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t’s finally December and time to celebrate what is my favorite month of the year when the holidays are fully upon us when New York transforms itself into a veritable winter wonderland.

This month we chose to spotlight the Holiday House which embodies the spirit of the holidays that provided the perfect backdrop for our fashion editorial and cover shoot. Renowned interior designers took over two sprawling mansions in Soho and transformed each room into their own rendition of what the holidays mean to them. Take the time to visit the Holiday House that is open through January which has not only raised awareness about breast cancer but is ultimately a celebration of life and a reminder that each day should be treated as a holiday. We had the chance to catch up with the darling of the fashion world, Ian Mellencamp who has starred in bold faced fashion campaigns such as Tom Ford, Diesel, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and the Gap amongst others and is destined for rock stardom with his sophomore album debut. Holidays are synonymous with travel whether the destination is sun, snow or even undiscovered jungles in an exotic locale. This month we ventured to Ecuador and the colonial capital of Quito that is a treasure trove of history and culture. With temperatures dropping we were also dreaming of venturing to the warm Caribbean waters and spotlighted Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Barbados, the BVI, and the Dominican Republic. With New Year’s Eve around the corner we rounded up some of the best cities to ring in 2017, such as Mexico City, Milan, London and of course New York City. As December can be a monthlong celebration of revelry take the time to explore New York’s gastronomic experience while taking in the holiday sites as we showcased some of the best dining spots in the city. Keeping in the spirit of giving we put together our mega gift guide for everyone on your list whether the hostess because it’s not joy that makes us grateful, but rather gratitude that makes us joyful. No matter where you are this season, 2016 was a wonderful year, and as it comes to a close this is a time to reflect on all the gifts we should be thankful for with plenty to look forward to as we ring in 2017.


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George Wayne is regarded as one of the most astute pop culture journalists to this day. The Jamaican born style scribe, for 22 years, revered columnist to Vanity Fair magazine has interviewed some of the world’s leading personalities from film, fashion, music and celebrity culture for two decades and counting. His cover story interview with Hollywood’s next hart-throb Michael Shannon is his first exclusive for Resident magazine. ‘’My first impression of Michael Shannon is of a man true to his craft and rather shy and un-assuming considering the metier he chooses to ply his immense talent. It was rather endearing.’’ George Wayne’s second book - a ‘’quasi-memoir’’ titled ‘’SIMPLY GEIRGEOUS’’ will be published by HarperCollins in the Summer of 2017.

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ONTRIBUTORS Oscar D. Caballero has been a makeup and beauty expert for over 15 years. He was a senior makeup artist at the Victoria’s Secret flagship store, and was part of the team for the runway show in 2013. He honed his skills alongside celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt—who’s defined Sarah Jessica Parker’s looks on the red carpet—and Oscar managed Devitt’s beauty line at Barneys. He’s worked with the luxury skincare line Natura Bisse for over ten years (a Beyonce favorite), and as a result learned the rare art of using products to accentuate a woman’s natural beauty—not cover it up. Oscar’s work has been seen on four billboards in Times Square (for Taku Saki), in the Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance ad campaign, and on the faces of Miss Universe Gabriella Isler, Miss Universe Paulina Vega, and several of the Real Housewives. He’s an artist in every sense of the word.

Dion Moore has been a staple in the beauty industry for over 20 years. With a passion for high end editorial styling his work has appeared on countless magazine covers, fashion shows, TV shows and commercials. His dedication to the craft has made him a New York favorite among celebrities, models, socialites, and his beloved clientele. When he’s not busy behind the scenes you can find the talented Mr. Moore behind the chair styling some of New York’s premier residents at the esteemed Angelo David Salon located at 420 Madison Avenue. 212 883 6620.

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awrence Scott Events offers guests a chance to enter a magical environment that allows them to escape and connect in a magnificent space unlike any other. With limitless themes, Larry has produced one of a kind events for many of life’s celebrations and milestones including: weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Bar/ Bat Mitzvahs, as well as corporate events, charity galas, and more – no challenge is too big for this top notch event planner and his team. Scott is as respected for his philanthropy as he is for his legendary events. Causes close to his heart include: Make– A–Wish, The Feinstein Institute, Live Out loud, Forward Face, City Of Hope, and MS. Larry supports over 30 charities annually. Customized events are offered all over the tri-state area and the East End, and past events Larry has produced and clients/causes he continues to support include Make-AWish’s annual Night of Wishes gala, the annual Hamptons Magazine summer kick off party, and the UJA-Federation’s Summerfest cocktail party, as well as a glittering array of private soirées. Larry Scott has a long undisclosed list of loyal A-list celebrity clients that keep rehiring him for his bespoke events and discreet and personable approach. Some of his high profile clients include Michael Bolton, Judge Judy, Donald Trump, Howard Stern, Vera Wang, and John Varvatos.

Hospital. He produced the hospital’s annual summer gala. Larry was also brought in to add the “WOW” factor to the Global Lyme Alliance’s first NYC gala in October 2015. The event honored Yolanda Foster, Ally Hilfiger and Thalia, and featured David Foster and various artists. Larry designed and donated decor and supported this year’s event which honored Bella Hadid, Heather Glass, Arthur J. Mirante II and Karen Peetz. Larry Scott has always believed that “more is more” and nowhere is this approach better showcased than in his awe-inspiring displays and gourmet food offerings. There are as many varieties to the delicious dishes and drinks served as there are event themes – all in order to add to the event’s overall visual impact and playful possibilities. Part of what sets Scott’s style apart is his innate understanding of his guests and making everyone feel included. To him it is all about the mix that comes together to make a truly standout celebration. Perfect timing coupled with exacting choreography are what Larry’s signature invasions are all about. An adrenaline pop at just the right moment, the invasion gives the party life and smiles and unforgettable memories! For more information, please visit Photo Credit -Terri Diamond Photography

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ATTORNEYS NEED SOLID FINANCIAL ADVICE TOO By Sage Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

While $160,000 in Manhattan certainly is a substantial starting salary, you should not forget what may be a heavy burden of student loans from law school.[*] Developing a budget and plan for staying on track with payments is key to your future financial success. It’s also a wise move to put money aside for unexpected expenses and emergencies. A basic rule of thumb is to put three to six months’ worth of living expenses into an account that is easily accessible.[*]


o here you are, well on your way in your legal career, carving out a successful private practice or charting your path toward a partnership. Just look at Harvey Spector, the hotshot TV attorney on Suits, and his fictional firm’s managing partner, Jessica Pearson[1]. Their fancy offices, high pay and tempting perks certainly look enticing. Attorneys on Suits frequently dine at the best restaurants, hop down to Atlantic City in tuxedos, sit in front-row seats for shows, and live in luxe Manhattan apartments.[*] Whatever your goals, it is important to start planning now to reach them. Consider your discretionary income: Do you live lavishly, purchase a big house, own several imported cars, and take exotic vacations? Or do you delay aspects of this grand lifestyle for a time and put aside funds for the future of your children and your own retirement? There is no single answer to that question. There can be a wide difference in salary among lawyers, depending on the chosen legal field, as well as the geographic region. First year lawyers in Manhattan may start out earning a salary of $160,000 versus the national median of $135,000.[*] In contrast, the average pay for lawyers in other areas – take Albany[*] or Vermont[*] – may be significantly less. And, in ad-

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dition to an above average salary, many law firms in Manhattan offer periodic bonus and profit-sharing payments. This can make financial planning more difficult because the “extra” compensation is not guaranteed – nor is the amount. Research shows that lawyers typically do save for retirement.[*] Lawyers as a group tend to have solid 401(k) plans with low fees and high average balances, but it is important to remember that there may be risks associated with contributions to plans sponsored by your firm.[*] Even at well-run firms, there could be reasonable concern over the extent of funding for retirement plans and the willingness of younger partners to support the plan.[*] Still, you should invest in retirement as early as is feasible. If you continue to grow in your career, and your income grows with you, you might well become accustomed to a lifestyle that could be difficult to maintain in retirement without proper financial planning.[*] The further you are from retirement, the greater the risk level you may be willing to accept in your portfolio, as a market downturn early in a career still will allow plenty of time for recovery before the assets are needed. And remember that not all eggs should go into the same basket – a balanced and diversified portfolio is key.[*]

Do note your individual legal requirements: taxes, estate planning and even your will. While many aspects of financial planning apply to most professions, lawyers have their own niches, especially regarding tax matters. Failure to fully understand income and employment tax rates could be costly to a practicing lawyer.[*] You might consider consulting with a tax professional on these matters. You’ve worked hard to succeed in your profession. Now apply that due diligence and solid research to your finances. That’s the surest way to seasons and seasons of success, just like on Suits. Sage Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management is based in New York City. Mark Seruya, Managing Director can be reached at 212–903–7699 or The information contained in this article is not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments. Any information presented is general in nature and not intended to provide individually tailored investment advice. The strategies and/or investments referenced may not be suitable for all investors as the appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives. Investing involves risks and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest. The views expressed herein are those of the author and may not necevssarily reflect the views of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, or its affiliates. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, member SIPC. For items with [*], please refer to our online article at


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Doctor Strange Fans of Oscar nominated Benedict Cumberbatch, amusingly known as “Cumberbitches” will go gaga over his role as the sexy Dr. Stephen Strange who travels to the Himalayan Mountains to find himself and turns into the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. Somewhere along the road, he acquires a magic red cape that allows him to defy gravity and logic. Think comic book fun! Benedict who is a lot better in this rollercoaster of a movie with a mystic twist than he was on Saturday Night Live confessed “I’ve never done a lead role in a film this big, in a franchise this big; I wanted to know what the toy box was like.“ Tilda Swinton delivers a believable performance as The Ancient One even if everything she does, including time travel, defies reality. Swinton is already dreaming of another payday saying, “I’ve dropping hints about a prequel.” Their co-star Rachel McAdams who plays Night Nurse said “I’m a little funny when it comes to blood and guts. My mom’s a nurse which is probably why I became an actress”

Inferno Inferno, the third film in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code series is a mystery thriller you don’t want to miss. Tom Hanks plays renowned symbologist Robert Langdon who follows a trail of clues tied to the ultimate medieval poet Dante Alighieri. Hanks and the picture perfect Felicity Jones are a good match but I don’t want to spoil the plot, so just go see it when you feel like escaping from your daily routine. Hanks said, “To be able to do this in places like Florence and Venice; it was a damn good time. I’m the luckiest man in the world.”

Hacksaw Ridge

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbach @ Doctor Strange

Mel Gibson makes his Hollywood and directional come back in Hacksaw Ridge the best war movie since Schindler’s List. This true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss played by Andrew Garfield, who I predict will get an Oscar nomination. This is a combination date picture and seat grabber form beginning to end. Garfield dished on Gibson: saying, “He says he rarely enjoys making a movie, but I don’t buy it. It just looks like he’s having a whale-of-a-time.” Vince Vaughn and Teresa Parker also deliver strong performances. Among the VIPs at the NYC opening were Gerard Butler, Christian Slater, Calvin Klein, Dr. Kenneth Mark, Kelly Bensimon and stem cell guru Dr. Christopher Calapai.

Jack Reacher Tom Cruise on his character Jack Reacher “He is a badass, tough character. Who’s going to confront something, straight on; go right at it.” If only that description was true of Cruise’s performance, it isn’t. Cruise tries hard but falls short in this new installment of Jack Reacher, which is long on car chases and crashes but any episode of Homeland, House of Cards or Kiefer Sutherland in Designated Survivor is better than this mess of a movie. Speaking of TV shows I highly recommend Narcos, if you are intrigued by drugs, the CIA and Pablo Escobar.

Rachel McAdams @ Doctor Strange

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Viennese Opera Ball The Viennese Opera Ball will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz at the Waldorf Astoria on February 10th. This annual event is the oldest white tie charity gala in New York. This year’s Austrian co-chairs, Silvia Frieser and Michael Pecnik, alongside Laine Siklos, hosted a reception at The Penn Club to kick off the festivities. Six hundred guests from around the | 33

world will meet open their vaults and pull out their best baubles, tiaras and decorations to meet the young ladies who will make their debuts at the 62nd edition of this ball. Past guests have included - Ban Ki-moon - Secretary-General of the United Nations; Samantha Power - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Sharon Bush; Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Chuck Scarborough; Ann Curry, and Carmen Dell’Orefice.

Breeders Cup Taste of the World Harrison Ford’s son, Chef Ben Ford wowed the foodies with a shrimp curry dish at the Breeders Cup Taste of the World, where he was representing the United Kingdom. The prestigious culinary event organized by event marketer Herb Karlitz included 16 other top chefs including Marcus Samuelsson who repped South Africa with a fried chicken dish and Bobby Flay who when he wasn’t cooking was seen with his Masters of Sex girlfriend, Helene Yorke. Laine Siklos, Michael Pecnik and Silvia Frieser @ Viennese Opera Ball kickoff

Daniel Boulud and Herb Karlitz @ Breeder’s Cup

And Baby Make Three Mayor De Blasio, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Alan Dershowitz, Rosanna Scotto and Geraldo Rivera were among the first to congratulate, attorneys Arthur Aidala and Marianne Bertuna on their arrival of their first child Arthur Aidala III into the world. The littlest Aidala, who weighed in 7.7lbs was named after the legal eagle and TV pundit’s grandfather, the boxing expert, who was one of the three judges that decided the outcome of the Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, “Fight of the Century” in 1971, Frazier won.

Gavin DeGraw: New York Prime Beef Rock star Gavin DeGraw beefed up for his current tour that features material from his new album “Something Worth Saving” by sampling steaks from New York Prime Beef. com. In addition to his latest tracks, Degraw’s playing his hits including “I Don’t’ Want to be”.

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Arthur Aidala and Mayor Bill De Blasio @ Brooklyn Bar Association

Jordin Sparks and Gavin DeGraw, who is a fan of New York Prime

Star Jones talked about her secret bypass surgery, which helped her lose over 150 lbs, which was half her body weight, during a panel discussion with Jean Shafiroff at The National Association of Professional Women Networking Event. Star also confided that she has moved to Chicago and is in a relationship with a man that includes his elevenyear-old son. Shafiroff, who was the keynote speaker revealed her recent near death experience after contracting a virus in Central America while rescuing street dogs. She said, “I asked to see a priest to give me the last rites but luckily I recovered and I’m back in tip-top shape.”

Karen King’s Posse of Soprano Tony Danza, Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore and Dan Grimaldi lead the applause for singers Karen King and multiplatinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne at the Highline Ballroom. King belted out standards from the American Song Book and brought down the house with a sexy duet with Patricizo …. The next night King and legendary crooner Frankie Valli who inspired the Broadway hit Jersey Boys and Sex and the City actress Lynn Cohen joined entrepreneur Mike Cave and DJ Joey Reynolds on their weekly Sunday night W-ABC radio show.

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Orange is the New Black star and former NFL player Brad Henke took a break from filming the hit show to join NFL Hall of Famer and former Jets Fullback, Tony Richardson and 1,000 other revelers at Long Island City’s Paper Factory Hotel’s Masquerade Party that featured fire breathers and sexy burlesque dancers. The footballers happily took selfies with their fans in the hotels scene and be seen restaurant, Mundo.

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on’t miss the chance to pamper yourself at Eden Day Spa, one of the largest day spas in New York City. Upon arrival at the spa, you will be greeted by friendly faces looking to make your experience great. As you are taken back into the spa area, you will feel like you have been transported into a land of comfort and relaxation. All the stresses of your week will slowly melt away. Offering a wide range of treatments, Eden Day Spa is sure to accommodate all your needs. Over ten types of massages are offered, from Eden’s Signature Massage, Swedish Massage, Lava Stone Massage, Couples Massages and more. If you’re in a hurry, as most New Yorkers are, 10-minute, 20-minute and 30-minute Express Massages are available. Cleanse your face with a 30-minute or 45-minute facial treatment. With the holidays quickly approaching, bring a friend or treat yourself to a Spa Manicure & Pedicure and waxing before heading for the night. Eden Day Spa’s Kitchen will make your experience even more unique. When you reserve a full treatment ($80 or more) you will receive a delicious complimentary meal to enjoy post-treatment which includes fresh fruit and your choice of sandwiches, salads and pasta. If you’re looking for a unique space to hold an event, the spa, with a large central lounge equipped with two video projectors, can be booked for Bridal Showers, Bachelorette Parties and manicure/pedicure gatherings. No matter what service you have decided to experience, you will leave with a feeling of rejuvenation. Book your appointment today at or call (212) 226-0515. | 47

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s the French are known for their obsession with beauty producing cutting edge skincare lines, luxury French beauty brand Sisley has just opened their first US flagship boutique and ensuite spa in the West Village. While winter can take its toll on our skin, Sisley’s line of powerful and luxurious skincare products can combat the effects of winter and create a radiant new you. Nestled on the hillside with magnificent views, your first impression is a

Designed like a chic Parisian atelier decorated in pastel hues, this 760 square foot jewel features the full breadth of Sisley’s makeup, perfume, and skin care lines with a separate spa cabine to experience a full Sisley facial and a makeup application room for post treatment makeovers. To truly indulge in Sisley’s range of products pamper yourself with one of their luxurious treatments. The sixty minute phyto aromatic facials can be tailored to individual needs ranging from hydrating that restores the skin water balance, radiance- to exfoliate a dull and blotchy complexion, restorative- to sooth the skin, purifying- to clean and tighten pores, brightening- that uses advanced phyto

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ating right and exercising is a daily effort that works best with routine practice and consistency, but how does someone look great during a vacation? Vacations are great for rest and relaxation, but can be difficult for someone to put in effort to improve their health. It’s unrealistic to eat clean and exercise everyday, but there are ways to keep your hard work from fading away while still enjoying the elements of rest, relaxation, and indulgences.

Take A Fish Oil Supplement Every Day First thing I did was bring a weekend supply of fish oils to ensure I was able to offset the abundance of Omega-6 fatty acids that comprised most of the foods during this weekend. Quick Review: Omega-6 is a fatty acid that causes natural inflammation within the body. Since the majority of foods consumed from restaurants contain omega-6 fats in the oils, there is usually an imbalance of healthy fats in our diets. Fish oils are an easy, guaranteed way to

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reduce the inflammation and also help boost your metabolism (Yes, a balanced diet of healthy will reduce your stored body fat). Even if you eat fish often, you can’t be certain of the source and how it was prepared. Taking a fish oil supplement every morning is a sure way to keep your body lean.

Exercise For 10 Minutes Before Breakfast Vacations are meant to be relaxing and enjoyable. If you’re not much of an exerciser, consider setting aside 10 minutes in the mornings to open up your body and calm your mind. The best part is you’ll feel noticeably better throughout your day by having exercised for a few minutes in the morning. Exercising is one of the best ways to prevent bloat, fatigue, and stiffness. A series of floor-based exercises will not only strengthen your muscles, but they will bring out more flexibility and blood flow to your joints. Try doing 2 sets of: cat/camel poses, hip bridges,

leg lifts, bent knee crunches, cobras, and push-ups for 30 seconds each.

Prioritize Protein & Vegetables Conscious eating is one of the most important habits I teach my clients. When it comes time to clean your plate, strategically choose when you eat which foods. First and foremost, consume protein and vegetables (a meal is “incomplete” without fiber and/or protein). Since these macro and micronutrients are necessary for a strong and lean body, you don’t want to wait at the end to eat them. After you eat the important stuff, the rest of the meal is your call. If you want to indulgence, enjoy guilt-free knowing you’ve provided your body with the necessary tools it needs to rebuild, repair, and replenish. To top it off, protein and vegetables increase satiation, so you’re likely to eat less without feeling restricted. Win-Win.







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KATRINA • Genny jumpsuit & silver bag • Domenico Vacca dome ring • Swarovski earrings (Tori Golub Interior Design)

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Photographer: Andrew Werner | Photographer Assistant: Eric Bujnowski Art Director: James Murray Produced by: Hillary Latos Stylist: Tanya Tauthong-Kass (Instagram tanyatauthongkass) Stylist Assistant: Kristine Lorraine Serrano Hair: Dion Moore for Angelo David Salon Makeup: Oscar Caballero Groomer: Dion Moore for Angelo David Salon | FHI Brands Manicurist: Mariana Kryekurti for Angelo David Salon | Patricia Nail Lacquer MODELS Katrina K |One.1 Management Natasha Khan |One.1 Management Joe Ryan |One.1 Management Williams Dostes |One.1 Management Shot on location at Holiday House, SOHO (40 & 50 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012) Open To the Public: November 17th, 2016 – January 8th, 2017 11 am – 5 pm (closed on holidays), Thursdays, until 8 pm Link for general admission ticket purchases to holiday house:


KATRINA • Theia beaded star cocktail dress • Swarovski earring • Haus of Topper cuff • Genny mesh bootie (Room by Ryan Korban)

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WILLIAMS (left) • Domenico Vacca grey suit and tie •Eton shirt available @ Neiman Marcus GSP 877-868-3169 • Bruno Magli dress shoes • Laruicci ring JOE (right) • Tom Ford velvet jacket & turtleneck @ Neiman Marcus GSP 877-868-3169 • Theory navy pant @ Neiman Marcus GSP 877-868-3169 •Fleur’d - Lapel Flower •Onto leather sneaker (Room by Ryan Korban) | 57

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KATRINA • Genny blue gown & bootie • Laruicci earring • YSL glitter clutch • Alexis Bittar bracelets @ Neiman Marcus GSP 877-868-3169 (RENA cherry from RC studio) | 59

KATRINA • Genny jumpsuit & silver bag • Domenico Vacca dome ring • Swarovski earrings

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NATASHA • Theia hi-lo dress • Laruicci choker • Genny Metallic Sandals (Room by Jaime Walters) | 61

Dramatic statement jewelry inspired by the glamour of Old Hollywood

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KATRINA • Elie Youssef blush dress • Oscar de la Renta earrings @ Neiman Marcus GSP 877-868-3169 (Room by Sasha Bikoff) | 63

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IAN MELLENCAMP The Next Rock & Roll Superstar By George Wayne

Photographer: Andrew Werner |, Photographer Assistant: Eric Bujnowski, Art Director: James Murray, Produced by: Hillary Latos, Stylist: Tanya Tauthong-Kass (Instagram tanyatauthongkass) Stylist Assistant: Kristine Lorraine Serrano, Hair: Dion Moore for Angelo david salon, Makeup: Oscar Caballero, Manicurist: Mariana Kryekurti for Angelo David Salon | Patricia Nail Lacquer Shot on location at Holiday House, SOHO (40 & 50 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012) Open To the Public: November 17th, 2016 – January 8th, 2017, 11 am – 5 pm (closed on holidays), Thursdays, until 8 pm Link for general admission ticket purchases to holiday house:


an Mellencamp is best summed as the-malemodel-superstar-and-in uential-downtown-rock & roll-gorgon. Yes, takes some roll of the tongue. But that is the simplest way to best describe one of my favorite millennial-multi-hyphenates. Although a very successful male model star in demand for iconic brands such as Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren for which he has starred in many global advertising campaigns. Music is the true food of his love. His sophomore EP, Free AF is a streaming hit on various social media platforms. Ian played at Farm Aid 2016 outside Washington, D.C. earlier this year alongside Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, and John Mellencamp. The emerging rock God and his drummer, Daniel Sousa, will play at Mercury Lounge on December 17 and as such, he sits to talk the talk with Resident magazine Special Correspondent--George Wayne for an exclusive and revealing interview like none before this...Music historians may very well come to acknowledge Ian Mellencamp as the 21st century answer to early David Bowie... GEORGE WAYNE: I love those turquoise bracelets you are wearing. Where did you get them? IAN MELLENCAMP: From my father Joe [Mellencamp}. He gave them to me. They’re

very cool..huh? Very rock & roll.

drag? What is it?

GW: Joe Mellencamp, big brother to the famous John Mellencamp?

IM: It’s not quite drag. The last gig I did, I had a hoop skirt on. I like fashion, so if I see a nice piece I want to wear it. Even if it is a cool dress, I want to wear it.

IM: Yes, he is the eldest and my Uncle John is the second eldest of the five. I have two aunts from that side of the family. GW: What made you think that you could come to New York City and be a star? IM: I always wanted to move to either New York or L.A. because I wanted to be around creative individuals who were open-minded. Individuals that were pushing the boundaries of society and being on the edge of it all. Folk on the forefront. GW: And do you think that you push the boundaries? IM: I try. GW: I have never seen one of your gigs, though you have always invited me. I won’t miss the next one though, because I hear you like to perform in dresses! What’s that about? IM: I sometimes perform in dresses. I just love clothing! [Laughs]. GW: Okay, so it’s a fetish. Do you consider it

GW: Would you consider yourself--sexually fluid? IM: Yeah, yeah. I try to be open... GW: What was your first job here in the concrete jungle of New York City? IM: It was that first job, that Calvin Klein job where I met you for the first time. GW: Wow! You are right! I didn’t realize that was the first time you actually came to New York! IM: Yeah! Steven Meisel flew me to that set. I wasn’t even living in New York then. GW: Wow! That’s when I first met you? IM: Yeah, I was commuting from Ohio to do that. GW: Yes. it was on the set of the second CKOne fragrance campaign! I was hired as a Creative Consultant by Baron & Baron to prep you kids | 65

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for the TV commercials! IM: Yeah, that was the big stuff and what got me started [as a male model]. It was because I was a musician. Funny, how it has come full circle. They wanted musicians, and dancers and artists and stuff, and that is how I was asked to be a part of that. GW: I was always thought you were such a great guy. I love your spirit and your cool Mid-Western values...

GW: What does your famous Uncle John Mellencamp think of your music? IM: He is sort of like my Dad, in the sense that they want me to follow my dreams and do my thing, to do it for myself. Nothing was ever just handed to me. No record deal or such. I worked hard for it. GW: Do you believe in unicorns?

IM: Likewise...

IM: Yeah because I feel like I am a unicorn. I believe in fairy tales.

GW: You’re just a really, really nice, decent genuine guy. A good kid.

GW: Stop lying! Wow! You really do like fairy tales. What sign are you?

IM: Thanks George.

IM: Gemini.

GW: Would you say that temperament comes from your Mid-Western upbringing?

GW: Well...I made sure to bring my favorite ‘’bible’’ to this interview. It is called ‘Sexual Astrology’ by Martine. So now I am going to read what Martine’s Sexual Astrology says about the Gemini man. And you are going to tell me if this sexual astrologist is on point--or not.

IM: My arms are sensitive for some reason. GW: Wow! That’s what it continues to say...’’Try running your hands lightly over the Gemini’s arms. Even touching his arms will raise his goose bumps...’’ That’s what it says! And there is more....’’ IM: I am very sensitive, very sensitive to touch. GW: And then it says about the Gemini male sex life...’’You won’t finding him breathing heavily... he plays a dual making love and one watching. And then listen to this...’’he prefers sex with the light one...’’ IM: Not always, but sometimes true. I always want to take a lot at the merchandise. GW: Who is the girl you dating now?

IM: It’s that Ohio thing. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio... GW: I guess they call Ohio, the swing state for a reason.

IM: Well, it is still sort of new, but I like her a lot, we will see. I don’t want to talk about her because it is still very new. GW: It goes on to say...’’Cunnilingus is not especially the Gemini male forte.’’

IM: Go for it. IM: Not true.

IM: [Laughs]....Okay... GW: Well, that is my experience anyway. Ohio studs tend to be sexually evolved. I say that from personal experience. IM: I have a good family. My Dad always told me to work hard, to be a hard worker. My Mum always told me to be honest. My mother always had a way of talking to people and making them open up. She can talk to anyone.

GW: ‘’He is always in transit from one place to another, from one person to another, one vocation to another, restless, nervous. He is not content to live on day at a time but to try to compress a week, a month into one day... IM: There is some truth to that. GW: Not much? I will continue... ‘’The Gemini male loves to travel. He is a hard worker, but only for a short stretch. He is unusually intelligent and has a clever gift of gab. ‘’ Yes, or no?

GW: Talk a bit about your music. IM: That is one one side of my Gemini self. IM: It’s rock & roll...psychedelic, electronic rock & roll. My new EP is called Free AF and it’s five songs. It kind of came about because I had just left my modeling agency, I just left my record label and so I was free. I was free as f*** and so I called the EP - Free AF. I was a solo agent and the inspiration came to me. I was as free as a bird. I looked at this as the moment to put my music out there completely free of all restrictions. I was just wanted to be free and open.

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GW: Now that we got that out of the way! Listen to this! ‘’Because he is pulled in two directions--the Gemini male has a tendency towards bisexuality.’’ And then it goes on...’’Some, while retaining their heterosexual status become transvestites by satisfying their duality of desire by wearing woman’s clothes and makeup.’’ Look! That’s what it says. I am not making this up! IM: Wow! Now you got me! [Laughs]! GW: It’s GW’s ‘’bible’’ -- Sexual Astrology by Martine. The first reference point for GW whenever I meet someone of keen interest and desire.

GW: You’re right! We have to remember the Gemini has that split personality.

IM: What sign are you?

IM: That’s right, because I am both introverted and extroverted--the extremes...I’m not fully out and I am not fully in...

GW: Sagittarius. You know, half-man and halfhorse. [Laughs]. And you Ian Mellencamp are loved and respected in these parts--always!

GW: ‘’The Gemini man likes to have his fingers sucked slowly, one at a time...’’ True?

Thank you for this great tete-a-tete!

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oliday House Design Shows has announced plans for Holiday House Soho, its ninth-annual NYC-based interior design showcase and its first in NYC’s Soho neighborhood. Top names in design and style will create one-ofa-kind living spaces inspired by holidays and life’s memorable occasions. All event proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Original designs will be created by over 25 renowned design firms, including: • Marco Brambilla • Bradfield & Tobin • Brandon Maxwell • Campion Platt • Charles J. Nafie Architects • Creel & Gow

Holiday House Soho will take place in two brand new, state-of-the-art townhouses (40 & 50 Sullivan Street) that are part of the acclaimed 10 Sullivan development, designed by the celebrated, NYC-based architects Montroy Andersen DeMarco and Cary Tamarkin, the site is owned by Atlantic Investors LLC and has been developed by Property Markets Group and Madison Equities. Over twenty-five leading interior designers have brought these townhouses to life with a mix of cutting-edge and classic aesthetics. Iris Dankner, Founder and Chair of Holiday House, says, “With all of the Holiday House showhouses, our goal is to bring interior design to life in new and fresh ways. After eight years of producing the event in the beautiful, historic Academy Mansion on the Upper East Side, we jumped at the chance to make a move to Soho and do something with more of a ‘downtown’ vibe. This enables us to reach a new audience and grow our support base for the most important aspect of this event— raising money to fight breast cancer.”

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Patrick Mele Lady’s Boudoir

Vert Gardens Evergreen Winter Garden

Sasha Bikoff Rose All Day Dining Room

Tori Golub Winter Solstice

Holiday House Soho will welcome visitors Tuesdays - Sundays from November 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017. Ms. Iris Apfel will serve as Honorary Chair for the event. Iris Dankner and Jared Seligman are Co-Chairs. Geoffrey Bradfield, Robert Couturier and Alexa Hampton are Design Chairs.

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CURRENT LISTINGS 10 Sullivan features four townhouses as part of the development, with one townhouse currently on the market. Measuring 25 feet wide and four stories tall, the townhouse additionally has an English basement and rooftop terrace featuring an outdoor gas grill, fireplace and wet bar. The 6,500 square foot townhouse also features a private backyard garden, full top floor master suite, master bathroom terrace and internal private elevator. 20 Sullivan is being offered at $15 million and includes a parking space. Also available is a full-floor penthouse located on the 15th floor. Spanning 2,950 square feet, the residence features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and one half-bath. The unit is priced at $10.5 million.


tanding as the neighborhood’s tallest residential building at 16 stories high, 10 Sullivan has quickly emerged as the beacon of SoHo. A joint project between Property Markets Group and Madison Equities, the 22-unit residential condominium features an unparalleled variety of luxury home and apartment options designed by world-renowned architect, Cary Tamarkin. Reminiscent of the historic Flatiron Building with its triangular profile and positioning at the edge of a distinct neighborhood, Tamarkin designed 10 Sullivan with a number of unique architectural details that include a curved shape, industrial-style windows, and a glass façade with hand-laid corbelled black and blonde Norman brick.

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Residences feature 11-foot ceilings, Savant Home Automation Systems, radiant-heated flooring throughout, oil-rubbed Danish oak flooring and motorized shades, Poliform walnut Danish kitchen cabinetry and island with Lagano marble countertop and backsplash, a Julien sink, Lefroy Brooks fixtures, and Sub-Zero, Miele and Viking appliances. Large gracious master bathrooms were designed with Dolomite marble flooring and walls, a freestanding tub, steam shower and private water closet. Building amenities include a 24-hour concierge, integrated security systems, keyed elevators, a sunlit fitness center, stroller and bicycle storage, tempered and filtered fresh air, and individual storage facilities with parking spaces available for purchase.

10 Sullivan is located on Sullivan Street between Broome and Spring Streets in New York City. For more information, please visit or call 212-219-3092.

By Haiting Tan | Photos by Evan Guttman



The head judge of Iron Chef America always had food for in her DNA. “Growing up in a food family, my mother cooked fresh meals every day and meatballs every Sunday.” Studying artisanal pizza making in Italy, Arpaia hopes that through Prova, she is able to execute food the way she knows should be executed. Meshing the best of both worlds, Prova’s pizzas follow the Neapolitan style in a bid to retain the pizza’s flavors yet are sliced in the Roman style. Allowing their dough to rise over the course of 36 hours, Arpaia ensures that her pizzas are “filling but very light.” Speaking of her favorite dishes on the menu, Arpaia highlights Prova’s hand cut spaghetti with tomatoes because the sauce “uses tomatoes that are grown on volcanic soil, they are not acidic but very sweet and delicious.” While spaghetti paired with tomatoes may not stand out on the menu, Arpaia states that “simple dishes done with the highest ingredients are a chef’s definition of perfection.”


ith a passion for food, American restaurateur and television personality Donatella Arpaia, always knew she wanted to be in the hospitality industry and started her journey at the Italian Culinary Academy. Already a proud owner of multiple restaurants in NYC, Arpaia recently opened Prova Pizzabar, situated in Grand Central Station. Unsatisfied with the low quality food served at pizzerias, Arpaia spotted a need in the market for an upscale pizza restaurant. Cooperating with Giuseppe Manco, Arpaia has introduced an award-winning menu to the city of New York With the ideal concept in mind, Arpaia set out to find the perfect location for her pizzabar. “I wanted to launch in a strong iconic location so I bid for a space in Grand Central.” Arpaia was ecstatic to find out she outbid several hundred people to open her restaurant in Grand Central. “It is a dream to open Prova in one of the most architecturally stunning and iconic locations in New York City. As one of the leading tourist destinations, it is certainly a great way to spread the name of my company.”

As a working mother and consummate hostess, Arpaia understands the growing pains of getting dinner on the table. Through Kitchen Solutions, Arpaia has provided working mothers with a “fast solution that does not taste fast.” As the winner of the New York Food & Wine Festival’s Meatball Madness competition, Arpaia’s Kitchen Solutions offers meatballs and a variety of delicious sauces. As a woman who wears many hats, she realized that as a hostess many of the options at your disposal for hosting dinner parties “were limited or too expensive and impractical or lowquality and lacking in style,” which inspired her to set up Frontgate. Through her entertainment line, Arpaia offers beautiful, modern and elegant plateware that is also durable. Initially unsure of the receptions she would receive, Arpaia was overjoyed to know that her entertainment line was completely sold out. A head judge on one of America’s most established reality television shows, a successful restauranteur and budding businesswoman, Arpaia is certainly a force to be reckoned with.



By Haiting Tan

As New York City transforms itself into a Winter Wonderland this season, the entire city is filled with holiday cheer. Whether you are brunching, checking out the Rockefeller tree, or looking for a new downtown hotspot, we have you covered this month with some of our fave venues.

OCEAN PRIME 123 west 52 St NYC Established in Ohio by renowned restauranteur, Cameron Mitchell, Ocean Prime currently has 13 locations across the country with its fourteenth opening in Naples, Florida in December 2016. Their NYC flagship is conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan by Rockefeller Center making it an ideal spot to refuel after enjoying all of the holiday merriment in NYC. The restaurant is famous for its impressive cuts of steak and wide variety of seafood, but its Midwestern hospitality is what draws customers back. Taking inspiration from the city’s atmosphere, the Ocean Prime features an open kitchen, chic decor and a display of their finest wines. The main star of the menu is no doubt the prime cuts that are seared at 1200 degrees maximizing the flavor and juices of the meat. Other scintillating dishes include crab cakes, lobster or snapper paired with champagne truffle sauce or soy butter, or a refreshing shellfish cobb salad and sushi.

METROPOLIS 31 Union Square West, NYC The pearl of this oyster oasis is located in the basement of the newly-renovated Blue Water Grill. Formerly known as the Jazz Room, the Metropolis Oyster Room has a jazzy 85-seat lounge, replete with a grey marble bar adorned by velvet curtains and red banquettes. With an extensive raw bar selection with emphasis on oysters, Executive Chef Adam Raksin, formerly from Per Se, has created a menu that puts a creative and contemporary spin on traditional seafood dishes such as caviar and champagne, surf and turf tartare, and French press Carabineros shrimp bouillabaisse. For dessert, patrons can look forward to a peanut butter and cherry baked Alaska or an American artisanal cheese board. The live jazz band provides a soothing ambiance to enjoy creative cocktails by Richard Breitkreutz, formerly of Eleven Madison Park and Craft, whose repertoire includes the Smoked White Negroni served in an oversized glass flask filled with Applewood smoke.

GRAMERCY FARMER AND THE FISH 245 Park Avenue South, NYC • Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish is Gramercy’s newest farm and dock to table venture brought to Manhattan by Edward Taylor and chef-farmer Michael Kaphan. With ingredients harvested at the team’s five-acre Hudson Valley farm, guests can enjoy seasonal dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Start with their delicious scallop salad paired with house-smoked bacon, day boat scallop and farm firs, or Kaphan’s spin on sushi which includes ‘riced’ root vegetables topped with the catch of the day. For main courses, guests can look forward to a house-smoked pork belly with fresh fried green tomatoes or the star of the menu, a warm bone marrow & lobster roll on a house-made brioche split-top hot dog bun. To cap off an unforgettable dining experience, guests can look to a sweet potato pie doused in honey-orange ice cream. Overseeing the restaurant’s beverage program, Bill Staton’s wine collection consists of 150-bottles of which pairs well with the seafood dishes. Farm-driven ingredients are also infused into the cocktail program with drinks such as Beetnik that uses roasted farm beets, orange vodka and limoncello, and Bright Eyed & Stormy which is a mix of mango silver rum, lime, African blue basil and Ithaca ginger beer.

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ADORO LEI 287 Hudson Street, NYC With the vision offering top notch service with delicious food, booming music and a good time, Adoro Lei was created. Trained under Michelin-Star chef Enrico Derflingher, executive chef, Mario Gentile serves authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven. Besides their signature dishes, Adoro Lei offers sumptuous pasta dishes, a full raw bar and authentic Italian delicacies. With their loyal neighborhood following Adoro Lei just launched a new brunch menu that features breakfast dishes with a modern spin. Kids and adults alike can indulge on the rich chocolate chip pancakes with Jacques Torres chocolate or the fruity pebbles waffles served with strawberries and nutella. Adults will have a field day with the Uova Adora, poached eggs served with toasted foccaia or the truffled caramelized cauliflower. As the owners want to create an out of the box interactive experience, they have enlisted a rotating list of DJs to get the crowd going and also photo studio in their private basement room where guests can partake in a personalized photo shoot styled by guest artists and photographers every Saturday.

COMMERCE 50 Commerce Street, NYC Paying homage to old New York, Commerce celebrates a city where rich history collides with modern architecture. Located on a quiet tree lined street in the West Village, Commerce embodies the sentimental charm inherent in the historic neighborhood. Helmed by established chef, Harold Moore, the seasonally changing Contemporary American menu includes signature dishes such as a finely grilled hanger steak paired with a side of Lyonnaise potatoes, herb butter and crispy shallots and the comforting Italian classic creamy spaghetti carbonara. On their brunch menu, guest will marvel at the options they are offered. While the Commerce offers breakfast staples such as eggs Benedict and scrambled eggs, adventurous eaters can always step out of the box to try the spicy kimchee omelet or the ragu of odd things which includes oxtail, trotters and tripe with a sunny side up egg. End your meal on a high note by enjoying the best coconut cake that is worth the calories.

DELILAH 155 Rivington Street, NYC Just as Delilah had tempted Samson NYC nightlife veteran Mino Habib, the creative force behind The DL, Veranda and The Attic Rooftop hopes to lure Manhattanites into his latest LES Mediterranean restaurant and cocktail lounge. Reflecting the edgy vibe of the neighborhood, the lounge reflects a sexy and mysterious vibe with plush dark blue velvet banquettes and ambient candlelight giving a soft glow. After the dinner service the dining room tables lower after dark to seamlessly transform into a lounge after hours. Seasoned Executive Chef Kevin O’Connell who was behind Veranda and Pop Burger, created the tapas style dinner menu which slants towards a Mediterranean influence with spicy lamb sliders, lobster and lamb sausage flatbreads, spicy garlic shrimp and a spiced tomato soup. Their bespoke cocktail menu was created by renowned mixologist Rael Petit from Mulberry Project and Loft 45 who has put his creative spin on Delilah’s unique signature cocktails that are sure to tempt the senses. | 77


DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE & DEL FRISCO GRILLE A Perfect Respite for Holiday Dining By Haiting Tan

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House


ith an impeccable chef-driven cuisine, award winning wine list and top notch hospitality, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House well represents America’s traditional steakhouse. The steakhouse, established more than fifteen years ago, looks to their main ingredient, aged USDA Prime Beef to offer succulent steak options — from the classic filet mignon

Del Frisco’s Seared Rare Wagyu Beef Carpaccio

to the more distinct bone-in Prime ribeye. At Del Frisco’s Steak House, customers are guaranteed to be served the best hand cut steaks, chops and freshest seafood including an Australian cold water lobster tail. If you’re craving for more, you can look to their mouthwatering appetizers, delicious side dishes and irre-sistible des-

Del Frisco’s Thick Cut Bacon Au Poivre

Del Frisco’s Escargot

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serts. No meal is complete with an alcoholic beverage. With a wine list of over 1,800 selections, sommeliers will find the best suited beverage to pair with your meal. During lunch this luxurious three-story restaurant located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan turns into a power dining scene. Appetizers such as jumbo lump crab cake and lobster bisque are made from the freshest seafood. But the star of the menu has to be the filet medallions paired with chateau mashed potatoes, thin green beans and doused in red wine demi-glace. The restaurant is a perfect locale for a sumptuous pre-and-post Broadway holiday dining experience. Due to its close proximity to New York’s iconic locations such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, customers can ease into the holiday season by admiring the Christmas tree and ice skating rink before walking through the doors to eat like a king. To celebrate the holidays with fellow New Yorkers, the steakhouse is offering a Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner menu. Thanksgiving dinner staples such as a slow roasted turkey breast stuffed with

sweet onion apple sausage paired with mashed potatoes or chateau potations, thin green beans, gravy and cranberry relish and pumpkin cheesecake can be found on the menu. The menu also includes decadent side dishes such as the famed sweet potato casserole that is deemed as one of Taylor Swift’s favorite dishes.

Del Frisco’s Grille Burger & Fries

Del Frisco’s Grille Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff

DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE Looking for a more casual dinner outing, customers can look to the Del Frisco Grille. Located in Rockefeller Plaza, guests can enjoy the sunning view of the epicenter of New York City’s seasonal festivities. For a truly one-of-a-kind (albeit a bit cold!) holiday experience, for one night only, guests can dine on the outdoor patio to admire the lighting of the world known Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The restaurant has a separate pre-fixe Thanksgiving menu which includes appetizers such as deviled eggs topped with truffle chive vinaigrette (which are also available yearround!). While the main courses are relatively similar, Del Frisco’s Grille offers a wider range of desserts includ-ing molten chocolate cake which you can share with your loved one huddled over a table during a chilly winter night. During

Christmas, guests can enjoy plates of cheesesteak egg rolls or give a swing at the holiday cocktails such as the white chocolate candy can martini and choco-late eggnog martini. On a nightly basis, the restaurant’s menu offers appetizers such as fire roasted artichoke or ahi tacos made with tuna tartare mashed with avocado and spicy citrus mayo. While a great burger or steak might be the menu’s highlight, customers can have a go at the restaurant’s seared salmon fillet paired

with charred lemon parmesan broccolini and creole mustard vinaigrette or the mushroom shallot crusted prime steak paired with porcini mushrooms and an unconventional jalapeño bacon mashed potatoes and peppercorn gravy on the side. For desserts, adults can try their milkshake concocted with nocello walnut liquer, creme de cacao, chocolate liquor and vanilla ice cream.

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NEW SEASONAL DISHES & HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS at Il Gattopardo and the Leopard at des Artistes By Jim Taylor | Photos by Paula Bolla Sorrentino doesn’t fall short. The Leopard features “Grilled Lamb Chops ‘Scottadito’ flavored with tarragon, served with roasted potatoes and sautéed mushrooms”, and Il Gattopardo offers a “Thyme-scented Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop, with apple and dry plum sauce, served with sautéed Brussels sprouts.” The Leopard at des Artistes

Il Gattopardo


f you’re looking for an unforgettable dining seeds” and “Eggplant ‘in tegamino’ with caciocavexperience in beautiful landmarked spaces allo Ragusano and stracciatella heart”. this holiday season, midtown Manhattan Italian fine dining restaurant Il Gattopardo and Upper Chef Vito’s well-known for his traditional methWest Side neighborhood icon ods of cooking, and this apExecutive Chef Vito Gnazzo The Leopard at des Artistes are plies heavily to his acclaimed the places to go. Upscale and pastas. This season, he offers sophisticated, but with a warm, new dishes at The Leopard friendly dose of Italian hospitalsuch as “Artisanal Agnolotti ity, both restaurants offer their filled with ricotta and Italian respective winter menus, feapumpkin in a walnut and butturing the fresh ingredients of ter sauce”, “Orecchiette with the season. These new dishes broccoli Romanesco and Cestay true to Executive Chef tara anchovy sauce”. Also new Vito Gnazzo’s trademarks of to The Leopard this season simplicity and authenticity. is the Il Gattopardo’s crowd favorite, “Paccheri pasta with New appetizers include Il GatGenovese sauce” – as simple topardo’s “Grilled tuna over and authentic southern Italian Controne white bean salad” (the beans originate cuisine as it gets! from the town of Controne, in Salerno), and The Leopard’s “Grilled Butternut Squash with winter Entrees at both restaurant reflect the Chef’s brilwild radicchio salad, garnished with pomegranate liant take on Italian comfort food, and this season

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New desserts include Chef Vito’s “Traditional Torta di Mascarpone ‘tiramisu’ style”, “Chestnut and ricotta semifreddo with chocolate sauce”, and an “Almond Frangipane tart of seasonal fresh fruits on vanilla custard.” For the holidays, both restaurants will offer an assortment of delectable Christmas and New Year’s specials, in addition to their full a la carte menus. The Leopard’s late New Year’s Eve seating will also feature the Chef’s pre-set menu. Reservations are highly recommended.

ABOUT IL GATTOPARDO Opened in 2001, the restaurant’s located in the historically landmarked Rockefeller Townhouses at 13-15 West 54th Street. Aside from the sleek, modern main dining room, the restaurant also boasts a beautiful, lushly-planted 8-story Atrium, in which weekend brunch is served, and a wide range of private events are held. 212.246.0412

ABOUT THE LEOPARD AT DES ARTISTES Located in the historically landmarked Hotel des Artistes at 1 West 67th Street, The Leopard at des Artistes boasts a diverse southern Italian menu centered on the culinary traditions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course, Sicily. The dining room features Howard Chandler Christy’s famous, original murals, completed in the 1930’s. 212.787.8767 |


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ince its opening, Avra is the latest UES scene-y hotspot that is filled with a medley of moguls, bankers, socialites, A listers and the like who are known for being spotted at the right place at the right time. Designed as a chic villa in Greece, this sprawling bi level space on 60th between Fifth and Madison is the latest venture of the Tao Group who possess the Midas touch when it comes to the hospitality game. Walking through the doors at Avra, customers will be transported from the hustle and bustle of New York City to a serene villa in Greece. David Rockwell has recreated the carefree spirit of the Greek Isles with stone washed walls, limestone, and lemon trees that welcome you into a beautiful flowered courtyard. From the open kitchen, patrons can witness chefs at work preparing traditional Mediterranean dishes such as Barbounia, Lithrini, and Fagri. With an emphasis on seafood, Avra ensures that customers

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will be served the freshest ingredients. Available nightly from 5pm to 630pm, the restaurant has a dinner prix theatre menu which guests can enjoy a three course meal at the price of $43.95. Guests can look forward to Mediterranean specialties such as royal dorado, a whole fish served with asparagus, or a lobster ravioli topped with fresh herbs. As compared to the pre theatre menu, the dinner menu has a wider range of variety for guests go enjoy. Catering to vegetarians, the restaurant has a selection of vegetarian appetizers that guests can choose form including spanakopita, a baked film stuffed with spinach, feta and leeks or kolokithi, a traditional crispy zucchini and eggplant chips. Hoping to enjoy freshly baked pita bread, guests can pair the delicacy with three different spreads of their choice. For main courses, guests can take a go at a variety of seafood including black sea bass, barbounia, lobster and king prawns.

Hoping to try something out of the ordinary, guests can try Tonos, grilled tuna paired with sautÊed swiss chard and slice marinated beets or a seafood platter with shrimp, scallops, clams and mussels doused in tomato, herbs and cheese. Looking for an ideal location for brunch when out with your girlfriends? Offering their twist on traditional American breakfasts, Avra’s greek toast is made with tsoureki and vanilla honey or their omelets made with fresh cut peppers, tomatoes, leeks and kefalograviera cheese. By striking the ideal balance of a chic atmosphere, paired with a delectable cuisine, and filled with the right crowd, the Tao Group has launched yet another home run in their stable of successful restaurants.

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IMBIBE beef is key to developing the superior flavor of Bobby Van’s’ steaks, Jermin says, which they do “the old fashioned way”. Once the team carefully selects well-raised and well-marbled steak, they age it in a specially-designed, humidity-controlled room for up to 28 days, which tenderizes it and enriches the flavor. Prime beef aside, the kitchen import the majority of their seafood from overseas. “If you want to serve the best, you have to source and buy the best,” Jermin says. The tuna is flown in from the Maldives, the Branzino comes from Spain, and salmon from Scotland. Locally, Bobby Van’s seafood supplier has 30 boats in the water providing the kitchen with the freshest fish and shellfish daily. The restaurant offers guests a wide variety of dining options outside of prime beef and seafood, including supremely-prepared pastas and wood-fired pizza.

BOBBY VAN’S STEAKHOUSE Excellence in True Steakhouse Dining


obby Van’s Steakhouse has earned its place as a venerable New York institution, thanks in part to a continued commitment to cooking techniques perfected years ago by the founding fathers of New York steakhouse cuisine. Celebrating its 47th Anniversary in 2016, Bobby Van’s grew from its original home in Bridgehampton, NY, and now includes a repertoire of nine fine restaurants that offer the refined style of a classic New York City steakhouse. A quintessential steakhouse, Bobby Van’s is at the roots of the New York steakhouse family tree, with strong employee connections to original famed eateries. It is restaurants like Bobby Van’s that have inspired a legion of imitators, but Bobby Van’s still shines as a premier authentic steakhouse. When restaurateur and Chef Robert Dick-

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ert - the great-nephew of steakhouse legend Peter Luger - joined the Bobby Van’s team in 1996, he brought with him a wealth of family knowledge and tradition. These traditions of quality food and superior customer service are still the hallmark of Bobby Van’s dining experience today. Dicker remains at Bobby Van’s where he helps to oversee the all-important process of selecting and dry aging the kitchen’s quality prime beef. Executive Chef Craig Jermin, who has also been at the company some 20 years, says the culinary team are passionate about the age-old family techniques that have been passed down for generations. “We are proud of our connection to the Luger tradition and are fiercely dedicated to providing the very best steak in New York City.” The process of dry aging its USDA prime quality

In New York City, where restaurants tend to shine brightly then fade like a show on Broadway, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse has more than passed the test of time. Each night the restaurants pack out with Wall Street tycoons, famous athletes, New York’s political tycoons, celebrities, and others wanting to experience to soak up the elegant atmosphere and impeccable service. Bobby Van opened his first restaurant in Bridgehampton,

New York in the summer of 1969. After two successful decades, Bobby sold this restaurant to a group of four restaurateurs: Joseph Smith, Joe Phair, Rick Passarelli, and Joe Hickey who opened a second Bobby Van’s Steakhouse location in the Helmsley Building on Park Avenue. The Bobby Van’s Family has grown to also include Bobby Van’s Park Avenue on East 46th Street, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse and Grill on Broad Street in the Financial District, Bobby Van’s Grill on East 54th Street, two Times Square locations on West 45th Street and West 50th Street, two Washington D.C. locations, an airport restaurant in JFK’s Terminal 8, and a take-out burger joint called BV’s Burger, which is also located in Times Square.



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are both shy India Blue Peacocks. Harry, the rare White Peacock is usually happy to pose for the cameras.

Synod House is a Landmark venue in the heart of Manhattan. The 20,000 square foot, bi-level event space accommodates up to 1,000 guests for cocktail receptions and 500 for seated dinners. The Cathedral’s 11 acre campus features lush landscaping, manicured gardens and open spaces. The grounds are perfect for al fresco ceremonies and cocktail parties. The soaring ceilings and beautiful wood carved interior create a magnificent atmosphere for bespoke weddings and a wide range of corporate and social occasions.

Culinary innovation and impeccable service have been the cornerstone of Relish Caterers and Event Planning since its inception 15 years ago. We offer comprehensive corporate and social event catering, event management and event production services. Our team works closely with clients and venue partners to design and produce “one of a kind” events with exceptional dining experiences.

The Synod House grounds are also home to three treasured Peacocks in residence. Jim and Harry

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IL FALCO An Italian Gem in L.I.C. By Haiting Tan


hough Brooklyn has come into its own as a hotbed for emerging new chefs, Long Island City is quickly becoming the next destination in New York City’s gastronomic scene. One of the forerunners of this culinary movement in this ethnically diverse borough is Il Falco- a long time neighborhood favorite. Just like the diversity of the neighborhood, Chef Segundo Tinishanay and sous chef Bolivar Perez emigrated to NYC in search of the American dream and someday opening up their own restaurant. With previous stints at one of the city’s most revered Italian restaurants, Il Mulino, their talents shine through at this wildly popular and charming neighborhood spot that serves a combination of Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, that’s as authentic as the mother country. Immigrating from Ecuador at the age of 17, Chef Tinishanay has spent the last 30 years working at Il Mulino where he has risen through the ranks to be a chef. When the restaurant opened chains in Miami and Las Vegas, he was responsible for training the staff. Perez worked side by side with Tinishanay for the past two decades. He started as a line cook and worked his way up to become a chef. His list of illustrious customers includes

lectable and delicate sauce to tantalize the palate. After a long day at work, Il Falco is an ideal location to unwind while sipping on a cocktail with colleagues at the striking bar. The restaurant has a prix fixe menu with a three course lunch for an amazingly affordable price of $18.50. With fantastic hospitality, delectable food, and a heavenly tiramisu, this hidden gem stashed away from the hustle and bustle of New York City is certainly worth the subway ride only one stop away from Manhattan. Free valet parking is also provided. former president Bill Clinton as well as President Barack Obama. Replicating the same flavors as their predecessor they have created classic Italian dishes such as a wild porcini mushroom ravioli doused with a rich cream sauce tousled with champagne and black truffles. Other specialties on the restaurant includes a Branzino cooked in sea salt. For those with a hearty appetite, they offer a variety of meat dishes that you can choose from. The Manzo Al Barolo, a filet of beef sautéed with Barolo red wine, shallots, sage; served with spinach or the rack of lamb is certain to satisfy your palate. Pasta lovers will be delighted to discover that the pasta is all homemade with de2015

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nown for his cutting edge restaurants and bars throughout the world, Jody Pennette of cb5 Hospitality introduced his organic Chinese restaurant, WUJI, to both Westchester County, NY and Greenwich, CT this past year. This latest culinary epiphany from a talent who finds inspiration from his extensive travels across the globe, a passion he shares with his business partner Moodi Zahid, is a “fresher, cleaner incarnation of its original self,” explains Pennette. WUJI offers Chinese food enthusiasts a more modern and fresh approach to this often misrepresented cuisine, while embracing today’s sustainable food culture. The design esthetic has long been a calling card of cb5 destinations. All WUJI locations share the same culinary platform, yet each restaurant’s ambiance and vibe is adapted to the location, both space and address wise. The Greenwich restaurant, the newest location, is Shanghai chic. Bright red Chinese lanterns hang from the vestibule’s ceiling. The space is filled with vintage Chinese fabrics, original artwork, and a massive dragon wall sculpture designed specifically for the space. A black lacquer bar is reminiscent of a high-gloss piano piece with an oversized opium bed mirror displayed between 400-pound Chinese Blue Willow urns.

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WUJI’s Executive Chef Peter How, a Gold Medal recipient at the 2016 Taiwan World Chef Championship, uses only free-range chicken, pasture raised pork, grass fed beef, wild caught fish, cagefree chicken eggs, Chinatown noodles, and organic vegetables. The talent and the premise sound great. But what becomes of our beloved greasy wok fried dumplings and mystery red sauce laden ribs? The answer is Chinese heritage pork spare ribs basted with a honey plum glaze. There’s no denying the wonderful, slightly gamey, juicy pork flavor in these meaty ribs laced with natural sweetness. Hand-formed, pan-fried dumplings are stuffed with Berkshire pork, cabbage, scallions, and ginger. Bao bao buns, slightly sweet, fluffy steamed buns are filled with natural grass feed beef, crispy onions, and wasabi mayonnaise. Organic lettuce cups come with a generous bowl of wok sautéed white shrimp with ginger, garlic, and cashews and the crackling calamari salad is piled high with frisée, tossed with spicy vinaigrette and topped with tender, fried calamari. Entrées are slightly re-worked to adhere to WUJI’s eco-friendly and flavorful focus. Grass-fed tangerine beef is coated with a natural tangy citrus glaze. Again, the flavor of the meat is left to shine

through, as tasted with the Cantonese crispy skin chicken with toasted garlic and shallots, perfectly carved, with the scrumptious crispy skin left on each and every piece of the juicy meat. Making the ordinary extraordinary, the fried rice has had new life breathed into it. The lobster fried rice is a meal unto itself, prepared with poached fresh lobster, crispy fried rice, egg crepe, ginger, cilantro and an added flavor and texture component of kim chee. WUJI’s beverage program is just as vibrant and innovative as its cuisine. “Couture Cocktails” are handcrafted with organic natural juices and purees. The gratuitous Mai Tai has been reincarnated into The Authentic Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai made with light and dark rum, orange and lime juices, a hint of almond, and of course a fanciful garnish – a potent and pleasing start to a great night. In addition to WUJI’s popular White Pear Sangria, bar selections include select sakes, Pacific Rim beer, and a nicely curated wine list. For Chinese food fans, the fact that someone has devised a way to indulge in this guilty pleasure, minus the guilt, is just pure genius in my book! To top it off, WUJI delivers!



Brick + Wood Brings Neapolitan Street Food, Hand-stretched Mozzarella, APN Certified Pizza, and an All-tap Wine Program to Fairfield, CT


n the fall of 2014 an exciting new Italian restaurant concept was introduced to Fairfield County. Brick + Wood took an often ordinary food genre and turned it on its heels, offering diners the foods that the Cavalli family grew up with in Italy. Brick + Wood featured a hybrid of Neapolitan Street foods, wood-fired pizza, and mozzarella bar favorites – no chicken parm of spaghetti at this neighborhood Italian restaurant; and for that we are grateful. The Brick + Wood mantra is “Love Life and Pizza” and their pizza is not only loved, it is certified by the Associazone Pizzaiuoli Napoletani (APN), the elite Italian governing body that teaches the 150 year old art of Neapolitan pizza making. Brick + Wood’s pizzaiolos are all certified by this prestigious association, under the tutelage of pizza maestro Roberto Caporuscio of APN America in Manhattan, NY. Fan faves include the Diavola topped with spicy soppressata, garlic, jalapeños and oregano; and the mouthwatering zucchini pancetta white pizza made with ricotta, caramelized onions, roasted zucchini, and crispy pancetta, a unique and addictive flavor and texture combination. Taking things one step further, desserts pizza (yep, a s’mores pizza) and even brunch pizza (potato, bacon, chives, burrata and scrambled eggs – wow!) will make you believer.

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As the name Brick + Wood implies, much of the interior design is framed by stressed wood and worn Chicago brick with pockets of space throughout filled with stacks of wood that heat the oven. The mosaic tiled Acunto pizza oven (which heats to 900 degrees!) and the butcher block and Calcutta Ciero marble top mozzarella bar are the focal point of the open kitchen, counter seating, and dining room. The archway of the seasonal patio is draped in dangling lights, reminiscent of a Naples street scene. Equally evocative of the Italian street scene is Brick + Wood’s menu. The dining experience begins with a real mozzarella bar where handstretched mozzarella favorites are made to order, never prep-made or over chilled, thus bringing out the best flavor profile of this wonderfully fresh and milky cheese. Must-haves include; burrata with cream and truffle-filled center, served with prosciutto and arugula; girelli, thin mozzarella layered with eggplant, prosciutto, and roasted peppers; and hot smoked mozzarella with speck, basil and olive oil. The Italian street food component is especially exciting as these traditional finger foods are what one might see people eating in the streets or piazzas throughout Italy. Arancini, deep fried risotto

balls, are stuffed with a variety of fillings. A true standout is the pear and gorgonzola version served with a decadent sage brown butter sauce. The loaded baked potato crochette is everything you would hope and dream it to be, as is the panzerotti of fried dough stuffed with salamino, fresh mozzarella and basil, and Nonna’s turkey meatballs with marinara sauce and parmigiana. Don’t let the turkey substitution fool ya. These meatballs are Sunday gravy worthy. In addition to craft cocktails and premium beer selections, Brick + Wood is home to an all-tap wine program, the first of its kind in Connecticut. Skeptics were quickly put at ease as these keg stored, pressure and temperature controlled wine systems are simply a brilliant host for some of the most prestigious wine makers to store and serve their wines from. This method ensures a fresh and flavorful wine from start to finish. You can’t say that about open wine bottles hanging out on a bar shelf, now can you? Just when you thought the world had enough Italian restaurants, Brick + Wood comes along with a fresh idea, further igniting our love of Italian food!

IMBIBE Carlyle on the Green with true American fare; and Deco 1600 at Carlyle at the Palace, a classy family-style Italian restaurant. Carlyle at the Palace in Plainview features contemporary chic décor and offers guests an expansive layout of richly designed rooms, culinary expertise and professional service, which is recognized as the finest in the industry. The Palace is the perfect venue for modern receptions of any kind.




he Carlyle name began with Carlyle on the Green almost 20 years ago when entrepreneur Steve Carl had a vision to bring people together for an exclusive one-ofa-kind event. Located on the grounds of scenic Bethpage State Park, Carlyle on the Green has established itself as a premiere catering venue on Long Island. Housed in a meticulously restored English Manor, Carlyle on the Green’s interior is rich in tradition with alabaster chandeliers hanging from towering vaulted ceilings, Persian rugs warming cherry wood parquet floors, tapestries adorning mahogany walls and shimmering marble fireplaces. No matter the season, Carlyle on the Green showcases a panoramic view of lush and flowing landscapes in its conservatory ballroom. Hosting one event at a time, Carlyle on the Green assures its guests a flawless private party. “From weddings to sweet 16s to corporate meetings and galas, Carlyle does it best,” said Owner Steve Carl. “We are seasoned veterans of the catering industry and will do anything to please our clients. ,” Carl said. We focus on one event at a time and give them our full attention.” Carlyle on the Green is also the exclusive caterer of all golf outings and picnics at Bethpage State Park. The 1,500 acres of park consists of five

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golf courses, including the renowned Bethpage Black, tennis, biking, horseback riding and picnic grounds. Carlyle on the Green has hosted acclaimed events such as the U.S. Open golf tournament in 2002 and 2009, as well as some of Long Island’s most notorious weddings, corporate gatherings and celebrations. “We’ve hosted two highly publicized U.S. Opens, the Barclays in 2012, and will be hosting future golf events, including the Barclays again in 2016,” Carl said. Based on the success of Carlyle on the Green, Carl ventured to open additional diverse properties including Carlyle at the Palace at the Race Palace in Plainview; Carlyle at the Omni at the Omni Building in Uniondale; and Carlyle off the Green, an off-premise division, catering from New York City to the Hamptons. Carlyle is also in the business of event décor with Carlyle Designs, featuring complete theme design and décor, including custom furnishings. Their designers are skilled in bringing your most imaginative vision to life. Additionally, Carl opened two notable restaurants to coincide with his catering venues – Taste 99 at

Carlyle at the Omni in Uniondale and its cosmopolitan gallery is ideal for sophisticated receptions and cocktail parties. A richly diverse setting that is ideal for a wide variety of social and corporate functions, the Omni houses an authentically appointed 1950s diner for themed events that inspire a nostalgic return to the era of fashion and rock-and-roll. Its state-of-the-art conference center features luxurious seating and presentation capabilities for corporate meetings or multimedia events. Carlyle off the Green is an off premise catering and event design company that services Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons. Its professional event planners plan all aspects of the event including food, entertainment, tenting, music and décor. Carlyle off the Green is hosting distinguished events in the Hamptons this summer. “We want our venues to be well-known as simply ‘the best’,” Carl noted, adding that he is always looking to expand his business portfolio and continue adding unique and elegant hospitality options. Delectable cuisine and exquisite service are true hallmarks of the Carlyle experience. “Carlyle is in the business of food and service and we are experts at it,” Carl noted. “Our success is based on our quality of food and service. Word of mouth referrals and repeat customers are what keep us growing.”


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CONRADO FALCO Trade Commission of Peru in New York By Aaron Schwartz

Peru Food and Fashion Making an Impact in New York


onrado Falco, the Director of the Trade Commission of Peru in New York, is a leading figure in bringing the rich culture of Peru to the United States. He began his career as a reporter, eventually moving up to assistant editor for Peruvian based economic publications, but ultimately realized that kind of job was no longer for him. “I only wanted to write about good things. I didn’t want a job where I criticized people anymore, so I thought, ‘Okay. I should change from a critic to a promoter.’” From there, he began working at ProInversión, Peru’s Investment Promotion Agency, as the head of information and economic studies for nearly ten years before moving on to taking over the New York offices for the Trade Commission. Since being there, he has been focused on bringing the most authentic and exciting aspects of Peruvian culture to America. “Our job here is to make the biggest impact possible by announcing to the US based buyers when the Peruvian companies are coming and what they’re bringing each time.”

Peru and Quinoa The Trade Commission of New York has been responsible for introducing authentic Peruvian dishes from local Peruvian chefs by promoting

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of exports. Blueberries, artichokes and avocados have also been on the rise in recent years, with the exportation of artichokes achieving an 18% growth in value over the past two years alone. According to Falco, American companies that previously bought food products from other countries like Spain and Italy are now buying from Peru, “and they are proud of it too.” The numbers prove that Peruvian products are growing in appeal worldwide. To Falco, it’s a result of the quality and care put into the development of the products. “We have so many products on so many different markets that we know how to do it right.” He even pointed out that their coffee and chocolate are winning prizes around the world.

El Mercado Peru their restaurants to New Yorkers. The agency is deeply involved in Restaurant Week as well as Fashion Week, and are continuously working on other events to promote Peruvian culture around the city. “A couple of years ago, we established Quinoa Week at Peruvian restaurants here because many people in the U.S. eat quinoa regularly and know the health benefits but don’t know that it’s Peruvian,” he says, “so we’re trying to push the fact that quinoa is from Peru.” Disseminating that knowledge to the world is important to Falco because Peru is the biggest exporter of quinoa in the world. In 2014, exportations of quinoa reached $197,000,000, growing from $25,000,000 just six years earlier. Falco says, “We believe that number will reach a billion or more.”

Peruvian Exports Quinoa is not the only product from Peru that is making its way onto the plates of Americans. Functional and superfoods like sacha inchi and maca, both widely known for their outstanding nutritional benefits, are just some of the other many products growing in their number

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Falco and the Trade Commission are continuing to work hard and are eager to promote Peruvian goods to as many potential consumers as possible. Currently, they are promoting the El Mercado Peru pop-up shop now open on the corner of Lexington and East 47th Street. From November 3rd to December 31st, El Mercado Peru will be representing over twenty Peruvian companies, with products ranging from clothing, home décor, children’s toys, jewelry, accessories and food geared towards the Christmas buying season. For Falco, this is another great chance to work on behalf of Peru. “This is an opportunity for every Peruvian brand involved to show New Yorkers who they are, what they have to offer and build up their brand.”

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estled within the canyons of Utah’s stunning red rocks, Red Mountain Resort is a tranquil escape set within the beauty of Mother Nature. Think of Red Mountain Resort as a destination spa meets high-end resort where you can challenge your inner athlete or just reflect on life. Located just outside St. George, Utah, the resort sits on 50 acres of rugged yet beautifully landscaped terrain where hammocks call your name while strolling through the property. Although the resort is great for the active person, it’s also a perfect vacation for solitude and renewal. The retreat packages include 3 healthy meals daily (wine is available for purchase), guided hiking and biking, yoga and fitness classes. Your day will begin with guided hikes that cater to 3 different fitness levels. The scenery during these hikes will differ each day; one day you’ll be scaling the majestic red rocks in nearby Snow Canyon, the next you’ll have an opportunity to rock scramble your way to ancient petroglyphs. For an additional charge you can book an excursion to Zion National Park, about 45 minutes from the resort, where you’ll spend a full day hiking and exploring one of the most majestic parks in the country. Fitness classes abound here from Pilates and yoga to strength training and cardio workouts. There are two outdoor pools, one for exclusive use of guests staying in the resort’s villas. The cuisine was healthy and delicious, surprisingly, the seafood dishes offered at dinner were among my favorite. To nourish the soul, there are Shaman Spirit Healing, Guided Imagery and Chakra Balancing sessions. In the evening hours the resort offers various activities including stargazing and sunset walks. There is an onsite spa offering just about any type of massage or body treatment you might desire. Highly recommended is the Red Mountain Revitalizer treatment (opt for an evening appointment), a 75-minute sugar scrub/massage combo that will have you slithering off the table and right into your comfy bed. Red Mountain Resort is easily accessible via a connecting flight into St. George, Utah or a direct flight into Las Vegas, requiring a 2-hour transfer. If you choose to arrive in Vegas, forgo the shuttle service and book a private transfer with “Owls” transportation (, 435-319-9929). You’ll be picked up in a luxury sedan and whisked off in style to begin your magical journey among the red rocks.


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CASA GANGOTENA A Glimpse into Quito’s Historic Past By Haiting Tan


inutes away from UNESCO’S first World Heritage Site city, Casa Gangotena stands on the corner of Plaza San Francisco, a public square in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. Built on the ruins of the Inca temples, the 31-suite hotel exudes an aura of sophistication and luxury. Previously home to several Republican-era presidents, the hotel maintains the house’s original architectural while featuring a mix of art nouveau with contemporary design. Glancing out from the elegant tinted windows of the hotel, guests can admire the views of the Panecillo hillside and the plaza. Housed in a historic mansion, the striking décor mixes old and new with classical architecture and antiques mixed with contemporary design and sumptuous furnishings that feel like you are in a wealthy friend’s villa. While the facade is vintage, the hotel is quipped with luxurious amenities that you would expect to find at any high-end hotel.

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Nestled in the heartlands of a historic landmark, the hotel is an ideal location from which to soak in the rich culture and stunning architecture of the city. The hotel offers daily tours from 6pm to 7pm. On Mondays, guests will learn the secrets of Ecuador’s renowned product, aroma cacao. While on Fridays, guests can explore the city under the guidance of the tour guide. For 45 minutes, guests will tour some of the most celebrated iconic buildings of Quito and learn the story behind these monuments. To experience the city like a local, guests can sign up for day tours organized by Metropolitan Touring. Co-designed with a grassroots NGO organization, local resident guides will offer insights into living in the largest and best-restored historical center in the Americas. To soothe tired legs after a day of intensive touring, the hotel offers an Andean energy-equilibrium restoration treatment which uses herbs, flowers and natural essences to

improve blood circulation. The treatment, administer by a local expert healer, is reasonably priced at $40. After the tour, guests can enjoy local Ecuadorian dishes prepared by Chef Andrés Dávila, Casa Gangotena’s Executive Chef. With flavors that vary from the Highlands all the way to the Pacific Coast, Davila’s original recipes are inspired by memories of his childhood. Utilizing the freshest ingredients, Davila has managed to elevate Ecuador’s local cuisine to an alchemy of ingredients, textures, aromas and flavors. With Quito named “Southern America’s Leading Destination 2014,” and Casa Gangotena ranked as the top 25 hotels in the world for the second year in a row, the two go hand in hand to ensure an unforgettable trip to this historic city.

HACIENDA DE SAN AUGUSTIN From Incan Fortress to Colonial Palace By Jennifer Pelaez


ust over an hour south of Quito, Ecuador at the foothill of the grand Andes lies the legendary estate, Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, which beams with history, charm and natural beauty. Built on the site of a 15th-century Inca fortress, this boutique hotel is strikingly situated in the foothills of Ecuador’s Cotopaxi volcano and sets the stage to experience idyllic country life while also offering exciting adventure and cultural exploration with an unrivaled glimpse into Ecuador’s rich and colorful past. From discovering the famed Cotopaxi National Park to shopping for artisan treasures in the surrounding Andean villages, Hacienda San Agustin de Callo transports you to a tranquil and magical moment in time. In addition to its natural grandeur and stunning

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views, the unique family-run Hacienda de San Agustin also proudly boasts a fascinating history. Since its construction, it has served as an Inca fortress, an Augustinian convent, and a temporary home for the French Geodesic mission. The current owner, Mignon Plaza, inherited the property from her grandfather, Leonidas Plaza, two-time president of Ecuador and continues to carry on the spirit and warmth of family which is evidenced by the design and atmosphere of this special hotel. Today, relics of the past still remain, including two meticulously carved volcanic stone walls of the dining room and chapel which have impressively survived from the 17th century - truly regarded as living pieces of history. A significant part of the Incan walls have been preserved and are carefully combined with the more recent architecture. The building’s historical importance continues to

attract international archaeologists interested in revealing more secrets of its past. The main house, referred to as the Inca House, showcases a Spanish courtyard built around Inca rooms with magnificent views of the surrounding hills and volcanoes. The 11 accommodations are divided among three separate buildings, each designed in the style of a family home and are decorated in a traditional and elegant yet eclectic manner. The cozy guest rooms and suites are all individually designed with no two alike and are adorned with extravagant murals, brightly painted walls, carved woods and local textiles. All rooms have log fires and ceilings of exposed beams and some even feature original Inca stonework walls, imparting a truly authentic ambiance. Callo Lodge is a quaint country house with one

find vibrant displays of produce, spices, fruits and hand woven ponchos. Also available, an array of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, trekking, trout fishing and mountain biking where you can breathe in the fresh Andean air while becoming one with nature. Be on the lookout for condors and Andean wolves as you explore the neighboring villages and landscapes.

Northern Lights across Hraunfoss Waterfalls

If all the outdoor adventure has opened up your appetite, you are in luck. Savor authentic Ecuadorian cuisine and high Andean dishes in Hacienda San Agustin de Callo’s Inca Imperial dining room with original Inca stonework and impressive views of Cotopaxi. Local specialties like traditional llapingachos, quinoa croquettes, tamales, and rich soups like the cheese and potato locro, a local favorite are served up in creative and delectable

presentations. Most ingredients are sourced locally - fresh vegetables and exotic fruits from nearby markets, accompanied by quinoa, barley wheat, and other products from the Andean region. After dinner, relax in the drawing room with a book while unwinding to the warmth of the fireplace. Regardless of your day’s activities and dinner selections, you will be swept away by Hacienda San Agustin de Callo’s hospitality and authenticity. It is an incomparable retreat where you experience a new culture and appreciation for your awe-inspiring surroundings while in the comfort of a home away from home.

suite, two double rooms, a cozy living room with fireplace, and a private kitchen. The “Casita” is surrounded by horse yards and a little forest as your backyard. It is a perfect hideaway for those looking for a more private experience, while families or couples should consider Cotopaxi House, which hosts two suites complete with separate drawing rooms and inviting Jacuzzi hot tubs. After lounging in the toasty and cozy rooms, take in the beauty of the property while taking a stroll through the gardens and cobblestone courtyard. Later, explore the great outdoors replete with adventurous and cultural activities right at your doorstep. The Cotopaxi National Park and its abundance of flora and fauna is only a short drive away, as are the colorful indigenous markets of Saquisilí, Pujilí and Zumbahua where you can | 103

LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE Off The Beaten Path in Ecuador By Lisa Loverro


hile many might think the Galapagos Islands, located 620 miles off the coast of South America, are the only place to visit when planning a trip to the country of Ecuador, there is really so much more to see and do in this small gem of a country that lies among the more familiar countries in South America. That’s not to say that you should not visit the Galapagos, but perhaps consider extending your trip or returning to this magnificent country for a second time to experience the Ecuador’s mainland, which has bustling indigenous markets, rugged Andean landscapes, the Amazon rainforest and exquisite cuisine. There is much to see in the country’s three mainland regions of the Pacific Coast, Andes and the Amazon, from historical attractions, local villages to a bio-diverse ecosystem and jungle wildlife.

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Throughout the country there are an estimated 1600 species of birds, many found in the Amazon region of the country. Specifically, the Amazon rainforest, one of the world’s natural geographic wonders, is about a 2-hour drive from Ecuador’s capital city of Quito,

accessing just the edge of the rainforest. Or, if you prefer to travel deeper into the Amazon, a 30-minute flight will get into a section of the rainforest with fewer tourists where you’ll encounter monkeys, toucans, lizards and local indigenous communities. While in the rainforest, book a stay at the Le Selva Amazon Eco Lodge, located in

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the center of the rainforest and adjacent to the Yasuni National Park. The proximity of the lodge to the park itself is reason enough to book a room here, as the Yasuni sits at the intersection of the Andes, the Equator and the Amazon region, where extremely rich communities of plants, amphibians, birds, and mammals in South America converge. This part of the Amazon is also home to two indigenous nations, the Kichwa and the Waorani, who live in settlements scattered along the roads and rivers. Accessing the Le Selva Amazon Eco Lodge is quite the adventure in itself as there are no roads leading to the property. After arriving in Quito you’ll have to hop on a connecting flight to the city of Coca. From there, a two hour motorized

canoe down the Napo River will lead you a handle-paddled canoe, eventually leading you to the lodge… 5 hours after you arrived in Quito! Along the way, you’ll get a chance to acclimate to the surroundings of the Amazon and see the local people living in villages dotted along the riverbanks. The lodge offers you “jungle living” at its best. There are nineteen thatched roof bungalows made from locally sourced bamboo. You’ll enjoy tiled bathrooms, rainforest showers, hammocks, private balconies and panoramic views of Lake Garzacocha.The main area of the lodge offer an open-air bar and dining area where you’ll mingle with like-minded travelers from around the globe. Meals are gourmet style here and you’ll enjoy delicious healthy dishes with locally sourced ingredi-

The location of the Le Selva Amazon Eco Lodge is ideal for rainforest excursions and discovery. Included in the price of your stay are daily activities that will keep you active and energized throughout the day. From hiking the nearby trails to canoe rides, English-speaking guides along with a native guide will inform you on all the flora, fauna and wildlife located along in the area. A highly recommended tour is the Rainforest Canopy Observation Tower where you’ll hike either a 20-minute express route or a 2-hour scenic route to the tower. There, you’ll reach a 120 foot observation platform from which a 360° view of world-class bird watching awaits you. Also exciting is the night walk through the jungle that allows you to understand the nocturnal nature of the rainforest. A visit to the indigenous communities living nearby to the lodge is also a highly recommended excursion. You’ll visit a school and interact with the school children, meet with villagers, and perhaps even try some of the local foods (if you dare). When it’s time for bedtime back at the lodge, the sounds of the rainforest create a symphony like no other to lull you to sleep. La Selva Eco lodge provided the perfect base camp from which to explore the Amazon rainforest, and one you will never forget. | 105


By Haiting Tan


nspired by their volunteering experiences in third world countries, Marc and Craig Kielburger established ME to WE. Hoping their friends could venture out of their comfort zones, the brothers established WE Charity to take friends and other youths to volunteer in third world countries while interacting with local citizens. In 1999, the Kielburger brothers founded Leaders Today, the precursor to ME to WE, which ran volunteer trips and leadership camps. The Kielburgers also hope that through their organization, volunteers will reconsider their consumer choices through purchases. The Kielburgers also hope to raise awareness of purchasing recyclable items in order to leave a positive imprint on the planet. Needing to build a greater international reach, ME to WE is cooperating with The Travel Corporation. The Travel Corporation CEO Brett Tollman revealed that his company’s seven brands including Trafalgar, Contiki Holidays, Insight Vacations, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Lion World Travel, African Travel, Inc., Adventure World and the TreadRight Foundation have partnered with Me to We trips with immersive itineraries to Kenya, Ecuador and India. “Through our not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, we have been working to create a positive impact to promote sustainable tourism worldwide, with carefully selected partners and projects

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and some of the numerous local communities we visit,” said Brett Tollman. “Many of our travelers are open to experiencing meaningful travel with unforgettable, moving experiences. We are therefore very excited to be supporting ME to WE’s outstanding immersive volunteer trips, which we will help promote with our 10,000 team members across the globe and with the involvement of our loyal travel partners globally.” Each ME to WE Trip takes place in a community where ME to WE’s renowned charitable partner puts its 20-year history of holistic, sustainable development to work through its WE Villages program. What makes ME to WE Trips even more world changing is that half of ME to WE’s net profits are donated to its charitable partner—helping travelers make an even bigger impact on the communities they visit. The other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.

One of ME to WE more prominent trips, travelers can journey to Ecuador. From here they can enjoy a rainforest adventure in the Amazon jungle at ME to WE’s Minga Lodge and join community members to work on a sustainable development project while learning about the indigenous Kichwa culture. They will also be invited to the home of a local shaman to experience a traditional cleansing ceremony and blessing. Through the trip, travelers will study Ecuador’s rich history and examine the country’s economic disparities and human rights struggles. Your exploration of the Amazon will take you to scale the mountains among the clouds and trek the lush jungle in order to understand the world’s climates and its effects on our environment. Your trip is bound to be an exciting, fulfilling and educating adventure.

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ESCAPES Valuing the need for privacy, and comfort, Ashkenazie also refuses offer open seats on other chartered flights and does not believe in the “hitching a ride,” concept of some of his competitors. The potential for chartered flights, according to his new “pay as you fly,” model is simply unlimited.


Take to the Skies in Luxurious Comfort & Style By Haiting Tan


ired of standing in line for security check? Want to avoid delays and flight cancellations? Hoping for free check-in baggage?

With WingzUp, passengers can fly five minutes upon arrival, at a private airport, board a plane without waiting in line for security checks, and most importantly, do not have to endure flight delays and cancellations. While WingzUp is a relatively young company, Ashkenazie’s interest in planes developed at a young age. Being one of the few fortunate people to witness the landing and explore the interior of the first Boeing 747 at Pan American Airways. Alan Ashkenazie gets chills from simply watching planes takeoff and land. Ashkenazie states that his family always knew of his aspirations to become a pilot. Nevertheless, Ashkenazie went on to become lifetime businessman and owner. Graduating from New York University in 1981 with a major in business administration, he prided himself on his ability to “sell anything.” As such, Ashkenazie entered the business of chartered flights with one goal in mind: to exceed private flying customers experience and expectations. There, he noticed that the model offered by other flight charter companies was a ‘members-only’ business approach, and as most of these companies did not own their aircraft’s, they were left vulnerable to closure at anytime. Ashkenazie decided to find a way to change this. Prior to establishing WingzUp, Ashkenazie estab-

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lished direct contacts with airplane owners and operators, hoping to pave the way for an innovative company model. This enabled him to launch a “new way of charter” with no memberships and a “pay as you fly” plan. WingzUp’s flights include all the service, comfort, benefits and safety of membership and ownership of private charter clubs, but without the commitment and at half the price. Where an average private plane charter could cost $7,500.00 per hour WingzUp “pay as you fly” plan averages only $4,000 .00 per hour. “Having the ability to offer the same service, and amenities, without the commitment of putting up a quarter of a million dollars.” Ashkenazie takes pride in WingzUp as a “completely customer service oriented company.” His roster of clients is amazed that he is able to offer all these benefits without any long-term commitment on their part, and are never disappointed. WingzUp’s service also offers full service catering, and 24 hour contact. They can even organize tickets to sporting events, yacht charters or book customized hotel packages. Without a membership club, WingzUp offers “all the luxury without the commitment.” “On regular flights customers are pushed through like cattle,” Ashkenazie says, “it simply isn’t enjoyable.” Passengers endure lines, wait for hours, to be seated with hundreds of strangers where cannot dictate their personal preferences, and they do not control their flight times. At WingzUp, customers have their own plane and crew. “Everything is done on your schedule and to your service standards.”

Ashkenazie says “We love our customers and treat them like family” and want to ensure that they are served the best way possible.” WingzUp has flown Presidents and foreign dignitaries. They have flown musicians, and even a rapper and his band for the launch of a Tommy Hilfiger men’s underwear line. “We flew the rapper and his crew from California to Miami for a concert. After that, we flew him to New York and back to Vegas.” During the course of the Olympics, WingzUp chartered long haul jets to Rio for musical equipment teams. Going forward, Ashkenazie noted that during holiday season, WingzUp would offer group and family chartered flights to vacation hot spots such as Mexico, Florida and Paris. Taking care of their customers prior to takeoff, while in flight, and after landing; Ashkenazie says there is “nothing his company can’t do.” Being able to offer “any size at anytime from anywhere” is Ashkenazie’s passion and promise to his clients.

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By Lisa Loverro


he perfect weekend in Mexico City is one that captures all the culture and elegance of this undeniably magical town. Whether touring through museums, dining in worldrenowned restaurants or just indulging in some delicious street food, you’re sure to fall in love with this historic destination south of the border.

FRIDAY Arrive at Hotel Book a room at the W Mexico City Hotel located off Reforma Boulevard in the ritzy neighborhood of Polanco where you’ll find high-end shopping, galleries and cool nightlife. The W Hotel features contemporary decor, custom-designed beds, and vibrant artwork. Upgraded rooms add seating areas and patios or balconies. Suites offer separate living rooms and espresso machines. Be sure to visit the signature restaurant J by Jose Andres. Known for taking a visionary approach to gastronomy, Andres playfully melds the flavors of Spain to Mexican cuisine and bridges the rich cultural heritages of both countries. Afterwards stop by the buzzy alfresco lounge or listen to a rotating DJ in the lobby bar. Splurge option: Reserve a room at Las Alcobas

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boutique hotel located in the heart of Polanco. With just 35 guestrooms, accommodations offer custom-made rosewood furniture and marble baths complete with luxury rain showers and whirlpool tubs. Learn About Mexico’s History Drop your bags, summon an Uber, and begin your trip with a visit to the historic district of Mexico City, rich in museums and restaurants. Start at Zócalo Square, which was formerly the center of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan and is today the main square of the city, surrounded by the National Palace. Inside this colonial palace you’ll see Diego Rivera murals (painted between 1929 and 1951) depicting Mexican civilization from the arrival of Quetzalcóatl (the Aztec plumed serpent god) to the post-revolutionary period. Plan to spend at least 3 hours here to see all the museums including a visit to the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), an impressive building from the exterior with more treasures awaiting inside, including the work of Mexico’s famous muralists. Discover a hi p neighborhood Head over to the trendy neighborhood of Con-

desa and have lunch at Lardo, serving Mediterranean cuisine like fresh pastas, house-made charcuterie, and breads coming out of a wood oven. There’s a large bar where you can linger with a glass of wine, watch the cooks, and share small plates. After lunch stroll through this neighborhood filled with unique boutiques and vintage shops. Dine In Style For your first night out, have a sophisticated supper at Sud 777 where celebrated chef Edgar Nunez has created a contemporary cuisine utilizing Mexican ingredients. It’s a perfect spot for a romantic dinner with indoor and outdoor spaces. Later that evening, grab a cocktail at Area Bar, one of the city’s most popular rooftop bars located on the top of the luxurious Hotel Habita. |

SATURDAY Park It Enjoy the peaceful sanctity of Chapultepec Park, the city’s largest and most popular park with a traditional Mexican breakfast at the elegant and posh El Lago restaurant that is surrounded by na-

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ture. The floor to ceiling windows overlook the expansive lake with only the gleaming skyscrapers in the background that remind you of being in one of the most populous cities in the world. The landscaped park contains some of the cities most revered attractions including the current presidential residence, the former presidential palace (Chapultepec Castle), several museums with Diego Rivera murals, and a zoo. The park is also home to one of the most highly regarded museums in Mexico City, The National Museum of Anthropology. Visit Frida Khalo’s Home Venture to the artistic Cayoacan neighborhood to Casa Azul, former home to Mexico’s most famous female artist, Frida Kahlo. Be prepared for an emotional experience exploring through the home that has been preserved just as Frida lived in it, complete with wheelchair and easel still in place. The town of Coyoacan itself consists of tree-lined cobblestone streets, interesting churches, museums and artisans’ markets, making it one of the most pleasant places to visit in the city. Grab lunch at Mercado de Antojitos, a large open-air food market with numerous stalls selling a variety of street food including quesadillas and flautas. Afternoon Siesta Head back to the W Hotel in Polanco to prepare for a night on the town. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa treatment at the luxurious W The National Museum of Anthropology

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Hotel’s Away spa- and oasis in the middle of town. As an option, book a spa treatment at the W Hotel’s “Away” spa where you can relax and rejuvenate before you head out for a night on the town. Indulge at a World Class Restaurant Saturday evening is the perfect time for a sophisticated supper at Pujol, one of Mexico’s finest restaurant and ranked 25th best in the world according to the Pellegrino 50 rankings. Chef Enrique Olvera, who trained at New York’s Culinary Institute of America before returning home, is the country’s most celebrated chef. Reservations are required. Party,Mexican Style Visit “Jules Basement” located in Polanquito (Little Polanco), a trendy speakeasy located beneath an unassuming cantina. To access, you’ll walk through the restaurant to an industrial refrigerator door, where a doorman will welcome you. Once through the door, a staircase leads to the bar where you can mingle with the city’s beautiful crowd while enjoying fancy potent potables.

SUNDAY Explore Floating Gardens In the municipality of Xochimilco there are more than 50 miles of canals known as the Floating Gardens, where colorful boats called “trajineras” take tourists and locals celebrating a special occasion through a portion of the canals. Live music, W Hotel Suite

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courtesy of mariachi bands will entertain you and food vendors provide tasty local street food. Sushi Lunch Once back in Polanco, have lunch at Tori Tori. The restaurant serves delicious sushi dishes in a cool space housed in a facade of a cubicle net. A must visit for all sushi lovers. Shop In Polanco Stroll down Presidente Masaryk Avenue and visit all the high-end boutiques gracing the most fashionable urban shopping streets in all of Mexico. Dine In a Hi p Neighborhood The charming colonial town of Roma is home to “Maximo Bistro,” declared by Anthony Bourdain as one of the best restaurants in Mexico City. It’s a cozy restaurant featuring modern French food with Mexican influences. After dinner, discover the charming street of Alvaro Obregon Avenue and appreciate the beauty of fountains and sculptures by talented Mexican artists.

MONDAY MORNING Hop in an Uber to the airport for your flight home. *Uber is the best way to get around Mexico City. It’s extremely safe and very inexpensive. In my experience, the prices around the city ranged from $3.00-$8.00 per ride.

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LONDON’S CHIC SIDE The Firmdale Collection By Haiting Tan

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f you are looking for a home away from home in London, the Firmdale hotels offer a charming yet intimate boutique hotel feel with the luxurious amenities of a five star hotel. Scattered across London’s posh West End, Firmdale has five stunning full service decor hotels surrounded by lush gardens decorated with bronze statues. Nestled in the busy town of Soho, Ham Yard turns into a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city with an urban village feel. As you enter through the doors, you are welcomed into a classic English hotel with a twist. The hotel’s drawing room, facing the beautiful Ham Yard terrace, is where the old facade meets modern features such as colorful upholstered chairs, light fixtures and plenty of contemporary art paintings hanging from the wall. On cold winter nights, huddle by the French fireplace while sipping on a cup of hot tea. The warm glow simply enhances the beauty

of the orange themed room. Walking into each of the 91 bedrooms and suites, guests will notice that each room is uniquely designed by Kit Kemp, co-owner and design director for Firmdale Hotels. “I love color and texture

and it should look colorful and carefree.” Staying true to her love, guests are drawn in by the pop of color in every corner of the room decorated with furniture with contrasting patterns. With floor-to-ceiling warehouse style windows, the deluxe rooms offer a fantastic view overlooking the

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greenery of the courtyard or the London skyline.

feeling like English royalty.

Literary fans will be enthralled by the book-lined entrance hallway of the courtyard suite. Sitting by the windows overlooking the hotel’s garden, guests can enjoy a nice read from the curated library. Equipped with four upholstered chairs, a dining area to its side and a sleek Boffi kitchen, the suite is a perfect location to entertain guests. Understanding their guests’ love of technology, the suite offers the use of iPad, Macbook or a laptop. If you would like to enjoy music while dining, the suite has a bluetooth Bose unit.

Looking for activities to do after dark? Housing an original 1950s bowling alley, a chic bar and a lively dance floor, the Croc bowling alley is the trendiest place to be. Bowling onto solid maple bowling lanes into a suspended rick wall with flickering lights, the alley has made bowling hip again. Hoping for a quiet night, enjoy a show at the 190 seat state-of-the-art theatre.

Tired from shopping along the streets of Soho? The roof terrace is an outdoor area with beautiful floral and fauna surrounding the Whitman benches and bar. Sip on a cocktail while taking in the sweeping views of the London skyline. Alternatively, guests can enjoy afternoon tea at the restaurant. Awarded best afternoon tea at the Harden’s London Restaurant Awards, Firmdale Hotels Executive Head Chef Robin Read and his talented team are constantly creating innovative pastries. With tea served on Kit Kemp’s gorgeous collection of Mythical Creatures china designed exclusively for Wedgwood, it will leave guests

Situated in the heart of London’s theatre district, this quaint modern English hotel crosses path with some of London’s best restaurants, bars and shopping outlets. “At Haymarket Hotel, we commissioned Sue Lawtey who designed the ribbon of pebbles in the entrance.” Designed by Kemp, each of the 50 bedrooms and suites are equipped with the luxurious facilities expected of a deluxe hotel. Designed over four floors with two to five double bedrooms, the townhouse has a private entrance into the hotel. Though rooms at the Haymarket reflect a subtler tone compared to rooms at the Ham Yard, the décor still features vibrant patterns and brightly painted walls.

rooms each with its own individual style. Walking through the main entrance, you are greeted by stunning sculptures by Tony Cragg and a dramatic John Virtue landscape. Decorated with original artwork, the conservatory has a soothing mint green theme while the library features a colorful pink patterned sofa for guests to lounge on. Vacationing in a busy city like London, you may not have time to take a quick dip in the 55 foot swimming pool, but you should. With a ceiling lit in fibre-optic lights, a pool surrounded by acres of grey oak and a bar lighted up by ever-changing color light installations, it is certainly a sight to remember. Looking to enjoy a classic English holiday at a hotel equipped with a theatre, a bowling alley and a top notch restaurant or one that is situated steps away from the London chicest neighborhoods, the Firmdale collection married with Kit Kemp’s fresh modern style at turns a vacation into a celebration.

The ground floor houses numerous spacious

THE WHITBY HOTEL Firmdale Hotel’s second New York property, The Whitby Hotel, will be opening in Upper Midtown Manhattan on February 27, 2017. Situated in the heart of upper midtown Manhattan on West 56th Street at 5th Avenue, it’s surrounded by international designer shopping, world-class department stores, restaurants, galleries and museums. Central Park and Broadway is just a short walk. Interiors will be designed by Firmdale Hotels owner and Design Director, Kit Kemp in her award-winning luxurious, contemporary style for which her innovative, exciting mix of colour, pattern, texture and art is world renowned. As with all other Firmdale hotels every room will have its own individual colour scheme. Bathrooms will be beautifully finished in marble or granite. The hotel will comprise 86 individually designed bedrooms and suites over sixteen floors all with floor-to-ceiling windows, many with private terraces. The entire top floor will be dedicated to The Whitby Suite, a spectacular two bedroom headline suite with spacious furnished terraces facing uptown and downtown. There will also be The Whitby Bar which will be open all day, drawing room, orangery and courtyard, as well as several stylish private event rooms and a 130 seat state-of-the-art cinema.

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Saint Lucia


Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in a choice of 6 restaurants • Premium brand cocktails, wine, beer and a selection of nonalcoholic beverages in a choice of 7 bars including adults-only tiki bar • NEW Harmony oasis featuring 2 adult-only pools, expanded bar, hammocks and sun decks for two • Adults-only (a la carte) breakfast in Calabash restaurant • Weekly adults-only party on the pool deck • Daily activities such as yoga, aqua aerobics, kayaking and more! • Complete fitness center, tennis and basketball courts • Nightly entertainment and themed dinners • FREE Transfers to and from Hewanorra International Airport NON – STOP Winter Flights from JFK on JetBlue and AA and NON – STOP Winter Flights from EWR on United

BOOK NOW FOR SAVINGS UP TO 60% PLUS $500 IN RESORT CREDITS WINTER RATES FROM $179 pp/pn/dbl Rates are per person, per night, based on double occupancy and valid for travel 1/3-2/10/17. Offer valid for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other sale or promotion. Space is limited and subject to capacity controls. Some restrictions apply. Offer is available for a limited time and must be booked by 11/30/2016.

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s winter temps begin to drop, paradise is just five hours away from the Northeast on the sunny island of Barbados where fun and adventure await. Whether it’s exploring the lush terrain by 4x4, swimming with sea turtles, venturing 130 feet below the sea, or indulging on Barbadian cuisine, there are plenty of uniquely Barbadian adventures to experience on this lush tropical paradise.

The Underwater World Barbados has as much to explore below sea level as there is above. Beneath the warm turquoise waters lies a mysterious and undiscovered pre historic world that has inspired visionary explorers such as Jacques Cousteau and Jules Verne with life that continues to fascinate today. One of the best ways to explore this beautiful ecosystem is by catamaran with Cool Runnings. Spend the day sailing on the warm aquamarine waters while snorkeling in two unique dive sites. First stop is swimming with the magnificent sea turtles. Expert guides attract these friendly giants as you swim side by side with these regal creatures followed by a swim by a sunken ship which attracts a bevy of colorful tropical fish. Enjoy a casual Barbadian lunch over plenty of rum punch as you dance the afternoon away to Caribbean music with the balmy ocean breeze to cool you off. Explore the depths of the ocean floor 130 feet below sea level without getting wet through the Atlantis Submarine. Spend 45 minutes underwater and experience a terrain that hasn’t changed in thousands of years and view unique sea life in a mysterious world that never sees daylight. This is a true once in a lifetime experience with day and evening tours. While there are plenty of opportunities to expe-

rience the vibrant Barbadian cuisine, locals and tourists come together every Friday evening for the renowned Oistins Friday Fish Fry. Enjoy the bounties of the ocean as fisherman display their daily catch of the day and prepare a feast before your eyes in Oistins in a casual and festive environment. Make new friends as you listen to live music as this party lasts until the wee hours. Oistins Friday Fish Fry Tour the groundbreaking aerial achievement mankind has created as you tour the fastest commercial aircraft in the world. As one of the few remaining Concordes left that you can board, you can sit and imagine what it was like to travel in speeds that broke the sound barrier. Explore the lush tropical gardens and rugged interior terrain of Barbados with an open air 4x4 Island Safari tour. Drive through the unspoiled verdant interior characterized by tropical healing plants and flowers and tour historic rum distilleries and panoramic hillside vistas with the balmy Caribbean tradewinds to cool you off. The tour also takes you along the rugged coastline to truly enjoy Barbados’ unique and breathtaking vistas.

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By Hillary Latos


hroughout history pirates have spent their entire lives in search of treasure while never losing site of the prize. It’s no wonder that they spent a good part of their lives hiding, looting, and settling in the placid waters and spectacular landscape of Turks & Caicos, the treasure of the Caribbean. As an archipelago consisting of a collection of islands there are plenty of alcoves and uninhabited treasures waiting to be discovered to relish as your own. With white sand beaches, placid warm aquamarine waters, luxurious accommodations and unsurpassed beauty, Turks and Caicos boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and coral reefs in the world that defines paradise. If money is no object, luxury has no bounds in Turks and Caicos. One of the most exclusive and luxurious private islands in the Caribbean is Parrot Cay, a secret haunt of celebrities, billionaires, and jetsetters. Located only 35 minutes from Providenciales, the island’s private yacht whisks you away to this serene oasis of over 1,000 acres of white sand beaches and lush tropical landscapes. Accommodations range from luxuriously appointed suites to expansive private villas including Donna Karan’s breathtaking 11 bedroom

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compound that rents for $50,000/ day but can also be subdivided into four separate entities. Rejuvenate the senses at their renowned Shambala Retreat that uses Asian inspired holistic remedies and also offers an exclusive spa cuisine menu offered throughout the resort to complement the treatments. The spa menu includes Ayurvedic therapies as well Thai and Indonesian massages and other body treatments that draw upon ancient methods using all natural ingredients. Their world class dining options celebrate the rich bounties of the Caribbean with an international flare

with Lotus- a casual poolside contemporary Asian restaurant and The Terrace that specializes in modern Mediterranean. If you want to be surrounde by luxury yet close to all of the action stay at the five star all suites Grace Bay Club on Providenciales is an ideal respite. This renowned beachfront destination offers a range of accommodations designed to suit a variety of vacationer’s needs. Their distinct offerings include separate family and adults only sections,

Grace Bay

To truly savor authentic Turks and Caicos cuisine dine at the Crackpot Kitchen. This casual eatery in downtown is one of the island’s beloved spots frequented by locals and tourists alike who come for Chef Nik’s soulful home cooking. Enjoy the island’s specialty- conch in a variety of ways from fritters to tacos and curried stew as well as his award winning tamarind BBQ sauce slathered on slow roasted baby back ribs or his jerked rubbed meats, guaranteed to be one of the most memorable meals on the island. Boasting “The World’s Only Sea Farm that raises Caribbean Queens fit for a King” is the Caicos Conch farm. As the sole conch farm in the world see how this process is done and how they are formed from veliger to adult as you learn more about their beloved national food.


the main hotel, an offisite private villa collection and the super exclusive private resort within a resort- The Estate section with larger home sized suites all of which reflect a chic and contemporary luxurious Caribbean décor. For those looking for a party scene, the Gansevoort Turks & Caicos strikes the right balance between being a scene and serene. The contemporary apartment style suites are generously sized and designed for loft style living with a separate sitting area and kitchen that are ideal for longer stays and feel like a home away from home. Cool off in the pool with underwater submerged loungers and day beds or take a dip in the calm clear waters and famous white sand beach facing the hotel.

are from the waves below, or the migratory birds above. The modern Indonesian themed décor brings nature inside with a floor to ceiling glass wall that overlooks the ocean or tranquil ponds to create a zen like inner peace. The fine dining restaurant offers dramatic views of the ocean and offers a menu that combines fresh Caribbean fare with an Asian influence for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Offering some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the world, a must see activity is to explore the breathtaking aquamarine waters by catamaran. Explore ancient shipwrecks, snorkel spectacular reefs and swim alongside colorful tropical fish in nature’s aquarium.

How to Get Around Tina’s Taxi Service is one of the most reliable car services available on the island. Born and bred on the island she can fill you in on the history of Turks and Caicos and show you the island through the eyes of a local. (649) 941 3999.

Situated on an uninhabited promontory on the western shore of Providenciales, is the 5 star Amanyara Hotel from the Aman Group which is a nature lover’s paradise. Backed by a nature reserve and overlooking the pristine reefs of the Northwest Point Marine National Park you feel miles away from civilization where the only sounds | 119



BONAIRE By Jennifer Pelaez


arved by millennia of wind, water, and earth movements, the unspoiled and beautiful island of Bonaire is often referred to as the best kept secret of the Caribbean. Refreshingly less developed from its neighboring islands, Aruba and Curaçao, Bonaire offers a magical simplicity and purity which is unrivaled.

Collectively known as the ABC islands, they are the three western-most islands in the South Caribbean, off the coast of Venezuela with a fascinating Dutch colonial history and West Indian heritage. Located just outside the tropical hurricane belt, constant sunshine and a tropical climate moderated by trade winds from the Atlantic, invite di-

vers and vacationers to experience paradise year round. As the least populated and most authentic of this group of islands, Bonaire is a haven of natural beauty with its amazing reef-lined coast, designated national park status, sparkling turquoise blue waters, and peaceful laid-back and off-the-beaten-path vibe , it is no wonder many of its guests are loyal repeat visitors. Here, just a short ride from the airport in the sleepy capital of Kralendijk, located on a four-acre, private peninsula within an exclusive beachfront enclave, Harbour Village Beach Club stands proudly as Bonaire’s only luxury resort. It not only offers a secluded tropical paradise to unwind and relax, but also features on-property amenities such as a firstclass PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center, a 64-slip marina with mega-yacht dock, and world-class restaurant to keep you as entertained as you choose to be. Upon arriving at Harbour Village, you immediately feel a sense of understated luxury,

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to raise awareness for ocean conservation. With many upcoming exciting plans, including the creation of an Ocean Learning Center on-property and a series of Global Ocean Summits held at Harbour Village, their commitment to researching and exploring the world’s oceans is commendable. Although hard to leave this haven of tranquility, explore outside the resort by heading towards the northern part of the island where you can find a coastal area in its original virgin state with a hilly and rocky terrain, as well as the vast Washington Slagbaai National Park, which is contrasted by the flat geography of the southern part of the island. Here, you can find the mesmerizingly pink Lake Pekel (Dutch for Salty Lake) with its surrounding grand snowy-white salt mountains set against the deep blue of the Caribbean sky, as well as Bonaire’s famous pink flamingos. Stop by Sorobon Beach, where the warm shallow water and steady trade winds set the stage for superb windsurfing.

where elegance meets modern simplicity, which is elevated even further by the friendliness and hospitality of the staff. At Harbour Village, your wish is their command, and attention to comfort and detail is a priority. The 38 Dutch-Caribbean style rooms and suites decorated in European Colonial Plantation style reflect the island’s mellow elegance and are inviting and comfortable, the perfect home away from home. Premier suites tout prime beachfront location, private double terrace with lounge chairs, and a fully equipped kitchen. Nestled amid lush tropical gardens with beautiful bright flowers and palm trees, just steps from the only private whitesand beach on the island, walking throughout the resort is a delightful and peaceful experience. This prized stretch of soft sand and azure swimming area provides an ideal spot from which to lounge or take in the beautiful view of the tiny island of Klein right across, a must for snorkeling and diving. Laze on one of the plush lounge chairs while sipping on a cocktail, or sway away on a hammock while taking in the cool Caribbean breeze. While most guests are veteran scuba divers, it is also a great place to learn how to dive, where les-

sons and certifications are possible through Great Adventures Bonaire, the on-site PADI five-star Instructor Development Center, with excursions leaving twice a day. A true diver’s paradise and world renowned for its pristine coral, Bonaire offers 86 well-defined dive sites. Equally impressive is the conservation and preservation effort by Harbour Village as well as the entire island of Bonaire in caring for and maintaining their most valuable reefs and marine life. Just recently, Harbour Village announced its partnership with explorer and ocean preservationist Fabien Cousteau, in order

Back at the resort, relax and get pampered at the terrific spa offering soothing treatments either in a treatment room or by the private outdoor cascade pool for a blissful hour of relaxation. Afterwards, head for a sumptuous fine-dining experience at Harbour Village’s exquisite La Balandra Restaurant and Bar which was uniquely designed after an antique Spanish ship that extends over the water and serves up fresh creative dishes excellently prepared. It is the ideal place to watch the awe-inspiring vibrant sunsets and also a wonderful outdoor space to feel at one with nature. In the evenings, the surrounding water is lit so you can observe the fish below, as well as pelicans that make for delightful entertainment. | 121




By Evan Guttman (Photos by Evan Guttman & courtesy of Palladium)

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he exclusive The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium, located on the white beaches and crystal clear waters of Punta Cana, creates the perfect getaway from daily life. With no teens and children allowed, the ideal luxurious, all-inclusive adults only resort is created for those craving a recharge where their needs are tended to. The Royal Suites by Palladium, which include three locations: The Royal Suites Yucatan on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and The Royal Suites Punta de Mita by Palladium on Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, each offer all-inclusive vacations specifically designed for adults. Whether indulging in amazing spas, water sports, or relaxing on the beach- paradise awaits with an unforgettable five star experience. The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium offers, essentially, the best of two vacation choices. On the hotel grounds, it offers a private beach, where guests can bask under the sun or swim in the aquamarine water. The spa provides extra relaxation that everyone can benefit from, while the suites themselves are sumptuously designed to pamper the soul and you also have around the clock butler service to attend to every need. The fine dining is provided by world renowned chefs who never cease to impress you. If 24-hour pampering isn’t exactly what you seek, venture outside the property to explore the lush tropical landscape of Punta Cana for some adventure. Try your hand at some exhilarating water sports such as jet-ski-

ing, parasailing, water-skiing or tubing, or take in the scenery from horseback riding on the beach or four wheeling across the vast jungles; plenty of options abound. Enjoy the plentiful amenities on property such as taking a dip in one of their swimming pools, indulging in fine dining and partying ‘til the wee hours at one of their electrifying nightlife venues. All of this combines in a mature and exquisite way under the tropical sun and warm climate, creating no better definition of paradise. As paradise is always more fun when shared with friends and family, the Palladium property in Punta Cana is an ideal location for a dream destination wedding to build memories that will last a lifetime. Palladium Hotels & Resorts offer customizable signature wedding packages designed by acclaimed wedding planner Karen Bussen that celebrate the romance of marriage in breathtaking settings.

Wedding packages range from the beauty and elegance of the Pure Paradise and Waves of Love to the simple yet gorgeous Simple Stunning Signature Wedding. Within the context of these package offerings, couples can still take charge in what they want and how they want it for an unforgettable day. By offering a broad variety of colors schemes, decor, events, entertainment and food, every last detail is covered with the amenities of the resort and an on-site planner at their disposal. The primary wedding package offers all the essentials for a perfect wedding from the flowers, décor, cake, sparkling toasts and wedding portraits to the marriage officiant. For more information about Palladium’s wedding packages designed by Karen Bussen and to contact her team, please visit: | 123




he original Knickerbocker Hotel was built in 1906 by John Jacob Astor. The Beaux-Arts Style hotel became the center of social activity, once playing host to names like Rockefeller, Fitzgerald and famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso.


In 2015 the Knickerbocker Hotel was reborn after being converted to office space in the 1920s. The original hotel entrance and lobby is gone and replaced by a simple classic stone lobby with 4 elevators that take guests up to any of the 330 Contemporary Guestrooms and Suites. The modern rooms offer plush comfortable beds, thick walls, soundproof windows and blackout shades – all essential in providing a relaxing environment for a hotel located in the heart of busy Times Square. The Knick is within walking distance to Broadway Theaters, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, MoMA, Central Park, Madison Square Garden, Bryant Park and to the restaurants and shops in Times Square. For guests who don’t want to leave the hotel, the St. Cloud Rooftop Bar and Lounge provides indoor and outdoor space overlooking Times Square. The Charlie Palmer At The Knick serves American Cuisine and Jake’s @ The Knick is a great spot to grab a quick bite and coffee or tea. Channeling the glamour and glitterati of New York City’s Gilded Age with all the style and sophistication of the moment, an iconic landmark is reborn bringing unparalleled levels of real world luxury and renewed elegance to Times Square not seen since the turn of the last century.

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FROM HAMILTON TO GREASE LIVE David Korins Designs the Sets of a Generation By Kristen Oliveri


or David Korins, the New York-based Hamilton set designer extraordinaire, his occupation was a calling. As a young child growing up in Massachusetts dabbling in the arts, he felt drawn to the set design of his high school productions. By the time he started college, he fell in love with the design process and honed his skills at the Williamson Theater Festival before deciding on calling New York City his home. Today, Korins is attracted to many different projects—taking on everything from the iconic Broadway production of Hamilton to designing restaurant concepts, to producing rock concerts. “It’s a blessing and a curse to be curious about all types of designs, which translate into many different things for me,” Korins told Resident Magazine. “I’ve somehow made a career out of learning on the job.” As for tackling the all-consuming production of Hamilton, Korins cautioned, “Be careful for what you wish for. I had such a huge responsibility and I knew from the beginning that Hamilton was a staggering work of genius and there was no blueprint for what the show should be,” he began. “There are 51 songs in this epic, sprawling show and my job was to wrestle it down to the ground and find something that wouldn’t

pull focus and help narrative come across.” The real design challenge in life is being able to focus the audience throughout the plot, as to what was important and what was not, he added. “This was particularly difficult because it was an epic journey. Today, we are all carrying around pictures of these people in our wallets. We know how this story ends,” he explained. As soon as Hamilton was a huge success, Korins dove head first into another all-en-

compassing project: designing and staging FOX’s Grease LIVE. He applied what he felt was one of the most compelling storytelling elements for a live production, which was showing the audience how they went from one scene to another, as if it were happening live on stage. The issue with taking on Grease was the iconography of the show, and what it represents in American culture. “I think we paid homage to the original by doing our own version of it,” said Korins. Next up for Korins, is a host of other creative projects such as: working on a New York City restaurant that’s situated across from the Hamilton theater, as well as, two new Broadway productions including War Paint and Dear Even Hanson. He’s also working on a major pop artist’s world concert tour, although, he remained mum on what personality was involved. What’s quite evident from speaking with Korins is that he certainly isn’t lacking in creativity, with a host of unique projects that will keep him and his team busy, just as he begins to hit his career stride. “I’m just now starting to have a clue about my work,” he added. As for what his dream project might be, Korins shoots for the stars. “I’d like to design the opening ceremony for the Olympics.”



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ark Ballas, who’s spent 18 seasons on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, is putting his musical theater background to work as the last actor to star as the iconic Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, ending its 11-year long run. “I’ve always had the dream to be in the show and playing Frankie was always the goal,” Ballas told Resident Magazine. Honing the skill set of bringing to life on stage such a well-known part— as well as playing a real person—isn’t without its challenges, he explained. “I’m going to bring my own thing to it. They don’t want me to come in and do my own impression; instead I’m learning the lines and finding my own groove, staying true to Frankie and the original.”

Leona Lewis as Grizabella in CATS


ndrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS on Broadway has always intrigued me. From watching it as a child, at the Winter Garden Theater to seeing many lackluster community theater adaptations, I’ve never been sure if I adored it or despised it. This most recent iteration on Broadway, which is running at the Neil Simon Theater, pays homage to the record-breaking original that opened in 1982 and ran for a staggering 7,485 performances over the course of 18 years. With those impossibly huge shoes to fill, the new creative team on this production led by John Napier, Scenic and Costume Design; Natasha Katz, Lighting Design; Mick Potter, Sound Design; choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler; and direction by Trevor Nunn, all show that this revival has a more intoxicating draw than ever before. The sheer physicality of what can only be described as triple threat performers in numbers such as “Macavity, the Mystery Cat” and “Magical Mister Mistoffelees” is hypnotizing for captivated theater-goers. The lyrics crawl under your skin just like a cat gliding across the floor and before you realize it, you’re humming along with the music, longing to be a junkyard cat portrayed so eloquently on stage. And finally, the show stopping number “Memory” was given to none other than British pop star Leona Lewis, making her Broadway debut. She brings a newness to the song that everyone’s been singing for over thirty years; a brightness that can only be delivered by a pop vocalist such as herself.

To prepare for the roll, Ballas took a multi-pronged approach listening to the Broadway original cast and the Four Seasons. “I want to be as true to Frankie as possible. I’m bringing my own seasoning to the character by being optimistic and forward thinking as the younger version of Frankie and then being able to show darkness and change in his later years,” he said. As for what’s next for Ballas when he finishes his run in Jersey Boys, he plans to hit the road with his band named Alexander Jean, who he plays in alongside his fiancé BC Jean.

Drew Seeley, Mark Ballas, Nicholas Dromard, and Matt Bogart in Jersey Boys. Photo credit - Joan Marcus

While I am always a bit flustered and confused by this show’s calculating narrative filled with song and dance, all I know is that I won’t be able to get this particular soundtrack out of my head for a very long time.

Company of CATS

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Matt Bogart, Mark Ballas, Drew Seeley, and Nicholas Dromard in Jersey Boys. Photo credit - Joan Marcus


(top) Full cast of Falsettos. Photo credit Joan Marcus • (middle top) Company members of Plenty. Photo credit - Joan Marcus • (middle bottom) Roundabout Theatre Company presents Love, Love, Love. Photo credit - Joan Marcus • (right) Ryan Silverman and Melissa Errico in FINIAN’S RAINBOW at Irish Rep. Photo credit Carol Rosegg.




t’s an open question whether this season will bring us exciting new musicals but, so far, there are a couple of excellent revivals.

The Irish Repertory Theatre, under the direction of Charlotte Moore, has cut the 1947 hit “Finian’s Rainbow” down to size so that it is an unqualified delight.

Almost half a century after “Finian’s Rainbow” came “Falsettos” and life had changed a great deal during the interim. A stunning revival of “Falsettos” presented by Lincoln Center Theater at the Walter Kerr Theater demands to be seen. With its witty score by William Finn and book by Finn and James Lapine, who also directed the revival, the show is still timely and moving.

The script, which takes place in the mythical Rainbow Valley, Missitucky, is a mix of whimsy (with a leprechaun and a pot of gold) and social commentary (with a racist senator, who is turned black) along with romance. Where the show achieves greatness is in its songs by Burton Lane and E. Y. Harburg (who penned the book with Fred Saidy). The score includes charmers like “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?,” “Old Devil Moon” and “Look to the Rainbow.” Even a lesser known song, such as “Necessity,” scores because it is so well performed.

The neurotic central character, Marvin (Christian Borle), has an ex-wife, Trina (Stephanie J. Block), a male lover, Whizzer (Andrew Rannells) and a young son, Jason (Anthony Rosenthal). To complicate matters, Marvin sends his wife to see his psychiatrist, Mendel (Brandon Uranowitz), and those two become romantically involved. When the second act starts in 1981, Marvin and Whizzer have broken up and Trina and Mendel have married. Whizzer develops Aids and Jason must decide whether or not to go through with his bar mitzvah.

The cast could not be better, with the pristine soprano of Melissa Errico, Ryan Silverman as her love interest, lightfooted Mark Evans as the leprechaun and Dewey Caddell as the bigoted politician. Also worthy of praise are the inventive choreography of Barry McNabb (in the theater’s limited space) and the set by James Morgan. The run has been extended until December 31st and this is a show the whole family can enjoy.

Borle has already won Tony awards for “Something Rotten!” and “Peter and the Starcatcher.” This may be his third. The whole cast is praiseworthy.

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David Hare’s 1982 drama, “Plenty,” is being revived at the Public Theater. The lead role of Susan Traherne has attracted top actresses, from Kate Nelligan on stage to Meryl Streep on screen. This production stars the formi-

dable Rachel Weisz. She plays an Englishwoman who became a resistance fighter in France during World War II when she was only 17. The post-war world becomes a disappointment to her, despite her loving husband, a diplomat named Raymond Brock (played by Corey Stoll). Emily Bergl is Traherne’s bohemian friend and Byron Jennings is Brock’s boss. David Leveaux’s production is uneven but Weisz and an intelligent script are definite pluses. Mike Bartlett’s “Love, Love, Love,” presented by Roundabout Theater Company at the Laura Pels Theater, is a trenchant British social comedy. The play covers the baby boomer generation from the swinging 60’s (when Kenneth and Sandra meet) to 2011 (when they are divorced and have adult children). In the middle section they are in the process of breaking up while their kids are messed up teenagers. Michael Mayer’s direction is right on target, with strong performances by Amy Ryan and Richard Armitage as the parents and Zoe Kazan and Ben Rosenfield as the children. Alex Hurt is Armitage’s brother, an English version of the kind of loser Ralph Bellamy used to play. Susan Hilferty’s costumes are also witty.



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BOOKS du JOUR DECEMBER 2016 By Frederic Colier |

Given that we are fast wrapping up this strange year, and that the sprint for the holiday season is about to kick off, I feel it is my duty to coax your reading efforts and shopping reflexes with some inviting suggestions. Crime novels are perfect for family gatherings . . . just in the likelihood that you need some time alone. They make for easy and immediate escapes.

“Moral Defense” by Marcia Clark (Thomas & Mercer, pp 460, $24.95)

“The Travelers,” by Chris Pavone (Crown Publishers pp 437, $ 27.00)

“The One Man” by Andrew Gross (Minotaur Books, pp 418, $26.99)

“Quick Sand” by Malin Persson Giolito (trans. Rachel Willson-Broyles, Other Press, pp 432, $26.95)

“Skewed: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Media Bias,” by Larry Atkins. (Prometheus Books, pp 280, $24.00)

Let me start with this month’s most unlikely candidate. Someone who has been in the news twenty or so years ago during the infamous O. J. trial. I am referring to Marcia Clark. Her new book, “Moral Defense,” is a novel. Yes, you have read loud and clear. A crime novel to be precise, which is by the way not her first one. “Moral Defense,” is a sequel to “Blood Defense” (soon to be a TV series). Of course, probably like most people, you did not know that Clark also wrote crime fiction. After all, she gained fame for being the prosecutor of one of the most controversial murders in our history, something which cannot be easy to shake off, especially if you intend to reinvent yourself.

If you have read Chris Pavone’s previous novels “The Expats” and “The Accident.” you know that you will travel abroad, extensively. “The Travelers” will not disappoint you. I suspect one day, Pavone will write high-end espionage novels, à la James Bond, since he seems so comfortable in the genre, and his writing only gains in intensity.

“The One Man” marks a radical departure for Andrew Gross. His past novels (nine and counting) were all in the pure thriller genre, a craft he learned straight from the Lord himself, James Patterson, with whom he co-authored several novels. “The One Man” however is a war novel, set in WWII, with a thriller plot. A daring move for an author of this caliber with a large following. But audacity combined with skills and originality can only translate in superior work, which is what “The One Man” bears witness. The characters have gained depth. Descriptions are layered, breathing life, while the plot is more organic and humanly warmer, an anachronism despite being set in a death camp.

Kudos to Other Press for publishing this Nordic wonder. “” has been bestsellers in more than 20 countries, mainly the old continent, and it was shocking to see that no US publisher would rush to snatch up the US rights. “Quick Sand” is Persson Giolito’s fourth crime novel and takes its cue from a mass killing, such as the one in Norway in 2011 . . . Its main protagonist, the 18-year old, Maja Norberg, is a popular student who survives a school rampage. Set as a flashback, prior to the gory event, the plot trails Maja’s past to find out whether she participated in the murdering. She has been accused, being the only one to survive, and waits in jail for her trial.

I am not sure how many people have read this book so far . . . But given what we now know about the Presidential elections fiasco, meant here as the shocking Trump’s victory, “Skewed,” should have been a must-read for all political parties and media outlets involved. That no polls had predicted the baffling result only makes Atkins’ point more trenchant. The fact that we had never seen such political polarization and dismissal of facts, makes “Skewed,” an even more essential read.

In this finely chiseled engaging novel, a Polish-descent polyglot intelligence officer, Nathan Blum, is offered the mission of a lifetime: enter Auschwitz and escape with one of the prisoner, a professor named Alfred Mendl, who is believed to hold crucial secret that could put an end to the folly of the Third Reich. The ending will not be disclosed here . . . but the novel questions the nature of meaning and devotion to a cause, especially when the involvement calls for huge personal sacrifices for the good of all.

This alone would not have been enough to get this book included in this month column. But Persson Giolito’s craft takes us on a psychological ride, where perhaps the narrator of the story is not as reliable as first thought. She met a questionable character, Sebastian Fagerman, prior to the massacre. Little by little, we can hear the cogs of her internal life flicker with strange sounds. As she is swept off her feet, alienating everyone in her immediate circle, we ponder if her outcries are not simply screams for help . . . that everyone missed.

But in defense of Clark, she reads like a seasoned pro. “Moral Defense” follows the criminal defense attorney, Samantha Brinkman, who represents a teenager, whose family has been brutally murdered. The more Samantha puts her case together, the more she discovers that her narrative thread does not align. If everyone has been murdered, how come her client has survived? . . . Beyond the plot, ultimately, what makes a thriller stand above the fray is not the clever complexity of twists and turns, but the moral questions the main character confronts. And there Clark’s experience and honesty triumph.

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“The Travelers” is a high-end fast-paced thriller transporting you in all the most unlikely locations in the world. Its main protagonist, Will Rhodes, is a “travel” writer for a magazine and lives out of a suitcase. It may sound like a dream, but if you are stuck in a rut in your own life make no mistake that this sort of conditions are often the result of internal “traveling” affairs. In Will’s case, crumbling marriage, crumbling house, and crumbling dreams. One day, during an assignment in Argentina, he cannot resist the temptation of a mysterious Australian woman . . . and thus starts an exhilarating domino effect of suspicion and disappearances that will put Will and his circle within danger.

“Skewed,” is a history of media, an analysis of the current situation of the landscape, and a courageous attempt of explain why advocacy journalism has only grown in its domination of opinions in newspapers, talk radio, news network, and the internet. The keyword here is biases, which only leave listeners and readers stranded in competing and conflicting worldviews, where truth is often only a matter of opinions. Agenda driven, selective used of data, have resulted in a bipolar landscape, which, as we have witnessed, fails to hear those without voices. An insightful book to lift up the one-sided blindness of our time.


ROBERT CENEDELLA Art Bastard By Bennett Marcus


The Garden of Earthly Delights

obert Cenedella’s latest painting, Fin del Mundo, depicts president-elect Donald Trump as an orange-colored devil surrounded by a court of vanquished politicians including Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, and a green-tinged Chris Christie. In the triptych, the Pope is being crushed in Trump’s tiny hand, Uncle Sam is about to be trampled upon, and Mother Earth appears as a grotesque woman in a bikini. The painting, a 6’x10’ mural loosely based on Hiero-

being literally plucked from the headlines, the painting, valued at $250,000, was commissioned two years ago by a client. So it was started long before Trump won the election. “I think because of the current political interest of Donald Trump, a lot of people are absolutely just feeling fairly frustrated and actually frightened,” Cenedella told us during an interview that took place prior to the election. “I started this painting almost two years ago, and it has developed, it’s changed,” Cenedella explained. For instance, he changed the Liberty Bell by adding the names of the African American shooting victims.

work is about what’s happening, and that’s what this painting is concerned with.” He originally titled the work “The End of the World,” because that was the theme. “But I was thinking of how Trump has constantly gone after the Mexicans, in particular, the Spanish speaking [people], and so I thought that Fin del Mundo was much better. It made more of a point because a lot of the painting is directed at Trump.” “Putin is also in the painting,” Cenedella pointed out. “He’s next to the other political figures, because I feel Putin has become sort of like Trump’s hero or something. He’s almost like part of the election, as it’s turned out.” The Pope, Cenedella reminded us, had criticized Trump, saying, “Trump had a couple of nasty things to say, even to the Pope,” he said. “He has no boundaries, I guess.”

Mother Earth Trump is also a climate-change denier, and Cenedella worked that into the painting by crowning the Mother Earth figure with the doomsday clock on her head. “They reset this [doomsday clock] periodically depending on how dangerously close we are annihilating ourselves, and it was recently moved from a quarter of to five of,” he explained. “Now how many years this means, I don’t know, but it’s not a good thing.” In capturing the many complexities of Trump’s particularly complex and divisive presidential campaign in a painting, Cenedella noted that the still image has one advantage over the ephemeral nature of TV.

Robert Cenendella and Fin del Mundo

nymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, is a political commentary depicting the world as an industrial wasteland, emblazoned with fast food logos and a Liberty Bell inscribed with the names of murdered black men, including Trayvon Martin.

Fin del Mundo In the lead-up to the controversial November 8 presidential election, New York gallery Central Park Fine Arts held a reception unveiling Fin del Mundo to the public in its 57th Street window. “There were probably three hundred people out on the street, and it was a big event,” said Cenedella. “They had a lot of cameras there, a lot of interviews.” Despite

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“I put one name on there, it was Trayvon Martin, and then, as all of these shootings took place, I was curious how many others there were, and it was 60 pages of unarmed black youth that had been shot, let’s say in a two-year period or something. I was amazed.”

Political Paintings As a political painter, Cenedella says he does not work with what is popular in the art world at any given time. “I’m not in the mainstream,” he said. “I am, traditionally, a painter. I paint what’s around me, not just political stuff, but I do portraits, I do still life, I do all kinds of things. But my political

“The still image, going back to Bosch, those images still have meaning to us, and they were painted five hundred years ago,” said Cenedella, who is the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary, Art Bastard, that is garnering buzz on the award circuit and is on the Oscar list for Best Documentary “and as a political painter, I found that a lot of museums in this country refrain from showing my kind of art.” He’s not surprised that Fin del Mundo has drawn a huge reaction. “It’s because people don’t see work like this that often anymore, and unlike video, it’s there. You know, it’s not something that’s going to disappear.”

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By Clara Morgan

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its 19th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction, posthumously honoring footwear industry icon Vince Camuto and featuring a musical performance by the legendary Roger Daltrey of The Who, Cipriani Wall Street, NYC ©

Chris Wragge, Louise Camuto, Samuel Waxman, Joyce Varvatos, John Varvatos, Michael Nierenberg (L) • Roger Daltrey (R) The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc hosted a kickoff party at Rotisserie Georgette to celebrate the 27th annual event, which takes place between March 17 and April 1, 2017 in the unspoiled beauty of the Moroccan desert. The event honored guest of honor Mrs. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund; host Abderrafie Zouiten, Director General of the Moroccan National Office of Tourism; host Mardochée Devico, Président Directeur General des Conserves de Meknés; and host Dominique Serra, Founder of the Rallye Aïcha Des Gazelles Du Maroc, NYC © Christine Lagarde (L) • Christine Cachot, Dominique Serra (R) Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) held its annual gala celebrating outstanding individuals in the arts and design fields. This year’s Visionaries! Awards honored design advocate, patron, and longtime MAD Trustee Charles S. Cohen; the late architect Zaha Hadid; Angela Missoni of the Italian design house MISSONI; and conceptual artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, NYC ©

Simon Doonan (L) • Charles S. Cohen, Clo Cohen (R)

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By Clara Morgan

The highly anticipated Accessible Art Fair New York presented by MvVO ART opened with a VIP First Access Night at the iconic National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. A jury of contemporary art experts selected more than 50 top emerging artists for the Fair, from New York and around the world. ©Teresa Pyskaty

Maria van Vlodrop, Alan Cumming, Stephanie Manasseh, Isaac Aden (L) • Christophe Allard, Marc Calcoen (R) Charles S. Cohen and Clo Cohen hosted the 120th anniversary party of House Beautiful magazine to kick off Fall Market Week at Upper Story located in the Decoration & design Building, NYC ©Editor at Large

Sophie Donelson Editor in Chief of House Beautiful, Thom Felicia and Celerie Kemble (L) • Clo Cohen, Charles S. Cohen (R) Healthy Guru hosted The Fitness, Fashion & Wellness Event of Fall 2016 Featuring Lady Gaga’s Trainer Tricia Donegan, Victoria’s Secret Model Trainer Justin Gelband, Internationally-Renowned Trainer Carlos Leon, and NY Jets Nutritionist Glen Tobias, NYC ©Cassidy Maldonado

Carlos Leon (L) • Tricia Donegan (R)

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LEFT: Founder and CEO of Education Model Towns, Ernesto Argüello, married fellow philanthropist Ashley Taylor Cooper at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. The ceremony was followed by a 400 people celebration at the iconic Plaza Hotel, NYC ©Oscar Castro RIGHT: Culture For One hosted a reception at the townhouse of Tony Award-winning producers Janet & Howard Kagan to celebrate established supporters and introduce new members of the community to the important work of the organization, NYC ©Victor Hugo Ashley Taylor Cooper, Ernesto Argüello (L) • Janet Kagan, Susan Fales-Hill, Ronald Richter, Linn Tanzman, Susan Kasarsky (R) LEFT: The Experience Auto Group held a grand opening celebration of its newest dealership, Porsche of South Shore in Freeport, NY © RIGHT: Ramona Singer’s Birthday Party produced by celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events ©LMG

Rob Portesy, Paul Cunha, Stuart Hayim, Rocco DiAntonio, Jacob Harb (L) • Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Larry Scott, Dorinda Medley, Radziwill (R) LEFT: The Long Island Business News hosted their annual “Business and Finance Awards” Dinner at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY ©Long Island Business News RIGHT: The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), led Star Jones, hosted an exclusive NAPW Power Networking Event at Midtown Loft and Terrace in New York City, featuring keynote speaker Jean Shafiroff ©Patrick McMullan Dede Gotthelf, Scott Schoen (L) • Jean Shafiroff, Star Jones (R) | 141


A CHRISTMAS STORY By Jane Pontarelli


t’s Christmas in New York and one of the best times of the year, The Holidays, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and all the trimmings. I introduce you to Leslie Riddle and her fur baby Puccini who live on the 37th floor of a Hell’s Kitchen high rise. Puccini the amazing Yorkiepoo did not always have a charmed life, but more about that later. Leslie moved to New York from Texas after college to pursue her dream of dancing and entertainment. Leslie having grown up an only child, always had pets in her life. One day riding her bike on West72nd St she saw the cutest little poodle in a window. She got the dog and named it Poopsie even though she was traveling so much with Broadway and working on advancing her career. Poopsie became her companion through the ups and downs in her life, enter Petunia who came into their lives 2 years later… On one of Leslies trips to Texas, Leslie flew into St Louis on a hot Sept day, she took the 2 girls with her, back in the day pets rode in cargo. Baggage handlers left

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the dogs on the hot pavement, Leslie banging on the window to no avail with and no help from the flight attendants. When they arrived in Dallas her dogs were half dead, she rushed them to the Vets. Petunia smaller of the 2 did not make it. TWA gave Leslie a 50 dollar voucher for her next trip. Leslie called her friend at Time Magazine who was an Editor who was friends with Tippi Hedren and Doris Day, Between these 4 fabulous women who love pets got Congress plenty of press and put TWA in a tailspin, they didn’t know what hit them. The Ladies got a bill passed that regulated transporting animals on airlines in a safer way. Leslie wished they named it “Petunia’s Bill” but just by knowing there animals are safer today was the best Christmas gift ever. Poopsie went on to live a very happy 16 years. Nine months had passed and Leslie being very busy working with French shoe designer, Jean Michal Cazabet, got a phone call from a dog rescuer in New Jersey, she made Leslie get another dog. Leslie drove out to Jersey to see a Yorkie who was pregnant from a toy poodle and would she please come and foster one. Leslie went to take a look and feel in love with a funny looking red-haired puppy who was sitting all by himself, home he went. Puccini has grown up in the show business in the show rooms with buyers and press and millions of shoes.. Leslie has gone from Show Biz to Shoe Biz as an executive for for Rossimonda who makes all the shoes for Vera Wang, Fendi and several other well known designers. But as Leslie says, Puccini is the rescued Star of the family. Check out his Facebook Page, Puccini the Amazing Yorkiepoo to see pictures of him and his friends and charities. He has modeled for Fit, Lord and Taylor and The Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation along with Mom. Leslie and Puccini entertained the Rockette Alumni at Radio City Music Hall. Leslie, a former Rockette,

has served on the board of Directors for the Alumni. Their pride and joy is directing The Distinguished Young Pageant for New Jersey and is a technical advisor for the Joan Oloff Shoe Collection and manages the career of Puccini. I asked Leslie since Puccini brings so much love into your life what is the most important thing about him. She told me for the last 8 years he has been by her side when no else was, and no matter where they go he brings smiles to people’s faces and that is what life is about. We need more cheerfulness and happy moments in this life on earth and these little ones definitely know how to deliver the joy. Everybody enjoy the beautiful Holiday season and Merry Christmas. Rescue each other.

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Resident Magazine December 2016 Issue with Ian Mellencamp  
Resident Magazine December 2016 Issue with Ian Mellencamp