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RESIDENT.COM • DECEMBER 2015 • Vol.28, No.12


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BUZZ Looking Back: November’s Cover Party Stars in the City Big Apple buzz Around Town Party Pages

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FASHION & BEAUTY Merry & Bright 32 NY Street Style 34

WHAT’S HOT Art Basel Preview 36 This Season’s Theater 38

FEATURE Holiday Gift Guide: The FOODIE Holiday Gift Guide: The FASHIONISTA Holiday Gift Guide: The GLOBETROTTER Holiday Gift Guide: The TECHIE Holiday Gift Guide: The YOUNGSTER Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers & Secret Santa

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Holidays as a State of Mind Artisanal Fromagerie It’s Chef Miller Time Jewish Christmas at China Fun

ARTS & CULTURE 92 94 96 98 100

The Illusionists Drunk Shakespeare Holiday Gifts of Music Anastasia Garvey Bentley Meeker

HEALTH & WELLNESS 102 108 111 112

Eating Healthy for the Holidays Facial Rejuvenation Baring it All Cedra Pharmacy

FAMILY 114 Tech the Halls 116 People and Their Pets

home 118 Comfort & Joy 120 Using Feng Shui Wisdom for Wellness

real estate 122 Coming Soon: 3 Hot Miami Developments 124 The Beacon 126 Luxury Listings

LAST WORD 135 Holidays in the Sunshine State HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE


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San Francisco & Sonoma in Style Top 10 Things to do in Kauai Checking in: Incan Treasure Exploring History & Rieslings in Frankfurt All-Seasons Switzerland Eau Palm Beach

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’ve spent several holiday seasons visiting other cities (all wonderful cities), but most of my life in New York during the holidays; I firmly believe that there is nowhere in the world like New York City in December. The air smells like festivity. The mood feels like hope. The people, the stores, the lights, the energy—it all amounts to a palpable and beautiful sense of happiness, enjoyment, and holiday spirit. I can’t get enough. My mom and I have a holiday tradition that we’ve kept since as long as I can remember, spending an entire day devoted to enjoying the season in the city. We begin our day at the holiday market at Grand Central, followed by a visit to Macy’s for a peek at Santa (he IS the real one), a stop at Lord & Taylor to admire their windows, and a leisurely stroll down Fifth Avenue for window shopping, actual shopping, and of course picture-taking at the Rock Center tree. We love this day, and we’ll never get over that feeling. Many years involve including tea at the Plaza in our tradition. Oftentimes we’re joined by family members, eating scones and sweets and taking in the holiday spirit of the Plaza’s Palm Court, which epitomizes the season and the city. So this is one of the major reasons I was so incredibly excited to feature Chef Todd English and his Todd English Food Hall at the iconic Plaza for our December cover story. It couldn’t be a better fit. Beyond that, I’ve enjoyed Chef Todd’s food for many,

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many years, and when I’ve been lucky enough to meet him in the past, he’s always been such a charismatic, engaging presence. His food is amazing, of course, but beyond that, he’s just a really great person. I’m thrilled that he’s joined the Resident cover story family—and the fact that it’s for our December holiday issue makes it that much more perfect. In addition to the interview with Chef Todd, inside you’ll find our Holiday Gift Guide, which really just turned out to be my personal wish-list. So if anyone’s looking for a last-minute gift for me (no pressure), just look inside these pages and pick something. Anything. I want it all—and I hope you will too. This truly is my favorite time of year in New York City, when I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else or with anyone else other than my friends and family (including my Resident family). As the holidays get under way and the year officially comes to an end, I want to thank everyone who’s welcomed me back to the magazine and embraced my role here, and I want to wish everyone a very happy, healthy, safe, and joyous holiday season in this great city that we are lucky enough to call home.

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1. Chef Todd strikes a pose in the private dining room of the Todd English Food Hall. 2. Photographer Mike Coppola gets the cover shot in front of The Plaza (while avoiding oncoming traffic). 3. The sign seemed fitting for us. 4. Chef Todd and Pamela chat on camera about working together on the cover shoot.

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5. Michael, Pamela, Chef Todd, and Melissa wrap up the shoot with a group photo. 6. Chef Todd enjoys playing with his food. 7. The Chef/Publisher pose-off. 8. Iconic chef, iconic shot. 9. Chef Todd and Melissa take a break for a picture together.

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The tradition of lighting a Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center has been around for over 70 years. The tree continues to stand as a symbol of hope—from the Great Depression, when workers lined up beneath it to collect their paychecks, to the winter after September 11th, when people of all backgrounds gathered to witness the transformation of the tree into red, white, and blue. The tree will remain on display through January 6, 2016.

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There’s nothing like ringing in the New Year with millions of onlookers—and billions watching around the world—beneath the ball drop of New York’s iconic Times Square. Shed those resolutions of last year and turn a new leaf to the night’s line-up of festive programming beginning at six o’clock and ending after midnight.

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On December 5, The Imagine: John Lennon’s 75th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Garden will feature performances by Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers (The Killers), Peter Frampton, JUANES, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan (Train), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Willie Nelson, The Roots, Chris Stapleton, and Steven Tyler. Part of the proceeds from this concert will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization. The performance will air on AMC on December 19.


Also On December 5, Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund will have its fifth annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays star-studded benefit concert at the Beacon Theater. The night’s hosts include Carson Kressley, Boy George, Cam, Judy Gold, Sharon Osbourne, Richie Sambora, and more. The benefit aims to raise awareness about LGBT youth homelessness. On December 7, Debbie Harry and Blondie Keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen will perform at Lincoln Center for an evening honoring Valentino. Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli will be presented with The Women’s Leadership Award. Alice Tully Hall will also host an exclusive installation of Valentino’s Mirabilia Romae Fall 2015 Haute Couture collection. The evening is a fundraiser for the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, which raises crucial unrestricted financial support for 10 resident arts organizations on the Lincoln Center campus.

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Mariah Carey will return to the Beacon Theater for the second annual All I Want For Christmas is You concert, presented by Hallmark Channel and running December 8-18. On December 11, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Alabama Shake’s Brittany Howard, Kelsea Ballerini, Fifth Harmony, and Lana Del Ray will be honored at the Billboard’s Women in Music event at Cipriani Midtown in NY. The event will be aired via Lifetime on December 18.

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Serena Williams looked stunning in a sheer black dress at the recent 2015 Glamour Women of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall. The tennis ace was joined at the awards ceremony by ballerina Misty Copeland, the U.S. Women’s soccer team, and many other prestigious guests.

Copeland was honored during the ceremony as “the showstopper” for her accomplishments with American Ballet Theatre, by becoming the first African American principal dancer earlier this year. Actresses Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis were also in the house. Shortly after celebrating the release of her new film Trumbo at Villagio on the Park, with A-listers Brian Cranston, Robert Wuhl, and Diane Lane, Helen Mirren requested her own bottle of the Bollinger SPECTRE Limited-Edition champagne at the James Bond Spectre film screening postparty at the Lion.


According to real estate sources, comedienne Amy Schumer has put her apartment on the Upper West Side on the market with an asking price of a little over $2 million. Although Schumer often referred to her one-bedroom pad on the fifth floor of a walk-up building as a “shoe box,” it is actually a penthouse with views of Central Park and the Museum of Natural History.

jock father left her mother, Alison Berne, out of seemingly nowhere after a long and—what seemed like—perfect marriage. In the interview, Emily said her dad “used to be one way, and then he marries a model…,” referring to Ostrosky. Observers at Ralph Lauren’s posh boite said the Sterns looked like a happy couple out on a Friday night.

Will Smith hit the red carpet recently for a screening of his new movie Concussion at the Sony Screening Room in the Big Apple. The Oscar nominee was joined at the event by his co-stars David Morse and special guests including Usher, Hill Harper, and Cuba Gooding Jr. In a recent interview, Smith said that being a “football dad” made it tough for him to tackle the role of Dr. Bennett Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma.






odern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson will return to Broadway this coming spring in a new production of Fully Committed. Ferguson, who began his acting career on the New York stage in shows such as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will portray an out-of-work actor who manages the reservations line at the hottest restaurant in Manhattan. Fully Committed opens April 25 at the Lyceum Theater.

In spite of his daughter Emily Stern’s revealing interview in the New York Post, Howard Stern and his animal-activist wife Beth Ostrosky had a lovely date night recently at the high-profile Polo Lounge. Emily told the Post that her shock-

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Fall in New York City “Fall in New York is like April in Paris, everyone wants to be here,” said Patrick McMullan, the city’s top celebrity and society photographer who takes the pictures for this column. The cultural diversity of the season that features the openings of the Metropolitan Opera, The New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet makes the city vibrant.

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Adding to the mix is the 53rd Annual New York Film Festival that attracts thousands of fans to see both big studio films and smaller independent movies at Avery Fisher Hall. Among those films were Carol, a lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who said, “Sex is sex, male or female; it’s all the same to me.” Cate added, “Carol’s sexuality is a private affair. What happens these days is if you are homosexual you have to talk about it constantly. There are 70 countries around the world where homosexuality is still illegal; so it is still an issue. We’re living in a deeply conservative time.”

Halloween at MoMA PS1 & More Nightlife queen Susanne Bartsch hosted the night’s top Halloween Ball at the Modern Museum of Art’s PS1 in Queens. At $15 a pop, this fabulous fete also proved to be the holiday’s best bargain. Over 2,000 revelers danced under a huge marquee and wandered through the museum’s intriguing galleries, where everyone in costume instantly became a “performance artist.” Momaps1.org

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Event designer Anthony Taccetta, from Harriette Rose Katz’s elite event collective, The Chosen Few, created a sexy labyrinth populated by dwarfs and creatures of the night at the Hotel Americano for designer Brian Atwood’s extravaganza. anthonytaccetta.com Club king Brandon Voss took over Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum for a bacchanal that banged on until 4 a.m. RuPaul’s Drag Race star Shangela hosted a raucous costume contest at XL in the Out Hotel on West 42nd St. where 1,000 people vied for best costume prizes. Xlnightclub.com

Hilaria and Alec Baldwin @ American Ballet Theatre

Stage 48 had a Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) party with DJ Boris, who has done remixes for Pink’s “Get this Party Started” and Gloria Estafan. The space also hosts innovative Quiet Clubbing Headphone parties that allow dancers to tune in to multiple edgy DJs on the weekends. stage48.com

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Christoph Waltz all but steals the 24th James Bond movie Spectre from Daniel Craig, who plays 007 for the fourth time. Waltz’s compelling villain gives this action movie its evil depth, and because Bond’s newly developed and boring conscience doesn’t allow him to kill Waltz, it opens the door for him to return and for Craig to exit the greatest movie franchise extant. Waltz said, “I consider Bond movies to be an extension of popular theater, a kind of modern mythology.” Craig, who tends to over-intellectualize the world’s favorite spy, stated, “He’s very lonely. There’s a great sadness. He’s sleeping with all these beautiful women but then they leave and it’s…sad. And as a man gets older it’s not a good look.” Perhaps it’s time for a younger 007 who will relish the role as it was originally written.

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VBurger Shakes Up American Classics Thanks to Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Bill Clinton, veganism is being embraced in people’s daily diets. VBurger is changing the way people experience vegan food at their new location in Union Square. Actress, author, and animal advocate Leesa Rowland and real estate mogul Larry Wohl were among the first to try VBurger’s delicious take on classic American diner food. The fast, casual eatery features organic vegan fare in the form of burgers, fries, and shakes. Restaurateurs Robert Cox and Reese Martin are also animal advocates and are donating 10% of all profits to Mercy for Animals mercyforanimals.org “Most people see veganism as a difficult and unrealistic way to cook, but it’s delicious and more accessible than people realize,” said Martin, adding, “The idea for VBurger is to give people an easy way to enjoy vegan food without overwhelming them with unrecognizable dishes. We are serving up family favorites, but in a healthy and animalfriendly way.” Chefs Eli Arazi and Rick Babich have created a menu that features inventive, flavor-packed dishes everyone will enjoy. vburger.com

People Are Talking About Jill Zarin is back to work as a designer and brand ambassador for Zarin Fabrics, which is celebrating its 80th Anniversary in 2016. Zarin is also landing new acting roles. Coming off SyFy’s Night of the Wild, alongside Kelly Rutherford, where Zarin had her face ripped off by a dog, she’s just landed a role in David Spade’s new TV series, Fameless on TNT. zarinfabrics.com

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Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Mark, who counts Aviva Drescher among his clients, celebrated being named one of the country’s Best Doctors after an extensive peer-review process. Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors works with only 5 percent of the doctors in the USA. The party was held at Tender Bar & Grill, the new sports bar opened by hoteliers Brandon and Hank Freid in the Sanctuary Hotel on West 47th Street. kennethmarkmd.com; bestdoctors.com; tendernyc.com Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted a benefit at Le Cirque for Lifeline New York to improve the care of children in hospitals and the health of women facing breast cancer in their country. Guests included former Governor of NY David Paterson, Ivana Trump, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Mona Al Nasser, Sharon Bush, Audrey Gruss, Susan Gutfreund, David Hryck, Elisabeth Thieriot, Jean Shafiroff, Bill Schlight, and the event’s co-chair, Cheri Kaufman. lifelineny.org

Princess Katherine of Serbia, Cheri Kaufman, Prince Alexander of Serbia, and Mona Al Nasser @ Lifeline

Lighting artist Bentley Meeker opened his new show 186,282 at the National Arts Club, organized by the NAC’S Dianne Bernhard. nationalartsclub.org Dale Noelle of True Model Management led the applause after Amanda Seyfried presented Prabal Gurung with his K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers Award at the American Museum of Natural History. truemodel.net Fox News’ legal eagle Arthur Aidala, and his firm Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, have handled many of the city’s biggest cases, including those of football star Lawrence Taylor and the infamous Brigitte Harris case. Arthur was the “fox in the ABC henhouse” as he chowed down at Atlantic Grill with ABC’s Eyewitness News anchor Ken Rosato, and chatted with Regis Philbin and Warner Wolf, while Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos looked on. aidalalaw.com

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Savvy Ladies Wealth manager Alexandra Lebenthal was honored at Nasdaq MarketSite by Savvy Ladies, a nonprofit that provides financial advice and education to women in need. She received an award named for her grandmother Sayra Fischer Lebenthal, who co-founded Lebenthal & Co. with her husband, Louis Lebenthal. The 10th annual gala, hosted by the organization’s founder Stacy Francis, also honored Stephanie Newby, CEO of Crimson Hexagon and “Lady of the Year” Laura Lifshitz. Leading the applause were Guy Adami, one of the “Fast Money Five,” and Alex Bolen, CEO of Oscar de la Renta, who sponsored the evening. savvyladies.org

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Margo Manhattan Champagne Toasts to Her “Sold Out” Evine LIVE Collection: Dr. Xiuli Meng, Aubrey Ruben

©Sandra Rosa Gonzalez

©Sandra Rosa Gonzalez

Suzanne LaFleur Art Exhibition at Hollis Taggart Galleries: Suzanne LaFleur

The Cavalier Gallery Opens The NYC Fall Art Season: Errol Rappaport, Robert Farber, Gary Springer ©Doug Harrington

OMEGA Celebrated The Advance New York Screening of 007 “SPECTRE”: Naomie Harris, Stephen Urquhart ©Getty Images for OMEGA

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Frank and Michele Rella’s Dinner Party at Casa La Femme for Angel Ball out-of-towners & Mutual Friends: Frank Rella, Brandon Nejati, Claire Caudewell, Michele Rella, Gulpreet Kohli

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Be Bold & Beautiful This Holiday Season


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1. Fresh Skincare Starters Set nordstrom.com

$35 ($50 value)



2. Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune New Youth Premium Brush Set shuuemura-usa.com


3. Dior Couture Creations Multi-Use Palette dior.com



4. By Terry Jewel Lip Kiss Palette B-glowing.com


5. Clarisonic Mia 2, Keith Haring Special Edition in Love




6.Laura Geller 20 Shades of Shadow


laurageller.com and ulta.com



7. M.A.C Dita Von Teese Lipstick in Von Teese


maccosmetics.com (available starting December 9)


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8. Beauty Hardware Dazzling Collection Eyelash Curler by Cricket Co. cricketco.com



9. OPI Nail Lacquer in Comet Closer




10. NARS Steven Klein and An Abnormal Female Lip Pencil Coffret pai-shau.com


11. Pai-Shau Ritual Box clarisonic.com


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12. UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette urbandecay.com


13. Bond No. 9 Dubai Collection Emerald bondno9.com

100ml, $550

14. Smashbox ART. LOVE. COLOR. LIP GLOSS TRIO smashbox.com



15. Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara shiseido.com


16. DAVINES OI Holiday Gift Set davines.com


17. Tartan + Twine Blithe Sparkle Beauty Case ulta.com


18. Pacifica Island Life Roll-On Trio pacificabeauty.com and Whole Foods


19. Violife Life Slim Sonic violife.com


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/jonathanproduct www.jonathanproduct.com


Trends and Threads Seen on the City Streets

Yes,Yes Nanette!

Jet Set & Ready

NY-based designer Nanette Lepore is expanding her brand. Look out for sunnies, swimsuits, and perfume, among other items, under Nanette’s high fashion umbrella. In the interim, step out in high style in her Girls Club Cape ($598). It’s a triple-trend threat with its pop of color, vintage nod, and on-trend shape. Be prepared to turn every urban head swinging into your next event. Available in black, at the best boutiques in the city and online.

NY-based Nicole Parker King turned her jet-setting life into a jet-setting business. The former L’Oreal creative director came back to NY after a three-year stint in Delhi. She returned with her hot hubby, the Australian diplomat, in tow. In true NY form, King launched her business, Jet Set Candy, upon arrival. The high-end travel charms have had the travel-savvy swooning ever since. This is the perfect, fashion-forward stocking stuffer. Impress your boss and yourself with a NY or global charm at Jet Set Candy’s mini shop at Grand Central Terminal or online. Hamptons Planner ($198) Chrysler Building Charm ($198), NYC High Life Pendant ($238).



Viva La Eva If you’re looking to put a pocket on it, Eva Varro has two pieces that deliver ten-fold on the fashion and comfort front. We know we can’t walk around the city streets in our pj’s, but if you’re craving comfort and couture this holiday season, Eva Varro’s Wide Leg Pocket Jumpsuit ($195) & Necktie Pocket Long Dress ($195) are just the fashion ticket. These easy pieces travel far and wide and go well with your signature style and bold accessories. Win-win!


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City Satchel

Unlike LA, where it’s all about the almighty auto, in NY, your efficiency is only as good as your bag. The bag of choice is dependent upon your schedule, and vice versa. A good fix to throw in the mix is the rugged crossover— a bag that can be thrown down when running around, can carry a small office, and will practically double as a personal pop-up shop. Thule’s Covert Satchel ($149) can keep your virtual office organized, will coyly handle camera needs, and can carry evening or overnight options when on the run. Covert it is.


All Hale the Bob

Serious Booty!

The celeb set have been stepping out in the SoCal-based brand Hale Bob for years. The line has been seen on both coasts and around the globe. From Mrs. Clooney to Lady Crawford and now newlywed Sofia Vergara, it’s a fashion-fave for those who love silky, sexy, feminine and flowy dresses and blouses with a twist. The brown Liana Wrap Top ($187) with winter-worthy earth tone hues is perfect for office politics or after hour antics.

Sorel has been kicking some serious booty in the winter weather shoe and boot department for a while now. Every time I turn my wind-whipped head to admire a fashion-forward boot, it’s a Sorel. So this season, if looking for a wedge, go for Sorel’s Joan of Arctic Wedge ($240). If there’s snow, sleet, and rain, you can still step out in style while walking through slush in their Medina Rain Heel Boot ($225). Now bring on the weather.



Flower Power

Classic Cashmere

I’ve never been much for flowers with fashion. I have friends that live in a garden of floral fashion. Me? Not so much. But Cynthia Rowley managed to make me beg to differ with myself. In Rowley’s Jacquard A-Line Skirt ($275), with the power of flower and just enough edge with that pop of purple, you will want to reconsider your own flower ban. I did.

Red is a classic any time of year, and so is LL Bean’s Classic Cashmere Crewneck ($99). The fiery red is just the pop of color you need for a mid-winter pick-me-up and just the punch to offset your basic black. It’s also pitch-perfect for any holiday occasion, including eggnogging. Now, if you want to dive deeper into the sweater pool, LL Bean has an endless array of options, from cardigans to turtles and wraps. You’re all set for Après-ski season.



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By Claire Gilbertsen


rt Basel in Miami opens the first week in December, providing a fantastic excuse to escape to South Beach for some warmer weather for a few days. From December 3rd to December 6th, curators, artists, art buyers, museum directors, and art appreciators from all over will flock to Miami to see the masterpieces of all varieties. The world’s top galleries will present the work of their top artists at the fair, including wellestablished galleries, historically important works, as well as emerging artists and experimental artwork to watch. The show is divided into nine themed sectors to organize the content. The main exhibition hall features artwork of a variety of mediums: Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, and films; and the large-scale installations and sculptures will be found in the Public sector, set in Collins Park and open to the public. There will also be several talks

featuring fascinating lineups of experts and art connoisseurs from around the globe. The Conversations series begins with the Premiere Artist talk, featuring artists Trevor Paglen and Jenny Holzer, on the first day of the fair. It’s no surprise that one of the most anticipated exhibits will be by the New York based artist Nari Ward, whose survey exhibition “Sun Splashed” features an eclectic mix of found objects. As art continues to occupy and further explore digital mediums, the London gallery Pilar Corrias will feature three different and important video artists and will be a great booth to stop by. Another noteworthy artist whose work incorporates technology in a unique way is Daniel Keller, represented by Berlin gallery Kraupa-Tuscany Zeidler. Finally, the compelling modern art and photography by African artists at the Stevenson Gallery is a must-see, hailing all the way from South Africa. There’s so much to see at the gallery booths inside the convention center, but don’t forget to enjoy art alfresco while you’re in lovely Miami! Specifically, there will be 27 magnificent installation pieces in Public, the outdoor sector of the show. Artist Sam Falls has created the “Healing Pavilion,” using crystals and gemstones, such as amethyst and jasper, to

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positively affect occupants. Another stunning outdoor feature is SoundScape Park, designed by Frank Gehry, where video art projects onto a 7,000 square-foot screen and surround sound plays through a state-of-the-art system. Be sure to stake your claim to one of the provided ground pillows in SoundScape Park to hear the sound art of Mariele Neudecker, whose Figure of 8 (a work created from peaceful noises in a rainforest in Ecuador) will play at 6 pm the first night of Art Basel Miami. Tickets may be purchased on site, or, to avoid lines, ordered online through the Art Basel website: artbasel.com. With so much culture to take in and so many marvelous parties to attend, Art Basel is a fabulous whirlwind of an experience. (This year, our very own Editor-in-Chief Pamela Jacobs plans to attend, and will be reporting back in the next issue of Resident!)





By Barry Bassis

James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson in The Gin Game. Photo by Joan Marcus.


he revival of The Gin Game at the Golden Theater is one production that theater lovers should not miss. The 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning two-character play by D.L. Coburn is set on the back porch of a dilapidated nursing home. The two elderly characters, Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, are basically discarded like the junk surrounding them. To pass the time, Weller offers to teach Fonsia to play gin rummy. Much of the humor is contained in their repartee as she turns the tables on him. The underlying sadness of their situation is revealed in the course of their games. That these subtle performances are being given by Jones at 84 and Tyson at 90 is amazing. Leonard Foglia’s direction is praiseworthy.

On Your Feet!, the bio of Gloria and Emilio Estevan at the Marquis Theatre, is a singing and dancing treat, with a pulsating score by the Estevans and lively choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The script by Alexander Dinelaris travels through some well-trodden paths: The artists finding their sound and then struggling to find an audience. The twist here is that their fight was not to be pigeonholed into the Spanish language market and the script also deals with the plight of Cuban immigrants. Gloria’s father is first shown as a soldier in the U.S. Army and later bedridden with a terminal disease. Most of the drama in the second act deals with the traffic accident that almost ended Gloria’s career. Ana Villafane was born to play Gloria. Josh Segarra is credible as Emilio, though Elisio Roman as Gloria’s father has a better singing voice. Andrea Burns is superb as Gloria’s mother. Mark this down as another hit for director Jerry Mitchell. Emile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin was a forerunner of those steamy James Cain adultery/murder stories, such as Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. Like those works, Zola’s cries out for a film noir approach. Unfortunately, the Roundabout’s production at Studio 54, directed by Evan Cabnet from Helen Edmundson‘s script, looks and sounds like “Masterpiece Theater,” complete with British accents. Beowulf Borrit’s set and Keith Parham‘s lighting are beautiful, as is the leading lady, Keira Knightley, but–despite her obvious talent–this is the wrong vehicle. A heavy breathing melodrama, it often evokes titters at inappropriate moments. Nevertheless, as

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the husband/victim’s mother, Judith Light creates another indelible portrait.

Trip of Love is a singing and dancing valentine to the 60s, the turbulent time of assassinations, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the British Invasion (okay, the last one was peaceful). The results are mixed, ranging from great songs to some duds. At least there’s no script into which the musical numbers are dropped. Director/choreographer/creator James Walski does better with the trivial material (like a witty takeoff on beach blanket movies) than with the meaningful songs. His worst idea is having the excellent Laurie Wells sing Jacques Brel’s “Ne Me Quitte Pas” while two men in back of her are stripping to their underwear. After that, the guys put on uniforms, as if the Vietnam War is the reason they are leaving. (Is it a menage-a-trois? At least that’s French). The other standout in the cast is Dionne Figgins, who sings and dances a hot version of “These Boots are Made for Walkin.’” Keira Knightley and Judith Light in Therese Raquin. Photo by Joan Marcus.

At the beginning of Sylvia, a middle-aged man named Greg (Matthew Broderick) finds a cute blonde in Central Park and brings her home, to the dismay of his wife Kate. The title character is played by Annaleigh Ashford and she is a dog, albeit one that often speaks to the audience and sometimes to the characters on stage. Much of the time she acts like a canine, causing embarrassment, as when she buries her nose in a visitor’s crotch. While her doggy ways irritate Kate, Greg becomes obsessed with the animal. In fact, his professional life and marriage both seem at risk. Versatile Robert Sella plays a man, a woman, and a marriage counselor of indeterminate gender. Julie White is fine in the un-showy role of Kate and Broderick is still in his Leo Bloom mode. A.R. Gurney’s script and Daniel Sullivan’s direction provide a steady stream of laughs. Ashford won a Tony last season and may be a contender again with her delightful doggy act.








HOLIDAY By James Clark & Pamela Jacobs


Resident’s Top Picks for Everyone on Your List WHAT’S HOT cover REAL ESTATE



plus: stocking stuffers & secret santa goodies galore


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Macaron Making Kit

Foragers’ First Class Foodie Set

Have a sweet-toothed friend? They probably already know all about Dana’s Bakery, whose gluten-free, American-inspired macaron flavors (Thin Mints, S’mores, etc.) are irresistible. Now the at-home baker can whip up a batch of their own. Available in fruity cereal, red velvet and chocolate molten flavors, each kit includes two mix packets, two piping bags, one piping tip, and a recipe for filling.

From Foragers, an NYC craft grocery devoted to cultivating personal relationships with producers to assure the highest quality in artisanal foods, this delicious set comes with Alba White Truffle Oil, Amagansett Sea Salt with Herbs, and Merula Olive Oil from Spain.

danasbakery.com/macaron-kit $24

foragersmarket.com $60

PubWare Stemless Wine Glasses

Tsar Nicoulai Party Set – The Entertainer

Anyone who likes to entertain at home knows the importance of wine to a good meal—and the importance of the glasses. But wine glasses tend to break practically on a daily basis. That’s why we’re obsessed with PubWARE’s unbreakable stemless wine glasses, which look and feel exactly like real glass (they fooled us!) and can handle the clumsiest of party guests. They’re also dishwasher- and microwave-safe and BPA-free.

Let’s face it: Giving the gift of caviar to a foodie is basically making them indebted to you for life. Tsar Nicoulai caviar is sustainably cultivated, all natural, and beyond delicious. The Entertainer set comes with three types of caviar (including their Estate Caviar), blini mix, and four mother of pearl demi spoons. They’ll love you forever.

pubware.com $49.99 for a set of four

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tsarnicoulai.com $200

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We can’t even handle how good Momofuko Milk Bar’s Crack Pie is. That’s why we’re giving it to everyone we know—so they can make it for us. At-home pastry chefs simply add butter, eggs, heavy cream, and powdered sugar, and then wow guests with a dessert that is truly addictive.

birchbox.com $16

Give a friend a subscription to the city’s—and country’s— freshest coffee. Hand-sourced beans are sent via FedEx each week from Bogota, Colombia to Brooklyn, where Devoción roasts them onsite; these beans go from farm to cup in just 10 days. With a subscription, whole bean coffee is sent twice a month to anywhere in the U.S.


Devoción Coffee Subscription Milk Bar Crack Pie Mix

devocion.com $400 for six-month subscription


The Abruzzo Big Cheese Treat someone special to a gift that’s both delicious and luxurious. As the sole U.S. importer of cheese, honey, olive oil, and handmade pasta products from Abruzzo, Italy, Marcelli Formaggi is a foodie favorite. The Abruzzo Big Cheese gift collection comes with three cheeses (Ricotta al Fumo di Ginepro, Ricotta Peperonicino, Pecorino del Parco), six pastas, two sauces, four specialty sauces, two flavored oils, Mostocotto, Terre d’Abbazzia Oil, and Sunflower Honey.

worldvisiongifts.org $65


Hand-Carved Serving Spoons Make someone’s holiday cooking and entertaining socially conscious with these beautiful hand-carved olive wood serving spoons delivered in an African hand-sewn gift bag. Part of the proceeds benefit the Kamba tribe orphans in Kenya.

stores.abruzzopantry.com/the-abruzzo-big-cheese-collezione $225


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drybar Sparkle & Shine Set Any fashionista knows that an outfit isn’t complete until her hair is looking its best. Give her the gift of a good-hair-day, every day, with the drybar set that includes the Buttercup Blow Dryer, a Double Pint Large Round Ceramic Brush, and travel size Sake Bomb Nourishing Shampoo, Sake Bomb Nourishing Conditioner, 100-Proof Treatment Oil, and Sparkling Soda Shine Mist.

shop.nordstrom.com $199

Where’s Karl?: A Fashion-Forward Parody Forget Where’s Waldo?, Karl Lagerfeld is the true everywhere-and-nowhere man of mystery. This playful parody is a fun way to bring out the fashion blogger in every it-girl.

amazon.com $9.99

Chloe Marcie Small Crossbody Bag What do you give to the girl who has everything? The perfect-size, perfect-color, perfectly pretty Chloe crossbody, that goes with every season and every outfit and fits all her necessities, while still being manageable and adorable.

barneys.com $795

Christopher Designs Diamond Halo Pear Shaped Emerald Pendant Her days will be very merry and oh so bright (and you’ll get quite the thank you) when you give her this incredible 12.41ct pear shaped emerald pendant—dangling from a dazzling display of round brilliant cut diamonds. In fact, she’ll definitely believe in miracles.

christopherdesigns.com Suggested retail $100,620

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There literally isn’t a fashion- or beauty-loving gal on the planet who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive this set of beauty gems. Containing 13 full-size Sephora fan-favorites—including Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara, Stila Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, and Urban Decay shadow in Lounge—this is simply a can’t-miss.

Kinross Cashmere Marbled Cable Hat, Scarf, and Fingerless Gloves This luxurious cashmere and luxe-yarn knitware brand is not only designed in beautiful colors and styles, but is also superior in quality, keeping glam girls feeling warm and looking fab.


Sephora Superstars

rothmansny.com Hat: $95; Scarf: $195; Gloves: $95

sephora.com $75

cover REAL ESTATE Thaddeus O’Neil Ultra Suede Board Shorts American luxury playwear Thaddeus O’Neil has designed a menswear line featuring board shorts for every surf enthusiast who wants to look great while riding the waves (or turning heads at the resort). The Ultra Suede Board Shorts come in a variety of colors and keep men looking cool anywhere their vacation takes them.

blackseacollection.com $1465

ThaddeusONeil.com $320


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BLACKSEA Fragments Minaudiere New York-designed and Italian-crafted, this series of handbags is for the woman who likes to stand out from the crowd. Silver mirrored Fragments Minaudiere give these bags enough shine to resemble a piece of art, while the interior gives enough room for a night out’s necessities.




RESCUE Skin Serum Concentrate

RISE Gear Weekender Duffel

This revolutionary (and oh-so-handy!) skin-saver is ideal for those on-the-go. It rejuvenates skin immediately, soothes sunburns, and can travel with you in your carry-on, making it perfect for year-round getaways.

Give your favorite globetrotter the gift of organization with the genius RISE Weekender Duffle. It features collapsible shelves that can be neatly packed, leaving your clothes accessible and wrinkle-free. The top shelf has a zipper pocket—perfect for storing away dirty laundry and small items. It’s the perfect space-saver and organizer, making travel easy again.

rescueskin.com $65

risegear.com $139.00

Mulberry Silk Eye Mask Whether in a hotel room or on a plane, travelers can achieve the ultimate night’s sleep with The Goodnight Co’s 100% Mulberry Silk Eye Masks. They stylishly protect against sleep disruptions and also keep eyes looking young, energized, and fresh.

thegoodnightco.com/sleep $29.56

Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time Watch Equipped with the Caliber MB 29.19 with a highly functional Manufacture complication developed in-house by Montblanc, the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time indicates the time in two different places, so travelers always know what time it is at home, or what time it is where they’ll next be going. It’s a very stylish companion.

montblanc.com $4,200

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TrakDot Luggage Tracker Talk about a brilliant find—TrakDot helps travelers keep a watch on their checked bag and never have to wonder or worry about its whereabouts. This system connects with an app on a smartphone, allowing the user to know how far their bag is from them at all times.

travelsmith.com $69

trakdot.com $69.98


Lighted Travel Mirror The luxury of a home makeup mirror is now easy to take anywhere with Travel Smith’s lighted travel mirror—any globetrotter in your life will be very grateful. It folds down, allowing easy storage in a suitcase or carry-on, and runs on batteries, giving access to a lighted mirror wherever in the world you might find yourself.


FitKit One of the toughest things about frequent travel is being able to stay fit and focused. Weighing under three pounds, this is a compact pouch that has everything needed for a regular workout routine, including an exercise band, jump rope, door anchor, resistance tube, and a Get Started Guide.

flight100.com $52

fitkit.com $34.99


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F1 Go Clean Set Nothing says “I care about you” to a frequent traveler more than helping make their lives easier. Flight 100’s Go Clean Set makes packing simple, organized, and clean, thanks to a travel laundry bag, two shoe bags, and one “Stuff” bag. With this starter set, everything stays in its proper place.




TX Juice Ai Drone With patented auto takeoff, auto hover, and auto land, this drone is perfect for kids of all ages; it’s also known as the easiest to fly drone on the market, and its high-tech sensor abilities give it unprecedented artificial intelligence for its price point.

scientificsonline.com $71.95

Hoverboard 360 Give tech-junkies the gift of transportation with the Hoverboard 360. Move up to 12 mph just by standing still on this new-age scooter’s two footpads. We tested it out and confirm that this is the revolutionary gift this holiday season.

hoverboard360.com $498.99

GoPro HERO4 Black

Withings Home Monitoring System

Out of the gate, GoPro was a revolutionary camera, packing quite the punch for any camera, especially one its size. The new GoPro HERO4 Black is the most advanced GoPro to date. This camera’s video is 4K30, which is 4x the resolution of 1080p. It takes 12MP photos at 30 frames a second, and there are new settings for after dark, an easy-to-use time lapse, super view for extra wide angles, and exceptional acoustics for audio.

Give the gift of high-tech peace of mind. This monitoring system not only lets users keep watch over the safety of their home, but allows them to interact with whoever is in the house. They can communicate and monitor the safety of whatever is closest to them just by linking their Apple device to this camera. It also connects to the Apple Watch.

gopro.com $499

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www.withings.com $199.95

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Selfie Wireless Remote Shutter Selfie sticks might be all the rage—but we are so over them. The only acceptable way to take a photo of yourself (or of your entire group) is with the Selfie™ Wireless Remote Shutter for iPhone or Android, which takes remote pictures without the use of a timer (just a simple remote control) and is so much less intrusive than waving your phone around on a stick. Give this to your teenage daughter to save her (and you) years of embarrassment.

eynproducts.com/collections $29.99

brookstone.com $24.99


EYN Smart Phone Case Every once in a while you discover a simple product that’s completely genius. For us, it’s the EYN Smart Phone Case. EYN cases (standing for “everything you need”; so true!) fit most phones and serve as all-in-one storage for cash, credit cards, keys, and of course, your smart phone. It also protects your phone and features an inside mirror, which also doubles as a stand for watching videos. Is there anything this thing can’t do?! (And yes, it comes in multiple colors).


Lenovo LaVie Z Laptop As the winner of the CES Best of 2015 award—and the world’s lightest laptop—giving this to a techie friend or family member says you care—and you’re in-the-know. While it weighs only 1.87 pounds, it’s not lacking serious performance power, and it’s got everyone in the industry talking.

shop.lenovo.com $1,199


Amazon Echo For under $200, giving this product to your favorite techie will probably make you their favorite person for life. Deemed “the closest thing…to a Star Trek computer” by CNET, the Echo is a hands-free voice-recognition super-smart system that does everything from playing music to providing the scores of your favorite sports teams, reading you the news, and answering questions. It could literally become your best friend.

amazon.com $179.99


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Personalized Children’s Book

Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

Make a traditional gift unique to the kiddo in your life. This innovative company allows you to personalize a children’s book with your youngster’s name, making it the perfect gift for a child who’s very special to you.

Give the little baking-enthusiast a Girl Scouts Cookie Oven this holiday and watch as the entire family’s eyes light up. This oven comes complete with baking pan, spatula, measuring tool, and a Thin Mints starter mix. We know, this is really a treat for you too.

iseeme.com Prices vary

amazon.com $39.99

Star Theater Pro

View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack

Give the gift of the universe with the Star Theater Pro, which turns any room into a planetarium. Display images on the ceiling of real outer space images taken via satellite. This is the best way to truly expand your child’s horizons.

One of the best things about having kids (beyond the unconditional love, of course) is getting to play with their toys. When those toys remind you of your childhood, the holidays become very happy. This modern-day View-Master works with your kid’s smartphone and an app to bring images into 360-degree virtual reality. Everybody wins!

amazon.com $249.97

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target.com $29.99

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Toy Mercedes-Benz S-Class Officially licensed by Mercedes Benz, this little beauty—one quarter the size of the original car, to scale—will be the envy of the neighborhood. It’s got a rechargeable battery, alloy-like wheels, LED headlights, and a three-spoke steering wheel. The only problem is you might want to keep it for yourself.

askamydoll.com $120


Ask Amy Doll Here’s a gift that’s a double whammy. World of Magic’s Ask Amy responds to 12 verbal prompts to answer questions, provide words of inspiration, and motivate children to sing along or recite a variety of poems. Amy also comes with a storybook and interactive phrase list that prompts her to respond with positive messages that promote high self-esteem and empathy for children.

pedalcarplanet.com $369.95


Plan Toys The Green Dollhouse Of course the main purpose of a toy is to amuse and entertain, but it’s even better when that toy teaches your little one. When it also promotes responsibility and respect for the environment, it’s truly a win-win. This dollhouse is not only made entirely from recycled wood, but it encourages children to live sustainably through its interactive solar panel, wind turbine, rain barrel, recycling bins—and even organic sheets.

toysrus.com $299.99

amazon.com $157


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Meccano Meccanoid G15 KS What kid wouldn’t love a life-sized “personal robot friend” that they build themselves? Even better: Once built, kids can program Meccanoid to move, play sounds, mimic movements, respond to voice commands, and even high-five. We want one!



Moonstruck Chocolate Co. Bark Bar Moonstruck Chocolates are handmade edible works of art. Who wouldn’t appreciate something that looks this good (and tastes even better)?

moonstruckchocolate.com $9

Annick Goutal Candle Ellen DeGeneres not only loves Annick Goutal candles, she put them on her list of things she can’t live without. We agree, they’re exquisite. The comedian’s favorite scent? Petite Chérie. Really, though, any of them is perfect for a stocking stuffer, Secret Santa, or thinking-of-you gift. It’s a can’t-miss.

us.annickgoutal.com $63 for most candles; $90 for the Limited Edition Noel

Etiquette Cashmere Bundle Baby Socks Little ones’ feet need lovin’ and luxury too. Slip these into the stocking and their footsies will be forever cozy, warm, and ensconced in comfort galore.

barneys.com $65

Jonathan Product Weightless Smooth Kit Everyone can benefit from style on the go. This travel kit features Weightless Smooth products in a jet-set package, ensuring beautiful locks anytime, anywhere. The kit contains Weightless Smooth travel size shampoo, conditioner, and smoothing styling balm.

jonathanproduct.com $10

Owen & Fred Luggage Tag Thermos Stainless Steel King Travel Tumbler Most New Yorkers need on-the-go coffee the way everyone needs oxygen. It’s what makes our subway commute bearable. Give them the gift of a durable, stainless steel travel coffee cup that keeps liquids hot for hours and can withstand the same pressure the average New Yorker can.

amazon.com $27.58

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Who wouldn’t want and appreciate a luggage tag that tells it like it is? We all travel, and we all don’t want to lose our bags. This leather bag tag clearly states what you’re thinking: “This Bag is Not Yours.” Enough said.

owenandfred.com $26

Hunter Cable Knit Boot Socks


Hunter boots are practically the NYC below-the-knee uniform once the temperatures drop. The best thing about these waterproof wellies is their fashionable, cozy liners. This is a gift guaranteed to receive a warm welcome.

us.hunterboots.com $50

Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows Gift Set

CIROC Ultra-Premium Vodka

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With an international Food Hall and restaurants around the globe, the celebrity chef continues to conquer the culinary world.

By Pamela Jacobs

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in the room. Pamela Jacobs: Here’s a little known fact about you: You actually went to college on a baseball scholarship. Did you ever think you’d play professionally, or was being a chef always the plan? Todd English: Becoming a chef was never a plan, actually, because back then, it was not a profession that most people sought after. I always loved to cook, though, ever since I was a kid, and even had a garden of my own since I was a teenager. I grew up watching my Italian mother and Julia Child, and was always fascinated and passionate about cooking. PJ: When you first started cooking professionally, where did your influences come from? Were there specific places you’d been and/or other chefs that were significant to you from very early on?

efore international food markets and culinary halls starting popping up throughout the city, the Todd English Food Hall opened in The Plaza, New York’s most iconic hotel. With it, it brought a unique, unprecedented approach to dining in New York City, and more of the world’s best food to one of the world’s best hotels.


from the Culinary Institute of America with honors, apprentice in Italy, and become the Executive Chef of a restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the age of 25. After that, the accolades and awards poured in—including being named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2001. It’s been quite the ride for Chef Todd English, and it’s still going at lightning speed.

Of course a concept this grand couldn’t be brought to us by just any chef. It required the experience and prestige unique to one man—the chef named the James Beard Foundation’s National Rising Star Chef in 1991 and Bon Appetit’s Restaurateur of the Year a decade later; the owner of restaurants and brands spanning the globe, including Olives from Vegas to Abu Dhabi, Figs from Boston to Palm Beach and Kuwait, and culinary concepts at Walt Disney World, on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, and in three major U.S. airports.

It’s no wonder, then, that we were more than a little excited to have the chance to sit down with English at his buzzing Todd English Food Hall and chat about his past, present, and future, while watching the charismatic man charm everyone

This man, of course, is Chef Todd English, and he proved—most definitely—to be the right man for the job. To make just one restaurant in New York a lasting success is a challenge to say the least; to build a culinary empire around the globe and curate a food hall with nine diverse food stations that lives up to The Plaza’s reputation and serves countless New Yorkers and tourists every day is a whole other level of success. But Todd English is no ordinary chef. His first job in a professional kitchen was at the age of 15, after which he went on to graduate

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TE: From early on, I have always been incredibly passionate about traveling. I love to learn and experience new things from different cultures, which has played a huge part in what influences my culinary decisions. I take what I learn from each travel experience and try to put my own spin on it when I recreate the dish in my kitchen. I find it very important to maintain the origin of the dish, while enhancing and altering the flavors. I was also fortunate to be able to work with Julia Child when I moved to Boston, and she was truly an inspiration. PJ: Now you have restaurants all over the world—Vegas, Mexico, the Bahamas, throughout Florida and Massachusetts, and even Dubai. What unites them all, and makes them—no matter where they are or what they serve— unique to you and your brand? TE: I like to cook with a lot of flavor and love, and I want to always create a warm and fun dining experience. I always try to respect the authenticity of the international dishes on the menu, as well as adding a modern touch—essentially, a spin of the common classics using indigenous and seasonal ingredients. PJ: Of course, some of the most beloved of your restaurants (and certainly for our readers) are here in New York. Is cooking for New Yorkers different than for diners in any other places in the world? TE: New York is known for the amazing culinary variety it has. In this one city, you find the best cuisines from all over the world. When cooking for New Yorkers, it is incredibly important to be innovative and open to evolving with the times. Producing quality food is my main priority—no matter what state or country it is in—but New Yorkers have very high expectations (and rightfully so), so it is important to ensure we live up to that standard at all times. PJ: Are there certain stations in the Todd Eng-

lish Food Hall—or specific dishes within the nine stations—that are personal favorites of yours? TE: I don’t eat pasta like I used to, but a good plate of spaghetti will always be a favorite of mine. I take great pride in all of our dishes from the different stations, but with my Italian heritage, the pasta station is definitely one that I hold close to my heart. PJ: The Todd English Food Hall is an incredible culinary experience, and must have been a huge undertaking. How long had you been thinking about doing something like this, and how did it first come about? TE: The TE Food Hall was something I dreamt about for more than a decade, as I spent a lot of time traveling in Asia and Europe, and wondered why these types of markets did not exist in America. When the owners of The Plaza asked me to look at the space, I proposed the idea of a food hall market like I had seen in many places throughout the world—but one with an American sensibility. PJ: The Plaza is a classic, iconic New York institution. Did that play a big factor when coming up with specific plans for this concept? Meaning, do you think different choices would have been made had it been located somewhere else? TE: It may have been a bit different if the location was, let’s say, Brooklyn—or even Midtown. But in keeping with the classic style of The Plaza, we wanted the Food Hall to reflect the same timeless elegance and design. PJ: I’ve seen you give cooking demos several times, and you always seem to really enjoy it. Does that play a big role in who you are as a chef and a personality—teaching others and passing on your love of food? TE: Yes, certainly. I’ve always loved the theater of cooking and teaching and spreading the gospel of good food. PJ: It seems like you’ve done literally everything a professional chef can do: Restaurants around the world, television, multiple cookbooks, numerous charities, and an international Food Hall in what’s arguably New York City’s best hotel. Is there anything you’ve yet to do that we can expect from you? TE: I would like to continue in the education of food—especially the future of food and our health. We are what we eat, and so inevitably, I see chefs being involved in the well-being of everyone as much as doctors are.

THE HOLIDAYS AT THE TODD ENGLISH FOOD HALL Designed by renowned architect Jeffrey Beers, with mosaic marble floors and dramatic dimensions, the Todd English Food Hall is a European-inspired specialty food market that’s, at its core, purely New York. It combines the best flavors and dishes of the world—with nine different food stations—with the sense of community that exemplifies this city, and offers something delicious for everyone. In addition to food favorites ranging from dumplings to oysters and tacos, there’s a 3,500-square-foot private dining room that can accommodate up to 175 people and features interactive chefs’ “action stations” for an immersive, all-encompassing edible experience (perfect for a holiday soirée). There’s also a grab-and-go market with items hand-chosen by Chef Todd English. This holiday season, the Todd English Food Hall will be offering special holiday menus. The Christmas Eve menu features such offerings as Butternut Lobster Bisque, Holiday Flatbread, and Crabmeat Stuffed Sole (with green bean “casserole”); the Christmas Day menu includes Traditional Country Pate, Rolled Ribeye “English Butcher” Style, and more. For more information on Chef Todd English and the Todd English Food Hall, visit cheftoddenglish.com and theplazany.com/dining/todd-english-food-hall

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Chef Todd's Favorites

Courtesy of the Plaza

Around the City With his businesses in the heart of midtown Manhattan, naturally Chef Todd sometimes needs to escape the hustle and bustle. Where to? The West Village, SoHo, and Nolita for the many “great little cafes and restaurants, unique shops and boutiques, and cool little cocktail lounges.”

Out On the Town When not in the kitchen of one of his New York City establishments, or making the Todd English Food Hall run like a well-oiled machine, where does Chef Todd like to let loose? Among other downtown haunts, he counts Employees Only on Hudson Street as one of his faves. “It’s a

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fun little hideout,” he says, due in part to “amazing drinks and a great atmosphere.”

side, which means lots of food and lots of wine.” Which foods, specifically?

Dining Out

On Thanksgiving, “Antipasti starts around 11 in the morning,” he laughs, “with artichokes, caponata, the works. Then we roll into the lasagna course, then into the turkey and traditional foods. By 8:00, we’re about ready to pop.”

Everyone wants to know where a star chef eats when he’s not in his own kitchen. While this chef certainly has many favorites, he says, “I love what the guys are doing at Carbone. They’ve got a bunch of great things, actually. Dirty French is another really good one.”

Holiday Traditions It’s all about family for the chef during the holiday season. “The holidays are usually spent at my mother’s house up in Maine, on the water,” he points out. “That’s the Italian

And for Christmas, they begin the holiday with the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, followed, of course, by a whole other feast the next day. So who does the cooking? “Everybody,” he says. “My daughter Isabelle cooks—all my kids cook now. We all pitch in.”



San Francisco to Sonoma in High Style •••

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By Pamela Jacobs

The iconic Fairmont San Francisco


n 1907, one of the best cities in the word—San Francisco—got even better, when The Fairmont San Francisco opened its doors. Holding court high on Nob Hill, the new grand dame forever changed the landscape of San Francisco and the hospitality industry in general. Just 40 miles north of the City by the Bay, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa became an instant icon as well upon its opening, bringing an entirely new level of luxury to one of the most beautiful regions on earth. Following an extensive multi-million dollar renovation just two years ago, the beloved resort became even more spectacular.

Fairmont within a stone’s throw of all of the city’s main destinations, but it also happens to be the only spot where each of the city’s cable car lines meet. From the moment you enter its sprawling lobby, you’ll see that Fairmont San Francisco is something special. With the “jewel box”inspired rooms and suites in the original Main Building and the sophisticated design and jaw-dropping views of those in the Tower Building, the 591 rooms and suites are the perfect combination of contemporary elegance

When you combine these two Fairmont legends into one trip, you get a truly one-ofa-kind vacation of a lifetime.

Fairmont San Francisco From its opening over 100 years ago—giving birth to the Fairmont brand—to its hosting the UN Charter Draft in 1945, and its role in music history (Tony Bennett first sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in the hotel’s famous Venetian Room), the Fairmont San Francisco has always been what legends are made of. It’s rumored that JFK first laid eyes on Marilyn in the Penthouse Suite. Today, the historic elegance remains, but with every modern luxury a traveler could wish for. The location, of course, can’t be beat— with priceless views to match. Not only is the

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The Tonga Room

and classic beauty. Of course each room and accommodation type features every bit of comfort any guest could hope for, from plush robes and pillow-top mattresses to inspired and inspiring design details—right down to the crown-shaped backs of the in-room seating, meant to remind guests of the hotel’s Nob Hill location. The Penthouse Suite (the aforementioned rumored location of the JFK/Marilyn introduction) is, quite possibly, the most spectacular suite I have ever seen. In addition to President Kennedy,

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one of the most famous and beloved of the Fairmont San Francisco’s onsite offerings is the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar (perhaps my second favorite spot in the entire city, after that Penthouse Suite terrace). Having opened in 1945 as one of the country’s first tiki bars (think kitschy but oh-so-glam), the Tonga Room is pure fun: Tribal wall coverings, bamboo tables, and giant drinks in coconuts. But that’s just the beginning; the tropical tiki palace is complete with a lagoon pool with a floating stage that moves throughout the night, on which an orchestra plays, and actual thunder and rainstorms (no umbrella necessary), much to the delight of Fairmont guests, San Francisco tourists, and local residents.


bedrooms, a living room with grand piano, a formal dining room that seats 60, a full kitchen, a famous two-story circular library crowned by a gold-leaf rotunda, a billiard room with floorto-ceiling Persian tile, and an enormous terrace with arguably the very best views in the entire city. At $18,000 per night, it’s one of the most expensive night’s sleeps in the world—but also the most exquisite.


Prince Charles of Wales, Mick Jagger, Nat King Cole, Elton John, and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands are just some of the notable names to have stayed in it. And while the 6,000-squarefoot masterpiece of luxury has been aweinspiring since it was created in the 20s, today, following a complete restoration in 2009, the beauty is beyond belief—and the value is a staggering $20 million.

When the night calls for more sophistication, there’s the ornately domed Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, which also delivers a delicious breakfast and renowned afternoon tea.







If San Francisco is one of your favorite cities (as it is mine), you’ll find that a stay at the Fairmont makes it even better. If going for the first time, a word of warning: After a stay here, you’ll never want to sleep anywhere else. Either way, you’ll definitely leave your heart there. (continued...)

The Fairmont SF Penthouse Suite Terrace

The Fairmont SF’s grand & elegant lobby

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At this idyllic setting, where natural and manmade luxuries seamlessly combine, it’s all about serenity. And sipping fabulous wines, of course.


The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa— with its ancient thermal mineral waters and overflowing sense of enchantment—is an oasis in every sense of the word. Here, it feels as though the city (and your worries) are a million miles away. What makes it so special? It’s hard to know where to begin. All guest rooms and suites are impeccably designed to maximize the sense of serenity, but I can’t imagine anywhere more ideal than my signature Mission Suite. While the private patio overlooking the quiet courtyard proved to be the perfect spot for enjoying a glass of wine, I had a difficult time tearing myself away from the interior of the suite, with its working fireplace and in-room two-person Jacuzzi tub. The suite was the embodiment of wine country beauty and bliss—and that’s just the beginning.





The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

As befits its location, there’s a huge emphasis on food and wine here. The lobby—inspired by wine country living—gives way to 38º North, a relaxed yet elegant open wine bar/lounge offering over 50 fine wines by the glass, an array of small plates, and comfortable, communal seating. The pièce de résistance, however, is Santé Restaurant, a Michelin-starred culinary masterpiece that in itself is worth a trip from San Francisco, or anywhere in the world, for that matter. Utilizing local produce and meats of the highest quality, the perfectly executed dishes—paired equally perfectly with the best wines available from an award-winning wine list—prove more than memorable. I still can’t stop thinking about the seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu that had me weak in the knees before I’d even gotten past the two amuses-bouche. There are multiple other opportunities for delicious dining at the resort, from the light poolside fare at the Water Tower to the casual comforts at The Big 3 and the wine country cuisine at the cozy Sonoma Golf Club Grill. If you’ve worn yourself out from all the eating and wine-tasting (on- and off-property) and the countless activities available in the area, or if you simply want

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The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa Watsu Pool

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Spa Cabanas at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

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With Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s F-Scape

Like good food and wine, some things are better when done together. Joining both properties into one trip is the best way to fully experience Northern California; they’re less than an hour away from each other yet completely distinctive. Combine the F-Scapes packages and add a Cadillac to the mix, and you’ve got the perfect escape, in every sense of the word.


At the Fairmont San Francisco, for instance, you can book a package that includes overnight accommodations, dinner for two at the Tonga Room, and two tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon, America’s longest-running musical revue, and a quintessential San Francisco experience.

To further their never-ending luxury offerings, Fairmont has gone one step even further, providing guests with a fleet of over 25 vehicles through an exclusive partnership with Cadillac. Combining these two iconic American brands means Fairmont guests enjoy courtesy rides in the newest Escalades and sedans to nearby destinations—such as Pier 39 in San Francisco and local wineries in Sonoma. Thanks to the partnership, the escapefactor gets amplified. And of course, if you want to unite all of the above, you can add a Cadillac to an F-Scapes package and really paint the town red.


Being much more than a hotel brand—but actually an all-encompassing ambassador of luxury travel— Fairmont aims to bring guests the full experience a property’s locale has to offer. Their F-Scapes do just that, providing a curated travel package.

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F-Scape to NoCal – and Combine the Two


From the impeccable design of every square inch of indoor and outdoor space to the unforgettable food, heaven-on-earth spa, and proximity to all the best the Sonoma Valley has to offer, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is much like a very fine wine; it’s pleasing to all senses, satisfying on all levels, and definitely gets better with age.


Sitting directly above ancient mineral springs, drawing healing from the waters and inspiration from their history, the 40,000-square-foot spa ventures beyond the traditional to offer a complete spa experience. Beginning with the signature Bathhouse Bathing Ritual and moving on to treatments such as the 90-minute Wine-Country Recovery massage and mini facial, you’ll easily see why this spa is in a league of its own.

to Sonoma package, you’ll enjoy accommodations in a Mission Suite, daily breakfast for two, a private VIP tour and tasting at Benziger, a winery picnic lunch, and a bottle of Benziger.


to know what true pampering is all about, the Willow Stream Spa, consistently ranked among the top in the nation, will more than please you.

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the Garden Isle of Paradise


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Top 10 Things to do in Kauai,


h, Kauai. Nicknamed the “Garden Isle” because it’s arguably the lushest of the Hawaiian Islands, this tropical paradise boasts great weather, gorgeous scenery (only 3% of the land area has been developed for commercial and residential use, leaving 97% pristine and perfect for exploration) and of course, plenty to do and see. Kauai has seven distinct microclimates, from the desert-like west to the tropical rainforest interior. The island boasts nine golf courses, five of which are ranked as the top 15 courses in the state. There are over 45 white sand beaches (more per coastline mile than any other Hawaiian island), including Poipu Beach, which continually ranks as one of the best in the world. Plus, Kauai has the

only navigable river in Hawaii, the Hanalei River, perfect for kayaking and other adventure water sports. If you’re planning a visit to this magical piece of paradise, here are the best things to do and see.

on the eastern shore and majestic mountains on the west. The weightless feeling of being in a helicopter combined with diverse topography makes this excursion a home run. islandhelicopters.com

1. Jurassic Falls Helicopter Adventure (Island Helicopters) Air tours anywhere are a luxury, but on Kauai a helicopter tour takes it to a whole new level. The island’s dramatic landscape—from the crater of Mt. Waialeale to Waimea Canyon, to the spectacularly rugged Napali Coast—is best captured from above. Since many of the most beautiful places on Kauai are inaccessible by car, a helicopter is the perfect way to see the Garden Island, with rolling hills and valleys

2. Blue Lagoon Hanalei River & Bay Tour (Kayak Kauai) There are plenty of kayak tours to be had, but what’s really nice about this tour is that it combines river and ocean kayaking on the North Shore. Plus, there’s a beach stop for a picnic lunch and some swimming and snorkeling time (we saw turtles while in the water, which was an added bonus). Request Lucas as your guide; he’s super knowledgeable about the environment and the ecology of the island. kayakkauai.com 3. The Luau at the Sheraton Kauai Resort I visited Hawaii years back and sat through a “traditional” luau. It was held indoors, on a stage, and felt, well, a bit kitschy. There were coconut bras and grass skirts. So I wasn’t really sure what to expect with the Sheraton’s version. I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. First, it’s held outdoors—the only oceanfront luau offered on Kauai—and the professional dancers showcased dances throughout the Polynesian culture, including those that originated from New Zealand, American Samoa, Tahiti, and of course, Hawaii. The dancing, costumes, and narrative were well (continued...)

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presented and the food and drink, under the stars with the ocean breeze, was a fabulous combination. I highly recommend it. sheraton-kauai.com 4. Sunset Golf Cart Tour (Princeville Makai Golf Club) For those who don’t play golf, but want to enjoy some of the best views on the island, this tour delivers. You can tour the 18 holes at your leisure, while driving your own golf cart. Feel free to stop and enjoy cocktails and sunset at the 7th hole—which boasts panoramic views of the ocean. makaigolf.com 5. Waterfall Picnic Ride (Princeville Ranch Adventures) I’m not normally a horse person, but I love hiking

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and waterfalls and thought this would make a great combination. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was riding through the ranch before hitting the lush greenness of the rainforest. We then hiked to a private waterfall, had lunch, and went swimming. The real adventure was hiking back to the top (fording a stream and scrambling up a 10-foot rock wall—it was challenging, but lots of fun). This is a good combination tour—horseback riding, hiking, swimming, and lunch. princevilleranch. com 6. Waimea Canyon Sunrise Bike Tour (Outfitters Kauai) For biking enthusiasts, nothing beats a ride down Waimea Canyon Road. Starting from the rim of the canyon, the bike ride down is 12 miles of smooth winding blacktop to the shore of the blue Pacific. Riders can choose between a four-hour sunrise or three and a half hour sunset ride. Whether you decide to see the sun rise over Waimea Canyon or the sun set over the “Forbidden Island” of Ni‘ihau, this tour won’t disappoint. outfitterskauai.com 7. Waipo‘o Falls Hike in Kokeʻe ‘ (Kayak Kauai) Kauai really is a hiker’s paradise. With most of the land inaccessible by road, there’s plenty of hiking trails to be had. Hard core hikers will love the scenic Kalalau Trail along the Napali Coast. I chose a guided hike in Waipo‘o Falls

in Koke‘e, which offered staggering views of Waimea Canyon as well as plenty of waterfalls. Lunch and swimming at the falls was the perfect resting point before hitting the trails coming back. kayakkauai.com 8. Kauai Food Tour (Tasting Kauai) You can’t go wrong sampling food, and you’ll be surprised at the diversity this small island has to offer. From amazingly delicious beef tacos from a food truck to upscale French cuisine, you’ll sample sweet and savory bites at eclectic places. Tours are offered on both the North and South shore. tastingkauai.com 9. Limahuli Garden and Preserve This lush, magical place has amazing views as well as beautiful flora (both local and exotic) throughout the tropical gardens. This is a great place to just be one with nature and quiet your mind and spirt. ntbg.com 10. Lomi Lomi Massage (Grand Hyatt Kauai) You can’t come to Hawaii and not indulge in a little spa therapy. The Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai consistently ranks as the island’s top-rated facility and at over 45,000 square feet, there are no shortage of treatment options. But you’re in Hawaii, so be sure to get the traditional lomi lomi massage. You won’t regret it. kauai.hyatt.com

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Incan Treasure •••


levate your trip of a lifetime with a stay at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, the only 5-star property at Machu Picchu located at the base of the ruins along the banks of the Vilcanota River. The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel was well worth every minute of the long trip it took to reach my final destination. After a delayed flight from New York City to Lima, I felt as though I was thrown into an episode of the Amazing Race as I barely made my connecting flight into the city of Cusco, followed by a two-hour bus ride through Andean mountains, only to barely catch a train for an additional two-hour ride to Machu Picchu. Finally arriving and thoroughly exhausted, the hotel offered an immediate feeling of tranquility and warmth from the friendly Peruvian people. The hotel’s newly renovated design was themed

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around the Andean cross, Chakana, symbolizing the four elements of nature—evident in the lobby, hallways, and 60 guestrooms; and as I entered my room, the soothing sounds of the river’s rushing waters outside my balcony immediately created a sense of place. While Machu Picchu is the main reason for the visit, a stay at the hotel only enhances your immersion into the Andean culture. The hotel offers Peruvian cooking demonstrations along with Pisco tastings and traditional ceremonies led by a local Shaman. The hotel’s commitment to sustainability, verified by the Rainforest Alliance, touches on social, economic, and environmental issues. Their fine dining restaurant, Qunuq, serves fresh ceviche and local Peruvian dishes within a 5-star environment. Guests can also enjoy a traditional cooking experience called Pachamanca, a Peruvian dish baked in the earth with hot stones. Panchamanca

has its roots from the southern and central regions of Peru, and normally includes potatoes, fava beans, lamb, pork, and chicken. The hotel provides tours up to Machu Picchu (via a 15-minute bus ride) along with ecological walks. This hotel is about location! It’s walking distance from the train station and the heart of the quaint town of Aquas Calientas, where you can buy everything and anything alpaca. Additionally, being located only one block from the bus stop to Machu Picchu means that upon returning from a long day exploring the ruins, you’ll not only enjoy being dropped off directly in front of the hotel, but you’ll be that much closer to your next Pisco Sour. In short, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel provides a luxurious and modern stay in an ancient land.

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in the Frankfurt Area


By Barry Bassis

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Exploring History and Rieslings

The Cosmopolitan Frankfurt skyline

The Vineyard at Lohrberg

any travelers think that Frankfurt am Main is just a commercial hub—but a recent trip to the Frankfurt RhineMain area revealed a wealth of history and culture, making it an ideal place for family vacations. The skyline bears such a resemblance to New York’s that the city has been called “Main-iihattan.” Our guide said that Frankfurt is considered the most American city in Germany, which is perhaps why I felt so at home there.


crisis, Germany is in the forefront of nations welcoming those seeking asylum.

Afterward, we took a boat trip on the River Main, past Frankfurt’s seven bridges.

Our first hotel stay in the area was in the centrally-located Fleming’s Deluxe Hotel. The name comes from the fact that the hotel chain was started by Ian Fleming’s chauffeur. One unusual feature is an original working Paternoster—an elevator that is in constant motion; you hop on and hop off. Needless to say, I took the elevator with the buttons.

We started the next day with an excursion to Lohrberg, the only remaining vineyard within the city borders of Frankfurt, where we tasted the local Apple Wine. All around us were activities for groups of schoolchildren. Lunch was served at an outdoor table at the scenic Lohrberg Schänke.

Frankfurt is the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, so naturally there is a statue of him. It is also the city where Anne Frank was born and where Oskar Schindler lived, and the Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Wall contains the names of Holocaust victims from the area; there are similar memorials in other cities. Germans are justifiably proud of their cultural contributions, but also admit their dark past. Significantly, in the current refugee

After settling in, we enjoyed a walking tour through the Town Hall Square. The Helaba Bank Tower offers panoramic views of the city. We had dinner at Frohsein restaurant (a delicious Wiener Schnitzel: Breaded and fried veal cutlet). I had my first taste of a Hugo cocktail, a popular drink in Germany that I liked so much that our guide suggested I open a Hugo bar in New York. (It is made with Prosecco, fresh mint, and elderflower syrup).

Frankfurt has more than 60 museums and galleries; 16 are located near the river (Museumsufer). With time for only one, we chose the Städel Museum. It is Germany’s oldest museum foundation with a collection covering 700 years of European art. There is a room of Max Beckmann’s paintings, including one of a synagogue in Frankfurt. A temporary exhibition of Hogarth’s prints was of particular interest, since I had just seen Stravinsky’s opera, “The Rake’s Progress,” which was based on some of these prints. On our third day, we drove to the capital city of Hesse region and a well-known spa town, Wiesbaden. From there, we took a picturesque cruise on the Rhine River, passing by a number of vineyards that produce Riesling wines before we reached Rüdesheim.

The Saalburg Roman Fort

One of our most interesting side-trips was to the Eberbach Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery which was founded in the 12th century. At its height, the Abbey had 100 monks and more than 200 lay brothers living and working there. The picturesque Abbey (where (continued...)

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Fleming’s Deluxe Hotel (Frankfurt) – flemings-hotels.com/en


Oranien (Wiesbaden) – hotel-oranien.de Steigenberger (Bad Homburg) – steigenberger.com Landgasthof Neubauer (Seligenstadt) – landgasthof-neubauer.de

Frankfurt City Hall

In the Name of the Rose was filmed) still produces fine wines. We tasted several with our lunch at the Klosterschänke restaurant. I was sorry we didn’t have time to visit the nearby convent where Hildegarde von Bingen had been the Mother Superior during the 12th century. Although I know her as a composer, she was remarkably knowledgeable and influential in a number of fields, from medicine to philosophy.





To Stay:

In Wiesbaden, we stayed at the luxurious Hotel Oranien. Then, we dined overlooking the town at the Opelbad Restaurant. The Romans had conquered the area and the former Roman outpost, Saalburg, conveys what life was like there about 2,000 years ago. The fort is part of the Limes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A lesson in archery made clear that if I had lived during that era, I would have gone hungry. I didn’t that day because we had lunch at the Landgasthof restaurant, where German Emperor William I used to dine. Our timing was perfect for our visit to the delightful town of Seligenstadt. Once every four years, there is a traditional “Geleitsfest,” during which townspeople of all ages dress up and parade in the costumes of their ancestors, with horses and donkeys. At the end of the procession, there is a ceremony at which a city official recites a script and then drinks wine from a massive spoon called a “Löffeltrunk.” We were assured that there were no special effects; he was really imbibing all that alcohol. The open-air museum of the state of Hesse, Hessenpark, offers another trip into history, perfect for families with children. Visitors can learn about more than 400 years of rural life by stepping into houses with their original furnishings or attend craft and farming technique presentations. There are also craftspeople working and selling their wares. Bad Homburg boasts of its “champagne air,” and its mineral waters attracted royalty, including the German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II. You

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are still treated like royalty at the Steigenberger Hotel. A visit to the elegant casino (built in the 19th century) confirmed that I had no more aptitude for gambling than archery. However, I did not lose at dinner. The on-site restaurant Le Blanc features a high quality fusion menu. There is a glass partition, so you can see the gamblers on the other side. Of particular interest to me was the free outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in German that was going on right outside the casino. During our stay in the region, there were arts events all over. While our tight schedule didn’t give us time for a concert, we did manage to sneak into a classical pianist’s rehearsal. As a reminder that Germans love their beer, we visited Glaabs Brauerei, the oldest brewery in the region. Founded in 1744, it still utilizes the traditional method of open fermentation. Since our departure time was approaching, we traveled to the very modern Hilton Frankfurt Airport. We had our farewell dinner (and my last Hugo) at Käfer’s Bistro Restaurant in Departure Hall B. Then, we spent the night in style at the luxurious Hilton Frankfurt Airport Hotel. I had previously stayed at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Copenhagen, and these are great places to stay when you’re getting on or off a flight. You just roll off your plane or out of bed and the terminal is nearby. From New York, flights are direct to Frankfurt on Lufthansa. Think of it: In about the same time it takes to sit through a Wagner opera, you can be in Germany.

For more information: Frankfurt Rhine Main Tourism frankfurt-rhein-main.de Lufthansa Airline (non-stop flights from NYC to Frankfurt) lufthansa.com

Hilton Frankfurt Airport – hilton.reservationscounter.com

To Eat:

Frohsein (Frankfurt) – frohsein-in-franfurt.de Lohrberg (Frankfurt) – lohrberg-schaenke.de Opelbad (Wiesbaden) – wagner-gastronomie.de Landgasthof (Bad Homburg) – landgasthof-saalburg.de

To Do:

Frankfurt Cruise – primus-linie.de Rhine Cruise (Wiesbaden) – k-d.com Hessenpark (Neu Anspach) – hessenpark.de Casino (Bad Homburg) – casinoseurope.com/ germany/casino-bad-homburg/ Glaabs Brauerei (Seligenstadt Brewery) – glaabsbraeu.de


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Swissôtel Shows Resident its Roots


n the 1980s two iconic giants, Swissair and Nestle, founded the Swissôtel, and over the next 30 years would grow to be world renowned for Swiss hospitality. With locations in 25 countries, including four in Switzerland, Resident explored the Zurich and Geneva properties. We departed from JFK on Swiss Airlines (Swissair ceased operations in 2002) following a very nice visit to the VIP lounge, and after a comfortable flight, landed in Zurich. Both Zurich and Geneva are amazing cities with an abundance of shopping, activates, and cultural dining experiences. The Swissôtel in Zurich is the ideal place to stay for the business traveler. The rooms are well-appointed and its location gives immediate access to the city center. One


By Jason Feinberg thing that stands out at Swissotel Zurich is Le Muh restaurant. Located on the ground floor, Le Muh’s buffet -style service and outdoor dining option will satisfy any culinary palate. But it was the 45page cocktail menu that really impressed me. At night, Le Muh transforms into a European

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Wangen an der Aare (credit: Jason Feinberg)

lounge that provides the perfect relaxing atmosphere with a bartender who is so talented he could have easily replaced Tom Cruise in Cocktail.

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Surrounding the lake are walking paths and parks in which to lie down and relax or take a boat ride for a tour of the lake. One thing that is a “must-see” is the Live at Sunset concert series in the summer months. If the Hamptons had a venue, this would be it. The arena, located just outside the city and tucked behind farmland, is relatively small compared to others, but it’s pure luxury all the way. Here you can enjoy mainstream performers while experiencing not only a remarkable sunset, but also an evening cocktail or two.




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Swissôtel Metropole Geneva was something much more on the grand scale. Built in the 1850s, you can feel the magnificence of this landmark building with views overlooking Lake Geneva. I had anticipated more of a traditional look and feel with my room, but instead was very pleasantly surprised. The room was updated and contemporary but not overly modern. The first thing I noticed was the incredible view of Lake Geneva behind the two French doors and decorative balcony. The second thing I noticed was there was no television—but instead a large,

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almost 10-foot mirror. I thought about it for a minute and wondered if I actually minded there was no TV. Then I found a remote. Puzzled, I started pressing the on/off button and aiming it aimlessly around the room. Soon enough, there it was. The television was hidden in the mirror. As you enter the room, one thing you can’t miss is the shower. Surrounded by glass—so your view of the lake is never obstructed—the shower is more like a personal spa than just a shower. With its built-in rain and steam features, they may, in fact, have to drag you out of the room. Metropole’s Gusto Restaurant offers modern Italian cuisine, which changes by the season and offers outdoor terrace dining in the warmer months—perfect for breakfast. The Mirror Bar, opposite the lobby, is a great spot to relax and enjoy light dishes and drinks. In the evening, 5 Lounge on the roof is the place to be. With its exceptional views, you can enjoy top-notch cocktails while watching the city light come alive. Swissôtel Metropole really has the perfect location. Across the street sits a park that lines the

lake. After having closed out 5 Lounge, I decided to grab a glass of Riesling and take a stroll along the lake. To my surprise, the park was bustling with people. Some having midnight picnics, some playing cards, and others, like me, just taking a stroll along the lake. It seems any time of year is a great time to visit both Geneva and Zurich. The temperature can easily get up in the 90s in the summer, and you can still see the snowcapped Alps in the distance. Come winter, both cities are transformed into winter wonderlands. Finally, another special thing I noted was how Swissôtel is connected with the community. We had the opportunity to visit a farm in Wagan an der Aare, a small rural area between Zurich and Geneva. This is where Swissotel gets its Purovel essential distilled oils for its spas. They are very rooted with the local economy, and do everything possible to help sustain that relationship and maintain their rich cultural heritage. So very Swiss, indeed.

For more information: swisshotel.com/hotels/zurich swissotel.com/hotels/geneva


Eau Palm Beach’s luxurious front lobby





Exterior view of Eau Palm Beach and its beautiful surroundings

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erched on a pristine beach on the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by lush tropical gardens lies the spectacular Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Gloriously reimagined from its previous identity by iconic potter and designer Jonathan Adler, the resort’s rooms, suites, and public spaces are now playful, comfortable, and simply breathtaking. Filled with whimsical treasures, all of Adler’s colorful rooms transport guests to a tranquil but fun-filled retreat, with color schemes of blue and white spotted with dashes of yellow, playing homage to the brilliant Florida sunshine. “Palm Beach is lemon sorbet for the soul,” says the designer, “and the rooms needed to communicate that. The hotel is right on the ocean, so that inspired the color palette. I adore blue, yellow, and white, because that’s what a vacation should be: Sea, sun, and sky.”

whereas the first thing I thought of for this project was the art,” says Adler. The hotel was just featured on the Condé Nast Traveler Top 10 Best Resorts in Southeast Florida list.



By Joe Alexander

Designer Jonathan Adler Taking notes from his own getaway in Palm Beach, Adler has created a tropical haven for the sophisticated traveler yearning for a tailored experience. The rooms’ entryways have silver bamboo detailing with shades of cerulean, nickel, and chrome accents that draw your eye into the space and then back out to the ocean views. The curtains over the sliding glass doors that lead to the balcony are the deep navy of the sea, with crisp white borders that have the feel of an oceanside cabana. Among Adler’s gestures to the history of this setting is a glamorous portrait of Lady Daphne Cameron by photographer Slim Aarons, which hangs on one of the living room walls. The designer also commissioned pieces by contemporary artists to enhance the rooms. “The art in hotels is usually an afterthought,

A decadent suite at Eau Palm Beach

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Eau Spa The most sensual of all the amenities here is the hotel’s award-winning 42,000 square-foot Eau Spa. I spent the day here being pampered and I thought I was at the Golden Door or Rancho Le Puerta. From the expert mani, pedi, facial, and massage to the whirlpool, steam, sauna, and rain showers, I was in Nirvana. Town & Country named it one of the Top 15 Spas in the World and Condé Nast has given it numerous rankings, including the Readers Choice Award as one of the Top 25 Spas in the World. The Eau Zone’s Relaxation Lounge with luxurious spa cabanas allows for total sensory escape. Among the spa’s services, I recommend the Scrub & Polish Bar that allows you to choose from a dozen formulas, and of course there is a full service beauty salon. You’ll be in heaven at Eau Spa. Other amenities here include Har-tru tennis courts, two swimming pools, and a varied menu of activities for the whole family. These include a sea life exploration excursion and a pirate-ship-themed playground with mini rock-climbing walls for the children. Or why not create your own rock band in the hotel’s state-of-the-art DJ studio, or dance in Coast, the young adult social space? Enormous coconut palms shade the pools and courtyard, which are serviced by attendants there to fulfill your every wish, from iced drinks and sunscreen to cool face towels.

For more information: eaupalmbeach.com

The gates to Eau Spa Garden






The “Silver Six”

6 Silversea Voyages that will Bring you the World in 2016




ne of the most incredible ways to see the world is by water. After all, the Earth is comprised of over two-thirds water, making it the logical way to access many unique and interesting places. While some might overlook cruising as a means of travel, just think: A cruise offers you the chance to disconnect and visit several locations in one trip without having to pack and unpack a suitcase, or endure multiple transfers. Now imagine taking a cruise with an expert, luxury line possessing ships with a few hundred passengers and a high crewto-guest ratio—a five-star home away from home. Now imagine participating in one— or even all six—incredible Silversea Cruises voyages commencing next year. The sea is the limit…




By Norah Bradford

November to March: The Caribbean and Central America - “Life’s a beach”

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Bridgetown, Barbados, and New York City provide departure or destination points for a Caribbean cruise. Typically ranging from one to two weeks in duration, Silversea cruises offer an itinerary of several islands on each voyage, bringing you to golden beaches and crystal-clear waters, plus an essential escape from the cold winters of North America and Europe.

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December to March: Take an African Safari, by sea

Fly to Cape Town, South Africa or Mombasa, Kenya and experience an African safari in a whole new way. Your bush camp is a five-star ship moving you between places to give you the ideal vantage point for experiencing a safari and seeing the animal kingdom up close.

April: Transit from Dubai through the world famous Suez Canal to Venice

Thailand. With incredible beaches, mountain ranges, and cities, it will be an intense experience and one to savor.

Expedition to the Galapagos Islands

Walk in the steps of Charles Darwin and travel to see the unique wildlife and islands of the Galapagos. Silversea has specially designed and outfitted expedition ships specifically for the purpose of bringing a touch of luxury to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Starting out from an iconic contemporary Middle Eastern city, experience the historic engineering and architecture of a transit through the Suez Canal to Port Said, Jerusalem, the Adriatic, and then the ancient trading city-state of Venice.

May to September: Alaska – “I see bears!”

From Vancouver, Canada or Seward (Anchorage), Alaska, cruise the Inside Passage or even visit Russia and Japan on a seaborne equivalent of a safari in search of the marine Big-5: Whales, seals, bald eagles, salmon, and of course, the Kodiak and Grizzly Bears.

October to February: See the vibrant Asian Century

Departing from the iconic Asian cities of Hong Kong and Singapore, experience some of the fastest growing Asian countries—Vietnam and

For more information: www.silversea.com








A Stylish New Year’s Staycation •• By Elizabeth Darwen

hy wait hours in the bitter cold to get a so-so view of the world-renowned Times Square ball drop on New Year’s Eve? Instead, knock Times Square New Year’s Eve off your bucket list in style and comfort at Novotel New York’s Supernova Ball Drop spectacular. For New Yorkers looking for the ultimate staycation to ring in the New Year, the Novotel Supernova boasts VIP packages, which include a stay in a premium room and entry to the Supernova Ball Drop celebration. For $4,250 (excluding operating charges and taxes), you and a guest receive a four-night stay in a spacious room along with a VIP table at the event. The Fourth Annual Supernova Ball Drop takes place from 9:00pm3:00am on December 31st, 2015 at Novotel’s Supernova, a newly redesigned, sophisticated event space with a heated outdoor terrace, providing the unique, spectacular view of the Waterford crystal ball drop. Every area of the space inside the venue, and on its 5,700 square-foot terrace, features unobstructed views of the ball drop, which makes it an extraordinary event for New Yorkers and travelers alike.

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The elegant venue offers unmatched ambience and energy in the countdown to midnight and beyond, well into the wee hours of the night. This year’s entertainment program at Supernova features aerial acrobatic performers to entertain guests with a Cirque Du Soleil-inspired show, and famous DJ Pollux Star (a.k.a. “the People’s DJ”) spinning the best tunes, as guests hit the dance floor, located in the center of the space. Revelers enjoy VIP table service, a six-hour premium open bar, and a midnight Champagne toast, along with gourmet passed hors d’oeuvres and succulent sweets. Guests 18 years and over are welcome to attend this elegant event, and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. “New Year’s Eve Best” attire is required. Event tickets start at $348 with Exclusive VIP package including four-night stay in modern spacious room with access to Supernova Ball Drop event starting at $3,599.

For more information: supernovaballdrop.com

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Holidays as a State of Mind Tips from the Entertaining Experts at OMAR’S



By Claire Gilbertsen and Pamela Jacobs






magine a home away from home, tucked inside a downtown brownstone that offers fine dining without the wait and exclusive company. OMAR’S is a modern-day answer to the glory days of old New York, a private dining club for New York’s most discerning and elite. Membership is carefully curated and is drawn from a wide range of applicants, which results in an exciting and different atmosphere that truly echoes the spirit of days gone by, when the chic and fashionable gathered to enjoy the best of life together. Since opening in the spring of 2013, OMAR’S has hosted a variety of truly special and unique events, including dinner receptions, cocktail parties, and many after parties. OMAR’S

continues to be successful thanks to the passion of the owner and founder, Omar Hernandez, who has gone to great lengths to make members feel welcomed, celebrated, and at home. It’s no wonder that the club is a favorite for many— one never feels forgotten or out of place. His extensive and impressive contact list keeps growing, and membership boasts many recognizable names from all over the world. During one of the most festive times of the year in New York—when it’s all about togetherness and deliciousness—we reached out to the team at OMAR’S to gain insight into how to make a holiday party truly shine. Do you have any insider tips on how to make a holiday party really stand out? Are there ways to decorate or little touches that can make your party unique? This holiday season is about building community (old school/new school). Look around your neighborhood, see what the local businesses and artisans are offering to celebrate the holidays. Support them and bring the spirit of togetherness and timeless chic. The spirit of the holidays sparks when we share with others,

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gifting a box of cookies to your neighbor to wish them a great one. In terms of decor, using the current trend to engage the eye, here are a few insider tips: • Start with the lighting and the music to set the tone. • Repurpose as much as you can; take old magazines and convert them to magazine holiday origamis, magazine page pinwheels, etc. • Take many photos of your loved ones while celebrating and convert them into great memories by using apps that create animated, awe-inspiring memories. Great ones include: Phonto (a free app to edit photos and add text), PicFlow (creates photo collages and videos for free), and Video Filters (a free app to change the mood of your holiday video into a variety of moods). Do you have any favorite dishes that are perfect for the holidays and perhaps a bit more elegant than the usual classics? Our Executive Chef, Georges Mokbel, special-


1/2 cup + 2 tbs water 1/2 cup + 1 tbs whole milk 1 1/2 tbs granulated sugar 1 pinch salt 5 tbs butter 4 large eggs 1 cup + 1 tbs all-purpose flour

Using a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch tip, mound about 1 tbs dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. keeping each mound of dough 1 inch apart. Bake 20 minutes until golden brown. Reduce heat to 250 degrees F and bake an additional 20 minutes until dry. Place baking sheet on a cooling rack and allow to reach room temperature.

Pumpkin Cream 1 vanilla bean split in half 1 cup whole milk 1 cup pumpkin puree 4 egg yolks 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 3 tbs unsalted butter Combine vanilla, milk, and pumpkin in a medium pot and bring to a simmer over low heat. Whisk yolks, sugar, and cornstarch in a separate bowl until the sugar has fully dissolved. Temper the egg mixture by stirring in about half of the simmering mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the egg mixture over the simmering mixture and cook 1-2 minutes, stirring consistently until mixture thickens. Stir in butter off the heat until fully incorporated. Cool mixture before using.

Apple Cider Caramel 3 cups fresh apple cider 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp pumpkin spice mix (optional) Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and reduce to a syrupy consistency. Fill each profiterole using a piping bag. Arrange on a serving plate and drizzle with Apple Cider caramel.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine water, milk, sugar, salt, and butter in a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Sift flour and add all at once stirring vigorously, using a spatula until mixture is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Allow mixture to cool one minute off the heat, then add eggs one at a time, stirring each egg into the dough until fully combined after each addition. Once all eggs are incorporated, continue stirring one minute or until mixture is smooth and shiny.


For more information: omar-nyc.com/

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Per Omar, Periscope in the next big thing is social networking. A fun, modern idea is to make sure that everyone has a selfie stick and Periscope ready to recreate their own ball drop moment with loved ones around the world. Even though friends may not physically celebrate the New Year together, this way you can still share an intimate moment to create a sense of togetherness.

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Any ideas for a unique, fun way to ring in the New Year?

Chef Mokbel’s

Pumpkin Profiterole with Apple Cider Caramel LAST WORD

How can you make the cocktails stand out, but in a simple way that’s easy to do for a crowd?

At OMAR’S, we always highlight seasonal cocktails to keep the menus new and exciting for our guests. This year we are featuring the Buchanan 18 with bourbon, lemon juice, honey, basil syrup, bitters, and a dash of cinnamon. Sipping it evokes a feeling of warmth and the holiday season in one glass.


For the holidays, Mokbel likes to take a few classic dishes and give them a modern spin to take it to the next level with fresh, seasonal tastes for guests’ palates. One holiday dessert that is being featured on the OMAR’S menu this season is Pumpkin Profiterole with Apple Cider Caramel [see sidebar].

partner who oversees the bars and cocktails menus, for holiday parties it’s always great to have one pre-made signature cocktail that’s ready to pour for guests, so you just need to add ice and a fresh garnish to finish it off.


izes in taking everyday dishes and turning them into elegant classics. His cookbook, Everyday to Gourmet, a first in its genre, is about showing two distinct ways to view and prepare the same dish. Each of the 110 recipes featured are shown and photographed side-by-side into two distinct ways of preparation. While the everyday version is described in easy ways to suit the everyday table, the gourmet version takes the same dish to a gourmand level, using presentation ideas and simple techniques inspired by professional culinary kitchens. The idea brings to consumers the artistry and the techniques of the pros, easily adapted for beginner and savvy cooks alike.




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Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro New Chef, Classic Favorites By Elizabeth Darwen with asparagus, frites, garlic, and thyme with brown butter. Gluten-free diners may also feast on Artisanal’s new Beet Quinoa Burger with arugula, balsamic yogurt, and tomato on a poppy seed bun.

With the new menu, Chef Creger, formerly of Le Cirque and Grandisca, keeps the classic French dishes Artisanal is best-known for, but adds his flair, using epicurean ingredients such as black and white truffles, Wagyu beef, quail eggs, and caviar to enhance them. Guests can now enjoy new hors d’oeuvres and fondue options, including the new Truffle Fondue, which features Artisanal’s signature threecheese blend with black truffles folded in to the mixture and white truffles shaved on top. Also new to the menu are an array of delicious grilled cheese sandwiches, including their signature five-cheese blend, named “Best in New York” by Time Out Magazine. Additionally, diners will enjoy decadent entrees, including a 32-ounce Waygu tomahawk ribeye served

Loyal diners at this Park Avenue institution need not worry—traditional menu items that are customer favorites will remain on the menu. Artisanal’s well-known macaroni and cheese is still on the menu, featuring its classic cheese blend. Additionally, the restaurant has its signature lobster bisque, served with crème fraiche and a caviar profiterole, and the Dover sole with crushed fingerling potatoes, spinach, fennel, and brown butter. As has always been the case, all breads and pastries served at Artisanal are baked in-house, including hamburger buns, baguettes, and five types of bread (including gluten-free options), all of which are made fresh for every customer.



rtisanal Fromagerie & Bistro, a renowned French bistro and wine bar located on Park Avenue in Murray Hill, has launched a brand-new menu created by new Executive Chef John Creger.







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In addition to the delicious and generous new

menu, the restaurant has recruited master mixologist Carlos Vasquez to create a beautiful, delicious cocktail program featuring a diverse range of ingredients. From its Five Points cocktail with vodka, green grapes, elderflower liquor, hibiscus elixir, lime, and agave to the Artisanal Hemingway with rum, grapefruit, pink peppercorn, aromatic bitters, absinthe, maraschino liquor, lime, and agave, there is a cocktail to suit everyone’s taste. Since acquiring Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro in late 2014, Owner Sarid Drory has transformed this favorite into a more upscale destination. Along with the decadent array of ingredients from the new food menu, he also expanded the wine cellar and cheese lists. Artisanal now boasts sidewalk café seating, designed by Adam Tihany, and a chef’s table in a private room named “The Cheese Cave.”

For more information: artisanalbistro.com

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Mirso and Christopher Miller

It’s Chef Miller Time Introducing Four Cuts Steakhouse •


By Peter Elston


fter leading the kitchen at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, Chef Christopher Miller is launching Four Cuts Steakhouse.

A Brooklyn native, Chef Miller has over 20 years of experience. Upon receiving his culinary degree from the University of Washington, Chef Miller took his first positions at Mortimer’s and Ben Benson’s Steakhouse. After working in those esteemed restaurants, he became the Executive Chef of Bobby Van’s, a position he held for over 13 years where he developed a reputation in New York as the “steak whisperer.” Four Cuts, named after the four traditional cuts of steak—the ribeye, the strip, the tenderloin, and the t-bone—will offer diners traditional steakhouse cuisine in an intimate setting. The operation of the restaurant will be led by its General Manager Rodolphe Siffredi, who most recently worked as a steakhouse consultant for both Desmond’s Steakhouse and Parca Prime Steakhouse.

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Four Cuts’ space in the Sutton Place neighborhood was completely re-designed by C3D Architecture, which set out to create a unique look for the Four Cuts space by combining the sleek look of modern design with rustic elements associated with traditional steakhouses, creating an elegant, welcoming dining room. In addition, Marlaina Deppe of Novo Arts has provided a special wall garden, which has been installed on the columns in the main dining room. Franco Lucic of LMF Group designed the walnut wood paneling featured on the restaurant’s walls and on its columns, which accentuate the wall gardens. Along with the wall gardens and wood paneling, there will be custom artworks for guests to admire on the walls of the restaurant. When guests sit down for dinner, they are able to enjoy a wealth of traditional steakhouse classics from Executive Chef Christopher Miller’s menu. Working side-by-side with Chef Miller will be Sous Chef Joaquin Linares, formerly of

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and Benjamin Steakhouse. Diners may start their meals with Four Cuts’ signature Seafood Platter which includes jumbo lump crab meat and shrimp served with cocktail sauce, lemon, and mustard. For a main course, guests may enjoy signature steak cuts such as the 28 day aged Prime NY Sirloin Steak. If you are looking for a decadent, romantic meal for two, Four Cuts serves a Porterhouse for Two or More served with your choice of sauces, including cherry peppers and onions, barolo wine, truffle butter, or Chef M’s Signature secret sauce. In addition to steak fare, Chef Miller will be serving his signature “blackboard” specials including veal chop with a grilled apple jack gastrique with sautéed wild mushrooms and Red Snapper sautéed with a beurre blanc burnoise over a vegetable hash.

For more information: www.fourcutsny.com





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or many, Christmas day means eggnog and turkey. For others, it’s all about moo shu and movies.

In New York City, especially, there is a long tradition of dining on Chinese cuisine at Christmas. In the early 20th Century Chinese and Jewish immigrants lived together and shared cuisine in the City’s Lower East Side. In addition to the Chinese opening their restaurants at Christmas time, the Jewish community regarded the dishes as adhering to the Kosher traditions of food preparation.



China Fun An Upper East Side Jewish-Christmas Tradition

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Christmas Day favorite is family-run establishment China Fun on 64th Street. Founded by Dorothea and Felix Wu in 1991, guests know that when they dine at China Fun, they can enjoy the same signature dishes every visit and know it will taste exactly the same each time. Its Dim Sum menu, served all day long, which

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By Peter Elston includes Mini Soup Dumplings served with either pork or pork and crabmeat and savory, ultraaddictive scallion pancakes. Enjoy a drink at the intimate wood and marble bar or in its main dining room, with beautifully crafted cocktails like the Saketome, featuring sake along with Grey Goose, lime juice, served either shaken or straight up with a pickled ginger garnish. For a family-friendly drink, China Fun is well-known for its bubble tea, available in multiple flavors to suit all palates. China Fun truly lives up to its name with its signature dishes, which are traditional Chinese staples with a fun, unique twist. For your main entrée, China Fun has a wealth of options, from noodle dishes to chicken and seafood to satisfy every palate. For a unique, fun take on a classic chicken dish, China Fun offers its Chicken in Peach Sauce, served with a sesame seed garnish which tantalizes the palate with sweet and savory flavors. For a succulent, delicious meal to share with a friend

try China Fun’s Peking Duck, cooked to perfection with each bite seemingly melting in your mouth. Though only on the menu for Chinese New Year, New York’s best kept secret is that the restaurant’s succulent Pork Belly is available year-round as long as you request it 24 hours beforehand. To complete your traditional meal, China Fun serves its classic Steamed Red Bean Buns. Between the multitude of options and welcoming environment, it has worked hard to maintain its status as one of the top neighborhood spots on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and the perfect Jewish-Christmas tradition.

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By Olia Golovkina





Yu Ho-Jin - The Manipulator


Adam Trent - The Futurist

James More - The Deceptionist

The Cast of The Illusionists

Raymond Crowe - The Unusualist


Dan Sperry - The Anti-Conjurer

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tarting November 19th, there’s a new show on Broadway, and it doesn’t include a complex story line or piercing vocals— in fact, nothing at all that is typically associated with a Broadway performance. Think instead visual paradoxes, hair-rising illusions, and stunts that take adrenaline levels to new highs.

The Anti-Conjuror (Dan Sperry) specializes in shock illusions, and he has appeared on America’s Got Talent, FOX’s World Magic Awards, and TLC’s Cake Boss. The Deceptionist (James More) easily fools with his high-speed trickery; he has performed live for several large audiences, including Britain’s Got Talent. The Unusualist (Raymond Crowe) is a trained mime, ventriloquist, shadow puppeteer, and comedian who was a grand finalist on Australia’s Got Talent, while the Daredevil (Jonathan Goodwin) is a martial artist, archer, knife thrower, free

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Returning to New York since its debut last year, when it broke box office records and was heralded as a “high-tech magic extravaganza” by the New York Times, the Illusionists, directed and choreographed by Neil Dorward, is a collaboration by the world’s most talented and best deceiving.



We’re talking, of course, about the Illusionists.

diver, free climber, and escape artist previously featured on 60 Minutes and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The Manipulator (Yu Ho-Jin)—named 2014 Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts—will artistically make objects disappear before your eyes, and the Trickster (Jeff Hobson)—the “Host of Las Vegas”—will make you laugh, then return your definitely-notmissing watch. Finally, the Futurist (Adam Trent)—who has previously appeared on the Disney Channel, Travel Channel, and SyFy Network—will bring magic into the new age through the use of technology and dynamic media. This one-of-a-kind spectacle is “jaw-dropping” (New York Daily News), “awesome! A solid ten!” (NY1), and “Houdini times seven” (TheWrap). The Daily Telegraph, Sydney says, “It’s deliciously, self-knowingly over the top and brain-bendingly spectacular—genuinely satisfying family entertainment that should not be missed.” And Australian Stage shouts, “Incredible, astounding, amusing, mystifying, perplexing, and challenging—all in all this is a magical, mystery tour de force. Be prepared to be amazed!” Catch the magic at the Neil Simon Theater this holiday season, but hurry. The curtain closes

Jonathan Goodwin - The Daredevil

for good on January 3, 2016.

Spotlight on ComedianMagician Jeff Hobson With his title as “Host of Las Vegas,” his various television and live performances—including appearances on HBO, Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, and Fox Family’s Masters of Illusion among others, and entertainment for several Fortune 500 companies—Jeff Hobson has clearly been recognized as a master in his craft. He amazes audiences with his ability to make objects dissolve into thin air, but he wins them over with his sharp and inclusive humor, his demeanor on stage. And this quality gives Hobson a unique comedian-magician angle for the winning combination. We got the chance to speak with Hobson about his favorite onstage illusions, his humble beginnings, and the future of entertainment. Here’s what he had to say. Olia Golovkina: Do you see yourself as more of a comedian or a magician?


JH: Well, I saw a magician when I was very young and I decided right then, ‘You know what? That’s what I want to do for the rest of my life,’ and I never looked back. I’ve just been living a dream. Heck, I don’t even know what else to do! I think if I didn’t do my magic or comedy, I’d probably be homeless.

OG: Wow. So what drives you? JH: Being an only child, I grew up fast, and I knew that the life that my family had I didn’t want to have for myself. The 80’s came around, where Detroit sort of lost its prestige as the auto-maker, and I could tell that the city was quite depressed, my family was quite depressed, and so I delved into magic as an escapism…I just took it upon myself and practiced every

OG: What was the name of the magician that you saw? JH: His name was Wally Wilson and he was a Detroit police officer who went to schools and performed a magic show with the message of safety involved for the kids…well, I saw this guy [when I was young]–I didn’t know who it was, I didn’t know his name, didn’t remember anything—then in later years I was friends with this magician…and I didn’t put the two and two together that he was the same guy…it’s just a weird thing. I knew the guy but didn’t know that was the guy who started me on my magic career. And I wish I would have known and did my math and figured it out and thanked him before he died.

JH: Well it was a natural progression of things because, to educate magicians at the time when I was a child, you couldn’t just look on the internet, obviously, you had to find books that were buried in libraries. And, ironically, magic is the second-most written-about hobby in the world—hobby in the professional world, Jeff Hobson - The Trickster second only to photography—but the books on magic are 95 percent underground, and they’re self-published, privately-published, and passed around in the day, three to four hours a day after school, and trade. So I started reading these books and next thing, one show leads to another, and next next thing, when I was 11 I did my first show. I thing, I’m 15 years on the Vegas strip and now charged ten cents per person. [Laughs] I made on Broadway for my second season. a dollar ten that day, I had to split it with my partner, who I wanted to do the show with, so OG: So being part of [an ensemble] production we both made, you know, 55 cents, that was like the Illusionists versus doing your own show, do you like one over the other? a big deal.

JH: Sure, sure. And then at age 12 I got offered five dollars to do a birthday party…one show led to the next show, then I started doing family shows and birthday parties and family events

OG: Is there one trick or one magic performance that you would never want to divulge any information about? JH: Well, the best thing that I believe I’m skillful at—and I’m probably best known for after the curtain comes down—is my ability to steal people’s belongings and then give it back to them afterwards. Being from Detroit, I’m just a natural thief [laughs]…especially stealing people’s watches. And there’s nothing better for me. My entertainment, when I perform, is to look at people’s faces with their jaw dropped and eyes bulging and the shock that they see me give their watch back and they didn’t know it was missing. I just love that. I just relish it. It doesn’t get better than that, every night. OG: And for you, do you see yourself going in a new direction [with your magic] in the future?

OG: So you went to his show and you started doing [magic] on your own and then eventually you started doing your own shows?

OG: That is a big deal! The first profits!

as opposed to doing my own one-man thing. And it’s less pressure when there’s more people in a show…When you’re doing a one-man show, you’re it for an hour plus, for an hour and a half. And you have to be on constantly so it’s a little more difficult.

JH: Actually, because we [magicians] all know each other, it’s a family thing. It’s fun to be backstage. We’ll have poker games after the late show. Some nights we’ll get together as a family, we’ll go out to breakfast together…so I do prefer going with other people I suppose,

JH: I am the last of the baby boomers. The baby boomers just started to retire just in the past few years, and they’re going to be continuing to retire for the next twenty or so. And I believe that there is a huge gap in what is now the entertainment industry for those baby boomers…in the past few years more channels opened up on television that show retro-television… because I think a lot of people realize that entertainment was classic at a certain point in time, when we had Johnny Carson and those sorts of things. And a lot of people— those baby boomers—are now missing that nostalgia…so if I had to say, I would love to do television, and I would love to do something retro for the boomers, and I think I’d be good at it. So that would probably be my goal I think. That or writing my own one-man show for Broadway and traveling in the theater circuit. OG: About the Illusionists , is there something that you could tell our readers— something that they would never guess about the show—that they would see if they attend the performance? JH: Well, I’ll tell you this…when we were on Broadway last time, we got feedback pretty often saying, ‘We had no idea. This is so much better than what we expected. We weren’t expecting all of this type of magic. We were expecting the old-fashioned girl-in-the-boxcut-in-half sort of thing,’ but we don’t even do anything like that…so I would say: Expect the unexpected.

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OG: Okay, so where did the magic come in?

for the next two years. And by the time I was 16 I was traveling around the United States and doing shows. So by the time I graduated high school I was actually making more money than my father.


Jeff Hobson: I suppose I was a class clown since I could remember. As a young child I always wanted to get the laughs and do the jokes, and then eventually I learned magic a few years after that. I guess I’m a natural-born clown and then magician second.





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ontinuing its wildly popular run, OffBroadway’s Drunk Shakespeare is guaranteed to make any night this holiday season intoxicatingly fun.


Directed by David Hudson and produced by Scott Griffin, Drunk Shakespeare features a group of rotating actors (Alison Wien, Brandon Carter, Caitlin Morris, Josh Hyman, Josh Sauerman, Julia Giolzetti, Michael Amendola, Monique Sanchez, Tim Haber, Whit Leyenberger, and Adam Thomas Smith) who are at once classically-trained and completely inebriated. Each night, one of these performers downs at least five shots of whiskey before performing a Shakespeare play with the remaining (and sober) cast members. To up the ante, on Friday and Saturday nights a late show features a second performance by said whiskey drinker—meaning more drinking and

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more unexpected hilarity. This drunken spontaneity occurs in The Lounge, a cozy hidden venue in the Theater District with over 9,000 books covering the walls, allowing audience members to bring a book and take one home. The middle of the space is a beautiful red stage entirely made up of books, and there’s a bar built into an 11-foot bookcase. This is the perfect must-see place to bring someone special for a holiday night out. For those audience members looking for an extra-special (and sauced) evening, for $500 an audience member can become king of the night. The king receives a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne, handmade chocolates, caviar, two premium cocktails, and executive decision-making powers throughout the performance. If someone hasn’t purchased this

royal package by the time the show begins, they auction it off to the highest bidder. With its completely unique brand of entertainment, an anything-can-happen vibe, and actors so talented Shakespeare himself would approve, this show is the perfect choice for a carefree and laughter-filled evening, and is a great idea for a holiday date night. Instead of choosing between being cultured and being hammered, here you get a little bit of both. (FYI: The Lounge does not condone excessive drinking, and follows the health of their actors throughout the performance.)

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Holiday Gifts of Music ••



By Barry Bassis band with percussionist Mtume and a succession of saxophonists: Dave Liebman, Sam Morrison, and Gary Bartz. The sound was more electric, with one or two guitars, bass, pianos, and Davis occasionally playing electric organ in addition to the trumpet. Miles Davis is one of the titans of jazz and the set contains, in addition to timeless music, photos and informative notes on the concerts. Jazz

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The 1958 Newport appearance is by the trumpeters’ group that recorded “Kind of Blue,” the bestselling jazz album of all time: Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb.


The 1966 and 1967 concerts are with another historic group: Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. Davis and the group continued to play pieces from the past (such as “Stella by Starlight”) as well as ones that the band members composed, such as Shorter’s “Footprints” and Carter’s “R.J.” By 1969, Shorter was still in the group but the others had been replaced by Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. Miles was moving into rock fusion territory. The later recordings are with the “Dark Magus”

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the work by Andersen’s new bass, which has a lion carving. Once Eckemoff begins a project, she engages all her talents: The set comes with her art work and poems about the king of the jungle. Her follow-up album, Everblue, is even better. She recorded this with Andersen again on bass as well as Jon Christensen on drums and a terrific saxophone player, Tore Brunborg. Eckemoff has been building up an impressive body of work. For the holidays, I like music that brings people together. This year’s choice is Lara St. John’s Shiksa. She is a leading classical violinist from Canada and the album is a collaboration with pianist Matt Herskowitz. Nine of the 14 songs (from Jewish, Roma, and folk origins) were arranged by St. John and Herskowitz. The others appear in new arrangements by contemporary composers Martin Kennedy, Milica Paranosic, John Kameel Farah, Matt Herskowitz, Yuri Boguinia, Serouj Kradjian, David Ludwig, Gene Pritsker, and John Psathas.


At the time of Davis’ first appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, he had no group, so one was assembled at the last minute—but what a group! Thelonious Monk on piano, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax and Zoot Sims on tenor, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Two of the tunes are by Monk (“Hackensack” and “’Round Midnight”) and he is in top form, as is Davis. The other piece was “Now’s the Time” by Charlie Parker, who had died earlier that year. (Immediately after the performance, Davis was signed by Columbia Records.)





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iles Davis’ brilliance shines through on the 4-CD box set Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 (on Columbia/Legacy). This set has over four hours of previously unreleased material.

fans will relish this set. If you were as disturbed as I was by the obnoxious dentist who killed Cecil the lion, here’s a way to honor the noble creatures: Buy Lions, a double-CD set by pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff (actually, her set was released before Cecil’s death). Eckemoff works with jazz musicians but she is more of a classical composer. Somehow, it all fits since she works with top-flight musicians—here drummer Billy Hart and bassist Arild Andersen. She was inspired to compose

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is a perennial Christmas treat. It is invariably performed on the ballet stage, or by orchestras and pianists as a suite. Duke Ellington’s Swinging Nutcracker is a jazz version. Now, Stewart Goodyear has released the complete Nutcracker ballet in his own arrangement for solo piano. His talent as an arranger matches his skills at the keyboard. The Steinway and Sons label not only earns kudos for the clear sound but for fitting 82 minutes of music on one CD.

Let the holidays begin!

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Anastasia Garvey Beyond World Dreams By Joe Alexander also studied Brand Management at the University of Monaco.

The blonde bombshell is fluent in French, Russian, and English, and traveled between Moscow and Paris during her college studies at the Moscow State University of International Relations, where she received her degree in Political Science. As a student, she participated in Model UN, a UNESCO tolerance forum, and numerous international conferences on peace-making and sustainable development in China, France, Bulgaria, and the UK. She

Garvey first fell in love with the performing arts early on, and went to dancing school in Moscow for ten years, after which she studied acting in Paris at Beatrice Brout’s studio. In New York City, she attended the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. She is currently being coached by Tribeca Film Festival award-winning director Matthew Bonifacio, whose new film is The Quitter. She is also studying opera with one of the Metropolitan Opera’s star sopranos, Olga



or the second season of his comedic web series, Cop Show—which is produced by Jerry Seinfeld and will be available on YouTube next season—Colin Quinn has recast 22 year-old actress/model Anastasia Garvey. “My first role was an actress who got her part by sleeping with the director,” laughs Garvey. “My second character was supposed to be a corpse, but the script called for me to keep moving and I then end up in a fight with the director who is played by Colin. He’s as funny off camera as he is on. I love working with him.”

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British rapper Skepta cast her as his girlfriend in his music video “Amnesia.” Garvey also played the “Doll” in Sick Love by Royal Records UK artist Vince Kidd. In 2011 she was a finalist in the “Miss UK World Dreams” beauty pageant and was featured in a jewelry campaign for Mehbs Yaqub Design. Her most recent photoshoot was with Fadil Berisha, who has also worked Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump.

Makarina. Garvey is currently represented by Annette Alvarez of Multi-Ethnic Talent and is represented by Funny Face Today Models. Garvey maintains a healthy lifestyle so she can attend auditions from coast to coast on 24 hours’ notice. “I’ve been a vegan for a year. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, and I eat as healthy as I possibly can,” she points out. “I used to work out four times a week with a trainer; I was a workout junkie, but as soon as I stopped working out I lost a lot of weight. I realized, for a girl, when you work out all the time you might just build bulk, when you do cardio, you’re hungry all the time, so now I do yoga and meditate. In the end it’s all about moderation; there is no other secret.” As for her future, Garvey says, “Right now I am focusing on my acting and modeling careers. I realize in New York, it’s all about hard work.”

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“ ’m captivated with the human relationship to light,” says artist Bentley Meeker, whose recent solo exhibition at the National Arts Club showcased 24 light sculptures of varying sizes.


“Different kinds of light have different kinds of properties, and we react differently to each one,” he explains. “It’s kind of like eating different kinds of food—like if you eat at McDonald’s, you feel different than if you eat at Per Se. So you feel differently in each kind of light, and I think my work is less about the exploration of light itself, and more about the exploration of the human condition under the light.”


Meeker collaborated with the Whitney on its Biennial in 2010, and the museum gave him the entire fourth floor for his own installation, “Flame to Now IV.”


He continued with “Flame to Now V” at the Burning Man Temple of Promise in 2013, and illuminated it again in 2015. The Nevadabased festival is where Meeker’s current fascination with the human reaction to light began, when he designed the temple lighting in 2011. “The temple is the one place where everybody goes at Burning Man; it’s the spiritual anchor of the entire event,” Meeker says.


He’d offered to light the temple simply because he wanted to be a part of it, and thought he could add something. “I started to realize that people react differently to different kinds of light. People have a real experience, people were drawn to this like it was a candle, like there was an inexorable pull that they could not get away from,” he recalls. The festival’s founders told Meeker that this temple had more visitors at night than any other temple in the history of the event. Meeker returned to the Whitney again more recently—at its new

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Meatpacking District location—in collaboration with renowned artist Carolee Schneemann. His overhead sculpture was the very first work of art ever hung in the new building. “That was a freaking phenomenal honor!” he says, laughing. He’s also exhibited at the Southampton Center, and in 2015 he created a massive public installation, a site-specific sculpture suspended from the 125th Street Bridge called “The H in Harlem.” “It was a wonderful thing to be able to do in my community,” the Harlem resident says. He doesn’t have a precious attitude toward his works. The Burning Man temples are actually burned at the end of the festival, and that includes his lighting, for which he uses minimal materials to limit the environmental impact. Meeker’s recent National Arts Club exhibition featured one chandelier made of repurposed glass marijuana pipes that he called a “Bongolier.” “It was just kind of a goofy thing,” he laughs. “I thought it was kind of a fun way to repurpose glass pipes; rather than using them, we were making something kind of great out of them.” Meeker is also a well-known lighting designer whose company is regularly commissioned for White House state dinners, and whose clients have included the Clintons, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Katherine Zeta Jones, and Joan Rivers, who gave him one of his first high-profile jobs when she hired him to light her daughter’s extravagant Dr. Zhivago-themed wedding at the Plaza Hotel in 1997.

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Eating Healthy •for the Holidays ••


oliday time can be difficult, with lots of temptations and calorie-laden feasts. Between the holiday sweets lying around the office, preparing the holiday meals, and then attending the holiday parties and dinners, it seems almost impossible to avoid putting on holiday weight. But, just because you’re trying to eat healthfully, doesn’t mean that you need to avoid the festivities or accept the extra pounds. With a little planning, it is possible to maintain your weight during the holiday season. • Watch your portions! Divide your plate in half. Fill one half with vegetables. Divide the remaining half of your plate in half again. Fill one part with lean protein and the remaining part with the starch at the meal. • Prioritize. Holiday meals usually have lots of foods that you will find appealing. But are there foods that specifically define the holiday for you, i.e., candied yams or honey glazed ham? Pass on the usual calorically expensive fare like chips and dip, and opt for the holiday specific food as your treat at the meal. • Slow it down. Decrease your speed of eating It takes 15-20 minutes for your stomach to stretch and send a signal to your brain that says you are full. If you eat too fast you will eat too much and that leads to “eating to pain”. At that point you know you overdid it. Tip: do not “pre-load” your fork; you can even try to eat with your non-dominant hand. Also, conversation is calorie free! Talk to the people around you. If the holiday party is buffet style, don’t rush straight for the food table. Greet your friends and family, and settle in before even looking at the food. Remember, these meals tend to be long.

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Rather than inhaling your food and then going back for more, try to make your plate last the whole meal. • Avoid skipping meals. Though we are sometimes tempted to “save calories,” this tactic can lead to overeating. Eat prior to the big meal. Eat a regular breakfast and lunch, then eat something right before you go to dinner. Now the “battery” on your will-power will be fully charged. If you go into the meal too hungry you will eat faster and longer. So prevent yourself from getting too hungry—do not save up the calories by not eating all day. • Dessert is not a meal. It is a supplement to the end of a balanced meal. Try to choose the fruit or sorbet option. If that dense chocolate cake is calling your name, take a small piece, but then stop. It is ok to treat yourself (as long as it is in moderation), and there is no point in feeling guilty when you are eating something you love. Just remind yourself that there will be even more holiday eating. • Increase exercise. Since you will be eating more during the holidays, increase your physical activity. Go out for a stroll after a big meal, or hit up an exercise class the morning before a holiday dinner. • Watch what you’re drinking. Don’t waste your calories on beverages. Avoid sodas and juices, and beware of alcohol. Alcohol not only contains empty calories, but it can also further stimulate the appetite. A good alternative is some sparkling water with a citrus twist–sparkling water has zero calories. • “Calorically Cheapen” your meal. There are no “good” or “bad” foods. People always say foods like cheesecake are bad…I say it is delicious, but expensive. Everyone

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Am I a Candidate for PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatment? By Roxana Kerns, M.D. Platelet Rich Plasma injections constitute rejuvenation or regenerative treatments that take advantage of your body’s natural healing principles. The injected PRP directly affects the dermis or injected area as growth factors and specific proteins extracted from your own blood, encourage natural collagen production as well as the growth of additional tissue to support the underlying structures of the skin. The main advantage of PRP injections is the speed by which treatment can be completed. Because the typical treatment can be completed in about an hour, PRP treatment is considered a “walk-in” procedure. Patients come into the office, receive their injections, and return to their daily routine right away. Any swelling and facial discomfort is moderate depending on the injected area and subsides within 24 to 72 hours.

What is PRP? PRP is a small amount of blood (1-2 tubes) drowned from the patient and placed into a special centrifuge. The centrifuge separates out red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, growth factors and protein. The entire centrifuge process only takes 5 to 15 minutes.

The PRP rejuvenation process uses cells from your own body in order to encourage natural tissue production. They can be manipulated in order to become any sort of tissue the patient desires (Collagen, Bone, Cartilage, Ligaments). Platelets are known to release factors that respond to tissue injury, where they initiate and promote healing. So why would someone choose PRP? Because growth factors in PRP are believed to provide much better results because of their ability to grow new tissue.

When to consider PRP treatment? PRP Can be used in skin rejuvenation or as a regenerative tool as follows: • Replace the old fashioned “Facelift”. Facelift or Rhytidectomy ( wrinkle excision in greek) is a cosmetic procedure to restore a youthful looking face. A traditional facelift is a surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon under anesthesia. To perform this procedure, the surgeon makes a number of incisions

Dr. Roxana Kerns is a board certified physician who specializes in the art of Aesthetic Medicine.

at the hairline and around the ears. The procedure carries with it a certain amount of risk including infection and an unexpected final appearance. Rather invasive with the potential for severe downtime and complications, surgical facelift is transitioned by aesthetic physicians like Dr. Roxana Kerns, into less invasive facelift procedures, including PRP, Fat and Stem Cell injections.

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• Treat deep wrinkles unresponsive to Botox Cosmetic or as a natural alternative for patients who would not consider relaxants. The best results with PRP ( and Botox Cosmetic or Dysport or Xeomin) are for wrinkles, dark circles and saggy eyes. Other qualifying wrinkles are of the forehead, smile lines and upper lip wrinkles.

At Orchid Aesthetics Medical Spa in New York City we use SELPHYL AUTOLOGOUS FIBRIN AND PLATELET SYSTEM, an advanced technology for safe and rapid preparation of PRP.

PRP and Fat injections are facial rejuvenating procedures with the effect of a nonsurgical facelift.

• Neck wrinkles are most often forgotten and resistive to dermal fillers or Botox. PRP can be a qualifying youthful restorative tool in treating transverse deep neck wrinkles.

PRP and autologous Fat injections are different because these are considerably less invasive. These also do not involve traumatizing the underlying facial tissue. If you are considering a facelift procedure, we encourage you to contact Dr. Roxana Kerns of Orchid Aesthetics to get all the information. We believe that less invasive PRP or autologous Fat rejuvenation is preferable over traditional facelift surgery. We would love the opportunity

• Saggy and wrinkled hands can be treated with PRP or combination of PRP and dermal fillers to restore natural and youthful looking hands. •Platelet Rich Plasma injections have been proven very efficacious in treating osteoarthritis of the Knee, acute ligament injuries, ankle or shoulder sprain. Dr. Roxana Kerns is a Board Certified physician who specializes in PRP for rejuvenation or regenerative

What to expect the day of the treatment During a limited office visit, doctor Kerns will review treatment options and indications, after which a small amount of blood is collected as for any routine test. The tube(s) are spun into a centrifuge to separate blood and platelets. The PRP is ready for use according to clinical requirements.

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Facial Rejuvenation

For a Holistic Approach, Consider your Dentist First


By Dr. Jyoti Srivastava


ejuvenation is a word heard often when it comes to our overall health and appearance. But how do we look at facial rejuvenation from a holistic standpoint? At our practice, EastSide Dental Medicine, we always take a complete approach to oral and health care. And when doing any restorative or reconstructive work, we approach the patient in a holistic manner as well. We approach both with the end result of making our patients healthy and beautiful while applying cutting-edge solutions.

Having facial rejuvenation done in the hands of a qualified dentist has the advantage of being twofold: Addressing anti-aging in the face while creating a more youthful smile. As we know, when we age the teeth can yellow, wear down, and even shift. No anti-aging fillers, topicals, or injections will allow for a truly youthful appearance if the teeth are worn down, chipped, stained or yellowing. Also, dental and facial procedures can often be done combined in one visit, saving the patient time and money.

Often when considering facial rejuvenation utilizing BOTOX or fillers, the first thought is to go to a dermatologist, spa, or plastic surgeon’s office. But where does the role of the dentist weigh in? Dentists know facial and head anatomy better than most health professionals. And aesthetic dentistry is, in essence, facial rejuvenation, when one thinks of smile design or a smile makeover as a total package. Facial rejuvenation’s goal is to bring a youthful appearance to the face while reconstructing and enhancing the mouth in a natural and beautiful way.

BOTOX is a wonderful solution for softening lines and wrinkles in the face and relaxing the “number 11” furrow in the brow, and dermal fillers add volume back into the face that is naturally lost during the aging process. Working with dentists, some of the areas that can be addressed are jowls, laugh lines (also known as nasolabial fold), loss of lip and cheek volume, and neck wrinkling.

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These two treatments work beautifully and naturally in a dental setting when performing reconstructive and restorative procedures.

Considering a dental practice to perform these procedures while creating a smile makeover is quite natural, as a prosthodontist knows facial anatomy intrinsically. The facial rejuvenation packages can combine whitening, Invisalign, and veneers, in combination with BOTOX and dermal fillers, for an exceptional and true enhancement of the facial appearance. So why not explore the advantages of combining a beautiful smile with the latest in facial anti-aging treatments? Contact our practice for more information on how facial rejuvenation—combining the best in aesthetic dentistry—would be a wonderful post-summer lift.

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An Honest Conversation About Laser Hair Removal ••


LLA: The truth is that it can be a painful procedure—but it’s definitely bearable. It’s not painless, but it becomes comfortable over time. Usually by taking an ibuprofen or aspirin prior to the treatment you should be fine.

LLA: The duration of the procedure depends on the size of the treated area. A small area of the body can be as short as a couple minutes, while a medium area can take up to 15 minutes, and a large area can take up to a one hour. RM: How does someone know if laser is the right choice for them?

LLA: Absolutely! More and more men receive laser hair removal every year, and realize the importance of caring for their appearance. RM: Is laser hair removal actually permanent?

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LLA: No—the body is always producing hair. However, the laser treatment can reduce the amount of hair that your body produces by 85-95%. The elements that contribute to the efficacy and longevity include working with the right laser for someone’s skin type, the right duration between sessions for each area of the body, and the right technician. Hair growth can be affected by hormones, stress, certain medications, and other factors. Treating areas that aren’t right for laser treatment—such a light hair—can actually increase hair growth. This is why it’s important to test your skin, find the right level of laser, and the right technician.


LLA: Honesty is the best policy. You need to make sure that you trust your laser hair removal technician, and that, most importantly, your technician is licensed. As far as the actual procedure, every single treatment can be different based on each person’s hair. Make sure you ask your technician to find the right amount of energy of the laser for your skin type, hair color, and thickness of the hair. Lastly, ask others who have gone through the experience for their opinions. Check the latest

RM: Do many men come to you for laser hair removal?


RM: How long does the procedure take?


LLA: Yes, the technology has changed a lot and now we can treat all skin colors; the results mostly depend on hair thickness and color.


Resident Magazine: What exactly is the laser hair removal process?

RM: Is laser hair removal painful?

RM: Is it safe on dark skin?


To find out more about the intricacies of the procedure—and to get truly accurate information—we went to Lital Lev-Ary, owner of Light Touch Laser Spa, who has safely, successfully removed the unwanted hair of over 1,700 people. With 5-star reviews across the board (Yelp, Angie’s List, Google, Demandforce, LinkedIn, Facebook, and more) and a 99% satisfaction rate—as well as a reputation for her honesty and commitment to customer service—Lital is a trusted source of hair elimination and information. Here’s what she had to say:

reviews, and always make sure you feel comfortable at your session. Results vary, and a good technician will be honest with you, will never pressure you, and will offer you the knowledge and time to make the decision for yourself.


However, it’s important to remember that performing laser hair removal is not without its challenges; not just anyone should perform it—those seeking it should only trust their delicate parts to an expert.

Lital Lev-Ary: Laser treatment is the process of eliminating hair through a series of sessions—usually six to eight treatments. The treatment itself is repeated because the hair grows in different time patterns and increments. To successfully stop the production of the hair follicle, we must use the laser over the targeted area three to four times.


hen the temperatures start dropping, New Yorkers immediately begin heading to warmer climates— particularly during the holiday season. While one of the main beauty priorities for a winter vacation is the proper resort wear, another equally important—albeit less frequently discussed—is hair removal. After all, bandeau tops and bikini bottoms require hair-free body parts. One of the most widely practiced and effective means of removing unwanted hair— and certainly one of the methods that lasts the longest—is laser hair removal. It’s been commercially available for well over two decades, but in recent years has become extremely advanced.


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Cedra Pharmacy Health and Wellness as it Should Be •



our approach to health and wellness should be holistic, all-encompassing, and unique to your needs. It shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all, nor should it be taken lightly. With that in mind, one of New York City’s most unique and remarkable businesses exists solely to bring an unprecedented, highly personalized approach to health, wellness, beauty, and personal care. Upon first approach, Cedra Pharmacy looks like a high-end, Upper East Side boutique with exceptional design. But beyond that, it goes much further, offering thoughtful service, a wealth of hard-to-find health and beauty products, in-house nutritionists, and personalized service from health professionals who have extensive experience in medicine, hospital pharmacies, nutritional training, and the cosmetics industry. The focus and goal behind it all is clear: Owner Mazen Karnaby founded Cedra Pharmacy in 2014 with the sole purpose of providing an antidote to the modern pharmacy. Karnaby—through this innovative approach—goes back to the former days of healthcare, when it was about people, not corporations and transactions.

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Here are just some of the many, ways Cedra Pharmacy differs from any other business of its kind: •

They provide expansive support between doctor’s visits and beyond, so customers can feel confident about their treatment— not confused. They curate a huge selection of overthe-counter products, rare supplements, and custom compounds, and stock hardto-find pharmaceuticals, so you can always get what you need. And if they don’t have it on-hand, they’ll special order it for you. Cedra’s pharmacists and specialists help clients design a customized treatment plan, will monitor their health over time, and supplement with over-the-counter treatments to complement their prescription medications. It’s like having a personal healthcare consultant. Based on their exceptional knowledge and experience, their experts will recommend treatments, supplements, and behavioral modifications customized to your specific experience. Perhaps most unique, Cedra Pharmacy offers memberships of different levels— all equating to personalized, conciergelike service, with benefits that include: 24-hour emergency support, personal

training, one-on-one at-home nutrition consultations, door-to-door limo ser vice to doctors’ appointments, custom monthly massages, discounts on in-store purchases, refill synchronization, and much, much more. Additionally, much unlike today’s highly corporate, impersonal on-every-corner drug stores, Cedra—with their extreme knowledge of a range of diseases, disorders, and specialties—offers complete, caring support throughout a patient’s care and treatment, whether it means monitoring specific medications, recommending supplements, alleviating pain, minimizing stress, or simply making you feel better about the way you look—or all of the above. The fact is, healthcare in general has moved far away from where it was decades ago; it’s become a business of money and anonymity. Cedra Pharmacy brings the care back, realizing you are an individual with unique needs. They treat customers with respect, dignity, and honesty, and have changed the way their customers look at health and wellness.

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The Holiday Season’s Must-Have Apps • •

By Shana Schlossberg

The holidays are upon us and most of us are looking forward to going home and spending time with friends and family. The challenge, however, is that many of us will have to endure hours at airport departures gate listening to flight delay announcements. Should you find yourself sitting on the floor by your gate bored senseless, download the Gate Guru app and see if there are any interesting things close by; in most cases it will recommend restaurants, though occasionally you may come across a yoga or meditation room, or other fun surprises. Should the delay be longer than a few hours, check out the Hotel Tonight app and see if you can find a good deal on a hotel room nearby.

Virtual Santa

Going home also means that you need to find gifts for each member of the family, and knowing what would make every single relative happy can prove to be a challenge. Check out the Christmas Gift Finder app, which allows you to enter a gender and age and instantly receive some gift ideas. For bargain hunters, Shop Savvy allows you to find deals before heading to the store. Once there, you can scan and store items and compare prices from other stores. Then there’s the EZBZ app, where you can ask local businesses to send you ideas in real time on gifts they recommend.

New Year, New Soulmate?

If you want to finally tell Mom and Dad you have a special someone in your life, it could be time to remove Tinder from your phone and download something a bit more serious, such as Coffee Meets Bagel, where once a day a potential match will be sent to you. If you want a few more daily options, and always thought your Facebook friends had cute friends, maybe Hinge, whose matches are based on mutual Facebook friends, will be your ideal cupid.

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People and Their Pets

LiLi Bear: the Four-Legged “PRINCESS OF THE MANOR”


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By Jane Pontarelli

As they drive around the Hamptons, LiLi warns of pedestrians in the crosswalks and deer up ahead. She enjoys accompanying Pat on errands (including picking up gifts and prizes for “Play for Pink” for the past several years) and especially loves outdoor events. Pat is on the benefit committee of “Play for Pink,” and every Spring LiLi goes with her to Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club, where The Play For Pink Breast Cancer Golf Tournament—which benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993—will be held on June 16, 2016 for the 17th consecutive year. It’s the largest ladies golf tournament in the Hamptons, and of course LiLi and Lulu will be there, to meet and greet. Success in marketing depends in great part on being noticed and being remarkable. LiLi does a splendid job of supporting that role— and sometimes starring in it. She regularly appears on Pat’s social media pages, including Facebook and Instagram (Patricia Stein Redin). Just one look at that face and you’ll see why she’s the beloved Montauk princess.


n this month’s column, it’s my pleasure to introduce my friend Pat Redin and her Chow Chow, LiLi. Pat, her husband Eric, and LiLi live in Montauk Manor, a condominium/hotel in Montauk, where LiLi rules the roost.

In the early years of their marriage, Pat and Eric lived in Gramercy Park, both of them working at Madison Avenue advertising agencies. After several years, they moved to Long Island and had two children, son Connor and daughter Maris. In 2005, after 18 successful years as Senior Vice President of Sales for a marketing company, Pat launched R2MP Ltd., with the mission of providing marketing and production services to a broad range of clients, from Montauk to Manhattan and beyond, their primary focus being on program management and identifying project cost-savings for a major communications company. The dramatic shift from being mostly on the road as a salesperson to working remotely

allowed Pat to adopt Yogi Bear, a male Chow mix from a rescue organization. The experience with Yogi was so rewarding that, in the span of 13 years, Gigi, LiLi, and finally Teddy (all Chow rescues) joined the Redin pack. LiLi, at 14 months, was the puppy of the group, yet quickly assumed the Alpha role.

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Now, at eight years old, LiLi is Pat’s only pup, as well as her full-time office mate. They like to spend time together in the Manor’s majestic lobby, relax on the patio, and lounge by the pool while Pat works on her laptop. LiLi has become a bit of a local celebrity, and is quite the conversation starter. “She looks like a lion,” people often say. And of course, the usual, “Does she shed?” Yes, she does! All year long, in fact—but frequent brushings keep her beautiful. When the work day wraps up, Pat and LiLi like to head out to the Manor’s western lawn, where Pat takes photos of the often magnificent sunsets over Fort Pond Ray, while LiLi chases birds and bunnies off the grounds, and takes long walks

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Comfort & Joy

Designs for the Winter Home •••


hrow pillows and blankets are a simple way to add a new design element into your home. One or two new pieces can transform a room. They’re also an effortless way to add warmth and coziness once the temperatures drop. Here’s a few of our favorites:

Johnstons of Elgin Simple Check Cashmere Throw

Joseph Abboud Beaded Abstract Throw Pillow

Pottery Barn Cable Knit Throw

Made of 100% cashmere with a timeless simplicity, this adds instant elegance to any space.

A little bling goes a long way, and this deco design piece is all you need to make an entire room sparkle.

Is there anything cozier than a just-the-rightsize cable knit blanket you can cuddle up in all winter long? We think not.











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Using the Feng Shui Wisdom HOME

to Plant the Seed of Wellness in 2016







By Feng Shui Master Pun-Yin


any successful people know the importance of working smart, as opposed to just working hard. This often means mastering the politics that have formed helpful alliances. In this

Before attending the events, think about conversation-starters for new contacts or extend an olive branch to people that you’ve had tension with. Mending the differences is more easily achieved

quility; if you are going to meet up with people, they should be people you are in harmonious terms with. In addition, they should be people who are currently experiencing happiness, abun-

exciting time, the impossible can be made possible if you simply take the time to step back and think about how to best wrap up the year, beginning 2016 with the momentum you hope for.

during the holiday season when people are in a more festive mood. One more friend is better than one more adversary.

dance, or peace. This ensures the mental and emotional exchange in the fresh start of the year is light, joyful, and hopeful.

Be mindful that the formula for success is about lining up the right timing, networking (Chinese Astrology/Five Elements Energy Relationships), and

The strategy connecting the timing and networking is especially important on New Year’s Day, as it sets the tone for the rest of the year. This is why you should start the day in a more relaxed manner, by

For greater success in 2016, the Feng Shui energy of your home should already be made balanced, so that on January 1, or soon after, when you start making plans for the rest of the year, you have the

location (Feng Shui) that work specifically for you.

catching up on sleep. It’s important to take a break

optimal energy in your home.

When 2016 begins to shift toward the start of the Lunar New Year in February—when it is changing over to the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey—it signifies that unpredictability, unconventionalism, and

If you have yet to customize the good Feng Shui spot(s) at home that are beneficial for you and your family, a good place to do the planning is somewhere that has a view of trees or water. Do note that the trees need to be

“naughtiness” will loom in the air until February 4, 2017. In various industries and coun-

the type that retain leaves during the winter.

tries, the gutsy and resourceful opportunists may try to capture the dominance, leaving the traditional behind.

By the time the New Year starts, and continuing through the year, make sure the entry to your home is organized, and do not have more than three pairs of

In accordance to the Chinese Zodiac, monkeys tend to be

shoes lying around. A foyer is like the lung of the home, and

witty, jumpy, and temperamental, so drastic fluctuation will happen all the time, whether in the stock market, politics, or trends. In order to not be effected emotionally, a smart investor needs to have enough investments protected under a conservative portfolio, while keeping an open mind about constant changes. Do not be lured into the

and keep from constantly overdoing it. This is the Yin (calm) energy state that balances from the Yang (active) energy state of December. On New Year’s Day, set the positive energy for the rest of the year by waking up thinking about a few blessings in your life, and feel that joy in your

must be free from congestion. To promote harmony, the colors and themes for the decorations there should be something selected by the members of the family that connects everyone emotionally upon entry. The theme should be selected with the correct Five Elements, ensuring it suits the Feng Shui compass orientation and energy com-

bandwagon style of investing, which is like gambling; this is especially the case for people born

spirit. Be thankful for the blessings by praying or meditating on words like protection, peace, clarity,

position of the people in the home. This will keep the objective for 2016 vivid on a conscious level.

with the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Monkey, Boar, or Tiger.

and strength. This is the day for you to connect to the divine energy and establish the sense of peace within.


To facilitate helpful alliances, attend social events to expand, solidify, or improve your network; this is step one in building the momentum for 2016.

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In solidifying the positive energy you set, you might need to be by yourself that day, enjoying the tran-

Understanding that people are the product of their environment, a place with a balanced and positive energy is the foundation for thinking clearly— and working smart. Homes and offices that have good Feng Shui energy set the path to success.



This home,located on 12 plus acres,contains within its 10,500 square feet; 5 bedrooms, numerous baths, a caretaker’s apartment, finished lower level and wine cellar capable of holding over 6,000 bottles of your favorite vintage. The grounds are impeccably landscaped and are surrounded by 50 acres of open space. The entrance foyer leads you to one of the most expansive Great Rooms showcased in a home today.The kitchen has high-end appliances including an AGA stove with 4 ovens. $2,950,000 Contact Art Mazzei Direct: 610-428-4885


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Coming Soon: 3 Hot Miami Real Estate Developments •

Eighty Seven Park

By Allison Mitchell


lotting your escape from New York in the winter, and thinking of officially becoming a snowbird? There’s no shortage of luxury real estate in the sunshine state—especially in South Florida. Here are three new residential projects in Miami that are high on our list, and just make be the push you need to take the Florida real estate plunge.






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Biscayne Beach



Looking for a second-home beach getaway? Two Roads Development is building Biscayne Beach, a luxury 399-unit condominium tower currently being developed that, once completed, will “bring the beach to the city”. This 52-story bayfront highrise currently under construction is expected to be finished in 2016.


Biscayne Bay has impeccable views that speak for themselves. This condo development will also be introducing downtown Miami’s first private members-only Beach Club on Biscayne Bay, an elevated man-made sandy beach complete with private cabanas, premium amenities, and bayside piers for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more. “Beach chic” designs for the project’s common area amenity spaces, Beach Club level, and exclusive residences are being designed by world-renowned interior designer Thom Felicia.




Terra, the development group behind some of Miami’s most significant real estate projects, has a lot to look forward to for 2016. Their newest project, Eighty Seven Park, is located just up the coast in North Beach at 8701 Collins Avenue. Eighty Seven Park will be a 70-unit beachfront condo designed by Renzo Piano, located on the edge of parkland and the Atlantic Ocean, “where park meets the ocean”. Eighty Seven Park creates a fresh dialogue with the vibrant community of Miami Beach, featuring elegant homes—or villas in the sky—that speak of light and air, designed by an architect with a poetic touch. It’s an elemental approach, bringing together architecture, design, and the natural landscape. With the swimming pool and blue ocean, along with the exquisite views, the future of Eighty Seven Park looks very bright.


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CENTRO If you’re looking for city living but with warmer temperatures, Newgard Development Group is currently building Centro, a 37-story loft-style tower in the middle of downtown Miami’s central business district. The 352-unit condo project is attracting buyers with a cosmopolitan New York lifestyle because of location, proximity to transit links, and urban density; it’s also one of the first condos to be built in Miami without an on-site parking garage. This condo is the perfect place to make you feel right at home with its New York feel and lifestyle, but without the unbearable New York cold winter months.





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he Beacon, a residential community built on one of the highest points in Jersey City near its vibrant downtown district, is inarguably unique—in its history, its architectural distinction, its scope of amenities, and its unparalleled offering of outdoor open space. The amenity package alone is so broad and vast it belies the gated community’s urban setting. There’s Overlook Park, a 45,000 square-foot, landscaped oasis offering grills and seating areas against the panoramic backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor; an additional two-acre park with children’s playground and organic garden spaces, and expansive dog runs for the resident canines. There’s more: 24-7 state-of-the-art fitness centers, meticulously restored Art Deco theatres with oversized screens, children’s playrooms, high-floor Sky Lounges, WiFi in common areas and landscaped courtyards with fire pits. Residents also engage in Yoga classes, Spin classes, children’s music classes, holiday events and assorted food truck festivals—all while enjoying majestic views in every direction including Liberty State Park, the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan’s iconic skyline. Additional community amenities include on-site garage parking, 24-hour Community Concierge, and

Smart Key controlled access. The Beacon’s ornate buildings are icons themselves—restored to recapture the dramatic architectural details and historic grandeur of their Art Deco-era origins. Today, six buildings are completed, their marble walls, terrazzo floors, etched glass, gilded beams and moldings, and bronze chandeliers gleaming as they did over 75 years ago. Inside the newly-created rental residences, the look is modern and chic. Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments feature high ceiling heights and gourmet chef’s kitchens with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and garbage disposals. Elegant baths are adorned with cultured marble vanity tops, tile floors and glass shower doors. Each residence also offers central heating and air conditioning and individual washers and dryers. Individuality and a broad range of options reign supreme at The Beacon. Paramount, which like all of the Beacon buildings is named after a famous theatre, rises 23 stories and features some of the most dramatic spaces and distinctive architectural elements found within the residential collection. Its voluminous two-story lobby—with 12 marble columns and a grand stairwell of white and gray marble that leads to a spacious marble-trimmed mezzanine—has been featured in several movies including The

Imposters and Quiz Show as well as in Avril Lavigne’s music video for the song “Hot”. Tower, a 15-story, 128-unit building, is 100% smoke free and pet free and includes a landscaped Zen Garden with comfortable seating and fire pit, and a 15th-floor Sky Lounge in its amenity offering. The recentlylaunched Criterion features 271 luxury apartments, a beautifully-adorned lobby, and its own suite of amenities tailored to today’s urban professionals. The wide assortment of floor plans, views, amenities and aesthetics has enabled developer Building and Land Technology (BLT) to deliver a modern, urban lifestyle experience at The Beacon that caters to every need and indulgence. The developer’s commitment to service is further demonstrated through exclusive transportation benefits to Beacon residents, including high-frequency courtesy shuttle service to the Grove Street and Exchange Place PATH/Ferry Stations. Beacon residents also enjoy proximity to Jersey City’s vibrant downtown district which is celebrated for its comprehensive public transportation system, including numerous NY Waterway Ferry terminals and PATH stations offering convenient service to Manhattan, as well as NJ Transit Light Rail and accessibility to the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels. The area is also flourishing with new restaurants, cafes, coffee houses and cultural attractions. In addition, the new Citi Bike Jersey City bike sharing program includes a station at The Beacon. It is one of 35 stations city wide that houses 350 bikes to provide a new, environmentally friendly, healthy and affordable 24/7 transportation option for Jersey City.

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Make Hanukkah a little more Jewcy this year at Miami’s MatzoBall, the nation’s leading Jewish singles party . You might have attended this event in New York in years past, but Miami turns the dreidel by hosting it at the exclusive LIV. This is the place to be this Hanukkah (and you just might find yourself a nice Jewish boy or girl). VIP admission is only available to those who reserve bottle service. Hurry, this party is almost full.

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re you a recent New York-to-Florida transplant, or a yearly snowbird? Do you need to get out of the freezing Northeastern temps this holiday season? We thought so. South Florida is indeed the perfect spot to escape to in the winter months, but you might find yourself missing New York’s seasonal festivities. Here are three ways to make the most wonderful time of the year seem a little more like home.


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Resident Magazine December 2015 Issue  

Resident Magazine's December issue featuring Chef Todd English, along with a comprehensive holiday gift guide for everyone on your list.

Resident Magazine December 2015 Issue  

Resident Magazine's December issue featuring Chef Todd English, along with a comprehensive holiday gift guide for everyone on your list.