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s we approach the end of the year and head into the holiday season, there always seems to be so much to do and so little time, but don’t stress – our big holiday guides will help you find the most stylish gifts for everyone on your list! Our whimsical winter fashion finds will get you glammed up in time for a getaway to some of our favorite spots, such as the Castello Del Sole in Switzerland, Italy’s romantic Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese, and The Hari Hotel, London’s most posh property. This month we spoke with the friendly team behind FrieslandCampina, one of the world’s largest cheese brands. President Gert Jan Poort and Marketing Director Debbie Seife are behind the award-winning cheese wheels of the North American division of this leading dairy company which they keep taking to delicious new heights! This multi-billion-dollar brand is known as much for its sustainability and fairness to their farmers as they are for their flavorful cheeses. With an office in Paramus, New Jersey, FrieslandCampina has found a home in the tri-state area. Gert, who is from the Netherlands, is determined to introduce the American public to his beloved Dutch brand. This caring company is a cooperative, meaning that their 18,000 farmers, based mainly in the Netherlands and parts of Germany, are their main stakeholders. While you will definitely want to put some of their too good to be true gouda on your holiday platters, the team also wants to show that their cheeses are just as good for snacking as they are for displaying at swanky parties. With a wide variety, ranging from Rembrandt wheels to their prized Vermeer brand, FrieslandCampina has something for everyone, and always pays homage to their Dutch history. Socialite and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff is still giving back – and looking better than ever while doing it! Aside from chairing the city’s most glamorous galas and judging beauty pageants around the world, this New Yorker never gives up, especially when it comes to raising funds and awareness for both people and animals. Tis the season to reflect and make resolutions – and we have just the tips and trips to ensure you make them in style! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year! IG @allthefamenoneofthefortune
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HOLIDAY FETES & FILMS The Crown, Tony Ingrao @ ddc, Isabelle Bscher’s Galerie Gmurzynska, TEFAF, Audrey Gruss’s Hope for Depression, Mission Society & NYC TV Festival By R.Couri Hay with Photos by Patrick McMullan stunning new 19,000 sq. ft. expansuper fans can now own some of The Crown sion in New Orleans. Devotees of Prince’s personal bling, includThe Crown, the story of Queen the museum / store include Oprah ing two Versace bracelets, along Elizabeth II, is one of the new Winfrey, Nicolas Cage, and Ozzy season’s best TV dramas. with other assorted jewelry. The Osbourne. showstopper in the One can’t help collection is a 14-karat but wonder if Her rauantiques.com amethyst and diaMajesty, now 93, is amused by this The Man in the High revealing look Castle inside BuckIt’s the final season ingham Palace. of The Man in the Oscar winner High Castle, and Olivia Colethis cleverly man brings conceived series the Queen doesn’t disappoint. to life and Based on Philip K. shows why Erin Doherty, Helena Botham Carter & Olivia Dick’s novel, this she isn’t, and Coleman @ The Crown sci-fi thriller depicts can’t be, just a parallel universe mond necklike you and I. Coleman, who’s where Germany and English, said “With the royal fam- lace that the Chelah Horsdal, Alexa Davalos & Rufus Sewell @ The Man in the High Castle Japan win World War II “Purple One” ily, you don’t want to see them as and occupy America. If wore regupeople because it takes the sheen you like politics, history, and war larly. The bespoke piece is a take off.” Tell that to Prince Andrew movies with an unexpected twist, who should stay off TV if he wants on Prince’s iconic “Love Symbol,” this Amazon Prime to keep his head. Helena Bonham the unpronounceable glyph that series could be for the musician famously took as his Carter plays the Queen’s outrayou. Rufus Sewell stage name from 1993 to 2000. geous and often tipsy sister Prinstars as Nazi Reich cess Margaret to great effect while A blend of the ancient symbols Marshal John Smith; of man and woman, it has come Tobias Menzies plays the loyal, at speaking on his to represent not only a least sometimes, husband Prince rising popularfluid sexuality, but also the Phillips, who’s now 96, and who ity, he said “I triumph of harmony over probably loves this Netflix show, don’t know if which looks to win several Golden conflict. The gems were the money owned by Prince’s widow Globes this year. I’ve earned Mayte Garcia Peter Thomas Roth @ Galerie Gmurzynska is going to and are now Prince’s Secret Vault need to last for sale at M.S The estate of rock icon Prince me for the next few Rau. Owner re-issued his album 1999, with 35 weeks or the rest of new tracks from the artist’s secret Bill Rau has my life.” vault. Just in time for the holidays, just unveiled a Isabelle Bscher & Jonathan Cheban @ Galerie Gmurzynska
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What’s for Dinner? @ Galerie Gmurzynska “What’s for Dinner?” is the inaugural exhibition of Isabelle Bscher’s Galerie Gmurzynska’s new townhouse location 43 E 78th St, New York, NY 10075. The exhibition spans the 20th century and is a unique journey through the artistic languages that have characterized the relationship between art and food. The concept of this show was inspired by the seminal 2015 Expo Milan “Art & Food” Pavilion, hosted by the Palazzo Triennale and curated by Germano Celant. The exhibit’s motto Maria and Kenneth was “Feeding the Fischel @ TEFAF
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Planet, Energy for Life”, a topic more up to date today than ever. Will Cotton, Louise Nevelson, Jean Pigozzi, Braque, and Wifredo Lam are among the artists chosen by Lucas Bscher, Mathias Rastofer,
SOCIAL SAFARI and Krystyna Gmurzynska. In the mix were the artist Anh Duong, The Food God Jonathan Cheban, philanthropists Maria and Kenneth Fischel, and skin care moguls Peter Thomas Roth, June Jacobs and Rochelle Jacobs. The show runs through January 2020. gmurzynska.com Ingrao curates “Coup de Foudre” at ddc Interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Isabella Rayburn & Germano Celant Kemper, who @ NY University have done the homes of Kim Cattrall, Beth and Howard Stern, and Jack Welch curated a design show at ddc, hosted by Amy Astley, the editor of Architectural Digest. The title of the show is “Coup de Foudre”, which translates to “love at first sight”. Tony and Randy have filled the space with pieces that evoke Tony Ingrao, the “can’t live Amy Astley & Randy without” kind Kemper @ of thinking. ddc The show includes vintage work by Wendell Castle, Gaetano Pesce, Dupre-Lafon, and Franz West, mixed with contemporary pieces from the ddc by the Campana Brothers, Henge and DeSede. Ddcnyc.com The dashing design duo also commissioned Lucy Campana to create a neon light piece inspired by the show’s title. ingraoinc.com
“Roma: New York, Before: After” Art collector and advisor Isabella Rayburn talked about her friendships with Italian painter, Alberto Burri, and other artists she met in Italy at the launch of her book “Roma: New York, Before: After” at New York University. The book—split into two volumes— chronicles the artistic and cultural exchanges between Rome and New York between 1948-2018 of the Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation, as well as its mission and history. The panel— composed of LeAnn Germano Celant, Rimes & Audrey Emily Braun, Gruss Giorgio Spanu, @ Hope Luncheon Laura Mattioli, and Rayburn—discussed the importance of the artistic relationships between Italy and the USA. “It’s extremely interesting for anybody who wants to look into what’s been happening over the last 50 years regarding Italian art”, said Rayburn. casaitaliananyu.org NYC TV Festival Janel Tanna received the Best Actress and Best Short Film Awards for Intervention, a drama that explores addiction and mental health at the NYC TV Festival. Other winners. at the festival founded by Roberto Rizzo, and where I
serve as the President of the Jury, included director Steve Stanulis for his controversial documentary Race Against Time about Big Pharma, Josh Hermans, Mellissa Skirboll, James Martin, Jay Zellman, Patrick Avella and Alyse Kenny. Submissions for the NYC TV Festival are due by February 25th and be can be sent to my attention at newyorkfilmtvfestival. com. The festival will run from March 23rd– 27th.
Sharon Loeb, Susan Gutfreund, and Ellen Scarborough. hopefordepression.com The Mission Society Jean Shafiroff rolled up her sleeves and manned the Mission Society’s holiday dinner buffet line helping to serve over 400 turkey dinners to the underserved. This is the 5th year Jean has sponsored the organization’s Harvest Feast. On another night, Jean and her husband, Dr. Sharyn Lewin and Martin, held Steven Cohen a cocktail party @ Mission Society to celebrate the organization’s holiday initiatives. Guests included skin care moguls Peter Thomas Roth, June Jacobs and Rochelle Jacobs, designer
LeAnn Rimes Honored at Hope for Depression Multi-Grammy awardwinning singer LeAnn Rimes was honored at Audrey Gruss’s Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s Annual Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel. During her remarks, LeAnn talked about her struggles with fame and depression. “A day after my 30th birthday I checked myself into treatment,” said Ms. Rimes, “Honestly, it was the best birthday gift I could have ever given myself because I don’t know if I would have made it to the next one.” Chuck Scarborough MC’ed Jean Shafiroff & Elise McCabe Thompson @ NY Mission Society the event whose co-chairs included Ann Barish, Scott Zang Toi, artist Snyder, Margo Langenberg, Peter Lillian GorGregory, Marigay McKee, Kitty bachincky, canMcKnight, Peter Paine, Nancy Silcer specialist Dr. verman, and Felicia Taylor. Gruss Sharon Lewin, also announced the launch of financier Steven two new Hope Fragrances, Hope Cohen, divorce Night and Hope Sport, at Bergfunder Nicole dorf Goodman in time for ValenNoonan, model / tine’s Day. Leading the applause were Muffie Potter Aston, Karen influencer Sofia Sofia Symonds Symonds and the @ Mission Society LeFrak, Jay McInerney, Hilary Geary Ross, Jamee Gregory, Society’s director Elsie McCabe. Dayssi Kanavos, Frederick Andersen, Janna Bullmissionsociety.com ock, Susan Fales Hill, Kim Heirston, Geoffrey Bradfield,
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RITA HAZAN Ruler of Ravishing Roots By Lauren Bens
rom a sprawling 6,000-square-foot stylish salon on Fifth Avenue to some of the most popular hair products on the market – you’ll recognize their teal bottles – Rita Hazan has taken the hair industry to higher and healthier heights! She might be known as the ruler of ravishing roots, but Rita said her own roots helped shaped her path. Growing up as a first-generation American in Brooklyn to an Egyptian Jewish family, Rita was inspired to work hard and has since built a hairstyling empire. Rita’s own unruly hair led to the realization that she wanted to pursue her hairdressing dreams. “My hair has always been challenging for me. I realized at a young age that I was able to control my hair, as well as the hair of many others, such as friends and family, so I knew this was something I truly loved and was good at, so I went to beauty school.” After emerging on the sleek strand scene at a young age and appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Rita went on to become the go-to stylist for everyone from J.Lo to Mariah Carey. With clients including celebrities as well as loyal locals, Rita has indeed become one of the most powerful females to dominate
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the industry. “I never looked at myself as a woman in the hair industry. I just focused on being the best at what I did. I worked extremely hard. I put in long hours with love and had a great time doing it. Only after I opened my salon did I realize I was the only female colorist and salon owner.” She might be found touring with Beyoncé at times, but Rita remains very hands-on, whether it’s hiring, training, or coloring her clients’ hair. “My level of high expectation and client service is something only I have the vision for. I believe it all stems from the owner and foundation. If your employees see you can and will do any and every job, they will treat your business the same.” At Rita Hazan, you can get glammed up for a night downtown in no time. After all, the salon offers multiple services, including manicures and makeup, laser treatments, waxing and facials. They also pride themselves on their personalized service and in ensuring every client enjoys a quick and enjoyable experience. According to Rita, the biggest trends of the season include “natural and warm tones for the fall and multi-dimensional hair that looks sophisticated and expensive. Everyone is trained
and excellent, so you can see any colorist or stylist and leave gorgeous!” Even those who haven’t visited the Rita Hazan Salon yet can keep their roots looking radiant with Rita’s products, which can be found in stores around the country. The brand currently offers a Root Concealer Stick and Spray, True Color Shampoo and Conditioner, Ultimate Shine Gloss, Triple Threat, Weekly Remedy, Lock + Block and Shine Balm, in addition to three new products launching in February. This native New Yorker enjoys catering to her clientele on the Upper East Side, but she also loves living on the Lower East Side. “It’s raw and still has old New York character,” exclaimed Rita. “I love brunch in New York City. It’s such an experience.” She also loves traveling with her husband, especially to Anguilla, her favorite island; she will be spending Thanksgiving in the Cayman Islands. From Fifth Avenue to a fine retailer near you, Rita Hazan has indeed made her mark on the hair and beauty business! ritahazan.com
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EMERSON RESORT & SPA Weekend Respite in the Catskills By Lisa Loverro
ust two hours north of Manhattan, the Emerson Resort & Spa is a combination of sophisticated luxury and rustic charm. Located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains and inspired by its location and its namesake, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Emerson Resort & Spa is a charming 20-acre boutique property that recently completed a $6 million dollar renovation of its guestrooms and public areas, and reopened their full-service 6,193-square-feet destination spa. The Emerson features 53 total rooms, including 26 suites/rooms in the contemporary Inn and 27 suites in the Adirondack-style Lodge. The Inn is an adult-only facility while their lodge, sitting just next door to the Inn, welcomes children of all ages. At the Inn there’s a gym, yoga studio, fine dining restaurant, and their full-service spa; the lodge has an outdoor swimming pool. The new interior of the Emerson was executed to evoke a feeling that is more reflective of legendary poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose famous essay “Nature” was the incentive for the development of the Catskill Forest Preserve surrounding the Emerson
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grounds. The Emerson Resort & Spa now brings the outside in and provides guests with open spaces and large windows, showcasing expansive views of Mount Tremper and the 65-mile long Esopus Creek. Their signature restaurant, the Woodnote Grill, serves handcrafted cocktails and Catskill-themed menu items with ingredients sourced from the local Hudson Valley area. The menu changes seasonally and focuses on the bounty of the region. The Emerson Spa reopened as a full-service 6,193 square-feet destination luxury spa in September 2016. The opening of the Spa also marked the unveiling of the Emerson’s new Spa Menu, featuring a variety of signature lines, treatments and experiences. Highlighting the new menu is the Biotec Skincare System, a groundbreaking series of anti-aging and energizing facials. The menu also includes vegan nail care by SpaRitual, hot and cold stone treatments, customized therapies and in-house blended aromatherapy oils. The spa also has a beautiful outdoor wooden deck with a jetted hot tub…one of my favorite offerings at this property.
The resort is dog-friendly and features a dedicated 60-feet wide by 100-feet long park just for canines with a dog run, doggy shower, fresh running water and a special area for smaller dogs too. There is even a “Pup Fare” menu offering homemade treats, including baked in-house dog bones, chicken breasts, and steak filets. The scenery around the resort is nothing less than spectacular with rolling hills and nearby quaint towns. The are a multitude of activities including hiking and biking excursions, trout fishing, tubing down the Esopus, and shopping in the nearby towns of Woodstock and Phoenica. They resort is currently running a Pre-holiday getaway special offering on a one-night stay that saves you up to $98; available Sunday through Thursday, November 4th -21st and December 1st -12th. emersonresort.com
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JEAN SHAFIROFF New York’s First Lady of Philanthropy and Style Icon By Tripp Whetsell Photographed By Michael Paniccia Hair: Henry de la Paz, Creative Director at Warren Tricomi Make-up: JP Ramirez for Angelo David Salon | Giorgio Armani Beauty
hen it comes to philanthropy, Jean Shafiroff is one of the most respected names. Not only is she known for her financial contributions, she is also revered for her fundraising capabilities, leadership and hard work. Named “the First Lady of Philanthropy” by both Hello and !Hola! magazines, she has continued to distinguish herself time and again for nearly two decades and she remains someone to closely watch in the future. As one of the most successful and visible volunteer fundraisers and donors on behalf of countless charities throughout Manhattan, the Hamptons
and increasingly internationally, perseverance, attention to detail, and above all else, creativity are all adjectives that describe Jean who divides her time between homes on the Upper East Side and Southampton. A graduate in Physical Therapy from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, Jean worked a physical therapist at St Luke’s Hospital in New York City , where exposure to human suffering sparked her desire to do charitable work. She then went to graduate school to earn an MBA in Finance from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University before working on Wall Street in public
finance and private partnerships. Her combination of business skills, empathy, powerful connections and social visibility are of unique benefit to the organizations she supports. Some of the most recent work she’s been involved with includes helping the underprivileged, healthcare, women’s rights and animal welfare. She is also equally committed to continuing to help others become more involved in the philanthropic process with this month’s re-release of her book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give in paperback.
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Originally published in hardcover in 2016 with a special introduction by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina Bloomberg, Jean’s book has widely been lauded as one of the most informative books on giving. Addressing such topics as building a life around giving and how to choose a charity, it also redefines the word philanthropist, stating that anyone can become a philanthropist regardless of their financial means by giving their time, knowledge and available resources. Of why she initially decided to write Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give and why she feels so passionate giving back—something Jean credits to both her parents and teachers that was instilled in her as a child growing up in suburban Long Island—Jean says: “We have an obligation to see the need in the world and take action.” While taking action has long been a mantra that Jean has lived by, the book’s re-release comes on the heels of what has perhaps been one of her busiest
and most prolific years as a volunteer fundraiser and donor yet. On November 21, Jean co-chaired the French Heritage Society’s New York Gala Dinner Dance – the Black and White Ball. The day before this on November 20, Jean hosted and underwrote a community Thanksgiving dinner for 400 people at the New York City Mission Society Headquarters (Minisink Townhouse) in Harlem. Jean personally served meals to those who attended the free dinner, many of whom were homeless. In mid-November she served on the benefit committee of the New York City Rescue Dogs Rock Gala. On November 5, she hosted a gallery party at the Laverdin Gallery for Global Strays. In October, she co-chaired the Dominican Women’s Development Center’s 31st Anniversary Gala in addition to chairing the Surgeons of Hope’s 7th Annual Charity Gala at the JW Essex House in Manhattan honoring stage actor Diego Luna, who currently serves as Surgeons of Hope’s Heart Ambassador. On October 7, she co-chaired the New York Women’s Foundation Gala , a charity that
creates an equitable and just future for women and families by uniting a cross cultural alliance that ignites action and invests in bold community led solutions across New York City. Before that in September, Jean co-hosted a large cocktail party for the New York Women’s Foundation at the New York Historical Society. Jean’s leadership roles with several charities in the Hamptons every summer is exemplary. This past summer in the Hamptons , Jean chaired both the Southampton Animal Foundation’s Shelter Gala and the Ellen Hermanson Foundation Gala in July. In July also, Jean officially joined the board of the Southampton Hospital Association. Not only was this her eighth board appointment, but Jean—who has chaired the Southampton Hospital Gala three times—was also honored along with her husband Martin at Stony Brook Southampton’s 61st Annual Summer Party in August.
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And in the beginning of 2019, Jean co-chaired the Southampton Bath and Tennis Club Charitable Foundation Gala and also chaired the 64th Annual Viennese Opera Ball in Manhattan. In addition, Jean hosted a large cocktail party in her New York City home for the New York City Mission Society Gala, as well as co-chairing their gala in June at Capitale. Last spring, Jean hosted two other separate cocktail parties; one at her Upper East Side apartment for Surgeons of Hope and the other for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital at her Southampton home. She also has many high-profile events planned for 2020, including co-chairing the Southampton Bath & Tennis Charitable Foundation Gala in January and co-chairing the Viennese Opera Ball in February just to name a few. In 2020, she is also slated to chair many of the same galas she chaired in 2019, including galas for New York City Mission Society, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Surgeons of Hope and the French Heritage Society. Several others are in the works. For her philanthropy and dedication, Jean has also been honored by countless different charities, just
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some of which include the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, NYC Mission Society, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, JBFCS, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Youth Counseling League, the Dominican Women’s Development Center, the Hadassah, the NYC Film Festival and Surgeons of Hope. Beyond her impeccable academic credentials, philanthropic prowess and the fact that she’s an author, there’s another dimension to Jean that people revere: her sense of style. So much that she’s equally well-known as one of the bestdressed hosts who is also regarded as among America’s top party givers. Having received top rankings on many best dressed lists for her style and extensive ball gown collection, she was listed by the salloniere.com as one of 2019’s top 100 American party givers this past January and as one of the 12 best dressed women of the world by LookOnLine.com in 2018. Though her number-one priority is to help support the many diverse charities and organizations she’s involved with, she also loves to have fun with
fashion while hosting these galas. Summing up her passion for fashion and style, she explains: “Style is an expression of oneself. When I’m welldressed, I feel good. Fashion is a highly creative form of art. I am in awe of the incredible vision of so many of our present-day fashion designers. My involvement on the board of the Couture Council of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology has expanded my knowledge and love of the world of fashion. “To wear and own the creations of some of our great fashion designers is a great privilege. For the past several years, I have also been collecting ball gowns. Most are the creations of American designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Mary McFadden, Zac Posen, Zang Toi, Carolina Herrera, B Michael and Victor dE Souza but she also collects the works of Malan Breton, Valentino and other fashion designers not based in the United States. Many are couture pieces. One day I plan to donate my ball gown collection to a museum. I look forward to that day. In the meantime, I am enjoying the experience of wearing them.”
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Jean’s two daughters and her husband Martin are also very involved in philanthropy. A few years ago, her youngest daughter co-founded her own charity called Global Strays, which strives to promote and improve animal welfare in countries that don’t have the proper resources to do it on their own. Jean is an active board member of Global Strays, which currently funds animal rescue groups in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Columbia. Internationally, Jean is also a supporter of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. In 2019, Jean traveled to England to lend her support to Walking With the Wounded, the British Charity founded by Prince Harry in 2010 designed to help former British Armed Forces servicemen and women in their career transition from the military to civilian life. Recognizing the need to promote philanthropy through multiple planforms, Jean views social media as yet another important vehicle for garnering support of various charities and encouraging others to donate their resources and volunteer their time. Towards that end, she currently has over 450,000 followers on Instagram alone. Besides supporting her favorite causes though social media, yet another passion of Jean’s is helping to promote up-and-coming designers in her social media posts. Her humanitarian philosophy is apparent in everything she does. “I believe we are not just put on this earth to just to consume and to provide for ourselves and our immediate families,” she concludes. “We have an obligation to help those that have less than we do. When we share our resources, we come closer to understanding the true meaning of life.” Follow Jean Shafiroff Instagram: @JeanShafiroff Facebook: @JeanShafiroff Twitter: @JeanShafiroff
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE By julie sagoskin
Jackets, watches and ties...oh my! Get your guy holiday ready with the season's most in-demand apparel and accessories. (Top Left to Bottom Right) Golf Clubs Tie | vineyardvines.com Grey Tonal Camo DemerBox | vineyardvines.com Assouline Humidor Case with "The Impossible Collection of Cigars" Book | neimanmarcus.com Omega Seamaster City NY | omegawatches.com NUVOLARI LEGEND “THE BROWN HELMET” | eberhard-co-watches.ch Abel Handwoven Robe | ocelotmarket.com Staysail Full-Zip Jacket | vineyardvines.com
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H o l i d ay G i f t G u i d e
By julie sagoskin
It's time to deck the halls...with diamonds and dresses! Find our favorite gifts that will keep her looking chic and cozy all season long! 1 Le Vian Creme BruleeÂŽ Ring
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HAUTE HOSTESS GIFTS By julie sagoskin
Show your love and appreciation this holiday season with some fun and functional (though mostly fun!) gifts for the hostess who will now have the mostest!
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TECHIE GIFT GUIDE Taking your Techie Gifting to New Heights By julie sagoskin
rom high-end jewelry to an interactive at-home gym which will kick your fitness program into high gear, find the perfect gift for the techie loving friend or family member in your life! (Top)For those looking to set the scene with wall lighting, decorators can play around with the Nanoleaf Canvas Smarter Kit to create fun holiday scenes. homedepot.com (Bottom Left to Right) MIRROR is the first nearly invisible, interactive at-home gym that streams live and on-demand fitness content in a variety of workout genres. It's the perfect gift for busy people who prioritize their health, but don’t want to sacrifice quality for convenience. Now, the camera and microphone already embedded into all MIRROR devices will turn on so for personal
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training sessions, instructors can see your form and speak to you. mirror.co Talsam is the ultimate wearable, technologyenabled fashion accessory, beautifully designed, personalized, and easy to use (priced at $279). The semi-precious stone charm lights up and vibrates, letting the recipient know that a special message is on its way. Elegantly crafted using the finest materials, these stealth semi-precious stone charms are powered by Bluetooth, keeping loved ones connected in style. Designed in New York City and assembled in Spain and Portugal, Talsam’s inaugural line features six different charms to choose from in a range of semiprecious stones paired with PVD coated stainless steel: Amazonite and Yellow Gold, Black Sardonyx and Silver, Blue Goldstone and Rose Gold, Gray Agate and Silver, Lapis Lazuli and Yellow Gold and
White Howlite and Rose Gold. talsam.com Luxture Aarde is luxury hybrid smartwatch that redirects the focus away from the alwaysconnected digital world to relish the richness of the real world, while delivering intelligent information to the user through apps linked to a user’s smartphone. veldtwatch.com Scan-tini is Canon’s personal, portable scanner, perfect for a student, business owner, or entrepreneur looking to maximize productivity while on the go. The portable document scanner features an easy-to-use Bluetooth option enables you to connect to Dropbox, Google Drive, or One Drive and with an adjustable paper feeder that can scans at a rate of 15 pages a per minute. usa.canon.com
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ry out some of the latest Dyson technology when you enter the Dyson Demo Flagship on Fifth Avenue. Explore the brand’s hand dryers, air purifiers and humidifiers, and more importantly, book a free hair styling appointment using their Dyson Supersonic hair dryer or the Dyson Airwrap Styler. After all, where else can you enter a technology store and leave looking like a superstar? From bagless vacuums to bladeless fans and beyond, you will definitely find something innovative and futuristic at this dazzling demo store at 640 Fifth Avenue. Step inside to experience hair styling stations and interactive demonstrations. After all, the space is designed to encourage people to pick up, test, and understand Dyson technology. Watch the science behind Dyson products come to life while their experts explain what products are best suited to your lifestyle. “In order for people to understand how our technology works, it is imperative they have the opportunity to test and experience our products. This space is designed with that in mind. There isn’t another place in the world that captures Dyson – our spirit and our machines – like the Dyson Demo. It’s quite exciting to be opening in New York City, bringing hair science and purified
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By julie sagoskin air to Fifth Avenue,” says James Dyson, Chief Engineer and Chairman. Enjoy their “wet to try” styling sessions and consultations on how to get the most out of your Dyson Supersonic – from straight to curly, this air-powered dryer ensures your hair will look hot while staying healthy! In addition to drying hair quickly, the built-in technology that regulates temperature also helps prevent extreme heat damage, therefore protecting natural shine. Dyson’s most recent development, the V9 motor, spins inside the handle of the Dyson Supersonic — it’s on average six times faster, one third of the weight, and half the size of other hair dryer motors. It’s no surprise that many of the top stylists use this super Supersonic dryer on their celebrity clients and at Fashion Week! Paul Dawson, VP of Health and Beauty, says: “At Dyson, we use science, engineering and research to develop products that solve problems others ignore. We relentlessly test our machines to ensure we create technology that works differently and better in real homes. Around the world, our Dyson Demos bring that technology to life — when you use our machines, you can truly understand and feel the difference technology makes.” This dryer will have you looking great at holiday
parties in addition to being on everyone’s wish list, so stock up on the latest version while you still can. Their array of colors and limited-edition series ensure you will find one for all your friends and family! You can also check out the Dyson purifier, which sits in a box filled with smoke, clean the air, using its sensors to detect and remove the particles. The latest version, the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link™, is a fan, heater and air purifier all in one, making it a great companion in your home or office, year-round. Test out their cord-free vacuums by pouring over 60 types of dust and debris onto four different floor types and watch the V8 quickly clean up the mess! With all the products in the demo illuminated by Dyson Lighting’s Cu-BeamTM suspended lights, which use a single high-power LED to project powerful light precisely where it’s needed, you’ll be sure to see everything in its best light! With an effective cooling system, which uses heat pipe technology to direct heat away from LEDs, the light stay bright for up to 180,000 hours. With thousands of engineers and millions of dollars spent on research, Dyson is committed to bringing consumers the most efficient and technologically advanced products around. From keeping your hair healthier to eliminating dust particles in the air, Dyson just does things better!
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KATEKLEIN CLEAN PILLOW Perfect for A Peaceful Night’s Sleep By julie sagoskin
leep is vital to our health and well-being, but many people have trouble sleeping, whether it’s falling asleep, staying asleep, or even feeling well rested in the morning. There are many tools to help – supplements, meditation, essential oils, and more. Some people even try a new mattress - but what if something else on your bed is the solution?
“Others filter the air coming in and out of the pillow to keep it pure. Traditional pillows, however, are only made with one fabric. Inside each KateKlein pillow, there are also 3 layers of materials designed to be both soft and supportive in order to provide comfort in any sleep position throughout the night.”
Fabrice Klein, like many of us, had a demanding career and a family – and was regularly sleep deprived. It was after he broke his shoulder in a skiing accident ten years ago that it became extremely difficult for him to find a comfortable sleep position. Klein searched for a better pillow but was unable to find an option that was both comfortable and healthy. So, he decided it was time to design a better pillow – the KateKlein Clean Pillow.
While people tend to attribute sleep issues to their bed, stress, or other reasons, they generally do not think of their pillow as a reason they aren’t sleeping well. Traditional pillows aren’t designed to be comfortable in many sleeping positions – they generally come in soft, medium and firm options, making the consumer responsible to find what works for them based on their sleeping style (i.e. stomach, back or side).
“I went about designing the pillow very methodically, starting with the end goal: a pillow that would be comfortable and healthy,” says Fabrice Klein, founder of KateKlein. “Then I defined the six characteristics of the pillow required to deliver that goal: soft, supportive, dry, cool, pure and washable.” The foundation of KateKlein’s Clean Pillow is its shell and core design. The washable outside shell is packed with healthy features and its inside core delivers optimal comfort. “Many people don’t realize how much a pillow affects one’s sleep,” adds Klein. “A pillow should softly cradle your head while supporting your neck in a neutral spine position. Because people move around a lot while they sleep, maintaining that support and alignment is not easy, which is why people often wake up to adjust their pillow.” Another important element of comfort is heat and moisture. Klein explains, “While we sleep, we release heat and moisture. When this gets into your pillow it creates a negative cycle making you uncomfortable which affects your sleep quality. If the pillow you sleep on is not clean inside and out, it can affect your health. While people wash their pillow cases regularly, most never wash their pillow. Over time, then, pillows fill up with household allergens such as pet dander, dust, dead skin cells, dust mites and mold.” To help combat this, the KateKlein pillow uses Clean Pillow Technology – the brand’s proprietary designation for the concepts and materials that make up the Clean Pillow. After conceptualizing the design to have the six characteristics required to deliver both comfort and health, Klein identified fabrics and materials that would go into the pillow. As a result, the Clean Pillow is made of seven fabrics, each with a specific role. “Some are smooth, soft, stretch, and wick away moisture, while others prevent air and liquids from getting into the pillow,” explains Klein.
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“No one stays in the same position all night though, so a pillow that is only comfortable in one position will be uncomfortable in all the other positions you will be in throughout the night,” Klein explains. “This is why I designed the KateKlein pillow – to provide comfort in any sleep position throughout the night.” Handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY, the KateKlein Clean Pillow is made from the highest quality materials sourced exclusively from Europe and the US. kateklein.com
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FrieslandCampina Turning Their Cheese Wheels in the Right Direction By julie sagoskin Photographed By Neil Tandy
hile it’s a well-known fact that Fr i e s l a n d C a m p i n a makes mouthwatering cheeses, this over $12 billion company prides themselves on their commitment to farmers and fairness as much as the flavor of their products. The Dutch company, which recently acquired two US companies, is indeed dominating the dairy market more than ever before, especially with their North American consumer business division being led by Gert Jan Poort, who has been with the company for 15 years. Gert, who moved to the US from the
Netherlands in order to become president of this edible empire, explained that “our company is a cooperative, something you don’t see that often. It’s very charming because our stakeholders are not equity companies, but rather, the farmers. We are owned by over 18,000 member dairy farmers mainly in the Netherlands and parts of Germany and Belgium.” With a mild climate and fresh meadows for their Friesian cows, the Netherlands has the perfect conditions for producing high quality cheese. Gert and his tight knit team work out of the company’s headquarters in Paramus, New Jersey. There is also
an office in Miami and salespeople around the country and of course, the world. This cheese centric company, which exports goods from the Netherlands, was established over 140 years ago by several farmers that wanted to bring their milk into one factory rather than separately. According to Gert, they were “looking for synergies and economy of scale at the end of the 19th century (since 1871). Our current organization has evolved by dozens of mergers over time. You can turn milk into butter or cheese and export these products around the world. We were exporting mainly to countries where they didn’t have farms and cows.”
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The fast-growing FrieslandCampina is currently active in over 100 countries around the world, some of which they only started exporting to recently. They have been exporting cheese to the US for over 50 years. This region has become a strategic priority for the company as they continue to grow towards the future, and Gert is steering them in the most delicious direction! Gert, 42, loves being a part of FrieslandCampina, which he describes as a family – and that includes the farmers! “It’s fascinating to work for a company that is always developing and where you work for the farmers. I love the purpose of the company, whose motto is nourishing by nature, as we are providing nutritious food for the growing world population, now and for generations to come. This passionate president also explained that over past years, they have invited the biggest retailers in the United States to come to the Netherlands to visit their farms and factories and to see what FrieslandCampina is all about. “What is unique about what we do is that we control the chain from grass to glass, or from farm to fork,” explained Gert. “This is great in terms of transparency because we can control the total quality from beginning to end.” This cheese company, which is known for their compassionate practices, always strives for sustainability. “This goes from the caring of the cows to the quality in the manufacturing and the packaging of the products until it reaches the stores or our customers,” said Gert. With a more mature food print in the United States, the company is now able to improve sales and continue their steady growth. If there’s one thing FrieslandCampina is good for, it’s their Gouda! While they are known for importing high-quality products from across the world, including their premium Cheddar from the UK, FrieslandCampina is most famous for their Gouda. After all, this Dutch cheese, which is named after the old city of Gouda in the Netherlands where it comes from, is perfect for a snack as well as entertaining purposes. The company is proud of Gouda’s heritage, especially the fact that they are the biggest producer of this cheese in the world. “A Gouda cheese is always extra special and very much appreciated – I know this from experience when I get invited by the neighbors for the holidays!” exclaimed Gert.
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With the holiday season in full force, this is one of the busiest times for FrieslandCampina – after all, their famous cheeses, some of which are matured over a year, are perfect for platters at every type of party! FrieslandCampina’s popular brands include Kroon, one of the oldest Dutch cheese brands in existence. Their Parrano has a nutty flavor combined with the buttery aroma of a fine aged Parmesan, as well as the smooth creamy texture of a young Dutch Gouda. They even have a Parrano Truffle which is made with shaved Italian black truffles. After aging, the earthy flavors and truffle aroma emerge to create a complex flavor. Reimagine your cheese experience with the all-natural Rembrandt Aged Gouda, named after the famous Dutch painter of The Night Watch, Rembrandt van Rijn. This Dutch cheese, which is traditionally ripened for one year, has the sharpness of an aged gouda, balanced with a smooth, firm texture. Why have ordinary cheese when you can enjoy Wyke Smoked Cheddar, which is matured for a minimum of 12 months before being sent to a local, traditional smokehouse where it’s smoked for 16 hours. The oak woodchip is damped with Thatcher’s Heritage Somerset cider, adding to its deep, rounded flavor with a slightly crumbly texture. Made from organic milk from cows, their Organic Kingdom Mature Cheddar will reawaken your cheese senses!
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This fanciful cheese company, which you’ll find at the Fancy Food Show in New York and San Francisco, might indeed be known for their high-end holiday products, but different brands are suited for different occasions. While some are good for gifting or serving at holiday parties, others are suited for snacking. They are currently trying to show American consumers that Gouda and mild cheeses are just as tasty and definitely healthier than the processed and artificial cheese alternatives which are so readily found here. With their newly expanded North American headquarters, FrieslandCampina is taking the dairy industry to delicious new heights! When it comes to products made from milk, this company is the master – aside from cheese, they also specialize in products that are used in formulas and drinks. Their FrieslandCampina Ingredients business and products include hydrolysates, creamers and pharmaceutical ingredients, while their FrieslandCampina Foodservice brands are used in bakeries, restaurants and catering. Gert, who now lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey with his wife and two children, has learned about many cultures after having traveled extensively over the last few years and leading a team of people from Mexico to Brazil, but he is loving living in the Northeast.
“New Jersey is fantastic. The people are nice and the nature is so beautiful and diverse. You have the shore but then also the forest. I go into the city for a run in Central Park or to have a picnic, and Sunday brunch with friends in New York is the best. New York is the most fantastic city in the world. This summer we went to Massachusetts and all over Cape Cod but I really have to explore the Hamptons next!” Royal FrieslandCampina has been in existence since 1871, and just like a real family, once you become a member, you can stay a member, but you can’t become a new one. That’s because at FrieslandCampina, being a part of the cooperative is passed on from generation to generation. Gert even visits members of his ‘extended family’ when he’s in the Netherlands and regularly calls to check in with many of them. “We want to give them the income that they deserve. We are responsible for delivering the butter on their bread, so we want to give them a little bit extra for working 24/7. We’re very proud that we export our products to the other side of the world, including to the American consumer, and they are very happy with that.” They might be part of a multi-billiondollar company and currently integrating three companies into one, but while they remain ambitious in their endeavors, their team in New Jersey has also become like a family.
Their director of marketing, Debbie Seife, is taking her FrieslandCampina cheese wheels for a spin and turning them towards the future. Let’s just say that Debbie is also passionate about the brands – and their packaging! “New packaging is coming early next year,” explained Debbie. “We’re developing new concepts and getting more innovative. The names won’t change but some of the designs on some of the products will have a bit more of an updated look and feel to them. For the brand A Dutch Masterpiece we wanted to tell the story slightly differently and tie the artists in a bit more.” From their Kroon brand red wax Gouda to specialty varieties, Debbie’s specialty is ensuring that even their most artisanal cheeses remain approachable. Their award-winning Rembrandt, an aged gouda, is now sure to be remembered as much for its new modern and easy-to-read label as it is for its flavor and texture. “Our traditional wheels, wedges and chunks of specialty cheese are approachable, but then we elevate them in different ways,” explained Debbie. “Our Parrano cheese has nuttiness of the parmesan with the creamy characteristic of the gouda. Our farmstead Melkbus Gouda with truffles is a real crowd pleaser as well.”
FrieslandCampina has a lot of fun things coming up for the new year, including a new website that is set to launch as well as consumer promotions, including the chance to win a wine and cheese paint party at your local paint studio. Whatever they do, they try to tie everything back to the art, as well as the masterful creation of a piece of cheese. “The Dutch Masterpiece brand which Rembrandt is part of is a whole line of aged cheeses all with numerous awards.” “We really have brands which are for different usage occasions, including more casual cracker cuts and sliced cheeses under the Frico brand. We take everything to heart here, from nutrition to how we treat our famers. It’s in every aspect of everything we do. In our Paramus offices we have sales, marketing, customer service, supply chain and finance departments. Together we are building a company as the importer and manufacturer which has been great!” This Jersey girl, who is currently focused on in-store digital aspects, is also busy educating consumers here in the US about the quality of their product, as well as the fact that FrieslandCampina doesn’t just want to be known as a fancy brand! “We’re going through some label updates and introducing our
specialty cheeses in a more approachable way. Fairway, Shoprite, Kings and Bottle King to name a few have them in this area, and the Southeast Publix, Bi-Lo and Winn Dixie supermarket chains are carrying some of our brands. Deli sections are really starting to expand with these specialty products as consumers are looking to expand their palates. The traditional cheese board is also starting to look a lot different with all types of accompaniments.” They also work with partners who share their philosophy on sustainability, including a family from the UK, Wyke Farms, that has been producing cheese for over 150 years and is completely green, from solar panels to electric cars. “They make a couple different aged cheddars as well as a smoked one. We also have an imported Cheddar that is organic, the first USDA organic cheddar to come in from the UK. It’s already won lots of accolades and awards.” From delicious Dutch Gouda to Parrano with truffles, FrieslandCampina is taking their tasty goods worldwide! Don’t be surprised if you see some of their Gouda at your next holiday party! frieslandcampina.com
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DINING OUT: NYC By Lauren Bens
Hortus NYC With homemade dishes and a haute design, you will feel right at home at Hortus. Since opening in August 2018, people are heading to this hot spot which is known for its innovative and creative approach to Asian cuisine. Enjoy enticing delicacies amidst their chic design, featuring a welcoming, open kitchen. Take your taste buds on a tantalizing adventure – literally! After all, their mouthwatering menu features cuisine from countries around the world, including Thailand, Korea and China. Their savory signature dishes won’t only make you salivate – they’re also sustainable and are made with only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients! Dig into authentic Asian flavors in their new-American style – you’ll taste the difference when you try their noodle dishes which are served with house kimchi and pickle. From the Mala Crab to the Waygu Tartare, you will see why every dish at Hortus is a homerun! Other specialties include their Tuna Muchim, served with daikon and pickled plum and King Crab, with wasabi, crème fraiche, apple and radish. Start with the Crispy Sea Urchin, made with seaweed, rice paper and lardo, the Foie Gras, served with grilled daikon radish, chicken jus, omija and fig or Truffle Mandoo, with truffle scallop mousse. Share their unique plates, including
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the Truffle Donabe, made with black truffle, wild mushrooms and cured egg yolk, the seafood selection, with grilled seabass, shrimp, scallop, Thai basil and kaffir lime or the Waygu NY Strip Steak. Just make sure to save room for their Monaca Ice Cream, which comes in macha, vanilla or black sesame. With delectable prix fixe dinners for one or two, you can enjoy raw selections and your choice of starters, mains and dessert. Add their perfect wine pairings for an additional $35. Executive Chef Youjin Jung, formerly of Boulud Sud, has turned Hortus into one tasty treasure! 271 5TH Ave. New York, NY 10016 646.858.3784 hortusnyc.com Hyun Satisfy all your Korean BBQ cravings at Hyun, where their traditional recipes ensure that each dish is not only homemade, but full of history. Aside from tempting dishes, they also use only Korean cast iron, brassware and porcelain – everything looks and tastes better at Hyun! Their sensational sharable plates include Yeon-Dubu, homemade soft tofu, as well as Chawanmushi, a Japanese style steamed egg custard with seasonal
garnish, Tangpyeong Chae, a Korean traditional mung-bean jelly with stir-fried veggies and beef, the Kimchi Biji-Jeon, a soybean curd residue based pancake with kimchi and Yook-Hwe, seasoned fresh raw waygu with Korean pear and sesame oil. Their barbeque dishes, made with Japanese A5 Waygu, have to be seen – and tasted – to be believed! From the Waygu Roll to the Flatiron, Striploin, Tenderloin and Ribeye, you will be transported to a wonderous new world of Korean foodie heaven! Their Sesonggye-al, or fresh sea urchin, Guwo Mukneun Cheese and Yachae, grilling cheese and assorted vegetables and Jangajji, assorted Korean traditional natural herb pickles, will all pique your interest. Their appetizing accompaniments include the Chadol Deonjang Jigae, a savory soybean paste stew with thinly sliced beef brisket and assorted vegetables, as well as Naeng-Kalguksu, a thick noodle in cold beef broth with sesame seeds, sliced cucumbers and chopped peppers. Their seasonally changing soup of the day is always served with rice and homemade kimchi. You will definitely want to try their tantalizing York-Hwe Bibimbap, traditional Korean Bibimbap with seasoned fresh raw waygu and vegetables, and their signature Sot Bap, made with pot-cooked rice. This delectable dish takes about 45 minutes but it’s well
worth the wait! Satisfy your sweet tooth with their Shiso Sorbet, homemade sorbet served with chopped shiso or their Hodo Gwaja, a mini walnut shapped pastry filled with sweet red bean paste and a large chunk of walnut. With a stylish space and some seriously delicious dishes, head to Hyun today! 10 East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016 917.261.6217 hyun-nyc.com Mizu Sushi From traditional rolls to the chef’s creative Crazy Roll, Mizu Sushi makes some of the most delectable sushi in New York City! This cozy spot, located between Union Square and Madison Square Park, serves up fresh fare, whether you dine-in, take out or order one of perfectly put together catering platters. With an unbeatable happy hour and hot soups, including Clam Miso and Tom Yum, you will definitely be saying yum all meal long! Enjoy their enticing Exotic Green Salad, served with mango and ginger dressing, Marinated Seaweed Salad, or their palatable Hawaii Poke Bowl. Taste their Tuna Tataki, seared tuna with Ponzu Sauce, Yellowtail Carpaccio, made with jalapeno and yuzu wasabi dressing, or their other sushi bar appetizers. Their popular sushi and sashimi choices, served a la carte, include the Striped Bass, Tofu Skin, Smoked Salmon, Red Clam, Egg Custard, Shrimp, Mackerel, Flying
Fish Roe, Sea Urchin, Botan Ebi, Octopus, King Crab, Kanpachi and Fluke. Vegetarians will also appreciate Mizu’s variety – the Asparagus Roll, Mango Roll and Oshinko Roll are just as flavorful! Their satisfying signature rolls include the Lobster Tempura Roll with cucumber, spicy sauce, soy paper and tobiko, the Fire Fire Roll, which includes spicy crunch tuna and seaweed salad with spicy crunchy salmon and jalapeno and the Crystal Roll, spicy white tuna, crunchy tobiko and soy paper top with white tuna – you don’t need a crystal ball to know that this is going to be your new favorite roll! Mizu also serves Naruto, Ramen, Tempura, Katsu, Chef Signature dishes, Mizu Bento and Kitchen Entrees, including Beef Teriyaki and Honey Wasabi Tuna Steak. 29 East 20th St. New York, NY 10003 212.505.6687 mizunyc.com Plado Tasting Bar Enter the enchanting Plado Tasting Bar in the East Village, where you will find Mediterranean influenced dishes. Chef and Owner German Rizzo, who was born in raised in Turin, part of the Piedmont region of Italy, brings the authentic flavors of his childhood to this cozy spot! With seasonally fresh fare inspired by his Southern Italian roots, Plado offers up some very palatable plates! Chef Rizzo, who graduated from the Culinary Art School U. Ubertini in Turin, also began creating
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innovative creations in Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Canada. After working for the Cipriani group, this entrepreneurial chef decided to open his own restaurant in Astoria, Queens, Vite Vinosteria, beforing expanding people’s tastes with Plado Tasting Bar just this year. Enjoy tantalizing small tasting plates and tapas style dishes which are perfect for sharing with friends and family – just beware – you might not want to share after trying everything! Taste the Taro Gnocchi, pan seared with oyster mushrooms and truffle cream, or bite into the Butternut Squash Ravioli with taleggio cream and walnuts. Other unique and flavorful favorites include the Short Rib, braised in Spanish red wine with sweet camote and cole slaw, Waygu Carpaccio with dijon, shaved pecorino, arugula, tomato and green peas and Cinghiale, slow-cooked shredded wild boar with polenta and parmigiano. Their seafood options, such as the Tiger Shrimp, which is pan-seared with artichokes, olives and oregano, will have you seeing food differently – and much more deliciously! This spacious spot also offers custom menus for lunch, brunch or dinner, while their sommelier is able to arrange specially selected wine pairings. You will definitely enjoy some tasty treats at the Plado Tasting Bar! 192 East 2nd St. New York, NY 10009 646.850.5151 pladonyc.com
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KYMA FLATIRON AND ELEA Food Fit for a Greek Goddess By Julie Sagoskin
f you want to get your fill of the city’s most glorious Greek fare, head to Kyma Flatiron or Elea, where you will be transported to the island of Mykonos or to the mainland of Greece. Both scrumptious spots, offering mouthwatering Mediterranean meals, are the brainchild of Reno Christou, who got into the hospitality business as a way to enhance the pleasurable experiences of others when dining out. “Being a proprietor gave me an added layer of creativity, where I have the ability to develop everything from menu design to uniforms to plate selections and marketing ideas,” explained Christou. “This is when I had my ‘light bulb’ moment, when I realized that as long as I’m opening restaurants, I have that opportunity to continuously create.” While the whimsicality of Kyma, which just celebrated its first anniversary, will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to the islands, West Side favorite Elea incorporates darker tones for a more mainland feel, paying homage to Greece’s rustic, olive grove
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areas. From a happening happy hour to lunch service, as well as a private events program that has made them a popular spot for bridal and baby showers, Kyma keeps guests coming back for more. This fun flatiron restaurant serves up fine Mediterranean fare while offering private dining rooms, making it perfect for those holiday parties that are just around the corner! Their impressive private dining basement has a capacity of up to 270 (seats up to 120) and can be accessed through a separate private entrance. Elea’s newest private dining room will be launching mid-December and will be able to seat up to 65 guests. While you might find some of your favorite Kyma dishes at Elea, Reno explained, “We made sure to add twists so Elea would have its own identity. We wanted to cater to an encompassing version of Greece as opposed to just the islands, so we have a balanced menu of meat, seafood, salads and legumes. At Elea, we are ultimately looking to achieve a neighborhood connection, so we are consistently developing daily specials that could eventually end
up printed on the menu. With this menu format, we hope to keep our regulars engaged.” Get your Sunday Funday on at Kyma Flatiron, where they just launched an unbeatable bottomless brunch deal on Sundays: for $20 with the purchase of an entrée, guests can enjoy two hours of bottomless cocktails including bellinis, sangria, mimosa and their signature VIP cocktail. You can also get your fill of fine Greek fare at both restaurants with their Sunset Prix Fixe. Enjoy these palatable plates from 4:30pm to 6:00pm every day at Kyma, where you will find a three-course meal of their greatest hits for $44.95. Meanwhile, you won’t be left out at Elea, which also offers this same great deal for $42.00. Each restaurant is known for its fresh fish: at Kyma you can choose from Pink Snapper, Black Sea Bass, Tsipoura, which will be cooked to order. Elea has its own savory specialties, including Mussels Anhista, made with herbs, shallots, garlic and scallions, as well as Mushroom Orzotto, which is baked orzo with seasonal mushrooms and Kefalograviera cheese.
Director of Operations Joe Ragonese explained, “We launched additional menus in order to provide new and exciting options for our guests. We saw a need for an ongoing Prix-Fixe menu for those who enjoy dining early in a quieter atmosphere, so we created the Sunset Menu. The Bottomless Brunch was a no-brainer at Kyma Flatiron, as it fits with our theme of “vibe dining” and provides for a lively environment on Sunday. Both menus have been well-received by our guests, and we look forward to bringing these menus to our Hudson Yards location in 2020.” While you will soon have your own favorite dish at each of these hot spots, according to Christou, “Everyone who comes to either Kyma or Elea must try the Short Rib Youvetsi, Lamb Chops, Kyma/Elea Chips and Whole Grilled Fish! Our dips and spreads or Pikilia are always a big hit at both as well. Our dishes are made with love and made to be shared to bring people together. We try to instill the Greek warmth into our hospitality as much as the food, and we find our guests really feel at home because of it.” Reno, who has achieved succulent success in the fickle New York restaurant scene, attributes his own insecurities to the reason why he is always striving to do even better. “If you are fully confident, you get to the point where you tell yourself you have achieved something. Insecurity always makes you look at things in a different way that allows you to evolve and grow - tell yourself there is more, and you can always be more. You always have to continue finding ways to stay relevant and keep things fresh. Measuring success within the parameters of staying relevant and evolving is a key element to strive for. There are always going to be things that people get tired of, so you must be cutting edge and assume there’s someone else who wants it more than you.” When it comes to elegant and chic yet cozy décor and creative cuisine, escape to Elea or Kyma for authentic and innovative Mediterranean plates that are made with love! KYMA FLATIRON 15 W 18th St. New York, NY 10011 212.268.5555 kymarestaurants.com ELEA 217 W 85th St. New York, NY 10024 212.369.9800 eleanyc.com
COOKWARE Made with Love
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f you want to enjoy a gourmet meal cooked at home, especially during the holidays, make sure to use Made In, some of the world’s finest kitchen products. From the Blue Carbon Steel Skillet to their latest Sous Chef collection, you can master the craft of cooking in style! All Made In products are manufactured in the best factories around the globe, from Tennessee to Thiers, France. In 2016, the company embarked on a mission to rethink the traditional kitchen experience. Partnering with the highest quality raw material suppliers and seasoned manufacturers, Made In strives to keep creating collections for culinary novices and experts alike. Each and every product is designed to help home chefs hone their skills with restaurant quality cookware. One of Made In’s most popular products is the carbon steel pan. A staple of European cooking, the pan is a masterpiece of French design and technology. This pan fuses the most remarkable components of cast iron, such as its seasoning abilities and heat retention, with the best of stainless clad cookware, including heat control. Their Made In x Contra Kit features a three-course dinner menu that home chefs can easily execute, all designed by Chefs Fabian Von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone, who have been recognized
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as Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” and Conde Nast Travelers “Young Chefs to Watch.” The kit includes five hand-selected shelf-stable ingredients, a mother of pearl tasting spoon, three recipes that incorporate these ingredients and Made In’s 12” Blue Carbon Steel Skillet – a best seller that has garnered over a 10,000-person waitlist. This fun and functional kit allows home chefs to recreate three dishes from Contra’s contemporary New York cuisine with the help of three recipe cards, tips from chef Fabian Von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone and access to exclusive how-to videos. With 2mm thick blue carbon steel, as well as incredible heat control and retention, you can make your own fast and delicious feast! With cast iron’s heat retention, seasoning, and non-stick
properties and stainless steel’s heat control, lightness and cooking speed, get ready to make some mean and mouth-watering plates! Produced with French age-old knife-making tradition in mind, Made In knives are perfectly balanced and sharp – they are absolutely flawless and deadly to any piece of steak that gets in their way! After all, the distinct stainless-steel radiance of the blades come with an innovative nitrogen treatment. Made with a third-generation cookware manufacturer, Made In produces high-quality stainless clad cookware that is offered in five-ply sets. These kits make elegant kitchen supplies highly affordable for any home chef.
If you want to make your signature sauce or invent a new recipe, the premium Sous Chef set includes both a saucepan and a saucier pan. This shiny new 11-piece stainless steel cookware set is made with all American-sourced materials and is the perfect gift for the chef or wannabe cook in your life! The set contains a 10” frying pan, 10” non-stick frying pan, 12” frying pan, two-quart saucepan, fourquart saucepan, four-quart saucepan, eight-quart stockpot, one small lid, one medium lid and two large lids. The layers of pure aluminum distribute heat across the surface and retain it, allowing for maximum flavor from all your ingredients. Furthermore, the premium stainless-steel body resists corrosion and rust, while all cookware is
also relatively easy to clean, oven and dishwasher safe and holds heat inside, leaving the handles cold. Most importantly, this exclusive set comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. The pieces also offer 5-ply composition and thick construction and induction capabilities, so they’re ready for any stovetop. This innovative set even has an industrial-chic finish, so you won’t find any noticeable scratches. Interested in taking your dinner party to new tasty heights? Aside from exceptional kitchen supplies, Made In hosts pop-up dinners across the U.S. and even partners with seasoned chefs who teach tips
and tricks to aspiring hosts and hostesses. Their team of celebrity chefs includes Tom Colicchio, the founder of Crafted Hospitality, who has not only invested in Made In but also utilizes the company’s products in Small Batch, his latest New York City hot spot. Make your favorite old family recipes or new dishes with all the tools you need from the marvelously crafted Made In and get ready to crank out some creative plates with your perfectly crafted cookware! madeincookware.com
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MIAMI’S MOST DELECTABLE DINING DESTINATIONS Miami’s Most Mouth-watering Spots By Jax Cohen Meat Market Steakhouse Located in the middle of Miami, you can enjoy a swanky night out at Meat Market, which has emerged on the steak scene with its delectable fare, glamorous crowd and cool ambience. The sleek yet cozy setting of this high-end South Beach steakhouse has made it a popular and posh spot for those looking to escape into the world of old cinematic luxury. Owner David Tornek and Chef Sean Brasel have transformed the dining room into a sophisticated and deliciously decorated space. Themes of white, platinum and gold are complemented with accents of brick, leather, animal hides, cork and mirrors, resulting in a rich opulence that radiates throughout. As the restaurant’s name suggests, most people come here for the meat, though there are plenty of other mouthwatering options. With a wide selection of wood-grilled steaks to choose from, offered in full and half portions, there is a tasty plate for every palate. Meat Market’s signature steaks include the 16-ounce New York strip and the 22-ounce bone-in ribeye, while other in-house
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creations include buffalo tenderloin, 30-ounce Kobe beef Tomahawk ribeye, prime short rib and lobster risotto. Set your sights on their delightful seafood plates, which include crudo selections and oysters on-the-half-shell that are treated with yuzutruffle mignonette, horseradish, and a habanero cocktail sauce. Meanwhile, their mahi-mahi is spiked with jalapeño juice, tequila and cilantro. Their freshly prepared fish dishes include the wild salmon, which is topped with cinnamon, star anise and candied jalapeño, while the local grouper is prepared with browned goat butter and bacon-specked chipotle seafood broth. There is also a variety of vegetarian specialties – no matter what you order, you will always find personalized and attentive service. Don’t miss their daily happy hour between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; along with an impressive list of beverages, it includes a special food menu where you will find tuna tartare nachos, gouda bites and beef sliders. You will also find bartenders serving up signature creations like caipirinhas and mojitos at any hour! Their extensive wine list also highlights the domestic terrain. Whether you sit outside people-watching
on Lincoln Road or dine indoors where you’ll be surrounded by the fabulous ambiance of Meat Market’s main dining room, this lively South Beach restaurant is the perfect choice for a romantic date night, celebration or special event. 915 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.532.0088 meatmarketmiami.com Bella Cuba Restaurant Enjoy a Cuban-style meal at Miami Beach’s beloved Bella Cuba. Neighboring Lincoln Road Mall, Bella Cuba has provided guests with delicious home-style cooking for 15 years, and this local spot is not slowing down anytime soon. Try some of their delectable plates while getting down at their Latin Social, which takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm. You can also dig into deliciousness at their Cuban Brunch, which is served Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm with live music beginning at 12pm. Bella Cuba recently added “Brunch with
Bongos” where you can enjoy some music with your meal starting at 12pm on Sundays. While their musicians rotate, you might stumble in one day to find Latin Grammy award-winner Tomasito Cruz, Lourdes Nuviola or Cachita Lopez. Bella Cuba’s own personal story is as sweet as their fan-favorite flan (a Cuban caramelflavored custard). Owners Juan Carlos and Larisa Jimenez met in Ukraine when Cuba had a student exchange program with the former Soviet Union. They eventually settled in Ireland, where they started their family. Their youngest son, Omar, who studied Hospitality Management in Dublin, Ireland, became the manager and host of Bella Cuba when they moved to Miami. Omar came up with the latest brunch menu, blending traditional American brunch favorites with Cuban flavors to create a “nuevo Miami Cubano brunch.” As a proud family-owned restaurant, Bella Cuba is passionate about cooking up food made daily from scratch. This traditional Cuban cooking is primarily “peasant cuisine,” which is more about pouring love into every order than it is about strict measurements and timing. Most of the fare at Bella Cuba, which will remind you of your mother’s cooking, is sautéed or slow cooked over a low flame. The majority of dishes include only a few basic spices, such as garlic, cumin, oregano, and bay leaves. What really sets traditional Cuban cooking apart is the staple market ingredients: tropical root vegetables such as yuca, malanga, and boniato complete a traditional Cuban meal and are found in almost every dish on Bella Cuba’s colorful and creative menu. Such traditional dishes include ropa vieja (shredded braised beef) cooked with tomatoes and red wine, slow roasted pork served with yuca in mojo and chicken stew with potatoes, olives and peppers. As a nod to the owner’s Irish past, you will also find fish and chips made with beer battered grouper. Finish your culinary trip to Cuba with a Classic Mojito or a cigar rolled in Calle Ocho and dance the night away with traditional live music! From their award-winning Cuban sandwich, which came in first place at the Calle Ocho Music Festival, to their Guava French Toast, which is made with guava jam from the family’s own backyard tree, dining at Bella Cuba is one sweet experience! Other tasty and authentic treats include the Cuban country skillet, which comes in a castiron pan filled with two fried eggs, home-style potatoes, green peppers, ham, chorizo and cheese served with Cuban toast. You can also savor the sandwich de brunch on Cuban bread stuffed with two fried eggs, cheese, ham croquetas, grilled ham, bacon and pink sauce. Cheers to authentic Cuban cuisine! 1659 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.672.7466 bella-cuba.com
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KOKAGE CAFÉ A Taste of Kyoto
ith authentic and innovative Japanese food, Kokage Café, which was just opened this summer by well-known restaurant Kajitsu, is already keeping up with its Michelin star sister restaurant! This fun and flavorful new spot serves only the freshest seasonal ingredients from Japan as well as local farmers. Located inside of Kajitsu, known for its Shojin cuisine, a type of vegetarian cooking which originated from Zen Buddhism, the more casual Kokage Café cooks up some creative culinary delights. With mouthwatering traditional Japanese wagashi sweets and namafu, you will experience new flavors which you won’t find anywhere else! Located on a tree lined street near Grand Central Station, on the first floor of the townhouse it shares with Kajitsu, try some of this café’s tantalizing creations. With appetizing a la carte dishes and savory signature plates including waygu beef sukiyaki, as well as their standout Kyoto style saba sushi, you are sure to be in for a treat.
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By w. a. muller Unlike the vegetarian cooking found at Kajitsu, Kokage Café offers meat and fish dishes, although authentic Japanese cuisine is still the foundation of its fare. Your taste buds will be transported to a wonderous new place with their traditional and high-quality wagashi, which cannot be found anywhere else in New York City. This stylish spot also offers a selection of confections, as well as coffee and teas. Since opening, Café Kokage has been sharing the beauty and deliciousness of their delicacies – you can tell they are proud of their heritage with each and every bite! The passionate team behind this new establishment, which is responsible for many palatable plates, include Ms. Phoebe Ogawa and Ms. Mai Mizuno, who trained at the historic namafu shop called Fuka, based in Kyoto. Mr. Tsubasa Konoshita, another student at the famed Fuka will also be joining the team next year. Their mouthwatering menu changes monthly, making for an exciting and extra memorable dining experience each time you dine at this unique restaurant After all, wagashi values the seasons, as well as tradition, art, literature, history and cultural
celebrations. Guests can now experience the best of Kyoto without leaving the city! Enjoy delicacies such as their Anko Butter or Dashimaki Sandwich Sets, which pair perfectly with their Hoji Cha, Sencha or cold brew coffee. While their seasonal Kakigori dessert, a Japanese style shaved ice, is served from July through September, their hot teas are sure to warm you up all winter long. You’ll definitely want to try their Drink Set, which is comprised of traditional Japanese confections served with a drink of your choice. Set your sights on either the Seasonal Wagashi Set, Matcha Set or Higashi Candy Set. Their Seasonal Wagashi and pots of tea, as well as iced teas, make Kokage Café one place you can’t miss! The café is currently open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm. 125 E 39th St. New York, NY 10016 212.228.4873 kokagenyc.com
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HER NAME WAS CARMEN Celebrate Buenos Times, C’mon By Simon Gusev
hat’s in a name? Well, at Soho’s hottest new restaurant, Her Name Was Carmen, some tasty and creative cuisine, that’s for sure! This two-story spot with a serene, laidback ambiance, serves up rich flavors of contemporary Latin American cuisine. With a menu that combines fresh seafood with Latin spices, you will find plenty of mouth-watering dishes that will have both you and your taste buds dancing the night away! This downtown dining destination, which will be celebrating its first anniversary this month, is the latest project by Thatcher Shultz and Andres Diaz, the founders of such iconic spots as the Garret, Felix and Tropicana Parties. The restaurant has two spacious floors, where you can dine, drink and dance – this Broome street spot is always booming! With delectable dishes and a nostalgic design inspired by the bold and modernistic strokes from the ’50s and ’60s Latin America, they bring innovative creations and a chic vibe to every table. From eclectic music to enticing cocktails, including the Carmencita made with benhaz mezcal, pineapple, lime, cilantro and habanero, Her Name Was Carmen is definitely calling your name!
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Enjoy a seductive setting and savory dishes at this seafood-focused spot, where they use only the most authentic ingredients which are inspired by Latin American countries. The restaurant, which delivers divine dishes, is led by Chef Ben Hammou, the former star of the three-star Michelin restaurant Le Bernardin. Chef Hammou teamed up with renowned pastry chef Victoria Ellis Jackson to create a culinary heaven right in New York City. With so many flavorful options, you’ll go loco for these Latin American delicacies! For starters, we recommend sampling their tasty tuna dish, served with avocado, tomato and oregano, or the Sea Bream Crudo with lemon ginger emulsion, chalaquita and Peruvian corn. Spice things up with the Bread Crusted Halibut, served with cilantro, spicy aji amarillo, butter and green beans. Meat lovers will definitely want to sink their teeth into their juicy short rib with pickled honjimeshi, miso, aji panca, celery root and black garlic. You know you’ve made it when Van Leeuwen makes you your own ice cream – that’s right, Her Name Was Carmen now has its own ice cream flavor!
Unwind at their Wine Wednesdays which take place twice a month in their cocktail lounge, where you will be able to enjoy live music and presentations by renowned winemakers. During these special events, guests are treated to a wine presentation hosted by Sommelier Yuval Bar-Kokhba, followed by a live musical performance. Here you can order premium featured wines by the glass along with a special bar menu, or head to the restaurant where you can try the dishes that pair with the fine wine selection sampled during the event. With over two decades of experience as a wine advisor, sommelier and attorney, Yuval Bar-Kokhba is the name you want to remember when you enter Her Name Was Carmen. Future events will feature Ribera del Duero and the New York City launch of Mexico’s leading winemaker Monte Xanic, as well as many other exciting wine regions. Escape the cold this winter with the exciting Latin American dishes at Her Name Was Carmen, which are sure to warm you up! 527 Broome St. New York, NY 10013 917.262.0107 carmennyc.com
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BOTTINO Italian Made Better By Lauren Bens
orget your boring dinner plans and head to Bottino, known for its indulgent Italian fare. Named from the Italian “Botte” for wine barrel, you can sit back, relax and bite into some authentic and seasonal plates in the restaurant’s airy atmosphere which was designed by architect Thomas Lesser. With repurposed wood shelving featuring their endless bottles of boutique Italian wines, as well as recycled Eames furniture, Bottino’s interior is just as beautiful as the food! By offering fresh and flavorful cuisine, Bottino has become one of West Chelsea’s most beloved spots. After finding succulent success with their first restaurant, Barocco, in Tribeca, owner Danny Emerman and Chef Alessandro Prosperi, who gained many foodie fans, opened their second delicious destination in 1997. With the bold yet approachable flavors of Tuscany found in each dish and award-winning wines, it’s no surprise that Bottino has been in business for over two decades. This chic yet cozy spot which serves up homemade pasta, steak and fish is housed in a historic hardware store – legend says it was once used as a front for gun running to the Irish Republican Army. Still, nothing is more legendary than Bottino’s delectable dishes! The kitchen is now newly helmed by Executive Chef/Partner Jamie Kenyon and his new menu does not disappoint. Dig into his mouthwatering specialties such as Seared Mediterranean Octopus with nduja sausage and fingerlings, Grilled Lamb Chops with rosemary, garlic and smashed potatoes and Garganelli with Oxtail Sugo, made with homemade pasta, braised oxtail, red wine, tomato and cocoa powder. Cheers to Bottino’s creative cuisine with their cocktails, including the Prickly Pear Spicy Margarita, made with chill-infused Patron, prickly pear puree, triple sec and fresh lime, as well as the must-try Bottino Manhattan, a combination of Maker’s Mark, carpano antica and luxardo cherry. With large private rooms, Bottino regularly hosts weddings, birthdays and lunches for their highend clientele. Their posh Pool Room, which can seat up to 52 dinner guests, also features large frosted glass doors that can be opened to connect to the adjacent North Garden patio area – the
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perfect place to go for some pre-party cocktails. While it remains open in the summer, the North Garden Patio is enclosed in the winter months, making it a memorable space for a private dinner. The smaller East Garden hosts intimate cocktail receptions and seated dinners for up to 26 guests. Calling all ladies who lunch – the dining room remains open on Sunday for private lunch parties only. This room can also be used in conjunction with the North Garden to accommodate additional guests. Their prix fixe shower menu, which comes with one glass of wine, mimosa or prosecco per guest, as well as passed hors d’oeuvres, has options ranging from Rigatoni alla Norma to Norwegian Salmon and Chocolate Tiramisu for dessert, making it one sweet experience. Bottino’s set menus for group dining with 12 or more guests start at $75. Enjoy Seasonal Bruschetta, Antipasto of Cured
Meats, a Tricolore Salad and your choice of Fusilli with Organic Bolognese, Pan Roasted Filet of Branzino, Tea-Brined Roast Organic Baby Chicken and more. Celebrate life’s milestones with their two or three-hour cocktail events, where you can indulge in Mini Focaccia Sandwiches, Crostini’s, Mini Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Dill mini tarts as well as an array of platters and sweets. Their tasty Takeout Store, where you will find fresh salads, baked goods and artisan breads, also offers catering options for breakfast and lunch, as well as customized menus from their restaurant kitchen. Bon Appetit at Bottino! 246 10th Ave. New York, NY 10001 212.206.6766 bottinonyc.com
Ruling the Queens Omakase Scene By julie sagoskin
ulfill all of your omakase cravings at Koyo in Astoria, where you can set your sights on their satisfying set menus. Fall in love at first bite with their tuna belly made with wasabi or the kamasu, a Japanese barracuda – after all, the fresh fish at Koyo all come from Japan’s major markets. Since closing his popular sushi restaurant Gaijin in order to open the more upscale and intimate Koyo, which is already a crowd pleaser, Jay Zheng has been introducing guests to some out of this world omakase. Zheng’s new chef, Darry Liu, brings his experience from working at famed restaurants including Eleven Madison Park, Ichimura at Ichu and Shuko. Enjoy enticing and elevated options in an elegantly appointed and enchanting atmosphere. Their mouthwatering dishes are served in the newly redone space which features local maple – the name Koyo refers to the changing colors of the Japanese maple trees. While the menu will change seasonally in
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order to incorporate the freshest fare, the highquality of the food and service at Koyo remains a constant. The quiet space, which features just eight seats at the bar and ten in the dining room, allows guests to focus on the food – and each other throughout the course of the meal. If you want to watch the chef work his magic, book a seat at the bar! This sleek spot serves up delectable dishes during their two seatings at 5:30pm or 8pm. Expect each meal to last about two hours, though your memories of their delicacies will last a lifetime! Take your taste buds on a ride with their $135 sushi focused omakase menu, which includes Sunomono, Suimono, 12 pieces of Nigiri, Cut Maki and their specialty dessert. The $175 Kaiseki Omakase is inspired by seasonal ingredients and features multi-course small plates. Enjoy Sunomono, Hassun, Caviar, Yakimono, Suimono, nine pieces of Nigiri, Cut Maki and dessert, each of which is masterfully created - just beware, you might be craving Kaiseki long after your visit!
Find yourself immersed in an authentic Japanese dining experience, especially when you dig into the Dungeness Crab served with seaweed and tofu, which is served in a Dashi broth. The kaiseki menu, which can be described as a flavor progression, has a variety of textures and temperatures. This tantalizing tasting set has dishes which range from soft to crunchy, as well as warm to cold. Expand your culinary horizons with dishes such as Chinese caviar on milk toast with shaved burgundy truffles, a special grilled fish course, and even monkfish liver and tuna tartare with uni. Whichever menu you decide to enjoy, your sweet tooth will be satisfied with their homemade dessert and glass of soy milk served with tapioca pearls. Koyo is definitely ruling the omakase craze in Queens!
37-12 31st Ave. Astoria, NY 11103 929.328.2890 koyonewyork.com
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THE LIVING CIRCLE Two Ways to Experience the History of Zurich By Jim and Michelle Pastorick
ike many major European cities, Zurich can be experienced through the remaining remnants of its long history, something we were able to do while staying at the Storchen and Widder hotels. The two hotels in Zurich, along with the Castello del Sole resort in Ascona, Switzerland, on the shore of Lake Maggiore, are managed by The Living Circle, which strives to create exceptional experiences for their guests with their hotels, dining and entertainment. While reminders of the character and history of Zurich are evident throughout the Storchen and the Widder, that character is presented differently at each of the two hotels. This grand and historic hotel underwent major reconstruction in 2017, when half of its rooms received major updating, while the remaining rooms are scheduled for remodeling in 2021. Although the Storchen boasts numerous restaurants, cafes and bars, there are also many attractions nearby. The property, situated directly on the Limmat River in the historic “Weinplatz” (literally “wine place”), hosts frequent open markets and other pop-up activities, while the historic Old Town area has plenty of cafes and high-end shopping options. As should be expected at a luxury hotel housed in such an ancient structure, the 66 guestrooms
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at the Storchen vary widely in size, features and accommodations. They range from a Classic Queen Single to the Two Bedroom Suite, and both offer varying views of the Old Town, the Limmat River, the Weinplatz, Lake Zurich and, in a few instances, both the lake and the river. Although the rooms and views vary, they all feature modern features and facilities such as functional windows, so that guests can enjoy the gentle breezes from the lake. The restaurants and bars at the stunning Storchen include La Rotisserie (a formal restaurant with a rustic Swiss atmosphere which also serves an excellent breakfast), Barchetta (the lobby bar with adjacent seating area on the Limmat), and the Cigar Bar (a rustic Swiss atmosphere where you can well, smoke cigars). Three other outdoor seasonal spots which are open from April through October include Terrace, offering outdoor dining on the banks of the Limmat, Piazza, featuring delectable dining directly on the Weinplatz, and the rooftop bar The Nest, which has unparalleled views of Lake Zurich, the Limmat and Old Town, complete with dueling clock chimes from the surrounding historic churches. Wander over to the Widder, an architectural gem which was created by combining nine individual buildings, constructed in the 12th through 19th centuries, into one varying but cohesive structure. The conversion of the nine buildings, originally
consisting of businesses, shops and private homes, took ten years of construction under the direction of famed Swiss architect, Tilla Theus. It is obvious that the overall goal of the project was to create beautiful and fun spaces that preserve ancient structures while incorporating modern accents required for construction integrity and livability. It may sound complex, but the building is a true treasure. The staff of the Widder realize that they are caretakers of an important historic and architectural structure, and they are very accommodating of visitors who want to experience the common areas of this gem. Start in the lobby to get a taste of the beautiful symbiotic relationship between the ancient and the new. Here you will find modern features such as aluminum, steel beams and posts, which are used to support the upper floors and placed between the ancient wooden beams and posts. In order to differentiate between the old and the new, The Living Circle Sales Manager Jonas Schneider explained that “anything that is not original was made distinctively modern.” This sensitivity for respecting older features while incorporating newer pieces is apparent throughout the Widder. From the modern steel and aluminum elevator, located in a former stone outdoor courtyard, to ancient small windows surrounded by glass and remnants of
faded frescoes with modern pencil sketches hinting at the former glory of the now-lost image, the old and the new are both obvious and harmonious. A visitor is met with these wonderful contrasts almost everywhere they look. As with the Storchen, the 49 guestrooms at the Widder vary greatly and range from Designer Double Rooms to Junior and Lifestyle Suites. There are also some Special Suites (lofts, and two and three bedrooms) including a Family Suite with a separate “bunk room” for the kids. Each resplendent room is individually designed to highlight the old wooden structure with its massive beams while incorporating modern facilities such as combination steam spa showers. For the ultimate experience, check into one of their four rooms which boast private rooftop terraces. The common areas preserve and highlight the ancient, though you will still notice the modern materials and construction techniques. You will definitely notice the upgraded luxuriousness and personalized touch in each of these J.MAK Hospitality properties. The Widder is also located in the heart of Old Town Zurich, with its many restaurants, bars and shops, though you don’t even have to leave the premises to enjoy fine dining. The Widder offers several in-house dining options including AuGust Restaurant, which is reminiscent of the butcher shop that originally occupied the space, and the Widder Bar and Restaurant, a multi-level space offering a fine dining experience and live piano music every night. The Widder Bar and Restaurant’s Executive Chef Tino Staub created a concept restaurant incorporating Asian fusion cuisine with a European influence. Aside from being flavorful, this integration keeps with the overall Widder message of combining eras and tastes. Chef Staub also encourages ordering plates to be shared by the table, organized by eight different flavor experiences. You will also find Tino’s favorites, a nightly tasting menu selected by the chef. Find fantastical and unexpected dining surprises at the Widder, including a changing pop-up restaurant offered during the cold winter months. This winter’s pop-up is the Japanese Shabu Shabu, which held a star-studded grand opening event. The Widder also operates a bar and nightclub called Widder Garage, which is just short walk from the hotel. The Storchen and the Widder in Zurich, as well as Castello del Sole on Lake Maggiore, are managed by The Living Circle Group. In an effort to provide the “total concept” experience, the group owns and operates farms in order to provide provisions for their restaurants with items including milk, eggs and rice – they are the northernmost arborio rice producer. In addition, their vineyard, which offers tours for guests, also supplies their own estate wines. They even added a small farm which supplies some of their beef. By staying at either the Storchen or the Widder, you are sure to become immersed in the history of a great European city within walking distance to all the attractions of Zurich. thelivingcircle.ch
CASTELLO DEL SOLE Setting Your Sights on Switzerland By Simon Gusev
on a boat tour that will take your breath away. You will always find plenty of things to do at Castello del Sole, making for a perfect getaway which is sure to sooth your soul!
This chic yet cozy hotel is located in Ascona, a small historic town with a pleasantly mild climate on the Northern Shore of the magnificent Lake Maggiore. You’ll be enchanted at every corner when you explore its Old Town, which embodies Roman ambiance, and features a lake promenade full of cozy street cafes. From a Roman Catholic Monastery to the pilgrimage site of Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, as well as castle ruins and beautiful parks, you can explore all of the scenic sights around the majestic Lake Maggiore
Boasting beautiful scenery, including the extensive gardens on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Castello del Sole radiates with a dreamy vibe. Thirty-seven amazing rooms and 41 spacious suites are spread out over three Mediterranean style buildings. This exquisite property features rose garden courtyards, a private beach and even a bird sanctuary. The hotel also maintains the part of the original building dating back to 1542. Each and every room is decorated in a neutral palette and offers soft beds with luxurious bedding and beautiful balconies where you can gaze out at their gorgeous park. Featuring both a living room
rom stylish accommodations to scenic boat tours, when you visit the historic Castello del Sole in Switzerland, a stylish spot surrounded by picturesque alpine mountains, your most fanciful fantasies turn into reality!
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and a dressing area, you are sure to have sweet dreams in their suites which are twice the size of standard rooms. All of the accommodations have elegant bathrooms with bathtubs, while some suites have showers as well. You will also find modern amenities such as free WiFi, minibars, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and tea and coffee facilities. Experience the awardwinning luxury of J.MAK Hospitality every time you stay at this haute hotel! While there is plenty to do in the area, you won’t want to miss out on the hotel’s vast array of wonderful amenities. After checking in to this posh property, you will definitely want to check out their own private beach, swim in a spacious outdoor pool, go for a bike ride, take tennis lessons or play some golf. On rainy days, you can hit the
gym or dive in their incredible indoor heated pool. Sit back, relax and enjoy the serenity of Castello Spa, a great place to let your soul and body float in the rapture of relaxation all season long. The spa also offers exclusive services such as hot stone and vinoaqua therapies. You can even rent a smaller spa with a picturesque view of the park. Indulge in an unparalleled delectable dining experience in one of the hotel’s excellent onsite restaurants. For breakfast, head to The Ristorante Tre Stagioni, which offers a morning buffet comprised of delicious pastries, freshly baked bread, healthy yogurts, omelettes, fresh fruit, juices and a variety of hot beverages. Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure at the remarkable garden Ristorante Parco Saleggi. Located within their park, the restaurant offers
numerous salad options, delightful pasta and even grilled meat and flavorful fish dishes. Feast your eyes on The Locanda Barbarossa, a sophisticated spot where you can feast on classic French cuisine with locally grown ingredients and a Mediterranean touch. Unwind after a full day of adventures at Bar Bassa Selim. Decorated in a fusion of deep blue hue and Moorish style, the bar’s theme is based on the opera “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”. This place definitely gets a standing ovation!
Goldeneye. Soak up the natural beauty of your Swiss scenery, especially when you head to Lake Maggiore and Parco Nazionale del Locarnese. The beautiful Brissago Island, as well Botanischer Garten Gambarogno, are also great fun for the whole family. Adventurous travelers can find themselves hiking or biking amidst the wild surroundings of the nearby side valleys of Ticino, including the Maggiatal and Centovalli. The Lugano Airport is only a 40-minute drive from what is sure to be your favorite new destination!
If you plan on exploring attractions outside of the town, there are tons of enticing and exciting activities. Adrenalin lovers should head to Contra Dam, known as the best place to go bungee jumping, as well as where some famous films have been shot, including the James Bond movie
With personalized attention – their team will help plan special excursions - and picturesque surroundings, escape to Castello del Sole and enjoy the most enchanting parts of Switzerland! castellodelsole.com
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SOFITEL ROME VILLA BORGHESE The Perfect Retreat for a Roman Holiday By Simon Gusev
mbark on an exciting and romantic holiday in Rome, where you can create your own magical moments, especially when you stay at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, where you are sure to be blown away! Set on the edge of the glorious Borghese gardens, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese has long occupied one of the most desirable locations in the Eternal City. Surrounded by designer boutiques, wine bars and upscale restaurants, the hotel is located just a stone’s throw from major attractions such as
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the Spanish Steps. They are even right next to the famed Trevi Fountain as well as the cosmopolitan Via Veneto, so you can really feel like you’re living la dolce vita! This stylish spot has attracted Hollywood stars and jet-set personalities alike throughout the years. Relax at this posh property...where you will be able to...set your sights on your stylish surroundings. French architect and interior designer JeanPhilippe Nuel recently spearheaded a complete redesign of the property. Situated in a former 19th
century Roman palazzo, Nuel took inspiration from the building’s original architecture as well as the landscaped gardens of the adjacent Villa Borghese to bring a fresh look with a natureinspired color palette for the city retreat. Each of their stunning 81 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites combine French and Italian elegance. Sit back and relax in this Sofitel property, where you are sure to have sweet dreams in your spacious suite. You can really take in your surroundings in the Prestige Suites, which offers unparalleled panoramic views.
Your aesthetically pleasing accomodations feature upscale parquet floors, Baroque-inspired ceiling panels, accent pillows, and original pieces by artists such as Cyril Destrade, and photographs from Christian Basso and Véronique Durruty— and each piece is as striking as the unique room in which it is displayed. Each and every room also has Sofitel’s trademark MyBed bedding, an extra-large mattress with a feather topper and duvet, which is sure to guarantee a magical night’s sleep! Other upscale amenities include marble bathrooms with Hermès toiletries, WIFI, Bose Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machines and minibars. The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is known for their service and multi-lingual concierge staff who can arrange a variety of special outings and tours as well as exclusive experiences are for all guests. If you want to work off those pizza and pasta calories, the hotel features a small fitness area with stateof-the-art equipment and even a SoFIT Wellness Program for personalized training and treatments. If business brings you to Rome, the hotel offers a self-service business center with copy and print services, currency exchange and translating service. Their lovely champagne bar is the perfect place to toast to your romantic Roman adventure! Start your morning with the culinary delights from Settimo Roman Cuisine & Terrace, where you will find a buffet offering plenty of palatable plates. Make sure to try the savory dishes at the awardwinning Settimo Roman Cuisine & Terrace, which you can enjoy while gazing at some of the best panoramic views of Rome. With its garden-themed decor, the restaurant mimics the neighboring Borghese Gardens. Led by Chef Giuseppe D’Alessio, who transforms delicious contemporary Roman plates into a dazzling culinary adventure, you will have long lasting memories of this mouthwatering spot. Enjoy classic plates such as Roman saltimbocca, tonnarelli cacio cheese and delicious veal with tuna sauce. The restaurant also offers an extensive cocktail menu with sublime drinks, so you can watch the sun set over the most picturesque part of Rome. With its sophisticated design, excellent service, superb amenities and delicious eatery, the hotel pays homage to the illustrious history of Rome while offering modern comforts. Say goodbye to reality and hello to the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese! sofitel.accorhotels.com
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ATHENAEUM HOTEL A Legacy of Anecdotes & Teddy By Rory Winston
“Mine,” insists M while collapsing onto the ornate king-sized bed in time to a drum-fill by a Britpop band playing from the large screen TV. Savagely squeezing Arthur against her, she settles into a fetal position. “My bear,” she reiterates, alleging that she’s already officially adopted Arthur and will never leave him behind. Arthur is a teddy bear, an English teddy to be precise - one that, despite protestations to the contrary, is, part of the fivestar hotel’s décor. There is one Arthur to every bed in every room of The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences. As for M, there is only one of her. And it happens to come in the form of a 30-year-old classical pianist and composer – one for whom I’ve been enlisted to write lyrics. It’s in M’s company, and, now apparently, Arthur’s, that I must go to the famed Sarm Studios this weekend and work. The teddy incident has me fixating on the other Arthurs in the hotel and all their surrogate owners. I’m besieged by random images reminiscent of Jean Genet’s The Balcony. In every room some
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poor Arthur is forced into an elaborate game of psychological transference, one whose correlation to the real world remains nebulous. Arthur can be kinky, romantic, decadent, nefarious, introverted, sordid or inspiring. Arthur is an alter-ego, a point of realization. He could be a mascot for every important decision ever made by residents of The Athenaeum - decisions that, unbeknown to us, may already have impacted our lives. Part of what makes The Athenaeum special is that it is a luxury boutique establishment wherein worldrenowned guests often live for months at a time. Margaret Thatcher lived at The Athenaeum for close to a year. Was her teddy a Tory whose jar of honey had to be guarded from Trade Unions? And what of Marlon Brando’s Arthur? Did he go off in search of a Wee Baby Stella doll? Was it possible that his Arthur was on a bender after Liz Taylor’s bear left him? Steven Spielberg was based at the hotel while editing Raiders of the Lost Ark. Was Arthur
whispering ideas into his ear or, like ET, telling him to phone home? Did Kanye West’s teddy bear fancy himself a grizzly? And what of Kim Kardashian’s stuffed animal – did it need more filling or just some Botox? Russel Crowe, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson – what were their Arthurs like? What stories went on inside their rooms? How did it influence their decisions? With 162 bedrooms, which includes 18 resident apartments, The Athenaeum is a wall-to-wall repository of unrecorded anecdotes. It’s a venue wherein major films were planned, politics shaped, books finalized, and music inspired. Enough Green to Go Around From our room, both Hyde Park and Green Park are visible. A third smaller but equally lush green area is the rich garden growing vertically on The Athenaeum’s façade, one aptly called the Living Wall.
The property’s recent overhaul extends to guestrooms, the lobby area and townhouse Residences. The spaces each area function as installation art pieces. Recherché fixtures and trappings collude with magnificent works of art, creating a sense of sophisticated whimsy. The rooms announce, “We are harmonic enough to allow for frivolity.” With a spa that boasts two cedar wood hot tubs, a sauna, a steam room, a relaxation area, a wellequipped gym, and even specially scheduled skin and face treatments, The Athenaeum is a cloistered world unto itself. Galvinized Eating In the timeless Athenauem world, brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin teamed up to create a restaurant known simply as Galvin. Being renowned for French cuisine, each of the brothers had already earned respective Michelin stars. Here, they opted for something different - paying homage to British culinary tradition. Aside from their own signature creations, the focus is on British cuisine with an emphasis on homegrown produce. Devoid of fanfare, the décor is tastefully minimalist without being austere. From the onset, the focus at Galvin at The Athenaeum is the food. Unobtrusive and attentive, our waiter is a culinary tour guide eager to field questions on any given dish. His recommendations are spot on. Case in point: my Countess Negroni and my partner’s Ayala Brut Majeur.
Created by the award-winning French artist, Patrick Blanc, and spanning from street level to the 10th floor, this 2,799-foot exterior is comprised of over 260 species with 18,000 native and exotic plants. An oasis for biodiversity, the massive, organic, and counterintuitive structure offers natural insulation thereby reducing energy consumption. Leaving underage Arthur behind, we sip on Giovanni Castorina’s inventive cocktails, admiring this urban wonder through the windows of the hotel’s luxurious and moody ground floor bar.
Pressed Ham Hock and Chicken Terrine with homemade Piccalilli is presented to M, just as
Marinated Loch Duart Salmon with avocado puree and Fennel Salad appears before me. The delectable dishes are, respectively, paired with a fine Le Paradou Viognier and a Pinot Grigio, Tenuta Aurea. Memories of Arthur are washed away under a deluge of textures and flavors. While the starters pique the palate, the entrees are culinary closure. Seared sea bass with citrusbraised endives, spiced raisins and toasted pine nuts have just the right airy meatiness to bring out both the perfected aroma and foam-fresh feel of the fish. My partner’s Salt Marsh Lamb with Ewe’s curd, nettles and Butterhead lettuce - paired with a Bordeaux Supérior Rouge – is a succulent earthy retort to the tantalizing terrine starter. After coyly taking in one another’s euphoric expressions, we split a Caramelized White Chocolate, Pistachio, Raspberry and Lemon Thyme Sorbet. Shocked in a new culinary awareness for English cuisine, we were Galvinized. “Four songs,” M sighs with packed bags, “we managed four whole songs.” Staring around the room one last time, it feels like I’ve forgotten something. Neither of us wants to be the first to exit. Only two nights and neither of us wants to remember what it’s like not waking up in this room. “We still have a great breakfast waiting for us downstairs,” she states by way of consolation. I nod but have no intention of being the first to go. Something has changed. M reluctantly pulls her bag into the hallway. I take one last look back and smile, realizing that Arthur is nowhere to be seen. athenaeumhotel.com
The 10th floor, with its newly launched executive lounge, The View, affords us an even more remarkable panoramic overview of London. Created in collaboration with award-winning designer Martin Hulbert, the former penthouses have been gutted, giving way to a living space with a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows. With daily cheese, wine and scones on offer, this aerial retreat lives up to its Athenaeum namesake by boasting a fine collection of books.
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THE HARI HOTEL A Sonata in Five Movements By Rory Winston
“Magnificent,” wrote the 13-year-old Queen Victoria in her journal when describing the house of Robert Grosvenor, the first Marquee of Westminster, built in what would soon become London’s Belgravia. While others noted the manor was “as extravagant and opulent as the very latest upholster-decorators could make it,” it was thanks to Grosvenor’s efforts that by the mid19th Century, Belgravia contended with Mayfair in terms of prestige. With stucco mansions and sweeping crescents, Belgravia became a haven for dignitaries, landed gentry, aristocracy, celebrated poets, and renowned musicians. It’s little wonder that The Hari, a luxury boutique hotel, set its sights on this regal enclave. A stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, Knightsbridge and Sloane Square, The Hari’s neighbors include everyone from embassies to London’s most noteworthy residents. Local history is rife with colorful figures that include
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everyone from Alfred Lord Tennyson to Noel Coward. As a lyricist arriving to London in the company of a very gifted Bulgarian composer, it was a different legacy, however, that drew us to The Hari. Just a few doors down from The Hari was where Bach, Mozart, and even Chopin had resided. And what better way to begin work at London’s illustrious SARM Studios than staying in an area where Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber continues to live today? The Hari is a post-modern Sonata in five movements. In the vernacular of Wallpaper, Architectural Digest and the like, its style is “rough luxury.” With sandblasted brick walls and oak flooring juxtaposed with leather and bronze clad columns, the feel is one of vintage revamped with a contemporary edge. The “first movement” is intimate and bold. There’s a charmingly eclectic allure to the lobby where
thought-provoking art installations sit adjacent an expansive fireplace. With a library of design and art-related books, an Autoban sofa that renders long-limbed adults into a toddler-like state, and a quiet mezzanine with a lounge bar, the sensation is one of private club rather than hotel. Bespoke and simultaneously in-ya-face, The Hari confers a sense of “this is our own developed style and taste: like it or be damned.” We like. Entering our room, the “second movement” begins. As a variation on the earlier timeless theme, silver-grey wooden floors with an idiosyncratic skin-like rug accompanies the aubergine-toned walls and natural textures while an inviting king-sized bed lays nestled between works of art and a large mirror. Cordoned off by brass-beaded curtains, one section of the room sits like some isolated balcony box in an opera overlooking the ever-changing proscenium of the city.
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More enticing still, the same motif recurs in the marble bathroom where an ornate angular tub hovers directly over the park square. As faux exhibitionism goes, little compares with a sumptuous bubble bath behind large smoked glass windows. Though my colleague usurps the space for a private recital from which I’ve been barred, I’m certain the piece being played is inspirational. Thinking little of it but too much about it, I quickly take a complimentary bike to the Royal Parks for a workout before returning to the enclosed Garden Terrace for a whisky. The “third movement”: il Pampero. Less a movement than a symphonic poem, the hotel restaurant, Il Pampero, is a journey in its own right. In terms of composition, Executive Chef, Claudio Covino, in the company of a highly talented sous chef, Carmine Giannino, infuse traditional Italian recipes with an ever-growing repertoire of nuances. As conductors into this underworld
of hedonism go, the assistant manager, Vittorio Boano, makes the adventure for me and my partner both worthwhile and informative. Paired with an exceptional selection of wines throughout, the meal begins with grilled seasonal Porcini doused with a light honey, mustard and lemon dressing. Accompanying the dish is a rocket and parmesan salad generously sprinkled with roasted hazelnuts and seasonal black truffles. As variation on this theme, Boano serves up a homemade Egg Pardelle complete with Porcini, naturally thickened Porcini cream, olive oils and a smattering of truffles. For entrée, we try a taster’s combination of Tagliatara Di Costa Di Manzo (the 28-day aged ribeye steak) with rocket salad, parmesan shavings and aged balsamic vinegar, Abbacchio (a very succulent slowly roasted lamb), and, the fish of the day, a Marinated Bluefin Tuna grilled and flamed
with rocket and tomatoes. Though sated, we have difficulty resisting the pistachio and semolina tart with ricotta cream as well as the milk chocolate cream with cold tonka bean zabaione. After a postprandial stroll through the tranquil district of Belgravia, the “fourth movement” begins. We spend the night in our room reviewing material from some of the artists we’ll be writing for. The large screen TV is fine for viewing, the desk easy to work at, and the smart lighting allows us to adjust the mood from work, to sensual. to sleep-inducing. Well-rested the following morning, we shower and have a breakfast at il Pampero. Making our way to SARM studios, I have the uncanny feeling that I know just how Marquee Grosvenor felt as he made his way to Parliament some two hundred odd years ago. thehari.com
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THE CRYSTAL COAST Cherishing the Coastal Life By Simon Gusev
magine a stroll through small coastal villages as you breathe in the fresh sea air before dining on fresh seafood at a quaint bistro…. Turn your visions into reality and escape to the Crystal Coast, which is also known for its crystalclear waters! The Crystal Coast, a true North Carolina gem, possesses a legendary history of piracy, ghostly encounters and exotic wild horses roaming in pursuit of immortal freedom, all of which merge into the unique concept of the Southern tradition. The wonders of the Crystal Coast include Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Harkers Island, Cape Lookout and Morehead City—each one as unique and exquisite as the next. Raise a toast to the coast! Bathe in an 85-mile stretch of blue water and a sunny shoreline where the Gulf Stream caresses the coast. The Cape Lookout National Seashore, a 56-mile strand of beaches that make up the coastal islands of eastern North Carolina, are sure to capture your imagination! In fact, this is one of the
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only natural barrier island chains left in the world, and it is only accessible by boat. You can even look out onto the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters, which was built in the mid-1800s to warn passing ships of the dangerous coastal waters. You’ll be mesmerized by Mother Nature as you witness the wild horses of Shackleford Banks; they have enjoyed their untouched landscape for over 400 years. Take in your tranquil surroundings with some Crystal Coast kayaking, bird-watching explorations, paddling and other outdoor adventures. With one of the longest fishing seasons on the Atlantic, you are sure to reel in a big catch any time of the year along the Crystal Coast! With pristine waters and over a hundred feet of visibility, this area is a diver’s dream! Enjoy wreck diving, underwater photography clinics, and even shark and spear-fishing dives. Home to both the Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitor Center and the Core Sound
Waterfowl and History Museum, Harkers Island invites you to explore all of the endless activities they have to offer! A haven of sunbathers, the Atlantic Beach is home to wide grand beaches and sunshine. Choose from an extensive range of accommodations from a seven-bedroom Victorian mansion to a more environmental beach bungalow. Visit Fort Macon State Park, the historical site for active vacationers who may experience all types of activities, including shore fishing, hiking, swimming and picnicking. For a great dining experience, enjoy mouth-watering plates at Amos Mosquito’s Swampside Café, which offers an eclectic selection of delicious seafood dishes along with karaoke nights, or Idle Hour Biergarten, a modern, beachside German beer garden featuring cozy European dishes. The Island Grille also has plenty of chic coastal ambiance and a modern take on traditional dishes.
Step onto the historic streets of beauteous Beaufort, one of the country’s most charming towns. Here you can smell the salty-sweet ocean air and watch wild horses roaming freely on Carrot Island as you dine at a waterfront café. Stay in one of their enchanting and elegant Victorian suites and intimate bed and breakfasts, which serve up delectable home-cooked meals. Make sure to check out artifacts from Queen Anne’s Revenge, the infamous ship of the legendary pirate, Blackbeard, which can be viewed at the North Carolina Maritime Museum . Dine in one or all of the area’s exquisite restaurants, including Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant and Pub, a culinary landmark serving scrumptious Southern favorites; City Kitchen, a perfect place for delicious food and stunning sunsets; Front Street Grill at Stillwater Cafe, a contemporary waterfront bistro with rural roots; or wine-centric Aqua. Known as the most prominent of the banks on the Crystal Coast, Emerald Isle is named for
its lush greenery. The always enticing Emerald Isle is situated at the western end of Bogue Banks, where accommodations range from quaint beach cottages and condominiums to massive beach mansions known locally as “sandcastles.” Explore a fantastic coastline, shop at fancy boutiques filled with precious coastal treasures or set sail on private chartered fishing excursions. Dine at chic restaurants like Caribsea, which offers premium meats and exceptional seafood plates, or head to the Village Market, a fabulous gourmet deli and sandwich shop with a unique and locally inspired menu. You’ll definitely want to raise a glass at Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar, where you can pair any dish with various varieties of cocktails. The island’s infrastructure is primarily composed of residential homes and private communities, but the landscape offers some of the most unique views of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. After a long day of exploration, dine at Captain’s Choice
Restaurant, also known as the best seafood spot on the island! The restaurant is home to Chef Faye Moore, who has been cooking up the same secret recipes for more than three generations. Don’t miss out on his coconut cake! Home to the annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, Morehead City is known for superior fishing on the coast. Aside from fishing, check out its unique shopping district comprised of art galleries and antique stores. For exceptional dining, visit Bistro by the Sea, an elegant New York style bistro with an extensive list of enjoyable dishes. Circa 81 offers some of the best tapas in town and more than 30 specialty drinks, while Sanitary Fish Market and Restaurant serves up scrumptious seafood burgers. For fine food, fishing and endless fun, create the perfect getaway on the Crystal Coast! crystalcoastnc.org
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH RESORTS Florida’s Historic & Haute Property By Simon Gusev
scape the cold, concrete jungle and pack your bags for the Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts! Reimagine your typical Florida getaway as you relax at The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach – and yes, you can brag about the sunny weather and more importantly, your stylish surroundings when you return! From stunning oceanfront views to a 30,000 square foot spa, as well as delectable dining options, championship golf courses and personalized service, you can stay and play in paradise all season long. Surrounded by picturesque golf courses, The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach is situated in a lovely seaside setting, midway between cultural Jacksonville and historic St. Augustine. To experience the area’s best shopping and local flavors, head to the recently redeveloped Sawgrass Village. Boasting award-winning restaurants, unique boutiques and art galleries, this prominent community shopping center is the “new town square” of Ponte Vedra Beach. Explore Jacksonville’s numerous galleries and museums, or shop till you drop at the Pablo Plaza Shopping Center or Sleiman South Shopping Center. Just a short flight from New York City, Jacksonville will be your favorite new go-to destination – especially when you stay at the Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts. The Florida Regional Airport and Jacksonville International Airport are located 18 miles and 26 miles away, respectively. Reside in one of The Lodge & Club’s recently renovated 66 panoramic rooms and suites, designed in a distinctive Mediterranean-inspired architectural manner with awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic. The palatial Preferred Oceanfront room features a private oceanfront balcony, a king-sized bed, a custom armoire, a desk set, a romantic fireplace and a large, marble-accented bathroom. Their stunning Superior Oceanfront rooms boast private balconies with enchanting panoramic views of the endless ocean. Find casual yet sophisticated furnishings in this spacious room which has been decorated with award-winning interiors. One of the hotel’s most popular room types, the Deluxe Oceanview rooms, offer ocean, pool and courtyard views, as well as custom works of art, elaborate window treatments and imported fabrics that emphasize the European-centered design theme. Featuring a small kitchen, bedroom area and spacious living room with custom furnishings and fireplace, the sumptuous Ocean suites give guests a taste of beach living at its most luxurious. The Presidential suite, a truly royal accommodation, enchants with its exclusive designer touches such as crown molding with recessed cove lighting. This elegantly appointed suite features a marble-accented bathroom with Jacuzzi tub as well as picture perfect panoramic views of the marine landscape right outside your door. Savor some sensational dishes at the The Sea View Grille, the most stylish dining option at The Lodge & Club. Located at the top of the hotel, this
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restaurant is perfect for enjoying palatable plates with oceanfront views – for a truly romantic experience, dine amidst stellar skies by night. The talented culinary team presents traditional cuisine in the most innovative ways possible. Their mouthwatering menu features fresh coastal seafood, aged steaks and an extensive list of beverages. The oceanfront bistro Oasis, which features outdoors dining beneath a canopy of colourful umbrellas, offers culinary delights ranging from salads and sandwiches to the best grilled seafood in the area. Bite into some frozen treats and other snacks at their Barefoot Bistro food truck, which is conveniently located right next to the family pool and fitness center. Unwind after a day of outdoor activities at the Sea View Lounge, where you can sip on specialty
cocktails, or enjoy classic afternoon teas with a variety of snacks. For even more amazing amenities, head to the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. This historic AAA Five Diamond resort, which was built in 1928, offers limitless luxurious experiences and stunning ocean views. Praised for its year-round recreation and world-class amenities, the hotel offers guests two seaside championship golf courses, including their renowned Lagoon Course, an award-winning Spa, legendary tennis facilities and excellent dining spots. Keep your getaway carefree with your reserved set of beach chairs, so all you have to focus on is how much fun you’re having! Adventure awaits you at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, which offers endless opportunities for
outdoor activities, such as surfing, sailing, fattire beach bicycling, paddle-boarding and ocean kayaking. You can even take a guided kayak tour of Ponte Vedra Beach’s local Estuarine Research Reserve. Make yourself at home in one of the hotel’s 262 spacious guest rooms and suites, each finished in a sophisticated and elegant coastalinspired décor. Whether you’re looking to relax or partake in some paddle-boarding, make lasting memories this winter at Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts, an exclusive destination for family vacations, weekend getaways, romantic excursions and corporate retreats alike. pontevedra.com
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GRAND FIESTA AMERICANA CORAL BEACH RESORT AND SPA An All-Inclusive Fiesta
ocated on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach in Cancun, the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Resort and Spa has recently added an all-inclusive option to their stay. The new “Ú” experience is part of an exclusive club located on property allowing guests to experience a luxury stay combined with the added ease of an all-inclusive package. Basically, what this mean is that during your entire length of stay you can enjoy their “Unlimited” program at their many restaurants and bars, along with special offers available to only “Ú” guests. As a “Ú” guest, your stay begins with a private check-in at their Gem Spa, along with a 10-minute shoulder/neck massage, immediately easing the stress and tension of the airline flight. Additionally, as a “Ú” guest you have access to their Grand Club lounge, private section of beach, unlimited use of their 10-step Hydrotherapy Circuit at the iconic “Gem Spa,” one 30-minute complimentary Jet Ski
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By Lisa Loverro for two, and complimentary tickets for a ferry ride to the nearby island, Isla Mujeres. The ferry station is conveniently located directly adjacent to the resort. The resorts itself offers 602 all-suite ocean front accommodations, each with a private terrace and their stunning lagoon-like pool. The resort’s top two floors are dedicated to the Grand Club with spacious Junior or Master Suites, a dedicated VIP Penthouse lounge, private beach area with sundeck, and a 24-hour concierge service. The restaurant options on property are numerous, including the AAA Five-Diamond Le Basilic serving French Mediterranean cuisine, and their lively La Joya restaurant, an authentic Mexican experience complete with Mariachi band and a tequila lounge. The pools at this resort are nothing less than spectacular with three swim-up bars and sun loungers, while the private beach provides shaded palapas. The property also has a large fitness center overlooking the beach.
The shining star at this resort is the 40,000 square foot, sleek and stylish, Coral Beach Gem Spa. The innovative treatments are inspired by gemstone therapy, and a dramatic 90-minute 10-step hydrotherapy ritual includes an aromatherapy steam room, a clay steam room, ice room, sauna, rain shower and hydrotherapy pool. There are 26 treatment rooms with services ranging from facials to signature “gem stone” inspired rituals. A perfect blend of serenity and activity, the resort is steps away from Cancun’s vibrant nightlife, entertainment and luxury shopping. If you think Cancun is just about spring break, think again. The beaches here consist of powdery white sand, turquoise blue water, and warm Mexican hospitality that shines through day and night. coralbeachcancunresort.com
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LUCAS ASHER Self-Made Technology Millennial Multi-Millionaire By Hillary Latos Photographed By Ofer Yakov
hen you first meet Lucas Asher he evokes a larger than life personality. But he is a true rags to riches story. As a homeless teenager he understood the meaning of abject poverty and now donates a substantial amount of wealth to helping the homeless. Similar to Ashton Kutcher who is an actor turned tech investor, Asher is a prolific songwriter that is also a tech investor and entrepreneur. With a background in computer science coupled with a strong work ethic, Asher made his first million before he was 20 through web development services and has become one of the most prominent millennial investors in the world with his acute sense of selecting strategic tech companies to invest in during the early stages. Here Resident speaks to Asher about his entrepreneurial endeavors, music career, athletic pursuits, and what inspires greatness. Tell us about how you got started. I feel very fortunate to have had tremendous luck as a technology angel investor.
I’ve been an early stage investor in over 35 high profile tech companies including eight IPOs for Pinterest, Eventbrite, Spotify, and Adaptive Biotechnologies.
path and a statistical person will look for metrics that validate their thesis which can be quantified by users or revenue. They also must demonstrate grit, perseverance and resilience.
After making my first million before 20, I became a serial entrepreneur. One of my favorite investments to date is in Space X- and the general acceleration in the colonization of Mars and ubiquitous Internet. On the music side I’ve written songs licensed by the NY Yankees, ESPN, the NFL and I’m also a songwriter with RZA from the Wu Tang Clan. I recorded at Rick Rubin’s Studio, a legendary music producer and I’m coming out with a new song in January 2020 with one of Kanye West’s music producers.
After that, I may make an investment, and then you can pivot on the business model or strategy and make course adjustments.
What kind of things do you look for in your investments? I only invest in tech and I look for technical founders with a strong math or physics background that have critical thinking. If you’re technically minded you will look for indicators that you are on the right
After investing in over 35+ technology driven companies we currently have billion dollar market cap with Tower Equity. I don’t really focus on ideas. Most ideas have been around forever. For instance, with Airbnb, it is pretty documented Paul Allen had the idea for that in the 90s. Paul Graham, the cofounder of Y Combinator who incubated Airbnb and Dropbox said a startup is a temporary state, it’s not meant to be in that phase for a number of years. The idea is to become a company that is sustainable.
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How do you identify value? It’s based on indicators that are widely accepted. Such as a user base if each user is worth about $100 annually, we can make a valuation. Another is a multiple of revenue. I don’t believe in story investing with a charismatic founder or an irrational metric. I come from a math and computer background and I need to see numbers. What do you see as the next big thing to invest in? My thesis is that network connectivity will be ubiquitous. 5G and Starlink will unleash a renaissance in the app sector where apps that weren’t possible will be possible. Right now three to four billion people aren’t even on the internet yet. E-commerce will be huge in developing countries and there will be a huge surge with the new users. There will be mobile apps that supersede the popular apps today like Instagram. We will share music across different territories. Right now, there are different licenses for music intellectual property across territories. I predict, soon, it will be seamless to share any recorded music across territorial borders. Raw resources will also be important. I’ve invested in the metals sector and drive a lot of metals distribution in North America. We offer rare earth metals and base metals such as aluminum, copper, and steel. I also am seeding investments in asteroid mining as I believe it has the potential to be a trillion dollar frontier with the advent of space commercialization. The supply chain dynamics are all broken and antiquated. We think we can distribute metals in a more efficient manner and at a lower cost for consumers. I’m also interested in tech protocols, in the fintech space specifically ubiquitous API’s can bring costs down in commissions and fees. If you think about the transfer of money, the framework for liquidity was programmed in the 1970s via ACH and it’s antiquated. It’s an area I’m heavily invested in. What is your ultimate goal? We live in a very disruptive time. I want to use technology to connect as many people as I can. I have a utopian idealism with technology. I view technology right now as a mechanism and catalyst for efficiency potentially bringing in a new golden era. This is what I do in the music space already as the CEO of revo.fm, everyone can listen to a song across all territories and connect with their friends through music. At the end of the day writing music or code is based on the same principals of math with many similarities.
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What is your philosophy on life? I’m not that interested or motivated in money. I look at money as a utility like electricity. People aren’t that interested in it, but, when you need it, your life might depend on it. And this is why I think I was able to become relatively successful. Money is not the focus of my life, but rather disruption, innovation, and customer satisfaction. My other hero is Jeff Bezos and I love how he made customer satisfaction the core of his business and users always have to be happy. I think if I wasn’t an entrepreneur or musician I would probably be an academic. My other hero would be Benjamin Franklin, who was actually turned down by Harvard according to reports and had only two years of formal education.
That’s why I am focusing my attention on the music sharing space with revo. Services like Apple and Spotify limit users where they can only share with other friends on the same platform and have created a walled garden. Eventually this cuts down on sharing and the social experience. Revo lets friends share their music with each other regardless of which platform they are on for free. My venture firm Tower Equity also invests in the commercialization of space and we’re making a bet that private companies can do a better job in space than governments can. That seems a bit crazy on face value because governments can monetize debt with endless budgets, so how can a company that’s fiscally conservative beat the government? That is exactly what is happening. Those artificial constraints are making private companies more effective than governments.
What does being a disrupter mean to you? All of the innovation is not coming from the establishment, it’s coming from the disrupters who think differently. The revolutionary spirit is non violent and also a very positive force in order to effect change and values that reciprocate - democracy, equal rights, and better tools to live more efficiently.
What are your other interests? I’m an avid professional skydiver. I’m about to do one of the highest non oxygen jumps in addition to skydiving over the pyramids of Giza on a military C-130 plane. It’s going to be very extreme. My other hero I recently had lunch with is Richard Branson and I’m inspired by his life and how he
historically used extreme stunts to promote the Virgin brand. I’ve always liked adrenaline, and being an entrepreneur is always a precarious job. You become familiar with the uncertain and skydiving is about as risky as you can get. It helps you make decisions under pressure, which Is a skill I think is very valuable. What goes through your mind before a jump? You have to be cognizant of your own mortality. Every time you jump it could be your last moment on Earth especially if you are doing something extreme. What mantra do you live by? Nature loves courage, it’s a reminder that there is no shortage in the world of things we need for sustenance. The greatest deficit in the 21st century is courage. Not enough people are willing to take a risk. Courage is one of the scarcest things in the world. I always need to remind myself that I don’t need more resources or capital, I need more courage.
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SERGIO ACEVEDO Actors to Watch For
By Hillary Latos Photographed By Lazaro Llanes & Hugo Barbosa
hey say if you can make it here you can make it anywhere- where hard work and perseverance can lead you to your dreams. A prime example of this trajectory is NYC’s latest model turned actor Sergio Acevedo. Born in Allentown, PA, a steel town New York crooner Billy Joel put on the map, Sergio knew since he was 10 that acting was in his blood after he landed his first commercial. He joined his middle school and high-school drama club. After some college in Orlando, FL he decided to further his career in Miami and New York City as a model and actor and perfected his thespian
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techniques studying Meisner and Scene Study at T.Schreiber Studios and also attending on-camera classes at Susan Batson Studio.
is a lead role for Ryan Sarno’s new film- so be sure to watch for it. Here Resident speaks to this rising star about what’s next on the horizon.
He has gone on to appear in numerous short-films, commercials, music videos, and international modeling campaigns. Health & fitness are very important to him, he also writes poetry and is a songwriter. His recent project is a starring role in a TV show pilot called Entitled that just got signed by Take Three Talent and is now being pitched to television networks for distribution. His next project
How did you get started as an actor? When I was at the age of 8 I remember my mother taking me to auditions. In 2013 I moved to Miami and thats when I started commercial acting and modeling. But it wasn’t until I moved to NYC in 2015 that I started to take everything super serious. I got a lot of work as a model doing lookbooks, campaigns, runway and fashion editorials for
magazines. I then started auditioning and booking for roles in short films to get my acting reel together. I landed my first theatre play that was written and directed by Estelle Girard Parks, which was an amazing experience. Which actors have inspired you the most? Naomi Watts, Viola Davis, and Matthew Mcconaughey. I think they are some of the best actors in the world. How these actors make you feel while watching their performance on screen is mesmerizing to me. They can make you go through so many emotions. As an artist/ actor this is my goal, I want to make an impact on my audience. Was it easy to make the transition from modeling to acting? I was always an actor since I was younger, but people knew me more as a model so it was more about breaking the stereotype and showing everyone that I’m capable of acting. What was your biggest breakthrough? The TV show pilot that I have been working on for the past year. Its a very special project to me and the cast and crew I worked with are absolutely amazing. We had an amazing outcome at the premiere. We are very confident in this show, so Netflix, HBO, or whoever is reading this check it out! What are some of the biggest challenges that you face? You mean besides all the other amazing talent in NYC? Haha I would saying beating myself up over things you have no control over. There are times I feel defeated and have an internal battle with myself. I’ve come a long way and learned as long as I’ve done my absolute best then thats all that matters. What would your dream role be? A role by one of my favorite directors Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. I want a role that would get me nominated for an Academy Award. A role showcasing various skills that the character is so believable and the acting is so intense it brings multiple emotions to the audience. What are some of your current projects? I just recently shot an American Express print campaign and Nivea commercial. I’m also part of Comedy Central’s social media sketches which has been an ongoing gig. I’m working on getting my poetry out there as well and getting it published. Also songwriting for several artists. As of now, I’m preparing for my leading role in a film by Ryan Sarno. Are there any mantras that you live by? I never want to wonder, what if...? Just go for it, don’t give up and never live life with regret. @flowgio
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DR. ANUJ SHAH Interventional Cardiologist
e sat down with renowned interventional cardiologist Dr. Anuj R. Shah to learn more about his road to success. Dr. Shah is one of the youngest interventional cardiologists to perform 10,000 cases. The Founder of Apex Heart and Vascular also just completed 1,000 vein cases. Dr. Anuj R Shah is a renowned interventional Cardiovascular Disease Specialist and the Founder and director of Apex Heart and Vascular Care. Dr. Shah is recognized as one of the leading interventional cardiology experts in performing procedures such as Angiography, Angioplasty, Atherectomy, percutaneous LVAD, Peripheral Angiography, Laser venous ablation and foam sclerotherapy. He currently resides in Lower Manhattan. We caught up with Dr. Shah to learn more about how he got started. Dr. Shah worked as a vascular director at several institutes for 4-5 years after training and he has completed more than 10K cases. “I am probably one of the few interventional cardiologists under the age of 40 to get to that number in the Northeast,” said Dr. Shah. He began his career as the vascular director of a few prestigious institutes at the age of 29 and focused
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By w. a. muller on helping people with cardiac and vascular ailments. “I trained at one of the top interventional cardiology institutes performing and fixing complex blockages in the heart and legs at high volume centers,” said Dr. Shah. He has published over 50 abstracts in cardiology and got trained under the biggest names in interventional cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. We were eager to learn how this cardiology leader and lower Manhattan resident paved the way to success on his medical journey helping patients. How did your parents shape your career as an interventional cardiologist? Dr. Shah: I grew up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Both of my parents were pediatricians and my Dad (Dr. Raju C. Shah) is a very successful academic. He is President of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 2,800 plus pediatricians and he has authored multiple papers, abstracts and book chapters. I was always inspired by my parent’s desire to help others. Growing up, I spent weekends rounding at the hospital with my Dad instead of typical childhood activities. The word “no” didn’t exist in his vocabulary, so no matter who needed his help, whether it was a really poor farmer from a remote village whose child
was dying or an ambitious junior attending who was looking for a mentor - my Dad was always there to help them! How has heart disease impacted you personally? Dr. Shah: My own personal tragedies with heart disease have had a tremendous impact on my career. My uncle passed away suddenly at the age of 55 from a heart attack, leaving my cousins and wife behind. Last year, one of my best friends from high school died at the age of 38 from a massive heart attack. Heart disease and plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) is very common in Southeast Asians. I am passionate about researching what makes us vulnerable as Southeast Asians and what we can do to prevent it and detect heart disease earlier. What made you decide to launch your own private practice? Dr. Shah: After working for large healthcare organizations for years, I realized that the need for change in the healthcare system is necessary and inevitable, but it is very slow at large organizations. Often, large healthcare organizations (HCO’s) suffer from bureaucracy like any other corporation. Despite being in leadership roles at the hospitals I worked at, I felt like I was riding an elephant.
It is possible to steer the elephant with patience and persistence, but it would take time and the changes would be slow. For example, you would know that certain new technologies and innovations are needed for better and more comprehensive patient care, but bringing this technology to large HCO’s would require jumping through a lot of hoops, red tape and a stringent approval process. What are some problems with the current healthcare system in America? Dr. Shah: We live in a very challenging time when major healthcare decisions are determined based on some numbers on an excel spreadsheet, rather than keeping the patient’s best interest in mind. Additionally, many Americans do not realize that people in larger cities and more desirable places to live will end up receiving better healthcare facilities and a better talent pool of doctors. Underserved and urban areas with poorly insured patients are less likely to get talented doctors and state of the art facilities. Once I realized this, I decided to build a cardiology and vascular practice focused on patient care that could cater to these underserved populations. I wanted to bring world class expertise to underserved areas in New Jersey. I take care of many patients with no insurance. After 7 years of working in hospitals such as Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Sinai and Hackensack, I started my own private practice, Apex Heart and
Vascular Care in 2018. Apex is a cardiology and vascular practice in New Jersey that provides cutting edge cardiovascular care. I also launched a vein restoration clinic in New Jersey for patients with painful or unsightly varicose veins. I help patients live without any symptoms and with confidence. Vein restoration clinic focuses on vascular care. This means getting detected for venous insufficiency, preventing venous insufficiency and varicose veins from getting worse and restoring overall venous health so that people feel less leg pain, swelling and other symptoms. Vein restoration clinic also performs cosmetic vein procedures to help with aesthetics. We innovate and constantly change and adapt. For example, if someone has high blood pressure and they come to our office, we not only treat them but we also spend a lot of time explaining to them how they developed high blood pressure and what they can do differently. Our clinicians stay in touch with the patients to motivate them to take charge of their health and modify their lifestyle. Dr. Shah currently teaches residents, medical students and fellows at various institutes and previously served an Assistant professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in addition to running Apex Vascular. 10,000 cases later, Dr. Shah enjoys spending time in clinical care and building a state-of-the-art cardiovascular practice. He is currently researching the rise of Artificial Intelligence in the field of cardiology.
He holds seven board certifications in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Shah graduated from one of the top universities in India, Gujarat University, in 2003 with six gold medals and honors. He completed a residency and fellowship at University of Connecticut and published more than 50 articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals. He was trained in complex cardiac and vascular cases at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shah won The Young Investigator Award from American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and has spoken at several national cardiology conferences on cardiogenic shock. Dr. Shah has held leadership positions including Director of Vascular Interventions at Good Samaritan Hospital and Bon Secours Hospital in NY. He also served as the Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Shah currently has hospital privileges and performs interventional procedures at The Hackensack University Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, St. Michael’s Medical Center, and Englewood Hospital. He specializes in the treatment of circulatory disease, varicose veins, swelling of the legs, and venous ulcers. Dr. Shah holds seven board certifications in Coronary and peripheral vascular interventions, Level II Echocardiography, Level II Nuclear Cardiology, Level II Vascular Ultrasound Interpretation, Level II Coronary CT Angiography and ABI/PVR Analysis. Dr. Shah is the President of Bergen Indian Medical Association. Dr. Shah has been named a “Top Physician” in the 2015 edition of Leading Physician of the World and has been among the “Top Doctors of New Jersey” since 2015. He was recently featured on Healthline on Artificial Intelligence and AFIB.
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Luxury Interior Designs By Ann Grenier
ale Sitomer is among the vanguard evolving the business model and practice of contemporary interior design services. Whilst for many clients, the experience of achieving a customized and unique feel to their home involves identifying, finding and managing an architect, construction contractor, interior designer, decorators and so forth, Gale is positioning herself as the design and integration authority at the core of any successful home redesign, bringing together everything the Client needs to achieve their goal and minimize the stresses associated with the undertaking. Galeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspiration for this unique approach is underpinned by her professional evolution from highly successful careers in both fashion and event production. Her passion was ignited while supervising the design and construction details of her own residences and workplace, which in turn unlocked talent for interior design. Galeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design aesthetic, which she believes to be equally applicable in either a residential or commercial environment is on timeless design, balancing subtle color, comfort and functionality. She also emphasizes Space planning, architectural elements and lighting, which to her are as integral to the interior design process as furniture, fabric and color. Whether she is meeting the demands of a New York City retail boutique, commercial showroom space, a city apartment or townhouse, or a beachfront retreat in the Hamptons, Galeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach to meeting the needs of her clients is as consistent as their endorsement of her work. gsitomerdesign.com
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DON PEEBLES Building A Better Future By Harry Brads
ecognized as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the nation, R. Donahue (Don) Peebles Jr. is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of The Peebles Corporation. In an era where social responsibility, social inclusion and making change are often seen as buzz-phrases, Don Peebles is creating change and making opportunities happen in communities by leveraging his expertise and entrepreneurial skills in Real Estate investment and development. The Peebles Corporation is among the leading privately held real estate and development companies in the United States with a multi-billion dollar project portfolio spanning key markets in the nation including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Washington D.C. Don Peebles and The Peebles Corporation uniqueness is guided by his company’s own principles of Affirmative Development (TM) to empower women
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and minorities to close the wealth gap – with the aim of developing not just land or buildings, but opportunities and people also. Peebles is an industry leader in large scale real estate development through Public-Private Partnerships. Through construction excellence, sustainable materials, historic preservation and innovative design, every project is strategically selected to achieve transformative results for the company and community. Mr. Peebles is an avid supporter of mentoring underprivileged youth to expose them to the value of entrepreneurship. He is the former Chairman of the Board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, is on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater New York, was a two-time
former member of President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee, and the former Chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. Don Peebles is a frequent guest commentator on CNBC, CNN, FOX News and FOX Business Network. He has written two books entitled The Peebles Principles and The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth, that provide rules and principles for individuals striving to succeed in real estate. In the book, Don Peebles is optimistic, and believes everyone’s career goals are achievable. As a child, raised by a single parent in a middle-class home, then achieving multimillionaire status by the age 27, Don Peebles believes that dreams really can come true. peeblescorp.com
NEXA PILATES & FITNESS Getting Fit For The New Year By Elizabeth Darwen
hilst there are many fitness studios in Manhattan, NeXa Pilates & Fitness, located on the Upper West Side is unique, bringing together a core of highly experienced, qualified and knowledgeable trainers at the top of their field. The fitness studio offers a wide range of fitness classes and equipment alongside a spa with state-of-the-art showers, an infrared sauna and local cryotherapy. Led by Master Trainer Anna Clark and business partner Anne Jameson, NeXa offers classically trained Pilates instructors from some of the best schools in NY. The Pilates Method utilizes the 4 Sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of strength,
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stretch, stamina and stability to challenge the body in a multi-faceted way to create a lasting change. Pilates is a fast paced, constantly changing sequence of movements that are used to get a comprehensive, whole body workout. In addition to Pilates, NeXa offers several styles of group fitness classes called NeXaFit. The NeXaFit studio offers Yoga, TRX, HIIT, Kettlebells, ZUMBA, WERQ, Barre and more. NeXafit provides clients with a fitness experience that engages all fitness levels in several disciplines that motivate and challenge each step of your journey.
NeXa Pilates & Fitness is soon to become among the best of the fitness providers in Manhattan and their industry. Instructors provide their clients with the tools and motivation they need to make their workouts effective for their individual goals. Through a well-rounded, whole body approach, an instructorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guidance, and your commitment, NeXa can help you achieve the physique you have always wanted. nexapilates.com
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e instantly transported to another place – a more mysterious and magical place – at Broadway’s hit holiday show, The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays! This family-friendly performance features Chris Cox, the award-winning “mind reader who can’t read minds.” Cox currently resides in London and is the star of the BBC’s Chris Cox’s Mind-Boggling Magic and Killer Magic. This mind-blowing mentalist, who has performed in popular West End productions, is excited to entertain New York audiences once again. “We’ve become a part of people’s holiday traditions,” explained Cox. “It’s a new cast with a different version of the show. We put in a lot of effort to make it a real magical experience and spread holiday cheer. There’s nothing better than actual magic, so it’s especially great to see holiday magic! I have done three Western runs in addition to performing at the Sydney Opera House. As the mentalist or mind reader of the show, I’m sometimes thought of as scary or sinister, but my approach is to make it fun and silly and almost undermine how amazing it is.” According to Cox, the show is also very interactive. “The crowd takes part in every show. Each performance is totally different because it really changes depending on the audience and who I pick at random.” From daring escapes to technological wonders, The Illusionists, which has toured around the US, Canada and London, will take your imagination on a wild and wonderous ride. The show features America’s Got Talent contestants and international superstars. Cox and his cast, whom he has described as “our own little family,” arrived in New York before the opening of the show in order to finalize new bits of material. Let’s just say they are ready to get this show on the road – or at least on everyone’s radar! The creative Cox, who has been working on a new BBC series as well as an American television show, still loves performing for a live audience. “To be able to experience it together is the greatest way to see magic,” explained Cox. When he received his first magic kit as a child, this mesmerizing mentalist knew he had discovered his passion. He even used his university loan to put on a show at the Edinburgh Festival, and he hasn’t stopped his show stopping ways since, especially in The Illusionists! “This really is the world’s biggest magic show. It makes even the most cynical of adults a kid again, where anything is possible, and you can get swept away in it. It’s a delight for me when everyone’s mouths drop. It’s a show for all generations, from kids to grandparents. I love watching couples on dates in their 20s and 30s – it’s a good ice breaker! It’s a magic show, but it’s funny and interactive, and you can see them trying to work out how everything is happening.” His career has been magical in itself. After taking in his first Broadway show at the Neil Simon Theatre, Cox is now performing at the Neil Simon Theater himself! The Illusionist – Magic of the Holidays - is running from now until January 5th 2020.
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KATHRYN GALLAGHER Star of Jagged Little Pill By Tamsen Fadal
here are more and more original shows on Broadway these days and Jagged Little Pill is definitely one that audiences have been waiting for. Tamsen Fadal, PIX11 news anchor
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as well as the host of Broadway Profiles, interviews one of the stars for her monthly show.
that is now on Broadway. It is inspired by her groundbreaking album.
Jagged Little Pill is the Alanis Morrisette musical
Kathryn Gallagher is a second-generation Broadway
Tamsen: Is everyone who started out still in the show? Kathryn: Pretty much. It’s really special. I would trust every single person on that stage and that creative team with my life. We have seen it all. It’s what happens in the theatre. You live together. We all live at the Broadhurst now and its family! Tamsen: Talk about who you play. Kathryn: I play Bella Fox. She’s a 17-year old. She’s a senior in high school. She runs the student poetry journal. She is very creative. She’s fun and she sort of goes through a traumatic event I think Bella Fox teaches me something new about bravery and about honesty every single time I’m on that stage and it kind of reminds you that when you speak your truth, however messy or complicated it is, you find your people and you find your place. And, I think there is something irresistible about honesty. I get to sing a brand-new Alanis song which is very exciting.
she’s another kid of a Broadway actor like me so it’s definitely fun to be the second generation together. Tamsen: Did you know you were going to be on stage your whole life. Kathryn: My dad definitely was very clear he wanted me to have a chance to be a kid first. But I was definitely clear I was going to end up doing this. I remember one time I saw a listing online for a movie called “Camp Rock” and I told my dad I have to do this. She is a songwriter and she is 16, I have to do this. This is perfect for me. Disney didn’t agree. But I ran into my room screaming and crying I picked up my guitar I wrote a song called “I’m okay” and I said this is how I feel. And I sang it to him, and he let me audition! Jagged Little Pill is now on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W 44th Street, NY, NY.
Tamsen: Have you met her (Alanis Morrisette) Kathryn: Oh yes! She’s amazing. She is the greatest person. They say don’t meet your heroes, but I would say unless your hero is Alanis Morrisette, and then absolutely do. Tamsen: Talk about working with Celia Rose Gooding. Kathryn: Celia is amazing. She is so young and so smart and funny and a heart of gold. And
Be sure to check out Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal. It airs monthly on WPIX-TV sharing the stories of people both on and off the stage who bring Broadway to life. Broadway Profiles is executive produced by John Gore, Tamsen Fadal and Matthew Hege and is produced by Keith Hurd. broadwayprofiles.com
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star, the daughter of actor Peter Gallagher. She plays Bella Fox in the show. Tamsen: You have been performing this for about two years now. Kathryn: The very first lab started on basically Halloween of 2017. It is absolutely insane. It is such a dream come true! We built this thing. It existed before us and then when we came in, it’s our baby. I am so proud of this show. And it’s been such a journey.
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DOMINGO ZAPATA Artist & Humanitarian By Bennett Marcus Honored at N.Y. Summit The New York Summit (NYS) honored Spanish Artist Domingo Zapata, who recently completed New York City’s largest mural at One Times Square. He was honored alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Bernice King, Ilyasah Shabazz, and Carlos Baute. The Summit was held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation and was organized by the Inspiring Committed Leaders Foundation. The New York Summit is the most important Spanish-Speaking leadership event in the United States. orensanz.org Art Basel Miami In December, Domingo’s sculpture series, “Las Meninas”, will be part of Miami Art Week. Ten colorfully painted Ladies-in-Waiting made famous by the painter Diego Velazquez in his painting “Las Meninas”, which hangs in the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Spain will be placed at various locations around the city, including the Delano and SLS Hotels, and at the David Rosen Galleries in the design district. davidrosengalleries.com Art lovers are being challenged to take selfies with all of the sculptures with the hashtag #findzapata. The first person to take a photo with all of them will be invited to paint with Zapata at his studio.
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Latino Heritage Celebration Zapata was honored at the Brooklyn Borough President’s Latino Heritage Celebration in October. The theme of the event was Young Artists/Old School and Domingo gave the keynote speech. Zapata has also created the illustrations for The Lonely Princess by Marie Ferraro from Lightswitch Learning, which comes out in time for the holidays in November. The book is about the power of friendship, generosity, and respect for the differences between people. Life is a Dream Domingo’s 15-story mural, which wraps around the One Times Square features his mantra, “Life is a Dream” amidst flowers, flamingos and polo ponies. The artist said, “For me, it is an honor to be part of the story by creating “Life is a Dream”, the largest mural in New York. I want to convey this message to people from all over the world who visit Times Square and who can enjoy and get to know my art.” The mural will be on view through January 1st. Galleries & Social Media While many artists remain firmly in the gallery model, Zapata has decided to create inroads into social media sites such as Instagram, where he currently has close to 40,000 followers — and through which he has sold paintings to collectors. “I don’t
have anything against galleries or the gallery model,” he said, laughing. “It’s a misinterpretation; if you Google it, you could find a Zapata at sixty shows.” Patronage & The Pope But the artist is adamant that the future lies in the past; or in the case of the art world, patronage. Pointing at the large overhead that many galleries and their artists have to deal with, Zapata notes that social media is providing a conduit between artists and collectors that didn’t exist a decade ago. “In today’s world, with social media being such a big influence, bigger than regular media, everybody looks at Instagram, Twitter, Facebook,” he says. “Now, you have all these sites which bring the collector and painter together, so they can start their own relationship. And that’s where we’re going. I don’t think these platforms are a conditionbased model; they’re a service model, where they’re introducing you to the variety; they put you right in front of the source. That’s how it was done a hundred years ago, and that’s how it’s going to be for the next hundred years.” Speaking of history, Zapata heads to Rome in January to meet with Pope Francis to plan their next art project. Domingo has painted with the Pope for the last three years to benefit the Vatican’s charity Scholas Occurrentes. dzapata.com
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KELLY FISCHER Street Art: Bowery Hotel Lobby By w. a. muller Miami Art Week: SCOPE Artist Kelly Fischer is set to premiere her latest work entitled Street Art: Bowery Hotel Lobby at SCOPE, the critically acclaimed art show in Miami. The work will be presented through the Volgelsang Gallery from Belgium, with whom Fischer has shown with in New York and Brussels, as well as SCOPE for the second time. Fischer will also be showing another piece called Street Art Gstaad, Switzerland, a large-scale mural, at the Mr. C Hotel. Her artwork will be exhibited in conjunction with Art Living Miami and Contemporaryartprojectsusa. “I had wanted to create this large-scale artwork. I really needed to express myself on a large-scale canvas,” said Fischer.
as older people, there was a lot of street art, lots of cars. Really pretty much everything you can imagine on one street.” The Most Beautiful Color of All Fischer has also published 12 children’s books, which she tries to work in with her art exhibits. The Santa FeChildren’s Museum sponsored a special
Blending Worlds The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York City hosted Kelly’s solo exhibition entitled Kelly Fischer: Blending Worlds. The eight-piece exhibit (four in New York and four in Switzerland), was the seventh edition of Art @ The Consulate, a curatorial program which showcases Swiss artists in the United States. “You have to be a Swiss citizen to exhibit there so that means the world to me because I’ve been a Swiss citizen, as well as an American one, for over 30 years,” Fischer said. The Swiss artist has recently shown at the Cultural Center in Mijas, in Malaga, Spain, ANF Gallery in Memphis, TN and the Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair. HG Contemporary Art Center serves as her advisor. Street Art Series In her semi-abstract expressionist work, Fischer adds textures and colors layer by layer to tell a story, which is driven by her creative impulses. “I think a lot of what colors I’m going to start with. Then, I can start adding layers for depth,” she goes on to say, “One thing that is super important to look for in all of my work are the circles; circles represent people and they’re usually the top layer.” SoHo & Chinatown The Street Art Series is one that is very important to Kelly, and one that is constantly growing. While in the city, Fischer is usually in SoHo, or the West or East Village. Fischer can also be spotted walking along the Hudson, enjoying the architecture and people of New York. These same people and places have inspired her series, which includes Avenue B, SoHo, Chinatown, among other places. These are a complete contrast from the work Kelly produces when she is in Switzerland, such as St. Bernard’s Pass, which give off a more secluded vibe; reminiscent of Fischer’s mind state during these times. Avenue B Though she visits New York often, one stay in the city in particular was a revelation. “I had a solo exhibition there last May, and I stayed in the East Village, on Avenue B for a month,” Fischer explains. “Just the people – there were a lot of schools in the area, a lot of children walking around, as well
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edition of her book, “The Most Beautiful Color of All,” where she visited and painted murals of the children. She works with Miami Dade University’s children’s program, and they’ve given her solo exhibitions for her art. “I try to combine these [interests] the best I can.” kelly-fischer.com
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LILLIAN GORBACHINCKY Artist & Designer By Anya Firestone
f the opulent King Louis XIV of France reigned today, he would unquestionably have commissioned Lillian Gorbachincky to design his Palace of Versailles. The Sun King’s famous Hall of Mirrors would shine with Gorbachincky’s contemporary mastery of gilded mirrors with verre eglomise and fusions glass and metal that convert space into a work of art. Since 2006, Gorbachincky’s company, Cosmopolitan Glass & Metal, has established itself as the premier source for artistic and architectural glass and metalwork for today’s royal elite: brands including Tiffany & CO., Graff Diamonds, Christian Dior, and Chanel; AD100 Designers and architects such as Peter Marino, Stephen Sills, Jamie Drake, Fox-Nahem; and the private nobility of the Upper East Side--all of whom, like Louis, seek the ﬁnest designs craftsmanship in glass and metalwork. Applying increasingly complex techniques, Lillian is expanding her business today with her new gallery at the venerable A&D building in Manhattan. “Art, Kitchens and Interiors by Lillian Gorbachincky” showcases her namesake’s line of bespoke furniture and artwork for both commercial and residential projects. Clients come to discover a showroom that feels like an enchanted treasure cove: stained,
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marbleized and carved glass contrasts to an array of monumental furniture pieces such as chairs, dining tables, consoles, and art installations. While Gorbachincky takes inspiration from nature, she also constantly challenges it, and her works that address the dichotomy between natural and manmade evidently stem from her background. Born in the east of Russia, Gorbachincky was privy to the natural wonders of Kamchatka’s violent volcanoes, a memory that surfaces, quite literally, in her work—where explosive fusions of golds and glass resemble an exquisite aftermath of what would be the world’s most glamorous volcanic crescendo. Her creative process is further enhanced by her background as a classically trained singer: “My connection to music is not just auditory or vocal, but uniquely visual,” she explains. “The act of singing while I sculpt or sketch becomes a synesthetic experience, and a portal through which I can access new ideas and bring them to life.” The daughter of the lead ballerina at the State Ballet in Armenia, Lillian was always privy to human expression, and her parent’s gatherings of artists at home inspired her constantly. “At four I was mixing oils creating paintings inspired by Ayvazovsky, the great Russian marine painter who captured the sea
in exquisite blues and aqua tones. These very colors surface constantly in my work today.” Indeed, the famous Tiffany & Co. blue would wind up coloring her portfolio. After her ﬁrst milestone project with the iconic jeweler for their boutique at Printemps in Paris in 2007, she then worked on over forty Tiffany & Co. stores worldwide. In 2013, she collaborated with the brand’s Creative Director to create whimsical window installations inspired by The Great Gatsby, which today are preserved in the Tiffany & Co. archive. While her artistry continues to deﬁne the facades of the world’s top luxury brands, it is increasingly coveted for interior, residential spaces: a glass fountain wall for a prominent collector glistens uptown, and her famous “million dollar kitchen,” awarded Best in Show: Furniture by the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) in 2019, is now on view in her gallery. Through nature and artiﬁce, imagination and technology, Gorbachincky continues to sparkle while carving a regal name for herself in the space between art and design. Gorbachincky works and lives in New York with her husband and their four young children, who she notes, are her most impressive creations. cosmopolitanglassandmetal.com
SUSAN J. BARRON Depicting The Invisible By David Sparrow Artist at Soho House NYC artist Susan J. Barron tells the story of two veterans who walked into her show, “Depicting The Invisible,” with their service dogs. They approached a portrait featuring a handsome bearded man crouched with a dog. The phrase “We found each other” haloes his head, and he is surrounded by quotes that tell his story: a friend dying in his arms in Iraq; relentless, vivid nightmares; two suicide attempts; and a dog trained to comfort him and wake him up, saving him from his nightmares. The veterans were visibly affected, and told Barron, “this is a portrait of us.” Depicting The Invisible Barron created “Depicting The Invisible”, a portrait series of veterans suffering from PTSD, after learning that 22 US veterans commit suicide every day. “I was so shocked and appalled by the statistic,” she says, “I wanted to shine a light on the epidemic of PTSD and suicide, and I really felt that, if people could understand what’s going on, then they would be inspired to step up and make a difference.” Barron interviewed dozens of veterans, creating portraits to tell their stories. As the SoHo artist travels with her show, she has encountered “uncountable” veterans drawn to the images and the stories. Her goal, she says, is to make a human connection, and to give these veterans who often feel forgotten or invisible, a voice. “Every time the
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portrait series travels to a new city,” she says, “it magnifies their voices.” Conversations When she isn’t traveling, Barron is working on a different, lighter, project; “Conversations”. Here Barron uses imagery thoughout the cannon of art history to compose completely new works. These digital collages on canvas create a new visual dialogue that hyperlinks us through time and place. Her piece “Luncheon on the Grass,” for example, features Edouard Manet’s master work of a nude woman, but she’s sitting across from--in conversation with-an Alberto Vargas pin-up girl. “Two women painted by men over a century apart,” Barron explains, “The thought of what their conversation is, it’s just so delightful to me.” SoHo The “Conversations” canvases stand nine feet tall, and span styles and eras, and are all designed from Barron’s laptop, often at her home base of SoHo House in NYC. “During the day, there’s a whole collection of people working on their laptops,” she says, “some of them are writing plays or screenplays, or they’re writing the great American novel...and some of them are creating art.” Her perfect workday, she says, includes a stop at the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk through the local galleries.
A Test Just before the debut of “Depicting the Invisible,” Barron faced her biggest challenge. The mother of one of her subjects called her and told her that he had taken his life, or “fallen victim to the 22,” as Barron calls it. She was heartbroken. She had spent months talking to him and growing closer to him. Could she have known? Was it disrespectful to go through with the show? But, she says, other veterans reached out to her with sobering words of encouragement. She had to continue, they said, because Damon’s tragedy happens 22 times every day, and this is why you are doing this work; to stop it. She went through with the show, and visitors can still see Damon’s portrait, wreathed in quotes where he wrestles with his PTSD and the specter of suicide. Inspiration After DTI and Conversations, Barron is considering a portrait series on survivors of September 11th. She is inspired by the opportunity to tell the stories of those we might otherwise never hear. As she says, recounting the words of a former professor, “There are only so many pieces (of art) that you can make in your life, so make them count.” susanjbarron.com
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NEW YORK SOCIAL SCENE By Clara Morgan Violin Virtuoso Niccolo Paganini’s work was celebrated at Paganini Honors Paganini VIP Preview Party, Ascent Lounge, Time Warner Center, NYC ©Patrick McMullan
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Sports Personality and Philanthropist Ann Liguori celebrated her cover of Resident Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s September 2019 issue with Publisher Christopher Pape and Editor-in-Chief Julie Sagoskin. The cover party took place at Golf & Body NYC ÂŠPatrick McMullan
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