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ith Valentine’s Day around the corner, February is a month to celebrate love! This month we chose to feature NY power couples Brandon and Michi Marshall as well as Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian who embody the spirit that two minds together are better than one.

We had the chance to get up close and personal with NY Jets Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall and his wife Michi Marshall. After being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder Brandon recognized the need to address the prevalence of mental illness that goes undetected due to the stigmas attached to it. Together with the support of his wife they established PROJECT 375 to help promote mental health awareness, eradicate the stigma, and raise funding for treatment- saving one life at a time. Dashing and charismatic Top Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is at the top of his game with new additions to his restaurant empire, as well as a bevy of new TV shows debuting this spring. Like the yin to his yang Margaret and Geoffrey Zakarian are living proof that behind every great man is a great woman who runs the show! We also caught up with the talented young actor Taylor Handley, who stars in APB, FOX TV’s highly anticipated TV drama that makes its debut this February. Fashion is always at the forefront of February with the haute couture shows in Paris setting the stage for the remainder of the Fall Winter 2017 catwalks around the world. In keeping with the theme of Valentine’s Day our fashion editorial was inspired by the lyrics of My Funny Valentine. This month we escaped to gorgeous warm weather destinations around the globe. As the Chinese Lunar New Year falls at the end of January we had a special feature on Hong Kong, Macau, and Guangzhou and showcased the best of these cities as this region prepares to ring in The Year of the Rooster. We also featured weekend getaways to our favorite sunny destinations such as Miami, Naples, Tampa, Belize, and Los Cabos luxurious escapes to consider for spring such as Italy and Israel. As one of the most romantic cities in the US, New York City has plenty of romantic options for Valentines Day- though love should be celebrated everyday!


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7 PEOPE TO FOLLOW IN 2017 From a Real Estate Mogul/Film Producer to one of the nation’s Top Lawyers – we have listed the 7 people to know in the year to come.

Charles Harder is lead counsel for Hulk Hogan in the lawsuit that resulted in a $140 million jury verdict in March 2016, which forced Gawker Media into bankruptcy. After that victory, Mr. Harder filed a lawsuit on behalf of First Lady-elect Melania Trump in September 2016 against UK newspaper the Daily Mail, seeking $150 million, defamation. Mr. Harder has been a litigation attorney in Los Angeles for 20 years. His other clients in public lawsuits have included Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Cameron Diaz, Clint Eastwood, Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon, among many others. Mr. Harder also serves as Editor and Co-Author of the law treatise Entertainment Law & Litigation. He has been listed repeatedly as one the Top 100 “Power Lawyers” in America by The Hollywood Reporter (one of only 30 litigators).

Charles S. Cohen - Owner, President, and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation - has achieved a national reputation for exceptional business acumen, innovation, and creativity. His real estate portfolio includes over 12 million square feet of prime commercial properties in New York, Texas, Southeast Florida, and Southern California. He redeveloped Manhattan’s D&D Building, Los Angeles’ Pacific Design Center, Design Center of the Americas, and Decorative Center Houston, all of which serve thousands of design professionals and design aficionados. A lifelong film enthusiast, Cohen has produced Academy Award nominated films; his Cohen Media Group produces and distributes renowned independent and foreign films throughout the world, while the Cohen Film Collection is comprised of over 800 landmark films.,

In 1990, Dominique Serra imagined the world’s first 4X4 off road all-female rally and founded Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, now in its 27th year. The rally offers an unforgettable 10 days in the heart of the Moroccan desert. Off road, map and compass in hand, independently, and competing from all nationalities, the women take off on an adventure of a lifetime. Dominique has continued to expand the event, to build and evolve with the times around its core values: courage, surpassing oneself, loyalty, mutual aid and solidarity. In 2013, Dominique was decorated by Chantal Jouanno, Senator of Paris, and received the insignia of Chevalier in the Order of the Legion of Honor and is distinguished by His Majesty King Mohammed VI himself, as an Officer Wissam Al Alaoui. She describes herself as a woman of character with a heart of a feminist and a soul of a champion. The 27th annual rally takes place between March 17 and April 1, 2017.

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A beauty industry veteran, Angelo David Pisacreta is the owner and Creative Director of Angelo David Salon. He is a world-renowned stylist, colorist and makeover specialist. Additionally, he is the originator of Couture Hair extensions, fillers, hairpieces, additions and wigs, and developer of The Angelo David Hair Care collection. By pairing his impeccable designing skills with artistic cutting, coloring and styling abilities, Angelo has transformed even the most challenging hair into lust-worthy locks. Angelo David, who has become known as the “go-to” stylist for Couture Hair extensions and thinning hair solutions, recently appeared on “Good Morning America,” working his makeover miracles on three women with hair loss problems. According to Angelo, “There is nothing more rewarding than being able to change how someone sees herself, boost her self-esteem and uplift her feelings, all within the course of an hour or two. Every day I get to make someone look and feel wonderful.”

Shana Schlossberg and her innovative online concierge service EZBZ, aims to help fix life’s little problems with a few keystrokes. Established in 2011, EZBZ is an honest, social marketplace where users post whenever they seek out a product or service, and responses are generated in the form of competitive bids from local businesses. Once a query is entered, EZ BZ identifies and notifies local vendors that offer that product or service, sending them a request allowing them to respond with pricing and availability. Users typically begin receiving responses from businesses in minutes and, in many cases, with accurate pricing, thus saving the consumer time spent making phone calls, comparing prices or searching online. EZBZ’s goal is to offer its users a solution that is simple, efficient and affordable, while empowering thousands of local businesses that now have an equal opportunity to bid for a consumer’s business. The myEZBZ technology is available via, and for free download from the Apple App Store and in Google Play Store. This partnership is a part of EZBZ, Inc. Founder and CEO Shana Schlossberg’s larger vision of ensuring the success of small businesses in the digital age.

Tony Fortuna is the owner of upscale American restaurant, T-Bar Steak & Lounge, on the Upper East side. Creating a new spin on the classic steakhouse comes with a creativity and genius that has kept T-Bar amongst the top of New York’s social dining scene. Fortuna keeps a watchful eye over the sophisticated dining space to guarantee a delightful experience to guests and celebrities alike. Among the celebrities that have dined at T-Bar Steak and Lounge include supermodel Iman, New York Giants Eli Manning, and, The View host, Whoopi Goldberg. Expertly crafted cuisines favored by T-Bar’s loyal guests include the perfectly spiced Yellowfin Tuna Tartar, the flavorful Cavatelli “Antonucci” pasta and the fresh Mediterranean Branzino.

Massimo Sola is the Executive Chef at the SoHo Provençal restaurant MAMO. Massimo is originally from Milan and has been in the culinary industry for 32 years. From 1985, he studied in Liguria at Istituto Migliorini Hotel School. Sola opened his restaurant Ristorante Quattro Mori in Varese, Italy in 1993. This restaurant received a Michelin star in November 2007. Throughout his tenure at the restaurant, he emphasized the use of high quality techniques in a simple manner. Massimo won Best Chef of the Lombardia region in 2009. Sola then went on to become the Executive Chef at Eataly in Rome in 2012, where he worked for a year and a half. In 2014, Chef Massimo joined Mike Mammoliti to open the New York outpost of the popular Provencal restaurant, MAMO Le Michelangelo. At MAMO, Sola skillfully prepares the menu passed on from MAMO with his Michelin-starred technique and crafts consistent market specials. Chef Sola also won the Il Primo Manhattan 2016 competition for New York’s best pasta dish – his winning dish was an exquisite spin on a traditional pasta carbonara, or as the judges called it, a “quasi carbonara” made with finesse and elegance. | 19

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Many of her clients are highprofile individuals and Fortune 500 companies, none of whose names she will reveal, citing her need for confidentiality. “My business reputation is everything, and our clients know that they can trust us with anything.”


The Chosen Few By Bennett Marcus

Claudia Warner, Harriette Rose Katz, Melissa Rosenbloom and Trisha Stern

PINNACLE OF THE PARTY PLANNING INDUSTRY arriette Rose Katz, dubbed by the Wall Street Journal “the queen of top-of-theline social,” has been at the pinnacle of the party planning industry for 38 years. She actually stumbled into the business when she discovered she had an innate knack for hospitality while working in the interior design field, running the New York showroom for a Dallas-based furniture company. They asked her to throw a party as part of “Designers Saturday,” in which major showrooms held events to lure people in. Katz told her bosses that they should do it in a big way, or not at all. They gave her carte blanche. This was in the 1970s. “I did a Texas BBQ for a thousand people in the showroom, and it was such a smash. It was just what the whole industry needed. I served chili and gave out little cactus plants to each guest as they left.” In 1978, she says, no one had ever heard of anything like this. Her bosses loved it, and after that, every time they launched a new line, they asked her to throw a party. Her dim-


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sum parties became the talk of the town. She had them catered by famed chef David Keh, whom she credits with changing the face of Chinese cuisine in America. “David single handedly elevated Chinese food to the elegant and fine cuisine that it is today.” GOURMET ADVISORY SERVICES Katz’s “aha” moment came when a colleague called her “an idiot” for doing this for free when she could be making money at it. She immediately asked her husband to register the name “Gourmet Advisory Services,” and by that evening, she had booked her first job, which still amazes her. “Could you believe, I got a phone call from [former shirt label] Huk-A-Poo, and they hired me to do a party?” She feels that it was fate. FAMILY BUSINESS Now, her daughter and two nieces help run her busy firm, which organizes every single detail for over one hundred events each year, including weddings, bar mitzvahs, and corporate affairs.

THE CHOSEN FEW A little over three years ago, Harriette created the first luxury services collective for the special events industry called The Chosen Few. Members who have been chosen are truly the “best of the best” in their fields: catering and food design, event and floral design, event production, graphic design and fine invitations, lighting, music, photography and cinematography, and tents and structures. All members of The Chosen Few are dedicated to the endless quest of excellence, maintaining and continuing their education in the industry and having protocols in place to ensure those requirements are met. Harriette honors and endorses these talented members for their exceptional creativity, artistic skills, integrity and imagination. Katz states “I think that this industry was really ready for it,” frankly adding that she can’t think of anyone else who could have established the group. She continues, “The Chosen Few is an organization that is harnessing the creative talents across all areas of our industry.” While Gourmet Advisory Services has done parties all over the United States, the New York region is home base. Now, Katz is considering opening an office in South Florida, where they have an increasing amount of business. She approaches expansion with caution because she recognizes the need to always maintain the highest level of service. “We are only as good as your last party,” exclaimed Katz. | (212) 535-0005

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Is This Manhattan’s Sexiest Art Gallerist Alive? By George Wayne


opular culture has long revered The IT Girl. That particular intriguing, smart and beautiful gamine. The cool chick with style and substance and class and pedigree. Well, in this politically correct day and age, Simply put - the IT Boy is the masculine ideal that all men want to be, and the guy that all the women want to be with. we now seek to celebrate The IT Boy. Or in this case, this particular New York City man-abouttown and the talk of Manhattan as we speak by the name of Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim. The

tall, French/German born New York Art Gallery owner, not only wears a black Dries Van Noten suit to perfection (his signature) -- he leads one of the most talked about art gallery’s in the capital of the world right now with his sixteen month old Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery in the heart of the Chelsea High Line right there at the nexus where 23rd Street meets 11th Avenue. With that ancestry famous art world last name - Guggenheim and that angular Franco-Teutonic frame the New York City holloi polloi is in full swoon over this dude. ‘The Guggenheim family is originally a Swiss family,’’ he tells me. There were four of them and two of the brothers went to America and made their fortune in the mining business and two other brothers went to France. My mother’s tree and

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hence mine, extends from the French Guggenheims.’’ Oooohlalaa. darling. But seriously you folk - pity you weren’t there one opening night for their contemporary pop artist Massimo Agostinelli. That was the night the actress Elizabeth Hurley showed up in this rather vulgar cleavage baring lace dress and the minute Philippe HoerleGuggenheim arrived forty five minutes late to his own event -- she dropped every conversation she was having and kittened over like a cat in heat to dash for her hug and air kiss. That opening night at 527 West 23rd Street was the night when he also had a vintage fire engine red Aston Martin on a red carpet outside the gallery. And after getting to know Philippe rather well -- he does indeed have a serious fetish for vintage Aston Martin motor cars. ‘’Aston Martin is a 102 year old classic British heritage business, And in all that time they’ve manufactured only 75,000 cars.’’ In other words this is the world’s finest example of an exemplary production line honed to absolute perfection. ‘’My favorite one is the Aston Martin DB6. I developed a love for that car at a very early age. As a kid I was a huge fan of James Bond movies, and for me the Aston Martin DB6 is the most beautiful car there is. It is a work of art. The HG Contemporary is getting buzz for its staple of hot talked about talent such as Retna -- the hottest artist in the world right now, and who in fact created the album cover for Justin Bieber’s latest hit album. Then of course the aforementioned Massimo Agostinelli whose anagram infused celebrity pop images completely sold out that night. ‘’Art must challenge the senses,’’ Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim explains. And by so doing his imprimatur seems to be to gather a stable of artists whose work have one thread in common - wordplay. Whether its through the anagrams of Massimo Agostinelli or the use of the very own calligraphy language that signify the work of Retna or the fabulous work

of the artist Jan Larsen whose appropriation of iconic advertising tag lines and imagery is indeed masterful. Add to that yet another legendary PHG Contemporary opening featuring the amazing photographs of the 80’s iconoclast Lee Jaffe of the very young Jean Michel Basquiat and neverbefore-seen images of the late, great, Bob Marley. The Cancer born bachelor with the sweetest brownstone loft in the way chic West Village of Greenwich Village travels the world constantly whether that is to Dubai in March of 2016 where he staged a Pop Up satellite of his gallery in collaboration with the sparkling brand new Four Seasons Hotel in Dubai. He is always packing the Goyard and Halliburton luggage to head to Art Basel in Hong Kong or Miami or London for the noted Frieze Art Fair. ‘’The social commodity is vital to my strategy. My ideal was to always have an event driven gallery to also host charity events and cocktail receptions. All while enjoying beautiful art. I have enjoyed the process very much.’’ This 2017 his buzzy art gallery is getting ready to debut the first solo show of the noted San Francisco conceptual artist Laura Kimpton and his brand new exclusive talent the Swedish born Alexander Klingspor who this astute arbiter has already declared ‘’the Toulouse Lautrec of the 21st Century’’. All art aficionados should now without doubt have the PH Contemporary Gallery in the heart of Chelsea on their radar!!

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LEFT PAINTING: Zhenya Xia Panda, 2015 Acrylic on Canvas 47.24 x 47.24 in ZX002 RIGHT PAINTING: Olga Tobreluts Dollar, 2015 Oil on Canvas 59.06 x 59.06 in OT001 PROFILE SHOT: By Fabrizio Ferri | 23



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Spirit of the Founders Honorees David Matera and the OOH PITCH Team. Photo: Anita & Steve Shevett

Board Member and Event Co-Chair Tom Johnson, Board Member and Event Co-Chair Roxann Taylor, Master of Ceremonies Willie Geist. Photo: Anita & Steve Shevett

Board of Directors Chair Gerry Cunningham. Photo: Anita & Steve Shevett

The Live Auction at A New York Winter’s Eve. Photo: Anita & Steve Shevett

VOA-GNY Board Member Paige Davis and Honoree David Matera Photo: Anita & Steve Shevett

A NEW YORK WINTER’S EVE Volunteers of America-Greater New York’s 21st Annual Gala


ore than 350 philanthropic New Yorkers – members of the media, finance and corporate communities – joined together to celebrate Volunteers of AmericaGreater New York’s 21st annual gala, A New York Winter’s Eve. Co-chaired by Board Members Roxann Taylor and Tom Johnson, it was hosted by Willie Geist, host of Sunday TODAY and cohost of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Todd English, an internationally acclaimed and recognized chef. Held at The Plaza, the event raised money to benefit more than 90 life-changing social service programs that help tens of thousands or people and families in need in the Greater New York area every year. Tere Pettitt, President and CEO of Volunteers of America-Greater New York, said, “At Volunteers of America, we are devoted to helping our most

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vulnerable and at-risk neighbors by providing a lifeline of indispensable services. Without the generosity of our friends and supporters, we would be unable to aid the thousands of struggling New Yorkers who rely on our vital programs to survive. This year, we are delighted to honor David Matera and OOH PITCH at our A New York Winter’s Eve for their critical support.” New York-based boutique media agency OOH PITCH and its co-founder David Matera received the Spirit of the Founders Award for their invaluable support throughout the years and for their significant contributions to this year’s Operation Backpack®, Volunteers of America-Greater New York’s annual back-to-school campaign that outfits homeless children with brand new backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies, as well as the Veteran’s campaign.

Volunteers of America-Greater New York is one of the oldest and most comprehensive social services charities, serving vulnerable New Yorkers for nearly 120 years. The services provided allow individuals and families to overcome obstacles in order to live safe, healthy and productive lives. Volunteers of America-Greater New York is committed to aiding the homeless, families escaping domestic violence, struggling veterans, preschoolers with developmental delays who also live in poverty, adults living with HIV/AIDS and other serious health issues, youth aging out of foster care, and so many others. For more information about Volunteers of America-Greater New York: To view more event photos:

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By Joe Alexander | With Photographs by Patrick McMullan The Golden Globes George Clooney says the Golden Globes is “the best party in Hollywood.” The secret sauce is that they fearlessly mix copious amounts of champagne with a crew of hard-bodied actors and racilly clad ingénues from film and television with directors, producers, moguls, gossip columnists and stars including Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Game of Throne’s Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. Outrageous things have happened here since 1958, when an antsy Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack spontaneously rushed the stage with their cocktails in hand to take over the show from the startled journalists who were handing out the statuettes. In 1980, Bette Midler mounted the podium, grabbed her breasts and screamed, “I’ll show you a pair of Golden Globes.” I once saw Jack Nicholson moon the ballroom and a dressed-to-thrill Angelina Jolie jump into the pool of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where this bacchanal is held. Blessedly, the Globes, which could arguably be called TV’s first reality show, has no technical awards, which drags down the Oscar cast year after year. The 1st Golden Globe Awards, was held in January 1944. In 1950 they established an honorary award that went to director Cecil B. DeMille who the award was then named after. Meryl Streep received the honor this year and used her acceptance speech to attack President Trump who returned the favor on Twitter. In 1963, the Miss Golden Globe concept was introduced to hand out the awards. This year Sylvester Stallone’s three daughters Sistine, Scarlet and Sophia shared the honor. Stars Gossip on the Red Carpet La La Land’s Ryan Gosling “I don’t even think of myself as particularly good looking. When I was 6 and a scrawny kid, I’d get in my red speedo and do muscle moves. I actually thought I was muscular. I didn’t know everyone was laughing at me.” Adding, “Just because I don’t have a college degree doesn’t mean I am not smart!”.... Host Jimmy Fallon “I don’t like being the center of attention that much. It’s kind of ironic…. Westworlds’s Thandie Newton “I love being in my forties. Just getting there and realizing that you haven’t grown horns or boils on your bum is such a relief.…Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds “I’ll say this: The media wasn’t invited to my marriage, and they’re definitely not invited into the divorce.” .…Arrival’s Amy Adams “Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body - meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit.” .…Drew Barrymore “I definitely don’t think that I’m hot doo-doo. I don’t.” .…Jackie’s Natalie Portman “They tell me: ‘OK, this is where we’re going to push up your cleavage,’ and I’m like, ‘What cleavage?’.… Lion’s Nicole Kidman “I find standing and posing for photos very awkward.” The Crown’s Claire Foy “I hate having to pose for photos. It’s just so embarrassing.” …. Game of Throne’s Kit Harington, “I like a girl who does not take me seriously. It’s important to be able to laugh at each other.” Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Designer Tommy Hilfiger, Football legend Joe Namath and Hope for Depression Research Foundation founder Audrey Gruss were among the VIPs at Nick Korniloff’s new art fair, Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary. The event kicked off with artist Bernie Taupin, who was the focus of the “Spotlight Luncheon” at the Kravis Center. Taupin who has also worked as a lyricist with Elton John, discussed his career during a talk

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Golden Globe Girls Sistine, Scarlet and Sophia Stallone @ Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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titled “Evolution of an Artist”. The fair featured the work of over 1,000 artists including Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and Keith Haring from over 50 galleries. A portion of Taupin’s sales benefited the Perry J. Cohen Foundation, which was named after Korniloff’s teenage stepson who was lost at sea in 2015. Miami Art Week Architectural Digest’s Editor Amy Astley hosted a glamorous dinner at the Delano Hotel in celebration of their partnership with the Art Production Fund to present their tenth annual Artist Towel Series being sold at the Delano’s gift shop. Guests included Martha Stewart, AD 100 designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Amy Sacco, Colby Mugrabi and Yvonne Force Villareal. Art Bastard Political artist Robert Cenedella received Oscar buzz for his award-winning documentary “Art Bastard.” The movie examines the artist’s place in the prestige and profit-obsessed art and museum worlds. The film was named a contender by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Joe Namath, Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloff @ Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Tony Ingrao, Amy Astley and Randy Kemper @ The Delano

Andrea Correale’s Elegant Affairs Shaquille O’Neal, Jennifer Lopez, and Nick Cannon are just a few of the supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of America. Celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs, who has designed parties for Mariah Carey and Tony Robbins, brought smiles to more than 300 at-risk children and their families by creating a feast at the organization’s Long Island outpost.

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Cheri Kaufman Speaks at the United Nations Cheri Kaufman spoke on sustainable development goals for young people around the world at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, saying, “I have endeavored to translate my idealism, curiosity, tenacity, energy and qualities I perceive in all of you, into rewarding involvement with charities, philanthropies and arts organizations that foster cultural understanding and global cooperation.” Kaufman concluded by saying, “philanthropy is the down payment one generation makes to secure a better world for the next, in other words, philanthropy is the very currency of sustainability.”

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Parliament Coffee Beyoncé, Jay Z and Anderson Cooper are among the VIPs who have dined at Starr Catering Group’s venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The company has brought a designer caffeine kick to the UWS with Parliament Coffee which has opened at the NY Historical Society. Big Band News Alex Donner and his orchestra played during Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities in Washington. The band leader sang Sinatra staple “My Way” which is now a favorite of the President at the Moblze Ball for Floyd Mayweather, Ave Roosevelt and philanthropist Jean Shaffiroff.….Bruce Springsteen’s drummer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Max Weinberg celebrated his return from a year-long tour with Springsteen’s E Street Band by performing hits from The Beatles to The Boss and The Chosen Few’s Hank Lane Sound at the Pierre.….Orchestra leader Bob Hardwick literally sprinted between gigs at Doubles, the private club on 5th and 59th, and MOMA due to a traffic jam caused by security at Trump Tower.

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Joey Reynolds Radio legend Joey Reynolds has had a parade of VIPs on his Sunday radio show on W-ABC including Duke Ellington’s granddaughter Mercedes Ellington, Four Seasons crooner Frankie Valli, Tony Danza and singer Karen King. One of Jimmy Kimmel’s producers Howard Lapides revealed funny moments of his time working with the comedian, as well as behind the scenes stories about Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab when he appeared along with entrepreneur Mike Cave on the show. | 29


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HAVEN SPA & EVE SALON 250 Mercer St, NYC | 212 343 3515 | In the midst of Greenwich Village is the Haven Spa- an oasis of blissful relaxation. Awash in a soothing palette of purple and gray, this zen paradise every treatment ensures rest and rejuvenation. Skincare: Face and Body: Latest technologies and experienced estheticians make sure that you will get your desired result for hydrated skin with expert therapies. Body Therapies: Choose from ten different options for different therapies that will detox your system and exfoliate your skin. Massages: The staff of Haven Spa values communication, and customizes their massages as much as possible to ease specific ailments. These heavenly therapies also uses soothing aromatherapy scents that will help you forget a stressful day and clear your mind. Hair Care: The hair salon is Haven Spa’s new highlight. Aside from a hair trim, they offer three different treatments, which will condition and moisturize your hair. Mini Escapes: In case you do not have much time to spare, try out the Mini Escapes. There are six options in total, each of which will bring you a little closer to heaven in a short time.

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AN ALL-STAR SMILE On or Off the Field By Dr. Sol Schwartzstein Brandon and Michi Marshall Photo by Andrew Werner |

customizable to match the color and shape of your original tooth. In certain cases the damaged tooth is unsalvageable. Missing teeth, traditionally addressed with the use of bridges, can now be replaced with permanent dental implants which mimic the look, feel and function of your natural teeth. Through the use of Cone Beam scanning technology at CPS Dental we are able to get a full 3D view of the injured area, allowing for accurate planning and placement of the new dental implant. Implants can be successfully used to replace a single tooth or entire mouthful, and will be created to blend in invisibly with surrounding teeth. No matter the dental injury, having a relationship with a reliable dental practice is essential. Receiving care and treatment in a relaxed environment, especially during an emergency visit, will help take the stress out of a potentially distressful situation. Regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist for check-ups and cleanings will not only ensure that teeth are as healthy and strong as can be, but will ensure that you have more immediate access to care by a familiar face – and of course, get you right back out on the field as soon as possible.


hen superstar football player Brandon Marshall flashes his bright smile, it looks more like that of a model than like the hard-core competitor he is. The portrait of a beaten up athlete, whether a football player, hockey player or even an overzealous weekend warrior, with a black eye and missing teeth may be a cliché guts and glory image, but is in reality a thing of the past. Today’s modern dental techniques offer quick, easy and seamless ways to address most common dental injuries and keep your smile at all-star levels. After any dental injury it is imperative to get to a professional right away in order to prevent further damage, assess the situation and discuss appropriate treatment options. During regular Central Park South Dental office hours, immediate attention will be given to your situation and you will be seen as soon as possible. Remember -- if you are experiencing

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a serious or life threatening emergency, always call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room. Our primary goal at CPS Dental is to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Your visit will always begin with a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan. Oftentimes neighboring teeth suffer an unnoticed injury that can only be detected by a thorough dental exam and x-rays. The injured tooth may also have further damage to the nerves below. One of our practice specialties is endodontics, commonly referred to as root canal therapy, which can salvage a weak tooth. A chipped tooth can be easily addressed with a veneer. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of your teeth and are the quickest long term solution. There are various choices of materials and techniques suited to each individual’s situation. Veneers are always perfectly

Dr. Sol is the founder of CPS Dental Arts located at 30 Central Park S,#12b, New York,NY 10019. (212) 558 - 9072 To view my previous article with Resident Magazine, please visit:

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onfident’’ and ‘’Swagger’’ ought to have been the two middle names of the noted celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian. One can only assume that after more than thirty years as a stalwart of the upper echelons of the fine food industry that, that sort of overwhelming selfconfidence is to be expected I suppose. That bravado was certainly on full display as we sat to speak from his eponymous landmark flagship the imposing Lambs Club restaurant in the heart of NewYork City aka Times Square recently. The Massachusetts raised chef has unquestionably made his mark as one of America’s leading chef restaurateurs known for pairing his classic training and techniques with a seemingly relentless urge to rule and conquer the world of hospitality. He has created some of America’s noted eateries from-- The 44 at The Royalton to the Blue Door at the Delano, Miami Beach to Patroon in New York City. Today, with the dynamic tandem he has forged with his partner and wife Margaret, they continue to build on new properties while maintaining the highest standards for his many well established salons such as the aforementioned The Lambs Club, Georgie and The Garden Bar at the Montage Beverly Hills, the Water Club at Borgata, or the National in Greenwich, Connecticut. This 2017, Zakarian Hospitality will open Point Royal, a fun coastal American restaurant and bar, and its fast casual extension, Counter Point at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Add to that, of course, his high-profile presence on Food Network’s Chopped, Cooks vs. Cons, and The Kitchen which all assure that Geoffrey Zakarian will be a constant and relevant media presence for seasons to come. Philanthropy is also at the top of Geoffrey and Margaret’s to do list as they are hosting Our Town’s Art of Food event at Sotheby’s on February 4 to benefit City Harvest where 20 esteemed chefs create masterpieces inspired by artwork for one extraordinary and mouthwatering evening. GEORGE WAYNE - Toque to me Chef Zakarian! Did you ever know that Gwynnie Paltrow once famously said-- ‘’I would rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin!’’. GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN - Well, I have never done either but I like where she is going with that. It’s about doing things correctly, and she is very smart. She is a big shot and she is known for saying things in a sort of spectacular fashion. I like Gwyneth. GW-- Are you and your wife Margaret [sitting | 49

beside him] the sort of fastidious foodies who only scramble organic, pastured eggs for breakfast and have liquefied kale for the morning juice? What’s a typical breakfast like for the Zakarian family? GZ- No, we are not like that all actually. We have three young kids and we do breakfast every single morning. Madeline, Anna and George are seven, five and two-years-old and we ask them every night before they go to bed what they want for breakfast the next morning, and so every morning we cook a big feast for them. For me breakfast is the most important thing. We make omelettes, and frittata, avocado toast. Whatever they ask for Daddy makes for them. And breakfast is every morning at 6:30 am sharp. GW- Which is more IN this season...puntarelle or baby parsnip? GZ- Well, puntarelle is really not in season now, but the way the business has been evolving you can get any product even though it is not in season. So for instance, puntarelle is not in season now, but somewhere in the world there is Summer, so for instance, Argentina where they grow great puntarelle, it is in season. So you can pretty much now get anything you want at any time, if you are willing to pay for it. I tend to try and find produce that is pretty much local because that makes much more sense. GW- I ask that question not knowing even what puntarelle is.

show. It happens. I have eaten crickets on ‘’Chopped’’. In Mexico, crickets are a big protein source. Cricket powder is huge in Mexico. GW- You are one of America’s leading culinary swamis. The man known as ‘’the original Iron Chef’’. Give us a quick precis of this man of Armenian heritage. Talk a bit about where this acute passion for food first began? GZ- That’s an easy question because I was born into an environment where food was my family’s life passion. Mum, Dad, aunts and uncles -- all Armenian and they love food. Food is everything in such families and my parents cooked every meal I ever had growing up. By the age of three, I was already a food snob. We were poor, but I ate like a king everyday of the week. GW- When did you first think that you could make a career out of food? GZ- Late in life George, it was late. I was going to get an MBA in Economics at the University of Chicago after my undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts and then I went to France for three months because I had never been and I fell in love with the food and culture of France and I said -- ‘’Wow!’’ I want to do this. So I scrapped the MBA and went to study at the CIA [Culinary Institute of America]. And two years later I was working at Le Cirque which [at the time] was the best French restaurant in the country. GW- And your first job at Le Cirque was what?

GZ- Puntarelle is a really beautiful and bitter chicory, kind of like a chick pea that Italians [especially] love. Puntarelle as a dressing with some bracing vinaigrette over anchovies. It’s a big deal for them. GW- Have you ever eaten bison? GZ- I have. And bison is a great, relatively inexpensive meat that is low in fat and cholesterol. It tastes kind of like venison but a bit more dry. I will also add, that it is not one of my favorite animals to eat,

GZ- I was a souffle chef at Le Cirque. Those early days were something else. I just soaked up all the creative energy in that kitchen. It was unbelievable. I came to work early every day and I was always the last to leave. I didn’t want to leave. I just loved it so much. I soaked it all in—everybody’s energy, and picked everyone’s brain and just loved it all. I started it in the souffle department and I wasn’t even getting paid at the time. I was just happy to be working with Chef Alain Sailhac. GW- You spent six years at Le Cirque and then...

GW- What is the strangest, tastiest food you have ever eaten? GZ- Well, I have this show called ‘’Chopped’’ where we eat everything. Contestants get four items and it could be anything from lamb testicles to chicken feet, the craziest stuff and they have to make a tasty meal out of it. ‘’Chopped’’ is a crazy show. So I have to eat a lot of crappy shit [sometimes] on that

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GZ- I left to become the Chef-de-Cuisine at the newly then renovated and re-launched21 Club. I was there for 2 1/2 years and then I left to go and open The Restaurant 44 at the Royalton Hotel. GW- And that, as far as I am concerned, was the moment that catapulted your career. When Ian Schrager asked you to create The Restaurant 44 at

The Royalton. Your life truly changed forever. GZ- Jeffrey Chodorow held the lease and I was there helping and after he went to jail I then took over the lease with Bryan McNally and we became partners. I stayed there for seven years and in between we went down an opened The Blue Door at the Delano in March of 1995. GW- Aaah,,, the iconic restaurant at the Delano which back in its heyday was America’s supreme face-place. GZ-- It was amazing..yes it was. Ian Schrager not only created the original boutique hotel but he also re-created Miami Beach and that began with The Delano. GW- Working with a great visionary like Ian Schrager.... GZ-- Just incredible! We had 1,100 people clamoring to get into that restaurant on the very first day we were open for business. It was just gorgeous and sexy and the world had never seen anything like it. GW- What was that like working with Ian? GZ- Well, that’s all I did-- work! He is a lunatic like I am but he is a visionary and a complete perfectionist. I learnt that from Ian and Sirio’s all about the details. I mean, Ian used to complain about the hot chocolate if it wasn’t done just right! GW- Would you say Ian Schrager was integral to your trajectory? GZ- He wasn’t the only one. The first was Alain Sailhac, then Daniel Boulud and yes Ian Schrager. GW- We are doing this interview right here at what is Anna Wintour’s favorite booth at the gorgeous Lambs Club. This used to be ‘’the Conde Nast commissary’’’ before The ‘’Conde Nasties’’ all moved down to One World Trade Center. Now, today their new commissary is the Odeon. You must miss the old Conde Nast crowd. GZ- They still come here. The Conde crowd still comes back. Now it’s become the home of the HBO crowd. GW- Anna still comes and what does she eat? GZ- People think that Anna Wintour doesn’t eat

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but she eats. She is a real eater. She loves her hamburgers and steaks. And she also loves her avocado toast. She loves her rare burgers and mashed potatoes.

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GW-You certainly have your plate full what with the many restaurants from NYC to Connecticut to Beverly Hills. Where do you want to set up shop next? Anguilla? Anguilla is the-next-St. Barths and a serious foodie haven! Zakarian Hospitality ought to consider Anguilla for a future outpost. GZ- I have a new property opening in Hollywood, Florida at The Diplomat Beach Resort but if you want to help us with Anguilla, by all means. I love Anguilla. GW- But how do you maintain the purity of your brand when you have so many satellites of your brand. How can you really manage quality and control. And all these TV shows! GZ- I have been a chef for almost thirty years and TV found me. It came on my plate and it has been very good for us. GW- Yes, food show culture which is so huge now and which you are very much a part of... GZ- And it is very educational. GW- Yes and at that the same time you have so many restaurants all over America and more coming. How do you manage? How can all this not dilute your brand? How do you manage to keep all this in check? GZ- There are many others who have fifty, sixty restaurants. We don’t have that. We do restaurants that we think matter and are important. We have a great team in place. Margaret and I work in tandem and we spend quality time keeping it all in check and I want more. I have swag bro.

am developing something exciting for the Upper East Side. I think that is a neighborhood that needs re-discovering again, so I want to do something amazing on the Upper East Side.

GW- Last question...sesame rye or sesame tahini... the preferred artisanal bread?

GW- I like that.

GW- You always did. What is exciting you for 2017?

GZ- Nobody is up there and I want to do something fresh on the Upper East Side. I am very bullish on New York.

GW- Awesome! Thank you for your time and this conversation. And as Padma Lakshmi would so breathlessly bray on her foodie TV show-- ‘’You can pack your knives and go’’. Thank you Chef Zakarian!

GZ- Sesame tahini. I’m Armenian after all!

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The Road to Recovery from the Football Field to Fatherhood

BRANDON & MICHI MARSHALL Powerhouse Couple’s Quest to End Mental Illness By Hillary Latos • Photography by Andrew Werner | Stylist: Corey Parker Hair: Dion Moore for Angelo David Salon | ELCHIM Milano Make Up: Alma Sadeghi for Angelo David Salon | Luminess Air Manicurist: Marjanna Kryekuh for Angelo David Salon | Patricia Nail Lacquer Car provided by: Long Island Sports Cars | Shot on location at the landmarked Brooklyn Trust Company condominiums at 138 Pierrepont Street apartment 6L |


here’s an old saying where the grass is always greener-meaning that by comparison on the surface another person’s life seems better than yours. However two primary colors are needed to create green-just as in life individuals were created with imperfections and were not meant to be whole until joining with their symbiotic partner to make them a better person. A perfect example of this deep symbiotic connection is the relationship between Michi and Brandon Marshall. Though they seem to have everything they want in life- the fame, the money, the glory, this picture of perfection was shattered in 2011 when Brandon Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Since seeking treatment his life has changed. With the loving support of his wife and family he has turned his life around. Recognizing the stigma attached to this often undiagnosed disease, the Marshalls are using their celebrity to eradicate the stigma and provide Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings to teachers, clinicians, parents, and more through their non-profit, PROJECT 375.

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RM: You seem like a very loving couple. How did you meet and what is your secret to making your marriage work? MM: That is a loaded question. We actually met during my junior year of college. I was walking across campus and Brandon saw me with one of his friends, Darcy Johnson, and told him, ‘That girl is going to be my wife.’ A couple of days later, we crossed paths and he said “Hi, nice to meet you. Can I be your friend?” I responded, “Eh no,” because at the time I had a boyfriend and I knew he played football and felt that this was just about my looks. Ever since then whenever I saw him on campus I’d say, “Hi friend.” Even to this day I say, “I love you, friend.” But the discrepancy with his version is that he always says that I was walking across campus in heels, but I was in flats. In his mind he thinks I was struggling across campus in six inch heels! We’ve been married for six years and the secret to a good marriage is hard work. Like anything you want to be good at, you have to invest the time and effort. You have to love the person for who they are and

who they are not and you can’t turn somebody into something which you want them to be. Where he has strengths, I may not. And where I have strengths he may not. And that’s how we’re able to be one. BM: On campus, when I was walking to the student union I saw this beautiful and interesting girl in jeans and high heels. I stopped to talk to her and that’s where it started. People have to understand that married relationships are no different than a career. The mistake a lot of couples make is that they put a lot of effort into their careers, but not the same effort into their relationships. I think that’s why we see a lot of broken homes and failed relationships. RM: How do you complement each other? MM: I’m super organized to the point where it can drive somebody absolutely insane, but Brandon has a laissez faire attitude with organization. He tends to misplace things, his closet is disheveled | 55

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but I’m able to help him in those areas. I can find what he’s looking for 99% of the time. Brandon is more outgoing than I am. I am a little bit more of an introvert. He’s able to talk to people and feel the room whereas I like to sit back a little bit and observe. I’m extremely analytical and he’s very strategic. Sometimes it’s a real competition because we think about things in a completely different way, but it’s also fun. It’s a good thing when you can balance each other out in different areas of life. BM: The biggest thing we’ve noticed about each other is that we balance each other out. Michi is really analytical and works at the micro level while I work at the macro level. RM: How did having children change both of your lives? MM: It changed a great deal. You think about things differently. I actually think more now about psychology than I did before having children. I see how the environment we created at home affects them as they are going through different stages in their lives from the people that we bring in to the routines. Brandon has changed his perspective a great deal as well, because in the back of his mind when he’s televised on the field he knows that his children could be watching him, and he wants to be a role model for them. Brandon’s not Brandon Marshall at home. He is daddy to them and friend number one to me, and that’s his skill. He had to learn how to do that. It’s not something people learn overnight. Even when he is away for a game, we Facetime and he is present with his family. When our children grow up they will remember that they were his number one priority at every stage of his career. RM: You lived most of your life without knowing that you had an illness. What was it like when you were diagnosed? BM: Some studies have shown that we have the first break at the ages of 18, 22, or 23. So for me I always felt that I was healthy. But at the time I was diagnosed there were so many things that happened in my life at once. I was dealing with my career and relationships that changed me from a healthy person to one with borderline personality disorder. When you don’t deal with it, it’s undetected and the problem gets worse. That’s when I found myself at McLean Hospital where I did a clinical evaluation to see if I was even capable of change. Through this neurological test I found out, luckily, that I was capable of | 57

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change, because some people are not because of the way their brain is blocked. During the three months in an out-patient program I learned a lot about how my brain works and how it processes things. MM: Any mental health issue is challenging, but Brandon’s was very challenging because he was unaware of his illness. Once he was diagnosed he was able to understand and accept what he was dealing with, how to cope with it, and determine which skills he needed to learn. Being able to understand those things was like night and day. He was more present, more mindful, and was able to recognize some of the situations that might be upsetting and trigger an onset. He was able to reflect on it and bring himself back to baseline more quickly than before. If you’re unaware that something is happening, you can’t really stop it.

RM: Give us an example of how your brain works vs. somebody else’s brain. BM: I don’t do well with grey situations. I only think in black and white, that’s one of the criteria of being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. So, I had to go through Mentalization therapy, which is a group therapy to learn how to live in the grey and process things. Now, when I find myself thinking in black and white I automatically use the skills and tools that I learned in rehabilitation to be able to navigate through whatever I’m going through. RM: How does your diagnosis affect you on the field? BM: With football there comes a point where you figure out who you are and what your strengths and weaknesses are. One of my weaknesses is being in a toxic and exhausting environment, which is what football is, it’s like walking into a trap every day. It’s challenging but I know how to manage and deal with it.

went to McLean Hospital. We were trying to figure out where he needed the most help and what could benefit him the most. The pain that he was in could not necessarily have been avoided but the blow could have been a little less if it was detected sooner. And we decided very early on that we wanted to help people who may not have the resources or understand how important psychology is. This is not something to be ashamed of, not something to hide, nor something that stigmatizes, and we wanted to put a face to it and humanize mental health. We know the narrative of mental health is a little rough when we talk about it but we want to let people know that they’re not alone. One in four people have a mental health issue. But this also affects all of the loved ones around that person- it affects everyone.

RM: What do you like to do as a family?

RM: What are some of PROJECT 375’s recent initiatives?

MM: Sushi. Nobu in New York is one of our favorite restaurants. Our favorite foods? Mine are chicken wings and French fries. And his will probably be the same or spaghetti.

MM: A wife of Brandon’s friend asked him to come to speak to some kids. She works with kids with behavioral issues in school. And I remember when he came home he was in tears, because some of the kids he spoke with were 9 and 10 years old contemplating suicide and dealing with bullying and heavy issues. We decided we were going to focus on children. And that’s how our project evolved and became what it is. We really want to make the most impact on the lives of children to be proactive instead of being reactive. BM: When we first started our work, the narratives were very different and significantly more negative. The conversation wasn’t where it needed to be, and within five years it’s become an everyday topic now. We want a place to put faces to it and we want to be one of the faces to break down the stigma. That’s a big accomplishment not only for PROJECT 375 but also for the mental health community. We feel that our team has done an amazing job of making sure that we’re at the forefront of that conversation.

RM: Whose idea was it to establish PROJECT 375?

RM: Who are you rooting for to go to the Super Bowl?

MM: It was actually both of ours. I have a background in psychology and I worked in the health field right after college. This is an area that I’ve been involved in for a very long time. My mother has her PhD in clinical psychology. I grew up understanding how important the psychology of the mind is and when Brandon was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder due to some incidences in his career, he

BM: Nobody. It’s tough because, I’m a player so I’m not rooting for any teams. Since I’m from Pittsburgh which has a culture of being football crazy, everything is about the Steelers. A win by the Steelers can really boost the city and community so if I don’t have a chance to play in the playoffs in the Super bowl, I am always rooting for the Steelers and Pittsburgh.

MM: We love playing games and watching movies, Brandon’s favorite movie is Life with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy. He likes comedies but I like horror movies and mysteries which fascinate me because of my background in psychology. Silence of the Lambs is the ultimate movie for me. We also like competitive games such as bowling. He plays chess, all the time, but since I don’t understand chess, I won’t play with him. I play a crime scene game where you find clues and the suspect. Along with psychology, crime scene investigation, profiling and criminal profiling, I like to play the forensic psychologist. RM: What are your favorite foods?

RM: Do you prefer living in Brooklyn or Miami? MM: I prefer New York in the winter or the fall. New York is New York. I love the energy, the motivation, the fashion, the people, the culture you see here, there’s really no comparison. But Miami has the weather. BM: The thing that we love about Brooklyn is that we have space down here, New York is everything. That’s who we are. We’re that kind of people- we’re blue collar, we’re tough, and we think that New York City exemplifies all of those things and much more. We love it, there are so many different people and the culture is amazing. You walk down the street and you can see four or five different ethnicities, which is awesome, especially for our children. RM: What do you want to do when you retire? BM: I’m already doing it. I am on a show on Showtime, and also growing PROJECT 375 and actively bridging the gap in the mental health community. MM: Whether it’s television or film I’m excited to watch my partner evolve. We love New York and New York has been so good to us, so hopefully we will get to stay here. And I’m hoping to start a new career in television as well. | 59

TAYLOR HANDLEY COPS TO HIS ROLE IN A.P.B. By Brad Balfour | Photography by Jimmy Fishbein


or 32 year old actor Taylor Handley, his forthcoming role on FOX’s mid-season cop drama A.P.B. offers him a great chance to increase his profile, work from his strengths and toy with a fascinating concept. As he jokingly acknowledged, “I’m in tip top shape, ready to roll on these streets and bring justice.”

funding the police like that. It’s too much of a far out concept. If it ever happened that would be like going down the rabbit hole.” “Gideon Reeves gets lot of flack for trying to acquire this police district, people don’t want him to have such power privatizing policing or monetizing it. He’s not making Robo Cop.”

What if an incredibly wealthy billionaire — in this case Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk) — essentially purchased a police district in a city after witnessing a violent crime — say Chicago — and equipped it with cutting edge technology to enhance the working cops. In rebooting it as a private police force, it offers fascinating possibilities.

“But we are not trying to reinvent the wheel. This is still a police procedure — we are trying to entertain the ‘what if’ concept of a billionaire acquiring this district after being fed up with crime on streets. Someone who wants to make his city a safe place just enhances the drama. Still it does raise questions.”

Says the well-chiseled actor, “Of course, this is a ‘what if’ concept but it has a basis in fact. Producer David Slack [who has since left the show] found a story in the New York Times about a similar situation in New Orleans. This guy said, ‘I have this money and can make a difference.’ We never really talked about what if the government stopped

As anticipated, Handley- who has had some experience with such TV shows such as CSI and Law and Order — plays a beat cop, Nicholas Brandt, who is an ex-military trying to find his place in the world while trying to do a good job for his city. Says the actor on the phone from his California home, “I am comfortable playing this role. Officer Brandt is

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ex-military and now a cop on the 13th district in Chicago. When Gideon Reeves comes out and acquires the district he outfits each cop with the best tech his corporation produces to make the streets a safer place. My character is a loyal protector, a lone wolf dedicated to his job, and in his backstory he has had a bleak experience. But he’s had the best military training. He’s seen stuff that would mess most people up and lives two lives as a civilian and an ex-military but this job is all he’s really got, so he’s living in the middle.” Handley didn’t have to really do a lot of physical preparation for the role, since as he says, “If you’re always ready then you don’t need to get ready. I like to have a strong physical body and be strong mentally and spiritually as well. I try to keep everything in balance in life, I stay in shape so I can be in shape.” A veteran of the summer stock, Handley began acting at the early age of eight. He had developed an impressive list of credits in both film and television. | 61

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But he made his mark primarily in such series as The OC and Vegas where he starred as veteran lead Dennis Quaid’s difficult yet charming son Dixon Lamb. His father, Sheriff Ralph Lamb, loves his son but doesn’t always trust his judgement. Yet when it comes to trust, Handley not only trusted his experience working alongside such a legendary actor but was inspired by him. As Handley added, “Dennis Quaid… Wow, what can I say. My wife and I were driving around recently and we were talking about his new movie that we wanted to see- A Dog’s Purpose.” And we both thought, he’s like a national treasure. He is the nicest person to work with. I was so glad I did Vegas, it was great. I couldn’t have had a better number one to work with he’s so pleasant, prepared and was great with me. I was young guy trying to make my way and he was really helpful sending me in the right direction.” Handley has also racked up experience in films such as The Standard, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Zerophilia and September Dawn. But he was also in the late Curtis Hanson’s surfing chronicle Chasing Mavericks based on a true story, where he got to work with this noted filmmaker who made the legendary film, LA Confidential. Commenting on his experience with Hanson, he said, “We lost a great one there. I’m really sorry about his passing. I am so glad to have worked with him. And the film was close to my heart since I’m a Californian and a surfer as well. One of the best experience I had doing it” While Handley has such roots, he’s learning to make Chicago a great contemporary home and enjoys its sight and tastes. He and his wife can’t stop recommending the food — go to Gold Coast or go to Grace on Randolph on the West loop.” | 65



By Hillary Latos


hen you think of the Hamptons, conspicuous consumption comes to mind- a summer playground by the beach characterized by multi million dollar estates occupied with hedge funders and beautiful people. Though that may be true, the truth is that there are plenty of affordable homes under a million dollars that are value plays. Nest Seekers power broker John Brady is one of the rare finds you will find in the area. Tapping into his vast knowledge of the Hamptons he gets homes sold in record time, finds the needle in the haystack for his buyers and can get you the best value home no matter your price range. Here Resident speaks with John Brady to get his advice on buying and selling in the Hamptons in 2017. When is the best time to buy in the Hamptons? This is a destination market so it’s easier during the winter to buy and get ready for the summer. During last two weeks of august the market dries out. What do you think about the market? It’s going through another correction, most buyers are aware of it due to technology being at their fingertips. Do you think a lot of homes are overvalued? If you go from Westhampton to Montauk there are about 2458 homes for sale. Right now, we have two to three years of inventory, even with an av-

erage of 105 sales a month in the entire Hamptons region. If you look at what actually sold in the past 90 days only 4.2% of the homes are actually selling. But this area is so specific. You can have a house that’s $300K on a street that is not so great and behind it a house can be listed for $2M. You have to know the area so well to make those decisions. You can’t just rely on a google map, which is why it’s so important to work with people that actually know the area in and out. Flipping can be done; I’ve done a lot of flips for a lot of investors but it just has to be the right product, the right location, the right terms, so the stars have to align; right now with all of this oversupply, it definitely affects people’s ability and confidence in buying and investing. Though you do see a market turn every six or seven years.


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What do you think makes you successful in the Hamptons? I would say because I have an actual 21 point plan and schedule that holds me accountable to the things that I promised that I’m going to do. I sell about one house a week on average and work the phone all day everyday looking for buyers and sellers. I spend about three hours a day contacting thirty -fifty people asking them to buy my listings, which is a more aggressive method than the norm. As a professional real estate agent, it’s important to know what’s truly going on with the market statistics: how many homes are on the market, how many are sold & how many new to the market in the same time frame. It’s definitely a buyers’ market; it will continue to be a tough time for sellers just because of the very same reason; there are so many more options to choose from.

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By Mark Seruya

Millennials epitomize a culture raised on technology that provides instant communication, instant feedback, instant gratification, and a limitless network of business and social contacts. Faced with an unending array of choice and possibility, and access to ever-improving technology and cuttingedge gadgetry, is it any wonder that this age cohort prefers to rent rather than buy, to be flexible in location and type of dwelling as it pursues myriad and fluctuating interests? Why shouldn’t millennials favor vibrant life experiences over stability and predictability?


he little house with the gabled windows and white picket fence might not be the dream of the next generation. But perhaps it should be. For baby boomers, home ownership was a yardstick for success; accordingly, they now inhabit some 32 million of the nation’s homes. But for the 80 million millennials, who number almost as many as the post-war boomers, buying a home may not have the same appeal. To be fair, part of the reason millennials may delay the purchase of a home is due to the astronomical burden of student loan debt, which can hamper the debt-to-income calculation required by mortgage lenders. And, millennials – also called the boomerangs – often are finding lodging back at their parents’ homes as they search for employment. Renting, too, means that they are free to move from city to city in pursuit of the best jobs. Partly, though, the differing aspirations can be explained by upbringing.

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ers should consider not just the purchase price and mortgage on a home, but property taxes, insurance, maintenance, utilities and repairs. Potential buyers will likely face more obstacles in the purchase process than boomers once did. Since the housing market imploded in 2008, lenders now have stricter processes for approving mortgages. Exhaustive paperwork and documentation, including income filings and tax statements, will be required, as will proof of savings to at least temporarily cover mortgage payments in the event of a loss of income.

According to one self-made millionaire and financial guru, not investing in real estate is the single biggest blunder millennials will make vis-à-vis their wealth. That opinion is supported by statistics that show the wealth of homeowners is 31 to 46 times greater than those who rent. And data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances shows that median homeowners had nearly $200,000 in net worth versus the median renter who had just over $5,000, with the average value of homes set at $170,000.

Mortgage rates have risen over the last few months with a 30-year fixed rate recently reaching 4.32 percent, the highest level since 2014, and economists predicting that the rates will continue to rise. According to the National Association of Realtors, the inventory of homes is dwindling, with fewer than two million homes on the market as of last November – almost ten percent less than a year earlier. The Association says that buyers can expect more competition for homes, especially in more affordable markets.

It comes down to simple math: an average $1,500 per month over 30 years totals well over half a million dollars. For high-ticket areas like New York City, where rents are rising, that number skyrockets. For some, it may be better to invest that money on a mortgage and, by retirement, own the property.

Baby boomers who are ready to downsize are scooping up many of the nations’ entry-level homes, from single-story ranches in family-friendly gated communities to modern flats and condos designed for young professionals. So millennials who want to jump into the real estate market shouldn’t wait too long.

The important thing is to get into the real estate market as a first-time buyer, even if the house is small or needs renovations and isn’t a “dream home.”

Mark Seruya is a Managing Director with Sage Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in New York City. He can be reached at 212-903-7699 or The information contained in this article is not a solicitation to purchase or

Some tips: Don’t buy unless you are willing to live in the property for more than five years. Put down more than 10% so your loans will be smaller; accept a loan of 20% less than a bank is willing to offer.

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ince opening its doors nearly 55 years ago La Grenouille has been synonymous as a Haute French hotspot set in a resplendent midtown townhouse bedecked with extravagant floral displays. Over the last half century this iconic New York restaurant has remained a grand bastion of that rarefied world of New York’s upper echelon of society as if it were ripped from the pages of Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities. Over the decades what has kept this loyal following is the larger than life atmosphere along with the cordial gestures from the gracious host, Philippe Masson who personally greets everyone as if they were his personal dinner guests. On any given night you will see a bevy of boldfaced names in the dining room, from moguls to royalty, A list celebrities to renowned fashion designers- a veritable who’s who from the international jet set as well as New York’s one percenters. As one of the last grande dames of French cuisine left from the 60s, this iconic hotspot has withstood the test of time and is

known as much for its food as it is for its clientele and glamorous celeb heavy scene. Established in 1962, La Grenouille has remained in the Masson family and is currently run by the original proprietor’s son, Philippe Masson. This charming bi level townhouse on 52 between Madison and Fifth serves a prix fixe lunch for $59 and a formal three course prix fixe dinner for $172. Masson draws on his French upbringing often recreating his family’s signature recipes from Southwestern France with a seasonally changing menu. To truly indulge in the rich textures of Haute French cuisine try the chilled foie gras with vanilla pear chutney and Sauternes wine gelee or the oysters gratineed with champagne sabayon. Other signature starters with an international flair include the tuna tataki with salmon, sake and shiso leaf tempura and lobster ravioli with beurre blanc. For main courses suited for a cold winter night try the rich oxtail Bourgogne, crispy duck

with glazed oranges, grilled wagyu with truffle sauce, or the signature frogs legs sautéed in butter and garlic. Just like watching a theatrical performance the final act is what you’ve been waiting for. Considered to serve the best soufflés in the city, choose from rich exotic flavors such as Crown bourbon maple syrup, passion fruit, or Pear William. There are also lighter options to end the divine meal like the cherries crepe flambe, iced grapefruit granite with vodka or decadent options such as the hot chocolate torte with espresso sauce or layered caramelized feuilletage with white chocolate mousse. As La Grenouille is considered to be one of New York’s finest restaurants, dining here is an experience that will be long cherished after the meal is finished. La Grenouille 3 east 52 St, NYC 212 752 0652

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By Nina Kullman

Just on the heels of Restaurant Week is Valentine’s Day. Whether you are celebrating a budding romance, showing a loved one your devotion, or celebrating your independence here are some of our top picks around Manhattan.

THE LAMBS CLUB 132 West 44 St 212 997 5262 Broadway is one of the most pulsating neighbourhoods in Manhattan, yet amidst all the hustle, and bustle The Lambs Club is a posh enclave that takes its customers into the land of culinary art. The menu is inspired by Master Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, who is known for his modern and innovative American cuisine. A welcome addition to the team is their Wine Director, AJ Ojeda-Pons who created a wine list that was numbered among the nation’s best with several awards under his stewardship. This Valentine’s Day the Lambs Club will will be offering a fantastic four-course Prix Fixe dinner menu for $135. Enjoy a decadent dinner in one of Manhattan’s most romantic dining rooms, adorned with plush red leather banquettes and a beautiful fireplace that adds to the ambiance. Menu highlights include: Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Roasted Celery Root Velouté, heartwarming pastas crafted in house including a Ravioli with Barigoulde Artichoke, Maine Lobster, and Sherry Vinegar and Agnolotti del Plin with Parmigiana Reggiano and Chaterelle Mushrooms, Feather Ridge Farm Poached Egg with Ricotta Demi-Soufflé, Basked Alaska for Two and Warm Chocolate Flourless Cake. Marking the beginning of a fantastic and romantic tete a tete.

BABETH’S FEAST 309 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC If you wish for gourmet home cooked meal but lack the time to cook, Babeth’s Feast is the perfect solution. Choose from over 300 delicious meals which miraculously come delivered to your home and ready to heat. Whether you are dining alone, preparing a romantic dinner for two or catering a dinner party, there are plenty of seasonal options to satiate discerning palettes. Design a feast to your taste and choose from classic French and Italian specialties or contemporary American fare and seasonal comfort dishes. With two locations on the Upper East Side and now in the Upper West side, Babeth’s Feast caters to single urban dwellers or families. Decadent signature winter offerings include Beef Bourguignon, Risotto Crab Cakes, Crispy Asiago Asparagus, Fish & Chicken Curry and a rich and satisfying lava chocolate cake. Instead of worrying about your groceries, rely on Babeth’s Feast and use your time for more important things.

ROYAL 35 STEAKHOUSE 1 east 35 St, NYC 212 804 7276 Try one of the best new steakhouses of the year at Midtown’s recently opened Royal 35 Steakhouse. From the moment you walk through the door, you’ll have an Old School experience and some seriously delectable steaks brought to you by hospitality veterans with pedigrees from Mastro’s NYC, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse and Jean Georges’ Vong. Whether you want to try drinks and bites at the bar or a full surf and turf feast, Royal 35 delivers a royal experience for even the most seasoned steak – or seafood - connoisseur. From the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail to the Prime Bone-In Ribeye, this place will be your new favorite steakhouse. The dimly lit dining room atmosphere and red leather booths will transport you to a different era and you’ll definitely feel the attention to detail and service here is top notch. You can even rent the upstairs for a festive party – and don’t miss the refrigerator of aging steaks. Even if you’re super stuffed after trying the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, tender Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb or any of the other delectable dishes and sides, you definitely will not want to skip dessert! The warm Apple Strudel and Tiramisu are just some of the homemade desserts that are worth the calories! – By Julie Sagoskin

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eing romantic – is it a lost art? On those special occasions on which impressing your significant other is the key objective, why do people seem to just give up and go for the ordinary, the average, and more of the same? These aren’t things we should strive for on that one day of the year when it really matters – Valentine’s Day. At least get the dinner portion of the evening right…

topardo and Upper West Side neighborhood icon The Leopard at des Artistes.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable, romantic dining experience in beautiful landmarked spaces this February 14th, look no further than midtown Manhattan Italian fine dining restaurant Il Gat-

Items will include the Chef’s “King Crab Salad with blood oranges, pickled onions and Castelvetrano olives”, a “Pan-Seared Veal Medallion with wild fennel pollen, served with sautéed spin-

Both are stylish and sophisticated, but with a warm, friendly dose of Italian hospitality, and for the special evening, both restaurants will offer Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo’s authentic Italian dishes in the form of Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials, served along with his acclaimed a la carte menu. ach and roasted potatoes”, and the “Pennete alla Norcina, Italian sweet sausage and winter truffles, finished with mascarpone cheese.” Treat yourself and that special someone to an unforgettable night of luxurious tableside pampering at two of New York’s best Italian restaurants. After Valentine’s Day, both of these restaurants are ideal for heavenly, upscale feasts or relaxing weekend brunches, and on Sunday nights, The Leopard even hosts a “BYOB Italian Sunday Supper”! Remember, reservations are highly recommended! ABOUT IL GATTOPARDO Opened in 2001, the restaurant is located in the historically landmarked Rockefeller Townhouses at 13-15 West 54th Street. Aside from the sleek, modern main dining room, the restaurant also boasts a beautiful, lushly-planted 8-story Atrium, in which a wide range of private events are held. 212.246.0412 | ABOUT THE LEOPARD AT DES ARTISTES Located in the historically landmarked Hotel des Artistes at 1 West 67th Street, The Leopard at des Artistes boasts a diverse southern Italian menu centered on the culinary traditions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course, Sicily. The dining room features Howard Chandler Christy’s famous, original murals, completed in the 1930’s. 212.787.8767 |

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NEW YEAR, NEW WINES In 2017,We’re All About Morocco


hat do you think of when you hear Morocco? Fresh mint tea being poured in a handcrafted cup, the vivid colors of the country’s souks, the scent of spices, or the mountains, desert and beaches that compose its picturesque landscape? It’s no wonder Morocco welcomes more than ten million tourists each year. Yet more than just a travel destination, it offers a unique foodie experience. Renowned for its incredible culinary specialties - tajines, couscous or pastillas - Moroccan cuisine is an invitation to an unforgettable moment of conviviality. If Morocco’s gastronomic heritage is internationally celebrated, its wines remain a well-kept secret. This Muslim country, located in the North African Maghreb, literally “sunset” in Arabic, is a major player in the wine world, ranking second in the region in terms of wine production and exportation. And America’s love for these wines has grown steadily in recent years, making it Morocco’s second export market behind France.

MOROCCAN RAINBOW What better person than a Moroccan Chef to give us hot tips to impress our guests? Chef Mourad Lahlou, head chef at Mourad, the Bay Area’s iconic Moroccan restaurant, shares his favorite pairing: grilled kefta, Moroccan meatballs, and red wine. “The spices and aromas of the kefta require an equally flavorful wine pairing,” explains Chef Mourad. “I recommend serving it with a bold red, but with soft tannins that don’t overwhelm taste in mouth.” So which wine would Chef Mourad pour? “I would go with Ouled Thaleb’s Signature. Its touch of spice with floral notes will greatly enhance the kefta’s flavor. It’s a star pairing at my restaurant!” So for you East Coasters, since the trip to SF might be a stretch, try it at home!

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From left to right: Ouled Thaleb rosé (Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault), Ouled Thaleb Chardonnay (Chardonnay), Ouled Thaleb white blend (Faranah, Clairette), Ouled Thaleb red blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache), Ouled Thaleb Medaillon (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah), Signature (Carmenere, Marselan, Petit Verdot), Aït Souala (Arinarnoa, Tannat, Malbec)

FINE DINING Moroccan wine savoir-faire goes way back. First introduced more than 2,500 years ago, Moroccan vines then played an important role in Europe’s wine industry, when it gave a new breath of life to western production and consumption, following the ravage of phylloxera, a pest that devastated the majority of European vines. Over the years, the country evolved into a wine player of its own, thanks to the diversity and richness of its soils and terroirs, being surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlas Mountains. Morocco also owes a lot of its success to Chergui, an eastern wind that envelops the country twice or three times a year and helps grapes ripen faster to produce highly fruity and light wine. So who do we thank for the wine? A winery stands out in particular: Domaine Ouled Thaleb, established in 1923 and located on the coastal region of Zenata, which bears the renowned AOG status (Guaranteed Origin of Appellation). The oldest functioning winery in Morocco, it perfectly illustrates the renewal of the Moroccan wine world, with 8 million bottles produced per year. Located 19 miles north of Casablanca, it operates on 5,000 acres of land, always with the most respect for nature: no herbicide or chemicals are ever used and the grapes are entirely hand-harvested. Among the grapes grown in Morocco and at Ouled Thaleb are those we drink daily in America, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah. Yet, Morocco is home to indigenous grapes that generate equally fine wines, among which Faranah, which produces fresh, fruit-forward and floral wines. It’s like sunshine in a glass, embodying the authenticity and uniqueness of Moroccan terroirs. History, food and wine – so, what are you waiting for?

Workers at Domaine Ouled Thaleb, Morocco’s oldest winery. Photo courtesy of Josselin Desprez de Gesincourt

Chef Mourad Lahlou

HOT FROM THE CHEF’S KITCHEN What better person than a Moroccan Chef to give us hot tips to impress our guests? Chef Mourad Lahlou, head chef at Mourad, the Bay Area’s iconic Moroccan restaurant, shares his favorite pairing: grilled kefta, Moroccan meatballs, and red wine. “The spices and aromas of the kefta require an equally flavorful wine pairing,” explains Chef Mourad. “I recommend serving it with a bold red, but with soft tannins that don’t overwhelm taste in mouth.” So which wine would Chef Mourad pour? “I would go with Ouled Thaleb’s Signature. Its touch of spice with floral notes will greatly enhance the kefta’s flavor. It’s a star pairing at my restaurant!” So for you East Coasters, since the trip to SF might be a stretch, try it at home! | 77

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THE CUBANO SANDWICH A Foodies’ Favorite at A.G. Kitchen By Elizabeth Darwen


elebrity chef Alex Garcia does more than prepare the masterfully crafted recipes at popular New York City restaurant, A.G. Kitchen located at 296 Columbus Avenue between 72nd and 73rd streets. The Nuevo Latino comfort cuisines are a true reflection of his personality and, namely, influenced by his Cuban heritage. Specifically, the Cubano Sandwich, which has earned its deserved title as the best in NYC after Alex Garcia and partner Chef Douglas Rodrigues introduced it in the nineties. The Cubano Sandwich is a pressed pork and ham panini layered with pickles, Swiss cheese and mustard. Alex Garcia has perfected this delicacy by replacing the traditional Cuban bread with a sweeter, egg-based bread which lends to the flavor of the Cubano Sandwich. After topping each half of the bread with the flavorful ingredients, Garcia grills the sandwich halves facedown to warm the meat and the inside of the bread. Next, both halves are joined together, and each side of the sandwich is then grilled to add a toasty crunch. Despite the name, the Cubano Sandwich actually originated in Tampa, Florida in the 1900s where it was the preferred meal amongst Cuban immigrant field workers. Today, the toasted sandwich has gained popularity in New York thanks to Alex Garcia and Douglas Rodriguez. They work together to expand the influence of Latin culture and cuisine throughout the United States. Now that the U.S. has restored its relationship with Cuba, and as interest in Cuban culture grows, this is sure to be accomplished sooner than later. About A.G. Kitchen A neighborhood favorite since it opened in sum-

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mer 2012, A. G. Kitchen offers a tantalizing blend of Latin American and American cuisine. Located on the Upper West Side, with a brand-new outpost in Silver Spring, MD., A.G. Kitchen, named for the initials of famed Food Network Personality, Cookbook Author and Chef Alex Garcia, is comfort cuisine fused with a modern twist. Renowned for its varieties of made-to-order guacamole (Classic, Pineapple and Pomegranate, and Papaya and Mint), plus entrees such as the Brazilian-style Samba Chicken, Manhattan Latin burger, Surf ‘n’ Turf and Seafood Paella (lobster, shrimp, clams,

mussels, chicken, chorizo with saffron rice and calamari salad) as well as the city’s most authentic tasting Cubano sandwich. Another establishment highlight is the 100-year-old mahogany bar, the perfect perch for enjoying specialty cocktails like the Mango Mayhem (Mango/Lime/Chili Pepperinfused vodka, passion fruit juice, and fresh lime) or the Cilantro Daiquiri. 269 Columbus Avenue, NY, NY 10023 212-873-9400

By Lisa Loverro

at Grand Velas




ecently opened in December 2016, the Velas family has unveiled it’s grandest resort to date, the Grand Velas Los Cabos, and the fifth resort in Mexico from this familyowned business whose name has become synonymous with all-inclusive luxury. Located on the corridor between San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, this resort features 304 suites (including six duplex wellness suites), a 35,000-squarefoot spa, and gourmet restaurants for which the Grand Velas is known. The Grand Velas brand takes the all-inclusive hotel model and turns it up a notch to a new level of luxury where haute cuisine and deluxe accommodations exist simultaneously. All suites offer over 1,000 square ft. of stylish décor and private balconies, and all with ocean views. Their wellness suites come complete with Vitamin C Showers, in-room fitness bikes and aromatherapy kits. Attention to detail is evident throughout the resort along with the family’s commitment to the arts, showcasing an art collection from Mexican artists throughout the property. Their spa, with 16 treatment rooms offers everything from facials and massages to signature Mexican-inspired body rituals. The over-the-top hydrotherapy circuit (complimentary with a spa booking) consists of saunas, cold plunge pools, herbal steam rooms, clay and ice rooms and whirlpools. Perhaps my favorite design of the hotel is their three-tiered infinity pools, each with a different water temperature. Better yet, two pools have swim-up bars and one pool has a swim-up Cevicheria. As such, the culinary scene here is a

foodie’s nirvana. With six fine-dining restaurants, an all-day poolside restaurant (with an expansive buffet for breakfast and fresh ceviche for lunch), and a 24-hour room service menu, you’ll never be out of options for a meal. The resort’s signature restaurant, Cocina de Autor, under the direction of two-star Michelin Dutch chef, Sidney Schutte, offers a tasting menu while Frida serves authentic Mexican dishes. Head over to Piaf for sophisticated French cuisine or try Lucca to satisfy your pasta craving. The upscale Velas 10 restaurant serves seafood and steak while Cabrilla offers just seafood. Top off the evening at Koi, their sexy lounge where you’ll be sipping handcrafted cocktails while listening to hot salsa and chart-topping beats. Don’t worry if you over-indulged in the evening, just head over to their fitness center or take a rooftop yoga class in the morning. Then, you’ll be ready to start the party all over again. For the kids, the resort not only allows children but also welcomes them with open arms. There is a kid’s club activity program and a tricked-out teen’s center with everything from foosball, air hockey and a pool table to Wii, PS3 and a disco-inspired dance floor complete with Karaoke, enough to make any adult a bit jealous. I’ve long been a fan of the Grand Velas and their approach to the all-inclusive experience. This newest resort in Los Cabos, with its chic design, sophisticated vibe and warm Mexican hospitality, not only met my expectations but far exceeded them.



By Lisa Loverro


os Cabos, located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, is one of the world’s most diverse destinations with a dramatic desert serving as its backdrop, while nestled by the coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortes. Its home to award-winning resorts and fine-dining restaurants, championship golf courses, and world-class spas, Comprised of two towns, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos provides an active adventure or low-key escape. There has been a “rebirth” of sorts for the destination with many new hotel openings this past year. The destination’s food scene is thriving with an increase in farm-to-table dining and annual festivals, which have made Los Cabos a year round destination. Be sure to visit Flora Farms, a ten-acre organic farm in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, specializing in dishes using their local, fresh ingredients. There is plenty of fine dining here as well with world-renowned chef, Enrique Olvera’s Manta restaurant, offering al fresco dining. Or, try Sunset da Mona Lisa, an open-air restaurant built on the side of a cliff where Chef Paolo della Corte, originally from Napoli, creates an authentic Italian dining experience with traditional Napolitano dishes along with incredible views of the sun setting over the Sea of Cortes. For authentic Mexican cuisine dine at a local favoriteMi Casa restaurant located in the heart of Cabo San Lucas. One of the area’s newest beach clubs is at the art centric Hotel El Ganzo that celebrates local artists and cutting edge musicians from Mexico with their weekly El Ganzo Sessions. There are festivals throughout the year making for a visit to the region perfect anytime. In San Jose del Cabo, art walks are held every Thursday evening from November through June along their thriving art district, home to a number of art galleries where you’ll be able to see works from Mexican and international artists through a variety of mediums. The Los Cabos Film Festival held every November showcases films from Mexico, Canada and the United States and ranks with film festivals such as Sundance and Cannes. This year had

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record attendance attracting Hollywood A listers such as Dennis Quaid, Oliver Stone, and Monica Belucci. The gala screenings included riveting Oscar contenders such as Jackie, Captain Fantastic and Snowden. In December, the Sabor A Cabo is a highly anticipated international gastronomy and wine festival welcoming international chefs to promote Baja cuisine. Los Cabos offers activities for land and sea lovers, especially known for its deep sea fishing, surfing, water sports and luxury yacht and boat cruises. Book a yacht charter with Luxury Yachts Cabo, they’ll provide everything from family fun charters to romantic excursions. For both land and sea excursions, Cabo Adventures offers desert jeep rides and zip lining to whales watching and snorkeling. For those looking to get away from it all Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Resort offers unlimited luxury in their all inclusive ocean front resort. Rooms are luxuriously furnished in a contemporary Baja California décor with spacious bathrooms and terraces overlooking a semi private plunge pool or the lush grounds of the resort. Whether you are looking for a quiet respite or a party scene, choose to spend the day in the sun lying on the majestic and peaceful beach or by one of the expansive pools on the property which each reflect a different style. With an unlimited premium open bar and gourmet dining available 24/7, guests are taken care of from the moment they enter the resort. Popular with the elite Hollywood crowd is the Resort at Pedregal, a hotel hideaway where guests are welcomed via the only privately owned tunnel in Mexico, Dos Mares. The Resort at Pedregal features a collection of residential style with the luxury of personal concierge services, private plunge pools, and rainforest showers. With all the new luxury hotel additions and fine dining options available, Los Cabos should be on every traveler’s list for 2017.




By Jennifer Pelaez

pristine and glitzy shopping malls, to a mix of markets, perfect for souvenirs and local crafts.

Peninsula Hotel exterior with Rolls Royce


feast for the senses, Hong Kong offers a dynamic and enthralling cultural landscape which blends its Chinese roots with its colonial past. An enchanting collection of bustling and colorful neighborhoods and beautiful islands, lush rolling hills and peaks, bountiful nature, and an iconic skyline, Hong Kong is a haven for all interests and personalities. An urban oasis surrounded by water and panoramic views give visitors plenty of opportunities to explore and discover every aspect of this Asian wonderland from some of the most spectacular architecture, to one of the world’s best culinary scenes, to trendy and quintessential hotels, markets, and hip lounges, Hong Kong is a city that not only never sleeps, but one that will keep you wanting more.

Cruising: Board an authentic Chinese junk and set sail into Hong Kong’s scenic harbour for a 360-degree view of the city’s impressive skyline to get a different perspective and dazzling views of both Kowloon and Central with a night cruise. Aqua Luna offers a Symphony of Lights Cruise which captures the daily sensational lightshow, as well as other day and evening sunset harbour cruises to take in this picture-perfect cityscape.

WHERE TO EAT One of the world’s top culinary capitals, Hong Kong does not disappoint with its abounding Michelin-starred restaurants, from Cantonese to Spring Moon

WHAT TO DO Island Hopping: Escape the city limits to the New Territories with a day trip to another nearby island or even stay a bit closer and venture out to the fishing village of Aberdeen or the beautiful Repulse Bay and neighboring Stanley. If you have more time on your hands, visit the laid-back outlying islands like Lantau Island, Lamma Island or Cheung Chau which seem a world away from the city’s frenetic energy. Shopping: A shopaholics paradise, Hong Kong is best known for offering everything from unique local fashions and antiques to bespoke anything, from cutlery to gowns, the sheer variety of products and countless options offer everything from

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Tin Lung Heen

Summer Palace

French and Sichuanese, as well as more casual spots offering local delicacies. Whatever your gastronomic desires, Hong Kong will surely leave even the most discerning palates satisfied. Spring Moon: Reminiscent of a 1920s Shanghainese dining room, complete with antique-style teak floors, Oriental rugs, and Frank LloydWright Art Deco-influenced stained glass, The Peninsula’s Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant is hands down one of the most delectable menus in the city. Serving up fine Chinese cuisine, they are also well known for presentation and a wide array of seafood and expertly crafted Dim Sum. Tin Lung Heen: Boasting remarkable views from the 102nd floor, this authentic two- starMichelin restaurant located in the Ritz Carlton Kowloon is masterfully designed to create a perfect fusion of modernity and tradition. A splendid open space filled with bold colors, adorned in decadent textiles and accents, the menu is just as impressive, featuring traditional Dim Sum, complemented by an expansive menu of live seafood and elegantly prepared traditional Cantonese dishes. tin-lung-heen Summer Palace: Elegant and timeless, Summer Palace at Island Shangri-La feels as luxe and stately as it sounds, with a grandeur that not only honors its Chinese heritage but emphasizes the flavors and purity of its Cantonese dishes while paying special attention to seasonal favorites for a complete and impressive menu in a formal and majestic setting. restaurants/summer-palace

WHERE TO STAY When it comes to hospitality, Hong Kong sets the bar high with its posh and legendary hotels known for their comfort and luxury. These topnotch hotels offer intoxicating city views, exceptional service, and world-class dining and accommodations fit for royalty.


RITZ -CARLTON Dominating the city skyline at 490 meters high, the Ritz Carlton proudly claims its title as the tallest hotel in the world. And with that of course comes the unrivaled and unobstructed vistas of glimmering Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island across. The hotel’s reception is on the 103rd floor of the International Commerce Centre on West Kowloon waterfront, and upon arrival you can begin to appreciate the opulence and perfectly decorated spaces which combine a modern yet stylish and sophisticated design. The lobbies are decked out in crystal artwork, dark wood, recessed lighting, and high ceilings, with an appropriately Asian twist to the ceramic art and sculpture. Every detail has been thought of, from their signature Black Orchid scent, to the textured wall panels, leathers, and mirrored hallways. Everywhere you turn you are reminded of the hotel’s height with floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the dra-

matic views in every direction. Some over the top amenities include a state-ofthe-art spa and an indoor infinity pool, as well as an outdoor whirlpool on the 118th floor. The spacious 312 rooms come in 13 categories yet all feel luxe and feature amenities like marbled bathrooms, Nespresso machines, and Asprey toiletries, as well as fine linens and everything one would expect at such a five-star property. Rooms with Club-floor access enjoy additional services like 24-hour access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, which offers five exquisite food and beverage presentations daily, as well as a dedicated Club Concierge, business center services and express check-out.

Ritz-Carlton Exterior

If all your senses have not yet been overwhelmed, explore the six dining and lounge options ranging from one of the hottest spots in Hong Kong - Ozone, on the 118th floor, the world’s highest

Victoria Harbour Dining Room

bar, which serves tapas, sushi and live music - to casual and more formal dining rooms. Tin Lung Heen, the Chinese restaurant, has two Michelin stars and Tosca, the Italian restaurant, has one. If you are craving something more intimate and exclusive, head to Almas Caviar Bar, which combines delectable caviar with a cozy and luxurious atmosphere.

Victoria Harbour Living Room

While the Ritz attracts jetsetters, power players, businessmen and couples, it also is a great place for families. Their recently launched Ritz-Kids programme which includes a so-called Night Safari has been a huge success, where children can camp in a tent (complete with lanterns and linens) in their parents’ room. Now adults need not have all the fun while staying at this ultra posh and impressive hotel. | 85


ISLAND SHANGRI-LA HONG KONG East meets West at the famed Shangri-La which has been around for decades, continuing to greet its guests with seamless service and impeccable decor and amenities. One of two Shangri-La properties in Hong Kong, its sister hotel is located on the other side of the harbour in Kowloon, both properties live up to the Shangri-La brand’s stellar reputation offering elegant rooms with classic decor along with floor-to-ceiling windows, most with sweeping views of Victoria Harbour or the skyline. Island Shangri-La boasts innumerable extravagances which you immediately notice as you step into their timeless lobby and all public spaces which are accented with plush fabrics, woods, marbles and incredible chandeliers, as well as a substantial and carefully curated art collection. Impressively enough, there are over 700 Austrian and Venetian chandeliers as well as a monumental 16-story Chinese silk painting entitled ‘The Great Motherland of China’ that can be admired from the bubble lifts. The 565 spacious rooms and luxurious suites are tastefully decorated with Asian-accented European furnishings, and all rooms were designed with views in mind, so most have magnificent views of either the Peak or Victoria Harbour. If you upgrade to the Horizon Club rooms which can be found between the 52nd and 55th floors, you will be able to access the grand Horizon Club lounge which is a peaceful and decadently designed space that has a more intimate and cozy feel to it, as if you were in your home away from home. The helpful staff and attentiveness ensure all your needs will be met.

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Horizon Club Lounge


Once you have checked into the Shangri-La you may not even want to leave for any other meals since the hotel offers eight options scattered throughout, including Nadaman, a Japanese restaurant, and Restaurant Petrus, which is renowned for its exquisite wine cellar and French cuisine. Café TOO is usually a hot spot on the weekends for its famous international buffets, and Summer Palace, their Michelin-starred restaurant, mentioned previously, is a must.


Conveniently located, Island Shangri-La makes a great hub for both business travelers and tourists looking to be situated near many of the top nearby attractions. The hotel is part of the Pacific Place mall complex, which sits on top of Admiralty MTR station, one stop from Central so you can easily navigate Hong Kong’s clean, hi-tech, and easy to use efficient transportation system to discover all the city has to offer.

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By Jennifer Pelaez



mecca of gambling and everything luxe, Macau is often referred to as the “Vegas of Asia,” however, it is so much more. A fusion of cultures with a fascinating history, a vibrant art and culinary scene, and historic monuments, forts, and temples, this beautiful and highly-developed peninsula offers both glitz and sightseeing opportunities, appealing to a broad range of interests. From grand hotel complexes to the more serene and lush residential hillside, to avant-garde shops and delectable fine-dining, Macau has it all. Easily accessible, Macau is conveniently situated on the western side of the Pearl River Delta, just a short hour-long ferry ride from Hong Kong. Besides the city itself, Macau also includes the islands of Taipa and Coloane, and the Cotai Strip, where you can find many of the mega casinos and lively entertainment and nightlife for which it is so well known for.

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As a former Portuguese colony, and having served as a port between China and Europe for centuries, a walk around the old city center demonstrates these influences in the eclectic blend of architecture and styles, where colonial ruins sit next to artsy new boutiques. Top attractions like the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Monte Fort, one of the best-preserved forts in the city must not be missed. A few steps away, the splendid Senado Square, is a beautiful fusion of simple, elegant Portuguese and baroque style buildings, where the energy of the shopkeepers, locals and tourists create a shopper’s paradise. Sample local delicacies like Portuguese egg tarts and almond cakes while discovering cute curio markets, apothecary shops, and snack stalls scattered throughout the narrow alleyways and authentic and charming side streets. Be sure to book a city tour with informative guides, like at Travcoa, that can organize a customized itinerary based on your preferences. Gourmands and those looking to experience the special flavors of Macanese cuisine should partake in a culinary tour exploring some of the area’s best known shops selling mouth-watering pork buns and other local favorites like shark-fin soup.


From local, authentic restaurants to luxury hotel fine-dining, Macau offers a plethora of options including:

Belon Belon, Banyan Tree’s signature restaurant, located on the hotel’s 31st floor boasts spectacular views and a modern and chic aquatic inspired decor, along with a brilliant menu offering over 10 types of oysters and other delicacies from the sea and beyond.; +853 8883 6090 Antonio’s This Michelin-recommended Portuguese restaurant is located in the old village of Taipa and offers carefully crafted dishes in an impressive authentic and sophisticated setting. Tai Lei Loi Kei (Pork Chop Bun Café) There is usually a line for this incredibly famous 50 year-old pork chop bun store from Macau, known for their succulent, tender and delicious pork chop buns, a local favorite.


The Promenade Shops features over 200 shops from luxury flagship stores and designer boutiques as well as more urban, modern, high-street lifestyle brands. The shops are laid out between Galaxy Macau Complex’s five hotels and casinos and also house many casual dining options. Spending a full day shopping is not uncommon with such an extensive range of shops and options.



WHERE TO STAY: BANYAN TREE MACAU One of the most premium hotels from which to experience the best worlds of Macau - luxury, exclusiveness, tranquility and true Asian hospitality - is at the renowned Banyan Tree Macau. This posh and elegant all-suite resort is located inside the mega-complex known as Galaxy Macau. Despite all the surrounding shops, entertainment and casinos, Banyan Tree uniquely offers the feel of a romantic and secluded retreat in the heart of this buzzing complex. As the the first high-rise urban resort and the only hotel in Macau to feature such amenities like private relaxation pools in all of its 246 suites, as well as full-sized villas and private poolside luxury cabanas, Banyan Tree successfully integrates the elements of nature, water, and serenity in a truly Asian and luxuriously sophisticated manner, as it is known to do in all its hotels. From the Grand Cotai Suites which boast a fantastic indoor relaxation pool, as well as a spacious living room, grand bathrooms with smart toilets, and an incredible custom wooden bathtub, to the Banyan Reserve Pool Villa, each category of suite is as spectacular as the next.

Banyan Tree Pool & Cabanas

As hard as it may be to leave these deluxe accommodations, continue to pamper your senses at the spectacular Banyan Tree Spa, where you are transported into a world of tranquility and beauty, even before the treatment even begins. Walk through the majestic and calming Bamboo Garden as you make your way to one of the impressive treatment rooms featuring a live green wall of perfectly placed plants which set the stage for the heavenly massages and face and body treatments available. Essential oils, spices, and flowers add to the experience with a holistic focus on spiritual, mental and physical harmony, while the private steam room and bath, and after-treatment snacks and tea provide a comfortable and enjoyable setting to continue relaxing after your service.


Banyan Tree hotels group has a reputation of excellent service quality and Macau is no exception, with a staff that tends to your every need and is constantly ensuring every detail and amenity is to your liking. Whether gambling, shopping, or touring the old town, rest assured you will come back to a heavenly room where you can unwind and retreat into a world of blissful zen.

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Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club is located at the southern tip of Grenada, just 15 minutes from Maurice Bishop International Airport. Where Grenada’s legendary powder white sand meets crystal turquoise waters, this understated luxury boutique retreat welcomes couples, families and groups. The 21 suites and villas all have airy sitting rooms with kitchens and breakfast bars, stunning outdoor living spaces surrounded by tropical gardens and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Resort amenities include the popular Savvy’s Restaurant, with stunning panoramic views of the dramatic mountainous shoreline, the poolside cocktail bar, the exclusive beach club, the indulgent and rejuvenating Cinnamon Spa, a wide range of water sports and activities all of which is provided with exceptionally friendly service on this magical West Indian Island.

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A CITY ON THE RISE The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou By Haiting Tan

features 91 serviced apartments, an exclusive offering amongst Guangzhou hotels. Hotel rooms offer gorgeous panoramic city views overlooking the Pearl River and the famous Canton Tower, Guangzhou’s equivalent of the Eiffel Tower, with its mesmerizing and colorful nightly light show.


hinking about the first tier cities in China, often Beijing and Shanghai are the first to come to mind. Often overlooked from a tourist’s standpoint, Guangzhou is one of the most important commercial centers of China and is becoming a first tier destination as evidenced by the plethora of luxurious five star hotels coming to this fascinating city. At the heart of the boom in the luxury market is The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou where east meets west, situated in the

modern Pearl River New City in the Tianhe District. Nestled amongst some of Guangzhou’s most iconic and architecturally significant attractions, this five-star hotel is a hit among tourists and business travelers. Stepping foot into the Rococo-style lobby, guests are greeted with a cup of tea, which reflects Chinese traditions of hospitality. Besides accommodating some of the most luxurious hotel rooms, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou

Designed for the discerning guests who want to pamper themselves in luxury while having the attention of a personal concierge, the elevated Club Experience sets The Ritz-Carlton apart from its other 5 star peers. Located on the upper levels of the hotel on the Club Floor, this hotel within a hotel features many special services and privileges. Guests can relax in the Club lounge that offers 270 degree panoramic views of the Pearl River and enjoy refined cuisine served throughout the day along with a complementary bar with fine wines and aged cordials in a luxurious setting. | 91


Known as the birthplace of Cantonese cuisine, the culinary legacy of Guangzhou is unparalleled. With fine dining proliferating through Guangzhou to satisfy the appetites of its sophisticated residents, the city has no shortage of top notch restaurants. Their flagship Haute Cantonese restaurant, Lai Heen has won numerous awards thanks to

their talented chef who is ranked amongst the top chefs in China. For Western flavors dine at their Mediterranean gem, Limoni or have high tea with the sophisticated Pearl Lounge. Enjoy a game of pool along with live jazz and sip on rare whiskeys at the Churchill Bar that houses Guangzhou’s largest collection of single malt whiskeys along with a

floor-to-ceiling cigar humidor. After a strenuous day of sightseeing, guests can escape the hustle and bustle of the city by stepping into the soothing spa. The tropical body massage involves a blend of citrus oil and deaging body balm to ease tension in your neck and shoulder while the Swedish massage is a full body massage aimed to release knots and tension in the body. Pamper yourself with a hydrating deep moisture facial which uses ingredients such as jasmine, papaya, jojoba and shea butter to moisturize the skin and clove bud, lychee, rosewood and turmeric to smoothen fine lines and uneven texture. While moms are enjoying a day out at the spa and dads are busy at work, kids are taken care of at the Ritz Kids Program that welcomes kids of ages four to eight. Whether you’re alone on a business trip or visiting Guangzhou with your family, The RitzCarlton, Guangzhou successfully captures the essence of the city, bridging the gap between a need for a serene and tranquil vacation and a desire to explore.

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Il Sereno Lago di Como By Andrew Marsico


l Sereno Lago di Como, situated on the banks of Lake Como’s eastern shore, is the muchanticipated and latest hotel opening from the Sereno Hotel family. As the sister property to Le Sereno in St. Barths, Il Sereno offers 30 rooms with private furnished terraces, including a 2,000 square ft. Penthouse suite, with an expansive private terrace and garden. Acclaimed Milan-based designer Patricia Urquiola has created a retreat that is sophisticated and contemporary, with a relaxed and warm feeling throughout the property that is intimate and romantic. Il Sereno is constructed primarily of natural materials, including wood and stone to create a timeless hideaway, full of authenticity and personality while also creating a strong sense of place. Perhaps the most beautiful feature of the property is their 60-ft freshwater infinity pool that offers views of the surrounding mountains and majestic lake. There is a private beach here as well, along with a dock that allows guest to arrive on the ho-

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tel’s custom-built boat, although guests could also access via helicopter and car. Once there, an easy water-taxi ride or the hotel’s boat service will allow guests to explore the areas around the lake. A fitness center is available with trainers upon request and a full-service spa that opens Spring 2017 (with private in-room treatments available) allows guests to indulge in body treatments, massages and facials for complete rejuvenation. Activities include boating, golfing, wine tasting, and so much more. For hikers, Lake Como offers a wide variety of hiking possibilities, from leisurely walks to strenuous and more difficult trekking for serious hikers. And, of course, a visit to Lake Como would be complete shopping along the lake. The restaurant on property, Berton Al Lago, boasts a full menu that utilizes the ingredients and

tastes from the regions around Lake Como. From fish and meats to fresh cheese and local wines, the dishes are curated in partnership with Milan restaurateur and Michelin star chef, Andrea Berton and Executive Chef, Raffaele Lenzi. The dynamic duo presents modern Italian cuisine in a relaxed and refined atmosphere for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although just 50 minutes from the center of Milan, the property is in complete contrast to the bustling vibe of the country’s fashion capital. Il Sereno offers you the chance to step out of the ordinary, and into a world of effortless relaxation and simple beauty. This intimate and sophisticated property brings a fresh and hip vibe to this tranquil and beautiful region of Italy.

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LA VITA È BELLA IN ITALIA A Getaway to Italy’s lesser known regions

By Jennifer Azzolini


hen planning your next trip to Italy, fill it with pure adventure, heavenly food, and undiscovered beauty. Take in the beautiful Italian architecture and rich cultural heritage by taking less traveled routes to cities often overlooked by throngs of tourists where you can engage with the locals. First stop is Verona located in Italy’s northern Veneto Region that is filled with history dating back to the 1st Century where you can tour Juliet’s 14th century home that inspired Shakespeare’s tragic love story- Romeo and Juliet. Roman ruins and medieval monuments give a glimpse into the rich history of this important merchant city. Where to stay The luxurious Palazzo Victoria dates back to the 14th Century and is decorated in a historic Veronese style that even has archeological artifacts of the original Roman roads in the basement. Beautiful rooms and suites are all individually designed and decorated to emulate the culture of the region with stunning balconies overlooking the historic city square. Marble floors, exquisite bathrooms, large windows, original frescoed ceilings, and wooden features fill the rooms throughout the Palazzo. Experience the cuisine of Verona at Borsari 36 located inside the Palazzo that serves authentic Veronese specialties with a modern twist crafted by Executive Chef Carmine Calo. Start your night at the Victoria Lounge and Cafe, which serves an array of fine Italian wines and delicious cocktails including the Veronese specialty- an Aperol Spritz, prepared with aperol, prosecco, and a dash of sparkling water. Centrally located in the middle of town, all of Verona’s highlights are within a short walking distance including the Roman Arena where most of the operas are performed, high end shopping on “Via Mazzini”, and Shakespeare’s “Casa di Giulietta” where love notes are inscribed in the courtyard. At the heart of the city is Piazza Erbe, which has been a gathering place for locals since the Roman Era. Originally an inn, Trattoria al Pompiere was opened in the 1900’s and run by a local fireman who had not given it a name, but was eventually christened as Fireman’s Trattoria, by his loyal fol-

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spired by an ill fated love story where two forbidden lovers tied their handkerchiefs in a knot and threw themselves in the river. While strolling through the cobblestone streets if feels as if time has stood still. A perfect place to experience the character of the town is at the Antica Locanda Mincio located by the Visconteo bridge. Delectable highlights from their authentic Italian menu include “Agnoli” Tortellini with melted butter, pumpkin ravioli, and the pear and cheese ravioli.

lowing of customers. Chef Marco Dandrea serves authentic Veronese and Veneto cuisine with a vast selection of Italian cheeses and meats. Specialties of the kitchen include their popular bean soup, gnocchi and risotto and tiramisu. Pair your meal with a glass of Amarone Valpolicella, Verona’s most notable wine. Across the picturesque Ponte Pietra is their sister café- Dolcezze al Pompiere which serves a variety of desserts and delicious gelato with intense and unique flavors amidst an unforgettable panoramic view.

Who knows if it’s the spirit of Romeo and Juliet playing their part over us, but Verona is truly the city of love which is woven throughout their history, culture and cuisine. Next stop is the beautiful countryside of Tuscany only two hours away by train.

Next stop is the charming historic village of Borghetto sul Mincio dating back to the 7th century AD, and located south of Lake Garda. This is also the birthplace of tortellini pasta, which is shaped as a love knot “Nodo d’Amore” and inRenaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa aerial view


Leaning Tower of Pisa

village of Verona overlooking the Adige River

When in Tuscany One of the best places to explore the majestic Tuscan countryside is at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, centrally located in the small town of Il Cioccio. A luxurious and peaceful oasis to call home, sumptuous rooms feature balconies with breathtaking views of the Apprennine Alps and Serchio Valley along with a plethora of amenities at your disposal. After a long day of touring, relax at the Beauty & Wellness Spa that features an indoor swimming pool, sauna, shower with color therapy, ice fall and Turkish bath. Indulge in fine Italian dining at their two signature restaurants- La Salette which specializes in delicious Tuscan cuisine and the romantic La Veranda which offers a panoramic view of the rolling hills from their stunning terrace. Located in the Garfagnana Valley of Tuscany, a recommended day trip is to the ancient town of Barga that offers homestyle cuisine, local markets and historic tours with an alluring atmosphere not found anywhere else in Tuscany. For some of the region’s best homemade pasta dine at Scac-

View from the balcony at Palazzo Victoria Hotel

Romeo & Juliet’s famous wall of love notes

Santuario Madonna Di Lourdes Church in Verona Porta Borsari Gate from 1st century AD

ciaguai Restaurant and L’Altana in town. Other nearby attractions can be found in Pisa and Lucca. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most iconic architectural wonderments of Italy. The neighboring town of Lucca offers a glimpse into Italy’s gilded past as it was once one of the most powerful cities during the medieval period. Historical sites to visit include the archeological remains from the 12th century church of Saint Giovanni, the Clock Tower, and the Basilica of San Frediano. A favorite restaurant amongst locals is La Buca di Sant’Antonio that serves beautifully prepared traditional Tuscan cuisine that exemplifies the spirit of the region. Take the time to discover the treasures of these lesser known regions of Verona and Tuscany that will leave an indelible mark on your soul and you will understand how these regions have inspired love stories that are still told centuries later.

VIATOR For those looking for customized itineraries Viator is a great resource for all travelers, from traditional group tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, this world renowned online tours-andactivities booking agency has an option for every possible preference. Their tours are handpicked by their travel insiders and offer the best local tour and activity providers with authentic and super informative guides. One of the best ways to truly take in the culture and history of a new destination is through the experience and knowledge of a local and seasoned expert. Available throughout Italy, Viator is an excellent option for those looking to customize a destination with specific interests in mind or simply to get an in depth overview of that particular location, whether as part of a group or private tour. | 97


RUMOR HAS IT The Ritz Rocks in Herzliya By Rory Winston


lease. A quick look. Just takes a second. Yeah, I know I’m really bad with faces but I swear the guy looks like some long lost cousin of Tony Blair.” Annoyed by my insistence, my fiancé finished pouring the Black Magic sauce on her the red tuna sashimi and, with resignation bordering on disdain, panned her head past the figure in question as though she were merely intending to get a glimpse of the full moon hovering beyond his table. “Well, you really do have bad eyes,” she noted while dabbing at the exquisite wakame salad accompanying her dish. “He doesn’t look a bit like Tony Blair. He is Tony Blair.” The matter settled, my unimpressed Nordic companion returned to sipping a delightful Israeli Chardonnay – one whose buttery flavor, mineral flintiness and hint of lime perfectly piqued the sashimi’s subtle tones. But what was Blair doing here at the RitzCarlton’s Herbert Samuel restaurant in Herzliya? Or, for that matter, why was he in Israel? Slightly nonplussed by my fiancé’s blasé response, I quickly busied myself with the Salmon tartar, a tantalizingly fresh and smartly seasoned dish that

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arrived moored against green apple, wasabi, yuzu and fennel vinaigrette. Though I had hardly taken notice of the seemingly benign little fellow with whom Tony had been sitting, I suddenly couldn’t shake the suspicion that he looked familiar. More poignantly, that I had seen him in the Gatekeepers - a documentary on the Shin Bet. At least, that’s the explanation my action-starved mind longed for. Be that as it may, the arrival of the waiter put a pause to my musings. Artichoke barigoute and Tomatoes Salad ‘Herbert Samuel,’ a house specialty, were set before us. They were accompanied by a marvelously earthy regional wine – one which my fiancé rolled, swished, swallowed and approved. In addition to how well the remoulade roasted peppers and pangrattato played off the seared artichokes, the purportedly simple Tomatoes Salad tasted mind-bogglingly rich. Indulging in the starters, my fiancé turned to me bemused, “So this is what Kosher food is like? Rumor has it that -” Rumors. Yes, that was it. The rock band Tony

Blair had belonged to in his youth. Ugly Rumours. That was the name I had been trying to remember. As for Kosher food. Rumor had it right. No, this wasn’t what Kosher tastes like. This was what the Herbert Samuel tastes like. On the few earlier occasions when I had gone to an explicitly kosher restaurant – always as a concession to an observant relative or friend – the food could at best be described as homey and wholesome. But Herbert Samuel was different. It was wellhoned culinary art with an uncompromising approach to ingredients. Maximizing on local produce, the establishment employed highly skilled chefs to create the paramount in Mediterranean fusion cuisine. And the Mediterranean Wild Sea Bass and Baby Red Snapper that now arrived at our table were proof positive. Yet again, an astonishing selection of boutique wine had been recommended by the sommelier. The dishes and complementary wine were working their magic. As my fiancé took a bite of the Baby Red Snapper and baby fennels bathing in a unique pastis and tomatoes sauce, a smile erupted on her face, leaving nothing but dimples and intensely glowing eyes in its wake. I grabbed my phone to immortalize the moment and began

ESCAPES framing the shot. But no sooner had I set up than the rebuke arrived. “Very inconspicuous,” announced my fiancé, “You might as well stand on the table and yell ‘Hey Tony, over here.” Caught. She noticed me arrange the angle to include Blair. “He’ll hear,” I whispered louder than intended while nervously jostling the plates. Defeat. We now had the attention of the adjacent tables. My partner glared. Though slightly flustered, I couldn’t help but notice the remarkable texture of the grilled fillet I’d been chewing on. The tomato saffron sauce together with the Swiss chard enhanced the flavors of the seabass while imbuing it with nuance. Once again, we were absorbed in the magnificence of the meal, sharing and switching dishes between us. Har Braha, a tahini sorbet with espresso and sesame, arrived in the company of Madame Pavlova, a meringue adrift on crème anglaise with buoying berry and mango. The exquisite dessert duo elicited the type of orgasmic sound from my companion that immortalized the rom-com line, “I’ll have what she’s having.” Needless to say, it was at this point Tony Blair, unexpectedly, stopped by our table. Despite the voice in my head greeting him with the words, ‘Hey aren’t you the guy from the Ugly Rumours,’ what I knocked out instead was something on the lines of it being a privilege (which it was). Blair seemed equally befuddled since he was under the misapprehension that he should know me and we’d met somewhere earlier. Though his

colleague paced impatiently, Blair asked if we’d enjoyed our dinner. Exchanging a host of superlatives, it was evident that both our parties found the restaurant equally praiseworthy. Clearly, being out of the public eye had its perks. Blair could overtly indulge his gastronomic fancies without fear of appearing out of touch with the “common man.” Returning to our suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya, I plugged my Ipod into the docking station and put on a Jazz compilation. Quaintly enough, it contained NY-based Israeli musicians like Rotem Sivan and Ronen Itzik. Next, we headed onto our private deck balcony overlooking Israel’s largest and most entrancing Marina. As romantic as the Mediterranean seaside was, it didn’t take long to discover the benefits of a king sized bed. We also slept well. Waking early, I downed an espresso in the Suite’s

kitchen and headed for the 24-hour state-of-theart gym (complete with ocean-view). Upon returning, I showered off while my fiancé opted for the ellipse bathtub, dousing herself in complimentary Asprey products. Soon, we were on our way to the Herbert Samuel for breakfast a high-end buffet with dozens of fine cheeses, Tahini, Humus, smoked salmon, grilled fishes, meats, fresh exotic fruits, cereals, yoghurts, and pastries from which to choose. After a long seaside stroll, we took to the hotel’s breathtaking rooftop pool for cocktails. Next, we made for the Spa, jumping from Turkish Hammam to Swedish Sauna. My fiancé completed the process at the Shiseido treatment center with the renowned Dead Sea deep revival salt scrub and mud wrap. That night, after hitting Tel Aviv – only 15 minutes by cab - we stood on our suite’s balcony in robe and slippers, drinking in the view one final time. “There, look” said my fiancé facetiously, “maybe it’s me but don’t those stars reflected on the water look like long lost cousins to the ones in the sky?” Embracing her as she giggled, we toasted Tony Blair. The moon’s swollen form floated on the water, quivering in time to a sailboat that rocked by its side. Radiant, I thought. Brighter and closer than the one that lights the sky. A resplendent rumor far more wondrous than the reality of which it was born. The RitzCarlton Herzliya like Israel itself is aspiration as much as it is construct. It is a dream that has built itself a home, a myth with a roof, a rumor with a view. Rapt in its afterglow, it is hard to forget her. Rumor has it, anyone who’s been at the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya will be going again soon. | 99


FIND EUPHORIA IN BELIZE Naia Resort & Spa By Haiting Tan


idden within a 200-acre reserve on the Placencia Peninsula, Naia Resort and Spa is a cozy and natural playground where guests can admire Belize’s beauty on land and in the waters. Known as one of the Caribbean’s most authentic and inviting destinations, the island’s calming waters and luscious rainforests makes it an ideal vacation getaway. Take a step into the lobby and the view of the estate catches your eye. No matter the time and day you arrive at Naia, it is a must to take a walk along its mile-long beach where the view of the palm trees blowing in the wind with waves crashing against the rocks simply blow you away. Situated

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along the palm-studded beach are 35 secluded beach houses each with a breathtaking view of the Caribbean. Naia’s studio beach houses completes the serene ambience that Naia exudes. The cathedral hardwood ceilings along with walls decorated with paintings created by local and regional artists reflects the natural surroundings of Belize. After a busy day of trekking in the rainforests, unwind in the indoor tub with Naia’s signature Citrus Nectar Scent bath amenities or sip on a glass of wine while watching the sunset on the outdoor veranda. However, the standout amenity has to be its outdoor shower garden. Wash off the sand in your hair as you absorb the suns rays and ap-

preciate the singing of the bird, it’s a truly magical experience. If you’ve done your research on Belize, you’d understand that the sunrise is not to be missed. Waking up at 6 during a vacation may seem like a drag but witnessing the sunrise across the sea is the highlight of the trip. Steps away from your beach house, feel free to sink your toes into the white sand and take in the breeze as you face the waters. To complete your trip in paradise, visit the spa for a divine experience. Nestled among the trees, you cross a bridge to heaven which accommodates five treatment rooms with a private island couple retreat. With a menu featuring massages,


facials, couple’s rituals and body treatments, guests can expect an authentic, deep and powerful pampering session. Celebrating the ecological and cultural diversity of Belize, the spa has a garden where herbs are grown, ensuring that the products used are natural and organic. Completing the pampering session, guests are welcomed to visit the private nail salon that offers manicure and pedicure using vegan nail polish. Naia does not simply utilize Belize’s natural resources but its human resources too. You would notice that staff of the hotel are Belizeans because Naia has remained adamant in hiring the natives in a bid to develop the country. Beyond the spa, guests will find the Reflections Spa Cafe is an ideal location to spend the lazy afternoon. Serving fresh, healthy and tasty snacks, its relaxed and casual atmosphere makes it easy to chat with friends and make new ones along the way. Featuring a variety of beverages on their menu, guests can sip on their drinks while admiring the sun set over the lily covered lagoons. While there are plenty of hidden gems located around the island, the resort boosts an impressive list of restaurants. Located by the poolside, the Beach Bar and Grill is a good escape from the heat. Guests can grab a drink or a quick lunch between dips in the pool. Start off your day with a delicious omelette at the casual poolside restaurant and venture to 1981 to celebrate your vacation. Named after the year Belize obtained independence, the upscale restaurant is helmed by Executive Chef and F&B Director, Chef C.

Andrés Meléndez G. With a rotating menu that features dishes such as grilled watermelon served with homemade barbecue chicken and slow cooked pork tenderloin topped with curried cauliflower puree, 1981 will leave guests craving for more. Cool off after sun tanning with a gelato at Tutti Frutti. Opening a branch at Naia, the famous

Belizean gelato features a menu with dozens of options, leaving adults and kids craving for more. Just as any world class hotel, Naia has a fitness center. However, the standout is not its impressive amenities but the floor of the gym. Made of recycled Nike sneakers, it reflects Naia’s mission to reuse and recycle. Admire the serene view of the lagoon and its vibrant green vegetation while running on the treadmill. Yoga fanatics have to pay the picturesque yoga and movement studio a visit. The studio offers a variety of options including sunrise and sunset yoga classes, guided meditation, and yoga nidra and the trendy aerial yoga. Offering amenities such as a pool and spa, Naia also has kayaks and snorkels for guests to enjoy water activities right off its shore. The hotel also arranges snorkeling trips to the hemisphere’s longest barrier reef where the beauty of the corals and the sight of exotic sea creatures never fails to amaze. | 101



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ou are exactly one flight away from paradise at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, FL. Once you drive past the gates of the resort, you are immediately greeted by a row of palm trees and a staff that makes every request possible. Each room is meticulously kept and feels like home no matter how long you plan on staying. Out of the many resorts we get to cover, the food at Reunion Resort is unparalleled. From the incredible sushi chef in the lobby bar to the outstanding steakhouse on the 11th floor of the hotel, the meals that Reunion offers are magnificent. One thing Reunion has perfected is their cocktail menu. At each restaurant, the cocktail list is expansive and makes your mouth water. Each drink is perfectly crafted and offers an ideal way to start your meal off. If golf is your game, Reunion is your place with 54 holes of championship golf. Three courses are designed by the greatest players of all time, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson. After your round of golf, there are a multitude of pools to relax by including a full water park for kids to play at all day long. The Water Park features a 1,000 foot lazy river and a 350 gallon splash bucket that will keep the fun going all day long. For adults, you might prefer lounging by the rooftop pool that sits atop the Reunion Resort grand tower conveniently located right off the 11th floor elevator. Reunion Resort’s lobby is grand and overlooks a state of the art golf practice facility that calls your name to play every moment of the day. If Italian is more your style, Reunion’s on location Italian restaurant, Forte, is like stepping into a café in Italy. The food and friendly staff makes you feel as if you’re dining at home. All of this within the gates of Reunion Resort, but let’s not forget what lies outside the gates though. Reunion Resort is ideally located: •9 Miles away from Disney World •16 Miles away from Sea World •21 Miles away from Universal Studios •30 Minutes away from Orlando International Airport Can you beat that? There is simply no shortage of fun for the entire family when you’re staying at Reunion. Only 2 and a half hours away from JFK, paradise is just a short plane ride away at the Reunion Resort. | 103



The Ritz Carlton Naples By Haiting Tan


s the sun sets on the oceanfront of the Naples Ritz Carlton, guests enjoy a longstanding tradition of toasting to the end of an amazing day on their private balconies while admiring the descending sun. Situated by the Gulf of Mexico, the five-star luxury hotel accommodates 450 guest rooms including 35 suites and 70 Ritz Carlton Club Level rooms. With an exception to the rooms with a limited view, all rooms have a view of the gulf in an addition to a personal balcony. Guests can venture out to explore the countless restaurants that the Ritz Carlton has to offer. Get dined and wined by the waters while enjoying a front row seat to the spectacular evening sunsets and let The Ritz Carlton Naples tantalize all of your senses. DUSK, a Japanese restaurant, puts a modern spin on the classic boardwalk hideaway. Guests can take a pick from their innovative cocktail menu which showcases traditional Asian ingredients blended with seasoned favorites and fruits. A standout on the menu is a 12 year Nikka Japanese Whisky ended with lemon, maple syrup, and Malbec to make the most enchanting whiskey sour. With its chic decor, the restaurant attempts

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to capture the beach’s atmosphere at twilight for guests to enjoy indoors. With gentle Gulf breeze drifting through the palm trees, escape to one of the most soothing spas in South Florida. The spa’s amenities include a rejuvenating and healing steam rooms, saunas and aqua lounges, along with an outdoor mineral pool to complete the holistic experience. As the ladies enjoy a day out at the spa, men can sweat it out on the courts. The golf resort features four courts and offers drills, clinics and personal instruction from USPTA certified tennis professionals. If tennis isn’t your cup of tea, take a swing on the lush greens at the Tiburón Golf Club, with 2 18 hold Greg Norman designed golf courses which is also home to the LPGA’s CME Group Tour Championship. While parents can enjoy a well deserved break, the children can entertain themselves at Vue which features popular video games played via consoles hooked up to 40” Samsung LCD TVs from Microsoft XBox One game stations with wireless controllers, to Sony Playstation 4, and the latest from Nintendo Wii.

Encouraging family-friendly fun and adventure, the hotels offers a range of activities and attractions for all ages. Guests can enjoy a morning walk down to the natural preserve of mangroves and palms and spend the afternoon out in the sun by parasailing and kayaking out in the waters. Guests have the option to rent stand-up paddle boards, body boards and waverunners. For a unique experience take the poolside glass blowing class where you can design a keepsake piece taught by Conrad Williams, a Dale Chihuly trained glass artist. Guests will choose from a rainbow of colors and work beside the artist forming molten glass with their breath and shaping tools. The experience is offered poolside at the beach resort Thursday - Sunday.

Whether you’re contemplating heading to Ritz Carlton, Naples for your honeymoon or to take your kids on a vacation, the five-star hotel’s world class amenities with a variety of spring beach or spa packages available that are a perfect respite from the Northeast polar vortex.



Miami’s Best Kept Secret By Haiting Tan


ituated away from the throngs of tourists that set upon Miami Beach is the quieter yet luxurious enclave in South Beach, known as the SoFi neighborhood. At the heart of this peaceful oasis is the Marriott Stanton South Beach - an oceanfront property surrounded by the best shopping, dining and nightlife the city has to offer. Their spacious guest rooms evoke that cool Miami art deco vibe adorned with locally inspired art and furnishings, which all include a private balcony overlooking either the Miami skyline or the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the white sandy beach as your backyard or take a dip in the cool waters by the recently renovated and landscaped pool area.

While there are no shortage of prime eateries in South Beach there are plenty of dining options in the hotel and steps away in this vibrant neighborhood. Deco Blue Restaurant & Lounge is located on the oceanfront by the pool, giving guests an amazing view of the sunset with an option to dine alfresco to enjoy the ocean air. Operating from sunrise to midnight, guests can satisfy their palette with a diverse menu ranging from hamburgers to sushi rolls to tuna tostadas and BBQ ribs. In between dips at the pool, enjoy a tropical cocktail to liven up your Miami experience at The Spot that also serves a light tropical bites such as fresh ceviche, tuna poke, Cuban sandwiches, and a variety of tasty wraps. The hotel’s newest restaurant addition is Lolo’s Surf Cantina helmed by Chef Richard Ampudia- the man behind La Esquina in NYC. Lolo’s vibrant contemporary Mexican menu is inspired by his late grandmother’s spirit of vivacity and joy. Ampudia brings his revered Mexican street food style to Lolo’s and paired with his strong fresh juice margaritas, this is a perfect combination to fuel a night out. For authentic Southern Italian fare in SoFi dine at the sprawling 12,000 square foot Cibo Wine Bar South Beach, which serves delicious rustic Italian cuisine in a modern industrial atmosphere. Dine

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alfresco by candlelight from their sumptuous rooftop terrace lounge or enjoy an intimate tasting in their wine cellar dining room surrounded by bottles of Barolo. Executive Chef Massimo Giannattasio hails from Salerno, Italy. He has brought his passion for Italian cuisine and culture stateside and worked at some of the top kitchens in Los Angeles and Miami while developing a loyal following who come for his culinary masterpieces. Whether you’re hoping to escape from the chilly winter days or party all day and night, The Stanton is the perfect respite to get away from it all yet still be in the center of action.


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n the east of downtown Miami in the heart of the modern Brickell district, you will find the W Miami which leaves nothing to be desired. If you wish for perfection and modernism you cannot miss this paradise. Its spacious and light-flooded rooms give a wonderful view of the Miami River. The furniture mirrors much passion for detail, whereby they capture the unique flair of Miami and mixed with an Oriental flair. The green and blue pastel shades create a calming atmosphere, inviting you to forget your surroundings and indulge oneself in this heaven. Whether you wish to isolate yourself or stay in contact with the outside world is up to you. The whole building is equipped with the latest technology to keep you connected while you disconnect. And, just in case that you forgot to bring your laptop, you can use the computer workstations in the lobby. Though Miami is known for its dizzying array of world class restaurants and international cuisines, the Living Room Bar along with the fresh flavors from 15th and Vine are plenty of reasons to dine and unwind in the hotel. The 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar offers refined and creative gourmet

dishes in a relaxed setting and are also available 24/7 through room service. Savor a refreshing cocktail from their bespoke menu paired with eclectic bites in the highly stylized Living Room Bar. The hotel’s luxurious amenities will have you pampered from head to toe. Relax and rejuvenate in the zen-like Iconbrickell spa or take a swim in their expansive pool. Keep fit in their fully equipped fitness center within the building, and catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster in their cinema. The immediate vicinity is a shoppers paradise with small independent boutiques mixed with bold faced luxury brands. Explore the neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife with its colorful bars and restaurants that call Brickell City home. As you can see, you will not be able to find a more satisfying accommodation for your holidays than W Miami. All worries are taken care of by their Whatever/Whenever® Service, so that you can enjoy your stay to the fullest. The only trouble is that you will not want to leave this world of complete bliss and delight.

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LA PLAYA BEACH & GOLF RESORT Much More Than Just A Hotel By Bob Topal


ocated on the idyllic Naples beachfront the 6 million dollar newly renovated hotel is a gem. Its stunning private 6 acre white sand beach alongside the Gulf of Mexico offers an award winning beachside restaurant, luxurious spa, exclusive golf club and stunning waterfront views from each guest room and suite. One of the many intangibles here is the amazing staff at the hotel, restaurant and golf course. Whether seated in an indoor enclave or barefoot beach table, guests can enjoy 3 daily seating’s for breakfast lunch and dinner. As the sun sets over the Gulf, Baleen restaurant guests say farewell to the day with the ringing of the bell at the nightly

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beach sunset celebration. The fire pit glows all evening for gathering, cocktails and roasting marshmallows. The 4500 square foot Spa Terre is located in the main building and offers an abundance of luxurious salon and Spa treatments. Its charming decor further enhances the experience of the superior staff. Intimate treatment rooms lead to private patios with traditional outdoor Japanese Relaxation Tubs which are filled with aroma therapy infused water and topped with fresh flower petals. The Golf course located a few miles from the beach is an 18 hole par 72 Robert Cupp designed

course. It is a magnificent and yet challenging place to play. The staff headed by Ben Bryant is as professional as you can want. A beautiful clubhouse and practice facility make The La Playa Beach and Golf Resort a perfect place visit for those from afar. Local residents also have the option to join the Club for Golf, Spa and dining privileges. Everything about this hotel is first class, a place that is much more than just a hotel.


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ust off your travel golf bag and get ready for two of Salamander Hotels and Resorts’ best properties. Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort is located 20 miles right outside of Downtown Tampa and is home to 72 holes of championship golf, 11 state of the art tennis courts and four outstanding restaurants. For any golf enthusiast this is the ideal place to get away from the winter blues up north and hit the links. These aren’t just any resort courses, as Copperhead is home to the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship presented by BB&T each March and is played by the best PGA Tour players in the country. If you come and aren’t fully prepared to play tennis or golf, don’t fret…Innisbrook is home to several pro-shops that will get you in style and ready to play any minute of the day. If practicing is more your style, there are a multitude of driving ranges, short game facilities, and instructors ready to take your game from good to great! Don’t think Innisbrook is for golfers alone. There’s fun for the entire family. 6 heated swimming pools are ready for the kids to play in and the Salamander Spa, with 12 different treatment rooms, is waiting for you to sit back and relax with one of their specialized spa treatments. Based on our experience wewould highly recommend getting dressed up one night and heading over to Packard’s Steakhouse. Not only is everything on the menu top-notch but also the staff will make you feel at home. Innisbrook is set up in a way that everything is spread out amongst the 900-acre property. However, getting around is made simple. The staff at Innisbrook provides a shuttle transportation ready for you at any giventime. By the time you walk out of your room to the front of your villa, your ride will be there waiting for you. Once the sun goes down, the golf and tennis may stop, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Throughout the resort you can have drinks, dinner and even catch live music at the same time. Lastly, due to its amazing location we got to travel around the area and we highly recommend venturing out to Bern’s Steakhouse in Downtown Tampa and also amazing shopping and nightlife in nearby Hyde Park. It was the cherry on top of an amazing golf vacation to Innisbrook Resort. | 113


HYATT AT THE BELLEVUE The Grand Dame of Philadelphia By Meredith Bloomberg

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sive list of wines; delectable Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes; Shrimp Cocktail; juicy Ribeye Steak; and luscious desserts, including apple cinnamon donuts. The hotel also offers multiple spaces to hold meetings and events. The Grand Ballroom is highlighted by a two-tiered balcony, a full stage, and Philadelphia’s most celebrated marble and hand-worked iron elliptical staircase. Lavish receptions and banquets for up to 1,500 people are regularly held there – including the Academy of Music Ball – and on the 19th Floor, The Rose Garden Ballroom, once a rooftop rose garden by summer and a skating rink by winter, can cater to up to 275 guests. Equally lavish for those who exercise during their stay, is the Sporting Club – a five level, 93,000 square foot athletic facility juxtaposed to the hotel. Complimentary passes for hotel guests allow for the opportunity to utilize any of the more than 150 pieces of exercise equipment, NBA regulation sized basketball court, squash and racquetball courts, indoor golf, 25-meter pool, sauna, steam rooms and whirlpool.


stay at the Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia is a step back in time to the Golden Era. Opening its doors in 1904, the Bellevue-Stratford, French Renaissance designed and styled hotel, known as the “Grand Dame of Broad Street”, was built to rival New York City’s luxurious Waldorf-Astoria. Now, after an extensive multi-million renovation, the opulence and elegance of the original structure has been recaptured; the once 1,090 room hotel houses only 172 guest rooms, luxury business offices, upscale restaurants and retailers, spa and salon, and adjacent in the same complex, a Sporting Club. Checking into The Hyatt at The Bellevue was easy, as the friendly staff were most welcoming. Albeit small, the lobby appeared grand, featuring marble columns and floors. Walking through hallways, the rich history of the hotel was felt. Light fixtures by Thomas Edison, stained glass by Tiffany, and chandeliers by Lalique, are appointments that still adorn from its original interior, while the décor of each floor is represented by a different local theater, with all artwork created by

the hands of area artists. As a nod to the fashion of the era in which they were built, guest room hallways had been built extra wide to accommodate the grandeur of hoop skirts. Guest rooms recently underwent additional renovations, each now with the modernity of flat-panel TVs and sleek bathrooms. Beneath the high ceilings that emphasize each room’s spaciousness, furnishings are luxurious and comfortable.

From the time when “The Bellevue-Stratford” was regarded as the see-and-be-seen locale in Philadelphia, it has continued to garner such attention, remaining a vital part of the city’s social, political and business scene. Theodore Roosevelt visited, as has every United States president since, evidencing that what has grown into the Hyatt at The Bellevue, is still a revered landmark. Little wonder that it continues to reign as the “Grand Dame of Broad Street”.

The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Philadelphia, the center of its prestigious historical, cultural, culinary and theater district, the “Avenue of the Arts”. The Hyatt at The Bellevue’s doorman graciously refers guests to notable local restaurants, though culinary delights within the hotel are near-perfection. Breakfast, buffet or a la carte, can be enjoyed in an upstairs dining area, and an evening meal at the fine restaurant, XIX, should not be missed. There, pearls drape from the ceiling, views of the city can be taken in, and a generally romantic romantic feeling can easily set in. Our attentive server, Rashid, made excellent recommendations to us: selections from the exten- | 115



Turning the Tables to Success


J Rosé, also known as Nicole Rose Stillings, has been turning tables for the crowds of New York’s best and most elite clubs for almost 6 years now and there seems to be no stopping the most indemand fashion DJ of 2017. Nicole Rosé chooses to tailor her sets to the crowd she’s playing for, devising a business model that is applied universally, but appears to have skipped the rhetoric of elite in the music business - who play what they want, when they want. But Rosé is adamant, the client comes first - not her taste; music favorites or mood. “Give your clients what they want and they’ll return. I’m a pro at finding the middle ground between their desires and my personal style.” She attributes her enormous success to this very attitude - no haughtiness here, no sir. Whether it’s a fashion show, a holiday party or a store opening, Rosé pledg-

es to customize her beats to your crowd rather than the other way round. She’s in the happiness business she says, and for her, jiggling crowds pulsate happiness. It’s perhaps indicative of her personality that building a client list has meant building friendships. Through an amalgamation of talent and a serious work ethic, she has amassed a following of high-profile companies and executives, including Samsung, Whispering Angel and Saks Fifth Avenue – uplifting the mood of corporate events and parties from her stage time and again. “You hit new heights if you’re pushing yourself” Rosé notes, and even with a demanding schedule packed with corporate events and club gigs, she has managed to add entrepreneur to her expansive resumé. While she’s slated to reign on the prestigious Coachella stage again this

year, her appearance is set to coincide with the release of her very own line of headphones Rosé Rockers. Boasting an international playlist of events and festivals hasn’t muted her drive to create and do more - to go more places, and having set the tone at Herve Leger BCBG’s Fashion Week after party, and the Manolo Blahnik fashion week event, there’s no telling when she’ll be presiding over speakers on the catwalks of the Champs Elysées or Milan’s Palazzo Reale. And with a host of big events coming up, not least a performance on Bravo’s new Hampton’s show Summer House, Rosé looks set to keep the tempo of her career simmering away at fever pitch. Her career, appears to be, much like her chosen title Rosé she teases, aging like a fine wine. djrosé.com and @djnicolerose on Instagram

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(top) Richard Roxburgh and Cate Blanchett in The Present. Photo by Joan Marcus 2016 • (middle top) Nick Cordero, Hudson Loverro, and the cast of A Bronx Tale. Photo by Joan Marcus 2016 • (middle bottom) New York City Opera Candide cast. Photo by Sarah Shatz • (right) Monica Piper of Not That Jewish. Photo by Carol Rosegg



ixteen years after Anton Chekhov’s death, an untitled manuscript was found, a draft of a five-hour play written while he was still a student. Various playwrights have tried to adapt the unwieldy work, such as Michael Frayn’s “Wild Honey,” which failed on Broadway in 1986 despite the presence of Ian McKellan. A new version from Sydney Theater Company, “The Present” by Andrew Upton, has arrived, starring his wife, Cate Blanchett, and she is the main attraction. Blanchett plays Anna Petrovna, a widowed landowner throwing a party for her 40th birthday and Richard Roxburgh is Mikhail Platonov (a skirt-chasing schoolmaster). Upton updated the text to the late 1980’s, which provides the occasion for rock and roll dancing along with the excessive smoking and drinking. As in later Chekhov works, there are bored aristocrats and guns brandished. Blanchett is as mesmerizing as ever, but, dragging on for three hours, “The Present” doesn’t have much of a future. Roxburgh’s Platonov is less animated than McKellan’s in the Frayn version but the question again arose as to why all the women find him so attractive. “A Bronx Tale” was first performed as a one-man show, written by and starring Chazz Palminteri. He later appeared in the film version along with Robert De Niro, who directed it. Now the tale is an engaging Broadway

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musical, co-directed by De Niro and Jerry Zaks.

Helmed by veteran Harold Prince (who has long cham-

The tale is narrated by Calogero, played by Bobby Conte Thornton as a teenager and by Hudson Loverro as a 9-year-old. Set in the 1960’s in an Italian neighborhood in the Bronx, Calogero has a solid working class father,

artists) is terrific: Gregg Edelman as Voltaire, Dr. Pangloss and others, Jay Armstrong Johnson as the innocent Candide, opera singer and comedienne Meghan Picerno as Cunegonde and the wonderful Linda Lavin as the Old Lady.

pioned this work), the cast (a mix of theater and opera

but he falls under the spell of a local gangster. He romances a black girl, which creates tensions because of the prevailing racial hostilities. The show has a talented cast (not only the two Calogeros but also Nick Cordero as his hood/mentor Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Calogero’s father and Ariana DeBose as Jane (the love interest). The appealing songs are by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Sergio Trujillo supplied the energetic choreography and Beowulf Boritt the sets. While “A Bronx Tale” may not be in the same class as “West Side Story” or “Jersey Boys” (with which it has been compared), it provides an entertaining evening. The New York City Opera is back, in the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, with a delightful production of “Candide.” Leonard Bernstein’s score is one of the glories of our musical theater, starting with the sparkling overture, ending with ““Make Our Garden Grow” and featuring the dazzling “Glitter and Be Gay” in between.

“Not that Jewish” is Monica Piper’s one woman show about her life and career. A stand-up comic, she became a writer for several television comedy shows and then the writer and producer for the children’s show “Rugrats,” for which she won an Emmy Award. The title comes from a taunt by a neighbor about the fact that Piper’s family didn’t go to a synagogue on Saturdays. Her family would get dressed up on High Holy Days and stand outside their building so that it would appear that they went to services. Piper speaks affectionately about her parents and her father’s influence on her development as a humorist. Under the direction of Mark Waldrop, Piper gracefully segues from the comic to the dramatic. She had a bout with cancer and, as a single woman, adopted a son. At the end of the 90 minute “Not that Jewish,” the audience feels it has spent time with a witty and thoroughly likeable woman.


BOOKS du JOUR FEBRUARY 2017 By Frederic Colier |

As the inauguration of our new president promises to take us into unchartered territory, I pondered on how this month’s selection could reflect the unknown of the coming months. Many books finding their way to bookstores fail to find their way to readers, and this is where a perceptive book review can help. This month’s selection offers a wide range of topics. We have a first timer riding side by side with worldwide spiritual celebrities, and, in between, uncanny voices of the present.

(Mulholland Books, pp 342, $27.00)

(Avery, pp 356, $26.00)

(Library of America, pp 896, $40.00)

(Bloomsbury, pp 176, $25.00)

(Freedom Broker, pp 374, $ 26.99)

If you go down the street and ask anyone who is David Morrell, chances are you will be met with a blank stare. And yet, there is not a soul on earth who does not Rambo, the character Morrell created more than 45 years ago. In “Ruler of the Night,” Morrell spruces up a dormant icon of the 19th century British literature, the troubled soul, Thomas de Quincey, here turned detective. De Quincey is famous for writing “Confession of An Opium Eater,” a substance himself relied on to soothe his aching soul. Quite à propos in our age of cannabis legalization.

A major contradiction lies at the heart of Western societies. The constant pressure towards the quest for happiness. It is no secret that the pressure to be happy creates more anxiety than happiness. Tons of books from fields as varied as sociologies, psychology or self-help, have attempted to deal with this issue. Often providing short-time relief with Band-aid remedies, which, as their names indicate, never last over time. Even before pre-Socratic thinkers it was known that happiness never comes from achievement or success, or wealth, or even fame for that matter. And yet, our Western societies keep on promoting these values, with disastrous results on its members. Depression, neurosis, feeling of inadequacies, feeding an endless loop of existential FOMO, and so on, abound around us.

Besides the inviting silky quality of the paper, this volume from the Library of America offers an impressive collection of articles, essays, personal stories, and declassified documents from WWI, from both participants and observers. The volume aims at providing a never-before kaleidoscope view of the “never again” war, that is the French-German butchery which supposedly was going to be the war that ends all wars.

If you wonder what “Apocalypse now, “The Godfather,” and “The English Patient,” have in common, you may scratch your head for a while. Yes, they are all films. Congratulations. But think harder? The first two films would have been easy to guess, but when introducing the third title, the Kubrick-Coppola connection falls apart. The connection is what this engaging little book, half memoir half critical conversation, that Lawrence Weschler wrote with bravado, is about. Its subject? The celebration of the great Walter Murch, the nine-time nominee for the Academy Award and threetime its winner. Murch was much more than a sound and film editor. Listen careful Lucas’s very first film, “THX 1138,” and you will understand that at the time of its release, the soundtrack was destined to contribute to its masterpiece status.

At “Books du Jour,” we pay special attention to first-timers. They are an important step to the continuity of the book business. Reviewing established authors calls for a safe stance. Taking risks on new voices entail careful scrutiny and measured endorsement. But most often than not, intuition and insight rarely betray. K. J. Howe is one of those safe bets. You know upon reading the first chapters of her novel, “Freedom Broker,” that you are in the presence of an enormous potential. The writing is brisk, the tone confident, and the story not only eye-popping original but also riveting. It is one of those (forgive the cliché) can’t-put-downs as you get enmeshed in the world of K&R. K&R said you? Yes, indeed, which stands for Kidnap and Rescue (though Ransom could have worked). K &R is not an agency or an LLP, but the world revolving around a professional elite dealing with the kidnapping of hostages (estimated at 40,000 a year) and their rescue operations.

“Ruler of the Night” is first and foremost a locked-room mystery, where a crime is committed in a train compartment even though no one, but the victim, has access to it. The setup reminds at once of Agatha Christie’s Orient Express. De Quincey happens to be in the train when the crime occurs, and he sets up to find the murderer. But unlike in Christie’s, the “Ruler of the Night” carries a strong metaphor. It is not simply the darkness of the murderer. The title also evokes the monstrous machine that De Quincey perceived as a degradation of humanity. The invention of the train itself, which was to transform the fabric of societies beyond recognition. The shrinking of time and space, which ultimately gave birth to the British Empire. An achievement accomplished not without substantial numbers of victims along the way. The attraction, beside the plot, here is the prose itself. More layered than many of his peers’, Morrell’s prose tastes of velvet and crimson. The inescapable texture of Victorian era where most horrific murders took place. One can touch both Baudelaire’s flâneur who wanders aimless through Paris’s streets, and E. A. Poe’s bedroom drama in the “Purloin Letter.” Simply addictive.

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“The Book of Joy,” is one of these timeless books that aims at cutting straight through the glut of daily self-pressured drives and bad self-talk. Written by the Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, with Doug Abrams, “The Book of Joy,” details their conversations, which took place over a one-week period in Dharamsala, India. The goal of the book, beyond reuniting the two spiritual leaders, was to teach the world that the quest for happiness is precisely a futile endeavor, because ephemeral. They profess instead to rely on joy, at any moment in life. Especially in time of tragedy and great suffering. Both of them are living proofs having witnessed countless atrocities. “Every tragic situation can become an opportunity.” Abram’s own Eastern interest translates the teaching into accessible lessons. The message is clear and easily absorbed. But like all disciplines, mastery requires a daily practice. No way around it.

I can only imagine the headaches A. Scott Berg, the supreme editor of the book, must have experienced to decide what to include and exclude. The wealth of the materials is just staggering, spanning the beginning of the war to the ratification of the infamous “Versailles Treaty.” Lots of names will be recognizable to the modern readers, Edith Wharton, John Reed (who proceeded to go to Russia), Willa Cather, W.E.B Dubois, and of course Woodrow Wilson. But there are many others to whom history has not been so kind and who nonetheless made important contributions. Charles Lauriat is one of them. His telling of the sinking of the “Lusitania” reads like a novel, a first direct personal account of the tragedy during the swift German Torpedo attack. The sinking of the luxury liner was pivotal, for it signaled an important escalation towards the eventual US entry into the WWI conflict in 1917. The major lessons to be learned here come from the abundance of testimonies left to us as vestiges of the past, from which we still try to make sense.

But the sophistication of sound editing hides Murch’s other passion. He was for much of his life a devout amateur astrophysicist, chronicling long forgotten connection between the Titius-Bode theory and musical harmony in the universe. I would spare you the details, but the law was supposed to have a progression very much like the Fibonacci numbers, based on planets’ positions and rotations. As you can imagine a sound editor advancing long discredited physics theory did not go down too well. By at the heart of this quixotic quest, Murch questions the nature of knowledge. How do we know what we know? And who is to decide what we should know? If these noises are something you are not used to hear, you are in for a compelling tune.

The hero of “Freedom Broker,” Thea Paris, the only woman kidnap negotiator in the field, is forced to live through a family tragedy, when her father, Christo, is kidnapped from his yacht off Santorini, while his crew get slaughtered in the assault. Thea sets to tasks to discover the who and why, investigating her father’s past and numerous enemies. But remember, when originality strikes, it does so with delightful surprises. In Howe’s novel, the kidnappers demand nothing. No ransom, no political prisoner exchange, except sending enervating Latin quotes . . . which, for Thea, initiate a perilous journey to settle long-standing family score.

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EXCERPT #2 The Prison of Availability


ne of my clients is a television news producer in his late twenties. He comes into his therapy sessions every week with two smartphones. He places one on each arm of the chair he sits in. Throughout our sessions, the devices light up at least ten times (between the two), if not more. He glances down at his technology a minimum of once per minute. We talk about his need to keep the phones on and to always be available to what messages might be coming in from the office. He is aware that such behavior increases his state of anxiety and keeps him from being able to be fully present in his sessions or anywhere else. Still, he does not feel it is in his power to turn the phones off, not even during his therapy. He believes that his profession requires and deserves his attention around the clock and that if he is not available when a new story comes in, he could potentially miss out on an opportunity to make a name for himself in his professional world. The next story could be the one that rockets him to producer stardom. Furthermore, if something happens on a story that he’s already covering, he believes he is the only one who can take care of what needs to be done. He has come to view himself as fundamentally irreplaceable, even for fifty minutes, in the process of the news being reported properly. Another client recently interviewed for a job with

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an executive in the marketing industry. The executive explained that if she were to get the job as his assistant, it would mean that she would have to keep her phone on 24/7 and be constantly available to the needs of the job. This included sleep time, bathroom visits, and, of course, holidays. She was never to be without or even out of sight

of her She was never to be without or even out of sight of her phone. While it may sound extreme, for people starting out in careers these days, unin-

terrupted availability is the assumed expectation of many employers — and what employees demand of themselves as well. When an employer provides a cell phone to an employee, there is an assumption that the employee will be available to answer it. The line between work life and personal life is now blurred. As Arnold Bakker, a professor of work and organizational psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, framed it, “The smartphone is the Trojan horse through which work sneaks into the home.”1 Even for those who have solidly established professions or for whom technology makes working remotely a much-appreciated option, still, constant connectivity and überavailability are now the norm and not the exception. While it may sound extreme, for people starting out in careers these days, uninterrupted availability is the assumed expectation of many employers — and what employees demand of themselves as well. When an employer provides a cell phone to an employee, there is an assumption that the employee will be available to answer it. The line between work life and personal life is now blurred. As Arnold Bakker, a professor of work and organizational psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, framed it, “The smartphone is the Trojan horse through which work sneaks into the home.” Even for those who have solidly established professions or for whom technology makes working remotely a much-appreciated option, still, constant connectivity and überavailability are now the norm and not the exception.


It is not just our professions to which we believe we must remain überavailable in the age of technology. As parents, we feel that we must be relentlessly on call to our children’s needs. One woman I know takes every FaceTime request from her child, regardless of what she is doing. The fact that her child wants to be with her (on technology) means that she should make herself available. When many of the par¬ents I know consider powering off for a moment, they are stymied by such thoughts as What if it’s my child really wanting or even needing me at the other end of that ding? What if it’s that time when something really bad has happened? Like the news producer, the mothers of young chil¬dren (and older children too) no longer turn their phones off during their therapy sessions. While they don’t generally leave them in full view, nonetheless the phones are there, chiming softly inside their bags and being attended to when they do ring — just in case. “Just in case,” in fact, has become the new guiding principle by which most parents live. We can’t not be available now that technology has gifted us with the possibility of being available. To be unavailable when we could be available would be, as one mother put it, neglectful. The idea of our child receiving a voicemail and not our direct and immediate atten¬tion has become synonymous with abandonment. Before mobile devices made around-the-clock communication possible and expected, it was generally only in the case of life or death, when a relative or other person close to us was sick, that we made ourselves unceasingly available, staying close to the phone at all times, just in case it might bring news. It was in the face of a potential emergency that we felt it necessary to live in a state of hyperreadiness, to be on call without a break. What’s different now is that we are living in this state of hyperreadiness around the clock. In fact, we are not only living this way, we believe that we must live this way. As one friend explained, “The biggest fear when my smartphone goes dead is that everyone will think I’m receiving what they’re sending me, regardless of whether I respond.” When someone sends a text, there is an assumption that we are reading it right then, the instant it appears. (Of course, our phone is on, and we are checking it!) This assumption makes many of us feel like we have to do something with or about every communication that lands on our screen — reward the sender immediately with the flashing dots of our on-the-way response.

The definition of “being available” is being able to be used or obtained, to be at someone’s disposal. Our basic state is now one of being at someone or something else’s disposal without pause. Unfortunately, relentless availability creates relentless stress. Most of us know the anxiety we experience when someone we love is ill and we are on alert, constantly waiting. We now live that stress, to some degree, all the time, and it is as damaging as a situational, short-term state of acute stress. Actually, in some ways it is worse, because the demand for hyperavailability never eases and the situation that requires such availability is never resolved. We never get that phone call that allows us to finally stop listening for it. As one woman I know put it, “It’s like never quite being finished with the job, whatever that job may be.” Our new resting state is one that doesn’t allow for real rest; a part of us must remain always at the ready, as if about to leap out of the starting gate. Although we may have gotten used to it, and thus not notice it as abnormal or even uncomfortable, we are living in what is really an ongoing fight or flight state. It is important that we remember we are human beings and not robots. Unlike robots, we need to experience rest, but rest with consciousness and not just rest when we are asleep. We need time to be awake but not ready and available — to our boss, clients, partner, friends, and even our children. Even the busiest, most responsible, indispensable, or in-demand person can create small spaces to step off the hamster wheel of others’ needs. When we award ourselves the opportunity to turn off the access button to the rest of the world, we experience a profound reduction in stress, not just on a mental level but also on a cellular level. Being fully off duty allows us to reboot our own systems, both body and mind. We need this kind of rest to reestablish well-being and, indeed, to be truly available during those times when we claim to be available. Right now, stop what you are doing for just a moment. Can you feel this breath? And then the next one? And the next? See if you can take three conscious breaths, right now. Feel the breath directly in your body, entering and exiting. While turning off our phone is one path to breaking the stress of chronic availability, we can also find relief through a simple dip into our breath or into any of the body’s senses. When we take a single conscious breath, or pause to feel the sensations in our body or to listen to the sounds coming into our ears, we turn the tables on perpetual availability and become available to ourselves in the deepest way. Diving into our own present-moment awareness, through the breath,

through the senses, is the most simple and direct medicine for the condition of constant availability. Try it now: enter your body’s experience, arrive here, and make yourself fully available to you. In addition to conscious breathing (or sensing), try the following: schedule a time today to spend fifteen minutes being unreachable, entirely. If it helps to tell those who might want to contact you that you will be unavailable, do so. Notice the sensations in your body when you are unavailable, as well as the thoughts and feelings that arise. Don’t react or judge. Just notice what is happening inside you in this off-duty space. If possible, practice this on a daily basis.


Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, author, and veteran meditator. She is the author of Inviting a Monkey to Tea: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lasting Contentment (Hohm Press, 2012). She lives in New York City. For more, visit

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THE TRUE MEANING of Valentine’s Day By Jane Pontarelli row. First there was Bailey then May. Eight months later came Joey. Being single, Fur babies added so much to Fern’s life. She saves them and returns her love for all of them. At present she has 8. Fur babies bring out the best in people. You can’t be shy and she made lots of doggy people friends. Yes, as Fern explains, it is expensive, The Vet bills, the grooming, food and clothing. Fern spends on herself, but the love in return is well worth it. There is no college, no weddings no graduate schools and of course never a vacation. (Who would babysit for 8 dogs) Fern and her fur babies love to go to social and charity events, and raise money to rescue dogs. Fern rotates the dogs so as to expose them to the outside world, all of them love it and the dressing up. As Fern told me, she always has a much brighter smile when she has one of her fur babies in her arms. Remember, you rescue them but they really rescue you. If you want to know more, please email me. Fern has the biggest heart I have ever meet. HAPPY VALENTINES AND LOVE TO ALL.


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