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t’s hard to believe that summer is already starting to wind down, so soak up the rest of the season as best you can. If you’re looking to relax in Sag Harbor, stay at Baron’s Cove, our favorite no-so-secret anymore hideaway. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, which celebrated their one-year anniversary in June, is a sure bet if you’re looking for some fun at the Jersey Shore. Before reality sets in Within our pages you’ll find the season’s top equestrian events, from the country’s top polo matches in Greenwich to the Hampton Classic, where you can ride out the rest of the season in style. We also spoke with Panama’s most successful businessman, Sandro Salsano, commercial real estate ruler J. Scott Scheel, and the team behind New York’s most delicious destination, Bobby Van’s at 230 Park. If you like hearing from a straight-talking New Yorker, you’ll love Judge Jeanine Pirro, the Fox News Channel’s fiercest and most fashionable star who gives you her opinion like, well, a New Yorker! The judge, who doesn’t back down, candidly opens up about her journey to achieving success, the pitfalls of getting involved in politics, and her new upcoming book, Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge. Whatever your political views, Judge Jeanine, who backs up her statements with facts, never backs down from expressing her views with a political opponent. This just judge, who enjoys weighing in on the state of the country, as well as her strong support of the president, isn’t afraid to speak her mind, whether it’s on her show or behind-the-scenes. Whether the wind blows you to a Hamptons soiree or a secluded island, enjoy the rest of your summer. IG @allthefamenoneofthefortune

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SUMMER IN THE CITY The Met, Halston, Best TV, Pride NYC, Race of Hope, Lincoln Center Diamond Jubilee Savanna Rooftop By R. Couri Hay with Photos by Patrick Mcmullan Halston & Couri It’s always scary to look at myself on the big screen; but there I was, throughout French film director Frédéric Tcheng gorgeously shot documentary of the designer, Halston. The interesting part is that he used vintage footage of me interviewing Halston and his hero/enemy and my mentor, the haute couturier Charles James, by the artist Anton Perich from the age of 19 to 2017. Watching myself age on camera is not my idea of a good time, but the film itself is an authentic – if surface – reflection of the man who I once called my lover. I’ll leave the story of my teenage affair with Halston for my memoir. I saw the film at the Southampton Arts Center where founding board member Simone Levinson and founder of New York Fashion Week Fern Mallis hosted a screening as part of their documentary Zoe Karvitz, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern & Nicole Kidman @ Big Little Lies

series. southamptonsartcenter. org Director Tcheng, knows his fashion history having also made “Dior and I” (2004) and “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.” (2011) I’m trying to convince Tcheng to do the life of Charles James to finish this trilogy as their lives were all so intertwined, but only time will tell. The film traces the rise and fall, via cocaine and AIDS, of Roy Halston Frowick and his career from farm boy to making Jackie Kennedy’s iconic pink pill box hat and fashion fame to his friendships with Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli and me. If you like fashion’s bigger than life characters, you’ll enjoy this movie. With that said, I agree with Los Angeles Times reviewer, Kimber Myers “like Halston’s bias-cut designs, Tcheng’s documentary only skims the surface of his life, but boy, does it look great doing it.” Bravo!

freedom of the repressive Republic of Gilead and her two young daughters is the main focus of Season 3. Moss confided “You have to fight fire with fire. That’s become June’s journey in Season 3. To fight against the people she has to fight, she has to become more like them.”

Big Little Lies Hopefully, you’re done watching HBO’s Elisabeth Moss, Reed bloodcurMorano and Yvonne dling and Strahovski @ Handmaiden’s Tale depressing hit Chernobyl because everyone’s favorite TV show Big Little Lies is back for a Season 2. If you need a recap, head to HBO’s Instagram. The premium network cleverly posted a video with everything The Handmaid’s Tale you need to know or remember If you’re still trying to recover from the first season. Based on the from the shocking ending of novel of the same name by Season 2, brace yourselves. The Liane Moriarty, the show Handmaid’s Tale is back on Hulu. stars Oscar winning acSeason 3 is already serving up tresses Nicole Kidman, frightening political narratives that move the story forward into Reese Witherspoon, a terrifying future. June Osborne/ Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, and Offred, played by the wonderLau- Anna Wintour, ful Elizabeth Moss, who won the Jordan Roth ra Golden Globe for Best Actress in and Twiggy this series, and her fight for the Garcon @ The Met

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Dern. The unmissable dark, comedic drama is still delving into lies, friendships, parenting, and marriage. Meryl Streep joins the cast playing Mary Louise, the mother of Perry, played by Alexander Skarsgard, who was murdered during the finale of last season. On her role, Streep confessed: “We imagine that not only our children’s problems but everything in the world, is our fault. I think it’s sort of a more complicated landscape than that, and this piece enters into that very bravely.” The Met’s Battle of the Legends The Mother of Fashion, Met trustee and Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour helped host a celebration of the exhilarating exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion, on view at The Met through September 8, 2019, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The hilarious highlight of The Met’s Pride festivities was a competition dubbed Battle of the Legends: Vogueing at The Met. This happen-

SOCIAL SAFARI ing, staged on the museum’s plaza, featured some of ballroom’s fiercest competitors including Asia Balenciaga, Bootz Prodigy, Omari Mizrahi, Malik Mugler, Tamiyah Mugler, and Ty Ebony. Jack Mizrahi, co-founder of House of Mizrahi, picked the participants. Judges included the Iconic Queen Mother Sinia Alaia; Twiggy Garçon, executive producer of Kiki; Our Lady J, producer Chad DeFrancesca and Marc Jacobs and writer @Love Ball for POSE; the Legendary Mother Lola Mizrahi; Jose Extravaganza, Father of the House of Xtravaganza; Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters who sponsored

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the event; and a beaming Anna Wintour. The judges kept giving out all 10s and the crowd roared for everyone, but in the end crowned Malik Mugler the “Legend Slayer.” This authentic, interactive experience with the public was just one of the Mets Pride events. The Met Rules! The Love Ball Susanne Bartsch, the iconic downtown party giver, and the Council of Fashion Designers of

America (CFDA) threw a fanny basher dubbed Love Ball III at Gotham Hall, with lighting by the brilliant artist Bentley Meeker. The benefit blended high fashion and celebrities and highlighted Ballroom culture, while helping raise money for the CFDAVogue HIV/AIDS Fund. The ball’s Master of Ceremonies’ was Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor Billy Porter who sang his new song Love Yourself. Performers were judged by a group Ashley Judd and Audrey that inGruss cluded Marc @ Hope For Depression Jacobs, Char Research Foundation Defrancesco, Mary J. Blige, David & Phillipe Blond, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Kevin Aviance, and Dita von Teese. Harlem fashion legend Dapper Dan presented the trophies Anthoula to Roger Superstar, Katsimatides @ The Met Orlando, Yasmine Petty, Invertebrate, Charlene and Xtravaganze. In the mix were Jason Wu, Amanda Lepore, David Barton, Fernando Garcia, Christian Siriano, Janet Mock, Jonathan Adler, Brian Donnelly (KAWS), Linda Fargo, Simon Doonan, Simon Huck, Stan Herman, Steven Klein and Timo Weiland. The Love Ball III was made possible with the support of M∙A∙C Cosmetics, Lyft and SKYY®

Vodka. In 1989 and 1991, Susanne presented the first Balls at Roseland and raised over $2.5 million in programs for those affectCongratulations to ed by HIV/AIDS. The CFDA Dr. Kenneth Mark and Aleksandra is a not-for-profit associaMelicevic on their Top Divorce Lawyer new baby, Nathaniel tion founded in 1962 with Nancy Chemtob Camillo Mark &Star Jones 500 of America’s foremost her annual 5k womenswear, menswear, Race of Hope in jewelry, and accessory designSouthampton on ers. The after party was held August 4th. This at the Boom Boom Room in the fun walk/run is Standard Hotel which sanctioned by still remains the most The USA Track and Field glamorous night club and always attract a glamin NYC. orous crowd. Everyone is welcome and entrance fees range from $15 to $40. The event takes Race of Hope & Linplace rain or shine. coln Center Jubilee

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) marked its 60th Anniversary with a Diamond Jubilee Gala honoring the families of Southampton’s Tony Ingrao & Randy Kemper @ Nature Conservancy Benefit, Audrey and Hamptons Martin Gruss, the David Rockefellers, Daisy and Paul Soros and Laurie Tisch. Audrey is the longest serving female board member at 26 years and is also the founder of The Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), which recently honored Anderson Cooper, Brooke Shields and Ashley Judd. Performers included violinist Joshua Bell, and Harry Connick Jr. Chelsea Clinton, Justin Peck and Damian Woetzel were among the presenters. Gruss is on the move and has enlisted model Christie Brinkley and children Sailor Lee BrinkleySusanne Bartsch, Cook, and Jack Paris Brinkley Billy Porter @ Love Ball to be the Grand Marshals of

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Savanna Rooftop Restauranteur Abraham Merchant has opened Savanna Rooftop, a vibrant open-air lounge, on top of the Z Hotel in Long Island City. The new hot spot features breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline and the sexy décor is inspired from the savannas of Africa. Actors Anthoula Katsimatides, Tatum Peacock, Jeff Lima, and Janel Tanna sipped cocktails created by Chad D. savannarooftop. com

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esident Magazine Celebrates it’s July Cover party with Don Lemon at Lulu Kitchen and bar in Sag Harbor

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Resident Magazine celebrated it’s July cover with CNN Anchor Don Lemon on Sunday July 21, 2009 with an exclusive VIP party at Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor, NY. Guests enjoyed delicacies prepared by Phillipe Corbet, including a sumptuous raw bar, grilled octopus, charred cauliflower, charcuterie, and goat cheese with beets. Libations were

Notable attendees included: Curtis Polk, co owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Tim Malone- Don Lemon’s fiancé, Dr. Elliot Heller, Nancy Silberkleit, Co-CEO of Archie Comics and Riverdale, Meck Khalfan, Bonita de Wolf of Corcoran Realty, Sandy Rubenstein, and Liana Werner Gray.


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Become Your Best Self By Julie Sagoskin


ou’ll be on your way to a healthier and more complete you at YO1, a wellness center where you will experience ancient Indian healing therapies and holistic treatments in the tranquil Catskill mountains. At this unique center, you will achieve a sense of peaceful serenity through personalized pathways amidst a scenic setting surrounded by 1,300 acres of pine forests and lakes. Relax and rejuvenate at this state-ofthe-art wellness resort where you will be guided by your own Wellness Counselor who will create an individual program based on your Dosha with recommended dietary changes and therapies designed to improve your physical and mental well being that you can incorporate into your daily life. This customized approach will ensure you are able to remain on a healthy and perfectly balanced pathway even after leaving this luxurious and wellappointed wellness center. With 131 comfortable rooms and superb suites, a state-of-the-art therapy and fitness center and an outdoor amphitheater, this newly built facility will bring all of your health and wellness goals to fruition. Remain on a healthy

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plant based diet while dining on innovative and delectable dishes which are part of a nutrition program designed by world-renowned Chef Gaurv Navin – you don’t have to sacrifice taste to achieve total wellness goals! An initial pulse assessment is used to create a customized plan and pathway during your stay, a variety of Ayurvedic and Naturopathic therapies are used in conjunction with yoga and acupuncture to cleanse the body of toxins. This all inclusive program includes all of the meals and therapies. The nutritional plan is designed around the intermittent fasting approach with the first meal at 11 am followed by dinner at 6 pm and freshly blended smoothies and fruit and vegetable juices served throughout the day. Each night guests receive their individual schedule of a variety of therapies which include Ayurvedic and deep tissue full body and foot massages, colon hydrotherapy, mud treatments, hydro massages, and acupuncture, just to name a few, to ensure that you emerge refreshed and rejuvenated.

The days begin at 6:30 am with Kriya cleansing techniques that restore balance to the body from inside out. Neti pot nasal cleansing to cleanse the sinuses, and the nasal sutra neti that uses a rubber catheter. These are followed by Kapalbhati- a breathing exercise, and a stomach cleansing yogic therapy to induce vomiting and rids the body of excess toxins. Take action and get your healthy life on track with Panchakarma, a Sanskrit work meaning “five actions.” This procedure is used to clean out toxic materials that have accumulated during the body’s metabolic process and is tailored uniquely for each person’s individualized pathway. The center’s therapeutic techniques are also used to identify underlying reasons for pain in order to provide the most effective methods necessary for a full recovery. From a personalized infertility program to safe and sustainable solutions to lose weight, this wellness center will provide a blueprint to change your life in a positive direction long after your stay.


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ome of the most successful people in the world can attribute their meteoric rise to hard work, determination, and a razor focus of what they truly want in life. Hailing from Dover, Ohio, the beautiful Jennifer Lahmers had always dreamed of being a television journalist and started reporting in school when she was only eight years old. With model looks, and a compelling personality, this career path seemed naturally suited to Lahmers. Since matriculating from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Lahmers first on air position was at the Fox affiliate in Hartford, CT which led to an anchor position at Fox 5’s “Good Day WakeUp” morning show in NYC. And now she is off to Hollywood where she will join the cast on “ExtraExtra” which premieres on September 9. Here Resident speaks to Lahmers about her exciting new move and what is next on the horizon. What are you looking forward to the most about moving to LA? As her current role airs at 4:30 a.m., she wakes up at 2 a.m. during the week and retires before the sun sets. “I’m looking forward to actually having a normal, functioning social life in Los Angeles and having fresh start in Los Angeles working alongside an extraordinary team of producers and talent. I can’t wait to be a part

of the cast that brings “ExtraExtra” to Fox with an exciting new look and format. Aside from that, I can’t wait to be that person who posts poolside Instagram pictures in the middle of November while my friends hate on me from the East Coast.” What will you miss the most about moving from NYC? “Working and living in New York City has been the privilege of my life. In the last five years not a day has gone by where I don’t feel thankful to be a part of the most special city in the world.” “I have had such a wonderful time cohosting “Good Day Wake Up.” My colleagues have become my family; and it has been such a blessing to learn and grow with the best in the business. We have leaned on each other in good times and bad and I know all of us will be friends for life. We have the most incredible and loyal viewers and I can’t thank them enough for letting us be a part of their morning routine every day.” While her fans will miss her in NYC, we are excited to see her in her glamorous new role on national television reporting on entertainment news, award shows, premieres, the red carpet and everything fab in the city of Angels.


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STK MIDTOWN The Best Steak in the City By W. A. Muller


or succulent steaks in a sexy, stylish setting, you’ll want to stop by STK and savor all their delicious dishes. With locations in the heart of Midtown, as well as the Meatpacking District, STK serves up their steaks and other palatable plates amidst a modern ambiance – you’ve never seen a steakhouse like this before! Made with the highest quality USDA grade beef, each piece of meat is “carefully cared for from conception to plate.” After you select your steak size, you can go ahead and pick out a tasty topping, ranging from bone marrow and truffle butter to grilled shrimp, Alaskan king crab “Oscar” and Maine lobster. STK is the ultimate choice if you’re looking for a chic dining experience. Their wide range of sauce selection will also add to your succulent steak experience. With their inhouse STK or STK bold sauce, as well as the chimichurri,

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au poivre, Bearnaise, Red Wine, Blue Butter and Horseradish, you will want to come back just to try them all! STK takes pride in each piece of steak, from the Dry-Aged Tomahawk to the Cowgirl Ribeye and tender filet. With their creative cocktails and extensive wine menu, you will find something special to sip. With plenty of appetizing appetizers, plus sides and fresh seafood options, your table can share it all. Although, after you taste it, you might want it all for yourself! Bite into their braised short rib, bigeye tuna tartare, parmesan truffle fries, market salads, a raw bar with oysters on a half shell and shrimp cocktail, roasted Amish chicken, miso-glazed Chilean sea bass, Moroccan spiced Colorado rack of lamb and many more mouthwatering options. End your meal on a sweet note with their decadent desserts. The Ice STK (ice cream and sorbet trio), is the ultimate summer refresher, while their salted caramel budino,

made with white chocolate crunch and vanilla Chantilly, as well as their STK donuts, will tempt your taste buds. This stunning spot is also the perfect place to get your brunch on. Their iceberg salad and avocado toast will definitely make it easier for you to get out of bed on the weekend! Raise the roof at STK Downtown’s whimsical rooftop, where you can cool off on a hot summer night, overlooking the city. Whether you stop by for drinks or date night, STK is the ideal dining scene for a special occasion, though STK can turn any night into a special occasion. 1114 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 646.624.2455


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THE TANG Taste the Best of China By W.A. Muller


aste authentic Asian fare in the heart of the East Village or on the Upper West Side at The Tang NYC. This contemporary noodle bar serves up delicious delicacies inspired by the regional Chinese cooking style of Sichuan, Hunan, and Beijing. After trying their Braised Pork Knuckles and Braised Beef Noodle Soup, you’re going to crave these classic dishes. You can also dig into their innovative delicacies, such as the Coca-Cola Chicken Wing and Fried Tiger Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk, which you can wash down with Japanese Sake or Chinese beer. Seasoned Chef Kim Hui Teo, who makes some of the city’s best dim sum and noodles, brings his creative dishes to life through fresh ingredients and unique flavors. Restauranteur Yu Li wanted to

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offer New Yorkers a place where they can chow down on Chinese food in a comfortable space. With a range of items, including their mouthwatering boneless chicken thigh, bathed in Sichuan chili oil and topped with sesame seeds and scallions, as well as their fried pork buns, The Tang will tantalize your taste buds. Signature dishes include the Seared Beef Short Ribs, as well as the Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice with shrimp, pineapple, peanut and eggs. They really showcase their culinary expertise with the Braised Beef Noodle Soup, which is braised beef shanks cooked with chili bean paste, star anise and Sichuanstyle spices, topped with Shanghai cabbage and a soft-boiled egg. You will also be drunk in love when you taste their Drunk Noodles, a braised beef soup

mixed with Momofuku Hozon paste, fried ground pork sauce, fried garlic, and scallions, topped with beef shanks, sesame seeds and olive oil. At The Tang, you can indulge in delectable dishes such as the Sweet Pumpkin Rice Cake and Pork Dumpling in Chili Oil in a cozy atmosphere with exposed brick and wooden tables. The menu, which strives to achieve a balanced sense of Eastern and Western influence, brings out the best of both cultures. Taste the best dishes The Tang has to offer at one of their delicious destinations.

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Inside Korea’s Most Famous BBQ Restaurant By Hollie Mckay


t’s the kind of place that makes you feel as though you are stepping into a luxury land of culinary otherworldliness, while at the same time noshing at the dinner table with long-lost loved ones. Samwon Garden is the oldest and most famous Korean BBQ in Seoul, and now New Yorkers can step into the world steeped by tradition, a communal spirit, and famed succulent magic. “Samwon” – which translates to “three-in-one” – refers to the three essential cornerstones of fine dining: food, service, and ambiance and doesn’t disappoint in any category. In the heart of Manhattan’s Koreatown and boasting three floors and 180 seats comprised of cozy booths and private dining rooms, it’s the only certified authentic restaurant with exclusive legal rights to the “diamond cut,” making it the only real Korean BBQ across the country. The patented cut, which allows the flavors to really penetrate every slice of meat and enhance the texture of every bite, softens even the toughest cut. And indeed the most novice of KBBQ diners can spot the difference. The signature Samwon Galbi (marinated short rib), Mookeunji Samgyupsal (braised pork belly with fermented kimchi) and Yuk Hwe (Korean beef tartare) will leave you hankering for more no matter how full, topped off by age-old Korean favorites like the Gyeran Jjim (egg soufflé) and Naeng Myun (cold noodle). Each family-style table has a personalized grill and server, making each dining experience not only an unforgettable palatable delight with its vast menu of proteins and vegetables, but a trip to a faraway land.

Moreover, Samwon is easy on the eyes with a soft ambiance and a décor that endeavors to go against the grain of old meets new, comfort meets trendy, wood meets metal – somewhat symbolic of the importance of pairing old heritage and modernity. Similarly, the chefs aren’t afraid to give the traditional menu a modified Americana spin either. There are added items ranging from kimchi cheese fries and tuna poke to bacon mung pancakes and LA Galbi – marinated Los Angeles-style beef short ribs. Guests can pop in for a fast or long and lazy dining experience, which includes cuisines expertly coupled with wine, beer, and soju. And what’s more, it’s the epitome of the KBBQ craze taking the health industry by storm with its unique pickled offerings and side dishes – which offer beneficial bacteria for the digestive system – and lean proteins for clear skin, strong bones and weight loss. Think endless plates of Kimchi (fermented cabbage) widely known for being a probiotic. The attentive wait-staff is also quick to remind you that from ancient times, food and fire have been the hallmarks of bringing people together in times of turbulence and indifference. That is no less relevant today. Located at 37 West 32nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Samwon Garden is open every day at 11 am Sunday through Wednesday it closes at 2.30 am and Thursday until 4.30am, and Friday and Saturday until 5.30 am. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted.

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UNION BURGER BAR Serves Up Gourmet Burgers in Southampton By Harry Brads


nion Burger Bar is an exciting new addition to Southampton’s dining scene, located in the iconic Bowden Square. The restaurant extension sits adjacent to its contemporary Mexican sister restaurant, Union Cantina, and offers an assortment of specialty gourmet burgers, fresh handcut fries, maniacal milkshakes & desserts and an elaborate craft beer and small batch bourbon selection. Restaurateur and owner Ian Duke with award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf are excited to introduce this new culinary offering to the year-round dining staple of Southampton, NY. Union Burger Bar is first come, first served, no reservations, so make sure to arrive early as this instant classic fills up fast during both lunch and dinner. The spacious and casual dining room has seen some recent renovations, but the new Union Burger Bar is the biggest in the past year. The Burger Bar menu is rich in variety and slathered with flavor. Wellregarded for their fresh Colorado Beef burgers that also are hormone, anti-antibiotic and additive free, the burger bar is dedicated to environmental sustainability. Specials include the Coopers Beach 8 oz black Angus beef burger with avocado, bean sprouts, pineapple marmalade, lettuce, tomato on a multi-grain bun; the Black & Bleu 8 oz black Angus beef burger with bleu cheese, applewood bacon,

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lettuce, tomato, caramelized walnut crumble on a brioche bun; and the Mac Attack! 8 oz black Angus beef burger with homemade mac & cheese, onion hay, on a pretzel bun. The restaurant also offers a selection of delectable sides and salads, including Scotty’s Award-Winning Chili topped with onions & melted cheddar; Truffle Fries topped with parmesan cheese; and Health Nut salad with romaine & kale mix, hearts of palm, sweet corn, heirloom tomato, avocado, toasted pumpkin seeds, oregano lime vinaigrette. On the shakes menu, diners can enjoy dessert-like drinks such as the Big Blue Bunny shake with rainbow sprinkle frosted rim, vanilla milkshake, topped with a Blue Bunny ice cream cone, whipped cream, more sprinkles & a cherry; the Not Sorry shake with Nutella, Reece’s pieces frosted rim, peanut butter milkshake, whipped cream, & Reece’s peanut butter cups; and the boozy Strawberry Shortcake shake with Strawberry milkshake, pinnacle strawberry vodka, fresh strawberries, whipped cream. Union Burger Bar also offers daily specials which include: Tap & App Specials All Night on Mondays & Tuesdays, Barrister’s Summer Wednesdays featuring the Burger & Fries Special for $9.95, Burger and a Beer Special on Thursdays where guests get their

first beer at half price with the purchase of a burger, and Sunday Shakes featuring Half Price Classic Milk Shakes (2:00 pm – 6:00 pm) and $5 Kids Meals all night long (with purchase of adult burger meal). Daily Lunch Specials are also available in house only Monday to Friday from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, featuring the Classic 5 oz American Cheeseburger with lettuce & tomato on a Martins Potato Roll and served with choice of hand cut fries or a side salad. Union Burger Bar is prepared to lead the 2019 Hamptons dining scene with their new finely crafted burgers, and keeping with tradition, Executive Chef Scott Kampf is prepared to serve up the next, potential award-wining dish. In 2018, Union Cantina won the “Best of the Best” awards for “Best Taco”, “Best Margarita”, “Best Happy Hour Bar” and “Best Mexican Cuisine” from leading Hamptons publication, Dan’s Papers. Award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf, previously featured on Food Network’s Iron Chefs of America, received the Gold distinction for “Best Chef”, while House Mixologist Brady received the silver distinction for “Best Bartender”.

40 Bowden Sq. Southampton, NY 11968 631.377.3323

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DINING OUT: NYC By Sarah Tantawy

Amylos Taverna A trip to Greece is in your future, at least for your taste buds! Located in the Heart of Astoria, Queens, Amylos Taverna provides a redefined Greek dining experience. With plenty of dining options ranging from land to sea specialties, and everything in between, you are guaranteed to find a mouthwatering option. With their Octopus Croquettes, a sushi grade quality dish with herb crumbs, carp roe mousse, and yogurt beet sauce, as well as the Dark ale lamb shank with molasses and herbs, smoked eggplant puree and green fava beans herbs infused with extra virgin olive oil, this is one dining experience that you won’t soon forget. For lighter fare, try their Kolokithokeftedes, organic zucchini croquettes with a yogurt mint dipping sauce or their Fig Salad, comprised of mixed field greens, prosciutto di Parma, grilled manouri cheese, fig compote, and honey balsamic vinaigrette. Coffee Connoisseurs will definitely rejoice with their extensive menu of coffee-based desserts and drinks. Whether you prefer a double shot of espresso or decaffeinated options, you can drink up on your drink of choice at Amylos Taverna! The food is complimented by the ambiance, which evokes feelings of the Greek Islands. After all, Astoria is the new Athens. 33-19 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106 718.215.0228

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Cardoncello DiVino Chow down on Cardoncello Mushrooms, a cherished delicacy, at Cardoncello DiVino. This traditional restaurant serves up classic cuisine from the region of Southern Italy. This scrumptious spot, which is described as ‘a story of love and passion for healthy and tasty food stemming from their 100% Italian Herritage’, promises to make your dining experience as authentic as if you were in Italy. Start your culinary adventure with the Roasted Cardoncelli Mushrooms with Potato, Caciocavallo Cheese and Truffle Tortino. You’ll definitely want to try one of their many options infused with cardoncello, such as everyone’s favorite fettuccine which features Turmeric fettuccine, Cardoncello mushrooms, tomato filet and cacioricotta cheese. Next up on your foodie tour should be their savory Guancia Di Manzo, or slow braised Wagyu beef cheek with Cardoncelli mushrooms, carrot mash and baby zucchini. Also available is their Evoo Tasting, a selection of 4 Extra Virgin Olive Oils ranging from light to intense, which are paired with delightful small bites. The 200 labels stored inside their open wine cellar have been personally selected by their sommelier – there is definitely a glass that pairs perfectly with each dish. 43 W 27th St. New York, NY 10001 917.409.5995

Bagatelle If you want to feast on delicious dishes, Theplook no further than Bagatelle. Considered to be a Meatpacking District staple, Bagatelle offers French Mediterranean fare in a chic atmosphere which often turns into a party. They are, after all, known for their brunches where you can dine and dance! For ‘some little things’ start off with their tzatziki with cucumber yogurt and dill, or try one of their salads, such as the Salade de Choux Brussel et Avocat, with Brussels sprout salad, avocado, goji berry and sesame seeds. For a picture perfect plate, take a look at their Raw Bar and Crudo options, with dishes ranging from Tartare de Thon Bagatelle, which has yellowfin tuna tartar, avocado, lime soy vinaigrette and taro chips, as well as their Seafood Tower Petit Plateau, made up of 8 oysters, 8 mussels, 6 shrimp, tuna tartar, poke salmon and ceviche. Let’s just say they make some very Instagram worthy dishes. Indulge in lunch options such as Gnocchi Maison (potato gnocchi, tomato sauce, basil, parmesan cheese), Quiche du Jourfrench (savory custard tart, comte cheese), or Poké de Saumon (Salmon poke, avocado, cucumber, scallions, ginger pickles, sesame seed, and sushi rice). From creative cocktails to smoothies and juice, the beverages at Bagatelle are just as delicious as the dishes. 1 Little W 12th St. New York, NY, US 10014 212.488.2110

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BOBBY VAN’S ON 230 PARK A Steakhouse Superstar By julie sagoskin Photographed By neil tandy Groomer: Angela Caroll for Angelo David Salon | Gamma+ Italia | The Flex Brush


ocated at 230 Park Avenue in the Helmsley Building next to Grand Central Station, the real center of the universe, this Bobby Van’s brings back the old-school steakhouse experience. After all, owner Ricky Passarelli, his brother/manager Lenny Passarelli, and his partners have a stake in ensuring you

have the best steakhouse experience of your life. They say it’s all about location, location, location, and it doesn’t get any better than the “The Original” Bobby Van’s flagship location, the city’s most delicious destination, which is now independently

owned and operated. The intimate bar area in this grandiose space even features an exact replica of the gargoyles you can find all around Grand Central Station. With a famous address and partners who hail from the city’s most famed steakhouses, Bobby Van’s is a steakhouse superstar.


While he has already achieved succulent steakhouse success, Ricky Passarelli is taking his high-quality establishment to new heights with the addition of his new partners. “Al Serpagli and Patrick Brennan are steakhouse veterans,” explained Passarelli. “They have worked at the hottest steakhouses in the country, the Palm and Smith & Wollensky’s.” Al Serpagli, who is in love with Bobby Van’s lambchops, brings his extensive experience from running the front of the house at the original Palm Restaurant for almost 40 years. He also brings a large customer base, and he knows just what sets this steakhouse apart. “They buy the best food available on the

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market. The steak, pork chops, chicken, fish—it’s all top-of-the-line, quality food. The meat, which is from the best purveyors, is aged from 21 to 35 days. It doesn’t get better than that. Our clientele and the type of business that this restaurant does is unique, and the location can’t be beat. Our clientele are beyond customers; they’re family, and it goes to the second, third and fourth generations. When they come here, they feel at home.” The talented team behind some of the restaurant’s most tantalizing dishes also includes Chef Robert Dickert, or ribeye royalty! Chef Dickert is, after all, the great-nephew of the legendary Peter Luger.

Since becoming part of the Bobby Van’s family in 1996, Dickert has made the restaurant even more delicious by providing unparalleled service and quality food. For a more laidback atmosphere, Lea Wine Bar, which the owners just opened right next door to Bobby Van’s, is the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine after work or any time. At this relaxed space set amidst red walls, you can go from drinks to dinner, or even enjoy the full Bobby Van’s menu without leaving the bar. Lea Wine Bar, which invites a younger crowd to enjoy expertly mixed drinks by their bartender John O’Donnell, who has been a | 43


part of the Bobby Van’s family for over two decades, also features a vast collection of photographs depicting rock legends who are almost as legendary as the location they are hung in. With a striking floor-toceiling bar, the Bobby Van’s team is setting the bar high at Lea Wine Bar! In addition to classic Bobby Van’s specialties with a casual twist, they offer tasty tapas, sushi, creative cocktails and an extensive wine menu. Serpagli, who has been in the food industry all his life - he was born in Parma, Italy, which is all about food – is also excited about the recent grand opening of Lea Wine Bar. “It does take it down a notch as far as age. It caters to a big crowd, they have their own clientele, and it’s already been very successful. After 9/11, Wall Street came to Park Avenue. A lot of these people live in Westchester or are heading to the train station after work, and they come here and have a snack, or go to Bobby Van’s, and then go home. You can go to Lea and hang out with a couple

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friends and have a sandwich or a couple beers. It’s the best food—the best.” With a strong commitment to service and of course, the city’s most succulent steaks, it’s not hard to see why everyone from Wall Street tycoons to star athletes can be found indulging in the fine fare at this New York institution. With high-quality meats, as well as their un-stuffy steakhouse environment, a business meeting at Bobby Van’s is one meeting you will really want to bite into. Their mouthwatering menu, which also features fresh seafood selections as well as pasta and wood-fired pizza, is executed by Executive Chef Craig Jermin, who makes sure each carefully crafted plate takes your taste buds on a culinary adventure, especially when topped with their bestselling Bobby Van’s sauce. Bobby Van’s, which has been serving up delectable dishes for half a century, has come a long way since opening their first location in Bridgehampton.

Restauranteur Ricky Passarelli, who purchased the Bridgehampton spot from Bobby Van, brought the steakhouse to Park Avenue over two decades ago and hasn’t looked back since! The partners, who each play a key part in ensuring their customers receive the best that Bobby Van’s has to offer, all have ties to some of the most illustrious and famed steakhouses in New York. Let’s just say these guys know their steakhouse stuff! Their customers, who are more like family, know they are going to be treated as such – some of their regular clientele even have their own caricatures prominently placed on the wall. With prime cuts served in a prime New York City location, Bobby Van’s “The Original” is unlike any other steakhouse. Their dry aging process of USDA prime quality beef, as well as their humidity-controlled room where their carefully-selected steaks are aged for up to 28 days, is what sets their steaks apart. | 45

This Helmsley Building steakhouse hot spot also uses a local seafood supplier with a fleet of 30 fishing boats to ensure you always have plenty of palatable plates to choose from. “If you want to serve the best, you have to source and buy the best,” said Chef Nile Medford. Patrick Brennan, who worked with Ricky at Smith and Wollensky’s in the early 80s, is proud to be working with the steakhouse superstar once again, especially now that the two have a bit more experience under their belts. “The number of steakhouses in the city floats up and down, and it’s a tough sphere to compete in. 230 Park is a unique restaurant, and it’s always been on my radar. I thought opening Lea Wine Bar was a great way for them to expand into something more fun. You can’t beat the location, and I love the way Ricky is going with this spot. This Bobby Van’s is a beacon on a hill and has always stood out in the growing number of steakhouses. They use the best purveyors of meat, and before working here, I was a guest here, and it’s always been really good.” With friendly service and high-quality steak and seafood, when you come to Bobby Van’s or Lea Wine Bar on 230 Park, you’ll always find something to cheers to! | 47

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JEANINE PIRRO Keeping it Real with a Real New Yorker By julie sagoskin Photographed By UDO SPREITZENBARTH Produced by Hillary Latos Stylist: Lasalle - Steven Lasalle Hair: Angela Caroll for Angelo David Salon | Gamma+ Italia and Aysen Hurriyet | The Flex Brush Makeup: Zuleika Viera Photographer Assistant: Zara Kurba Shot on location at 66 Ninth Ave, Residence 6, NY NY


f you’ve watched her highly-rated show, Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News Channel, you already know that Judge Jeanine Pirro always states her fact-based opinions, especially in her sharp-witted opening statement. Whether you agree with her views or not, you can’t take away the fact that what you see is what you get – Judge Jeanine is always just Judge Jeanine! This just judge, who rules her network’s television ratings, knows how to reign in her guests and relate to her viewers. “When I’m talking to my viewers

they’ve got the best of me, the real me, no nonsense, no agenda other than to tell them what I believe in and what I think the truth is. I tried many felony cases when I was a litigator and I loved it and I did extremely well as an attorney. I always back up my opening statement with evidence. It’s as if I was in a courtroom and the guests are the witnesses.” Before achieving success as a television host and author, the persistent Pirro was pushing the boundaries to become the first female judge elected in Westchester County, and eventually the first female District

Attorney of Westchester County. She even became the first ever female president of the New York State District Attorneys Association. This personable and patriotic powerhouse explained that being able to realize her dreams is “a combination of living in a great country that rewards hard work, and realizing that to attain anything you have to work hard. That is what concerns me about the division of this country today. Socialism, with the wave of a wand, will create some kind of nirvana for everyone, when in reality it will really take away the reward of hard work. It will pretty much take | 49


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away all of your money for everyone else. Where would the motivation be, where would the joy of succeeding be? It would be nowhere in the world they’re promoting.” While she now loves to put her political views into perspective on television, Judge Jeanine also threw her hat into the political ring a few times herself, though she said she wouldn’t do it again. “I ran for office five times and politics is a blood sport, they take a pound every time, and I’m skinny enough! I love working for Fox and talking about what I talk about and have a platform for what I know.” She might not be running for office anytime soon, but Pirro is still making her political opinions known in her upcoming book entitled Radicals, Resistance and Revenge. From explaining how the left is trying to seek revenge for Hillary not winning to resisting the current administration and maintaining staunch anti-Trump stances, Judge Jeanine tackles the current climate, which she finds concerning. “It’s not just having America evolve to be a better nation, and we can be better, but they want to tear down the foundation of this country to where it’s unrecognizable and have a place where there is no competition, no individual liberty, no reward, no competitiveness, they just say take care of me.” This fierce and fabulously fashionable TV personality, who grew up in Elmira, New York, will talk to you like a real New Yorker who keeps it real! “When people tune into my show I think they know they’re gonna get it straight from a New Yorker who has the experience from being a prosecutor, a sitting district attorney, a superior court judge, a politician, an author and a mother. You can’t pull the wool over my eyes! Don’t lie to me, don’t tell me that something is day when it’s night. You’re going to get the truth from me the way I see it and it and I’m going to back it up with evidence.” | 51


Judge Jeanine, a former attorney, author and host isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and neither is Donald Trump, according to the judge, who believes that the president is most likely going to win a second term due to the booming economy, low unemployment ratings, growing opportunities for minorities and women, and safer conditions. “Americans are going to say, am I better off today than I was four years ago, and the truth is yes, we are safer. The president wiped out Isis in one, two, three. He reminds me of Indiana Jones when he takes out a machete. We have to eliminate people who hate us or kill us. When you look at where we are today, they say we’re working, we’re secure, the military is the strongest in the world. If you don’t like this country then you ought to rethink why you’re here, and that’s why I think it’s important for people to step back and forget about the name calling and the division, that’s about political correctness. Americans elected Trump because he was refreshing, and not politically correct. He’s a man saying what Americans are thinking.” This groundbreaking Renaissance woman always stands her ground, whether it’s on national television or in her everyday life. “Sometimes it is tough, you

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get a lot of push back and as far as I’m concerned I know where my moral core is, where my compass is. My mother was my friend and my muse, and she just passed away and now more than ever I am in a position where I recognize the importance of going forward without fear or favor. I did it as a prosecutor and as a judge, and whenever I’m on Fox I’m not afraid of anybody, I just do what I think is right.” Pirro, a patriotic television personality is proud of all she has accomplished and what her country stands for. “I live in a great state, I work in midtown, and I thank G-d every day. For people to tear down this country, I find it shocking, and you almost start to realize that if people are so unhappy, if they are so mad here, you have to say, why are you here? If it’s so bad and if you want to make it better, have at it, I’m all for it, make it better, please, that’s what we’re here for. It’s a monumental thing to see judgment in men and women who never thought they had a chance in professional athletics to obtain the American dream and what America has to offer, a better life in the land of opportunity, and yet they kneel. You never want to war like my father or like all the men and women who want to protect the social liberties that we enjoy. I don’t get it but it’s the first amendment,

so be it, but my concern is that the left is attempting to take away our free speech. We see it when they say we’re not gonna listen because they don’t like what someone says, or beat people up and don’t have the courage to show their faces cause they’re such cowards. We have to fight for it, it’s on the chopping block.” After working non-stop at the network for the past two years, Judge Jeanine will be jetting off to Prague and Australia, where she is going to try to do a show before summer is over. With a fulfilling career and family – Judge Jeanine has a son and a daughter – she is ready to add a bit more fun to the mix and hopes to move to the city after selling her house in Westchester. “I want to enjoy my girlfriends, go out to dinner, see a play, catch a cab and do all the things New York City has to offer. It’s a tremendous place to be able to appreciate all the culture and the arts.” She might already have her own popular program, but things are just starting to heat up for this hardworking host, who has more projects on the horizon. If you want to know just what she’s thinking, tune in to hear the judge give you her just verdict on today’s hot topics. | 53



Savor the Savory and Sweet Dishes By Julie Sagoskin


ig into delicious and decadent dishes in a deliriously surreal setting at Antanara Bophut and Avani+ Koh Samui. From their beachfront options to more casual fare, you will be sure to have the tastiest trip of your life! From creative cuisine to classic cocktails, you’ll be mesmerized by the mouthwatering plates at Antanara Bophut in Koh Samui. The fine dining options at their signature restaurant, The Full Moon, will expand your gastronomic horizons as you watch the sun setting in the horizon. With bold ingredients and authentic flavors which you’ll dine on in an elegant setting overlooking Bophut Bay, you’ll be blown away with every bite! The Full Moon’s full-flavored dishes will have you feeling full – but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to save room for their delectable desserts, especially the Coconut Leche fan, made with coconut ice cream with raspberry bubbles, and served in a Thai roasted coconut – paradise never looked or tasted so good! From Grilled Silk Tofu to Bangrak Market Snapper Fillet plus a full grill menu featuring a Grain-Fed Tenderloin and a Cape Byron Angus Tomahawk, you can enjoy expertly cooked cuisine and exotic

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flavors in an exotic ambiance. You’ll be falling in love with every bite of The Falling Moon, their famed dessert which is deconstructed right at your table. Made with honey crème caramel, chocolate sphere, mulberry caviar and caramelized mango puree, you’ll be dreaming of this delight long after your visit! Savor succulent dishes including their Sashimi Salmon Inferno and enjoy a feast for the eyes and the stomach! The dish, fired tableside with black sesame gomashio, raspberry-citrus ponzu and hot basil, will definitely set your night on fire! Locally sourced free-range spatchcok marinated in yogurt and other spices before being red in the tandoor oven and smoked in applewood is always a crowd pleaser – you’ll be saying yes please for seconds – and maybe even thirds! From steaks to seafood, Executive Chef David Eldridge brings the best of local organic ingredients and free-range produce to your plate. Pair your meal with a perfect wine pairing from their award-winning wine list while the Wine Guru suggests satisfying enhancements for each dish. You’ll find only the freshest island fruits, Kasetsart University’s farming cooperative beef, and herbs from their own on-site micro garden

– dig in to delicious dining! Go along for the ride with their signature gin trolley which features 11 types of gin, including those from boutique Thai distillery Iron Balls – cheers to the best meal of your life! Chow down on corn fed chicken from Chiang Rai province as well as Thai raised high welfare Berkshire pigs and even soy bean curd produced right on Koh Samui so you can taste and feel the local vibe at any of their dining hot spots. With noodles, curry, vegetarian options and a traditional Thai feast available, you will experience elevated cuisine like you’ve never had before. Seize the opportunity to savor these palatable plates with Kantok sets. Kantok, which refers to the low round table used to hold food, is a traditional dinner ritual from Lana tribes, the tribe which live in the northern part of Thailand. With appetizers, raw vegetable salad and dessert, this experience is based upon seven different specialties. Set your eyes on the Chaba, Dhalah or Kradang-nga set! Plus, their master mixologist will always make sure you have something to sip on before you take a dip! With bites and beverages available all day at Eclipse, don’t let hunger slow you down while

you’re traipsing around the tropics! Sit back, relax and enjoy Thai specialties made from locally sourced ingredients in a serene setting with lush gardens and indoor swing sofas. Get high on paradise life at High Tide, a casual spot where you can start with eggs benedict for breakfast before coming back for a delightful dinner of Thai cuisine in their upscale laidback layout or out on the veranda. Live on the edge and order Thai street food with a stunning sunset view during happy hour at Ocean’s Edge. You can also bite down on a chicken satay or salad on beachfront beanbags or sunbathe by the pool, while sipping on a signature cocktail of course! If you’re looking to rekindle a romance, the resort’s Dining by Design delivers the most romantic experience on the island. From private dining on the beach to a candlelit sala overlooking the lily pond, plus a curated menu and butler service, the only thing better than the dinner is the equally romantic aroma bath they prepare for you. After all, they are all about making magical and not to be missed moments! If you want to spice things up your way, Spice Spoons allows you to immerse yourself in the

local culinary scene by picking fresh produce and seafood with the chef at the local market and then choosing herbs from the chef’s garden back at the resort. You’ll learn the history behind Thai cooking before getting in the kitchen yourself where you can watch your perfect plate come to life! Feel the essence of tropical living at Essence, Avani+ Koh Samui’s signature beachfront restaurant. Enjoy contemporary cuisine in a casual atmosphere, plus healthy eats so you can be beach body ready. You’ll be sure to experience paradise on a plate in the restaurant’s tranquil setting featuring wicker furniture and of course spectacular seaside views. You can thank Chef Kien for delicacies such as the Duck Confit and Phad Thai Goong which will add a dash of color to your dish – and your life! Kien, who is passionate about finding the freshest local ingredients, lovingly makes each plate, which means you are sure to fall in love with every luxurious bite! You’ll definitely get a chance to celebrate local culture with the authentic flavors found in each festive dish. From plant based vegan specialties to Thai wok and curries, you can experience different dishes regardless of dietary preferences.

Pan-Fried Ocean Fish, Penang Chicken and their signature Plant Burger will definitely take your taste buds on a culinary tour! They even have pan oven pizzas and pastas plus sweets including their Crispy Banana, made with salted palm sugar caramel, as well as Thai seasonal fruits and other treats which will ensure your already sweet vacation is extra sweet! Sip on Samui-inspired signature cocktails made by their mixologist at The Beverage Pool Truck. Their customized Kombi will give you a taste – literally – of your tropical surroundings with local fruit flavors mixed with premium spirits and creative specialties in a serene setting. Enjoy snacks and smoothies around the clock at the Pantry at Avani+ Koh Samui or get your cravings sent to your door with their room service selections so you can relax all day or night long. With mouthwatering food and magnificent views, Koh Samui is the ultimate dining destination – you will definitely remember your delicious days in the sun! | 55


LANGUEDOC It’s Time for Wine Season By Simon Gusev


f you’re looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further than Languedoc! Languedoc, which is starting to become known as one of the best contemporary seaside resorts in France, is also preserving its traditions. Visiting Languedoc, located in one of the most peaceful and colourful regions of France, will allow you to immerse yourself in more than a thousand years of history. Here you can bask in the bright rays of the Mediterranean sun while enjoying local culinary delights and sipping excellent French wines. Tenderly preserving its old traditions while rapidly becoming one of the best contemporary seaside resorts, Languedoc is truly one of the most colourful and unique regions of France. The world’s largest wine region is home to 23 Languedoc appellations and 19 PGIs, creating a colorful spectrum from bold reds to floral whites

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and flavourful rosés. Visiting Languedoc means immersing yourself in more than a thousand years of history. Find incredible natural diversity, bask in the bright rays of the Mediterranean sun, enjoy local culinary delights and sip excellent French wines, an essential component of any trip to France.

Boutenac, La Clape, Pic Saint-Loup, Minervois La Livinière and Terrasses du Larza. Grenache blanc, Piquepoul, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Marsanne and Macabeu are the main grape varieties for whites, and Syrah, Grenache noir, Mourvèdre, Cabernet franc, Carignan and Cinsault for reds and rosés.

Before exploring our wonderful itinerary, intended for you to get the most out of this winecentric region, you should know just what wine means in Languedoc. Nearly 23,000 hectares of the region’s land is dedicated to wine production, which results in 178 million bottles of sacred nectar. With over 23 wine appellations and 26 types of grape varieties, Languedoc has become the leading producer of rosé wines, which are always the perfect choice for soirees in the sun and posh picnics. Make sure to also sample other wine varieties, including The Corbières

Begin your fantastic trip by landing at Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport, located just a couple of miles from Montpellier, which is easily distinguished by colonial towers and gothic cathedrals. With its medieval streets and wondrous contemporary architecture, Montpellier is sure to inspire you. For musical evenings filled with dancing, wine tastings and night shopping, make sure to visit Les Estivales, a wine festival that takes place every Friday night during the summer beginning on July 12th.

Spend the night in the Courtyard Marriott Montpellier, the luxurious hotel located directly next to the City Hall of Montpellier which was designed by star architect Jean Nouvel. The next stop on your list should be Autignac, a much quieter town just a short hours drive from Montpellier, just make sure to stop at Domaine de l’Arjolle on the way for another delicious wine tasting. During you visit make sure to enjoy a quick bite of incredible local cuisine and, again, some more wine. Try Château Bas d’Aumelas, a lovely vineyard from the 14th century, where both the atmosphere and food are ideal. Upon your arrival at Autignac, head to a wine tasting of Château Autignac at Domaine des Prés Lasses and then head to Le Picamandil for lunch. Get a spacious room at Château Autignac and enjoy tranquility until you fall asleep to the lullaby of local birds singing nearby. After waking up in glorious Autignac, visit Cave de Saint Chinian. After exploring the area’s artistic treasures, dine at Auberge de la Croisade, the gastronomic jewel set beside the Canal du Midi, a picturesque spot located between the

Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Your next stop is Château de Paraza, an upscale area where you can partake in more wine tasting. Narbonne, the former Languedoc capital of legislative power and now of wine production, is home to fine fresh fare. Here you will find Les Salins De Gruissan, a spacious dining spot along the Meditteranean coast, where you can sample local specialties. Their wine cellar showcases a wide range of local wines so you can try a few varieties. If you’re ready to unwind after all that wine, you can relax in one of the 54 luxurious suites at Gua Island Suites. Don’t leave Narbonne without walking through its beautiful streets and visiting its magnificent gothic cathedral of Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur, which was never fully completed after initially going up in the 13th century. Afterwards, embark on a journey to Leucate, a seaside resort nestled at the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Narbonne. Also, make sure to visit Château Le Bouïs, Château Pech-Céleyran Saint-Exupéry and Château de Lastours for more tastings. At Leucate, you’ll want to visit Jardin des Filoche, a Michelin starred restaurant where you can dine on gourmet cuisine paired with the area’s

best wines. Rest up in the city’s most elegant accommodations at Le 19-21-un Amour D’Hôtel, The last major stop on our Languedoc bucket list is Montirat, an enchanting Occitan village. On your way there, visit cultural heritage sights such as Château de Pennautier, Caves Sieur D’Arques & Château de Flandry, which boast exceptional vineyards and a medieval ambiance. A highaltitude estate nestled in the depth of flourishing province, Domaine Calmel & Joseph is the perfect place to stay and dine. Montirat is the perfect place to take in the natural beauty of Languedoc on foot. It won’t be easy to leave this incredible region with all of its nature, cuisine, wine, architecture and, of course, the warm and friendly locals, but you will leave with always have many fond memories to cherish. For more information on your Languedoc exploration trip, please refer to Vignobles & Découvertes, the national wine tourism label in France, who will ensure you get the most out of the best winegrowing destinations in the region. | 57


ESTANCIA LA JOLLA Experience Elegance

and Endless Dining Options By Julie Sagoskin With deluxe accommodations, award-winning dining and a serene spa, you’ll be so enticed by the Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa that you’ll want to extend your stay as soon as you check in. From poolside cabanas to complimentary shuttle service, plus a modern fitness center and plenty of outdoor activities close to the property, the biggest problem you’ll have is figuring out what fun things to do first! With luxurious Turkish cotton linens, an airy ambiance and your choice of a California king bed or two queen beds, their standard Deluxe Room is anything but standard! To experience California living at its coolest, stay in the Veranda, which features private patios so you can be surrounded by lush scenery during your stay. If you’re looking for a regal room, the Estate offers beauteous views of the hotel’s award-winning botanical gardens, stone paths, water fountains and a tranquil pool, which you can enjoy from your own balcony. To make your stay even sweeter, book the spacious Estate Suites, which are available with either a limited open floor plan or a separate bedroom. Both layouts include a living area with a full-size sleeper sofa, soaking bathtub and a separate shower. For the ultimate posh vacation, the Presidential Suite, which features personal touches, has hosted numerous presidents and VIP clients. This splendid space, with a comfortable living room and dining area that seats six, also has French doors that open to a large balcony with chaise lounges overlooking the garden courtyard. The hotel even features ADA/Accessible rooms so all guests can enjoy this haute hotel with all the necessary amenities. Your pets are part of the family, so Estancia La Jolla’s pet-friendly travel program will ensure your dog enjoys his stay as much as you do! The program includes a plush in-room bed, plus locally made peanut butter treats and even a dog menu – that’s right, four-legged guests can dine on everything from scrambled eggs to steak tartare as well as an assortment of organic treats. If you want to let Fido run free, head to the nearby Del Mar North Beach where dogs can run without a leash. Their concierge can even arrange pet sitting or walking services. Stay in style at this Meritage Collection property with their summer deals and enjoy spa credit, dining credit, daily valet and a waived resort fee. If you want to cool off in their COOLA cabanas – which you will – book the COOLAfornia Sunshine package, perfect for a girls’ getaway or an extra romantic stay. If you really want to unwind, their Wellness Suites feature an in-room mirror, providing you with a digital personal trainer, as well as a sleep-well kit, including eye mask, ear plugs and sleep-well tea every evening. You will also receive a wellness butler, organic sheets, yoga mats and weights, a mini bar with local-pressed juices and healthy snacks, and a self-reflection journal. If you’re a local who wants to experience Estancia, you’re in luck – California residents are entitled to special packages, so you don’t have to travel far this summer to enjoy a great vacation!

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Dine on mouthwatering bites at Mustangs & Burros, the hotel’s signature restaurant, which serves up coastal-inspired cuisine with a Southern California twist. Enjoy delectable dishes and shared plates made with seasonal ingredients in their hacienda-style dining room or patio, both featuring large and cozy fireplaces. From Pineapple-Achiote Pork Ribs with jicamapineapple slaw to Charred Spanish Octopus made with toasted paprika and garlic, this varied menu features exciting and enticing options, You’ll definitely become a morning person when you get to wake up to stunning views and more importantly, scrumptious cuisine at Adobe El Restaurante, where you can enjoy Baja-inspired Adobe Tostada and fresh smoothies. Taste some of the area’s best blends at Trinitas Cellars Wine Bar, where Napa Valley meets La Jolla wine country! In addition to award-winning wines, they are also known for their selection of local craft beer, plus cocktails created with housemade bitters and Estancia La Jolla’s own private label, Single Barrel Jack Daniel’s. This wine bar even offers private tastings and educational seminars, while their charming private dining room is perfect for intimate events with specialty pairing menus. Established in Napa in 2002 by Estancia’s owners, Trinitas Cellars was the Busch family’s first foray into hospitality.

From intimate dinners to large celebrations, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa can customize menus for a memorable dining experience. For an elegant gathering, the Garden Suite, which can accommodate up to 24 guests, features French doors leading to a small veranda and a lush lawn, while the Caretaker’s Suite, housed in a historic hacienda-style building, is the perfect venue for a delightful and delicious affair! Indulge in self-care events this summer at Estancia, where they will be hosting a southernstyle bash, garden workouts, tequila tastings and even an empowerment series where women can connect and discuss matters relating to health and healing. If you’re going to be in the area during KAABOO Del Mar, San Diego’s largest music, comedy, culinary and art festival, Estancia is offering packages so you can stay and play all festival long! For the ultimate relaxing and rejuvenating experience, book the Estancia Glow Signature Facial, a Hydrafacial Refresh or CBD treatments, and come back from your vacation looking and feeling like the best version of yourself. A perfect summer wouldn’t be complete without a heated saltwater pool and whirlpool, where you can relax on lounge chairs while enjoying fresh fruit and even Moet and Chandon Ice. Summer is off to a sweet start at Estancia!

Get fit after indulging in all the hotel’s delicious dining experiences at their fitness center, which features Life Fitness™ training equipment including treadmills and recumbent bikes. This hot spot, located between La Jolla and Del Mar, gives guests the chance to hike through the country’s rarest pine trees at Torrey Pines State Reserve, take a swing at the oceanfront Torrey Pines Golf Course or enjoy snorkeling at La Jolla Cove. With an executive learning retreat featuring event spaces and meeting rooms in a scenic setting, as well as an experienced catering and conference service team, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to hold your next meeting! From the La Jolla, their largest indoor event space with custom designed décor to the more contemporary Grande Room with an adjoining patio, the hotel has enough spacious and sophisticated spaces to accommodate any type of meeting or lecture. There are also additional ballrooms, break rooms and a learning theater, with built-in audiovisual and individual work stations, so you can hold lectures, screenings and forums. Be inspired between meetings with outdoor lunches on the Hacienda Lawn or with afternoon yoga sessions. With so much to explore both within the hotel and at nearby attractions, get ready for the best stay of your life at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa! | 59


LOS ANGELES Cool Things to do in California’s Coolest City By Julie Sagoskin | Photo by Ryan Tanaka


ive the high Hollywood life when you experience the best restaurants, hotels and amusements in Los Angeles. From world-renowned shopping on Rodeo Drive to modern art museums and delicious dining, there is something fun for the whole family! A trip to California wouldn’t be complete without trying the creative cuisine at Conservatory in West Hollywood, a vibrant and multi-tiered space featuring a fresh and seasonal Californiainspired menu. From their street-level Café at Conservatory, housed in a historical landmark, to a full restaurant and bar on the main floor, as well as the Society Room, you will experience enticing and elevated cuisine and beverages. Conservatory, which is definitely California’s

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coolest new spot, was developed by the Kalt Group, with the design and concept created by Jim Hustead of Age Old Trade Design. You’ll fall in love with their Fall Squash Bruschetta with apple, endive, burrata and pumpkin, as well as their Pei Mussels with Calabrian chile butter, white wine, soft herbs and grilled bread. They also offer breakfast burritos, happy-hour offerings and brunch bites, including Banana Fluffernutter French Toast, Ratatouille, Honey and Walnut Labneh and Tuna and Caviar Toast. The bar program, created by Soigné Group’s Josh Goldman, features three parts and plenty of innovative options! The Café serves Verve Coffee offerings, pastries from Bakers Kneaded and the

Spritz Trail, with selections of amaris from Italy, Switzerland, France and the United States. The Conservatory’s Main Bar focuses on well-sourced ingredients and classical techniques. From “Fellini Was Like a Watermelon” with Campari, Dr. Zzyzx Rose Vodka, yellow Chartreuse, watermelon juice and grapefruit Radler, to “Kangaroo in the Orchard” with Absolut vodka, vermouth de Chambery blanc, apple schnapps and grapefruit oil,” you can cheers to a fun and fresh California adventure. Sit back and enjoy truly special specialty cocktails in the Society Room, which is dedicated to the art of the bar and the bartender’s craft. The Society Room also offers a more curated experience, including modern techniques, specialty service

If you want to make your trip extra thrilling, stop by Universal Studios Hollywood, where their rides and attractions attract adventure seekers of all ages. You will also find plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options for the whole family. From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can wander through the corridors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to their worldfamous studio tour, you can experience movie magic in the heart of Hollywood. Explore their four-acre historic studio lot in the largest set construction project in studio history, built with creative consultation from Steven Spielberg himself. Make sure to recharge with a range of dining options, from Hog’s Head to French Street Bistro, where you can find multicultural food to munch on as well as kidfriendly options. With a Raptor Encounter, Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, and a VIP Backlot Access tour, Universal is one of the area’s most popular spots. The Walking Dead Attraction, Despicable Me Mayhem, Special Effects Show, and Super Silly Fun Land are also popular rides and attractions.

Get to your destination in style with DELSEY, the savvy traveler’s favorite luxurious luggage line, which includes their Chatelet Hard + collection. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, the durable DELSEY will make your vacation much more pleasurable. These stylish suitcases are perfect for a weekend getaway or an international adventure. The Chatelet Hard + collection includes the 24ʺ Spinner Luggage, the 28ʺ Spinner Luggage, and the Carry-On Spinner Luggage, all of which are made from durable 100 percent virgin polycarbonate and faux leather accents. These chic pieces also feature a deluxe interior, featuring a removable hanger and laundry and shoe bags, plus silent running double spinner wheels for superior maneuverability, and recessed integrated TSA-accepted lock and zip SECURITECH™ for maximum security. They also go great with their Chatelet Soft Air collection pieces, such as the shoulder bag, backpack or duffel.

pieces and an artistic flair. Try the “Mayan Sharona” with cocoa butter Altos Reposado, lemon and lime juice, Suze, orange flower water, and chocolate bitters; the “Cloudy with a Chance of Apples” with Nigori Sake, strawberry Altos plata, honey, tamarind and Rekorderlig spiced apple cider; or any of the many other seasonal signature cocktails. Decorative details can be found throughout the spread-out space, including an open-air lounge and fire pit area. With a cozy bar, private event space, full-service restaurant and a cocktail lover’s dream space, this might just be the most delectable destination in California! | 61


SOFITEL LOS ANGELES Enjoy a Sophisticated Stay By Julie Sagoskin


or the ultimate luxurious vacation or staycation, you will want to stay at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Live the laidback California lifestyle at this haute hotel, located on the corner of La Cienega and Beverly Boulevard – perfect for shopping on Rodeo Drive and discovering Melrose Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. With sleek and French-inspired dramatic décor, as well as high-end amenities, this Sofitel embodies Hollywood glamour with European style and flair. Enjoy the excitement of LA before retreating to your chic room or spacious suite, where you are sure to have sweet dreams, especially with MyBed™, the hotel’s signature feather bed and duvet sleep system. From design events to exciting exhibitions, plus dozens of unique pieces curated by contemporary art gallery #TheCoolHeART, guests can enjoy a variety of paintings and sculptures and even take exhibition pieces home! Sofitel offers sustainable service, an outdoor heated pool with a deck; SoFit, the state-of-the art fitness center; Le Salon, a celebrity hair salon; and thousands of square feet of meeting space. If you have any questions during your stay, just ask Zingle, their digital butler service!

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You’ll always receive specialized services and first-class amenities when you check into Sofitel – and so will your pet! That’s right, pets can enjoy a gourmet menu featuring hand-cut prime steak and chicken vegetable stew, and each four-legged guest can stay on their own B&G Martin dog bed. Each room features all the comforts of home, only sleeker! Whether you plan to check in for business or leisure, this luxury property has everything you need for a sophisticated and stylish stay. Enjoy spacious work desks, French bath amenities and glass-enclosed rainfall showers. With an airy ambiance in each room, as well as a soft color palette and minimalist design, you might even feel as if you’ve gone on a trip to France! Slumber in the Superior King or Double Room where you can indulge in Lanvin bath and shower amenities, a rain shower and a modern bathroom, the perfect room to recharge and relax after running around Los Angeles all day. The Beverly Luxury King is located on a high floor and features various configurations. Lounge in luxury in their Luxury Room with a Hollywood Hills View. You’ll feel like a star in these stately surroundings! Their Luxury Patio Room, which comes with patio space and a seating area, definitely lives up to its name! Their King Bed Accessible Room, fit for a king, features grab bars, a raised sink, a roll-in shower, and most importantly, spectacular city and hill views. The Beverly Suite offers modern

floor plans, Beverly Boulevard views and Hermes bath and shower amenities. With BOSE Wave Radio with an iPod dock, an in-room safe and other modern amenities, you don’t have to leave your room to experience the best of Beverly Hills. Add some modern chic to your next meeting when you bring the team to this posh property. Their event spaces feature clean lines and a lofty feel, so you can get down to business in style – if you aren’t distracted by your decorative surroundings, that is! Their exclusive event floor offers more than 11,000 square feet of space and offers everything from a breathtaking ballroom, featuring floor-to-ceiling soundproof windows and natural light, to elegant boardrooms. The main lobby level also boasts additional indoor and al fresco event venues including a lounge bar, a private restaurant for groups, an outdoor patio and more. With meeting rooms and outdoor spaces, you can host any type of event or special occasion. With top-notch service and carefully curated, modern cuisine, all your catering needs will be taken care of, from breakfast meetings to coffee breaks and beyond. Plan your perfect wedding day with all the glamour you’ve always dreamed of – after all, Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills can make your vision a reality!

Ring in summer at Riviera 31, the hotel’s sophisticated cocktail lounge, which will seduce you with its creative and colorful cocktail menu that was inspired by the flowers on their garden patio. Lounge around on the cozy red and blue velvet sofas of this baroque style lounge, featuring a gold rococo ceiling. You’ll be dancing the night away on Salsa Night Wednesdays, which always feature special guests, or swooning during their legendary Jazz Eclectic every Monday night! Dig into the Summer Kebab made with fresh veggies while sipping on the Strawberry Basil Martini on their whimsical patio, which even boasts its own herb garden. The space even features Art Funk Fridays and LA’s most famous drag show! For intimate gatherings, the Sofitel has two stylish private dining rooms overlooking the main dining room where guests can enjoy customized chef tasting menus. You can also dine under the sky at the Aviary, their outdoor private patio with bird cages suspended overhead, which is perfect for private cocktail parties or truly delectable dining experiences. Chow down at Cattle and Claw, which just launched its new menu featuring a scrumptious selection of beef and lobster shareable appetizers, plus many other palatable plates. You are sure to fall in love with their Lobster Burger, made with a lobster patty and grilled beef patty, as well as the Lobster Paella, a SoCal spin on the traditional Spanish dish topped with a whole lobster. They even introduced their own Beyond Burger®, the world’s first plant-based burger that tastes just as good as – or even better than –a regular burger, without the GMOs, soy or gluten. For the best boozy brunch in the Beverly Hills area, Cattle and Claw offers Lobster Waffles, creamy Lobster Benedict, and many other delightful bites. Get pampered at SoSpa, where you will experience personalized service, exotic techniques, European décor, and of course, soothing treatments for individuals as well as couples. Every treatment includes a wellappointed massage suite, imported massage tables and even artwork, while the deluxe spa also features a private spa bath. By focusing on holistic principles, you can focus on both your outer beauty and inner-balance. Hit the town after getting your hair done by celebrity hair stylist Angela Kalinowski and her team at Le Salon. This boutique space features a makeup application area and a charming al fresco bistro-style patio garden. You can also get fit at SoFit, which offers Peloton Bikes and personal trainers in this contemporary fitness facility. For the most stylish and sophisticated stay in LA, check in to Sofitel the next time you are in Los Angeles!


FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LA Experience Fun, Fine Fare and Five-Star Service By Julie Sagoskin


ind yourself surrounded by lavish luxury at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, where you can relax at their resort-style pool, dig into their award-winning Italian Cuisine at Culina and rejuvenate at their restful spa. Explore all this haute hotel and the Hollywood Hills have to offer in Four Seasons five-star style! Step into splendor in the hotel’s magnificent lobby, featuring floral installations by famed Artistic Director Jeff Leatham. Guests staying in top suites can also enjoy curbside or underground

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VIP arrival and even butler service to fulfill all your needs at this posh property. Soak up the California sun in your spacious, sun-filled California Suite with a full marble bathroom and two step-out balconies where you can take in the stunning views. You’ll be able to stretch out in your Studio Suite, which features a king bed and a distinctly California vibe with views of the Hollywood Hills or Beverly Hills, or enjoy breathtaking views from your private Premier Balcony Room. Get ready to be blown away by the airy and decorative Deluxe Balcony

Rooms, which are both cozy and chic. For a seriously stylish stay, the Superior Balcony Room offers views of the city and front entrance to the five-star hotel from your private balcony. Your well-being comes first in their Wellness Studio Suites and Deluxe Balcony Wellness Room, where you will find yourself immersed in California design and state-of-the-art elements meant to balance and heighten your physical and emotional state during your stay. Here, French doors open to your own balcony, so you relax amidst a restless city.

You’ll live like a star with one of their exclusive, poolside-cabana packages, where you can enjoy outdoor spa treatments and specialty cocktails. You will also feel like part of the Hollywood high life when you sit back, relax and enjoy the show in their VIP screening room! From intimate gatherings to corporate meetings, the Deck, overlooking the skylines of Beverly Hills and Century City, is the hotel’s newest event space, while the rest of their meeting and function rooms feature unique amenities and expansive balconies, so you can enjoy the gardens and great outdoors. With over 14,000 square feet of sunlit space that can host up to 500 guests, you’ll want to meet here for all your meetings! The Venetian crystal chandeliers, beveled-glass mirrors and arched floor-to-ceiling French windows add over-the-

top elegance to their bedazzled ballroom. You can also carry out your meetings in their lobby-level spaces, including the Orchid Room, Palm Room, Wetherly Room and Screening room, while the second floor has the Burton, Beechwood and Benedict rooms. The functional rooms offer everything from balconies to boardroom tables, while their concierge is always available to assist with entertainment, travel or business arrangements. With audiovisual services and technical expertise on site, you can enhance your event or meeting with superior sound systems, creative set design, projection specialists, show supervision, video conferencing, computer data display, and much more. With customized menus and diverse catering options, their banquet meals are both delicious and decorative. Executive Chef Byron Thomas and the hotel’s culinary team have also created

creative wellness menus so you can keep your diet while enjoying delectable dishes. From healthy dinners featuring Polpoallagriglia, grilled octopus with black chickpeas, to breakfast offerings including a Sinless Benedict with an organic poached egg, thick-cut tomato, kale and salsa, you won’t find such sinless and scrumptious fare anywhere else! The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills will really take your trip to new heights – literally – when you relax with some yoga on the rooftop helipad. This 17th floor pad, which offers a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of Los Angeles, is available exclusively for private groups of up to 25 people per session. Chow down on delicious selections at the newly renovated Cabana Restaurant, which is located adjacent to the pool on the fourth floor of the | 65


hotel. Enjoy true coastal flavors of Californian cuisine with antioxidant-rich salads and the state’s freshest seafood. From Breadless Benedict, made with poached eggs, thick-cut tomato, steamed kale and molcajete salsa, to California Haas Avocado Guacamole made table-side to order, as well as their Pollo En Mole, composed of chicken confit, mole, almond and crema Mexicana, you won’t be able to get enough of these mouthwatering plates! Don’t want to leave the pool? No problem! Cabana will deliver items right to your cabana. For a truly unforgettable dining experience, Culina serves up modern Italian fare, capturing the cosmopolitan flair of Los Angeles. This sleek space, recently named one of the nation’s best new restaurants, features the city’s only crudo bar, which serves raw seafood delicacies, plus a patio with a fire-water fountain, two lounges, private rooms and a contemporary dining room with glass chandeliers, which will make your dishes taste even tastier. While you will want to savor all their selections, their Sformatino Di Bietole, made with Swiss chard flan, pecorino, Toscano fondue, seasonal black truffle and quail egg, is their musttry signature dish. Chef Luca, who comes from Lucca, Italy, brings authentic Italian flavors to each

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and every enticing plate. You can taste the love in each of his innovative creations, which display his love of locally sourced ingredients. Find a palatable, plant-based menu at Folia, which is available at Cabana Restaurant as well as in the Wellness Rooms. This menu, inspired by Chef Matthew Kenney, was developed in partnership with KBW Ventures, founded by HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, and features ten wholesome, plant-based items, including starters, entrees and desserts. From Watermelon Poke, marinated in a ponzu lime broth, to Green Herb Tacos filled with roasted squash and king oyster barbacoa, this is a tantalizing option for the health-conscious traveler! With all these delicious dining options, you won’t have to leave the hotel to find the best fare in California! You can also enjoy wine and espresso at their Italian-inspired lounge, Vinoteco, which transforms into Vinoteco Espresso every morning, so you can start your day off right. Vinoteco’s most well-known and delicious dish, the Spaghetto Classico, features Corbari tomato sauce, fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella. They also serve paninis, wraps and burgers.

Bite into the best brunch in Los Angeles with the elaborate buffet at Culina Restaurant and Windows Lounge, or check out Windows Lounge on the weekends and find an enticing and extensive wine list as well as live music. No matter what time of day or night it is, their 24-hour inroom dining menu takes care of your midnight cravings. They can even cater specially designed event menus. Rejuvenate right at the hotel’s relaxing spa when you book a facial treatment or a much-needed massage, especially the Surrender Massage, which was created by six of their top massage therapists. Decompress with their DNA Facial, which uses Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Moy’s OxyGeneo machine to exfoliate, infuse and revitalize your skin. From nails to body treatments, you will leave looking and feeling like a Hollywood star! Say “I do” to the most beautiful wedding venue in Los Angeles! From their ballroom to their outdoor spaces, as well as pampering and planning services, your big day will be as stressfree and spectacular as possible!

PLAN YOUR MOUNTAINTOP GETAWAY Reminiscent of a European castle, Mohonk Mountain House is the epitome of the unexpected. Experience breathtaking views, pristine hiking trails, mountain biking, boating, tennis, golf, nightly entertainment, and much more. Rejuvenate with a natureinspired treatment at The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House— ranked the #1 resort spa in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler. Join us on the mountaintop and feel your stresses melt away.


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ALL-NEW CHEVROLET BLAZER Bring on Summer By Julie Sagoskin


ear up for summer in the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, and blaze your own way through New York – or wherever your fully-loaded ride might take you! If you really want to see what your Blazer is made of, set out for Stone Ridge, New York, or other scenic spots this season, and you’ll soon find that this Chevy has the best elements of both form and function. Whichever way you veer, you are sure to appreciate the versatility of your vehicle, which

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features a wide stance and innovative sculpting – Chevy has never gone this bold before! Get where you’re going in style, and more importantly, safety, with all-wheel drive, towing capability and enough cargo space to keep you going all summer long! They say it’s really what’s on the inside that counts, and this four-wheel drive, featuring seamless connectivity, intuitive controls and additional add-ons, does not disappoint. Chevy’s daring new design will ensure you stand out wherever you decide to stop on your road trip – and you’ll definitely want to take a lot of road trips

after you get behind the wheel of this sleek SUV! Go sporty with the Blazer RS, or for the ultimate upscale driving experience, you’ll definitely want to drive off in the high-performance Premier! With a bold new style and excellent versatility, Chevy is back and better than ever! A wide stance and dramatic sculpting give the all-new Blazer its appealing appearance. More than just good looks, drivers will experience a dynamic ride and handling, as well as all-wheel drive, towing capability and all the cargo space expected of

pass code, a cargo management system that utilizes an adjustable cargo fence so you can store all your summer essentials and even umbrella storage, your rainy or rugged terrain days are covered! The Blazer utilizes top technological safety features, such as the upgraded Chevy Infotainment 3 system, Hitch Guidance, Rear Vision Camera, and Hitch View. The Intelligent Stop/Start, which comes standard on both the 2.5L and 3.6L engines, seamlessly shuts off the engine when power isn’t needed in order to help save fuel and power, such as when the vehicle is stopped at an intersection or a stoplight, and it starts back up once you resume driving. There are also two all-wheel drive systems available, including single-clutch and twin-clutch. The advanced AWD system delivers top-notch traction across a variety of conditions in addition to improving dynamic handling. Traction Select, standard on all trims, lets drivers make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s throttle response, shift mapping and stability control in order to maximize performance. In order to really see what this Blazer can do, take it for a test drive! Experience the best of the Blazer’s unique design elements, which are sure to make any journey more fun! While your

ride is sure to be comfortable and luxurious regardless of which route you take, exploring the sites of Stone Ridge will really show you what your Blazer was born to do – not to mention the great scenery and exciting spots you’ll find along the way! From the American Bounty restaurant at the Culinary Institute, whose alumni include some of the most famous food masters such as David Burke, Paul Bocuse and Michael Chiarello, to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home in Hyde Park, you can explore the area with the entire family! You can also go hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or crosscountry skiing on the Mohonk Preserve with scenic views of the Shawangunk Mountains, or take a pottery class at Hudson Valley Pottery. Put your Blazer in park and spend the day at Dia:Beacon, a former Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River, featuring Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs. From Stone Ridge to the sea, your Chevy Blazer will take you on an all-wheel drive dream journey! When it comes to a reliable and relaxing road trip, you can always count on Chevy!

an SUV. Once inside, the Blazer offers drivers seamless connectivity, intuitive controls and a host of convenience and safety features. With a horizontal black grille, plus the option of 20-inch aluminum wheels and a rounded dual exhaust, once you go Blazer, you won’t be able to go back! The sporty RS comes with a custom black mesh grille, a performance-inspired front air dam and jet black leather-appointed seating surfaces with red accents. Put on a show when you pull up in the Blazer Premier – those chrome accents as well as premium leather-appointed and suede microfiber seating surfaces will definitely get a standing ovation! This Blazer brings power and panache, making it the most ideal two-row midsize SUV to see the country in – or just to drive around the block! With exciting new features, such as an electronic locking glove box complete with a Valet Mode where you can create a 4-digit | 69

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KOH SAMUI BANYAN TREE A Perfect Paradise Awaits By Julie Sagoskin


hether you’re looking for romance or a family reunion, Banyan Tree Samui will shake up your senses – even those you never knew you had! This luxurious yet laidback resort, situated amidst the lush jungle of a private bay in Lamai, overlooks the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Enjoy views of a protected beachfront on Lamai Bay from the resort’s very stylish Thai-style villas, each of which is situated on a private hill front. From the Ocean View Pool Villa to the Royal Banyon, you can stretch out on your own spacious terrace or relax after an already relaxing day in a heated jet pool or infinity pool – after all, you’ll want to stay at Banyan Tree Samui till infinity! Each villa is both comfortable and chic, and designed for those looking for family fun in the sun or romantic rekindling. Your personal villa host concierge will ensure you get the most personalized care and attention during your stay in the land of splendor. This eco-conscious resort ensures all of their practices are sustainable, and supports both wildlife and locals in the community. Make the most of your stay by exploring the house reef, rich with marine life, on a guided snorkeling tour. From Cooperband Butterfly fish to Blue-Spotted stingrays, as well as lush plant life, you are sure to dive in to some new discoveries! They have

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even launched a project intended to enhance the abundance of their reef-building species. Have a ball in The Banyan Ballroom, a perfect place for parties, weddings, meetings and other themed events which their staff can help plan to perfection. Their library and game rooms provide a relaxing oasis within an oasis, where you can read up on what’s going on in the real world while you’re out in paradise! Rejuvenate with the Rainforest, a holistic hydrotherapy wellness experience designed to give you a new sense of serenity. With ten spa treatment pavilions, you can treat yourself to soothing services in a tropical setting. You’ll be smiling from the moment you step onto the Land of Smiles, especially with their authentic Thai specialties which you can savor while enjoying a Thai dance performance of ‘menora’, a traditional folk dance of Southern Thailand. From international delights to a BBQ at Sands to the innovative cuisine at Saffron, their highly acclaimed restaurant, your palate will be very pleased! Enjoy both traditional and innovative culinary creations at Saffron – the food selections are even more scrumptious amidst the understated yet luxe setting featuring flawless views of Lamai Bay. Since originally opening at Banyan Tree Phuket

in 1995, Saffron has surged in dining excellence from a curry house to the signature restaurant of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts. With refined and delectable dishes, you’ll fall in love with every bite! The mastermind behind each mouthwatering morsel is Chef Renu Homsombat, whose passion for cooking led her to find her culinary purpose. With a touch of avant garde, your taste buds will be taken on a tasty adventure! Saffron delights diners with the freshest ingredients – you can taste the dedication with each bite of these exotic dishes in equally exotic surroundings. Saffron is always evolving to incorporate new ideas from the rich history of Thai cuisine with its own diverse Khmer, Indian and Chinese influences passed down through the generations. The artistry of Thailand’s traditional cooking methods are definitely brought to life through each diverse dish, while the superb service is also inspired by the Thai hospitality standards and friendliness. From a state-of-the-art hydrothermal experience with their signature Banyan Tree Spa innovation to traditional Thai cooking classes, unlimited activities and a spectacular setting, the only problem you’ll have is preparing yourself to go home after such a great getaway!

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GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA Live La Dolce Vita By Sarah Tantawy

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Ever dream about what the good life might feel like? Well, with warm, sunny weather and white sand beaches, you’ll definitely experience a life of luxury at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, the perfect destination for a romantic getaways, fun family vacation or just some alone time. With heavenly beds, Jacuzzi tubs, private terraces with plunge pools, plus 24hour wi-fi and 24-hour suite service, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya is where stress ends and paradise begins. If you’re looking for a luxurious and romantic vacation, the Grand Class experience is a great way to reconnect. Enjoy everything from stunning Caribbean sunsets from your private terrace to a rejuvenating spa experience, at this world-renowned resort.

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Looking for some relaxing time alone without the kids? With supervised activities at the Grand Velas Kids’ Club, children can enjoy fun activities while you have your own fun! They even have a baby concierge who will make arrangements and recommendations for guests, ensuring the entire family is able to enjoy their time in paradise as much as possible. If you’re having a family reunion, the Ambassador Experience, featuring 195 spacious suites with Jacuzzi tubs, sitting areas and home-style amenities, will allow you to focus on celebrating life’s milestones within walking distance from the beach. With their stylish ocean-view suites, plus butler service, all you have to do is sit back and relax. For a mesmerizing stay surrounded by the Mayan jungle, you’ll want to experience the Zen Grand Ambiance.

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Located in the lush foliage just a short ride from the beach, you can enjoy two gourmet restaurants, a koi pond, and a sparkling pool. At the Riviera Maya restaurants, you can indulge in a world of global flavors. For Italian cuisine reimagined with a modern twist, stop by Lucca. Located in the Ambassador Ambiance, Lucca showcases a variety of seafood, meats, and homemade pastas. Find local cuisine with a contemporary twist at Frida, where you will be surrounded by pieces from legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. To be transported back to Paris in the 1950s, Piaf, named in honor of French singer Edith Piaf, has plenty of French favorites alongside a variety of wines. For more casual fare, Azul serves buffet-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily out on the terrace or in their laidback space. You can also check out their other tasty spots such as Bistro, where you’ll find French-inspired fare, or dine on a Mayan regional menu at Chaka. At Cocina De Autor, Chef Nahum Velasco heightens your culinary senses with his mouthwatering plates that go beyond Mexican and Caribbean classics. Named one of Forbes’ 30 Most Luxurious Spas in the World, you can relax with their massages, skin therapies and holistic rituals. With 30,000 square feet of meeting rooms, modern amenities and an unparalleled setting, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya makes for one relaxing and upscale getaway, or destination wedding.

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BARON’S COVE IN SAG HARBOR Wonder Awaits By Simon Gusev


f you’re looking for an escape from the hot summer days in the city, Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor is the perfect place to get away and trade in heat waves for cool breezes by the water. With plenty of amenities, stunning views and a gourmet restaurant, you can enjoy the sweetness of summer in this special hideaway. Baron’s Cove, a summer destination for affluent New York City residents as well as visitors from around the world, is a chic property with a cozy, laidback vibe where you can sit out by the pool or dine overlooking the marina. The hotel is just a short walk from the quaint streets and upscale restaurants in the village, where you can enjoy plenty of delicious dining spots, coffee shops and unique boutiques. This small town was, and continues to be, a prominent scene for writers – in fact, Truman Capote often frequented Baron’s Cove! The best way to get around Sag Harbor is on a bike, which is free for hotel guests. Fill your bike basket with flowers and rosé and hit up the town’s farmer’s market or a vineyard in style. Oh, and don’t forget the hotel’s astonishing on-property facilities. With a posh saltwater pool surrounded by charming umbrellas and plush poolside chaises, as well as daily yoga classes, a wellness center with stateof-the-art equipment, tennis courts, relaxing spa services, and even guided kayak tours, you might not

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want to leave this stylish summer spot! Their shuttle service will even drop you off by the area’s closest beaches. Reside in spacious accommodations in crisp shades of blue, gray, and white, resulting in a nautical theme. Full of natural light, the rooms and suites all have a coastal, all-American feel. With whaling-inspired paintings, geographical prints on the walls and white linen bedding monogrammed with a Baron’s Cove burgee flag, you can relax in comfort – Hamptons style! For the ultimate luxurious experience, book one of their chic Harbor Suites, which are located just steps away from the pool area, or their breathtakingly beautiful and oversized Harbor Loft Suites that have private decks with beautiful views perfectly suited for romantic wine sessions. Each room and suite is equipped with flat-screen cable TV, a refrigerator, a small bar with various drink selections, lovely bathrobes and other elegant essentials to get your getaway pampering on. Indulge in an exceptional dining experience at Restaurant at Baron’s Cove, an all-American seafood restaurant that is inspired by the ocean and the bounty of local farms – after all, they use only the freshest products available. The dining room

is furnished with charming cobalt blue booths and bright white tablecloths, setting the perfect seaside mood. Besides the main dining room, you can also choose to have your meal outside on the deck, which boasts an incredible, panoramic view of the marina and the bay. At their cozy restaurant you will find plenty of tasty plates including espresso crusted yellowfin tuna and butter poached lobster roll served with spicy slaw and fries. Recently, Restaurant at Baron’s Cove expanded on their breakfast menu, making it a must-try. The culinary team even added a new “healthy start” section that includes organic smoked salmon, whites on toast, Baron’s granola and more. The remastered breakfast menu also features an incredibly delicious lobster omelet and Baron’s eggwich, an elevated egg sandwich with fresh beefsteak tomato, Vermont cheddar cheese and thick-cut bacon on a pretzel roll, which will satisfy any craving. Looking for an escape from all the stuffiness and heat? With upscale accommodations located just a few hours from New York City, the magnificent hotel Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor is your ultimate choice.


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SANDRO SALSANO Bullish in Business and Giving Back By julie sagoskin Photographed By jaime pavon Producer: Hillary Latos Groomer: Tania Guerra for Angelo David | CHANEL Beauty Shot on location at 242 Broome Street, PHB, NY NY |


hether it’s looking forward in the business sector or giving back in a impactful way, Sandro Salsano, President of the Salsano Group and Chairman of the Salsano Family Office, is always setting the bar high – and surpassing it! Salsano, a self-made businessman, investor and philanthropist, might be successful in his many endeavors, but it is his family and family foundation which he sees as his biggest successes – after all, according to

Salsano, love is the most meaningful investment of all! As a teenager Sandro dreamed of becoming a professional basketball player in the NBA – he was Captain of the national team in Italy - but he is now one of the biggest players in the business world running the Salsano Group, a private conglomerate which invests in real estate, private equity and technology, and is also leading the way when it

comes to helping others realize their potential. Salsano’s mother was a teacher, so he and his wife, Johanna Shahani, who he lives with in Panama City, set up the Salsano Shahani Foundation in order to help improve the quality of education for kids in Central America. Salsano, whose own success has allowed him to help others find their path to success, explained that his nonprofit organization doesn’t take outside funds because he prefers to remain independent. | 79


“I’m most proud when the kids call me tio, or uncle, and say, I want to be an engineer or I want to work in Europe or the US, and they really start to envision a future for themselves. A lot of people have talent and work very hard but they don’t have any opportunities. I left Italy to find my path and am a big believer that each of us has a talent. My sister who lives in Milan is a hero, she works with kids who have autism and she does it because she really wants to help other people. At first I set out wanting to change my parents life, but today I want to be able to give even more, help people and leave the world a better place - I think that’s my legacy. More than anything I hope people say hey, he was a good guy. I’ve had many failures, but I’ve also been very blessed in my life. My goal is really to try to share my blessings and do something for other people, especially in our region. Central America has lots of issues, so initiatives in the area are going to have a huge impact, changing many lives for the better.” Sandro, who has been a savior for many, has adapted successful foundations and projects in his area and supports many organizations including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Milken Institute, & Global Teacher Prize. He and his wife are close friends with Crown Prince Haakon who is heir to the Norwegian throne with Sandro serving as the Chairman of Panama for the Royal’s Global Dignity organization. His vision is a world where compassion, understanding and love triumph whereby everyone deserves to live in societies that provide humane access to education, health, income, security & dignity. Sandro is also active as part of the Academy for the Global Teacher Prize started by the Varkey Foundation whose mission is to highlight the importance of educators by awarding the best teacher in the world a $1 million prize every year. “The goal is to create celebrities out of teachers – we had an event in New York and Leonardo Dicaprio wanted to take a picture with one of the professors! We are applying successful models in our region and are also narrowing our focus before doing everything. One project we did recently was with a local artist, and we took a group to Italy to see the Vatican and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It was the first time many of them had ever been on a plane, it was a big process and it really changed their lives.”

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While he has struggled with his own setbacks, Salsano has always found a silver lining and come out stronger. After injuring his knee, this energetic entrepreneur enrolled in Bocconi University Milan and decided to study business. “I knew I wouldn’t be able to have a career in basketball after my surgery, so figuring out a new path was really the turning point for me and things really just came naturally,” explained Sandro. “I was in London where everyone was speaking multiple languages like me, and so I realized I really needed to find an edge. You just have to try things and fail. I always felt I was going to a place no one else would go as an investor and applied common sense. I never thought I was smarter than anybody else, I cannot predict the future, I just always felt I had nothing to lose. I thought, what’s the worst that can happen? If I fail, I’ll do something else.” Born in Lecco, Italy, this business leader and venture capitalist also studied at Harvard Business School, Princeton and Oxford University, and was recently named the Warren Buffett of Central America in Forbes due to his ability to consistently purchase assets at reasonable multiples with the IRR on his portfolio averaging over 35%. He also has a long term focus like Buffet and is willing to hold assets for 10 years before exiting. Salsano believes there are no short cuts to success and you cannot try to

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get rich quick, but instead need to be diligent, disciplined, work hard and have patience and the results will come much like being a successful athlete whereby you work at perfecting your craft for years before hitting the big time. In addition to having been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 where the selection committee is headed by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Sandro sits on the board of various companies as both a shareholder and advisor, and is on the Steering Committee of the 1640 Society, one of the leading family office organizations with an annual Forum congregating global leaders in the Hamptons this year on August 12th. When it comes to pushing boundaries in business, this pioneering investor has always invested in people. From selling expensive wine to investing in venture capture and becoming wildly successful along the way, sometimes making fifty times his money, Sandro said that “in the end it’s all about the people you have around you, and I have great people, including my Board and my Chairwoman , Candice Beaumont. I try to apply common sense which is not so common. You can have a great deal but you need to be in with good people. We invest in people and we try not to harm anybody in business. You always find aggressive, malicious and arrogant people, and so my biggest luxury is having the

opportunity to decide whom I do business with. It is a personal relationship though, and so there are still challenges. For instance, you deal with the grandfather and then the son is not like his father, but I prefer it to working with bank or institutions. There is a level of trust with personal relationships, your interests are aligned. You can’t always get it right, but I try to stay away from toxic situations and dealing with certain people.” If you ask him which project he is most passionate about at the moment, Sandro has one word for you – Panama! Salsano currently has invested in industrial zoned land near the airport to capitalize on Panama’s strategic position as the gateway to Latin America, as well as growth in warehouses. This ingenious investor who believes in global trade and logistics explained that “e-commerce changed the world a few years ago. Panama is a very unique country, politically stable, with a $US economy, 6% annual average GDP growth, and is a key logistical hub with the Panama Canal linking the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans. Global sovereign wealth funds have been attracted to Panama, & China views it as a strategic asset too. The Chinese, who refer to Panama as the Singapore of the Caribbean, just opened a consulate and are looking to invest $30 billion in logistics. I invest a lot of money there, and it’s not because I live there, it’s because it’s a very unique country | 83


and because I believe in it.” Given Panama’s strategic location, Sandro believes that within the next ten years, Panama will benefit from many growth drivers becoming a more relevant & leading global economy. This angel investor who is indeed a guardian angel to those he helps through his family foundation, knows that family is more important than any fortune, and also realizes that his failures are what have inspired him to fight harder. “I had several successes that have been amazing, but many failures, so it’s never a straight line. The reality is you have to be right only once. If you go through many challenges, then the beauty of it is you always want to learn about something and there is a good chance you are going to be successful, persistence is the key. You need to work hard and be able to overcome certain situations and go through some bumps. To me success means having your family and your friends, and to be loved and respected. Especially in the city, everybody is insecure or has a big ego. For me, if you don’t treat people right, I cannot be your friend. I used to work in a restaurant and had many jobs, and I think you just have to be kind to people. I don’t believe in extremes, you should enjoy life, but it’s not good to spend more than what you have, it’s important to have balance.” The smartest and most successful people are the most simple and humble people, and that’s something I admire. For example Michael Milken is someone I have always admired who I also feel fortunate to have as a friend. He is constantly trying to help

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other people and does much good for society with medical research, public health, education, capital markets & philanthropic initiatives such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation which Sandro recently began supporting too. Mike Milken is one of the rare people in the world that has made more than 100 other people into billionaires, and being in his inner circle or supporting his causes ends up enriching your life too. “My goal in the next 30 years of my life is to follow his footsteps, and not only enrich myself but everyone around me too, both personally with philanthropy as well as in business.” When it comes to new products such as CBD, Sandro explained that “with any market there is competition. There are players, there are followers and there are latecomers. Uber, which I have invested in, is doing fine, but you don’t want to be at the end of the cycle. When I see hype, I don’t like to be involved. I always tell my team that until we sell it, whatever it is, everything is on paper, it doesn’t mean much. When it comes to building a fortune, I believe in concentration, my father-in-law built everything inside Panama.” Sandro is always looking to expand his already extensive empire, and just invested with someone from Marvel who sold his company to Disney. The company, which is based in New York, has been developing content for the Disney channel and several media channels as well as video games which

are educational and intended to help kids fight bullies. “I was bullied myself when I was a kid, it wasn’t easy playing a sport and also studying,” explained Sandro, who overcame his bullying days to become known as someone who knows when to be bullish! While he invests in many companies as well as in social media, Sandro, who likes to decompress by spending time with his family, shuts off all social media at dinner and on the weekends, as long as it doesn’t pertain to business. “I deleted my Facebook account, a lot of it is fake. Phones are toys, we are not a toy. I like to spend time with those who are nicer than me, smarter than me, and people who give off good energy and who I can respect. You need to value your inner circle, and the key is to have good people around. You don’t want to have fake friends around you telling you just what you want to hear, it’s important to have honesty. I feel very blessed because even though I’ve had bad experiences, failures are a part of life and you need to go through disappointments.” Sandro is indeed a people person, both in his personal and professional life. Whether it’s partnering with Richard Branson or star athletes on social initiatives or closing a business deal, Sandro is always looking towards building a sustainable and successful future for both himself and others.


MARIA BENVENUTI Revolutionizing the Restaurant Industry By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By Anna Frumenti


aria Benvenuti is the woman you want on speed dial when you are opening a new restaurant, need a re-brand or are just looking for an out-of-the-box branding idea. The founder of Benvenuti Public Relations has been immersed in the culinary landscape for 30 years, working with some of the most famous restaurants and brands throughout the world. With her keen eye for new talent and trends, she continues to stand out as one of the leading restaurant publicists in New York City.

for Bergdorf Goodman. From there, she went on to work as the events coordinator at the famous nightclub Area under renowned entrepreneur and hotelier Eric Goode, known for developing unparalleled properties like the Maritime Hotel, Bowery Hotel and BBar. Benvenuti became an invaluable asset when managing events for numerous celebrities, including Keith Richards, Patty Hansen, and Andy Warhol, as well as the inauguration of Strawberry Fields in Central Park with Yoko Ono and the launch of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Benvenuti maintains a strong pulse on the fashion world to this day, but she actually began her career journey working as the window display director for Fiorucci at the height of its fame and at Macy’s Herald Square in the Visual Display Department under Linda Fargo, now the VP of women’s fashion

Once she learned the ins and outs of the events world under mentor Goode, she set out on her own and started her own events company. During that time, she worked with clients such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting as well as international

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artists like Antonio Carlos Jobim at world-class venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House. Using her background in event planning and her experience working within the arts and hospitality fields coordinating press and gala dinners for New York’s elite, Benvenuti has made her mark on the public relations industry for over three decades. “I saw a niche in the market to do public relations at a time when the restaurant industry was getting into a new era,” explained Benvenuti. When it comes to publicizing and marketing the world’s most famed restaurants and brands, Maria Benvenuti has been influential in changing the face – and taste – of the industry. She is a true pioneer of PR and is still doing what she does best: implementing

fact, we represent a 12,000-acre coffee farm in Brazil, where we host and organize an annual press trip for the coffee harvest. We also love to work with foreign companies and countries when they introduce their concepts to New York. My client ICHIRAN Ramen has 78 locations in Japan and most recently, we launched their third location in Times Square.” This trendsetter also explained that the latest food trend taking place in New York is the inclusion of more diverse cultures and their cuisines. “New York is already such a global city, and it’s becoming even more open to ethnic cuisines. The city is more relaxed about dining and appreciating casual fine dining, showcasing the foods of the world rather than being so regimented. We are shying away from just the high-end, untouchable establishments and are now more diverse in the way we see the world and relate to it, especially when it comes to dining,” said Maria. Over the years, Maria has introduced the foods of the world to New York City. From Filipino, African, Korean and Hawaiian to Peruvian, Brazilian and Belgian, Maria has helped launch every kind of cuisine in addition to popularizing many new products. Benvenuti’s clients have always been independent chefs and operators with their own points-of-view. These restaurants are the ones Benvenuti believes stand out amongst the rest and make for some of the best dining options in New York City. creative marketing concepts and getting her clients prime placements. Benvenuti has indeed made the New York City culinary scene much more mouthwatering and multicultural. This public relations powerhouse, who incorporates her sharp aesthetics into her campaigns, launched the Soho dining scene in the 90s with places like Felix and Boom, as well in Union Square with Republic and the Coffee Shop. She also made the Meatpacking District a mecca for trendy restaurants launching Markt, the first Belgian restaurant in NYC and one of the first in the Meatpacking District. She was instrumental in pioneering the South Beach dining scene, launching Bang, Cuban Café Manana and Pelican Hotel. She took on the West Village in mid-2000, turning it into one of the city’s most desirable dining neighborhoods with Commerce, Mole and Brunetti Pizza. She developed new dining destinations in NoMad, Flatiron and Hell’s Kitchen. “As the dining scene continues to evolve, so does our team’s strategic methods, developing cuttingedge story ideas for social media, marketing, viral

video content, traditional and digital media. The best part of my morning is meeting with my team to discuss how we can use impactful images and words to tell a story and to set trends.” Benvenuti’s impact on the global gastronomic stage started when she became one of the first people to host international guest chef appearances and brought world-renowned chef and restauranteur Nobu and Morimoto to Rio de Janeiro to collaborate with Sushi Brazil. She also worked with Guy Martin in Paris. This successful businesswoman certainly succeeded in conquering the culinary PR world around the globe, and her company now represents Brazil’s top chefs including Carla Pernambuco and Chef Felipe Bronze, host of Top Chef Brazil. Benvenuti Public Relations has even hosted and publicized gastronomical festivals for Brazil and Peru in New York City, and Benvenuti’s successful marketing strategies have come to Miami; Aspen, Colorado; Paris; and London. “Our company also focuses on specialized culinary products like soft drinks, chocolate, caviar and my personal favorite: coffee,” explained Benvenuti. “In

This powerful PR woman, who is responsible for making some of your favorite restaurants, loves Japanese food, caviar and good neighborhood spots, such as Mary’s Fish Camp in the West Village. She believes that the city’s best restaurants are still helmed by the chef restaurateurs. When she’s not running the city’s marketing campaigns, Maria, who has been living in the West Village for over two decades, loves to travel, ride her bike, walk around the city, take photos, and of course, people watch. “The city really offers such cultural diversity from the dining to the architecture to the graffiti found on the city streets. There’s a beautiful melding of art, culture and fashion with beauty at every turn. I’m constantly inspired by my city, always looking for new ways to see and interpret the world.” From creating a unique campaign or launching a new restaurant, Maria is always one – or ten – scrumptious dining trends in front of the rest. | 87



The Secret To Emerging Markets Investing By w. a. muller


s the founder of one of the world’s leading resource-focused private merchant banks, there are few minds as sharp as that of Stan Bharti. With extensive expertise in the agriculture, mining, telecommunications and technology spaces, Bharti has an impressive track record of identifying, acquiring and growing high-quality assets. Bharti founded Forbes & Manhattan 25 years ago after correctly identifying a huge opportunity in the mining and agriculture sector. Now, as the global population booms, he is preparing to capitalize on the next great global resource opportunity. Talking to, Bharti claimed that “the challenge of the future is going to be mining and producing resources in an environmentally friendly way. We have years of experience identifying undervalued assets in emerging markets and turning them around - and the environmental aspect is now absolutely vital”.

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It is this kind of foresight that has allowed Bharti to build Forbes & Manhattan into a powerhouse in the industry. The very first asset he bought was a gold and silver mine in Mexico. After putting a little money into it, he was able to turn it around and get it listed on the stock exchange. Laughing at the memory, Bharti quipped “that was where we started, and we are now the leading experts in asset acquisitions”. When pushed on the secret behind the success of Forbes & Manhattan, Bharti stressed that it was the technical and financial expertise of Forbes & Manhattan that allowed it to accurately value specific assets. “Our unique capability to realize emerging market trends and secure assets in these new markets, is our biggest strength,” explained Bharti. In particular, Bharti has identified two major trends in the resource space that he is excited about. First, he sees incredible potential in Brazil’s agriculture

market, claiming that “Ensuring food security in an environmentally friendly manner is quickly becoming a major market trend. Due to a scarcity of land in many more developed countries, Brazil may just be the perfect exactly the right time.” In addition to agriculture, Bharti sees a tremendous opportunity in the emerging CBD oil market. Especially as it expands into Europe. “This sector is turning around, so it’s going to be about how to leverage this type of opportunity over the next five to ten years as emerging markets develop,” Bharti noted. With new trends emerging every day, Forbes & Manhattan has a track record that investors simply can’t afford to ignore. Stan Bharti truly is one of a kind when it comes to identifying assets, and it seems like he is on the brink of making another big move.



Above and Beyond NYC’s Most Sought-After Residential Properties By Elizabeth Elston


n French, the term classiques modernes means “modern standards.” For Classiques Modernes Lifestyle & Estates---a full-service residential real estate firm co-headquartered in Manhattan and Williamsburg, and offering exclusive listings for some of New York City’s most soughtafter co-ops, condominiums, lofts and private townhouses—it’s also more than just the company name. It’s their mantra. It’s about going beyond the transaction, truly understanding the client’s lifestyle, and ensuring no detail is ever overlooked. Led by co-founders and principals Loy Carlos and Kenneth J. Moore whose collective real estate experience spans more than a half-century, Classiques Modernes’ niche is servicing the unique and often myriad real estate needs of high-net worth clients who are typically multiple homeowners. This includes investors, foreign nationals, celebrities, entertainers, politicians, and other prominent individuals who demand absolute confidentiality, require bankable expertise and experience, and expect the kind of personal attention that is what sets the firm well above its peers. In doing so, Classiques Modernes has created an entirely new way of doing real estate, one that fully caters to the individualized lifestyle needs of a client along with all the real estate services they’ll ever want, and delivering them with personal care, diligence, and the highest level of service and professionalism possible. For homeowners and tenants, this includes access to such curated concierge lifestyle services as custom interior design, in-home massages and pedicures; health and fitness training; hair, make-up, fashion styling and custom tailoring; private shopping; language and music instruction; pet and childcare; party, event and travel planning; and even helping to procure tickets and reservations to some of the best restaurants and hottest Broadway shows, as well as an array of other highly personalized pay-on-demand services.

Loy Carlos ©Patrick McMullan lofts in the trendiest downtown neighborhoods in Soho, the Meatpacking District, Tribeca, the Flatiron District, Williamsburg, and beyond. In addition, the firm has had extensive experience in marketing onsite development projects having participated in the conception, completion and record sell out of uniquely distinctive condominiums, which are now home to some of the world’s most prominent influencers. And Classiques Modernes’ ability to ensure the optimal quality of the lifestyle services it offers clients is equally unsurpassed.

In tandem with the full suite of brokerage services it provides, the firm also publishes the globally recognized magazine Classiques Modernes, a private For landlords, the firm similarly offers a wide variety of maintenance and subscription magazine for clients which was specifically created to find the management services to ensure that their properties are always kept in best ideas, talents, organizations, services and products in every neighborhood, mint condition, in turn keeping their residents happy while protecting in every industry, and in all parts of the world. This gives them connections and enhancing the value of their investments. Landlords also hire the firm and inroads to the best of the best, including exclusive listings for multiple so that they can offer hotel-style services for some or all of their units. high-end properties not only in New York City and State, but also in Massachusetts, Whatever the demand or need, Classiques Modernes offers a value-added Florida, California, Europe, and Asia. service that no other real estate firm provides. How do they do it? With decades of real estate experience selling, leasing and managing real estate, members of the Classiques Modernes team have managed, handled transactions and marketed some of the most majestic townhouses and ultra-luxurious spaces in such iconic New York City buildings such as 15 Central Park West, Time Warner Condominium, The Plaza and The Stanhope, as well co-ops and condominiums with preeminent addresses on Fifth Avenue, Park Avenue, Central Park West on the Upper East and Upper West Side, the Gold Coast in Greenwich Village, plus luxury

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“We look at our clients as a whole, not compartmentalizing them,” explains Classiques Modernes co-founder, CEO and creative director Loy Carlos, who also publishes the firm’s magazine. “We consider their lifestyle and the kind of environment they wish to be a part of, and then we try to direct and advise them accordingly. It’s a more elegant way of connecting people with neighborhoods, allowing clients to truly live to the fullest, and as a result love the lives they nurture and help nurture.”


DJ LOGAN’S RUN A Killer Summer Through Music By COLLEEN GRADY


ummer is in full swing and nothing makes summer more fun like throwing a killer summer event for you, your friends and the neighborhood. The number one thing at any amazing summer event is the music. Become your own DJ with tips from an eclectic and spirited DJ whose style is contagious and craved! DJ Logan’s Run has made this easy for everyone by creating a top ten list of tips on throwing your killer summer event through music. Christopher Logan aka Logan’s Run was raised in Miami’s pulsating nightlife scene and presently lives in NYC. Always keeping the crowd on their toes and on the dance floor he focuses on the synergy between the music and his audience. He’s influenced by classic house, disco, soul, funk, and world music and merges the genres into his unique one of a kind sets. Top 10 Tips From DJ Logan’s Run on throwing a killer summer event through music 1. Create a custom playlist for your event. Now I know the idea of creating a playlist for your guests may seem like a daunting task. But relax, you got this!

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2. I would recommend creating a playlist that is at least 3 hours long. That may sound like a hefty feat but don’t fret the minutes will add up quick! Have fun, and dig through your inner rolodex for an array of classics peppered with today’s hits and new releases.

and stray from including tracks that may change the pace of your event drastically.

3. Don’t be afraid to play covers of some of your favorite songs. This will add an element of surprise while entertaining your guests as they sing along. Two of my favorites are Travis’ cover of Brittany Spears “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and Dolly Parton’s cover of “Stairway to Heaven”.

8. Keep in mind the volume of the music. Is your intent to create a background vibe or do you wanna create a dance party?

4. If you feel overwhelmed by creating your own playlist, I would recommend heading over to Spotify. They have curated ones for almost any occasion. Stress free, now where did I put my mocktail? 5.Look into hiring a professional DJ for your event. They can create a custom mood throughout your party while you’re out entertaining your guests or grazing over the appetizers. 6. Think of the vibe you want to create for your event. Is it Poolside lounge, family backyard BBQ or perhaps a full on all night rager? Keep the groove going effortlessly by keeping your guests in mind

7. Be sure to play some classics, people love being able to sing along. Genre’s like Motown, 80’s Pop, Classic Rock, and Disco are a safe bet.

9. Live music always gets people’s attention. Inquire about perhaps hiring local musicians. Like a Classical harpists, a Jazz quartet, Spanish Guitarist, or even a cover band. 10. A good rule of thumb is a good ole’ 2 for 1. No I’m not talking about chips. I’m talking about songs. 2 songs people know and one they may not be familiar with. That’s a great way to introduce new music to your guests while keeping it rocking! He continually works with top brands across the spectrum like Mercedes Benz, NYLON, Red Bull, Lomography, and Lapalme Magazine spinning at their special events across the country. He has stepped in to create a list of the top ten songs for Resident Magazines Summer Playlist!

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EQUESTRIAN SEASON Polo, Jumping and Racing...Oh My! By Sarah Tantawy

The Greenwich Polo Club A thousand-year-old tradition comes alive in the stunning backdrop of Greenwich, Connecticut. Eight players, a 300-yard field, man vs. horse—this is polo! Greenwich Polo Club, is a long-standing tradition for equestrian enthusiasts. This dog- and kid-friendly club, located an hour outside of New York City, is one of only three polo venues in the United States that offer high-goal polo. During the summer months, everyone from socialites to rock stars descend on these elite polo grounds. With local vendors, premium cocktail bars by the Cup Bearer and the on-site Brant Foundation Art Study Center, you are sure to have fun in the summer sun. A new tournament called the American Cup debuted on July 14th, which was introduced as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of American polo players. The tournament featured well-known polo players on each of the six teams, including allAmerican polo star Nic Roldan. If you thought it couldn’t get any better, the club now has a brand-new Fernet-Branca bar, aptly named “Branca Bar,” located in a new space under the polo club’s grandstand, the CTC&G Polo Pub, which was designed by award-winning architect Studio Bartolotta and luxury builder Apex Projects. A popular spot for polo players to hold their official tournament draws, you can also find mini-cocktails with FernetBranca and Carpano Bianco, as well as complimentary samples there. With Sunday matches drawing over

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2,000 visitors, every outing to Greenwich Polo promises high-caliber matches and plenty of people watching opportunities. For a more exclusive experience, the Players’ Lounge at Greenwich Polo Club includes amenities such as access to the VIP tents, VIP parking, private west lawn seating, access to the Premium Bar, meet-and-greets with the players, and many other perks. In 2013, Prince Harry chose Greenwich Polo Club to host the prestigious Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. The club is also home to the famous White Birch Polo Team, one of the most successful in history. Having won the most high-goal polo tournaments of any team over the course of the past 25 years, including the US Open Polo Championship in 2005, this is one winning team. At Greenwich Polo Club, which hosts matches on Sundays throughout the summer, the grass really is greener on the other side. The Travers Clear your calendar for August 24th, because the Travers at Saratoga Race Course is coming back! This can’t-miss event is undoubtedly the most popular race of the Saratoga meet. Nicknamed the “MidSummer Derby,” the Travers is ranked third for American three-year-olds behind only the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Whether you’re a racing aficionado or new to the sport, you will learn to appreciate the pulsating and nail-biting thrill of

horse racing at the oldest track in America. In anticipation of the race, Saratoga Springs, in Upstate New York, celebrates the entire week leading up to Travers Day with various events, including a restaurant week, other racing events, live music and more. The area also boasts a quaint downtown area as well as posh hotels and resorts. The Hampton Classic This send-off to summer is held over Labor Day in Bridgehampton, part of the town of Southampton, New York. Considered to be one of the biggest social events in the Hamptons, the Hampton Classic brings out the best show horses and socialites. With worldclass riders, this show has long been a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Becoming only the second horse show to ever receive Heritage Competition status by the United States Equestrian Federation in 2009, this show has retained its luxury standard. One of the largest show-jumping contests in the United States, this show is heaven for horse lovers. In addition to the show, spectators can enjoy over 80 on-site shops, an array of international food options, daily activities in the kids area, and Monday’s annual Animal Adoption Day, featuring rescued dogs and cats in search of a loving home. The Classic is also known for its celebrity sightings, both in and out of the show ring.

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Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor to the Stars By Daniela Gentile Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Liam Hemsworth & Emma Stone Dr. Ehsan Ali is a full-service concierge doctor based in Beverly Hills. His A-List clients include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Selena Gomez, and Rita Ora. The highly educated Dr’s expertise goes from wellness, health and IV vitamin drips to beauty, cosmetics and aesthetics. The latter being in high demand with his high-end and celebrity clientele. Available 24/7 for his clients, Dr. Ali keeps himself busy with hormone replacement and anti-aging therapies, treatments popular with both men and women. “People are aging, nobody is going to look younger naturally, which is what makes these treatments so popular in LA and NYC,” said to Dr. Ali. Cosmetic procedures continue to be in such high demand because “everyone wants to look younger, everyone wants to maintain their youth,” said Dr. Ali. Beauty has always been an important part of society, especially in Beverly Hills and Hollywood. There is always constant pressure for his clients to maintain their good looks in Hollywood. With Dr Ali’s unique and effective procedures, it’s no wonder why his friends and clients such as Mel Gibson, Demi Lovato, Mickey Rourke, Yaisel Puig and Chandler Parsons can be regularly spotted in his Beverly Hills office. New Cosmetic Trends for 2019 There are a plethora of cosmetic procedures to choose from and some work better than others. Here are the ones Dr. Ali believes work the best: 1.The Thread Lift A quick mini-face lift, if you don’t want to go through the trauma and recovery period associated with a full-face lift. This potent procedure involves putting a needle underneath the face’s loose skin and putting it back behind the ears, where no one can see it. Besides being effective and making you look your best, there is no bruising or down time associated with this procedure. 2.The PRP facial / Vampire Facial This helps your body produce more collagen, erasing wrinkles and minimizing scars and eliminating acne. Part of the PRP facial is micro-needling, which by incorporating your own blood gives your skin a fuller and more youthful look. 3.Cool Sculpting This quick and successful treatment works best for people who are already slim but have little areas of fat, including on your lower abdomen and flanks that you can never get rid of no matter how you diet or hard you workout .The machine helps remove that fat and you can see the results as early as four weeks, with final results appearing after six months. 4.IV Vitamin Drips With CBD A new IV drip will include CBD. Dr Ali hasn’t incorporated CBD in his extremely popular drips yet, because he is still doing research and waiting further results to be sure that it would be safe and beneficial.

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Treatments for Everyone Long gone is the time when only people over 40 would seek cosmetic treatments. People in their 20s and 30s are turning to Dr. Ali for face and body treatments. Dr. Ali explains the potential challenges and benefits of each treatment and, puts together a customized plan. The California-native completed his medical training at New York University Giving Back to the Community Dr Ali sees clients from all backgrounds, including uninsured and homeless people. He volunteers at Venice Clinic, in Venice Beach. At the clinic, he treats everything from colds, fever, infections, general check-ups to chronical problems. “I have always worked pro/bono days as a way to giving back to the community.”


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LAUREN JENAI Co-founder of CrossFit By Bennett Marcus


he fact that Lauren Jenai became a fitness industry mogul as a co-founder of CrossFit is ironic. “I was not in the fitness industry - or fit - when I got involved with my ex-husband and CrossFit,” says Lauren. A cosmetologist, cutting hair for a living and going to school at the time, she met Greg Glassman, her now ex-husband, at Gold’s Gym in Santa Cruz, CA. Glassman had developed a unique physical training method which he called CrossFit, and Lauren became his client. “I was an unfit person trying to become fit, and had tremendous results with his program, and became very passionate about it quickly,” she says. Needing help growing the business, Glassman asked if Lauren was interested in working with him, and she spent over twenty years developing CrossFit into the global industry that it is today, with locations in over 120 countries. Post CrossFit The couple split in 2013 after a messy, multi-year divorce, and Lauren sold her CrossFit shares for over $20 million. “That was traumatic for me.” No longer working at what she felt she was meant to

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do, which is helping people, Lauren became depressed, and realized that she needed to do something. Feeling that CrossFit had diverged from its original mission into something more for elite athletes, she saw a niche for a fitness program tailored to a bigger demographic. “People who didn’t want to be elite athletes, who were intimidated by exercise, or with diabetes or pre-diabetes most of the people - were underserved.” Lauren spent a long time trying to determine why people don’t exercise, or find it intimidating. “I was that person at one point when I was younger and then, as I got out of CrossFit, I became that person again. I was struggling with being fit and healthy, so I was like, well here’s my purpose in life, let me build something for this other group of people.” Manifest App; simple fitness at home The result is Manifest, an app that she expects to launch in the fall after five years of research and testing. The program ties movement and diet to key health parameters like cholesterol and glucose levels. “If you see those improving over time, it’s

very motivating,” she says. The simple exercises can be done at home, with dumbbells or even with object like jugs filled with water. “The workouts relate to movements we do on a day-to-day basis, like lifting things overhead, sitting down and standing up, and you can do those things in your home with objects that might already be in your house.” “It’s not intimidating, and it puts exercise in a different perspective,” Lauren explains. “Because I am moving all the time, let’s just put some purpose to it.” Users are paired with a trained facilitator, communicating mainly via the app, who helps to guide you. “They’re not there to make you feel guilty for not doing it, but to troubleshoot with you, like, okay why didn’t you get some movement in today and how can we do it differently tomorrow?” Lauren says. “Having that person is very important to the process.” That accountability factor, along with the personal accountability of seeing the results of the lab tests, helps keeps you motivated.



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Etiquette Expert & Manor of Manners Founder By Lillian Langtry


nternational business and social etiquette expert Maryanne Parker has been teaching the timeless practice of etiquette in the boardroom, ballroom and classroom for nearly a decade. She is the founder of Manor of Manners, an etiquette consulting business which provides its clients with the confidence, skills, self-awareness, and knowledge that will help equip them to reach their professional and personal goals, using proven methods for easy learning. Manor of Manners specializes in engaging public speaking arrangements, elite coaching and certification programs tailored to the client’s needs. In addition, Maryanne is the author of two number one international bestselling books The Sharpest Soft Skill (about business etiquette) and Posh Overnight (about social etiquette). Both books are available on in paperback and Kindle editions. The Sharpest Soft Skill pinpoints the importance of soft skills, poise, elegance, and sophistication in corporate success. Posh Overnight is a contemporary guide adjusted to the constantly evolving world of etiquette, beginning from the days of Louis XIV of France down to modern day manners of the 21st Century. Maryanne is certified by the Protocol School of Washington which trains the White House and the Pentagon, the International School of Protocol and Diplomacy in Brussels, and Minding Manners in London. She frequently speaks on the topic of etiquette and recently spoke at entrepreneurial conferences held at the US Military Academy West Point, Harvard Club of Boston and NASDAQ. This September 26th–29th, 2019, Maryanne can be seen speaking alongside ten highly successful entrepreneurs and business legends including Martha Stewart, Ice-T and Coco, Michael E Gerber, Walter O’Brien and Dylan Howard at Living Legends 2019 at Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit www.livinglegends2019. com. Maryanne can also be seen presenting an International Fine Dining Tutorial at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Sunday, September 29th, 2019. No stranger to the media, Maryanne has been sharing her etiquette advise on more than 35 television shows during the past 24 months, on channels including NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX. She has also been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Epoch Times, Forbes, USA Today and Reader’s Digest, in addition to a number of international publications. In her free time, Maryanne is involved with Professional Women Group of Dress for Success, San Diego, which helps underprivileged women gain financial independence and self-sufficiency. She inspires women with the message that you do not need money to have class, while sharing etiquette tips on style, dressing for job interviews, and more.

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JEANNIE RALSTON #AgeBoldly By w. a. muller


wo years ago, when former NY magazine veteran Jeannie Ralston founded NextTribe, the online magazine for women over 45, all she knew was that she wanted to connect with other women like her. A new empty nester, Ralston was grappling with her sense of purpose and her desire to keep living intensely and in a highly engaged and connected way. After many hours of Googling, she never found that like-minded community she sought. “I felt like I had so much more life in me. Our generation is different from our mother’s generation where after our kids left we volunteered or retired. So many of us are well educated and have so much life and work experience. The idea that in my mid50’s the best years of my life were over, didn’t feel right,” Ralston says. “With my kids out of the house, I couldn’t wait to move on to my next series of adventures,” Ralston recalls. She found herself concerned about entering the job market after taking time off to raise her sons, despite having a vast amount of professional experience in the magazine industry, as an author,

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and as an entrepreneur. Those skills, however, were perfect for starting Next Tribe. A former journalist and author, Ralston has published work in National Geographic, Life, The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler and was a contributing editor at Allure, Ladies Home Journal and Parenting. A woman of many talents, she and her husband also founded the first commercial lavender farm in Texas, which became the subject of her memoir, The Unlikely Lavender Queen, published by Broadway Books in 2008. Ralston also published an e-book in 2014, The Mother of All Field Trips, which tells the story of the three years she and her husband traveled with their two sons who were homeschooled at the time. Using her vast array of connections as a veteran journalist, Ralston has brought together some of the most accomplished female journalists and authors to contribute informative, inspirational and irreverent articles to NextTribe about how to “Age Boldly.” Topics run the gamut from midlife dating and finances, makeup and menopause, to profiles of notable older women such as Jane Fonda, to activism, work, travel, family and so much more. Recently,

NextTribe expanded beyond a digital magazine with live Out Loud events all over the country that sell out and feature powerful female leaders. In 2020, she is expanding to 10 events, demand is so great for them. A recent event in New York was called “Screw Invisibility. Watch Older Women Change the World.” The inspired NextTribe community has formed sub-groups in Austin and San Antonio as a result, with plans to expand to New York, Los Angeles and Dallas in the coming year. In 2019, Ralston was named as one of Folio’s Top Women in Media for her entrepreneurial work with NextTribe. She also organized and participated in a panel discussion at SXSW 2019 where she shared her insight and expertise on the growth of female entrepreneurs at midlife and beyond. Ralston believes that women shouldn’t be held back by what society has for decades, generations, and centuries told them to be at midlife. Through NextTribe she wants to bring women in this age group together to make them feel empowered, heard and understood. “We are celebrating women over 45 because if we don’t do it, who will?” she says.


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Living the Life of the Rich and Famous – and Writing about It! By Julie Sagoskin


f you want to read about the lives of the rich and famous, Richard Kirshenbaum, who runs in the world of New York’s richest and most famous, has the salacious society scoop for you! From a column in The New York Observer to his riveting new read, Rouge, Richard brings you into his world while sharing his comical and perceptive perspective. After starting the successful advertising agency Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners, which revolutionized the industry with its iconic and creative campaigns for everyone from Coach to Credit Suisse, you might think Richard would be ready to sit back, relax and retire. Well, think again…and again! Formerly dubbed the “bad boy of the advertising business” for his bold and buzzworthy tactics, such as introducing highvisibility guerilla advertising, integrating pop-up stores and utilizing unique designs, Richard is more energized than ever with his new endeavors! From creating a new model for the advertising world to co-founding SWAT the agency and SWAT

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Equity, a private equity fund that works with, builds and sometimes partners with entrepreneurial brands such as Wheels Up, Richard continues running the advertising realm while pursuing his passion for writing. “I love what I do, and I’m working harder than I’ve ever worked,” explained Richard. This edgy entrepreneur, who tried to earn a living as writer before becoming a master of marketing, is going back to his writing roots. “I was writing jokes for Joan Rivers making eight dollars a joke. One of my first bosses was Lois Korey, Woody Allen’s writing partner, and she went into the advertising business herself. I started as a receptionist writing for her, and she took an interest in me and my writing. I was lucky to have her as a mentor.” Richard has definitely acquired a database of deliciously juicy stories, which led him to write his wildly popular and controversial column in The New York Observer. “I was writing about life uptown with the one percent and always said I was a bridge from old money to

new money. I saw how people lived and brought some humor to that. This led to my novels and to my new novel, Rouge. Rouge is a homage to the woman who founded the first multi-billion dollar cosmetics industry. It should be celebrated, so I tried to bring a sense of what these women had to go through, and all the sacrifices they had to make.” This Long Island native, whose book is going to be turned into a movie by Sony Pictures, has indeed come a long way! Richard, who now lives in New York City, with his wife and three children, said, “If you’re going to live in New York, take advantage of it!” Richard, a passionate and persistent businessmen and brilliant writer, who has worked with everyone from Martha Stewart to Halle Berry, is already spending time creating characters for his latest book, which means you will soon have a new fun read to read!

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J. SCOTT SCHEEL Conquering Commercial Real Estate and Rebuilding Communities By julie sagoskin Photographed By UDO SPREITZENBARTH


rom becoming a self-made commercial real estate investor, to a sought-after international speaker and trainer, and a frequent contributor on Fox Business Varney & Co. advising on global finance and investing, to feature film producer, real estate developer & serial entrepreneur J. Scott Scheel has achieved staggering success and now strives to inspire others to achieve their dreams and impact communities. He is widely known as a “thought leader” in the Commercial Real Estate industry, who kicked open the doors and made investing accessible to the everyday man and woman. An obvious Type A self-starter, J. Scott still considers himself as an “everyday man” who got his own start in commercial real estate when he purchased one 24-unit multi-family apartment complex in a small Cleveland suburb almost a quarter century ago.

Since those humble beginnings, J Scott and his companies have gone on to invest in all 50 states with current activity in over 30. His career trajectory has afforded him the unique opportunity to invest and lead in all major CRE categories, including Class A Apartments, Boutique hospitality, Championship golf course development, Residential housing subdivision, Retail shopping centers, Outlet malls, Industrial-manufacturing facilities and his latest project, a State-of-the-Art Hospital and Assisted-living lifestyle development. J. Scott, who is also Founder and CEO of the Commercial Academy, which teaches others how to achieve their development goals and financial dreams, loves investing in his clients as much as in commercial real estate. The Commercial Academy has produced their own events for the past 17 years. “I started sharing my ideas and people were intrigued with

my strategies. They encouraged me to develop systems that support individuals from all walks of life wanting to achieve similar success.” J. Scott has sold millions of books, recordings and other products designed for people discovering paths to their own success. “We broke down many of our commercial real estate projects into actual living case studies, and developed programs and videos to explain the unique strategies we use ourselves. We created our own proprietary software, a complete Learning Management System and built a robust network which allows our clients to plug into a culture and environment that significantly advances their career aspirations. We cannot do it all on our own, which is why we are passionate about empowering others to use the models we have created to be successful in their own desired markets.” | 109


As a true “American Dream Success Story”, J. Scott is especially proud of the diversity of his clients, who originate from 27 countries, and how many of them have gone on to attain life changing goals through his mentorship programs. More importantly, many have become his personal friends. “Commercial real estate investment was a ‘good old boys’ network for too many generations; we’re creating a network that is accessible and beneficial to all regardless of ethnicity, religion, prior education or previous career challenges.” In addition to hosting generalized events, the Commercial Academy also coordinates a premier mastermind group called the Diamond Inner Circle, which meets quarterly in boardroom sessions throughout the world. This private group allows its members to present detailed analysis on dozens of varied real estate investment opportunities for evaluation and possible collaboration. Often these projects become possible after these sessions, when they would not have been otherwise. “It’s so very humbling to receive so many success stories and testimonials from people that have been able to dramatically improve their lives from my teachings. It’s always a gift and a blessing to know I have impacted them and their families, sometimes for generations to come.” By empowering others and enabling them to tap into a unique networking environment in the commercial real estate sector, an industry where contacts aren’t readily shared, J. Scott has created his own community. He says that he has personally benefitted just as much as those who he brought together. “By sharing my passion, knowledge and ideas, I’ve received back a hundredfold beyond anything I’ve ever expected. I’ve been exposed to so many amazing people, projects and opportunities that simply would have never come my way had I taken a more conventional path. I want to continue to empower everyone I meet personally, as well as those whom I will never meet, but can impact through the principles we share, and developments that serve their communities. It’s all very fulfilling.” When his father became ill at a young age, J. Scott couldn’t grow up in the type of home he now shares with this wife, Christine, and their four young children Bianca Seraphina, 4, Angelina Renee, 3, J. Scott Jr., 1 and Theodore Edwin, 4 months. This is why he

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remains full of gratitude and faith, and why he wants more than ever to give back to communities. “I love the community outreach that we do. A lot of the greatest value that we add is way beyond the actual real estate development. We share our strategies, help revitalize buildings and centers, and create new job opportunities. We help reestablish lost values and enthusiasm that have been frittered away over the years through mismanagement, by empowering people to take action with strategies that are best for these markets.” “A huge part of what we do is rebuilding communities, and we take a long view of how markets are currently, and how they’re likely to shift. Having been involved in both market expansion and extreme market contraction, we understand what needs to be done so communities are not crushed under the weight of all that can happen on either a macro economic or global basis. This experience allows us to make game-changing impacts in communities. When we come into a market, we know how to work with municipal government and provide infrastructure, and we understand that it’s ultimately about how to improve quality of life.” J. Scott’s visionary thinking has always allowed him to discover trending opportunities before most others. Over the last three years alone, he pivoted to defaulted Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities assets, acquiring over 6 million square feet. He has also become highly creative in utilizing State & Municipal incentives, tax credits and federal opportunity zone programs to facilitate job creation and economic expansion. “We are branching out into new and challenging projects to expand our impact, opportunities and portfolio diversity. These new horizons include exploring a new project with over 12,000 acres of abandoned coal mines to eliminate waste management problems on the east coast, with new environmentally responsible trash management methodologies. Another exciting project involves one of the country’s

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largest natural gas reserves with tens of thousands of acres of mineral rights and almost 50 miles of pipeline and rights of way. We want to responsibly solve problems in a manner that is environmentallyfriendly and won’t harm people or animals.”

provide. If it weren’t for my wife Christine and my kids, I don’t know where I’d be. They inspire me to be and do so much more. I want to leave a multigenerational legacy that reverberates well beyond my lifetime.”

As passionate as J. Scott is about his own investments and training others in commercial real estate investing, his goal in his youth was becoming a film producer. He continues to direct, write and star in films which convey meaningful messages, including a film which he just distributed through Sony Pictures Entertainment throughout 6 continents. This multi-talented real estate titan, who says he didn’t want to wind up as a starving artist, admits that “the initial reason I went into real estate was to finance a film career” and he now can do just that. J. Scott, who also wants to change lives with the messaging in his films, is very enthusiastic about an upcoming film project currently in pre-production, which profiles an underappreciated historical African-American motivational speaker.

Displaying natural poise and charisma on stage, J. Scott has shared stages with world business and economic leaders like former Federal Reserve Chairmen Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, U.S. Presidents Trump, Bush and Clinton, and billionaires such as Musk, Branson, Balmer and Buffet He considers it a privilege to have spoken to millions of people over the years, educating, entertaining and inspiring them. Through speaking at events worldwide, from economic forums to personal empowerment conferences, J. Scott inspires others to realize their full potential. He is looking forward to the upcoming Real Estate Wealth Expo in New York/New Jersey. Over 15,000 people are expected at the Expo, on August 17-18, when he will speak alongside other self-made millionaires and megastars, including Tony Robbins, Grant Cardone, Robert Herjavec, music icon Pitbull, and others.

As he has done with his films – and his commercial real estate endeavors – J. Scott aims to illustrate that if you treat people with dignity and respect, it will come back to you ten-fold. He is exemplifying this with his new hospital project, and his recent donation of one of his buildings as a police station to enhance an area’s safety and economic development. He always keeps it real and credits his wife and the birth of his children for grounding him and reminding him why he wants to strive for more, despite already achieving unparalleled success. “When I turned 50 a couple years ago, I found myself in a position where I was questioning what I wanted for my future. We just had our second child and I already accomplished much more than I ever would need. My family caused me to take a longer view on what I was doing. I can understand how people may really struggle with the second and third acts of life. There needs to be more positive voices out there in the business world and in life. That’s what we continuously double down on and strive to

J. Scott Scheel, a self-educated entrepreneur, is a two-time Congressional Businessman of the Year, as recognized by the Wall Street Journal. Over the last 17 years, he has spoken to millions, trained hundreds of thousands, and served tens of thousands of clients. “As diverse as this all may seem, it all works because each of the structural beams of this enterprise fit together as the foundation for one cohesive strategy,” explained J. Scott. And with this foundation, everything he is accomplishing today, and his well-planned vision for the future, he feels he’s just getting started. Yet he hasn’t lost sight of where he started from and the reasons why he continues to work as hard as he does. As a Role Model for Possibility, he knows that his own life validates the motto that he has proclaimed for nearly two decades: “It only takes one deal, one time to change your life forever.TM” | 113


63 DUCK POND LANE The Spirit of Classic Hamptons Elegance By W. A. Muller


amptons Luxury Estates LLC has embodied the spirit of classic Hamptons elegance with their latest offering at 63 Duck Pond Lane. Situated behind a gated entry, this 2-acre Southampton property boasts ocean views, landscaped gardens complete with

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open lawn, pergolas and water features, a clay tennis court with covered viewing area and an outdoor entertaining suite includinga pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and outdoor fireplace as well as a separate pool house. The property also features a glass viewing window into the pool

from a hidden outdoor lounge patio complete with fire pit. More than just an address, this incredible home offers a lifestyle. Private-ly nestled in between famous neighbors, 63 Duck Pond is located within

the exclusive village of Southampton, offering access to one of the most highly sought-after towns in the world and as well as access to Cooper’s Beach. Architecturally envisioned to embrace the storied classicism of the Hamptons, the 16,000 square foot shinglestyle home was also designed to support a modern way of life. Design elements include open living spaces, a double height Great Room with full bar, elevator and countless other features. The over-sized kitchen offers a sitting area complete with a fireplace, a fully windowed breakfast area and all of the top level appliances one could hope for. The family room features retractable Marvin exterior doors that open to a covered porch, with retractable screens that create yet another entertaining area. With Elle DÊcor A-List designer Bennett Leifer and world famous architects Thomas Murawski and Alexander Gorlin, the team has designed a home with incredible finishes, fixtures, materials and architectural details. In-home features include 9 bedrooms, 11 full baths and 3 powder rooms boasting waterworks fixtures, 5 fireplaces and 3 laundry rooms. For the home owner, 63 Duck Pond offers an enviable master suite comprised of a large bedroom with a fireplace, separate sitting room, dressing room, additional closets, his/her designed bathroom and two private terraces. There are two additional master bedrooms to choose from, with one located on the main level, offering flexible use spaces throughout. Enjoy your home all year long with luxurious indoor amenities including a basketball court, fully-equipped gym, billiard room, wine tasting room, home theater (designed to be a safe room upon activation) and indoor pool and spa featuring an arabescato marble-slab fireplace. The home features technologically advanced and eco-friendly solar panel energy and offers smart home technology climate and security features with remote access. 63 Duck Pond Ln. Southampton, NY 11968 631.488.0774



Ruling the Hamptons Real Estate Scene By Julie Sagoskin


ith some of the most unique custom homes in the Hamptons, Hamptons Luxury Estates President Yale Fishman is a big fish in a very big pond - or ocean! Yale might have started following his developer dreams less than a decade ago, but his vision has quickly led him to become recognized as one of the biggest names in real estate. From a wine cellar to your own in-home theatre, as well as a fully equipped gym, Jacuzzi, playroom, pool and detailed décor, your Hamptons Luxury Estates custom home will indeed have all the comforts of home – a very chic and haute home! This developer is dedicated to making sure each and every one of his homes is up to stylish Hamptons standards while selling for the same price as a home without all the decorative designs. “We offer the highest luxury settings at a good price; it’s tremendous value. We put in a lot more than any other builder,” explained this real estate extraordinaire.

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He might have started his career as a lawyer helping people by providing security and tax planning as well as asset protection, but Yale now helps make people happy with his desirably located dream homes, which are always outfitted with astounding amenities. After all, each pictureperfect property is designed to fit your own specific sense of style and taste with personalized touches. Yale’s homes feature the highest quality finishes, stunning views and both indoor and outdoor amenities in various price ranges, so your grandest home vision can come to fruition. One of the biggest trends this ingenious and innovative developer has noticed is that people are starting to make the Hamptons more of their permanent home. If you have one of Yale’s homes, which are always complete with his creative and super luxurious concepts, it’s not hard to see why. With indoor spas, tennis courts and lush landscaping, you’ll get the home of your dreams – or something so spectacular, you couldn’t have even dreamed it up!

If you don’t like cookie-cutter layouts, you’ll definitely love Yale’s latest projects, including his newly constructed homes at 475 and 485 David Whites Lane in Southampton. If you’re in the market for a mind-blowing estate, you will want to make 63 Duck Pond Lane, which sits on 2-acres and boasts ocean views, your new home base! Prospective homebuyers and even other builders have sought out the multi-talented Yale for his features, which range from smart technology to stunning design, and now Netflix has come calling! Yale and his properties are being featured in a show that is going to portray the lavish Hamptons lifestyle, and nobody knows about that better than this world-renowned real estate developer. His posh properties, which always combine style and security, have hosted the exclusive 1640 Society and the Hamptons Society, and they are the perfect place to call home.

Hamptons’ Oceanfront Luxury

East Quogue - $20,950,000 You only live once! Sunrises over the ocean, sunsets over the bay, elevated 18’ above a high dune, protected behind security gates with 360º cameras. 7,000 SF main house with 7 bedrooms, 3 bedroom guest house with caretaker’s apartment, pool house with gym, kitchen/LR/DR. Elevator, geo-thermal heat, Venetian plaster, English lighting fixtures, viewing decks, outdoor cooking areas, Har-Tru tennis, room for a putting green, airport nearby. — Web# 15592

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panning the entire 57th floor, Residence 57A at Madison Square Park Tower is a fourbedroom, four and one half bath home that, unquestionably, features the most stunning 360-degree views in Manhattan. Designed for the most discerning buyer who requires perfection: floor-to-ceiling windows with approximate 10foot loft ceilings and spacious bedrooms each with en-suite bespoke baths. With a boutique collection of only 83 residences, 45 East 22nd will take the crown for the finest views in the Flatiron/ Madison Square Park District. Every glittering Manhattan landmark is visible on the 57th floor, including the Empire State, Chrysler Building, Clock Tower, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, the Flatiron Building and even the East and Hudson River.

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Elegantly situated on a quiet historic street, the manor house-inspired granite base fits harmoniously within the tree-lined block. 45 East 22nd is a stone throw away from Madison Square Park and Gramercy Park. Awardwinning architectural giant, Kohn Pedersen Fox, responsible for creating masterpieces including the Shanghai World Financial Center, designed an original: Manhattan’s first cantilevered fluted glass sculpture engineered with chamfered corners to maximize views and create column-free interiors. Renowned interior designer, Martin Brudnizski, known for his brilliance in creating classic spaces by melding history with modernity, takes his cue from the Flatiron Building itself by creating distinctively soft, symmetrical and round interiors. Custom finishes throughout, including cabinetry by Molteni, honed Bleu de Savoie marble countertop and backsplash, White

Mountain Danby marble bathroom countertop and flooring, custom Waterworks fixtures and soaking tub. The building features a live-in resident manager, on-site Luxury Attach concierge and a 24hour doorman. Amenities include a full-floor fitness center, basketball court, simulator room, playroom, library, billiards, cards room and terrace with outdoor grill landscaped by Oehme Van Sweden. The Upper Club, FIFTY FOUR, is a one-of-a-kind, spectacular half-floor living room with a beautifully appointed demonstration kitchen for residents use only. Madison Square Park Tower 45 East 22nd Street, 57A Flatiron District, New York Agent: Noble Black and Holly Parker

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The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons 13th Annual GET WILD! Summer Gala at Joan and Bernard Carl’s estate in Southampton, NY ©Rob Rich/

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 10th Annual Unconditional Love Gala chaired by Jean Shafiroff and hosted by Grerg D’Elia, Southampton, NY

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Jean Shafiroff, Aimee Sadler and Greg D’Elia ©Patrick McMullan

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Beau Hulse, Rory Diamond, Talen Hurd and Clif Knight ©Patrick McMullan

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HAMPTONS SOCIAL SCENE By Clara Morgan The 15th Annual Hamptons Happening Honored Luminaries In Cuisine, Business, And Fashion, and Raised $450,000 To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation ©Rob Rich/

Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events produced a private party on the beach in Montauk with John Legend, Montauk, NY ©Getty Images

Honorees Ian Duke, Nicole Miller, Lydia Bastianich, Antonella Bertello

Larry Scott and John Legend

Maria and Kenneth Fishel hosted Polo Hamptons pre-cocktails at their Bridgehampton Estate, NY ©Lenny Stucker

Marion Waxman, Chris Wragge, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Ann Liguori

Bradley Fishel, Marion Fishel, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Kenneth Fishel

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, and her husband, Martin Shafiroff, hosted the launch reception for the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 61st Summer Party ©Rob Rich/

Kenneth Fishel, Maria Fishel, Bradley Fishel

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LOCATED ON COVETED GOLF COURSE ROAD, A SHORT GOLF CART RIDE to the Copake Lake Country Club and Greens Restaurant. Entering the gracious foyer you can soak in dramatic views of the lake through a wall of windows. This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home has a cozy fireplace, dining area and the chefs kitchen has granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Spacious master has two walk-in closets and private access to deck, the master bathroom features a marble, double-sink vanity, and tiled glassed-in steam shower. Each bedroom has its own access to waterfront. The large media room and bar area have a sliding door leading to the hot tub area and dock. There’s a full bath and a bonus room that could be used as office or extra space for guests. A quintessential lake home for the way live today! COPAKE LAKE, NY $1,290,000

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NEW YORK SOCIAL SCENE By Clara Morgan Lawrence Scott Events Produced Feinstein Institutes Summer Concert headlined by Usher that raised $3.4M to advance research ©Northwell Health

Philanthropist Lizzie Asher co-hosted the Parrish Art Museum’s Annual Midsummer After Party, Southampton, NY ©Parrish Art Museum

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TOH Co-Chair Mark D Friedman, Honorees Otto Cedeno, Ralph Scarmardella, Dana Cowin, Michael Lomonaco and TOH Co-Chair Jamie Koff

RAND LUXURY hosted the annual Ferrari & Maserati of Long Island Charity Brunch at Ken & Maria Fishel’s Bridgehampton Estate ©Guillermo MOGOLLAN

Allen Salkin and Aaron Short hosted a book party for The Method to The Madness, at Russian Samovar, NYC ©Stefano Giovannini

Kenneth Fishel, Maria Fishel, Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman

Allen Salkin and Aaron Short

Dancers For Good’s Fourth Annual Benefit Raised Funds To Benefit The Actors Fund at Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY ©Dancers For Good

Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff hosted her Annual Bastille Day Luncheon at upscale restaurant Ristorante Morini, NYC ©Patrick McMullan

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