buffet in the lush outdoor jungle restaurant it is time to head back to the boat. The beautiful and entertaining boat ride along Banderas Bay takes you back to the resort in time for the legendary tequila tasting. Marriott Puerto Vallarta even grows its own blue agave on property in the cactus garden. It is one of only a few resorts in the world with a propriety brand of

joy an ice cold margarita at the swim up bar and think about your friends back home shoveling snow. After all of this relaxation it is time for a nice sunset walk on the Malecon, the beautiful esplanade along the waterfront in Puerto Vallarta. Amazing modern sculptures of renowned artists will keep you culturally entertained on this breathtaking sunset walk. Don’t forget to venture into the little side streets and see the beautiful traditional stores and small market places, with local people playing music and dancing. The perfect finish for this special trip into town is a fine dining experience. The best choice for this is of course Cafe Des Artistes. World renowned Chef Thierry Blouet created this visual and culinary masterpiece, serving indulging Mexican inspired French cuisine. From its modern and artistic decor, including the different areas of the restaurant designed so different from one an-

tequila, the Casa Magna. Another one of the unique specialties of this resort is the tequila education program. Authentic Mexican tequila, such as the Casa Magna, is made to be “sipped” in order to savor the flavor. This art form requires the proper training. For this reason the resort offers the expertise of Audrey Formisano, Tequilier. You can experience and learn about the varieties of Blanco, Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo first hand. Additionally, the resort offers more than 60 brands, with 180 different tequilas by the class. To perfectly top off the lesson in essential Mexican culture you have to experience the “Dine Around Mexico” six course tasting menu. This delicious geography lesson lets you sample dishes from a number of different states of Mexico. This quintessential Mexican experience will leave guests with unforgettable memories for a long time to come.




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bout an hour flight from south Florida will land you in Marsh Harbour, located on the glorious and laid-back Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. There you’ll find the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, situated majestically on a spectacular peninsula with more than two miles of a secluded powdersoft white sand beach. Although this is member’s private international sporting club, guests are invited to stay there (up to 3 visits), where you’ll escape from the “big resort” hustle and bustle and enter into a secluded piece of paradise, almost like your very own private island. Aside from its gorgeous natural setting, one of the most exceptional aspects of The Abaco Club is its stunning luxury real estate. Exceptional architecture and a wide selection of luxurious island home options make it


easy to own a slice of paradise. Private residences range from cozy one-bedroom cabanas and charming cottage villas to grand oceanfront estate homes. Originally opened in 2004 by visionary developer Peter de Savary,the property was sold to a Marriott affiliate in 2008 and rebranded as a RitzCarlton Destination Club. Then in 2011 David Southworth of Southworth Development visited and saw that the club was in need of some serious renovations. In December 2014 the property was acquired by Southworth Development and renovations immediately began to make The Abaco Club the premier private club community anywhere in the tropics; infusing more than $10 million to take this world-class favility to an even higher level. In the near future, plans also call for the launching of the club’s marina and boat slips, just a few minutes down the road in Little Harbour. The creation of an on-property market, expanded food and beverage offerings and up-

grading of the club’s spa and fitness facilities will soon follow.” The Abaco Club spa offers a wide range of signature therapeutic treatments, including their signature Royal Hibiscus Facial and Bahamian Rhythmic Therapy. The Club’s Fitness Center features state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment as well as sunrise workout sessions on the beach and personal training sessions. The resort-style pool, located high on Ocean Point ridge overlooks Winding Bay and a popular place to host cocktail parties. The main attraction here is the golf course. Designed by British course architects Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, the picturesque Scottish-style tropical links course is set against the sea – with rugged rocks, sloping greens and lush flora throughout. The golf course at The Abaco Club has been consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the Caribbean and Mexico.” As for dining, Flippers Beach Bar, an open-air restaurant, welcomes you with made-to-order break-

fast and lunch. During your stay, be sure to experience their barbecue night on Wednesday, so you can mingle with other guests and club members, complete with dancing to “Rake ‘n Scrape” live music and a Bahamian performance. In the evenings, cocktails and dinner are served at The Cliff House overlooking Winding Bay. Local favorites include fresh lobster, blackened grouper and conch chowder. Private dining is also offered with a private chef available for a romantic dinner for two or a fun dinner party for 20 of your closest friends. While visiting, be sure to embark on a leisurely sail, or hop on the ferry to visit one of the numerous nearby cays surrounding the island or visit the famous beachside Pete’s Pub which is known for serving the best seafood on the island. In particular, Great Guana Cay displays a beautiful 7-mile stretch of beach spotted with local shops and outdoor eateries.





rom the minute, you arrive at The Beverly Hilton, you can feel the history and iconic splendor this hotel has to offer. Nestled at the crossroads of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, the hotel combines the excitement and entertainment of Hollywood with the prestige of Beverly Hills. The 569-room hotel features 101 suites including nine private luxury suites within The Penthouse Collection. The hotel’s renowned International Ballroom plays host to glamorous annual events including the Golden Globe Awards Show, Oscar Nominee Luncheon, Pre-GRAMMYs Gala, and the Milken Institute’s Global Conference. The legendary Aqua Star Pool is Beverly Hills’ largest pool and is the setting for numerous recognizable photo shoots.

Circa 55 restaurant entices guests with locallysourced cuisine in a stylish setting overlooking the pool. The fashion-forward Bellezza Salon is a full service hair and makeup salon and features miniature Swarovski crystal chandeliers with a team that makes you sparkle. The Beverly Hilton opened in 1955 by distinguished hotelier Conrad Hilton. Owned by Merv Griffin from 1987 to 2003, Beny Alagem and Oasis West Realty LLC purchased the 569room hotel in 2003 and immediately embarked on a spectacular $80 million renovation, which was completed in 2008. Since then, an additional $19 million in refresh updates have been made. Without taking away the history, the renovation

has freshened up the hotel without taking away all the history we love. Now for some Hollywood history: Esther Williams, film star and swimmer extraordinaire officially inaugurated The Beverly Hilton’s Aqua Star Pool (the largest in Beverly Hills) by swimming through white gardenias with three of her swim students. The hotel’s ground-floor nightclub, the Bali Room (now the International Ballroom), was so versatile that its beautiful jeweled stage and dance floor could be converted to an ice skating rink when the occasion called for it. July 10, 1960 marked the Democratic National Convention Closing Ceremonies; Presidential

nominee John F. Kennedy held a gala fundraiser at The Beverly Hilton where his pal Frank Sinatra rounded up a host of celebrities including Milton Berle, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Judy Garland, Mort Sahl and the entire ‘Jack Pack’ to mingle with the crowd of 2,800 supporters. By the time Judy Garland began her second number, the crowd had filled two separate ballrooms to capacity.

– a symbol of space and freedom. Originally mounted over the grand staircase in the main lobby, this symbol was personified by a magnificent sculptured Starburst weighing 500 pounds and stretching to 15 feet, created by famed artist Bernard Rosenthal. Today, a portion of the original sculpture remains on display in The Oasis Courtyard.

In October of 1988, the Cary Grant family chose The Beverly Hilton – one of the actor’s favorite hangouts – to host a one-time-only tribute to Cary Grant. Hollywood insiders, Monaco royalty and dozens of legendary entertainers (including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Burt Lancaster) came out to celebrate their personal connections to both Cary Grant and Princess Grace (Grace Kelly).

There is no other hotel in Los Angeles, and few others in the world, that could host the Golden Globes with the same ease, style and glamour. The hotel’s vast size and upscale event space not only allows over 1,300 guests to gather in the International Ballroom for the live telecast, five entertainment companies also throw large viewing and after parties simultaneously in areas throughout The Beverly Hilton’s nearly 9-acre property.

Along with First Lady Maria Shriver and a small group of 60 friends, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated his 58th birthday in July of 2005 with a California-shaped cake specially designed by The Beverly Hilton’s executive pastry chef. The icon of The Beverly Hilton is a starburst

In spring 2017, the hotel premiered a stunning new garden collection designed to emphasize a seamless indoor/outdoor experience within a lushly manicured, city-center oasis. The Gardens collection is comprised of three distinctive settings: the alfresco Wilshire Garden with sprawling

lawns and striking waterfall features; the Secret Garden featuring cozy nooks, chic seating and lush living walls; and the picturesque California Terrace, offering a harmonious transition from indoors to outdoors with a retractable wall of windows, leading an elegant connection to the grand Beverly Hills Ballroom. These new gardens create a unique urban oasis that enhances the overall experience. During my stay, there was an incredibly decorated wedding ceremony going on in this new outdoor space. It was absolutely fantastic with an elevated isle that the wedding party literally danced down. The sound system was amazing and the garden was beautifully lite for an early evening affair. The living wall was stunning and added a sense of modern flair. I truly enjoyed my stay at The Beverly Hilton. Whether siting poolside having a relaxing breakfast, attending one of many special events, or walking to Rodeo Drive and its fabulous array of shopping, this truly iconic hotel will make you feel like you are a part of Hollywood. A must stay when visiting LA! 310.274.7777 |


THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL By Kevin Pollard & Melissa Kassis


stay at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a step back in time to the Golden Era of Hollywood. Situated in the heart of the West coast’s version of Times Square, a walk out the door puts you on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a stones-throw from the TCL Chinese Theatre. The hotel offers accommodations for virtually any traveler. The Tower, built in 1927, captures the old-school glow of Hollywood with a modern touch. Even with a recent $30 million renovation, the hotel’s lobby has kept its original tile floors,

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ceiling and glass chandelier, allowing its historic ambiance to welcome guests from their first step inside. Its selection of rooms include, Studio Double, Studio Queen, Studio King, superiors and even suites. For the ultimate movie star experience, check out the Gable and Lombard Penthouse, a three-level suite with rooftop access to a 360-degree view of Hollywood. If you are looking for a more relaxing experience away from the noise and flash, The Cabanas offer a modern west coast feel with an unmistakable Golden Age flare. Perfect for an upscale bach-

elor party or a scene from Mad Men, become immersed in the natural oak and charcoal hardwood floors, immense mirrors and quiet elegance. This location is also perfect for families looking for a tropical getaway with easy access to the pool. Rooms are available poolside, suite, balcony and superior. With eight bars, restaurants and lounges, you may not need to leave the hotel. Each venue offers its own unique style and atmosphere, ranging from classic American burgers and milkshakes to upscale cocktails. The Tropicana Café is the ulti-

mate brunch spot, with poolside food and drinks and a 1960’s aura. The Spare Room provides the ambiance of a candle-lit speakeasy during Prohibition and even features a two-lane bowling alley. The historical significance of the Roosevelt is also undeniable. The first Academy Awards took place in the hotels Blossom Ballroom. Former residents of the hotel include Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple and Clark Gable. For any lover

of old-time Hollywood, the Roosevelt Hotel is the ultimate tinsel-town experience. I had the pleasure of staying at the Hollywood Roosevelt and have to say it was a walk down Hollywood memory lane. As you walk in the front entrance, you can see the Hollywood Walk of Fame which makes you feel in the heart of it all. The team was accommodating and Adam, the Manager on site could not be more attentive to

the guests and their needs. I took a tour of the property and loved how they kept the integrity of this iconic building with some modern improvements. When visiting the pool area we had the privilege of seeing the Marilyn Monroe Suite that she lived in for over 2 years and found out that one of the first commercials she was in was filmed at the Roosevelt Pool. Right next to the pool there is an outdoor garden area that can be rented out for small gatherings with lush greens and a feel of old meets new Hollywood. One of the restaurants on premises, 25 Degrees, had a pub like feel with red designed wallpaper and chandeliers above. The food quality was top notch with a gorgeous presentation. I truly loved the location which was in walking distance to TCL Chinese Theatre, Madame Tussauds, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Dolby Theater. If you want to get out at night, the Sunset Strip is an Uber ride or short walk away. From The Viper Room to Whiskey A Go Go these venues have hosted rock ‘n’ roll’s most important bands from the Doors, Led Zepplin, Janis Joplin to today’s up and coming new artists- these are ‘must sees’ in the neighborhood.

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he warmer months are just ahead of us and we can’t think of a better way to spend our days than lounging around by the crystal blue waters, sipping on mojitos and defrosting in the Florida rays hitting South Beach this summer. Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami is the quintessential Miami hotel, situated steps from the

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sand, diverse culinary scene and shopping on the infamous Ocean Drive. The hotel lives in a sleek 10-story glass tower, allowing for plenty of natural light, as well as the option to soak up some Florida rays on the third-floor rooftop pool deck, while sipping on a mojito from DECK Sixteen. Guests will revel in luxury with access to beach service via an attendant, including chaise lounge chairs and fresh towels.

Choose from one of the 105 guestrooms including two suites that boast luxury and style with floor to ceiling windows filling the room with natural light and the colors of South Beach, including many hues of blue. Each room offers comfort with large beds, contemporary furnishings that complement the overall décor, and views of the Atlantic Ocean or the city. Don’t forget to bring your four-legged friends with you in this pet-friendly hotel which

welcomes dogs with a bowl, a treat and in-room dog bed. With so many things to do in Miami, you might never want to leave. Guests will enjoy a myriad of activities close to the hotel and afar if you’re the adventurous type. Lincoln Road Mall is just a 9-minute walk away from the hotel and is South Florida’s premier outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The mile long promenade boasts a happening street scene with waves of locals and visitors scouring for selfie hot spots, cafés, bars and beautiful architecture. Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue are two other great shopping destinations all within a 10-minute walk. If shopping isn’t on your mind, venture out and explore the city’s historic Little Havana neighborhood and Wynwood, the design district’s crown jewel. Guests will seek the best in street art

as they make their way through the Wynwood art walk, discovering magnificent treasures along the way. Outdoors activities include everything from sunbathing, snorkeling and even world-class golf courses, which are all within reach. Excursions to the Everglades, Florida Keys and the Bahamas are also obtainable in this great location. As for dining, you can choose to stay in or venture out. Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami features Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine helmed by the Chef Richard Pelliccia and his skillful team. DECK Sixteen is an indoor-outdoor patio space, featuring a bar service overlooking the rooftop deck pool. Guests can dig into a chorizo frittata and freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast or enjoy a refreshing seafood salad for lunch and as for dinner, tapas is the hero with fresh seafood and meats. Revel in thoughtfully curated charcuterie

board selections and signature sangrias, artisanal craft cocktails and an extensive list of eclectic wines. If you choose to dine out, the staff of locals will guide you to the best dining spots South Beach has to offer. Make wellbeing part of your stay at the Exhale Spa, the ultimate destination for spa and fitness for guests. This award-winning wellbeing mecca offers guests a chance to relax and unwind with deep tissue massage, facials, acupuncture, or the opportunity to breathe out with cardio and yoga classes. If you want that sun kissed glow opt in for the 90 minute spa therapy that will have you feeling new and improved ready to take on anything.


W FORT LAUDERDALE Gets a Face Lift By Tash Bazika


ummer is approaching, slowly but surely and with W Fort Lauderdale and Residences new renovations; there is no excuse not to dip your toes in the calm blue waters at your own Florida oasis. W exceeds its reputation for cutting-edge designs and contemporary luxuries with the reveal of a new renovation at the W Fort Lauderdale and

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Residences establishment. The new face-lift offers a fresh, vibrant and ultra-glamorous design to the 517 rooms, suites and extended stay options. From the moment of arrival, guests are greeted by the pulsating living room where guests can simultaneously feel at home during the day and at a nightclub in the late hours. The space encompasses a laid back feng-shui design offering tempt-

ing finger food from the menu, a new elegant sushi bar headed by sushi chef Shoji Hiyakawa, expertly crafted cocktails, and an outdoor terrace furnished with a range of comfortable lounges and chairs- perfect for lounging around and soaking up some sun. Each suite is designed to effortlessly blend the serene blues of the sea and the warm shades of sand

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Wet Deck East

Living Room Bar

Guestroom - Cool Corner Oceanfront Room

to create a contemporary nautical design without the classic stripes and anchors weighing it down. The fresh new décor is a breath of coastal air with luxury amenities in the bedroom and bathroom and we can’t forget the spectacular views from the balcony. The Whatever/Whenever button in the room is a new initiative designed to grant the wishes of guests, (within limits) whether it be forgotten toiletries to mariachi serenaded spa services. The 24/7-concierge desk is available to all guests as is the state-of-the-art fitness center and valet parking. As for the relaxation component, guests can choose to unwind at Bliss, the facial and massage mecca for rejuvenation and relaxation. Before being whisked away to utopia, indulge in a snack or two at the brownie bar or treat yourself to a manicure at the luxe nail lounge. The services offered include an oxygen facial treatment designed to rejuvenate and refresh your skin. If you’re look-

ing to alleviate some built up stress, the deep tissue massage is perfect for getting right down to the cause. The WET Deck is another relaxation option and has recently been upgraded with lounge chairs, day beds, umbrellas and a full-service poolside bar for the ultimate package. The art-deco style floor is a view upon itself, but if you look straight ahead you will find miles upon miles of glistening blue waters and divine orange sunsets everyday. For an elegant night out, Steak 954 is the love child of Stephen Starr who was named Outstanding Restaurateur of the year in the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards. Starr showcases the pure flavors of dry-aged meats and freshly caught seafood to provide a unique dining experience, particularly with the 15-foot long aquarium populated by 175 mesmerizing jellyfish that greet you as you walk in. Soon to launch is Starr’s second

restaurant on the property, El Vez, a Mexican eatery that will bring a vibrant setting, where tradition and innovation collide, that celebrates regional Mexican culture. During the day, take a stroll down Las Olas Boulevard, to explore 17 blocks of sidewalk cafes, including the premier Italian restaurant Louie Bossi, world class shopping comprised of an eclectic collection of boutique shops, internationally acclaimed art galleries, as well as a sizzling nightlife. To travel in style, skip the uber and opt in for a guided water shuttle who will tell you all about the famous owners of some of the most beautiful residences in the area. If you are looking for an adventure, a 30 minute drive will take you directly to the Everglades where you can climb aboard an airboat and zip through the river coming face to face with exotic birds, native fish and maybe even a gator or two.

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ROYAL YACHT CHARTERS How New Yorkers Roll When Visiting Miami By Michael Glovaski


ou don’t have to be a millionaire to charter a yacht with Royal Yacht Charters. Royal Yacht charters offers different sized Yachts at a variety of low to high prices. Royal Yacht Charters doesn’t just charter Yachts – they offer a luxurious experience you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. From bachelor parties to a yacht wedding, Royal Yacht Charters has put together all kinds of water based adventures and events throughout Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and internationally. Located in the heart of South Beach, Royal Yacht Charters prides itself on the wide range of yachts they have to offer – each appropriately and selectively chosen with the guests needs in mind.

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Whether it’s their 48’ SeaRay motor yacht best for accommodating family or private/romantic occasions or their 73’ Sunseeker for those looking for more speed and thrill, Royal Yacht Charters caters to all individuals, near and far. For the past 10 years, luxury brands such as Azimut, Lazzara, Feretti, and Westport have trusted Royal Yacht Charters to well represent their yachts, complimented by their one of a kind service and attention to detail. Andrew Harris, President of Royal Yacht Charters, says, “When a customer wants to charter a yacht in Miami, or at any of our locations, I make sure I personally handle the transaction and accommodate the customer as best as I can. If the

client has a certain budget in mind, I try to work with what they can afford and make sure Royal Yacht Charters can meet their needs to leave the client satisfied.” To offer a luxury water toy for a half day, full day or a week at an affordable price is rare in Miami. Celebrities also recognize Royal Yacht Charters quality services, such as P Diddy, Scott Disick, a variety of famous soccer players and many others. The beauty of chartering a yacht is that you can live like the rich and the famous for a day, without the responsibility and cost of owning a yacht. Royal Yacht Charters sells a luxurious experience without breaking your bank.

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L to R: Allison Jean White, Brenda Meaney, Hayley Mills, Gina Costigan, and Klea Blackhurst | Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Hayley Mills Puts on a

“PARTY FACE” at city center By Barry Bassis


emember Hayley Mills, the childhood star of Disney films, “Polyanna,” for which she won an Academy Award, and “Parent Trap”)? While she has not been much of a presence on-screen in recent decades, she is still going strong onstage, as she demonstrates in Isobel Mahon’s “Party Face” at City Center Stage 2.

Meaney); her neighbor Chloe (Allison Jean White), a man-eater invited by Mollie’s status worshipping mother; Bernie, an obsessive/ compulsive fellow patient from her psych ward (Klea Blackhurst); and Mollie’s mother, Carmel (Ms. Mills), a materialistic suburbanite who consistently insults her daughter with sweet jibes.

“Party Face,” set in Dublin, is a comedy with serious undertones. The setup is Mollie Mae (Gina Costigan), is home from the psychiatric unit after suffering a nervous breakdown in a supermarket and attempting suicide. Contributing to her gloom is the abandonment by her husband (who doesn’t appear in the play). She decides to throw a party to celebrate her release from the hospital as well as the remodeling of her kitchen.

Carmel is the type of mother who believes that “every knock is a boost.” For example, on entering her daughter’s home, she notices the “lovely flowers,” but can’t resist commenting, “Course in my day you never saw a lily outside of a funeral parlor, but sure, that’s progress.” Carmel desperately wants to hide Mollie Mae’s recent troubled history.

Does that sound very believable? The guests are Mollie’s sister, Maeve (Brenda

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Drinking wine, gobbling canapes and even dancing the conga occupy their time in between the insults and revelations. A water leak adds some drama and leads one of the women to exclaim, “We need a man.”

Lara De Bruijn’s costumes perfectly suit each of the characters and Jeff Ridenour’s tasteful set (a kitchen and living room) is worth celebrating. Mahon knows how to write a funny line and Bearse (who directed many episodes of “Married …With Children”) knows how to deliver it. Where they both succeed less well is in the more serious undertones. The play may not need a man, but it does need to dig deeper into its characters’ psyches, especially Mollie Mae’s. “Party Face” has been a hit in Ireland under the title, “Boom?” Here, it comes off as a slick sitcom, which is fine if that is all you are seeking. Also, Hayley Mills, who happens to look great, is always worth seeing. The play is running until April 8th at City Center Stage 2 (131 West 55th Street; 212-581-1212). Tickets start at $39. Amanda Bearse joins the cast for the last week only: April 2-8!


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THE TALENTED MR. CRUDUP A review of David Cale’s play, Harry Clarke By Rory Winston

I believe that imagination is the passport we create to take us into the real world,” proffers the conman and self-proclaimed son of Sidney Poitier, Paul Poitier, in John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation - a play that questions the premise of identity as much as it does the values of the effete upper class who give credence to pedigree. Watching Guare’s play, one sympathizes with Paul’s need to reinvent himself so that he can join an elite circle. One even senses that the well-rehearsed interloper does more to earn the sought-for lifestyle than the phonies who inherited their status. But while Guare may have intellectually flirted with the idea that a man with a false identity can be more genuine than the crowd he’s infiltrating, when it came to confronting David Hampton – the real person his play is based on – the playwright took a less philosophical view and, instead, applied for a restraining order. Were David Cale to meet the charismatic namesake of his play Harry Clarke, it’s more than likely he’d have done the same. Directed by Leigh Silverman of Violet renowned (the 1997 musical by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crowley), Harry Clarke is a one-man thriller that gives ample room for its multifaceted powerhouse star, Billy Crudup. Trapped in the nondescript Midwestern town of South Bend, Indiana, we meet Philip years prior to his transformation into Harry of the title. Philip Brugglestein is an eight-year-old who’s testing out a British accent that jumps between a posh queen’s English and cockney patois. What first seems like endearing foolery soon betrays desperation. Like the character Dave in Steve Tesich’s classic screenplay Breaking Away – a bicycle-racing youth in Indiana who pretends to be Italian in order to escape the monotony of his life – Philip longs to be elsewhere. Like Dave’s dad who doesn’t know what to make of his son’s ‘Itey (Italian) talk,’ Phil’s dad doesn’t get his son’s ‘Britty Brit.’ Sadly, similarities end here since Philip’s dad, Jack, is a caustic and oppressive bully. Assuming his father’s voice, Philip introduces us to Jack – a man who threatens Philip with electro-shock therapy if he won’t stop speaking with a British dialect.

up suffering as the son of immigrant Jews. Likewise, Philip felt he could be his true self as Harry. It’s not uncommon for artists to concoct a lie in the service of a greater truth – to express an emotional reality in the guise of an alien character that’s unencumbered by the minutiae of their own history.

Our story resumes years later with the death of Philip’s parents and the simultaneous death of Philip as we know him. Philip has been reborn as Harry Clarke, the dapper and charismatic world traveler who hails from London and has moved to Manhattan after having abandoned his job as tour manager, personal assistant and smooth operator par excellence for Sade. Well, at least this is the story he tells Mark Schmidt, the well-to-do WASP from Long Island who does his and his family’s utmost to ensure that Harry continues to live in the style he was never accustomed to living (sic). As Mark and his gullible family are dragged to the depths of Harry’s fantasy, the mood shifts from comedy to drama to absurd tragedy in the course of an act. Crudup gives us a virtuoso performance, depicting Harry and his entire cast of victims step by horrific step. Playwright David Cale teeters on the edge of fantasy and reality. His play, Harry Clarke, can be read as the type of whimsical but dark-edged fantasy in which all those with thwarted ambitions indulge. When Philip as Harry Clarke, says, “I felt liberated. Special. Like I was finally being myself,” he is voicing what Al Jolson must have felt when he first put on black-face. He was free to express his inner most feelings in a palatable form. Pretending to be an African American, Jolson could vent all his pent

Doesn’t every playwright pretend to be other people precisely when writing a play closest to their hearts? And how many writers don’t feel that they have, on some level, conned the world into believing they have deep insights while still harboring doubts themselves? And still it’s very different to fabricate characters within the realm of one’s own creation than to involve nonconsenting strangers in your lie. Meeting a real David Hampton or Alan Conway (the man who pretended to be Stanley Kubrick and was depicted in the film Color me Kubrick) is very different than imagining oneself into Kubrick’s head and writing a play about him. Likewise, witnessing the talents of a Talented Mr. Ripley in person is a far cry from having been friends with Patricia Highsmith while she put herself in Ripley’s place to writer her book. David Cale, like the character Philip Brugglestein invented, did come from the UK. After coming to New York, he performed a one-man show about a boy who was busy listening to Judy Garland records while his father killed his mother. Later the same boy becomes a prostitute before raising enough money to fly to New York. On the plane ride over, he meets his future self. Which part had to do with Cale’s own life? Aside from being born in London and coming to New York, absolutely nothing. That doesn’t mean the rest didn’t have emotional reality. David Cale is Harry Clarke as much and as little as John Guare is David Hampton. In fantasy, they may be similar. But in deeds, there is a world of difference between life and art. As the play Harry Clarke came to a close, I realized we all have our own fantasies – childish dreams that must forever remain safely tucked away in our own imaginations.



THE NEW YORK CENTER FOR CHILDREN Helping to Rise Above Child Abuse By Lillian Langtry


he New York Center for Children (NYCC) is hosting its 23rd Annual Spring Celebration Benefit on Monday, April 30, 2018 between 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Clement Restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City. The NYCC will celebrate over 20 years of helping the most vulnerable children achieve their full potential. The benefit, which coincides with National Child Abuse Prevention Month, helps raise funds for the Center’s work in healing, prevention and education. This year’s event will feature a “Lift Me Up” theme, which reflects the organization’s aim to bring about hope and help children achieve their dreams. The benefit will feature live music by Award Winning Eco-Music Ensemble Englewinds, and a silent auction featuring coveted travel offers, fine dining, tickets to cultural performances, high end fashion accessories and more. Founded in 1995, NYCC is the only independent center in New York City to provide free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to children who

have experienced physical and sexual abuse and their families, for as long as their healing requires. The dedicated staff will never turn a child in need away. NYCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on donations to ensure it is able to provide these services. Honorary Chair of the NYCC Board of Directors, Kate Spade, believes that at the Center, “Children are supported in their journey to a safer place.” To date, the center has helped more than 15,000 families receive care. The NYCC also provides groundbreaking training programs on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse, attended by medical students, doctors, nurses and first responders worldwide. More than 20,000 professionals have been trained through NYCC’s educational programs. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served and all proceeds of the night will benefit the center. About the New York Center for Children Founded in 1995 with the support of the late Broadway

producer Marty Richards and philanthropist Georgette Mosbacher, The New York Center for Children (NYCC) is a child-friendly Center, providing free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. NYCC also offers professional training on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse. All of the programs and services to children and families at NYCC are completely free of charge. NYCC is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations to cover the costs of operations. NYCC serves all families, including those without insurance. In addition to evaluation and treatment, the children at NYCC also benefit from tutoring, mentoring and extracurricular events. NYCC serves children from all five boroughs of New York City. The childfriendly space is located at 333 East 70th Street, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Facebook: NYCenterforChildren Instagram: thenewyorkcenterforchildren Twitter: @NYCC_org


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EUROPEAN GROUP TRAVEL AWARDS 2018 Presented by By Angela Trostle


he Fourth Annual European Group Travel Awards took place on March 08, 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin. The black Tie awards gala was hosted by Dylan Ratigan, TV journalist and documentary film producer and was attended by several hundred travel and hospitality executives, organizers, and journalists. Grammy Award nominee and record producer Paul Oakenfold entertained guests during dinner and after party along with Berlin’s top DJ, Benjamin Fröhlich.

Tim Hentschel, CEO and CoCreator of the awards. “We are honored to have recognized the leading Euorpean suppliers in the industry who year over year continue to provide the kinds of products and programs that offers group travelers the best services and experiences.”

The European Group Travel Awards recognizes organizations and individuals that represent the leaders in group travel., the leading provider of online group hotel bookings worldwide and organizer of The European Group Travel Awards, announced the winners during the gala. Eighteen categories were presented throughout the evening to recognize the nominees earning top recognition in their field ranging from hotels, resorts and airlines, to city destinations, cruise lines and theme parks, among others.

The gala was generously sponsored by Best Western, Choice Hotels, Carlson Rezidor, and Wyndham Hotel Group, along with ITB Berlin, Big Bus Tours, Cleverdis, and Travelport.

“Congratulations once again to this year’s winners and runner-ups in each respective category,” said

A live raffle for a one-carat diamond and magnum bottle of champagne was featured during throughout the evening to raise money for UNICEF, the official 2018 charity partner of EGTA.

the effort and dedication that European suppliers and organizations put into providing group travelers with exceptional travel experiences. The concept was introduced into the marketplace by Peter Stonham who, with Group Travel Organiser, have been providing group travelers with information and ideas for group travel trips since 1988. The event in London, called the UK Group Travel Awards, is attended by nearly 500 attendees and awards are provided in 23 categories.

For the full list of winners and runner-ups of the 2018 European Group Travel Awards, please visit and Landor Travel Publications also launched the American Group Travel Awards which took place in New York, New York on November 13th, 2017 at TAO Downtown. The American Group Travel Awards recognizes the finest suppliers in North America that specialize in group travel.

About European Group Travel Awards: The European Group Travel Awards (EGTA) was created by Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner. com, and Peter Stonham, Editorial Director at Landor Travel Publications. Mr. Hentschel and Mr. Stonham organized the EGTA to recognize all and Group Travel Organiser believe that the group market will continue to grow. Shared travel experiences with family and friends and by corporations and businesses help build more productive relationships and memories that last a lifetime.



By Clara Morgan

The US Team 2018 of The 28th Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, celebrated their journey to Morocco, MAMO Restaurant, NYC ©Patrick McMullan (L) Keanna Erickson-Chang, Elena Sorre (R) Pauline Ducruet, Schanel Bakkouche

Innovative art venture MvVO ART invited art lovers to the AD ART SHOW at Sotheby’s with sponsors NBCUniversal, Y&R, Artsy, Geometry Global, NYC ©Patrick McMullan (L) Maria van Vlodrop,Eric K.T. Lao (R) Mikhail D. Poloskin

(L) Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff served as Mistress of Ceremonies at the New York Junior League 66th Annual Winter Ball, NYC ©Patrick McMullan Jean Shafiroff, Suzanne Manning (R) Jazmin Grace Grimaldi held a birthday fundraiser event to celebrate the launch of her charity, The Jazmin Fund at HGU Rose Hill Lounge, NYC ©Getty Images Ian Mellencamp, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi

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GBK created its 10th Annual GBK Pre-Oscars Luxury Lounge. Some notable sponsors included: Il Pilato, GE Lighting, ADM, Diamonds International, Healing Salt, and Woodchuck USA, St. Supéry, LA ©GBK Productions (L) Viola Davis (R) Chef Fili ppo Sinisgalli, Don Benjamin

(L) Giorgio Armani’s niece Roberta Armani hosted the fashion house’s soiree at their Rodeo Drive store in honor of Guillermo del Toro, Beverly Hills, CA ©LMG Guillermo del Toro (R) 26th Annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised $5.9 million to help end HIV/AIDS West Hollywood Park, LA ©Getty Images Liam Hemsworth,Sir Elton John, Miley Cyrus

The 90th Annual Academy Awards, Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, CA ©Patrick McMullan (L) Allison Janney (R) Sam Rockwell

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MEET LiLi BEAR Princess of the Manor By Jane Pontarelli

brushings keep her beautiful. When the work day wraps up, Pat and LiLi like to head out to the Manor’s western lawn, where Pat takes photos of the often magnificent sunsets over Fort Pond Ray, while LiLi chases birds and bunnies off the grounds, and takes long walks on the ocean beaches, although she prefers not to get her paws wet. As they drive around the Hamptons, LiLi warns of pedestrians in the crosswalks and deer up ahead. She enjoys accompanying Pat on errands,(to outdoor events) which include picking up gifts and prizes for special events. Meeting and greeting old and new clients. Success in marketing depends in great part on being noticed and being remarkable. LiLi does a splendid job supporting that role. She regularly appears on Pat’s social media pages: Facebook & Patricia Stein Redin Instagram.

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t’s my pleasure to introduce you to my friend Pat Redin, and her Chow Chow, LiLi. Pat and her husband Eric, and LiLi reside at Montauk Manor, a condominium/hotel in Montauk aka The End” In the early years of their marriage, Pat and Eric lived in Gramercy Park, and both worked at Madison Avenue AD agencies. After several years they moved to Long Island and started a family. Having son Connor & daughter Maris. In 2005, after 18 successful years as Senior VP of Sales for a NY marketing company. Pat launched R2MP Ltd. R2MP provides marketing and production services to a broad range of clients from Montauk to Manhattan and beyond, with primary focus on program management and identifying project

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Pat & LiLI can be reached at (631) 940-5700 or via e-mail cost-savings for a major communications company. The dramatic shift from being mostly “on the road” as a salesperson to “working remotely” allowed Pat to adopt Yogi Bear, a male Chow mix, from a rescue organization. The experience with Yogi was so positive that, in the span of 13 years, Gigi, LiLi and then Teddy (all Chow rescues) joined the Redin pack. LiLi, at 14 months was the puppy of the group, and quickly assumed the Alpha role. Now, at 10 years old, LiLi is Pat’s only pup and full time office mate. They like to hang together in the Manor’s majestic lobby, on the patio or out by the pool while Pat works on her laptop. LiLi has become a bit of a celebrity and is quite the conversation starter. “She looks like a lion.” And of course, “Does she shed?” Yes! All year long. But frequent

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